Aug 122015

Phil was wandering the other day how Donald Trump will maintain his popularity with the right wingnuts of the Republican party as his blustery bombastic buffoonery is rapidly running out of targets to lampoon.


Then it dawned on Phil that he could name Miley Cyrus as his Vice Presidential running mate as she’s a perfect fit for the Donald Trump traveling freak show.

Money is in some respects life’s fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.
P. T. Barnum

Tom Sawyer

The Globe and Mail – Bielski – Why blasting misogynists online actually works in their favour

Run, Run, Run

ESPN – West – Defining Integrity


2015 Canadian Derby Contest



The Ennead²³ knows that Phil wouldn’t let the incompetence of the minions over at Horse Racing Alberta deny the Ennead²³ a contest opportunity.

Canadian Derby Brisnet PPs

Canadian Derby Equibase PPS

Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.
Frank Sinatra

Pick the first 4 finishers and their place of finishing in the 2015 Canadian Derby
Points awarded:
1.  – 57
2.  – 33 1/3
3.  – 13
4.  – ∏
Tie Breaker: $

Difference in the Handle between the 2015 Canadian Derby Day Card (That’s all the races) and the 2015 Brad Gunn Day card at Century Downs (hint their handle was $95,580.00)

Price is Right Rules: Closest without going over.

10 bonus points awarded for best song to describe the horse you pick to win the Derby.

Dazed and Confused

Classic Rock extraordinaire but if that’s how your horse feels turning for home you’re in deep.

I Came to Dance

Fastest Girl In Town

All entries must be received by Saturday August 15, 2015, 1:59:59 PM MDT.
E-mail your selections to:
Type – 2015 Canadian Derby Contest in Subject Line.
Include your stage name, favourite city in Nunavut, T-Shirt size if you plan on finishing in first place and mailing address.

First Prize – 1 – 750ml Yukon Shine Vodka or Gin (Please state your preference) (If Not Available Phil may Parlour Ginsubstitute another Western Canadian distilled product) (or $C cash equivalent), $50 gift certificate to a restaurant within 100 km, A surprise CD and a Sur Prize
Second Prize – $50 gift certificate to a restaurant within 100km, and a Sur Prize
Third Prize – $20 gift certificate to a restaurant within 100km and a Sur Prize

Limit of 3 entries per e-mail address, no restrictions on any employees or family

Contest open to all residents of the provinces of Alberta (even the QKB, the CCW and Undertaker), British Columbia, Burgundy, Free State, Gauteng, Provence, Saskatchewan (even the Shill), Javakheti, Manitoba, Mpumalanga, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, states of Alabama, Amusement, Alaska, Anticipation, Arizona, Arkansas, Elation, California, Contentment, Colorado, Complacency, Connecticut, Despondence, Delaware, Paranoia, Florida, Empowerment, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Euphoria, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Exasperation, Serenity, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Misery, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Tranquility, New Jersey, Bewilderment, New Hampshire, Lethargy, New Mexico, Fear, New York, Emancipation, North Dakota, Ohio, Enlightenment, Oregon, Panic, Pennsylvania, Panic, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Frustration, Texas, Entanglement, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Bewilderment, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Oblivion, Southeastern (Dông Nam Bo) Region, territories of Northwest, Nunavut and Yukon, especially the campus city of Whitehorse, and all of Georgia.
Contestants from other regions may apply for Phil’s greenish card.
The QKB, the CCW, Shill or Undertaker have never entered any of Phil’s contests. Guess that’s cuz they don’t read
Void where fun is prohibited by Bull.
Cabin Rules apply.


Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
Charles M. Schulz

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Blue Dancer Steps Up To Canadian Derby

Edmonton Journal – Stock – Favourites draw inside posts in loaded Canadian Derby field

Edmonton Sun – Derby favourite Blue Dancer’s owners happy to draw No. 2 post position

Edmonton Journal – Stock – Afleet in Time gives owners chance for three-peat in Canadian Derby

2006 Haskell

2010 Woodward

With Academic drawing the 1 hole and Blue Dancer the 2 the starting gate for the 2015 Canadian Derby and Northlands park should be replaced by a Christmas Tree and Matt Juckich’s call to the post should be: “Gentlemen Rev your engines.”

I Can’t Drive 55

I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
Isaac Asimov

NY Times – Litsky – John A. Nerud, Hall of Fame Thoroughbred Trainer, Dies at 102

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – The Legacy of John Nerud

TDN – John Nerud Dies

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Legendary Horseman John Nerud Dies at 102

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – NYRA wants guarantee but fans don’t get one

Bloodhorse – Shulman -Baffert Indicates Travers Next for ‘Pharoah’

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Baffert, in Saratoga, addresses Travers speculation for ‘Pharoah

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Baffert ‘trying to make’ Travers with Pharoah

I Fought The Law



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.

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Triple Threat anchor to TwinSpires Late Pick 4; Fourstardave Iron pick 

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – The Horses You Need To Bet in Guaranteed Wagers on Saturday at Arlington


ESPN – Cronley – Five ways to beat American Pharoah

Run, Run, Run


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Kizenko – The key philosophies that have paid off for Glen Hill Farm

Bloodhorse – BC Mile Winner Karakontie Among 10 for Marois


Breeders’ Cup Challenge

Date   Race   Name   Track   Division
Aug 15 Beverly D. Stakes Arlington Park Filly & Mare Turf
Aug 15 Arlington Million Arlington Park Longines Turf
Aug 19 Juddmonte International Stakes York Longines Turf
Aug 20 Darley Yorkshire Oaks York Filly & Mare Turf
Aug 21 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes York Turf Sprint
Aug 22 Pat O’Brien Stakes Del Mar Dirt Mile
Aug 22 Del Mar Handicap Del Mar Longines Turf
Aug 22 TVG Pacific Classic Del Mar Classic
Aug 29 Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes Saratoga Longines Turf
Aug 29 Forego Handicap Saratoga Sprint
Aug 29 Ballerina Stakes Saratoga Filly & Mare Sprint
Aug 29 Personal Ensign H. Saratoga Longines Distaff

Sep 5 Spinaway Stakes Saratoga Juvenile Fillies
Sep 5 T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis Baden Baden Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 5 Pocahontas Stakes Churchill Downs Juvenile Fillies
Sep 5 Iroquois Stakes Churchill Downs Sentient Jet Juvenile
Sep 6 Longines Grosser Preis Von Baden Baden Baden Longines Turf
Sep 12 The John Deere Juvenile Turf Trial Stakes Leopardstown Juvenile Turf
Sep 12 The Coolmore Stud Matron Stakes Leopardstown Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 12 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown Longines Turf
Sep 12 Natalma Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 12 Summer Stakes Woodbine Juvenile Turf
Sep 13 Moyglare Stud Stakes The Curragh Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 13 Canadian Stakes Woodbine Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 13 Ricoh Woodbine Mile Woodbine Mile
Sep 25 Shadwell Rockfel Newmarket Juvenile Fillies Turf
Sep 26 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Newmarket Juvenile Turf
Sep 26 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 26 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Sprint
Sep 26 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Belmont Park Longines Turf

Oct 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Keeneland Sprint
Oct 2 Darley Alcibiades Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies
Oct 3 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Keeneland Mile
Oct 3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Keeneland Filly & Mare Sprint
Oct 3 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland Sentient Jet Juvenile
Oct 3 Frizette Stakes Belmont Park Juvenile Fillies
Oct 3 Foxwoods Champagne Stakes Belmont Park Sentient Jet Juvenile
Oct 3 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Belmont Park Classic
Oct 4 Total Prix Marcel Boussac Longchamp Juvenile Fillies Turf
Oct 4 Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Longchamp Juvenile Turf
Oct 4 Longines Prix de L’Opera Longchamp Filly & Mare Turf
Oct 4 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Turf
Oct 4 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes Keeneland Longines Distaff
Oct 8 J. P. Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies Turf

Bloodhorse – Sentiero Italia Closes for Lake Placid Score


Bloodhorse – Miss Temple City Back in U.S. for Lake Placid

TwinSpires – Blog – Hanson – Back from Europe, Miss Temple City ready to take charge in Lake Placid

It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.
Mark Twain

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates


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Friday, August 14, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Saturday, August 15, 2015 7:00 PM CDT

Racing Post – Mottershead – Ward excited by ‘monstrous’ Acapulco

Bloodhorse – Angst – Stryker Phd Aims for Second Longacres Mile



Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, August 14

AUBURN, Wash. (August 14, 2015) – It took 50 days of racing, but Emerald Downs finally had an “off” track Friday evening, with the track listed sloppy for the seven-race card.

