Aug 192015

Today Phil’s blog is like the post Christmas edition of your favourite fashion magazine, sans the Boxing Day flyers.



Garden and Gun – Lotz – The Story Behind “Sweet Home Alabama”

Sweet Home Alabama

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Five Things I’m looking forward to in the Pacific Classic/Alabama

TwinSpires Blog – ON POINT: Pacific Classic and Alabama Stakes picks

Alberta Farm days

Mr. Farmer

Ponderosa Gifts & Tack

Alberta Farm days NP

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Curalina, I’m a Chatterbox Lead Confusing Alabama Stakes

Bloodhorse – Jones Returns for Alabama Bid With Hot Hand

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Curalina, I’m a Chatterbox set for Alabama rematch


Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Zayat cements American Pharoah’s Travers plans

Bloodhorse – American Pharoah Among 16 Travers Nominees

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah Tops 16 Travers Stakes Nominees

Bloodhorse – Zito Considers Travers for Frammento

Bloodhorse – Monmouth Working on $1M Race for ‘Pharoah’


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Pick 6 Jackpot    $30,187.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $27,805.00
Assiniboia Downs
Super High Five Jackpot    $1,288.00
Ellis Park
Super High Five     $1,000.00
Fair Grounds
Pick 5 Jackpot    $361.00
Pick 6    $1,515.00
Super High Five     $1,194.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $323,857.00
Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $1,393.00
Laurel Park
Pick 6    $3,175.00
Los Alamitos    Pick 6    $3,405.00
Louisiana Downs
Pick 5 Jackpot    $6,982.00
Marquis Downs
Superfecta    $413.00
Monmouth Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $65,017.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $1,303.00
Prairie Meadows
Pick 5    $150.00
Pick 4    $809.00
Ruidoso Downs
Tri Super    $26,678.00
Sunray Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $634.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $69,197.00

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Presque Isle Downs
Pick 6    $100.00

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hastings Racecourse
Pick 6    $12,025.00

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Stewards play God, let them take it all the way

On the face of things Ortiz displayed the sort of melodramatic over-acting that in football would receive a smile and a “get up” from the referee as he allowed play to continue, but this am-dram saw the stewards completely alter the result.

No one likes to see the mad situation where the third best horse on the day – a horse who had no pretensions of winning before, during or after the race – is awarded the top honour in the stewards’ room, but that is simply the way the American rules are framed.

To be fair American rules have evolved since the days when they used to throw out every horse who put a toe out of line, but there is still some way to go to prevent controversial decisions like that which saw Secret Gesture stripped of her deserved win in the Beverly D Stakes.

In Britain if the best horse on the day is first past the post he keeps the race, quite simply because it would look ridiculous throwing him out. If there was significant interference the jockey might be punished but the result would stand and punters would be paid for correctly identifying the best horse.

This seems one step further along the logic evolution to a fair ideal, although there will always be loopholes and the very fact stewards can alter results will not please everyone all the time.

If the Secret Gesture team decide to appeal their one hope is the fact that if Ortiz had kept riding to the line his mare would have finished second. So it was the jockey, rather than the interference, which actually cost her a place.

Racing Post – Walker – Rules to blame for Secret Gesture demotion

Racing Post – Baxter – Spencer: Ortiz took a dive in Beverly D

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Beverly D. DQ: Spencer vs. Ortiz, my take & yours

There’s a comment made by Jamie Spencer that the Brit’s are conveniently overlooking.

“In the final 50 yards of the race my horse shifted out but I felt then, and now, following a review of the race, that she was clear of Stephanie’s Kitten as she moved out. As soon as I drifted across the track I moved my whip into my correct hand to straighten her up.”

Watch Ortiz and you’ll notice that he appears to be keeping a fairly straight course to the finish line as Secret Gesture is drifting across Stephanie’s Kitten’s path. Ortiz checks Stephanie’s Kitten only after Spencer changes his whip to the right hand stopping Secret Gestures drift and moving her back towards the path of Stephanie’s Kitten.

Bloodhorse – Angst –  Spencer, Beckett Say Beverly D. Appeal Likely

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

Albert Einstein

Horse Race Insider – ARCI’s Martin Spearheading Pushback Campaign to Thwart Meaningful Reform

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Lexington Locals Prepare for Breeders’ Cup 2015

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Handicapping Insights – August 21

Breeders’ Cup Challenge

Date   Race   Name   Track   Division
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

NY Times – Drape – Erinn Higgins Is Still Caring for Horses, as a Regulator

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – The Legacy of John Nerud

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Nerud, The Fox, and The Rivalry

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Jerkens and Nerud: Legendary Horsemen; Greater Men

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – One of John Nerud’s finest: Remembering the remarkable Ta Wee

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates


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Friday, August 21, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Saturday, August 22, 2015 7:00 PM CDT

Lady and the Track – Park – TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar: Posts, Odds, Festivities

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Will Beholder Win the Pacific Classic?

ESPN – West – Defining a special filly


Lady and the Track – Beholder Faces Distance Question in Pacific Classic

Beholder’s by Henny Hughes the same Henny Hughes who sired last Saturday’s  Canadian Derby winner Academic.

You don’t see very many Henny Hughes foals in North America as he now stands in Japan.

Academic had no difficulty handling 1 3/8 miles in the Canadian Derby GIIIC at Northlands Park last Saturday, but not only is Beholder facing much tougher male company in Saturday’s Pacific Classic but Beholder does not have as strong stamina influences on her broodmare side. Awesome Lass, Academic’s dame is a daughter of Awesome Again who not only won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1 1/4 miles but has also sired 4 Breeder’s Cup winners.

Beholder’s dame Leslie’s Lady is by Tricky Creek a sire more known for his sprinters than for stamina. There is stamina a lot further back in Leslie’s Lady’s family and I’m sure that Beholder’s connections hope that it shows through on Saturday.

Bloodhorse – Balan – Beholder Tagged Favorite in Pacific Classic

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Beholder well-situated in post 9 for Pacific Classic bid

Bloodhorse – Beholder Shows Readiness for Pacific Classic


Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, August 21


AUBURN, Wash. (August 21, 2015) – Where’s My Voucher sprinted clear early and held off Mr. Takahashi late for a three-quarter-length victory Friday in the $14,900 Bud Light Purse for 3-year-olds at Emerald Downs..

Winning his third race of the meeting and his fifth of 2015, Where’s My Voucher ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.14, and paid $5.60, $3 and $3. Juan Gutierrez rode the winner for trainer Jeff Metz and owners Tom Purdy and Michelle Barnes.

Gutierrez swept the final four races on the seven-race card, upping his season total to 63 wins, 12 behind Julien Couton, the meet’s leading rider who is sidelined through Saturday on suspension.

Breaking from the outside post, Where’s My Voucher set fractions of :22.01, :43.95 and 1:08.45 en route to victory. A California-bred by Storm Wolf, Where’s My Voucher is 5-for-11 in 2015—winning twice at Turf Paradise and three times at Emerald Downs—with Gutierrez up for all five wins.

Mr. Takahashi, ridden by Jake Barton, chased the winner the length of the stretch, but settled for second and paid $3.60 and $3.60.

Private Boss, ridden by apprentice Osvaldo Gonzalez, was five lengths back in third and paid $7. Red Ridge, Percy’s Bluff, Courage of Faith and The Search Is Over completed the order of finish.

