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sabato 12 marzo
Ci sentiamo dopo.
Re. “Horse racing supporters question Northlands plan,” March 8
I think the problem is that Northlands is not doing enough work in promoting horse racing in the city. Yes, Northlands did advertise, but they have to do more than that.
Look at racecourses in other cities and see how they make horse racing a success. Nottingham Racecourse in the United Kingdom, Longchamp Racecourse in Paris and the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto are all racecourses near or in a city. They use horse racing as a magnet to attract many other events as well.
The Sapporo, Japan, racecourse recently upgraded in 2014. They add on a leisure facility that can be enjoyed by families. Longchamp just closed down for major renovation. Their new facility will accommodate up to 60,000 spectators and the new design will amaze you. Think again, Northlands. The racetrack is a unique asset that nobody has in the city. Horse racing can be a superb revenue generator. If the Japanese and French can do it, so can we.
Paul Cheung, Edmonton
venerdi 11 marzo
Sal hopes that Shirley McClellan, Rick LeLacheur and everyone else who is relieved of their position at Horse Racing Alberta are as philosophical as Dallas Eakins and see it as a real gift, because everyone in the Alberta thoroughbred industry sees it as a real gift and will give Rachel Notley and Minister Ceci a rousing, standing ovation when they finally get around to cleaning house at Horse Racing Alberta.
Questo è per Phil:
giovedi 10 marzo
Sal gotta beef with the Godolphin boys. How can you race a thoroughbred named Ditka when the sire is Distorted Humour, a son of Forty Niner and the dame is Half A.P. If you’re gonna honour the consummate Bear do it right.
Anche un idiota knows that Iron Mike starred for the Bears with brief stops in 2 other National League cities, the city of brotherly love and also Dallas.
Anche un idiota knows that Iron Mike starred as a tight end before Gronk’s parents had even met and Iron Mike never did anything to the half.
Gotta have real Distorted Humour to name a grandson of Forty Niner after a Bear.
Sal’s wondering if Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur have their farewell speeches written yet.
Do you know what the thoroughbred participants in the province of Alberta will miss about Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur when they’re gone.
All political bashing aside every luna blu o due you hear a politician say something both wise and honest. After all it was Herbert Hoover who said – Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.
Sal says that as salient as Hoover was he should have added – then increase it and pass it on to the next generation.
mercoledi 9 marzo
Questo è per Phil:
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Sal was wondering if Edmonton Northlands will repatriate Boonstock for it’s new festival venue
Bill 1 was the only Bill presented so far so the nove and Sal will have to wait to see the fate of Horse Racing Alberta and the myriad other Agencies, Boards and Commissions.
Arm’s-length government agency reform
An ongoing review of Alberta’s 200 agencies, boards and commissions will result in legislation that will eliminate unnecessary agencies and ensure each group is accountable to the public. Notley said one particular focus of the upcoming legislation will ensure compensation for the heads of each group is appropriate, hinting that a salary disclosure coming this June will surprise some people.
“Over the last 40 years, there have been some practices that have resulted in some pretty significant divergences,” she said.
It is also marketed as mildronate. The website of the drug’s Latvian manufacturer Grindeks says meldonium gives sufferers of heart and circulatory conditions more “physical capacity and mental function” — and a similar boost to healthy people. Meldonium was banned because it aids oxygen uptake and endurance.
martedi 8 marzo
Beware the Ides of March.
Et Tu, Brute?
Dorsett a 6 year old bay Horse by Artie Schiller out of the Machiavellian mare Dontgetinmyway was a recent purchase by Steve and Allan Madoo. Dorsett was previously campaigned by Terry Hamilton, Brian Lynch the conditioner.
The farmers from Lougheed have invaded the Alberta capital and they’re attacking with 67 varieties of schnitzel.
Sal says there’s still time for Tim Reid to register his team of less than mediocre managers.
lunedi 7 marzo
25 days including today left in the current slot revenue sharing agreement between Horse Racing Alberta and the Alberta Government.
Campbell’s article was researched and published before Edmonton Northlands announced their Lack of Vision 2020 hindsight plan.
The minestrone should thicken this week with the Alberta Legislature opening for its Spring 2016 sitting domani. Sal will see if he can decipher all Phil’s links for following Bills and announcements from the Legislature.
domenica 6 marzo
Sal heard the murmur about a new off track betting location opening in Edmonton’s downtown just steps away from the new arena.
Sal’s sworn to omerta and is a standup guy, but ci sentiamo dopo.
Sal can guarantee that the atmosphere in the new off track betting location will be lively and upbeat and they’ll even permit sound to emanate from their TVs.
Sal can also guarantee that in the new off track betting location the SS won’t send Attila the condescending Hun to stop sound from emanating from their TVs as you couldn’t stand the bettors and patrons having fun. That might mean more sales and more work. Customers aren’t an unavoidable inconvenience, they’re what drives your business and the empty chairs aren’t invisible customers they’re empty.
Sal says it’s time for Edmonton Northlands to look in the customer service mirror.
