Jul 292015

Phil agrees with Jicha. American Pharoah may be the attraction in the Haskell on Sunday with the newbie fans jamming Monmouth Park on the Jersey shore.



But for the bettors and fans who’ll be there long after American Pharoah’s glow has faded Saturday’s Jim Dandy at Saratoga is the betting race of the weekend.

But the Haskell looms a non-competitive exhibition while the Jim Dandy is arguably the best 3-year-old race since the Kentucky Derby.

Phil was more than a tad disappointed when he checked the early PPs for the Jim Dandy on Saturday. Some one needs to come to the rescue.

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Short but exciting cast set for Jim Dandy

This is Horse Racing – Texas Red, Desormeaux set for Jim Dandy

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Strong Field Lines Up for Jim Dandy

Angel From Montgomery

There’s as much crookedness as you want to find. There was something Abraham Lincoln said – he’d rather trust and be disappointed than distrust and be miserable all the time. Maybe I trusted too much.
John Wooden

Bloodhorse – Angst – Belmont Runner-Up Frosted Back in Jim Dandy

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Saratoga Summer on the Jersey Shore

ESPN – Finley – Making money on the Haskell

Phil has a question:

Is Finley talking wagering or gouging customers.

Saratoga Special – August 1, 2015

Bloodhorse – Angst – Monmouth, New Jersey Racing Enjoy Spotlight

Bloodhorse – After Anxious Moment, American Pharoah Cool

Walks Like an Egyptian

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – The Day the Haskell Came of Age

Bloodhorse – American Pharoah Arrives at Monmouth

Traveling Band

NJ.com – Munson – Haskell 2015: Here’s when we’ll know just how great American Pharoah is

My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.
Muhammad Ali

NY Times – Sandomir – Pedro Martinez’s Hall of Fame Delivery: Moving, With Light Touch

There is no greatness where there is not simplicity.
Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Glory Days

NY Times – Barry – A Struggling City Renovates Its Golf Course, Envisioning More Green

NY Times – Drape – Racetracks Open Their Wallets in Attempt to Attract American Pharoah

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Johnson – American Pharoah at Monmouth: Everywhere’s packed – and the benefits don’t stop there

Every crowd has a silver lining.
P. T. Barnum

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Running with the Bulls

July 31st – August 3rd 2015

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Haskell has big horse but Spa has ‘Dandy’ of a race

The Saratoga Special July 31 2015

This is Horse Racing – The Saratoga Special

Former Fort Erie and Northlands Park Track Announcer Mike Dimoff’s son Carson is off to Frank Stronach’s homeland to play hockey this winter.


Savage, Dimoff

The McBeth Report – Everett draft picks to Austria

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – New mom Broussard restarts jockey career

Maker's Mark Plans Breeders' Cup Bottles

Let’s raise a glass.
And $1 Million for Charity.

Join Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark® in our goal to raise $1 Million over the next three years to support a variety of deserving local and thoroughbred industry charities. Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark® have collaborated on a limited-edition, five-bottle collection featuring a few of the most legendary champions in Breeders’ Cup history. Each bottle pays tribute with a customized design and signature from each Champion’s connections.

This is an extremely limited offer, as only 500 bottles were made for each Champion. Don’t miss your chance to savor the memories of these past champions while helping the local community.

Through your donation you will be granted access to participate in the exclusive commemorative bottle auction which will take place at Keeneland on Thursday, October 29. This event will be the only opportunity to collect the first three bottles of the series. No reserve will be placed on the bottles up for auction.

Champions for Charity event tickets are required, click here to learn more.

Toronto Star – Kennedy – Blue Jays get David Price in trade with Tigers

NY Times – Witz – Blue Jays’ Latest Deal, for David Price, Seems to Amplify the Yankees’ Silence


TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – ‘Pharoah Phan Phestival’ offering all American Pharoah, all the time 

Bloodhorse – Angst – American Pharoah Will Dictate Race Schedule

ESPN – Duckworth – After the Triple Crown


RT – Egypt ready to open ‘New Suez Canal’

72 km of Suez canal built in less than 1 year and we can’t even keep the gophers out of the potholes in Canada.


Sunshine Of Your Love


Breeders’ Cup Challenge

Date   Race   Name   Track   Division

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

There will be no sweep of the Canadian Triple Crown this year after Breaking Lucky edged out Queen’s Plate winner and 3-4 favorite Shaman Ghost Tuesday evening in the $383,500 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Breaking Lucky edges Shaman Ghost in Prince of Wales

Phil has a question:

Has the Harper government allowed the Canadian $ to slip that far.

TDN – Breaking Lucky Upsets Prince of Wales

TSN – CP – Breaking Lucky wins Prince of Wales Stakes

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Breaking Lucky Surprises in Prince of Wales

Phil has a trivia question:

Where did Jim McAleney get his first riding victory.  (anyone born, raised or living north of the 54th parallel is disqualified from answering)

Born to Run

NJ.com – Izenberg – Triple Crown 2015: Why Secretariat was the greatest ever


Bloodhorse – ABR Releases Another Digital Video Ad

I Believe In

Jesus Built My Hot Rod

Lady and the Track – Park – Haskell Invitational Features American Pharoah & Best Dressed Couple

Leather and Lace

ESPN – O’Neil -Bob Baffert: little downside to racing American Pharoah again


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P# PP Horse Virtual
A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Actions Speak (MB) 2/G L1 C Chow 120 D Schnell 8/1
2 Joe Dunk In (KY) 2/G L T Nelson 120 R Diodoro 7/2
3 Ozark Daredevil (AR) 2/G C Husbands 120 T Rycroft 2/1
4 Forty Proof (MB) 2/G L1 R Cumberbatch 120 D Schnell 10/1
5 Zack Man (KY) 2/C L A A Morales 120 E Martens 9/2
6 Copper Coins (FL) 2/G R Hughes 120 V Olito 20/1
7 Pecos (MN) 2/F L R R Singh 119 C E Smith 5/2
8 Nolan the Great (KY) 2/C L D Nelson 120 E Martens 6/1

