May 182024

The 149th Preakness Stakes

MyRaceHorse owns Seize the Grey, the 2024 Pat Day Mile Winner. 

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Seize the Grey Owners Revel in Preakness Experience

2024 Black-Eyed Susan May 17 PPs

2024 Preakness 149 May 18 PPs

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Preakness Day stakes picks

Steve Haskin – Askin’ Haskin – Preakness Advice: Don’t Let You Imagination Run Free

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Who Will Win The Preakness?

TDN – T.D. Thornton – TDN Preakness Preview: Muth’s Scratch Plays In Favor of Derby Hero Mystik Dan

Brisnet – Get to know the 2024 Preakness Stakes contenders

America’s Best Racing – A Beginner’s Guide to the Preakness Stakes

America’s Best Racing – Patrick Reed – 2024 Preakness Stakes Cheat Sheet: Get to Know the Horses

ESPN – Anita Marks and Katherine Terrell – How to bet Preakness Stakes 2024: Horses, odds, favorites, tips

Baltimore Weather

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt and Joe Perez – Forecast Morning Rain on Preakness Day at Pimlico

Trip Notes for Serious Horseplayers

2024 Preakness Stakes G1

May 18, 2024 Pimlico Race Course  1 3/16 miles Dirt $3,000,000


Post Horse Trainer Jockey Odds (Updated)
1 Mugatu Jeff Engler Joe Bravo 20 – 1
2 Uncle Heavy Robert E. Reid Jr. Irad Ortiz Jr. 20 – 1
3 Catching Freedom Brad Cox Flavien Prat 7 – 2
4 Muth Bob Baffert Juan J Hernandez 8 – 5
5 Mystik Dan Kenneth G. McPeek Brian Hernandez Jr. 8 – 5
6 Seize The Grey D. Wayne Lukas Jaime Torres 12 – 1
7 Just Steel D. Wayne Lukas Joel Rosario 12 – 1
8 Tuscan Gold Chad C. Brown Tyler Gaffalione 9 – 2
9 Imagination Bob Baffert Lefranco Dettori 3 –  1



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Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Steve Dennis – ‘Epsom is not where the Jockey Club would like it to be – this place will look completely different in five years’ time’

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Steve Dennis – ‘This is the story of the Derby, the original Derby …’ – tracing the influence of the world’s premier Classic, 244 years old and counting

Western Canadian Derby Series

Two Of Us

A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.


Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt and Joe Perez – Forecast Morning Rain on Preakness Day at Pimlico

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Preakness Day stakes picks

Paulick Report – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By FanDuel Racing: 2024 Preakness Stakes

To read previous editions of The Haiku Handicapper, click here.

#1 – Mugatu
Shut out at Churchill
They’d have creamed him anyway
Not a lot to like

#2 – Uncle Heavy
Do you believe in
Putting lines through bad races?
If you do, take note

#3 – Catching Freedom
Needs some pace to close
But always seems to find it
Primed to run again

#4 – Muth

#5 – Mystik Dan
The Derby winner
Dug in hard at Churchill Downs
How deep is his tank?

#6 – Seize the Grey
Cap his class, distance
And he’s a very nice horse
Oops, there goes the cap

#7 – Just Steel
Derby pace flameout
Rosario gets his best
Is his best enough?

#8 – Tuscan Gold
His resume’s light
Fits Chad Brown’s Preakness blueprint
Must pay attention

#9 – Imagination
Back-up now first string
Lives for the action up front
He’ll fight hard for it

Flip last year’s result
“Gold” tops Imagination
Three, five fill super

Paulick Report – Weekend Lineup Presented By Sky Racing World: Preakness Draws Three From Kentucky Derby


Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – A Mystik Dan Preakness Win Would End a Drought

TDN – Sara Gordon – Preakness Contender Mugatu Brings Blue-Collar Stable To Classic Stage

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Mugatu Brings Engler to Racing’s Biggest Stage

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez and Sean Collins – Uncle Heavy Hauls Reid Family to Preakness

Gold Dust Woman

It is no wonder that most who came to the goldfields in search of wealth returned home empty handed. Running a gambling house was the easiest way to mine for gold.

David G. Schwartz

New York Times – Eric Asimov – Despite War, Ukrainian Wines Are Finding a Global Audience

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge. 

