Jul 082015

Phil would have loved to see the reaction from Donald Trump’s hairpiece when he read this headline:


LA Times – Zahniser and Sewell – Chicana Service Action Center executives charged in $8.5-million fraud case

and these headlines:

LA Times – Wharton – ESPN latest corporation to dump Donald Trump, pulls golf tournament from his course

CNN – Lee and Wallace – Trump ‘can’t guarantee’ legal status of his own workers

LA Times – Li and Battaglio – Trump’s losses mount after incendiary remarks

Let me be clear – no one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions.
Antonio Villaraigosa

NY Times -Goel and Drape – Yahoo Will Enter Daily Fantasy Sports Market

National Post – Warnica – Woodbine casino expansion approved by divided city council

NY Times – Weber – Ron Pollard, Who Gave Odds on Politics, Beauty Contests and Elvis Sightings, Dies at 89

Come As You Are

The Globe and Mail – Hume – Firefighting strategies may be contributing to larger wildfires

Bloodhorse – Two ‘Super Saturdays’ for Belmont Fall Meet




The vast majority of Stampede attendees — the guests in cheap straw cowboy hats and Western gear from Lammle’s Western Wear & Tack (conveniently located at all major malls) — aren’t actually cowboys, either. Most are accountants, lawyers, rig pigs who pull out the embroidered T-shirts and pinching boots in July solely for the festival. By August, the gear is returned to the top shelf of the closet.

National Post – Jen Gerson: You can pick on Notley for a lot of things, but not about her hat

Be wary of the cowboy who’s all hat and no cattle.

Cowboy Wisdom

Garden and Gun – Mischner – A Legendary Summertime Punch

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
Ernest Hemingway

ESPN – In The Gate – Roberts – No Substitute for Being There?

StrathmoreStampede-LogoBW.pngParticipants receive: A Running With the Bulls T-shirt, a free ticket to Saturday Night Cabaret, and the chance to win $1000 cash!

Running with the Bulls

July 31st – August 3rd 2015

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Belmont Park Picks and Plays July 11, 2015


Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Spa Fans Getting Nickeled and Dimed to Death

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
Albert Einstein

Breeders’ Cup Challenge

Date   Race   Name   Track   Division
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

Lady and The Track – Smith – A Day in the Life of a Thoroughbred Groom

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – American Pharoah ‘Just Cruising’ in Workout

Brisnet – Big Orange is golden in Princess of Wales’

Brisnet – Avenir Certain goes in Falmouth

Brisnet – Welfare and Safety Summit at Keeneland held for sixth time

 “I said to everybody even back then, that’s the model for horse racing. We’re not going to be major league. We need to be the best at the minor leagues that we can. So we need to shoot T-shirts in the crowd and have bands and do fun things to create a fun atmosphere. We’re fortunate we had a relatively new and modern facility, because some of these tracks that have been around 50 years, it’s hard to get families and people out.” 

That effort meant picking up trash, upgrading food and beverage, and eliminating the dark sketchy areas of the grandstand endemic to older tracks. “All of that is part of creating an atmosphere that appeals to a broader audience than your traditional dingy, dirty racetrack atmosphere with overpriced crappy food,” Sampson said.

Minneapolis Post – Borzi – Horse racing is dying in America. So why is Canterbury Park thriving?

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

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Saturday , July 11, 2015 7:00 PM CDT

Bloodhorse – Espinoza Tied in World’s Best Jock Standings


EmD News & Notes-Thursday, July 9


Thetrailerguy bids for his second straight stakes victory and fourth straight win overall Sunday in the $50,000 Seattle Slew Handicap for 3-year-old colts and geldings at 1 1/16 miles.

A sizable field of 11 runners—the top eight finishers from the June 21 Coca-Cola Handicap and three new shooters—square off in the Seattle Slew, final stop for the $65,000 Emerald Downs Derby on August 9.

Thetrailerguy is the starting high weight at 119 lbs and drew post-position No. 6 with Julien Couton the rider.

A Kentucky-bred Henny Hughes gelding, Thetrailerguy overcame traffic problems to notch a half-length victory over Prime Engine in the Coca-Cola three weeks ago. Neither the winning time (1:36.80) nor the Beyer (a mediocre 70) tells an accurate tale of the events. Thetrailerguy raced in heavy traffic the latter half of the race, and had to thread a needle to reel in Prime Engine.

It’s been the trend for Thetrailerguy: trouble early in races, punch it home late for the victory. The Seattle Slew marks his fifth start in 71 days, but if he’s tired he sure doesn’t show it.

“He’s bright-eyed and bushy-tailed,” trainer Monique Snowden said. “He’s feeling great. He’s really high-energy. He’s squealing, bucking and rearing in the stall everyday. His confidence is really high. It’s great to see.”

Owned by Heidi Nelson, Thetrailerguy is 3-1-0 in four starts with earnings of $54,425. He’s won twice at 6 ½ furlongs and once at a mile, and with Unbridled on the dam side of his pedigree, figures to relish the longer distances ahead.

