Jul 122015

The old proverb is make hay while the sun shines and for sports reporters it’s make puns while the oven’s hot.

Owners provide a scant source of great names, so when the Pizza Man digs deep to deliver don’t say he repeats.

Bloodhorse – The Pizza Man Repeats in Stars and Stripes

Brisnet – The Pizza Man, Quiet Force, Walk Close score on Million Preview Day

Twinspires Blog – Reilly – The Pizza Man overcomes slow pace in Stars and Stripes

When Zuzu’s Petals wins you gotta say that she rang the bell.

For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.
James Boswell

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Times Like These

Hot Dog – Chicago Style

Phil has a question:

Is it kosher to put ketchup on a Hebrew National.

Kosher Hot Dogs are Hotdogs You Can Trust

Can you trust your eyes.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Cowboy Wisdom


Phil’s Vignette of Canadian History

Marie Rollet

Words are symbols for shared memories. If I use a word, then you should have some experience of what the word stands for. If not, the word means nothing to you.”
Jorge Luis Borges

The Ennead needs to put their allegorical allusion hats on today as Phil will be providing plenty of raw material for them to winnow.


Books are better than movies because you design the set the way you want it to look.
Trent Reznor

Bloodhorse – Amazing Marie Pulls Falmouth Surprise

Hickory Winds

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
Chief Seattle, 1854




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

Girl With The Biggest Hair and The Longest Nails

Garden and Gun – Mischner – A Legendary Summertime Punch

Neshi Iverson Notley weren’t the first Alberta politicians to borrow an American Rock Band’s logo for their T-shirts



Bulls On Parade

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

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

To Sir With Love

America’s best Racing – Hill – Could ‘The Boss’ Be Drawn to Monmouth for Haskell?


We should be firing bad teachers.
Malcolm Gladwell

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

Baseball people, and that includes myself, are slow to change and accept new ideas. I remember that it took years to persuade them to put numbers on uniforms.
Branch Rickey

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Genaro – Novice no longer, Rosenblum finding her stride

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

Phil has a question:

Do you think that these new owners feel that “With those on-line features, you don’t even need to be at the track”.

 I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Bloodhorse – ABR Releases Another Digital Video Ad

Different people, in good faith, can look at the same fact and interpret it differently. But that’s where an interesting conversation begins.

Eric Schlosser

 “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 – Horse racing is dying in America. So why is Canterbury Park thriving?

The Hand That Feeds

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

Peach Picking Time in Georgia

Bloodhorse – Balan – American Pharoah Logs Final Santa Anita Drill

Lady and The Track – Smith -Horse Racing News and Recaps July 11, 2015

Bloodhorse – Angst – Fantastic Style Overwhelms Great Lady M Field

TwinSpires blog – Caldwell – Fantastic Style runs away with Great Lady M

Louisville Courier Journal – Hall – Handicapping the D.C. medication push

Louisville Courier Journal – Hall – Horse racing drug debate goes to D.C.

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

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Wednesday , July 15, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Friday , July 17, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Saturday , July 18, 2015 7:00 PM CDT

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Lovely Maria’s Delaware Oaks Loss Causes Calamity Payoffs

Bloodhorse – Lamarra – Calamity Kate Pulls Delaware Oaks Shocker

Twinspires Blog Caldwell – Calamity Kate lights up toteboard in Delaware Oaks upset


Emerald Downs wrap-up for Sunday – Betrbegone Scores Seattle Slew Stunner

AUBURN, Wash. (July 12, 2015) – Betrbegone—the longest shot on the board— held off a wall of challengers and scored a stunning three-quarter-length victory over Prime Engine in the $50,000 Seattle Slew Handicap for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

Ridden by Leonel Camacho-Flores at 116 lbs, Betrbegone ran 1 1/16-mile in 1:42.79 and paid $68.60, $34.80 and $19.80. David Martinez is the winning trainer for owner/breeder Howard Maggard of Yakima, Wash.

The $2 win payoff is the second largest in 38 runnings of the Seattle Slew Handicap and seventh largest ever for a stakes at Emerald Downs.

Prime Engine, ridden by Leslie Mawing at 118 lbs, rallied to the lead past mid-stretch, but was out-finished by Betrbegone on the rail. Prime Engine, recording his second straight runner-up finish, paid $5 and $3.80.

O B Harbor, ridden by Jake Barton at 119 lbs, held third and paid $6.60.

Percy Fawcett, Thetrailerguy, Gloria’s Angelo, Daytona Beach, Senna, John’s Not Bluffin, Fire the Trainer and Fooled Again completed the order if finish.

Thetrailerguy, the 2-to-1 favorite following his win in the Coca-Cola Handicap last month, failed to deliver a serious rally and finished fifth. His three-race win streak snapped, Thetrailerguy became the 11th straight Seattle Slew favorite to go down in flames.