Isaac Asimov

New York Times – Joe Drape – Barred by Churchill Downs, Bob Baffert Is Welcomed at the Preakness

Covers – Geoff Zochodne – Horse Racing is Set on Winning Over Sports Bettors. It Isn’t Easy.

Phil has a question:

How can you win sports bettors over when Covers has no horse racing on its site other than the Preakness.

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Preakness in Spotlight: Chance of a Triple Crown Winner Bolsters Status

DRF – Matt Hegarty – It’s the end of Pimlico as we know it, and the people feel fine

The Conversation – Alexandra Boutros –  Why do American rappers see Drake as not Black enough?

Paulick Report – Joe Nevills – The Haiku Handicapper Presented By FanDuel Racing: 2024 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes

#1 – Jeanne Marie
Maturing quickly
Benefits from the rail draw
Could hang on for some

#2 – Ringy Dingy
An ambitious spot
For a seasonal debut
She appears outmatched

#3 – Lemon Muffin
Outclassed in the Oaks
Just like in the Fantasy
Are we sure she’s good?

#4 – Call Another Play
Local ladder climb
Hitting one heck of a rung
Her best could chart here

#5 – Gun Song
Lost to some good ones
None of which are in this race
Excuses are gone

#6 – Whocouldaskformo
Seeking her level
After graded stakes thumpings
Not much entices

#7 – Corposo
Light on seasoning
Might have a distance ceiling
Can her class carry?

#8 – Recharge
Southwest pace runner
Outside post could hurt her plans
Pedigree helps, though

Time for her solo
Gun Song gets her graded win
Four and eight follow

America’s Best Racing – Bob Ehalt – 2024 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at a Glance

DRF – David Grening – Preakness 2024: Mystik Dan finds himself in unexpected role as favorite

The Ringer – Justin Sayles – The Nostalgic Glow of the Movie Soundtrack

All Apologies 

Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well spoken words: this is good luck.


The New Yorker – Deborah Treisman – Alice Munro Reinvigorated the Short Story

TDN – Christina Bossinakis – Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Phil’s reprising:

ESPN – Arash Markazi – In Preakness infield, party is the only event that matters

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Dettori Can Imagine an Initial U.S. Triple Crown Win

Steve Haskin – Askin’ Haskin – Preakness Advice: Don’t Let You Imagination Run Free

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Who Will Win The Preakness?

TDN – T.D. Thornton – TDN Preakness Preview: Muth’s Scratch Plays In Favor of Derby Hero Mystik Dan

Paulick Report – ‘Nothing Much Fazes’ Mystik Dan: Kentucky Derby Winner Schools In Pimlico Paddock

Paulick Report – Legendary Frankie Dettori Takes On First Preakness Stakes With Imagination

TDN – Christina Bossinakis – What’s Old Is New Again at Pimlico

The Hardest Button to Button

You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.

Cormac McCarthy

The Ringer – Alan Siegel – Welcome to Paradise: The Oral History of Green Day’s ‘Dookie’

I Fought The Law

TSN – Darren Dutchyshen: 1966 – 2024

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Avengers Using Their Imagination for a Preakness Double

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Seize the Grey Owners Revel in Preakness Experience

TDN – Joe Perez – Gasaway Provides Balance for Mystik Dan Team

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – McPeek Hopes to Win Preakness Under ‘Normal’ Conditions

Bloodhorse – The Road – Byron King – The Road: More ‘Fresh’ Horses Challenging in Preakness

Phil saw a commercial for Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Bars during one of the NBA playoff games. Phil’s never seen them in his local corner store or 7-11. Phil’s always been a fan of the baseball bar – Babe Ruth or the literary bar – O Henry.

Bloodhorse – Graham Motion – Industry Voices: Safety Innovations Spur Optimism

Chicago Tribune – Scott Powers – Chicago Blackhawks sued for breach of contract, fraud, sexual harassment

Too Sweet

Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.

Hunter S. Thompson

The Ringer – Alan Siegel – Welcome to Paradise: The Oral History of Green Day’s ‘Dookie’

I Fought The Law

Sports Business Journal – Josh Carpenter and Alex Silverman – Wasserman’s Chris Armstrong to be NHL Utah’s top hockey decision-maker

Phil has a question:

Did Phil just score an Armstrong hat trick.