“This race is going to be interesting with all the speed on the outside of us,” Snowden said. “Having all the speed on the outside makes that first turn a little bit congestive. Fortunately though, he’s shown from his other races that he can break really sharp. We have a little more room before the first turn.

“I do foresee it being a similar trip to his last race,” she added. “I think Julien (Couton) is going to have to be a little more careful not getting stuck behind horses. I do see us coming from off the pace.”

Snowden is enjoying a strong season with a 6-4-1 record in 19 starts. The Coca-Cola Handicap was her first stakes victory as a trainer, a significant milestone in the development of any young horseman or horsewoman.

“It’s been amazing. I can’t believe it, really,” Snowden said. “We knew (Thetrailerguy) was this high-energy, brilliant horse. But until they run and they show you what they can do, you really don’t know what they have until race day.”

Thetrailerguy throwing buckets around Monique Snowden’s barn on Thursday morning.

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

Horses at 8-to-1 odds won the first two races of the series: Fooled Again ($19) in the Auburn Handicap and Thetrailerguy ($18.40) in the Coca-Cola Handicap.

Betting favorites are 2-for-9 in stakes this year; the betting favorite has lost 10 straight runnings of the Seattle Slew including Del Rio Harbor at 3-to-5 in 2014.

The 11-horse field is largest for the race since 2011, when Zayda rallied from 12th for a 2 ¼-length victory in 1:42.75. Heidi Nelson also owned Zayda.

Average field size thru 10 stakes is 9.2 horses. Average $2 win payoff is $19.20. ($2 win prices: $19, $81.40, $19, $8.20, $3.60, $3.40, $18.40, $8.40, $10.60).

As usual, Seattle Slew original owners Karen and Mickey Taylor will drive over from Ketchum, Idaho for the race.

The field for the 38th running of the Seattle Slew Handicap: Percy Fawcett, Gallyn Mitchell, 116 lbs; Betrbegone, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 116; Fire the Trainer, Rocco Bowen, 114; John’s Not Bluffin, Javier Matias, 115; Gloria’s Angelo, Joe Steiner, 117; Thetrailerguy, Julien Couton, 119; O B Harbor, Jake Barton, 117; Prime Engine, Leslie Mawing, 118; Fooled Again, Juan Gutierrez, 118; Senna, Francisco Duran, 116; Daytona Beach, Diego Sanchez, 115.


Joining Elite Company?

Thetrailerguy looks to become only the fourth horse to follow up a Coca-Cola Handicap victory with a win in the
Seattle Slew Handicap.

Year “Cola” and “Slew” Winner
1997 Name for Norm
2001 Jumron Won
2011 Zayda
2015 Thetrailerguy???
— Emerald Downs Media


Emerald Downs has a jam-packed weekend prepared for race fans looking for a wide array of activities, starting Friday with Equine Art Show 2015, presented by the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation, Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association and Emerald Downs.

All of the art displayed over the weekend is for sale, and more than 15 different awards will be given, headed by the Stanley A. Gillman Best in Show Award and the Angie Crockett Memorial People’s Choice Award.

On Saturday, Professor Pollowitz and 22-year-old track announcer Matt Dinerman will host the season’s first Emerald AM from 9 to 11am on Track Level. The 2-hour program will include Dinerman’s live race call of a pair of Jeff Metz workers, a trip to the starting gate for a meet-and-greet with the Emerald Downs gate crew and a chance to meet Washington-great Wassserman, who will parade in the track paddock with his jockey Jennifer Whitaker and trainer Howard Belvoir.

The morning workout show includes free admission, a free official program and coffee and pastries. After Emerald AM, attendees are welcom to hop aboard the tram for a free stable tour through the Emerald Downs backside.

On Sunday, Emerald Downs will have live racing of Thoroughbreds, Quarter horses and wiener dogs! The annual STAR 101.5 Wiener Dog Races includes two qualifying heats and one championship to determine the fastest wiener dog of 2015.


July 17: Fabulous Friday Band

July 18: Breakfast at the Wire

July 19: Fiesta Premio Esmeralda

July 24: Fabulous Friday Band

July 25: Food Truck Fest Day 1

July 26: Food Truck Fest Day 2


Saturday’s ninth and feature race showcases seven talented 3-year-olds in an allowance optional claiming race for $25,000, including the speedy runners Awesome Indian and Arrom Bear who’ll face off in the Media Match-Up of the Week!

After a debacle in the one-mile Coca-Cola Handicap, Awesome Indian drops in class, shortens to six panels and adds blinkers for trainer Tom Wenzel. A capable sprinter, Awesome Indian dropped a head decision to subsequent stakes winner Thetrailerguy when last seen at this trip, and figures in contention from start to finish vs. this field.

Arrom Bear dials back to one-turn racing where he’s 4-for-8 lifetime after pressing a fast pace at one mile. He draws outside the other top speed and could get the perfect stalking trip. Look for Arrom Bear to return to his winning ways with a big effort!

Also entered: Thats No Bull, Cash N Dash, Old Fasioned Grit, It’s Little Richie and Hornfel.