Coming off an eighth-place finish in the Coca-Cola, Betrbegone was virtually ignored by bettors and perhaps his competitors too. Gunned to the lead from the No. 2 post-position, Betrbegone led through fractions of :22.77, :45.82 and 1:10.64. With O B Harbor in pursuit, Betrbegone straightened into the lane with a short lead, and it appeared those two might battle to the wire for the victory.

But Prime Engine loomed ominously, sweeping four-wide into the lane to collar Betrbegone inside the eighth pole. A victory seemed imminent from there, but Betrbegone responded gamely and came back on for the victory.

“I really wouldn’t have done anything different, my horse ran good,” Mawing said of Prime Engine. “He settled well and I thought I had him in a perfect spot. The pace had to be fast and I thought I’d beat that horse (Betrbegone) when I came up to him, but he outran me.”

Camacho-Flores, the riding champion this winter at Portland Meadows, has had a relatively slow meet, beginning Sunday with just 10 wins. But he rode Betrbegone with confidence, and took good advantage of the gelding’s natural speed.

“I was thinking that this horse has good speed and if he breaks good, he might take the lead,” Camacho-Flores said. “We were going quick early but it was his own pace. I was sitting still and he was comfortable. As soon as we hit the turn, I thought ‘I still have some horse left. We should win this race.’”

A Washington-bred by Parker’s Storm Cat-Final Drummer, Betrbegone is 3-1-0 in six starts with earnings of $52,238, including $27,500 for Sunday’s win.

NOTES: The $0.50 Pick 5 returned a season-high $12,207.85 to one winning ticket. The track record is $22,203 on June 2, 2013. . .

Polish Dollar ($12.80) got back on the beam with a head victory in the $21,000 sub-feature for 3-year-olds and up. Ridden by Leslie Mawing, Polish Dollar ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.92, recording his 15th career victory at Emerald Downs and increasing his career earnings to $148,762. Owned by Sharon Radke and trained by Bob Meeking, the 9-year-old Polish Gift gelding is 15-6-7 in 45 lifetime starts. .

.Even with Thetrailerguy finishing out of the money, Julien Couton rode three winners Sunday and pushed his meet-leading total to 54 wins. It was Couton’s 18th multiple win day at the 37-day-old meeting. . .

Blaine Wright led trainers with two wins. . .Jockey Connie Doll notched her first win of the meet aboard Jacango ($14.60) in Sunday’s first race for Quarter Horses. It was the fourth win of the meet for Pablo Madrigal, tops among Quarter Horse trainers. .

.Congratulations to track announcer Matt Dinerman, who celebrates his 23rd birthday Monday. .

.Live racing resumes Friday with a seven-race card at 6:45 p.m. Simulcast wagering is offered daily, Mondays and Tuesdays in the Quarter Chute Café and Wednesdays thru Sundays in the main facility.

Thursday’s action includes opening day of Del Mar’s 40-day meeting, with first post 2 p.m.

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.

Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, July 11


AUBURN, Wash. (July 11, 2015) – Arrom Bear and Awesome Indian threw it down Saturday at Emerald Downs, racing stride for stride throughout the $21,000 Redhook Brewery Purse for 3-year-olds.

In the end, Arrom Bear was a neck better than Awesome Indian, sizzling though six furlongs in 1:08.99 and paying $4.60, $3 and $2.60. Joe Steiner rode the winner for Frank Lucarelli and owners Center Point Racing Stables.

Arrom Bear, racing on the outside, dueled with Awesome Indian through lightning fast splits of:21.77, :44.20 and :56.25, with Arrom Bear proving a tad better in what amounted to a six-furlong match race.

A 3-year-old Washington-bred by Nationhood, Arrom Bear now has two sub 1:09 clockings at the meet. On May 23, he ran six furlongs in 1:08.92, rolling to a six-length win vs. $25,000 claimers. His overall record is 5-0-1 in 10 starts with earnings of $50,992, including $11,550 for Saturday’s win.

Awesome Indian, ridden by Rocco Bowen, did everything but win the race. The Kentucky-bred son of Indian Charlie rocketed from the gate, showed great speed to duel with Arrom Bear, and then was resilient through the lane to just miss. It was similar to his previous sprint, when he led to deep stretch only to be tagged by Thetrailerguy, subsequent winner of the Coca-Cola Handicap.

Awesome Indian paid $3.20and $2.60.

It was 4 ½ lengths back to Hornfel, Javier Matias riding, and a $4 show payoff. Cash N Dash, It’s Little Richie, That’s No Bull and Old Fashioned Grit completed the order of finish.

Emerald Racing Club’s Charlie Thomas scores Saturday’s 8th race.

Charlie Thomas would not be denied Saturday at Emerald Downs.

The pride of the 188-member Emerald Racing Club, Charlie Thomas poured it on late and notched a half-length victory over 6-to-5 favorite Rocky’s Quest in the eighth race, a $15,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds and up.

