Jul 142015

Del Mar opens the first of the summer boutique thoroughbred meets Thursday, July 16, 2015 where as they say: The Turf meets the Surf.



This meet not only will the kids get to play in the sand on the beach, the thoroughbreds will be running on newly installed el Segundo Sand.

Twinspires Blog – Mucciolo – Del Mar opens with switch back to dirt track

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Shields – New Del Mar surface looks set to revitalize meet

LA Times – Zieralski – Del Mar opens with new dirt track and a Triple Crown winner

Bloodhorse – Balan – Dirt Returns, Wagering Up for Del Mar Opener

The Tide Is High

LA Times – Helfand – For Del Mar workers, it’s a long opening day at a timeless track

Play the FREE $500 Contest just for Santa Anita Showvivor Players!


Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Del Mar Picks and Plays July 18, 2015

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa -The Dirt on Del Mar Opening Day

Bloodhorse – American Pharoah Arrives at Del Mar

Louisville Courier-Journal – Litner – Racing fans upset over Pharoah’s ESPYs defeat

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – LeBron James 1—American Pharoah 0

Lady and the Track – Hammer – American Pharoah Halter Tops TRF Gala Auction Items

To Phil the opening of the American thoroughbred boutique meets signals the start of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Trail.

Lady and the Track – Smith – Two-Year-Old Thoroughbreds to Watch: Team Picks

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Lao Tzu

California Girls

Bloodhorse – Balan – Del Mar Dirt Under Observation as Meet Begins

Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
Ronald Reagan

TDN – Federal Anti-Doping Legislation Introduced

NY Times – Macur – Bill Would Save Horse Racing From No. 1 Threat: Itself

NY Times – Drape – Congressmen Propose Antidoping Agency for Horse Racing

Barr Tonko – Thoroughbred Horseracing Integrity Act of 2015

Bloodhorse – Angst – Bill Would Give USADA Medication Oversight

No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!
Ronald Reagan

ESPN – West – Fairness not part of the game

Bloodhorse – Balan – California Chrome Likely Out for the Year

Taylor Made has reportedly purchased the minority share in 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome previously owned by the colt’s co-breeder Steve Coburn.

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – California Chrome to convalesce at Taylor Made

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Taylor Made Buys Share in California Chrome

Phil has a question:

How much will American Pharoah’s plans for 2016 affect the plans of California Chrome.

Love Will Tear Us Apart

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Lady Eli Battling Laminitis

Bloodhorse – Champion Main Sequence Retired Due to Injury

This is Horse Racing – Family matters for Flaxman, Main Sequence

Twinspires Blog – Hanson – In fight for his life, Romero still believing in a miracle

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
Omar Khayyam

Who Am I?

ESPN – Duckworth – Calling the shots

National Post – Treleaven – Vive l’indifférence: Can Paris rehabilitate its reputation for rudeness?

Speaking of rudeness where has Calgary’s western hospitality disappeared to. When Phil was at Century Downs he politely asked a female person sitting at one of the outdoor tables if he could have a quick peek at her program. Her response was “go buy one for $3.00 inside”.

Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.
Margaret Thatcher

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Running with the Bulls

July 31st – August 3rd 2015

Running on Empty

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.
Edgar Allan Poe

Phil has no puns in the oven today.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Litner – Espinoza rides ESPYs host McHale on stage

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Handicapping Insights – July 16

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

Bloodhorse – Balan – Los Alamitos Handle Up, Attendance Down

Racing Post – Lees – Bookmakers renew call to end Saturday excess

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

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

Edmonton Journal – AP – 50 Cent files for bankruptcy protection after jury orders him to pay $5M

 Phil has a question:
Will the creditors get 50 Cents on the Dollar.


EmD News & Notes-Thursday, July 16


Stryker Phd, all but invincible at Emerald Downs, heads a field of 11 older handicap runners in Sunday’s $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap at 1 1/16 miles.

A winner of five straight races at Emerald Downs—all stakes—Stryker Phd carries high weight of 122 lbs with regular rider Leslie Mawing up for trainer Larry Ross.

The race features the last two Longacres Mile winners: 2014 champion Stryker Phd and 2013 winner Herbie D, whose comeback took a step forward with an allowance win here two weeks ago.

Stryker Phd is climbing into rarified air at Emerald Downs. The 6-year-old Washington-bred is attempting to run the older stakes division for a second straight year, and also has a chance to become the first two-time Mile winner at Emerald Downs.

In his 2015 Emerald Downs debut last month, Stryker Phd used his customary late kick and notched a neck victory over a resilient Noosito, running one mile in 1:35.57.

“He came out of the race real good,” said assistant trainer Sharon Ross. “He’s happy. Everything seems to be good with him.

“You know, he’s a more mature horse this year,” she added. “His works reflect it, and just the way he’s training, eating and acting around the barn. He’s just a nice older horse right now.”

Ross said it helps to be able to train toward specific races on specific dates, a perk when training stakes runners.

“Larry’s had him on this work schedule that he’s getting fitter, stronger, fitter stronger. For the last race we were hoping we had him fit enough to go a mile.

“When you have a schedule like the stakes schedule here, you know how to prepare a horse for them because you know the race will go. Training for the rest of the book is harder than training for the stakes.”

In last year’s Mt. Rainier, Stryker Phd rallied from eighth to win the race in a stakes record 1:40.20, breaking the mark of 1:40.52 set by Herbie D in 2013. Sunday, the Mile winners square off for the first time since August 18, 2013, when Herbie D defeated Stryker Phd by 1 ½ lengths in 1:35.12.

The Seattle Slew Handicap is Race 9 at 5:58 p.m.

The 11-horse field is the largest for the Mt. Rainier since 2000, when Bold Words prevailed as 2-to-1 favorite.

With a victory, Stryker Phd would become the fourth horse to win the Mt. Rainier twice: Poker Brad (2003-04), Flamethrowintexan (2005-06), Noosa Beach (2010-11).

Through 10 stakes, average field size is 9.2 horses and average win payoff is soaring at $24.60. Favorites are only 2-for-10, with $2 win payoffs of: $19, $81.40, $19, $8.20, $3.60, $3.40, $18.40, $8.40, $10.60 and $68.60.