The 45-minute program will showcase every stakes race this season including Sunday’s $50,000 Seattle Slew Handicap and an interview with trainer Monique Snowden, who saddles Coca-Cola winner 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.



Friday, July 3
Race 1:
Holmes Harbor-60
Race 2: Hoodslide-66
Race 3: Wickedizaswickeduz-68*
Race 4: Vertical Lift-68
Race 5: Bird In Love-54
Race 6: Double Shuffle-68
Race 7: Betsy’s Gold-53
Race 8: Star of the Dia-73
Race 9: Eddie Would Go-47

Saturday, July 4
Race 1:
Hearts Harbor-51
Race 2: (DeadHeat)Live Like Mike, Misty Warrior-52
Race 3: Gold Rush Dancer-53#
Race 4 :Krazy For Kugel-66
Race 5: Redsolocup-67*
Race 6: Jazz Queen-45
Race 7: Kahului Bluff-54
Race 8: Raspberry Road-73*
Race 9: Herbie D-84
Race 10: Financial Officer-56

Sunday, July 5
Race 1:
Sanibel Harbor-58
Race 2: My Heart Goes On-64#
Race 3: Courage of Faith-66*
Race 4: Wedgey Time-54
Race 5: Mr. Rancho Vista-66
Race 6: Mo’s Flashy Date-65
Race 7: Sea Side Story-61
Race 8: Camille-77
Race 9: Lady Rosberg-92*
Race 10: Premo Jewel-55
*career high
**ties career-high
#first-time starter

2015 Fastest Times
4 1/2 Furlongs
:51.25 Kiss My Lulu, June 27
5 Furlongs :56.70 Power Fleet, May 16
5-½ Furlongs 1:02.39 O B Harbor, April 18
6 Furlongs 1:08.69 Kikisoblu, May 10
6-½ Furlongs 1:14.27 Fleet Eagle, May 17
1 Mile 1:35.57 Stryker Phd, June 14
1 1/16 Mile 1:44.01 Rio Hondo, June 13
FINISH LINES: Weekly Honors #12-Jockey- Leslie Mawing ; Trainer- Jeff Metz ; Owner- Sue & Tim Spooner ; Groom- Lidia Gutierrez (Metz); WTBOA Washington-bred- Lady Rosberg (Karl Krieg) ; Exercise Rider- Leo Salas (Rosie Simkins) . . .Lady Rosberg earned a 92 Beyer for her 5 ½-length romp in the Boeing Handicap, five points higher than Stopshoppingdebbie scored in last year’s Boeing, and largest in the race since Fleet Pacific got a 103 in 2000. . .Owner/breeder Karl Krieg and trainer Tom Wenzel head into the teeth of the stakes schedule with Lady Rosberg in the older filly and mare division and Absolutely Cool in the older handicap division. Absolutely Cool, coming off a 92 Beyer while finishing third to Stryker Phd and Noosito in the Budweiser Handicap, breezed four furlongs in :47.80 last Saturday in a tune-up for the $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap on Sunday, July 19. . .Sunday’s 11-race card drew a meet-high 92 horses—8.4 runners per race—including 11 horses in the $50,000 Seattle Slew Handicap. . .Metz begins the week on a six-race winning streak and has stretched his lead to 31-15 over Howard Belvoir in the trainers’ standings. Metz has five horses entered Friday, including Rio Hondo , 9-to-5 favorite in the $12,300 feature race for older $10,000 claimers. A 5-year-old Awesome Again gelding, Rio Hondo bids to become the meet’s first four-time winner. . . Julien Couton owns a 50-41 lead on Juan Gutierrez in the jockeys’ standings, with defending champion Leslie Mawing third with 36. . . Charlie Thomas , reclaimed by Emerald Racing Club on June 14, runs in Saturday’s $14,900 sub-feature for older $15,000 claimers at one mile. . . Anne Sanguinetti , who rode 43 and 24 winners here in 2013 and 2014 respectively, is named on three horses Sunday at Emerald Downs. . .Apprentice Jimmy Guzman , who rode two winners here earlier in the meet, has packed his tack and is riding at Wyoming Downs. . . The Northern California fair circuit moves to Sacramento for an 11-day meet beginning Friday.



AUBURN, Wash. (July 10, 2015) – Coach Royal rallied from far back and out finished Tale Spinner for a neck victory Friday in the $12,300 Northwest Brewing Company Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Francisco Duran, Coach Royal ran one mile in a fast 1:36.01 and paid $10.40, $5 and $3.60.

It was Coach Royal’s second straight victory and his third in four starts this season, moving the 6-year-old gelding into an eight-way tie for most wins at the meeting. A Kentucky-bred by Lemon Drop Kid, Coach Royal began the meet with a win in the $2,500 claiming ranks, and subsequent victories were for $5,000 and $10,000 claiming.

Co-owned by trainer Howie Gibson and Jeff and Teresa Lynd, Coach Royal has an overall record of 7-9-6 in 36 starts with earnings of $218,655. He began his career in New York, breaking his maiden in a $75,000 maiden special weight at Belmont Park in 2012.

