Aug 262015

American Pharoah may be headlining the The Really Big Shew at the Spa in the Empire State this Saturday, but Phil’s leading off with a joke for all the melonheads.

Especially the transplanted fair weather and closet melonheads who have quickly and quietly morphed back into Eskimo and Stampeder fans.

Knock, Knock
Who’s There
Owen Who
O an’ eight

Mrs. Robinson

Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
Dr. Seuss

Globe And Mail – Don’t tread on my beer

National Post – CP – Taking 14 cases of beer across provincial lines illegal because constitution section protecting it has gone dormant: witness

Phil has a question:

Why do we pay all those politicians and bureaucrats all the tax money we do when a beer drinker from New Brunswick could be all we need.

NY Times – Drape – New Jersey’s Effort to Legalize Sports Betting Is Denied on Appeal

Mother’s Little Helper

ESPN – Cronley – Off track propositions

Phil has a proposition:

How about a prop bet on inquiries.

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Springstead -Why Baffert didn’t need too much convincing to run Pharoah at the ‘Graveyard of Favorites’

Born To Run

The Guardian – Why American Pharoah’s victory lap is setting a worrying precedent

Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Hunter S. Thompson



Take The Long Way Home

NY Times – Drape – American Pharoah Awes Saratoga Springs on Eve of Travers

Horse Race Insider – Pharoah’s Chariot in Rarified Air

Ghost Riders In The Sky

TwinSpires Blog – Handicapping Insights – Powell – Pharoah heads fantastic day; Beholder throws down gauntlet 

Saratoga August 29 – Travers – Brisnet

Bloodhorse – NBC Schedules Two-Hour Travers Broadcast

“Saratoga is Saratoga; it’s the premier race meet in the country,” American Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, said.

But the Spa, as the track is known, comes by its nickname Graveyard of Champions honestly, as anyone who rooted for Gallant Fox and Affirmed can attest. Gallant Fox was beaten by the 100-1 shot Jim Dandy in the 1930 Midsummer Derby, and Affirmed was disqualified in 1978 for interfering with his fierce rival Alydar around the grandstand turn.

NY Times – Drape – American Pharoah Is 1-5 Morning-Line Favorite in Travers Stakes

Lady and the Track – Travers Stakes 2015 Odds, Posts, Events

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – American Pharoah draws post 2; ‘He can handle it’

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – American Pharoah receives post 2 in 10-horse Travers

TDN – American Pharoah Draws Post Two in Travers

Bloodhorse – Johnson – American Pharoah Draws Post 2 for Travers

ESPN – Finley – Don’t be afraid to bet the Travers

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Pharoah good enough under any circumstances but paceless Travers looks like a slam-dunk

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – McLaughlin takes contrarian view, thinks Travers pace scenario may not benefit American Pharoah

Stolen Dance

NY Times – Drape – Baffert Makes It Official as American Pharoah Allays Anxiety

Bloodhorse – Balan – It’s Official: American Pharoah to Travers

Bloodhorse – Terranova Barn Prepares to Welcome ‘Pharoah’

Empty Nesters 

Bloodhorse -Travers Nominee Japan Fractures Sesamoid

Bloodhorse – Smart Transition Breezes Bullet for Travers

Bloodhorse – Velazquez to Ride Smart Transition in Travers

Bloodhorse – Genaro – NYRA Devising Strategy to Share ‘Pharoah’

Twin Spires Blog – Pugh – Graveyard of Champions Will Not Deter Pharoah

LA Times – Pedulla – Will jet lag slow American Pharoah in the Travers?

ESPN – West – A taste of apprehension

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – American Pharoah Faces New Track, Travel Concerns in Travers

Bloodhorse – Violette Undecided on Travers for Upstart

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Violette still having ‘internal battle’ over whether to run Upstart in Travers

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Travers Stakes: High Anxiety

The Work Song

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

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Pharoah’s Travers great for racing but what about his future

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Travers could be race against the clock for American Pharoah

ESPN – West – Counting the lengths


TwinSpire Blog – DeRosa – Just How Powerful is American Pharoah’s 14-point Prime Power Advantage?

ESPN – Ehalt – Where Pharoah goes, excitement follows

ESPN – Ehalt – Travers the right spot for American Pharoah

Killer Queen

Bloodhorse – Team Texas Red Partners With TV Star

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Deep in the Heart of ‘Texas’

TwinSpires Blog -Reilly – Texas Red maturing physically, mentally ahead of Travers

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Texas Red gets his American Pharoah rematch



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

Albertans Jim and Susan Hill race two on the Travers undercard at the Spa on Saturday. Loose on the Town moves up to Graded company in the King Bishop GI $500,000US going 7 furlongs on the dirt for trainer for trainer Brian Lynch with Jose Lezcano in the irons. Solid Appeal looks to get back to her winning ways in the Ballston Spa GII $400,000US going 1 1/16 miles on the turf for cnditioner Reade Baker with Luis Saez in the saddle.

Speaking of saddles do you think the CCW or QKB could give the slightest care about a couple of thoroughbreds owned by Albertans running at Saratoga on Saturday when the jiggies will be trotting under saddle at Century Downs in exhibition races.

