Feb 162012

Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan sent shudders coursing down the spines of every horse racing participant in the province of Ontario and points west this week with his comments on better uses for the $345 million the horse racing industry receives from Ontario slots. Duncan was commenting on recommendations made in the report by former TD Bank chief economist Don Drummond.

Reminds Phil of a joke he heard eons ago.

A gorgeous blonde, a ditch digger, a physics professor and an economist were shipwrecked on a desert island with pallet upon pallet of Boston baked beans that had washed ashore.

The blonde cries: Thousands of cans of beans, but we’re going to starve to death since we can’t open the cans.

The ditch digger pipes in: we’ll find a big rock and bust the cans open.

The physics professor chimes in: we’ll build a fire and heat the cans until their contents expand and the cans explode.

The economist puts in his 2 cents: let’s assume we have a can opener.


The value of Mr. Drummond’s work is not in its novel ideas; there are a few, but the truth is that most have been kicking around public-policy circles for ages. Nor is it in explaining how to actually implement major reforms, which is unfortunate since the Liberals could really use some help on that front. Rather, it is in laying it all on the table in a way that government never could.

The Globe And Mail – Radwanski – Drummond report offers a world of possibilities to Ontario’s government

Sensibly enough, he recommends against such popular false remedies as across-the-board cuts or legislated wage freezes. Without systematic reform in how services are delivered, he says, these simply store up trouble for later. It’s not as if there are not, shall we say, opportunities for rationalization. Again and again his report turns up astonishing examples of duplication and overlap: dozens of programs addressing the same problem, involving multiple departments and all three levels of government, most of them ineffective and all designed without any reference to the others. These are not, it should be said, McGuinty’s fault: they are problems of government — problems, if you like, of prosperity, which never seem to be addressed until the bailiff is at the door.

The National Post – Andrew Coyne: Drummond report signals start of Dalton McGuinty’s lean years


Close one of two Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation head offices

The Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls

• Close one of two casinos in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Permit slot machines to be placed outside of horse racing facilities

• Encourage the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) to open more stores and raise alcohol prices

The National Post – Nguyen – Drummond report recommends wage freezes and increased class sizes amid ‘harsh reality’ for Ontario

Knowing Mr. McGuinty’s instinct for procrastination, Mr. Drummond warned that his plan isn’t a “smorgasboard” from which the government can pick or choose. Reject any part of it and the goal won’t be met. It’s inconceivable that Mr. McGuinty will swallow it all, though.  To do so would be to admit the extent of the shambles for which he’s to blame.

National Post – McParland – Don Drummond catalogues the McGuinty mess in meticulous detail

Basic economics 101 says that the ripple effect door swings both ways – spending and cutting. Don Drummond’s an economist, but no fool. His report doesn’t advocate Harris or Klein style slash and burn. What it really advocates is doing more with less and getting value for money.

Do you think Stephen Harper has the balls to hire Drummond to analyze his adding 30 new MPs to feed at the public trough. Not a chance as one of Drummond’s undercurrents is that Ontario and by logical implication the rest of Canada wastes billions on duplication caused by too much government.

Now that we’ve heard the theory let’s see McGuinty and Duncan put it into practice.


In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
Yogi Berra


The ennead knows Phil’s going to have more to say on Sunday.


One After 909


I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

Maya Angelou


Bloodhorse – Lamarra – Report Helps NY Racetrack Casinos Make Case


Brisnet – Black Caviar entered off one-week’s rest in Lightning


Just how tough are things in Canada. Even the currency’s threatened.

Montreal Gazette – Shaw – Canadian Tire to test new loyalty program


Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Ripple Effect


National Post – Jesse Kline: Alberta gambling with taxpayer cash


Bloodhorse – Churchill Launches Derby Fantasy Challenge

Road To The Roses

Phil’s looking at using Exothermic – just in case Hell does freeze over.


If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. … I get most joy in life out of music.

Albert Einstein


Money’s Too Tight To Mention


Bloodhorse – Haskin’s Derby Trail: My Adonis to take on Hansen again in Gotham Stakes


Thoroughbred Times – Nevills – New York stewards turn down Hansen’s color request


ESPN – West – On the bumpy road to the Derby


Thoroughbred Times – Curry – Road to the Triple Crown: Mike Curry’s Top 50


Horse Race Insider – Everybody into The Pool


Bloodhorse – Hansen Tops Derby Graded Stakes Earnings List


Bloodhorse – Shinar – Hollendorfer Duo Tops El Camino Real Derby

DRF – Dybal – Golden Gate Fields: Shippers offer stern test for Hollendorfer pair in El Camino Real Derby


DRF – Rampellini – Oaklawn: Southwest sees return of Servis, Elliott


If things don’t come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit.

Branch Rickey



Bloodhorse – Novak – Leparoux Targeting Belmont, Saratoga Meets

Julian Lepauroux’s fiancee

Shea Mitchell


With fractional wagering becoming more prevalent, so is all button use. Phil’s not a big fan of the all button and when Phil does press it’s usually opposite to the way most people do.

