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I Ain’t The Same
Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Haskin Resigns as Senior Correspondent
Bloodhorse – Mitchell – No Royal Ascot Start for California Chrome
Canadian Gaming Business – Senate dithering on C290 allows illegal online sportsbook to operate on Canadian soil
National Post – Dale Smith: Chong’s Reform Act is ‘actively toxic to Canadian democracy’
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
But the N.F.L.’s stance has not persuaded many fans who are less sympathetic to the legal distinction between games of skill (fantasy sports) and games of chance (gambling). To many of them, the distinction is arbitrary and the ban on sports gambling is outdated and intellectually dishonest.
“It’s the biggest hypocrisy in sports,” said Scott Andresen, a sports and entertainment lawyer who teaches at Northwestern. “The N.F.L. and other leagues are in opposition to legalized sports gambling because they haven’t quite figured out how to monetize it. Once they do, they’ll all be on board.”
NY Times – Belson – N.F.L.’s Unsteady Stance on a Tricky Gambling Landscape
Phil’s Vignette of Canadian History
Law Now – Normey – Supreme Court Reins in Social Credit
Edmonton Journal – Pratt – Feisty Vegreville Observer took on the Ku Klux Klan and Bible Bill Aberhart
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SUNDAY HASTINGS PREVIEW
Hastings Racecourse resumes racing today with a challenging eight race card.
The main event is in race four as eight talented three year olds will do battle over six and a half furlongs.
Starting from the inside is Barry Tyrer’s Prince Hotel who will try and get a better beginning after his unfortunate poor start which cost him any shot of winning last time out. Alex Marti returns to ride for trainer Rob VanOverschot.
Rob and Vicky Gilker own Peace Arch is partnership with George Robbins who has been impressive in both career starts. He has a better post for his speed style and his winning pilot Pedro Alvarado will be back in the tack for todays race.
The 3480 Equine LLP own Dealership who broke his maiden last fall easily against high maiden claiming company. The connections decided to try him against stakes horses first time this year but he suffered from a tough early part of the race and was never a factor. He has been razor sharp in his subsequent works and will appreciate being in with allowance types. Keishan Balgobin gets the call from trainer John Snow.
The Shamrock Racing Stables’ seem to have made a good claim purchasing Smart Focus out of his four length victory over $25,000 maiden claimers. He is up in class but might get a favourable pace scenario to help him out. Mark Buchanan will get a leg up from trainer Jim Brown.
Mark DeDomenico and the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s Party Pooper makes his 2015 debut after an encouraging two year old campaign last summer. The two year stakes winner has worked well including a snappy five-eights drill in 58 4/5. He will get the services of David Lopez in the irons for Hall-of-Famer Troy Taylor.
Roy and Dixie Jacobson bred and own Sedin who was a game third in his last race at this level. If he can get a decent trip her could threaten. The Jacobson’s son-in-law Mark Cloutier trains and has called on Keishan Balgobin to reride.
Leif Nordahl’s Crius ran to his pedigree in his debut winning stylishly in a good time. He is out of former champion Excited Miss which makes him a full brother to multiple stakes winner Arabella’s Muse. A repeat effort will give a good shot today. Pedro Alvarado rides for leading trainer Mike Anderson.
Owner, trainer, breeder Gina Wright will saddle Mister Mecate who has plenty of early speed but will need to improve off of his latest performance. He has shown ability at this level in the past and Jeff Burningham will get the riding assignment.
The eight race card gets going at 1:50 p.m. The Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 starts in races 3 (2:45 p.m.)
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Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
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Equibase – Nominations for the Red Smith Stakes – Friday June 19, 2015
ALMOST NINETY dk b/.f.3 Mitch Klimove, Judy Frost and Jerri R. Robertson Jerri R. Robertson
EUSTACIA ch.f.3 Curtis Landry Greg Tracy
GINGER SMASH ch.f.3 Jim Juris and Linda Smith Ron K. Smith
INDIAN BRAVA b.f.3 Mercedes Stables LLC Robertino Diodoro
QUALITY LANE b.f.3 Victor & Sharon Kleparchuk, Eric Dohei and Viking Stables Joan Petrowski
STAR LADY ch.f.3 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
Equibase – Nominations for the Ky Alta Stakes – Saturday June 20, 2015
AIRSHIP b.g.3 Doug Blair Joan Petrowski
BLUE DANCER (White Shield) dk b/.g.3 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
CENTREFIRE ch.g.3 Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm Greg Tracy
COWBOYS DON’T CRY b.g.3 Brian Kozak Brian Kozak
FEISTY FORESTER ch.g.3 Chancery Stables II Ron Grieves
HOLLER AT THE MOON ch.g.3 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
LOGAN’S LILY dk b/.g.3 Bar None Ranches Ltd. Ron Grieves
PURPLE HEAVEN b.g.3 Ted Graling Twylla Bensmiller
SEEKING THE TARGET dk b/.c.3 Ron and Sandra Kirchner Joan Petrowski
TAPPIN VEGAS gr/ro.c.3 Mercedes Stables LLC Robertino Diodoro
TIMELESS TALES ch.g.3 Wilde Racing Ryan McLean
NY Times – Ginsberg -Me, My Dad and American Pharoah
Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture.