Owners: 1 – Barry Arnason and True North; 2 – Rollingson Racing Stable and Tremblay, Norman; 3 – Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd.; 4 – Sherisse Ziprick, Marcy Wright and Barry Arnason; 5 – Jerry Antoniuk; 6 – Ressa Harris; 7 – Terry Propps; 8 – Jerry Antoniuk


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2 Sconnie Nation (KY) 4/G L R R Singh 124 J Gourneau 6/1
3 Caporetto (KY) 6/H T Nelson 119 B Hrymak 10/1
4 Indy Awesome (FL) 5/G L A A Morales 124 C Brinson 7/2
5 Secretsatmidnight (FL) 5/R L C Husbands 119 R Diodoro 5/2

Owners: 1 – Martin Yeroschak and Barry Arnason; 2 – Henry S. Witt, Jr.; 3 – Brent Hrymak; 4 – Lothenbach Stables, Inc.; 5 – Ted Graling
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1 Flashy Jewel (KY) 3/C L A A Morales 122 C Brinson
2 Spider’s Alibi (TX) 3/C L R R Singh 122 C E Smith
3 Madd Edition (MB) 3/G L J Pruitt 122 S Brown
4 Impromptu (KY) 3/G L M Escobar 122 B B Rhone
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6 Carouse (KY) 3/C L R Eikleberry 122 R Diodoro
7 Quiet Ry (KY) 3/G L C Husbands 122 C Brinson
8 Tactical Warrior (MB) 3/G L P Leacock 122 H Wallerstedt
9 Safecracker (MB) 3/G L R Cumberbatch 122 T Lindsay

Owners: 1 – Lothenbach Stables, Inc. ; 2 – Terry Propps ; 3 – Robert Nokes ; 4 – Jason Bullard ; 5 – Henry S. Witt, Jr. ; 6 – Charles Garvey ; 7 – Lothenbach Stables, Inc. ; 8 – K 5 Stables ; 9 – Dennis Mitchell, Don Bell, Gaye Bell and Gold Medal Stable


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1 Jungle Story (MB) 3/F L C Husbands 115 D Schnell
2 Holiday Maker (KY) 3/F L D Nelson 119 J Brown
3 Floating River (MB) 3/F L A A Morales 115 H Wallerstedt
4 Supreme Rush (MB) 3/F L C Chow 119 H Wallerstedt

Owners: 1 – Barry Arnason, Al Daley, Darrell Sundsbak and Cam Ziprick ; 2 – Wind Dancer Stable and Bill Meikle ; 3 – K 5 Stables ; 4 – K 5 Stables

Saturday, August 1, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Sunday, August 2, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Monday, August 3, 2015 1:00 PM CDT

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Amoss accepts 45-day suspension from Indiana



couple different looks at Emerald Downs’ new jumbotron, which will be unveiled Friday.

EmD TO UNVEIL BIG SCREEN FRIDAY! Horse racing has officially hit the big screen at Emerald Downs.

Starting with Friday’s eight-race card, Emerald Downs will unveil its new jumbo-sized video screen for its live racing audience. Affixed behind the tote board and in front of the grandstand, the 25 by 47-foot video screen can be seen nearly throughout the entire facility. Viewing angles have already been tested from as far as south of the grandstand to more than halfway up the North Park.

Track President Phil Ziegler said the video screen is a “game changer” in how fans watch and enjoy the races at Emerald Downs.

“There are many families that enjoy being by the rail but they couldn’t see most of the race,” Ziegler said. “Now they will see all the action plus replays.”

During live racing, Emerald Downs will show its house feed on the video screen, which includes each race and replay, paddock analysis, produced features and horsemen interviews. However, Ziegler expects that there will be several other opportunities that come with the new screen.

In fact on Sunday, Emerald Downs will project a live broadcast of the 47th Running of the $1.75 Million Haskell Invitational (G1) at Monmouth Park. Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, listed at 1-to-5 on the morning line, will break from post No. 4. Post time for the Haskell is at approximately 2:52 p.m. PT.

Trainer Craig Lewis hanging with Warren’s Veneda Thursday morning at Del Mar.


In preparation for the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) on Sunday, August 16, Emerald Downs sent one of its top correspondents to spread word and recruit nominations for the Northwest’s richest and most prestigious race.

Director of Media Relations Vince Bruun, made his annual two-day trip to Del Mar, where he’s been rubbing elbows with some of the top trainers at the San Diego racetrack. Rumors are already starting to swirl of several possible nominations including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern (Bob Baffert), Grade One winning mare Warren’s Veneda (Craig Lewis), graded-stakes placed Sammy Mandeville (Doug O’Neill) and recently-purchased Emerald Downs runner Prohibition (Vann Belvoir).

Nominations close for The Mile close Sunday, August 2 and entries will close at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12.


Grab your kilt and celebrate the great country that gave us haggis and scotch!

Gates open approx 30 minutes before the first simulcast race, with EmD post time of 2 pm.

FREE admission to those wearing authentic tartan kilts!

Adding a Scottish flair to the day will be Clan Gordon Pipe Band, along with adorable Aberdeen Scottish Terriers. Pony rides and bounce houses in the park as well!

