Aug 232015

The plot for the Breeders Cup Classic just thickened one more spoonful with Beholder joining Honor Code and American Pharoah in the bubbling cauldron.


Phil feels a duster brewing – Shootout at the KY corral.
She entered the stretch with a widening three-length advantage and cruised to the wire with amazing grace, finishing the 1 ¼-mile distance in an eye-catching 1:59.77.

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Greatness on display as Beholder makes case for Breeders’ Cup Classic in Pacific Classic romp

Bloodhorse – Balan – Beholder Blows Away Pacific Classic Foes

LA Times – Zieralski – Beholder destroys the boys in the Pacific Classic

Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
Laurence J. Peter

Tougher Than The Rest

Phil’s Vignette of Canadian History as it happens

Digital Trends – Mogg – Here come the lawsuits: Ashley Madison faces $578m class action in Canada

National Post – Boesveld -Ashley Madison data leak forces us to confront our attitudes about infidelity


The Garden and Gun – Kessler – Weekend Field Trip to the Farm

The Globe And Mail – In photos: On the farm with NHL legend Brian Sutter

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Alberta Farm days

The only difference between a pigeon and the American farmer today is that a pigeon can still make a deposit on a John Deere.
Jim Hightower

Maggie’s Farm

Ponderosa Gifts & Tack

Don’t Fence Me In

Alberta Farm days NP

If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer’s crop, who are we to say it shouldn’t rain?
Tom Barrett

NY Times – Austen – Canadian Maple Syrup ‘Rebels’ Clash With Law

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Jess’s Dream Highlights Saratoga Monday Card

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Jess’s Dream, son of two Horses of the Year, to debut at Saratoga

Bloodhorse – Jess’s Dream Entered for Monday at Spa

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly –  A quick look at projected fields for Travers undercard

It’s Travers week and, barring any untoward occurrences during American Pharoah’s scheduled trial this morning, there promises to be a hot time in the old town come Saturday.

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – SARATOGA: History, Horses and Healthy Business

Takin Care Of Business

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Travers Decision Brings Many Questions

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 – Texas Red Heads Busy Travers Worktab

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Texas Red, Keen Ice work sharply for Travers

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Upstart, Madefromlucky tune up as connections mull Travers

TwinSpires Blog – American Pharoah may have just worked himself into the Travers

The Piano Has Been Drinking


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Pick 6 Jackpot    $35,376.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $30,511.00
Ellis Park
Super High Five     $1,000.00
Pick 6    $205.00
Pick 6    $2,789.00
Super High Five     $2,515.00
Gillespie County Fairground
Twin Trifecta    $1,758.00
Golden Gate Fields
Super High Five     $1,983.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $361,927.00
Super High Five     $2,065.00
Monmouth Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $72,230.00
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort
Pick 5    $2,895.00
Prairie Meadows
Pick 4    $671.00
Pick 5    $421.00
Presque Isle Downs
Pick 6    $100.00
Ruidoso Downs
Tri Super    $1,485.00
Pick 6    $108,898.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $78,223.00

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hastings Racecourse
Pick 6    $12,025.00

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $1,571.00

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Evangeline Downs
Super High Five     $412.00
Louisiana Downs
Pick 5 Jackpot    $7,595.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $1,862.00

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fair Grounds
Pick 5 Jackpot    $400.00
Super High Five     $109.00

Guaranteed Pools

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

The Globe And Mail – Stueck – Margaret Atwood column pulled, re-posted on National Post website

National Post – Margaret Atwood: Hair is in the election-season air, but is it crucial to the question of your vote?

Breeders’ Cup Challenge

Date   Race   Name   Track   Division
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

If thoroughbred racing wants to improve its market share not only must there be standardized medication rules right across North America the Rules of Racing must be standardized and enforcement of both monitored.

The 20 something wagering their $200.00 on their weekend fantasy pool knows that icing is the same in Phoenix as it is in Winnipeg. Thoroughbred bettors need the same consideration from the track operators and state and provincial regulators.

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

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

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

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

ASD - home
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Friday, August 28, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Saturday, August 29, 2015 7:00 PM CDT

ESPN – Has The Messiah Come?

Bloodhorse – Hangin with Haskin – The Females Behind Pharoah

Emerald Downs Wrap-Sunday, August 23

Guinevere’s Finale (No. 2) overtakes Citizen Kitty (No. 5) in the feature race


AUBURN, Wash. (August 23, 2015) – Guinevere’s Finale caught Citizen Kitty in the final strides for a three-quarter-length victory Sunday in the $21,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for older fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

Rallying from far back, Guinevere’s Finale ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.93 and paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.60. Rocco Bowen rode the winner for trainer David Martinez and owner/breeder Oak Crest Farm LLC.