In the $14,900 feature race—Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties Spike Purse—Disruption splashed to a three-quarter-length victory over Calculated Chaos in 1:15.52 for 6 ½ furlongs.

Ridden by Julien Couton, the meet’s leading rider with 73 victories, Disruption paid $4.60, $3 and $2.80. Monique Snowden is the winning trainer for Nelson Family Racing (Heidi Nelson, Bothell, Wash.)

Sent up four-wide to take command into the stretch, Disruption out finished Calculated Chaos through the lane, edging clear late for the win.

A 5-year-old Street Boss gelding, Disruption competed in many of the track’s top races last year, including a third in the Mt. Rainier Handicap and an eighth in the Longacres Mile. His overall record is 4-3-2 in 14 starts with earnings of $89,175, including $8,195 for Friday’s triumph.

Calculated Chaos, ridden by Juan Gutierrez, held well for second and paid $3.40 and $3. The 5-year-old Notional gelding has had a banner season with three wins, two seconds and a third in seven starts.

Oldtimers Vision, with Leslie Mawing riding, rallied for third and paid $5. My Chief, Pete’s Slew, Songandabullet and Imfixintowin completed the order of finish.

NOTES: The $0.50 Pick 5 paid $7,186 to one winning ticket, fourth highest of the season. . .Trainer Leonardo Guerrero notched his first career victory at Emerald Downs as Wedgey Time ($32.80) was placed first in Friday’s fourth race. Buds a Flyin crossed the wire first, but was disqualified and placed second for interference in the stretch. . .Jake Barton was the only jockey with two wins Friday. . .91-year-old trainer Arturo Arboleda has three wins at the meet, all ridden by Joe Steiner, including Cats Ransom ($6.80) in Friday’s second race for 2-year-old colts and geldings. . .Live racing continues Saturday with first post 2 p.m. The 10-race card features the $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings. . .Sunday is Longacres Mile Day with the 80th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) for 3-year-olds and up. A perfect weather forecast call for 80 degrees and sunny.


Coming off a relatively flat fourth-place effort in the Mt. Rainier Handicap last month, Noosito figures to be a big price Sunday in the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) at Emerald Downs.

It would be a mistake, however, for handicappers to simply toss out the 4-year-old colt. At 10-to-1 on the morning line, Noosito could prove a bargain in a crowded 12-horse field in which Stryker Phd—bidding for a second straight Mile win—is 9-to-5 on the morning line.

Noosito has several factors in his favor:

Beginning with the obvious—he’s a very talented horse, the state and track champion 3-year-old in 2014, and a lifetime mark of 5-2-3 in 12 starts with earnings of $172,153.

His connections, trainer Doris Harwood and jockey Juan Gutierrez, are practically peerless at Emerald Downs. Harwood is the track’s all-time leading stakes trainer and Gutierrez ranks second in wins and third in stakes wins. Moreover, both are previous Mile winners, well aware of the race’s notoriously fast pace and often troublesome traffic problems.

Noosito’s full brother, Noosa Beach, won the 2010 Longacres Mile and generally is considered the finest horse in track history. For her part, Harwood occasionally compares Noosito to his big brother.

Noosito adds blinkers for The Mile, and his camp was extremely pleased with the five-furlong breeze in :59.40 last Sunday with the hood.

Noosito drew the No. 2 post, a fine position for a tactical speedster, and the post has yielded 20 winners from 100 starts in routes this year at Emerald Downs.

Most promising of all, Noosito almost beat Stryker Phd two races back, dropping a neck decision to the champ in the one-mile Budweiser Handicap.

While Harwood would never predict a victory, she feels the additions of Gutierrez and blinkers are positives. The blinkers, she said, could help her horse’s tendency to shy from a right-hand stick, and also make the colt more aggressive early in the race.

“I’m still waiting for the perfect connection between horse and rider,” Harwood said. “I’m hoping Juan Gutierrez will be the best rider for Noosito.”

A Washington-bred by Harbor the Gold-Julia Rose, comparisons between Noosito and Noosa Beach are inevitable. Harwood had both horses from the beginning of their careers, and said they are similar.

“They both prefer to be near the front,” Harwood said. “They are aggressive horses, but I think Noosa Beach was a little more aggressive than Noosito. Noosito is kind of a mellow colt. They both have a lot of talent with those big, long strides.”


  Post   Horse  Jockey  Trainer  WGT  ML
  1   Del Rio Harbor  Julien Couton  Marshall Allen  116  30
 2   Noosito  Juan Gutierrez  Doris Harwood  116  10
 3   Fleet Eagle  Diego Sanchez  Paula Capestro  118  10
 4   Taylors Deal  David G. Lopez  Troy Taylor  116  12
 5   Majestic City  E. Maldonado  Richard Baltas  118  10
 6   Absolutely Cool  Rocco Bowen  Tom Wenzel  118  15
 7   Stryker Phd  Leslie Mawing  Larry Ross  123  9/5
 8   Alert Bay  Rico Walcott  Blaine Wright  122    4
 9   Sammy Mandeville  Alex Solis  Alex Solis  117  9/2
 10   Prohibition  Tiago Periera  Vann Belvoir  115  20
 11   Solemnly Swear  Joe Steiner  Mike Puhich  115  20
 12   Modern     Richard Hamel  D. Condilenios  118  20

Longacres Mile notes:

The Southern California contingent of Sammy Mandeville , Majestic City and Prohibition arrived 5 a.m. Thursday morning.

Two-time graded-stakes winner Majestic City getting a snack at the Tom Wenzel barn Thursday.

For the third straight year and the seventh time in 10 years, the Longacres Mile has a full field of 12 horses. Average field is 11.6 runners over the last decade.

The all-time Longacres Mile average field size is 11.0 runners (881 horses, 80 runnings).

Rico Walcott , rider on 4-1 second choice Alert Bay , is the dominant jockey at Northlands Park, riding nearly 30 percent winners with an 80-for-267 mark through Wednesday. A native of Barbados, Walcott is 3-for-3 on Alert Bay, winning the BC Derby and BC Premiers at Hastings Racecourse and the Zia Park Derby in New Mexico.

Muckleshoot Chairman John Daniels will serve as The Mile’s honorary steward.

Sunday’s 10th race, the $25,000 Pete Pedersen Memorial Purse for 3-year-olds and up at one mile, features Scat Daddybaby , Botch , Remembertobreathe , Westley , Trick Or Retreat and Grinder Sparksaglo . Scat Daddybaby and Botch were entered in the Longacres Mile but, with 14 horses entered for 12 spots, excluded on weights.

