CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED HORSE SOCIETY
2015 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Northlands Park EXPO Centre – Edmonton, Alberta
The plot for the Breeders Cup Classic just thickened one more spoonful with Beholder joining Honor Code and American Pharoah in the bubbling cauldron.
She entered the stretch with a widening three-length advantage and cruised to the wire with amazing grace, finishing the 1 ¼-mile distance in an eye-catching 1:59.77.
Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
Laurence J. Peter
Phil’s Vignette of Canadian History as it happens
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The only difference between a pigeon and the American farmer today is that a pigeon can still make a deposit on a John Deere.
If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain?
It’s Travers week and, barring any untoward occurrences during American Pharoah’s scheduled trial this morning, there promises to be a hot time in the old town come Saturday.
Date Race Name Track Division
Aug 29 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes Saratoga Longines Turf
Aug 29 Forego Handicap Saratoga Sprint
Aug 29 Ballerina Stakes Saratoga Filly & Mare Sprint
Aug 29 Personal Ensign H. Saratoga Longines Distaff
Sep 5 Spinaway Stakes Saratoga Juvenile Fillies
Sep 5 T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis Baden Baden Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 5 Pocahontas Stakes Churchill Downs Juvenile Fillies
Sep 5 Iroquois Stakes Churchill Downs Sentient Jet Juvenile
Sep 6 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden Baden Baden Longines Turf
Sep 12 The John Deere Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes Leopardstown Juvenile Turf
Sep 12 The Coolmore Stud Matron Stakes Leopardstown Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 12 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown Longines Turf
Sep 12 Natalma Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 12 Summer Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Turf
Sep 13 Moyglare Stud Stakes The Curragh Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 13 Canadian Stakes Woodbine Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 13 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Woodbine Mile
Sep 25 Shadwell Rockfel Newmarket Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 26 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Newmarket Juvenile Turf
Sep 26 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 26 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Sprint
Sep 26 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Belmont Park Longines Turf
Oct 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Keeneland Sprint
Oct 2 Darley Alcibiades Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies
Oct 3 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Keeneland Mile
Oct 3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Keeneland Filly & Mare Sprint
Oct 3 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland Sentient Jet Juvenile
Oct 3 Frizette Stakes Belmont Park Juvenile Fillies
Oct 3 Foxwoods Champagne Stakes Belmont Park Sentient Jet Juvenile
Oct 3 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Belmont Park Classic
Oct 4 Total Prix Marcel Boussac Longchamp Juvenile Fillies Turf
Oct 4 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Longchamp Juvenile Turf
Oct 4 Longines Prix de L’Opera Longchamp Filly & Mare Turf
Oct 4 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Turf
Oct 4 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes Keeneland Longines Distaff
Oct 8 J. P. Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies Turf
If thoroughbred racing wants to improve its market share not only must there be standardized medication rules right across North America the Rules of Racing must be standardized and enforcement of both monitored.
The 20 something wagering their $200.00 on their weekend fantasy pool knows that icing is the same in Phoenix as it is in Winnipeg. Thoroughbred bettors need the same consideration from the track operators and state and provincial regulators.
Guinevere’s Finale (No. 2) overtakes Citizen Kitty (No. 5) in the feature race
GUINEVERE’S FINALE ROLLS FROM BEHIND IN FEATURE
AUBURN, Wash. (August 23, 2015) – Guinevere’s Finale caught Citizen Kitty in the final strides for a three-quarter-length victory Sunday in the $21,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.
Rallying from far back, Guinevere’s Finale ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.93 and paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.60. Rocco Bowen rode the winner for trainer David Martinez and owner/breeder Oak Crest Farm LLC.
Citizen Kitty, ridden by Juan Gutierrez, opened a three-length lead in mid-stretch, but was unable to hold off Guinevere’s Finale late. Citizen Kitty paid $4.40 and $3.40.
Sunpenny, with Francisco Duran riding, finished well for third and paid $4.20 to show. Caliente Gold and Imakittensjoy completed the order of finish.
Guinevere’s Finale was in fifth place early, about eight lengths off the pace, as Citizen Kitty led through fractions of :22.75, :44.88 and 1:09.44. Angled outside into the lane, Guinevere’s Finale responded to Bowen’s urging and closed with a rush to tag Citizen Kitty in the final yards.
Guinevere’s Finale is 3-1-2 in 10 starts with earnings of $65,333 including $11,550 for Sunday’s victory. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Tale of the Cat, Guinevere’s Finale is the last foal out of 1998 Washington Horse of the Year Guinevere, a triple stakes winner at Emerald Downs.