Citizen Kitty, ridden by Juan Gutierrez, opened a three-length lead in mid-stretch, but was unable to hold off Guinevere’s Finale late. Citizen Kitty paid $4.40 and $3.40.

Sunpenny, with Francisco Duran riding, finished well for third and paid $4.20 to show. Caliente Gold and Imakittensjoy completed the order of finish.

Guinevere’s Finale was in fifth place early, about eight lengths off the pace, as Citizen Kitty led through fractions of :22.75, :44.88 and 1:09.44. Angled outside into the lane, Guinevere’s Finale responded to Bowen’s urging and closed with a rush to tag Citizen Kitty in the final yards.

Guinevere’s Finale is 3-1-2 in 10 starts with earnings of $65,333 including $11,550 for Sunday’s victory. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred by Tale of the Cat, Guinevere’s Finale is the last foal out of 1998 Washington Horse of the Year Guinevere, a triple stakes winner at Emerald Downs.

Oak Crest Farm is on a roll, winning with its last starters at Emerald Downs—2-year-old fillies Cape Grace and Trinni on August 1 and 9, and Guinevere’s Finale.


Idaho-bred Bh Lisas Boy ($4.80) broke the 440-yard track record in Sunday’s first trial for the $60,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Quarter Horse Championship Challenge on Sunday, September 6.

A 3-year-old Mighty Invictus gelding, Bh Lisas Boy was timed in :21.492, breaking the mark of :21.740 set by Chicks Special Angel in last year’s B of A final. Ironically, Chicks Special Angel broke her own track record, running 440 yards in :21.583, while finishing second to Bh Lisas Boy in Sunday’s first trial. A stakes winner at Portland Meadows and Les Bois Park, Bh Lisas Boy, is 7-for-11 lifetime, while Chicks Special Angel is 16-for-26.

Flyin Lion ($7.80) prevailed in the second trial, running 440 yards in :21.712, and is third fastest qualifier for the Final Also qualifying are: Alota Action, :21.762; Cascade Dynamite,:21.764; Bellingham, :21.852; Time for Jesse Lee, :21.862; Snowbound Superchick, :21.937; Patty Okey, :22.191, and Larryville, :22.239.

NOTES: Debbie Hoonan scored her first Emerald Downs win in nearly two years Sunday, riding Mister Breeze ($8.60) to a three-quarter-length victory in Sunday’s third race for trainer Alan Bozell. Hoonan, who missed all of 2014 after undergoing shoulder surgery, is No. 9 all-time with 437 wins at Emerald Downs. . .The sixth race superfecta paid $9,726.80, second largest of the season. In the sixth, Miners Thunder ($41.60) rallied from last for the victory while Sam Jam finished second at 40-1. . .There were two other big upsets Sunday: Rhythm in May connecting at 18-1 in race seven and One Smart Girl at 25-1 in race eight. . .The latter two results helped create a Pick 5 carryover of $6,445 to Friday’s card. Leslie Mawing rode two winners including the gate-to-wire triumph on One Smart Girl. . . Javier Matias also rode two winners, one Quarter Horse and one Thoroughbred, and is now 7-for-13 on Quarter Horses. . .Jeff Metz had one win Sunday and leads the Thoroughbred trainer standings with 46wins, while Frank Lucarelli also had a win Sunday and is second with 27 wins. Lucarelli has winners on four of the last five cards. . .Julien Couton leads Juan Gutierrez 75-63 in the Thoroughbred jockeys standings, with Mawing third with 62 wins. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:45 p.m.



AUBURN, Wash. (August 22, 2015) – Kiss Sin Goodbye would not be denied Saturday at Emerald Downs.

Scoring his sixth win of 2015, Kiss Sin Goodbye rallied boldly and nailed Oldtimers Vision in the final stride for a neck victory in the $14,900 Redhook Brewery at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Javier Matias, Kiss Sin Goodbye ran one mile in 1:35.90 and paid $9.60 and $4.40. Joe Toye is the winning trainer for owners Bill Jensen and Gary Olson.

Oldtimers Vision, ridden by Joe Steiner, overtook Southern Solution past mid stretch, but was unable to hold off Kiss Sin Goodbye and finished second. Oldtimers Vision paid $3.80.