Under a perfectly timed ride by Leslie Mawing, Charlie Thomas tagged Rocky’s Quest in the final yards, running one mile in 1:37.71, and paying $10.80 to win. It was a remarkable victory, considering Charlie Thomas lagged far behind early and was still last as the field straightened into the stretch.

Re-claimed by Emerald Racing Club for $15,000 last month, Charlie Thomas earned $8,195 of the $14,900 purse. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Seeking the Dia, Charlie Thomas is 4-5-4 in 25 career starts with earnings of $78,742.

NOTES: Rocco Bowen posted his first three-win day of the season, upping his meet total to 23 wins. . .

Trainer Tom Wenzel has had an interesting season at Emerald Downs. Going into Saturday he had just five wins, an unusually low total for him at the midway point of the meeting. He’s had some great moments, however, sweeping the first three stakes for older fillies and mares with Kikisoblu and Lady Rosberg , and Saturday he saddled Princess Kennedy and Jerre to Carrie to a one-two finish in the $20,500 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies. A Kentucky-bred by Sun King , Princess Kennedy ($5.60) ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.07 to get the money for jockey Gallyn Mitchell and owner David Thorner . . .

Kikisoblu, 1:08.69 in the May 10 Hastings Handicap, has the fastest six furlongs at the 36-day-old meeting. . .The first Quarter Horse dead heat for win in Emerald Downs’ history occurred in Saturday’s first race as Ojango ($3.20) and Cousin Wheelz ($3.80) both hit the wire in :18.36 for 350 yards. .

.Jockey Osvaldo Gonzalez had his first two-win day at Emerald Downs, scoring on Cousin Wheelz in the Quarter Horse race and on Cheeky Stone ($8) in race five for $2,500 claiming fillies and mares. .

.Former trainer Dave Bennett was at Emerald Downs Saturday to watch Dallon’s Gold ($8) score a 1 ¼-length victory in race four for older $5,000 claimers at five furlongs. Owned by Bennett and Dixie Hitchcock and trained by Howard Belvoir , Dallon’s Gold is 4-for-6 at Emerald Downs including a win in the 2013 Cahill Road Stakes. Bennett, who retired from training two years ago and now loves in Arizona, is No. 18 all-time with 222 wins at EmD. . .

Handfull ($3.20) improved to 14-for-30 lifetime with a gate-to-wire victory in the $50,000 California Governor’s Cup Handicap for older fillies and mares at Sacramento. For the 6-year-old Comic Strip mare, it was only her third race on dirt and perhaps trainer Jerry Hollendorfer would consider the $65,000 Emerald Distaff on August 16 for her next race. . .Live racing continues Sunday wit the $50,000 Seattle Slew Handicap for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

First post is 1:50 p.m., and festivities include the annual Star 101.5 Wiener Dog Races.

Friday , July 17, 2015 4:30 PM PDT
Saturday , July 18, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday , July 19, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Walk Close Pounces in Modesty Victory

Twinspires Blog – Walk Close asserts herself in Modesty

The Adversary



MKT15-119 Wiener Dog Races_Web Square




Racing continues this weekend with an excellent eight race card. There are two maiden allowance races to go along with an optional $25,000 for three year olds.

I will zone in on the BC Cup allowance prep for three year olds going six and a half furlongs.

On the rail is Mark DeDomenico and NATHC’s Party Pooper who turned in a solid effort off of a nine month layoff finishing third is a very quick dash. He has returned with three brilliant works since his last race and should a tough opponent for his rivals this afternoon. David Lopez once again rides for trainer Troy Taylor.

Mel and Fran Snow’s homebred Kiss Em Goodbye has clobbered his foes in his last two starts against easier company. He won by 8 lengths over $8,000 maidens then cruised to an easy score with $16,000 company. He looks like he’s ready to take the next step and will ridden by Antonio Reyes.

James Redekop’s Aditya comfortably won a non-two allowance in his most recent start. He has been off since late May but the barn has solid numbers with horses off this long. Pedro Alvarado will rejoin Aditya in the saddle for trainer Anita Bolton.

The very resilient Shuswap out-gamed a field of maiden allowance runners late last month. He looked hopelessly beaten on the final bend but re-rallied to get the job done for owner Ted Smith. He will team up with Amadeo Perez for today’s race and the Gilker / Perez combo has done very well of late.

The 3480 Equine Inc’s Dealership hasn’t  been as effective so far this year after being so impressive in his lone start in 2014. Trainer John Snow has opted to take the blinkers off so perhaps improvement is on the way. Could be a longshot special. Keishan Balgobin will be in the irons on the son of Stephanotis.

Norma and Leo Shaw’s Stoneridge Ruler was a narrow loser at this same level five weeks back and is obviously in with a great chance. The Hamel / MacPherson tandem continues to click at an amazing 40 % clip.

