We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot
NY Times – Duckworth – California Chrome’s Overseas Trip Hits a Detour
Bloodhorse – Mitchell – No Royal Ascot Start for California Chrome
BBC Sports – Royal Ascot:
California Chrome among record overseas entries
Lady and the Track – Macatangay
– California Chrome Primed to Upset Prince of Wales
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Toronto Star – U2 lead singer Bono in Ottawa for meeting with PM Stephen Harper, leaders
Like faith needs a doubt
NY Times -Brothers – Holding Back Tears After American Pharoah’s Triple Crown
NY Times – Duckworth – Want to See Ascot Races? Bettor, Bring Your Top Hat
NY Times – Hats And Decorum Reign At Ascot
The Guardian – Cook – Free Eagle wins the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot
Brisnet – Free Eagle withstands The Grey Gatsby’s late flurry in Prince of Wales’s
Horse Race Insider – Indulto – All We Are Saying… Is Give Bill a Chance
The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.
Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Haskin Resigns as Senior Correspondent
Don’t Owe You a Thing
Bloodhorse – ‘Pharoah’ to Parade at Santa Anita June 27
Lady and The Track – Hammer – American Pharoah Greeted by Julia Roberts in California
LA Times – Sondheimer – American Pharoah receives hero’s welcome upon return to Santa Anita
Bloodhorse – Balan – American Pharoah Returns Home at Santa Anita
Upcoming Western Thoroughbred
Friday , June 19, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Saturday , June 20, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Sunday , June 21, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Esquire – What I’ve Learned – B.B. King
Saturday , June 20, 2015
Sunday , June 21, 2015
$50,000 COCA-COLA HANDICAP
TESTS SOPHS AROUND TWO TURNS
A balanced field of nine 3-year-old colts and geldings race one mile Sunday in the $50,000 Coca-Cola Handicap at Emerald Downs.
Fooled Again, undefeated in two starts including a 1 ¼-length victory in the Auburn Handicap, is the probable favorite for trainer Howard Belvoir. A $43,000 colt by Scat Daddy, Fooled Again ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.22 in the Auburn, defeating several of the horses he’ll meet again Sunday.
Gloria’s Angelo, second in the Auburn, is ready for another crack at Fooled Again, as are third-place finisher Senna, fourth-place O B Harbor and sixth-place Prime Engine. Making their stakes debuts are Betrbegone, Awesome Indian, Thetrailerguy and Percy Fawcett.
Prime Engine is the only two-turn stakes winner in the field. The Northern Afleet colt dusted Trackattacker and four others in the 1 1/16-mile Gottsetin Futurity last fall, but was cooked after an early pace duel with Daytona Beach in the Auburn. The :44.01 half-mile was perfect for Fooled Again, as he swamped the tired leaders into the lane and held off a wall of closers for the victory.
Senna, third at 54-to-1 in the Auburn, and Percy Fawcett, in from Golden Gate Fields, also have produced mile victories in their careers, albeit vs. far softer competition.
Thetrailerguy could give trainer Monique Snowden her first career stakes winner. A Kentucky-bred by Henny Hughes-Unbridled Glory, Thetrailerguy has run three strong races at the meet, most recently a head win over Awesome Indian in 1:16.78 for 6 ½ furlongs in a May 31 allowance.
“All along we felt that he was going to be a distance horse,” Snowden said. “We hoped that he would be successful running shorter, but since day one we always felt a mile was his distance. He gets stronger and better the farther he goes.
“What makes him such a nice horse is his ability to relax,” Snowden added. “He can be in the middle of the pack, get dirt kicked in his face or get bumped around and he thinks its fun. He thinks racing is the best game we ever invented for him.”
Monique Snowden playing with Thetrailerguy at her barn Thursday.
Thetrailerguy drew post No. 7 with Julien Couton, the meet’s leading rider, taking the mount.
The Coca-Cola Handicap is Race 9 at 6:09 p.m.
Sunday’s weather forecast is for clear & 78 degrees.
Average field size thru seven stakes is 9.2 horses. Average $2 win payoff is $22.40.
