National Post – AP – Craggy-faced, cult-favourite character actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at age 91
NY Times – Gates – Harry Dean Stanton, Character Actor Who Became a Star, Dies at 91
NY Times – Catsoulis – Revealing a Subject Who Holds Back
Men’s Support Group
Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
Angst – Keeneland, Churchill Partnering on Two New Racetracks
Paulick Report – KHRC Has No Plans To Take Action On New Racetrack Applications Submitted By Churchill, Keeneland
DRF – Hegarty – Kentucky commission head rejects Churchill-Keeneland proposal
A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Churchill and Keeneland, RIvals No More
2. Effective January 1, 2018 (the “Effective Date”), and subject to the parties finalizing and executing the formal agreements contemplated herein:
a. NL will surrender all of its interest in the Site, including the Master Agreement and Site Lease (which may occur in stages, with the areas commonly known as the EXPO Centre and the Coliseum happening on January 1, 2018, and the area commonly known as Northlands Park happening on the later of June 30, 2018, or 30 days following the date upon which horse racing is no longer licensed at the Site), and the Parking Lot License attached hereto as Schedule “B” (the “Parking Lot License”) to the City;
City of Edmonton and Northlands MOU
Sal thanks another of his sources for his diligent work.
The city will also take ownership of the Expo Centre at Northlands on Jan. 1, with control of the Northlands race track to come later in 2018 or when racing moves to a new facility planned outside the city.
Edmonton Journal – Decision to shutter Northlands Coliseum means demolition on the table
The racetrack has been fading for years as the whole horse racing industry in Alberta struggled.
Sal like Phil has a question:
How many more dollars will the city of Edmonton be on the hook for when it comes time to demolish the barns and the grandstand and they’re on the hook for the asbestos removal.
Edmonton Journal – Paula Simons: End of an era as Northlands fades away
Sal says that maybe the reporter should be placing the blame for a struggling horse racing industry exactly where Phil did when he got himself banned by Edmonton Northlands in a despicable power display of censoring Freedom of Expression: Edmonton Northlands.
Phil was right. The entire organization was full of Killer Bees that killed Edmonton Northlands by their inept management and failure to put the city of Edmonton’s needs before those of the Board of Directors.
Too bad the mayor and council of the time didn’t recognize what Phil and virtually every horse player at Northlands knew. Northlands couldn’t manage or promote anything properly. (Sal has sanitized another of his sources comment.)
Sal saw that Home Depot is having Job Fairs across the country.
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Sal says that sometimes you need the full orchestra.
A musical director wasn’t happy with the performance of one of the percussionists. Repeated attempts to get the drummer to improve failed. Finally, in front of the orchestra, the director cried in frustration,
“When a musician can’t handle their instrument, they give him two sticks and make him a drummer!”
A whisper was heard from the percussion section:
“And if he can’t handle that, they remove one of his sticks and make him a conductor.”
Sal says don’t cry for Northlands before you read the entire agreement which is something that the grossly incompetent press in Edmonton has not done.
8. Within a reasonable period of time following the Effective Date and the finalization of the Area Redevelopment Plan for the area including the Site, NL and the City will select a parcel of land (the “Replacement Land”) acceptable to NL, acting reasonably, and of the approximate same value as the Four Parcels. The City shall transfer title to the Replacement Land to NL as compensation for the Four Parcels. Notwithstanding the foregoing, NL shall have the option at any time following the Effective Date and in lieu of a transfer of the Replacement Land, to require that the City pay NL the current appraised value of the Four Parcels as determined by the City appraisers between the date hereof and the Effective Date.
Sal says that Sal’s not sure what land the Four Parcels consist of as Schedule “A” is not attached to the MOU.