Using the all button to get the 30-1 shot on the fourth line of a Super with the 3 favourites just makes no sense to me. Phil’d rather use the all button to get the 30-1 lonsghot on the first line of a Super with the 3 favourites.

Last Saturday’s late P4 at Santa Anita Park paid $11,995.00 for a $1 wager. Phil spent $16.00 and had 3 of 4 missing only the 11.6 – 1 Slim Shadey in the San Marcos Stakes GII. Both of favourites looked beatable, but the beaters looked just that.  That’s when Phil should have hit the all button.

If Phil hits the all button it’s usually in Stakes with a vulnerable favourite and plenty of pretenders. Sucker money sticks with the favourite and Phil’s been rewarded a few times for going against the all grain.

ESPN – Cronley – “All” In A Day’s Work


DRF – Free – Brad Free: Don’t have to be a whale to hit big

If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.
Yogi Berra


ESPN – Cronley- A bright future


Brisnet – Powell –  Handicapping Insights


Courier Journal – Hall – Catfish bill hits rough waters

Chicago Tribune – Bryson-York – Restaurants take a fresh look at local produce


Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more.

Virginia Woolf



 Sunday, September 16th 2012

 Northlands Park, Edmonton

 Move In AFTER NOON Friday, September 14th

 Viewing ALL DAY Saturday, September 15th

 Move Out BEFORE NOON Monday, September 17th


February 18


Stymie Stake $75,000g, 3&up, 9f.


Golden Gate Fields

El Camino Real Derby GIII, $200,000g, 3yo, 9f.


Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship GII, $150,000g, 4&up, 7f.


Laurel Park

Barbara Fritchie Handicap GII, $200,000g, 3&up, Fillies & Mares 7f.

John B. Campbell Handicap $75,000g, 3&up, 9f.


Oaklawn Park

Bayakoa Stake $100,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 8.5f.


Sam Houston Race Park

Jim’s Orbit Stake (R), $100,000g, 3yo, Colts & Geldings which have been nominated and remain eligible to Texas Stallion Stakes series, 8f.

Two Altazano Stake (R), $100,000g, 3yo Fillies which have been nominated and remain eligible to Texas Stallion Stakes series, 8f.


Santa Anita

Santa Maria Stake GII, $200,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 8.5f.


Sunland Park

Sydney Valentini Handicap (R), $110,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares New Mexico-bred, 8f.


Tampa Bay Downs

Turf Dash, $75,000g, 3&up, 5f (turf).


Turf Paradise

Phoenix Gold Cup, $75,000g, 4&up, 6f.

Sun City Handicap $35,000a, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 8f (turf).

Turf Paradise Handicap $35,000a, 4&up, 8.5f (turf).


Turfway Park

Dust Commander Stake $50,000g, 4&up, 8f.


February 19

 Gulfstream Park

Hurricane Bertie Stake GIII, $150,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 6.5f.


Oaklawn Park

Spring Fever Stake $60,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 5.5f.


Santa Anita

San Vicente Stake GII, $150,000g, 3yo, 7f.


February 20


Hollie Hughes Handicap (R), $75,000g, 3&up, New York-bred, 6f.


Oaklawn Park

Southwest Stake GIII, $250,000g, 3yo, 8f.


Portland Meadows

Oregon Thoroughbred Breeders Derby (R), $20,000a, 3yo, Oregon-bred, 8f.

Oregon Ms. Stake (R), $10,000a, 3yo Fillies Oregon-bred, 8f.


Santa Anita

Buena Vista Handicap GIIT, $150,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 8f (turf).


February 21

 Fair Grounds

Mardi Gras Stake $75,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 8.5f (turf).


Bloodhorse – Shinar – Judge Rules for Mullins in Case Against CHRB


Playboy – Femme on Fire – Chantal Sutherland


Thoroughbred Times – Stonestreet holds contest to name Rachel Alexandra foal

Visit Rachel


Thoroughbred Times – Animal Kingdom to make seasonal debut in Gulfstream on Saturday


