Mar 042012
 

Hansen’s trip from the 12 hole was a tad rougher than he’s faced before, but he made the most of the learning experience and didn’t even have to call on his brothers for help.

Bloodhorse – Shandler - Hansen Relaxes Early, Romps in Gotham

DRF – McGee – Kentucky Derby Future Wager: Hansen moves to solid third choice following Gotham victory

DRF – Greening – Aqueduct: Hansen bounces back with Gotham victory

Thoroughbred Times – Bailey –  Hansen back in gear with Gotham triumph

LA Times – Cherwa – Hansen puts himself in Kentucky Derby picture with Gotham win

Horse Race Insider – Redemption in Gotham City

Hansen’s connections may have been rebuffed in their efforts to dye his mane and tail blue, but what would be stopping them from having a pair of blinkers modeled after the brothers’. Add some tin foil to his hooves and he’d be ready to rumble. With Hansen’s silk colours already doing justice to the Hansons the blinkers are a natural.

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That so few now dare to be eccentric, marks the chief danger of the time.

John Stuart Mill

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Santa Anita Park

Sunday March 4th

  $430,582.00 Pick 6 carryover

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It was an ideal day for football – too cold for the spectators and too cold for the players.

Red Smith
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DRF – Andersen -Santa Anita: Dancing in Silks attempts comeback in Joe Hernandez

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Bloodhorse – Blue Grass Attracts 180 Nominees

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Bloodhorse –  Whiting Thinking of Derby With Cyber Secret

Bloodhorse – Shinar – Southwest Victor Castaway Back to Work

DRF – Klein: Union Rags no bargain in Pool 2 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Bloodhorse – Triple Crown Possibles Work at Oaklawn

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Run like Mexican water through a first-time tourist.

Al Bundy

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Thoroughbred Times – Hunter S. Thompson’s Kentucky Derby coverage released in audio form

 The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved

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A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.

John Stuart Mill
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Not Too Big to Fail – By Eric Mitchell

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Money For Nothing

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NY Times – Foden – The Tao of Hoffman

 

Luck

HBO Canada

Ep. 106 – Mar. 4 – 9:00PM ET / MT

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A claim in for Mr. Bossy Pants was voided because the race was declared no contest. The three horses that finished the race will receive the scheduled purse money, according to the Santa Anita racing office, and those that did not finish the race will each receive $875. However, the race will not be considered a start for any of the horses for purposes of eligibility, purse earnings, and race record, according to steward Tom Ward.

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Faulty Start Voids Race Result at Santa Anita

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Bloodhorse - State of Play Gets Head-Bob in Battaglia

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Thoroughbred Times – Lewyn – Doubles Partner powerful in comeback in Canadian Turf at Gulfstream

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DRF – Privman -Santa Anita: Ex-claimer Willyconker outfinishes Mr. Commons in Kilroe

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LA Times – Dwyre – Ron The Greek flies in and wins Santa Anita Handicap

DRF – Andersen – Santa Anita Handicap: Mott shipper Ron the Greek mows ‘em down

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Thoroughbred Times – Reed - Calibrachoa holds off Caleb’s Posse in Tom Fool

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Bloodhorse – It’s Tricky Returns a Winner in Top Flight

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Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Optimism and Wariness as Mountaineer Reopens

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Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Study: WV Thoroughbreds Big Part of Economy

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

Thomas Jefferson
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ESPN – Duckworth – A Horse Story

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The Jockey Club announced today that 167 horse shows from 26 states and two Canadian provinces, starting this weekend with a horse trial at Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, Ca., have been approved for participation in its Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.).

Thoroughbred Times – Thoroughbred Incentive Program approves 167 shows, launches website

Thoroughbred Incentive Program

Two Canadian provinces – Ontario and Manitoba.

Phil has a question

Do the people over at Horse Racing Alberta do anything

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Money For Nothing

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There are seven winners of the Monaco Grand Prix on the starting line today, and four of them are Michael Schumacher.

Murray Walker

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Horse Race Insider – The Kentucky Derby: Grading the Road Ahead Part 1

Horse Race Insider – The Kentucky Derby: Grading the Road Ahead Part 2

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Majority rule only works if you’re also considering individual rights. Because you can’t have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.