Gutierrez was 4-0-0 in five mounts, scoring victories on Chaching Pete ($6.20) the fourth race, Finality’s Charmer ($3.80) in the fifth, Where’s My Voucher in the sixth, and Doubledeesonthetee ($16) in the seventh.

Metz also trains Doubledeesonthetee and is 23-for-57 combined with Gutierrez at the meet.

A 46-year-old native of Jalisco, Mexico, Gutierrez has 21 multiple-win days this season and is en route to a 14th consecutive top-five finish in the jockeys’ standings. He ranks No. 2 all-time with 1,205 wins at Emerald Downs.

NOTES: Gallyn Mitchell, No. 1 all-time with 1,413 wins at Emerald Downs, rode Tricky Person ($6.80) to a win in Friday’s second race, his 122nd victory when riding for trainer Jim Penney at EmD. . .Leslie Mawing rode the final five winners on a seven-race card on May 2, 2014. . .
Chaching Pete ran the third fastest six furlongs of the meet, 1:08.54, while scoring his 13th Emerald Downs victory in Friday’s fourth race. An 8-year-old Washington-bred by Petersburg, Chaching Pete has three wins at the meet for trainer Bill Tollett and is 16-for-42 lifetime. . .Finality’s Charmer ($3.80) gave Canadian trainer Craig MacPherson his first Emerald Downs win with a gate-to-wire victory in race five. MacPherson currently is third at Hastings Racecourse with 18 wins. . . .Live racing continues Saturday with a 10-race card at 2 p.m. Simulcast action includes the $1-million TVG Pacific Classic from Del Mar, with 5-year-old mare Beholder the 5-to-2 morning line favorite.


Fans will get another chance to watch Stryker Phd at Emerald Downs in 2015.

Assistant trainer Sharon Ross said Stryker Phd—the first horse to win the Longacres Mile twice at Emerald Downs—is a go for the $60,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic on Sunday, September 13.

At 1 1/16 miles, the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic anchors the 2015 Washington Cup, six stakes worth an aggregate $310,000 exclusively for Washington-breds.

“Today was his first day back at the track for Stryker, and he’s doing great,” Ross said. “The Washington Cup fits the schedule.”

In winning Sunday’s 80th Mile, Stryker Phd rallied from ninth for a one-length victory in 1:34.06 and earned a career-high 99 Beyer, two points higher than last year’s Mile and a point better than his previous best in the Budweiser Handicap two months ago.

Following the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, Stryker Phd could be shipped to Golden Gate Fields for the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap, a Grade 3 at one mile on Tapeta. Although the stakes schedule isn’t set, the Berkeley is usually run in late November.

Such a scenario would allow Stryker Phd to be turned out in the winter before taking a run at a Longacres Mile three-peat as a 7-year-old in 2016.

“He likes having those three months off,” Ross said. “It works well for him.”

Stryker Phd’s seven straight stakes wins ties Ropersandwranglers for second longest streak in Emerald Downs’ history, and a victory in the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic would tie Stopshoppingdebbie’s track record of eight straight stakes wins.

In fact, Stryker Phd began his Emerald Downs winning streak with a 3 ¼-length victory in the 2013 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.99. He sat out last year’s race, mainly due to a short two-week gap between The Mile and Washington Cup, and the schedule was revamped this year with an eye toward luring horses from The Mile.

With a career mark of 21-8-5-5-$485,651, Stryker Phd has moved into 10th place all-time in Washington-bred earnings. His $437,046 in Emerald Downs’ earnings ranks fourth behind Wasserman ($575,024), Assessment ($472,744) and Noosa Beach ($465,308). His seven stakes wins are tied with Jumron Won for sixth all-time.

The Washington Cup is restructured this year with two races for older horses, the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic for routers and $50,000 Chinook Pass Sprint Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs. Noosito, Del Rio Harbor and Absolutely Cool, fourth, fifth and sixth place finishers in the Longacres Mile, are obvious candidates for either race.


Stakes Heaven!

Washington Horse of the Year Stryker Phd won his seventh straight stakes at Emerald Downs with his win in the Longacres Mile.

Horse Consecutive EmD Stakes Wins
Stopshoppingdebbie 8
Stryker Phd 7
Ropersandwranglers 7
Fleet Pacific & Noosa Beach 6
— Emerald Downs Media


The combination of trainer Larry Ross and jockey Leslie Mawing is smoking hot at Emerald Downs.

In fact, their 2015 success is unprecedented: 25-14-5-2-$335,012, with six stakes wins—including Stryker Phd in the Longacres Mile and Belle Hill in the Washington Oaks.

That equals 56 percent wins, and an amazing $13,400 per start. Their combined record in 2014/ 2015 is 80-25-17-8-$683,471 with nine stakes wins.

Ross and Mawing also are climbing the ladder in all-time Emerald Downs stakes wins—Ross is 10th with 22 while Mawing is fourth with 39. Combined Larry and Sharon Ross have 45 stakes wins here, which would rank No. 3 all-time behind Doris Harwood (66) and Bud Klokstad (49).


Top Training Accomplishment is shaping up as the toughest category for voters in 2015, with several sensational achievements to ponder:

Larry Ross becoming the first trainer to win two straight Longacres Miles with the same horse at Emerald Downs, guiding the 6-year-old gelding to a 6-6-0-0 record the last two seasons.

Jeff Metz capturing his third straight training title.

Tom Wenzel for two straight sweeps of the older filly and mare division, an unprecedented feat culminated by Lady Rosberg’s 3 ¾-length romp in Sunday’s $65,000 Emerald Distaff.

Who knows, perhaps the Washington Cup will sway the vote. Stryker Phd is committed to the $60,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic while the Wenzel-trained Lady Rosberg would be odds-on in the $50,000 Pegasus Training Center Stakes for older fillies and mares, a race Wenzel said he and owner Karl Krieg would consider.

With Stryker Phd winning The Mile and Lady Rosberg taking the Distaff, it marks the first time since 2007 that Washington-breds have swept the track’s two biggest events for older horses.

Wenzel swept this year’s series with two horses, Kikisoblu winning the one-turn Hastings Handicap and Washington State Legislators Stakes and Lady Rosberg winning the two-turn Boeing Handicap and Emerald Distaff.

A 5-year-old homebred by Rosberg-Enter Laughing, Lady Rosberg earned an 83 Beyer in the Distaff, running 1 1/8miles in 1:48.68, and pushing her career mark to 15-8-2-2-$170,022.


August 22: Emerald AM/Breakfast at the Wire

August 29: Final Breakfast at the Wire

August 30: Italian Day

September 7: Labor Day Racing

September 14: Washington Cup Day


Friday’s feature race is a $15,000 claiming for 3-year-olds headed by Courage of Faith and Where’s My Voucher.

Courage of Faith has the tactical style to sit anywhere during the race, but will likely get a good trip behind a projected fast pace. He’s been running against tougher lately and won by 3 1/4 lengths at this level in early July. Look for the good old stalk-and-pounce!

Where’s My Voucher set fast splits and just failed to last at the same condition last month. He moves far outside for the meet’s leading barn, and Juan Gutierrez has four wins aboard this gelding in 2015. Gate-to-wire at low odds.

Also entered: Cash N Dash, Percy’s Bluff, The Search is Over, Mr. Takahashi, Hot Bobby, Private Boss and Red Ridge.


