Pierre little foresaw that this world hath a secret deeper than beauty, and Life some burdens heavier than death.
Hold Me Now
The Rolling Stone – Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Dead at 53
The Globe and Mail – The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dies at age 53
National Post – Marsh – Gord Downie dies at 53: The Tragically Hip frontman was more than a rock star
National Post – Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip dies at 53
Blow at High Dough
The Globe and Mail – Wheeler – Gord Downie: 10 essential tracks to remember him by
Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in.
So Hard Done By
CBC – Remembering Gord Downie (1964-2017)
NY Times – Farber – The Gay Architects of Classic Rock
I Can’t Explain
A great song’s greatest attribute is how it hints at more. The Hip has always had a strong curiosity to see what’s around the next corner. To see what more we can do, what more we can say — to each other, primarily. We try and serve the song. If we’re any good at all it’s because we’re together on that.
Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Champion Stakes Loses Ulysses to Breeders’ Cup
Brisnet – Spradling – 2017 Breeders’ Cup Probable Pre-Entries
TwinSpires Blog – Play the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge with TwinSpires
DRF – Road to the Kentucky Derby
Paulick Report – Land Rover Signs Four-Year Title Sponsorship Agreement With Kentucky Three-Day Event
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Three races to look forward to at the Breeders Cup
TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro – Early handicapping preparations for the Breeders’ Cup
TDN – Racing UK to Show Breeders’ Cup Live and in HD
TDN – At The Races & Sky Sports Will Show Breeders’ Cup Classic
Brisnet – 5 Questions Shapiro Wants Answered in 2017 Breeders’ Cup
TwinSpires Blog – Breeders’ Cup workouts round-up: Arrogate, Gun Runner among top contenders hitting the track
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Racing’s ‘draft’ process: how DO owners decide who will train their horses?
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
1st Running Of Harvest Plate
$100,000 Estimated (Include $70,000 from Sponsorship Money)
Three-year-olds 121 lbs. Older horses 124 lbs.
TO BE RUN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017
Owners: 1 – Deltin Stable and Welsh, Ed ; 2 – C and H Duggan Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. ; 3 – Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. ; 4 – Sabre Farms ; 5 – Mohamad K. Khan ; 6 – C and H Duggan Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. ; 7 – Georg D. Morgan ; 8 – Don Schnell ; 9 – Frank Bodell ; 10 – Almac Racing Stable
The Founders Distaff
$50,000 Added (Include $30,000 from Sponsorship Money)
A HANDICAP FOR FILLIES AND MARES THREE-YEAR-OLD AND UP
ONE AND ONE SIXTEENTH MILES
TO BE RUN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017
Owners: 1 – Kane, Tim, Hardy, Lesley, Robertson, Jerri R., Frost, Judy and Chiodo, Leanne ; 2 – Don Schnell ; 3 – Landry, Curtis, Danard, Don B. and High Field Stock Farm, Inc. ; 4 – Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. ; 5 – Ed Keryliuk ; 6 – Almac Racing Stable
Bloodhorse – Lady Eli Works Toward Filly & Mare Turf
TDN – Marquardt – Keeneland’s Before the Hammer: Lady Eli Another Jewel in Hill ‘n’ Dale Crown
Bloodhorse – Balan – West Coast, Bolt d’Oro Log Breeders’ Cup Works
TDN – Bolt d’Oro Tunes Up
Paulick Report – Golden – Ruis Keeping Bolt D’Oro ‘Happy And Fit’ Ahead Of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Paulick Report – Sano ‘So Proud’ To Enter Gunnevera In Breeders’ Cup Classic
Pride of Man
CTV News – Red_McKenzie: Potential Horse Hall of Famer
Calgary Herald – Mingo – ‘A Stampede legend’: Joe Carbury, the voice of chuckwagon racing, dies
CBC – Last call for ‘they’rrrre off’ as voice of Stampede chuckwagon race retires
TDN – Martini – Macpherson has Fasig October Surrender Plan
Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Effinex Dies Suddenly From Ruptured Pulmonary Artery
Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Royal Ascot Rivalries Renew on Champions Day
Brisnet – Reilly – Champions Day: Coolmore takes on Godolphin for record-chasing O’Brien
Sydney Morning Herald – Pengilly – Cox Plate 2017: Chris Waller won’t run rivals against Winx as smallest field this century looms
News.ca.au – Schlink – O’Brien weighs up gear change for The Taj Mahal in Cox Plate
Sal was wandering if Sugar Shannon Doyle will be watching and cheering for The Taj Mahal.