The speedy Every Nites a Blur is thankfully shortening up to a sprint after scorching a 45 2/5 opening half going long in the $50,000 Chris Loseth Stakes. He was obviously gassed after the ambitious fractions that were being set and struggled home 20 lengths behind the winner. He’s back at his best distance and shouldn’t be overlooked. Alex Marti rides for the JDP Holdings, Rick Hunter and trainer Nancy Betts.

The Shamrock Stables looked to have made an excellent claim in May haltering Smart Focus for $25,000 but his two subsequent races haven’t produced a whole lot to date. The competition is easier today and with the threat of a strong early tempo, he is in with a shot to rebound. His off-the-pace style will make him a big factor. Mark Buchanan rides for trainer Jim Brown.

Starting on the far outside is Barry Tyrer’s Prince Hotel who has had a series of unlucky trips so far this spring. Trainer Rob VanOverschot will add a set of blinkers to get more run out of the son of Rosberg. Sahin Civaci gets the riding assignment.

The racing action gets underway at 1:50 p.m. and the finals of the always popular Wiener Dog races will run tomorrow as well. It is going to be another exciting Sunday at Hastings.


Sunday , July 12, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Saturday , July 18, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday, July 19, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

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Twinspires Blog – Caldwell – Class gets Stanford to Long Branch wire first




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

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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
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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
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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
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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 – Wednesday July 15, 2015

Wednesday , July 15, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Friday , July 17, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday , July 18, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

 Instead, the track chose to target younger patrons, developing the next generation of bettors. “From the beginning, I had a lot of respect for Mike Veeck, who was starting with the (St. Paul) Saints around that same time, getting lots of press for all the goofy stuff that he did,” Sampson said. “People would go there and they didn’t really care who won or lost the game. They were there to have a good time. And he was just the master at creating an entertaining atmosphere.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Donna Keen, leaning against the door of her barn one morning last week. “I love seeing the families here and the young people because they’re the next generation of horse players. If we don’t get those people in the business and loving the sport, we’re not going to have a sport in 15 years because the old-timers are going to be gone. Who’s going to come to the races then if we don’t show young people how great our sport is? 

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




Northlands Park tarmac Friday, July 11, 2015

Phil heard a rumour that some of the food trucks that were at Northlands Park on Friday July 11, 2015 will make an encore appearance on Canadian Derby Day.

Longest line on Friday was at the mini donut truck. Couldn’t these people wait until next week when K-Days comes to town. What most people don’t realize is that the mini donuts at K-Days are much more flavourful than at the Stampede as the Canadian Tire grease used to cook them has picked up all the flavours of the Stampede. Just think how flavourful they are at the last stop on the line.

Second longest line on Friday was at the Ice Cream truck. Maybe Northlands should have a permanent ice cream wagon the tarmac for the summer.

Phil’s so sore from pinching himself on Friday that he can barely sit down.

Largest non-Derby Fall Classic Day crowd since Pluto was still a planet. An excellent variety of food from the trucks, an extra bar right next to the trucks and a whole raft of picnic tables so you could sit down while enjoying your food. Managers mingling with the crowd and checking out how everything was going.

Was Phil at Northlands Park.

Darling Be Home Soon

Edmonton Journal – Barnes – Wheels of fortune: Food trucks here, and there, to stay

Peaches and Cream


Sunday July 12, 2015

$14,800 — Super High Five Jackpot
$3,464 — Pick 6
Belmont Park
$37,740 — Pick 6
Ellis Park
$990 — Pick 6
$431 — Super High Five
Gulfstream Park
$90,429  — Pick 6 Jackpot
$5,244 — Super High Five
Hastings Racecourse
$269 — Pick 6         
Indiana Grand Race Course
$8,043– Pick 6
Laurel Park
$2,459– Pick 6
Lone Star Park
$2,734 — Pick 6 Jackpot
Los Alamitos Race Course
$54,161 — Pick 6
Louisiana Downs
$13,339 — Pick 5 Jackpot
Monmouth Park
$3,685 — Pick 6 Jackpot
Presque Isle Downs
$197 — Pick 6
Ruidoso Downs
$14,338– Tri Super
$5,783 — Pick 6
$5,538 – Super High Five
Sunray Park
$103 — Super High Five Jackpot

Wednesday July 15, 2015

Assiniboia Downs
$3,840  — Super High Five Jackpot
Northlands Park
$2,605 — Pick 5
$294 — Super High Five Jackpot


Guaranteed Pools

Wednesday July 15, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Quiet Force Speaks Up in Arlington H.