Friday, August 14
Race 1:
Bird Colonel-66**
Race 2: Cats Ransom-40
Race 3: Wedgey Time-63
Race 4: Northern Choice-61
Race 5: Tim Tim Tim-57
Race 6: Disruption-79
Race 7: Stormin Parker-54

Saturday, August 15
Race 1:
Jacango (qh)
Race 2: Furriddle (qh)
Race 3: Allaboutthatbass-48#
Race 4 Vistarella-64
Race 5: Go Diva Go-55*
Race 6: National Wonder-35
Race 7: Luck Out-59
Race 8: Mach One Rules-72*
Race 9: Princess Kennedy-56
Race 10: Exclusive Gold-40

Sunday, August 16
Race 1:
Race 2: En Avant-40*
Race 3: Memo to Reese-44
Race 4: Roxie Heart-42
Race 5: Cash Gaming-72*
Race 6: Tabled With Gold-68
Race 7: Lady Rosberg-83
Race 8: Stryker Phd-99*
Race 9: Tribal Waters-71*
Race 10: Scat Daddybaby-98*
Race 11: Square Jimmer-58
*career high
**ties career-high
#first-time starter

2015 Fastest Times
4 1/2 Furlongs :51.25 Kiss My Lulu, June 27
5 Furlongs :56.70 Power Fleet, May 16
5-½ Furlongs 1:02.39 O B Harbor, April 18
6 Furlongs
1:08.33 Dare Me Devil, August 9
6-½ Furlongs 1:14.27 Fleet Eagle, May 17
1 Mile 1:34.06 Stryker Phd, August 16
1 1/16 Mile 1:42.79 Betrbegone, July 12
870 Yards
:45.85 Grand Move, May 30


FINISH LINES: Weekly Honors #18-Jockey- Leslie Mawing ; Trainer- Larry Ross ; Owner- Jim & Mona Hour ; Groom- Gumaro Martinez (Frank Lucarelli) ; WTBOA Washington-bred- Stryker Phd ; Exercise Rider of the Week- Brad Balcom ( Robbie Baze ) . . . Mach One Rules’ 72 Beyer is highest at the meet by a 2-year-old and six points better than Trackattacker earned winning the 2014 WTBOA Lads. . .Lads runner-up Viewingthegold also got a 72, and the terrific effort by the first-time starter makes his head defeat one of the toughest of the meet. . . Julien Couton serves a two-day suspension Friday and Saturday, but begins Week 19 with a 75-59 lead over Juan Gutierrez in the Thoroughbred jockeys’ standings. . . Javier Matias tops the Quarter Horse standings with a sterling 6-for-11 record in QH races. . .Both Washington-breds by Harbor the Gold , Mach One Rules and Viewingthegold could have a rematch in the $50,000 Captain Condo Stakes on September 13. . .Sunday’s 11-race card begins with two 440-yards trials for the $60,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge on Sunday, September 6. Defending champion Chicks Special Angel drew the one-hole in Race 1 with Jesus Valenzuela up for trainer Jose Sanguino . The 10 fastest times qualify for the final. . .Saturday simulcasts include the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar, featuring Beholder taking on the boys at 1 1/4 miles. Also Saturday at Del Mar, Boyett , runner-up to Stryker Phd in last year’s Mile, races in a $78,000 allowance/optional claimer on turf., and 2014 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic winner Mike Man’s Gold runs in a $32,000 claimer at six-furlongs

Friday , August 21, 2015 4:30 PM PDT
Saturday, August 22, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday, August 23, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

Bloodhorse – Desormeaux Barn Buzzing Over Exaggerator

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Obviously faces Talco, Bal a Bali in Del Mar Mile comeback 






Racing resumes tonight with an awesome eight race program that features six $50,000 stakes races.

TOUCHING PROMISE BC Bred Older Filly & Mare of the Year - - PHOTO BY JACKIE HUMBER

The action starts in race one with race four fillies and mares in the $50,000 BC Cup Distaff. Russ and Lois Bennett have half of the field with Touching Promise (Amadeo Perez) and Amber Moon (Richard Hamel), both are in with a good shot. Barbara Heads trains the Bennett duo. Braithwaite and Gorasht own Locket who was second behind Arabella’s Muse last time. She will love nine furlongs and Antonio Reyes rides for Frank Barroby. The speed of the race is Terry McKibbin and Whieldon Thoroughbreds’ Dawselina. The daughter of Skimming is winless this season but does have the talent to beat this group. Pedro Alvarado rides for trainer Rosie Anderson.

C U AT EAU CLAIRE winning the BC Cup Debutante at Hastings Racecourse with jockey Richard Hamel up. Four Footed Foto

Two year olds are in the spotlight in races two and three. The colts are up first in the $50,000 New Westminster which is filled with talent and really doesn’t have a clear cut choice. The $50,000 Hard Rock Casino for fillies seems to look quite formful as Don Danard’s C U At Eau Claire (Richard Hamel) and the Swift Thoroughbreds’ Snuggles (Amadeo Perez) appear to be strong chances. They were the one-two finishers in the BC Cup Debutante eighteen days ago.

Bluegrass Angus winning the Chris Loseh Stakes race today at Hastings Racecourse with jockey Richard Hamel up.


The $50,000 Richmond Derby Trial is the final prep before the rich $250,000 BC Derby which will be run on Sunday, September 13th. The current heavyweight in the three year old division is Copper Water Thoroughbred Company’s Bluegrass Angus who has dominated his rivals since removing the blinkers two starts back. Richard Hamel returns to the saddle for Craig MacPherson. James Redekop’s Aditya (Pedro Alvarado) stamped himself as a Derby hopeful after his runner-up effort in the Stellar’s Jay on BC Cup day. Anita Bolton conditions the son of Mass Market. Ken Johnson’s Brother Duster has been knocking at the door and has shot if a speed duel happens. Alex Marti rides for Taylor Anderson. John Lazazzera, Rick Munro, George Matkovich and Fraser Rawlinson own Burrard Breeze who is another that will appreciate a fast early pace. He made a premature move in his first try going long but could rate kindly second time at this trip. Mark Buchanan rides for Brian O’Connell. Completing the field is J & G Racing Stable’s Don’t Hold Me Back who made his debut earlier this month against older horses. He’s in with own age and stretching out to his preferred distance. David Lopez gets the call from Steve Henson.

The stakes action continues in race seven with the $50,000 Hong Kong Jockey Club which is the final prep before the $100,000 BC Oaks. Mike Whieldon’s Morning Coffee (Pedro Alvarado), the Foundation Stables’ Sailingforthesun (Jeff Burningham), Ray Hanson and the Exclusive Stables’ Ambleside Park appear to be the logical three players.


The evening concludes with the $50,000 BC Cup Classic. The former Horse-of-the-Year Herbie D will likely go postward as the betting choice. Amadeo Perez rides for owners George Robbins and Darcia Doman. Rob Gilker trains the most talented son of Orchid’s Devil. Russ and Lois Bennett’s Brass and Gold has been competitive with open company and will appreciate racing with BC breds. He won this race in 2013. Pedro Alvarado rides for Barbara Heads. Trainer John Snow saddles both Gord Christoff’s Twistgrips Mark Buchanan) and Wayne Oliver, Lee Rente, Bill Randall and the Cowboys n Indians Stables’ Wilo Kat (Keishan Balgobin). Both are serious contenders if pace gets too quick early. Betty Bay’s Deputy’s Command is another that would be delighted if the pace is fast. He has an excellent stretch kick and will get the services of Richard Hamel for trainer Cindy Krasner. Randy Hudson’s Cowie Creek is a hard trying son of Safely’s Mark who was a game third behind Title Contender and Taylor’s Deal in his last. He has never run this far but he is a horse that continues to surprise everyone. Silvano Moralez rides.