Southern Solution, ridden by David G. Lopez, led through fractions of :23.32, :46.28 and 1:10.06, but weakened late and finished third. Taelyns Prince finished fourth; Tale Spinner, Neverabettercause and Dynamo Dixie were scratched earlier in the day.

A 6-year-old Alberta-bred by Kissin Kris, Kiss Sin Goodbye earned $8,195 to increase his career bankroll to $84,794. His career record is 10-2-7 in 26 starts, including five wins in six starts earlier this year at Turf Paradise.

NOTES: Maggie’s Special ($11) broke a 22-race losing streak with a head victory in Saturday’s seventh for owner/trainer Allen Gideon. An 8-year-old Washington-bred by Spiker, Maggie’s Special previous victory was July 21, 2012. . .

In one of the day’s most exciting races, Quibble ($22.20)and jockey Francisco Duran rallied from last for a one-length victory over Dance With Effie in 1:16.65 for 6 ½ furlongs. Candi Tollett trains the winner while father-in-law Bill Tollett conditions the runner-up. . .

First-time starter Sugarseeker ($13.20) and Joe Steiner cruised to an easy victory in the $20,500 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies, running six furlongs in 1:11.31. Owned and bred by Darrin Paul, Sugarseeker is a Washington-bred by Ready’s Image-Pinseeker. . .

Leonel Camacho-Flores swept the Quarter Horse daily double with victories on Cm Secretsinthestraw ($3.80) and Cops R Zoomin ($5.80). Camacho-Flores ranks second in the Quarter Horse standings with five wins. . .

Camacho-Flores had three wins Saturday, scoring a Thoroughbred victory on Come On Cozzene ($7.80) in the 10th race. . .

Leslie Mawing rode two winners Saturday. . .Frank Lucarelli was the only trainer with two wins Saturday. . .

Live racing continues Sunday with first post 2 p.m. The 11-race card features nine Thoroughbred races and two trials for the $60,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Quarter Horse Championship Challenge on Sunday, September 6.

Sunday, August 23, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Friday , August 28, 2015 4:30 PM PDT
Saturday, August 29, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Big John B goes last to first in Del Mar ‘Cap repeat

Sloop John B

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Avanzare takes Del Mar Mile off layoff, but note Talco & Bal a Bali

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Obviously scratched from Del Mar Mile

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




Hastings Racecourse resumes this afternoon with an eight race Monday twilight program. The PNE is underway but is closed on Monday’s so racing is the only game on site.

The feature events are the Champions Series races for $8,000 Starter Allowance company.

The colts and geldings division drew 15 entrants and the race was split. The first division is in race three with 7 runners going a mile and sixteenth. Starting from the inside is Praven Sorenson’s Fransor’s Finest who has back-to-back wins heading into this afternoon’s race. He has run competitively with pricier in the past and should be a major player. Richard Hamel rides for Phil Hall.

Len Fielding, Bill DeCoursey and Barbara Heads will try and get Game Seven to stretch out successfully for the first time in his career. He has won 6 of his last 9 (lost his last by DQ last time) but all have been at 6 or 6 1/2 furlongs. Sahin Civaci will gets the call.

Les Hoggard’s Uncle Willard seemed like he was on his way to victory but pulled up on the backstretch and bolted nearing the quarter pole. He is a top threat against this calibre but will need to be on his best behaviour for Keishan Balgobin and trainer Craig MacPherson.

Gary Johnson, Joe Denofreo and the Goon Show own Rare Courage who they claimed out of an $8,000 claimer in Phoenix last March. He is a distance specialist and will get Jeff Burningham in the saddle for Frank Barroby.

Dave Milburn owns and trains So Legit who has been almost perfect in his three starts since arriving in Vancouver. He is up in class today but is sharp. Pedro Alvarado rides.

Alison Tonner, Tammy and John Snow will be cheering for their homebred Dee Jay Snow named after John and Tammy’s daughter Dakota. He has been much better in his last two starts winning impressively on both occasions and will try and stretch out to a new distance today. Amadeo Perez will try and win three in a row on the son of Snorter.

On the outside is Larry Potozny’s Toccet’s Charm who just seems to win where ever he runs. He has been at Emerald Downs for his three races but does have an amazing 9 for 16 record at this trip here in Vancouver. Antonio Reyes will get a leg up from trainer Dave Dahl.

The fillies and mares take the spotlight in the fifth race as 11 fillies and mares will travel a mile and a sixteenth.

Kay and Sue Ohashi’s Closing Intentions will try a new distance for the first time since the 2013 season. She is 1 for 2 at this trip and sports a sharp work. Richard Hamel rides for Patty Leaney.