Sal says that paragraph 8 sounds like the city of Edmonton is rewarding Edmonton Northlands with a large chunk of either land or cash for their years of graft and incompetence. Rewarding Edmonton Northlands for returning a piece of land that the city of Edmonton has always owned and rented to Edmonton Northlands for peanuts and never collected a nickel of tax revenue on is so utterly ridiculous that Sal can’t even begin to fathom what the Mayor and council of Edmonton was not thinking of. Where did Edmonton Northlands accumulate all those compromising pictures.
Worse yet the city is taking the obligation for the Expo Centre debt, the demolition or rebuilding of the Coliseum, the demolition of the barns and the demolition or re-purposing of the grandstand. Sal says that the asbestos remediation could run anywhere between $25 – 50 Million, yet the city of Edmonton is taking all that obligation and giving Edmonton Northlands title to land or cash for years of graft. mismanagement and incompetence.
Sal says that the city of Edmonton just went to number 1 with a bullet on Amazon’s list of cities for their second head office. Where else will Amazon find a city that won’t even ask for a kiss after Amazon does it to their taxpayers.
There’s too many people in seats of power who just haven’t got a clue what they’re doing. They’re bean counters, and it just pisses me off because consequently our kids go to see crap movies.
When Sal was gleaning through Phil’s dog eared archives just after Phil got hit by the Battersea Omnibus Sal came across something that Phil called the Hillbilly Harness House league.
Sal says that it looks like the Hillbilly Harness House League was back open on Sunday passing out $54,000 in welfare cheques to owners and trainers desperate for day money while running a 13 race exhibition non-wagering card at Track on 2. Sal says that that number in the track name is appropriate as racing 13 non-wagering races and giving out $54,000 in welfare cheques is pure unadulterated bullshit.
Sal says that Sal also gleaned a comment from a CTHS Alberta meeting from Phil’s archives. The monies are supposed to be incentive, not welfare.
Standardbred Canada – Beautiful Debut For The Track On 2
Sal says that the debut of The Track on 2 was only beautiful if you’re a Hillbilly Harness House Leaguer who thinks training is running up and down the ditches and does not realize that other than the 20 or 30 fans who showed up at the debut of The Track on 2 no one else in the province or country gives a piece of coonshit about the bullshit program that took place.
Sal says that his source Lacombe Lillie a distant cousin of Balzac Billie says that to reach 500 you would have had to count the few fans who were there, the horses, drivers, trainers, grooms, stall muckers, cows in the pasture, gophers and the fish that Bobby Allen forgot in the pond.
Sal thanks Lacombe Lillie for the wonderful pictures.
Sal says that it’s high time that we started to improve the professionalism of all horse racing in the province of Alberta.
Toronto Sun – Langlois – Wiarton Willie has died
Paulick Report – Canterbury Average Daily Handle Up Nearly Four Percent In 2017
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – The huge challenges facing TVG as it seeks to keep spreading the racing word across America
Sal’s drink and a Flick
When the Shit Hits the Fan
Heisenberg, Max Plank and Einstein, they all agreed that science could not solve the mystery of the universe.
NY Times – Haberman – The Baseball Theory of Relativity
For Brnjas, who has been training since 2007, Johnny Bear’s upset was the product of some enduring faith on the part of herself, her father, and co-owner Danny Dion of Bear Stables. Purchased for $278,823 out of the 2012 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division) Canadian-bred sale, Johnny Bear took six tries to break his maiden before doing so at Woodbine in December of 2014, and spent the next couple seasons toiling in the optional-claiming allowance ranks.
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Johnny Bear Earns Emotional Northern Dancer Win
Brisnet – Hanson – Johnny Bear topples Hawkbill; Quidura reigns on Woodbine turf
ESPN – DRF – Campbell – Johnny Bear nails Hawkbill at wire in Northern Dancer Turf
Sal says that 7 stakes are too many to sum up so here you go:
Equibase results Northlands Park Fall Classic Day 2017
DRF – Goulding – For Cash repeats in Alberta Breeders’ Handicap on Fall Classic Day card
Knockin on Heaven’s Door
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – O’Meara – Should they lose the race? It depends on where you are – for now
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – The 15-30 Takeout Solution
Send in the Clowns
Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Final Sold for Sire Tapit, ‘The Man at This Sale’
TDN – Martini – Brisk Trade Continues at Keeneland
Show Me How to Live
TDN – Martini – Verrazano Colt on Top As Book 3 Concludes
Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Breakout Keeneland September Sale for Violence
I Came to Dance
TDN – Oppenheim: Keeneland Books 1-2–How Good Was It?