Sunday’s 10th race is a $25,000 allowance for 3-year-olds at one mile and features four horses nominated to the Coca-Cola: Fire the Trainer, Cash N Dash, Daytona Beach and Arrom Bear.
The field for the 20th running of the Coca-Cola Handicap: Gloria’s Angelo, Joe Steiner, 118 lbs; Prime Engine, Leslie Mawing, 119; Betrbegone, Javier Matias, 117; Awesome Indian, Rocco Bowen, 115; Senna, Francisco Duran ,116; Fooled Again, Juan Gutierrez, 119; Thetrailerguy, Julien Couton, 117; Percy Fawcett, Gallyn Mitchell, 115; O B Harbor, Jake Barton, 117.
From the Ground, Up!
Conditioner Monique Snowden continues to rise up the ranks, improving her winning percentage each of the four years of her training career.
|— Emerald Downs Media
Washington-breds Stryker Phd, Noosito and Absolutely Cool finishing one, two, three in Sunday’s Budweiser.
WA-BREDS SHOW PLENTY OF TALENT IN BUD
In case it escaped notice, Sunday’s $50,000 Budweiser Handicap was a showcase of the highest order for Washington-bred talent.
The top three finishers—Stryker Phd, Noosito and Absolutely Cool—are all WA-bred, and the trio couldn’t have picked a better time to strut their stuff. The Budweiser Handicap, after all, is part of the track’s glamour division—older handicap horses—and an important prep for the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, August 16.
Before Sunday, Washington-breds were pitching a shutout in stakes at the meeting—0-for-5—as Kentucky-breds Fleet Eagle, Fooled Again and Kikisoblu (twice) all scored stakes wins, as did California-bred Deb’s Wildcard.
Stryker Phd bucked the trend, scoring a hard-earned neck victory over Noosito, running one mile in 1:35.57, with Absolutely Cool 2 ½ lengths back in third. Stryker Phd, Noosito and Absolutely Cool earned Beyers of 97, 97 and 92—the three largest figures of the 25-day-old meeting.
Incidentally, Stryker Phd (6yo), Noosito (4yo), and Absolutely Cool (8yo) are all Washington champions, and their combined record is 19-16-18 in 66 starts and earnings of $801,072. Stryker Phd is defending Horse of the Meeting and defending Longacres Mile champ, and now has five straight wins at Emerald Downs.
Trainer Jim Penney
JIM PENNEY DOING OK THURSDAY AFTER FRACTURING HIS PELVIS
Washington Racing’s Hall of Fame trainer Jim Penney was in good spirits and resting comfortably at Auburn’s Valley Regional Hospital on Thursday, according to his daughter and assistant trainer Kay Cooper.
Penney, who turns 81 on July 4, suffered a fractured pelvis Monday after falling from his trailer while loading horses. Cooper said the doctors are also concerned that Penney may have injured his shoulder, which will be further evaluated this week.
“He’s in some pain, but he’s still acting like his old stubborn self over there,” Cooper said jokingly. “The good news is that he won’t have to have surgery. It’ll just take some time to heal.”
MATCH-UP OF THE WEEK: CALCULATED CHAOS & WESTLEY
Saturday’s ninth and feature rolls out the track’s top older claimers including Calculated Chaos and Westley, who’ll face off in the Media Match-Up of the Week!
Calculated Chaos (pictured left) is the meet’s only 3-time winner and has been a beast at Emerald Downs, where he’s 4-2-2 in 11 starts. The 5-year-old gelding proved that he can win from off the pace and should be right there when they hit the stretch.
Westley is a stone runner and might have tested Gross Misconduct with a clean trip last week. The 4-year-old gelding faces some tough foes in this one—most notably Calculated Chaos—but draws a cushy outside post and figures for a great trip from slightly off the pace. Trainer Gary Lonctot and owner Bryan Smith operate a productive low-profile barn, compiling a 4-2-0 record in nine starts the last two seasons.
Also entered: Tim Tim Tim, Dare Me Devil, Botch and Pakokohe.