Additional Info:

Crabbie’s Corner – Ginger Beer Beer Garden by the Winner’s Circle! 1 PM – Last Race

Beverages Available: $5.00 Alcoholic Ginger Beer $6.75 Three Mixed Drink Selections featuring Crabbie’s Ginger Beer

BBQ Available in the area: $3.75 Hot Dog $5.50 Bratwurst $1.50 Chips

Also on tap for Scottish day is an Scotch Tasting in the Park! For $75 you get: Scotch Tasting Six ½ oz pours (3 oz total) Admission Grandstand Seat Official Track Program Glen Cairn Souvenir Scotch Glass from Scotch and Vine

Scotch & Cigar Tasting $150 Six ½ oz pours (3 oz total) Five premium cigars Admission Grandstand Seat Official Track Program Glen Cairn Souvenir Scotch Glass from Scotch and Vine

Contact Group Events to get your ticket today! 253.288.7700 or groupevents@emeralddowns.com

Dining Specials

Scottish Cold Smoked Salmon Appetizer Cold smoked salmon served with herbed cream cheese, sliced red onion and rye bread.

King Salmon Penne Pasta Tender pieces of wild Alaskan king salmon sautéed in a rich scotch cream sauce and tossed with penne pasta. Served with garlic bread.

Drambuie and Scotch Milkshake A refreshing adult milkshake made with Drambuie and Scotch Whiskey blended with honey vanilla ice cream.


August 7: Fab Friday/NW Brewing Co. Brew Night

August 8: EmD 3on3/Breakfast at the Wire

August 9: EmD 3on3/ Hall of Fame Banquet

August 15: Senior Day/Breakfast at the Wire

August 16: Longacres Mile Day


Sunday’s ninth and feature race showcases six older fillies and mares who’ll face off in a starter optional claiming race for $25,000, including Among the Stars and Diamonds Dena are this week’s Media Match-Up of the Week!

Friday , July 31, 2015 4:30 PM PDT
Saturday, August 1, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday, August 2, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

Bloodhorse – Emerald Downs to Unveil New Video Screen

I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.
Babe Ruth

ESPN – Cronley – Bad luck begone

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition.
Rod Serling

Bad Luck

Sorry if Phil left you wandering.

There is nothing more difficult to define than an aphorism.
Umberto Eco





Sunday, August 2, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Monday, August 3, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

But Alan Foreman, an attorney who is vice-chairman of the RMTC, said that, though he was not familiar enough with the Delaware case to comment on the specifics, he disputed Murphy’s assertions about how to develop medication regulations.

The RMTC recommendations regarding corticosteroids, he said, “came from a conference of scientific experts that was put together for that purpose [of developing corticosteroids rules].” He added, “They’re not pulled out of thin air. They’re the subject of scientific research.”

What’s more, it is critical, he said, for regulatory bodies to be able to act quickly as new and designer drugs hit the market. Waiting for the peer review process, which can take years, might allow new drugs to flood racing, leaving regulatory bodies helpless to respond.

“If you wait for all that to be done, you’re going to have a very tough time regulating,” he pointed out.

The Bacing Biz – McCoy and Vespe – Pletcher overage that wasn’t has major implications for racing

Bloodhorse – Steps Toward Integrity – by Eric Mitchell

Horse Race Insider – Indulto –  Fed Bills Fumble on Meds

NY Times – A Drug Hits Cycling Before It Hits the Market

NY Magazine – Murphy – A Man and a Woman Tell Us Why They Went on Ashley Madison

I Get Around

TwinSpires Blog – American Pharoah Returns — All the Haskell News & Notes

Lady and the Track – Del Mar Picks & Plays August 1, 2015


The Informant – Australian whip rules tightened again

Bloodhorse – Balan – Desormeaux Failed Breathalyzer at Del Mar

Reminds Phil of an old joke.

A hooker gets pulled over for impaired driving.

The officer takes her down to the station and her reading is off the scale.

The officer says: “It looks like you had a few stiff ones tonight.”

The hooker responds: “That machine can tell that too.”

Bloodhorse – Balan – Desormeaux Taken Off Mounts at Del Mar

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Texas Red the One to Deny in Jim Dandy Stakes


Friday , July 31, 2015 7:05 PM SST
Saturday , August 1, 2015 7:05 PM SST

Bloodhorse – Angst – Record Derby Week Keys Strong CDI Performance

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Saratoga Notebook – July 29



Bloodhorse – Angst – Seven to Face American Pharoah in Haskell

ESPN – West – Pharoah set for victory lap

ESPN – Ehalt – Pharoah generating excitement at Monmouth

Man on the Moon

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Carpenter – American Pharoah more than held his own among the greats – the numbers prove it

Asbury Park Press – Edelson – Longshots ‘dream’ of Haskell victory over American Pharoah

Dancing In The Dark

NJ.com – Spahr – Traffic advisories issued in anticipation of record Haskell crowds



Edmonton Journal – Stock – Mrdjenovich ready for bell to ring in Buenos Aires featherweight belt unification fight

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Lady Eli Showing Improvement From Laminitis


Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Friday July 31, 2015

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Saturday August 1, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, August 1, 2015 1:00 PM MDT
Monday, August 3, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Meet Gillian Foote at Park After Dark Friday, August 14, 2015


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – The rise and rise of York Racecourse: Why tracks need to keep investing in facilities

Bloodhorse – Monmouth Ups Haskell Purse to $1.75 Million

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Haskell purse hike in lieu of bonus series

If you pay them they will come.

