If Sal was a tad more Politically Correct the title for this Post would be Sal’s Suddenly Surfacing Post Holiday Season Post.
But if Sal was a tad more Politically Correct Sal wouldn’t be Sal, Bears would stop shitting in the forest and Il nove sarebbe smettere di leggere Sal.
Sal won’t be wishing anyone a made up pcbs Happy Kwanzaa.
Kinda reminds Sal of an old joke
The Mother Superior went to the construction site next to her Order’s convent and sought out the Foreman. Once found she began to dress him down for the loud, foul language being used on the site, and express her umbrage that she and the Sisters were being exposed to these crudities.
The Foreman stood his ground. He told the Sister that while he sympathized, he was not running a finishing school and that all he required of the men working for him was a good day’s work for a good day’s pay.
He told her he was not going to speak to the men, and advised her to remember that construction workers were hard-working laborers who “call a spade a spade”.
The Mother Superior drew herself to her full height and said “No, they don’t! They call it a f!*\ing shovel!”
domenica 1 gennaio il primo giorno del 2017
From the Derby Bar and Grill
Sal was wondering if the PC gestapo will be changing the name of New Year’s Day so as to not make the old year feel bad.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.
From the November 19, 2016 ASHA minutes Sal gleans that the standardbreds will be running 108 days of racing in the province of Alberta in 2017. Revenues will be cut to all breeds and operators in 2017 with further deeper cuts on their way. When will the Alberta standardbred industry realize that you can’t sustain the amount of racing that they’ve ballooned to under HRA’s pro-standarbred policy.
How many days will the thoroughbreds run in 2017 – 70 or maybe even less.
Sal’s heard rumours that there is a major push from some quarters to race thoroughbreds at Century Downs in 2017. Century Downs is not ready to race thoroughbreds so why are certain parties trying to force the issue at times when money is too tight to mention.
Sal says that the only viable solution for horse racing in Alberta is Century Mile receiving all of their approvals in a timely fashion and being able to start construction in the late spring of 2017 with an opening in mid 2018. How much more viable will all breeds of horse racing in Alberta become when the Century Mile will be contributing 50 – 70% more revenue into HRA’s coffers than Edmonton Northlands does.
Sal heard rumours that Edmonton Northlands may be ruing their decision to get out of horse racing and may be trying to scuttle Century’s approval process to force the horses back to Northlands Park. Sal says he hopes that the powers to be that will be reviewing Century’s applications will see Northlands backroom maneuvres for what they are: Seller’s remorse of an outdated, pathetic organization that did nothing for the horse racing industry in Alberta other than milk it for funds to run their other money losing projects like their incompetently managed Expo Centre to try and regain the revenues that they now realize they have foolishly lost with their unattainable pie in the sky Vision 2020.
Sal says its time for the city of Edmonton and province of Alberta to move on from the days when the exhibition boards sucked the blood from the horse racing industry and give the Century Mile a chance to show how horse racing and slots can flourish when properly managed by for profit industry.
The First Cut is the Deepest
Paulick Report – Pedulla – For Eppler, ‘Doing Right By The Horses’ Finally Pays Off
Bloodhorse – Eppler Wins Historic Training Title at Laurel Park
Land and the Track – Laughter – Jerome Draws Seven Newly Minted Sophomores
Bloodhorse – Angst – Reporting, Withholding Revisions Would be Game-Changing
Toronto Sun – Warmington – Former Dragon breathes fire at Kevin O’Leary
Please Don’t let me be misunderstood.
DRF – Andersen – Disqualification gives single ticket holder pick six hit
Bloodhorse – Arrogate Out of Jan. 1 San Pasqual Stakes
DRF – Welsch – Giant Run holds off Oscar Nominated in Tropical Park
Bloodhorse – Novak – Decked Out Flies Home in American Oaks
Halvey on Horse Racing – Halvey – Kent Desormeaux and the Photo Finish
Bloodhorse – Angst – Desormeaux Questions Photo Finish System
Sal says that it appears that Kent Desormeaux doesn’t question the validity of the photo finish system when he wins a GI stake by less than the thickness of a Daily Racing Form.
DRF – Welsch – Ultra Brat ($75.40) surprises in Tropical Oaks
Bloodhorse – Balan – Goodyearforroses Scores in Sloppy Frankel
Bloodhorse – Balan – Miller Trainees Dead Heat in Midnight Lute
Maybe I’m amazed.
Bloodhorse – Novak – Bob Baffert and Kaleem Shah Part Ways
Lady and the Track – LATT’s Laura Pugh’s Favorite Race of 2016
Lady and the Track – LATT’s Casey Laughter’s Top Moments of 2016
Lady and the Track – LATT’s Jordan Sigmon’s Top Moments of 2016
Lady and the Track – LATT’s Robin Buchanan Shares Her Top Moments of 2016
While Sal was gleaning through Phil’s dog-eared archives Sal noticed that rather often Phil would conjure up some idea, thought, quote, song or sundre item that Phil thought was clever and would then proceed to repetitiously, redundantly repeat it sucking the life out of something meant to be dosed out in minuscule morsels. Sal doesn’t want to belabour the point or harp on it but Sal noticed it must be contagious as Sal’s been dwelling upon flogging the almost dead cover horse.
