Mar 012012

The Road to the Kentucky Derby gets crowded at Aqueduct this weekend, but with no G$ at stake at Turfway Park, the John Battaglia has come up rather weak.


And the news for Turfway Park does not get any better.

DRF – McGee – Turfway Park cuts purses 25 percent

DRF – Kentucky Derby Top 20


Two scoring race for road to the Roses Contest this weekend.

Gotham Stake GIII $400,000g 8.5f at Aqueduct

John Battaglia Memorial Stake $100,000g 8.5f atTurfway Park

Road To the Roses


I am always at a loss at how much to believe of my own stories.

Washington Irving


Steady As She Goes


Kendall Hansen, 55, was ready to enter medical school after graduating from college, but decided to become a professional gambler instead. He spent more than two years betting at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, and said he made enough to pay for some of his medical school tuition.

“I think that’s why I’m not a typical doctor,” he said. “Most doctors have to stay in the classroom and work 12 to 16 hours a day straight for so many years, and that sucks some of the personality out of you. Maybe I saved a little bit of my personality by betting on horses for a few years.”

NY Times Finley – Colorful Owner’s White Horse Is the Bettors’ Favorite


Thoroughbred Times – Inside Post – Challenge


The Globe And Mail – Dixon – The Canadian Oscar winner few have heard of


ESPN – Cronley – Home sweet home page


Horse Race Insider – Pleasant Dreams

NY Times – Finley – Union Rags Takes Fountain of Youth, Becoming the Derby Front-Runner

Horse Race Insider – Union’s Inception

Bloodhorse – True Nicks – Porter – Can Union Rags Stretch Out?


I am like any other man. All I do is supply a demand.

Al Capone


Handbags and Gladrags


Horse Race Insider – The Look Of Eagles


DRF – Hersh – Fair Grounds: Mark Valeski not at his peak, Jones says

I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.
James Joyce
Speaking of Joyce, the Toronto watering hole named after him is being converted to a Famoso.

DRF – Illman – Kentucky Derby 2012: Under the Radar – Scatman


No kids should see that kind of violence where Batman is killing as many people as the bad guys.

Burt Ward


DRF – Grening – Aqueduct: Stealcase jumping from maiden to Gotham Stakes


Thoroughbred Times – Hansen looks to bounce back in Gotham Stakes

Thoroughbred Times – Road to the Triple Crown: Champion Hansen in New York state of mind

Bloodhorse – Shandler - Hansen Draws Post 12 in Jam-Packed Gotham

Downey Profile - Gotham Stakes Full of Gambles

DRF – Grening – Aqueduct: Hansen’s 12 Gotham challengers have much to prove


DRF – Turfway: State of Play looks to rebound in Battaglia

Bloodhorse – Shandler – Mr. Prankster Goes for Sweep in Battaglia


NY Times – Finley – Pletcher Loses a Derby Favorite but Retains Hope


LA Times – Dwyre – With no Dude on hand, Ultimate Eagle is favored in Big Cap

DRF – Andersen – Santa Anita Handicap: Ultimate Eagle hardly a longshot anymore


DRF – Grening – Aqueduct: Caleb’s Posse prepping for Carter in Tom Fool


DRF – Welsch – Gulfstream Park: Little Mike tries to make it five straight in Canadian Turf


By Greg Douglas



Friday Night Live Returns in Peak Summer Months

Vancouver, B.C. (Feb. 28/12)

“ Hastings Racecourse has announced its 71-day card for the 2012 season with Raj Mutti, Regional General Manager, BC Racing, calling it “a balanced schedule” geared to build on the momentum established last year.

“We are starting with racing two days a week in the early Spring and will add the popular Friday Night Live cards during our peak months,” Mutti said. “Our mandate is to build on the momentum we had in 2011 with increased handle figures and attendance.”

The new season begins on Saturday, April 14 and runs until Friday Oct. 14 with an exciting stakes schedule that is anchored by the two richest single day events of the year:  BC Cup Day (Aug. 6) and BC Derby Day (Sept. 9).

There are 40 stakes races scheduled with a total of $2.5 million in purse money.  Traditionally, the stakes program gets underway on Sunday, April 15 with the $50,000 George Royal as part of the opening weekend festivities.

The 2012 racing calendar consists of six dates in April, ten in May, thirteen in June, fourteen in July, fourteen in August, nine in September and five in October. August includes six matinee cards during the Fair at the PNE with special 3:20 p.m. starts.

The Friday Night Live cards (7:00 p.m.) begin on May 25 with twelve in total that will continue to run in June, July and August.  All Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays have 1:50 p.m. start times with the exception of BC Cup Day (Monday, Aug. 6) and BC Derby Day (Sunday, Sept. 9)

BC Cup Day has six stakes races totaling $325,000 in purses while BC Derby Day features six stakes totaling $700,000. Start times for both will be 12:50 p.m. to accommodate the two biggest dates on the 2012 racing calendar.

Mutti confirmed earlier that the $100,000 BC Premiers on Monday, Oct. 8 has been upgraded to Grade 3 status, joining the $100,000 Ballerina (on the same day) and the $200,000 BC Derby (Sep 9)

With more than 450 horses currently on the grounds at Hastings, training hours are 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday with starting gate training set to begin March 8.

The complete 2012 Hastings Racecourse schedule is available at Hastings Racecourse


From The Insider -

Training track and Equiciser open today.  Look who’s back!

