Mar 222012

Wonder why the NFL is the number 1 in the USA and Canada. The NHL regular season is winding down and the teams are gearing up for the playoffs. The NBA regular season is winding down and the teams are gearing up for the playoffs. Baseball spring training is finishing and the fans are readying for opening day. March Madness is down to the Sweet Sixteen. The Kentucky Derby Trail is heating up.

Yet Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow and Dog, the New Orleans Saints bounty hunter, have been front and centre in the sports pages this entire week. Cost out all the TV, Internet, twitter and press time the NFL received from the Peyton, Tebow signing and trade and Manning’s $95mm looks well spent.


Never Been To Spain


In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting fifty percent of publicity.

Lauren Bacall


 Gulfstream Park

Friday March 23rd

$298,200.00 Pick 6 Jackpot carryover


Three scoring races in Road to the Roses this weekend

March 24

Turfway Park

Vinery Racing Spiral Stake GIII

Rushaway Stake

March 25

Sunland Park

Sunland Derby GIII

Road to the Roses

First Supplemental draft is open.

Phil’s musing on what prize he may offer to the top entry in the Alberta Road To the Roses league

Any suggestions or contributions

Who’s HotHotHolly?


Thoroughbred Times – Curry - Street Life new player on Triple Crown Trail

Thoroughbred Times – Curry – Florida Derby shaping up as key classic prep

Thoroughbred Times – Curry – Arkansas Derby the plan for Secret Circle

Bloodhorse – Shandler – No Standout in Crowded Spiral Stakes

Bloodhorse – Nine Probables Likely for Louisiana Derby

Thoroughbred Times – Angst – Road to the Triple Crown: Racing world turns focus to Turfway

Thoroughbred Times – Nevills – Spiral Stakes headlines Saturday’s card at Turfway Park

DRF -McGee – Turfway: Spiral can be stairway to Kentucky Derby

DRF – Hovdey: Pair of Kentucky Derby spots there for taking

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

Thoroughbred Times – Curry – McLaughlin now leaning toward Louisiana Derby for Alpha, Mark Valeski drills

Bloodhorse – Shandler – Change of Plans: Hansen to Blue Grass

Thoroughbred Times – Hansen likely for Blue Grass, Alpha headed to Wood


Downey Profile – Derby Contenders Graded Earnings


From The Insider

 Like the favourite in Sunland Derby and a longshot at Turfway

Not much to get excited about in last weekend’s Rebel Stakes.  Secret Circle proved he was game by winning that prep but he appeared to be struggling and his 92 Beyer was less than his 100 Beyer he posted in the shorter Southwest.  Do not be fooled by second-place Optimizer either; the Rebel closed in an incredibly slow 26 1/5 for the last quarter and almost 6.88 seconds for the final sixteenth.   Jake Mo closed to be fourth and Scatman is a nice speedy miler who could be a Derby pacesetter and that is about it.

This weekend’s Derby preps are the $800,000 Sunland Derby at Sunland Park Sunday and the $500,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Saturday.  The Sunland Derby  will feature Bob Baffert’s Castaway who skipped the Rebel to run closer to home for a bigger purse.  He will be the prohibitive favourite.  Daddy Nose Best, winner of the El Camino Real Derby, and Longview Drive will be the other contenders. There will be a handful of recent maiden winners looking for big graded stakes money to try to get into the Derby.  Mine That Bird did use this as a prep in his 2009 Derby win by finishing fourth before making his miraculous Derby run.  Pick: Castaway in a romp.

The Spiral Stakes will again feature a collection of unproven horses with hopes of getting into the Derby:  A mix of locals such as Ill Conceived and invaders such as Stealcase for Mark Casse, State of Play for Graham Motion and another Todd Pletcher colt, Heavy Breathing, who shouldn’t be breathing heavily at the end of the 1 1/8 mile race due to his Giant’s Causeway breeding.  Pick: Stealcase was my longshot Gotham play and he has a shot here, I think.  Look for horses that have run on the Poly already or are bred for Poly.  Animal Kingdom won this race last year before his Derby win.