All in all, this is the best Friday night card in many years. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and there is a $13,348 Sea-to-Sky carryover to go along with a guaranteed $10,000 payout pool in the late Pick 4.



Race 1 3 – Locket
4 – Touching Promise
1 – Amber Moon
3 – Locket
4 – Touching Promise
1 – Amber Moon
Race 2 1 – Fear of the Cat
6 – Dashing Don
7 – Rock Concert
1 – Fear of the Cat
6 – Dashing Don
7 – Rock Concert
Race 3 3 – Snuggles
2 – C U At Eau Claire
4 – Texas Alley Kat
2 – C U At Eau Claire
3 – Snuggles
4 – Texas Alley Kat
Race 4 1 – Bluegrass Angus
4 – Burrard Breeze
3 – Aditya
1 – Bluegrass Angus
3 – Aditya
2 – Brother Duster
Race 5 2 – Tapicero
6 – Bluegrass Pride
11 – Honestly Occifer
6 – Bluegrass Pride
11 – Honestly Occifer
2 – Tapicero
Race 6 8 – Nana’s Buddy
5 – Crackdown
4 – Cleared to Victory
5 – Crackdown
4 – Cleared to Victory
8 – Nana’s Buddy
Race 7 3 – Ambleside Park
1 – Morning Coffee
2 – Sailingforthesun
3 – Ambleside Park
1 – Morning Coffee
2 – Sailingforthesun
Race 8 1 – Brass and Gold
2 – Herbie D
6 – Wilo Kat
1 – Brass and Gold
2 – Herbie D
6 – Wilo Kat
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks

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Friday, August 21, 2015 7:00 PM PDT
Monday, August 24, 2015 4:00 PM PDT

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Change of plans for Highland Reel or Lucky Speed?

Bloodhorse – Acapulco Second to Mecca’s Angel in Nunthorpe

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Ward expects big effort from Acapulco in Friday’s Nunthorpe



Friday , August 21, 2015 7:05 PM SST
Saturday , August 22, 2015 7:05 PM SST

ESPN – Cronley – Place it at your own risk

Edmonton Journal – Laliotis – Social Seen: The Canadian Derby








Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Friday August 21, 2015

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Saturday August 22, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, August 22, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

ESPN’s Jay Cronley often advocates the use of  ALL for the third line of Triactors and the third and fourth line of Superfectas. How many bettors were walking around Northlands Park on Saturday shaking their heads with Triactors and Superfectas that had Academic the second favourite on top, Witt Six the third choice on the second line and no Cowboys Don’t Cry on the third.  With the Triactor paying $799.45 for a $1.00 ticket and the Superfecta paying $10,010.75 for a $1.00 ticket not hitting the ALL button is enough to make even the crustiest Cowboy Cry.

A $1.00 Triactor with 3 horses to 3 horses to ALL is $60.00. A $1.00 Superfecta 3 horses to 3 horses to ALL to ALL is $540.00 and 20 center is $108.00.

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

Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Bloodhorse – Jess’s Dream Entered for Monday at Spa

 This Weekend’s  Stakes

August 20
Union Avenue Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
August 21
Del Mar
CTT & Thoroughbred Owners of California Handicap $80,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 11f Turf
Finger Lakes
Ontario County Stake $50,000 3yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Hastings Race Course
Hard Rock Casino Vancouver $50,000 2yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt
Hong Kong Jockey Club $50,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Hastings Race Course
New Westminster $50,000 2yo 6.5f Dirt
Richmond Derby Trial $50,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Remington Park
Red Earth Stake $50,000 3&up State/Prov 7.5f Turf
Schenectady $100,000 2yo State/Prov 5.5f Turf
August 22
Arlington Park
Arlington-Washington Futurity GIII $100,000 2yo 7f AW
Assiniboia Downs
Agassiz Stake $25,000 3&up Colts & Geldings State/Prov 8f Dirt
C.T.H.S. Sales Stake $30,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Distaff Stake $25,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8f Dirt
Charles Town
Sylvia Bishop Memorial $50,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 7f Dirt
Del Mar Handicap GII BC $250,000 3&up 11f Turf
Pat O’Brien Stake GII BC $250,000 3&up 7f Dirt
TVG Pacific Classic GI BC $1,000,000 3&up 10f Dirt
Monmouth Park
Monmouth Oaks GIII $100,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Penn National
Robellino Stake $75,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Remington Park
Edward J. DeBartolo Memorial Handicap Listed $75,000 3&up 8.5f Turf
Alabama Stake GI $600,000 3yo Fillies 10f Dirt
Troy Stake Listed $100,000 3&up 5.5f Turf
Ontario Colleen Stake (Can-III $150,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
August 23
Del Mar
Del Mar Mile GII $200,000 3&up 8f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Kitakyushu Kinen GIII $685,000 3&up 6f Turf
Sapporo Kinen GII $1,226,000 3&up 10f Turf
Monmouth Park
Cliff Hanger Stake GIII $100,000 3&up 9f Turf
Lord & Taylor Tale of the Cat Stake $100,000 3&up R 6f Dirt
Play the King Stake (Can-II $200,000 3&up 7f Turf
Victoria Park Stake $125,000 3yo 9f AW
August 24
Summer Colony Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 9f Dirt
August 25
Fort Erie
Andy Passero Memorial Cup $30,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 6.5f Dirt
Bob Summers Memorial Cup $30,000 3&up R 6.5f Dirt
Molson Cup $30,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8.5f Turf
August 26
Del Mar
Harry F. Brubaker Stake $80,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Indiana Grand Race Course
ITOBA Stallion Season Fillies Stake $75,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Dirt
Paul Tinkle ITOBA Stallion Season Colts & Geldings Stake $75,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 8f Dirt
John’s Call Stake $100,000 3&up R 13f Turf
August 27
New York Turf Writers Cup GI $150,000 4&up 19f Turf
Riskaverse Stake Listed $100,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf

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Derby Bar and Grill
From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter







FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE kicks back into action this Friday, the night before the PNE Opens with no less then 6 stakes races on the card.  Entries for Friday will be taken today and it should be a great program.  First post time is 7:00pm


Because of the PNE opening on Saturday we will run on Monday, August 24th with a 4:00pm first post and Monday, August 31 as well at 4:00pm and Monday, September 7th (Labor Day) will be the regular 1:50pm post time.


As of Sunday we have run a total of 257 races in which 236 are overnight races and 21 stakes races.

In those 257 races a total of 1764 horse have run now giving us an average of 6.86 horses per race. The average has dropped severely in the last few weeks.

The track has been fast on 33 of 34 days this season which must be some kind of record by now?


The purse pool is well within our budget after 34 days of live racing and the racing office has done a admiral job this year keeping us within budget.

The total payout to overnight races to date is $3,097,000.00 and a average payout per race of $14,706.16 for 236 races.

The stake payout to date stands at $1,095,000.00 with $332,050.00 coming from nominations and $75,000 from sponsorship of the Redekop Classic and Pegasus Distaff on BC Cup Day.

Hastings Wrap-up For August 21—-Richard Yates

It was an amazingly nice night at historic old Hastings Racecourse. The temperature was perfect for humans and horses, it might have been the best evening of the summer.   A lively and sizable crowd was on hand, and despite some PNE induced logistical problems (for example, Where Do I Park My ##@%**Car?), a good time was had by the overwhelming majority. There were six, count ‘em, six stakes races, with a couple of lesser contests thrown in to make an eight race Friday night card for the first time since who knows when.