Brisnet – Vance Hanson – Threat of rain could impact Preakness Day grass stakes

The Globe and Mail – Marty Klinkenberg – The Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks series is playoff hockey that Canadian fans should embrace

Phil has a question:

Why would that fucking useless piece of shit TSN aka Toronto Sports Network have golf as their lead story with the Canucks and Oilers game on tonight.

SportsNet – Knights, Warriors, Voltigeurs, Spirit to face off at 2024 Memorial Cup

London Free Press – Ryan Pyette – London Knights Kaleb Lawrence, Landon Sim given five-game suspensions

Phil has a question:

Can you guess the word that got Sim a 5 game suspension.

(Phil tried and it’s not Thursday’s Wordle)

You’re So Vain

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.

Gordie Howe

MIT News – Jennifer Chu – Newly discovered Earth-sized planet may lack an atmosphere

Humans From Earth

“Here in Ituna, Saskatchewan, we’re in the process of building a [hockey] rink. I think, if I can, I’m going to sell it. Some of the proceeds will go to the rink,” he said. “That’s where I was born and raised, so why not?”

CBC – Jason Warick – Chunk of space debris lands in Sask. farm field

CTV News – ‘So many good memories’: Ituna begins teardown of iconic arena


If you look at a map of the 306 the towns along the CN Line are in alphabetical order.

The Guardian – Anna Berrill – Beyond cabbage: great variations on slaw, from beetroot to mango

Apple Beet Slaw

This Mess We’re In

It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.

H. L. Mencken

The Conversation – Manina Jones – Alice Munro followed the back roads of stories, mapping routes home to southwestern Ontario

Paulick Report – Wet Track ‘Definitely Not A Disadvantage’ For Kentucky Derby Hero Mystik Dan

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nicholas Godfrey – What’s been happening: Muth out of Preakness, City Of Troy bulletin, George Weaver suspension and more …


Bloodhorse – Brown Using Winning Method to Change Triple Crown Luck

Paulick Report – Report: All Post-Race Test Samples Clear For Kentucky Derby, Oaks Days

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Mystik Dan Performs ‘Happy Gallop’ Ahead of Preakness

TDN – Preakness Update: All Contenders on Pimlico Grounds

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – NBC’s Tirico Reflects on Classics’ Evolution, Preakness

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Baffert: Fever Results in Muth’s Scratch From Preakness

The Weight

I lived a sloppy life. So I took very small increments in my life. I started making my bed. I started cleaning my room. There were dishes in the sink. It started off with doing small house chores. I saw that the yard needed to be mowed. So instead of being told it needed to be mowed, I would mow it.

David Goggins

DRF – David Grening – Muth to scratch from Preakness after spiking a fever

Bloodhorse – Fever Forces Scratch of Muth From Preakness Stakes

Phil has a question:

When will the minions at CDI get those smug sanctimonius grins off their faces.

How many trainers are ruing their decision to skip the Preakness now.

The Globe and Mail – Jimmy Thomson – Alice Munro left her mark on Victoria, where she launched her career

ESPN – Michael A. Fletcher – A struggling neighborhood’s big bet on Pimlico’s future

America’s Best Racing – Tom Pedulla – Rachel Alexandra: A Superstar Filly for the Ages

America’s Best Racing – Dan Tordjman – Meet the Jockeys of the 2024 Preakness Stakes

America’s Best Racing – Ellis Starr – Selecting Upset Contender to Defeat Mystic Dan and Muth in Preakness Stakes

TDN – Bob Baffert Joins TDN Writers’ Room Podcast

Paulick Report – Trainer Chad Brown Looking Ahead To Preakness After ‘Difficult’ Nose Loss In Kentucky Derby

“There are only two positions in basketball: on the floor and off the floor,” he says. “And I like being on the floor.”

The Ringer – Rob Mahoney – Aaron Gordon Found His Basketball Destiny With the Denver Nuggets

On Top Of The World

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.