Oak Crest Farm is on a roll, winning with its last starters at Emerald Downs—2-year-old fillies Cape Grace and Trinni on August 1 and 9, and Guinevere’s Finale.
BH LISAS BOY SETS RECORD IN QUARTER HORSE TRIAL
Idaho-bred Bh Lisas Boy ($4.80) broke the 440-yard track record in Sunday’s first trial for the $60,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Quarter Horse Championship Challenge on Sunday, September 6.
A 3-year-old Mighty Invictus gelding, Bh Lisas Boy was timed in :21.492, breaking the mark of :21.740 set by Chicks Special Angel in last year’s B of A final. Ironically, Chicks Special Angel broke her own track record, running 440 yards in :21.583, while finishing second to Bh Lisas Boy in Sunday’s first trial. A stakes winner at Portland Meadows and Les Bois Park, Bh Lisas Boy, is 7-for-11 lifetime, while Chicks Special Angel is 16-for-26.
Flyin Lion ($7.80) prevailed in the second trial, running 440 yards in :21.712, and is third fastest qualifier for the Final Also qualifying are: Alota Action, :21.762; Cascade Dynamite,:21.764; Bellingham, :21.852; Time for Jesse Lee, :21.862; Snowbound Superchick, :21.937; Patty Okey, :22.191, and Larryville, :22.239.
NOTES: Debbie Hoonan scored her first Emerald Downs win in nearly two years Sunday, riding Mister Breeze ($8.60) to a three-quarter-length victory in Sunday’s third race for trainer Alan Bozell. Hoonan, who missed all of 2014 after undergoing shoulder surgery, is No. 9 all-time with 437 wins at Emerald Downs. . .The sixth race superfecta paid $9,726.80, second largest of the season. In the sixth, Miners Thunder ($41.60) rallied from last for the victory while Sam Jam finished second at 40-1. . .There were two other big upsets Sunday: Rhythm in May connecting at 18-1 in race seven and One Smart Girl at 25-1 in race eight. . .The latter two results helped create a Pick 5 carryover of $6,445 to Friday’s card. Leslie Mawing rode two winners including the gate-to-wire triumph on One Smart Girl. . . Javier Matias also rode two winners, one Quarter Horse and one Thoroughbred, and is now 7-for-13 on Quarter Horses. . .Jeff Metz had one win Sunday and leads the Thoroughbred trainer standings with 46wins, while Frank Lucarelli also had a win Sunday and is second with 27 wins. Lucarelli has winners on four of the last five cards. . .Julien Couton leads Juan Gutierrez 75-63 in the Thoroughbred jockeys standings, with Mawing third with 62 wins. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:45 p.m.
KISS SIN GOODBYE RALLIES
TO VICTORY SATURDAY
AUBURN, Wash. (August 22, 2015) – Kiss Sin Goodbye would not be denied Saturday at Emerald Downs.
Scoring his sixth win of 2015, Kiss Sin Goodbye rallied boldly and nailed Oldtimers Vision in the final stride for a neck victory in the $14,900 Redhook Brewery at Emerald Downs.
Ridden by Javier Matias, Kiss Sin Goodbye ran one mile in 1:35.90 and paid $9.60 and $4.40. Joe Toye is the winning trainer for owners Bill Jensen and Gary Olson.
Oldtimers Vision, ridden by Joe Steiner, overtook Southern Solution past mid stretch, but was unable to hold off Kiss Sin Goodbye and finished second. Oldtimers Vision paid $3.80.
Southern Solution, ridden by David G. Lopez, led through fractions of :23.32, :46.28 and 1:10.06, but weakened late and finished third. Taelyns Prince finished fourth; Tale Spinner, Neverabettercause and Dynamo Dixie were scratched earlier in the day.
A 6-year-old Alberta-bred by Kissin Kris, Kiss Sin Goodbye earned $8,195 to increase his career bankroll to $84,794. His career record is 10-2-7 in 26 starts, including five wins in six starts earlier this year at Turf Paradise.
NOTES: Maggie’s Special ($11) broke a 22-race losing streak with a head victory in Saturday’s seventh for owner/trainer Allen Gideon. An 8-year-old Washington-bred by Spiker, Maggie’s Special previous victory was July 21, 2012. . .
In one of the day’s most exciting races, Quibble ($22.20)and jockey Francisco Duran rallied from last for a one-length victory over Dance With Effie in 1:16.65 for 6 ½ furlongs. Candi Tollett trains the winner while father-in-law Bill Tollett conditions the runner-up. . .