Why not just go through the six stakes in order?

Touching Promise Holds Off Locket


The opener was the British Columbia Cup Distaff Handicap, a race that was short on competitors and long on competition as Touching Promise ($6.70) proved a diminishing neck better than Lockett after a mile-and-an-eighth in 1:51.10 over a fast track, but a track that is not playing as fast as it was earlier in the season. Amber Moon was third of four and Dawselina tired to finish fourth and last after setting the early pace.

Touching Promise took over the front end from Dawselina after three-quarters in 1:12.62 and from there it was just a matter of whether jockey Amadeo Perez had enough horse left to hold off the steady late close from Lockett. In the end, he did, but it got very close.

Touching Promise was bred in British Columbia by her owners, R. J. and Lois Bennett. She is by Touch Gold out of an Old Trieste mare and is to date by far the best horse out of the mare. Barb Heads trains.

Stanz in Command Remains Unbeaten


The New Westminster Handicap, an open stake for two-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs, was won by the BC-bred Stanz in Command ($6.70) who closed strongly to take his second stakes in two starts, this one by a half-length over Dashing Don who came into the race a perfect two for two. Favored Fear of the Cat ran third.

Longshot Capital Expense went to the lead with Dashing Don, under David Lopez, never far away. They went like that to mid-way of the final turn when Dashing Don took over and looked a winner while doing it. But Stanz in Command just kept eating away at the gap between them and eventually got past Dashing Don shortly before the wire. The final time was 1:19.30.

Stanz in Command is by Second in Command who stands at Road’s End Farm. He was bred in British Columbia by White House Stables who sold him to his owner, Robert Scott in the 2014 CTHS Sale for $7,500. Charlene Miller does the training.


C U At Eau Claire Says See You Later


The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver handicap went to C U At Eau Claire ($3.90) in a very convincing win over a small field of two-year-old fillies. Ridden very confidently by Richard Hamel, the winner opened up by five lengths on the final turn and had plenty left to keep the well regarded Snuggles at bay by more than 3 lengths. Snuggles was well clear of Our Bonita Rose who finished third after harassing the winner early, to no avail.

Our Bonita Rose ran by C U At Eau Claire early on the backstretch, but that was short lived. C U At Eau Claire moved to the front again from along the rail and then she moved away emphatically and once she separated it was over. The final time of 1:18.62 was easily 3 lengths faster than the two-year-old boys ran one race earlier. C U At Eau Claire has established herself as the best two-year-old filly for the time being, and Snuggles would appear to be the best maiden in the division.

C U At Eau Claire is a BC-bred daughter of Haynesfield (Speightstown) and the unraced Awesome Again mare, Sweetheart Rose who has now produced three stakes winners. Don B. Danard acquired her from her breeders, Tod Mtn Thoroughbreds, for $38,000 in the 2014 CTHS Sale. Greg Tracy trains.


Bluegrass Angus:  He Is The Fastest


The Richmond Derby Trial Handicap went with 5 horses and there can be no doubt that Bluegrass Angus ($2.70) was the best of them as he pulled away in the stretch for a comfortable 2 length win over Don’t Hold Me Back. Third went to Aditya who fought all the way but could not stay with winner and got caught late for the place. Final time for the mile-and-a-sixteenth was 1:44.95.

Bluegrass Angus took over the lead from along the rail soon after the break and gave Richard Hamel his second stakes win in a row. Aditya did what he could to bother Bluegrass Angus on the front-end, but he was just not fast enough to do so. When the time came the winner moved away with authority and never looked in danger of losing. The recent Kentucky claim and newcomer Don’t Hold Me Back closed well to show he fits and may like another sixteenth of a mile, as in the 1 1/8 BC Derby.

Bluegrass Angus was bred in Kentucky. The son of Bluegrass Cat was bought in the September 2013 Keeneland sale for $5,000. He has now won three stakes in a row for owner Copper Water Thoroughbred Company and trainer Craig MacPherson. He is obviously the local horse to beat in the upcoming BC Derby.

Morning Coffee Beats Sailingforthesun


Morning Coffee ($2.60) was the shortest priced winner on a day of short prices, and she was full value in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Handicap, a test for three-year-old fillies. Morning Coffee was a little more than 2 lengths clear of Sailingforthesun following a mile-and-a-sixteenth in 1:46.23. Ambleside Park was a distance back in third.

Pedro Alvarado had Morning Coffee in front early, but Sailingforthesun, despite not getting away well and rushing up to take the lead, made her presence felt for a while. That, however, was never going to last and late in the backstretch, Morning Coffee retook the lead and removed any suspense as to the outcome. Although It must be said that Sailingforthesun put in a first-class try in a race where things did not go right for her.

Morning Coffee is by Quiet American out of a Tale of the Cat mare. She was bred in Kentucky but owner Michael Whieldon acquired her through the claim box at Santa Anita for $65,000. She has now won two stakes in two starts at Hastings for trainer Rosann Anderson.

Brass and Gold: Classic


The British Columbia Cup Classic Handicap went to Brass and Gold ($6.10) for the second time in three years, he having won the 2013 edition as well. Herbie D ran second and Wilo Kat came from far back to be third. Time for the mile-and-an-eighth was 1:51.17.

Herbie D and Brass and Gold were in front right out of the gate, but Cowie Creek, who did not break well, rushed up on the outside and cleared to a two or three length lead over Herbie D first time by the grandstand. Herbie D is seven and probably a step or so slower, however running by him early is not likely to be the path to success, particularly if you are going a mile-and-an-eighth. In any case, Cowie Creek ran a brave race, but he was done as a contender just past the three-quarters when Herbie D moved past him and Brass and Gold moved past them both.

After Brass and Gold hit the lead he was not losing. Herbie D hung on well to be second and Wilo Kat put in his closing run to take third over a tired Cowie Creek. The win gave rider Pedro Alvarado a stakes double on the card and it provided owner/breeders R. J. and Lois Bennett with doubles in both categories. It was trainer Barb Heads second stakes win on the night. The winner is a Bennett homebred by Sungold out of Always Brassy by Dixieland Brass.

Also Noteworthy:


Richard Hamel and Pedro Alvarado both had back to back stakes wins on the card. Hamel continues to lead Alvarado by 7 wins. David Lopez also won two

Rosann Anderson and Michael Whieldon had owner and trainer doubles with Morning Coffee, as mentioned, and Bluegrass Pride in the fifth with Antonio Reyes riding.


Crackdown ($4.40) won the sixth for Mark DeDomenico and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company and trainer Troy Taylor. It was David Lopez’s second win on the night.

Lady and the Track – Smith – Chart Calling Suits Carly Kaiser

ESPN – The Pen Is Mightier Than the Whip


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Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Gross, Average Rise at New York-Bred Auction

Racing Post – Clower – Legendary trainer Bass in an induced coma


cths salw poster 2015

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 – Angst – Delaware Valet Injured, Four Races Canceled

Bloodhorse – Novak – Shogood Looks to Step Up at Arlington


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Bloodhorse – Mitchell – KHRC Approves Regulations for Mineral Cobalt

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Medication Issues Dominate KHRC Meeting

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Arkansas Commission Opposes Medication Bills

Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest


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Sign up at the information desk.