Twinspires Blog – Reilly – Quiet proves irresistible Force in Arlington ‘Cap

elevated bloodstock online

Bloodhorse – Lamarra – Ceisteach Benefits From Trip in Dick Memorial

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


 Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Bets N’ Pieces


Born To Run

Crain’s Detroit Business – Shea – Track didn’t last in Mt. Clemens, but memories of race nights still linger

ESPN – Ehalt – Saratoga looms boldly

Upcoming Stakes

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

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Wooly Bully

Derby Bar and Grill
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

Hastings Wrap-up For July 12—-Richard Yates

The Track Was Fast Yet The Dogs Were Up

Large crowd on hand at Hastings -Jackie Humber Photo

There were some nice horses running at Hastings Racecourse on Sunday.  There were three quality allowance type races (including two Maiden Special Weights) with a $25,000 maiden claimer thrown in for good measure.  Both upper level maidens for three-and-ups went as straight three-year-old races as has happened so many times this season.

Leading riders Richard Hamel and Pedro Alvarado both won two on the day and Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds gave us the winners of both Maiden Special Weight races.  The handle was in the $700,000 range and one of those wiener dogs won the Wiener Dog Stakes.  Whatever it takes.

Dee o gee wins the final race and takes home the cup and 1000 dollars.  - Jackie Humber Photo

Aditya Wins By Daylight

Favored Aditya ($4.60) won Sunday’s featured sixth race, an Allowance Optional Claimer for three-year-olds that had never won two (3 for BC-breds), the option being a $25,000 price tag.  By virtue of being foaled in British Columbia, Aditya was not in for the price despite having won two.  He took full advantage of his birthright by powering to a near four-length win, covering the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.63.  It was the second straight front-running win for Aditya and jockey Pedro Alvarado.  Second choice Party Pooper ran evenly to be second best without ever threatening the winner.  Stoneridge Ruler closed well to be third.

Lisa Thompson Photo

Aditya went to the lead at the break, was headed by Shuswap somewhere around the second statue, then moved through on the inside to be in front as they straightened out for the run down the backside.  Shuswap tried to put some pressure on the winner going to the half, but by the time they got there the futility of this particular chase had begun to sink in and he backed up a bit, but did not quit.

Party Pooper took up the chase with a rail move around the final turn, but the effort was never going to be for more than second.  Stoneridge Ruler closed from the outside for the show.  It was an admirable effort, and all the more so considering that Stoneridge Ruler broke his maiden for 16K two races back and ran this race at a considerable remove from the rail.  The fourth place finisher Shuswap had a somewhat unorthodox trip and could get a much better result next time.

Aditya is a son of Mass Market, out of the multiple stakes winner Remarkable Miss.  She is a half-sister to the graded stakes winner Trick of the North and Sadie Diamond Futurity winner Sunnyside Gal.  He was bred in British Columbia by L.S. and K. Nordahl.  He is trained by Anita Bolton for owner James Redekop.

Hippie In Winner’s Circle On First Trip

The debuting filly Hippie ($9.00) was long on laying a beating on the boys and short on peace and love in the third, a Maiden Special Weight for two-year-olds at 6 furlongs that she won with considerable ease in 1:12.43 while finishing almost 5 lengths clear of the favored first-timer B C Charlie.  Blue Storm Cloud was another length back in third.


Hippie easiest of winners – Lisa Thompson Photo

Good as They Get went immediately to the front, but Hippie was by his side by the time they got to the first turn although going a shade wide in the process.  Good as They Get continued to lead as they ran down the backside, but a sub 23 second quarter that got the two of them to the half in 45.97 was more than he wanted to deal with.  Hippie quickly separated herself from him and the rest.

The race was over with a furlong left to run and Hippie used that to increase her margin with Antonio Reyes doing just enough to keep her mind on business.  She widened to the wire and galloped out about half a time zone in front.  Both B C Charlie and Blue Storm Cloud ran promising races but they were not ready for what Hippie brought to the party.

Hippie, who cost $43,000 in last year’s CTHS Yearling Sale, was bred in British Columbia by Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds.  She is by Schramsberg, a son of Storm Cat who is out of the great racemare Serena’s Song (winner of 11 Grade 1’s).  Swift Thoroughbreds owns and Dino Condilenios trains.

Burrard Breeze Runs Up A Storm


The three-and-up Maiden Special Weight was once again in actuality a race for straight three-year-olds, six of them in this case, and four of them got to the wire within a length of each other.  Burrard Breeze ($24.40) closed from last to get there first under Marklee Buchanan, a neck in front of The Odds R Good who was another neck ahead of favored Torniador.  The final time was 1:17.30.

The Odds R Good outran Torniador and Windstrong for the lead going into the first turn and kept it until there were three-sixteenths to go, at which time the same two challenged again from the outside.  They went around the final turn three across and hit the head of the lane that way.

Burrard Breeze had begun to move up along the rail behind them and he moved to the outside to make a run at the leading threesome.  It briefly looked as if all three were going to run past The Odds R Good late, but when he switched leads he regained momentum and only the charging Burrard Breeze got by.