Lady and the Track – Saratoga Travers Day Picks & Plays

TwinSpires Blog Scully – Five Plays on the Travers Undercard


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Pick 6 Jackpot    $60,204.00
Assiniboia Downs
Super High Five Jackpot    $2,461.00
Del Mar
Super High Five     $28,619.00
Ellis Park
Super High Five     $1,000.00
Pick 6    $402.00
Evangeline Downs
Super High Five     $743.00
Fair Grounds
Pick 5 Jackpot    $556.00
Super High Five     $343.00
Pick 6    $4,961.00
Golden Gate Fields
Pick 6 Jackpot    $3,690.00
Gulfstream Park
Super High Five     $4,179.00
Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $3,053.00
Los Alamitos
Pick 6    $2,310.00
Louisiana Downs
Pick 5 Jackpot    $1,060.00
Monmouth Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $87,028.00
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort
Pick 5    $7,499.00
Northlands Park
Pick 5    $3,930.00
Prairie Meadows
Pick 4    $845.00
Ruidoso Downs
Tri Super    $3,901.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $100,565.00


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Fort Erie
Pick 5    $3,634.00
Super High Five     $1,542.00
Presque Isle Downs
Pick 6    $877.00

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Bloodhorse – Balan – Mandella: Beholder ‘One of the Greats’

ESPN – Duckworth – Beholder answers all questions

ESPN – Finley – Beholder’s team should go for it

So what is the source of Beholder’s ability to shine over a mile and a quarter? Well, Tricky Creek’s first three dams were by His Majesty, Nijinsky and Swaps. Then there’s Beholder’s second dam Crystal Lady, who had Hail To Reason and the two-mile winner One For All as her grandsires, plus a Sea-Bird mare as her second dam.

TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Beholder

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – The ‘Iron Lady’s’ Secret Garden

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

NY Times – Robertson and Fausset – 10 Years After Katrina

ESPN – Wright Thompson – Beyond The Breach

The Bitter Southerner – Elie – The Whys

There is no such thing as paranoia. Your worst fears can come true at any moment.
Hunter S. Thompson

TDN – Jess’s Dream Becomes a Reality in ‘Rising Star’ Performance

Bloodhorse – Jess’s Dream Wins Long-Awaited Debut

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Jess’s Dream rallies from far back to give mama ‘Rachel’ a second winner

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

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

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – American Pharoah gets new shoes for Travers

Baffert better watch what he says about Nikes or next thing you know Michael Jordan will be suing.

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes


AUBURN, Wash. (August 28, 2015) – Disruption wore down the leaders in deep stretch and held off a flying Jebrica late for a neck victory Friday in the $18,800 feature race for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Under a well-timed ride by leading rider Julien Couton, Disruption ran six furlongs in 1:09.96 and paid $7.20, $3.80 and $3. Monique Snowden, now 9-for-36 at the meet, is the winning trainer for owner Heidi Nelson (Nelson Family Racing) of Bothell, Wash.

Jebrica, a multiple stakes winner at Emerald Downs, rallied from last to finish second in his 2015 debut. The 9-to-5 wagering favorite ridden by Joe Steiner, Jebrica paid $3.60 and $3.

Memo to Mya, a 23-to-1 long shot ridden by Rocco Bowen, also finished well for third and paid $7.60 to show.

Parkers Bluff, Gross Misconduct, Memphis Mobster, Polish Dollar and Spot of Salt completed the order of finish.

Gross Misconduct broke sharply and led through fractions of :22.18, :44.86 and :57.23, but was under intense pressure from both Polish Dollar and Parkers Bluff, and gave way late.

Disruption, in fourth place early, rallied strongly through the stretch and collected his second feature race victory in two weeks. A 5-year-old Florida-bred by Street Boss, Disruption has a career record of 5-3-2 in 15 starts and earnings of $99,515.

NOTES: Couton rode three winners, his ninth triple of the meet, and now leads Juan Gutierrez and defending champion Leslie Mawing 78-63 in the jockeys’ standings. . .Caymus Kat ($4.40) prevailed in the nightcap to give fledgling Triumph Stables LLC its first career victory…

For Jeff Metz, trainer of Caymus Kat, it was his meet-leading 47th winner. . .Friday’s $0.50 Pick 5, which included a $6,445 carryover, handled an additional $25,385, and paid $409.65 to tickets with five winners. . .

Wilfrido Montano notched his first career win at Emerald Downs when Ready Set Jet ($4.80) took the Friday opener gate-to-wire under Couton. . .

Trainer Marshall Allen saddled his first winner of the meet as Big Mama’s Talkin ($5) drew off for an easy win in race two under Rocco Bowen. . .Bowen and Joe Toye combined for their 10th win of the meet when Amy Jane ($18.60) rallied from last to win race five, breaking a string that saw betting favorites win the first four races. . .

Live racing continues Saturday with first post 2 p.m.

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

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Jockey Espinoza joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’

After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.

Ann Richards

Dancing In The Dark 

Lady and The Track – Smith – Horse Racing Finds Fresh Voice in Matt Dinerman


2015 -Friday-Night-Live_Web-Square

Nominations For the 52nd Running Of THE BRITISH COLUMBIA OAKS(Listed)