ON THE FEMALE FRONT:   Since this is a quiet week, I figured it would be an okay time to talk a little bit about the Kentucky Oaks and the fillies who are leading the nation. The leading contender at the moment is On Fire Baby, winner of the Honeybee Stakes. She could be pointed to the Arkansas Derby to face the boys or the Fantasy Stakes.  Thomas Albertrani’s Zo Impressive was so impressive in an allowance race at Gulfstream last time that she should come back in the Gulfstream Oaks on the Florida Derby undercard.  Eden’s Moon is Bob Baffert’s impressive filly who cruised in the Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita.  Look out as well for Summer Applause, Grace Hall and Broadway”s Alibi.  Be sure to watch the Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Saturday and check out for more information.

NEXT WEEKEND:  The biggest weekend so far this year–the UAE Derby and the Florida and Louisiana Derbies.


DRF – Derby Top 20


ESPN – Cronley – Warming up

Horse Race Insider – Madness In March

DRF – Grening – Aqueduct: Main track opens for business


DRF – King – Turfway: In Lingerie proven on Polytrack coming into Bourbonette Oaks


DRF – Rampellini – Oaklawn Park: Comedero gets audition in Hot Springs


DRF – Andersen – Santa Anita: Twice the Appeal going longer in Tokyo City Cup

Owned by Rick Wiest and trained by Robertino Diodoro, Derive wasn’t nearly as sharp in early 2011. He ran a couple decent races at Northlands Park last summer, finishing third in back-to-back starts. It all changed, however, when he came to the Phoenix track.

March 24


Broadway Stake (R), $75,000g, 3&up, Fillies & Mares New York-bred, 6f.


Fair Grounds

Happy Ticket Stake $75,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 5.5f (turf).


Fonner Park

Ogataul Stake (R), $25,000a, 3&up, Nebraska-bred, 6f.

Orphan Kist Stake (R), $25,000a, 3&up, Fillies & Mares Nebraska-bred, 6f.


Gulfstream Park

Pan American Stake GIIT $150,000g, 4&up, 12f (turf).


Laurel Park

Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stake $75,000g, 3&up, 9f.


Oaklawn Park

Hot Springs Stake $75,000g, 4&up, 6f.


Santa Anita

Tokyo City Cup GIII $100,000g, 4&up, 12f.


Turf Paradise

Coyote Handicap $35,000a, 3&up, 6.5f.


Turfway Park

Vinery Racing Spiral Stake GIII $500,000g, 3yo, 9f.

Bourbonette Oaks GIII $100,000g, 3yo Fillies 8f.

Rushaway Stake $100,000g, 3yo, 8.5f.

Hansel Stake $50,000g, 3yo, 6f.

Queen Stake $50,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 6f.


March 25

Gulfstream Park

Touch Gold Stake $60,000g, 4&up, 5f (turf).


Oaklawn Park

Arkansas Breeders’ Stake (R), $50,000g, 3&up, Fillies & Mares Arkansas-bred, 8.5f.


Santa Anita

Santa Ana Stake GIIT $150,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares 9f (turf).


Sunland Park

Sunland Derby GIII $800,000g, 3yo, 9f.

Sunland Park Oaks, $200,000g, 3yo Fillies 8.5f.

La Coneja Stake (R), $110,000g, 4&up, Fillies & Mares New Mexico-bred, 5.5f.

New Mexico Breeders’ Derby (R), $110,000g, 3yo, New Mexico-bred, 8.5f.

New Mexico Breeders’ Oaks (R), $110,000g, 3yo Fillies New Mexico-bred, 8.5f.

Bill Thomas Memorial Stake $100,000g, 3&up, 6.5f.

Harry W. Henson Handicap $100,000a, 3&up, Fillies & Mares 8f.






THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012 – 5:30 P.M.