The field for the 20th running of the Mt. Rainier Handicap: Mike Man’s Gold, Javier Matias, 116 lbs; Prohibition, Natasha Coddington,116; Mebossman, Jake Barton, 116; Absolutely Cool, Rocco Bowen,118; Noosito, Juan Gutierrez, 117; Stryker Phd, Leslie Mawing,122; Herbie D, Amadeo Perez, 118; Grinder Sparksaglo, Joe Steiner, 115; Remembertobreathe, Gallyn Mitchell,115; Del Rio Harbor, Julien Couton,116; Scat Daddybaby, Francisco Duran, 115.

Jockey Javier Matias playing with Emerald Express contender Barkley Thursday morning at the Howard Belvoir barn.


Sunday’s card also features the $50,000 Emerald Express for 2-year-old colts and geldings at six furlongs. The Emerald Express marks the first of eight stakes for 2-year-olds at the meet, culminating with the $65,000 Gottstein Futurity at 1 1/16 miles on September 27.

Trainer Howard Belvoir has had great success in the Emerald Express, winning the race four times, and appears to have another good chance for victory Sunday. Barkley, co-owned by Belvoir and Rising Star Stable III, overcame a slow start to win his June 20 debut by 3 ¼ lengths in :52.29 for 4 ½ furlongs.

A chestnut colt by Munnings-Numero d’Oro, Barkley drew the No. 3 post-position and is one of only two winners in the race. The other is Gold Rush Dancer, a Private Gold colt that drew off for a three-length victory in :58.63 for five furlongs on July 4.

Belvoir is 3-0-0 in four starts this year with 2-year-olds.

Belvoir won the Emerald Express four straight years: Sundance Circle, 2003; Seattles Best Joe, 2004; Tusko T, 2005; Immigration, 2006.

The field for the 20th running of the Emerald Express: Packy’s Out, Rocco Bowen 118 lbs; Wando Cat, Joe Steiner, 118; Barkley, Javier Matias, 120; Ryan Walt, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 118; Gold Rush Dancer, Julien Couton, 120.


Belle Hill, a four-length winner of the Irish Day Handicap last month, heads six 3-year-old fillies Saturday in the $50,000 Kent Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.

Belle Hill (4-2-0-1-$49,970) is the 7-to-5 favorite on the morning line, with Suva Harbor (3-to-1) and Ethan’s Baby (7-to-2) rounding out the top three choices. In her first try around two turns, Belle Hill rallied from seven lengths back for a four-length victory over Seeking the Light in 1:36.67 for one mile.

Just three weeks removed from the Irish Day Handicap, the Kent is a relatively quick turnaround for the sophomore fillies. Belle Hill seems to be just fine, thank you, drilling a bullet five furlongs in :58 4/5 last Saturday.

“She had one good work since her last race and that’s all she needs,” Sharon Ross said. “She’s a big, long strider like Stryker Phd. She trains good and hard every day just like Stryker. She out there bucking and playing. She feels pretty good about herself right now. She’s a very nice filly.”

Owned by Aithon Stables, Belle Hill was a $250,000 purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky 2014 Summer Selected Horses of Racing Age Sale. By Sky Mesa-Sealy Hill, she began her career this spring at Golden Gate Fields, breaking her maiden May 2 and then shipping to Emerald Downs.

The field for the 19th running of the Kent Handicap: Ethan’s Baby, Julien Couton, 118 lbs; Belle Hill, Leslie Mawing, 120; Suva Harbor, Joe Steiner, 119; Seeking the Light, Juan Gutierrez, 118; Perhaps a Pie, Javier Matias, 116; Pippa Bou Peep, Eliska Kubinova, 115.


From the Mountain Top!

The last two Mt. Rainier Handicap winners have come back to capture the Longacres Mile(G3). Will the trend continue in 2015?

Mt. Rainier Winner Longacres Mile Finish
2014: Stryker Phd 1st
2013: Herbie D 1st
2012: Hudson Landing 9th
2011: Noosa Beach 2nd
— Emerald Downs Media


Emerald Downs kicks off last year’s biggest hit–Breakfast at the Wire–starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday near the winner’s circle on Track Level.

The 2-hour program, hosted by Dean Mazzuca, is the perfect opportunity to commiserate with trainers, owners and jockeys during the morning work hours. Sponsored by Rad Roasting Company, Breakfast at the Wire features three different menu items all priced at $6. The event runs every Saturday through July and August and includes parking and entry through the paddock gate from 8-9 a.m.

On Sunday, Emerald Downs celebrates Fiesta Premio Esmeralda, an annual favorite by the Hispanic community at the racetrack.

Fiesta Premio Esmeralda includes Mariachis, Traditional Mexican Dancers, and the famous dancing horses!


July 24: Fabulous Friday Band

July 25: Food Truck Fest Day 1

July 26: Food Truck Fest Day 2

August 2: Scottish Day


Dancing Yodeler, Emerald Racing Club’s first horse, has been officially retired by his ownership group – Left Coast Thoroughbreds.

After winning two races last year for the Emerald Racing Club, “Yodeler” was purchased by Left Coast Thoroughbreds, formed by a group of former racing club members. He spent the winter at Larry & Sharon Ross’ farm before returning to training in January.

In his first start this season, he was claimed for $5,000. Two starts later, Left Coast Thoroughbreds re-claimed the gelding, but was found to have an injury that would keep him from competing soundly and the decision was made to retire him.

“Yodeler” made a lot of new racing fans very happy and set the standard for the Emerald Racing Club for the future. He will be honored in a retirement ceremony on the race track on a date to be announced and will go forward into his new career.


Saturday’s seventh and sub-feature race matches six top-notch sprinters in the 3-year-old filly division who’ll face off in an allowance optional claiming race at $40,000, including Northwest Farms Stakes winner Seattles Best Copy and Lucky Echo, who’ll face off in the Media Match-Up of the Week!

Lucky Echo steps up in class after a snappy win over Ritzy Tags, who returned to spank softer foes last week. ’Echo gets the leading rider and has shown an ability to rate, gets the nod vs. a tough field of sophomore fillies.

