Santa Anita’s Fall meet opens with a bang this weekend with 5 G1 races set for Saturday, September 26, 2015, all 5 being Breeders’ Cup Challenge races.
The Awesome Again Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up 9f Dirt, Chandelier Stake GI BC $300,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt, FrontRunner Stake GI BC $300,000 2yo 8.5f Dirt, Rodeo Drive Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 10f Turf and the Zenyatta Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt.
I get letters from young people telling me that they’re broke and download my albums for free. They ask me what I think about that. I now have a standard line. I tell them, ‘I would rather be heard than paid.’
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Pick 6 Jackpot $351,585.00
Super High Five Jackpot $7,830.00
Pick 6 $24,099.00
Pick 6 $22,801.00
Pick 7 Jackpot $5,884.00
Pick 5 $3,669.00
Pick 6 Jackpot $71,995.00
Super High Five $3,557.00
Pick 6 Jackpot $63,242.00
Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6 $105.00
Pick 6 $2,535.00
Super High Five $2,150.00
Lone Star Park
Super High Five $1,289.00
Pick 6 Jackpot $191.00
Super High Five Jackpot $973.00
Super High Five Jackpot $3,956.00
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Super High Five $4,186.00
Pick 5 $3,958.00
Presque Isle Downs
Pick 6 $4,033.00
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Pick 4 – $10,000.00
Horse racing could learn something from fantasy football. So too could the managers of the national debt.
It’s hard to guess who loves fantasy football the most, males or television advertising account executives.
What could horse racing learn from fantasy football?
How to market.
Horse race tracks have forgotten how to make the fan feel special.
2. The wild success of fantasy sports betting is proof that an awful lot of gamblers like intellectually challenging games. Racing has fallen back on the excuse that people want only dumb-downed games like slot machines and that’s why our game is struggling. Fantasy sports is a great product with a low takeout. Can racing say the same?
8. If American Pharoah, Beholder and Honor Code and, perhaps, Liam’s Map, Frosted and Keen Ice, all make it to the Breeders’ Cup Classic this could be as good, as intriguing a race as there has been in a long time. I, for one, can’t wait. Betfair has American Pharoah as the 5-2 favorite. With all the hype for Beholder and American Pharoah, Honor Code will be the value, “wise guy” bet in the race.
10. Kentucky Downs showed a 6 percent handle increase over 2014, despite running two fewer races and having to move an entire card from a Saturday to a Monday. Give them good racing, big fields and low takeouts and people will respond. It’s not that hard.
Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The 142nd running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) will be run Saturday, May 7, 2016, and for the fourth consecutive year, a tiered point system in select races will determine who qualifies to America’s greatest race.
Race Track Date Points
FrontRunner Santa Anita Park Sep 26, 2015 10-4-2-1
Champagne Belmont Park Oct 3, 2015 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland Oct 3, 2015 10-4-2-1
Grey Woodbine Oct 4, 2015 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Keeneland Oct 31, 2015 20-8-4-2
Delta Downs Jackpot Delta Downs Nov 21, 2015 10-4-2-1
Remsen Aqueduct Nov 28, 2015 10-4-2-1
Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs Nov 28, 2015 10-4-2-1
Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos Race Course Dec 19, 2015 10-4-2-1
Jerome Aqueduct Jan 9, 2016 10-4-2-1
Sham Santa Anita Park Jan 16, 2016 10-4-2-1
Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park Jan 18, 2016 10-4-2-1
Holy Bull Gulfstream Park Jan 30, 2016 10-4-2-1
Withers Aqueduct Feb 13, 2016 10-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park Feb 13, 2016 10-4-2-1
Southwest Oaklawn Park Feb 15, 2016 10-4-2-1
El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate Fields Feb 20, 2016 10-4-2-1
Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Risen Star Fair Grounds Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Gotham Aqueduct Mar 12, 2016 50-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs Mar 12, 2016 50-20-10-5
San Felipe Santa Anita Park Mar 12, 2016 50-20-10-5
Rebel Oaklawn Park Mar 19, 2016 50-20-10-5
Sunland Derby Sunland Park Mar 20, 2016 50-20-10-5
Spiral Turfway Park Mar 26, 2016 50-20-10-5
UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse Mar 26, 2016 100-40-20-10
Florida Derby Gulfstream Park Apr 2, 2016 100-40-20-10
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Apr 2, 2016 100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial Aqueduct Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Blue Grass Keeneland Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Apr 16, 2016 100-40-20-10
Lexington Keeneland Apr 16, 2016 10-4-2-1
Five takeaways from the Alberta Fall Classic / CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred sale weekend:
5. More fans than last year attended the 2015 Fall Classic Day and Northlands Park was not fully prepared for the numbers who showed up. Faster service and less waiting for wagering, food and beverages would have been appreciated.