1. President’s Report – Review of 2012 Dates, Purses, & Stakes.   Jim McFadyen

2. Northlands Report: Northlands Venue Director.   Chris Roberts

3. Question Period & New Business.

Mat Monaco

Executive Director



Sandwiches & non alcoholic beverages will be served


Remember, sex is like a Chinese dinner. It ain’t over ’til you both get your cookie.

Alec Baldwin

God Bless the Child


 HBPA BC Election News

Please see below for the report of the Nominating Committee for the 2012 HBPA elections.  They have produced a list of candidates who expressed interest and had in the  Committee’s collective judgment, a strong background in the industry.

The Report of the Nominating Committee is not the end of the HBPA nominating process.  Section 6.5 of the Constitution And By-laws of The HBPA of BC states that a Nominating Meeting can serve as the way for members to nominate other candidates they wish to see run for office.  Candidates nominated in this way must have both a nominator and a seconder.

The Nominating Meeting will take place in the backstretch cafeteria (cookshack) on April 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm.

At the conclusion of the Nominating Meeting, the Spring Informational Meeting will be held.

When both meetings have finished, food will be served.


Important Dates

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
Thursday March 29
HBPA Alberta Meeting
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
George Royal Handicap at Hastings Racecourse
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
Jim Coleman Province at Hastings Racecourse
Sunday May 6
Fort Erie Race Track Opening Day
Assiniboia Downs Opening Day
John Longdon 6000 at Hastings Racecourse
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 2nd, 2012
River Rock Casino Stake at Hastings Racecourse
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012
Sir Winston Churchill at Hastings Racecourse
Saturday June 9
Belmont Stakes Belmont Park
Sunday, June 10
Emerald Downs Handicap at Hastings Racecourse
Saturday, June 16
Western Canada for 3 yr. Olds 6f $50,000 at Northlands Park
Sunday, June 17
Vancouver Sun at Hastings Racecourse
The Chariot Chaser 3yr. Fillies 6f $50,000 at Northlands Park
Saturday, June 23The Journal 3 + up 6furlongs  $50,000 at Northlands Park
Sunday June 24
Queen’s Plate Day Woodbine  $1 million Queen’s Plate
The Wild Rose 3+up F+M 6 50,000 at Northlands Park
Friday June 29
CTHS Alberta – Nomination Deadline for 2012 Thoroughbred Sale
Sunday July 1
Millarville Canada Day Racing
Monday, July 2
Lt Governors Handicap at Hastings Racecourse
Chris Loseth Handicap at Hastings Racecourse
Saturday, July 7
Supernatural Handicap at Hastings Racecourse
Sunday, July 8
Boulevard Casino Handicap at Hastings Racecourse
Thursday July 12
TeePee Creek Stampede Opening Day
Saturday, July 14
New Westminster Handicap at Hastings Racecourse
Red Smith Stake 3yr. Fillies 1 Mile $50,000 at Northlands Park
Ky Alta 3 yr. Olds 1 Mile 50,000 at Northlands Park
Sunday July 15
Strawberry Morn Handicap at Hastings Racecourse
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
Saturday July 21
“Super Saturday” will kick off Capital EX at Northlands Park.
Princess Margaret, Edmonton Juvenile, John Patrick and Spangled Jimmy Stakes
Friday August 3
Northlands Oaks 3yr. Fillies 1 Mile 50,000 at Northlands Park
Saturday August 4
Count Lathum 3 yr. Olds 1 M 1/16 50,000 at Northlands Park
Monday August 6
BC Cup Day Hastings Park
Manitoba Derby Assiniboia Downs
Madamoiselle 3+up F+M 1 M 1/16 $50,000 at Northlands Park
Saturday August 11
3 + 4 YO Sales Stakes F 3+4 YO Fillies 6.5 furlongs $50,000
3 + 4 YO Sales Stakes 3+4 YO C+G 6.5 furlongs $50,000
Friday, August 17
Richmond Derby Trial Stake
 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stake
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
Sales Stakes Fillies 2 yr. Fillies 6.5 furlongs 50,000 at Northlands Park
Sales Stakes 2 yr. C+G 6.5  furlongs 50,000 at Northlands Park
Sunday, August 19
Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs
 Friday August 24
Esquirol Farms Sales Stake 2 year Olds 6 furlongs $40,000 Est at Northlands Park
Saturday August 25
Canadian Derby 3 yr. Olds 1 M 3/8 $200,000– Northlands Park
Sonoma 3 yr. Fillies 1 M 1/16 $50,000
Edmonton Distaff 3+up F+M 1 M 1/16 $75,000
Westerner 3 + up 1 M 1/16 $50,000
South Cariboo Garlic Festival
Friday August 31
Bird of Pay 2 yr. Fillies 6.5 furlongs $50,000
Saturday September 1
The Birdcatcher 2 yr. C+G 6.5 furlongs $50,000 at Northlands Park
Saturday September 8
Sun Sprint 3 + up 6.5 furlongs $50,000 at Northlands Park
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
Saturday September 15
Fall Classic Day – Northlands Park
Sturgeon River (AB) 2 yr. Fillies 6.5 furlongs $50,000
Premier’s Futurity (AB) 2 yr. Olds 6.5 furlongs $50,000
Alberta Oaks (AB) 3 yr. Fillies 1 Mile $50,000
Beaufort Stakes (AB) 3 yr. Olds 1 M 1/16 $50,000
Red Diamond Stakes (AB) 3 + up 6.5 $50,000
Fall Classic Distaff (AB) 3+up F+M 1 M 1/16 $50,000
Breeders’ Handicap (AB) 3 + up 1 M 1/16 $50,000
Sunday September 16
CTHS Alberta Yearling & Mixed Sale
Woodbine Mile Woodbine – Ontario Derby
Saturday September 29
Speed To Spare Northlands Park $100,000
Saturday, October 6
The Duchess of York 3+up F+M 1 M 1/16 $50,000 – Northlands Park
Monday October 8
Ballerina Stake GIIIC 9f Hastings Racecourse $100,000g
British Columbia Premier’s Handicap GIIIC 11f Hastings Racecourse $100,000g,
The Freedom of the City 2 yr. Fillies 1 Mile $50,000 – Northlands Park 
Canadian Juvenile 2 yr Olds 1 Mile $50,000 – Northlands Park
Saturday October 13
The Harvest Gold Plate 3 + up 1 M 1/16 $50,000 – Northlands Park
 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