The Voice

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – More than Haskell’s purse appeals to Crawford


Saturday August 1, 2015

Pick 4    $14,172.00
Assiniboia Downs
Super High Five Jackpot    $21,557.00
Ellis Park
Pick 5    $1,396.00
Pick 6    $743.00
Super High Five     $1,296.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $88,046.00
Super High Five     $3,394.00
Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $835.00
Laurel Park
Pick 5    $3,315.00
Pick 6    $1,111.00
Marquis Downs
Pick 4    $506.00
Monmouth Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $8,402.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $5,309.00
Prairie Meadows
Pick 4    $1,388.00
Ruidoso Downs
Tri Super    $6,823.00
Pick 6    $309,846.00
Sunray Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $198.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $22,578.00

Sunday August 2, 2015

Hastings Racecourse
Pick 6    $2,572.00
Presque Isle Downs
Pick 6    $216.00

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday August 1, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

TwinSpires Blog – TURF TALK: American Pharoah returns in Haskell

Bloodhorse – American Pharoah Has Final Work for Haskell

elevated bloodstock online

 TwinSpires Blog – Scully – American Pharoah ready for Haskell bid

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Precursor of Haskell an unforgettable Choice

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


Bloodhorse – Belmont Average Handle, Attendance Decline

TwinSpires Blog – Protonico’s back in action on Haskell undercard

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Protonico Heads Monmouth Cup Stakes Cast

Bloodhorse – Durkin Named TCA Honored Guest

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Rock Fall to clash with Salutos Amigos in Vanderbilt

Bloodhorse – Lochte Seeks Winning Form in Oceanport

This Weekend’s  Stakes

July 30
A.P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Handicap GI $125,000 4&up 16.5f Turf
John Morrissey Stake $100,000 3&up State/Prov 6.5f Dirt

July 31
Del Mar
CTBA Stake $100,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 5.5f Dirt
Finger Lakes
Arctic Queen Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Curlin Stake $100,000 3yo R 9f Dirt

August 1
Arlington Park
Addison Cammack Handicap $50,000 3&up State/Prov 6f AW
Isaac Murphy Handicap $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f AW
Arapahoe Park
Silver Cup Futurity $35,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 5.5f Dirt
Silver Cup Futurity $35,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 5.5f Dirt
Assiniboia Downs
Graduation Stake $25,000 2yo 5f Dirt
Charles Town
Robert G. Leavitt Stake $50,000 3yo State/Prov 7f Dirt
Del Mar
Clement L. Hirsch Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Mountaineer Juvenile Fillies Stake $100,000 2yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Mountaineer Juvenile Stake Listed $100,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stake Listed $100,000 3&up 6f Dirt
West Virginia Derby GII $750,000 3yo 9f Dirt
West Virginia Governor’s Stake Listed $200,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker’s Cup Listed $100,000 3&up 8.32f Turf
West Virginia Legislature Chairman’s Cup $100,000 3&up 4.5f Dirt
West Virginia Secretary of State Listed $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
West Virginia Senate President’s Cup $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.32f Turf
Monmouth Park
Regret Stake Listed $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap GI $350,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Amsterdam Stake GII $200,000 3yo 6.5f Dirt
Bowling Green Handicap GII $250,000 4&up 11f Turf
Jim Dandy Stake GII $600,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Santa Rosa
Wine Country Stake $50,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Turf
Victoriana Stake $125,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Wyoming Downs
Hank Mills Handicap $8,000 a 3&up Fillies & Mares 5f Dirt
August 2
Assiniboia Downs
Manitoba Mile $25,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Del Mar
Real Good Deal Stake $200,000 3yo State/Prov 7f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Ibis Summer Dash GIII $685,000 3&up 5f Turf
Queen Stake GIII $633,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Turf
Monmouth Park
Lady’s Secret Stake Listed $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.32f Dirt
Metropolitan Jets Oceanport Stake GIII $150,000 3&up 8.5f Turf
Monmouth Cup Stake GII $200,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Teddy Drone Stake Listed $100,000 3&up 6f Dirt
William Hill Haskell Invitational GI BC $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt
WinStar Matchmaker Stake GIII $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Turf
Shuvee Handicap GIII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Smirnoff Sorbet Caress Stake $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 5.5f Turf
Santa Rosa
Luther Burbank Handicap $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Seagram Cup Stake (Can-III $150,000 3&up 8.5f AW
August 3
Assiniboia Downs
Manitoba Derby $75,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Manitoba Oaks $25,000 3yo Fillies 8f Dirt
Hastings Race Course
British Columbia Cup Classic $50,000 3&up State/Prov 9f Dirt
British Columbia Cup Debutante Stake $50,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
British Columbia Cup Distaff $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 9f Dirt
British Columbia Cup Dogwood $50,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
British Columbia Cup Marathon $20,000 3&up State/Prov 11f Dirt
British Columbia Cup Nursery $50,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
British Columbia Cup Stellar’s Jay $50,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Coronation Cup Stake $100,000 3yo Fillies 5.5f Turf
Nandi Stake $125,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f AW
Shepperton Stake $125,000 3&up State/Prov 6.5f AW

August 4
Sunray Park
Budweiser Allowance Stake $30,000 3yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt

August 5
Les Bois Park
Taylor/Davenport Memorial $7,000 a 3&up Fillies & Mares 7f Dirt
Del Mar
Graduation Stake $100,000 2yo State/Prov 5.5f Dirt
Shine Again Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 7f Dirt

August 6
Quick Call Stake Listed $100,000 3yo 5.5f Turf

The Informant – Show cause hearings open to media

Speaking of Cobalt

Ontario’s rules go into effect August 1, 2015

Ontario Racing Commission Notice To The Industry Cobalt Testing

Phil has a question:

When will Horse Racing Alberta be instituting cobalt testing rules in Alberta.

Do the CCW and QKB realize that the only reason they think they’re ahead is because they’ve been lapped a couple of times.

Derby Bar and Grill
From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter







The BC Cup card of nine races slated for Monday has drawn largest amount of entries in sometime.

The total entries reached 79 horses with the BC Cup Debutante drawing the largest field of 11 starters and 1 on the also eligible list. That is a per race average of 8.7 and nearly two more horses in every race over 2014.