4. Many more buyers, tire kickers and watchers than last year attended the 2015 CTHS Alberta sale and CTHS Alberta was pleasantly surprised by the increased numbers. More tables, and seats would have been appreciated.
3. The liquor service area at the CTHS Alberta sale has to be expanded and improved. Phil understands that AGLC will allow a license for the entire premises, but that license has to be applied for.
2. The Alberta market at Fall Classic Days was a major disappointment. 5 – 10 food-trucks, a Farmers’ Market and many more Alberta products displayed and for sale on the tarmac would be a major improvement.
1. Alberta thoroughbred racing and breeding can do better if we work together and put petty past peeves aside.
Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
Race Track Date Points
Chandelier Santa Anita Park Sep 26, 2015 10-4-2-1
Alcibiades Keeneland Oct 2, 2015 10-4-2-1
Frizette Belmont Park Oct 3, 2015 10-4-2-1
Mazarine Woodbine Oct 4, 2015 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Keeneland Oct 31, 2015 20-8-4-2
Delta Downs Princess Delta Downs Nov 21, 2015 10-4-2-1
Demoiselle Aqueduct Nov 28, 2015 10-4-2-1
Golden Rod Churchill Downs Nov 28, 2015 10-4-2-1
Starlet Los Alamitos Race Course Dec 12, 2015 10-4-2-1
Santa Ynez Santa Anita Park Jan 9, 2016 10-4-2-1
Busanda Aqueduct Jan 16, 2016 10-4-2-1
Silverbulletday Fair Grounds Jan 23, 2016 10-4-2-1
Forward Gal Gulfstream Park Jan 30, 2016 10-4-2-1
Martha Washington Oaklawn Park Feb 6, 2016 10-4-2-1
Las Virgenes Santa Anita Park Feb 6, 2016 10-4-2-1
UAE Oaks Meydan Racecourse Feb 25, 2016 50-20-10-5
Busher Aqueduct Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Davona Dale Gulfstream Park Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Rachel Alexandra Fair Grounds Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Santa Ysabel Santa Anita Park Mar 5, 2016 50-20-10-5
Honeybee Oaklawn Park Mar 12, 2016 50-20-10-5
Sunland Park Oaks Sunland Park Mar 20, 2016 50-20-10-5
Bourbonette Oaks Turfway Park Mar 26, 2016 50-20-10-5
Gulfstream Park Oaks Gulfstream Park Apr 2, 2016 100-40-20-10
Fair Grounds Oaks Fair Grounds Apr 2, 2016 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Oaks Santa Anita Park Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Gazelle Aqueduct Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Ashland Keeneland Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Fantasy Oaklawn Park Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Beaumont Keeneland Apr 17, 2016 10-4-2-1
Sales Topper Hip 85 sold for $95,000.00 to Riversedge Racing Stable, Ltd.
CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED HORSE SOCIETY
2015 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.
Sep 25 Shadwell Rockfel Newmarket Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 26 Awesome Again Stakes Santa Anita Park Classic
Sep 26 FrontRunner Stakes Santa Anita Park Sentient Jet Juvenile
Sep 26 Zenyatta Stakes Santa Anita Park Longines Distaff
Sep 26 Rodeo Drive Stakes Santa Anita Park Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 26 Chandelier Stakes Santa Anita Park Juvenile Fillies
Sep 26 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Newmarket Juvenile Turf
Sep 26 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Belmont Park TwinSpires Sprint
Sep 26 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Belmont Park Longines Turf
Date Race Name Track Division
Oct 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Keeneland TwinSpires Sprint
Oct 2 Darley Alcibiades Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies
Oct 3 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Santa Anita Park TwinSpires Sprint
Oct 3 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Keeneland Mile
Oct 3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Keeneland Filly & Mare Sprint
Oct 3 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Filly & Mare Turf
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
Rumor has it Empire Maker is returning to the United States for 2016, and although it is unclear whether or not he will remain here permanently, the stallion will likely be very popular with American breeders, especially after his grandson just won the first Triple Crown in 37 years. This is likely a factor in his possible return. No matter the reason why he is returning, America has gained another stallion it lost from its breeding scene. Empire Maker is likely to be well-received by American breeders.