Life of A Stranger
Sunday June 14, 2015
$20,550 Pick 6
$17,507 Super High Five Jackpot
$12,192 Pick 4
$7,130 Pick 5
$42,625 Pick 6
$14,827 Pick 6
$3,041 Pick 7
Golden Gate Fields
$117,228 Pick 6 Jackpot
$171,442 Pick 6 Jackpot
Lone Star Park
$4,714 Pick 6 Jackpot
$6,288 Pick 6
$2,774 Pick 6 Jackpot
Presque Isle Downs
$185 Pick 6
$1,488 Tri Super
$9,761 Super High Five Jackpot
Tuesday June 16, 2015
Indiana Grand Race Course
$5,352 Pick 6
Wednesday June 17, 2015
$424 Super High Five
$335 Super High Five
$25,628 Pick 5 Jackpot
$2,642 Pick 5
Wednesday June 17, 2015
$10,000 Win Four
FiveThirtyEight – Morris -Where Have You Gone, Secretariat?
LA Times – Sondheimer – Trainer Bob Baffert wants to share American Pharoah with fans
NY Times – Remnick – Winning Belmont Bettors Hope to Cash In Online
Bloodhorse – ‘Pharoah’ and a ‘Magical’ Night at Churchill
NY Times – Maks – 30,000 Fans Greet American Pharoah in Festive Return to Churchill Downs
Charming Assassin a son of the great Van Nistelrooij is standing in Alberta at Roy Robert McClintock’s McClintock Farm (403) 845-0811 email@example.com.
Is it true that Maxamax will be relocating to southern Alberta for the 2016 thoroughbred breeding Season.
Canadian Gaming Business – Four Québec casinos will teach people how to play Blackjack
Richard Hamel must have felt like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins heading into the corner with Zdeno Chara on his tail when Silver Ovation came over on Ryan Nugent Hopkins’ R.N.H. Stable’s Zenya in the 7th race at Hastings Park on Saturday.
Silver Ovation was disqualified and placed second giving Ryan Nugent Hopkins’ R.N.H. Stable its maiden win.
Phil watched the replay a couple of times and lauds the job the Richard Hamel did keeping Zenya and himself safe and sound.
Molly Brown Stake $40,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Wild Applause $100,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Sydney Gendelman Memorial Handicap $75,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Budweiser Handicap $50,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Epsom Cup GIII $723,000 3&up 9f Turf
Mermaid Stake GIII $633,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 10f Turf
Select Stake $60,000 3yo 5.5f Turf
Presque Isle Downs
Satin and Lace Stake (L $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 5.5f AW
Norgor Derby $40,000 3yo 6f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Desert Stormer Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Plate Trial Stake $150,000 3yo R 9f AW
Woodbine Oaks Stake Presented by Budweiser $500,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 9f AW
Presque Isle Downs
Karl Boyes Memorial Northwestern Pa. Stake (L $100,000 3&up 5.5f AW
Coventry Stake EngGII $187,000 2yo 6f Turf
King’s Stand Stake EngGI $585,000 3&up 5f Turf
Queen Anne Stake EngGI $585,000 4&up 8f Turf
St James’s Palace Stake EngGI $585,000 3yo c 8f Turf
Windsor Castle Stake (L $94,000 2yo 5f Turf
University of New Mexico Handicap $60,000 3&up State/Prov 7f Dirt
Duke of Cambridge Stake EngGII $211,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Jersey Stake EngGIII $117,000 3yo 7f Turf
Prince of Wales’s Stake EngGI $819,000 4&up 10f Turf
Queen Mary Stake EngGII $156,000 2yo Fillies 5f Turf
Sandringham Handicap Stake (L $109,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Les Bois Park
Ginger Welch Memorial Stake $8,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 7f Dirt
Ron Yanke Memorial $8,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Billy Powell Claiming Stake $20,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Norfolk Stake EngGII $125,000 2yo 5f Turf
Ribblesdale Stake EngGII $250,000 3yo Fillies 12f Turf
Tercentenary Stake EngGIII $117,000 3yo 10f Turf
The Gold Cup EngGI $585,000 4&up 20f Turf
Albany Stake EngGIII $109,000 2yo Fillies 6f Turf
Commonwealth Cup EngGI $585,000 3yo 6f Turf
Coronation Stake EngGI $585,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
King Edward VII Stake EngGII $289,000 3yo Colts & Geldings 12f Turf
Queen’s Vase Stake (L $133,000 3yo 16f Turf
Chesham Stake (L $94,000 2yo 7f Turf
Diamond Jubilee Stake EngGI $819,000 4&up 6f Turf
Hardwicke Stake EngGII $312,000 4&up 12f Turf
Wolferton Handicap Stake (L $109,000 4&up 10f Turf
Bed o’ Roses Handicap GIII $150,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 7f Dirt
