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With July 4th falling on a Saturday Americans get a true long weekend while we in Canada get a bifurcated one unless your boss is generous enough to give you Thursday and Friday off.



National Post – Black – Conrad Black: Happy birthday, Canada

Oh Canada

It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.
Emily Carr

National Post – John Doyle: Hey Canada, why so cranky on Canada Day?

National Post – Kaszor – We got The Burger’s Priest to make us the ultimate Canada hamburger. This is the result

School’s Out

Bloodhorse – Balan – Jockeys Fined for Whip Violations in SoCal

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – California Implements New Whip Rule

Bloodhorse – Balan – New Whip Rule’s First Day No Problem in SoCal




National Post – Richler – How the hot dog got its name

Eli’s Coming


TSN – Westhead – Maple Leafs eye fantasy sports payday

Lady and the Track – Smith – Bloodlines Reiterate Honor Code’s Prowess

God Bless America, but God help Canada to put up with them!

Doctor Doctor

Breeders’ Cup Challenge

Date   Race   Name   Track   Division
Jul 4 Belmont Oaks Invitational Belmont Park Filly & Mare Turf
Jul 5 Princess Rooney Handicap Gulfstream Park Filly & Mare Sprint
Jul 5 Smile Sprint Handicap Gulfstream Park Filly & Mare Sprint
Jul 5 United Nations Stakes Monmouth Park Longines Turf
Jul 25 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by QIPCO Ascot Longines Turf
Jul 26 Bing Crosby Stakes Del Mar Sprint
Jul 29 Qatar Sussex Stakes Goodwood Mile

Aug 1 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap Del Mar Longines Distaff
Aug 2 William Hill Haskell Invitational Monmouth Park Classic
Aug 8 The Whitney Saratoga Classic
Aug 15 Beverly D. Stakes Arlington Park Filly & Mare Turf
Aug 15 Arlington Million Arlington Park Longines Turf
Aug 19 Juddmonte International Stakes York Longines Turf
Aug 20 Darley Yorkshire Oaks York Filly & Mare Turf
Aug 21 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes York Turf Sprint
Aug 22 Pat O’Brien Stakes Del Mar Dirt Mile
Aug 22 Del Mar Handicap Del Mar Longines Turf
Aug 22 TVG Pacific Classic Del Mar Classic
Aug 29 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes Saratoga Longines Turf
Aug 29 Forego Handicap Saratoga Sprint
Aug 29 Ballerina Stakes Saratoga Filly & Mare Sprint
Aug 29 Personal Ensign H. Saratoga Longines Distaff

Sep 5 Spinaway Stakes Saratoga Juvenile Fillies
Sep 5 T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis Baden Baden Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 5 Pocahontas Stakes Churchill Downs Juvenile Fillies
Sep 5 Iroquois Stakes Churchill Downs Sentient Jet Juvenile
Sep 6 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden Baden Baden Longines Turf
Sep 12 The John Deere Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes Leopardstown Juvenile Turf
Sep 12 The Coolmore Stud Matron Stakes Leopardstown Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 12 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown Longines Turf
Sep 12 Natalma Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 12 Summer Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Turf
Sep 13 Moyglare Stud Stakes The Curragh Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 13 Canadian Stakes Woodbine Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 13 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Woodbine Mile
Sep 25 Shadwell Rockfel Newmarket Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 26 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Newmarket Juvenile Turf
Sep 26 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 26 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Sprint
Sep 26 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Belmont Park Longines Turf

Oct 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Keeneland Sprint
Oct 2 Darley Alcibiades Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies
Oct 3 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Keeneland Mile
Oct 3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Keeneland Filly & Mare Sprint
Oct 3 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland Sentient Jet Juvenile
Oct 3 Frizette Stakes Belmont Park Juvenile Fillies
Oct 3 Foxwoods Champagne Stakes Belmont Park Sentient Jet Juvenile
Oct 3 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Belmont Park Classic
Oct 4 Total Prix Marcel Boussac Longchamp Juvenile Fillies Turf
Oct 4 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Longchamp Juvenile Turf
Oct 4 Longines Prix de L’Opera Longchamp Filly & Mare Turf
Oct 4 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Turf
Oct 4 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes Keeneland Longines Distaff
Oct 8 J. P. Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies Turf

Horse Race Insider – Jicha -Stars are out for the big holiday weekend

One Day In Your Life



Alberta Downs Canadian Thoroughbred Advertisement

Demand Letter to HORSE RACING ALBERTA December 5 2014 

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Advice to Baffert: Stay West with American Pharoah

Tougher Than The Rest

TDN – ‘Pharoah’ Officially Haskell Bound

ESPN – Ehalt – Pharoah aimed at Haskell

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.

Abraham Lincoln

Times Like These

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

 110th Running of the Millarville Races – Wednesday, July 1st 2015

Events start at 12:00 noon
$10 per persons 16 years+

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Friday , July 3, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Saturday , July 4, 2015 7:00 PM CDT

Have You Ever Loved a Woman



EmD News & Notes-Thursday, July 2


Stopshoppingdebbie, Goin to the Window and Blueberry Smoothie are retired, but the plot remains the same. Trainer Tom Wenzel continues to dominate the older filly and mare division at Emerald Downs.

Sunday, Kikisoblu and Lady Rosberg—both conditioned by Wenzel—figure to monopolize wagering in the $50,000 Boeing Handicap for older fillies and mares at one mile. The Boeing is the final steppingstone to next month’s $65,000 Emerald Distaff, the track’s championship event for distaffers at 1 1/8 miles.

George Todaro’s Kikisoblu has commandeered the division to date, rolling by 4 ¼ lengths in the Hastings Handicap at six furlongs and by 6 ¼ lengths in the Washington State Legislators Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs. Two explosive wins, ones that left jockey Rocco Bowen looking in vain for challengers through the lane.

The 4-year-old Kodiak Kowboy filly appears to face two obstacles Sunday—the one-mile distance and, perhaps even more formidable, her accomplished stable mate.

Lady Rosberg schooling in the paddock Thursday, ahead of Sunday’s Boeing Handicap.

Lady Rosberg has proven plenty since last racing here two years ago. Karl Krieg’s 6-year-old mare comes off two straight stakes wins at Turf Paradise, scoring by a length in the one-mile Sun City Handicap on turf, and by 2 ¼ lengths in the 6 ½-furlong Mesa Handicap on dirt. Her overall mark is 6-2-2 in 13 starts with earnings of $106,722.