Tale Spinner, ridden by Rocco Bowen, rallied to the lead into the stretch but was out-finished and settled for second place. The runner-up paid $5 and $4.40.

Toccet’s Charm, a 22-to-1 long shot ridden by Javier Matias, flew late for third and paid $5.20 to show.

Dynamo Dixie and Rio Hondo, the 5-to-2 co-favorites, finished fourth and fifth, and were followed by Ontheshadyside and He’s Zuberrific. Doctor Bruce S. and Wine At Nine were scratched earlier in the day.

He’s Zuberrific, chased by Dynamo Dixie, carved out fractions of :22.96, :45.36 and 1:10.36, a fast pace that helped light the fuse for the closers. Coach Royal, in sixth place early, made a looping sustained run on the last turn and into the stretch, gradually wearing down Tale Spinner for the victory.

In the $0.50 Pick 5, a series of long shots baffled players and the carryover to Saturday is $7,007.

NOTES: Julien Couton, the meet’s leading rider with 50 wins, served the second of a two-day suspension Friday and returns to action Saturday with seven mounts on the 10-race card. Couton was scheduled to begin another two-day suspension Sunday, but he appealed the stewards’ ruling and can continue riding until his appeal is heard. Sunday, Couton rides 3-to-1 morning line favorite Thetrailerguy in the $50,000 Seattle Slew Handicap for 3-year-old colts and geldings. . .

Seven different jockeys and trainers had winners on the seven-race card. . .In Friday’s first race for $5,000 maiden claimers, Onehundredmiles ($4.20) prevailed by a meet-high 15 lengths.
First post Saturday is 2 p.m.

Saturday , July 11, 2015 2:00PM PDT
Sunday , July 12, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Carrying momentum from one career to another, Uncle Mo starts swiftly at stud



MKT15-119 Wiener Dog Races_Web Square


Race 1 1 – Crackdown
3 – Solar Energy
4 – Rosies Notis
1 – Crackdown
3 – Solar Energy
6 – If We Knew Then
Race 2 5 – Tactics
3 – Omi
4 – Our Bonita Rose
6 – Urban Achiever
3 – Omi
5 – Tactics
Race 3 4 – Habida
1 – Bubbly On Ice
5 – Lady Dawson
3 – Lost Humor
5 – Lady Dawson
4 – Habida
Race 4 5 – Ruffy Rose
2 – Ziggymeister
6 – Smoke N Sizzle
2 – Ziggymiester
7 – Striding for Gold
6 – Smoke N Sizzle
Race 5 8 – Renegade Cowboy
1 – Uncle Clarence
3 – Stallman Pete
8 – Renegade Cowboy
1 – Uncle Clarence
7 – On the Sunnyside
Race 6 7 – Silver Ovation
3 – Authority Taken
9 – Shamina
1 – Blackbird
7 – Silver Ovation
6 – Easter Sunday
Race 7 2 – Briartic County
3 – Fransor’s Finest
5 – Ruby’s Victory
3 – Fransor’s Finest
5 – Ruby’s Victory
1 – Chapel Boy
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks


Racing resumes Saturday at Hastings Racecourse with a seven race program and it is exciting to see the Hastings Racing Club’s first purchase Urban Achiever in the featured second race this afternoon. The wiener races take centre stage as there will 5 heats for dogs that wish to eligible for the final that will be run on Sunday.

On the rail is Doug Clyde’s homebred Power Corrupt who has train brilliantly for his  debut. The son of Storm Victory has turned in back-to-back 48 1/5 workouts and if he can overcome his inside draw then he has big chance for trainer Mike Anderson and rider Keishan Balgobin.

Rob and Sheena Maybin own and bred Gogo Eileen who has had a series of decent works heading into her debut. She will need to outrun those morning trials to with this dash. Ryan Pacheco gets the call.

There has been no faster two year old work in the a.m. than the Swift Thoroughbreds Omi. She has blazed the track with three consecutive 1:00 change works. The daughter of Rosberg was bought for $43,000. Dino Condileios will leg up Richard Hamel

The most experienced filly in the field is Our Bonita Rose who has been second in two of three starts. She has excellent speed and will likely be a big factor in this race. Alex Marti ride for trainer Pat Jarvis.

North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s Tactics has shown ability in his first few works. He is a full sister to stakes winner Cederberg so she shouldn’t be taken lightly. David Lopez gets the call from Troy Taylor.

The newly formed Hastings Racing Club will send out their first time starter Urban Achiever. He was purchased for $25,000 by trainer Steve Henson at the May Barretts sale. The colt seems to be handling his new surroundings quite well and is in with a good shot today. Amadeo Perez will be in the irons.

The seven race program gets underway at 1:50 p.m.

Saturday , July 11, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday, July 12, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

Bloodhorse – Shulman – The Pizza Man Seeks Stars And Stripes Repeat

Pizza Guy 

But having lived in Quarter Horse country for most of my life, I can tell you that a Quarter Horse event is a real race that can be handicapped by somebody with picking skills. A Quarter Horse race is as fun to handicap as you are good at it. It speaks a similar language to thoroughbred racing, just in shorter breaths.