Phrugal Phil’$ Weekend Special$



Western Family Regular Wieners

buy 1 get 1 free

Cry-O-Vac, 675g, Limit 4 Free. Overwaitea Food Group coupon offer on this product or redeemed for cash.

Offer excludes reduce-to-clear items. No substitutions.

Buy one package of the above mentioned item and receive another one of equal or lesser value free.

Coupon valid March 18 to 24, 2012 while supplies last.

Western Family Baked Beans
Card Price 5 for $5


Every once in a while you gotta treat yourself


Poetry: the best words in the best order.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Bloodhorse – Porter – Speed No Secret, Aptitude an Enigma


I wasn’t naked, I was completely covered by a blue spotlight.

Gypsy Rose Lee


ESPN – Finley – Parx-Monmouth circuit a winner


Phil’s drink and a flick


Presumed Innocent



Bloodhorse – Master of All Trades: Peter Bradley – By Lenny Shulman


Bloodhorse – Hunter – What Ails Us


Prophetic Phil’s Derby Dozen

1. Union Rags ↔

2. Creative Cause ­↔

3. Hansen ↔

4. El Padrino ↔

5. Alpha ↔

6 Secret Circle ↑

7. I’ll Have Another↔

8. Howe Great↔

9. Castaway↓

10. Dullahan ↑

11. Bodemeister ↑

12.  Take Charge Indy ­ ↔  Optimizer ↑ Gemologist  ↑

Just in Case – Exothermic ↔


Sympathy For The Devil

Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress


Phil M Stockmen