Longacres Mile Facts & Figures
80th Running $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3)
When: Sunday, August 16, 5:35 p.m. (Race 8)
Where: Emerald Downs
TV: Emerald Downs Live on CSN (CSN-179) 2-6 p.m.
Co-Feature: $65,000 Emerald Distaff (Race 7, 4:50 p.m.)
Giveaway Item: American Pharoah T-shirts
First Post: 2 p.m.


On paper, Sunday’s $65,000 Emerald Distaff appears to be a one-horse race.

After all, Lady Rosberg has won three straight races–all stakes–including a 5 1/2-length romp in last month’s Boeing Handicap. If anything, the Boeing might have been the one time to catch 5-year-old Lady Rosberg napping. It was her first start at Emerald Downs for trainer Tom Wenzel since 2013 and she hadn’t raced in more than three months. Nevertheless, Lady Rosberg earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 93 while beating three of her Distaff rivals in the process.

However, one of those rivals–Our Little Hen–may have had a legitimate excuse. She simply was not right in the Boeing Handicap and lagged double-digit lengths behind the field from the opening bell. Since the Boeing though, Our Little Hen has had a complete form reversal. Racing for new trainer Doris Harwood under Julien Couton, Roger Hicks’ Our Little Hen cruised to the easiest of one-length victories. And according to Harwood, she’s been a beast in the morning ever since.

“She is so serious about training,” Harwood said. “After her last race, she absolutely drug my exercise rider around the track.”

Aside from a pair of puzzling efforts, Our Little Hen has mostly been a dependable racehorse. In 25 career starts, she’s won 10 races and is six-for-13 on a dirt fast track. Furthermore, if you take out Lady Rosberg’s career-best number from the Boeing, the speed figures across the board for the two runners is comparable. At the very least, the Harwood camp is enjoying their time with the new arrival.

“In a wonderful way, she’s spoiled,” Harwood said. “I always tease the owners that she used to be a bay horse but now she’s a red horse because they feed her so many carrots.”


  Post   Horse   Jockey   Trainer   WT   ML
 1  Our Little Hen  Julien Couton  Doris Harwood  117  TBD
 2  Sarahline  Leslie Mawing  Jerry Hollendorfer  115  TBD
 3  Madame Pele  Juan Gutierrez  Jim Penney  116  TBD
 4  Alli Leigh  Javier Matias  Diane Garrison  113  TBD
 5  Among the Stars  Joe Steiner  Candi Tollett  114  TBD
 6   Lady Rosberg Gallyn Mitchell   Tom Wenzel 121  TBD


Although the Longacres Mile and Emerald Distaff take center stage, those races only represent half of the weekend stakes activity at Emerald Downs.

Saturday’s 10-race card features a pair of stakes for 2-year-olds: $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for colts and geldings and $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes for fillies. Both races are 6 ½ furlongs.

Gold Rush Dancer is the 9-to-5 morning line favorite for the Lads, with Mach One Rules second choice at 5-to-2. A Private Gold colt trained by Bill Tollett and owned by John Parker, Gold Rush Dancer is 1-1-0 in two starts including after a hard-fought half-length loss to Barkley in the Emerald Express last month.

Mach One Rules attempts to become the third straight progeny of Harbor the Gold and fifth in seven years to win the Lads. Trained by Frank Lucarelli and owned by Roy Schaefer, the Washington-bred gelding drew clear for a 3 ¾-length maiden victory in :58.23 for five furlongs. The 65 Beyer is largest of any horse in the eight-horse field and two points higher than Gold Rush Dancer earned in the Emerald Express.

The Barbara Shinpoch is rematch of the top three finishers in last month’s Angie C Stakes—My Heart Goes On, Princess Kennedy and Kiss My Lulu. Unbeaten in two starts for trainer David Martinez and Coal Creek Farm, My Heart Goes On held off a flying Princess Kennedy to prevail by a head in 1:11.25 for six furlongs, with Kiss My Lulu two lengths back in third.

The WTBOA Lads Stakes is Race 8 at 5:22 p.m., and the Barbara Shinpoch Stakes is Race 9 at 5:52 p.m.

The field for the $50,000 WTBOA Lads ,2YO colts & geldings, 6 ½ furlongs: Cross Creek, Francisco Duran, 15-1; Wando Cat, Joe Steiner, 10-1; Noble Nick, Juan Gutierrez, 8-1; Gold Rush Dancer, Julien Couton, 9-5; Huya, Rocco Bowen, 8-1; Mach One Rules, Leslie Mawing, 5-2; Endangered, Gallyn Mitchell, 9-2; Viewingthegold, Javier Matias, 12-1. Winners carry 116 lbs, maidens 114

The field for the $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch Stakes , 2YO fillies, 6 ½ furlongs: Princess Kennedy, Gallyn Mitchell, 4-1; Jerre to Carrie, Rocco Bowen, 10-1; Freaky Kiki, Joe Steiner, 8-1; Kiss My Lulu, Javier Matias, 3-1; Cape Grace, Julien Couton, 12-1; Two Pt Conversion, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 20-1; It’s My Knight, Francisco Duran, 12-1; My Heart Goes On, Juan Gutierrez, 5-2; Say It Slow, Leslie Mawing, 9-2. Winners 115 lbs, maidens 113


To kick off the 80th Running of the Longacres Mile (G3), Emerald Downs will put on its annual Railbird Rally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the North Park.

Hosted by Doug “The Goat” Cocke, the track’s pregame party includes beer, brats, interviews with Mile connections and giveaways. At noon, KIRO FM’s Dori Monson will join the Railbird Rally for a handicapping seminar.

Tickets to the Railbird Rally are $5 and include admission to the day’s races. For more information, call Customer Service at (253) 288-7711.


August 18: WTBOA Sale

August 21: Fabulous Friday

August 22: Emerald AM/Breakfast at the Wire

August 29: Final Breakfast at the Wire

August 30: Italian Day

September 4: No Racing

September 7: Labor Day Racing

September 14: Washington Cup Day & Beer Festival


The $25,000 Pete Pedersen Memorial is Sunday’s sub-feature race and matches up a solid six-pack of older horses. The one-mile event spotlights top runners Scatdaddy Baby and Botch in the Media Matchup of the Week!

Scatdaddy Baby (left) might be the fastest horse pole-to-pole on the grounds. He’s had to roll too fast too early against tougher horses all season but he gets a big class relief in here. His speed can’t be matched with this group and is always a real threat to lead gate-to-wire.

Botch (right) has had a banner 5-year-old campaign. In five starts, the gelding has three wins by a combined nine lengths with each win at a different distance. His latest victory, a five-length score at one mile, may have been his most impressive yet. Look for Botch to keep Scatdaddy Baby in his sights and reel him in late!

Also entered: Remembertobreathe, Westley, Trick or Retreat and Grinder Sparksaglo.


The 45-minute program will showcase every stakes race this season including Saturday’s 2-year-old stakes double-header (WTBOA Lads & Barbara Shinpoch), Sunday’s Emerald Distaff and the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3). The podcast also features interviews with owner/breeder Karl Krieg who has two homebreds in Sunday’s championship races; Lady Rosberg in the Distaff and Absolutely Cool in The Mile. Trainer Doris Harwood also stopped by for an interview to talk about Our Little Hen in the Distaff and Noosito in The Mile.

Hosted by Jacob Pollowitz (Professor Pollowitz) and Vince Bruun (Mr. Media), The Press Box Podcast usually 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.