THE PRESS BOX PODCAST IS BACK!
The 45-minute program will showcase every stakes race this season including Sunday’s $50,000 Coca-Cola Handicap and an interview with trainer Monique Snowden, who saddles Thetrailerguy.
Hosted by Jacob Pollowitz (Professor Pollowitz) and Vince Bruun (Mr. Media), The Press Box Podcast starts approx. 30 minutes before post time before each stakes and includes horsemen interviews, handicapping, Matt Dinerman’s live race call, the Winner’s Circle interview and a comprehensive look at the race’s history.
You can listen to the show live or recorded just by going to the track website at emeralddowns.com or at mixlr.com/emerald-downs.
Percy Fawcett, set to run in Sunday’s Coca-Cola Handicap, headlined Thursday’s “Training Day” with a three-furlong bullet in :35.40 (1/11) for trainer Frank Lucarelli and owner Randall & Rossi LLC.
The thoroughbred actions returns to Hastings Racecourse Saturday with a solid seven race card that has three $16,000 claiming events and a competitive $12,500 claimer for older horse distance specialists. My extended feature report will on race five which sees ten talented maidens battle at six and half furlongs for a $23,000 purse.
On the rail is Teddy Smith’s Shuswap who was a game third place finisher after battling hard on a fast pace in a maiden 25 grander. If he can overcome his inside draw and avoid a pace duel then he has good shot. Antonio Reyes rides for trainer Rob Gilker.
Captain Jones has been stuck in the third slot in his last three tries at this level. The Sharlea and Pumpkin Stables along with Gary Johnson and the Rocking Bar B Outfit will be hoping for a better result this afternoon. He is nicely drawn in gate two and should get an ideal trip in behind the speed. He is definitely due to break through. Keishan Balgobin rerides for Hall-of-Fame conditioner Frank Barroby.
Warren Wilson and the Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds bred and own Windstrong who showed a lot of ability in his debut finishing third despite missing the break by a few lengths. After his tardy start, he ran off early and ended up setting a fast tempo and faded to be third but actually had every reason to get weary in the stretch. A better beginning will give him an excellent shot . Barbara Heads has given the mount back to Sahin Civaci.
The odds likely will not be good for The Odds R Good who will probably go to the post as the favourite. He has been a bridesmaid in all three of races this spring and will surprisingly get his fifth consecutive different pilot today as Wesley Henry will climb aboard the son of Cause to Believe. Conrad Rozenak and trainer Mel Snow co-own The Odds R Good who is obviously knocking at the door and has a big chance to finally get the job done this afternoon.
Harold and Sandra Barroby are the owner / breeders of It’s in Command who was a close fourth in his 2015 debut and only finished a length behind the likely choice The Odds R Good. He has come back with a brilliant half-mile drill in 46 flat and Mark Buchanan will return to the saddle.
Praven and Debbie Sorenson’s Yogi Man showed dynamic speed in his return to the races and ended up fourth beaten a little less than five lengths against slightly easier company. He will improve off of that race and has turned a couple of nice works for trainer Phil Hall and it is encouraging to see leading rider Richard Hamel take the call.
Geovani Olade, Ernesto Rojas and trainer Milton Palma are partners in owning Torniador who has hit the board in both of his starts with high end maiden claiming colts. He has an off-the-pace style that may help him as this race seems to have a fair amount of early speed. Gabby Asencio gets the riding assignment.
The wild card in this dash is the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company and Mark DeDomenico’s Crackdown who has been training swiftly for his debut at Pegasus Training Center, Emerald Downs and most recently here at Hastings. The son of top stallion Scat Daddy cost $70,00 at the 2013 September Keeneland sale and is probably very live today and trainer Troy Taylor has excellent numbers with first time starters. David Lopez gets the call.
Mohamad Khan’s Mokhandoit had an unfortunate beginning two weeks back losing rider Alex Marti after a bump and a stumbling beginning. He was the 9-5 choice in that $25,000 maiden claimer so he deserves to be given another shot. Alex Marti will get a leg up from trainer Mark Cloutier.
