Yesterday’s Kentucky Derby preps ran much closer to form and guess what. The Kentucky Derby picture is no clearer than after last week’s upsets.
Gemologist held off Alpha with a resilient stretch drive, but with the trip each had Phil surmises that we haven’t seen the best of either yet.
With Trinniberg winning the Bay Shore and his connections nominating him with the rest of the lates, pressure’s been turned up on many of the Derby hopefuls who are going to have to step up and collect some G$ in the next couple of preps. G$300K looks like the cutoff point this year.
On the other side of the country, Gutierrez was doing with I’ll Have Another what Castellano did with Gemologist a half hour earlier.
The young man was riding in the biggest race of his life and performed like some wily veteran, keeping his mount out in the clear, riding as if he were on the favorite and horse to beat, wanting to make sure that nothing went wrong.
“Mario Gutierrez for President,” shouted winning trainer Doug O’Neill at the end of a television interview. “I feel like I want to cry,” O’Neill continued. “I see people on television getting all emotional and I can’t understand it. Hey, Bob Baffert doesn’t cry; I’m not going to cry.”
In that context, hope O’Neill set his DVR. He will see a side of Bob Baffert that not people in this game have never seen; an emotional Baffert recalling how at the time a herd of elephants were stomping on his chest he was thinking about Bode, his son, and that’s when, understandably, he lost it a bit.
What is a Canadian? A Canadian is a fellow wearing English tweeds, a Hong Kong shirt and Spanish shoes, who sips Brazilian coffee sweetened with Philippine sugar from a Bavarian cup while nibbling Swiss cheese, sitting at a Danish desk over a Persian rug, after coming home in a German car from an Italian movie… and then writes his Member of Parliament with a Japanese ballpoint pen on French paper, demanding that he do something about foreigners taking away our Canadian jobs.
For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed hot woman of 40 +, there is a balding, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year-old waitress.
It’s not the situation. It’s your reaction to the situation.
Wise married women don’t trouble themselves about infidelity in their husbands.
After the race, O’Neill explained the jockey choice. “I was here with Paul and Zillah early in the meet when we saw Mario win a race. I had no idea who he was.”
He learned that Gutierrez, 25, had come to Santa Anita from Canada with trainer Troy Taylor and was represented by 85-year-old agent Ivan Puhich.
“We couldn’t get Rafael Bejarano, so we got Gutierrez,” O’Neill said.
After Saturday’s big win, a smiling Gutierrez, said, “This is so unbelievable.”
“Indescribable, unbelievable,” said Gutierrez, who came here from Hastings Park in October. “The Kentucky Derby is every jockey’s dream. I’m no different.”
I’ll Have Another was keen the early part of the race, but Gutierrez was able to keep him just behind and to the outside of Blueskiesnrainbows through fractions of 23.11 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 47.11 for a half-mile, and 1:11.14 for six furlongs. Creative Cause, who started from the rail, was midpack, near the rail.
“This is so unbelievable,” said Gutierrez, who rode the winner for the first time in the Lewis Stakes. “He is such a good horse and he gave me a big kick at the end. There wasn’t any doubt in my mind that my horse would give me everything in the stretch leading up to the wire.”Joel Rosario, aboard Creative Cause, gave full credit to the winner.“I’ve ridden I’ll have Another before and he’s a good horse. My horse gave me 100% but I think we were second-best today,” Rosario said. “Sometimes it’s hard to keep winning. I waited inside and had a perfect trip. No excuses today, just second best.”
With Mario Guteirrez picking up half as much purse money in one race as he does all season north of the 49th wonder if we’ll see him back at Hastings Park.
With the Lumber Guy coming across the field from the outside and first cutting off Gemologist then three horses causing Alpha to check or go over the rail, both Gemologist and Alpha got a taste of what it’s like to break from a gate of 20.
Winning owner Shivananda Parbhoo said the May 19 Preakness (gr. I) was the most likely target for Trinniberg, but did not rule out the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
In his prime, Tiger Woods bounced balls off his wedge.
Friday? He drop-kicked his club at Augusta National.