The winner is by Quiet Cash out of the Elusive Quality mare Faidra.  He was bred by Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds who sold him in the 2013 CTHS Yearling Sale for $7,500.  George Matkovich, Rick Munro and Fraser Rawlinson own him.  Brian O’Connell trains.

Also Noteworthy:

Richard Hamel rode two winners on the card.  He took the second on the heavily favored Bluegrass Miss ($4.50) for owner Leif Nordahl and trainer Mike Anderson.  He scored again in the fifth, a 25K maiden claimer, with Casual Belief for Lillian Jarvis-Meehan and trainer Pat Jarvis.


Pedro Alvarado also won a pair.  Besides the previously discussed feature, he won the eighth and last with a wire-to-wire effort from Payton’s Best ($6.70) on behalf of owner/breeders Harold Barroby and Roy McLellan and co-owner Mrs. Harold J. Barroby, whose husband does the training.  The same connections won both nightcaps on the weekend.

Holy Cheroot ($11.10) took the loot in the opener with Gabriel Ascencio riding for owner/trainer Bill McLaren.  Capeaway ($6.80) won the seventh for owner/breeder Neville Davis and trainer Craig MacPherson.

The Alberta based stallion Cape Canaveral sired the winners of the last two races on Sunday, Capeaway and Payton’s best.

Richard Hamel’s 35 victories are good for a five win lead over Pedro Alvarado.  Antonio Reyes has made up for some lost time and is in third with 18.

Mike Anderson has 19 training wins, five ahead of Troy Taylor and Craig MacPherson who are tied for second.  Dino Condilenios has 11, the only other trainer in double figures.

Swift Thoroughbreds has had, as a single entity, 11 wins and leads the owner standings.


The Gray Was Back And Almost Everyone Was Good With It

Price-wise, the day at historic old Hastings Racecourse was a little schizophrenic.  The first four races were won by three favorites (two were odds on) and a second choice.  They averaged $4.45 for the win.  The last three on the card averaged over $28 a race.  Speed and medium-range closers did well.  Given the mix of races and distances, it was hard to get a feel for how fast the track was.  Regardless of how fast it was, the winner of the second, a 3 ½ furlong dash for babies, smoked the course while inhaling the field.

It was Wiener Dog Day and there was a good crowd on hand, although the suspicion creeps in that not all were dyed-in-the-wool racing fans.  Still, somebody bet about $466K for the day.

Tactics:  Unnecessary When Fastest

It is highly likely that the best horses running on Saturday were in the Maiden Special Weight for two-year-olds that went as the second event on the card and was won by Tactics ($7.80) who needed only 39.37 seconds to complete the 3 ½ furlong Baby Course.

Tactics did not break on top but very quickly ran past Our Bonito Rose who did, and once she hit the lead, she was not about to get caught.  The winner got the quarter in 22.04, the three-eighths in 33.34 and came home in 6 seconds and almost no change for jockey David Lopez.  Our Bonito Rose ran a winning race only to finish second.   Omi gained ground on Our Bonito Rose coming home, but neither of them were gaining any ground on Tactics did not switch leads in the lane and did not need to.  Omi ran like a horse who will improve with distance, and being by Rosberg figures to.

Tactics is a full sister to the multiple stakes winner Cederberg.  They are both by Rosberg out of the American Chance mare In from the Cold.  The mare was winless in one start as a racehorse, but when mated to Rosberg she has been an outstanding broodmare.  John Gunther bred both sister and brother and they are owned by the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Peter Tom, and Troy Taylor who also trains.

Crackdown Gets Down

The opener was a $25,000 maiden claimer for three-and-ups that went to Crackdown ($3.40) who dropped in from Maiden Special Weight and dropped a 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.39 on a field that was just not as fast as him.  It’s in Command chased early while getting nine pounds from the winner and while she could not pose any real threat to the winner, she held on by a grim nose to save second from If We Knew Then.

Crackdown left the gate well with rider David Lopez and took the lead along the rail with It’s in Command in pursuit and lapped on the winner early.  A little before a half-mile in 45.85 they got un-lapped in a hurry and by the top of the stretch they were separated.  From there Crackdown switched leads and widened all the way home.

Crackdown is owned by Mark DeDomenico LLC and the North American Thoroughbred Company.  Troy Taylor trains the Florida bred son of Scat Daddy.  Crackdown is a half-brother to Saturday Nite Ride who won four stakes at Northlands and raced for the same connections.

This race was like so many three-and-up maiden races at Hastings, in particular the upper level maidens; they are mostly comprised of three year-olds and are won by the same.

Also Noteworthy:

Trainer Troy Taylor, jockey David Lopez and the ownership interest of North American Thoroughbred Horse Company doubled in the early double with the two wins recounted above.