Upcoming Western Thoroughbred
Fan Appreciation Day is when we say THANK YOU to our fans for a great 2015 season!
$1 deals on admission, preferred parking, programs, food and drink specials, and more!
$1 Handicapping Contest
$1 Entry Fee, $90 Bankroll
20% off in the Gift Horse, except artwork.
Gates open approx 30 minutes before the first simulcast race, with EmD post time of 2 pm.
CONSISTENT STAR OF THE DIA
CAPTURES FRIDAY FEATURE RACE
AUBURN, Wash. (September 25, 2015) – Star of the Dia kicked clear late for a 1- ½-length victory Friday in the $18,800 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.
Under regular rider Leslie Mawing, Star of the Dia ran six furlongs in 1:09.33 on a sloppy track and paid $6.60, $3 and $3. Frank Lucarelli—notching his third win on the card—is the trainer for owners Chris Randall and Nick Rossi.
A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred by Seeking the Dia, Star of the Dia has won two straight and has three wins at the meet—all for a $22,500 claiming price. His overall record is 7-10-7 in 32 starts with earnings of $106,004, including $10,340 for Friday’s victory.
Perfect Night, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, rallied inside for second and paid $3.40 and $2.60. Illumination Road, ridden by Rocco Bowen, rallied from last to finish third and paid $4.80 to show.
Gross Misconduct, who dueled with Star of the Dia through fractions of :21.74 and :44.29, finished fourth, and Orito finished last.
NOTES: Friday’s sloppy track was only the fourth off-track at the 70-day meet that concludes Sunday. . .Lucarelli was three-for-three Friday, scoring wins with Bounced ($4.80) in race one, Cowboy Gold ($6.80) in race four and Star of the Dia in the feature. . .Jeff Metz had one win Friday, Neville ($7.60) in race two, and leads the meet with 63 wins. He needs three wins in the final two days to tie Tim McCanna’s single-season record of 66 wins set in 2008. Metz has a whopping 10 horses entered Saturday and three Sunday. . .Mawing and Juan Gutierrez had two wins each Friday. . .Leading rider Julien Couton notched his 97th win of the meet Friday, guiding Victor Victorian ($7) to a gate-to-wire victory in race five. . .Trainer Alan Bozell has won with his last three starters including a victory by Mz Dyno ($7.60) in Friday’s third race. . .Live racing continues Saturday with an 11-race card at 2 p.m.
Friday, September 25, 2015 6:30 PM PDT
Saturday, September 26, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday, September 27, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
“The Alberta Gospel Revival Music Festival and Trade Show”
A Bumpin the Beats Production
“The Alberta All Make Motorcycle Rally and Classic Rock Festival”
A Wicked Gigz Production
(Alberta Owned and Operated)
Sept 2nd, 3rd & 4th 2016
“The Alberta Classic Country Music Festival”
A Bumpin the Beats Production
HASTINGS SATURDAY PREVIEW
Hastings Racecourse resumes today with a seven race program that will feature a huge $63,000 carryover in the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6.
The main event is in race number six as eight $8,000 claimers will do battle over a mile and a sixteenth.
On the rail is Mohamad Khan’s Proxyman who will definitely be the one responsible for setting the early pace. He is extremely fast and has been able to carry his speed with Pedro Alvarado aboard in the past. Trainer Mark Cloutier has him in an easier spot and he should be a major threat.
Alison Tonner and John and Tammy Snow’s Dee Jay Snow will appreciate getting back in at a more comfortable distance after an unsuccessful experiment in a marathon race last time out. Amadeo Perez retains the mount.