Bill and Susan Stewart’s If We Knew Then has been a runner-up in both of his appearances at Hastings this year. The post is a tricky one for him and he is up slightly in class, as are many in here, but if Pedro Alvarado can get lucky with some early position then he could be a threat. Anita Bolton trains the son of Bold Executive.
The live program starts at 1:50 p.m.
||1 – Fire Beauty
5 – Flare Miss
2 – S L Express
|5 – Flare Miss
1 – Fire Beauty
4 – Kataliah
||3 – Street Map
1 – Ganbei
2 – I’m Big Trouble
|6 – Toccet’s Charm
5 – Leo’s in the House
1 – Ganbei
||6 – Queen Militant
7 – Capeaway
4 – Cassidy Command
|6 – Queen Militant
4 – Cassidy Command
7 – Capeaway
||7 – Wonder World
3 – Dee Jay Snow
1 – Majestic Mark
|7 – Wonder World
2 – Irish Romeo
6 – Spirit River
||3 – Windstrong
4 – The Odds R Good
2 – Captain Jones
|8 – Crackdown
4 – The Odds R Good
5 – It’s in Command
||7 – Three Way Trade
2 – Stallman Pete
9 – Wee Harry
|7 – Three Way Trade
9 – Wee Harry
2 – Stallman Pete
||6 – Fourth in Command
4 – Daughter Derek
3 – Seven Thirty Seven
|3 – Seven Thirty Seven
4 – Daughter Derek
2 – The Tenant
Saturday , June 20, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday , June 21, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Celebrate your King with the Sport of Kings this Father’s Day!
Father’s Day Buffet:
Enjoy one of our delicious buffets. Choose from either the action packed, sun-filled outdoor Grandstand Patio or go with the more contemporary traditional approach in our famous indoor SILKS Restaurant.
Category: Live Racing
Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
First Race: 1:50pm
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Friday , June 19, 2015
Saturday , June 20, 2015
Equibase – Entries for the Ky Alta Stakes – Saturday June 20, 2015
Owners: 1 – Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp.; 2 – Ted Graling; 3 – Mercedes Stables LLC; 4 – Maverick Performance Ltd.; 5 – Ron and Sandra Kirchner; 6 – Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm; 7 – Wilde Racing; 8 – Bar None Ranches Ltd.; 9 – Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd.
Bloodhorse – Moore Establishes Royal Ascot Riding Record
Bloodhorse – Belmont Park Still Buzzing After Triple Crown
Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.
ESPN – Cronley – Favorite Triple Crown lessons
Bloodhorse – Bossert – Belmont Day Stakes Winners Eye Future Starts
Times Like These
Saturday June 20, 2015
$23,676 — Super High Five Jackpot
$768 — Super High Five Jackpot
$27,620 – Pick 6
$1,964 — Pick 6
$1,080 — Pick 7 Jackpot
$12,119 — Pick 5
$228,707 — Pick 6 Jackpot
Hastings Race Course
$854– Pick 6
Lone Star Park
$7,507 — Pick 6 Jackpot
$38,129 — Pick 5 Jackpot
$15,273 — Pick 5
$5,758– Pick 6 Jackpot
$14,190– Super High Five Jackpot
Oak Tree At Pleasanton
$7,948 — Super High Five
$6,040 — Pick 6
$3,061 — Tri Super
Sunday June 21, 2015
Presque Isle Downs
$1,593 — Pick 6
Saturday June 20, 2015
$10,000 Win Four
ESPN – Cronley – Think Small
Bloodhorse – Trip To Paris Rallies Inside to Win Gold Cup
Brisnet – Weld watching ground ahead of Forgotten Rules’ Gold Cup bid
Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Horses haven’t changed, trainers have
Horse Race Insider – Indulto – Addressing the Weakness in the Preakness
Bloodhorse – Compton – Candy Ride Colt Breaks Record in OBS Finale
Bloodhorse – Compton – Record Tied Again at Third OBS June Session
Bloodhorse – Compton – Into Mischief Colt Ties Record at OBS Day Two
OBS – Record Scat Daddy colt tops June’s opening session
Bloodhorse – Compton – Record-Priced Colt Leads OBS June Opener
This Weekend’s Stakes
Chesham Stake L $94,000 2yo 7f Turf
Diamond Jubilee Stake EngGI $819,000 4&up 6f Turf
Hardwicke Stake EngGII $312,000 4&up 12f Turf
Wolferton Handicap Stake L $109,000 4&up 10f Turf
Bed o’ Roses Handicap GIII $150,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 7f Dirt
Roxelana Stake $65,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Obeah Stake GIII $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Stanton Stake $50,000 3yo 8.5f Turf
Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 7.5f Turf
Red Cross Stake $70,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Ky Alta Stakes $50,000 3yo 8f dirt
Oak Tree at Pleasanton
Oak Tree Handicap $50,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap (L $100,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Mountain Top Futurity $175,000 2yo State/Prov 5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Singletary Stake $75,000 3yo 8f Turf
Summertime Oaks GII $200,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Ohio Derby L $500,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Victoria Stake $125,000 2yo 6f Turf
Inaugural Handicap $8,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Free Press Stake $25,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Golden Boy Stake $25,000 3yo 6f Dirt
New York Stallion Stake (Cupecoy’s Joy Div. $100,000 3yo Fillies R 7fTurf
New York Stallion Stake (Spectacular Bid Div. $100,000 3yo R 7f Turf
Dark Star Cup $75,000 3&up 6.5f Dirt
Northbound Pride Oaks $75,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Coin Collector Stake $50,000 3yo State/Prov 4.5f Dirt
Coca-Cola Handicap $50,000 3yo Colts & Geldings 8f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Hakodate Sprint Stake GIII $685,000 3&up 6f Turf
Unicorn Stake GIII $618,000 3yo 8f Dirt
Dan Horn Handicap $60,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Turf
Pegasus Stake GIII $150,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Oak Tree at Pleasanton
Pleasanton Oaks $50,000 3yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Landaluce Stake L $125,000 2yo Fillies 5.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Juvenile L $125,000 2yo 5.5f Dirt
King Edward Stake CanGII $200,000 3&up 8f Turf
Bloodhorse – Johnson – Great Field Lines Up for Ohio Derby
Brisnet – Divining Rod, Whiskey Ticket highlight competitive Ohio Derby
Bloodhorse – Novak – Whiskey Ticket, Divining Rod Head Ohio Derby
Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Gleneagles Storms to St. James’s Palace Win
Lady And the Track – Park – Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita Offers Family Fun In The Sun
Brisnet – Stellar Wind returns in Summertime Oaks
Bloodhorse – Balan – Stellar Wind Back Home for Summertime Oaks
BY GLEN TODD
The weather and exciting thoroughbred action continues to delight the fans at beautiful Hastings Racecourse. Hastings continues to set records in 2015 as for the first time in Vancouver racing history the first 16 days of the race meet were contested over fast racing strips. Fingers crossed as there seems to be no end in sight for this favourable sunny weather, which is what any outdoor sport needs for large crowds.
The live racing and overall handle has been up over last year, which is essential going forward. The field size is also better than last year with slightly over a seven horse average heading to the starting gate for each race, and field size as we all know, is the driving force behind maximum pari-mutuel play.
With one-third of the season already behind us Richard Hamel has a slight lead over Pedro Alvarado in the jockey standings and Mike Anderson continues to visit the winners circle frequently, leading the trainers list ahead of top percentage trainer Dino Condilenios.
After this weekend there is a slight tweak to the racing calendar as we will race on Wednesday, July 1st and then on Sunday, July 5th. There will be no live racing on Saturday, July 4th. The Saturday & Sunday schedule resumes on July 11th and 12th and will remain that way through the remainder of July.
The aforementioned Wednesday, July 1st holiday card will feature four stakes races and two Champions starter allowance races – for horses that have started for $8,000 or less in 2014-2015. One race is for colts and geldings and the other for fillies and mares. (A reminder that claimed horses need to re-establish their eligibility).