Woods booted his nine-iron after dumping his tee shot on No. 16 into the front-right bunker.
“We can safely say Tiger has lost his game … and his mind,” three-time Masters champion Nick Faldo commented on the CBS broadcast.
Ever since his extracurricular sexual escapades were exposed and his brains almost exposed with a nine iron, Tiger’s just not been the same golfer. Always famous for staying close the first three days, then on Sundays closing down the stretch like a jet-fueled freight train; today Tiger’s close resembles a bottom claimer.
Phil’s not gonna get all sanctimonious. Most of Tiger’s critics don’t so much abhor his behaviour as they abhor the fact that they don’t have the status to mimic Tiger.
Ever notice how when a male celebrity gets caught with another woman who’s not his wife or girlfriend the blame always lands squarely on his shoulders. Last time I checked it takes two to tango so why don’t the ladies honing in on someone else’s territory ever get any blame. Or how about the sanctimonious house fraus who are so wrapped up in their own petty little shopping lives they fail to protect their own territory.
Some think Tiger’s not Tiger because he’s not eating the right breakfast
Phil thinks it’s what’s way before breakfast that’s bothering Tiger.
In one of his Yogi moments Yogi said it best: How can you think and hit at the same time?
When Tiger was winning he was the epitome of composure. He glided over the course like a duck across a pond, serene in appearance working like hell behind the scenes. Today he’s wound tighter than a nun’s bun. The tension in his countenance portends his herky-jerky nervous-nelly approach to the game today. The Tin Man had a smoother swing.
Watching Tiger today he’s one pent up eruption from trashing his clubs on a stately oak.
When Tiger was a philandering hound about town; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays his mind wasn’t on hooks and slices it was on hookers and hookups. While others golfers worried about hitting the flag, Tiger was thinking about what pole he was going to peel his next conquest off. He played a relaxed game not thinking about his golf stroke or which hole was the toughest.
The trouble is not that players have sex the night before a game. It’s that they stay out all night looking for it.
Tiger didn’t spend the night looking for it, he used his celebrity status to get what he wanted delivered when he wanted, then he’d fade into slumberland to wake the next morning refreshed, relaxed, calm, cool and collected. While the missed putt, bounce off a tree, shanked 2 wood and water hazards would be gnawing at the insides of the other golfers, Tiger would have nodded off, his gnawing done for the night.
Come Sunday morning Tiger’s head was clear, his goal at hand and he could concentrate on his game for the one day of the weekend that really mattered (in golf).
Tiger was known for hitting the ball straight and long down the narrow fairways, but the press and the public also wanted Tiger to remain on the straight and narrow. The Bible thumpers can always find some scripture to justify their current crusade but there’s a couple of key one’s they always seem to overlook:
let he that is without sin cast the first stone;
if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
As Yogi in another of his Yogi moments said: If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.
In all honesty how many of Tiger’s fans really care who he’s sleeping with as long as he on top of the leaderboard. The TV and advertising executives don’t, so long as he’s drawing fans.
I’m not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.
Phil wonders if Tiger wonders if he should wander again. If it came to a major world crisis would Americans rather have a philandering John F. Kennedy or a bungling George W. Bush at the helm. Other than a few religious right Republican zealots most Americans would go with the guy who could get the job done overlooking the odd tryst in favour of ability.
If Tiger thinks his celibacy has put him back on the pedestal he better give his big head a shake. The odd sponsor may have slithered back, but Tiger won’t be back on the pedestal until he starts winning some golf tournaments and they better be majors.
Tiger needs to remember that he doesn’t need to wear a halo, the fans would be happy with another green jacket.
The one charm about marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.
“That’s karma,” the former N.F.L. safety Lawyer Milloy, who played for Petrino in Atlanta, said Friday. Milloy added, “Just because he knows X’s and O’s doesn’t mean he’s a nice person.”
I told my wife the truth. I told her I was seeing a psychiatrist. Then she told me the truth: that she was seeing a psychiatrist, two plumbers, and a bartender.