Clint Willson’s At The Ritz has been in top form of late but will be tested for class this afternoon. It is encouraging to see leading rider Richard Hamel accept the call from Rob Van Overschot.
Kay and Sue Ohashi’s Majestic Mark was a game winner at this trip in his latest. His win was against restricted company so he will need to be even better if he is to repeat. Alex Marti returns to the saddle for trainer Patty Leaney.
Any horse that wins half of his starts at any location must be respected and that is the case with Toccet’s Charm who is a 9 time winner from 18 trips to the post in Vancouver. Owned by Larry Potozny and trained by Dave Dahl, the son of Toccet is going to be tough to fend off in the stretch. Antonio Reyes gets the call.
L & S Farms, Gord Grant and John Snow will be cheering for Street Map who has always been at his best going this mile and a sixteenth trip. He will need to see a contested pace up from to aid his off-the-pace style. Keishan Balgobin will be in the irons.
The North American Thorughbred Horse Company’s Devil in Disguise is taking a considerable drop in class after his sixth place run at the $25,000 level. The connections are known for being aggressive with these types of horses. He is the horse to beat. David Lopez rides for Troy Taylor.
Mel and Fran Snow’s Ganbei is always a tough hombre at this tag. A repeat of his race two starts back definitely gives him a great shot to win today. Silvano Morales gets the riding assignment.
The first post is at 1:50 p.m. and the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 starts in race two (2:20 p.m.)
|Race 1||2 – Rebus
1 – Wonder World
3 – Green Dude
|2 – Rebus
1 – Wonder World
4 – Occupy Vancouver
|Race 2||4 – Saintly Sinner
5 – Stormin Angel
1 – Remarkable Lady
|4 – Saintly Sinner
1 – Remarkable Lady
5 – Stormin Angel
|Race 3||6 – Windstrong
5 – Southern Casanova
4 – Holly’s Last Call
|6 – Windstrong
5 – Southern Casanova
1 – Payton’s Command
|Race 4||5 – Teddy the Bear
6 – Spirit River
2 – Brother Chuncky
|2 – Brother Chunky
5 – Teddy the Bear
4 – London
|Race 5||4 – Prince Hotel
2 – Overtime
3 – Similkameen Luke
|2 – Overtime
3 – Similkameen Luke
5 – Lead the Pack
|Race 6||7 – Devil in Disguise
1 – Proxyman
8 – Ganbei
|7 – Devil in Disguise
1 – Proxyman
2 – Dee Jay Snow
|Race 7||3 – Halo’s Quest
4 – Lord Harlow
1 – Lord Gallovic
|6 – Bluegrass Man
1 – Lord Gallovic
3 – Halo’s Quest
|Mike’s Picks||Drew’s Picks|
Saturday, September 26, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday, September 27, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Grand Opening Party
Last Chance For Special Rates
Sept 26 SAT 9A -4P
WORST OF THE NIGHT
Victor Espinoza and pro Karina Smirnoff (Jive) — Alternate names for this superlative: Most Uncomfortable Routine. Routine That Made the Viewers at Home Watch Open-Mouthed In Horror. Routine That No One Needed to See, Ever. You may think me harsh, but consider the fact that — outside of his ghastly timing and subpar footwork — Victor spent part of this routine balancing a sombrero on his crotch. Whether or not you wanted the visual of a horse racing jockey balancing a hat on his ding-a-ling, that was the visual you received — and it cannot be unseen. Judges’ Score: 17/30
Friday, September 25, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, September 26, 2015 1:00 PM MDT
This Weekend’s Stakes
Lonesome Glory Steeplechase Stake GI $150,000 4&up 20f Turf
William Entenmann Memorial Stake $75,000 4&up R 16.5f Turf
Manzano Stake $60,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Jack Betta Be Rite Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Los Alamitos Race Course
Buena Park Stake $30,000 3&up R 5.5f Dirt
Long Beach Stake $35,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8f Dirt
Rossmoor Stake $35,000 3&up R 8f Dirt
Seal Beach Stake $45,000 3&up R 6f Dirt
Westminster Stake $30,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 5.5f Dirt
Beldame GI $400,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Gallant Bloom Handicap GII $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6.5f Dirt
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic GI BC $600,000 3&up 12f Turf
Pilgrim Stake GIII $200,000 2yo 8.5f Turf
Vosburgh GI BC $400,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Ack Ack Handicap GIII $100,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Jefferson Cup Stake GIII $100,000 3yo 8f Turf