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Stallions on the move: the three biggest rankings climbers of 2016
Brisnet – Reilly – Believe in Bertie speeds to course mark at Fair Grounds
History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other.
Brisnet – Reilly – Taghleeb smashes Gulfstream course record in Jerkens
Brisnet – Reilly – Irish War Cry, Ms Locust Point justify favoritism at Laurel
NY Times – Hyduk – A Year That Can Never Be Taken From Cleveland
National Post – Michael Den Tandt: ‘Mad Max’ Bernier will be the next Conservative leader — and other predictions for 2017
Sal says Sal’s taking a break from posting other than announcements. Sal may surface for a Holy Bull Preview.
sabato dicembre 31 l’ultimo giorno del 2016
Edmonton Journal – BARNES: Alberta Thoroughbred Race Club looking for stable growth through syndication
Sal again says thank you to Curtis Landry for the yeoman efforts that he puts into the club and thoroughbred racing generally.
At Honest Ed’s Annual Christmas Free Christmas Turkey giveaway on Nov. 24, 2002, people lined up along Bloor Street waiting to get into the store for the free handouts of turkeys and fruitcakes.
Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail – Honest Ed’s (1948-2016)
Toronto Star – David Mirvish looks back at all those Honest Ed’s memories
Toronto Star – Simcoe – A timeline of Honest Ed’s, a Toronto landmark since 1943
Toronto police horse Honest Ed and his rider, Constable Rob Graham, pose on the edge of Lake Ontario on January 2, 2013.
Big Yellow Taxi
Bloodhorse – Weekend Stakes Rundown: Arrogate Returns
ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – Arrogate seeks his place in Juddmonte pantheon
TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro: How to wager on San Pasqual
TDN – DeBernardis – Insights 12/31
Paulick Report – Pegasus Playbook: Crunch Time
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
ESPN – O’Connor – Story of Ralph Branca and Jackie Robinson still resonates
The Boys of Summer
Bloodhorse – Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby Top 10
Bloodhorse – Shea – El Areeb, Takaful Seek Graded Win in Jerome
Back in the USSR
TDN – McGrath – Galileo Closing In On His Own Remarkable Sire
Bloodhorse – New Barn Tops List of Belmont Park Improvements
LA Times – Kellogg – The 10 most important books of 2016
Honky Tonk Woman
Lady and the Track – Sigmon – Local Fillies Decked Out, Stays in Vegas Headline American Oaks
TDN – Packed House for Final Grade I of the Year
NY Times – Ronda Rousey’s U.F.C. Return Ends in 48 Seconds of Punches by Amanda Nunes
This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 1
This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 2
Paulick Report – Report: Masochistic Formally Disqualified From BC Sprint
The Sun – GOSDEN GETS OBE – Buckingham Palace awaits for Gosden
TDN – Gosden Awarded OBE In Honours List
Racing Post – Lees – Morshead and Gosden named in honours list
TDN – NYRA Announces Enhanced Spring 2-Year-Old Program
National Post – the Telegraph – Squires – Scientists edge closer to bringing back the aurochs, the fearsome cattle breed last seen in the 1600s
venerdì dicembre 30
Food and Wine – Demmond -17 Wine Resolutions for 2017 from Top Sommeliers
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Masochistic DQ another shameful disregard for players
TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Powell: Non-DQ on Gulfstream turf sends wrong message
Brisnet – Scully – Takaful the one to beat as 2017 Kentucky Derby Trail kicks off in Jerome
Sweet Home Alabama
Bloodhorse – Balan – Midnight Storm Challenges Arrogate in San Pasqual
Paulick Report – Stefsanus – Knocking Back A Cold One: What Does Beer Do For Horses?