ESPN – Cronley – A quarter for your thoughts

Quarter horses made up the first 3 races at Northlands Park on Wednesday July 8, 2015.




Nominations for 42nd Running Of The Northlands Oaks $50,000

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
ALMOST NINETY (Lara) dk b/.f.3 Mitch Klimove, Judy Frost and Jerri R. Robertson Jerri R. Robertson
EUSTACIA (Williams) ch.f.3 Curtis Landry Greg Tracy
GINGER SMASH ch.f.3 Jim Juris and Linda Smith Ron K. Smith
HERO’S AMOR b.f.3 Elevated Bloodstock Inc. and Raxon Cho Tim Rycroft
QUALITY LANE b.f.3 Victor & Sharon Kleparchuk, Eric Dohei and Viking Stables Joan Petrowski
QUEENOFTHEFOREST dk b/.f.3 Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm Greg Tracy
SOME GAVE ALL b.f.3 Robert R. O’Connor, II Robert R. O’Connor, II
STAR LADY ch.f.3 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
WHINNY MAGOOGIN dk b/.f.3 Everblack Cattle Co. Ltd. and Stetson Enterprises Ltd. Dale Greenwood
WILD DEUCES dk b/.f.3 Wilde Racing Ryan McLean
WILKO’S QUIET GIRL dk b/.f.3 Wood River Ranches Ltd. Wally T.M. Pugh
WOLVERINA’S WILLA dk b/.f.3 Spring Lakes Farm Jennifer Shafer


Nominations For 41st Running Of The Mademoiselle $50,000
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
FINGERS CROSSED dk b/.f.4 Godolphin Racing LLC Eoin G. Harty
HOLIDAY BABE b.f.4 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
ROCK AND GLORY (Walcott) b.m.7 Mercedes Stables LLC Robertino Diodoro
SMILE AGAIN THETA dk b/.m.7 Heather Chieffo and Jerri R. Robertson Jerri R. Robertson
SOLLIE GO NEE NEE b.f.4 Wood River Ranches Ltd. Wally T.M. Pugh
TRUVI dk b/.f.4 J & G Murphy Holdings Ltd. Robert C. Kingston


Nominations for 30th Running Of The Count Lathum $50,000 Estimated
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
AZTEC KEY dk b/.c.3 Dialed In Racing Stable, IndyRock Racing and True North Stable Craig Smith
BLUE DANCER dk b/.g.3 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
CENTREFIRE ch.g.3 Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm Greg Tracy
CONGRATS SEATTLE dk b/.g.3 Henry Hinse Robertino Diodoro
COWBOYS DON’T CRY b.g.3 Maverick Performance Ltd. Brian Kozak
NEVER LOSE HOPE ch.c.3 Chancery Stables II, David. J Wachowich Prof. Corp.,Peter Chomicki,William Opper Ron Grieves
PURPLE HEAVEN b.g.3 Ted Graling Twylla Bensmiller
TIMELESS TALES (Lara) ch.g.3 Wilde Racing Ryan McLean

Nominations For 3rd Running Of The Fred Jones Stakes $50,000 Estimated
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
ACES AGAIN gr/ro.g.7 Amanda & Gary & Lesley Gregory Amanda Gregory
DEADLY TRUTH b.g.5 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
FOR CASH ch.g.5 Southview Ag (1998) Ltd. Dale Greenwood
GO MAX dk b/.c.4 Doug Blair Joan Petrowski
KILLIN ME SMALLS (Lara) b.g.5 Deltin Stable and Ed Welsh Ernie J. Keller
TIZ AWESOME b.g.4 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
TOCCETIVE ch.g.6 Southview Ag (1998) Ltd. Dale Greenwood


Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Saturday July 11, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Bloodhorse – California Chrome Arrives at Arlington

Beat Goes On

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:

Bloodhorse – Balan – Gaga A Tries Graded Company in Modesty ‘Cap

Feelin’ Stronger Every Day


Retro Day


July 11
Post time: 1 p.m.  

Lady and The Track – Macatangay – Lovely Maria Catches Soft Delaware Oaks Field

Bloodhorse – Lovely Maria Returns for Delaware Oaks

Brisnet – Lovely Maria returns in Delaware Oaks


Saturday July 11, 2015

$11,086 — Super High Five
$1,053 — Pick 6 Jackpot
Assiniboia Downs
$3,132  — Super High Five
Delta Downs
$373 — Super High Five
Ellis Park
$1,644  — Pick 5
$684     Pick 6
Emerald Downs
$7,007 — Pick 5
Evangeline Downs
$935 — Super High Five
Gulfstream Park
$70,873  — Pick 6 Jackpot
Indiana Grand Race Course
$5,405 — Pick 6
Laurel Park
$6,068 — Pick 5 Jackpot
$1,720 — Pick 6
Lone Star Park
$10,926 — Super High Five
$1,975 — Pick 6 Jackpot
Louisiana Downs
$11,854  — Pick 5 Jackpot
Monmouth Park
$24,303  — Pick 5
Prairie Meadows
$5,638 — Pick 5
Ruidoso Downs
$12,394– Tri Super
$2,630 — Pick 6
$1,942 — Super High Five
$83,283 — Super High Five