First-time starter Sugarseeker ($13.20) and Joe Steiner cruised to an easy victory in the $20,500 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies, running six furlongs in 1:11.31. Owned and bred by Darrin Paul, Sugarseeker is a Washington-bred by Ready’s Image-Pinseeker. . .
Leonel Camacho-Flores swept the Quarter Horse daily double with victories on Cm Secretsinthestraw ($3.80) and Cops R Zoomin ($5.80). Camacho-Flores ranks second in the Quarter Horse standings with five wins. . .
Camacho-Flores had three wins Saturday, scoring a Thoroughbred victory on Come On Cozzene ($7.80) in the 10th race. . .
Leslie Mawing rode two winners Saturday. . .Frank Lucarelli was the only trainer with two wins Saturday. . .
Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2 p.m. The 11-race card features nine Thoroughbred races and two trials for the $60,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Quarter Horse Championship Challenge on Sunday, September 6.
Hastings Racecourse resumes this afternoon with an eight race Monday twilight program. The PNE is underway but is closed on Monday’s so racing is the only game on site.
The feature events are the Champions Series races for $8,000 Starter Allowance company.
The colts and geldings division drew 15 entrants and the race was split. The first division is in race three with 7 runners going a mile and sixteenth. Starting from the inside is Praven Sorenson’s Fransor’s Finest who has back-to-back wins heading into this afternoon’s race. He has run competitively with pricier in the past and should be a major player. Richard Hamel rides for Phil Hall.
Len Fielding, Bill DeCoursey and Barbara Heads will try and get Game Seven to stretch out successfully for the first time in his career. He has won 6 of his last 9 (lost his last by DQ last time) but all have been at 6 or 6 1/2 furlongs. Sahin Civaci will gets the call.
Les Hoggard’s Uncle Willard seemed like he was on his way to victory but pulled up on the backstretch and bolted nearing the quarter pole. He is a top threat against this calibre but will need to be on his best behaviour for Keishan Balgobin and trainer Craig MacPherson.
Gary Johnson, Joe Denofreo and the Goon Show own Rare Courage who they claimed out of an $8,000 claimer in Phoenix last March. He is a distance specialist and will get Jeff Burningham in the saddle for Frank Barroby.
Dave Milburn owns and trains So Legit who has been almost perfect in his three starts since arriving in Vancouver. He is up in class today but is sharp. Pedro Alvarado rides.
Alison Tonner, Tammy and John Snow will be cheering for their homebred Dee Jay Snow named after John and Tammy’s daughter Dakota. He has been much better in his last two starts winning impressively on both occasions and will try and stretch out to a new distance today. Amadeo Perez will try and win three in a row on the son of Snorter.
On the outside is Larry Potozny’s Toccet’s Charm who just seems to win where ever he runs. He has been at Emerald Downs for his three races but does have an amazing 9 for 16 record at this trip here in Vancouver. Antonio Reyes will get a leg up from trainer Dave Dahl.
The fillies and mares take the spotlight in the fifth race as 11 fillies and mares will travel a mile and a sixteenth.
Kay and Sue Ohashi’s Closing Intentions will try a new distance for the first time since the 2013 season. She is 1 for 2 at this trip and sports a sharp work. Richard Hamel rides for Patty Leaney.
Morris Peter, David and Dennis Dale own Truly Unusual who ran her best race at Hastings at this distance. David Lopez gets the call from Steve Henson.
Wayne Oliver, Gord Grant and Barrie Whitley’s C.A. Miss has been a gem of consistency and hasn’t missed the board so far this year. She is unproven at this trip but deserves huge respect against these mares. Keishan Balgobin ride for John Snow.
Mike Hanson and Kyle and Brent MacPherson will be cheering for Far Niente who won the first leg of the series and then was a close fourth in her last. She looks like one that will enjoy the extra ground. Keishan Balgobin rides for Craig MacPherson.
The Rocking Bar B Outfit’s Clarisse B comes into this race off of a nice win with $6,250 claimers. She knows how to win races although she is another that has yet to find the winner’s circle going this far. Antonio Reyes gets the riding assignment from Frank Barroby.
The likely favourite will be I’m a Diva Too who is owned by Gil and Wil Stud Farm and trained by Bill Konyk Jr. She is the most accomplished of the field at a mile and a sixteenth and will be very dangerous. Alex Marti will be at the helm.
