Phil and every other pun maker across North America were rather pleased to see that the Pizza Man will be returning for the 2016 season.
Is that rumble we hear the The Fat Lady gearing up.
The southern end of the campus, including Borden Park could be home to festivals, and not just K-Days, as well as other concerts and entertainment events. Horse racing looks like it’s on the way out. “I think the provincial government’s position on it is that they don’t see a big future for continuing subsidy of that activity,” Mayor Don Iveson said.
“Clearly that could have impacts for Northlands but you know that also creates some different opportunities as well for the land to be used and the facilities to be re-purposed so I think we’ll be resilient no matter what.”
Phil has a question:
Threat or opportunity.
If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.
It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Super High Five $894.00
Pick 5 Jackpot $55,340.00
Super High Five Jackpot $254,123.00
Pick 6 Jackpot $5,471.00
Pick 6 Jackpot $66,931.00
Pick 5 $3,805.00
Los Alamitos Race Course
Pick 6 $49,750.00
Super High Five $29,755.00
Pick 6 $2,936.00
Super High Five $497.00
Pick 6 Jackpot $157.00
Tampa Bay Downs
Super High Five $3,580.00
Pick 5 $5,495.00
Pick 6 $3,540.00
Pick 5 $5,905.00
Super High Five $1,662.00
Lookout $65,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 7.5f Dirt
Queens County handicap $100,000 3&up 9f Dirt
B-Connected $65,000 3&up State/Prov 7.5f Dirt
Blushing K.D. stake $60,000 4&up Fillies & Mares abt 8.5f Turf
Buddy Diliberto Memorial stake $60,000 4&up abt 8.5f Turf
Letellier Memorial stake $50,000 2yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Sugar Bowl stake $50,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Tenacious stake $60,000 3&up 8.32f Dirt
Tiffany Lass stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.32f Dirt
Mr. Prospector Stake GIII $100,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Tropical Park Derby $75,000 3yo 8.5f Turf
Tropical Park Oaks $75,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Turquoise Stake (L) $633,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Los Alamitos Futurity GI $350,000 2yo 8.5f
KLAQ handicap $65,000 3&up 5f Dirt
Tampa Bay Downs
Inaugural stake #$100,000 2yo Colts & Geldings 6f Dirt
Lightning City Stake (L) #$100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 5f Turf
Sandpiper stake #$100,000 2yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Prairie Bayou stake #$60,000 3&up 8.5f AW
New York Stallion Series (Fifth Ave. Div.) $150,000 2yo Fillies R 6f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Asahi Hai Futurity Stake GI $1,274,000 2yo 8f Turf
Johnie L. Jamison stake $85,000 3&up State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
New Mexico State Racing Commission handicap $85,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Damon Runyon stake $100,000 2yo State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
Gravesend handicap $100,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Pago Hop stake $75,000 3yo Fillies abt 8f Turf
Pan Zareta stake $60,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 6f Turf
Woodchopper stake $75,000 3yo abt 8f Turf
La Prevoyante Handicap GIII $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 12f Turf
Sugar Swirl Stake GIII $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
W.L. McKnight Handicap GIII $100,000 3&up 12f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Hanshin Cup GII $1,173,000 3&up 7f Turf
Dave’s Friend stake $100,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Jennings handicap $50,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Dirt
Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship $50,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 7f Dirt
Maryland Juvenile Futurity $50,000 2yo State/Prov 7f Dirt
Thirty-Eight Go Go stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Daytona Stake GIII $100,000 3&up abt 6.5f Turf
La Brea Stake GI $300,000 3yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Malibu Stake GI $300,000 3yo 7f Dirt
Mathis Brothers Mile GII $200,000 3yo 8f Turf
La Senora stake $85,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Arizona Juvenile Fillies stake $35,000 2yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt
Lost in the Fog Juvenile stake $35,000 2yo 6.5f Dirt
East View stake $100,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
New York Stallion Series (Great White Way Div.) $150,000 2yo Colts & Geldings R 6f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Arima Kinen GI $4,530,000 3&up 12.5f Turf
Hopeful Stake GII $1,173,000 2yo 10f Turf
Bill Wineberg stake $15,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
Janet Wineberg stake $15,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship $12,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oregon Distaff Starter handicap $7,500 g 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oregon Fall Starter handicap $7,500 g 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oregon Hers stake $12,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Dirt
Oregon His stake $12,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
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
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
Race Track Date Points
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
From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter
BY GLEN TODD
Decoupling would end a requirement that racetracks with slot machines or card clubs offer live racing. Before this year it was limited to the Greyhound racing industry.
The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
January 15 – 17 2016
Sheraton Red Deer
3310 – 50 Avenue
Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 3X9 Canada
Host Marshall Posner
Seminar topic: “Tips and Tricks to Using the New HPI Website”
race for 2-year-olds. See program page here.
See program page here.
GIFT REMINDERS: Don’t forget the beautiful 2016-2017 calendar ($15), an ASD gift card with whatever amount you wish and the $45 sterling silver Alyssa Selman horseshoe necklace. All available at the VLT cage which is open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day.
Free apple cider
FREE APPLE CIDER AND SNACKS ALL NEXT WEEK! In celebration of the holiday season, Assiniboia Downs will offer complementary hot apple cider and snacks all day from 10 a.m. to midnight all next week in the Clubhouse starting Sunday, Dec. 20. (Mmm, love that cider!) Morning snacks will include mini-muffins, danish and croissants. Afternoon and evening snacks will include dainties, pretzel mini-twists, bits ‘n’ bites, cookies and popcorn, with a different snack served each hour in the Race Book and Club West Gaming Lounge. Enjoy!