Lukas Classic (L) $175,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Groomstick Stake $75,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Panama City Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Bert Allen Stake $60,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Brookmeade Stake $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Commonwealth Oaks presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance at Laurel Park GIII $150,000 3yo Fillies 9f Turf
Jamestown Stake $60,000 2yo State/Prov 5.5f Turf
Oakley Stake $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 5.5f Turf
Punchline Stake $60,000 3&up State/Prov 5.5f Turf
Jersey Juvenile Stake $60,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Hall of Fame Stake $150,000 2yo 6.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Awesome Again Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Chandelier Stake GI BC $300,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
FrontRunner Stake GI BC $300,000 2yo 8.5f Dirt
Rodeo Drive Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 10f Turf
Unzip Me Stake $70,000 3yo Fillies abt 6.5f Turf
Zenyatta Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Catlaunch Stake $75,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
La Prevoyante Stake $125,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Turf
Camino Real Futurity $100,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Con Jackson Claiming handicap $20,000 3&up 14.5f Dirt
New Mexico Horse Breeders handicap $60,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Bertram F. Bongard Stake $150,000 2yo State/Prov 7f Dirt
Joseph A. Gimma Stake $150,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 7f Dirt
Miss Grillo Stake GIII $200,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Turf
Gottstein Futurity $65,000 2yo 8.5f Dirt
NWSS Cahill Road Stake $50,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Mr. Steele Stake $75,000 3&up 8f Turf
Japan Racing Association
All Comers Stake GII $1,173,000 3&up 11f Turf
Kobe Shimbun Hai GII $942,000 3yo 12f Turf
Flashy Lady Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Kip Deville Stake (L) $75,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Oklahoma Derby GIII $400,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Remington Green Stake (L) $100,000 3&up 9f Turf
Remington Park Oaks (L) $200,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Remington Park Sprint Cup (L) $150,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Ricks Memorial Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Santa Anita Park
City of Hope Mile GII $200,000 3&up 8f Turf
King Pellinore Stake $70,000 3&up 10f Turf
Bull Page Stake $125,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f AW
Classy ‘n Smart Stake $125,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f AW
DERBY NEWSLETTER TAKES A WEEK OFF This Friday will be the last newsletter for a week as I will be off to the Keeneland Yearling Sale in Lexington, Kentucky for a week. We leave on Friday morning and won’t be back until Saturday the 26th.
For the armchair jockeys who think that riding is easy Phil’s reprising Curtis Stock’s story on Shannon Beauregard:
“She’s one very tough s.o.b.,” said Heath. “There aren’t many riders who would keep coming back the way she has. And not as fast. She doesn’t back down from anyone or anything. When she got the concussion, people had written her off, too.
Shannon Beauregard aboard Kilohana leaving the paddock on their way to win the
Red Diamond Express at Northlands Park on Fall Classic Day.
Right now Shannon’s in 3rd place at Northlands Park with 39 wins from 240 starts.
Floyd M Arthur
Countdown to 1,000 Wins
2 to go
$100 EARLY BIRD ENTRY FEE
(until September 19)
$125 ENTRY FEE
(starting September 20)
Sign up at the information desk.
What? Find out Thursdays. When the weekly certified Angus prime rib buffets begin next Thursday, each buffet will feature a favourite recipe of a Winnipeg Jets player (from their cookbook). You may not be able to dine WITH a Jet but you can certainly dine ON a Jets dish (and tell your friends what you thought of it). Each buffet also features chef’s specialty chicken, pasta and fish dishes. All you can eat only $26.95 — 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Terrace Dining Room. Reserve at 204-885-3330.