Bloodhorse – Lwwyn – Record-Breaking Arqana Sale Concludes

Results for the Alberta HBPA Board of Directors election have been posted.

Want to meet the new Board.

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Lady and The Track – Laughter – Deep Pat O’Brien Stakes for Breeders’ Cup Sprint Spot 

Bloodhorse – Appealing Tale Dials Back for Pat O’Brien

2015 WTBOA Summer Yearling Sale Average Up 17 Percent

The 59th annual Washington Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association Summer Yearling and Mixed Sale brought forth increases in both gross and average for the fourth straight year, while the median slipped slightly.

Held at the Morris J. Alhadeff Sales Pavilion located at Emerald Downs  in Auburn, Washington, this year’s August 18 sale cataloged 105 summer session yearlings, as well  as a dozen mixed and paddock session horses.
The energy level – and in fact the whole racing atmosphere in Washington – has been buoyant this year with the many positive changes seen at Emerald Downs this season and the recent boosts in the  overall Thoroughbred industry.

And the proverbial “cherry on top” was the not first, but second  exciting victory of WTBOA Sale poster boy Stryker Phd in the Northwest’s marquee race – the  $200,000 Longacres Mile (G3) – held just two days prior to the sale.
Topping the venue was a filly (Hip 75) sired by top North American sire Into Mischief which was purchased by John Brocklebank, as agent, for $80,000. The striking dark bay, a daughter of multiple stakes producer Campanita, a half‐ sister to Grade 1 winner and Grade 1 producer Rings a Chime, was bred and consigned by Terry and Mary Lou Griffin’s Griffin Place LLC. Brocklebank also purchased Hip 12 from Griffin Place, a filly from the first crop of 2011 Haskell Invitational Handicap (G1)  winner Coil and out of the Tough Knight mare Mia F Eighteen, who has already produced $574,849  Grade 3 stakes winner Summer Hit and $198,697 stakes winner and Emerald Downs champion Starbird Road.
Brocklebank, who was the sale’s leading buyer, purchased a total of ten yearlings – ranging from $5,000 to the sale topper – for a total of $383,000. The Utah horseman also paid $75,000 for the sale’s third highest offering (Hip 82), a Stormin Fever filly out of Washington champion racemare Clair Annette consigned by Stormy Hull and Ginger Samples’ Critter Creek Farm.Fourteen other yearlings brought a $30,000 or higher price, including the $77,000 that nationally prominent Ten Broeck Farm – the nom de course for Woodinville resident and longtime Washington horseman David Mowat – paid for the Tiz Wonderful—Witchy Meeting filly (Hip 59) consigned by Blue Ribbon Farm, as agent for Patricia Murphy and Rick and Debbie Pabst. The filly is bred on the same lines as Grade 1 winner Condo Commando (by Tiz Wonderful out of a General Meeting mare).

Also bringing a $65,000 bid was a filly (Hip 37) from the first crop of 2012 Wood Memorial (G1) winner Gemologist. Consigned by Dr. Duane and Susan Hopp’s Castlegate Farm, the half‐sister to Grade 2 $683,263 stakes winner Briecat was purchased by trainer Mark Glatt of Monrovia, California.

After eight withdrawals, 97 summer session yearlings went through the ring with 74 selling for a $1,389,900 total (up nearly seven percent from the 2014 total), a $18,782 average (up 17 percent from 2014’s $16,056 figure) and a $10,000 median (down 4.8 percent from last year’s $10,500). There were 23 RNAs (reserve not attained) this sale (23.7 percent), which was a 27.8 percent increase from the 18 or 18.2 percent
in 2014.

Top Selling Yearlings
Hip       Name, Sex, Sire –Dam (Consignor) … Buyer, Price
75         unnamed, filly, Into Mischief—Campanita (Griffin Place LLC) … John Brocklebank, Agt, $80,000
59         unnamed, filly, Tiz Wonderful—Witchy Meeting (Blue Ribbon Farm, Agt for Pat Murphy & M/M F. L. Pabst) … Ten Broeck Farm $77,000

82         Barbara Jo, filly, Stormin Fever—Clair Annette (Critter Creek Farm, Stormy Hull & Ginger Samples) … John Brocklebank, Agt, $75,000
12         unnamed, filly, Coil—Mia F Eighteen (Griffin Place LLC) … John Brocklebank, $65,000
37         unnamed, filly, Gemologist—Silk Briefcase (Dr. & Mrs. Duane Hopp, Castlegate Farm) … Mark Glatt, $65,000
33         Flood Watch, colt, Forestry—Rewritten (Griffin Place, Agt for Carnation Racing Stable) … Glen Todd, $52,000
86         unnamed, filly, Atta Boy Roy—Crafty Diva (Tall Cedars Farm LLC) … River Ridge Ranch, $50,000
93         unnamed, colt, Sixthirteen—Felice the Cat (Bar C Racing Stables Inc., Pam & Neal Christopherson … John Brocklebank, Agt, $50,000

To review the complete preliminary sale results, go to Final results will also be published in the Fall issue of the Washington Thoroughbred and will be added to the online WTBOA Sales Archives.

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Eskimos Pre-Party at the Park

Get ready football fans! This September 12 is set to be the most exciting day you’ll have all year. We’re inviting you to join us here at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino before the Battle of Alberta Labour Day Rematch! We want you to celebrate the Green & Gold with Beer, BBQ & Free Parking (w/a food bank donation) while cheering on live horse racing from Edmonton’s largest patio party. It’s going to be wall to wall fun and you shouldn’t miss a second of it!

Sept. 12, 1 to 5 p.m.

  • 1 p.m. Post Time
  • 5 p.m. Fan Parade to Commonwealth
  • 5:30 p.m. Molson Fan Fest
  • 7:30 p.m. Kick Off

*All times subject to change


Welcome to the Save-On-Foods Family Huddle – an alcohol-free, general admission section at Commonwealth Stadium during Eskimos home games.

Please note the new purchase location for Family Huddle tickets is Save-On-Foods.

Tickets are $27.50 (plus fees and taxes) for regular season games.

Get yours at participating Save-On-Foods in Edmonton and surrounding areas. Find a store near you.

Seating in the Save-On-Foods Family Huddle is located on the lower deck in sections PP, QQ, RR and on the upper deck in sections AA, BB, QQ and RR.

Please note that accessible seating is not available in this area.

Paulick Report – Smith – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Justin Stein’s Most Unusual Life

Alberta Breeders’ Fall Classic

The best Alberta-bred horses come together for one of the province’s most exciting race days. Come for the racing, but also enjoy great prizes and a marketplace featuring Alberta vendors!

September 19
Post Time: 1 p.m.


Save the Date!

