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sabato 30 aprile
Go Maggie Go put in her final Oaks work, breezing five furlongs in 1:03 3/5 with exercise rider Tammy Fox in the irons.
“She worked real well this morning,” trainer Dale Romans said of the move that came after the renovation break. “I just wanted her to go slow, and everything looks like it’s on schedule.”
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venerdi – 29 aprile
Watch for the advertisements for the Northlands Park Racing Club in the next couple of days. Be sure to have 2
Franklins Bordens and 1 Grant King in you pocket as the club should sell out its 200 memberships in the first few days.
Sal was wondering when Alberta PM Notley or Minister Ceci will be announcing the revamping of Horse Racing Alberta with members whose character, competence and commitment traits we need to elevate Alberta’s horse racing industry.
Kentucky Governor Bevin didn’t wait until the contracts were up to show the old guard the door. He knew that they had all passed their best before dates.
The streets Sal comes from don’t breed no fools and Sal realizes that Kentucky Governor Bevin has appointed members to the KRC that are more aligned with his political persuasion, but who also have credentials that are required to elevate Kentucky’s horse racing industry, be it experience in the horse racing industry or proven business acumen.
Next week will be the first anniversary of the NDP’s upset of the reigning Tories, yet the NDP has not got around to cleaning out the Tory cronies from the myriad positions that they occupy. As Phil and Sal have said on numerous occasions Horse Racing Alberta should be the first place they clean out and both Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur should have been gone before the end of May 2015. Just think how much further ahead thoroughbred racing in the province of Alberta would be if the thoroughbred participants were about to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the house cleaning at Horse Racing Alberta.
Sal says how about a $100k bonus for a horse that sweeps the Manitoba Derby, the Canadian Derby and the British Columbia Derby.
Preciado, Ziadie game the system
Last week I commented on how Rafael Bejarano is the latest jockey to make a mockery of the appeals process for suspensions. Bejarano drew three days for a riding infraction in February during the lucrative Santa Anita winter season. By appealing, he delayed serving his days until last week at Los Alamitos, where purses are substantially lower and high quality mounts a jockey wouldn’t want to risk losing are much less plentiful. This should not be tolerated.
Suspect trainers Ramon Preciado and Kirk Ziadie, whose stratospheric winning percentages and sudden improvements of horses would make Hall of Famers feel inadequate, have made what Bejarano did look like putting off paying a parking ticket.
Two weeks ago, Preciado,was told he was no longer welcome at Parx after ringing up a total of 270 days in suspensions for a string of drug violations at the Philadelphia track and Delaware Park. He thumbed his nose at the stewards on what was supposed to be his last weekend at Parx by winning seven straight races. This brought his winning percentage to just shy of 50 percent. Nothing suspicious about that.
But Preciado might not be finished. He is appealing his penalties.
Ziadie was told he was not welcome at Calder for two years from 2009-2011. The track finally let him back and it was just like old times. He had 18 positives in four years while achieving a strike rate of about 40 percent. Andy Beyer pointed out in a column a few years ago that over a five-year period, Ziadie won first time off a claim at an astonishing 47 percent rate.
The Florida Department of Pari-Mutuel Wagering finally had seen enough by last December. It suspended Ziadie for six years. Now he, too, is appealing.
There is a way to stop this abuse of the system. If serial offenders such as Preciado and Ziadie are found by racing officials to be guilty of what they are charged, their cases should be referred to the justice system. There are harsh laws against interfering with the results of a sporting contest. Drugging race horses surely falls into that category.
From the Insider
A racing icon passes
A year after his champions were honoured, Phil Kives dies
As horse owner and breeder for more than four decades, Phil Kives, the “as-seen-on-TV” marketing genius, became almost synonymous with Assiniboia Downs. Sadly, yesterday morning, after a lengthy hospital stay, he passed away at 87, leaving an unparalleled legacy. Said ASD CEO Darren Dunn: “We lost a giant in the racing world and an icon in the Manitoba breeding industry. His contributions to this sport will never be forgotten. The list of stakes winners and champions he owned or produced will never be matched.”