Roxelana Stake #$65,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Obeah Stake GIII $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Stanton Stake $50,000 3yo 8.5f Turf
Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 7.5f Turf
Red Cross Stake $70,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Ky Alta Stakes $50,000 3yo 8f dirt
Oak Tree at Pleasanton
Oak Tree Handicap $50,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap (L $100,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Mountain Top Futurity $175,000 2yo State/Prov 5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Singletary Stake $75,000 3yo 8f Turf
Summertime Oaks GII $200,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Ohio Derby L $500,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Victoria Stake $125,000 2yo 6f Turf
Inaugural Handicap $8,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Free Press Stake $25,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Golden Boy Stake $25,000 3yo 6f Dirt
New York Stallion Stake (Cupecoy’s Joy Div. $100,000 3yo Fillies R 7fTurf
New York Stallion Stake (Spectacular Bid Div. $100,000 3yo R 7f Turf
Dark Star Cup $75,000 3&up 6.5f Dirt
Northbound Pride Oaks $75,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Coin Collector Stake $50,000 3yo State/Prov 4.5f Dirt
Coca-Cola Handicap $50,000 3yo Colts & Geldings 8f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Hakodate Sprint Stake GIII $685,000 3&up 6f Turf
Unicorn Stake GIII $618,000 3yo 8f Dirt
Dan Horn Handicap $60,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Turf
Pegasus Stake GIII $150,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Oak Tree at Pleasanton
Pleasanton Oaks $50,000 3yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Landaluce Stake L $125,000 2yo Fillies 5.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Juvenile L $125,000 2yo 5.5f Dirt
King Edward Stake CanGII $200,000 3&up 8f Turf
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How Much Sunny Weather Can One Racetrack Take
It was another perfect day, there was a nice breeze blowing to keep us British Columbians from getting too hot and, at the same time, keep the black flies down. Oh, that’s right, we do not have troublesome insects here at the Track of the Water and Mountains, but we did have a decent assembly of racing fans on Sunday, and once again they proved intent on speculation, investing in a number of equine propositions to the tune of $620K.
An emerging three-year-old named Crius showed some star potential while winning his second condition and the five-year-old Tracker ran sizzling interior fractions on his way to an impressive win in the supporting feature. There were some doubles on the human side, a season high was reached in the claiming department and the track played fair to a variety of running styles. At the end of the day, It was a fine day.
Crius Is Getting Serious
We are going to call the fourth race on Sunday’s card the feature. It was an Allowance Optional Claiming race for three-year-olds who had not won two lifetime (BC-bred 3), the option being to run for $25,000. None of the eight runners opted, nor did they need to, all were winners of one race until Crius ($13.30) wired the 6 ½ furlong sprint in 1:17.11 after setting fast fractions all the way around under jockey Pedro Alvarado. Sedin never stopped trying while running second and finishing lapped on the winner. Party Pooper hung a head on Smart Focus to take third.
Crius scrambled a little at the break but moved from the seven-hole to the lead on the rail in a manner that says fast, although Mister Mecate was right with him for a while. The winner discouraged that one going down the backside and then he turned back Dealership who took a run at him and then turned it up a notch by accelerating into the final turn and opening up daylight on Sedin who had moved into second.
Sedin chased hard all the way down the lane to come up a half-length short. His rider claimed interference, the stewards thought not. However, Sedin is a good horse that things seem to go bad for. But as we all know, racing luck evens out and the first time things break his way, he wins. Party Pooper and Smart Focus had a good race with each other for third, and they provide competitive depth for the division.