Kikisoblu earned Beyers of 82 and 70 in her wins, Lady Rosberg got an 80 and 78 in her Phoenix victories.

“With Jerre Paxton’s horses retiring last year, it was a wide open division to see who could jump up and do it and (Kikisoblu) was the one to do it,” Wenzel said. “It’s definitely a question mark for her going two turns. We’ll find out this weekend. Just talent alone, I know she’s going to give me what she’s got. I’ve got confidence in her but it’s always guarded when you go two turns.

“This is the first time I’ve had (Lady Rosberg) to run in quite a few years,” Wenzel added. “Val Lund had her in Phoenix and it’s right there in The Form. She’s been able to route, sprint, dirt, turf, and do all of them reasonably well. She’s worked decent coming into this race. Gallyn Mitchell knows her very well. I’m expecting her to run decent off the bench.”

Sarahline or Finding More have the best chances to spring an upset. A $210,000 Northern Afleet filly, Sarahline has been stuck at the first allowance level in Northern California but she has respectable figures for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and tries dirt for the first time. Finding More has recaptured the form that made her state champion 2-year-old filly in 2012, reeling off two sharp sprint wins, but she steps up in class and tired in two previous route tries.

Lady of the Nile is honest if not brilliant, running third in the Hastings and second in the Washington State Legislators, and has routed well in the past. Our Little Hen has come a long ways since competing for a $2,500 tag here two years ago. She’s racked up nine wins and $114,040 in earnings, mostly via a series of gate-to-wire route victories on the synthetic Tapeta surface at Golden Gate.

The Boeing Handicap is Race 9 at 6:09 p.m.

Madame Pele and Among the Stars, both nominated to the Boeing, run in Sunday’s $24,000 sub-feature for older fillies and mares at six furlongs. Dawselina, winner of two stakes and third in last year’s BC Oaks, also runs in the allowance race.

Ropersandwranglers, the only horse to win the Boeing Handicap twice (1997-98), is a 2015 Finalist for the Washington racing Hall of Fame.

Average field size thru nine stakes is 9.0 horses. Average $2 win payoff is $20.20. ($2 win prices: $19, $81.40, $19, $8.20, $3.60, $3.40, $18.40, $8.40).

The field for the 20th running of the Boeing Handicap: Alli Leigh, Joe Steiner, 114 lbs; Sarahline, Julien Couton, 115; Lady of the Nile, Leslie Mawing, 117; Kikisoblu, Rocco Bowen, 121; Our Little Hen, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 118; Lady Rosberg, Gallyn Mitchell, 120; English Lace, Jake Barton, 113; Finding More, Eliska Kubinova, 116.


Passing the Baton!

Trainer Tom Wenzel has been downright dominant in the Distaff division the past 2 1/2 seasons, winning seven of the 10 open stakes races during that span.

Stakes Wins From 2013-15
Wash Legislators 3
Hastings Handicap 2
Boeing Handicap 1
Emerald Distaff 1
— Emerald Downs Media



Returning to the scene of his greatest triumph, Herbie D heads a field of seven older runners in Saturday’s $25,000 allowance race at six furlongs.

Gate-to-wire winner of the 2013 Longacres Mile, Herbie D was sidelined nearly two years before returning to action with two off-the-board finishes this spring at Hastings Racecourse.

A 7-year-old British Columbia-bred gelding by Orchid’s Devil, Herbie D is 10-1-1 in 15 career starts with earnings of $339,581. He’s 2-for-2 at Emerald Downs, recording Beyers of 101 and 100 while notching wins in the 2013 Mile and Mt. Rainier Handicap.

Trainer Robert Gilker said Herbie D was sidelined first by an ankle chip and later by a torn suspensory ligament.

“The plan is always the same; get back to The Mile,” Gilker said. “We’ll take one race at a time. He didn’t run very good races up here, but it wasn’t necessarily his fault. We got into some pretty crazy speed duels.

“It looks like this race is pretty good,” Gilker added. “I saw one other pretty fast horse in the race. We might stalk the pace, but I’m not sure yet what we’ll do.”

Regular rider Amadeo Perez will accompany Herbie D to Emerald Downs.

I Keep Saying also returns in Saturday’s feature. The 6-year-old gelding set the 6 ½-furlong world record of 1:12.94 last year, and is 7-for-22 with earnings of $110,318. His trainer, Jim Penney, is scheduled to be released Saturday from Canterbury House in Auburn, where he’s been recovering from shoulder and pelvis injuries sustained last month. A Yankee Doodle Dandy, Penney celebrates his 81st birthday Saturday.

Rounding out a very tough field are Until You, Del Rio Harbor, Disruption, Mebossman and Solemnly Swear.


Trainer Jim Penney cooking up a storm at the Canterbury House.

Emerald Downs will be draped in red, white and blue this Friday and Saturday for it’s annual July 3rd Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Carl’s Jr., followed by the track’s first-ever free admission on July 4.

The Fireworks Spectacular has historically been Emerald Downs’ most-attended event, which features a world class fireworks show, a KMPS concert with country singer Seth Alley and a 9-race card of live Thoroughbred racing. With a special first post-time at 4:30 p.m., fans are encouraged to come early as spots will be at a premium once racing begins.

On Saturday, Emerald Downs offers free admission to celebrate the nation’s birthday and between races four and five a field of 11 jockeys will race one furlong in the 1st Annual Emerald Downs Jockey Dash.

The purse is $500 plus an additional $500 donation to the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund. Emerald Downs morning-line maker Rob Rao says he plans to make Diego Sanchez, reputed to be a speedster, the 2-1 choice followed by Leslie Mawing at 5/2. Other jockeys competing are Javier Matias, Gallyn Mitchell, Jose Zunino, Osvaldo Gonzalez, Jake Barton, Francisco Duran, Joe Steiner, Juan Gutierrez and Julien Couton. Barbados native Rocco Bowen originally in the lineup scratched in favor of being the race’s official starter.