Brisnet – Scully – 2016 Eclipse Award selections: California Chrome gets nod in Horse of the Year race
Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Connect Will Not Point for Pegasus World Cup
TDN – Finley – War Story, Semper Fortis To Go in Pegasus
Bloodhorse – Angst – Agreement in Place to Start War Story in Pegasus
Bloodhorse – ‘Bluesman’ Hopes for Redemption in Mr. Prospector
Louisville Courier-Journal – LA Times – Cherwa – In horse racing, the show (bet) still goes on
TDN – McCraken Aiming for February Return
TDN – Uncontested Smarty Jones Bound
TDN – Thornton – Bettor-Friendly Tax Regs Nearing Reality
NY Times – Myers – ‘Rasputin’ Unravels the Myths of the ‘Mad Monk’
giovedì dicembre 29
ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – The bloom is off the American Oaks
Hazy Shade of Winter
All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man… the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
Bloodhorse – Balan – Motion Sends Queen Blossom West for American Oaks
TDN – Lucky 13 in American Oaks
Bloodhorse – Oscar Nominated Heads Tropical Park Derby Field
ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – Of lies, terrible lies, and Eclipse Award finalists
This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 3
Paulick Report – Paulick – Yet Another Chapter In The Masochistic Saga
TDN – Harvey – Prelude to a Doha Derby
National Post – Bloomberg News – McClelland – Golf’s Gary Player is selling his South African horse farm in a market test for trophy homes
Garden and Gun – A Recipe for Luck and Money
TDN – Carasso – ‘Biscuits’ a True Overachiever
Paulick Report – Report: Santa Anita Could Host 2018 Pegasus World Cup
Paulick Report – Fedorka – Steady Eddie Proves It’s Not Always About The Money
The Guardian – Wahlquist – Michelle Payne launches women’s only racehorse syndicate
mercoledi dicembre 28
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Crispe – California Chrome now up to sixth in world’s all-time highest-earners table
Bloodhorse – Novak – Arrogate Confirmed for San Pasqual After Bullet Work
TDN – Oppenheim: The Sales Year
This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 4
Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – BloodHorse to Update Style on Group/Graded Stakes
Horse Race Insider – Berner – L’Affaire Masochistic Was Completely Avoidable
Bloodhorse – Angst – One Horse, Two Scandals
DRF – Andersen – Masochistic not allowed to enter Midnight Lute Stakes
TDN – Challenges and Solutions: Headley Bell
NY Times – Sports in 2016: Winners, Losers and Cheaters
The Globe and Mail – Hui – Canadian scientists are trying to make your tomatoes tasty again
NY Times – Strzemien – 11 Ways to Be a Better Person in 2017
martedi dicembre 27
Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.
The Bitter Southerner – Miller and Miller – The Heart of a Woman
Santa Anita Park – San Pasqual Stakes – Nominations
Sal says that DRF’s Andersen says that Baffert will be sending Arrogate to the San Pasqual.
This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 5
This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 6
This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 7
This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 8
This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 9
This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 10
TDN – King – Reflections on 2016
TDN – Berry – 2016 Reflections: Annie Power, GI Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Racing Must Go Back to the Future
TDN – Challenges: Andrew Chesser
DRF – Andersen – No winning pick six tickets opening day
DRF – Anderson – Santa Anita: Track launches single ticket jackpot in pick six
Bloodhorse – Balan – Mind Your Biscuits Scores Grade I in Malibu
ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Mind Your Biscuits gets his Grade 1 in Malibu Stakes
TDN – Mind Your Biscuits Nails Sharp Azteca in Malibu
Bloodhorse – Balan – Constellation Digs in to Win La Brea
ESPN – DRF – Privman – Constellation pulls off 12-1 upset in La Brea
TDN – Star Turn for Constellation in La Brea
DRF – Sparkman: Bellamy Road passes on talent to Constellation
Lady and the Track – Laughter – Saints Fan Carving a Louisiana Route to Derby
Bloodhorse – Reeder – Conquest Enforcer Strikes for New Connections
DRF – Privman – Conquest Enforcer’s win in Mathis Brothers Mile caps two-stakes day for Prat
TDN – Conquest Enforcer All the Way in Mathis Mile
Bloodhorse – Winzce-Hughes – Blind Faith: Story of Begum Continues to Inspire
Bloodhorse – Shea – Bettys Bambino Wins San Simeon Off Layoff
ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Bettys Bambino wins San Simeon off 22-month layoff
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – Why the Magic Millions is so important for this pioneering stud farm
TDN – Thornton – NY Vet Penalized for False Health Reports
TDN – Royal Delta Half by Street Cry Rolls to Rising Star Honors at Gulfstream
TDN – Frankels & Donegal Racing Partner on Keen Ice in Pegasus
I’m On Fire
Paulick Report – Mitchell – Bloodlines: Which New Sires Will Attract Most Attention In 2017?
giovedì dicembre 22
National Post – Washington Post – Mettler – In Texas, a religious liberty battle rages at one school over quote from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’
Prejudices are what fools use for reason.
Sal was reading an article the other day that said that every year everyone should be a little naughty and a little nice just to be sure that Santa has to check his list twice.
If I exorcise my demons, my angels may leave too.
Please Call Me Baby
That’s not the point, which is that I don’t know how many women manage to get through doorways these days, the chips on their shoulders are so enormous.
Not everything is a misogynist plot. Not everything is worth a lecture. What I want for Christmas is that we should, in the immortal words of my favourite reserve regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, harden the —- up.
National Post – Christie Blatchford: Two words to my fellow females — toughen up
Sal says it’s not only women who need to get effin tougher.
Sal says that a chip on the shoulder usually comes from the much larger block of wood right above it.
A Woman’s Place
CTHS Alberta has mailed out the 2016 Alberta Breeders Bonus cheques. If you haven’t received yours yet Canada Post should be dropping it off in the next couple of days.
In the Book of Life, The answers aren’t in the back.
Bloodhorse – Holy Bull Stakes Goal for Gunnevera
2006 Holy Bull
The Lonely Bull
Sal says that when he was thumbing through Phil’s dog-eared archives Sal saw that Phil posed many questions.