Seattles Best Copy returns from a long layoff after a stellar 2-year-old campaign that included a stakes win and three top-2 performances in four starts. She has tons of speed but with the outside post, she could rate nicely and find herself a decent trip. She’s also part-owned by Director of Publicity Joe Withee and that’s always a plus!

Also entered: Citizen Kitty, Haleys Rainbow, Sailingforthesun and Sneaking a Kiss.


The 45-minute program will showcase every stakes race this season including Sunday’s $50,000 Mt. Rainier Handicap and an interview with assistant trainer Sharon Ross, who saddles Washington Horse of the Year Stryker Phd.

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 10
Race 1:
Race 2: Swingshift Deputy-60*
Race 3: Hey Lil Missy-50
Race 4: Bodacious-45*
Race 5: T.D.’s Gold-62
Race 6: Coach Royal-83
Race 7: Dreamstone Cowgirl-44

Saturday, July 11
Race 1:
(DeadHeat) Ojango/Cousin Wheelz-QH
Race 2: Mr. Takahashi-69*
Race 3: Princess Kennedy-64*
Race 4 Dallon’s Gold-62
Race 5: Cheeky Stone-56
Race 6: Amy Jane-62*
Race 7: Suite One-58*
Race 8: Charlie Thomas-69
Race 9: Arrom Bear-84*
Race 10: Southerncitynights-62*

Sunday, July 12
Race 1:
Race 2: Mary’s Mercedes-39
Race 3: He’s Dreamy-58*
Race 4: Luck Out-42
Race 5: Eight Ball Parker-51*
Race 6: Im Pure Brass-45
Race 7: Advancement-73
Race 8: Ritzy Tags-54
Race 9: Betrbegone-82*
Race 10: Polish Dollar-76
Race 11: Judo-53*
*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 1:42.79 Betrbegone, July 12
870 Yards :45.85 Grand Move, May 30


Group Sales Account Executive Vicki Potter kicks off Breakfast at the Wire this Saturday and is this week’s 2-minute clip!

Construction for the new Jumbotron at Emerald Downs is officially underway with a completion date expected for early August.

FINISH LINES: Weekly Honors #13-Jockey- Leonel Camacho-Flores ; Trainer- Joe Toye ; Owner- Emerald Racing Club ; Groom- Victor Hernandez (David Martinez) ; WTBOA Washington-bred- Betrbegone (Howard Maggard) ; Exercise Rider- Abbie Johnson (Doris Harwood) . .

.Betrbegone’s stunning win in the Seattle Slew Handicap was the first Emerald Downs stakes winner sired by Parker’s Storm Cat . . .

Sunday’s eighth race for older $25,000 claimers is a doozy. Five of the nine runners already have wins at the meet including razor-sharp Heza Witch Doctor , an 8-year-old Harbor the Gold gelding with a two-for-two mark this season and three straight wins overall. . .

Julien Couton begins the second half of the meet owning a 54-42 lead over Juan Gutierrez atop the Thoroughbred riders’ standings, with defending champion Leslie Mawing third with 39 wins. Couton narrowly leads Mawing in earnings $559-720 to $552,850. . .

In the trainers’ race, Jeff Metz owns a 31-17 lead over both Frank Lucarelli and Blaine Wright . Metz also leads in earnings with $272,088, followed by Lucarelli, $239,435, and Belvoir, $205,812. .

.In the Quarter Horse jockeys’ standings, Leonel Camacho-Flores , Luis Flores-Gonzalez and Ruben Camacho are all tied for first with three wins apiece. .

Pablo Madrigal is the top Quarter Horse trainer with four wins. . . My Palmilla , $57,000 sales topper at the 2014 WTBOA yearling sale, prevailed in a $70,000 maiden special weight Thursday on opening day at Del Mar. My Palmilla ($21.20) is a Washington-bred by Tribal Rule-Bella Campana , bred by Mr. and Mrs. William T. Griffin . . .

The summer heat continues! Friday-81 and clear,

Saturday , July 18, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday , July 19, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

Bloodhorse – Velazquez Set for Jock Competition in Turkey





Thoroughbred racing action returns today with an exciting seven race card.

The main event is in race four as six optional $50,000 claimers will do battle over a mile a sixteenth. The race serves as a prep for the rich $100,000 BC Cup Redekop Classic which will be run on Monday, August 3rd.

On the rail is Mysterious Soul who is owned by Russ Bennett, Stan Steed, Morris Peter, Dennis Dale and the Grayross Stable. The son of Perfect Soul is making his first start since his second place finish at 31-1 in the $100,000 Premiers Handicap. He has trained well for his return and will team up with Amadeo Perez for trainer Barbara Heads.

Peter Redekop’s Title Contender got a needed confidence boost as he dipped down into a $35,000 claimer and out-gamed Taylors Deal and a stubborn Cowie Creek to get his first win since BC Cup day last year. When his A-game shows up he is one of the best horses on the grounds and he may need his best today. Mark Buchanan was aboard for his latest victory and will be back in the saddle for trainer Anita Bolton.

The newly formed Hastings Racing Club will be in the paddock for the first time as their recent private purchase Square Dancer will make his initial start at Hastings. He has been competitive against high-end claimers in Seattle and Phoenix and is one that will like the mile and a sixteenth distance. Leading rider Richard Hamel gets the call from conditioner Steve Henson.

Gord Christoff’s homebred Twistgrips should enjoy the stretch out in distance this afternoon. His most recent start was back in May when he was collared late by Slice of Red. He powered by the field on the stretch turn and made the lead at the sixteenth pole but pricked his ears lost momentum as he seemed to get lost on the lead causing him to get beat. He hasn’t won a race since the 2013 season and in 2013 he won twice both were with Antonio Reyes in the tack. Reyes will be the pilot today for trainer John Snow.

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s Devil in Disguise has had a longer dry spell than Twistgrips, his last winner’s circle visit was in 2012 but in all fairness he had been running against the best horses racing exclusively in stakes events. He has had a series of close finishes and looked very good in his latest start running second behind Brackendale in a scorching 1:15 4/5. His best races have been at this trip and David Lopez will be at the helm for Troy Taylor.