July 9: Wiener Dog Rally @ KOMO Plaza

July 9: Equine Art Show Preview Party

July 10: Equine Art Show & Brewer’s Night

July 12: STAR 101.5 Wiener Dog Races

July 19: Fiesta Premio Esmeralda


Saturday’s eighth and sub-feature spotlights seven talented 3-year-olds, including four that are coming off impressive victories. The one-mile event is headed by Christmas Caballo and Red Ridge who face off in the Media Match-Up of the Week!

Christmas Caballo could be a demon in the 3-year-old division if he takes to two-turn racing like his daddy Papa Clem, who captured two Grade 2s going 1-1/16 miles and 1-1/8 miles, respectively. He comes out of several key races where he’s finished behind three stakes winners and two others that have a bright stakes future. Look for this gelding to use his tactical speed to take him right into the winner’s circle.

Red Ridge (pictured left)   showed a new dimension while drilling a softer bunch two weeks ago. The Malt Magic colt is the only horse in the field with a two-turn victory vs. winners, and Javier Matias and Howard Belvoir are among the track’s most productive jockey/trainer combinations. This isn’t an easy spot, but the versatile colt should find a way to beat this group.

Also entered: Raspberry Road, Peace Arch, The Search Is Over, Bolshoi’s Bluff and It’s Allabout Jerry.


The 45-minute program will showcase every stakes race this season including Sunday’s $50,000 Boeing Handicap and an interview with trainer Tom Wenzel, who saddles multiple stakes winners Kikisoblu and Lady Rosberg.

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.

This week’s “Training Day” features some of the top fillies and mares on the grounds including 3-year-old Belle Hill, winner of last week’s Irish Day Handicap and Diane Garrison trainees Alli Leigh and English Lace, who are set to race in Sunday’s Boeing Handicap.

Friday , July 3, 2015 4:30 PM PDT
Saturday , July 4, 2015 2:00PM PDT
Sunday , July 5, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

ESPN – Cronley – The perfect couple

Freedom lies in being bold.

Robert Frost

So many potential players – particularly among young males from the populous Empire State – must have been permanently dissuaded from participating because the opportunity to play the game was never encouraged properly.

Horse Race Insider – Indulto – I Can No Longer Look the Other Way







Race 1 5 – Title Contender
2 – Taylors Deal
1 – Distillery
2 – Talors Deal
5 – Title Contender
1 – Distillery
Race 2 6 – Mokhandoit
3 – Southern Casanova
4 – War On
6 – Mokhandoit
1 – New Jersey Joe
2 – This Is The Moment
Race 3 2 – Brackendale
6 – Stratify
4 – Senor Rojo
2 – Brackendale
6 – Stratify
4 – Senor Rojo
Race 4 1 – Stoneridge raider
6 – Burnaby Baron
2 – Timber Topper
1 – Stoneridge Raider
7 – Three Way Trade
8 – Lord Gallovic
Race 5 2 – Vying For Glory
3 – Minstrel’s Time
1 – Texas Buccaneer
8 – Step Up
3 – Minstrel’s Time
1 – Texas Buccaneer
Race 6 6 – Proxyman
7 – Brother Chuncky
2 – I Dig That
5 – Honestly Occifer
6 – Proxyman
4 – After Court
Race 7 6 – Four Feathers
1 – Little Blossom
8 – Daughter Derek
6 – Four Feathers
8 – Daughter Derek
2 – Charming Silver
Race 8 1 – Richter Red
6 – Wonder World
2 – Strangely Arousing
1 – Richter Red
2 – Strangely Arousing
5 – Irish Romeo
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks


Sunday , July 5, 2015 1:50 PM PDT


Woodbine Racetrack July 5, 2015

Queen’s Plate Entries

Purse $1,000,000. For Three-Year-Olds, Foaled In Canada. One And One Fourth Miles. (All Weather Track)
PP Horse  A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Shaman Ghost (ON) 3/C R M Hernandez 126 B A Lynch
2 Oakton (ON) 3/C L T Pizarro 126 M E Casse
3 Ault (BC) 3/C L D Moran 126 D J Vella
4 Academic (ON) 3/F L J Stein 121 R Baker
5 Billy’s Star (ON) 3/C E R Da Silva 126 R L Attfield
6 Sweet Grass Creek (ON) 3/C L J M Campbell 126 M Keogh
7 Danish Dynaformer (ON) 3/C L P Husbands 126 R L Attfield
8 Conquest Boogaloo (ON) 3/C L A Garcia 126 M E Casse
9 Breaking Lucky (ON) 3/C L J McAleney 126 R Baker
10 Easy Indygo (ON) 3/G L E Wilson 126 N Gonzalez
11 Portree (ON) 3/G G Olguin 126 S C Simon
12 Milwaukee Mist (ON) 3/G L G Boulanger 126 P Matejka
13 Bear At Last (ON) 3/C L R W Walcott 126 R Baker
14 Ami’s Flatter (ON) 3/C L L Contreras 126 J Carroll

Owners: 1 – Stronach Stables ; 2 – Bill and Vicki Poston Racing, Inc. ; 3 – Canyon Farms ; 4 – Bear Stables Ltd. ; 5 – Perfect Timber Partnership ; 6 – Gustav Schickedanz ; 7 – Charles E. Fipke ; 8 – Conquest Stables, LLC ; 9 – Gunpowder Farms LLC ; 10 – Tucci Stables ; 11 – Chiefswood Stable ; 12 – Preston Stables LLC ; 13 – Bear Stables Ltd. ; 14 – Ivan Dalos


Brisnet – Shaman Ghost carries winning form into Queen’s Plate; Attfield keen on Danish Dynaformer

Shaman Ghost’s half-sister IHAVETOGO was claimed for $3,000 from the 3rd race at Northlands Park June 26, 2015 by trainer Wally Pugh for new owner Wood River Ranches Ltd. IHAVETOGO was bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs.

Bear At Last, a one-time winner in 11 outings, will be piloted once again on Sunday by Rico Walcott. The dark bay finished seventh in the Plate Trial, a race in which he was shuffled back at the turn.