Longacres Mile News & Notes
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Longacres Mile Facts & Figures
What: 80th Running $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3)
When: Sunday, August 16, 5:35 p.m. (Race 8)
Where: Emerald Downs
TV: Emerald Downs Live on CSN (CSN-179) 2-6 p.m.
Co-Feature: $65,000 Emerald Distaff, Race 7, 4:50 p.m.
Giveaway Item: American Pharoah Triple Crown T-Shirts
First Post: 2 p.m.

$200,000 LONGACRES MILE (G3)
Race 8—5:35 PM

  Post   Horse  Jockey  Trainer  WGT  ML
 1   Del Rio Harbor  Julien Couton  Marshall Allen  116  30
 2   Noosito  Juan Gutierrez  Doris Harwood  116  10
 3   Fleet Eagle  Diego Sanchez  Paula Capestro  118  10
 4   Taylors Deal  David G. Lopez  Troy Taylor  116  12
 5   Majestic City  E. Maldonado  Richard Baltas  118  10
 6   Absolutely Cool  Rocco Bowen  Tom Wenzel  118  15
 7   Stryker Phd  Leslie Mawing  Larry Ross  123  9/5
 8   Alert Bay  Rico Walcott  Blaine Wright  122    4
 9   Sammy Mandeville  Alex Solis  Alex Solis  117  9/2
 10   Prohibition  Tiago Periera  Vann Belvoir  115  20
 11   Solemnly Swear  Joe Steiner  Mike Puhich  115  20
 12   Modern    Richard Hamel  D. Condilenios  118  20


Defending champion Stryker Phd heads a full field of 12 older horses in Sunday’s 80th running of the $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) at Emerald Downs.

Stryker Phd drew the No. 7 post-position at Wednesday’s annual Longacres Mile Draw Breakfast, with regular rider Leslie Mawing named to ride the 123-lb. high-weight. Track line maker Rob Rao installed the defending champion as the 9-to-5 favorite, followed by California invaders Alert Bay and Sammy Mandeville at 4-1 and 9-2.

The Longacres Mile goes as Race 7 with post time 5:35 p.m.

Unbeaten in his last six starts at Emerald Downs including a half-length victory in the 2014 Mile, Stryker Phd bids to join Amble In (1946, 1948), Trooper Seven (1980-81) and Simply Majestic (1988-89) as two-time winners of The Mile. He also would become the first to accomplish the feat at Emerald Downs.

Trained by Larry Ross for owners Jim and Mona Hour of Bellevue, Wash., Stryker Phd is beginning to challenge Noosa Beach for unofficial title of greatest horse in track history. A 6-year-old Washington-bred by Bertrando-Striking Scholar, he’s running in his third straight Mile and is unbeaten here since finishing runner-up to Herbie D in the 2013 Mile.

In last year’s race, Stryker Phd came from last to defeat Boyett by a half-length in 1:33.67. In two starts this year, Stryker Phd defeated Noosito by a neck in the one-mile Budweiser Handicap and beat Absolutely Cool by six lengths in the 1 1/16-mile Mt. Rainier Handicap.

“He worked really good last Sunday and he looked good on the track today,”said assistant trainer Sharon Ross. “We just have to make sure nothing happens to him between now and the race.”

Alert Bay enjoyed a remarkable 2014 season, winning six stakes and nearly $600,000 for trainer Blaine Wright and owner Peter Redekop of Vancouver, B.C. A 4-year-old California-bred by City Zip, Alert Bay drew the No. 8 post and will be ridden by Rico Walcott at 122 lbs.

“His (two) races so far this year don’t indicate that he’s back to his 3-year-old form,” Wright said. “He’s trained very smart for this race. Hopefully he can come back here and get back to good form again.

“The Mile has always been on our radar since we turned him out last year,” Wright added. “It’s been a focal point for us and maybe he’ll make a good showing.”

· 14 horses entered the race, with high weights preferred. Botch, low-weighted at 114 lbs was excluded, and a draw was held between three horses weighted at 115 lbs—Prohibition, Solemnly Swear and Scat Daddybaby—with Scat Daddybaby the odd-man out.

· The Southern California contingent of Sammy Mandeville, Majestic City and Prohibition are scheduled to arrive by van Thursday morning.

· For the third time in their last four Mile starts, trainer Dino Condilenios and owner Swift Thoroughbreds drew the dreaded No. 12 post-position. Track announcer Matt Dinerman drew the pill in absentia for the Canadians, and pulled No. 12. Last year, Shooting Jacket finished fifth out of the No. 12 post for Condilenios, and in 2010 Burj Dubai finished 11th out of the 12-hole.

· Assessment in 2009 and Coldwater in 1935 are the only horses to win from post- position 12.

· Only two horses are back from last year’s Mile: Stryker Phd and seventh-place finisher Prohibition.

· Five trainers in this year’s race are previous Mile winners: Doris Harwood, Tom Wenzel, Doug O’Neill, Mike Puhich and Larry Ross. Three owners previously won the race: Jim & Mona Hour (Stryker Phd), Jeff Harwood (Noosito) and North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. (Taylors Deal, Solemnly Swear). Only two jockeys are previous Mile winners: Juan Gutierrez and Leslie Mawing.

· A victory by Absolutely Cool, Del Rio Harbor, Noosito or Stryker Phd would tie Washington-breds with Kentucky for most wins in the race. Heading into the 80th running, Kentucky-breds rank No. 1 with 21 wins, followed by Washington with 20 and California with 16.

·  Doug O’Neill (Sammy Mandeville) and Richard Baltas (Majestic City) currently rank first and third in the Del Mar trainers’ standings.

· Fleet Eagle ran the meet’s fastest 6 ½ furlongs, 1:14.27, while winning the May 17 Governor’s Handicap by 6 ¾ lengths. Fleet Eagle’s 99 Beyer is largest by any horse at the 2015 meet; Stryker Phd earned a 97 in the Budweiser Handicap and a 94 in the Mt. Rainier.

· Entries also were drawn for Sunday’s $65,000 Emerald Distaff; the remainder of Sunday’s card will be drawn Thursday.

· Saturday’s 10-race card features two stakes for 2-year-olds: $50,000 WTBOA Lads Stakes for colts and geldings at 6 ½ furlongs, $50,000 Barbara Shinpoch for fillies at 6 ½ furlongs.

2014: Stryker Phd-97
2013: Herbie D-100
2012: Taylor Said-98
2011: Awesome Gem-96
2010: Noosa Beach-99
2009: Assessment-94
2008: Wasserman-90
2007: The Great Face-91
2006: Flamethrowintexan-101
2005: No Giveaway-93
2004: Adreamisborn-99
2003: Sky Jack-105
2002: Sabertooth-96
2001: Irisheyesareflying-100
2000: Edneator-104
1999: Budroyale-106
1998: Wild Wonder-111
1997: Kid Katabatic-105
1996: Isitingood-105

Friday , August 14, 2015 4:30 PM PDT
Saturday, August 15, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday, August 16, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Could a Pacemaker Win the Arlington Million?