Hands of Time
TDN – Martini, DiDonato and DeBernardis – Keeneland September Book 1 Delivers
Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Numbers Soar at Keeneland September Opener
Paulick Report – Tapit, War Front Shine At Keeneland September Opener
Brinset – Reilly – Cupid’s $2.7 million sister leads Tapit hit parade at Keeneland
Bloodhorse – Angst – Scat Daddy Colt Tops Keeneland’s Second Session
TDN – Martini, DiDonato and DeBernardis – Scat Daddy On Top Again at KEESEP
Bloodhorse – Brisk Commerce on Day 3 at Keeneland September
Bloodhorse – Keeneland September’s Fourth Session Stays Strong
TDN – Radcliffe Stretches to $1 Million for Scat Daddy Filly
Paulick Report – Keeneland September Day 4: Fillies By Scat Daddy, Tapit Bring $1 Million
Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Newly Formed Marchmont Stable Seeking Classic Horses
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – QUESTION to INDUSTRY: Why Should One Bet Be Taxed More Heavily Than Another?
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – From Zenyatta to Black Caviar to mission impossible in Minnesota: a deliciously entertaining racing journey
Bloodhorse – Wincze Highes – World Approval Captures Woodbine Mile
NY Times – Horowitz – Pope Criticizes Climate Change Deniers and Trump on DACA
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Pope Lands Tapit Colt for $2.6 Million
Sal says that Pope went to $2.6 million for a grandson of Pulpit.
Sal says that unlike Pierre DesRuisseaux, Sal gives credit where credit’s due and acknowledges that Sal’s borrowing that one.
Sal says that if DesRuisseaux was around to defend himself Sal’s sure the defence would be: I was mistranslated.
I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn’t have to translate.
“The stewards believe the conduct exhibited (by Navarro and Gindi) is extremely detrimental to racing and that a larger fine is warranted,” the ruling states, adding that the maximum penalty the stewards may impose is $5,000.
The stewards have referred the matter to the racing commission with a recommendation that Gindi be fined $20,000 and Navarro $10,000. The New Jersey Racing Commission is scheduled to meet Sept. 20 and the matter of Navarro and Gindi is on the agenda.
Paulick Report – ‘Juice Man’ Video Leads To $5,000 Fine For Navarro, Gindi At Monmouth Park
Bloodhorse – Jockey Club’s NYRA Steward Opposes Navarro Entries
TDN – Thornton – “Juice” Comments Leave Navarro’s Owners Scrambling
Send In The Clowns
Paulick Report – Laurel Not Accepting Entries From Navarro Over New Jersey Controversy
TDN – Frary – Scat Daddy’s Seahenge Takes the Champagne
It’s like the riddle of the Sphinx… why are there so many great unmarried women, and no great unmarried men?
NY Times – Can You Pick the Bees Out of This Insect Lineup?
Sal says he’d defer to Phil on this one, but for the fact that Phil got lambasted by the Battersea omnibus.
I’m A King Bee
Atlantic – Khazan – Why Do Women Bully Each Other at Work?
TDN – Woman Franks Her Pedigree, Wins at Canterbury
TDN – San Diego Host Committee Announces 2017 Breeders’ Cup Festival
ESPN – DRF – Dunleavy – Motion pleased with Irish War Cry heading into Penn Derby
Mama Told Me Not to Come
Bloodhorse – Roots – Winx Makes it 20 Straight Wins With Randwick Triumph
Maybe I’m Amazed
Check My Brain
NY Times – Razza – Is New York’s Best Pizza in New Jersey?