Brisnet – Baker hoping to strike Queen’s Plate gold with trio of runners

Bloodhorse – Angst – Shaman Ghost Looks for Queen’s Plate Magic

Lady and the Track – Ward – Dwyer Stakes: Texas Red Ready To Fire On Independence Day

Brisnet – Tonalist, Texas Red, Private Zone top Belmont dirt stakes

Bloodhorse – Angst – Texas Red Provides Dwyer Stakes Star Power

Bloodhorse – Novak – Classic Winner Tonalist Towers Over Suburban

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Presque Isle Alters Post Time to Combat Deer



Friday , July 3, 2015 7:05 PM SST
Saturday , July 4, 2015 7:05 PM SST

Brisnet – Coffee Clique, Testa Rossi headline Penny Memorial

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Tough Field Drawn for Penny Memorial at Parx



Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Friday July 3, 2015

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Saturday July 4, 2015

Friday , July 3, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday , July 4, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Crown Champ American Pharoah Returns to Work

What the Truck?!

July 10

Trucks open: 5 – 10 p.m.
Post time: 6:30 p.m.

Phil has a question:

Will this truck be in attendance:

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There are few, if any, Canadian men that have never spelled their name in a snow bank.
Douglas Coupland


Retro Day


July 11
Post time: 1 p.m.  

Running Back To Saskatoon

“We are watching the end of the political career of Alexis Tsipras,” Jacob Kirkegaard, a senior fellow at Peterson Institute in Washington, said in a Bloomberg Radio interview. “Mr. Tsipras can continue his career on T-shirts for students, replacing Che Guevara.”

National Post – Bloomberg – Campbell – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras learning EU’s No. 1 rule: Don’t mess with Angela Merkel

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.
Che Guevara

Children of the Revolution


Saturday July 4, 2015

$2,925 — Pick 6
Assiniboia Downs
$1,619  — Super High Five Jackpot
Delta Downs
580 — Super High Five
Ellis Park
$1,293 — Super High Five
$175 — Pick 6
Emerald Downs
$9,565 — Pick 5
Gulfstream Park
$9,695 — Pick 6 Jackpot
Indiana Grand Race Course
$1,846 — Pick 6
Lone Star Park
$817  – Pick 6
Louisiana Downs
$5,154   — Pick 5 Jackpot 
Monmouth Park
$5,002  — Pick 6 Jackpot
Northlands Park
$7,869  — Pick 4
Oak Tree At Pleasanton
$17,993 — Pick 5
$15,487 — Super High Five
$14,697 — Pick 6 Jackpot
Presque Isle Downs
$3,578  — Pick 6
Prairie Meadows
$1,257 — Pick 5
Ruidoso Downs
$4,550     Tri Super
Sunray Park
$151 — Super High Five Jackpot     
$44,066  — Super High Five Jackpot

Sunday July 5, 2015

Fort Erie
$2,502 — Pick 5
Hastings Racecourse
$1,708 — Pick 6
Los Alamitos
$2,855 — Pick 6

  Guaranteed Pools

Saturday July 4, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000 Win Four

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Bloodhorse – Los Alamitos Enjoys Opening-Day Handle Spike

The spineless pussy willows in Ottawa are actually helping to condition the Canadian public to accept the surrender of our country, which American forces were unable to accomplish in 1776 and 1812.
Paul Hellyer

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 If you don’t think that your country should come before yourself, you can better serve your country by livin’ someplace else.
Stompin’ Tom Connors

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


Bloodhorse – Santa Anita Reports Attendance, Handle Gains

Bloodhorse – Balan – Java’s War Seeks Elusive Win in Singspiel

This Weekend’s Stakes

July 2
Los Alamitos Race Course
Bertrando Stake $75,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Dirt

July 3
Belmont Park
Perfect Sting Stake $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Canterbury Park
Blair’s Cove Stake $60,000 3&up Colts & Geldings State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Princess Elaine Stake $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Finger Lakes
New York Derby $150,000 3yo State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
New York Oaks $75,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Monmouth Park
Molly Pitcher Stake GIII $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Sunray Park
Inaugural Handicap $35,000 3&up 6.5f Dirt

July 4
Arlington Park
Purple Violet Stake $75,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f AW
Belmont Park
Belmont Derby Invitational GI $1,250,000 3yo 10f Turf
Belmont Oaks Invitational GI BC $1,000,000 3yo Fillies 10f Turf
Belmont Sprint Championship GIII $400,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Dwyer Stake GIII $500,000 3yo 8f Dirt
Suburban Handicap GII $500,000 4&up 10f Dirt
Victory Ride Stake GIII $150,000 3yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt
Les Bois Park
Stars and Stripes Stake $8,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Canterbury Park
Frances Genter Stake $60,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Victor S. Myers Stake $60,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
Ellis Park
Ellis Park Turf Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Evangeline Downs
Louisiana Legends Cheval $100,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 8f Turf
Louisiana Legends Classic $125,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Louisiana Legends Distaff $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Louisiana Legends Mademoiselle $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 5.5f Dirt
Louisiana Legends Soiree $100,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Turf
Louisiana Legends Sprint $100,000 3&up State/Prov 5.5f Dirt
Louisiana Legends Starter Stake $50,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Louisiana Legends Turf $100,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Los Alamitos Race Course
Los Alamitos Derby GII $350,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Monmouth Park
Elkwood Stake (L $75,000 3&up 8f Turf
Oak Tree at Pleasanton
Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stake $50,000 2yo Fillies 5.5f Dirt
Sunray Park
Russell and Helen Foutz Distaff Handicap $45,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup $75,000 3yo State/Prov 9f Dirt
Achievement Stake $150,000 3&up State/Prov 6f AW

July 5
Arapahoe Park
George Wafer Memorial $40,000 3yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Belmont Park
River Memories $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 12f Turf
Emerald Downs
Boeing Handicap $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Azalea Stake GIII $150,000 3yo 7f Dirt
Birdonthewire Stake $75,000 2yo 5.5f Dirt
Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Handicap (L $75,000 3&up 5f Turf
Carry Back Stake GIII $150,000 3yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Cassidy Stake $75,000 2yo Fillies 5.5f Dirt
Princess Rooney Handicap GII BC $250,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Smile Sprint Handicap GII BC $250,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
CBC Sho GIII $685,000 3&up 6f Turf
Radio Nikkei Sho GIII $671,000 3yo 9f Turf
Monmouth Park
Salvator Mile Stake GIII $150,000 3&up 8f Dirt
United Nations Stake GI BC $500,000 3&up 11f Turf
Oak Tree at Pleasanton
Everett Nevin Stake $50,000 2yo 5.5f Dirt
Oak Tree Sprint $50,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Prairie Meadows
Iowa Stallion Futurity $60,000 2yo R 5.5f Dirt
Clarendon Stake $150,000 2yo State/Prov 5.5f AW
Dance Smartly Stake CanGII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Turf
Highlander Stake CanGII $200,000 3&up 6f Turf
Queen’s Plate Stake $1,000,000 3yo State/Prov 10f AW
Singspiel Stake CanGIII $150,000 3&up 12f Turf
Wyoming Downs
Parker Speed Handicap $8,000 3&up 4.5f Dirt
July 7
Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap GIII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf

July 8
Les Bois Park
Les Bois Park Filly & Mare Stake $8,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Dirt

July 10
Assiniboia Downs
Plenty Chilly Stake $18,000 3&up 7f Dirt

July 11
Arlington Park
American Derby GIII $150,000 3yo 9f Turf
Arlington Handicap GIII $150,000 3&up 9.5f Turf
Modesty Handicap GIII $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9.5f Turf
Stars and Stripes GIII $100,000 3&up 12f Turf
Arapahoe Park
CTBA Lassie Stake $40,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile Stake EngGII $156,000 4&up 8f Turf
Assiniboia Downs
Harry Jeffrey Stake $25,000 3yo 8f Dirt
Belmont Park
Forbidden Apple $150,000 4&up 8f Turf
Canterbury Park
Lady Canterbury Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Mystic Lake Mile $100,000 3&up 8f Turf
Delaware Park
Cape Henlopen Stake $50,000 3&up 12f Turf
Dashing Beauty Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Delaware Oaks GIII $300,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Robert G. Dick Memorial Stake GIII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 11f Turf
Evangeline Downs
D.S. Shine Young Memorial Futurity $100,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 5.5f Dirt
D.S. Shine Young Memorial Futurity $100,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 5.5f Dirt
Los Alamitos Race Course
Great Lady M. Stake GII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6.5f Dirt
Lone Star
Assault Stake $50,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Dirt
TTA Sales Futurity $100,000 2yo Colts & Geldings R 5f Dirt
TTA Sales Futurity $100,000 2yo Fillies R 5f Dirt
Valor Farm Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Monmouth Park
Long Branch Stake (L $100,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Prairie Meadows
Iowa Stallion Filly Stake $60,000 3yo Fillies R 8f Dirt
Iowa Stallion Stake $60,000 3yo R 8.32f Dirt
Parx Dash GIII $200,000 3&up 5f Turf
Sunray Park
Jack Cole Handicap $45,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Dirt
Passing Mood Stake $125,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 7f Turf

July 12
Arapahoe Park
Colorado Derby $40,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
CTBA Futurity $40,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Belmont Park
Manila $100,000 3yo 8f Turf
Belterra Park
Cincinnatian Stake $75,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Hoover Stake $75,000 2yo State/Prov 5.5f Dirt
Emerald Downs
Seattle Slew Handicap $50,000 3yo Colts & Geldings 8.5f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Procyon Stake GIII $633,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Tanabata Sho GIII $723,000 3&up 10f Turf
Los Alamitos Race Course
Summer Juvenile Championship $75,000 2yo 5.5f Dirt
Monmouth Park
Klassy Briefcase Stake $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 5.5f Turf
Presque Isle Downs
Leematt Stake $75,000 3&up State/Prov 8f AW
Northern Fling Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8f AW
Bison City Stake $250,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8.5f AW
Shady Well Stake $150,000 2yo Fillies R 5.5f AW

July 15
Assiniboia Downs
Debutante Stake $25,000 2yo Fillies 5f Dirt
Jack Hardy Stake $25,000 3yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Les Bois Park
I.T.A. Angi Go Stake $8,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 7f Dirt
I.T.A. Testum Stake $8,000 3yo State/Prov 7f Dirt
Indiana Grand Race Course
Ellen’s Lucky Star Stake $85,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Turf
Snack Stake $85,000 3yo State/Prov 8f Turf

July 16
Del Mar
Oceanside Stake $100,000 3yo R 8f Turf
Indiana Grand Race Course
Shelby County Stake $85,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
William Henry Harrison Stake $85,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt

July 17
Indiana Grand Race Course
Brandywine Stake $65,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 5f Turf
Ta Wee Stake $100,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Northlands Park
Mademoiselle Handicap $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Northlands Oaks $50,000 3yo Fillies 8f Dirt

July 18
Arlington Park
Hanshin Cup Stake GIII $100,000 3&up 8f AW
Assiniboia Downs
J.W. Sifton Stake $25,000 3yo State/Prov 8f Dirt
R.C. Anderson Stake $25,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Dirt
Belmont Park
Rockville Centre Stake $125,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Saginaw $100,000 4&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Les Bois Park
Governor’s Cup Stake $8,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Delaware Park
Carl Hanford Memorial Stake $50,000 3&up 8.32f Dirt
Delaware Handicap GI $750,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 10f Dirt
Hockessin Stake $50,000 4&up 6f Dirt
Kent Stake GIII $200,000 3yo 9f Turf
Del Mar
Eddie Read Stake GI $400,000 3&up 9f Turf
Osunitas Stake $80,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8.5f Turf
Ellis Park
Don Bernhardt Memorial Stake $50,000 3&up 6.5f Dirt
Emerald Downs
Kent Handicap $50,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Indiana Grand Race Course
Indiana Derby GII $500,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Indiana General Assembly Distaff (L $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Indiana Oaks GII $200,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Mari Hulman George Stake (L $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stake (L $100,000 3&up 8.32f Dirt
Warrior Veterans (L $100,000 4&up 8.5f Turf
Monmouth Park
Lamplighter Stake $60,000 3yo 8.5f Turf
Northlands Park
Count Lathum Handicap $50,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Fred Jones Stake $50,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Prairie Meadows
Prairie Gold Juvenile Stake $75,000 2yo 5.5f Dirt
Prairie Gold Lassie Stake $75,000 2yo Fillies 5.5f Dirt
Sunray Park
SunRay Park & Casino Handicap $35,000 3yo 8f Dirt
George Lewis Memorial Stake $75,000 3&up State/Prov 9f Dirt
Ontario Damsel Stake $150,000 3yo Fillies R 8f Turf
Wyoming Downs
Wyoming Downs Futurity $8,000 2yo 5f Dirt