TwinSpires Blog – Arlington Million News, Notes & Reports

TwinSpires Blog – My favorite Arlington Million

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – The Pizza Man a Prime Contender in Arlington Million

Bloodhorse – Novak – Chad Brown Duo Tops Full Million

Brown holds strong Million hand with Big Blue Kitten, Slumber

Force the Pass, Highland Reel highlight Secretariat; The Pizza Man likely to bypass St. Leger for Million

Bloodhorse – 14 Pre-Entered for Arlington Million

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

ESPN – Finley – Million card emblematic of Chicago racing’s demise




Race 1 3 – Riojana
1 – Anasazi Lass
4 – Shayla’s Rose
1 – Anasazi Lass
4 – Shayla’s Rose
3 – Riojana
Race 2 5 – Tracker
4 – Bearrock N Roll
1 – Street Map
4 – Bearrock N Roll
2 – Go For Guinness
5 – Tracker
Race 3 5 – Marruk
6 – On The Sunnyside
4 – Fix Bayonets
6 – On the Sunnyside
5 – Marruk
4 – Fix Bayonets
Race 4 5 – Hidden Harbor
3 – Summit Central
1 – Dear Lilly
1 – Dear Lily
5 – Hidden Harbour
3 – Summit Central
Race 5 6 – Stormin Angel
4 – Ariki Princess
1 – Remarkable Lady
4 – Ariki Princess
1 – Remarkable Lady
2 – Queen of Barn I
Race 6 3 – Bluegrass Pride
6 – Cowboy Commander
2 – Briartic County
3 – Bluegrass Pride
2 – Briartic County
1 – Ambidextrous Duke
Race 7 1 – Carson City Brown
3 – At the Ritz
5 – Mattythebull
3 – At the Ritz
5 – Matty the Bull
1 – Carson City Brown
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks



Racing resumes at Hastings Racecourse this evening with a seven race program that will see a guaranteed $10,000 Late Pick 4 and a Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 carryover of over $7,000.


The feature race is an optional claimer for $25,000 fillies and mares going six and half furlongs in race number four.

Starting on the rail is Mark DeDomenico and the NATHC’s ultra consistent Dear Lilly who has won half of her starts in her eight race career here at Hastings. She been a terror at this level and scored an easy win at this tag in July. She is an honest mare that will be tough to beat tonight and Richard Hamel rides for trainer Troy Taylor.

The 3480 Equine Inc. owns Bamboo Dream who missed the break and raced wide in her first out against this calibre after the claim. She is an off-the-pace type that might get some lively fractions set in front of her which would help her cause. Alex Marti gets the call from trainer John Snow.

Mark DeDomenico and the NATHC also own Summit Central who is making her first start since breaking her maiden at Golden Gate in March of 2014. She obviously has a ton of ability but hasn’t been at races for 17 months. Her worktab has been brilliant and it is encouraging to see David Lopez, the barn’s first call rider, taking the riding assignment.

Don Danard’s Fire Beauty has won two of her last three starts at the conditional $16,000 level. She did try this group in mid-July and was distant third. Winning rider Antonio Reyes will be back aboard for trainer Mel Snow.

Maralee Walter’s Hidden Harbor is one the most consistent mares on the grounds. She has started 15 times at Hastings and has earned 7 wins and 5 runner-up efforts. She was second to Dear Lilly in her last but it was only her second outing of the year and was coming off of a seven week layoff. She’s back in a better time frame and is a major threat for trainer Tracy McNeil. Amadeo Perez who has won on her in the past returns to the saddle.


The action gets underway at 7:00 p.m.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 7:00 PM PDT
Sunday, August 16, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

Lady and the Track – Smith – Griffin Patterson Prepared for Early Success in Racing Industry

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Handicapping Insights – August 13


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

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Pros and Cons of American Pharoah in Travers


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Lady and the Track – Laughter – Honor Code Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth with Whitney Win

Bloodhorse – Keeping Pace – Angst -Come-From-Behind Horses May Most Miss Moreno

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

“Thoroughbred racing is a contact sport,” said Ramiro Restrepo, Fasig-Tipton’s market representative for South America and the Caribbean.

What the 36-year-old Miami resident means is that personal relationships are fundamental to all aspects of the business, and building relationships is the key goal of his new position, which he took with Fasig-Tipton back in November.

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Restrepo Expanding Fasig-Tipton’s Reach







Entries for City of Edmonton Distaff Handicap

Purse $75,000. A Handicap Stakes For Fillies And Mares, Three Year Olds & Upaward

One And One Sixteenth Miles.

PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Brady’s Tomboy (AB) M & P Equipment Inc., Met Set Consulting Ltd. and Dale L. Saunders 7/M L S Williams 112 D L Saunders
2 Optimistic Lulu (KY) Westana Ranches Inc. 5/M L D Bynoe 110 M Halabi
3 Tempered Sky (AB) Lora & Wendy & Shelley & Dennis Barton 6/M L R Zenteno Jr. 112 J Shafer
4 Truvi (ON) J & G Murphy Holdings Ltd. 4/F R Lara 111 R C Kingston
5 Smile Again Theta (AB) Heather Chieffo and Jerri R. Robertson 7/M L T Maragh 117 J R Robertson
6 Sollie Go Nee Nee (ON) Blair Poliakiwski and Joshua Schayer 4/F L J Espitia 113 R Chabot
7 Holiday Babe (KY) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 4/F L I E Mosqueira 116 T Rycroft
8 Rock and Glory (KY) Mercedes Stables LLC 7/M L R W Walcott 123 R Diodoro


Entries for the 86th Running Of The Canadian Derby (Grade III)

PP Horse Owner A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Academic (ON) Bear Stables Ltd. and Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 3/F L J Stein 117 T Rycroft
2 Blue Dancer (KY) Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp 3/G L R W Walcott 122 G Tracy
3 Purple Heaven (KY) Ted Graling 3/G L D G Lopez 122 T Bensmiller
4 Cowboys Don’t Cry (CA) Rycroft, Tom and Stark, Dale 3/G L A A Reyes 122 T Rycroft
5 Witt Six (TX) Henry S. Witt, Jr. 3/G L D Nelson 122 J Gourneau
6 Centrefire (AB) Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm 3/G L S Williams 122 G Tracy
7 Quality Lane (KY) Victor & Sharon Kleparchuk, Eric Dohei and Viking Stables 3/F R Zenteno Jr. 117 J Petrowski
8 Bodhisattva (CA) Jose Corrales and Pan Am Racing Stable 3/C L L Garcia 122 J Corrales
9 Xtreme Denigray (AB) Ted Graling 3/G T Maragh 122 T Bensmiller
10 Aztec Key (FL) Dialed In Racing Stable, IndyRock Racing and True North Stable 3/C L K Carignan 122 C R Smith
11 Timeless Tales (AB) Wilde Racing, Amber Buniak and Ryan McLean 3/G R Lara 122 R McLean
12 Afleet in Time (KY) Bob Butz, Fouad El Kardy and Rick Running Rabbit 3/G L P V Alvarado 122 R Diodoro

Canadian Derby Brisnet PPs

Canadian Derby Equibase PPS

Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Friday August 14, 2015

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – 86th Annual Canadian Derby – Saturday August 15, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, August 15, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Beshear: We have a trust issue in horse racing



Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pick 6    $3,217.00
Ellis Park
Pick 6    $1,971.00
Super High Five     $312.00
Pick 5    $1,290.00
Evangeline Downs
Super High Five     $918.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $224,076.00
Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $346.00
Laurel Park
Pick 5    $1,646.00
Pick 6    $585.00
Los Alamitos
Pick 6    $4,289.00
Louisiana Downs
Pick 5 Jackpot    $4,317.00
Marquis Downs
Superfecta    $647.00
Pick 4    $307.00
Monmouth Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $45,391.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $19,360.00
Ruidoso Downs
Tri Super    $19,867.00
Sunray Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $1,404.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $30,026.00


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Hastings Racecourse
Pick 6    $8,305.00

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday, August 14, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4


Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Time Marches in Different Directions

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Tonalist, Palace Malice move on from defeats

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Bloodhorse – Bob Barry: Horses and Horseplayers

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

Bloodhorse – Ironicus Seeks BC Bid in Fourstardave

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Mshawish faces tough group in Fourstardave return

Arlington Million 2015

Lady and the Track – Park – Best Dressed Contest & Millionaire Tea at Arlington Million

Phil’s more of a Panama Hat guy.