NY Times – Levine – New York Today: Our Past in Pizza
NY Times – Mishan – From a Pizza Oven in the Bronx, Albanian Specialties
TDN – Pegasus Anchors Rich Gulfstream Stakes Schedule
Send In The Clowns
Bloodhorse – Shea – Patrona Margarita Surges to Pocahontas Victory
Rutgers Today – Alexander – Pumpkin Habanero Pepper Plant Debuts at Rutgers Day
Beck and Call
TDN – Thornton – That Drunken Chalk-On-Curtain Sketch? It’s a $60,000 Munnings
NY Times – Foo Fighters Stand Up for the Power of Rock (Again) on ‘Concrete and Gold’
Times Like These
Brisnet – Hanson – A Day at the Races: Kentucky Downs
Somebody to Love
FiveThirtyEight – Paine – The Indians’ Win Streak Wasn’t MLB’s Longest — But It Might Be The Most Impressive
ESPN – Thompson – The Indians’ win streak
is was longer than their call-ups’ careers
ESPN – AP – Indians set AL record with 21st straight win
ESPN – Doolittle – Indians’ dominance rewrites story of 2017 season
National Post – Stinson – Alex Anthopoulos’ Toronto Blue Jays departure a failure by ownership, and not a surprising one
You Shook Me All Night Long
Brisnet – Scully – The Tabulator opens Road to the Kentucky Derby with Iroquois victory
Bloodhorse – Novak – The Tabulator Charges to Iroquois Win
NY Times – Draper – Comments by Jemele Hill of ESPN a ‘Fireable Offense,’ White House Says
NY Times – Draper – If ESPN Wants to Discipline Jemele Hill, She Might Have Law on Her Side
Sal says that the tweeting clown who lives in White Houses should not throw stones.
Sal apologizes to Emmett Kelly and his compatriots and Sal says that none of the articles or comments are intended in any manner to disparage their honourable profession.
LA Times – McManus – Trump will have a 2020 primary challenger. But who will it be?
Sal says he’s putting his money on the dark horse.
LA Times – Kennedy – The Juggalos don’t want to be called a gang — so they marched on Washington
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – The astonishing rise of Frankel goes on: it’s now time to believe
Garden and Gun – Heckert – Remembering The Waltons
Reminds Sal of an old groaner:
What kind of lawnmower do the Walton’s use.
A Lawn Boy.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQueen – Children of Secretariat: the 30-year-old son who still plays an important role
TDN – Penny Chenery Dies
Paulick Report – Secretariat Owner Penny Chenery Dies After Complications From Stroke
Paulick Report – Racing World Mourns Passing Of ‘First Lady Of Thoroughbred Racing’
The Bitter Southerner – Miller and Miller – Under the Pines
This is Horse Racing – Gaudet – Guest column: Unbreakable Bond
TDN – Carasso – OTBO to Bring Back Mixed Sale
TDN – Cullen – Work the Sale for Success
Bloodhorse – Fierro – Comes the Deluge: First-Crop Stallions at the Sales
Paulick Report – Hackberth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Aaron Gryder A Racing Renaissance Man
The Bitter Southerner – Reece – Gregg Allman’s Last Ride
Garden and Gun – Gregg Allman Says Goodbye
Paulick Report – Dale Capuano Held Blameless After Horse Tests Positive For Cocaine; Owners Appeal DQ
NY Times – Frank Vincent, Mobster on ‘The Sopranos’ and in ‘Goodfellas,’ Dies at 80
Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon
TDN – Uni Wins the Sands Point
When You Were Young
The Globe and Mail – Morrissey – Why we find it hard to imagine and plan for worst-case scenarios
I’m A Rebel Just For Kicks
Paulick Report – Ismelucky Grants Desormeaux Third Stakes Win Of Los Al Meet In Barretts Debutante
Garden and Gun – Everett – Late-Summer Pies
The Sound Of Silence