What the SS and Attila the condescending Hun fail to understand is that it’s not Northlands Park but the bettors and patrons who pay their salaries. Drive them away and you’re left with the CEO of Northlands and his lack of Vision 2020 blather.
3: GUN RUNNER
5: BRODY’S CAUSE
7: MO TOM
Sal says that Gun Runner, Swipe and Riker make a natural tri box.
Sal was on the blower with Sal’s cugino Vinny as soon as Sal heard the rumour about Alberta Downs applying for a license to race on Sundays from June to October in 2016. If Horse Racing Alberta grants a license to Alberta Downs to race on Sundays from June to October in 2016 and allows Alberta Downs to conduct a Rainbow 6 bet where the horses are all owned by the same person but running under fake stable names, Sal will be back on the blower to see how long it will take cugino Vinny to get up to Alberta to as cugino Vinny says when he’s putting on airs – litigate.
If Horse Racing Alberta grants a license to Alberta Downs to race on Sundays from June to October in 2016 and takes one nickel from the monies that should be allocated to the thoroughbreds at Northlands Park and transfers it to Alberta Downs to conduct racing, Sal will be back on the blower to see how long it will take cugino Vinny to get up to Alberta to as cugino Vinny says when he’s really putting on airs – inculpate.
Cugino Vinny’s been around the class action block una volta o due and he has no qualms about suing large organizations, their boards and their employees unless their guys are wise. If the guys are wise but acting otherwise Sal and cugino Vinny stay away from the beef on the table. But if their guys are otherwise cugino Vinny says they better have good insurance or deep pockets.
Cugino Vinny says that’s not a threat that’s a promise.
While on the blower with cugino Vinny we got around to discussing how to wager on the upcoming March Madness NCAA roundball tournament. Turns out that one of cugino Vinny’s favourite teams is the University of Utah who may end up in the Top 10 rankings this year.
One of the highlights of the 2016 Scotties has been the opportunity to meet Saskatchewan skip Jolene Campbell and her team, which also consists of third Ashley Howard, second Callan Hamon and lead Ashley Williamson.
They have been endlessly accommodating, regardless of the result. Even when my questions do not radiate curling expertise, they have been patient and helpful.
It has been my good fortune to be able to deal with Jolene, Callan and the two Ashleys. They have represented the province with abundant class and good humour.
Complete strangers will say hello when you pass them in the hallway.
Volunteers will drop by the media bench and ask if you would like a bottled water (yes) and a doughnut (YES).
Drivers who have lent their time to a Scotties shuttle service will make your day every time.
Upon arriving at the Grande Prairie airport, for example, I was greeted by a nice man named Al Zatelny, who was holding a sheet of paper that displayed my name (which I instinctively recognized within 20 seconds).
I was expecting to look for a courtesy van outside the terminal. But there was my instant friend Al, near the luggage carousel, offering me a ride.
That, to me, has been the story of the 2016 Scotties. From the first minute of my first-ever visit to Grande Prairie, people have been extraordinarily kind.
As nice as it will be to get home, I know that I will miss this place. So here I sit savouring it all, in the middle of the night, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
Sal was musing that maybe Edmonton Northlands took the wrong fork on the hospitality hiring highway.
Sal was on the blower with cugino Primo the other morning discussing how to solve the world’s problems and more importantly the prospects for the upcoming Illinois Derby. Sal, Primo and the citizens of the great city of Chicago and state of Illinois are still pissed at CDI for not including the Illinois Derby in their Road to the Roses qualifying races points program. Sal and Primo figure CDI knows that the Illinois Derby doesn’t need CDI around anyhow.
If Sal hasn’t found the next Dread Pirate Roberts by Illinois Derby Day he may like Phil before him dig into his own pocket for the prize money and have a contest on the Illinois Derby.
1) Reverse the 10-per-cent increase in corporate taxes that you implemented at the beginning of your mandate.
2) On existing oil-and-gas production, slash royalty rates by 50 per cent for the next 24 months so companies have more cash for employee retention. These people are highly trained, valuable assets and no company wants to let them go. But your ill-timed tax increase and royalty uncertainty has caused companies to reduce risk by lowering costs. The short-term 50-per-cent reduction in royalty rates gives them more cash to sustain them during the downturn. Meet with each large-cap CEO and tell them that you’ll be increasing royalty rates in the future to make back what you’re giving up now. The point is, you want to keep those energy workers employed during the downturn.
3) On new oil-and-gas production capital expenditures, implement a 12-month capital cost allowance acceleration. In other words, if anybody is willing to invest in new Alberta production, they can write off the entire investment in the year it occurred.
4) On any new capital investment, there will be a 36-month royalty holiday on any new production of oil-and-gas flows. New capital investments create new jobs.
At first flush O’Leary’s 4 points should be down the toilet.
Ms. Notley’s response to Kevin O’Leary and all the other outsiders telling her how to run Alberta should be:
Tell the rest of Canada to get off Alberta’s back, get off their fat asses and look after making their own provinces profitable.