After a three-hour trailer ride from his winter home in Laurier, Manitoba, the 2-year-old Manitoba-bred racing sensation, Jon’s Golden Run, named for the Olympic achievement of Jon Montgomery, returned to the Downs Monday (pictured with  groom Clairmont Paris) to launch his 3-year-old career under the tutelage of trainer Emile Corbel (behind Jon holding 4-year-old colt Indefinite).  The speculation begins!  Can Jon top the Hollywood finish to his baby year in which he won the penultimate race for Manitoba-bred 2-year-olds–the $50,000 Buffalo Stakes?  During spring training, anything seems possible.


These old ballparks are like cathedrals in America. We don’t have big old Gothic cathedrals like they do in Europe. But we got baseball parks.

Jimmy Buffett


Northlands Park – 2012 Stall List


Bloodhorse – On the Move: Rafael Bejarano – By Tracy Gantz


LA Times – Erskine – Jockeys on their other turf: the basketball court


The Globe And Mail – Mittelstaedt – Cheat, lie, break the law? Chances are, you’re rich


March 2


Bold Brat Stake $75,000a, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 6f.


March 3


Gotham Stake GIII $400,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.

Tom Fool Handicap GIII $200,000g, 3&up, 6f.

Top Flight Handicap GII $200,000g, 3&up, Fillies & Mares 8.5f.

Kings Point Stake (R), $75,000g, 3&up, New York-bred, 8.5f.


Delta Downs

Azalea Stake (R), $75,000g, 3yo Fillies Louisiana-bred, 5f.

Pelican Stake $75,000g, 3yo, 5f.


Fair Grounds

Sarah Lane’s Oates Stake (R), $60,000g, 3yo Fillies Louisiana-bred, 8f (turf).


Gulfstream Park

Canadian Turf Stake GIIIT $150,000g, 4&up, 8f (turf).


Laurel Park

Wide Country Stake $75,000g, 3yo Fillies 7f.


Oaklawn Park

Gazebo Stake $60,000g, 3yo, 6f.


Sam Houston Race Park

Maxxam Gold Cup, $150,000g, 4&up, 9f.


Santa Anita

Santa Anita Handicap GI $750,000g, 4&up, 10f.

Frank E. Kilroe Mile GIT $300,000g, 4&up, 8f (turf).

Las Virgenes Stake GI $250,000g, 3yo Fillies 8f.


Tampa Bay Downs

Challenger Stake $60,000g, 4&up, 8.5f.


Turfway Park

John Battaglia Memorial Stake $100,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.


March 4

Gulfstream Park

Ladies Turf Sprint Stake $60,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 5f (turf).


Sunland Park

SPRC Claiming Stake $250,000a, 3&up, 6f.


Phil’s Drink And A Flick

Moroccan Cocktail

On the Road To Morocco

Wild World


There is certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse! As I have often found in traveling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place.

Washington Irving


Grantland – Pierce – In Defense of Ryan Braun

LA Times – Dwyre – Ryan Braun’s drug-testing case smacks of fantasy


From The Insider

Trainer fined $10,000 and suspended for 2 1/2 years

In what Downs’ CEO Darren Dunn describes as “as severe a penalty as I can remember,” horse trainer Grant Flanders–who came from Arizona to race at the Downs for the first time ever last summer–was fined $10,000 yesterday and banned from racing for 2 1/2 years by the Manitoba Horse Racing Commission, the result of the discovery last August of “a multitude” of restricted drugs, needles, syringes and a tubing device in his trailer.  His lawyer had argued, to no avail, at a hearing early in February that the trailer park which is on Manitoba Jockey Club grounds in not within the jurisdiction of the commission.  Although the drugs were mainly class 4 (anti-inflammatories and the like) not usually thought to affect a horse’s performance, the commission was concerned about the quantity of the drugs, raising speculation that he was trafficking them to others.

But the tubing could have been tied to trying to fix a race, the commission contended.  It is used for a potentially dangerous procedure of giving a horse a “milkshake,” a baking-soda concoction poured down a tube through the horse’s nostril directly to the stomach.  It is supposed to neutralize lactic acid so a horse doesn’t get tired. Flanders’ horses only raced nine times.  He had two wins and one second.  He raced mainly at Turf Paradise. The ruling effectively bars Flanders from racing anywhere until April 30, 2014.  Read the commission’s ruling here.


Go For A Soda


Phil’s still waiting on Exothermic


Important Dates to Note


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 9
Belmont Stakes Belmont Park
Sunday June 24
Queen’s Plate Day Woodbine  $1 million Queen’s Plate
Friday June 29
CTHS Alberta – Nomination Deadline for 2012 Thoroughbred Sale
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
Woodbine Mile Woodbine – Ontario Derby
Monday October 8
Ballerina Stake GIIIC 9f Hastings Racecourse $100,000g
British Columbia Premier’s Handicap GIIIC 11f Hastings Racecourse $100,000g,
Sunday October 14
Canadian International Day – Woodbine
Hastings Park Closing Day
Friday November 2
Breeders Cup Santa Anita
Saturday November 3
Breeders Cup Santa Anita
Tuesday December 25
Christmas Day


Bloodhorse – MacDonald – Strong Coolmore Team Headed to Dubai


Mandolin Wind

You Can Call Me Al


Phil M Stockmen