2011 Night of Champions
Saturday, May 12th 2012
Paddock Theatre, Northlands
$75.00 per person or $700.00 per table of 10
6:00 PM cocktails
7:00 PM buffet dinner and award presentations
presented by the Thoroughbred Industry of Alberta
To order tickets, please contact the
CTHS office at 403-229-3609
or visit the web site at www.cthsalta.com
Please purchase tickets by Friday, April 27th 2012
Phil’s phly on Northlands wall says he saw someone we used to know having a lengthy chat with Chris Roberts the other day. Guess that while Mike Dimoff’s up for Easter he’s checking if another opportunity may come knocking on his door. Unfortunately, Phil’s phly was out of hearing range, but his lip reading said it wasn’t $75 a day they were discussing.
Live Handicapping Broadcast
Starts 10:00am Saturday, April 14th
Live from the Derby Bar and Grill
Starting on Saturday, April 14th and every Saturday morning during the 2012 live season at Hastings, the Derby Bar and Grill is hosting a live broadcast on Handicapping the weekend races at Hastings Racecourse.
The Show will be hosted by Mike Heads and Drew Forster and they will go thru the entire card for both Saturday and Sunday’s live race cards at Hastings Racecourse and their selections and why.
You are invited to attend this live broadcast and sit in the audience as they go thru each and every race for the two days.
For those at home they will be able to catch it live on the world wide web at the Derby Bar and Grill Website at www.derbybarandgrill.com It is planned to be a half-hour show.
They will also do some guest interviews with owners, trainers and jockey’s of stake races on weekends there are stake races.
We will have more details to come in the next week as we prepare for our initial broadcast on Saturday, April 14, which of course is opening day at Hastings.
For the live audience we will have a breakfast special every Saturday and a question and answer period after the live show. They will also give a lesson on how to read the Daily Racing Form or help anyone who has any questions on its content.
POPULAR COMMUNITY DAYS AT HASTINGS RACECOURSE CONTINUE WITH NINE GROUPS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE THIS RACING SEASON
Fun-filled Live Racing Events Part of Community Benefits Program
Vancouver, B.C. (April 5, 2012) – Hastings Racecourse continues to honour its commitment to non-profit organizations in Hastings-Sunrise and across Vancouver with the selection of nine participants for the 2012 “Community Days at the Track” program.
As part of an overall Community Benefits Program, each year the designated organizations have the opportunity to raise funds on a “live” race day at Hastings Racecourse. The package includes exclusive use of the Marquee Tent, a food donation worth $1,500 plus a direct donation of $5,000 from Hastings Racecourse.
Each Community Partner will have a race named after its organization with an invitation for selected representatives to gather in the winner’s circle to share in the celebration and take part in a souvenir victory photo.
Raj Mutti, General Manager of Racing for the Company, and his team are proud to be able to support so many important community organizations through this program.
Of the many applications submitted to be part of the 2012 Community Benefits Program, the following groups have been selected:
Westcoast Family Centres Society – “ Serving East Vancouver and the north part of the city of Vancouver in contributing to the healthy development of children by providing services to strengthen the relationships between children, families and their communities.
Variety – “ The Children’s Charity – “ Since 1965 Variety’s mission has been to raise funds and distribute grants throughout B.C. to inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for children with special needs.
Arts Umbrella – “ A not-for-profit arts education centre for children and youth (ages 2 to 19) that is committed to delivering the highest quality visual and performing arts education to young people regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.
Kiwassa Neighbourhood Services Association – “ Serving the Hastings-Sunrise community since 1949, Kiwassa’s mandate is to identify and respond to areas of greatest need in the community and to provide a broad range of programs and services.
Warriors Against Violence Society - The Warriors Against Violence Society is committed to helping First Nations families unlearn abusive and violent behaviours and reclaim their traditional values of equality, honour and respect for themselves and others.
New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society - Founded in 2002, New Stride is dedicated to finding loving adoptive homes and alternative careers for Thoroughbred racehorses no longer able to compete.
CircusWest Performing Arts Society – “ Teaching circus arts to youth in the east Vancouver area for 25 years with aims to develop skills, build confidence and inspire passion through training and performance.