Raymond Sturm’s Distillery seems to be at his best when he can run near the lead going long. He sports a sharp prep in 47 2/5 last Wednesday and could be a strong pace threat. Keishan Balgobin rides for Hall-of-Fame trainer Frank Barroby.

The co-feature is in race six where the likely favourite will be Mark DeDomenico and the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s Dear Lilly who drops out of a stake race into this $25,000 optional claimer.

Her main foe will be Maralee Walter’s Hidden Harbor who will be looking for her 15th career victory. She has won half of her starts at Hastings and is always tough at this price tag.

Rounding out the field is Don Danard’s Fire Beauty, Exclusive Stable and Ray Hanson’s talented three year old filly Ambleside Park, Reindance Farm’s newcomer Imakittensjoy, 3480 Equine Inc’s recent claim Bamboo Dream, Canmor Farm’s Blended and Darren Lupul’s Honey Skila.

The Saturday program gets started at 1:50 p.m.


Race 1 5 – Captain Salt
1 – Chapel Boy
2 – Jordan’s Quest
1 – Chapel Boy
2 – Jordan’s Quest
5 – Captain Salt
Race 2 5 – Saffron
4 – Fourth in Command
7 – Bullet
5 – Saffron
7 – Bullet
4 – Fouth in Command
Race 3 3 – Yogi Man
2 – Power to Believe
4 – Southern Casanova
3 – Yogi Man
2 – Power to Believe
6 – New Jersey Joe
Race 4 1 – Mysterious Soul
5 – Title Contender
2 – Title Contender
3 – Sqaure Dancer
2 – Title Contender
4 – Twistgrips
Race 5 10 – Jockey Style
2 – Instant Cash
1 – Marruk
6 – Advisor
1 – Marruk
2 – Instant Cash
Race 6 1 – Hidden Harbor
7 – Dear Lilly
2 – Fire Beauty
7 – Dear Lily
1 – Hidden Harbour
2 – Fire Beauty
Race 7 2 – Dee Jay Snow
4 – Exclusively
7 – This Is The Moment
2 – Dee Jay Snow
4 – Exclusively
3 – Nana’s Buddy
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks
Saturday , July 18, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday, July 19, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – A big horse outweighs big races

Bloodhorse – TCA Title Sponsor of Thoroughbred Makeover

Godolphin – Fingers Crossed For Madamoiselle Handicap


Nominations for the Princess Margaret

36th Running Of The Princess Margaret
$50,000 Estimated
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BESWICK dk b/.f.2 Al Pitchko Rodney J. Cone
BOOTLEGGERS WIFE (Beauregard) dk b/.f.2 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
COSMIC DREAMS dk b/.f.2 Bar None Ranches Ltd. Ron Grieves
HAYTHORNE PLACE ch.f.2 Charlie Maze Craig Smith
LOMA LINDA dk b/.f.2 Al Pitchko Rodney J. Cone
MISS WILD ROSE dk b/.f.2 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
ONESTARATATIME dk b/.f.2 Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm Greg Tracy
RAISE A DANCER b.f.2 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
SAFARI TAN b.f.2 M & P Equipment Inc., Met Set Consulting Ltd. and Dale L. Saunders Dale L. Saunders
Nominations For the 37th Running Of The Edmonton Juvenile

37th Running Of The Edmonton Juvenile
$50,000 Estimated
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AWESOME SLATE ch.g.2 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
CREDITS GOOD dk b/.c.2 Dialed In Racing Stable, IndyRock Racing and Smokin Guns Stable Craig Smith
GIO PANELLI dk b/.g.2 Al Pitchko Rodney J. Cone
HOLD THE GIANT ch.g.2 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
KRISTOFFERSON dk b/.c.2 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
MACHO NORTH b.g.2 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
MOONLIGHT MALICE (Zenteno Jr) ch.g.2 Mark Gems International Ltd. Jennifer Shafer
N. Y. SMOKE dk b/.c.2 Doug Blair Joan Petrowski
OVED dk b/.g.2 Jennifer Smith Rodney J. Cone
OZARK DAREDEVIL dk b/.g.2 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
REASON FOR BEING dk b/.g.2 Don B. Danard Greg Tracy
SCHRAMSON ch.g.2 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
SIBERIAN NOON dk b/.c.2 Jennifer Smith, Dialed In Racing Stable and IndyRock Racing Craig Smith
WHISKEY BIRD dk b/.g.2 Mark Heppner Malcolm Beveridge

Entries for 30th Running Of The Count Lathum $50,000 Estimated

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Purple Heaven (KY) 3/G L T Maragh 118 T Bensmiller
2 Cowboys Don’t Cry (CA) 3/G L Q Welch 116 B Kozak
3 Aztec Key (FL) 3/C L K Carignan 116 C R Smith
4 Blue Dancer (KY) 3/G L R W Walcott 124 G Tracy
5 Congrats Seattle (KY) 3/G L J Espitia 115 R Diodoro
6 Centrefire (AB) 3/G L S Williams 117 G Tracy
7 Timeless Tales (AB) 3/G R Lara 114 R McLean

Owners: 1 – Ted Graling ; 2 – Maverick Performance Ltd. ; 3 – Dialed In Racing Stable, IndyRock Racing and True North Stable ; 4 – Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. ; 5 – Blue Willow Dairy Ltd. ; 6 – Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm ; 7 – Wilde Racing

Entries For 3rd Running Of The Fred Jones Stakes $50,000 Estimated
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PP Horse Virtual
A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Classic Crusader (CA) 6/G L Q Welch 114 T Rycroft
2 Go Max (KY) 4/C L J Espitia 115 J Petrowski
3 Killin Me Smalls (ON) 5/G L R Lara 125 E J Keller
4 Tiz Awesome (FL) 4/G L T Maragh 114 T Rycroft
5 For Cash (AB) 5/G L R W Walcott 119 D Greenwood
6 Deadly Truth (LA) 5/G L S Williams 115 G Tracy
7 Toccetive (KY) 6/G L S Beauregard 114 D Greenwood
8 Aces Again (KY) 7/G L M Velazquez 113 A Gregory

Owners: 1 – Tom Rycroft ; 2 – Doug Blair ; 3 – Deltin Stable and Ed Welsh ; 4 – Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. ; 5 – Southview Ag (1998) Ltd. ; 6 – Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. ; 7 – Southview Ag (1998) Ltd. ; 8 – Amanda & Gary & Lesley Gregory

Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Saturday July 18, 2015

Saturday , July 18, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Sharon and Victor Kleparchuk, Eric Dohei and Viking Stables’ Quality Lane relished the stretch out to 8 furlongs closing hard and finishing well to garner her first stakes victory in Friday’s Northlands Oaks Handicap at Northlands Park. Trained by Joan Petrowski and ridden by Ruben Lara Quality Lane got the mile in 140.19 on a track rated good after much needed showers.