Celebrities Love Panama Hats: Julianne Hough

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – American St Leger scouting report: Panama Hat

GQ – Evolution of Hats


This Weekend’s  Stakes

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

Derby Bar and Grill
From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter







The post position draw for the 2015, Gr 3 $200,000  Longacres Mile will take place on Wednesday morning at Emerald Room on the 4th floor of the Emerald Downs Racetrack.

Four Vancouver owned horses are nominated and hopefully all will draw into the body of the race.  Mr. Bowling owned by Dr.Mark Dedomenico and NATHC has been assigned 119 lbs and will draw into race for sure.  Also Modern owned by Swift Thoroughbreds Inc has 118 lbs and will also make the main body of the race.  Taylors Deal owned by Troy Taylor and NATHC has been assigned 116lbs and will likely make the field but Solemnly Swear owned by Dedomenico and NATHC has 115lbs and will have to wait and see but he will be entered.


Nominations close for several stake races this Friday and Saturday. We sent a breaking news story early yesterday to remind horsemen to get those nominations in.

The list can also be found further down in today’s newsletter.


Entries for both Friday’s seven race card and Sunday’s eight race card will be taken this morning in the Hastings racing office.  Entries for Friday will be closed and drawn today but Sunday’s card will be kept open until Wednesday.



Robert Scott just couldn’t pull himself away from the winner’s circle. The jumbo screen by the tote board was showing a re-run of the $50,000 BC Cup Nursery and Scott wanted to watch it one more time.

This was one of many memorable scenes on BC Cup Day Aug. 3 where more than 10,000 fans converged on Hastings Racecourse for the most eventful string of races in recent years. There were six high-priced stakes on the card. The Nursery, as the title suggests, was for 2-year-old colts and geldings with little experience. In fact, seven of them had just raced once in their budding careers and Stanz in Command – owned by Scott – was making his debut.

As the tote board would show, not many of the wagering patrons were supporting the only first-time starter in a field of nine. Stanz in Command was hardly ‘Stanz in Demand’ with the odds on his winning at 38-to-1 when the gate opened against real competition for the first time in his life.

As the records show, Stanz in Command provided the biggest upset of BC Cup Day with veteran jockey David Lopez aboard, winning the Nursery by 1 ½ lengths and paying an eye-popping $78.70, $31.30, $10.60. With Fear of the Cat and another long shot Power Corrupt running second and third, the 3-6 Exactor paid $744.20 while the 3-6-2 Triactor lit up the board with a $6,471 playoff.

Scott, with his trainer Charlene Miller along with family and friends, hooted, hollered and hugged as their ‘baby’ returned to the winner’s circle for his well-deserved bouquet of carrots.

Scott and Miller accepted the other goodies (trophy, flowers and gift basket) that come with a stakes victory, not to mention the winner’s share of the purse.

Stanz in Command, a B.C.-bred son of Second in Command out of Serengeti Sunrise, was purchased for $7,500 at the 2013 CTHS (BC) Yearling & Mixed Sale

“Charlene and I were undecided about choosing a yearling so we agreed to walk away and separately circle on paper four potential picks,” Scott said. “Stanz in Command was at the top of both of our lists.”

This year’s CTHS (BC) Yearling & Mixed Sale kicks off with its annual yearling parade on Sept. 8 with the sale set for Sept. 9 at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley. As Robert Scott and Charlene Miller will attest, it can be a worthwhile expedition.


Friday Night wrap-up for Hastings by Richard Yates

Hastings Wrap-up for August 14:  PNE Time Minus Eight—Richard Yates

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above

                       Don’t fence me in

Let me ride through the wide open country that I love

                       Don’t fence me in

Well, Roy Rogers and Bing Crosby, Eddy Arnold and Willie Nelson, they can sing that song till the cows come home to the Agrodome, but we are once again fenced in. On the bright side, it is not electrified and at least it will keep the riff-raff in. Yes friends, we are getting closer to PNE time and the barriers are moving into place. There is no free lunch and there will be no free access to corn dogs and deep fried Mars bars. But we persevere.



Jockey Keishan Balgobin had a big night, he won the last three. David Forster had a training double, he won the first two. It was one of those very rare cards at Hastings, no horse wired a race on a track that was not playing fast. There was a lively crowd and somebody somewhere bet a little north of 300K.

Dear Lilly Dearly Loves To Win Races

 The feature was the fourth that went as a non-winner of 2/BC3, be bought for twenty-five type event and Dear Lilly hung up her seventh win in 13 starts when she got by a very determined Fire Beauty in the late stages. Hidden Harbor was almost 6 lengths back in third in the 6 ½ furlong sprint that went in 1:17.90.


Central Summit got into Lipizzaner mode just before they sprung the latch and did not break well, but got to the lead for a short while before Fire Beauty was right with her and they went that way around the first turn and a little past that before Fire Beauty started, at first to inch away, then after a half in 46.35 she put Summit Central away. Dear Lilly, who had gotten good a good spot early after behaving reasonably well in the gate for a change, started to move as well.

Fire Beauty looked a winner for a moment at the head of the lane, but Richard Hamel had Dear Lilly rolling on the outside after easing her back briefly going down the backside to get a clear shot. Fire Beauty was reluctant, but the winner was relentless and a length clear at the wire. Neither of them switched in the stretch. Hidden Harbor did but she was still a distant third.

Dear Lilly is a Florida-bred daughter of the distance horse Graeme Hall. Regardless, she sprints well for Mark DeDomenico LLC and the North American Thoroughbred Company. Troy Taylor trains the 5 year-old mare.

Go for Guinness



Bearrock N Roll was the star of the second, a $12,500 open claimer for older horses, but he was not the betting favorite, or the winner, as Go for Guinness ($7.10) got early position on him and held a diminishing margin to the finish in 1:17.38. Tracker ran third after setting the pace while opening up a large lead that wasn’t large enough to last.

The winner was bred in British Columbia by his owner, George Gilbert. David Forster trains and the win completed his daily double.

Also Noteworthy:

Keishan Balgobin kicked his triple off in the 5th with Ariki Princess ($12.00) for Wayne Oliver, Dawn Tom, Stuart Carmichael and John Snow, who also trains the winner. Balgobin followed with Cowboy Commander ($6.00) for Lindsay Lacing Stables and trainer Phil Hall. He polished off the card aboard At the Ritz ($6.90) for owner Clint Wilson and trainer Rob VanOverschot.

Anasazi Lass ($6.10) opened the card with the first of trainer David Forster’s two wins, with Antonio Reyes riding for owner/breeder Ray Hanson.

Stallman Pete ($29.50), named no doubt for the late, great Pete Hodge, ran a pretty credible mile and a sixteenth for NW/2 types, getting the distance in 1:46.65 for owner/breeders Rob and Sheena Maybin, trainer Rob Maybin.