Â The Kettle Friendship Society – “ Helping individuals dealing with mental illness, low incomes and substance abuse by providing information and referrals with regard to mental health, income assistance, debt, child protection and tenancy matters.
Greater Vancouver Theatre Alliance – “ Incorporated in 1983, an association of more than 100 theatre companies and individual members who promote live theatre and foster a thriving environment for the continued growth and development of theatre through Greater Vancouver.
“We are very proud to include these organizations in our 2012 Community Benefits Program,” said Howard Blank, Vice President and Spokesperson for the Company. “Each of the selected charitable groups is very deserving and Hastings Racecourse encourages charitable groups and organizations not selected to apply again in 2013.”
Hastings Racecourse & Slots is located in Vancouver, BC and features live and simulcast wagering, vibrant slot gaming floor, numerous dining options, private and public event facility rental opportunities, spectacular views of the North Shore Mountains, and outstanding guest service.
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The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment, to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
GOOD NEWS FROM THE BCHRIMC
HANDLE UP YEAR TO DATE.
Prepared by Brian Butters:
Total Handle for the month of March, compared to Budget and to the corresponding month of March 2011, and it shows an encouraging picture.
- Total Handle of $14.1 million showed an increase over budget by $1.53 million or 12%. Compared to 2011, Total Handle was up by 1.7% or $240K. One of the contributing factors that boosted performance relative to last year was the fact that March 2012 had 10 Fridays and Saturdays included in the count, whereas March 2011 had only 8 Fridays and Saturdays. This situation will reverse itself in April.
- TBC’s combined wagering through Racebooks and IVR of $9.1 million again led the way for the month and was ahead of budget by a very strong $1.4 million or 17%. TBC improved on March 2011 figures by $308K or 3.5%.
- Import handle at Hastings of $3.35 million was up by $134K or 4.2% relative to budget, and was up by $33K or 1% compared to March of last year.
- Fraser Downs total handle was ahead of budget by 3.1% or $48K. Compared to last March, handle was down by 5.9% or $101K. During the month, 17% fewer races were run compared to March 2011.
From The Insider -
Countdown to live
Unbeaten 2-year-old sensation Balooga Bull is back!
Balooga Bull after cruising to victory in
He was the talk of the track as a 2-year-old in 2011. And he’ll be back to resume training at the Downs this weekend, thanks to trainer Ardell Sayler and his owner Paul Brandt. He’s Balooga Bull, unbeaten multiple stakes winner whom track announcer and CEO Darren Dunncalls the best horse to race at the Downs in years. Just to remind you: he won the Graduation Stakes, the Osiris Stakes and the Winnipeg Futurity with ridiculous ease. Is it too early to say “Manitoba Derby?” This is one colt to keep an eye on.
A new trainer is on his way to the Downs, too, the result of the ASD promo trip taken by Dunn, race secretary Ray Miller and assistant race secretary Dustin Davis. Roger Hansen who raced at Assiniboia Downs about 20 years ago returns to Winnipeg with a stable of 15 horses who have been racing at Golden Gate Fields. He is the son of Dale Hansen, a long-time ASD trainer who raced here in the 1980s and early 1990s. He is also the brother of famed west coast jockey Ron Hansen who died under mysterious circumstances. His body was pulled from San Francisco Bay in 1993.
Live racing begins again on Sunday, May 6, the day after the Kentucky Derby. See calendar here.
By Greg Douglas
THE NEW ERA OF HASTINGS RACECOURSE CONTINUES
WITH THE START OF THE 2012 RACING SEASON
Vancouver, B.C. (April 5, 2012) – With an impressive list of new corporate partners on board to complement an exciting lineup of new wagering features and new technology initiatives, Hastings Racecourse is ready to plunge into the 2012 racing season with unbridled optimism.
It all starts next weekend – April 14-15 – the beginning of a 71-day meet that includes 40 premier stakes races with a total of $2.5 million in purse money.
