The new rules state that the IRS will no longer consider just the base wager on winning bets of 300-1 or more. Instead, it will take into account the total cost of the bet. So if a horseplayer puts together a $1 Pick 6 ticket that costs $500 (and thus has 500 different combinations), and wins $10,000, the IRS would previously have looked at that as a winning 10,000-to-1 wager. The change in rules means that the IRS will now consider that winning bet a 20-1 wager ($10,000 divided by the $500 bet), and won’t automatically collect 25% of the horseplayer’s winning.
Sal says that an even bigger break for the horseplayers would be the trainers getting their stars out of the barns and onto the racetracks to give the fans better racing to wager on.
The only time these regulations will affect any Canadian is when you’re wagering on track in the US or through an American ADW while you’re in the US. With the withholding ratio changed Canadians won’t be forced to leave as much money behind on big wins and then pay some shadowy consultant to fight the IRS to get their own money back.
Sal says that the next time some Yank is bragging about how much lower tax rates are in the US remind them that the US is one of the few countries in the world that tax gambling and lottery winnings. Canada is bad enough where you wager with after tax dollars and then are subject to paying taxes in the takeout, but in the US you wager with after tax dollars, then are subject to paying taxes in the takeout and then have to declare your winnings as income and pay taxes for the third time on the same money.
Sal wanders how many Americans declare the income they make wagering on illegal offshore sites or through their bookies.
Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.”
Everything I do, I do on the principle of Russian borscht. You can throw everything into it beets, carrots, cabbage, onions, everything you want. What’s important is the result, the taste of the borscht.
Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?” …Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, “We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.”
Last week, Ivan Dogliotti visited us from Castiglione Tinella, Piedmont, Italy. The Dogliotti winery was founded in 1870 by two brothers, Giuseppe and Marcello Dogliotti.
Sal says that next time some Yank laughs at us Canadians for using the metric system tell him to find a 26.
Sal says that it’s not that there are more assholes around it’s that the assholes have access to social media.
Times have not become more violent. They have just become more televised.
Sal says that both Melania and this librarian fail the old hippy test: If you’re not part of the solution then you’re part of the problem.
Does Melania think that the public is so easily duped by her ill conceived limousine liberal photo opportunity token donation of a few books that cost less than her monthly shoe budget while Donald and the Republicans are taking a turbocharged weed whacker to the American education budget.
The librarian should have thoughbt for at least 3 seconds before she started barking and showing that she’s dumber than a sack of hammers and just another brick in the wall who would rather get her 15 nanoseconds of divisive narcissistic publicity than use resources donated to her and make an actual statement on the plight of public education in the US. Her comments on Dr. Seuss books being racist garnered zero main stream traction and helped both Donald and Melania gain further support from their right wing wackos.
Smile, shut your mouth, take the books, sell them and donate the cash to an inner city school in Brownsville that really needs it.
Then point out to the right wing wackos that it will be their kids and grand kids who will have no books in their libraries and no teachers to teach when the turbocharged weed whacker’s done.
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
No, I love Winx because she proves my point — or at least offers strong supporting evidence — that racehorses are not delicate creatures that perform best when given extended rest between starts.
Winx has raced on three weeks’ rest or less in 19 of the 29 starts following her career debut — that’s 65 percent. Compare that to recent US superstar American Pharoah, who raced on three weeks’ rest or less just three times in the 10 races subsequent to his lifetime bow (30 percent). (Incidentally, those races were the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes — otherwise known as the Triple Crown.)
There’s a reason that Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are not in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame — it’s because almost everybody in the world, including my grandmother when she was alive, knows what steroids do.
In 2015, Thehill.com reported that “recent polling found that while the vast majority of adults in the U.S. called horse racing both exciting and fun to watch, only 14% had a very favorable view of the industry.”
For those numbers to change, steroids and other drugs need to be eradicated from the Sport of Kings and star horses need to run and run often.
In the meantime, I’ll just watch Winx and dream of what was… and what still can be.
Eight Grade I races will be contested Saturday, three at Belmont, five at Santa Anita. Across North America, 18 graded stakes races will be run this weekend. There’s a lot of money out there and that’s a lot of stakes races, yet not one horse currently ranked among the top 10 in the NTRA’s weekly poll will be racing this weekend. To find a horse on the NTRA list that will be competing, you have to go all the way down to No. 18, Oscar Performance (Kitten’s Joy), a starter in the GI Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont.
The historic GI Jockey Club Gold Cup will highlight the Oct. 7 card at Belmont. It looks like it’s going to be a small field, with only one Grade I winner taking part, Keen Ice (Curlin).
There’s no need to explain what is happening here, but here goes: The Breeders’ Cup has become such an important goal for owners, trainers and breeders that races like the GI Beldame, the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the GI Awesome Again, the Joe Hirsch and so many others have become almost meaningless.
Trainers are told that the Breeders’ Cup is the only goal that matters and most trainers believe that the best way to get their horse to racing’s championship day is to give them seven or eight weeks off beforehand.
In the new resting legislation, Silver will have the discretionary ability to fine teams for resting players in several instances, including sitting multiple players outside of unusual circumstances in a single game, and healthy players in nationally televised ESPN, ABC and TNT games.