Nominations close this Saturday, June 20th for: the Champions starter races, the $50,000 Lieutenant Governor’s for three year olds and up, the $50,000 Monashee for fillies and mares, the $50,000 Chris Loseth for three year olds and the $50,000 Supernaturel for three year old fillies.
All four of these stakes races will be contested over one mile and a sixteenth.
See you at the races!
IT WAS ANOTHER GREAT WEEKEND OF HORSE RACING
This past weekend we completed live racing days 15 & 16 at Hastings Racecourse and everyone of them have been run over a fast track.
The crowd on Saturday in the warm, sunny weather was once again very large as well as very encouraging with numerous new faces and demographic must be lowering by the week.
HASTINGS CLUB OPEN HOUSE ON SUNDAY
The members of the Hastings Racing Club met Sunday morning for an introduction of what was to be expected during the season. From the feedback I received no one left disappointed.
The turnout was around 150 people and the refreshments we heard were awesome and they all got to see their first horse perform on the track.
Richard Yates pipes in with they now have over 150 members and he still answering emails and questions daily form other interested parties.
The executive of the club continues to search for that all important second horse and hopefully will find something this week. I know that have a lot of feelers out in the US Market.
TUESDAY IS STATS DAY AS USUAL
After sixteen days of racing we have run a total of 110 overnight races and 10 stakes races. The total number of races run is 120 and a total of 843 horses have started in those races.
That bring are average up to 7.03 horse per race as the field size this weekend was well over 7 for both Saturday and Sunday. With an educated guess I would think we are as strong start wise as any track in the mid-west and west coast.
Several first timers this weekend and with the two year olds appearing to be nearly ready or ready to run should help increase our horse population.
WINTER INCENTIVE PROGRAM
The Wintering Incentive Program has now gone over budget with a total payout of $204,000.00, so that means 102 horses have now been paid the $2000 incentive and its good thing for a change to be over budget.
PURSE PAYOUTS FOR 16 DAYS
The purse payout continues to be best in the west with a total of $133,395.00 per race being paid out.
The total overnight payout to date is !,634,324.00 and that is within our budget for the year.
This is the first time in the past five years we have been within budget and the reason for that is the total cooperation of the racing secretary and management working with the horsemen’s associations to control our purse pool.
The BC Bred payout for sixteen days is only $156,639.99 which quite a bit lower then the last few years as fewer BC Breds are winning. I find that very strange as 76% of the horses on the grounds are BC Bred?
The six – 12 finishers currently stands at $18,685 which is only 1 % of the total purse. The main reason for that is the change in 2015 paying the first eight finishers.
Brisnet – Dame Dorothy the one to beat in Bed o’ Roses
Bloodhorse – Angst – Solow Rolls in Queen Anne to Open Royal Ascot
They blame those who remain silent, they blame those speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed.
Brisnet – Joint Return, Blue Violet face off in Obeah
CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED HORSE SOCIETY
2015 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Northlands Park EXPO Centre – Edmonton, Alberta
DEADLINE FOR MAIN CATALOGUE: FRIDAY, JUNE 26th, 2015
ESPN – Abrams -Race Call College
NEW! QUICK-READ INSIDER
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FYI . . .
• You’ll avoid heavy Ex traffic by accessing Assiniboia Downs via Saskatchewan Avenue today thru Sunday
• Today’s Winnipeg Free Press (and tomorrow and Saturday) contains coupons that could win you $1,000 in cash and prizes on Father’s Day Sunday
• The rich North America Cup goes Saturday night at Mohawk (harness)
• The Golden Boy Stakes at the Downs Sunday offers a preview of possible Manitoba Derby starters
• While quantities last, valuable Triple Crown glass sets of three are available at Guest Services for just $25
Bullet briefs . . .
• $113,000 pick-6 carryover at Santa this aft
• Who won ASD’s $61,000 Jackpot Hi-5?