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ACADEMIC b.f.3 Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. and Bear Stables, Ltd. Tim Rycroft
AMBLESIDE PARK ch.f.3 Exclusive Stable & Raymond Hanson David Forster
BRIDLE BEAUTY dk b/.f.3 Mr. & Mrs. R. J. Bennett Barbara Heads
COLLATERAL dk b/.f.3 North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Troy Taylor
EUSTACIA ch.f.3 Curtis Landry Greg Tracy
HERO’S AMOR b.f.3 Elevated Bloodstock Inc. and Cho, Raxon Tim Rycroft
MORNING COFFEE b.f.3 Michael Whieldon Rosann Anderson
QUATRE CAT b.f.3 Stuart & May Carmichael & David & Sylvea Gregory Sylvea Gregory
RASTANORA b.f.3 Paymaster Racing Michael Puhich
SAILINGFORTHESUN ch.f.3 Foundation Stables Robert J. Anderson
STAR LADY ch.f.3 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. & Shot in The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
STORM STALKER dk b/.f.3 Barry & Henrica Tyrer Rob VanOverschot
SUSAN’S DAY dk b/.f.3 Cameron Hill David Forster
SUVA HARBOR gr/ro.f.3 Mark DeDominico LLC Troy Taylor

Nominations for the 70th Running Of THE BRITISH COLUMBIA DERBY(Grade III)
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ACADEMIC b.f.3 Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd. and Bear Stables, Ltd. Tim Rycroft
ADITYA ch.g.3 James Redekop Anita Bolton
BLUE DANCER dk b/.g.3 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. & Shot in The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
BLUEGRASS ANGUS b.g.3 Copper Water Thoroughbred Company Craig MacPherson
BROTHER DUSTER dk b/.g.3 Ken Johnson Taylor Anderson
BURRARD BREEZE ch.g.3 J.Lazazzera, R. Munro, G. Matkovich & F. Rawlinson Brian O’Connell
CAPITALISM ch.g.3 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. & Shot in The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
CENTREFIRE ch.g.3 Landry, C., Landry, D., Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm Greg Tracy
CRIUS ch.g.3 Leif Nordahl Mike Anderson
DEALERSHIP dk b/.g.3 3480 Equine Inc. LLP John Snow
HOLLYWOOD ANGEL ch.g.3 Peter Redekop, B. C., Ltd. Anita Bolton
LAMU b.c.3 Mark DeDominico LLC Troy Taylor
LORD ROSBERG b.g.3 Gail Breckenridge & Lillian Jarvis Meehan Pat Jarvis
MERLOT gr/ro.g.3 Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. Dino Condilenios
MIGHTY FRASER b.g.3 North American Thghd Hse Co., Inc., R. Morrison, P. Tom G. Hopper Troy Taylor
MOKHANDOIT dk b/.g.3 Mohamad K. Khan Mark Cloutier
PEACE ARCH b.g.3 Rob & Vicky Gilker & George Robbins Robert Gilker
PERCY FAWCETT b.g.3 Randall and Rossi LLC and Lucrarelli, Frank Frank Lucarelli
PRIME ENGINE ch.c.3 Mark Dedomenico LLC Troy Taylor
PRINCE HOTEL dk b/.g.3 Barry Tyrer Rob VanOverschot
PURPLE HEAVEN b.g.3 Ted Graling Twylla Bensmiller
SABADO ALEGRE (CHI) b.c.3 Copper Water Thoroughbred Company Craig MacPherson
SEDIN b.g.3 Roy & Dixie Jacobson Mark Cloutier
THETRAILERGUY ch.g.3 Heidi Nelson Monique Snowden
TORNIADOR dk b/.c.3 Milton Palma, Geovani Olade & Ernesto Rojas Milton Palma

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


Twin Spires – DeRosa – A Bad Beat & Badly Beaten Elicit Different Responses in Horseplayers


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

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Xpressbet: Company Victim of Cyberterrorism

Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Friday August 28, 2015

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

Bloodhorse – Zayat Stables to Donate to New Vocations

TwinSpires Blog – Zayat Stables to Donate a Percentage of American Pharoah’s Earnings to New Vocations

NY Times – Drape – Eric Cancel, an Apprentice Jockey at Saratoga, Listens and Learns

NY Times – The Apprentice

Upcoming  Stakes

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

Lady and the Track – Smith – Two-Year-Old Thoroughbreds To Watch: Team Picks 4

Bloodhorse – Genaro – Forum: No Easy Way to Proceed on Lasix Issue

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Hastings Wrap-up For August 28—Richard Yates


Onto Every Track, A Little Rain Must Fall


Friday night at historic old Hastings Racecourse saw the second “off” track of the season, although it was no more off than “good” and it played pretty quick compared to the times permitted by the fast tracks of the last few weeks. We ran 36 horses in the last four races and the public bet $336,000 on them. The first three with 17 head handled about $139K for a total of $475,000. Another graphic illustration of the connection between good field-size and doing good business.

Field size and off tracks are also likely contributors to big prices, and there were plenty of those on Friday night. The average win payoff was just shy of $18.00 a race. No favorites won and only one ran as well as second.

Antonio Reyes won three races on the evening and Silvino Morales won his first ever at Hastings. Congratulations to jockey Morales.

El Capone Muscles In On The Win


The feature was the third, an open $25,000 claimer for older horses at a mile and a sixteenth, and it was won by El Capone ($38.80) in a photo with Senor Rojo. Off the Top persevered for third after dueling on the front end with Devil in Disguise for most of a trip that took the winner a very minimal 1:43.36 over a track labeled good that was, regardless, very fast. Last time this bunch hooked up (August 7) they went about eight lengths slower than they did over tonight’s track.

Many times when the photo sign goes up, it goes up because that it is what is supposed to happen, but 9 out of every 10 people at the track know who won, photo sign or not. This was not one of those. This one required a camera to be sure.

Off the Top and Devil in Disguise gave each other no peace from soon after the break until late in the stretch when Senor Rojo and El Capone finished off runs from back and way back to hit the wire a nose apart, with El Capone prevailing after coming from last.