Warren Wilson, Morris Peter, Ashley Krisman and Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds’ will be trying to get their mare Morrie’s Glory into the winner’s circle for the seventh time at this trip in her career. Amadeo Perez gets the call from Barbara Heads.
Terry Clyde and Foster Carefoot own Haida Gwaii who has had a good season to date. Jeff Burningham gets the call from Mike Anderson.
Dennis Tucker’s Hey Didjanotis returns from Seattle after getting eligible to participate in this series in her last start. She has a very good shot against this calibre. Apprentice Silvano Moralezwill pilot for trainer Phil Hall.
Jim Eccott and Bryan and Carol Anderson’s Habida will try and extend her winning streak to three tonight. She will try and do it with her third consecutive different rider. Sahin Civaci rides for Pat Jarvis.
On the far outside is Dave and Sylvea Gregory and the Grayross Stables’ Lady at War. Her best races have been at this distance but she will have to deal with a tricky post.
The second division of the colts and geldings division is in race six.
Craig MacPherson’s Chief Thundercloud was very impressive in his return to the races after a nine month layoff winning a $6,250 claimer. He is a big long striding horse that looks like one that will be even better at a mile and a sixteenth. Richard Hamel gets the call.
Russ and Lois Bennett’s I’m Big Trouble won a marathon race on BC Cup day in his last. Jeff Burningham returns to the saddle for Barbara Heads.
The Last Call Racing Stables’ Teddy The Bear has been an unlucky sort that is due for a clean trip. Janine Smith re-rides Brent Bremner.
Couple of leftovers from the Canadian Derby:
Tony Maragh would like the folks to know that he’s not from Trinidad, or Venezuela or the Barbados, but he hails from Jamaica.
Andy Stronach is Frank Stronach’s son not his brother.
The big tent in the Northlands Park infield was leftover from Canadian Derby Day as Northlands Park hosted a wedding for 500 guests complete with their own ATM and betting wickets. Could that be a portent of what the future holds for racing at Northlands Park.
Phil has a question:
Why does Northlands Park limit the number of persons allowed in the winning picture when one sponsors a race to 2.
Wouldn’t the ripple effect work better if more newbies went home with a picture.
HASTINGS LIVE RACING TODAY
It seems so strange with no racing on Saturday and Sunday, I’m not sure what day it is. Anyways live racing kicks back into action today with the first post time at 4:00pm.
MEETING OF THE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS
SEVERAL INCENTIVE PROGRAMS CANCELLED
The three local racing associations met yesterday and it was decided by all that several of the Incentive programs for 2015-16 that were announced a few weeks back be cancelled and the groups will look at some other forms of incentives.
So the Broodmare Incentive, the Weanling Incentive Program, the Yearling Incentive Program and the 2 – 3 year old Incentive Program have been cancelled.
The associations will meet in mid September to discuss some other forms of incentive programs directed at increasing the older horse population for 2016.
CTHS MIXED SALE PHOTO’S
The Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter is once again calling on breeders with horses entered in the September 9th CTHS Mixed Sale to forward photo’s and any comments on their horses entered in the sale. We will once again post them as we receive them.
For those submitting multiple pictures etc. we ask you to rename the photo’s to the HIP # as it can get confusing of who’s who? All photo’s must be in the .jpg format please or even better yet send them one at a time.
Yet for all the recent doping exposés, the battle between cheats and testers has not dramatically altered. Even with the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2000, and the introduction of the Athlete Biological Passport in 2009, the percentage failing drugs tests remains stubbornly stuck at around 1-2% per year, even though athlete surveys tell us the number of dopers is probably somewhere between 14 and 39%.
Phil has a question:
Will either Shirley McClellan or Rick LeLacheur ever answer Phil M Stockmen’s e-mails requesting information on Horse Racing Alberta’s position on cobalt testing and regulation for horse racing In Alberta.
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The California Horse Racing Board voted Thursday to approve the 2016 racing calendar for the Northern and Southern California circuits.
Phil has a question:
When will the dates for the 2016 thoroughbred and standardbred meets be approved and posted by Horse Racing Alberta.
How much confidence will the buyers at the upcoming ASHA standardbred sale in Olds and CTHS thoroughbred sale in Edmonton show when they have no idea what the dates and purses for 2016 and on will be.
Why wasn’t a new slot revenue sharing agreement between the provincial government and Horse Racing Alberta finalized before the last provincial election was held.
If Rick LeLacheur and Shirley McClellan were not able to complete the negotiations for a new slot revenue sharing agreement when the provincial government was controlled by the Tories where both Rick LeLacheur and Shirley McClellan have deep connections, what kind of an idiot would think that Rick LeLacheur and Shirley McClellan are the most appropriate persons to be negotiating with a government now controlled by a party that the Tories openly despised and derided.