O’Leary’s points 1, 2 and 4 state that Alberta taxpayers should be giving multi-national companies tax breaks in Alberta so that they and their employees can pay more income tax to the Federal government so the Federal government can give it to the provinces that are already riding on Alberta’s back.
Even the dumbest parasite and tax collector knows that there’s only so much blood that you can suck out before you kill the host.
Point 3 just doesn’t make any sense unless the Federal government also agrees to do the same thing with Federal Corporate Income Tax.
Ms. Notley has to realize that the Honeymoon’s over and start doing something, but saddling the Alberta taxpayers with more of the burden of keeping Ontario and Quebec afloat is not what Ms. Notley needs to be doing.
Sal has a piece of advice for Kevin O’Leary:
Alberta man don’t need him around anyhow.
Former St. Albert resident and longtime standardbred owner Mac Nichol must have enjoyed the thoroughbred experience with Madefromlucky as Mac stepped back up to the plate with $130k US to acquire Hip No. 86 at the recent Fasig Tipton Florida Sale.
Now That’s Hockey Style
This ones phor Phil
Sal heard a rumour that Century Downs is contemplating leasing the Northlands Park track, barn and slots area. What an embarrassment to Edmonton Northlands if Century could turn a profit from a business Northlands says is losing money.
Would Edmonton Northlands lease the land to Century at the same rate that they lease it from the city of Edmonton.
Maybe Northlands Park should give Curtis Stock a call and see if his offer to lease the property is still on the table.
Former leading trainer at Northlands Park who won’t be back in 2016 Robertino Diodoro won the 7th and 8th races at Oaklawn Park on Saturday.
Charles Garvey’s King Kid won the 7th for Robertino, a $7,500US claiming race with a purse of $21,500US. 7 horses were claimed from that race including the winner.
Amazing how thoroughbred racing can thrive when it’s operated by competent people who understand customer service.
The SS and Attila the condescending Hun can add Rob Atras and his girlfriend to their list of empty chairs.
Robertino came back and won the Hot Springs Stake for $100K US with Mercedes Stable’s Subtle Indian.
Sal says that cugino Vinny could hook us up with a couple of good mouthpieces if someone wants to cross-examine these x-spurts on their PITS study.
Too bad they didn’t have these types of studies when we all had a privy. The paper is softer and more absorbent than Sears & Roebucks.
Sal says stop whining about Bill 6.
La settimana scorsa Sal said: –
Sal noticed that Phil or Phil’s comment e-mail receives nothing from the Undertaker about upcoming horse racing events and promotions in the province of Alberta.
Sal was wondering what the Undertaker does.
Sal’s gonna introduce the nove to a new game. It’s called Who’s The Asshole In This Picture.
Here’s the Picture.
Jeff Robillard’s title at Horse Racing Alberta is Manager, Marketing, Broadcasting & Communications.
Phil M Stockmen and Ben E Poolman figured out that the Interweb was more efficient than the grapevine to disseminate information to the nove e altri. Ben E got piedi freddi when Phil was banned by the Killer Bs at Northlands Park, but Phil kept plugging away until his unfortunate meeting with the front end of the Battersea Omnibus. Topo got into the act at holybull.ca after Northlands Park gave him the kissoff, but even Topo’s gone down the hole. Now Sal’s subbing for Phil while looking for the next Dread Pirate Roberts.
Jeff Robillard aka the Undertaker gets paid by Horse Racing Alberta to manage their Marketing, Broadcasting & Communications, but because Phil, Ben E and Sal don’t sing from the Captain & Tenille songbook, the Untertaker doesn’t send them information to be posted on HolyBull.
Phil posted information he found on Horse Racing Alberta’s website and so has Sal.
Now you ask the question:
Who’s The Asshole In This Picture.
Joe Nevills and Nicole Russo – Smart Strike Remembered – Published Daily Racing Form
Curtis Stock – A Love of Horses – Published Edmonton Journal
Paul Wiecek – Turbulence at the Track – Published Winnipeg Free Press
Digital Audio/visual and Broadcast Category:
Horse Racing Alberta – 2015 Canadian Derby – Broadcast on Canadian Television Network
Darryl Kaplan & Brittney Mayotte – So God Made a Racehorse – Broadcast on Standardbred Canada & Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Talkin’ Horses – Horses So2 E17 – Broadcast on CTV2
Michael Burns Jr. – Early Morning – Published Woodbineentertainment.com
Hayley Morrison – Gigantic Breeze – Published Ontario Horse Racing
Chris Young – Early Morning Groom – Published on globeandmail.com
Now you ask the question again:
Who’s The Asshole In This Picture.
Sal’s favourite Horse Racing Pictures
Sal was wondering where Tim Reid and the powers that bee at Northlands Park are going to find the $300-400,000,000.00 to build their PITS fantasy when the city of Edmonton can’t even afford $5 million for a water-park.
Sal says that there will be thoroughbred racing at Northlands Park in September 2016 and possibly October 2016 and possibly 2017 and 2018.
Sal thinks that Northlands Park has the thoroughbred population to run only 3 days a week not 4 and the ridiculous Monday afternoon races will be cancelled.