The front running duo of Off the Top and Devil in Disguise ran credible races, but the winner and runner-up ran large races, no matter how fast the track. A minute-forty-three and small change is not a lot of time for 25K types to take to cover a mile and a sixteenth.

El Capone was bred in British Columbia by Chad Purdy, as well as Rod and Ursula Bolivar who are the owners. John Snow trains the gelded son of El Corredor.

Also Noteworthy:

Jockey Antonio Reyes had a triple on the card, winning three of the last four races. He took the fourth with Lady At War ($17.80) for owners Grayross Stable and David and Sylvea Gregory, she also being the trainer. Reyes won the next race with Cadeo ($24.80) for Dr. Kenneth Walters. Tracy McNeil trains. Reyes concluded his evening with a victory aboard Authority Taken ($14.00) for owners G. Matkovich, R. Munro, and J. Lazazzera and trainer Brian O’Connell.

The stallion Cause to Believe had a daddy double. Cadeo, as reported, won the fifth race, and Pas Believen ($12.70) took the sixth with Silvino Morales getting his initial Hastings win for owner Clint Wilson and trainer Rob VanOverschot. Cause to Believe stands at Road’s End Farm.

Richard Hamel extended his lead over Pedro Alvarado (who did not win on the evening) to 9 wins by taking the opener on Zanita Rosae ($7.60) for Sapphire Stables and breeder, as well as trainer, Sandra Loseth. The winner went as the second choice and it was the shortest price of the day.


Second shortest price on the card came in the second race when Majestic Mark ($9.40) won as the third choice for kay and Sue Ohashi and trainer Patty Leaney. Alex Marti rode.

Folks with an inclination to make a little wager now and then will want to think about the Pick 6 that has now carried over to the tune of $22,520. One winning ticket could take that and some more home on Monday night. With the way that they bet out in simulcast land last Monday evening, a carryover this big could generate some serious play from near and far.

Hastings Wrap-up For August 24—-Richard Yates

Your Four O’Clock Choices:  Tea Time At The Empress Or Post Time At Hastings

Me, I’ll take post time at Hastings and those that made the same choice got a pretty good night of horseracing of a kind that tends to fuel speculation, and did so on Monday’s Twilight Card. Folks from near and far invested a little south of $600,000 on the evening’s offerings. Three winning favorites were mixed in among two winning 13-1 shots and some other healthy prices that no doubt rewarded the perceptive. The rest of us enjoyed the evening too.

David Lopez won the first two and Keishan Balgobin won the next two. It was the second night in a row Lopez has doubled and the two wins gave Balgobin nine in the last four race days. Trainer Pat Jarvis not only had a double of her own, taking the opener and the fifth, she doubled with two 13-1 shots.

The Champions Starter Series returned with the final qualifying legs: the race split for the colts and geldings and the filly and mare division went with a nine-horse field.

Uncle Willard Goes Straight


The first leg of the colts and geldings Champions Starter Series qualifiers went as the third on the card and it was Uncle Willard ($12.70) who took the mile and a sixteenth event in a final time of 1:45.87, getting there a neck ahead of Toccet’s Charm who he battled all the way down the lane. Dee Jay Snow closed willingly to take third without having any impact on the first two.

Keishan Balgobin had Uncle Willard in good position, if a little wide, throughout the trip. When the front running So Legit and Fransor’s Finest called it off after tormenting each other through six furlongs in 1:12.36, Uncle Willard took over, only to be joined mid-way on the final turn by Toccet’s Charm. It was just the two of them from there. In the end, it was Uncle Willard. He refused to quit when he was headed in the stretch, and Toccet’s Charm did not give up when the winner came back on him, he just came up a trifle short.

Uncle Willard is a son of Skimming and was bred in British Columbia by his owner, Les Hoggard. Craig MacPherson does the training and he clearly does it well as he trained Uncle Willard not to bolt after that one headed for the Province sign in his last race.

Winestock Rises To The Occasion


The second leg for the boys went as the sixth and Winestock ($5.80), who won two qualifiers going short, tried a mile and a sixteenth for the first time with the same result. He won, getting the distance in 1:46.03. Ganbei was second and Teddy the Bear ran a very game third. Amadeo Perez rode Winestock after leading rider Richard Hamel stuck with Chief Thundercloud, having won his last start on both horses.

Winestock and Teddy the Bear very soon locked up on the lead and they proceeded to eyeball each other through a mile before Winestock got a little separation late. Ganbei edged the tired Teddy the Bear for the place. Teddy the Bear deserved a better fate after fighting it out with the winner in a long battle that was not moving all that fast early, but intensified as they went along.

Winestock is owned by Derby Quest Farms Ltd. And Shot in the Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy trains the Kentucky bred son of Johannesburg. Winestock broke his maiden for 50K at Santa Anita in 2013 for Bob Baffert and then lost his form. He regained it with two wins in conditioned $7,000 races, one of those being by 19 lengths and has walked up the ladder at Northlands, winning two allowance conditions. Now, by dint of having run those two cheap races in Edmonton and then getting real good, he is a fantasy horse for the conditions attached to the Champions Series. Three down and one to go.

Habida Wins Comfortably


The qualifier for the distaff side of the Champions Starter Series was won by Habida ($28.90) who was pretty dominant when all was said and done, although Hey Didjanotis provided some competition for a long time before tiring to fourth. Habida’s final time of 1:46.75 was good for a 3 ½ length win over Closing Intentions. Haida Gwaii was another length and a half back in third.