FYI . . .
at Delaware Park in Ohio. Will the 1:49.2 record set in 2010
be broken? First post (16 races) is 11 a.m.
this Saturday. Sign up by 9 p.m. tomorrow for $25 or by
noon Saturday for $35. At stake: $850 in prize money plus
points toward Handicapper of the Year title and trip to Vegas
at the end of 2015. Rules: Bet $2 win/place on any 10
thoroughbred races, your choice, between noon and 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
move to Woodbine Thursday. Since both meets are run by Woodbine Entertainment Group,
federal regulators no longer require payouts of jackpot pools when their meets end. “We are
going to carry it over to Woodbine and decide at some point when it would be best to offer the
mandatory,” WEG chief operations officer Sean Pinsonneault told The Insider.
WHAT A GREAT UNIQUE GIFT! Give a $500 share in a horse Looking for something different, exciting and original to give to someone for Christmas? How about a share in a race horse? That’s an over-the-top gift that should be appreciated over and over again as the recipient meets with other partners in the Assiniboia Racing Club, visits his horse with friends and family, enjoys breakfast in the backstretch kitchen, watches his horse get ready to race with the potential of visits to the winner’s circle and sharing in purse money. $500 covers EVERYTHING through the entire season. Shares are limited. Act quickly! For more info and to buy a share contact John Field (a director with the HBPA) at email@example.com.
|FOOD FOR THOUGHT|
When I’m not playing the races, I’ve been cycling or gardening or barbequing at the beach–which, to me, are all enjoyable experiences–with little dips and surges during those activities that I liken to the FIRST GRAPH below. Sure, those are full days. But compare it to a day at the races represented by the SECOND GRAPH and you see where I’m coming from. So, considering the time you spend playing the races, how old would you say you are? (I figure I’m at least 210.)
DAY AT THE RACES
Where are they now?
by Rob MacLennan
Gourneau off to a good start; eyes Oklahoma Derby
Trainer Jerry Gourneau has gotten off to a solid start at Retama Park (a couple wins, seven horses on the board at bigger prices, good value at a tough meet). Tomorrow he has So Bossy, a filly he trains for Henry Witt, running at Retama under three-time ASD leading jockey Rohan Singh.
And an exciting race Sunday for the Gourneau barn should be the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby, a Grade 3 race at Remington Park. Witt Six has been nominated to race against a talented bunch including Preakness Stakes runner-up Tale of Verve. (Witt Six finished second in the Manitoba and Canadian derbies.)
WINNIPEG FUTURITY WINNER RACES AT ALBUQUERQUE TOMORROW: Don Schnell’s talented 2-year-olds, Heber and Coolidge who finished one-two in the Winnipeg Futurity, tackle a good stakes field in the 8th race at Albuquerque tomorrow afternoon.
TOMORROW NIGHT AT NORTHLANDS: Watch for entries from hot ASD trainer Shelley Brown: There’s Fungo. And High Step runs in a maiden race for K5 Stables. And pricey claims–Storm Chance and Mojumbo–try a $17,500 claimer.
YOU NAMED ME WHAT? Oinkus. With Arizona horse breeder C. L. Hogg securing the name Oink for his filly (kinda figures), a Utah breeder with perhaps a certain sense of humour (and a lack of faith?) took it a step further, naming HIS filly Oinkus. Racing in quarter-mile races at Los Alamitos, though, these oinkers have outperformed their names. Oink has three wins in 27 tries, Oinkus is two for 19. Certainly not pig-out celebratory records but surely worth a pat on the snout.
Free VLT spins nets a cool grand
Memorable wins become even more memorable when you have a memento of your score–which is what horseplayer Al Ilott got when he posed with a giant ASD cheque for $1,000 which he won with $20 in free spins on a VLT when his name was drawn. He hit a royal flush. (That’s VLT hostess Corinne celebrating with Al.) Al’s win means he will return this Saturday to try for more in the monthly finale. You could be next by simply entering the 10-name VLT draw each Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
HISTORY ON THE HOOF: The best of Bob
Did you know . . . that two jockeys “owned” Assiniboia Downs from 1962 to 1972? Who were they and how many titles did they amass? Find out here. (Hint: one of them was a guest at the Downs’ 50th anniversary in 2008.)
Let’s raise a glass.
And $1 Million for Charity.
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.
Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Phil’s Drink and A Flick
What, You were expecting the Box Tops
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
Hunter S. Thompson
Phil has a question:
Is the audience in a coma.
Phil M Stockmen