Jun 172015

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

Hawkmoon 269



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.
Ronald Reagan

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

Race Dates

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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

Guess Who


Saturday , June 20, 2015
Sunday , June 21, 2015


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.

Year Winning Percentage
2010 5%
2011 14%
2014 28%
2015 42%
— Emerald Downs Media
Washington-breds Stryker Phd, Noosito and Absolutely Cool finishing one, two, three in Sunday’s Budweiser.


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


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.”


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 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.



Race 1 1 – Fire Beauty
5 – Flare Miss
2 – S L Express
5 – Flare Miss
1 – Fire Beauty
4 – Kataliah
Race 2 3 – Street Map
1 – Ganbei
2 – I’m Big Trouble
6 – Toccet’s Charm
5 – Leo’s in the House
1 – Ganbei
Race 3 6 – Queen Militant
7 – Capeaway
4 – Cassidy Command
6 – Queen Militant
4 – Cassidy Command
7 – Capeaway
Race 4 7 – Wonder World
3 – Dee Jay Snow
1 – Majestic Mark
7 – Wonder World
2 – Irish Romeo
6 – Spirit River
Race 5 3 – Windstrong
4 – The Odds R Good
2 – Captain Jones
8 – Crackdown
4 – The Odds R Good
5 – It’s in Command
Race 6 7 – Three Way Trade
2 – Stallman Pete
9 – Wee Harry
7 – Three Way Trade
9 – Wee Harry
2 – Stallman Pete
Race 7 6 – Fourth in Command
4 – Daughter Derek
3 – Seven Thirty Seven
3 – Seven Thirty Seven
4 – Daughter Derek
2 – The Tenant
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks
Saturday , June 20, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday , June 21, 2015 1:50 PM PDT



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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

1 Blue Dancer (KY) 3/G L S White Shield 122 G Tracy 9/5
2 Purple Heaven (KY) 3/G L T Maragh 118 T Bensmiller 8/1
3 Tappin Vegas (KY) 3/C L R W Walcott 122 R Diodoro 7/5
4 Cowboys Don’t Cry (CA) 3/G L Q Welch 117 B Kozak 6/1
5 Seeking the Target (AB) 3/C J Espitia 115 J Petrowski 15/1
6 Centrefire (AB) 3/G L S Williams 116 G Tracy 12/1
7 Timeless Tales (AB) 3/G R Lara 112 R McLean 20/1
8 Logan’s Lily (AB) 3/G S Beauregard 114 R Grieves 20/1
9 Holler At the Moon (AB) 3/G L I E Mosqueira 117 T Rycroft 15/1

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.
Mark Twain

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
    Assiniboia Downs
$768 — Super High Five Jackpot
Belmont Park
  $27,620 – Pick 6
$Churchill Downs
$1,964 — Pick 6
$1,080 — Pick 7 Jackpot
Delaware Park
$12,119 — Pick 5
Gulfstream Park
$228,707 — Pick 6 Jackpot
  Hastings Race Course
$854– Pick 6   
Lone Star Park
  $7,507 — Pick 6 Jackpot
Louisiana Downs
$38,129 —   Pick 5 Jackpot
Monmouth Park
$15,273 — Pick 5
$5,758– Pick 6 Jackpot
Northlands Park
$14,190– Super High Five Jackpot
Oak Tree At Pleasanton  
$7,948 — Super High Five   
$6,040 — Pick 6  
Ruidoso Downs
$3,061 — Tri Super

Sunday June 21, 2015

Presque Isle Downs    
$1,593 —  Pick 6

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday June 20, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000 Win Four

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

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

elevated bloodstock online

 Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Horses haven’t changed, trainers have

INDIAN CHARLIE WORLDWIDE - We Never Let the Truth Get In The Way Of A Good Story


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

June 20
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
Belmont Park
Bed o’ Roses Handicap GIII $150,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 7f Dirt
Churchill Downs
Roxelana Stake $65,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Delaware Park
Obeah Stake GIII $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Stanton Stake $50,000 3yo 8.5f Turf
Lone Star
Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 7.5f Turf
Monmouth Park
Red Cross Stake $70,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt

Northlands Park

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
Ruidoso Downs
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
Wyoming Downs
Inaugural Handicap $8,000 3&up 6f Dirt

June 21
Assiniboia Downs
Free Press Stake $25,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Golden Boy Stake $25,000 3yo 6f Dirt
Belmont Park
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
Canterbury Park
Dark Star Cup $75,000 3&up 6.5f Dirt
Northbound Pride Oaks $75,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Charles Town
Coin Collector Stake $50,000 3yo State/Prov 4.5f Dirt
Emerald Downs
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
Monmouth Park
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

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From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter





BCTOBA Newsletter

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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.
The Buddha


Brisnet – Joint Return, Blue Violet face off in Obeah

Save the Date!
2015 CTHS Sales Contract


2015 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Park EXPO Centre – Edmonton, Alberta






ESPN – Abrams -Race Call College


Three sentences max on any subject plus FYI (for your interest)
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
Official stations of horse racing.
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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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Get your tickets for Father’s Day BBQ ribs special
Father’s Day weekend features . . .
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.
Cole Bennett

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
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.

  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.

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


Dane Nelson
Bags four

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


Fort Erie Race Track Logo

Sugar’s Sweet Tips

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.
Oscar Wilde

Brisnet – Dettori records 50th Royal Ascot win aboard Osaila

Phil’s drink and a flick:

Cajun Lemonade

The Transporter

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)

Dumb Things

Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
Gore Vidal

The Telegram – McLeod – Too many consultants

The Bitter Southerner – Brown – It’s Always Cold in Huntsville

Alabama Song

NY Times – Belson – Tom Benson Is Found Capable of Running Saints and Pelicans

All Apologies

All Along The Watchtower

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “First Weekend of Summer 2015 Preview”


    Tenile’s effort to conceal the dire straits of this industry can be best summed up by the 1987 BLUE RODEO SONG ROSE COLOURED GLASSES that she probably used as a campaign song way back in her 1987 election as a MLA and continues to proclaim in her latest eventful accounting nightmare.

    Boasting of her cuts of 2 million in the budget that appears to be mostly from purse reductions of 1.7 million with runners taking a 1 million hit and the harness 700k while giving her a 10% raise from 229.4k to 248.2k while campaigning for DIAMOND JIM’S selection as short-lived Premier sums up the direction that racing is heading.

    Live handle shows only 11.2 million bet when the runners wagered 20 million. How does that reflect on the work that Chris Roberts and the Northlands crew are doing at getting the thoroughbred signal accepted at more venues.

    Seems you can’t trust HRA numbers except for the numbers on the pay cheque that the CEO receives.

    Confusion reins with the HRA grants showing northlands 2013 at 7.71 million and 7.75 million for 2014 on page 31 report while northlands annual shows 7.71(2013) but only 7.44 million for 2014 page 12 where did the 300k??

    Great to see a shuttle van to Friday racing at Balzac. With pinky busy training who’s driving. Maybe the same person who drives the starting gate.

    I see the marketing plan for increased handle is going at full throttle.

    In a positive note racing icon FLOYD MERLE ARTHUR is at 996 wins with 5 in the bag this year. Hopefully starsky and hutch will get the 1000 win sign order in at the Northlands print shop today!

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