Habida did not break on top from the ten-hole, but jockey Sahin Civaci was quick to put her on top anyway. First time past the grandstand, Hey Didjanotis ran up beside her and competed for a while. Hey Didjanotis appeared to be the only horse in the race capable of even bothering the winner, and when she started to weary, it was over. The closers closed, but they never, ever threatened.

Habida is by Causetobelieve out of the Katahaula County mare Comic Opera, she having won the Fantasy at two. Habida was bred by her owners Bryan and Carol Anderson and Jim Eccott, and as mentioned, it was the second win on the card for trainer Pat Jarvis.

S.L. Express Gets In On Time


The opener, a $16,000 sprint for non-winners of two races (BC-breds get three) went to S. L. Express ($28.80) who survived by a neck over the closing Zenya. Splendid Scat was another length back in third. The winner covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:18.65.

Despite breaking from the outside David Lopez had S. L. Express down inside and laying third as they straightened out for the run down the backstretch. A duel on the front end between Blended and I Believe in Angel essentially put S. L. Express in the catbird seat and she sat there until starting a move on the turn that had her in front coming out of it.

Zenya had launched a long, determined move that began right after the leaders had gone a half in 46.69 and continued to the bitter end, that being a neck short at the wire. Zenya had to shift out very slightly at the head of the lane to get clear and that may have been the difference. But S. L. Express gets full marks for digging in and holding on. For what little bit its worth, the winner never let Zenya by on the gallop out. They both ran well.

A daughter of Rosberg, S. L. Express was bred by Bruce Unwin and Swift Thoroughbreds. She runs for Blue Willow Dairy, Ltd. and Pat Jarvis trains.

Kiss Em Goodbye Does



The closer was an open $16,000 claimer for three year-olds, it went at 6 ½ furlongs and it was won by the favored Kiss Em Goodbye ($5.40) in what was for all practical purposes a two horse race with runner-up Smart Focus. Mister Mecate closed well to be third, but not well enough to alarm the first two.

Smart Focus tried every step but Kiss Em Goodbye shook him off going into the last turn and there was no danger anywhere else. The winner sprinted the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:18.29 under Marklee Buchanan.

Mel and Fran Snow bred Kiss Em Goodbye in British Columbia and they continue to own the gelded son of Storm Victory. Mel trains. It was the fourth win in seven starts this year for Kiss Em Goodbye.

Also Noteworthy:

The stallion Storm Victory had two winners on the night. Aside from Kiss Em Goodbye, he sired Silent Native who won the fourth for Keishan Balgobin, trainer Philip Hall and owner/breeder Elton Gunther and his co-owner, Lorraine Gunther.

The second half of the David Lopez riding double came in the second on Always a Sunrise for owners Kevin Scott and William Laity and trainer Charlene Miller.

Leading rider Richard Hamel took the seventh on Flare Miss for owner Leif Nordahl and leading trainer Mike Anderson. The win gave Hamel 50 for the season and stretched his lead over Pedro Alvarado to 8. Balgobin’s hot streak has him solidly in third with 32 wins.

Mike Anderson’s 24 wins are four more than Troy Taylor and Craig MacPherson have in a tie for second. Barb heads and Philip Hall are next with 13 apiece.

Owner Swift Thoroughbreds with 12 retains a one win margin over Mark DeDomenico LLC and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company. Russell J. and Lois Bennet have 10 wins, good for third.

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TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Private Zone heads Forego; Holy Boss seeks fifth straight win in King’s Bishop

Bloodhorse – Balan – Competitive Edge Needs Rebound at Saratoga

Bloodhorse – Novak – The Big Beast Faces Private Zone in Forego


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TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Flintshire looks tough in Sword Dancer as does Tepin in Ballston Spa

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Red Rifle Must Hit Bull’s-Eye in Sword Dancer

Lost in all the Pharoah PhanPhare is the appearance of Flintshire, Juddmonte Farms Inc,’s 5 year old Dansili  horse who’s so far made $5,075,568US. Flintshire has knocked heads with many of the world’s finest turf runners at various venues around the world.

Pletcher continues to play with Phil’s head as he has now named a rider for Red Rifle – Ortiz, not who Phil was expected.

Messi may be the scourge of the soccer pits, but his namesake is in tough on Saturday. His German owners must have given up on sending him to the breeding shed as he’s running on Lasix in the US which is verboten for stallions standing in Germany.

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Tepin Seeks Rebound in Ballston Spa

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Bloodhorse – Balan – Bradester, Valid Meet Again at Monmouth

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Beware the Value Play

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Unbridled Forever the Value Choice in Ballerina Stakes

Bloodhorse – Novak – La Verdad Chases Grade I in Ballerina

Henny Hughes is represented in Graded Stakes this weekend by another mare – Merry Meadow.