Richard Hamel added a win to his margin over Pedro Alvarado by winning the third aboard Habida ($4.60) for owner/breeders Bryan and Carol Anderson and Jim Eccott.  Pat Jarvis trained the daughter of Cause to Believe to a dominating seven-length win in the race for 8K non-winner of two types.

The biggest winning margin came in the next race, the fourth, when Legally Connected ($3.80) blew away a field of maidens with a 10 length romp over a mile-and-sixteenth for owner/breeder Helen Klimes and trainer Andrea Klassen.  It was trainer Klassen’s first win, and congratulations to her.  Jockey Amadeo Perez was as much a beneficiary as he was a jockey in this one.

The most competitive race of the day was the fifth in which Oscar Award ($29.40) and On the Sunnyside hooked up for the last quarter mile in a head to head battle that ended at the wire with Oscar Award getting a neck in front.   Jeff Burningham rode for owner/trainer/breeder Bruce Unwin and owner Susan Radatzke.

Longest price of the day came in the sixth when Diamond Pusher ($34.80) won first time out for owners William and Parnum DeCoursey and trainer Barb Heads.  Sahin Civaci rode the daughter of Abraaj who was bred in British Columbia by Rob McDonald.

The seven-year-old gelding Chapel Boy ($20.90) closed out the card with a win for breeder Roy McLellan, trainer Harold Barroby and owners Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barroby and Roy McLellan.  Antonio Reyes rode.

Bloodhorse – Two ‘Super Saturdays’ for Belmont Fall Meet

Bloodhorse – Keeneland Alters September Sale Format


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 – Gulfstream Park Plans to Increase Purses


TRF-SavetheDate-2015-fullpage FINAL



Bloodhorse – Porter – Pedigree Analysis: Noble Bird



With 10 wins so far in 2015 the Colonel is just 16 wins away from 2,000.

Will one of those wins be the 86th running of the Canadian Derby with Carouse a recent purchase by Charles Garvey at the Fasig-Tipton Summer Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale.

Phil’s more intrigued by Hip 408 Law Master a 2 year old Ready’s Image colt also purchased by Charles Garvey at the same sale.


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                                       

In a Herculean effort in Saturday’s 7th race at Northlands Park Gary Marks and Darcy Peterson’s  $5,000.00 claimer wired the field stopping the timer for a mile at 136.90 just 1.10 seconds off Bagful’s track record.

The track may have been playing very fast, but there’s no doubt that Kenny Tingle has a good one in R Valentino who was a scant .68 seconds off Timely Ruckus’ track record of 1:15.40 for 6 1/2 furlongs. R Valentino is a three year old gelding by Peaceful Valley’s Alydeed out of the Rosetti mare Rosetti’s’s Rose bred in Alberta by Gordon Wilson .


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Bloodhorse – Las Vegas Trip Among Top Cards 4 Carma Prizes

Ooh Las Vegas


Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Filly First Winner for Schramsberg



Save the Date!
2015 CTHS Sales Contract


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




Bloodhorse – Increases Across Board at Tattersalls July

Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association



The Tuesday following the Longacres Mile (G3)

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


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – How using older mares has paid off for go-ahead new stud farm

Brisnet – Maragh injured in spill


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.


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National Post – Hamilton – Still warriors: Kahnawake Mohawks are ready to take up arms to defend their beliefs (and those gambling operations)

Bloodhorse – Brooklynsway Surprises in Bison City Stakes


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Sugar’s Sweet Tips

Canadian Thoroughbred- Campbell -Money Talks

Campbell beats around the bush, but the point that Phil garners is that the thoroughbred game in Canada is not for the faint of pocketbook.

Pull the Pocket – blog – Horse Ownership Not Really a Business

Phil has a question:

Has anyone of the powers to be in the thoroughbred industry taken the time and effort to let the new goverment in Alberta know that the average thoroughbred owner puts out about $15,000.00 per horse out of their own pocket to run their horses. With about 1,000 thoroughbreds running in Alberta every year that’s $15,000,000.00 coming out of owners’ pockets creating jobs in the Alberta thoroughbred industry.

Horse Race Insider -Pricci – Forget Special Prosecutors, What Racing Needs is an fSociety

Lonesome Whistle

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Territories Goes Last to First in Jean Prat


Bloodhorse – Angst – Judge Rules Against Keeneland, Van Berg

TSN – Survey: Habs strongest pro brand in Canada

Edmonton Journal – Mah – The Edmonton Oilers have one of the weakest brands among Canadian sports teams, poll shows

The Edmonton Oilers brand may be brutal from the years of mismanagement by the good old boys, but the once highly regarded Edmonton Eskimo brand has become so tarnished it may never recover.

Prior to Rick LeLacheur’s days with the Edmonton Eskimos the team was on a record streak for consecutive playoff appearances and was one of the most respected brands in Canadian football. Since Rick LeLacheur has left the Eskimos have managed to get back into the playoffs, but they have light years to go to get back to the glory days.