How long will it take the Undertaker to scoot over to the QKB’s office and tell her what Phil said about her and Horse Racing Alberta.
For those who have wandered over to Horse Racing Alberta’s site and wondered why the Canadian Derby results have never been posted.
Results for the Alberta HBPA Board of Directors election have been posted.
King has had a preliminary discussion with Finance Minister Joe Ceci, who has said he is keeping “an open mind” around the proposal and potential provincial involvement.
While no meetings are scheduled, King said he would like to sit down with Premier Rachel Notley.
Phil has a question:
Do you think that Joe Ceci is keeping “an open mind” around the proposal because there’s a bye-election in Calgary Foothills where the most recent polls show the Wildrose candidate with a slim lead.
If this project proceeds and the Saddledome becomes redundant could Stampede Park build a mile track and have horse racing return to Stamped Park.
Get ready football fans! This September 12 is set to be the most exciting day you’ll have all year. We’re inviting you to join us here at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino before the Battle of Alberta Labour Day Rematch! We want you to celebrate the Green & Gold with Beer, BBQ & Free Parking (w/a food bank donation) while cheering on live horse racing from Edmonton’s largest patio party. It’s going to be wall to wall fun and you shouldn’t miss a second of it!
Sept. 12, 1 to 5 p.m.
*All times subject to change
Welcome to the Save-On-Foods Family Huddle – an alcohol-free, general admission section at Commonwealth Stadium during Eskimos home games.
Please note the new purchase location for Family Huddle tickets is Save-On-Foods.
Tickets are $27.50 (plus fees and taxes) for regular season games.
Get yours at participating Save-On-Foods in Edmonton and surrounding areas. Find a store near you.
Seating in the Save-On-Foods Family Huddle is located on the lower deck in sections PP, QQ, RR and on the upper deck in sections AA, BB, QQ and RR.
Please note that accessible seating is not available in this area.
The best Alberta-bred horses come together for one of the province’s most exciting race days. Come for the racing, but also enjoy great prizes and a marketplace featuring Alberta vendors!
Post Time: 1 p.m.
CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED HORSE SOCIETY
2015 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Northlands Park EXPO Centre – Edmonton, Alberta
Join Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark® in our goal to raise $1 Million over the next three years to support a variety of deserving local and thoroughbred industry charities. Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s
Bidding starts Friday for Pharoah, Zenyatta halters
Paralyzed jockey Alyssa Selman, who said she was told by the spinal specialist that her injury is “as bad as it can be,” was delighted Saturday night at the Downs to be able to hold the halters of American Pharoah and Zenyatta which, along with Shaman Ghost’s halter and other historic memorabilia, begin a 10-day run on eBay to raise money for the Alyssa Selman Trust Fund. Except for short exhausting excursions in a wheelchair, Alyssa remains in the hospital for treatment and for physiotherapy which, she said, she has asked to have doubled to two hours a day.
She hasn’t lost hope: She points to someone who, after hitting his head diving, was told he would remain a quadriplegic but, 18 months later, is walking again. She was paralyzed from the chest down after a spill from a horse that had clipped heels.
|Predict the top price at Sunday’s sale|
Win a “night out at the Downs” by predicting the highest price for a Manitoba yearling at this Sunday’s yearling sale. Closest to being correct (without going over) wins: (a) a Thursday night prime rib buffet for two (2) $50 in wagering vouchers for that night (3) $20 in free VLT spins that night. TIE-BREAKER: Also predict the SECOND-HIGHEST price that will be paid for a yearling. Email your predictions BY MIDNIGHT SATURDAY to theinsider@ASDowns.com. IF YOU ARE AT THE SALE, YOU WILL GET DOUBLE the betting vouchers and double the VLT play.
|Nelson lights up tote board
|9/1 — race 4 — Hero’s Amor —||$21.40||$9.70||$6.40|
|14/1 — race 5 — Canyontime —||$14.70||$7.70|
|27/1 — race 7 — Raise a Dane —||finished fourth in superfecta|
|16/1 — race 10 — Clear the Runway —||$35.90||$13.40||$7.40|
|9/1 — race 12 — Witt Six (Derby) —||$8.60||$5.90|
You’re invited to the yearling sale Sunday at 2:30 p.m. behind the grandstand
It’s a big stakes week at the Downs with three tonight and three on Saturday. Note that Saturday’s stakes are exclusively for Manitoba-breds as a way to kick-off the CTHS yearling sale for Manitoba-breds on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on the Red River Ex grounds behind the grandstand. Paddock host Rob MacLennan selects his winners below and promises to eat a garden slug for each one he gets wrong. Ya, sure. I just made that up after contemplating the banana slug eating contests they have in California and watching a You Tube video of a kid trying to eat one on a dare. Ugh!