New York Times – Anthony DePalma – Alice Munro, Nobel Laureate and Master of the Short Story, Dies at 92

Munro Books – Celebrating Alice Munro

Paulick Report – NBC Sports To Present 11 Total Races Preakness Weekend

Paulick Report – Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: McPeek Assistant Greg Geier Keeps Churchill Barn Ticking ‘Like A Swiss Watch’

Bloodhorse – Pimlico Offers Pair of Two-Day Pick 5s With 12% Takeout

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – At 88, Hall of Famer Lukas Remains One For the Ages

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Mike Curry – ABR: Which Preakness Runners Should Relish a Wet Track?

TDN – Preakness 149: Mystik Dan, Lukas Pair Gallop Tuesday

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Albarado Excited About Mystik Dan’s Preakness Chances

Bloodhorse – Mystik Dan Team Pursues Sir Barton With Gould’s Gold

A person and an anthropomorphic dog walk out of a movie theatre thats screening the 2024 film “Challengers.”

“I loved all the shots of the tennis ball.”

Maggie’s Farm

Being an old farm boy myself, chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they’ve always made me glad.

Malcolm X

New York Times – Frank Bruni – There’s No Meal Better (or Longer) Than an Italian Sunday Lunch

Pendulum 401

America’s Best Racing – J. Keeler Johnson – Preakness Stakes Trends: Which 2024 Contenders Fit the Winning Profile?

Horse Racing Nation – Mark Shifman – Preakness Stakes 2024: Odds and analysis

Steve Haskin – Current Again After 50 Years

Garden and Gun – Jeremy Burgess – Ethan and Maya Hawke Bring Their Flannery O’Connor Film Home to Atlanta

Paulick Report – Joe Nevills – Why Is Kentucky Derby Winner Mystik Dan’s Name Spelled Like That?

TDN – Alan Carasso – Muth Favored To Give Baffert A Ninth Win In the Preakness

The Ringer – Kevin O’Connor – The Atlanta Hawks’ Prize for Winning the Lottery? Um, Options?

Sports Illustrated – Conor Orr – Jared Goff’s Extension Shows the Lions Finally Know What They’re Doing

Phil has a question:

Will the headline about Goff’s contract extension be the same 2 years in.

ESPN – Ryan S. Clark – Avalanche’s Valeri Nichushkin suspended at least six months

Barber’s Adagio

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.

Robert Frost


TDN – Steve Sherack – ‘I Don’t See Racing’s Future as Rosy’ – Trainer Eddie Plesa Looks Ahead Following Milestone Victory

TSN – CP – Maradona heirs say Golden Ball trophy was stolen, want auction stopped

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Muth Favored in Preakness; Mystik Dan Second Choice

Paulick Report – From Secretariat To Mystik Dan: Ken McPeek Invites Jason Kelce To Preakness Stakes For ‘Inside Look’

Phil has a question:

If the Cheneys and Lucien Laurin juiced Secretariat for his record breaking Triple Crown performances, why wouldn’t they juice the rest of their barn and get record breaking performances from all their horses.

Why couldn’t Big Brown beat Secretariat’s records when Big Brown was actually juiced.

TDN – Mystik Dan Gets First Feel Of Pimlico Main Track


Bloodhorse – Ed McNamara – Hernandez’s Riding Passion Traces to Cajun Country

Forbes – Jay Ginsbach – Preakness Stakes 2024 Odds And Horse Profiles

Horse Racing Nation – Carolyn Greer – First Look: Preakness leads 10 graded stakes on the calendar

Florida Phoenix – Mitch Parry – FL Republican Party officially comes out against initiative to legalize adult cannabis

Phil has a question:

Is it cuz the Republicans are against the use of drugs or cuz they don’t want the Feds cutting into their profits.

Down on the Farm

The farmer is a born philosopher, the aristocrat has to learn how.

Polish Proverb.

The New Yorker – Richard Brody – How Hindsight Distorts Our View of the Beatles in “Let It Be”

Get Back

Southern Living – Lisa Cericola – 46 Side Dishes For Your Memorial Victoria Day Cookout

TDN – T.D. Thornton – The Week In Review: Juicy Preakness Future-Bet Prices, Provided You Guessed Who’d Show Up


Brisnet – Kellie Reilly – Lemon Muffin wheels back in Black-Eyed Susan; Kingsbarns tops Pimlico Special

Bloodhorse – Joe Perez – Can Lemon Muffin Snap Lukas’ Black-Eyed Susan Drought

Paulick Report – ‘The Industry Needs Him’: Kentucky Derby Winner Mystik Dan Arrives At Pimlico For 149th Preakness

Bloodhorse – Mystik Dan Arrives at Pimlico For Preakness

TDN – Mystik Dan Settles In At Pimlico; Contenders Begin To Arrive

Bloodhorse – Catching Freedom Confirmed for Preakness by Cox

Bit By Bit

Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.