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Lady and the Track – Ward – Del Mar Oaks Headlines Loaded Card at Del Mar

Bloodhorse – Prize Exhibit Tries Top Level in Del Mar Oaks

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – San Clemente re-match on tap in Del Mar Oaks

Bloodhorse – Saratoga Mischief Heads Saratoga Special


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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)



Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Decked Out Sports Top Figs in Adirondack

Lady and the Track – Smith – Two-Year-Old Thoroughbreds to Watch: Team Picks 3




The Outside Rail – Joe Clancy – Rainy Days in Saratoga make you think

The Inside Rail – Sean Clancy – Cup of Coffee: Fast Break

This is Horse Racing – Saratoga Special August 12, 2015





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.





Bloodhorse – Gleneagles, Golden Horn Showdown Looms

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Gleneagles likely to clash with Golden Horn at York

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Bloodhorse – Hyper the New ‘Man’ in St. Leger

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – American St Leger scouting report: Lucky Speed

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – American St Leger scouting report: Panama Hat

Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest


(until September 19)

(starting September 20)

Sign up at the information desk.


Bloodhorse – Gessmann Elected National HBPA President

Deadline for the return of ballots for the Alberta HBPA Board of Directors election was Friday, August 7, 2015.

Want to know who will be on the Board for the next 3 years.

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This is Horse Racing – On the Street

Bloodhorse – Balan – Taris Makes Return in Rancho Bernardo


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

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Major Gains for Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale

Bloodhorse – Street Cry Colt Brings $1.4M at Fasig-Tipton

Bloodhorse – Scat Daddy Colt Tops Early Action at F-T

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale Day 1 Notebook

Bloodhorse – Lamarra – Gross, Average Increase at First F-T Session

Bloodhorse – Tapit Strikes Again as Colt Sells for $2M

Bloodhorse – Tapit Colt Brings $1.2M at Fasig-Tipton


Save the Date!
2015 CTHS Sales Contract


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

Bloodhorse – Novak – Goldstream, Force the Pass Head Secretariat

Force the Pass, Highland Reel highlight Secretariat; The Pizza Man likely to bypass St. Leger for Million

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Secretariat scouting report: Highland Reel

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Secretariat scouting report: War Dispatch

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Secretariat scouting report: Goldstream

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Crispe – How a low-budget horse trader unearthed two Royal Ascot G1 winners in four years

Washington Thoroughbred Breeders & Owners Association



The Tuesday following the Longacres Mile (G3)

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


Bloodhorse -Mitchell – Prado’s Sweet Ride Heads Pucker Up Stakes


$30,544 CARRYOVER in tonight’s Jackpot Hi-5
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Final chance Sept. 5
Jets Oct. 8
Woodbine Oct. 26
Keeneland Oct. 30-31
Dates that matter
Lots to look forward to
• CANADIAN DERBY, ARLINGTON MILLION — This Saturday, Aug. 15. Witt Six among
Derby entrants!
• BREEDERS’ STAKES — This Sunday, Aug. 16: Third leg of Canadian Triple Crown at
• SELMAN HALTER BIDDING BEGINS — Friday, Aug. 21 to Sunday, Aug. 30: Halters of
    American Pharoah, Zenyatta and Shaman Ghost (Queen’s Plate winner) up for bidding
   on eBay to raise money for Alyssa Selman Trust  Fund
• TRAVERS STAKESSaturday, Aug. 29: Historic race at Saratoga for 3-year-olds likely
   to see American Pharoah
• LAST ASD BARN TOUR — Sunday, Aug. 30: Sign up at Guest Services
• ASD FESTIVAL OF RACING — Saturday to Monday, Sept. 5-7: Sunday night 7 p.m.
   Winnipeg Futurity, Manitoba Matron, Gold Cup followed by a free concert.
• ASD LIVE RACING ENDS — Monday, Sept. 7: 1:30 p.m. Buffalo Stakes for
   Manitoba-bred babies
• NFL SEASON BEGINS — Thursday Night Football, Sept. 10: Patriots (minus
   Deflationgate Brady?) vs Steelers 7:30 p.m.
• WOODBINE MILE — Sunday, Sept. 13: $1 million turf race
• HOORAY FOR HOCKEY! Thursday, Oct. 8: NHL season begins
    — Winnipeg Jets at Boston 6 p.m.
    — Ottawa at Buffalo 6 p.m. (reason to care: Evander Kane)
    — Edmonton at St. Louis 7 p.m. (reason to care: Connor McDavid)
• JETS’ HOME OPENER — Friday, Oct. 16: vs Calgary 7 p.m.
• VOTE — Monday, Oct. 19: Federal election. Horse race of a different kind.
• BREEDERS’ CROWN — Saturday, Oct. 24: Woodbine (harness)
• BREEDERS’ CUP — Friday/Saturday, Oct. 30-31: Keeneland
• MELBOURNE CUP — Monday, Nov. 2: Flemington Park, Australia
• GREY CUPSunday, Nov. 29: Investors Field, Winnipeg
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Bullet briefs . . .
• Were we better bettors in July?  Yes!  See best tracks below.
• Necklace is a winner for Alyssa.  Will it be for you, too?
• Witt Six heads to Northlands for $200,000 Canadian Derby
• Sayler likely to return
• Sadness prevails as gentleman player passes
• Friday is the deadline for your Pharoah halter prediction
HURRY! DEADLINE FRIDAY FOR PHAROAH PREDICTION: What will American Pharoah’s halter fetch on eBay?  Email your prediction to by midnight Friday.  Closest without going over wins $50 in wagering vouchers and having $50 donated to the Alyssa Selman Benefit Fund on your behalf by the Downs.  Bidding begins a week from Friday for 10 days.


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JUST 13 LIVE RACE DAYS LEFT! Space is becoming a premium at race night buffets.  Phone 204-885-3330.
BABY FUN RETURNS TONIGHT: Two Manitoba-breds face two Kentucky-breds and a horse bred in Texas and in Arizona in tonight’s second race, a Maiden Allowance race for 2-year-olds.  Another “Witt-y” horse is among the contenders (Witt Knows) owned by Henry Witt, Jr. of Waco, Texas. Who’s your money on?
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Fundraising necklace
Is it lucky, too?
Sterling silver necklace
Proceeds to help Alyssa

When I heard a $45 sterling silver horseshoe necklace was being sold to raise more money for the Alyssa Selman Trust Fund, I headed to Guest Services Saturday night to buy one and put it around my neck. That was about 6 p.m.  Then I headed up to the Race Book where I had one of the best winning nights in weeks which included a $3,500 pick-5 pick-up at Emerald Downs.

Was it just coincidence? Was it luck? Was it good karma. maybe? All I know is that one thing led to another and I look forward to hearing whether the necklace produces positive results for you, too. It’s beautifully designed by Winnipeg jewellery designer and philanthropist, Hilary Druxman. They’re available at the gift shop at Guest Services in limited quantities.  Proceeds help jockey Alyssa who has lost the use of her legs as a result of a spill when her horse clipped heels.
July figures show you were best at Saratoga and
Charles Town; worst at Woodbine and Belmont
Congratulations to Manitoba bettors!   In July, you increased the number of “better bettor” tracks to 23 from 18 the previous month.  That means Assiniboia Downs will be receiving cheques from those tracks which helps the economy grow!  On the flip side, the biggest cheques the Downs must send out are to Woodbine, Belmont and Gulfstream.  What can you do to improve your play at those tracks?  Are you playing to your strengths?  Are you keeping records to see what tracks and conditions produce the biggest return?
TOP better bettor
thoroughbred tracks (money came into the province):
1.  Saratoga
2.  Charles Town
3.  Thistledown
4.  Hastings
Top harness:
1.  Meadowlands
2.  Running Aces
3.  Georgian
4.  Saratoga (H)
BOTTOM thoroughbred tracks (money left the province):
1.  Woodbine
2.  Belmont
3.  Gulfstream
Bottom harness:
1.  Grand River
2.  Maywood
3.  Pocono
OTHER BETTER BETTOR TRACKS: You also helped produce an overall profit playing these tracks — Northville, Pleasanton, Ocean Downs, Sun Ray, Tampa, Sacramento, Delta, Ruidoso, Los Alamitos QH, Emerald, The Meadows, Arlington, Ellis, Parx, Northfield, Ajax, Century, Fort Erie.  Pat yourself on the back if you helped produce this list.  That makes you a good citizen, too!