Crius is of course a full brother to Arabella’s Muse and is another branch on a Red Rock Farm tree that has borne a whole lot of choice fruit over the years. His dam, Excited Miss, was 6 for 8 lifetime and she was placed in stakes in the two she didn’t win. She won 5 stakes and was one of four stakes winners produced by Excited Angel, a stakes-placed daughter of Regal Remark. Crius was bred by Leif and Karen Nordahl and is raced by Leif Nordahl, who also raced the dam. Mike Anderson trains.
It is early in his career but he appears to have the ability to quickly intensify, to be suddenly running significantly faster than the field with no apparent transition period. Crius did that twice in this race, first when getting to the rail from an outside post and a less than textbook break, and again when he opened up about 2 ½ going into the second turn. At this point he is unbeaten and all things are possible.
Tracker Runs A Whacker
The sixth was a $25,000 open claimer for older horses at a mile-and-a-sixteenth went to Tracker ($8.20) who led for all but the first few jumps on his way to a very fast 1:43.35 clocking that put him 3 lengths clear of El Capone who closed strongly from mid-pack to be second. Senor Rojo was another half-length behind in third after being in that vicinity for most of the trip.
Its Finally Friday broke on top but was soon chasing Tracker who ran by him and led the rest of the way, although its Finally Friday was there for a long time before succumbing to chasing Tracker and rider Sahin Civaci through a mile that went in 1:35.67, the fastest mile split of the year and one that was four lengths faster than Modern went on his way to winning the Sir Winston Churchill earlier this month. After a first quarter in 24.15, Tracker laid down a string of quarters that went 23.10, 24.11 and 24.31. After the first quarter, he ran the next three-quarters in 1:11.52.
Tracker did drift out coming home, but he would have had to go completely astray to lose. He did not come home fast, but anybody close enough to catch him was too tired to do so. This was a field of tough, professional racehorses. It was their bad luck to end up in a race with Tracker on a day when he was way too good to get beat by them.
Tracker was bred in British Columbia by R.J. and Lois Bennett and they raced him. Barb Heads trained. Following the victory, Tracker went to a new home.
John Snow had a training double. He won the opener with I Dig That ($5.00) for himself and co-owners Hole In One Stable with Richard Hamel aboard and he took the seventh with Nana’s Buddy ($5.70) who came from last, as in way, way back, to demonstrate the consequences that accrue to $4K claimers who go 21 and change quarters and 45 flat half-miles. Gabriel Asencio timed the ride to score for owner Triple 8 Racing.
It was an active day at the claim box, in all a half-dozen horses changed hands, including three winners. Aside from the previously mentioned Tracker, I Dig That was taken from the first, and Honey Skila ($8.80) from the last after winning for K and G Stable, trainer Steve Henson and jockey Antonio Reyes.
There was a winner disqualified for the second straight day and it provided Antonio Reyes with a riding double. Jordan’s Quest came down after putting Teddy the Bear in tight late in the lane and After Court ($12.80) inherited the win for the Rockin Bar B Outfit and trainer Frank Barroby.
Cowboy Commander ($14.50) took the fifth by continuing on after a sub 45 second half for jockey Keishan Balgobin, trainer Phil Hall and owner Lindsay Racing Stables.
The second went to Said Taylor ($4.10) who was one of two betting favorites to win on the day. He was ridden by David Lopez for trainer Troy Taylor and owners the North American Thoroughbred Company and Judi Taylor.
Finality had a pretty high class stallion double with Crius looking like any kind while winning an Allowance Optional and Tracker smoking a field of $25,000 open claimers.
Richard Hamel’s win gives him 23 for the season and keeps him 5 ahead of Pedro Alvarado in the rider standings. Marklee Buchanan and Alexander Marti are tied for third with a dozen each.
Trainer Mike Anderson’s win was lucky number 13, good for a 4 win lead over Dino Condilenios and a 5 win margin over Craig MacPherson and Troy Taylor who are tied for third.
Another Day In Paradise: We Can Live With It
We used to call it Junuary, but check it out now. Climate change is probably not going to be a good thing, but if we could have selective climate change, this is the June we would want. At historic old Hastings Racecourse, racing fans took advantage of the fine day and came out in good numbers for a Saturday card that had its moments. They bet a little more than half a million from near and far.
It Was Susan’s Day
Best race of the day in terms of horse quality was the third, an Allowance Optional Claimer for three-year-old fillies who non-winners of two races (three for BC-breds) or for a claiming price of $25,000. Only Biscuit was in for the tag and none of them needed to be as they were all winners of one until Susan’s Day ($6.20) crossed the finish line in 1:17.62 and became a winner of two. Ambleside Park was wide on the second turn and just kept on keeping on down the lane to run a very willing second and complete the David Forster exacta. Storm Stalker finished a close third while showing a ton of heart by refusing to fold despite getting tired after setting the early fractions.