P.J. O’Rourke

The Cut – Amil Niazi – Who Is Mother’s Day Really For?

Axiom – Sabrina Moreno – From Chuck E. Cheese to bananas: Readers share their moms’ most memorable lies

Phil has a question:

Wouldn’t saying that Chuck E. Cheese serves pizza be a bigger lie.

NY Times – Eric Kim – The Most Surprising Thing About Deep Dish Pizza? It’s Not That Deep.

The Athletic – James L. Edwards III and Max Bultman – Meet the mother of the only NBA-NHL brother tandem

Person to win the Kentucky Derby as a jockey and as a trainer, Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet in 1943 and as conditioner of Majestic Prince in 1969.

2 – The number of people who have both ridden and trained a Preakness winner. Louis J. Schaefer won the 1929 edition as a jockey aboard Dr. Freeland and later trained Challedon to victory in 1939. Johnny Longden duplicated the feat by winning the 1943 Preakness on Count Fleet before training 1969 winner Majestic Prince.

America’s Best Racing – Mike Curry – By the Numbers: The 2024 Preakness Stakes

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nicholas Godfrey – Kentucky Derby third Forever Young to take Japanese path to Breeders’ Cup Classic

TDN – Peter Pan Winner Antiquarian To Ship To Saratoga With Eye On Belmont

Paulick Report – Mary Eddy – Antiquarian Likely To Target Belmont Stakes After Peter Pan Win

TDN – Tom Frary – Camelot’s Los Angeles Wins The Derby Trial

SportsNet – Justin Bourne – Sheldon Keefe’s end in Toronto is his chance at a new beginning

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

Marcus Aurelius

Volvo Driving Soccer Mom

We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel.

Golda Meir

Bloodhorse – Byron Kimg – Antiquarian Flashes Belmont Stakes Creds in Peter Pan

TDN – Belmont Stakes-Bound Antiquarian Becomes First Graded Winner for Preservationist in Peter Pan

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Mystik Dan to Enter Preakness

TDN – Kentucky Derby Winner Mystik Dan Gets The Green Light For Preakness 149

The Marginalian – Maria Popova – What It’s Like to Be a Falcon: The Peregrine as a Portal to a Way of Seeing and a State of Being

The Ringer – Nate Rogers – Steve Albini Was a Hater to His Core. And We’re All Better for It.

Where is My Mind

Politico – Joanna Weiss – Why Stormy Daniels Isn’t Getting the Monica Lewinsky Treatment

The Score – Caio Miari – Peyton: Belichick to be permanent guest on ‘ManningCast’

The Athletic – Mark Lazerus – Hurricanes, facing elimination, have organizational soul-searching to do

Front Office Sports – Michael McCarthy – The Haves and Have-Nots: How the Knicks’ Celebrity Row Works

SportsNet – Luke Fox – Shanahan considers changes to Maple Leafs core with own job in jeopardy

Turn, Turn Turn

A mother understands what a child does not say.

Jewish proverb

Paulick Report – Natalie Voss – Three-Year Deal On The Horizon For Arizona Horsemen, Turf Paradise

Paulick Report – Catching Freedom Giving Brad Cox Confidence To Wheel Back In Preakness

Paulick Report – Kevin Kerstein – ‘It’s Still Pretty Unbelievable’: Brian Hernandez Says Oaks-Derby Double Has Yet To Sink In

The Conversation – Ateqah Khaki and Vinita Srivastava – Digging into the colonial roots of gardening

Los Angeles Times – Marissa Gerber and Nathan Solis – Why did Huy Fong, the beloved Sriracha brand, halt production again?

The master’s eye is the best fertilizer.

Pliny The Elder

New York Times – Jesus Jiminez – Farewell, Chuck E. Cheese Animatronic Band

If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.