2015 CTHS Sales Catalogue


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

Bloodhorse – Angst – Filly Arabian Queen Stuns Golden Horn at York

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WIN A NIGHT OUT!  Predict the highest yearling price Sunday
Bidding starts Friday for Pharoah, Zenyatta halters
Paralyzed jockey Alyssa Selman, who said she was told by the spinal specialist that her injury is “as bad as it can be,” was delighted Saturday night at the Downs to be able to hold the halters of American Pharoah and Zenyatta which, along with Shaman Ghost’s halter and other historic memorabilia, begin a 10-day run on eBay to raise money for the Alyssa Selman Trust Fund. Except for short exhausting excursions in a wheelchair, Alyssa remains in the hospital for treatment and for physiotherapy which, she said, she has asked to have doubled to two hours a day.
She hasn’t lost hope:  She points to someone who, after hitting his head diving, was told he would remain a quadriplegic but, 18 months later, is walking again.  She was paralyzed from the chest down after a spill from a horse that had clipped heels.
Go here to see Pharoah bid predictions by Insider readers
Bullet briefs . . .
• Jockey Dane Nelson wows ’em at Northlands; will we lose him?
• Hot five-way jockey race at the Downs:  Will it end in a tie?
• Win a night out at the Downs by predicting Sunday’s yearling sales topper
• Big stakes week ! (3 tonight, 3 Sat.)  How many will Rob get right?
• Register for free $9,000 online contest at Remington
• Preserve your big-win memories with a cheque pose!
Predict the top price at Sunday’s sale

Win a “night out at the Downs” by predicting the highest price for a Manitoba yearling at this Sunday’s yearling sale.  Closest to being correct (without going over) wins:  (a) a Thursday night prime rib buffet for two (2) $50 in wagering vouchers for that night (3) $20 in free VLT spins that night.  TIE-BREAKER:  Also predict the SECOND-HIGHEST price that will be paid for a yearling. Email your predictions BY MIDNIGHT SATURDAY to   IF YOU ARE AT THE SALE, YOU WILL GET DOUBLE the betting vouchers and double the VLT play.

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Register now for the ThoroEnduro online handicapping contest on the Remington Park website that starts this Saturday and lasts until Dec. 13.  Each day Remington runs, you pick winners from three listed contest races. (They give you the past performances!)  Contestant with highest bankroll including win, place and show wins $5,000 U.S. (with other prizes down to sixth place) and the person with most winners gets $1,000.  To remain in the contest, at least one of your picks must finish fourth or better.  Accumulating “lucky horseshoes” will help you survive if you don’t.  Do a Jim Roberts!  (He’s the Red River math prof who won $6,000 in Hollywood’s online Show Me the Money contest seven years ago.)’
Can it finish in a five-way tie?
With only 10 days of live racing left, the jockey race is about as hot as it can get–and likely historic, too, says track historian Bob Gates.  Five jockeys–count ’em, five–are within close reach of snatching the jockey title.  Never, it seems, have five jockeys been this close. Only seven wins separate first from fifth.  Rohan Singh, in second place with 43 wins, is the veteran champion looking to hang it on his younger challengers.  He won the title in 2000, 2001 and 2005 and didn’t  return to the Downs to take a back seat to anyone.  He’ll have to get by Chavion Chow, though, who has been clinging tenaciously by the slimmest of margins to the lead in a ferocious bid to win it for the first time.
Meanwhile, Dane Nelson, three-time Jamaican champion, is riding like a jockey possessed (look what he did at Northlands on Canadian Derby day!) and  Adolfo Morales is looking for official photo-on-the-wall recognition after a year in which he was just recognized as the leading PERCENTAGE rider. Momentum, though, may be on the side of Chris Husbands who won the title last year and wants to double up.  Who’s your money on?
TONIGHT:  Husbands, Nelson and Chow have six mounts, Morales and Singh, four.
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Nelson lights up tote board

at Northlands

If you did the ASD “homer” thing and bet Dane Nelson at Northlands on Saturday, you had to be wearing a big smile and had to be patting yourself on the back. Not only did he finish second with Witt Six at 9/1 in the $200,000 Canadian Derby (losing only to Woodbine invader Academic) but look at what he did in four other races that agent Mark “Lucky” Drabing managed to find him rides in.  Only long shots were available to the invading rider — but, not to worry!  If you had bet $2 win/place/show on his five mounts (a total of $30) you would have collected $131.10.
9/1 — race 4  — Hero’s Amor $21.40 $9.70 $6.40
14/1 — race 5 — Canyontime $14.70  $7.70
27/1 — race 7 — Raise a Dane finished fourth in superfecta
16/1 — race 10 — Clear the Runway $35.90 $13.40 $7.40
9/1 — race 12 — Witt Six (Derby) — $8.60 $5.90
Unfortunately, we may not have Nelson back at the Downs next year because he had said, even before heading for Northlands and doing what he did, that he was considering riding there on a permanent basis.


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How many will Rob get right?
You’re invited to the yearling sale Sunday at 2:30 p.m. behind the grandstand

It’s a big stakes week at the Downs with three tonight and three on Saturday.  Note that Saturday’s stakes are exclusively for Manitoba-breds as a way to kick-off the CTHS yearling sale for Manitoba-breds on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. on the Red River Ex grounds behind the grandstand.  Paddock host Rob MacLennan selects his winners below and promises to eat a garden slug for each one he gets wrong.  Ya, sure.  I just made that up after contemplating the banana slug eating contests they have in California and watching a You Tube video of a kid trying to eat one on a dare. Ugh!

These horses will win tonight’s stakes, Rob says:
R. J. SPEERS:  Magic D’Oro “is a cut above these”
(Neat fact:  This race honours the memory of Manitoba’s father of racing, R. J. Speers, who built Whittier Park and Polo Park in the 1920s and died in 1955, three years before his dream of a replacement track, Assiniboia Downs, came true.)
OSIRIS (for babies): Ozark Daredevil “showed killer speed last time only to run into Pecos.”
(Neat fact:  This race got its name from Osiris II , a champion Canadian sire for four years between 1938 and 1947, that the head of General Motors gave to R.J. Speers.
BODY WORKS:   Can’t Use Nellie “ran a winning race last time and now, with no Go Go Lolo, she’s the boss!”
(Neat fact:  This race gets its name from a famous Downs mare, one in a series of stakes races this year to honour breeder/horse owner Phil Kives. Kives bred Body Works who passed on her great genes to her grandson, Goldencents,who won the Santa Anita Derby and the Breeders’ Cup Mile two years in a row.)
And here are Rob’s picks for Saturday (Manitoba-breds):
DISTAFF (fillies and mares): Supreme Rush “will get a dream setup”
CTHS SALE STAKES (for horses bought at last year’s yearling sale): Langara “will turn the tide on Gold N Sochi”
AGASSIZ:  Zdeno “finds his winning ways once again”
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There’s a new
face atop the
leader board!
Trevor Tilston-Jones
With seven 2015 tournaments played and five remaining, veteran tournament contestant Trevor Tilston-Jones by virtue of consistently solid play is now atop the Handicapper of the Year leader board.  A trophy and a trip for two to Las Vegas to compete in the March tournament at the Orleans Hotel Casino will be awarded this year’s HOTY who will be crowned at the end of December according to points earned in seven of 12 tournaments. One live-racing tournament is left (Saturday, Sept. 5) with a Vegas trip also at stake.
That will be followed by four monthly simulcast tournaments at the end of September through to December.  Brian McKellar and Maurice Gregoire share last year’s title.  McKellar is second in this year’s standings to date.  Here’s the leader board.  Good luck to all in the remaining tourneys!
YOU NAMED ME WHAT? Wittle Wed Wabbit. Wittle Wed Wabbit is a 3-year-old gelding racing at Woodbine.  Thankfully for Woodbine race-caller Robert Geller, Wittle Wed Wabbit hasn’t been part of a tongue-twisting duel  — yet.
Hottest jock: Renaldo Cumberbatch (5 wins)
Hottest trainers: Shelley Brown (4 wins)
Biggest upset: Ninja Prospector $25.90 (Fri. 7th)
Biggest 20-cent superfecta: $1,640 (Wed. 5th — 3-6-7-2)
BOB’S BLOG TODAY: When the Downs held a name-a-stake contest in 1959 (the year after it opened), what name emerged as the overwhelming favourite?  Think about it for a moment before you peek here.  There are lots of clues in this column.
The long and short of it
The new claiming series designed for hard-working blue collar (blue halter?) horses saw routers and sprinters sparring in special $11,000 semi-final races Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the always hard-trying 7-year-old gelding Flexiplus (41-5-5-4)  dug in (photo on left) to win the longest race of the year at 1 1/4-miles ($7.90) over Duke Street King. Ridden by Chavion Chow, Flexi is trained by Tanya Lindsay and owned by Martin Yeroschak.
And on Saturday 4-year-old gelding Papa Smitty (18-7-0-1) put away six foes in a 5f dash and paid his backers $7. Ridden by Rohan Singh, Papa is trained by Elton Dickey and owned by Dickey and Lori Mann who did a yeoman job helping organize the highly-successful benefit social for jockey Alyssa Selman three weeks ago.
U.S. BETTOR WINS ASD’S $34,000 JACKPOT HIGH-5: ASD’s 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 was won last Wednesday by a U.S. bettor who has an account with Premier Turf Club which is based in Oregon. The pool was $33,805 so everyone was wondering, then, why the payoff was posted as $25,000 and change.  Because that was the payoff in U.S. funds. These horses comprised the first five finishers (1-3-7-2-6): Denouement 7/1, Pierre Lapin and Malibu Double who deadheated at 3/1, Pacific Tsunami 7/1 and Fire Like Anoutlaw 14/1.
PICK-4 CARRYOVER TONIGHT AFTER 9/1 WINS: There’s a $4,277pick-4 carryover at the Downs tonight because there were no live tickets to 9/1 Ima Dashin Stoli in Saturday’s last race, a quarter horse allowance. The pool is likely to grow to $15,000 to $20,000.
David and Anne Champion with Charley Horse