Morris Peter, David and Dennis Dale own Truly Unusual who ran her best race at Hastings at this distance. David Lopez gets the call from Steve Henson.

Wayne Oliver, Gord Grant and Barrie Whitley’s C.A. Miss has been a gem of consistency and hasn’t missed the board so far this year. She is unproven at this trip but deserves huge respect against these mares. Keishan Balgobin ride for John Snow.

Mike Hanson and Kyle and Brent MacPherson will be cheering for Far Niente who won the first leg of the series and then was a close fourth in her last. She looks like one that will enjoy the extra ground. Keishan Balgobin rides for Craig MacPherson.

The Rocking Bar B Outfit’s Clarisse B comes into this race off of a nice win with $6,250 claimers. She knows how to win races although she is another that has yet to find the winner’s circle going this far. Antonio Reyes gets the riding assignment from Frank Barroby.

The likely favourite will be I’m a Diva Too who is owned by Gil and Wil Stud Farm and trained by Bill Konyk Jr. She is the most accomplished of the field at a mile and a sixteenth and will be very dangerous. Alex Marti will be at the helm.

Warren Wilson, Morris Peter, Ashley Krisman and Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds’ will be trying to get their mare Morrie’s Glory into the winner’s circle for the seventh time at this trip in her career. Amadeo Perez gets the call from Barbara Heads.

Terry Clyde and Foster Carefoot own Haida Gwaii who has had a good season to date. Jeff Burningham gets the call from Mike Anderson.

Dennis Tucker’s Hey Didjanotis returns from Seattle after getting eligible to participate in this series in her last start. She has a very good shot against this calibre. Apprentice Silvano Moralezwill pilot for trainer Phil Hall.

Jim Eccott and Bryan and Carol Anderson’s Habida will try and extend her winning streak to three tonight. She will try and do it with her third consecutive different rider. Sahin Civaci rides for Pat Jarvis.

On the far outside is Dave and Sylvea Gregory and the Grayross Stables’ Lady at War. Her best races have been at this distance but she will have to deal with a tricky post.

The second division of the colts and geldings division is in race six.

Craig MacPherson’s Chief Thundercloud was very impressive in his return to the races after a nine month layoff winning a $6,250 claimer. He is a big long striding horse that looks like one that will be even better at a mile and a sixteenth. Richard Hamel gets the call.

Russ and Lois Bennett’s I’m Big Trouble won a marathon race on BC Cup day in his last. Jeff Burningham returns to the saddle for Barbara Heads.

The Last Call Racing Stables’ Teddy The Bear has been an unlucky sort that is due for a clean trip. Janine Smith re-rides Brent Bremner.

2015 -Friday-Night-Live_Web-Square

Monday, August 24, 2015 4:00 PM PDT
Friday, August 28, 2015 7:00 PM PDT
Monday, August 31, 2015 4:00 PM PDT

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Saratoga Springs Pledges To Help Racehorse Retirement


TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Embellish the Lace’s win in Alabama sabotages championship aspirations of rivals

Bloodhorse – Novak – Embellish the Lace Upsets Alabama

Leather and Lace

ESPN – Ehalt – Embellish-ing a championship resume

Alabama Song


Friday , August 28, 2015 7:05 PM SST
Saturday , August 29, 2015 7:05 PM SST

Edmonton Journal – Laliotis – Social Seen: The Canadian Derby

Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Wednesday August 26, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Friday, August 28, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, August 29, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Bloodhorse – Cot Campbell – Bin Had, The Dogwood Sheikh

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

Couple of leftovers from the Canadian Derby:

Tony Maragh would like the folks to know that he’s not from Trinidad, or Venezuela or the Barbados, but he hails from Jamaica.

Andy Stronach is Frank Stronach’s son not his brother.

The big tent in the Northlands Park infield was leftover from Canadian Derby Day as Northlands Park hosted a wedding for 500 guests complete with their own ATM and betting wickets. Could that be a portent of what the future holds for racing at Northlands Park.

Phil has a question:

Why does Northlands Park limit the number of persons allowed in the winning picture when one sponsors a race to 2.

Wouldn’t the ripple effect work better if more newbies went home with a picture.