July 19
Belmont Park
Lynbrook Stake $125,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Canterbury Park
MTA Stallion Auction Stake $55,000 3yo R 6.5f Dirt
Del Mar
San Clemente Handicap GII $200,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Emerald Downs
Emerald Express Stake $50,000 2yo Colts & Geldings 6f Dirt
Mt. Rainier Handicap $50,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Hakodate Kinen GIII $723,000 3&up 10f Turf
Monmouth Park
Miss Woodford Stake $70,000 3yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Duchess Stake $125,000 3yo Fillies 7f AW
Nijinsky Stake CanGII $200,000 3&up 9f Turf
Wyoming Downs
Wyoming Downs Derby $8,000 3yo 6f Dirt

Bloodhorse – Novak – Barbados Returns in Carry Back

Wishing On Another Lucky Star

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Belmont Park Picks & Plays July 4, 2015



Thoroughbred Commentary – Johnson – Thrills aplenty for the new partnership behind undefeated Lady Eli

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Lady Eli Seeks Entry into Breeders’ Cup with Belmont Oaks Win

Brisnet – Belmont Oaks comes up tough for Lady Eli

Bloodhorse – Lady Eli Heads Brown’s Belmont Oaks Hand

Lady and the Track – Park – Belmont Derby Invitational 2015: Posts, Odds, Events

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From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter






Last Sunday was the 20th day of live racing or 40% of the way thru the originally scheduled 50 day meet.

The average horse per race is hanging on at just over 7 horses per race. A total of 149 races have been run with 1044 entries.

The track has been rated as fast all 20 days and looking at the long range forecast for the next 14 days there isn’t a drop of rain in forecast or there doesn’t appear any relieve in the temperatures either as temperatures for this time of the year are well above normal.

It was 93 degrees when I left the track on Sunday afternoon.

Our purse pool for the first time in the last five years in under budget thanks to the cooperation of the racing office.  The average payout per race is $14,666.00 for overnight races.  The total payout for overnights at the end of June was $2,038,590.00. The average payout per day is $126,929.50 and that will see a sharp jump after the Canada Day Card which has a total payout of nearly $300,000.00.

The pari-mutual handle continues to be approximately 20% ahead of 2014.


Hastings News by Greg Douglas


Hastings Wrap-up For Canada Day—Richard Yates

Oh Canada: Our Blessings Do We Count

Canada Day was all we could have hoped for.  The weather was perfect (well, maybe a little warm for some of us northern types), the crowd large and enthusiastic, the track was fast and if it appeared to be playing somewhat to speed, that may have been the result of some pretty speedy horses running, rather than a marked bias.


There were some outstanding performances.  Richard Hamel rode four winners, including two in stakes and he finished second in another of the four stakes offered on the day.  Craig MacPherson trained three winners on the card and Troy Taylor won a stake and a Maiden Special Weight as the two-year-olds ran their first two-turner of the season.

Mr. Bowling and Modern put in efforts in the Lieutenant Governor’s Handicap that no racing fan could fail to appreciate, and Mario Gutierrez stage managed Mr. Bowling’s star turn with a ride that reminded us that this is the guy who won two-thirds of a Triple Crown not that long ago.


All in, the folks here and yon wagered over $900,000 on what we had to offer, and the day itself, priceless.  We were proud to be Canadians, and we were glad to be racing fans and racetrackers.

Mario Rolls A Perfect Game On Mr. Bowling


The Lieutenant Governor’s Handicap has been a significant stakes for older horses on the Hastings schedule for over 50 years, and it has been won by some very good ones.  However, there have been few performances to equal that put on today by Mr. Bowling ($4.60), or for that matter, the runner-up Modern.  The Lieutenant Governor’s has been run at distances ranging from 6 furlongs to a mile-and-an-eighth over the years, but no one has ever run the mile-and-a-sixteenth version of this race faster than these two did when Mr. Bowling stopped the clock in1:42.74 with Modern not far behind.  Brass and Gold ran a hard-trying third after being closest, if 4 lengths is close, to a brutal set of fractions.

Jockey Mario Gutierrez on the dedicated closer Mr. Bowling faced a dilemma: how do you stay close enough to the jet that is Modern to have a chance to run him down late, without using too much of Mr. Bowling early by running counter to his preferred late-closing style.  Mario solved it perfectly.

Modern broke and was lengths clear of the field before the sound of the bell had died.  Brass and Gold took up a distant second position and Gutierrez had Mr. Bowling in third, not far off Brass and Gold but a solid 5 or 6 lengths back of Modern.  That one blazed through a half in 46.01 on his way to six furlongs in 1:10.29.  But as they got deeper into the run down the backstretch, the margin narrowed as the pace began to exact its inevitable toll.  Going into the final turn it became apparent that Modern was going to have to reckon with Mr. Bowling.

After coming out of the turn and straightening out for the drive Mr. Bowling was a half-length on top and it appeared as if he was going to move away from the pace-setter with some ease.  He got to the wire a length and a little clear, but no part of it was easy.  Modern managed to reach down and find the will to keep running despite his blistering fractions.  It was one of the most impressive losing races you are ever likely to see and, in fact, Modern did not lose anything, he just got outrun by Mr. Bowling.  It was something special.

Mr. Bowling is a Kentucky bred son of the less than fashionable Istan and is by far the best horse produced by his Irish Tower mare.  Regardless of his genetic inheritance, he has now won over $420,000.  He is owned by Mark DeDomenico and the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company.  He is trained by the venerable Hall of Famer, Troy Taylor.


Both Mr. Bowling and Modern are very genuine racehorses and they are racehorses at any track, anywhere.  Mr. Bowling has now won four of his six starts at Hastings.  Both of them are eligible to be seen at Emerald Downs a bit later in the year in a little number known as the Longacres Mile.

Arabella’s Muse Puts On Her Running Shoes


The Monashee Handicap was named for one of the very best fillies or mares to have ever run in British Columbia and it was won by Arabella’s Muse (3.30) who is defining herself as the best to be running here right now.  With Richard Hamel up as usual she went immediately to the lead, and after a mile-and-a-sixteenth that went in 1:44.35, she was still there.  Locket closed a lot of ground late to be second, a length behind the winner and a neck in front of Touching Promise who acquitted herself well with a steady effort that was easily good for third.