Sal was most intrigued by:
Phil has a question:
When Phil puts in a quote, question, comment or song not intending any simple yet far-fetched, obtuse allusion, but just cuz Phil wants to put that quote, question, comment or song in and the reader in his own mind imagines an unintended complex, far-fetched, obtuse allusion can Phil take credit for that allusion.
Sal has an answer:
Il nove decides what Sal is positing or what Phil has posited.
And il nove credono in silenzio
and il nove knows that Sal sometimes posits to far ridere i polli.
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
Garden and Gun – Holiday Cheer Leaders
Washington Post – Naughty or Nice: NFL cheerleaders in holiday costumes
I don’t believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously.
The Globe and Mail – Klinlberg – Fred Sasakamoose: Survivor, trailblazer, leader, hero
Sal says the Saskatchewan Ed says that Fred was the inventor of the slapshot.
A Little Bit South of Saskatoon
Listening to that tune while reading about the problems of deporting non-recognized persons the LED in Sal’s cranium started to flash in Technicolour. All the countries faced with the deportation problems should get together and build an airport a little bit south of Alert, Nunavut. The Canadian and Nunavut governments should donate 1984 square kilometres of frozen tundra and declare the area a separate country called No Man’s Land. Sal says you wouldn’t even need a fence.
Any deportee whose country of origin can’t be determined gets a one way ticket to No Man’s Land. Flight to Alert airport and dogsled to No Man’s Land. Just to be fair we’d provide them with a rifle with 20 rounds of ammo, a machete for cutting through red tape and provisions for 21 days.
Sal’s starting to sound like he’s been reading too much Ezra.
It’s so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.
Phor Christmas Phil used to pheature Christmas Carols, tunes and quotes. Sal says iph you want Christmas tunes download White Christmas or About a Boy.
Sal says iph you want Christmas Spirit download The Bishop’s Wife or one of Phil’s Phavourites:
and be sure to serve it in a glass from the Bishop’s Wife.
Sal says iph you want Christmas quotes – Merry Christmas Quotations.
Booze news – “Bourbon” an essay by Walker Percy
People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.
Sal was browsing books the other day and noticed one about how to unclutter your life and home. Sal took the hint and started to unclutter his life and home by not buying the book and adding clutter to his life and home.
The Globe and Mail – O’Kane – Start a new Christmas tradition – hold back on holiday spending
A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.
Southern Living – Hayes – What’s the Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey?
New York State Allows Local Distilleries To Sell At Farmers Markets
Another great aspect of New York bourbon is that you can check out the latest and greatest simply by heading to a local farmers market. It’s legal for New York State distilleries to sell their products directly to consumers in the context of one of these markets, which makes for a fun weekend outing. Talk directly to the distillers about their product, process, and where they get their ingredients (most of them will be locally grown or sourced). Plus, try some free samples! Some farmers markets to check out are Greenmarket, Down to Earth, and EcoStation.
Vine Pair – Kellerman -New York Is The Best State For Bourbon Right Now
Sal says we need a Farmers’ Markets like that in Alberta.
Get busy living or get busy dying.
National Post – Berry – The 2016 holiday libations guide: A drink to help you get through every festive occasion
Vine Pair – Two Buck Chuck Is Being Discontinued, And You Can Blame That Fake HuffPo Viral Story
Brutal Hammer – Dent – Two Buck Chuck Not Going Anywhere
Paste – Black – Ranking Trader Joe’s “Two-Buck Chuck” from Worst to Least Worst
Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?
Garden and Gun – Risen – Holiday Milk Punch
Tell me what brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.
Southern Living – Christmas Dessert Recipes- Candy
Whenever you think that the outer limits of stupidity have been reached some marketer stretches them.
Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker
A fool and his money are soon elected.
The Globe and Mail – Beck – Talking turkey: Common myths plaguing the holiday meat
The Bitter Southerner – Rushin – Yes Friends There is a Hearty White
Garden and Gun – Curtis – Drinks: Bourbon and Beans
Jockey Full of Bourbon
There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.
NY Times – Asimov – Rye Whiskeys, Young and Bucking for Manhattans
The Globe and Mail – Crosariol- 10 great bottles of white wine and bubbly to try this winter
One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.
In Between Days
Washington Post – Sellers – A storied horse race and the ghost of a man who’d always wanted to win
This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Lacey Gaudet & Smarty Jones
Memories are like mulligatawny soup in a cheap restaurant. It is best not to stir them.
TDN – Flay Signs For the Impeccably Bred Cover Song
Blood in the Cut
A Flay of a different flavour uncovered.
Sal was wandering what flavour the pies are.
I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.
NY Times – The 10 Best Books of 2016
National Post – Stern – Twenty cookbooks for the culinary wannabe or master chef on your shopping list
Garden and Gun – Miles – Books: Rhythm and Rhyme
NY Times – Clark – The Year’s Best Baking Cookbooks: Radical Ideas, Classic Treats
The Globe and Mail – Best Books of the Year
National Post – The Complete NP99: The best books of 2016
NY Times – 100 Notable Books of 2016
Sal says a notable Book of 2016:
I am a believer in women, in their ability to do things and in their influence and power. Women set the standards for the world, and it is for us, women in Canada, to set the standards high.