Splendid Scat went to the early lead despite doing some rocking and bopping in the gate and not getting away all that well. Her time on the front end was brief. Storm Stalker was by her before they hit the first turn while Susan’s Day was getting in tight early before settling into third. Things got close for Susan’s Day again early in the turn but neither horse or jockey flinched and when they straightened out for the run down the backstretch, Susan’s Day was in second.
The winner crept up on front-running Storm Stalker and was in front shortly after a half in a comfortable 46.75, however, from there things got considerably less comfortable and the top three ran hard every step to the wire, getting the last five-sixteenths in less than 31 seconds.
Susan’s Day is a Kentucky bred daughter of Colonel John. Colonel John’s offspring have an average winning distance of a mile (8.00). (Remember, American Pharoah’s sire has an AWD of 7.33). This filly has already run a couple of decent routes in other jurisdictions, so she is definitely in the Oaks mix at this point. She is owned by Cameron Hill and trained by David Forster.
I’m a Diva Too ($5.40) racked up her third win in a row in a rare Starter Optional Claiming race for horses that had run for $8K in 2014-15. Alex Marti has ridden her in all three wins, she is owned by her breeders, Gil and Wil Stud Farm, and she is trained by William Konyk Jr.
The second race produced an epic battle between the winner, Uncle Clarence ($9.00), under rider Keishan Balgobin, and an extremely game runner-up in Instant Cash. Never mind that it was a $4K maiden claimer, the two of them hooked up and battled the last three-quarters of a mile before Uncle Clarence prevailed by a neck. He was unquestionably more than a neck better, having walked out of the gate, rushed up four-plus wide on the first turn and three wide on the second. Uncle Clarence was bred by his owner Les Hoggard and is trained by Craig MacPherson. Heck of a race really.
Lord Gallovic was the longest price on a somewhat chalky day, paying $12.40 while also supplying the closest finish of the day by nosing even-money favorite, At the Ritz. Lord Gallovic races for Dan Lee and owner/trainer Phillip Hall. Sahin Civaci rode. Shortest price came in the last when Zenya ($3.30) won after an erratic stretch drive and a bumping incident resulted in Silver Ovation’s disqualification. Zenya is owned by Edmonton Oiler Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, trained by Barbara Heads and was ridden by Ryan Pacheco.
The sixth race offered the least suspense on the card as Four Feathers ($4.80), with David Lopez enjoying the ride, ran away and hid from a field of $4K maiden fillies and mares. North American Thoroughbred Horse Company owns and Troy Taylor trains.
Richard Hamel won the opener on Flame Eternal ($8.20) for owner J Racing and trainer Ronald Deyotte. Hamel’s win extended his lead to five over Pedro Alvarado. Among the leading trainers, only Craig MacPherson and Troy Taylor posted wins. Mike Anderson continues to lead with an even dozen.
Glen Todd had a breeding double with Lord Gallovic winning the fifth and Four Feathers the sixth.
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Phil’s noticed that the handle at Northlands Park is improving again in 2015. Phil’s SoCal sources advise that Northlands Park entire card is oft being shown on the screens at Santa Anita Park. Phil lauds the efforts of the crew at Northlands Park for getting the NP signal accepted in more markets.
Ever since Stampede Park turfed the jiggies we’ve been subject to the constant whine that the jiggies get the bad dates and that’s why their handle isn’t comparable to the thoroughbreds at NP. With Century Downs opening at Balzac the jiggies now race the same dates as the thoroughbreds yet their handle continues to lag open lengths behind the thoroughbred handle at NP.
Better dig into the excuse barrel for one someone other than your mother believes.
BBC Sports – Royal Ascot: California Chrome among record overseas entries
Lady and the Track – Macatangay – California Chrome Primed to Upset Prince of Wales
Flying above the messy slop . . .
…. is what Madd Edition (outside horse) and Kenton appear to be doing in the $25,000 Frank Arnason Sire Stakes last Saturday. Madd Edition, ridden by Jerry Pruitt, won by half a length. (Ivan Bigg photo).
IMPORTANT MESSAGE DURING EX: Starting this Friday and until Father’s Day use the backstretch entrance to the Downs (Saskatchewan Avenue). That will separate you from Red River Ex traffic that is using the Downs parking lot.
Happy birthday, ASD!
Enjoy perks tonight, Fri & Sat!
Exactly 58 years ago today Assiniboia Downs opened its doors and jockey Dick Armstrong won the very first race aboard Gold Ern. Come celebrate with these birthday perks during live racing tonight, Friday and Saturday:
— Get your second collectible All-Star Manitoba Derby card (while quantities last)
— Enjoy food, program and merchandise specials
— Get into the draw for free wagers
— Wolf down complementary birthday cake and coffee in the Clubhouse following the races
Bullet briefs . . .