Arabella’s Muse and Touching Promise were briefly one-two after the break but Dear Lily quickly moved into a stalking position from the outside while Touching Promise settled into a close-up third along the rail.  Going into the second turn Dear Lily moved into a clear second and as they went down the backside, she attempted to mount a challenge to the winner.  In the end, she was unable to do so.  Arabella’s Muse ran solid fractions, a half in 46.91, three-quarters in 1:12 flat, then a mile in 1:37.21 and she had more than enough left to get home from there.

The Monashee field may have been a little short, going with six fillies and mares, but five of them were stakes winners and the only non-stakes winner, Dear Lilly, had won half of her 10 starts.  Arabella’s Muse never looked like losing and while Locket put in a nice run, the length she lost by flatters the threat she was to the winner.

Arabella’s Muse, a daughter of Finality out of the multiple stakes winner Excited Miss, was bred in British Columbia by Leif and Karen Nordahl and is now owned by Karen Nordahl and the Gallaghers, Bernard and Teresa.  She is trained by Mike Anderson who has done an outstanding job with a filly who by temperament requires some thought and finesse.


Bluegrass Angus Opens Up The Derby Trail

Bluegrass Angus winning the Chris Loseh Stakes race today at Hastings Racecourse with jockey Richard Hamel up.

The Chris Loseth Handicap for three-year-olds at a mile-and-a-sixteenth had the most competitors (12) of any race on the card and may well have been the least competitive as Bluegrass Angus ($4.90) just ran away from the field on his way to a three length win over the 64-1 shot Brother Duster.  Merlot closed from somewhere in South Surrey to be third.

Bluegrass Angus broke from the 12-hole and that is as far outside as you can be at Hastings.  No matter, he was in the two path around the first turn and tracking some very fast fractions being put up by the 75-1 shot Every Nites a Blur.  The half went in 45.58, but after the three quarters, Every Nites a Blur’s one minute and eleven second’s worth of fame was over and Bluegrass Angus was long gone.

The winner was on cruise control coming home.  Richard Hamel put his stick away just past the first statue and rolled on in to a final time of 1:44.28 and the Yellow Jersey that goes to the winner of the first leg of the Tour De Derby.  Craig MacPherson trains and the Copper Water Thoroughbred Company owns the Kentucky bred son of Bluegrass Cat who figured off pedigree to get better with distance and did just that.

Morning Coffee Too Strong

Morning Coffee winning the Supernaturel Stakes Race today at Hastings Racecourse, with jockey Pedro Alvarado. Four Footed Photo

The Supernaturel Handicap, a mile-and-sixteenth distance test for three-year-old fillies, was won by the recent shipper Morning Coffee ($12.80) in a final time of 1:44.98, fast enough for an expanding 2 ¾ length margin over second place Quatre Cat who was another 3 lengths clear of favored Majestic Presence in third.

The winner, a recent $65,000 claim (that’s Yankee bucks) in California was three wide around the first turn in a four horse tussle for the lead that ended first time past the grandstand when she moved to the front with vigor and was in command thereafter.  Pedro Alvarado had her on the lead through a half in 46.97 and three-quarters in 1:12.20.  From there she was never in any danger from the late runs offered by Quatre Cat or Majestic Presence.

Morning Coffee is by Quiet American out of a Tale of the Cat mare.  She was bred in Kentucky and sold as a yearling for $47,000.  Subsequently she went through the ring at the April two-year-old in training sale in Ocala and brought $190,000.  Her current owner, Mike Whieldon knew a bargain when he saw one and dropped the tag for her at Santa Anita.  Rosann Anderson trains.

Also Noteworthy:

The first two-turn race for two-year-olds went as the third on the card and it was won by Ebony Warrior ($5.50) with David Lopez guiding the Kentucky bred son of Majestic Warrior home after a trip that was not uneventful.  Despite getting bounced around on the first turn and waiting for room on the second, Ebony Warrior found a seam at the head of the lane and prevailed in the Maiden Special Weight event.  Troy Taylor trains for Mark DeDomenico and the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company.


Jockey Richard Hamel won the first of his four-bagger in the opener, the first qualifying race for the Champions Starter Series, on Alberta shipper Wine Stock for owners Derby Quest Farms and Shot In The Dark Racing, trainer Greg Tracy.

Hamel (aside from his two previously discussed stakes wins) also won the last on the 10 year-old Bearrock N Roll for owner Bob Leffler and trainer Craig MacPherson while  completing a hat trick for MacPherson and racking up career win number 23 for the amazing equine senior citizen.


MacPherson’s other win (beside Bluegrass Angus as mentioned) came in the seventh, the first leg of the distaff version of the Champions Starter Series, with Far Niente for owners Brent and Kyle MacPherson and Mike Hanson.  Keishan Balgobin rode.

The second race was a split of the boy’s edition of the Champions Starter Series and it went to the Swift Thoroughbreds homebred London, Dino Condilenios training with Antonio Reyes riding.




Winning Jockey, Richard Hamel  aboard,Bluegrass Angus, gets a big congratulations from Hall of Fame Jockey, Chris Loseth

Bloodhorse – Balan – Grade I Winners Meet in Belmont Sprint


2015 Yearling & Mixed Sale
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC

#7-5492 Production Blvd,

Surrey, BC V3S 8P5
Phone (604) 534-0145 Fax (604) 574-CTHS (2847)

Email cthsbc@cthsbc.org


Bloodhorse – Johnson – Divisidero, Bolo Square Off in Belmont Derby


Brisnet – Bolo brings turf game to Belmont Derby

Bloodhorse – Divisidero, Bolo Meet in Deep Belmont Derby



Willie’s Story

Bloodhorse – Pedigree Analysis: Olympia

Save the Date!
2015 CTHS Sales Contract


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





Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Kentuckian Looks Special in Los Alamitos Derby

Brisnet – Gimme Da Lute, Kentuckian highlight five-horse Los Alamitos Derby

Bloodhorse – Balan – Kentuckian Tops Los Alamitos Derby Field

Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association


The Tuesday following the Longacres Mile (G3)

Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion
Emerald Downs, Auburn, Washington


Bloodhorse – Balan – Miss Ella, ‘Silver’ Back for Victory Ride


Update on Alyssa Selman
Alyssa Selman

Alyssa Selman was riding in the 6th race at Assiniboia Downs on Saturday, June 27 when her horse stumbled and she was thrown to the racing surface.  She suffered a serious back injury that required surgery the following day.  The indication from her family is that the surgery was deemed successful. However, the road to recovery will be lengthy.  The finality of her back injury cannot be stated at this time. Alyssa is currently in stable condition at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg.