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Northlands Park Jockey Standings to Saturday August 22, 2015

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Rico W. Walcott 300 93 62 35 $956,201
2 Scott Williams 260 48 39 41 $509,646
3 Tony Maragh 218 37 29 35 $408,140
4 Shannon Beauregard 187 29 29 29 $336,716
5 Ismael Eluid Mosqueira 186 24 21 34 $298,232
6 Quincy Welch 166 26 14 22 $278,158
7 Ruben Lara 204 16 29 29 $268,327
8 Jorge Espitia 175 21 22 24 $231,994
9 Skyler White Shield 108 15 22 13 $176,794
10 Desmond Bryan 141 16 19 18 $157,056

Northlands Park Trainer Standings to Saturday August 22, 2015

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Greg Tracy 191 52 39 23 $647,165
2 Tim Rycroft 198 33 25 35 $525,588
3 Joan Petrowski 220 18 28 23 $255,859
4 Dale L. Saunders 108 21 19 5 $241,069
5 Rodney J. Cone 190 26 21 22 $232,737
6 Robertino Diodoro 47 15 6 5 $178,103
7 Craig Robert Smith 96 20 16 18 $174,329
8 Dale Greenwood 74 10 15 11 $170,355
9 Jerri R. Robertson 83 11 13 15 $157,596
10 Ron Grieves 101 13 18 16 $154,146

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TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Parx Fall Festival kicks off with Smarty Jones

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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.

Bloodhorse – Compton – Arch Filly Paces Trade at OBS Select Session

Here Comes The Night

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
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Bloodhorse – Compton – OBS Yearling Sale Stays Steady on Final Day

Bloodhorse – Compton – Stable Second Session at OBS August Sale

2015 CTHS Sales Catalogue


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

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Watch AMERICAN PHAROAH Saturday in Saratoga’s Travers Stakes
Will yearling prices portend evenly-matched baby races?
Extreme highs and lows were missing from Sunday’s Manitoba yearling sale in which 19 of 30 offerings were sold.  Does that portend evenly-matched 2-year-old races next year? The sales topper was a True Sense filly, Berazzle, purchased by Pat Beavis for $12,250. Gross sales were $104,050 compared to $133,900 last year in which 22 out of 31 offerings were sold.  Above is a Going Commando filly, How High She Flys, purchased for $1,500 by trainer Heather Wallerstedt. See full results of sale here.

FYI . . .
Did you toss your pick-4 ticket?  Naughty, naughty!

BUT YOU CAN STILL GET A REFUND: If you threw away your ASD pick-4 ticket Saturday night after the first leg because you missed the $10 winner, Lotus Lane, you did something you shouldn’t have done.  Never throw away your tickets until the bets you make are official.  A refund is available for ALL pick-4 bets because the next three races were cancelled due to unsafe track conditions (2 3/4 inches of rain had fallen) and federal racing rules require TWO LEGS of the pick-4 to go to make it an official pool (Two legs are also required for pick-5 pools in Canada and THREE legs for pick-6 pools in Canada.) But that doesn’t mean you have to eat your loss.  Get a claim form from a mutuel supervisor and fill it out.  Your claim will be matched with the refundable ticket on the computer and you’ll still get your refund.

PHAROAH HALTER BID NOW AT $4,301: The bid yesterday for American Pharoah’s halter on eBay had reached $4,301, for Zenyatta’s halter $2,482 and for Shaman Ghost’s halter $260. Money raised from this sale will help former jockey Alyssa Selman who lost the use of her legs in a spill from a horse. Bidding ends Sunday.  See reader’s predictions for Pharoah’s closing bid here.  (Winner gets $50 in wagers and $50 donated in his/her behalf to the Alyssa Selman Trust Fund.)
BARN TOUR FULL:  There is no more room at the barn tour this Sunday, the final tour of the season.
Bullet briefs . . .
• Almost $400,000 carryover in this aft’s Rainbow 6 at Gulfstream
• Can anyone catch Chavion in jockey race?  He rides seven tonight
• Tanya on a tear; wins three stakes.  What’s her secret?
• A Manitoba horse in Guinness Book of Records?  See Bob’s blog
• Beholder toys with the boys in Pacific Classic.  Breeders’ Cup Classic?
• What makes betting some tracks worse than others? Send your views
• Contestant disqualified in Insider yearling contest
POSNER WINS NIGHT OUT AFTER CONTESTANT DISQUALIFIED:  The disqualification of an entrant to The Insider’s “predict the yearling sales topper” contest resulted in the next-closest entrant winning the “night at the Downs” prize (Thursday night prime rib buffet for two, $50 in wagers, $20 in VLT spins).  The sales topper was $12,250.  A call to the person who had submitted a $12,000 prediction determined he had not made the prediction himself.  It had come from a family member without his even knowing about it.  ASD contest rules forbid submission of an entry on someone else’s behalf. So Marshall Posner’s $8,700 prediction was the winner. It was next-closest without going over. Posner, a web designer and longtime horseplayer, had been a partner with Web Wizards when it had sponsored the Wheat City Stakes.  Thanks to all who entered!


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Smashing climax to live racing
The 58th season of live racing comes to a dramatic and entertaining end on Labour Day with a Festival of Racing weekend encore edition that will include a rare Sunday night card at 7 p.m. featuring the Winnipeg Futurity and Gold Cup and a free “Manitoba Express” country concert with the pictured stars, all sponsored by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. Completing the 2015 meet on Labour Day Monday at 1:30 p.m. will be the Buffalo Stakes for Manitoba-bred 2-year-olds. Enjoy fan appreciation perks all weekend, too!
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Why are we better at some tracks, worse at others?

Manitoba bettors are making money overall at 23 tracks–especially Saratoga, Charles Town and Hastings–but are losing big at Woodbine and Gulfstream. (See “best” and “worst” in previous Insider.)