NEW! ON-THE-GO NEW YEAR’S EVE CLUBHOUSE BUFFET: Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Clubhouse New Year’s Eve, dig into this amazing buffet featuring cabbage rolls, honey mesquite chicken, beef bourgignon, lemon-baked basa, various salads, chef’s cake and dainties and more — all for just $15.75 ($20.15 including taxes and gratuity). Some deal, eh? Load up and seat yourself. Get your tickets now at the VLT cage and general office.
How big an oversight by a horseplayer Saturday night was this? It was so big that other players in the Race Book were oozing real sympathy and were looking for a beach-sized crying towel for a player who had missed out on more than $4,400 simply because he had copied a wrong horse number into a text message.
Back in the saddle
Four months ago “former” jockey Chantal Sutherland was telling her online followers she was working toward becoming “The Queen of Real Estate” (her words and her caps) with an Orange County, LA real estate company but the Winnipeg native couldn’t resist her first love: horses. So expect her to return to riding at Santa Anita when its meet begins on Boxing Day. That’s what she was telling friends at Woodbine last month when the thoroughbred meet was coming to an end.
Leonard Anderson (1948-2015)
“He died in my arms”
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Takes a stand on drugs
HAIR FOLLICLE TESTS REDUCING DRUG USE: LOS AL CEO Los Alamitos CEO Edward C. Allred says the track’s efforts to “re-establish the integrity of racing” by introducing hair follicle testing to ferret out drug-use before stakes races is starting to pay off despite difficulties this year. He noted a significant drop in entries for two major quarter horse futurity races in 2015 because out-of-state horses racing on clenbuterol (a powerful bronchodilator) wouldn’t be allowed to participate in Los Al stakes. But now, he states in a news release: “Futurity payments have increased from owners east of California for the 2016 and 2017 Los Alamitos 2 Million futurities. This indicates acceptance of our clenbuterol-free racing rules.” Who could not applaud his stand on reducing drug use?
Pharoah wins in polls but
Serena makes cover
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED IGNORES POLL; ANNOINTS SERENA: In on online poll by Sports Illustrated, American Pharoah was the overwhelming choice to be the magazine’s Sportsman of the Year. Instead it chose tennis star Serena Williams, which has evoked a firestorm of criticism in the Twitter world: “Why have a poll if you’re going to ignore it?” critics have tweeted. Pharoah was the first horse since 1978 to win a Triple Crown and the first Grand Slam winner ever (winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic, too). Not sure the magazine’s cover does a huge amount of service to the tennis world, either. Instead of a picture displaying on-court grit, Serena is shown flashing on-throne leg.
PASSIONATE PLAYER PASSES: Most players in the Race Book didn’t know him but, playing on his HPI account at home, Horst Kaiser was one of the Downs’ most passionate players for decades–and one of the gentlest souls you could ever meet. He died on Nov. 26 at 60. During a career of doing autopsies at St. Boniface Hospital, driving a funeral hearse, fixing old cars, painting (he painted my house with a design that I even asked him to autograph) and, near the end, repairing his deceased mom’s house to put on the market, he yearned to make the big score playing the races. “Horst had a very soft heart which, at times, did not beat to the world’s rhythm,” said an obituary in the Free Press which you can read here. Gone … way too soon.
BEST KENTUCKY DERBY TRACKER EVER? Notice the big countdown to the Kentucky Derby sign in the Race Book? Players have been saying they love its simplicity and the story it tells. Starting at the bottom, where horses are seen leaving a starting gate, you can follow each prep race up the road where a new horse silhouette will be placed on the road after each prep race has been won — with the winning horse’s name and best Equibase speed number. And, if that isn’t enough, how do you like this chart? Note the next prep race is this Saturday, the Los Alamitos Futurity.
Where are they now?
by Rob MacLennan
Manitoba Derby’s Witt Six takes on tough field at Fair Grounds
Horse owner Henry Witt Jr. and trainer Jerry Gourneau are hoping for big things from Witt Six, the 3-year-old Texas-bred who had finished second in the Manitoba Derby. The gelding drew the outside post seven in the $60,000 Tenacious Stakes at Fair Grounds this Saturday. It’s a tough field for the sophomore who was recently scratched from the Zia Park Derby. Major contenders include Eagle for W.S. Farish and Neil Howard, the well-traveled 8-year-old gelding Nate’s Mineshaft and the 2014 Preakness Stakes runner-up Ride on Curlin.
Witt Six’s stable mate, 4-year-old filly Witt’s Charm (33-4-3-2), will race Monday in a turf claiming race for older mares. The Gourneau barn also has a couple of runners at Delta Downs this weekend.
Meanwhile at Turf Paradise, the Don Schnell barn continued its winning ways with a maiden victory last Wednesday by 3-year-old Calex ($8.40). The Ontario-bred defeated a highly-regarded 1/5 California invader, Blue Ratio, who finished second. Schnell has won an impressive 18 per cent of his starts since the meet began in October (38-7-6-10) and has spotted 6-year-old gelding Runaway Cal (56-3-8-13) in a turf race Wednesday. By contrast, Jared Brown has had an uncharacteristically slow start (25-1-5-4) but does have seven starters in the next three cards including Horse Feldhaus, Tom Kha and Master Master on the weekend. Will he hit his best stride heading into January?
HISTORY ON THE HOOF: The best of Bob
Phil’s Drink & A Flick
Phil’s recipe for Boozy Bourbon Balls:
Just don’t get too ripped.
The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
Phil has a question:
If colouring for adults is supposed to relieve stress what happens if you get stressed about not staying within the lines.
Phil M Stockmen