The racing community will be holding a fundraising social for Alyssa and her family on Sunday, July 19 at Assiniboia Downs, main floor, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $15 and go on sale Friday night at Guest Services, Assiniboia Downs General Office, VLT cashiers or the Horsemen’s Bookkeeper. Trust funds have been setup up at the Assiniboine Credit Union and Access Credit Union.  Donations can be made to the “Alyssa Selman Trust Fund” at any branch in the province.  A trust fund is also being established at one of the major banks and the information will be posted at ASDowns.com once it has been completed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Alyssa and her family at this challenging time.
FYI . . .
Bigg is on a break.  The regular Insider returns in a couple of weeks


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QUEEN’S PLATE FROM WOODBINE: 14 horses go to post in the 156th running of the Queen’s Plate this Sunday. First post is 11:00 a.m. Click here for press release from Woodbine.
DOUG EVANS WINS SECOND LAS VEGAS TRIP OF THE YEAR: Doug Evans beat 52 other contestants on Saturday to win a trip for two to Las Vegas and a seat in the $1 million Orleans Horseplayer tournament. Doug finished with a bankroll of $65.20. Second place went to Bill Siwak with $63.30 and third place to John Field with $60.40.  The next chance to win a trip to Vegas is Saturday, July 25.  Entry fee: $50.  Reduce your entry fee by qualifying on live race days. Visit Guest Services for more information.
HISTORIAN BOB’S BLOG: “September 25, 1957 – is the day that shaped the face of Assiniboia Downs – Bob’s blog today tells us the story of the man who was so important to our history and why!” Read about it here.


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Sugar’s Sweet Tips


 I read and learned and fretted more about Canada after I left than I ever did while I was home. I absorbed anything I could on topics that ranged from Folklore to history to political manifestos… I ranted and raved and seethed about things beyond my control. In short I acted like a Canadian.
Will Ferguson

Paper Girl

Bloodhorse – Novak – Wise Dan Cleared to Resume Full Training

Bloodhorse – Novak – Main Sequence Class of Loaded United Nations

Bloodhorse – Angst – Red Rifle Rallies to Dominion Day Victory

Bloodhorse – Angst – Trainer Walsh Says Mistake Led to Positive


Bloodhorse – Lewyn – ‘Kathy’ Prevails in Perfect Sting Thriller

Bloodhorse – Balan – Got Lucky Surges to Molly Pitcher Victory

Bloodhorse – Novak – Force Upsets New York Derby

NY Times – Bob Dylan’s Quiet Debut in New York City

My Back Pages

NY Times – Longman – Thriving in a Barren Land

NY Times – Kreda – Glen Sather Steps Down as Rangers’ General Manager

National Post – Lee – For children of immigrants, trying ‘white people food’ is a rite of passage

NY Times – U.S.A. vs. Japan – Here’s what to eat while watching the Women’s World Cup Finals. Pick your team and eat to win.

ABC News – AP – Bauder – NBC to Donald Trump: You’re Fired; Televisa Drops Pageant

Immigrant Song

LA Times – Farmer – L.A.’s NFL stadium riddle: Three teams, two plans, what to expect next

200 Years

LA Times – Erskine – The mystery of Dodgers’ offense? He’s on the case

Phil’s Drink and A Flick

Long Summer Night

In The Heat Of The Night

Saturday Night Special

National Post – Reguly – Greece offers to accept most of creditors’ demands

National Post – Fischer – Greece enters uncharted phase in death spiral as government cuts citizens off from funds

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.

NY Times – Chris Christie’s Uphill Run for President Relies on His Brash Touch

TSN – Seravalli – Taxman wins when contracts are signed

NY Times – Poland Wants Bison to Multiply, but Others Prefer Subtraction

For What It’s Worth

NY Times – Seelye – Boston’s Revised 2024 Olympics Bid Criticized as Incomplete

The Globe And Mail – Chitley – ‘See-through’ truck aims to improve highway safety

NY Times – Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo Point Fingers, but There’s Enough Blame for Both

National Post – Traikos – NHL’s crop of free agents ‘underwhelming’ yet GMs might still have to overpay for assets

Trash City

National – Post – Stars and barred: For Southern rockers and country singers, the Confederate flag is an uncomfortable heritage

NY Times – Shulman – Egg-in-a-Hole for Camping or the Comfort of Home

LA Times – AP – FIFA’s Sepp Blatter says he’s not corrupt and has a clear conscience

NY Times – Das – Sepp Blatter Won’t Attend Women’s World Cup Final

Phil has a question:

Is personal a synonym for extradition.

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American Woman

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  One Response to “Founding Days Weekend Preview”


    HOT POLITICAL RUMOUR NDP SOIREE- The CEO has offered her campaign expertise in helping run BOB HAWKESWORTH byelection campaign in DIAMOND JIM’S vacated riding of Foothills/Calgary as she slot’s time during her soiree into shoring up the southern market for the racing industry.

    The latest HRA “HOPE AND PRAY” ad featuring Margie/Red is another waste of racing industry funds to convince the NDP government to not end racino funding / or is it PLAN B (BOB) a way to get a foot in the door with the budget slashing government.

    GREG TRACY RACING website featured in holybull.ca is a professional presentation for him to seek new owners/investment as he sees the writing on the stall door.

    UNDERTAKER HRA website has hit the snooze button again when the harness rulings are weeks old (June 10) with about 10 rulings of harness civil disorder not posted but available on SC website.

    HRA HIT PARADE has 30+ harness ruling to 13 for runners are they more religious??? What happened to 3 day suspensions for drivers as the coffers fill with massive fines to create HRA revenue!!!

    COST OF CENTURY LAM 1-2 million??

    If you have any answers to these questions please send them to Phil is there a mole out there??

    ALBERTA shows $1 BILLION surplus will the 20% cut in funding this year be restored???

    CRYSTAL BROOKE @ ELITE STABLES will not be appearing at CTHS sale / playbook lounge due to contractual obligations state side and a ongoing stewards inquiry!!!

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