Abraham Lincoln – Vampire Hunter


National Post – Blackwell – MDs want junk food in same category as E. coli


Important Dates to Note


Saturday February 18

El Camino Real Derby GIII 1 1/8 Mile Golden Gate Fields $200,000

Sunday February 19

San Vicente Stakes GII 7 Furlong Santa Anita $150,000

Monday February 20

Southwest Stakes GIII 1 Mile Oaklawn Park $250,000

Saturday February 25

Risen Star Stakes GII 1 1/16 Mile Fair Grounds $300,000

Sunday February 26

Fountain Of Youth Stakes GII 1 1/16 Mile Gulfstream Park $400,000

Thursday March 1

Assiniboia Downs Training Track and Equiser open

Saturday March 3

The Santa Anita Handicap Santa Anita

John Battaglia Memorial Stakes 1 1/16 Mile Turfway Park $75000

Gotham Stakes GIII 1 1/16 Mile Aqueduct $400,000

Saturday March 10

The Swale Stakes Gulfstream Park

Tampa Bay Derby GII 1 1/16 Mile Tampa Bay Downs $350,000

San Felipe Stakes GII 1 1/16 Mile Santa Anita $300,000

Albastakiya About 1 3/16 Mile 1900 Meters Meydan Racecourse $250,000

Sunday March 11

Palm Beach Stakes GIII 1 1/8 Mile Gulfstream Park $150,000

Tuesday March 13

NCAA – March Madness – First Four

Wednesday March 14

Northlands Park – Horses may begin to ship in

Friday March 16

Northlands Park – Training opens

Saturday March 17

Rebel Stakes GII 1 1/16 Mile Oaklawn Park $500,000

Saturday March 24

Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes GIII 1 1/8 Mile Turfway Park $500,000

Early Nominations for Hastings Stake Races due

Sustaining Fees for the CTHS BC Sales Stakes Due

Sunday March 25

Sunland Derby GIII 1 1/8 Mile Sunland Park $800,000

Saturday March 31

Dubai World Cup

Florida Derby GI 1 1/8 Mile Gulfstream Park $1,000 ,000

UAE Derby Group II About 1 3/16 Mile 1900 Meters Meydan Racecourse $2000,000

Sunday April 1

Louisiana Derby GII 1 1/8 Mile Fair Grounds $1,000 ,000

Monday April 2

NCAA – March Madness – National Championship

Thursday April 5

2011 Sovereign Awards – Woodbine Race Track – Toronto

Friday April 6

Woodbine Thoroughbreds – Opening Day

Fort Erie Race Track – Trainers may begin to set up stalls

Saturday April 7

Santa Anita Derby GI 1 1/8 Mile Santa Anita Park $750,000

The Illinois Derby GIII 1 1/8 Mile Hawthorne Park $500,000

Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial GI 1 1/8 Mile GI Aqueduct $1,000,000

Fort Erie – Horses may begin to ship in

Sunday April 8

Fort Erie Race Track opens for training

Saturday April 14

Arkansas Derby GI 1 1/8 Mile Oaklawn Park $1,000,000

Toyota Bluegrass GI 1 1/8 Mile Keeneland $750,000

Hastings Park Opening Day

Saturday April 21

Coolmore Lexington Stakes GIII 1 1/16 Mile Keeneland $200,000

Jerome GII 1 Mile Aqueduct $200,000

Saturday April 28

The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial GIII 1 Mile Churchill Downs $200,000 added

Friday May 4

Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs

Northlands Park Opening Day

Saturday May 5

Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs

Sunday May 6

Fort Erie Race Track Opening Day

Assiniboia Downs Opening Day

Saturday May 12

2011 Night of Champions – Northlands Park

Friday May 18

CTHS BC 2012 Sale Entry Fees Due

Saturday May 19

Preakness Pimlico Race Track

Friday May 25

Marquis Downs Opens

Saturday June 11th

Belmont Stakes Belmont Park

Sunday July 1

Millarville Canada Day Racing

Thursday July 12

TeePee Creek Stampede Opening Day

Sunday July 15

The 77 th Edition of the Prince of Wales Stakes 1 3/16 miles $500,000  Fort Erie Race Track The 2nd Jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown

Monday August 6th

BC Cup Day at Hastings Park

Saturday August 18

Arlington Million XXX GIT 10f (turf) Arlington Park $1,000,000

Beverly D. GIT 9.5f (turf) Arlington Park $750,000g

Secretariat Stake GIT 10f (turf) Arlington Park $500,000g,

Saturday August 25

South Cariboo Garlic Festival

Sunday September 9th

BC Derby Day at Hastings Park – 6 Stakes

Monday September 10

CTHS BC Yearling Parade

Tuesday September 11

CTHS BC Yearling & Mixed Sale

Sunday September 16

CTHS Alberta Yearling & Mixed Sale

Monday October 8

Ballerina Stake GIIC 9f Hastings Racecourse $100,000g

British Columbia Premier’s Handicap GIIC 11f Hastings Racecourse $100,000g,

Sunday October 14

Hastings Park Closing Day

Friday November 2

Breeders Cup Santa Anita

Saturday November 3

Breeders Cup Santa Anita

Tuesday December 25

Christmas Day


Bloodhorse – Churchill Gains New Partners for Derby


Killer Queen

Do you ever think Lucy’s ever going to be able to resist the temptation to pull the ball away.


Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.

Albert Einstein


Phil’s Drink And A Flick

Rum Runner

Blade Runner

Run, Run, Run


Money For Nothing


The Globe and Mail – Clark – Why you should have sex in your car 


A catcher and his body are like the outlaw and his horse. He’s got to ride that nag till it drops.

Johnny Bench




Phil M Stockmen