Lady and the Track – Smith – Horse Racing News, Recaps, Replays Aug. 22, 2015

Upcoming  Stakes


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
August 28
Del Mar
Generous Portion Stake $150,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Remington Park
Bob Barry Memorial Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 7.5f Turf
Albany Stake $250,000 3yo State/Prov 9f Dirt
Fleet Indian Stake $200,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 9f Dirt
Funny Cide Stake $200,000 2yo State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Seeking the Ante Stake $200,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
West Point presented by Trustco Bank $150,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Yaddo Stake $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
August 29
Arlington Park
Arlington-Washington Lassie Listed $75,000 2yo Fillies 7f AW
Belterra Park
Tah Dah Stake $75,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Canterbury Park
Mystic Lake Derby $200,000 3yo Colts & Geldings 8f Turf
Del Mar
El Cajon Stake Listed $100,000 3yo 8f Dirt
Evangeline Downs
Evangeline Downs Star $75,000 2yo Colts & Geldings R 6f Dirt
Evangeline Downs Starlet $75,000 2yo Fillies R 6f Dirt
Monmouth Park
Violet Stake GIII $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Turf
Smarty Jones Stake GIII $300,000 3yo 8.32f Dirt
Ballerina Stake GI BC $500,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 7f Dirt
Forego GI BC $700,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Ketel One Ballston Spa GII $400,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
King’s Bishop Stake GI $500,000 3yo 7f Dirt
Personal Ensign GI BC $750,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Sword Dancer GI BC $1,000,000 3&up 12f Turf
Travers Stake GI $1,250,000 3yo 10f Dirt
Pay the Man Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
August 30
Del Mar
Torrey Pines Stake GIII $100,000 3yo Fillies 8f Dirt
C.J. Hindley Humboldt County Marathon $20,000 3&up 13f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Keeneland Cup GIII $723,000 3&up 6f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Niigata Nisai Stake GIII $542,000 2yo 8f Turf
Monmouth Park
Philip H. Iselin Stake GIII $150,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Smart N Fancy Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 5.5f Turf
Vice Regent Stake $125,000 3yo State/Prov 8f Turf
August 31
Better Talk Now Stake $100,000 3yo R 8f Turf
September 1
Sunray Park
San Juan County Commissioners Handicap $75,000 3&up 9f Dirt
September 2
Del Mar
Tranquility Lake Stake $80,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8f Dirt
With Anticipation Stake GII $200,000 2yo 8.5f Turf
Algoma Stake $125,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8.5f AW
Elgin Stake $125,000 3&up Colts & Geldings R 8.5f AW
Halton Stake $125,000 3&up R 8f Turf
Kenora Stake $125,000 3&up R 6f AW
Muskoka Stake $200,000 2yo Fillies R 6.5f AW
Simcoe Stake $200,000 2yo Colts & Geldings R 6.5f AW
September 3
P.G. Johnson Stake Listed $100,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Turf
September 4
Del Mar
I’m Smokin Stake $150,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Northlands Park
Bird of Pay Stake $50,000 2yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt
Evan Shipman Stake $100,000 3&up State/Prov 9f Dirt
September 5
Del Mar
Del Mar Debutante Stake GI $300,000 2yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Del Mar Juvenile Turf Listed $100,000 2yo 8f Turf
Gulfstream Park
Affirmed Stake (Florida Sire Stake $300,000 2yo R 7f Dirt
Jewell Princess Stake (Florida Sire Stake $150,000 3yo Fillies R 8f Turf
Prized Stake (Florida Sire Stake $150,000 3yo R 8f Turf
Susan’s Girl Stake (Florida Sire Stake $300,000 2yo Fillies R 7f Dirt
The Vid Stake $75,000 3&up 8.5f Turf
Wasted Tears Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Sapporo Nisai Stake GIII $542,000 2yo 9f Turf
Kentucky Downs
Kentucky Downs Juvenile #$300,000 2yo 7f Turf
Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies #$300,000 2yo Fillies 7f Turf
More Than Ready Mile #$300,000 3&up 8f Turf
Marquis Downs
Saskatchewan Derby $20,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Monmouth Park
Boiling Springs Stake GIII $100,000 3yo Fillies 9f Turf
Northlands Park
Birdcatcher Stake $50,000 2yo Colts & Geldings 6.5f Dirt
Speed to Spare $75,000 3&up 11f Dirt
Banjo Picker Sprint $75,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial $75,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Marshall Jenney Handicap $75,000 3&up State/Prov 5f Turf
Mrs. Penny Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Roanoke Stake $75,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Glens Falls Handicap GIII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 11f Turf
Saranac Stake GIII $300,000 3yo 9f Turf
Spinaway Stake GI BC $350,000 2yo Fillies 7f Dirt
The Woodward GI $600,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Governor’s Buckeye Cup $75,000 3&up State/Prov 10f Dirt
Swynford Stake $125,000 2yo 7f AW
September 6
Assiniboia Downs
Gold Cup Stake $25,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Manitoba Matron Stake $25,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Winnipeg Futurity $25,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Canterbury Park
Bella Notte Minnesota Distaff Sprint $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Crocrock Minnesota Sprint $60,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Glitter Star Minnesota Distaff Classic $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Northern Lights Debutante Stake $80,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Northern Lights Futurity $80,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
Wally’s Choice Minnesota Classic $60,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Del Mar
C.E.R.F. Stakes $80,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 6f Dirt
Del Mar Derby GII $250,000 3yo 9f Turf
Yellow Ribbon Handicap GII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Fort Erie
Puss N Boots Cup $30,000 3&up R 8.5f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Kokura Nisai Stake GIII $542,000 2yo 6f Turf
Niigata Kinen GIII $723,000 3&up 10f Turf
Monmouth Park
Sapling Stake Listed $100,000 2yo 8f Dirt
Sorority Stake Listed $75,000 2yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Presque Isle Downs
Mark McDermott Stake $75,000 2yo State/Prov 6f AW
Presque Isle Mile Stake Listed $200,000 3&up 8f AW
Ruidoso Downs
Ruidoso Claiming Stake $15,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 4.5f Dirt
Prioress Stake GII $300,000 3yo Fillies 6f Dirt
September 7
Assiniboia Downs
Buffalo Stake $25,000 2yo State/Prov 8f Dirt
Del Mar
Del Mar Futurity GI $300,000 2yo 7f Dirt
Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf Listed $100,000 2yo Fillies 8f Turf
Pirate’s Bounty Stake $80,000 3&up R 6f Dirt
Ellis Park
Cliff Guilliams Handicap $50,000 3&up 8.5f Turf
Golden Gate Fields
Rolling Green $50,000 3&up 8.5f Turf
Hastings Race Course
C.T.H.S. Sales Stake $50,000 2yo Fillies R 6.5f Dirt
C.T.H.S. Sales Stake $50,000 2yo Colts & Geldings R 6.5f Dirt
C.T.H.S. Sales Stake $50,000 3yo Colts & Geldings R 8.5f Dirt
C.T.H.S. Sales Stake $50,000 3yo Fillies R 8.5f Dirt
Monmouth Park
Lighthouse Stake Listed $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Northlands Park
Northlands Marathon #2 $19,000 3&up R 13f Dirt
Presque Isle Downs
Presque Isle Downs Masters Stake GII $400,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6.5f AW
Greenwood Cup GIII $200,000 3&up 12f Dirt
Turf Amazon Handicap Listed $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 5f Turf
Turf Monster Handicap GIII $300,000 3&up 5f Turf
Ruidoso Downs
Labor Day Claiming Stake $15,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Red White and Blue Claiming Stake $15,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Ruidoso Downs Championship $100,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Bernard Baruch Handicap GII $250,000 3&up 8.5f Turf
Hopeful Stake GI $350,000 2yo 7f Dirt