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Vegas resort fees illustrate why Keeneland boycott is crucial
Sal is going to reiterate what he said a couple of week’s ago. Boycott the ADWs before you boycott the tracks and the first one to boycott is HPI.
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – How Maryland Million Day owes it all to the Breeders’ Cup – and one beloved sportscaster
TDN – Bianca – 14 Try to Peak in Valley View
Bloodhorse – Angst – Kentucky to Examine Drug Levels in Racing Environment
TDN – Letter to the Editor: Joseph S. Bertino, Jr.
Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – Janney Responds To Pennsylvania Commissioner: ‘There Were Indeed Regulators Asleep On The Job’
Brisnet – Caldwell – Competitive field of 11 entered in Raven Run
Edmonton Journal – Wakefield – Prized $50,000 rodeo horse hit and killed after being let loose: RCMP
Bloodhorse – Gun Runner Pointing to Pegasus After Breeders’ Cup
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Champion Classic Empire Retired to Ashford Stud
TDN – Frary – Ulysses and Churchill Skip Champion, Ten Remain
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – What role will the Scat Daddy factor play on Champions Day?
Helsinki Horse Show – Horse manure used to produce 100% of the electricity for this year’s Helsinki International Horse Show
“They went from asking for peanuts to asking for steak,” Anthony said with a laugh.
It was easy for Anthony to laugh, because a deal did ultimately take shape with the Thunder, one that puts him on the most talented team (Olympics aside) he’s ever been a part of.
NY Times – Stein – Carmelo Anthony: Phil Jackson ‘Was Willing to Trade Me for a Bag of Chips’
Sal says you gotta remember you can’t get ketchup flavour chips in the States.
TDN – Boyce – Fact Of The Week: Triple Threats
Garden and Gun – The Shot – Murphy – Hugh Acheson Has Your Slow Cooker Covered
TDN – Lefko – Olczyk Liking His Odds
Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Team Glyshaw Overcomes Odds With Emotional Canadian International Victory
NY Times – OpEd – The Booker Prize’s Bad History
Bloodhorse – Gantz – Smiling Tiger Filly Tops Barretts Sale for Hull
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Where Players Bet Matters
NY Times – Bruni – Will Pumpkin Spice Destroy Us All?
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Analysis: how the Brits are still underestimating Aidan O’Brien
US Racing – Ransom – Stallion Stories: Remembering the First Breeders’ Cup Classic — Wild Again and Slew o’Gold
TDN – Harvey – Winx Limbers Up Ahead Of Cox Plate
NY Times – Murphy – Fish Depression Is Not a Joke
Who Am I
CNBC – North Korea’s Kim Jong Un permits racetrack gambling as international sanctions take hold
Paulick Report – Xpressbet Will Offer Online Participation In Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge
Bloodhorse – Madefromlucky Retires to Northview Stallion Station
Bloodhorse – Into Mischief Colt Tops Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale
The Bitter Southerner – Thompson – Rural Ruins
Sal says that if all of the dilapidated buildings and all of the wrecking yard vehicles were removed from arable land in North America and returned to crops world hunger could be cured.
Bloodhorse – Always Dreaming Will Race in 2018
NY Times – Stein – The Warriors Want Steve Nash in Their Ring Ceremony. He’d Rather Pass.
Bloodhorse – Oppenheim: Fappiano Rising
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – Young jockeys put up with a lot these days – but it’s worse for their mums!
Bloodhorse – Balan – Bullards Alley Dominates Canadian International at 42-1
DRF – Gierkink – Bullards Alley leaves no doubt in Canadian International
TDN – Bullards Alley Lights Up Tote in International
If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice.