Both Joan Petrowski and Victor Kleparchuk are running for the Board of the Alberta Horsemens Benevolent and Protective Association.

Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp.’s Star Lady trained by Greg Tracy with Rico Walcott in the irons attended the early pace set by Eustacia but could not match strides with the winner down the lane.

Wood River Ranches Ltd.’s Wilko’s Quiet Girl trained by Wally Pugh and ridden by Anastasios Chalaris made a late run for third but was no match for the top pair.

The hard knocking veteran mare Smile Again Theta rewarded her owners Heather Chieffo and trainer Jerri Robertson with a gate to wire throttling of her rivals in the Madamoiselle Handicap at Northlands Park on Friday, July 17, 2015 stopping the timer in 144.71 for 1 1/16 miles on a track rated as good with Tony Maragh in the irons.

Bred in Alberta by Con Stavropoulos Smile Again Theta pushed her record to 10 wins from 42 starts with lifetime earning of $159,223.

Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd.’s  Holiday Babe conditioned by Tim Rycroft with Ismail Mosqueira aboard rallied late for second just ahead of Wood River Ranches Ltd’s Sollie Go Nee Nee for trainer Wally T Pugh with Jorge Espitia in the irons.

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

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

 Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

George Washington


Saturday July 18, 2015

$8,459 – Pick 6
Assiniboia Downs
$4,834 — Super High Five Jackpot
Belmont Park
$208,915 — Pick 6
Del Mar
$20,723 — Super High Five
Ellis Park
$663 — Super High Five
Emerald Downs
$6,357 — Pick 5
Evangeline Downs
$1,734 — Super High Five
Gulfstream Park
$4,587 — Pick 6 Jackpot
Hastings Racecourse
$709 — Pick 6
Indiana Grand Race Course     
$344 — Pick 6
Laurel Park
$4,354 — Pick 6
$2,962 — Super High Five
Lone Star Park
$149 — Pick 6 Jackpot
Louisiana Downs
$19,823 — Pick 5 Jackpot
Marquis Downs
$400 — Superfecta
$304 — Pick 4
Monmouth Park
$7,003  — Pick 6 Jackpot
Northlands Park
$3,428 — Pick 5
$916– Super High Five Jackpot
Ruidoso Downs
$21,640  — Tri Super
$16,657  — Pick 6
$23,949   — Super High Five Jackpot

Sunday July 19, 2015

Fort Erie
$7,955 — Super High Five
Presque Isle Downs
$900 — Pick 6

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday July 18, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Bloodhorse – Precious – New York Forum to Discuss Lasix Use

elevated bloodstock online

LA Times – Zieralski – Five things to know about the opening at Del Mar

Bloodhorse – Del Mar Ready to Kick Off 76th Summer Season

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Del Mar’s summer meet at a glance

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


Bloodhorse – Haskin Returns to BloodHorse.com

Bloodhorse – Hangin’ With Haskin – Back Hangin’


The Distance

Bloodhorse – Father-Son Jockey Duo Competes at Gulfstream

$1,000 Wedding

This Weekend’s Stakes

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

Lady and the Track – Park – Celebrating Opening Day at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club


Bloodhorse – Pegasus Winner Mr. Jordan to Haskell

Derby Bar and Grill
From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter


Hastings Racing Club in Action

Racing resumes this weekend with a seven race program on Saturday that gets underway at 1:50 p.m.

The race of the day is race four, a $50,000 optional claimer that will feature the Hastings Racing Club’s newest acquisition, Square Dancer. His task will be a tough one with 2013 BC Derby winner Title Contender, stakes winner Devil in Disguise and stakes placed runners Twistgrips, Distillery and Mysterious Soul in the lineup.

The newly formed Hastings Racing club has 250 partners that invested $200 each to be part of the syndicate. The HRC currently owns the two year old Urban Achiever as well as Square Dancer, who was a private purchase from Seattle based trainer Mike Chambers. Urban Achiever was purchased in May at the Barretts two-year-old in training sale for $25,000.

There will be an extremely large group of nervous new owners in the paddock for race four tomorrow. Good luck to the Hastings Racing Club!





Down near the end of today’s newsletter we have published the list of all of the horses that have started so far this season at Hastings Racecourse.  The list was compiled from Equibase and just to throw you off a bit it’s all calculated in US Funds. To date as you will see Hastings has had total of 436 individual horses start at least once.

Equibase also keeps all of their stats for owners, trainers and jockeys by the amount of money won at the current meet.  You can also search back several years on horses etc. on their website and is a very useful tool for information,


After 24 days of live racing the mutuel handle is up 21% over 2014.  The actual dollar amount is $2,891,988 ahead of last year. That is a very significant number.


Hastings has run a total of 181 races so far and 1269 horses have started in those races keeping the average just slightly over 7 horses per race.


The total purse payout is now at $3,174,707.00 for an average payout of $132,279.44 per day.  The overnight race payouts is $2,474,707.00 and stakes payouts total $700,000.00.

The stake race payout will take a huge jump come BC Cup Day on August 3rd where the total payout will be $375,000.00.


The dry spell continues with record high temperatures and the least amount of rain for May and June in recorded history. The track has been fast all 24 days so far and the track maintenance crew continue to pour thousands of gallons of water onto the racing surface. We could really do with a couple of days of heavy rain to put out about 200 forest fires in British Columbia and green up some of burnt out grass.