Walter Scott.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Nicholas – Godfrey – What’s been happening: Mystik Dan, Gulfstream Park, City Of Troy and more

Bloodhorse – Pete Denk – Repole: Japan Has Caught Up to Us on Both Turf and Dirt

The horse that was overlooked time and again became invaluable to the Japanese racing industry as a breed-shaping stallion. Once more, the last word belonged to Sunday Silence.

America’s Best Racing – Tom Pedulla – Sunday Silence: The Star No One Wanted

Bloodhorse – Muth, Imagination Breeze in Company for Preakness

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Torres Comes Full Circle in MyRacehorse Preakness Ride

Out Of The Rain

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.

Aldo Leopold

Bloodhorse – Gaffalione Fined for Kentucky Derby Ride

Horse Racing Nation – Kentucky stewards fine Gaffalione $2,500 for his Derby ride

TDN – Bill Finley – Churchill Stewards Hold Gaffalione Blameless for Ride on Sierra Leone

Phil’s not about to waste a good rant:

Mr. Finley is dead wrong. The stewards did not find Gaffalione blameless for his ride on Sierra Leone. The stewards did not take any action which is not the same as finding Gaffalione blameless.

The fucking parochial Kentucky stewards, CDI, The Kentucky Racing Commission, HISA and HIWU should all be ashamed of themselves. The state of Kentucky should put up a sign at their borders and airports: Any thoroughbred owners, trainers and horses from California or Japan will receive discriminatory treatment from our stewards and tracks while we protect the good old boys.

Like Phil has said before, you can take the billy out of the hills, but you can’t take the hill out of the billy.

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Hernandez Confident in Mystik Dan’s Ability

Brisnet – James Scully – Deterministic, The Wine Steward square off in Peter Pan


City News – ‘Irate male’ assaulted Newfoundland officer with block of cheese, police say

Phil has a question:

Would you say that the guy was cheesed off.

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.

Edgar Allan Poe

Paulick Report – Joe Nevills – Taking The Kentucky Derby Higher: How Jockey Florent Geroux, Rock Band Creed Teamed Up At The Derby

Front Office Sports – Margaret Fleming – Meet the … Utah Yeti? NHL Franchise Polling 20 Options for New Team Name

104.3 – Stormin’ Mormons: Utah Residents Suggest Names For New NHL Team

Phil has a question:

Why have none of the sports scribes mentioned that the NHL is moving a team to a state that is absolutely anti-gambling.

Flights from SLC to LAS

Sports Illustrated – Conor Orr – The Jayden Daniels–Malik Nabers Bet Is Silly, but Harmless

SportsNet – Sonny Sachdeva – Breaking down the top options to replace Keefe as Maple Leafs head coach

Phil has a question:

Has Sutter got his crops in yet.

International Harvester

The Athletic – Jonas Siegel – Sheldon Keefe is out as Maple Leafs coach. Brendan Shanahan’s case to stay has never been weaker

Have you ever seen the rain

Weeding is as necessary to agriculture as sowing.

Mahatma Gandhi

Southern Living – 127 Mother’s Day Messages And Quotes For A ‘Happy Mother’s Day’

Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.

P.J. O’Rourke

Paulick Report – Preakness: Chad Brown Will Send Lightly-Raced Tuscan Gold


Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – The Road: Inside Look at Hernandez’s Winning Derby Ride

Mystik Dan comes through on rail

Paulick Report – Chelsea Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Brian Hernandez’ Derby Win Inspired By ‘Bo-Rail’ Family

TDN – Catching Freedom ‘Under Consideration’ For Preakness

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Moore Signs Pimlico-Centered Racing Plan Into Law

Los Angeles Times – Chuck Schilken – Ohtani’s ex-interpreter reportedly wired money to ‘Real Housewives’ star to pay gambling debts

The Ringer – Lex Pryor – Kendrick Vs. Drake Was the Post-Truth Beef. But There’s One Thing That’s Undeniable.

Where’s The Beef

ESPN – Greg Wyshynski – NHL coaching carousel: Tiers of top coaching candidates

Training Season

Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.

Babe Ruth

New York Times – Lindsay Soladz – Cass Elliot’s Death Spawned a Horrible Myth. She Deserves Better.