The $50,000 George Royal for 3-year-olds & up kicks off this year’s stakes schedule on Sunday, April 15 with legendary Robert W. (Bob) Hall and his wife Ann as Guest Decorators.Â Mr. Hall, inducted into the B.C. Horse Racing Hall of Fame last year, was the owner and trainer of George Royal, regarded as the greatest British Columbia-bred ever.
With the draw for Sunday’s feature scheduled for next Wednesday under the guidance of Director of Racing Paul Ryneveld, it is expected to be a strong field of horses that will include many previous Champions.
LOWER TAKEOUTS CONTINUE THIS YEAR
Raj Mutti, Regional General Manager, BC Racing announced a lowered takeout on the Daily Double and the Pick 3 to 15 per cent, which will match the Win, Place, Show, Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers already at 15%. A new wager, the Super High 5, will be introduced inviting customers to pick the top 5 finishers in one specific race. This wager will have a 100% carryover unless hit perfectly. He also said the Pick 5 wager this season will also have a 100% carryover should no one select five out of five.
Â In addition to the lower takeouts a new Mobile Website will be launched that will feature Smart Bet Mobile wagering from any smart phone device within the Hastings footprint, the site will feature handicapping tools and tips for the beginner to help make wagering easier to understand. Future expansion of the site will include video replay for the experienced handicapper.
Â NEW CORPORATE PARTNERS ON HASTINGS TEAM
Mutti also will proudly be unveiling a new lineup of corporate advertisers this season at Hastings who have joined partners from the past. In no particular order, fans can look forward to a promotional presence of newcomers the Dueck Auto Group, Wall Centre Central Park, Vancouver Canadians, Vancouver Whitecaps, Northlands Golf Course, BC Collisions, TwinSpires, Helly Hansen Outdoor Clothing and Firstar Sports.
Returning to the Hasting scorporate family are the Derby Bar & Grill, Pacific Customs Brokers Ltd, Granville Island Brewery, Clubvibes, Smithrite Disposal, as well as the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province.
“We are pleased to welcome these new additions to our corporate roster,” Mutti said. “It gives us an opportunity to expand our promotional programs and add to the entertainment value of our product. It’s another step forward.”
The popular Friday Night Live cards (7:00 p.m. starts) begin on May 25 with 12 in total that continue through June, July and August. All Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Monday cards start 1:50 p.m. while the month of August includes six matinee cards during the Fair at the PNE with special 3:20 p.m. starts.
The complete 2012 Hastings Racecourse schedule is available at www.hastingsracecourse.com
“When the Canadiens were playing, you have to understand, it was a personal experience for us,” says Roch Carrier, author of Le Chandail de Hockey, better known to English-speaking Canadians as The Hockey Sweater, the beloved children’s book about a French Canadian kid, in a tiny Quebec village, mistakenly being sent a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater by “Mr. Eaton.”
“When the Canadiens would play, we played with them. When there was a fight, we were fighting. It was a very important experience for Quebecers. As kids, you dream of heroes. If you wanted to be Superman you could put on your back a pillowcase as a cape, but you cannot fly — you can just jump.
“But if you put on your skates you could play like The Rocket. You could become The Rocket, and for French-Canadians there was no greater pleasure for us on Sunday morning than talking about how the Canadiens had trounced the Maple Leafs the night before.
“In my childhood mind, the Canadiens always trounced the Toronto Maple Leafs.”
Sometimes, Phil just can’t resist.
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.
Q: The announcement by the Liberal government that the slots-at-racetracks revenue sharing program will be terminated at Ontario tracks on March 31, 2013 came as a shock to the industry. Three tracks have already had the slots closed. What are you telling Woodbine horsepeople/employees right now?
A: Our approach is to continue to run a business and offer the highest quality of horse racing. Our financial arrangements stay the same for this year. All the tracks have been issued a site-holder termination notice (for the slots) but we hope, at some point, there can be a dialogue with the province.
How bad are Canadian politicians when a sportswriter’s comments make more sense than anything we’ve heard from the Ontario, Alberta or Federal governments.
Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.
I always say, keep a diary and some day it’ll keep you.
Phil M Stockmen