• Youngest winning trainer, 18, is back tomorrow with three
• Free Press joins Father’s Day for stakes, ribs and giveaways
• Banged His Eye is a horse. Stubbed Her Toe is not. (Should it be?)
• Was the Triple Crown won in the nick of time–before it was ruined?
• Historian Bob remembers ASD’s patriarch who died three years ago
• Despite losing his irons, the imperturbable Nelson comes through
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ZARETSKY JUNIOR GOT IT RIGHT! Wins Insider Stanley Cup contest. Rod Zaretsky not only predicted, in The Insider contest, that the Blackhawks and Lightning would meet in the Stanley Cup final, he also got the winner correct (Blackhawks). Which means he gets a $50 win/place wager on the Manitoba Derby on the first Monday in August. Great picking, Rod, and thanks, again, to all who entered!
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Father’s Day weekend features . . .
STAKES, RIBS & GIVEAWAYS
RAMPING UP THE FUN ON DAD’S DAY: While kids get to pet animals (and bounce to their heart’s content and take pony rides) on Father’s Day, dads (and others) get to win one of five $200 prize packages that includes the water cooler on the right, a one-night stay at the Best Western Plus, a $20 wager and an ASD cap. Fill out an entry form on the way in. Post time: 1:30 p.m.
YOUNGEST TRAINER IS BACK: Cole Bennett, 18, fresh from his first-ever win two weeks ago returns with three horses tomorrow night including the horse he won with two weeks ago, Super Me (7/2) in the first race. He also has two 3-year-old geldings bred/owned by Dr. Betty Hughes in the sixth and last race: Sailer De Mer (7/2) and first-time starter Notable Magic (20/1). Crazy Hour and quarter horse racing from Los Alamitos follows the live card.
LAST-TO-FIRST HORSE RETURNS: So King, the last-to-first horse in the race replay watched by more viewers than any other race this season (May 29, race 6), returns. Is he a shoo-in?
STAKES AND $2,000 IN GIVEAWAYS:
Double celebration of Father’s Day and Free Press Day at the Races starts at 1:30 p.m. Best horses on the grounds tangle in the $25,000 Free Press Stakes and top 3-year-olds who are eyeing the Manitoba Derby show their stuff in the $25,000 Golden Boy. Giveaways worth $2,000 and a $16 (tax included) barbeque ribs deal that requires pre-bought tickets (available at Guest Services).
“Perhaps the best thing about this Triple Crown is that it happened before the sport’s executives got around to ruining the series by changing the rules.”
— Steven Crist in the Daily Racing Form
HOTTIES OF THE WEEK
Stretch drive of the week
Hottest jocks: Rohan Singh & Dane Nelson (5 wins)
Hottest trainers: Tom Gardipy Jr., Jared Brown & Murray Duncan (3 wins)
Biggest upset: Why Cry Cowgirl Up $24.40 (Fri 5th)
Biggest 20-cent superfecta: $695 (Fri 6th –2-7-3-4)
BOB’S BLOG TODAY:
On Bob’s mind today is the third anniversary of the death of a Downs legend. Read his poignant piece here
ARE YOU READING GEORGE? In the same place that Bob writes his blog, George Williams takes over on the weekend covering live races. George is a multiple Sovereign Award winning writer but you may also know him as the father of heart-throb Glee actor Marshall Williams who flaunts his killer abs (and more) on-line.
YOU NAMED ME WHAT? Banged His Eye
— a gelding racing at Mountaineer. Which had me stifling laughter as I contemplated a whole stable of similarly-named horses: Bruised Her Ankle, Cracked His Ribs, Stubbed His Toe, Fractured a Fibula.
You get the drift. And the logical name for such a stable? The Triage Stable
, of course.