Bloodhorse – Mayberg – Field of Courage Proves Valiant in Nearctic
DRF – Campbell – Field of Courage scores big upset in Nearctic Stakes
Bloodhorse – Shea – Blond Me Sweeps to E. P. Taylor Victory
DRF – Campbell – Blond Me has most fun in E.P. Taylor Stakes
TDN – Blond Me Springs the Upset in the E.P. Taylor
Bloodhorse – Shea – Happy Like a Fool Kicks Away in Matron
TDN – Distorted Humor Filly Runs to the Money in the Matron
Bloodhorse – Balan – Beautiful Shot Closes Late to Take Speakeasy Stakes
TDN – Trappe Shot Colt Up Late in Speakeasy
Bloodhorse – LaRue – Tiz a Slam Gets Redemption in Ontario Derby
TDN – Tiznow’s Tiz a Slam Bests Holy Helena in Ontario Derby
Bloodhorse – Bird Song to Enter Stud at Gainesway
TDN – Carasso – Saratoga Fall Sale Kicks Off Breeding Stock Season
National Post – AP – Colin Kaepernick files grievance against NFL, alleging owners colluded to keep him out of league of his protesting
TDN – Bill Finley – Week in Review: Barbaro’s Best Sibling Yet?
National Post – Brehaut – How Alice Waters launched her ‘delicious revolution’ and became a culinary icon
Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.
NY Times – Witz – Didi Gregorius Leads Yankees Past Indians and Into A.L.C.S.
Sal was wandering it CC’s gut is like Samson’s hair.
Cleveland – Kuntz – Cleveland’s 10 best teams that failed to win a championship
Scientists, in making public their work, generate awareness. The news media, in their reporting, do the same. Both assume, we all assume, or maybe just hope, that if we build the mountain of awareness high enough, if its very existence is so clearly unacceptable and wrong, something will be done. They – a league, the courts, government, somebody – will do something. But often, they don’t. And they especially don’t when, just as with other seemingly unmovable problems – racism, inequality, climate change – they don’t know what to do. So first, they don’t see what is there, then they ignore, then they doubt, then they fight back, then they create doubt, then they manage. They don’t solve. Awareness is only a step along the way. It is not the final step.
The Globe and Mail – Dryden – Awareness isn’t enough to stop head injuries in sports. We need action now
Cotton Eyed Joe
Bloodhorse – Shulman – Bill Mott’s Battle Against NY Regulators
Sal says that while gleaning through Phil’s dog eared archives Sal unearthed Phil’s comments about Horse Racing Alberta calling itself the model for racing. Without reprising what Phil said and without commenting on HRA’s claim Sal says that the Alberta model for regulating and operating horse racing is badly outdated. The substance of Mott’s appeal of his suspension and fine has lapped how horse racing is operated in the province of Alberta so many times that Horse Racing Alberta thinks it’s ahead.
Sal says that Sal realizes that the RMTC model rules pertain to US tracks but that is no reason that the rules in Alberta don’t mimic or exceed the RMTC rules and there is no reason why the rules in Alberta don’t step into the twentieth century to protect the horses and the betting public. Sal realizes that we are in the twenty first century but that’s how far behind we are in regulating racing in Alberta.
Is anybody at the tracks or Horse Racing Alberta paying attention to odds manipulation when large sums are dropped on a horse early to artificially lower that horses odds then removed when the ticket is cancelled later and the odds switch dramatically. Sal says that the ticket cancellation rules need to be tightened. Automatic cancellation within 60 seconds of the bet being placed. Afterwards cancellation only with a reason and a written request to create and monitor a record of who is cancelling. If the reason is that I bet the wrong horse then there is no refund but a ticket issued on the correct horse.
Paulick Report – Voss – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy
What is Horse Racing Alberta doing to monitor and regulate the use of the shock machine in the backstretch. From the scuttlebutt you hear when the jiggies are in town sounds like the shock machine is as prevalent as mints and nobody is monitoring its use to protect the horses and the betting public. Sal says that the use of the shock machine should only be done by licensed vets for therapeutic purposes and a record of its use maintained in the same manner as the administration of therapeutic drugs.
Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Scientists Question Clenbuterol Regulations
Sal agrees with Mott’s right to a split sample of blood for testing to ensure that the initial lab results were correct and wanders if the Alberta practices protect the trainer’s rights to split samples of both blood and urine. Sal even wanders how often Alberta testing is as sophisticated as the testing done in Mott’s case or if the Alberta labs still just eyeball it.
Sal says that what Mott’s appeal hints at is that if a jurisdiction recommends a withdrawal time for certain drugs and you are within that time, then you have complied with the requirements. Sal says that the rules need to make it clear that the withdrawal time is only recommended and the rule still provided that if the concentration of Drug C is greater that X parts per million then it’s still a violation.