Sunday July 12, 2015

Presque Isle Downs
$197 — Pick 6

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday July 11, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Bloodhorse – Model Approach – By Eric Mitchell

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Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Firespike, World Approval Top American Derby

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


Bloodhorse – Balan – Firing Line to Sit Out Rest of 2015

Brisnet – Million Preview Day features competitive fields for stakes quartet


Long May You Run

This Weekend’s Stakes

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

Brisnet – Unbeaten Mahsoob kicks off Newmarket’s July festival in Princess of Wales’s

Derby Bar and Grill


Hastings Racing Club Urban Achiever seen here on Sunday morning working in company - Patti Tubbs Photo

From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter






Presidents of the three racing associations, members of the BCHRIMC and Hastings, General Manager, Darren MacDonald will meet with the acting mayor of Vancouver to discuss Hastings Racecourse this coming Sunday, July 12th.

Great Canadian Casino Corporations lease expires in the fall of 2016 and they have had discussions with the city on an extension and changes to their current lease for a possible longer term agreement on renewal.

This great news for breeders and owners in British Columbia.


The three racing associations have agreed to once again offer 10 – $5000 certificates to be used by buyers against the purchase of yearlings at this years CTHS Sale.

Similar to last year each purchaser will be given a tote bag with some goodies in them and 10 of bags will have the $5000 certificate in them.

This years sale is once again being held at Thunderbird Show Park.

Preview Parade – Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – 3:00 pm

Yearling & Mixed Sale – Wednesday, September 9, 2015 – 3:00 pm

Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC


The racing associations are in the final stages of drafting several new incentive programs for the fall of 2015 -2016.

They should be announced fairly shortly to assist owners and breeders of our industry.

The associations are also contemplating the feasibility of a spring two year old in training and horses of racing age sale in late March or early April of 2016. Early discussions are underway and it would likely be held in the paddock at Hastings Racecourse if it proceeds.

This sale would give our local breeders a second chance to sell their yearlings of 2015 and hopefully bring some new horses into the fold for 2016.

We will keep you updated on any further news on that possibility.


The Hastings Racing Club, manager Richard Yates reports that the clubs second horse will arrive at Hastings sometime today which is exciting news for club members.

Yates also reports their two year old Urban Achiever is ready to run and could possibly get his first start as early as this coming weekend.

The club offered 200 memberships and has completely sold out as early last week. Yates is taking names already for the Hastings Racing Club 2016.


As of Sunday. July 5th we have completed 22 days of live racing of the 2015 live racing season at Hastings Racecourse.

All 22 days have been run over a fast racing strip and with no end in the sight to this dry spell its not about to change for a while.

The mutual handle on our live racing continues to rise as we are now $2,720,558.00 dollars in wagering ahead of the same period of 2014. That works out to a 21% increase on a day to day basis.

A total of 166 races have been run after 22 days with 1168 starters in those races which averages 7.04 horses per race. The average inched up with large fields on July 1st but continues to hold just over the 7 horses per race which is up over 2014 at this time.

The average payout per day now stands at $133,969.00 in purse money. The total payout in purse money to date is $2,947,331.00 which consists of $2,247,331.00 in overnight races and $700,000.00 in stake purses.

The average payout per overnight races is $14,785.00 per race. The breakdown of each race is $13,145.00 per race plus $1478.00 per race to BC Breds plus an additional $162.00 per race on 6 -12 finishers.

The stake race payouts of $700,000 includes $201,400.00 in nomination fees and $489,600.00 from the stake race pool. Nominations make up 29% of the stakes total pool.



Several handicappers have approached if we thought Hastings is a very speed bias track in 2015.

Hastings as we know is a 5/8 of mile track known in racing circles as bull ring. Most handicappers are well aware that speed will carry farther on a bull ring then it will on a mile track.

We took time today to do a little study on speed horses and how they faired from June 13th – July 5th

We discovered that 18 horses in 60 races went gate to wire which is 30% winners. Horses that were laying second on the first call won 16 races or 27% winners. That totals 57% the horses either leading or second have won 57% of time.

Horses that were 3rd on the first call won a total of 10 races for 17%.

Adding the top three horses together it totals 74% of the horses who were in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd on the first call won.

That means only a total of 26% of horses coming from 4th or later won the race.

I guess one could say Hastings for the past 8 racings day is speed bias?


Hastings News by Greg Douglas

Bloodhorse – Bramlage: Trainers Realize Lameness a Symptom


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 – Lewyn – First-Crop Sires Make Splash at F-T July Sale


Bloodhorse – Oakford – Tapit Filly Stars as F-T July Sees Gains

Bloodhorse – Mitchell -Stakes Winner Temper Mint Patty Tops F-T Sale

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Tapit Filly Tops F-T July Sale at $500,000

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – F-T Sale: Scat Daddy Colt Brings $385,000


TRF-SavetheDate-2015-fullpage FINAL



Bloodhorse – Johnson – Can Ben’s Cat Be Beaten in the Parx Dash?