Why?  Do you have any suggestions on ways to turn things around?  Also, why do you think Manitoba bettors have been better overall playing Saratoga, Charles Town and Hasting thoroughbreds and Meadowlands harness?  Are those tracks easier to get a handle on?  Should players suffering losses at some tracks consider playing “better bettor” tracks?
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Remember, the objective is to make Manitoba the better bettor province on the continent.  When you win, money flows into the economy from bettors in other places and that makes you a good citizen.  Assiniboia players improved from 18 better bettor tracks in June to 23 such tracks in July.  Can we increase that number for August?

With just seven days remaining, Chavion extends lead

Can anyone catch Chavion Chow in a race for the jockey title?  He added five more wins to last week’s total while his challengers added three or fewer.  One win came from a catch ride.  He won aboard Electrifying Style in Friday’s fourth race when Dane Nelson booked off his mounts.  Dane’s agent, Mark “Lucky” Drabing, said Dane was suffering an extreme headache after sleeping in very cold air-conditioning.
TONIGHT:  Chow rides in all seven races, Husbands, six, Nelson, five, and Morales and Singh, both four.
Hottest jock: Chavion Chow (5 wins)
Hottest trainers: Shelley Brown & Tanya Lindsay (4 wins)
Biggest upset: Stand Up Rita $16.60 (Sat. 3rd)
Biggest 20-cent superfecta: $59.29 (Fri. 6th — 8-9-5-4)
BOB’S BLOG TODAY: He was a Manitoba-bred colt who set a world record of 44 2/5th seconds for 4f and, hence, made it into the Guinness Book of Records.  Who is he?  Hint:  Half of his name refers to an historic something that was driven into the ground to mark the completion of the Canadian railway.  See if you’re correct here.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “She’s a freak, man — a freak!” — jockey Martin Garcia who was riding Hoppertunity in the Pacific Classic Saturday, describing in the DRF the bold move by Beholder to become the first female to win the Classic.  Jockey Gary Stevens simply shook the reins and she roared away to destroy the field by the second-biggest margin in Classic history, 8 1/4 lengths. Watch that race here. Will she be entered in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, a la Zenyatta?
LAKE ASD:  2 3/4 inches of rain resulted in cancellation of last three races Saturday
Tanya Lindsay’s #2 C.C. Ride ($4.60), Adolfo Morales up, overtakes Zdeno
Don Schnell’s #3 Langara ($6.90) with Rohan Singh riding, overpowers Gold N Sochi Despite an early duel, jockey Chris Husbands holds Tanya Lindsay’s #4 Lotus Lane ($10) together to the wire
Tanya on a tear; wins three stakes.  What’s her secret?
Half of the Winner’s Circle Saturday night was a lake, thanks to almost three inches of rain, but even stocking the lake with flesh-eating piranha fish would likely have had little effect on trainer Tanya Lindsay as she happily splashed in and out of the prized area to mark victories in the Agassiz and Distaff stakes to add to the R. J. Speers she had won last Wednesday. Above, she shares a laugh with jockey Chris Husbands following the Distaff.   So what’s the secret to her successAttention to detail, said an admirer. “She’s still in the stables in the afternoons doing some little thing.”
“50 DAYS OF RACING IS GUARANTEED”–DUNN:  ASD CEO Darren Dunn told spectators–mainly horsemen–at Sunday’s CTHS yearling sale on the Red River Ex grounds behind the grandstand that under terms of the Downs’ 12-year agreement signed with the province last year, the track MUST hold at least 50 days of live racing each year.  That scotches rumours of a possibly shortened meet next year and for the foreseeable future.
ROB PREDICTS FOUR OF SIX STAKES:  Paddock host Rob MacLennan went four-for six in picking winners in last week’s Insider for the six stakes races held Wednesday and Saturday.  He picked Can’t Use Nellie in The Body Works ($3.80), Ozark Daredevil in the Osiris ($3.20), Magic d’ Oro in the R. J. Speers ($2.30) and Langara in the CTHS Sales Stakes ($6.90).  His Zdeno at (1/2) was beaten by C.C. Ride ($4.60) in the Agassiz and his Supreme Rush (4/5) was beaten by Lotus Lane ($10) in the Distaff.
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“Scrambled” to the top
BARTENDER, TICKET SELLER TOPS IN GOLF TOURNEY: Congrats to ASD bartender Seth Penner, 22, and mutuel ticket seller Scott “Flying Fingers” Bruce, 24, who teamed up with two non-ASD employees (Seth’s brother and a milkman) Monday last week to top 34 teams in the annual Manitoba Jockey Club Golf Classic at Breezy Bend golf course. The team scored a blistering 59 in 18 holes (13 below par) in Texas Scramble, where only the best shot of each team member is added to the score. “We went bogey-free,” Scott boasted. Their victory netted them, besides the colorful trophy in the photo, a Molson fridge and gift certificates.  “And bragging rights,” added Scott.  Oh ya, the most important perk of all!
Heather Wallerstedt

“I WAS FIRED”–K5 STABLES TRAINER:  Trainer Heather Wallerstedt confirmed rumours Sunday that she will no longer train for K5 Stables.  “I was fired three weeks ago,” she told The Insider bluntly during Sunday’s yearling sale. That was despite the fact she has been training up a storm with his horses.  She has a 21 per cent winning record (68-14-13-10). She said it appears simply to be a personality conflict. She had taken over this year after K5’s previous trainer, Shelley Brown, was under the spring. Shelley Colquhoun, an executive assistant for K-Tel International who often appears in Winners’ Circle pictures when owner Phil Kives is unavailable, confirmed Wallerstedt was let go but only after this race season is over.  Asked for the reason, she said:  “I don’t have comment on that.”  Kives was in Toronto and unavailable for comment.

