A few weeks back Sal asked a bunch of questions and made a number of observations about the lack of transparency in ATOBA, the splinter group trying to insinuate themselves into the Alberta thoroughbred scene and invited a response. Sal heard nothing but now can advise that Peter Watts has some information on who is behind ATOBA.
I ran into Jim Haggan at Century Downs on Sunday afternoon. The long time director of backstretch programming for Horse Racing Alberta now has a new job. He’s President of the Alberta Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Bob Cramers (sic) at Westana Ranches is one of the primary drivers of this new program.
Going forward where is the money to fund ATOBA going to come from.
Sal says that the resources available for the entire horse industry in this province are shriveling and we don’t need another organization trying to feed off Horse Racing Alberta’s teat.
Sal says that the last thing we need in the Alberta thoroughbred industry is more politician polarization. As a cogent voice said at one of the HBPA Alberta meetings – we need to improve the professionalism of thoroughbred racing in the province of Alberta. Sal says he not convinced in the least that ATOBA is the means to improve the professionalism of thoroughbred racing in the province of Alberta.
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Sal says that we all use PPs when handicapping thoroughbred races. Ask any member of the Alberta HBPA Board to give you Jim Haggan’s past performance in his duties with Horse Racing Alberta. First thing they’ll point out is the money spent on outside help to bring in foreign workers which was what Jim Haggan was supposedly supposed to be doing.
When the space shuttle’s engines cut off, and you’re finally in space, in orbit, weightless… I remember unstrapping from my seat, floating over to the window, and that’s when I got my first view of Earth. Just a spectacular view, and a chance to see our planet as a planet.
Sal says that the HANA boycott is misplaced. It’s the ADWs across North America that are leaving the tracks no choice but to raise their takeout rates. And the worst culprit of all is HPI operated by Woodbine. Sal does not have and will never have an HPI account as long as Woodbine gouges players in every other Canadian province to subsidize their track. Sal says that gleaning through Phil’s archives Phil oft pointed out the folly of the Canadian transfer payment system that steals money from hard working efficient Albertans and ships it to Ontario and Quebec. All you Albertans ranting against Justin Trudeau must remember that the worst offenders over the last decade were the hypocritical Harper Tories with his cronies like the blame everyone but me Jason Kenny.
Why should the tracks keep their takeout low leaving a bigger chunk for the ADWs to squeeze from the bettors and then rebate what they squeeze back to the Whales. As the North American wagering model malfunctions today a track has to be foolish to drop their takeout so the ADWs can scoop it and use it to build their business.
If Keeneland is sincere 1% of the increase should be rebated back to ontrack wagering.
Sal says that with improving computer, phone, database and payment technology the ADW’s can be eliminated and all wagers within a province like Alberta can be made directly through the host tracks pari-mutuel system without the need for telephone operators or ADWs. Just think how purses and wagering would increase if the fat fees going to the ADWs were split 50/50 between the tracks and the bettors.
Sal says that HANA should be organizing boycotts of tracks like Mohawk and Woodbine who when they get a large carryover shut their jackpot pools off to wagering until a major day when they want a big handle and then make it a mandatory payout day. Sal says that those track are stealing money from the everyday player and using it to artificially boost their handle on major days.
“You feel for the horse, because he runs his eyeballs out every time, but you have to be humble and gallant in defeat as hard as he tries every time,” Lynch said of Heart to Heart, who has nine graded wins from 31 starts but is winless in six grade 1 tries.
The depth of the 14-horse Shadwell field was such that whomever prevailed would be a most worthy adversary heading into a potential Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1T) start at Del Mar Nov. 4. In addition to Heart to Heart, the eight-furlong test featured multiple grade 1 winner Divisidero cutting back to a mile and defending race heroine Miss Temple City.
Kendall Jenner and the other influencers Elsa Hosk, Emily Ratajkowski, Bella Hadid, Lais Ribeiro, Gizele Oliveira, Rose Bertram et al should be named as Defendants in the class action lawsuits and should all be charged under the American consumer protection laws, even if the penalties will be only a slap on their bony wrists. Sal’s understanding of the American consumer protection laws is that when you prostitute yourself for a product on the many social media channels you have to disclose that you are prostituting yourself for that product. None of these influencers disclosed and that is the ultimate in deceitful false advertising.
Sal says that he’s sure that Jenner and the other influencers to be true to their trade made sure they got cash up front.
Sal says that it’s tough to have a lot of empathy for a bunch of spoiled brat millennials who have no concept of the worth of money and fall for a social media scam so soon after they watched the US electorate fall for the Russian influenced social media election scam. Isn’t this the generation that was brought up with social media, who’s always seeking instant gratification and has a 30 second retention span. If the generation that considers itself to be socially sophisticated and savvy gets scammed by their own kind how can anyone over 30 survive in the social media era.
Sal forgets that this is the generation that thinks that Uber is a service where friends share rides and not a business set up to circumvent livery laws.
Sal says that this generation probably thinks that the girls in the cowboy hats and the girls slow dancing will be waiting for them when they head down to the pub for a micro brew. Sal says this generation better get savvy fast as it’s getting harder and harder to distinguish between obvious advertising and subtle subliminal shit.
Sal says that perhaps it’s time to give credit where credit’s due. Other than the wacko and not so wacko Republicans that still bow down at the throne of Donald most of the rest of the US and the world understand that Donald’s not attacking the media because the media is wrong, Donald’s attacking the media because he is wrong and the media keeps pointing out his foibles.
Experience is never at bargain price.
Alice B. Toklas
Paddock owned at least 47 guns purchased in Nevada, Utah, California and Texas, and he brought at least 23 weapons, mostly rifles, to his hotel room, officials said.
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
If we focus on mass shootings as a means of understanding how to reduce the number of people killed by guns in this country, we’re likely to implement laws that don’t do what we want them to do — and miss opportunities to make changes that really work. Gun violence isn’t one problem, it’s many. And it probably won’t have a single solution, either.
It is unclear what is next for Bowen. He has hired a lawyer, Jason Setchen, who specializes in N.C.A.A. reinstatement cases. (Setchen did not respond to requests for comment.) If the scheme with Adidas jeopardizes his N.C.A.A. eligibility, another program is unlikely to accept him. He could choose to try to play overseas or in the N.B.A.’s development league, or he could sit out and enter next June’s N.B.A. draft.
For all the trouble, Bowen’s family most likely received little more than $25,000 in the scheme, according to the complaint.