Larry Flynt

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Bloodhorse – Precious – Optimism Abounds in New York Thanks to VLTs

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The Globe And Mail – Rush Limbaugh apologizes to law student for ‘prostitute’ insult

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Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people, it is true that most stupid people are conservative.

John Stuart Mill

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Bloodhorse – Shinar – Bill Allows Sports Betting at Calif. Tracks

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Windsor Star – Fantoni – Sports betting bill passes committee

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National Post – Quan – Canadian Bodog backers indicted in U.S.

National Post – Quan – Billionaire Bodog founder Calvin Ayre, three other Canadians indicted on illegal gambling charges

Who’s going to play Paris Hilton in the Bodog Millionaire movie

 Bloodhorse – AP – Bodog Gambling Website Shut Down

In a statement on CalvinAyre.com, Ayre wrote, “I see this as abuse of the US criminal justice system for the commercial gain of large US corporations. It is clear that the online gaming industry is legal under international law and in the case of these documents is it also clear that the rule of law was not allowed to slow down a rush to try to win the war of public opinion.”

BoDog.com

Rather ironic that while the Canadian Prime Minister and the Alberta Premier perform like obsequious  puppets for their American masters, it takes a renegade gambler to stand up for the rights of average Joe Canuck. Seems our Canadian Prime Minister and Alberta Premier maintain the antiquated view of Canada as a water drawing wood hewing extension of the United States, while the renegade gambler views Canada as a sovereign nation with a duty to look after its citizens first.

Ayre’s biggest fear should be the Americans offering Harper a photo op if he amends the Canadian extradition laws.

Bodog case could affect all Canadian sites using U.S. Domains

 

The notion that he should be extradited to face prison in the United States is tantamount to suggesting that any Canadian who writes a blog criticising the royal family of Thailand should be extradited to face prison because his blog could be read by Thai people, or that any Canadian who posts images of himself getting drunk with friends should be sent to a Saudi prison,” Daynes said.

Pirate Party sails to Bodog chief’s defence

Right now, only a handful of provinces – British Columbia, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces – provide some form of legal online gaming. Ontario is poised to follow suit.

As more provinces jump on board, and as they gain more leverage in the gambling market, they could decide they want to put a stop to offshore sites for competitive reasons, Sadinsky said.

When economic interests begin to come into play, maybe that will be the greater incentive to deal with the offshore sites,” he said.

“Dollars may drive the decision in the end.”

Canada.com – Quan – Canadian lawmakers staying out of the online gambling game: expert

 

bodog.ca – Horses

bodog.ca – Horses – All Tracks

bodog.ca – Horses – Rebates

Any Canadian or Albertan can open a betting account with bodog.ca or one of the hundreds of other offshore gaming sites and wager from the comfort of their own living room. Carry around your laptop, I-Pad, tablet or smart phone and you can wager online from your local Canadian track or OTB. Why would you want to wager with bodog.ca rather than your local track or OTB. Even the free coffee’s disappeared from the tracks and OTBs, but bodog  will rebate your account a percentage of what you wager. Doesn’t matter if your a whale or a sardine.

Phil has a question.

How does bodog.ca do it.

Are they a licensed ADW.

Are they running their wagers through an American ADW.

Why no Canadian tracks available for Canadians to be on.

How much does Horse Racing Alberta and the horsemen in the province of Alberta receive when an Albertan wagers on a US track through his bodog account from the comfort of his bunkhouse at Conklin.

Does anyone at Horse Racing Alberta have the slightest idea that bodog is taking horse racing wagers from Albertans.

How many other Canadian and offshore websites allow Albertans to place wagers on horses.

 

Let’s put some Alberta perspective on this situation. An Albertan can wager on Elizabeth Schaut’s Huntington puffing down the stretch through his bodog account, but he can’t wager a plugged nickel on a horse at Northlands Park through his bodog account. So HRA’s solution to the brutally abysmal harness handle is to head off to the Caribbean and find someone to take the Hillbilly Harness House League signal. bodog and other offshore wagering sites offer rebates to bet into pools with millions wagered. What’s the HHHL going to offer. A bag of salted peanuts.