Nominations for all seven of the BC CUP Races closes a week Saturday, July 25th.  The year the Redekop Classic is a $100,000.00 is open to BC Bred Horses and BC Owned Horses.  The Pegasus Distaff which is $75,000 also is open to BC Owned horses.


2015 Sales Catalogue

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


Lady and the Track – Macatangay –  Finnegans Wake Needs Pace Duel in Eddie Read

Bloodhorse – Balan – Finnegans Wake Back to Grass in Eddie Read

TwineSpires Blog – Caldwell – Midnight ‘storms’ into Del Mar for Eddie Read


TRF-SavetheDate-2015-fullpage FINAL



Osunitas Stakes

Del Mar Saturday July 18, 2015

Purse $80,000. (Plus $24,000 – CBOIF – California Bred Owner Fund).

For Fillies And Mares Three-Year-Olds And Upward, Non-Winners Of A Sweepstakes Of $50,000* Other Than State Bred At One Mile Or Over In 2015.

One And One Sixteenth Miles. (Turf)

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 She’s Flush (CA) 4/F L J Graham 119 E Moger, Jr.
2 My Monet (CA) 4/F L G Nicolas 123 R Agarie
3 Elektrum (IRE) 4/F L V Espinoza 119 J W Sadler
4 Theatre Star (KY) 5/M L D Van Dyke 121 T F Proctor
5 Aguafria (KY) 5/M L K J Desormeaux 119 N D Drysdale
6 Royal Temptress (IRE) 4/F L M E Smith 119 M Puype
7 Istanford (FL) 4/F L R Bejarano 121 M Stidham
8 Famous Alice (KY) 4/F L G L Stevens 121 T Yakteen
9 Chati’s On Top (CA) 4/F L S Gonzalez 119 M Puype
10 Personal Diary (KY) 4/F L C S Nakatani 121 V H Oliver
11 Nashoba’s Gold (KY) 4/F L J Talamo 121 C Gaines
12 Gas Total (BRZ) 6/M L F Prat 119 R E Mandella
13 One More (KY) (AE) 4/F L M Gutierrez 119 D F O’Neill
14 Sweet as a Rose (KY) (AE) 4/F L D Van Dyke 119 P Gallagher

Owners: 1 – Leonard or Wilbur ; 2 – KM Racing Enterprise, Inc. ; 3 – Hronis Racing, LLC ; 4 – Glen Hill Farm ; 5 – Darpat France Stable ; 6 – Lynda G. Lail ; 7 – Alley, Thrash or Thrash, Et Al ; 8 – George Krikorian ; 9 – Little Red Feather Racing or Naify ; 10 – Humphrey, Jr. or St. George Farm Racing, LLC ; 11 – Warren B. Williamson ; 12 – Haras Phillipson, Inc. ; 13 – Dunne or Reddam Racing LLC ; 14 – Gilbert or Sones


The Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar on Saturday attracted a superior overflow field for an ungraded stake race that carries only an $80,000.00US purse. $80,000 may seem like a lot of purse money to those racing at Hastings Racecourse, Northlands Park, Assiniboia Downs, Fort Erie or Marquis Downs but at Del Mar it’s only $10k more than the MSW purse and $8k more than the AOC purse on the same card.

And it’s only $5 more than the minimum for new races to be considered for Black Type.

Speaking of Black Type when the CCW and QKB meet the representatives of the New Alberta government to familiarize them with horse racing will they explain to them that during their tenure in their positions at Horse Racing Alberta many of the thoroughbred Stakes races in Alberta lost their Black Type standing and explain to them how they allowed something so devastating to thoroughbred racing in the province of Alberta occur during their tenure in their positions at Horse Racing Alberta.

Maybe the CCW and QKB should familiarize themselves with thoroughbred racing in the province of Alberta before they try to familiarize the New Alberta government.

Bloodhorse – Mr. Z, Divining Rod Rematch in Indiana Derby

Twinspires Blog – Scully – Mr. Z & Divining Rod resume rivalry, Island Town a new shooter in Indiana Derby



Bloodhorse – Shulman – Mister Marti Gras Wheels Back In Hanshin Cup

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                                       

Bloodhorse – Novak – Grade on the Line for Chief Kitten in Kent


has a new website.

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Filly First Winner for Schramsberg

Bar None Ranches



Save the Date!
2015 CTHS Sales Contract


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




Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association



The Tuesday following the Longacres Mile (G3)

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


Bloodhorse – Johnson – Consistency is Key in the Delaware Handicap

Twinspires Blog – Hanson – Sheer Drama’s stamina will be tested in Delaware Handicap

Lady and the Track – Park – Delaware Handicap 2015: Day to Night Fun for All


Will Gold N Sochi do these Olympians proud tonight?
Will 2-year-old filly Gold N Sochi do her breeder (Cam Ziprick), her namer in an Insider “name the filly contest” (Leslie Smaha) and her name-choosers (Jennifer Jones’ Olympic curling team) proud in her debut tonight in the $25,000 Debutante Stakes? Not much pressure on the baby as she faces the ferocity of a Charlie Smith filly who already won at Canterbury! A second-place finish would be as good as a win. The Jack Hardy Stakes for 3-year-old fillies goes tonight as well. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover on tonight’s last race is $3,840.
Alyssa Selman

FYI . . .

• The fundraiser for injured jockey Alyssa Selman goes this Sunday at 7 on the main level at the Downs. Tickets are $15.  There is a silent auction, too, featuring the halter of Queen’s Plate winner Shaman Ghost which could become especially valuable if Ghost wins Canada’s Triple Crown!
• Here are the places you can donate to help Selman whose spinal chord injury makes it touch-and-go on whether she will regain use of her legs: Assiniboia Downs, TD Canada Trust, Assiniboine Credit Union, Access Credit Union, Go Fund Me.
Bullet briefs . . .
• $110,000 carryover in this afternoon’s Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream
• Take the challenge!  “Be a better bettor” to make Manitoba #1!
• What tracks do Manitoba players do best at?
• What tracks are we close to being best at?  Can we improve?
• Kayla Pizarro runs ’em down at 19/1 in her debut ride — whip-free!
• Thanks to Morales, Rasheed Hughes breaks winless shneid
• Shaman Ghost offers best chance in years for Cdn Triple Crown


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Simple tips for winning
(pass it on)
Here comes the Festival of Racing weekend!
High Valley: brothers Brad & Bryan Rempel

The highlight of the summer — the Festival of Racing weekend presented by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries — is just 2 1/2 weeks away.  It will feature a special Sunday night card of racing at 7 which includes a free concert by Alberta country recording stars High Valley followed on holiday Monday by Manitoba Derby Day that kicks off at 1:30 p.m.  Saturday, Aug. 1, will feature the $25,000 Graduation Stakes, a 5f sprint for the babies; Sunday will showcase the $25,000 Manitoba Mile for older horses and Derby Day Monday will highlight the $75,000 Manitoba Derby and the $25,000 Manitoba Oaks–the two biggest races of the year for 3-year-olds.