Bloodhorse – Angst – Ben’s Cat Wins Mister Diz Sixth Straight Year

Derby Bar and Grill
From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter





It seems so strange with no racing on Saturday and Sunday, I’m not sure what day it is. Anyways live racing kicks back into action today with the first post time at 4:00pm.



The three local racing associations met yesterday and it was decided by all that several of the Incentive programs for 2015-16 that were announced a few weeks back be cancelled and the groups will look at some other forms of incentives.

So the Broodmare Incentive, the Weanling Incentive Program, the Yearling Incentive Program and the 2 – 3 year old Incentive Program have been cancelled.

The associations will meet in mid September to discuss some other forms of incentive programs directed at increasing the older horse population for 2016.


The Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter is once again calling on breeders with horses entered in the September 9th CTHS Mixed Sale to forward photo’s and any comments on their horses entered in the sale.  We will once again post them as we receive them.

For those submitting multiple pictures etc. we ask you to rename the photo’s to the HIP # as it can get confusing of who’s who?  All photo’s must be in the .jpg format please or even better yet send them one at a time.


Bloodhorse – Spa Horses Prepare for Travers Day Races

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Twin Spires Blog – Scully – Delightful Joy rallies to first stakes win in Monmouth Oaks 



2015 Sales Catalogue

2015 Yearling & Mixed Sale
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Thunderbird Show Park, Langley, BC

#7-5492 Production Blvd,
Surrey, BC V3S 8P5
Phone (604) 534-0145 Fax (604) 574-CTHS (2847)


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary –  ‘Weather geek’ Schera just can’t stop himself buying racehorses

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

Yet for all the recent doping exposés, the battle between cheats and testers has not dramatically altered. Even with the establishment of the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2000, and the introduction of the Athlete Biological Passport in 2009, the percentage failing drugs tests remains stubbornly stuck at around 1-2% per year, even though athlete surveys tell us the number of dopers is probably somewhere between 14 and 39%.