• Phinally! Goosebumps, tears and cheers erupt. What a day!
• Gals clash in highly-contentious La Verendrye stakes tonight
• $57,628 carryover in tonight’s Jackpot Hi-5 at ASD
• Clocker got it right: Pharoah had no one to fear
• Future face of ASD: 18-year-old trainer posts first win
• Winning is as simple as using common sense
• Welcome back, Shelley Brown!
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Surprisingly,a longtime player
hadn’t realized that every Monday and Tuesday, you receive five times the usual player rewards on all wagers–which essentially means you earn an additional five per cent on your bets.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE THIS AFTERNOON: This afternoon in the Finish Line at 2:00 p.m., Assiniboia Downs will celebrate the life of a big racing fan, Peter Demidiuk, who died last Nov. 15 at 80. He was a great outdoorsman who worked for the City of Winnipeg as a surveyor for 36 years and his kindness won him many friends. The second race tonight will be run in his honour, as well.
Who will be the . . .
. . . FEMME FATALE?
Tonight’s $25,000 La Verendrye Stakes for the ladies is about as competitive a race as we’ve seen this year. Award-winning Aware and Go Go Lolo who finished one-two in an overnight stakes race just under three weeks ago are back. But K 5 Stables’ Humorus Dilemma, a Belmont/Woodbine horse who finished third in that race and likely needed the start, returns to avenge her loss. Added to the mix are Jared Brown’s Holiday Maker, a Santa Anita winner who coasted to victory in her first start at the Downs and Shelley Brown’s Can’t Use Nellie who won the Jack Hardy Stakes at the Downs last fall. Completing the six-horse field is Idling, a second horse co-owned and trained by Don Schnell (he also has Aware). Idling lost to Aware last summer but comes off three stakes appearances at Turf Paradise.
It’s race six on the seven-race card. Who do you like? ASD handicapper Rob MacLennan says he likes Aware with Humorous Dilemma.
|Race Book jubilation: CEO Darren Dunn had his hands in the air even before American Pharoah had crossed the finish line. (Watch video of this scene here.)
My eyes moistened. Trevor Phelps, last week’s tournament winner, had goosebumps. Veteran horseplayer Glen Burke said he and his wife were standing in front of their TV at home, cheering wildly. CEO Darren Dunn, watching the race with others in the Race Book, pumped his hands into the air even before American Pharoah had crossed the finish line. There was screaming and fist-bumping and high-fiving ….
It was crazy. It was relief. It was “about time.” The word “finally” swept through the Race Book. “It’s going to change racing,” said a few, explaining that more people will become caught up in horse racing now. This opened the door — wide — they said.
Interestingly, Victor Espinoza did exactly what Kent Desormeaux should have done aboard Big Brown in 2008–let the horse go the lead, then nurse him along. What was interesting, too, is that Espinoza set one speed and kept it going the whole 1 1/2 miles. The first half and second half of the race were equal. How often does that happen in a route race?
Four entrants in the Triple Crown Sweepstakes in the Race Book were dead-on in their predictions of the time of the race (2:36 3/5) and each collected $30 in wagering vouchers. No one had predicted the top-four order of finish so the $1,000 prize was left on the table.
Put simply, happiness was–is–a Triple Crown winner. Decades of anticipation and disappointment was like a load of bricks being pulled down the road getting heavier and heavier. Finally, the load has been delivered! And what a great horse name to add to the Triple Crown dozen — American Pharoah. I’ll bet none of you will forget where you were or how you felt the moment he crossed the finish line. Thirty-seven years of longing can do that.
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Clocker’s comments clinched it: Pharoah had no one to phear
When anyone asked me on Friday or Saturday who would win the Belmont Stakes–and quite a few did–I told them without hesitation that American Pharoah would win “by seven or eight lengths.” How could I speak with such assurance? Because I’m a Welsch believer. I’m a big follower and fan of Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Welsch because of his proven record over the years during the Breeders’ Cup.
Leading up to the Belmont, I felt Materiality might have an outside chance but quickly discarded this view when I noted Welsch’s comment that Materiality looked worse in his workouts than he had before the Kentucky Derby. So I dismissed Materiality as only a possible fourth place finisher (he finished last). By the same token, I noted Mike’s positive comments about Keen Ice and Tale of Verve so elevated them in status. (Keen Ice finished third.) And, since Mike reserved his highest praise for American Pharoah, it was slam dunk for me that he would win by open lengths. I had predicted seven or eight; the results chart put it at 5 1/2.