Dedicated to the One I Love

Bloodhorse – Lukas, Rosario to Pair With Just Steel in Preakness

Bloodhorse – Stronghold Aimed to a Midwest Derby, Endlessly to Turf

TDN – Stronghold and Endlessly Regroup at Santa Anita after Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Albarado a Secret Ingredient to Mystik Dan’s Success

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Mystik Dan Debuts in Sixth-Place Tie in World Rankings

SportsNet – Luke Fox – Sheldon Keefe overdue fall guy for Maple Leafs’ failures

Aren’t All Coaches just interim coaches.

Kenny Schinkel

Candle In The Wind

SportsNet – Ryan Dixon – Four Mitch Marner trades the Maple Leafs could consider

Phil has a question:

Does Ryan Dixon hate the Leafs that much to propose such ridiculous trades.

Isn’t the rule of all sports trades that the team that receives the best player wins.

Did Phil forget that it’s Treliving making the trades for the Leafs now.

Hockey is where we live, where we can best meet and overcome pain and wrong and death. Life is just a place where we spend time between games.

Fred Shero

The Athletic – Jonas Siegel – Maple Leafs fire coach Sheldon Keefe after first-round playoff exit

Dust In The Wind

Bad shooters are always open.

Pete Carril

SportsNet – CP – Toronto Maple Leafs fire head coach Sheldon Keefe

Twist ‘n Shout

If we’re going to win the pennant, we’ve got to start thinking we’re not as good as we think we are.

Casey Stengel

TSN – Berube betting favourite to land Maple Leafs’ head coaching job

Phil has a question:

Has Sutter got his crops in yet.

Mr. Farmer

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the cornfield.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Weight 

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.

H. L. Mencken

America’s Best Racing – David Hill – Secretariat, the Preakness, and a 39-Year Controversy


Horse Racing Nation – Informed Patriot will skip Preakness, run in Texas Derby

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – Travis Kelce’s Kentucky Derby Bet Not Quite Swift Enough For $100,000 Payoff

Paulick Report – Nominations Released For Preakness Week Stakes, Including Black-Eyed Susan, Pimlico Special

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Preakness latest: Frankie Dettori set to ride Imagination for Bob Baffert

Bloodhorse – Frank Angst – What’s Going on Here: Not Seeing the Light

Phil has a question:

Wasn’t HISA, HIWU supposed to bring a standardization of rules to US racing.

If it’s the Japanese horse and jockey leaning in on the American horse how fast would the inquiry light have gone on.

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Eighth in Wood, Deterministic Regroups in Peter Pan

Bloodhorse – Pimlico’s Preakness Meet: Back in Action


Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.

Langston Hughes

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Mystik Dan Back to His ‘Old Self’ in First Day Back

Bloodhorse – Bob Ehalt – Withers Stakes Winner Uncle Heavy to Run in Preakness

TDN – Kenny McPeek Joins the TDN Writers’ Room Podcast

The Honest Broker – Ted Gioia – All Bad Music Will Eventually Disappear

Wooly Bully

Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell – Bloodlines Presented By Walmac Farm: How Thorpedo Anna’s Kentucky Oaks Win Almost Didn’t Happen

TDN – Jill Williams – Saturday Sires: Goldencents

When uncashed tickets are “purged” at the end of the fiscal year in June, those unclaimed monies go directly to the Kentucky Racing Health & Welfare Fund, which benefits in-need workers in the state’s large Thoroughbred racing industry—people who hold titles such as groom, exercise rider, hot walker, and assistant trainer. Programs include medical, dental, vision, and chiropractic care, plus contributions to a retirement plan.

Garden and Gun – Steve Russell – At Kentucky Race Tracks, a Surprising Amount of Winnings Never Gets Claimed

Front Office Sports – Eric Fisher – Commissioners Grapple with Power Limits Amid Sports Betting Boom

Sports Illustrated – Tim Dierberger – ESPN Cut Away From Hurricanes-Rangers Broadcast in Final Minute, and Fans Were Furious

Bloodhorse – Colonial Downs Unveils 2024 Stakes Schedule

Phil has a question:

How can they be the Arlington and Beverly D when they’re not at Arlington.

Hold My Hand

And if I have my choice between a pennant and a triple crown, I’ll take the pennant every time.