Sal says that Horse Racing Alberta needs to review and tighten up its rules on most drugs and equipment, but the most pressing now is clenbuterol. There is a therapeutic use for clenbuterol that should not be abused. As with all drugs only veterinarians should be administering and the dose and reason should be recorded and monitored. Only a fool believes that there’s any reason for constant treatment with clenbuterol other than to build muscle mass from is steroidal components.
Alberta better shape up or we’ll soon be called the New Mexico of the North for horse racing regulating.
Bloodhorse – Lamarra – NM Meeting Designed to Bring About Change
“In Louisiana, the best method was to have the state police setup backstretch stings,” Barker said. When asked how far the chemists are ahead of the testing labs, Barker’s droll response was “give them a couple of miles.”
Horse Racing Insider – Berner – For Racing, What Cost Security?
TDN – Smith – Who are the world’s top 25 young jockeys?
Paulick Report – Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: Tales From Julie Krone
Paulick Report – Indiana Grand Diaries: Far More Than A Fraction
TDN – Weather to Play a Role in International
Looking to hold the fort for the home team will be Johnny Bear (Post 5, 12-1), who fetched the top price of $275,000 here at the 2012 CTHS yearling sale but could have been claimed for $40,000 late last October. The English Channel gelding has taken a new lease on life at age six for owners John Burness (Colebrook Farms) and Danny Dion (Bear Stables Ltd.). Ashlee Brnjas, daughter of the co-owner, had the Ontario-bred at Tampa Bay Downs this winter, where he won two of three starts.
Back at Woodbine, Johnny Bear notched his third score of the season when competing under second-level allowance terms at 1 1/8 miles on turf June 24. But stretching out to 1 1/2 miles on the turf seems to have brought out a new best in Johnny Bear as he captured the 1 1/2 mile Halton, for graduates of the local yearling sale, and then toppled the highly-fancied English invader Hawkbill in the Northern Dancer.
“We sent him for the farm for 10 days after that race, to gain some weight, and be sure his blood was right,” said Ashlee Brnjas. “We had two vets go over him, head to toe. He’s been bouncing around the barn since he got back.”
Paulick Report – Erupt To Face Nine Rivals In Title Defense Of Pattison Canadian International
Horse Racing Nation – Idaho, Erupt to renew rivalry in Sunday’s Canadian International
Canadian International PPs
TDN – ‘Qui’ Horse in the E. P. Taylor
TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Wheels And Motion: How To Play the Grade 1 Double Sunday at Woodbine
TwinSpires Blog – Kellie Reilly’s international profiles for Canadian International Day
TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo: Sunday’s stakes analysis at Woodbine
TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Consistency may trump class in E.P. Taylor, Canadian International
Bloodhorse – LaRue – Holy Helena Takes on Senior Investment in Ontario Derby
TDN – Fillies Hold Key to Ontario Derby
US Racing – Marin – 8 Silly Superstitions That Horseplayers Have
TDN – Bill Finley – Op/Ed: Stronach’s Next Move Should Be Consolidation in California
TDN – Joe Morris Tenders Resignation
Bloodhorse – Godophin’s Second Annual TIEA Held at Keeneland
Horse Race Insider – Pricci – With Respect to Running Times, Racing Has a Crediblity Gap
National Times – McConnell – The important questions: Is leftover cold pizza disgusting or a miraculous round two?
NY Times – Our Greatest Pizza Recipes
NY Times – Tarchak – New York Times Recipe Commenters (Politely) Spill Their Guts
The Bitter Southerner – Townsend – Beer, Cigars, and the Great Hunahpu
Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell and Hammonds – New York Auction Kicks Off Mixed Sale Season
Bloodhorse – OBS Yearling Sale Posts Gains in Average, Median
TDN – Arrogate to Stand at Juddmonte After Breeders’ Cup
Paulick Report – Arrogate Will Retire To Stud At Juddmonte After Breeders’ Cup Classic
TDN – Violence Tops Reformatted OBS October Opener
TDN – Sea The Stars Colt Sets Book 2 Record
TDN – Berry – New Book 2 High With 850,000gns Sea The Stars Colt
TDN – Duckworth – Keeneland’s Before the Hammer: Taylor Made Brings Quality and Variety to November
TDN – Quidura Among FTKNOV Supplements
Racingpost – BHA to launch review into bloodstock sales amid ethical concerns
NY Times – Jacobs and Healy – ‘Dynasty’ or ‘Dallas’? Squaring Off in the Lily Pond
I’ve become less conservative since the Republican Party started becoming goofy.