Thankfully, the Downs honoured nine of his champion horses in overnight stakes races last year (including Island Fling, Proven Reserve, Plenty Chilly, Coral Prospect and Corporate Shuffle) and he delighted in seeing Goldencents, the grandson of his famed Body Works, win two Breeders’ Cups. Since 2000, his K5 Stables produced 253 wins from 1,377 starts and his horses earned $3.76 million. Burial was tentatively set for this Sunday at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery across from Kildonan Park.
giovedi 28 aprile
Trojan Nation on the rail Outwork outside
mercoledi 27 aprile
Speaking about track renovations Sal was wondering what ever happened to the Request for Proposals for a new track in the Edmonton area that Horse Racing Alberta supposedly discussed during their emergency meeting with the horse groups in late February.
Do the powers that bee at Horse Racing Alberta want a repeat of the jiggies wandering the desert waiting for the land of Canaan to be built.
martedi 26 aprile
Frank Salive will be the new announcer and television commentator.
Salive has announced more than 125,000 races throughout his career. He has also held operational roles with racetracks throughout North America, and has years of broadcasting experience in radio and television dating back to the 1976 Olympics.
Two years ago, Fox Hill Farms’ Rick Porter led a loud chorus of criticism from industry insiders and went so far as to say he hoped the Breeders’ Cup would never return to Churchill Downs. Because some of the Porter’s criticism was echoed by noted blowhard Steve Coburn, co-owner of California Chrome, it might have been easy to ignore.
But rather than responding with callous corporate disregard – always a risk with a high-demand event — track President Kevin Flanery and his staff took pains to confront customer complaints prior to last year’s Derby.
“We get a lot of feedback,” Flanery said Monday. “We get a lot of positive feedback. But it’s normal in life, if folks are unhappy, that’s what you hear. No. 1, you don’t just brush it off. You listen. Sometimes it’s something underneath what’s said that’s important.”
Credit Churchill Downs with paying attention.
Sal says that there’s a lesson to be learned here.
Sal says that the managers at Northlands Park don’t think they need this lesson as think they know it all.
Sal says that the horse could run backwards in 2.10 for four furlongs with the rider standing on his head juggling flamethrowers and the trainers would call it an ideal work.
lunedi 25 aprile
“It is possible, as suggested by many sports leagues, that legalizing single-event sports betting could encourage gamblers to fix games,” Casey said in the House of Commons. “The current parlay system of betting makes it unattractive to fix a game, because the only way to achieve a guaranteed payout would be to rig multiple events, which would be much more difficult to accomplish. Single-event sports betting would make a fraudster’s task easier, since only one event would need to be fixed.”
Sal was wondering what century Sean Casey is living in.
If you listen you can hear the cheers from the Mohawks and off-shore gambling sites where millions of Canadians wager billions of Canadian Dollars because Sean Casey and his cronies are living in the 21st century BG and believe the bullshit that the major sports leagues feed them
domenica 24 aprile
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Sal was wondering if this is the symbol once known as Phil after he got lambasted by the Battersea omnibus.
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Horses, jockeys and race fans will all come together this May 6 & 7 for an amazing Thoroughbred Season Opening Weekend, featuring:
• Special red carpet rollout
• Free programs at the main entrance for the first 200 guests
• $5 free slot play for new Players Club members
• Live Kentucky Derby simulcast w/the chance to win Colours Restaurant prize packages each worth $600.
• Friday & Saturday Night Frenzy free slot play giveaways
This year is guaranteed to be one to remember, so make sure you’re here when it all begins! And don’t forget to keep your eye on our full racing schedule to keep track of each race day and special events we have planned throughout the season.
Thoroughbred Opening Weekend May 6 & 7
The sloppiness of the Senate’s rules excused Duffy’s conduct in claiming his Ottawa-area home as a secondary residence, in taking trips costing tens of thousands of dollars (with mere tablespoons of Senate business justifying some of them), and in using contracts for an old friend to pay numerous expenses the Senate might not have been willing to cover, Vaillancourt found.
“I am encouraged that the Senate seems to have made some significant changes,” Vaillancourt said, tightening up its rules in response to Duffy’s case. But when Duffy did the things the Crown charged him for, the rules were such that everything — everything — he did was defensible, the judge found.
Mike Duffy may have avoided a stay at the crowbar hotel, but with the scathing indictment of the Harper PMO Canadians can now better understand why the recently deposed Harper Tories wanted to get the election over before Justice Vaillancourt aired their dirty laundry in public.
Mike Duffy may not have been much of a standup guy, but Bosses with class don’t throw the soldati under the omnibus. Especially the maiali who will squeal just like mailali.
Sal says that being found not guilty of the criminal charges against him does not mean that Mike Duffy is innocent. There’s just not enough enough evidence to convict him since the real culprits were those who made the rules greyer than a Tapit colt. What Mike Duffy and the rest of the Harper government are guilty of is lack of respect for the taxpayer’s dollars that they were entrusted to spend wisely.