Official stations of horse racing.
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“Unbelievable” says Kayla after winning her debut in a handride
Take that, bro!  Kayla Pizarro, the sister of Woodbine rider Tyler Pizarro, burst onto the riding scene in dramatic fashion on Canada Day by winning her very first lifetime start aboard 19/1
Kayla Pizarro
Every reason to smile

Indian Ancestry in a handride (because apprentices  can’t use a whip usually for their first five races)  “Unbelievable” is the way the 24-year-old described her accomplishment.  And she picked a great way to celebrate: watching the fireworks display that night at the Forks, she told The Insider.  Her brother Tyler has been riding at Woodbine since 2006 and has won 590 races or 13 per cent of his starts.  Her father, Jorge Pizarro, had also been a jockey for 18 years, primarily riding at Fort Erie and Assiniboia Downs.  He last rode in 1998.

So when was the last time a rider won his or her very first lifetime start at a major track?  A veteran player recalls it happened at Gulfstream in the 1990s.  He said trainer William Mott had two horses in a race–one with an experienced jockey and the other a longshot with a debut rider who had been working the horse in the morning, just as Kayla had.  The debut rider won.  If you can recall the horse or rider, please let The Insider know.
Adolfo’s “loss” is Rasheed’s first ASD win
Rasheed Hughes
Thank you, Adolfo!
Rasheed Hughes, 18, the half-brother of last year’s leading rider, Chris Husbands (they both have the same mom), can thank jockey Adolfo Morales for giving him his first-ever win in North America last Wednesday.  Rasheed had been winless at the Downs after 55 starts (which included a disqualification from first) when Morales booked off his mount, City Slewtions, in race 5 at the gate even after the vet cleared the horse to race.  Rasheed took over the reins and subsequently guided City Slewtions ($11.70) to a three-length victory, thank you very much.  It wasn’t such a big deal, though, Rasheed told The Insider because he had already won 30 races in his native Barbados before coming to the Downs on the advice of his brother.  Still, you’d have to think it was nice getting that pesky monkey off his back.
Not only do you win but the economy wins and you help
make Winnipeg the “better bettor” capital of North America
As mentioned in a previous Insider, when you bet better, you make other tracks in North America send cheques to Assiniboia Downs to cover your winnings.  Those winnings boost Manitoba’s economy and essentially make you a good citizen. How about accepting this unique challenge:  Do your best to increase the number of winning tracks with a view to making Winnipeg the “better bettor” capital of North America!  It’s a tall order, of course, but wouldn’t it be neat to try?  Here’s a start:  In June, there were 18 tracks at which Manitoba players won more than they lost (listed in order of successful play):
We were better bettors in June at these U.S. tracks:
1. Emerald Downs
2. Northfield
3. Los Alamitos QH
4. Santa Anita
5. Pimlico
6. Yonkers
7. Golden Gate
8. Prairie Meadows
9. Plainridge
10. Ruidoso Downs
11. Pleasanton (Cal)
12. Canterbury
13. Maywood
14. Saratoga (harness)
And at these Canadian tracks:
1. Grand River
2. Hastings
3. Rideau
4. Century Downs
TRACKS WE WERE VERY CLOSE TO BEING BETTER AT: Rosecroft, Hazel Park, Northville, Pompano, Hoosier, Les Bois, Sciota Downs, Ocean Downs, Running Aces, Lone Star, Delta, Albuquerque, Belterra, Harrington, Meadowlands.  Your challenge:  Play these tracks successfully so they can be added to the list.  Winning a couple hundred dollars more at each of those tracks should do it.  (The Downs will love you for it, too, since you’ll save the track from having to do the paperwork to send cheques to those tracks.)
SHARE YOUR TIPS: Are you surprised that a track you do well at isn’t listed above?  Pass along your playing tips to help others become better bettors, too, to help your favourite money-making track make the list. Email theinsider@ASDowns.com
TRACKS YOU DID LEAST WELL AT IN JUNE: Manitoba horseplayers struggled most at these three tracks:  Belmont, Churchill and Penn National.   If you have been playing these tracks without success, maybe you need to re-evaluate your play or shift your betting to tracks you do better at.  Being a better bettor–and turning Winnipeg into the better bettor capital of the continent–will mean playing to your strengths.

Hottest jock:Dane Nelson & Chris Husbands (5 wins)

Hottest trainers: Tanya Lindsay (4 wins)
Biggest upset:My Secret Cause $55 (Fri 7th)
Biggest 20-cent superfecta: $511 (Fri 7th — 3-4-8-A)
HISTORIAN BOB’S BLOG: In 1994 Assiniboia Downs lost a good-guy trainer who, even though his last win was 22 years ago, still sits in 15th place on the Downs’ all-time leader board with 463 victories.  Who is Bob’s honouree this week? Find out here.