The Redekop Classic for older horses has a field of 10 going one and one eighth miles for the $100,000 purse.  The Redekop Classic this year was opened up to BC Bred or BC Owned horses and the purse was increased from $75,000 to $100,000 and it drew the best older colts and geldings on the grounds.

All and all it should be a great day of racing with perfect weather in the forecast for Monday.


Thursday morning Wayne Oliver of Oliver Irrigation installed five taps and hoses along the outer rail from the Winner’s Circle to the Paddock to aid horsemen in this hot weather.

A big thank you goes out to Wayne Oliver who installed the water lines and taps free of charge to aid horsemen in the unsaddling area.


The track maintenance crew received their new computerized water monitoring system on Wednesday and are putting it in to use immediately.

The machine measures the amount of moisture in track from the rail out to outside fence.  They can then judge the amount of water needed to keep the track with an consistent amount of moisture around the whole oval.

The track crew will know exactly where to apply more water to keep the track consistent.  So if you see the track crew out on the track with a probe they are measuring the amount of moisture.  The information is then downloaded from the probe into a computer program and it then prints out a graph of the moisture levels.


The sale catalogs are now available for 2015 CTHS Yearling and Mixed Sale to held at Thunderbird Park on Wednesday, September 9th.

Catalogs are available at the CTHS Office, the Hastings Racing Office and the Derby Bar and Grill.

The catalog can be also found on line at  http://www.cthsbc.org/CTHS%20Sale/2015/2015%20Sale%20Entries.html


We finally got some long overdue and well needed rain over the weekend and day number 28 on Sunday we had the first sloppy track of the 2015 live racing season at Hastings Racecourse.

I don’t anyone can remember us going 27 racing days in a row without rain and some off tracks.  The moisture although should really help the racing surface.

Speaking of the track condition,  the track and racing associations have ordered and should have sometime this week a track variance moisture machine that measure the different moisture levels from the rail to the outside fence of the racing surface.  The machine downloads all of the information on locations around the track to a computer program and then will give a printout of the results. The track maintenance crew can then judge the amount of water to be applied on the track and which areas need more or less water to keep it consistent across the entire racing surface.


Sunday marked the 28th day of racing in 2015 of the scheduled 54 day season. As of Sunday we have run a total of 198 overnight races of the 363 scheduled.  That leaves only 165 overnight races left for 2015.

A total of 14 stakes races have been run so far but that number will start to pick-up to a total of 40 by mid October.

The purse pool for the last 165 overnight races is below budget by a few thousand dollars and there will be no problem financially  running all 165 races.

People have to realize its a real challenge to run 363 overnight races over 54 days and try to run all of the categories and stay within our allocation of funds for purses.

We budget for an average of $14,876.03 per race for 363 races over 54 days and then juggle the categories around to make it all balance.

This season has been the easiest since 2010 when the purse allocations all changed and we were allocated a total number of dollars for the entire season. We must thank the racing office management and the racing secretary for doing an extremely confident job of controlling the daily payouts.


The live racing handle which actually creates are smallest source of income is still up 21% after 28 days.  This is a very strong number and likely the highest percentage gain at racetracks across North America.

The on track daily handle is only slightly up but our off track wagering is up significantly.


The first 24 days of the season we were averaging slightly over 7 horses per race but in the last 4 racing days our field sizes have dropped and we are now at 6.92 horses per race.


Bloodhorse – Taming Laminitis – by Lenny Shulman

Bloodhorse – Untapable Looks for Shuvee Relief

BC-Cup- 2015-Promo_Web-Square

Bloodhorse – Novak – Darley Closes Aiken Training Track Stable


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


Bloodhorse – Balan – O’Neill Sets Del Mar Record With Five Wins





The HBPA of BC has postponed ed its Nomination Meeting scheduled for July 29 in order to remember Bobby Hall that evening at Emerald Acres.

The meeting will be rescheduled to Wednesday August 12.





Lady and The Track – Smith – Two-Year-Old Thoroughbreds to Watch: Team Picks 2


TRF-SavetheDate-2015-fullpage FINAL



Wagering on our product continues to be positive. Overall wagering to date totals $10,459,898 which is an increase of $763,094 (7.9%). Although off-track wagering has increased by $953,183 (14.3%); on-track has decreased by $190,089 (6.3%).

HBPA Alberta – Wagering & Purse Account Stats: May 1 – July 25, 2015

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TwinSpires Blog – Glorious Goodwood on tap this week

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 – Angst – One-Fifth Curlin Share Surpasses $6 Million


  Twp Rd 502 Rg Rd 240, Leduc County, MLS® # E3416515For Sale

Racing Post – Kerr – Solow overcomes Arod to maintain unbeaten run

Bloodhorse – Solow Aims to Keep Win Streak Alive in Sussex

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary -Sexton – Expectations sky high as Frankel’s first yearlings are set to go through the ring


Save the Date!
2015 CTHS Sales Contract


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




Bloodhorse – Oakford – Small Farm Yields Big Returns for Smith

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Korean-Bred Not Just a Novelty at F-T Sale

Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association



The Tuesday following the Longacres Mile (G3)

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


There are too many 1 1/8-mile stakes for three-year-olds this weekend. Along with the West Virginia Derby, Saratoga will offer the $100,000 Curlin on Friday and $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2) on Saturday, and Monmouth Park’s centerpiece event, the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational (G1), takes place on Sunday.

Expect short fields in all four races as a result of the gluttony and it’s particularly difficult to understand why Saratoga dilutes its own product by running the Curlin and Jim Dandy on back-to-back days.

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Madefromlucky heads West Virginia Derby field in flux

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – West Virginia Derby: Tale of Verve Tries to Escape Fluke Label

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – It’s Wait and See for Large WV Derby Field



presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
• TOMORROW:  Live card at 7 p.m. features the $25,000 Graduation stakes for babies and $15,000 Quarter Horse Derby
• SUNDAY AFTERNOON:  Monmouth Park features Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the $1 million Haskell Invitational
• SUNDAY EVENING:  Live card at 7 p.m. features the $25,000 Manitoba Mile stakes then a free concert with Alberta country recording stars High Valley
• HOLIDAY MONDAY:  Derby Day features races for top 3-year-olds–the $75,000 Manitoba Derby and the $25,000 Manitoba Oaks for fillies. Plus a hat contest ($100 each for best racing theme, most glamorous, wackiest) and children’s prizes. Plus the next free collectible card in the All-Star Derby series. Plus five draws for $20 show wagers (following races 3 to 7). Plus family fun, of course. First post: 1:30 p.m.
Be sure to see the Northern Dancer exhibit in the lobby — on loan
from the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame all weekend.
Manitoba Derby line-up (in order of post positions):

1. Flashy Jewel 7/1

2. Spider’s Alibi 9/2
3. Madd Edition 20/1
4. Impromptu 3/1
5. Witt Six 5/2
6. Carouse 7/2
7. Quiet Ry 5/1
8. Tactical Warrior 20/1
9. Safecracker 15/1
Read George Williams’ analysis here.
Paddock host Rob MacLennan’s Derby choice:  Spider’s Alibi over Carouse
My Derby choice:  Spider’s Alibi, too
Bullet briefs . . .
• Still time to predict top bid on Pharoah’s halter
• Can race-fixing allegations have a humorous side?  (Sort of.)
• You thought he was just lucky in contests?  Think again!
• Here’s the amazing list of donors to Selman social (read and thank)
• Death and disease lead to lucky win. What?  (See reader’s letter)
• Another female jockey paralyzed in spill — this one in Indiana
DEADLINE EXTENDED:  More time to predict Pharoah’s halter bid
American Pharoah’s halter, donated to injured jockey Alyssa Selman’s fund raiser by Pharoah’s trainer, Bob Baffert, won’t be listed on eBay until Friday, Aug. 21 (along with the halters of Zenyatta and Queen’s Plate winner Shaman Ghost, among other unique items).  So you now have until midnight Friday, Aug. 14 to predict what the closing bid will be.  NOTE: ITEMS WILL HAVE A 10-DAY RUN ON EBAY. Closest to the correct bid (without going over) wins $50 in betting vouchers and will have $50 donated on his or her behalf by the Downs to the Selman Trust Fund.  Email your prediction to theinsider@ASDowns.com


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Simple tips for winning
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QUARTER HORSE DERBY, GOLD N SOCHI RETURNS TOMORROW:  Expect a great card of live racing tomorrow at 7 p.m. with Gold N Sochi looking for her first win after a great debut two weeks ago, with the $15,000 Quarter Horse Derby and with the $25,000 Graduation Stakes for the babies. That race should be highly competitive with a horse from Northlands Park and another from Canterbury Park taking on Charlie Smith’s Pecos who won the Debutante two weeks ago.
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TOP THREE:  Math prof Jim Roberts (centre) will be going to Vegas while Al Ilott (right) picks up $250 and Brian McKellar gets $100 for their second and third place finishes in Saturday’s Get Serious Las Vegas Horseplayer Challenge. The next trip will be awarded Saturday, Sept. 5.
Not just lucky–smart, too!
Contest guru wins go-to-Vegas tourney
Few saw this coming.  A Downs player better known for his luck at winning contests (along with those in his family) used horseplayer skill to beat 49 other entrants in Saturday night’s monthly Get Serious Horseplayer Challenge to earn a trip for two to Las Vegas and entry in a rich tournament there in late winter.
Betting $2 win/place on each of nine live races Saturday, Jim Roberts, a math prof at Red River College, accumulated a bankroll of $52.10, beating out Al Ilott (right) who finished second with $50.20  and Brian McKellar (last year’s co-Handicapper of the Year) who finished third with $46.80.  “I thought he was only good at lucky draws,” a veteran player said upon hearing that Roberts had won.
But, then again, Roberts achieved a remarkable feat seven years ago when he was the last person standing among 2,833 North Americans who had entered Hollywood Park’s online contest to pick a show horse each day. Roberts won $6,000 Cdn. at that time.  Now he has a chance to win $600,000 U.S. for being the best player in the Horse Player World Series at the Orleans Hotel Casino in March or to pocket one of 49 runner-up cash prizes.  I wouldn’t sell him short on anything — he seems to find a way.  Bring home the bacon, Roberts!
Rob MacLennan
Picked the longshot

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TOURNEY NOTES:  MacLennan’s picks would have won contest.  Anyone who simply bet $2 win/place on paddock host Rob MacLennan’s top picks for the nine races Saturday would have won $68.60–and the trip to Las Vegas (which was won with a closing bankroll of $52.10).  Rob had three first-place finishers (including Something Bourbon that paid $27.70 and $7.10) and three seconds. Why did he like the longshot?  Because the horse had been fractious in a previous start–and Rob liked him then–so he thought a clean load in Saturday’s race could result in a win.  Which it did.  Nice.  Will Rob’s picks in the last live tournament on Sept. 5 be Vegas-worthy, too?  Uh-oh, pressure’s on!

See the overwhelming generosity of donors to the Selman Benefit Social
and a list of their donations here.  Thank ’em if you see them or do business
with them.   The total raised at the social was more than $47,000.
BIDDING BEGINS AUG. 21:  Bidding begins on eBay Friday, Aug. 21 (for a limited 10-day period) for the donated halters used by American Pharoah, Zenyatta and Queen’s Plate winner Shaman Ghost.  See details here on these and several other impressive offerings.
Charged with race-fixing at Evangeline Downs:
Billy Patin, Joe Patin, LeSean Conyers
Can you say “not a winning ride?”
There’s nothing funny about race-fixing except, perhaps, for this Equibase description of the ride that alleged race-fixing jockey LeSean Conyers gives George’s Genie in the seventh race at Evangeline Downs on June 19.
“Took up at the start, angled in to brush the rail five furlongs out . . .
lost whip, lost right iron soon thereafter, trailed home.”
Can you say “not a winning ride?”  Conyers, 24, was charged with fixing that race along with two jockey brothers who also rode in that six-horse field (and are also being investigated for use of a battery on July 4):  Joe Patin, 51, and Billy Patin, 46.  The three jockeys started from the gate extremely slowly and were way out of sight for most of the race, finishing more than 17 lengths behind the race-favourite and a 17/1 longshot that combined to produce a $1 exactor of $28.70 and a $1 triactor of $92.
In a recent court appearance, the three riders were freed from custody after posting bond.  In her next race with a different rider, George’s Genie finished second at 12/1.
Watch the race replay here.  (Click on June 19, race 7.)
You’ll find the head-on view particularly, uh, interesting.
Hottest jock:  Rohan Singh (5 wins)
Hottest trainers: Shelley Brown (3 wins)
Biggest upset:   Tiz A Star $41 (Wed 3rd)
Biggest 20-cent superfecta:  $535 (Wed 6th — 3-2-6-5)
BOB’S BLOG TODAY:  Merry’s Jay, the first Manitoba-bred to win the Manitoba Derby in 1976, returned to the track in 1986 at the age of 13.  What race was he in?  Or was he?  Track historian Bob Gates tells you what happened in today’s blog here.
What Lolo wants (a win), Lolo gets again
The most contentious group of horses on the grounds is older females and they once again provided thrills Saturday night in the Winnipeg Sun Stakes.  Last year’s champion, Go Go Lolo (#1 above), did her patented mow-em-down late maneuver with Chris Husbands (inset) at the reins to pay $5.10 as the fan favourite, proving she is, at this point anyway, #1.
Oriana Rossi
Injured like Selman
Renaldo Cumberbatch
Hat trick
R. James Speers
60-year anniversary
ANOTHER FEMALE JOCKEY INJURES SPINE:  Oriana Rossi, a 10 for 60 winning jockey at Indiana Grand race track suffered similar spinal injuries to that of ASD jockey Alyssa Selman, leaving the 32-year-old paralyzed from the chest down, when her horse clipped heels in a race last Wednesday. This is the second year in a row for misfortune at the Shelbyville, Indiana track.  Last October, jockey Juan Saez, 17, died in a spill
RENALDO SCORES A HAT TRICK:  Happiness is scoring a riding hat trick — which is what veteran ASD rider Renaldo Cumberbatch did last Wednesday including the longest shot winner of the week.  He won on: Mighty Bear in the first ($3.60), Tiz A Star in the third ($41) and Miss Moochie in the fifth ($10.40).  That equals his single hat trick last year.  Can he double up?
“FATHER OF RACING” DIED 60 YEARS AGO:  It was 60 years ago this month that the most influential figure in Manitoba racing, R. James Speers, died.  He operated River Park in 1920 then built Whittier Park and Polo Park later that decade.  Before his death at 72 on July 19, 1955, he envisioned a replacement track for Polo Park (that closed in 1956) that came to be known as Assiniboia Downs in 1958.  He is buried in Elmwood cemetery next to family members.
BEST CHANCE FOR CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN FIZZLES:  The best chance in years for a Canadian Triple Crown fizzled Tuesday when Queen’s Plate winner Shaman Ghost finished second to 13/1 Breaking Lucky in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.  Ghost was the first Queen’s Plate winner since 2010 to even try to win the second leg of the Triple Crown–because of the difficulty in transitioning from a Poly to a dirt surface–because he had two previous wins on dirt.  With horses

July VLT champ Felix Berthelette gets
$250 from Roseanne

having to race on three different surfaces to win the Canadian Triple Crown–synthetic, dirt and turf (the Breeders’ Stakes)–the Canadian Triple seems even more difficult to win than the U.S. Triple Crown.  There have been 12 winners of the Canadian Triple Crown, the same as the U.S. Triple. Wando was the last, in 2003, when Woodbine had a dirt track.

RETIRED WELDER GETS LUCKY CATCHING LOBSTERS:  Retired welder Felix Berthelette found a certain affinity for catching lobsters in the Club West Gaming Lounge in July, turning free plays playing Larry the Lobster into $551.25 which included $250 for being July’s champion player.  Is lobster dinner in the offing, Felix?  Congrats!
BE A BETTER BETTOR: “Terrible” horses deserve a look
Being a better bettor means thinking like a trainer.  Why would a trainer spend an owner’s money to ship a horse with terrible running lines to Saratoga to tangle with the best?  To lose more?  Hardly.  The trainer feels he’s done something that could lead to an improved effort.  You could land a big payoff by adding that seemingly awful horse to your triactors and supers.
Reader writes . . .
“Gut feeling can pay off”
Dear Ivan:  Using horse names, I decided to make a four-horse 20-cent superfecta box costing $4.80 on our HPI account on the last race at Belmont Park on July 17.  I used #4 Ross J Dawg as we had to put our lovable 16-year-old dog Banjo to sleep last week.  Next was #3 Believe I Can.  Those words I live by every day as I have M.S.  Next was #5 Promise & Hope, inspired by our daughter Trish who has severe lyme disease.  And last of all, I decided to study the form a wee bit and used #10 Mill Creek.  I did not watch the race and came back to find my balance had increased by $1,831.35.  What a shock!  I guess timing is everything and a hunch or gut feeling can pay off.”  —  Evelyn Tilston-Jones
Great story, Evelyn.  Thanks for sharing it.

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Beholder vs. Warren’s Veneda – Take 2

Lady and the Track – Clement L. Hirsch 2015 Odds, Picks, Post Positions

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Handicapping Insights — July 30

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Del Mar Notebook – July 28

Bloodhorse – Angst – March Into Amsterdam Off Two Stakes Victories

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Bing Crosby Winner Wild Dude Heads to Keeneland for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Bloodhorse – London Tower Game in Eternal Search

Bloodhorse – Balan – Gimme Da Lute Brings Class to Real Good Deal

Ball and Chain

But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Umberto Eco

NY Times – Belson – N.F.L. Upholds Tom Brady’s Ban; Cellphone’s Fate Helped Make the Call

Belson just moved to No 1 with a bullet on Phil’s pun list.

NY Times – Powell – Tom Brady Hands Off the Dirty Work

In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.
Hunter S. Thompson

NY Times – Belson – Tom Brady Declares Innocence on Facebook and Explains Phone Destruction

TSN – Macramalla – Legal Look: Brady faces uphill battle

Lawyers In Love

Phil’s Drink and a flick:

Bloody Maria

The Guest


NY Times – Seelye – Many in Boston Feel Relief as Olympic Bid Ends, but Others See a Stagnant City

Please Come To Boston

NY Times – AP – Bruins Get Winter Classic

Hazy Shade of Winter

Superstition is foolish, childish, primitive and irrational – but how much does it cost you to knock on wood?

Judith Viorst

National Post – Wade – 2016 Rio Olympics are a year away and organizers want visitors to think of sun and samba, not pollution and crime

National Post – AP – Brooks and Barchfield – ‘What you have there is basically raw sewage’: Water venues for Rio 2016 Olympics contain dangerous levels of viruses, bacteria from human feces

Phil has a question:

Can anyone justify spending billions of dollars for countries to see whose dope is best when the rivers of the world are so polluted you can almost walk across them.

How often do you read the food labels for country of origin.

Do you realize that the shrimp, clams, oysters, mussels and sundre fish you buy may come from a river or bay like the one pictured in the National Post article.

The Globe And Mail – Longer federal election campaign will cost taxpayers millions more

Phil has a question:

Does it cost the taxpayers less when they’re only being forced to spend 65 cent dollars.

Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.
Thomas Jefferson

National Post – National Post Radio: The identity of Ashley Madison user leaked — and he lives in Mississauga

NY Times – Will Dana, Rolling Stone’s Managing Editor, to Depart

The Globe and Mail – Suderman – University of Virginia graduates sue Rolling Stone over rape story

Nothing Compares To You

National Post – Urbina – The extraordinary cat-and-mouse chase through the Antarctic ‘Shadowlands’ that left a fishing poacher at the bottom of the ocean




Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “2015 Jim Dandy Haskell Weekend Preview”


    HBPA post 37 day betting totals of 10.5 million up 7.9%,the big question is HRA 2014 annual report posted 13.2 million for all alberta live betting/ when it was 26 million/20 runners and 6 harness/ is it not up to racing association Northlands / HBPA bpa to correct this injustice for the efforts of racing industry participants.

    HRA 2008 annual after departure of Stampede park stated “we must enhance the quality and value of the ALBERTA racing product pages 9/10 with the decline of live betting handles of 46.8 m(2004)/44.7 m(2005)/41.27(2006)/36.9m(2007)/31.0m(2008). Present and soon to be departed CEO can”t get the live betting numbers right and she is heading racino extension negotiations!

    man the lifeboats!

    NEW CHANCELLOR U. OF LETHBRIDGE/VARZARI selected first graduate in 48 history instead of a political choice on When Tenile steps down after 4 yr term and after diamond jim’s demise she can concentrate on the 240 days the racing industry has until it gets its pink slips.

    APRIL ASHA meeting minutes, JIM REED proposal to teletheatre group in LAS VEGAS for CENTURY DOWNS viewing/promotional marketing to assist with track pools seems it completely missed the mark. CAPTAIN who wintered in las vegas was he sipping caesars at CAESARS with the entertainment corporation going bankrupt / was he part of the OTB proposal bid?

    PLAN B BOB HAWKESWORTH wins ndp nomination in CALGARY/FOOTHILL/DIAMOND JIM’S vacated riding/was tenile part of his campaign team?

    NDP SELINGER/JOCKEY CUP 2014 court battle with the ndp pledge of removing $5 million from track vlt revenues to ensure the money was going into “hospitals over horses” I hope that the ALBERTA horse industry has the same resolve if court proceedings occur.

    CONGRATULATIONS to BEDROCK STOLLERY FUND RAISER which netted 11.5 k in donations!

    HRA EXPENSE ACCOUNTS posted with tenile/ceo spending $1400 on new tires must have burning some rubber campaigning for diamond jim / 2 oil changes within 6 weeks march 23/may6/ $100 car wash
    and cleaning must be working part time for UBER on morning SPRUCE GROVE to EDM runs.

    NDP CRACKDOWN on hra expenses/$99 hotel rooms in calgary an no banff season pass yet?

    SUGAR DOYLE will he be introducing DERBY GAMES proposal to alberta that is coming to WEG/ONTARIO this fall, announced recently as online parimutuel horse racing betting ?

    HUNTINGTON is rumoured to be on the radar screen as a possible candidate as GM GAMING/RACING @ NP currently working for CAMECO as community relations manager producing great results!

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