When teams decide to rest players in games, they’ll be encouraged to do so for home instead of away games. Star players sitting out are expected to be on the bench during games and encouraged to be accessible to fans for interaction before the game.
The league announced that any violation of the new resting rule will be deemed as conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the NBA. Teams that violate the rule will be fined at least $100,000.
Silver suggested that the league would continue to tweak its rest policy in the coming seasons.
Sal says that Sal’s favourite league Commissioner Silver understands that it’s the fans that pay the salaries and the fans want the stars.
Sal says when Sal was gleaning through Phil’s dog eared archives Sal began to wander if Phil included Gary Bettman in the Killer Bs.
Sal has always liked MLB’s September roster expansion that permits teams to bring up their future stars and expose them and the fans to the Show.
Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’. Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.
Sal says that in an interview before being released OJ said his plans were to get a good steak and buy an Iphone.
Sal thought his plans would be to recommence the search for the real killers.
Sal says just another instance of Donald calling the kettle black.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
Borscht is more than a soup, it’s a weather vane. When my family says they want hot borscht I know winter is coming, and when they want cold borscht I know how far can spring be behind?
In a bull market, everyone becomes an expert! In a bear market, everyone becomes wise!
Don’t confuse brains with a bull market
Humphrey B. Neill
Sal says that if Donald Trump wants to talk the talk he should have the balls to step onto the filed with a couple of 280 pound linebackers who he criticized for kneeling during the national anthem to protest the tweeting buffoon in the White House. You know that won’t happen cuz Trump like the Limousine Liberals that he criticizes is a do as I say not as I do Tweeting weasel full of nothing more than a tonne of bullshit bluster.
“The belief endures … that visible, affluent African-American entertainers are obliged to adopt a pose of ceaseless gratitude – appreciation for the waiver that spared them the low status of so many others of their kind,” Jelani Cobb wrote recently of these protests for The New Yorker, suggesting not much has changed since those who dared take civil-rights stances were labelled “uppity.”
I won’t claim to have spoken in enough depth to enough Bills fans to know if that’s a fair reflection of their thinking. I don’t know exactly how many have progressive views on race that were outweighed by what they interpreted, egged on by the league’s branding until about a week ago, as disrespect for veterans who fought under the American flag.
All I know is that African-American players were showered with derision for just as long as they used their platform to draw attention to prejudice faced by members of their community, then cheered when they went back to bashing their brains for their audience’s edification.
Sal says just a sobering reminder that it’s not only Americans who elect morons.
Sal says we’ll see if Trump can string together 2 ideas or if his brain has suffered too much damage from that toxic concoction on his head.
The Adidas college bribery scandal has blown the lid off the competition for top athlete endorsement.
Who makes the shoes that these athletes endorse. Some kid in a ghetto in Bangladesh earning $.25 per shoe. Who buys the shoes these athletes endorse. Some kid in a ghetto in Brownsville earning $.25 an hour peddling drugs for some Mexican drug lord. Who makes a tonne of dough from the shoe sales. Star athletes who don’t put a nickel back into improving the ghettos in Bangladesh or Brownsville but know how to take a knee when the American Anthem plays.
Sal says that of the star athletes taking a knee other than Kaepernick and Reid most are doing it to plug their biggest product – themselves and Sal says it’s only time til they’ll have their Adidas or Nike or Under Armour hat on when they kneel down.
Sal says that there’s a thoroughbred named after these guys – Limousine Liberal.
As Game as a racehorse can be.
Sal says that you can add Best Hallmark Movies to your list of best oxymorons of all time. Sal says with all due deference to Richard Bonnycastle that the Hallmark movies are even more formulaic than Harlequin Romances and if you’ve seen or read one you’ve seen of read them all.
Sal says that even in today’s PC world there still is a magazine named Cowboys & Indians.
Sal’s Drink and a Flick
Sal’s says you won’t see no Hallmark movies in Sal’s Drink and a Flick
The wind is old, but it keeps blowing.
Music is the strongest form of magic.
Sal says don’t rent or stream the original or read the book before you see the remake.
Sal’s waiting for:
Sal says that if the Pennsylvania Racing Commission needs someone who can look the other way Rick Pitino’s gonna be on the job market pretty soon.
Sal says forget the Road, if you want to read Cormac McCarthy at his best try No Country For Old Men or All The Pretty Horses or House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke.
I was sitting on my back porch on election night, and when it was clear that Donald Trump was going to win the presidency, I said to my wife, “The rest of the country is about to find out what we’ve always had to deal with in Mississippi.”
White supremacy groups raising their voices across the country. Check. A room full of men deciding what a woman can and cannot do with her body. Check. Weaker gun laws and plenty of social media “prayer” after another senseless shooting. Check. Healthcare and Planned Parenthood and mental health services under attack. Got it. A tolerance, and therefore promotion, of prejudice from the highest political office that gives hate and inequality a steady heartbeat, that leads to what we all saw in Charlottesville.
Welcome to Mississippi. We have long been the butt of the joke. The rest of the states poke fun at us. Judge us from afar. Rattle off stereotypes when they talk about us. But as of right now, if you are reading this anywhere in America, Mississippi should not be so funny to you anymore, because politically, you’re in it.
Esta es para Jose: