Aug 052015

The post American Pharoah Haskell hoopla week in thoroughbred racing’s like Boxing Day with no sales.

American Pharoah may not be running this weekend, but for bettors Saturday’s card at Saratoga with both the Test and Whitney coming up full and competitive looks to be one of the more challenging of the summer even before you take Pletcher’s banana curve into account.

How can a you hit and think at the same time?

Yogi Berra

Bloodhorse – Angst – ‘Pharoah‘ Heads Home, Next Race Undecided

Phil has a question:

When American Pharoah makes his last curtain call in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic will the 2015 Breeders Cup be moved from Keeneland to Churchill Downs to accommodate the largest Breeders Cup crowd ever.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Keeneland construction off and running for Cup

Phil has a question:

How quickly can they get the temporary facilities for another 70,000 fans built.

Bloodhorse – McClelland – Undercover Advocates

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.

NY Times – Drape – A Troubled Jockey’s Full Legacy Is on Display

Bloodhorse – CHRB Clears Valenzuela to Exercise Horses

Assiniboia Downs Blog – Bob – The Magnificent Seven – Riders at ASD

Bloodhorse – A New Daily Dawns – Eric Mitchell

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Medication Among National HBPA Meeting Topics

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
Ray Bradbury


Logical Song

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – BC Simulcasts in Hong Kong Not Likely in 2015

Lady and the Track – Laughter – American Pharoah Receives Breeders’ Cup Spot in Haskell Invitational

TwinSpires – Blog – Scully – Handicapping Insights — August 6

My Type

Bloodhorse – Angst – Court Dismisses Defamation Suit Against Zayat


Breeders’ Cup Challenge

Date   Race   Name   Track   Division
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

The 3rd race at Woodbine Friday, July 31, 2015 presented a conundrum to the Woodbine stewards who showed that they were only partially up to the task and Phil’s sure were impeded by the lack of clarity in the CPMA regulations.

Phil gives the Woodbine stewards a B- for their decision as they did decide something and got most of the remedy right.

In Canada, the rules of racing are hodge podge varying from one jurisdiction to the next under the umbrella of the utterly ill-conceived Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) that has no idea if it’s drilled or it’s bored.

The Woodbine stewards correctly determined that No. 5 Court Adjourned had caused interference in the stretch and should be disqualified pursuant to the Rules of Racing that apply at Woodbine. Where the stewards partially messed up was where the rules of racing intersect withe the CPMA rules of wagering on racing.

Refunding all the show money and all the triactor money may be the easy solution, but it penalizes those who had wagered correctly on the first 2 finishers and rewards those who wagered on a disqualified horse.

Paying no show wagering for No. 5 Court Adjourned properly reflects its being disqualified from 3rd. But with no horse finishing third what happens to that part of the show pool. Phil’s reviewed the CPMA regulations and they’re as clear as harbour dredgings and the stewards would get more guidance from their tea leaves. From the chart it appears that the stewards split the show money between the 2 horses that finished the race. Phil’s fine with that as it’s simple and doesn’t reward bettors who wagered on a disqualified horse.

However, the Woodbine stewards dropped the ball when the triactor was paid out 1 – 4 – All. That payout rewards the bettors who had a ticket with No. 5 Court Adjourned in third. The triactor should have been paid out 1 – 4 – (3 -6) with the payouts based on the same formula as deadheats. That payout would not have rewarded those who had tickets with No. 5 Court Adjourned in third and again would have been simple.

Black Water

Bloodhorse – Angst – Choral Society Upsets A. P. Smithwick Field

Holy cow, a Holy Bull that upsets things.

Holy cow, a Holy Bull that can jump.

Jumpin Jack Flash

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates


ASD - home
Friday, August 7, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Saturday, August 8, 2015 7:00 PM CDT

That’s what the 12th Triple Crown winner has done for the sport. Regardless of what you might think of American Pharoah’s place in history or even how he matches up with the best of the older horses, he’s the sport’s only superstar. He has put horse racing on the popular sports agenda, even for people who might not otherwise be inclined to watch. The question is whether a sport torn apart by internecine squabbles and rivalries can come together long enough to capitalize on the Triple Crown winner’s popularity.

ESPN – West – Reasons to watch the Whitney

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Slight edge to Noble Bird over Tonalist, other Saturday stakes thoughts


Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Honor Code to Answer Two-Turn Question in Whitney Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Whitney features seven Grade 1 winners

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Loaded field for Whitney on road to BC Classic

Bloodhorse – Genaro – Honor Code Favored in Sparkling Whitney Field

Bloodhorse – Lea Tunes Up for Whitney in Workout

Wicked Game


Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, August 7


AUBURN, Wash. (August 7, 2015) – Camille sprinted clear in the opening strides and powered home for a two-length victory Friday in the $21,000 Copiers Northwest Purse for fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Francisco Duran, Camille ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:02.53 and paid $5.60, $3.40 and $2.40. Manny Ortiz—now 11-for-33 at Emerald Downs—is the winning trainer for owner Ramiro Meraz-Martinez.

Gunned to the lead from the No. 1 post-position, Camille led through fractions of :21.47, :43.93 and :56.07 en route to victory. A 5-year-old Arizona-bred by Rocky Bar, Camille has won two of her last three starts at Emerald Downs and is 6-for-20 lifetime with earnings of $94,894.

Spot On Babe, with Leslie Mawing riding, rallied to finish second and paid $3.80 and $2.40. Belladiva, ridden by Jorge Rosales, was five lengths back in third and paid $2.20.

Hetty, T.J.’s Only and Val de Saire completed the order of finish.

NOTES: Duran and Ortiz swept the late daily double with Camille and Remember Benghazi ($5). Ortiz is 12-for-34 at the meet while Duran is sixth in the jockeys’ standings with 27 wins. . .Three riders combined to win all seven races: Rocco Bowen riding three winners and Duran and Julien Couton riding two winners each. . Couton leads the standings with 70 wins, and is averaging 1.5 wins a day. . .Jorge Rosales went down in race seven when his mount Sneakin Cat clipped heels and fell nearing mid-stretch. The jockey was reported conscious and was being transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for examination. Sneakin Cat, a 3-year-old gelding, was reportedly uninjured in the fall. . .Pippa Bou Peep, winner of last year’s Barbara Shinpoch Stakes, scored her first win of 2015 Friday, rallying to beat $25,000 claimers at six furlongs. A 3-year-old Harbor the Gold filly, Pippa Bou Peep is co-owned by trainer Charles Essex and Dave & The Little Lady Stable. . .Bowen and trainer Joe Toye are one of the track’s hottest combinations, winning with four of their last seven starters including Lord Calezaar ($16.20) in Friday’s second race. . .Trainer Wesley Ward, who will be inducted into the Washington Racing Hall of Fame Saturday, scored a stakes at Del Mar with Shrinking Violet ($5.80), who prevailed in the $80,000 Daisycutter Handicap for fillies and mares on turf. . .Live racing continues Saturday with the $65,000 Washington Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles. Belle Hill is the 7-to-5 morning line favorite.

EmD News & Notes-Thursday, Aug. 6


Heading into Sunday’s $65,000 Emerald Downs Derby, the 3-year-old colt and gelding division remains an unsolved puzzle. The first three stakes, won by Fooled Again, Thetrailerguy and Betrbegone, produced $2 win payoffs of $19, $18.40 and $68.60.

Sunday’s 1-1/8-mile race should decide the track’s best 3-year-old colt or gelding. A victory by either Thetrailerguy or Betrbegone would settle the issue once and for all, and the $41,000 first-place check wouldn’t be too bad either.

But what if Prime Engine prevails? Coming off seconds in the Coca-Cola and Seattle Slew Handicaps, it would be difficult to deny the Northern Afleet colt the title.

Trained by Mike Puhich for Dr. Mark Dedomenico, Prime Engine adds blinkers and switches to jockey Joe Steiner for the Derby. In both the Coca-Cola and the Seattle Slew, Prime Engine relinquished the lead in deep stretch.

“He’s run very consistent, but quite honestly I’ve been pretty disappointed in all three of his starts,” Puhich said. “I’ve always thought he was the best horse every time I ran him. I’ve been disappointed with the outcomes but not with his efforts.

“We’re going to add blinkers and make a jockey change,” Puhich added. “It’s not anything that Leslie (Mawing) has done wrong. We just want to change things up a bit.

“(We’re adding blinkers) to get him a little more focused down the lane. It’s not like he’s getting tired at the end of the race. It’s more that he’s getting the lead and waiting. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s sitting a little closer to the pace.”

The Emerald Downs Derby is Race 8 at 5:39 p.m.

Prime Engine recorded the fastest five-furlong work of the year, :57.20, Monday with Steiner aboard.

Nine of the last 10 winners of the Derby were subsequently voted Top 3-Year-Old Male.

Betting favorites are a lowly 2-for-19 in the Derby at Emerald Downs.

The field for the 78th running of the Emerald Downs Derby: Fire the Trainer, Leslie Mawing; Raspberry Road, Jake Barton; Senna, Rocco Bowen; Thetrailerguy, Julien Couton; Betrbegone, Leonel Camacho-Flores; Percy Fawcett, Gallyn Mitchell; Dedicated to You, Javier Matias; Prime Engine, Joe Steiner. All starters carry 122 lbs.

Unlike their male counterparts, the track’s 3-year-old filly division has offered few surprises.

Belle Hill reigns supreme, coming off wins in the Irish Day and Kent Handicaps, and is the 7-to-5 morning line favorite. Ethan’s Baby, with seconds in the Seattle and Kent Handicaps, is second choice at 3-to-1, and Suva Harbor—third in all three stakes—is third choice at 5-to-1.

A daughter of Rockport Harbor owned by Gary Barber, Suva Harbor won a pair of two-turn events in Southern California and also won a one-mile stakes at Sunland Park.

“The farther she goes the better,” Puhich said of Suva Harbor. “She just has that one pace, and that should work well at a mile and an eighth.”

Puhich has two entrants in the Oaks. Rastanora, a daughter of Dyanformer, attempts to become the first maiden to win the Oaks. Owned by Paymaster Racing, began her career in England and comes to Emerald Downs following three off-the-board finishes at Churchill Downs.

The Washington Oaks is Race 9 at 5:52 p.m.

Through 13 stakes, average field size is 8.4 horses and average win payoff is $18.60. Favorites are 5-for-14 overall.

The Oaks has been among the track’s most formful events with odds-on winners in five of the last seven years: Lady Fifty Two (2014), Stopshoppingdebbie (2013), Class Included (2011), No Flies On Doodle (2009) and Elusive Horizon (2008).

The field for the 36th running of the Washington Oaks: Ambleside Park, Amadeo Perez, 10-1; Rastanora, Gallyn Mitchell, 8-1; Ethan’s Baby, Julien Couton, 3-1; Suite One, scratched; Cup of Soup, Juan Gutierrez, 12-1; Perhaps a Pie, Javier Matias, 8-1; Suva Harbor, Joe Steiner, 5-1; Belle Hill, Leslie Mawing, 7-5. All starters carry 120


Pure Oaks Dominance!

Trainers Larry and Sharon Ross have combined to win the Washington Oaks a stakes-leading five times and have a terrific chance for No. 6 with Belle Hill, who projects to be a very short price Saturday.

Year Oaks Winner
2010 Zenovit
2001 Graceful Cat
1998 Guinevere
1996 Ever Lasting
1991 Cadette Stevens
— Emerald Downs Media


The Washington Racing Hall of Fame’s 13th annual induction ceremony Saturday in the Emerald Room following the day’s races.

With cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner starting at 7:30 p.m., the Hall of Fame banquet will honor Gary Boulanger (Jockey), Wesley Ward (Trainer), Herman Sarkowsky (Breeder), Travel Orb (Male Horse), Ropersandwranglers (Female Horse) and track announcer Robert Geller (Lifetime Acheivement). Tickets are available for $20 and can be purchased by calling Customer Service at 253-288-7711.


August 15: Senior Day

August 16: Railbird Rally/Longacres Mile Day

August 22: Emerald AM

August 30: Italian Day


Saturday’s eighth and sub-feature race matches-up a six-pack of older horse claimers running one mile. Along with Emerald Racing Club’s Charlie Thomas, the $25,000 claiming race features Coach Royal and Southern Solution who are this week’s Media Match-Up of the Week!

Coach Royal has turned into a wild horse for trainer Howie Gibson, reeling off three impressive route wins since being claimed for $2,500 in May. The pace should be honest with Polish Dollar and Southern Solution leading the way, a scenario that bodes well for Coach Royal. Up the ladder.

Southern Solution returns to the routing game where he’s been awfully dangerous on or near the lead. In his last mile race, he just missed by a head finishing 1 3/4 lengths in front of Square Dancer, who just won a $50,000 stakes at Hastings. Look for Southern Solution to rate off Polish Dollar and kick into high gear at the top of the lane.

Also entered: Polish Dollar, Until You, Kiss Sin Goodbye and Charlie Thomas.


The 45-minute program will showcase every stakes race this season including Sunday’s $65,000 Emerald Downs Derby and an interview with trainer Mike Puhich, who saddles Prime Engine.

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 or at
FINISH LINES: Weekly Honors #16-Jockey- Julien Couton ; Trainer- Jim Penney ; Owner- Buffalo Stables; Groom-Martin Capasono (Manny Ortiz); WTBOA Washington-bred-Ryan Walt (Tim Donahue); Exercise Rider-Manuel Gonzalez. . . Happy Birthday wishes to jockey Juan Gutierrez, who turns 46 today. Currently second in the standings with 55 wins, the ultra-consistent Gutierrez is on pace for a 14th straight top five finish at Emerald Downs. .

The third annual EmD 3-On-3 takes place Saturday and Sunday in the north parking lot. Emerald Downs Vice President of Operations Bob Fraser reports that 216 teams in 30 divisions are signed up, and that NBA stars Jamal Crawford and Aaron Brooks will be on hand for the festivities. Also Sports Radio KJR 950 AM will broadcast a live remote from 9-11 a.m.

Friday , August 7, 2015 4:30 PM PDT
Saturday, August 8, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday, August 9, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Travers moves to the fore for American Pharoah’s next start

Bloodhorse- Upstart Fine After Haskell; Travers Next

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Zayat Wants ‘Pharoah’ to Run in Travers

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Enjoy American Pharoah while you can

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Following Pharoah on the Derby Trail






After another successful B.C. Cup last Monday resumes tonight at Hastings Racecourse with a seven race program. The first of four Friday Night Live cards that will have live music and plenty of thoroughbred action.

The feature race is a competitive $25,000 claimer with seven starters (Richter Red is entered back on Sunday) going a mile and a sixteenth. The race came up tough with five former stakes winners and two stakes placed runners making up the field.

On the inside is Wayne Oliver, Lee Rente, Bill Randall and the Cowboys N Indians’ Stables Wilo Kat. The son of Katahaula County has been battling with the best horses on the grounds and will appreciate this easier assignment. Keishan Balgobin will be aboard for trainer John Snow. He has worked well since his last race and will be a major threat tonight.

The Whieldon Thoroughbreds’ Bluegrass Pride will like todays distance. The 2013 Derby Trial winner could be the controlling speed which would give him an excellent shot to win. He has trained smartly for Rosann Anderson sand she will give a leg up to Mark Buchanan on the son of Bluegrass Cat.

Ray Sturm’s Distillery returns to the same claiming level where he was claimed at the end of June. He had a tough trip against Square Dancer in his latest but should get a more favourable one tonight. Antonio Reyes gets the call from Hall-of-Fame trainer Frank Barroby.

The wily veteran Senor Rojo was victorious in his last start at this same tag. Cameron Hill, George Gilbert and the Tres Hombres’ Stables were all smiles as the nine year old earned his 13th career win. Richard Hamel will be in the saddle for Hall-of-Famer Dave Forster and they have a good shot of getting win number 14.

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s Devil in Disguise wasn’t disgraced in an optional $50,000 claimer in his most recent race. He gets some class relief and at this distance he is a major player. David Lopez re-rides for another Hall-of-Famer Troy Taylor.

Rod and Ursula Bolivar’s El Capone has been knocking at the door at this level. Amadeo Perez gets the most run out of the son of El Corredor and he will be in the tack tonight for trainer John Snow.

Completing the field is Lillian Jarvis-Meehan’s Stepupforthemoney who finished a game second behind Senor Rojo last time. It was just his second race of the season so one would expect him to improve off of that race. Sahin Civaci rides foe Pat Jarvis.

The action starts at 7:00 p.m. tonight and a reminder that there is no live racing on Saturday. The next live card is Sunday at 1:50 p.m.

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Friday, August 7, 2015 7:00 PM PDT
Sunday, August 9, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

Bloodhorse – Balan – Shared Belief Still Healing in Northwest


Friday , August 14, 2015 7:05 PM SST
Saturday , August 15, 2015 7:05 PM SST

Bloodhorse – World Approval, Night Prowler Seeking ‘Fame’



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Edmonton Journal – Stock – A love of horses is what motivates the unsung workers at Northlands racetrack






Entries  for 19th Running Of Two Year Old Filly Sales Stakes

19th Running Of  Two Year Old Filly Sales Stakes

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1 Blinkanshesgone (AB) David Lovlie 2/F R Lara 117 M Malvaez
2 Onestaratatime (AB) Curtis & Darrell Landry,Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm, 2/F L R W Walcott 117 G Tracy
3 Haythorne Place (AB) Charlie Maze 2/F L D Bynoe 117 C R Smith
4 High Dollar Gal (AB) Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp 2/F L S Williams 117 G Tracy
5 Safari Tan (AB) M & P Equipment Inc., Met Set Consulting Ltd.and Dale L. Saunders 2/F Q Welch 117 D L Saunders
6 Leena (AB) R & M Stable 2/F I E Mosqueira 117 R A MacDonald


Entries For 26th Running Of Two Year Old Sales Stakes

26th Running Of  Two Year Old Sales Stakes
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1 August Cruise (AB) Buddy Bensmiller 2/G L1 R Lara 118 B Bensmiller
2 Moonlight Malice (AB) Mark Gems International Ltd. 2/G L R Zenteno Jr. 118 J Shafer
3 Charpetti (AB) Ron and Sandra Kirchner 2/G J Espitia 118 J Petrowski
4 Right Swiftly Mike (AB) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 2/G R W Walcott 118 T Rycroft
5 Victory Day (AB) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 2/G I E Mosqueira 118 T Rycroft
6 Whiskey Bird (AB) Mark Heppner 2/G L R H Hamel 118 M Beveridge
7 Modernotis (AB) Derby Quest Farms Ltd., Shot In The Dark Racing Corp.,Curtis & Darrell Landry 2/G L Q Welch 118 G Tracy
8 Dasher (AB) Grayross Stable and Monica Russell 2/G D Bryan 118 M Russell


Nominations for the 86th Running Of The Canadian Derby(Grade III)
$200,000 FOR THREE YEAR OLDS By subscription of $400.00 each and a further payment of $.
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ACADEMIC b.f.3 Bear Stables Ltd. and Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
AFLEET IN TIME dk b/.g.3 Bob Butz, Fouad El Kardy and Rick Running Rabbit Robertino Diodoro
ALABASTER dk b/.c.3 Godolphin Racing LLC Eoin G. Harty
AZTEC KEY (Carignan) dk b/.c.3 Dialed In Racing Stable, IndyRock Racing and True North Stable Craig Smith
BLUE DANCER dk b/.g.3 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
BODHISATTVA ch.c.3 Jose Corrales Wally T.M. Pugh
CAPITALISM ch.g.3 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
CENTREFIRE ch.g.3 Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm Greg Tracy
CONQUEST COBRA b.c.3 Conquest Stables, LLC Mark E. Casse
COWBOYS DON’T CRY b.g.3 Rycroft, Tom and Stark, Dale Tom Rycroft
PURPLE HEAVEN b.g.3 Ted Graling Twylla Bensmiller
QUALITY LANE (Zenteno Jr.) b.f.3 Victor & Sharon Kleparchuk, Eric Dohei and Viking Stables Joan Petrowski
TIMELESS TALES ch.g.3 Wilde Racing Ryan McLean
WITT SIX dk b/.g.3 Henry S. Witt, Jr. Jerry Gourneau
XTREME DENIGRAY dk b/.g.3 Ted Graling Twylla Bensmiller

Canadian Derby Nominees PPs

Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Friday August 7, 2015

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Saturday August 8, 2015


Friday, August 7, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, August 8, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Louisville Courier-Journal – Overflow field enters Ellis’ first Groupie Doll

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Flashy American, Willow Hills in Groupie Doll

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

BloodhorseDickinson Decides to Return to Training

Horse Race Insider – Indulto – Snore at the Shore: A Wakeup Call


Saturday August 8, 2015

Super High Five Jackpot    $8,780.00
Pick 6    $898.00
Assiniboia Downs
Super High Five Jackpot    $28,147.00
Delaware Park
Pick 5    $8,153.00
Ellis Park
Pick 5    $1,503.00
Pick 6    $1,296.00
Super High Five     $1.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $143,680.00
Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $2,749.00
Laurel Park
Pick 5    $5,089.00
Pick 6    $3,176.00
Los Alamitos
Pick 6    $2,318.00
Louisiana Downs
Pick 5 Jackpot    $629.00
Super High Five     $231,403.00
Monmouth Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $26,287.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $9,275.00
Ruidoso Downs
Tri Super    $11,303.00
Santa Rosa  
Super High Five     $5,021.00
Pick 6    $44,019.00
Sunray Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $7,777.00

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Hastings Racecourse
Pick 6    $5,206.00
Presque Isle Downs
Pick 6    $864.00

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday August 8, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4


Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Lady and the Track – Whitney Stakes 2015: Jockey Legends, Fashion Saturday, Win And You’re In

I have now taken a serious task upon myself and I fear a greater one that is in the power of any man to perform in the given time-but it is too late to go back.
Eli Whitney

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ESPN – Duckworth – The Pharoah effect

NY Times – Mather – American Pharoah Steers Clear of Route of Past Triple Crown Winners

ESPN – O’Neill – American Pharoah celebrates greatness with New Jersey party

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


ESPN – Ehalt – Pharoah basking at Monmouth

Bloodhorse – Barry – Hail and Farewell Already

Asked if he expected American Pharoah to topple Golden Horn in the Longines rankings, Baffert added: “I wear a Longines watch and they do make a great watch. That’s as much as I know about their rankings.”

Racing Post – Mottershead – Pharoah clash: no way says Golden Horn owner

ESPN – Cronley – Mythical situations

 But experts say an important lure is missing from the games of chance: skill-based tasks allowing players to compete against each other rather than passively playing only against the house. Game manufacturers even envision players tracking their progress and the competition on their phones.

“The products are going to look different, it’s going to be configured differently. You can have more social settings, more interactive games, more social games where people are playing against one another,” MGM’s Murren said.

In the future, casino floors may have giant leaderboards listing top competitors vying for prizes in various skill games.

Toronto Star – Baltimore Sun – Barker – Goodbye, slots: Casinos look to new types of machines to hook younger players

Phil has a question:

Does this not sound like an opportunity for thoroughbred racing.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Takeover Target Claims Hall of Fame Stakes


TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Brown has a literal strong hand for Hall of Fame

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Taking Velazquez/Brown combo in Hall of Fame

Upcoming  Stakes


August 8
Arlington Park
Black Tie Affair Handicap $50,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Mike Spellman Memorial Handicap $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Les Bois Park
Au Revoir Stake $10,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Idaho Cup Classic $30,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Dirt
Idaho Cup Derby $30,000 3yo State/Prov 8f Dirt
Idaho Cup Distaff Derby $30,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Dirt
Idaho Cup Juvenile $30,000 2yo State/Prov 5f Dirt
Idaho Cup Ladies’ Classic $30,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8f Dirt
Canterbury Park
Minnesota Derby $80,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
Minnesota Oaks $80,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
Charles Town
Sadie Hawkins Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 7f Dirt
Del Mar
Best Pal Stake GII $200,000 2yo 6.5f Dirt
John C. Mabee Stake GII $250,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Turf
Ellis Park
Groupie Doll GIII $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Dirt
Emerald Downs
Washington Oaks $65,000 3yo Fillies 9f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Desert Vixen Stake (Florida Sire Stake $200,000 2yo Fillies R 6f Dirt
Dr. Fager Stake (Florida Sire Stake $200,000 2yo R 6f Dirt
Eight Miles East Stake $75,000 3&up 8.5f Turf
Soaring Softly Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Three Ring Stake (Florida Sire Stake $150,000 3yo Fillies R 7f Dirt
Unbridled Stake (Florida Sire Stake $150,000 3yo R 7f Dirt
Louisiana Downs
Louisiana Cup Distaff $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Louisiana Cup Juvenile $50,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies $50,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Louisiana Cup Sprint $50,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Louisiana Cup Turf Classic $75,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Super Derby Prelude Listed $100,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Monmouth Park
My Frenchman Stake $60,000 3&up 5.5f Turf
Northlands Park
Sales Stake $50,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Sales Stake $50,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Prairie Meadows
Dan Johnson Memorial Sprint $75,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Iowa Breeders’ Derby $80,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Iowa Breeders’ Oaks $80,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
Iowa Cradle Stake $75,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
Iowa Sorority $75,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Ralph Hayes $100,000 4&up Colts & Geldings State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Ruidoso Downs
Aspen Cup Stake $50,000 3yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stake $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares R 8f Turf
Fasig-Tipton Waya Stake GIII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 12f Turf
Longines Test Stake GI $500,000 3yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Lure Stake $100,000 4&up R 8.5f Turf
Whitney GI BC $1,250,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Santa Rosa
Robert Dupret Derby $50,000 3yo 8.5f Turf
Sunray Park
Dr. O.G. Fischer Memorial Handicap $30,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 7f Dirt
Cleveland Kindergarten Stake $75,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Seaway Stake (Can-III $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 7f AW

August 9
Belterra Park
Horizon Stake $75,000 3yo State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Vivacious Handicap $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Del Mar
La Jolla Handicap GIII $150,000 3yo 8.5f Turf
Emerald Downs
Emerald Downs Derby $65,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Kokura Kinen GIII $723,000 3&up 10f Turf
Leopard Stake GIII $723,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Monmouth Park
Tyro Stake $60,000 2yo 5f Turf
Presque Isle Downs
Malvern Rose Stake $75,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8.5f AW
Alydar Stake $100,000 4&up R 9f Dirt
Joseph T. Grace Handicap $50,000 3&up 8.5f Turf
Ontario Debutante Stake $125,000 2yo Fillies 6f AW
Wonder Where Stake $250,000 3yo Fillies R 10f Turf
Wyoming Downs
Au Revoir Handicap $8,000 a 3&up 8f Dirt

August 10
New York Stallion Stake (Cab Calloway Div. $100,000 3yo R 8f Turf

August 11
Sunray Park
Dine Stake $50,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6.5f Dirt

August 12
Del Mar
Sorrento Stake GII $200,000 2yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt
Indiana Grand Race Course
Governor’s Stake $150,000 3yo State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
Indiana First Lady Stake $150,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
Birdstone Stake Listed $100,000 3&up 14f Dirt

August 13
New York Stallion Stake (Statue of Liberty Div. $100,000 3yo Fillies R 8f Turf

August 14
Del Mar
Sandy Blue Handicap $80,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Finger Lakes
Niagara Stake $50,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Northlands Park
City of Edmonton Distaff $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Maker’s Mark Lake Placid GII $300,000 3yo Fillies 9f Turf
Santa Rosa
Wine Country Debutante $50,000 2yo Fillies 6f Dirt

August 15
Arlington Park
American St. Leger GIII $350,000 3&up 13.5f Turf
Arlington Million XXXIII GI BC $1,000,000 3&up 10f Turf
Beverly D. GI BC $700,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9.5f Turf
Pucker Up Stake GIII $100,000 3yo Fillies 9f Turf
Secretariat Stake GI $450,000 3yo 10f Turf
Straight Line Stake $65,000 3yo 8f AW
Arapahoe Park
Spicy Stake $40,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Charles Town
Frank Gall Memorial $50,000 3&up State/Prov 7f Dirt
Del Mar
Del Mar Oaks GI $300,000 3yo Fillies 9f Turf
Emerald Downs
Barbara Shinpoch Stake $50,000 2yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt
W.T.B.O.A. Lads Stake $50,000 2yo Colts & Geldings 6.5f Dirt
Monmouth Park
Blue Sparkler Stake $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 5.5f Turf
Northlands Park
Canadian Derby GIII-Can $200,000 3yo 11f Dirt
Northlands Marathon #1 $18,000 3&up R 11f Dirt
Sonoma Stake $50,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Sun Sprint Championship $50,000 3&up 6.5f Dirt
Westerner Handicap $50,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Remington Park
David M. Vance Sprint Stake $75,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Governor’s Cup Listed $175,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Adirondack Stake GII $200,000 2yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt
Fourstardave Handicap GII $500,000 3&up 8f Turf
Santa Rosa
Jess Jackson Owner’s Handicap $50,000 3&up 5f Turf
Honey Jay Stake $75,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Vandal Stake $150,000 2yo R 6f AW

August 16
Arapahoe Park
Arapahoe Park Classic $100,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Gold Rush Futurity $100,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Del Mar
Rancho Bernardo Handicap GIII $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6.5f Dirt
Del Mar
Solana Beach Handicap $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8f Turf
Emerald Downs
Emerald Distaff $65,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Longacres Mile GIII $200,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Elm Stake GIII $633,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Sekiya Kinen GIII $685,000 3&up 8f Turf
Monmouth Park
Colleen Stake $60,000 2yo Fillies 5f Turf
Toyota Saratoga Special Stake GII $200,000 2yo 6.5f Dirt
Santa Rosa
Cavonnier Juvenile Stake $50,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Breeders’ Stake $500,000 3yo R 12f Turf
Sky Classic Stake GII-Can $200,000 3&up 10f Turf

August 17
Saratoga Dew Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 9f Dirt

August 18
Sunray Park
C.O. Ken Kendrick Memorial Stake $50,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 4.5f Dirt
Totah Stake $50,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 4.5f Dirt

August 19
Assiniboia Downs
Body Works Stake $18,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Osiris Stake $25,000 2yo 5.5f Dirt
R.J. Speers Stake $25,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Del Mar
Green Flash Handicap $80,000 3&up 5f Turf
Bolton Landing $100,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 5.5f Turf
August 20
Union Avenue Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6.5f Dirt

Bloodhorse – Angst – Palace Malice to Return Sunday in Alydar

Bloodhorse – Palace Malice Earns Bullet in Saratoga Breeze

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Om reverts to turf in La Jolla

Bloodhorse – Balan – Dirt Runners Try Turf in La Jolla Handicap

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Brown Trio Challenge Kitten’s Point in Waya

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Distance should suit Danza Cavallo in Waya

Derby Bar and Grill
From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter







BC Cup Day at Hastings on the holiday Monday was nothing less then one great day of horse racing at the east Hastings oval.

The weather was perfect, the field size was the largest in years on BC Cup Day and the racing was spectacular.

The track was a little slower then it has been in the last several weeks and for a change it was not speed bias.

Arabella’s Muse was a standout  the day  and easily won the Pegasus BC Cup Distaff for fun.  She proved she is by far the best older and filly on the grounds.

Arabella's Muse winning the Pegasus Distaff Stakes at Hastings Racecourse with jockey Richard Hamel up. Four Footed Foto

The $100,000 Redekop Classic, the finish couldn’t have been better as the Cinderella horse Square Dancer recently purchased by the Hastings Racing Club made it two for two by coming from far back to photo out Modern in a close one.

Square Dancer winning the Redekop Classic Stakes race at Hastings Racecourse with jockey Scott Williams up.

The handle was just over $1.3 million which was a little behind last  years BC Cup but last year there was 10 races and two huge show-minus pools of over $250,000. Take those two elements out of the equation and the handle was actually up.

Friday Night Live Begins this Friday

The very popular Friday Night Live amongst the younger set starts this Friday night with seven very good races on the program.

The featured six race should be very competitive with a number of stake winners entered.

Stats Day

No time for stats today, but will catch up later in the week.








it was a beautiful Friday evening at Hastings Racecourse as the first of four August “Friday Night Live” programs kicked off last night.

Devil in Disguise won the feature on Friday at Hastings - Lisa Thompson Photo

The feature race was taken by the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s Devil in Disguise who visited the winner’s circle for the first time in three long years. Elvis must have been shaking his hips after this race. The son of 2004 Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones sat a nice trip in behind the dawdling early fractions (24.97, 48.98) that were being set by Bluegrass Pride and Distillery. Replacement rider Alex Marti who was subbing for the injured David Lopez saw an opening on the rail at the three-eighths pole and darted through and had enough left to hold off a fast closing Wilo Kat at stopped the teletimer in 1:45.08 for the mile and a sixteenth. The runner-up Wilo Kat was held up in traffic and made a furious dash for the line but fell a half-length short. The betting choice Senor Rojo was compromised by the slow early fractions and had to settle for an unlucky third.

The Friday night opener saw the Rocking Bar B Outfit’s Clarisse B take full advantage of a three horse speed duel and rally from well off the pace to kick things off at 9-2 (11.60) which would end up being the longest price of the night. Antonio Reyes was at the controls for Frank Barroby.

Angel Arevalo and Jovita Ascon’s Morita did everything right in her debut and after the disappearance of half of her rivals, through scratches, she only needed to out-game two other opponents over the three and a half furlong trip and she successfully took home top honours. Rider Gabby Asencio and trainer Milton Palma teamed up for the win.


Irish Rpmeo - Lisa Thompson Photo

The easiest winner on the card was Gail Breckenridge’s Irish Romeo who bided his time at the back of the pack through the early fractions and then made the sizzling move on the final bend engulfing the field and drawing away to win by just under four lengths. Richard Hamel gave another perfect ride for trainer Pat Jarvis.


John and Kim Morrison’s Chic Bird just outlasted Little Blossom in an exciting finish to race four. She settled in behind a contested pace and scooted up the inside under Jeff Burningham to get in contention and then drifted off the rail and was game to the wire earning her first win of the season.

Zanita Rosae (Richard Hamel) powered by The Tenant in the stretch to get her second win of the season for the Sapphire Stables and trainer Sandra Loseth.

The husband and wife combo of Jeff and Lacie Burningham closed out the evening with a popular victory with Instant Cash.

Jeff Birmingham won two on the card - Jackie Humber Photo

The win gave Burningham a riding double, along with Chic Bird. Richard Hamel added to his lead atop the standings with two victories, Irish Romeo and Zanita Rosae which gives him a 43-39 edge over Pedro Alvarado.

The sires Stephanotis and Cause to Believe both had stallion doubles.

The claim box was active again tonight as four horses changed hands. In the opener, Rachael Run ($6,250) was claimed by Toni Cloutier and Carousel Farms for trainer Mark Cloutier. Mark was busy again in race three re-claiming Rebus ($14,000) for former owners Pat and Tony Hepburn. Fred and Sheldon Kwan also claimed Stoneridge Ruler ($16,000) out of the same race for trainer Harold Barroby. In the second, Bob Rohman snared Forest Bliss for $12,500 out of her two year old debut.

The Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 jackpot was not hit Friday and will have a carryover of over $6,000 heading into our next card which is Sunday. First post is at 1:50 p.m.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Haigh – International jockey challenges: Do they serve any useful purpose?

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Latest from Arlington: defections of The Corsican, Divisidero


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)



Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Grassick – How consignors extraordinaire Etienne and Anna Drion set about creating a racehorse





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.





TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – American Pharoah has nothing more to prove against his peers


TRF-SavetheDate-2015-fullpage FINAL



Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Two Paths Toward Integrity

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Nominations for the 86th running of the Canadian Derby

Canadian Derby Nominees PPs

2015 Canadian Derby Contest




The Ennead¹³ may have noticed that so far there has been no 2015 Canadian Derby Contest posted. Being a wagering type of guy Phil’s gonna use the jiggies CUP (Cruel and Unusual Punishment) Day at Century Downs at Balzac to determine if he will be ponying up the for the prizes out of his own pocket, unlike the CCW and QKB who are the epitome of Double Dippers.

If the total handle at Century Downs  exceeds the total purse money that is paid out on CUP day Phil will have a contest. If it doesn’t Phil will buy himself an exceptional bottle of Bourbon.

The handle for the jiggies at Century Downs on Friday, August 7, 2015 totaled $27,420 for 8 races. Equibase shows that the WPS pool in the 8th race at Northlands park on Friday was $21,813.00. As Equibase uses US$ we have to convert that to Canuck Bucks. $28,623.00.  That’s over 1,000 Canuck bucks more wagered on the WPS pool on the last race of the day at Northlands Park than was wagered on the entire card at Cebtury Downs at Balzac.

Phil has a question:

What’s wrong with the leadership at Horse Racing Alberta when they continue to promote the jiggies to the detriment of the thoroughbred industry while the fans speak loud, clear and often with their Canuck Bucks that they’d rather watch and wager on the thoroughbreds.

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Take Charge Brandi in Difficult Test at Saratoga

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Take Charge Brandi back in Saratoga’s Test

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Take Charge Brandi will ‘Test’ nine rivals at Saratoga

Bloodhorse – Angst – Champion Take Charge Brandi Returns in Test

In the case of Liam’s Map, a winner of four races by a combined margin of 23 1/4 lengths, his owners, Vincent Viola and wife Teresa, did a masterful job of paying tribute to Liam Collins, one of the first American special operations soldiers to arrive in Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001. Collins would go on to become the executive director of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, which Vincent Viola, a graduate of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, funded. When Collins later moved from his position at the CTC to become a professor at the USMA, he was honored at the Army’s traditional Hail and Farewell ceremony. It was there that Collins presented Viola with a very special gift.
“You usually present a memento to the departing officer or soldier, so after Liam received his memento, and gave thanks for his service, he paused the ceremony, and he presented me with the silk survival map he carried when he went into Afghanistan,” Viola said. “I was so moved. I had just purchased this beautiful Unbridled’s Song yearling, so I told Liam I was going to name him Liam’s Map.” Viola said the 4-year-old colt has proven to be very worthy of carrying Collins’ name. “Liam’s Map has the heart of a soldier, and the fortitude of a hero,” Viola remarked.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Johnson – Why it’s so apt that Whitney-bound Liam’s Map has the “heart of a soldier”

It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears.
Rod Serling

Just when you thought it was safe to dive into the Saratoga Pick 4 pool Todd Pletcher throws a cut curving sliding knuckle-ball change-up at the handicappers.

With Javier Castellano and John R Velasquez named on other horses for other trainers in the Test and Whitney at Saratoga on Saturday, August 8, 2015 Pletcher doesn’t make a call down to the Saratoga jock’s room, but all the way across the Continent to Del Mar and brings in veteran Mike Smith to ride Angela Renee in the Test and the lightly raced rapidly improving Liam’s Map in the Whitney. Smith has ridden neither horse before so there’s no history.

Does Pletcher have a plan or is he just playing with the handicappers’ minds hoping to induce a number of sleepless nights in Seattle and every other city across North America.

Pletcher must know that rule number 5,689.11.01 (c) of handicapping states that whenever a jockey and / or their agent choose to move from one horse to another in a race be sure to have a serious look at the horse they moved from as we all know how smart jockeys and their agents can be.

Save The Last Dance For Me





The Southview omnibus may have to make stops at Mannville and Minburn to get that many for the winners’ circle.

Magic Bus

Phil heard a rumour that a Northlands Park Racing Club will be available for the 2016 thoroughbred season at Northlands Park.

Stay tuned for details.

Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest


(until September 19)

(starting September 20)

Sign up at the information desk.


Bloodhorse – Wise Dan on Target for September Return

Bloodhorse – Balan – O’Neill Stablemates to Battle in Best Pal

TwinSpires Blog – Best Pal full of promise, Mabee has the usual suspects

Bloodhorse – Fanticola Seeking Continued Success in Mabee

2015 HBPA of Alberta Election – Board of Directors







This is a reminder that Ballots for the 2015 HBPA Board of Directors election must be returned to the Association’s Auditor postmarked no later than August 7, 2015.

The Auditor advises that to date only approximately 27% of the membership have cast votes. We would again encourage all members to exercise your right by voting for Directors who will represent your interests for the next three (3) year period.

In the alternative to returning your Ballots by mail, especially for our Trainer members, Ballots can be cast August 7, 2015 at the HBPA office located in the Control office on the Northlands backstretch.

Please also note that we have had approximately ten (10) Ballots returned in the mail due to addresses which were incorrect or no longer valid. All addresses appearing on the HRA three year and/or one year Licenses were sources to send out the Ballots. If you did not receive your Ballot and are licensed in Alberta as an “A” racetrack Owner or Trainer you are automatically a member of the HBPA of Alberta. Please contact the office at 403-263-7499 or  Theresa Sealy @ 403-540-8707 to request a replacement Ballot.


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       

Let’s Be Careful Out There

 Lady and the Track – Macatangay –  Beholder Fits in Pacific Classic at Del Mar


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

Bloodhorse – Hanging With Haskin – Bronwen Healy’s American Adventure

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Broodmare Sarasota Shining in Both Hemispheres


Save the Date!
2015 CTHS Sales Contract


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

Thoroughbred Internet – Mogok flying family’s flag in SA

DRF – The Green Monkey daughter wins Panama’s filly Triple Crown

Bloodhorse – Entrepreneurs Wanted at Arizona Symposium

Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association



The Tuesday following the Longacres Mile (G3)

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



$27,733 CARRYOVER in tomorrow night’s Jackpot Hi-5
The smiles at the post-Manitoba Derby reception Monday in the Terrace Dining Room said it all.  Clay Brinson (right) joked that his job as the trainer of Derby winner Flashy Jewel had been on the line because he had talked the horse’s Canterbury Park owner into shipping the horse to the Derby.  The owner hadn’t really wanted to; after all, the colt had shown only 6-furlong success.  Then jockey Adolfo Morales (left) did a magnificent job holding the 11/1 long shot together for 1 1/8-miles, outgaming fan favourite Witt Six. That’s Derby Belle Francine Fournier steadying the cake-cutting knife.
“Home run,” Dunn says about festival weekend
The Downs’ first-ever Festival of Racing weekend was a “home run,” CEO Darren Dunn told guests at the post-Derby reception Monday–and the Downs will do it again on the Labour Day weekend in four weeks.  Sunday night racing worked:  More than $270,000 was wagered on the seven races and the tarmac was packed afterward for the Alberta brothers of the High Valley group who put on a pleasing show.  Derby Day wagering was $482,000, down from $547,000 last year but still well above the $302,000 of two years ago.  The stretch-long duel between Flashy Jewel and Witt Six made the Manitoba Derby one of the most exciting in Derby history.
Flashy Jewel (on the rail) holds off Witt Six to win Derby.  Jockey Adolfo Morales hugs trainer Clay Brinson while Manitoba sports minister Ron Lemieux smiles approvingly, happy that he bet the winner.
Minister picked the winner then presents trophy
You would think he almost knew something.  The provincial minister who presented the Derby cup to the winning connections had bet the winner.  So he had reason to be extra-happy in the Winner’s Circle.  So how DID Ron Lemieux, (the minister of tourism, culture, heritage, sport and consumer protection), pick the 11/1 longshot winner?  By the colt’s “calm demeanor” in the paddock, he told The InsiderFlashy Jewel reminded him, he said, of his daughter Christa’s dressage horse, Holland’s Dream, whose calm manner led to successful performances.  Bang on, Mr. Minister!  I think that entitles you to add “Minister of Paddock Smarts” to your bulky portfolio!
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Canterbury horses win three races in pick-4: $3,693
Will Derby Day, 2015, come to be known as “Canterbury invasion day?”  After all, three of the nine races were won by horses who shipped in from Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, including the Derby winner, of course. And the three horses were part of the pick-4 which paid a handsome $3,693.  So if you liked Canterbury ship-ins, you had a very, very good day, indeed.  Al Ilott, a recent second-place finisher in the monthly horseplayer tournament, was one of only three pick-4 winners. He wasn’t partial to the Canterbury horse in the Derby; he said, he had simply wheeled “all” horses in the race.
The Canterbury ship-in winners were:
  Race 6 — Stand Up Rita ($2,500 claimer ridden by Paul Leacock) $21.60
  Race 8 — Master Master ($5,000 claimer ridden by Ry Eikleberry) 9.60
  Race 9 — Flashy Jewel (Manitoba Derby ridden by Adolfo Morales) 24.00
There was also a Northlands Park ship-in winner:
  Race 5 — Play in the Sun ($5,000 maiden claimer — Dane Nelson) $12.70
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Dane Nelson pick-3 pays $263 for $1
Dane Nelson

Derby day will be particularly memorable for jockey Dane Nelson, too. He won four races including:

  Race 1 — Rising Icon $12.20
  Race 3 — Holiday Maker$5.80
  Race 4 — Witt’s Party$32.70
  Race 5 — Play in the Sun$12.70
The Dane Nelson Pick-3 (races 3 to 5) paid $263 for $1
FYI . . .
• Just 15 days of live racing remain so you’d better hurry to book a race night buffet.  Many nights are sold out.  Phone 204-885-3330.  Schedule.
City Slewtions, a mare that jockey Adolfo Morales had booked off on July 8 (and Rasheed Hughes rode to his first victory at the Downs), has been retired from racing after pulling up lame in her next race with Hughes aboard.  After healing for three months from a sesamoid fracture, the 6-year-old will be a fine horse for less-arduous activities, said owner Randy Premachuk
Bullet briefs . . .
• Alyssa Selman makes a surprise visit
• Yes, there WAS a full moon last weekend
• High show prices in Zdeno race confuses newbies
• Can you name five of the “Magnificent 7” jockeys (1,000 wins)? 
• Any “Witt” will do, says horse owner Henry Witt
• 18-year-old trainer is on a tear.  What’s his latest feat?
ONE MORE WEEK FOR YOUR PHAROAH PREDICTION:  Predict the final bid on eBay for American Pharoah’s halter donated by Bob Baffert to help injured jockey Alyssa Selman who now is confined to a wheelchair (see below)  The halter will be listed on eBay starting Friday, Aug. 21 and the bidding will last 10 days.  Email your prediction to by Friday midnight, Aug. 14.  The entrant who comes closest without going over wins $50 in wagering vouchers and gets $50 donated to the Selman Trust Fund by the Downs.
SO YOU THINK YOU’RE SO SMART?  Without peeking at Bob’s blog, what seven jockeys in the history of Assiniboia Downs have won more than 1,000 races?  Bob calls them the Magnificent 7.  If you get just five of them without peeking, you can call yourself “magnificent,” too!
STANLEY CUP CONTEST WINNER BETS ON SPIDER’S ALIBI: Rod Zaretsky, the winner of The Insider’s Stanley Cup contest, put his $50 win/place wager on Spider’s Alibi in the Manitoba Derby.  The colt finished third when the two front-runners didn’t tire as might have been expected.


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Henry Witt Jr. (right) with trainer Jerry Gourneau
“Any Witt will do, thank you!”

TOMORROW NIGHT: “WITT’S SO BOSSY” Who says?  Actually, that’s just another “Witt” horse among 35 who bear the name of horse owner Henry Witt, Jr. who raises cattle, sells used cars and replaces auto glass in Wako, Texas and who came up to Canada for the first time on the weekend to watch Witt Six in the Manitoba Derby.  Although his colt fell just short to Flashy Jewel after a brilliant, exciting race, the Texan had earlier been able to celebrate a victory by Witt’s Party ($34.70) in the 4th race and he told The Insider he gets just as excited seeing his horse win a bottom-level claimer as he does a classier win.

Besides the 35 horses who bear his name the personable Texan (who once was a champion race car driver) owns 15 others, he said.  He has them in two places: Texas and Manitoba where he counts on Jerry Gourneau to make lots of trips to the Winner’s Circle–which he has.  Tomorrow night, his Texas-bred filly Witt’s So Bossy faces four Manitoba-breds in the first race, a maiden event for 2-year-olds. Then Witt has a Lone Star horse, Esscalator, making his first foray into Manitoba in the second race, a $2,500 claimer, with leading win percentage jockey Dane Nelson handling the reins.


Does it explain weekend weirdness?
For those looking for an explanation for weird stuff happening during racing on the weekend–yes, there WAS a full moon.  Things were especially out of whack Sunday.  Horses who weren’t expected to be on the lead, were.  And they set a slow enough pace to win.  In race 3, the American Pharoah of Assiniboia Downs, 1/9 favourite Zdeno, didn’t fire and finished fourth (his owner thinks a virus was responsible) and, in the fourth race, the horse that was everyone’s key in the pick-4, The Forks, stumbled out of the gate, throwing his rider, Renaldo Cumberbatch, to the ground.  Yikes!
And veterans were talking about Monday’s track not being the kind of speed-holding track typical of afternoon racing at the Downs.  But, then again, speed DID hold all the way in the 1 1/8-miles Manitoba Derby. Go figure. Spider’s Alibi was expected to be able to close on speedsters but Spider could only get third as the two speed horses–Flashy Jewel and Witt Six–just kept on going.
So, for those looking for an “other worldly” explanation for the unexplainable, there you have it:  the full moon phase officially started Friday, July 31.
Race of the week


Hottest jock: Dane Nelson (8 wins)
Hottest trainers: Tanya Lindsay (4 wins)
Biggest upset: Witt’s Party $32.70 (Mon 4th)
Biggest 20-cent superfecta:  $771 (Mon 4th — 6-3-2-7)
BOB’S BLOG TODAY:  The Magnificent 7 (ASD jockeys who won more than 1,000 races).  Can you name five — so you can call yourself “magnificent” as well?  (No peeking.)  Go here to see if you’re right.
Making their mark
Wearing his lucky shirt, trainer Charlie Smith, the king of baby stakes, chats with paddock host Rob MacLennan after nabbing another–the Graduation Stakes–with Minnesota-bred Pecos; trainer Jared “I bleed for the Seahawks” Brown (top right) finally sees his California-winning filly, Holiday Maker ($5.80), beat her nemesis, K 5 Stables’ Supreme Rush, in the Manitoba Oaks; trainer Tanya Lindsay celebrates winning the Manitoba Mile with the returning Magic d’ Oro and 18-year-old Cole Bennett marks another milestone as a trainer: finishing one-two in a race with his Sailor de Mer and Notable Magic.  Next move for the young trainer after the Downs meet closes?  The race meet in Lethbridge in September and October.
Alyssa Selman
Overwhelmed by generosity

SELMAN MAKES SURPRISE VISIT:  What a gal! Despite confinement to a wheelchair after injuring her spine in a spill from a horse, Alyssa Selman was smiling broadly and was highly upbeat in a surprise visit to the Downs on Saturday where she mingled with friends on the north side of the main level.  She described being overwhelmed by the outpouring of gifts and donations to the Selman Trust Fund and especially to trainer Bob Baffert who had sent the halter from Triple Crown champion American Pharoah.