Heart to Heart with Julien Leparoux in the saddle notched his fourth victory in seven starts this season for owner Terry Hamilton and conditioner Brian Lynch. The son of English Channel was bred in Ontario by Darrell Bauder’s Red Hawk Ranch.
DRF – Welsch – Heart to Heart draws blood in El Prado victory
The New Yorker – Petrusich – A Transcendent Patti Smith Accepts Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize – Bob Dylan – Banquet Speech
The New Yorker – Smith – How Does It Feel
Vanity Fair – Hogan – Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize: The Case for Blonde on Blonde as Literature
Never be lucid, never state, if you would be regarded great.
Like a Rolling Stone
LA Times – D’Zurilla – National Film Registry makes a 2016 list for the ages including ‘East of Eden,’ ‘The Birds,’ ‘Thelma & Louise’ and more
NY Times – Light – Rock Lives: This Season’s Pop Music Biographies and Memoirs
Sound of Silence
The awful thing about a dinner party is the self-pressure, the desire to fit into Ina’s or Martha’s or your mother’s low-heeled shoes and never-stained apron, which of course is never going to happen, I’m sorry it’s just not. I have come to expect that the parties I throw will be something of a mess and hopefully people will find that charming or at least bearable. Sometimes they have to wait for their food and get sent out for snacks, sometimes they have to deal with smoke filling an apartment, and sometimes the no-bake dessert takes a trip into the oven and we see what will happen, science-experiment style. The whole point of a dinner party is that it’s different from eating alone, it’s different from boredom, and small catastrophes are surely that. The one thing I can tell you is that raw cheesecake tastes just fine when it’s baked, denser and fluffier and, honestly, a little closer to the real thing.
Food and Wine – Bull – Disaster at a Vegan Dinner Party
Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
11. Invite the Methodists. They make good cobblers.
15. Never let the preacher lead the line—he’ll talk too much and hold everybody up, trying to recruit Sunday School teachers when he ought to be focused on the potato salad.
Southern Living – Luesse – 20 Things Every Church Hostess Knows
Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Mind Your Biscuits Heads Malibu Field
Equibase – 2016 Malibu Stakes GI Nominations
Equibase – 2016 Malibu Stakes early PPs
Bob Baffert has both Arrogate and Drefong nominated along with a trio of their stablemates. Sal says that if we want to improve the handle on thoroughbred racing we should create a future wager on major races that lets one wager on which horses will actually be entered.
Not only will the handle grow, but Sal can just imagine that even Donald Trump may tweet about it.
National Post – Tristin Hopper: Nellie McClung got snubbed for a banknote. They wanted a ‘perfect’ woman instead
Sal says maybe we should have let them Eastern bastards freeze in the dark.
The Rebel – Levant – Richard Nesbitt is a Toronto bankster who laughs at unemployed Albertans. Here’s how we fight back
Sal says that every Albertan should close their bank accounts at CIBC and move to the Treasury Branch or to a local Credit Union.
Sal says that every Albertan should contact every business and institution that the fat cat Nesbitt is associated with and express their displeasure with his comments and question his competence to be in the positions he is in. CIBC must have questioned something. They paid him $8.5 million to buy him out a year early.
Sal sent a comment to the Global Risk Institute:
Your man Richard Nesbitt should be immediately terminated.
His comment about who cares about Albertans is utterly disgusting and just goes to show how much you fat cat arrogant chair warmers in Ontario care about the rest of the country.
However, that is not my concern. My concern is with the competence of a person who in discussing economic stimulus in Canada uses an average unemployment rate for the country to make a generalized comment. This is not the sign of a person who understands the country and who should be in the powerful position he is in.
Justice Brandeis said it far better that I ever will:
“I abhor averages. I like the individual case. A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live.”
Your man Nesbitt does not seem to understand Brandeis’ concept.
If you’d like to send them your thoughts please do so.
GRI – Contact
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If you’d like to send our Prime Minister or MP your thoughts please do so.
Contact Information for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament.
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
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House of Commons
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The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
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Fax: 613-941-6900; Email: email@example.com
Trouble is a sieve to test our friends; the small ones fall through.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Pitt – A champion filly who became one of the great foundation mares of modern times
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQueen – Children of Secretariat: the giant killer who twice toppled a champion
Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Demand for Quality Paces Keeneland Sale
Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Auction Season Ends With Market Stability
The history of the sport is littered with the names of folks who speculated early that the horse business was a way to profits.
About the only horse out there that would have the edge in pulling it off would be California Chrome, who has earned $8.1 million this year.
Horses of this nature are as brilliant as Halley’s Comet…and come along about as often. To expect any profit from forward earnings in any Thoroughbred venture is pure folly.
Bloodhorse – From the Horsemen’s Mouth – By Evan Hammonds
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – The top mares already booked in for California Chrome as optimism grows over his stud career
Southern Living – What’s The Difference Between Chicken Stock and Chicken Broth?
Epicurious – Boone – Stock, Broth and Bone Broth—What’s the Difference?
Kitchn – Christensen – What’s the Difference Between Stock and Broth?