All of which–if you care to believe–should have you following Mike’s clocking and comments come Breeders’ Cup time.
SWEETEST WORDS IN 37 YEARS: “American Pharoah has won the Triple Crown!” — Larry Collmus, track announcer, Belmont Park.
TURNS 18, WINS FIRST RACE AS TRAINER
|PROUD MOMENT: New trainer Cole Bennett poses with his very first winner, Super Me, last Friday (Photos with thanks to Gerry Hart)
“My day starts at 3:30 a.m.”
Know the name “Cole Bennett.” He turned 18 on May 30 and, six days later (last Friday), he celebrated his first win as a trainer with Dr. Betty Hughes’ horse, Super Me. And, chances are, this is just the first of many.
At “six or seven,” he recalls, when his sister was involved with show horses, he told everyone that he wanted to make horses his life. “They laughed and said ‘keep dreaming but you’d better have a back-up plan,'” He didn’t. At 14, he bought a horse, Atta Girl, with his father, Glen, a manager at a steel company. “It was the best summer of my life,” he told The Insider.
Headstrong, he dropped out of school at 15, halfway through grade 10, promising his parents he would get his diploma through correspondence courses, and dove into every aspect of the horse business: From mucking stalls to galloping the six horses he trains to working a second full-time job in the afternoons caring for quarter horses “too numerous to count” at a farm in Oakbank. His day starts at 3:30 a.m., he says.
He worked with whomever he could and learned from all of them, he said: Brent Hrymak, Tanya Lindsay, Marion Johnston, Ardell Sayler. Jockey agent Mike Pierce, in fact, lined him up with his first very-own horse, Rica’s Ready, a now-6-year-old mare (26-6-0-2) which he bought for $2,200.
Four of the horses he trains are unraced Manitoba-breds–owned by his dad or Hughes–so his ability as a trainer will become evident as they start hitting the track. The first of them, he said, will be Hughes’ Notable Magic, a 3-year-old gelding, who will be entered shortly.
Will you be pulling for him? I will. He’s just the youthful tonic the industry wants and needs. Go get ’em, Cole!
Don’t leave common sense at the door
“Of course I have common sense”
Common sense figures highly in picking winners. For instance, horses who can spring from the starting gate more quickly than other horses have a big advantage in dashes and sprints, horses who have already raced this year have a conditioning edge over those who haven’t, trainers who raise their horses in class after the horse showed little at a lower class must have done something that will help the horse perform better. All common sense handicapping angles, right?
So what about this? In the first race last Wednesday, Jet Again who had been racing in stakes races suddenly was dropped into a $5,000 claiming race. What does common sense tell you? That the owners have suddenly become very generous and have decided to sell a valuable horse at a bargain basement price? Or is this a red flag? Is the horse no longer the same calibre as he was in his previous races?
Bridgejumping show players simply missed or ignored the red flag and heaped wads of money on the horse, deciding he couldn’t finish worse than third. But he did. He finished fourth. Which produced a windfall for common sense thinkers who bet the others:
Prediction: Bridgejumpers will do exactly the same thing in a similar situation again. Use common sense and you’ll be well-rewarded.
HOTTIES OF THE WEEK
Stretch drive of the week
Hottest jock: Adolfo Morales (5 wins)
Hottest trainers: Don Schnell, Heather Wallerstedt, Jared Brown (3 wins)
Biggest upset: Ohboyohboyohboy $38.50 (Wed 1st)
Biggest 20-cent superfecta: $110 (Wed 7th — 2-5-6-4)
BOB’S BLOG TODAY: “Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays!’
says Bob. “Four of the most important women in my life celebrate birthdays in June–my wife, our daughter, the cat and the “other” woman in my life–my life-long crush on a 57-year-old beauty.”
What? Gotta find out who he’s referring to here
Brown comes off suspension to post stakes victory
After having her life turned upside down by a controversial three-month suspension last fall, trainer Shelley Brown was proudly back in the Winner’s Circle last Saturday with Madd Edition–a horse trained in her absence by Scott Creighton–who won the Frank Arnason Sire Stakes under Jerry Pruitt (inset) after a tenacious duel in the slop. Brown had been suspended until June 1 after a horse from New York who raced under her name in the Manitoba Derby last August (Master Lightning) had tested positive for a banned de-worming substance. Brown was the Downs’ first-ever leading female trainer in 2012. Great to have you back, Shelley!