Hottest jock: Rohan Singh (4 wins)

Hottest trainers: Shelley Brown (3 wins)
Biggest upset: Yvons Dixie Melody $23.50 (Sat. 2nd)
Biggest 20-cent superfecta: $224 (Sat. 2nd — 6-2-3-1)
BOB’S BLOG TODAY: An extreme rarity is the subject of Bob’s blog today.  It involves Honest Onyx and Exclusive Gold in 1994.  What did they do?  (Belongs in Guinness book of records)

Dane Nelson
To ride Witt Six in Derby

WITT SIX TO RACE IN CANADIAN DERBY: The Jerry Gourneau-trained Witt Six will be racing this Saturday in the 86th annual $200,000 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park.  Witt Six finished second to Manitoba Derby winner Flashy Jewel in one of the best Derby finishes in recent memory.  Dane Nelson, ASD’s leading percentage rider, will be riding.  Witt Six had won the Harry Jeffrey and Golden Boy.  Among other horses likely to be entered are Blue Dancer, the winner of the Winnipeg Futurity last year, and Afleet in Time, tended by Rob Atras, a former trainer at the Downs.  Atras works under trainer Robertino DiodoroFirst post at Northlands Saturday is 1 p.m.

SAYLER LIKELY TO RETURN: The word is out that ASD’s 12-time leading trainer, Ardell Sayler, will return to the Downs next season after trying something different over the past year: sending horses to Turf Paradise, Fonner Park in Nebraska, Arapaho in Colorado and now AgPark in Columbus, Nebraska. This year his horses have earned $212,000 compared to last year’s $587,000 when he raced at the Downs.
Dale McDonald

GENTLEMAN PLAYER PASSES: One of the truly nice horseplayers, a real gentleman with a ready smile, Dale McDonald of Portage la Prairie, has died at 86. He had been a regular on Saturdays, generally partnering on tickets with attendees at my “I won big” workshop.  Dale will truly be missed and I’ll think of him every time I go to my clothes closet because he gave me a leather vest he had once worn in a band he played in.  He was very proud of having reached 86 and he mentioned it often.

WOODBINE TOURNEY OFFERS $50,000 IN PRIZE MONEY: Woodbine is holding a two-day horseplayer tournament at the end of August with a $330 buy-in (which includes $80 for players’ bets).  Estimated prize money is $50,000 based on 200 entrants.  Winner gets about $20,000.  Top seven also earn a seat in another tournament (NHC championship in Vegas, Keeneland Breeders’ Cup Challenge or Hawthorne Super Qualifier).  Players make 10 $2 win/place bets on Aug. 30 and 31, selecting from races at Woodbine, Saratoga, Monmouth and Arlington.
GRUELING OPENING TO JETS SEASON: Four eastern games on the road in six days is the way the Winnipeg Jets season starts on Thursday, Oct. 8 with Boston, then New Jersey the next night then, on Thanksgiving Day Monday, a matinee game at the Islanders followed the next night with a tilt against the Rangers. Their home opener follows on Friday against Calgary.
Remember: Making Manitoba the better bettor
province means playing to your strengths


Bloodhorse – Balan – Pretty N Cool Impresses in Sorrento Stakes



Edmonton Sun – Short – Northlands GM Chris Roberts moving to Halifax soon after facility’s biggest race of the year

Phil has a question:

What kind of a “writer” would start an article about Northlands Park’s marquee race with a comment about Chris Roberts leaving for Halifax and finish it with a comment like:

“Racing is troubled here, as it is everywhere, but I’m confident that this group has all the talent and energy needed to be successful.”

Phil has an answer.

One that’s a few Short.

ESPN – Josh Norman is amazed by the scrutiny of his scuffle with Cam Newton

The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football a game or a religion? The people of this country have allowed sports to get completely out of hand.
Howard Cosell

NY Times – Belson – Judge Prods N.F.L. at Hearing on Tom Brady’s Suspension

The importance that our society attaches to sport is incredible. After all, is football a game or a religion? The people of this country have allowed sports to get completely out of hand.
Howard Cosell

National Post – ‘A precursor to misery’: Why Australia is agonizing over its Vegemite problem

Down Under

Phil’s Drink and a Flick

Sister Starseeker

High Fidelity

Walk Of Life

National Post – O’Connor – Blue Jays fever spreading — even among Toronto-hating Canadians

There was something amusing about Fox News, which is a daily Miss Universe pageant, chockablock with glossy beauties as anchors, reporters and even “experts,” giving The Donald a hard time about focusing on women’s looks.

NY Times – OpEd – Dowd – Trump the Disrupter

National Post – Brean – Donald Trump the ‘loose cannon’: U.S. Republicans all but powerless to stop billionaire’s candidacy

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
T. E. Lawrence

Exs and Ohs

Number 1 Image result for pictures of bulleton Phil’s witty pun lyrics list.

 I don’t mean to be funny.

Yogi Berra

NY Times – AP – Donald Sterling Sues TMZ and V. Stiviano Over Loss of Clippers

National Post – Bloomber – Gentle and Kirkland – China’s biggest cut to the yuan in 20 years spooks global markets


Oh Darlin

Stand By Me

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “2015 Canadian Derby Weekend Preview”


    DIODORO 1/9 / 150+ expected /great ownership group/free refreshments and peter/NITZA PIZZA /sitting at 1296 wins so duel celebration /social event of the backstretch year

    PETROWSKI 2-1/ 60+ expected/great atmosphere/rumoured Pravda security hired

    SMITH 3-1/ 50+ expected/younger crowd expected/great attire from the female side

    BENSMILLER 8-1/ 30+ expected/ chuckwagon industry will support this bash

    TRACY 15-1/ 15+ expected/ no DONVER STABLE hospitality shedrow exists anymore

    RYCROFT 30-1/ 10+ expected/ slow GM sales at fort mac

    PUGH 50-1/ 6 pack to go/dwayne Y organizing magna party

    CASSE 99-1/cool horse out and off to zito’s party

    RACHEL takes in Edmonton folk festival last weekend , I guess horse racing is not a art event unless you are drawing the horses!!

    RACHEL next appearance at CALGARY-MCCALL fund raiser Sunday 1 pm/ free bbq/meet her and local MLA. Urge any racing participant to attend /to give the NDP a ear full and get a mouthful of free food!

    PC TEAM HARPER holding a rally today at EDMONTON MILLWOODS will the CEO attend?

    PAM MCDOUGALL’S vast training career accomplishments are 4491 starts/740 wins/career earnings of $5,494,145 please attend her celebration of life sunday, she will be missed by the entire industry!

    HBPA election results are rumoured to be delayed by mail in ballots from NUNAVUT/results pending?

    DAVID MUNRO TRIVIA/ an accountant by trade grew up next door to ALBERTA PREMIER RALPH KLEIN in Calgary’s tuxedo district, does anybody know any high ranking NDP, contact PHIL!

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