Chowhound – What’s the Difference Between Stock and Broth?
Sal says you can call him anything you want, but don’t call Sal late for dinner.
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
When in doubt, let your horse do the thinkin’.
Bloodhorse – New THA Website Aims to be Comprehensive
Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association
National Post – Rex Murphy: Canadian touchstone Jim Munro has died. His famous bookstore is a landmark of our time
The Bitter Southerner – Maxwell – Bill Smith: The Bitter Southerner Interview
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
Because the Night
Bloodhorse – TAA Accredits 27 Aftercare Organizations
Canadian Accredited Organizations
TDN – Thornton – MidAtlantic Horse Rescue: 1,000 Adoptions in 14 Years
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – The real-life fairytale of two unwanted 2-year-olds saved from a grim fate
Across The Universe
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
Sal was wandering what Charles Dickens would say about Donald Trump.
Listed – Thompson – Better a buyer than a builder be?
Sal says that Al’s not the only Monaco brother noted for big deals in 2016.
While Al was busy looking after the interests of the shareholders of Enbridge Mat was busy looking after the welfare of the backstretch workers at Northlands Park.
Sal says that Mat orchestrated the HBPA Alberta deal of the year with the continuance of Cable TV in the 34 Northlands dorms after someone pulled the funding.
Sal has a question:
Which of the 2 books about Abraham Lincoln would Donald Trump read if Donald Trump could read:
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
TDN – Finley – A Violent Country, A Kidnapping, A New Life in the U.S.
The Bitter Southerner – Howard – The Sunday After
Garden and Gun – Celebrating 25 Years of ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’
TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Thoroughbred racing on more than many think during TV’s golden age
Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.
TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Touting Daily Participation Key to Solving Racing’s Identity Crisis
DRF – Grening – New York purses could take big hit as result of slots deal with Nassau County OTB
Darling Be Home Soon
The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
Keeneland is executing the first step perfectly: they are attracting thousands of kids to these races, but unless they implement ways to keep them there, it’s all in vain. Take advantage of having this amount of kids at the track, teach them what they are doing, give them the tools to hit the big winners, and you now have thousands of lifetime handicappers. The industry would grow, attendance would grow, and the sport would thrive.
This is a call to action to all tracks out there: get these kids to the track and give them the resources to learn. And a call to action to all kids: immerse yourself in this environment and this sport. Equip yourself with this knowledge, feel the rush of victory, fill your pockets with your winnings, and fall in love with horse racing.
Trent Ledbetter is a 19-year-old student at Thomas More College in northern Kentucky.
TDN – Ledbetter – Attracting (And Retaining) Youth to Racing
Here is my most pressing problem the industry faces today: “AVERAGE STARTS PER RUNNER PER YEAR.” It is one we never talk about, symposium after symposium or meeting after meeting. Nobody owns it. Yet the effects are so broad. To me, it is racing’s dirty little secret. The aunt who drinks too much, the brother with the drug problem….shhhh!!! Every track in the world is concerned about field size; those are discussions we constantly have. This is more about our product itself. The horse we are breeding and training and racing today.
TDN – Challenges: Martin Panza
If one works within tradition the right way, tradition cannot be told from innovation.
The Derby Bar and Grill
Railbird Notes by Glen Todd
Bloodhorse – TCA Essay: A Friend of Mine
NY Times – Powell – Curtis Granderson Is a Man on a Generous Mission
Bloodhorse – Weekend Stakes Rundown: Chrome’s CA Sendoff
The Globe and Mail – Pruden – Who is Travis Vader?
The Globe and Mail – Coulter – Caring for the animals who work for us
A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.
H. L. Mencken
Bloodhorse – BloodHorse, Weatherbys Launch Stallions Ap
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – The ten most expensive stallions in the world for 2017
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith and Willoughby – The 100 best annual performances by the world’s elite sires
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – Unravelling the mystery of Galileo’s ‘failure’ in the Southern Hemisphere
Lady and the Track – Feldhahn – Freshman Sire Focus: Dialed In vs. Union Rags
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Comparing Frankel’s first season with Uncle Mo and other top young sires
Bloodhorse – Keeneland Catalogs 1,892 for January Sale
DRF – Russo – Korea raising its profile
Bloodhorse – Fierro – Happy Holidays
There is No Greater Love
DRF – Sparkman: Big weekend for Temple City
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Grade 1 double has U.S. sire Temple City surging up the world rankings
National Post – Taunton – From ‘Proud Mary’ to ‘Midnight Train to Georgia,’ the totally ridiculous inside stories behind some iconic hits
Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon
Whenever he saw a dollar in another man’s hands he took it as a personal grudge, if he couldn’t take it any other way.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – The battle to right the wrongs suffered by racing’s backstretch workers
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – Healthcare on the backstretch: a problem that won’t go away
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – What impact would a purge on illegal immigrants have on U.S. racing?