Trainer/jockey fist-bump after bittersweet stakes win
Trainer Jerry Gourneau bumps fists with jockey Chavion Chow after his Witt Six (#1) held off Charlie Smith’s Spider’s Alibi (#4) by half a length to win the $25,000 Harry Jeffrey Stakes Saturday, a prep race for the Manitoba Derby. Witt Six paid $10   It was a bittersweet victory for Gourneau and the horse’s owner, Texas cattle rancher Henry Witt Jr., however, because Witt Six’s stablemate (and race favourite) Witt’s Tax Day broke down in the turn to become the first casualty of the 2015 race season.
“PERPLEXED”AFTER WOODBINE OPEN HOUSE: After attending an open house recently at Woodbine in Toronto, ASD player Dave Blake said he is more perplexed than ever with Woodbine’s decision to install another synthetic track in December (Tapeta).  He said Tapeta was on display for visitors to inspect and the person manning the exhibit told him that “nobody” wanted Tapeta and that “everybody” wanted a return to dirt.  Said Blake:  “There’s something amiss here. Nobody wants it, yet it’s being installed. There’s got to be more to it than we’re being told.”
Even the connections of Queen’s Plate winner Shaman Ghost on Polytrack (trainer Bryan Lynch and breeder Adena Springs) have stated they would prefer a return to dirt. “It would bring us up to the international standard of all tracks in North America,”Dermot Carty of Adena Springs has been quoted as saying.

Queen’s Plate winner Shaman Ghost
A big chance to win the Triple Crown?

horses who won the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine even ventured down the highway to the second leg of Canada’s Triple Crown, the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.  That’s because Queen’s Plate winners on Poly have had terrible records trying to win on dirt.  Favourites have foundered.  But if there ever was a horse that has shown he should be able to make the adjustment, it’s this year’s Plate winner, Shaman Ghost, whose connections say he will enter the race which goes Tuesday, July 28.  After all, Shaman Ghost broke his maiden on Gulfstream dirt, followed up with an allowance win on Keeneland dirt.  That kind of versatility is rare and it seems the Canadian Triple Crown is a possibility for the first time since it was won pre-Poly by Wando in 2003.

OLDEST “JOCKEY?”96-year-old tries her hand at it
Audrey Johnson, 96, a beautifully friendly woman who’s been playing the races forever, recently decided to find out what it was like to become a jockey, too.  (Thanks to HBPA’s Joanie Hamilton for this endearing photo.)
Okay, time to challenge yourself to be a better bettor!
And don’t forget the fundraiser for Alyssa on Sunday at 7



TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Indiana Oaks will produce a first-time stakes winner – guaranteed!

Bloodhorse -Eclipse Stakes Runners Clash in Nijinsky

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Soul Driver finds success in Oceanside as ‘Papa’ cools off

Jennifer catches the drift.

Mr. Soul

NY Times – Sandomir – Pete Rose Drama Plays Out on Baseball’s Biggest Stage

NY Times – Chang – Pluto to Get a Close-Up After New Horizons’ 3-Billion-Mile Journey

LA Times – Khan – Little world, big heart: Pluto stuns in New Horizons image

LA Times – Pluto Revealed

NY Times – New Horizons Reveals Ice Mountains on Pluto

Motorway to Roswell

Grantland -Hyden – More Horror Than Horror

Phil’s Drink and a Flick

Bloody Mary

Crossing Delancey

Keep Me Hangin On

Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth.
Margaret Thatcher

NY Times – Greece’s Debt Crisis Explained

National Post – Fisher – Greece agrees to tough new reforms to receive a third bailout, avoid total economic collapse

Greek generosity
Greece’s pension regime accounted for 17 per cent of GDP in 2012, according to the EU. Retired Greeks receive pensions worth 96 per cent of what they were earning when they stopped work. Comparable figures for western Europe and for Canada and the U.S. are about half that.

Many of the one million government workers – who comprise 20 per cent of the total workforce – receive 14 months of pay a year and bonuses worth as much as 100,000 euros when they retire.

Because their health is allegedly “at risk,” if they work longer, more than 600 categories of workers, including steam bath attendants, musicians who play wind instruments and television presenters, can retire at the age of 50 (women) or 55 (men).

In an example of featherbedding run amok, the Institute for the Protection of Kopais Lake, which has been dry since 1930, has more than 1,700 workers on its books.

Fare dodging is so pervasive on the Athens Metro, where an honour system is in effect, that it loses 410 million euros a year. Not to be outdone, the national railway records losses of 600 million euros a year.

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In conjunction with his lawsuit, Fogerty said in a statement: “No lawyers, lawsuits, or angry ex-band members will stop me ever again from singing my songs. These frivolous lawsuits in the past took me away from the music I loved.  I am going to continue to tour and play all my songs every single night I am out on the road. No matter how anyone else sees it, they are my songs.”

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Isn’t what the “””””””””””””””””VICTIMS”””””””””””””””””” are complaining about identical to what they were doing and encouraging others to do to those that they targeted on Twitter.

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    No government confirmation that the longtime loyal alberta NDP icon will be appointed the new CEO/HRA of the ARC/or the status of the racino agreement continuation, this was expected since it took racing participant FISH months to get a simple acknowledgement.

    Mucka believes that RAY MARTIN – born in DELIA, ALBERTA a teacher by trade, should:

    1/ move the new ARC headquarters to DELIA/ALBERTA to reduce costs – a centralized location 180 population where lots were given away (SOLD) recently for $10 !
    2/ part of TORY UN ENTITLEMENT TASK FORCE to slash the current HRA regulation and administrative costs to $1 million from the present $3 million (2.975).
    3/ remove pooled revenue sources and have each track sustain their programs per their revenue.
    4/ be a joint CEO/CHAIRMAN with compensation at only 76k eliminating CEO 249k package.
    5/ use track bookkeepers/cpma and contract bookkeepers to eliminate CFO 183k package.
    6/ review all aspects of horse racing to consolidate operations rather than the present CEO who in 2012 saved 200k by closing the calgary office and in 2014 put the burden of budget shortfalls on the horsemen by cutting purses 1.7 million and giving herself a 10%/20k raise!
    7/ trim the fat off HRA entitlement of 336k contractors/172 k travel/office rent 151k/office administration 135k/250k for video/photo with the current contract expiring in the spring 2016.
    8/ eliminate 3 racing/administrative mangers @ 360k and have tracks self regulate operations.
    9/ complete review of non managers racetracks 12 @ 630k to flow more money back to the horsemen.
    10/review long term commitments of 883k/ 467k/15,204k/16,168k/17,43k/18 .

    NORTHLANDS brings the superdogs back for the kids at KDAYS last seen in 2009/about time!!!!

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