Guardian – Ingle – How cheats cheat: why dopers have the edge in athletics’ war on drugs

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – National anti-doping agency would be the most important development in U.S. racing in over a decade

Bloodhorse – CHRB Committee to Soon Discuss Lasix Issue

The Courier-Mail – Thomas – Trainer Kevin Moses banned for 12 months over cobalt positive

Waiting For The Great Leap Forwards

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – KHRC Approves Regulations for Mineral Cobalt

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Medication Issues Dominate KHRC Meeting

Phil has a question:

Will either Shirley McClellan or Rick LeLacheur ever answer Phil M Stockmen’s e-mails requesting information on Horse Racing Alberta’s position on cobalt testing and regulation for horse racing In Alberta.

Waiting For The Sun

Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest


(until September 19)

(starting September 20)

Sign up at the information desk.

The California Horse Racing Board voted Thursday to approve the 2016 racing calendar for the Northern and Southern California circuits.

Paulick Report – CHRB Approves Racing Dates For 2016

Phil has a question:

When will the dates for the 2016 thoroughbred and standardbred meets be approved and posted by Horse Racing Alberta.

How much confidence will the buyers at the upcoming ASHA standardbred sale in Olds and CTHS thoroughbred sale in Edmonton show when they have no idea what the dates and purses for 2016 and on will be.

Why wasn’t a new slot revenue sharing agreement between the provincial government and Horse Racing Alberta finalized before the last provincial election was held.

If Rick LeLacheur and Shirley McClellan were not able to complete the negotiations  for a new slot revenue sharing agreement when the provincial government was controlled by the Tories where both Rick LeLacheur and Shirley McClellan have deep connections, what kind of an idiot would think that Rick LeLacheur and Shirley McClellan are the most appropriate persons to be negotiating with a government now controlled by a party that the Tories openly despised and derided.

How long will it take the Undertaker to scoot over to the QKB’s office and tell her what Phil said about her and Horse Racing Alberta.

For those who have wandered over to Horse Racing Alberta’s site and wondered why the Canadian Derby results have never been posted.

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

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

Want to meet the new Board.

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King has had a preliminary discussion with Finance Minister Joe Ceci, who has said he is keeping “an open mind” around the proposal and potential provincial involvement.

While no meetings are scheduled, King said he would like to sit down with Premier Rachel Notley.

Calgary Sun – Dormer – Ken King: Next step in CalgaryNEXT is to meet with government

Phil has a question:

Do you think that Joe Ceci is keeping “an open mind” around the proposal because there’s a bye-election in Calgary Foothills where the most recent polls show the Wildrose candidate with a slim lead.

If this project proceeds and the Saddledome becomes redundant could Stampede Park build a mile track and have horse racing return to Stamped Park.

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Historical Racing Poised to Soar Even Higher

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

Bloodhorse – Novak – Shogood Sprints to Arlington-Washington Win

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.

2015 CTHS Sales Catalogue


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

Born To Run

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

Electric Cars at Exhibition Park Vancouver British Columbia

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Roberts and Taylor – The inspirational architecture of the racecourse that gave the world its first grandstand

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.

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Appealing Tale snares BC Dirt Mile placement with Pat O’Brien score

Bloodhorse – Balan – Appealing Tale Holds Off Wild Dude in O’Brien


NY Times – Hoberman – In ‘Hombre’ and ‘Kid Blue,’ the Antiheroes Wear Stetsons and Ride Tall on a Rebellion Frontier

Pancho and Lefty

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Bloodhorse – Lexie Lou Entered Wednesday at Woodbine

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Don’t Leave Me Back to Best in Colleen

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Bobby’s Kitten still needs to relax; Middleburg on the upswing

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

Bloodhorse – Gross, Average Increase at WTBOA Summer Sale

The Other Woman

NY Times – OpEd – Putin vs. Parmesan

Back Door Man

The hackers who released the names said they did it, in part, to highlight the site’s failure to keep its promise of privacy. But what it’s really revealed isn’t Ashley Madison’s shortcomings so much as those of our friends, our neighbors and our government officials — who, unlike our friends and neighbors, are paid by you and me. How, I ask you, can a country be great when its government workers aren’t smart enough to scurry over to the anonymous embrace of Hotmail and Yahoo when they want to cheat?