Brisnet – Veteran millionaire Ben’s Cat tries for fourth straight Parx Dash

Phil has a question:

Can The Pizza Man deliver in both the Arlington Handicap and the Stars and Stripes.


America’s Best Racing – Tordjman – Betting the Arlington Handicap on a Budget

America’s Best Racing – Starr – Up With the Birds Could Soar in Arlington Handicap

2015 HBPA of Alberta Election – Board of Directors



As previously communicated to the membership, 2015 is an election year with respect to members electing seven (7) Owners and four (4)Trainers in good standing to sit on the Board of Directors of the Association for a three (3) year period commencing in August, 2015 and ending August 2018.

No later than July 8, 2015 Election Ballots will be mailed from our Calgary office to HBPA of Alberta member Owners and Trainers in good standing who have a valid 2015 Horse Racing Alberta license. So that all Trainer members receive their Election packets timely, they will be hand delivered at Northlands rather than sending the information through the mail.

Please refer to the information contained in your package with respect to the proper voting procedure. Ballots must be placed in the envelope addressed to Mr. Kenneth McTavish and must arrive postmarked no later than August 7, 2015.

If you prefer, you may vote in person on August 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The letter addressed to Kenneth McTavish containing the completed Ballot must be placed in the Ballot box which will be placed at the HBPA office located in the Edmonton Northlands Control Office, on the backstretch.

 If you are a licensed Owner or Trainer and do not receive your Election packet by July 27, 2015, kindly call Denise at the Calgary office (403-263-7499) or Theresa Sealy at Northlands (780-474-1724).

The following individuals are running for office. The new Board will take office at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting on August 27, 2015

OWNERS                                                                   TRAINERS

                                                                                  Rod Cone

Darrell Bauder                                                           Ryan McLean

Brian Bygrave                                                           Craig Smith

Norm Castiglione                                                      Joan Petrowski

Dr. Rod Cundy                                                          Tim Rycroft

Don Danard                                                              

Victor Kleparchuk                                                    

Don Knight                                                               

Curtis Landry                                                           

Linda Smith                                                  

Dr. Steve Smith DVM          


Mat Monaco – HBPA of Alberta                                       



has a new website.

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Brighton Lane Looks Promising for Stallion Hear No Evil


Save the Date!
2015 CTHS Sales Contract


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




Bloodhorse – Horse Greeley Sold to Stand in Argentina

Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association



The Tuesday following the Longacres Mile (G3)

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


Bloodhorse – Cot Campbell – Mistaken Identity

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Optimism High for Fasig-Tipton July Yearlings


National HBPA Foundation Assists Injured Jockey Alyssa Selman

Benefit Social for Alyssa Selman
Assiniboia Downs – Sunday, July 19 – 7:00 p.m.
Alyssa and her children, Amar, 7 and Ari, 4
Update by George Williams:
Injured jockey Alyssa Selman continues to make steady progress at the Health Sciences Centre.
According to her husband Rumesh, the 29-year-old mother of two was able to sit up for 15 minutes on Thursday with assistance and was also able to do 25 minutes of physiotherapy. While still unable to move her legs, her body was starting to function better internally and she was also able to get through more of the day without morphine as she began the switch over to the T3s she’ll likely need for long-term care.
Alyssa is getting stronger every day both mentally and physically and her spirits have been buoyed by frequent visitors and news about all the people who are supporting her behind the scenes.
According to horse owner Lori Mann, who has been spearheading much of the fundraising on Alyssa’s behalf, donations and prizes for Alyssa’s Benefit Social on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Assiniboia Downs have been pouring in. So much so, that now along with a silent auction, there will also be a live auction at the event.
A few of the organizations that have donated to date include the Winnipeg Jets, Winnipeg Goldeyes, Ducks Unlimited, South Beach Casino, Express Bet and the Jockey’s Benefit Association, the latter of which is donating a halter from the recent Queen’s Plate winner. Assiniboia Downs is donating the facility, food, and net drink proceeds from the fundraising social and more. The annual Assiniboia Downs Golf Tournament on Monday, August 17 will also now be benefitting Alyssa. Trust funds have been setup at the TD Canada Trust, Assiniboine Credit Union and Access Credit Union.
Mann says that she is getting calls every day from horsemen and horse owners, both standardbred and thoroughbred, as well as private individuals and organizations that just want to know how they can help. Posters have been placed throughout Manitoba with details of the fundraiser and Mann’s phone number (204) 391-0224, and email lorimann1970@gmail.com. She welcomes all calls and emails regarding the fundraising efforts for Alyssa. Interested parties can also call the General Office at Assiniboia Downs at (204) 885-3330 for more information regarding fundraiser donations and tickets.
Also on the Downs Web site is the link to the GoFundMe campaign created for Alyssa. Donations to the GoFundMe campaign have reached almost $5,000 after only three days of operation.
Social media sharing has also started to take off on both Facebook and Twitter as writers, influencers and racetracks including Santa Anita, Golden Gate, Sam Houston Race Park and Canterbury Downs have started spreading the word.
A few other things that have made Alyssa smile over the past few days? An angel-quilt hand made by the caring Barbara K. And lots of fruit-by-the-foot. Remember Alyssa joked she wanted a Rubbermaid full of it in the interview she did with the Winnipeg Free Press.
She got it.