She said she will remain in hospital for three months undergoing monitoring and treatment for her injury and spending an hour a day in physiotherapy. Her husband, Rumesh, made a rare appearance in the quarter horse race the night she was there. More than $100,000 has been raised in her trust fund so far.  American Pharoah’s halter will be the lead item among various valuable donations that will hit eBay in two weeks.  Alyssa was paralyzed from the chest down after a spill from a horse and has only a remote chance of walking again.
TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN?  Inexperienced horseplayers who cashed show tickets after the third race Sunday night didn’t know whether to take the money and run or to ask whether a computer was malfunctioning because they were being paid in $10 and $20 bills for a mere $2 show wager.  That’s when they found out about the “bridgejumper” concept.  Almost $50,000 was bet to show on Zdeno by “bridgejumpers” expecting to get a quick, easy five per cent return on their money.  But the 4-year-old didn’t fire and finished fourth (likely suffering from a virus said his owner).  Which resulted in these payoffs on the top three finishers:

C.C. Ride
Gold N Sochi wins maiden race

GOLD N SOCHI SURGES:  She did it.  In her second start, the 2-year-old filly named for the Olympic success of the Jennifer Jones curling team squeaked out an exciting neck victory over Langara Saturday. Congrats to her breeder, Cam Ziprick of Russell, MB, who knew which filly had the talent to promote the team’s OIympic glory.  As we all know, just getting to the races is an accomplishment but to also have that horse look as impressive as Gold N Sochi is looking is a big plus.  Sochi is trained by Carl Anderson and owned by Monica Prokipchuk who bought her for $9,000 at last August’s Manitoba Yearling Sale.

Parting plea . . .
GOTTA LOVE THIS GUY!  How can The Insider not love this guy?  Taking his cue from The Insider’s encouragement to be a better bettor–and hence be a better citizen–Mario Ducusin, a one-time candidate for the provincial Green Party and a former housekeeping staff member at the Downs, worked his commitment into a Derby hat design. Way to go, Mario.  Let’s hope all readers take your message to heart especially since August is “Be a Better Bettor” month.


TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Arlington Million Day fields starting to take shape 

Bloodhorse – Gabriel Charles Set for Arlington Million

TwinSpires Blog – Mrazek’s Graduation win could cause a Del Mar Futurity change-up


We could have a Square Eddie progeny win the Haskell who isn’t named Eddie.


Bloodhorse – Shulman – Casse Sends Trio of Fillies to Wonder Where


Ralph Klein Breeders Stake and the Brad Gunn

Saturday, August 8, 2015

CTV Live Coverage 4:00 – 5:00PM

Century Downs Racetrack & Casino, Rocky View, AB

Phil heard that in facilities where the inmates can’t change the channel due to circumstances beyond their control the televising of these standardbred races is referred to as the CUP, short for Cruel and Unusual Punishment.

57 Channels and Nothin On

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Ward works Royal Ascot-winning pair at Keeneland

TwinSpires Blog – Ready for Rye continues to prosper on turf

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Messi scores again

Reilly knows how to spin a pun.

Stay With Me

TSN – Landsberg – Wade, Tyson and the North Saskatchewan River

The Globe and Mail – Reguly – Spain emerges as Europe’s economic star after years of austerity

Never Been to Spain

Phil’s Drink and A Flick


The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

Cause I Said So

LA Times – OpEd – De Salcedo – How we went from beef on the hoof to mystery meat in a box

Liberalism seems to be related to the distance people are from the problem.
Whitney M. Young

LA Times – Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling files for divorce

Phil has a question:

Was it lawyer incompetence that the divorce filing was incomplete or did they just forget that since Shelly had him declared mentally incompetent to be the trustee of the family trust Donald has to get her permission to sue her for divorce.


NY Times – Crouse – Shadow of Doping Is Never Far From Pool

LA Times – Sahagun – California game commission to weigh in on proposed bobcat trapping ban

National Post – Hopper – Elusive bobcat lets its guard down for extended nap in a Calgary family’s backyard

National Post – The Telegraph – Gordon – Extreme backlash over death of Cecil the lion shows what hypocrites people can be when it comes to animals

The Globe and Mail – Beck – Why you should add fermented foods – and their friendly bacteria – to your diet

NY Times – OpEd – Freeman – The Long History of Political Idiocy

NY Times – Barbaro – Donald Trump Steals the Show, Mixing Politics and Pizazz

National Post – Bloomberg News – Leitch – Donald Trump’s biggest debate challenge? Donald Trump. Four ways it could all go wrong

Phil thought there was only one way. Donald opens his mouth.

It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on.
Jack Kerouac

NY Times – Harms – Long Before Patriots Scandal, N.F.L. Was Rocked by High School Ringers

High School Confidential

National Post – AP – Nelson-Gabriel – A triple homicide in Florida is being investigated as a possible ‘ritualistic killing’ connected to the blue moon

Remember this, folks – I am a Hillbilly, and I don’t always Bet the same way I talk. Good advice is one thing, but smart gambling is quite another.
Hunter S. Thompson


Best Day Of My Life

Phil M Stockmen

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    HBPA Alberta pleads for member support with only 27% votes cast, with Friday deadline August 7, 2015 for voting. Have the members thrown in their saddle cloths or is the apathy based on the dim future or the fact that the CEO of Horse Racing Alberta is attempting to remove HBPA representation from the lame duck HRA board. It is a shame when MLA HALE was the only MLA to bring up the removal of the HBPA rep in the spring legislature and he was Wildrose and since left politics, now we have no friends in legislature to support the thoroughbred industry.

    CENTURY CASINO posts 2nd quarter revenue this Friday. With HRA budgeting for 13.1 million/yr as their part of the racino profits from the Downs how close will they come, don’t hold your breath!

    HAY SHARING group on FACEBOOK called HAY LIST 2015 has over 6,000 subscribers to help reduce the cost of the sky rocketing hay prices. Wonder if this industry can join together to ensure the continuation of the Thoroughbred industry.

    HRA total betting down 9% or $8 million with CEO showing a 31% increase this year and 10% next year, the figure of 200 million by 2016 is a pipe dream,showing how out of touch she is about racing’s health!

    HARPER blasts ALBERTA NDP for not presenting a budget after he delayed his this spring, when NDP opened the closets checking for skeletons they found a graveyard It takes time to figure out this mess!

    HRA BROADCAST this weekend is worth taping, Saturday 4-5 pm CTV for the flashy ads trying to save the racing industry, it will show the desperate situation the entire race industry is in!

    HRA RULINGS UPDATE, the BAT TEAM/brent/armstrong/tascona lead HAY TEAM/hawkins/armstrong/yves by 45 to 31 rulings,with harness having 86/14 and 85/13 rulings compared to 88/14 and 92/13 to the runners, the revenue stream from horsemen rulings is even dropped significantly!

    MOLE ALERT HELPLINE? will the Premier, NOTLEY, or her sidekicks CECI/CAL or MASON/EDM be invited to either big racing event? and with the frugal NDP government will a table be reserved by the barbecue for the HRA board who will having their LAST SUPPER at the derby? If you know please contact PHIL!

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