There’s a new
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HOTTIES OF THE WEEK
Hottest jock: Renaldo Cumberbatch (5 wins)
Hottest trainers: Shelley Brown (4 wins)
Biggest upset: Ninja Prospector $25.90 (Fri. 7th)
Biggest 20-cent superfecta: $1,640 (Wed. 5th — 3-6-7-2)
BOB’S BLOG TODAY: When the Downs held a name-a-stake contest in 1959 (the year after it opened), what name emerged as the overwhelming favourite? Think about it for a moment before you peek here. There are lots of clues in this column.
The long and short of it
The new claiming series designed for hard-working blue collar (blue halter?) horses saw routers and sprinters sparring in special $11,000 semi-final races Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the always hard-trying 7-year-old gelding Flexiplus (41-5-5-4) dug in (photo on left) to win the longest race of the year at 1 1/4-miles ($7.90) over Duke Street King. Ridden by Chavion Chow, Flexi is trained by Tanya Lindsay and owned by Martin Yeroschak.
And on Saturday 4-year-old gelding Papa Smitty (18-7-0-1) put away six foes in a 5f dash and paid his backers $7. Ridden by Rohan Singh, Papa is trained by Elton Dickey and owned by Dickey and Lori Mann who did a yeoman job helping organize the highly-successful benefit social for jockey Alyssa Selman three weeks ago.
David and Anne Champion with Charley Horse
CHAMPIONS ARE CHAMPIONS: Happiness is walking to the Winner’s Circle without pain after having invested so much in yearlings through the years. So the big smile on David Champion’s face after race 5 last Wednesday was as much a result of having had a hip replacement as collecting, with wife Anne, the $5,700 purse when their horse, Foxy Champ, won his second race of the year. They had purchased the Quest colt at the yearling sale in 2013 for $8,250. Wednesday’s win brought his earnings to $16,226. Ridden by Shavon Belle and trained by Darrell Lawson, Foxy paid $18.40 to win and set up a huge 20-cent superfecta that paid $1,640. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer couple. Does that mean they’ll be celebrating their wedding anniversary by bidding on a yearling at this Sunday’s sale?
Cheque, mate? Memorialize your big wins
Winning big is even more fun when you immortalize that win to send to friends by posing with a big cheque — which is available with any win of more than $1,000. Just tell the mutuel supervisor or VLT hostess that you want to grab a picture of your VLT or racing success and the cheque will be prepared for your picture-taking.
Join Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark® in our goal to raise $1 Million over the next three years to support a variety of deserving local and thoroughbred industry charities. Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark® have collaborated on a limited-edition, five-bottle collection featuring a few of the most legendary champions in Breeders’ Cup history. Each bottle pays tribute with a customized design and signature from each Champion’s connections.
This is an extremely limited offer, as only 500 bottles were made for each Champion. Don’t miss your chance to savor the memories of these past champions while helping the local community.
Through your donation you will be granted access to participate in the exclusive commemorative bottle auction which will take place at Keeneland on Thursday, October 29. This event will be the only opportunity to collect the first three bottles of the series. No reserve will be placed on the bottles up for auction.
Champions for Charity event tickets are required, click here to learn more.
The hackers who released the names said they did it, in part, to highlight the site’s failure to keep its promise of privacy. But what it’s really revealed isn’t Ashley Madison’s shortcomings so much as those of our friends, our neighbors and our government officials — who, unlike our friends and neighbors, are paid by you and me. How, I ask you, can a country be great when its government workers aren’t smart enough to scurry over to the anonymous embrace of Hotmail and Yahoo when they want to cheat?
America’s on the downward slope. I’ve suspected this for a while, and it wasn’t just the professional football players who blew off their own fingers with fireworks, or the looming spectacle of Donald J. Trump, Legitimate Presidential Contender, or the approval of a lady libido enhancing drug with the unpronounceable name Addyi instead of the infinitely better She-Zam!
Give your spouse a compliment
“Your sexual technique is so massively satisfying that I consider going outside of our marriage and sharing everything you’ve taught me to be a public service.”
Phil M Stockmen