ARLINGTON DAYS NUMBERED, FAN FEARS:  When Charles Tax, a former University of Manitoba professor and huge supporter of Arlington Park through the years, came to the ASD Race Book wearing a suit on Arlington Million Day, he said it was not only to celebrate the Million but to attend what he termed a “funeral” because he fears Arlington Park’s days are numbered.  Arlington Park, with a Polytrack surface installed in 2007, has been experiencing a large steady decline in wagering, fewer race days and a dwindling horse population.
PARTING THOUGHTS:  As I complete the 500th Insider–and head to the airport to jump on a plane never to be heard from again (which I think about periodically as I see planes descending to land at the airport in my drive to the track)–I wonder why other tracks don’t offer a similar comprehensive weekly column for their followers–and not just postings on a website or Facebook page.  I’d love to be reading same.
And I reflect on how other tracks are missing the boat by not offering something similar to my “learn the secrets” presentation 30 minutes before live racing begins.  Visitors to the track appear to be hungrier than ever for information on playing the races and some nights the crowd swells to 40 or 50–mainly newbies–and I wonder how such patrons would be faring at other tracks with no such ready guidance on reading a program and betting.  It’s certainly helped produce good crowds at the Downs including many players in their 20s.



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 – Caldwell – Small, but talented, distaff fields make up Personal Ensign, Ballerina

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Johnson – Stopchargingmaria shows the way as Town and Country ‘dabble’ in racing

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Stopchargingmaria, Untapable Meet Again

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Stopchargingmaria Makes Her Case In Personal Ensign



Phil has a question:

If the jiggies are now dumping the buggies that carry the men with whips pounding on and kicking the horses does that not speak volumes about what the fans want.

Can the CCW or QKB interpret these signals or do the signals need to be written with bigger crayons.

What do you think is faster a jiggie horse with a guy on his back or the the Undertaker scurrying down the hallway to tell the QKB what Phil just said about her.

Save A Horse Ride a Cowboy

The Day The Crayons Quit

Man In Black

Fort Erie Race Track Logo

Bloodhorse – Lexi Lou’s Return Delayed Due to Eye Injury

Bloodhorse – Lexie Lou Entered Wednesday at Woodbine

Bloodhorse – Schwabe Appointed JC of Canada Steward

LA Times – Hennigan – U-2 spy plane pilot lives on the edge – of space, danger and obsolescence

The Globe And Mail – Reeves – Asian carp: How to stop an invasion

Outdoor Hub – Xu – Eat the Invasive: 7 Simple Asian Carp Recipes

Nation’s Restaurant News – Glazer – Chefs embrace challenge of cooking with ‘trash fish’

Phil’s Drink and a Flick:

Nevada Cocktail

Nevada Smith

Sands of Nevada

Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Globe and Mail – Crosariol – What’s the best wine for popcorn?

NY Times – Casey and Berkman – In Baseball, the Times Are Changing

Louisville Courier-Journal – Houston – Kids and fallout from Ashley Madison hack

NY Times – Kilgannon – In Fight for a Stretch of the Rockaways, Surfers and New Residents Collide

NY Times – Duke Kahanamoku, Legendary Surfer and Swimmer, Gets Google Tribute

Surfin USA

But when I retire, it will be because I cannot stare down one more watery vat of unseasoned grits, one more begrimed hotel toaster. If I wanted to make my own toast, I’d stay at home, not stand here in line with America’s future business leaders, a still-half-drunk wedding party, and an entire family reunion to use a toaster that shorted out in 1983.

Worst of all, though, is the abomination of the hotel biscuit. There is not enough congealing gravy in this world to cover the nastiness of a crunchy biscuit.

Southern Living – Bragg – The Abominable Biscuit


LA Times – Rocha – Los Angeles man files class-action lawsuit against Ashley Madison site

I Could Be The One

Call Me Al

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “2015 Travers Weekend Preview”


    1) organizing of info session/meeting/protests at MASON/NORWOOD OFFICE/,NOTLEY/LEGISLATURE
    over NDP racino policy while racing participants race season is occuring/prior to Oct 26 budget.

    2) barn roof repairs will they occur and was the 100+ pages of occupational health and safety documents (4 rulings against northlands noncompliance) used in the HBPA arbitration process

    3) northlands future plans come out in the fall/dialogue with management over future of live racing.

    4) why does HRA 2014 ANNUAL REPORT show only 13.1 million bet for live racing,when the thoroughbred live was 20 million, is this to discredit the efforts of the race operator/horsemen and the loyal race patrons who support live racing.

    5) century downs racing 50 days in 2016 per hra forecast, progress of overnight stalls/water/500 stalls constructed or training centers.

    6) 50%++++++++ of purse structure come from slot revenues,impact on racing if reduced or eliminated?

    7) any agreement is subject to HRA funding as is the agreement with northlands that ends dec 31/2016 will any reduced funding make it null and void?

    8) how much 2015 slot revenue will carry over to the 2016 season if NDP clawback,HRA severance packages? operator compensation? or make it economical to race.

    9) NDP EXIT STRATEGY will it provide compensation for backstretch workers/retraining and equine care/disposal/relocation and transportation costs for trainers?

    10) MAT states that AGM meeting minutes can be requested, can we be proactive to give copies for the 4 backstretch trainers reps for review for members not making the meeting/ ASHA board website provides summaries for the past meetings but HBPA bylaws prevent this from occuring!

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