Horse Race Insider – Berner – Foreign Workers Issue Clouds Racing’s Future
TDN – Thornton – Feds on Brink of Helping–or Hurting–Industry Employers
Bloodhorse – Shulman – Symposium Documents Racing’s Racino Problem
TDN – Hoffman – Arizona Global Racing & Gaming Symposium Wraps Up
I never lie to any man because I don’t fear anyone. The only time you lie is when you are afraid.
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – A series of wrongs finally makes for one right
Bloodhorse – Precious – Cuomo Vetos Jockey Fund Legislation
Garden and Gun – Hendrickson – R.E.M.’s ‘Out of Time’ at Twenty-Five
The Bitter Southerner – Stephens, McDuffie, Acheson and Ponsoldt – R.E.M.’s “Out of Time” at 25
One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Holiday Season Brings Weird Thoughts
I Fought The Law
One should eat to live, not live to eat.
CNBC – Vielma – ‘Super Size Me’ star Morgan Spurlock opening fast-food restaurant
I Fought The Law
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – How this $1.2m half-brother to a Kentucky Derby winner has made a success of a very different career
Churchill Downs To Invest $37 Million on Expansion and Upgrades
Lady and the Track – Laughter – Who Are the Top Derby Hopefuls Heading Into 2017?
Lady and the Track – Laughter – Who Are the Top Early Candidates for Kentucky Derby 143?
Bloodhorse – Johnson – 4 Kentucky Derby Contenders to Watch
Lady and the Track – Laughter – Mastery Leads Baffert Derby Parade into 2017
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Road to the Kentucky Derby: Baffert has something to work with in Mastery
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – How Tepin’s exploits are helping ready Casse’s team for the Kentucky Derby
TDN – Bianca – American Anthem Latest in Baffert’s Talented Juvenile Band
ESPN – DRF – Watchmaker – Not quite ready to pile on the Mastery bandwagon
Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Casse Mulls Derby Path for Classic Empire
2017 Kentucky Derby
2017 Kentucky Derby Prep Races
2017 Road to the Kentucky Oaks
Speaking of Derbies if you’re planning to attend the 2017 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park then you may want to head over to Chapel Hats at West Edmonton Mall for a
cappello nuovo for under the tree.
First Girl I Loved
Bloodhorse – Three Rules Being Considered for Swale Stakes
Garden and Gun – Horn – An Elevated Twist on the Mint Julep
..and I’m standing on the corner of Fifth and Vermouth.
TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Mo Town
TDN – Finley – Stanley Cup and an Oaks, Johnson Wants It All
Lady and the Track -Laughter – Talented Fillies Make March Toward Kentucky Oaks
Bloodhorse – Novak – Champagne Room Returns to Worktab
Blow Wind Blow
Write drunk; edit sober.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Road to the Kentucky Derby: trial downgrades are justified – and there may be more changes to come
Bloodhorse – Angst – Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded
Bloodhorse – Angst – Changing Schedules Impacted Wood, Blue Grass
Bloodhorse – 2017 American Graded Stakes Races
TDN – Finley – Op/Ed: TOBA Did What Needed to Be Done
All Day and All of the Night
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – As Door Closes on 2016 Season, Another Opens Immediately
Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis
Garden and Gun – Martin – The Big E: Emeril Lagasse
Smells Like Teen Spirit
John Jeremiah Sullivan – Horseman Pass By_(Secretariat)
Fire and Rain
Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – ‘Brilliant’ Gomez Remembered by Friends
TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Tribute to Garrett Gomez
This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Garrett Gomez through the years
DRF – Hovdey: When ascendant, few stars burned brighter than Gomez
TDN – McGrath – Jockey Matters Making A Difference: Part One
TDN – McGrath – Jockey Matters Making A Difference: Part Two
A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – NY state wants to teach Pletcher, Brown, et al, how to train
Nobody Does It Better
Garden and Gun – Lotz – The Mystery Books That Inspired ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’
TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Move the Jockey Club Gold Cup to Saratoga
Most people wouldn’t know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.
Bloodhorse – Election Time…Again – By Lenny Shulman
TDN – Bill Oppenheim: It’s Value Sire Time
TDN – Oppenheim: (NA) Nominations from the Floor
TDN – Bill Oppenheim: European Value Sires
TDN – Bill Oppenheim: Value Sires 10k-20k
TDN – Bill Oppenheim: Four Figure Bargains
TDN – Oppenheim: 20 Star Sires of 2016
You Think You’re a Man
If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable.
TDN -Op/Ed: Eric Hamelback
TDN – Challenges and Solutions: John Phillips
Bloodhorse – Balan – Santa Anita, Golden Gate to ‘Limit’ ADWs
Among individuals as among nations, the respect to other people’s rights is peace.
The Players’ Tribune – Sherman – We All Need to Do Better
Pale Blue Eyes
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – No suspense in this year’s Eclipse Awards
TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – California Chrome should be Horse of the Year
TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Tepin surpasses Flintshire and neither Found nor Highland Reel deserve an Eclipse Award
TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Drefong is easy but female sprinters are a little muddled
TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – And the champion two-year-old filly is…
Horse Racing Nation – Zipse – Horse Racing Rankings for December 5, 2016
Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Hill – Arrogate-‘Chrome‘ Match Race in Pegasus?