Phil has a question:

Does the Eskimos current new and improved regime feel that “With those on-line features, you don’t even need to be at the stadium”.

The Garden

You were expecting the Boss.

The Globe And Mail – Former Alberta MLA urges caution over third-party political ads

Bloodhorse -Precious – Court Ruling Could Slow Finger Lakes Casino

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

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

The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.
Ayn Rand


Calgary Herald – McClure – Gambling revenues surge in Alberta, while province weighs online casino

Phil hates to disagree with the naysayers about online gambling, but it’s already happening and we Canadians and Albertans need to get the online gambling onshore so our governments can get the tax revenue. No matter what Stephen Harper and the right wing religious zealots think you cannot legislate morality. The Internet criticizes Rachel Notley for having her cowboy hat on backwards, but fails to comment on Stephen Harper’s asshat.

We aren’t, as human beings, very good at acting in our best interest.
Malcolm Gladwell

LA Times – Chu – Eurozone leaders reach deal on Greek bailout

NY Times – Kanter and Higgins – Deal on Greek Debt Crisis Is Reached, but Long Road Remains

NY Times – Higgins – Hours From Latest Deadline, Greece’s Fate Is Still Up in the Air

The Globe And Mail – Reguly – How Greece created an existential crisis for the euro zone

NY Times – Hartocollis – Greece Financial Crisis Hits Poorest and Hungriest the Hardest

Lunatic Fringe

NY Times – Barry – Pete Rose at the Corn Crib: Next Stop, the All-Star Game

Do It Again

National Post – Andrew Coyne: Are we in a recession? Who cares?

National Post – Brean – Greece: A lesson in brinkmanship and the art of negotiation


National Post – Confederate flags seen at Sask. country music festival despite organizers’ request they be left at home

The Globe And Mail – Taber – Wynne slams Tories over unilateral infrastructure funding decisions

TSN – Seravalli –  Sharp deal still a surprise

Still Crazy After All These Years

FiveThirtyEight – Casselman – Jeb Bush Was Right: Americans Need To Work Longer Hours

National Post – Miller – Harper says ‘there has been a downturn’ in the Canadian economy due to negative global trends

Phil has a question:

If it’s a global downturn that Harper’s blaming why is the American economy chugging along with the Canadian dollar now worth 20% less than when Harper came into power.

When will a politician ever take any responsibility for their actions or lack of actions.

FiveThirtyEight – Bialik – Did Nielsen Kill The Radio Star?

Radio Ga Ga

National Post – Knapton – Most detailed images ever taken of Pluto reveal huge heart shape on elusive dwarf planet’s surface

Humans From Earth

NY Times – AP – Illinois Town Pressured to Change Its Mascot

Hot For The Teacher

So Alive

Phil M Stockmen

  2 Responses to “Nobody Here To Witness The End”

  1. Hasting Park.
    Who makes up the conditions and purses. It’s a shame that they are pulling down the good horses to all be 4K Claimers. They allow them to run for 10K + pursues and then put up races like the $16K claimers that get to run for $12K? Where does this make any sense? No middle or incentive to have a good middle to top end claimer. Just send out the 4K claimers to entertain the crowd and fill the card. Not sure how much actual horse players care to wager on 4K claimers…


    HOT RUMOUR is that RUS (RIDERS UNDER SADDLE) a hybrid of harness and thoroughbred racing that involves trotters is being evaluated with a industry consultant presenting his ideas on august 8!

    HAS THERE NEEN ANY PROGRESS in overnight stabling at Century Downs with ROCKYVIEW bylaw c-4841-97 pg. 63 sections 24.1/2 stating that 1 horse allowed per 3.95 acres for parcels under 40 acres and a maximum of 50 horses for 40+ acres.

    HRA/CENTURY DOWNS stated that thoroughbred meet in fall 2016, what is the progress of the development permit designation application process that takes 4-8 weeks to process with the last REC/ROCKYVIEW interaction on feb 10/15 where REEVE HABBERFIELD responded that no overnight stabling would occur under current development permit.

    HRA RULING #18 improper/no sex on registration papers costs ZITO $200 and voids a claim/ where were the checks and balances in the race office obviously only staff cashing cheques!!!

    RALPH KLEIN statue will it be repatriated to RALPH KLEIN PARK in good faith by HRA/NORTHLANDS
    if racing ends?

    MAX GIBB quote from nov 18/2004 written by GARY ALLISION ” we have a agreement in place with the ALBERTA GOVERNMENT(TORY) that is the government ever changes it philosophy on gaming/horse racing there will be a commitment to a buyout” does this apply to BOBBYGATE/NORTHLANDS and the repurposing of CENTURY DOWNS real estate!

    STU SIMON’S entry in the QUEEN PLATE shows that their are greener pastures for horsemen as the parched grass at alberta racetracks will have more race industry assets departing.

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