Or how about a trip to view the vaunted marble washrooms.

Wonder if anyone will ask these questions at today’s ASHA GM.

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A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.

Thomas Jefferson

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Running Back To Saskatoon

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Bloodhorse – Shinar – California Handle Down Again in 2010-11

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Bloodhorse – LaMarra – PA Horse Industry Hopes to Educate Lawmakers

Pennsylvania Horse Conference

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“Horse racing is funded through wagering that takes place at the racetrack facilities across Ontario,” stated Tropea. “Unless you have wagered on a horse race or placed money into a slot machine located at a racetrack, none of your tax dollars have ever supported Ontario’s horse racing industry.”

The Horse – Stacey Oke DVM, MSc – Horse Racing Industry in Ontario Under Fire

We all may agree heartily with Tropea’s very correct comment. He should also point out that dollars wagered at the track or in the slot machines are dollars that a taxpayer has already paid income tax on so in effect the provincial and Federal governments double dip on all the sin taxes. Unfortunately, no matter how correct Tropea’s comments may be once any government sees a pool of money out comes the big dipper.

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Bloodhorse – Gantz – Promising Outlook for Barretts March Sale

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Thoroughbred Times – NYRA to offer $100,000 juvenile graded stakes bonus

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Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Sports Authority, Horsemen OK Monmouth Lease

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Thoroughbred Internet – Silver’s grandson strikes gold

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Bloodhorse – True Nicks – Inbreeding Demystified

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Racing Post – Caviar owner snaps up interest in Vinery Stud

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In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?

Saint Augustine

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Gold Circle – SA buyers on shopping spree

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NY Times – Bradshear – Builders of Casino Empire Split, and the Bitter Accusations Fly

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NY Times – Klein – Fighting Has Deep Roots in Saskatchewan Hockey

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National Post – Saskatoon shows interest in pursuing an NHL team: report

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An added advantage is that in this case he probably has right on his side. Why executives at billion-dollar companies should be subsidized by taxpayers when they treat some corporate buddy to dinner and a hockey game is mystery to many people. “I know when a mom and dad take their kids out to a Leafs game, they don’t get a tax break,” Duncan said, accurately enough. If other Ontarians have to pay their own green fees, restaurant tabs, bar bills and ticket costs, why shouldn’t executives who, for the most part, earn far more than the folks in the cheap seats?

National Post – Kelly McParland: Did Dalton McGuinty accidentally stick a fork in the Ottawa Senators?

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LA Times – Baxter – He’s Rod Stewart’s son, but don’t treat him like a rock star

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maggie may

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The Derby Bar And Grill

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The Globe And Mail – Nestruck – War Horse puts on magical show to silence all the neigh-sayers

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Bloodhorse – Mitchell – 2YO Graded Stakes Ban Still Being Pursued

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NY Times – Rabin – Cocktail of Popular Drugs May Cloud Brain

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When Ulysses hears his own story sung by an epic poet and then he reveals his identity and the poet wants to continue singing, Ulysses isn’t interested any longer. That’s very astonishing.

Raymond Queneau

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Vantage – Freedom 65: Daniel Departs Enbridge Before Delivering Touchdown Dance

Phil checked and Enbridge seems to be one of the few Boards that Shirley McClellan is not on. If Shirley decides to  pursue a position on the board of Enbridge, the Hillbilly Harness House League could be dealt a blow of epic ironic proportions.

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Vote early and vote often.

Al Capone

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LA Times – Baxter – Player whose career was ended takes on concussions in soccer

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Phil heard a rumor that a couple of Harness trainers have already contacted the Kinsey Institute looking for work.

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NY Times – Waldstein – The Yankees Explain Their Fiscal Austerity

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National Post – Doherty –  Christophe Hedges is changing the face of wine ratings

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Sneak preview of part of First Prize in Holybull’s final Kentucky Derby Contest.

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Canadian Idiot

 Takin Care Of Business

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Phil M Stockmen