People in public life are forever trying to persuade us to accept “not criminal” as the required standard of behaviour. Yet it is in public life, above all, that we must not accept it. As our employees, they should at least be expected to live up to the standard we expect of each other, which is not merely to obey the law but to obey certain basic ethical norms — common sense, if not common decency. As our leaders, what is more, they should surely be expected to exceed those standards: to set an example of what is right, not what is blindingly, obviously wrong.
That not only the rules but the culture of the Senate tolerated the sort of abuse of public trust in which Duffy engaged, that indeed other senators were guilty of much the same, is not accidental. It is in part a matter of self-selection, in a body whose chief qualification for appointment has hitherto been a willingness to accept one. But whatever sense of entitlement may have been there initially is surely reinforced by the experience of having been appointed for life, without being accountable to anyone. Of which the most certain proof was the statement from the Senate, after the verdict was announced, welcoming Duffy back to his seat, at full pay. For indeed the only actual job requirement of a senator, besides showing up, is that he not be a criminal.
Sal says that the people of Canada did understand that it was the lax or non-exitant rules under the Harper PMO’s lack of supervision that allowed the maiali to mangiare troppo at the public trough. That’s why we now have Justin Trudeau GQ as our PM.
Sal was wondering if Justin’s PMO has tightened up the rules to stop the maiali from gorging themselves at the public trough. If Sal was running the show those spending the public’s money would have to account a fagiola.
11. Don’t cook cabbage.
All horseplayers have ever asked of stewards is consistency. Don’t leave Gioia Stella up on Wednesday, and take another horse down on Sunday for doing virtually the same thing. But so much judgment seems to go into calls by the stewards these days that horseplayers also need some clarity in disputed situations, and uniformity from track to track.
Questo è per Phil:
I have long understood that losing always comes with the territory when you wander into the gambling business, just as getting crippled for life is an acceptable risk in the linebacker business. They both are extremely violent sports, and pain is part of the bargain. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Hunter S. Thompson
Questo è per I nove:
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
Hunter S. Thompson
Sal sentito un rumore that the Alberta jiggies are trying to cozy up to the Alberta thoroughbred organizations to work together to promote the horse racing industry in the province of Alberta. Sal doesn’t want to sound like a Guastafesta, but Sal says that unlike the Trojans the Alberta thoroughbred industry better look this gift horse in the mouth.
From Sal’s reading the lines and between the lines and between the white spaces between the lines and listening to what was said and what was not said sounds to Sal like the jiggies are making a preemptive move before Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur are dumped and the jiggies no longer have any clout at Horse Racing Alberta. Sal says that the Alberta thoroughbred organizations have to ask: Quanto costa? Nothing comes a sbafo and it sounds to Sal like the jiggies hope to partner up before the thoroughbreds have the opportunity to see what Horse Racing Alberta looks like after the NDP governments review of Alberta Agencies, Boards and Commissions.
Sal says that the thoroughbred organizations need to ask what benefit is there to partnering up with a group that has thumbed its noses at the thoroughbreds as long as it could hide behind Shirley McClellan’s skirt after that skirt is gone.
Sal was wondering if the jiggies came bearing an olive branch with a dove or just a bunch of brash bullshit from their talking heads.
Before any thoroughbred organization starts to cozy up with the jiggies go back and reread Mat Monaco’s Recap of 2015 Northlands race meet and 2016 Outlook
A financial policy change instituted by HRA for 2015 resulted in a decrease of the percentage allocation to “A” Thoroughbred Horsemen from 43.5% to 38.5% of the total purse grant. The Standardbred breed as well as Community racing were the recipients of the 5% lost by this Association. Had we received the same percentage allocation as had been received from Day 1 of HRA’s existence, the additional $700,000 would have translated into a 10 – 15% increase in overnite payments.
Until the jiggies agree to start negotiations by giving the 5% that was stolen from the thoroughbreds in 2015 back to the thoroughbreds then Sal says:
Sal is desperately seeking the next Dread Pirate Roberts.
Sal’s been subbing since Phil got lambasted by the Battersea omnibus but Sal’s only subbing on an interim basis.
If you know anyone looking to be the next Dread Pirate Roberts at www.holybull.ca please have them contact Sal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sal says if you asked the plants and animals in the Park they’d be happier with less visits from Humans.