Carl Yastrzemski

TDN – Monmouth Park, Caesars Celebrate Sportsbook Groundbreaking

TDN – Mugatu Confirmed for Preakness

“The fact that we’ve removed Lasix from the conversation makes it an even better test. Horses recover quicker without the Lasix. Lasix was a detriment. I know there are guys that will hear me say that and scream, ‘I need Lasix.’ No, you don’t need Lasix. Maybe there are certain horses that do and, yes, we do have bleeders. But they shouldn’t be the ones running in the Grade I, Grade II, Grade III races. The two weeks is easier without the Lasix because the Lasix would dehydrate a horse and then you’d have to recoup that fluid within the two weeks.

TDN – Bill Finley – McPeek Gives Update on Mystik Dan’s Preakness Status

Phil has a question:

Has anyone ever gave a better reason for getting rid of Lasix.

Paulick Report – Mystik Dan To Resume Training Wednesday; Mugatu Confirmed For Preakness Start

The Ringer – Nora Princiotti – Ranking the Best Jokes From the Tom Brady Roast

ESPN – What makes Macklin Celebrini the next big thing in hockey

TSN – Sharks win NHL Draft Lottery, will pick No. 1

The Athletic – Jonas Siegel – What led to another lost Maple Leafs season? Inside the managerial missteps and miscalculations

Hickory Wind

Bloodhorse – Sean Collins – Mystik Dan Vaults to Top of NTRA 3YO Poll After Derby

2023 Western Canadian Triple Crown

Phil has a question:

Is there going to be a Western Canadian Triple Crown in 2024.

Symphony No. 2 Gustave Mahler

To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.

Mary Oliver

A man in a necktie reads a bedtime story to a small girl.

“First, Goldilocks said the interest rates were too high.

Then, Goldilocks said they were too low.

Then, in agreement with the Federal Reserve Board, she finally said they were just right.”

DRF – Matt Hegarty – Bill transferring Pimlico ownership to state passes in Maryland legislature

Pimlico Plumbers

America’s Best Racing – Mike Curry – The Spring of Smarty-Mania: Remembering a Magical Triple Crown Bid by Smarty Jones

America’s Best Racing – Mike Curry – 2024 Triple Crown Prospect Profiles: Evaluating Derby Winner Mystik Dan’s Chances in Preakness, Belmont Stakes

TDN – Katie Petrunyak – How I brought five young people to their first Kentucky Derby

TDN – Lukas Double To Baltimore; McPeek Upbeat On Mystik Dan

TDN – Beverly Strauss Named Honorary Preakness 149 Postmaster

Phil has a question:

How many people remember that Conn Smythe was a Canadian thoroughbred breeder and owner.

Paulick Report – Preakness Weekend Offers Horsemen Bonuses And Qualifiers

Andscape – Marc J Spears – Kyrie Irving finds comfort zone with Dallas Mavericks

Baltimore Sun – Childs Walker – Preakness 2024: Kentucky Derby champ Mystik Dan a wait-and-see for second leg of Triple Crown


Stupidity is a talent for misconception. 

Edgar Allan Poe

Los Angeles Times – John Cherwa – Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan might be skipping Preakness Stakes

Phil has a question:

Does Kenny McPeek remember back to the days when he trained Mystik Dan’s great grand-sire, Harlan’s Holiday who raced 21 times winning 9 with 5 seconds and 2 third earning $US2,462,644.

Is Kenny McPeek second guessing.

Paulick Report – Preakness 149: Muth, Imagination Confirmed, Several More Considered For Triple Crown’s Middle Jewel

TDN – Preakness Possibles Line Up

Paulick Report – Preakness 149: Muth, Imagination Confirmed, Several More Considered For Triple Crown’s Middle Jewel

Bloodhorse – Mystik Dan’s Preakness Status Undecided, Others Pass

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Connections Savor Kentucky Derby Win From Mystik Dan

America’s Best Racing – Tom Pedulla – Key Takeaways You Need to Know From Kentucky Derby Weekend

TDN – McPeek Weighs Preakness Shot for Thorpedo Anna

Paulick Report – Victor Ryan – Preakness Candidates Muth, Imagination Tune Up At Santa Anita

The horse that was overlooked time and again became invaluable to the Japanese racing industry as a breed-shaping stallion. Once more, the last word belonged to Sunday Silence.

America’s Best Racing – Tom Pedulla – Sunday Silence: The Star No One Wanted

Phil M Stockmen

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