Lolo hangs it on the gals in a thriller
The $25,000 La Verendrye, the first major stakes of the season featuring top fillies and mares, lived up to its contentious billing last Wednesday when Murray Duncan’s bargain claimer from Oaklawn Park, Go Go Lolo, closed with a flourish to edge out Can’t Use Nellie, paying $4.80 as the favourite. The blanket finish which also included Humorus Dilemma and Holiday Maker augurs well for great girl action all summer.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
WINNER OF $61,000 JACKPOT HI-5: A Manitoba HPI player won the $61,664 Jackpot Hi-5 last Friday and the Downs is inviting him to pose with a giant ASD cheque so he can have a stylish photo keepsake of his betting coup. Even though the favourite won, the next three finishers were the longest shots on the board, which is what set up the giant payoff. These were the top five finishers:
Sheza Shirls Girl (Renaldo Cumberbatch) 9/5
Little Jar (Rasheed Hughes) 21/1
Lady Aries (Tyrone Nelson) 13/1
Bad Reputation (Shavon Belle) 15/1
Magical Maggie (Chris Husbands) 4/1
WHAT’S BETTER THAN A HAT TRICK? A QUAD, OF COURSE: Just 14 days into the race season and already the tempo of the jockey race is hot and steamy. A former leading jockey Rohan Singh, got a hat trick last Saturday but new arrival Dane Nelson bagged four, the same as last year’s leading rider, Christopher Husbands, did last Wednesday. Some battle!
JAMAICANS #2 IN REPLAY VIEWERS: After Canadians, the people who are watching the most replays of ASD races are Jamaicans, reflecting the fact that multiple riders come from the Caribbean. The most-viewed video on YouTube is from May 29, race 6, when Dane Nelson’s So King had an erratic start, trailed the field by eight lengths but still won the race.
WOODBINE DRESSES UP FILLY RACE: If you were watching Woodbine’s pre-race coverage of the top filly race in Canada, the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on Sunday, you might have noticed a very classy presentation of the horses in the race — full-screen head-and-neck stills of each horse during a discussion of each. Nice touch.
OAKS WINNER PAYS $135: So how could you pick the 66/1 filly, Academic, who won the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks Sunday? By saying, I suppose, that she was the lightest-raced filly in the field of 10, with only five races, and therefore had reason to keep on improving. Naysayers simply dismissed the result as another synthetic track anomaly.
KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER: So what companies are running ads on the Equibase website? These four companies were featured in the right column on a page displaying jockey stats: the maker of a mobile betting app, a car-care company, a car manufacturer and a bankruptcy trustee. Hmm.
HAPPY ENDING TO A BUMPY RIDE:
Ouch, ouch, ouch. ASD’s talented new jockey, Dane Nelson
, while riding in Jamaica, lost his irons and was out of sight when the horses were rounding the turn for home. What happens next in this video replay
is unbelievable. (He’s on #9, Kal Kal
Happy dad’s day to all pops!
Bloodhorse – Peters – Tom Bowling, The Wild Horse
Bloodhorse – Shulman – Mr. Jordan Looks Tough in Pegasus at Monmouth
Bloodhorse – Balan – Excaper Appears to be Class of King Edward
Bloodhorse – Goldream Upsets King’s Stand Stakes at Ascot
Bloodhorse – Mark My Style, Freudie Anne Take Stakes Aim
Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Laurel Approved to Expand Summer Race Meet
Brisnet – American Pharoah set to return to California
Brisnet – Amazing Maria upsets Duke of Cambridge; Acapulco rolls for Ward in Queen Mary
Bloodhorse – Angst – Ward Strikes With Acapulco in Queen Mary
Bloodhorse – Angst – Muhaarar Gains Group I Glory in Commonwealth
NY Times – Wilder – Where Racewalking Is King, the Antidoping Officials Are Busy
By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
Brisnet – Dettori records 50th Royal Ascot win aboard Osaila
Phil’s drink and a flick:
Long Train Running
Toronto Star – Allen – USA Today – List of 10 NHL players on trade market includes Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessell, Dion Phaneuf
NY Times – Burns – Donald Trump Runs for President (This Time for Real, He Says)
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
The Telegram – McLeod – Too many consultants
The Bitter Southerner – Brown – It’s Always Cold in Huntsville
NY Times – Belson – Tom Benson Is Found Capable of Running Saints and Pelicans
All Along The Watchtower
Phil M Stockmen