America’s on the downward slope. I’ve suspected this for a while, and it wasn’t just the professional football players who blew off their own fingers with fireworks, or the looming spectacle of Donald J. Trump, Legitimate Presidential Contender, or the approval of a lady libido enhancing drug with the unpronounceable name Addyi instead of the infinitely better She-Zam!

NY Times – Weiner – The Ashley Madison Hack Shows We’re Too Dumb to Cheat

Heard It Through The Grapevine

Give your spouse a compliment

“Your sexual technique is so massively satisfying that I consider going outside of our marriage and sharing everything you’ve taught me to be a public service.”

The Guardian – Batten – Ashley Madison hack: what to say if your spouse finds your name on the list

Between The Cheats

LA Times – Khan – The human ‘superpredator’ is unique — and unsustainable, study says







Phil M Stockmen

  3 Responses to “Hardly Know The Place”

  1. Great to finally learn of the legal restriction on posting HBPA Alberta Minutes.

    ASHA has no problem of posting minutes on their

    With 540 members and only 10% coming to meeting from 1000+ a decade ago, shows that the old money is leaving the game and new ownership groups are getting hard to find!

  2. Hello Phil – always enjoying reading your blog for the useful information you provide to the racing fans gratis not to mention the entertainment value these opuses provide.

    I would like to chime in on “Mucka’s” August 23 comment with respect to the HBPA AGM and the posting of Minutes that will be taken at this meeting as well as those pertaining to the past 10 or 12 AGMs for which I have taken the Minutes. It is our Policy not to post Minutes of this Association for the general public to view since the meeting is restricted to the Association members and invited guests. I would have to defer to counsel if legally we can post Minutes publicly under the bylaws contained in the HBPA of Alberta Constitution.

    That being said, I welcome any member who cannot attend any HBPA Membership or AGM meeting to contact the Calgary office and we will gladly provide a copy of any and/or all Minutes requested. As you know we provide Annual Financial Statements for attendees at the AGM as well as having copies of the Statements available at both the Calgary and Edmonton backstretch offices for members who did not attend the meeting.

    We appreciate your interest in our Association and keeping your viewers abreast of all relevant information pertaining to the HBPA of Alberta. It would be a great opportunity for members to attend the August 27, 2015 AGM where the four (4) new Directors serving for the 2015-2018 term will be introduced.

    Mat Monaco – HBPA of Alberta


    STAMPEDE PARK/PARTNERS shelve plans again (last 2007) for massive mixed use development 9 hectare “RAMSEY EXCHANGE LAND” purchased in 2001 for 26 million at spiller rd.24 av se which is currently used as a storage lot.

    CALGARY NEXT group 39% in favour/ CALGARY NOPE 34% group opposed to arena project with rest in the middle of opinion poll. CEO KING states that their is no fallback plan for another site,with arena lease ending in 2023/ which reminds me of HRA and their no PLAN B decision making!

    NORTHLANDS received 19.87 million in grants in 2014 with 9.3 alberta agricultural/7.3 HRA/3.1 other grants and showed as a nonprofit tax exempt organization a profit of 2.3 million/how will the government drop of 2 million and reduced revenue be represented in their books for 2015?

    NDP platform section 2.5 to extend the sunshine list to include provinces boards/agencies will show how much HRA will receive in golden parachute severance packages.

    NDP platform section 2.3 to apply CONFLICT OF INTEREST to all senior staff of government boards and agencies is a little late as the CEO put all her eggs in one basket with racing’s goose cooked and the laying hens producing no golden eggs but a noose around the entire racing industry!

    CPMA posts another warning about ractopamine in using only type A mills/outlets to avoid positive tests

    WINDSOR panhandlers/street performers join IWW (international world workers) as SLOW(street labourers of windsor) to gain respect. LARRY LEBEAU a former labour union executive is rumoured to be forming a backstretch union of grooms/stall muckers/hot walkers called SWAG (stallmuckers walkers alberta grooms) to ensure that financial packages/retraining is given from the NDP EXIT PROPOSAL!

    WESTERN FAIR runs FLAT TRACK motor cycle championship racing/another great example of repurposing the race track during dark days, was SUGAR DOYLE calling any race action?

    HBPA MEETING THURSDAY will there be more questions than answers
    what will the over and under for membership attendance with 540 members only 210 recent ballots cast
    my guess is under 54/10%
    when will the HBPA finally post minutes for members not being able to attend due to work/family/residency and complacency issues!

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