THE WEEK THAT WAS
SAVING A PHAROAH WIN TICKET? It will fade unless you keep it sealed — either in a baseball sleeve or laminated. A $2 ticket from Secretariat’s retirement start at Woodbine in the fall of 1973 is now worth about $200. Former Winnipeg Sun columnist Laurie Mustard recently showed off his Secretariat ticket and race program from that day at the Manitoba Thoroughbred Awards banquet in May which he was hosting. His price? “Millions,” he joked.
A FINAL FAREWELL: Death leaves behind treasured memories and, for trainer Vic Price (inset) who died on May 31 at the age of 88, this photo–tracked down by the amazingly resourceful track historian Bob Gates–was one of them: It shows Price proudly holding the reins of Little Kitten who won a claiming race by a head on June 23, 1980, almost exactly 35 years ago. Price’s best stats were as a family patriarch: eight children, 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren–many to treasure his memory.
WELL YA NEVER KNOW (YES WE DO!): So now we know what trainer Ardell Sayler’s next move after Nebraska is: Arapahoe Park in Colorado. His Well Ya Never Know (6/1) raced in a starter allowance race there last Saturday and finished sixth in a field of seven.
MOTORCYLE PLEDGE RIDE RAISES $90,000: About 500 motorcyclists participated in an annual pledge ride Sunday that raced $90,000 to fight breast cancer. Assiniboia Downs donates its facilities as a base for the cyclists.
Giveaway becomes valuable
Ebay price: $10.29 (Cdn)
ROOKIE STAR WINS BELMONT DRAW: NHL rookie great Mark Stone (a Winnipegger playing for the Ottawa Senators) was one of seven lucky persons whose name was drawn in the Race Book Saturday afternoon to win a Triple Crown/Belmont Stakes basket of goodies including a tote bag, glasses, T-shirt and cap. One of his buddies was seen sporting the T-shirt that afternoon. The American Pharoah button with its fetching design and compelling colours was a hot item, too. Everyone in the Race Book and at OTBs received one. And, immediately after Pharoah won the Triple Crown, they spiked in collectibility and value and were being advertised on Ebay on Monday for $10.29 (Cdn) each plus shipping. Six of 15 had been sold.
ZDENO BACK IN FORM: 2013 Horse of the Year Zdeno, trained by Don Schnell, returned to his winning form in the $18,000 Island Fling Stakes last Wednesday as the race favourite, paying $4.50. In the $18,000 Northern Affair Stakes on the same card, Jerry Gourneau’s Witt Six from Lone Star Park ($5.60) ran down race favourite Sly Gold who had been shipped in from Woodbine by trainer Blair Miller.
LEACOCK/WALLERSTEDT DOUBLE PAYS NICELY: Fans of jockey Paul Leacock and trainer Heather Wallerstedt pocketed a hefty $151 double when the pair combined for winners in the first and second races last Wednesday: the stubby-eared Dixie Mission in the first ($11.10) and Daydream Dancer ($14.10) in the second.
PARTING FRENZY: What was it like in the Race Book? Mitch Janzen
, the broadcast manager at Assiniboia Downs for ONTrack Media (seen above aiming his camera in the Race Book during the Belmont Stakes), provides this video record
of the jubilation in the Race Book in the moments the 37-year Triple Crown drought comes to an end.
THE NEXT TWO INSIDERS: Will be published Thursday instead of Wednesday because there will be no live racing the next two Wednesdays. That’s because of a special card of racing on Father’s Day Sunday, June 21. The next WEDNESDAY card of live racing will be an AFTERNOON card on July 1, Canada Day.
Remember to access ASD from Saskatchewan Ave.
during the Red River Ex this Friday to Father’s Day
Lady and the Track – Smith – Horse Racing News and Replays Saturday, June 13
Bloodhorse – Balan – Danzig Moon Breakdown Mars Plate Trial
The most refreshing statement Phil’s heard from any sports figure the last few years:
ESPN – McManamon – Steve Kerr admits to lying before Game 4 about starting Andrew Bogut
If you start to find that kind of luxury as a normal thing, you don’t belong in the real world.
Ruud van Nistelrooy
LA Times – Mozingo – San Bernardino: Broken City
The Globe And Mail – Max Fawcett: Appointment of anti-pipeline activist a disastrous call by Rachel Notley
NY Times – Hassett and Veuger – Deflating ‘Deflategate’
Phil has a question:
What were the instructions given to Wells.
To Phil is sounds like:
Here’s the conclusion we want. Please go out and
find taint the evidence to support that conclusion.
The Globe And Mail – Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl breaks leg after fall from stage but refuses to stop concert
The Show Must Go On
The Globe And Mail – Christopher Lee: the hardest-working man in movies
Phil M Stockmen