FYI . . .
The regular Insider returns in next week.


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TONS OF ACTION IN THE CLUBHOUSE AFTER LIVE: Live racing goes Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. followed by Crazy Hour in the Clubhouse. Beer, shots & wine for only $2.95 (including taxes) plus half price appetizers. Draws will be made for wagering vouchers on quarter horse racing from Los Alamitos. You can also Unleash Your Luck in our free VLT tournaments that take place after live racing. 10 names will be drawn for 20 free VLT spins. Keep what you win!
HISTORIAN BOB’S BLOG: “In the mid 1970s “GB” ran what was probably the most powerful stable to ever race at the Downs. Who was GB?”  Read Bob’s blog to find out.
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Bloodhorse – Oakford – Tattersalls July Sale Off to Strong Start


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Sugar’s Sweet Tips


Bloodhorse – Stanford Looks for Next Step in Long Branch

FiveThirtyEight – Flowers – Expensive Cigarettes No Longer Keep Teenagers From Smoking

The Globe and Mail – Sismondo – Five perfect food and drink pairings for barbecue season

Phil’s perfect pairing for everything:

I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor.
Carl Sandburg

The Globe and Mail – Nuttall-Smith – The secret to the beefiest, juiciest burger ever

LA Times – Dwyre -Boxing offers opportunity to pay respects to the fading Sports Arena

NY Times – Reuters – Floyd Mayweather Stripped of Welterweight Title for Failing to Follow W.B.O. Rules

NY Times – Borden – In Wake of FIFA Scandal, Concacaf Begins Its Own Overhaul

LA Times – Knoblauch – FIFA’s ethics committee bans World Cup inspector for seven years

Bloodhorse – Actor, Horse Owner Omar Sharif Dies at 83

Phil’s Drink and a Flick

The Fig Leaf

The Arbor


NY Times – Rothenberg – Once Wimbledon’s Foundation, Croquet Now Lives in Its Margins

The Globe And Mail – Simpson – Where’s the debate on our dire fiscal future?

The Globe And Mail – Yakabuski – Ontario is no Greece, but its debt is more than a casual concern

National Post – Reuters – Koutantou and Kambas – Greece blinks and offers eurozone major concessions to stay in

National Post – Andrew Coyne: Greece’s culture of victimhood

NY Times -Wiggins – Setting a Deadline for Greece Proves Much Easier Than Sealing a Fate

National Post – Bloomberg News – Campbell, Neuger and Stearns – Greece pointed to door as European leaders talk openly about Grexit for first time

NY Times – Tsipras Takes Defiant Tone, as Greece Submits New Loan Request

The Globe and Mail – Reguly – Greek finance minister resigns hours after historic referendum

The Globe And Mail – Reguly – After Greece votes No, Euro leaders scramble to discuss response


National Post – Federal prosecutor defies order that barred her from taking leave to run in federal election

TSN – Survey: Habs the strongest pro sports brand in Canada

NY Times – Austen – In an Indifferent Toronto, the Pan-Am Games Land With a Thud

 Here is the difference between Dante, Milton, and me. They wrote about hell and never saw the place. I wrote about Chicago after looking the town over for years and years.
Carl Sandburg

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – The Spurs Are Going To Be Really Good — Like, Golden State Warriors Good

Grantland – Winners and Losers: The DeAndre Jordan Emoji-Fueled Free-Agency Flip-Flop

Ramblin Man

The Bitter Southerner – Reece – The Truth, in Mode & Matter

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

Mark Twain

Lovers In A Dangerous Time

Major Tom

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “2015 American Derby Weekend Preview”


    KEITH BORAS a longtime harness breeder/owner is the ENVIRONMENTAL/PROTECTIVE MANAGER for LACOMBE COUNTY What role did he play if any in the 5 year running and then flushing of ALBERTA DOWNS, only time will tell in the BOBBYGATE SAGA !!!!


    NO whipping infractions where noted yet in 2015 for indiscriminate flyswatter deployment!
    BULLY’S LETHBRIDGE 06/06/15 no violations/clean bill of health.

    ALBERTA GOVERNMENT releases figures showing a 5% INCREASE in casino revenue 2014/ but racinos shows a flat growth of 274K decline and the CEO boasts of good news on no growth yet with her rose coloured glasses on fails to comment on CENTURY DOWNS missing Oct 1 opening and the loss of 3 months of racino revenue for end 2014/ start 2015 about estimated $5 million to race industry!

    MAGIC MIKE XXL has a 96% female audience how can horse racing attract more females to attend/fashion shows/cosmetic workshops? send ideas and mole alerts to phil – rumours@holybull.ca

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