Bloodhorse – Hammonds – McIngvale Finds Horse for His Pegasus Slot
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Boost for Pegasus World Cup prospects of Argentinian import Eragon
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Pegasus First Shot Fired
Bloodhorse – Wincze-Highes – Juddmonte Purchases Coolmore’s Pegasus World Cup Slot
Being a cover artist is not like being a real artist. That’s just copying what someone else did.
Lady and the Track – Laughter – Casse Barn Loaded With Star Power
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – King – The G1-winning trainer who’s starting again in the desert – at the age of 63
An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.
Garden and Gun – Hendrickson – The Year in Music: 2016
The Bittern Southerner – The Best Southern Records 2016 – The Bitter Southerner’s Fourth Annual, Highly Opinionated List of the South’s Best Music
Horse Race Insider – Indulto – Oldies, Goodies and Newbies
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Racing’s History and Tradition Matters
NY Times – de la Cruz – What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – The man out to show the Pegasus doubters they’re oh so wrong
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Justice Remains Delayed in Dutrow Case
Horse Race Insider – Berner – When It Comes to Drugs, Action Speaks Louder Than Studies
Bloodhorse – Angst – BC Wants Better Out-of-Competition Testing
Bloodhorse – Angst – BC Sprint Runner-Up Masochistic to be DQ’d
TDN – Finley – Op/Ed: Too Many Stakes Races, Not Enough Stakes Horses
Don’t Go Back to Rockville
TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Temple City
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Blake – Natural disasters, Bob Dylan, a Derby prep and the super track that never was: salute racing’s great survivor
There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers’ battle with the heavens that cover them.
Federico Garcia Lorca
To Sir With Love
Lyon also provided an update on Littleprincessemma.
“She is the love of my life,” she said. “She’s carrying a brother to American Pharoah. I’m keeping her foal this year, a Tapit filly, and I can hardly wait to see what she can do. The mare is the kindest and most wonderful mare anyone could ever hope to deal with.
“People have given a lot of credit to Pioneerof The Nile for American Pharoah’s disposition, and it’s my understanding that he is a superb horse as far is that goes, but I have to say that mare could have done it on her own. She’s just the sweetest mare in the world.”
Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Stevens – At Tattersalls, Coolmore Lands Harzand’s Dam
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQuilkin – A message of hope for the overworked, underappreciated young women in racing
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary -Smith -Female jockeys: is racing still stuck in the dark ages?
NY Times – Sherwood – He Fished Every Morning of Summer. And Was Home by 7 A.M.
TDN – DeBernardis – Hogan, a Pioneer for Women in Equine Surgery
Gold Dust Woman
Bloodhorse – Haskin – Welcome Home, Charismatic
Bloodhorse – Angst – Lukas Drops by to See Old Friend Charismatic
A little wanton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse.
The Man Who Sold the World
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Gilmore – What it’s like to own a filly beyond compare
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Finley – Do Hollendorfer, Smith Have the Next Songbird?
Ring of Fire
DRF – Livingston – Of Springsteel and moving history
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Genaro – Riding high once more: the amazing comeback of Rajiv Maragh
Lady and the Track – Laughter – Young Stallion Will Take Charge Fulfilling Hopes
DRF – Russo – Swipe heads to Sweden for stallion duty
Times Like These
I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
Summer of 69
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – Pride, stress, pure joy – it’s all in a day’s work for those closest to the world’s third best racehorse
Bloodhorse – Silver – Lemon Drop Kid an Emerging Broodmare Sire
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hickman – Ten of racing’s most influential broodmares
Bloodhorse – Santa Anita Moves American Oaks to Dec. 31
NY Times – Gorman – Your Dog Remembers More Than You Think
DRF – Russo – Untapable to be bred to Frankel
NY Times – Longman – Under Fidel Castro, Sport Symbolized Cuba’s Strength and Vulnerability
Sal says those guys had playoff beards before playoff beards were the in thing.
NY Times – Ives – Ex-N.H.L. Enforcer Moves to Hong Kong and Shows His Nurturing Side
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Shields – The story of two middle-aged people, two ex-racehorses, a grueling ride across America – and a lot of broken bones
When you get bucked off, the easiest way to explain it is you dropped your hat and got in a hurry to pick it up.
I Put a Spell on You
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Roberts and Weatherly – -The lost racecourses of Maryland
NY Times – Sandomir – ESPN Pays Top Dollar for Football, but Audience Isn’t Buying
Garden and Gun – Blount Jr. – End of the Line: A Pot of Goodness
The Globe and Mail – Bielski – Christmas, revisited
NY Times – McDougall – What Donkeys Know About Autism
Sal says when you make a king size bed it’s tough to find enough quality material to put between the covers.
A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
NY Times – Vadukul – The Trials of a Boxing Romantic
Twinspires Blog – Hanson – (The best of) Hanson’s Hot Takes in 2016
Garden and Gun – Heckert – “Christmas Gift!” The Roots of a Southern Holiday Saying
Going, Going, Gone
Somebody’s boring me. I think it’s me.