The Strait Times – Horse racing: Redzel wins A$10m The Everest, world’s richest turf race
TDN – Snowdens’ Red Letter Day
NY Times – Belson – Chargers’ Okung Issues Call to Action for N.F.L. Players
Street Fighting Man
It is a debt we owe to the purity of our religion to show that it is at variance with that law which warrants slavery.
This isn’t about patriotism or love of country or any other garbage excuse. This was a carefully orchestrated PR move — one staged at no small expense to taxpayers, given Pence flew to Indianapolis from Las Vegas on Saturday night and was heading back out West to Los Angeles later Sunday.
“After all the scandals involving unnecessarily expensive travel by cabinet secretaries, how much taxpayer money was wasted on this stunt?” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., asked on Twitter.
This was pure political theater, as disingenuous as it was calculated.
Pence knew what he would see and he knew what his response would be. Trump confirmed that, saying on Twitter that he “asked (Pence) to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespected our country.”
Some of the 49ers knelt, but the disrespect came from Pence. In a shameless bid for political points, he tried to play the country for a fool.
USA Today – Armour: The real mockery of national anthem was by Vice President Mike Pence
Sal says that Sal’s will wager that Pence got the tickets comped or paid for by taxpayers.
Sal will translate what Trump and Pence are really saying:
NFL owners, Simon says it’s time to bring the whip down on them uppity nigger slaves.
For what the horse does under compulsion, as Simon also observes, is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer.
NY Times – Bruni – To Serve is to Slobber
The old saying that a picture’s worth a thousand words is never more evident. In a cabinet meeting and Donald’s more interested in a photo op than the proceedings. Serious business is being discussed and the clown who calls himself the President of the US is being a clown for the camera.
Sal says that the idiots who elected Donald need to own up to the mistake they made and admit what a shallow piece of work they elected.
NY Times – Weiner – The President’s Self-Destructive Disruption
Heterosexuals get drunk and pregnant, producing unwanted children; their reward is to be allowed to marry. Homosexual couples do not produce unwanted children; their reward is to be denied the right to marry. Go figure.
Laura B. who any one could have claimed for $12,000.00 CDN from her victorious maiden race at Northlands Park was scratched from Keeneland’s 8th race on Saturday October 14, 2017. Now owned Brad Grady and Taylor Made Farms and trained by Joe Sharp Sal’s got her in his Stable Alert and will let il nove know next time she runs.
TDN – Bauer-Herzog – An Aussie Racing Experience
Paulick Report – Haslett – Australia’s TAB Everest: World’s Richest Turf Race Launches This Weekend
LA Times – Pearce, Kalem, Etehad and Winton – In Las Vegas, the casino is always watching — and yet it missed Stephen Paddock
LA Times – Pearce Montero and Kaleem – Las Vegas gunman targeted police responding to his shooting rampage, investigation now shows
NY Times – Phillips – Father’s History Could Offer Insight Into Mind of Las Vegas Gunman
LA Times – Lee and Kaleem – Las Vegas survivors take aim at ‘bump stock’ maker as lawsuits begin
Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Brotherly Love And The Woodford Longshot
FiveThirtyEight – Engber – The Grandfather Of Alt-Science
US Racing – Baugh – JC Thoroughbreds Keeps it in the Family
TDN – Indian Sensation to Join Motion Barn
Brisnet – Reilly – U S Navy Flag romps in Dewhurst; O’Brien one away from tying Bobby Frankel
Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Morticia Too Much to Handle in Franklin County Stakes
Bloodhorse – Novak-Crosby – La Coronel Leads All the Way Home in QEII
TDN – La Coronel Gets her Grade I in QEII
Bloodhorse – Engage Overwhelms Foes in Futurity Stakes
TDN – Into Mischief Colt Runs to the Money in Futurity
Brisnet – Caldwell – Engage romps in Futurity and Rubilinda guts out Pebbles score for Brown/Ortiz stakes double
Bloodhorse – Shea – Rubilinda Holds Off Party Boat in Pebbles Stakes
Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Video: watch this one-eyed G2 winner in his new life with the birds
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