CHAMPIONS ARE CHAMPIONS: Happiness is walking to the Winner’s Circle without pain after having invested so much in yearlings through the years.  So the big smile on David Champion’s face after race 5 last Wednesday was as much a result of having had a hip replacement as collecting, with wife Anne, the $5,700 purse when their horse, Foxy Champ, won his second race of the year.  They had purchased the Quest colt at the yearling sale in 2013 for $8,250.  Wednesday’s win brought his earnings to $16,226.  Ridden by Shavon Belle and trained by Darrell Lawson, Foxy paid $18.40 to win and set up a huge 20-cent superfecta that paid $1,640.  Couldn’t have happened to a nicer couple.  Does that mean they’ll be celebrating their wedding anniversary by bidding on a yearling at this Sunday’s sale?

SATURDAY WAS WIN-BIG DAY AT THE DOWNS:  Lots of big prices on Saturday afternoon’s races meant nice payoffs in the thousands to some players in the Race Book.  Congrats to those who looked beyond the favs to catch the biggies. Note that now when you win big (at least $1,000) you can savour that moment forever by posing with a giant cheque to snap a saver photo.  (See bottom of column.)
HORSE RETURNS AFTER A SEVEN YEAR BREAK. WHAT? This is unheard of.  Entered in last Thursday’s seventh race at Gulfstream was a 10-year-old gelding, He’s Tuned, who returned to racing after a seven-year hiatus.  His previous races were in 2007 and 2008.  In his two races since returning, he finished fifth and seventh but I thought he had a good shot in his last race.  It was strange seeing in his workout line, a bullet work at Calder–for May 14, 2008.
ATRAS CONTINUES HIS HIGH PERCENTAGE AT NORTHLANDS:  Rob Atras is continuing at Northlands what he started at the Downs.  Working for trainer Robertino Diodoro, his horses have the highest win percentage of 32 per cent (44-14-6-4).
Cheque, mate?   Memorialize your big wins
Winning big is even more fun when you immortalize that win to send to friends by posing with a big cheque — which is available with any win of more than $1,000.  Just tell the mutuel supervisor or VLT hostess that you want to grab a picture of your VLT or racing success and the cheque will be prepared for your picture-taking.
So how much will Sunday’s yearling sales topper fetch?

Bloodhorse – Novak – Wise Dan Works, Woodbine Mile Most Likely

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.

Bloodhorse – Something for Everybody in Monmouth Oaks

Bloodhorse – Novak – Middleburg Keeps Knocking in Cliff Hanger


Bloodhorse – Angst – Sheer Drama Works Toward Personal Ensign

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Bloodhorse – Lexie Lou Entered Wednesday at Woodbine


Bloodhorse – Mississippi Delta Set for Ontario Colleen

Bloodhorse – Angst – Bobby’s Kitten Returns in Play the King

NY Times – Belson – No Suspension of Arguments as Tom Brady Case Becomes a Test of Wills

Phil’s Drink and a Flick

Old Fashioned

The True Cost


The Globe And Mail – Smith – Berenstain Bears debate is a case of Schrodinger’s nostalgia

New York Times – Manjoo – Ad Blockers and the Nuisance at the Heart of the Modern Web

Esquire – The ESQ&A: Keith Richards Explains Why Sgt. Pepper Was Rubbish

I believe time wounds all heels.
John Lennon

Gimme Sympathy

NY Times – Little League Softball Scandal Ends in Elimination for the Accused

The Globe and Mail – Cheney – Driving trucks and ranching with NHL legend and ‘farm boy’ Brian Sutter

NY Times – Reuters – Blanket Ban of Nations Over Doping Is Considered

The best way to destroy the capitalist system is to debauch the currency.
Vladimir Lenin

NY Times – OpEd – Fischer and McWilliams – When Vegans Won’t Compromise

National Post – National Post View: Throwing cheaters under the bus

Gimme Shelter

Back In The USSR

Phil M Stockmen

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    Transcripts from 2nd quarter results press conference about future of racino NDP funding,HRA working diligently to get agreement extended,no certainty of extension at same terms or can be accomplished at all,like a haze alert, reduced visibility,limited sunshine and the possibility of total darkness occurring!

    CENTURY EDMONTON 2nd quarter results +4% revenue growth,most growth from gaming tables.

    CENTURY CASINO CALGARY 2nd quarter -6% revenue decline, drop in gaming tables, with 1 – 2% slot loss due to loyal customers going to CENTURY DOWNS.

    CENTURY DOWNS 2.9 million EBITPA (net earnings before taxes,interest costs,acquisition expenses and about 12 other accounting measures) used as a gauge for operating performance.

    CENTURY BETS OTB(75%) 1 million in revenue and 200k in EBITPA for period of may to june 31.

    CENTURY DOWNS has a non cash debt of 15.7 million related to a long term land lease, probably be for 10 year period based on the HRA license given provided that their is sufficient funding available?

    HBPA election results show a 40% voter turnout 210/543. Is it apathy or the fact that NDP racino policy will force most racing participants out of the business due to economics!

    NOTLEY keeping a open mind to FLAMES STAMPEDERS PROPOSAL but with the proposed land on a former CREOSOTE plant that used tars,creosote and petroleum oil to preserve woods from 1924 to 1962,with PCP
    used in 1950s,reclamation costs for environmental purposes are estimated at between 50-300 million!

    ASHA yearling sale Sept 4/ in Olds with 66/72 Alberta breds.

    To be fair to the owners/breeders what is the 2016 purse structure going to be or if anyone knows what is the NDP EXIT STRATEGY for racing!

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