Aug 302015

Ladies and gentlemen:

Start your excuses;

Form your opinions;

Lay your blame.

The history books, however, will tell an altogether different but epic tale about how a hallowed racetrack saw a brave performance from another Triple Crown horse but rewarded a winning one by Keen Ice. Everyone in American Pharoah’s camp was gracious in congratulating the winners. They made no excuses. Still, they were stunned.

“I’m not used to being in this position with him,” Baffert said of American Pharoah, who did everything but win. “It’s hard to digest right now.”

When he does, Baffert perhaps will realize the only thing American Pharoah lost here on Saturday was a horse race.

NY Times – Drape – Keen Ice Defeats American Pharoah at Travers Stakes

“My horse ran a hard race and to beat American Pharoah, that’s a good race.”

“We put him in the race and Javier rode him perfect,” Romans added. “He was never out of it and turning for home, you could almost tell he was going to win.”

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Keen Ice catches American Pharoah in Travers stunner

TwinSpires Blog – Pugh – Tonight is about Keen Ice

Bloodhorse – Novak – Keen Ice Springs Travers Upset on ‘Pharoah’

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Analysis | Keen Ice was sitting on Travers win

LA Times – Pedulla – American Pharoah might be retired after stunning loss in Travers

Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
Muhammad Ali


NY Times – Drape – After American Pharoah Is Dethroned, Baffert Has Plan to Cement His Place

Bloodhorse – Johnson – The Day After: No Regrets From Team ‘Pharoah’

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly –  Baffert: No decision on American Pharoah yet as the champ needs to ‘chill for a little bit’

Bloodhorse – Keen Ice Tired After Travers, ‘Classic’ Ahead

TwinSpires Blog – Ca;dwell – Keen Ice “tired” but well after Travers upset

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin -Loss Can’t Derail Pharoah Phenomenon

Show Must Go On

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
George S. Patton

ESPN – West – Victim of Circumstances

ESPN – Ehalt: Show might be over for American Pharoah

ESPN – Finley – There are no perfect horses

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Mark Twain

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Ali always said I would be nothing without him. But what would he have been without me?
Joe Frazier

Phil’s vignette of Canadians who made this a great country.

Hunter Brothers Farm Market

National Post – O’Connor – Terry Fox corn maze a tribute for the ‘amazing’ kid who ran by New Brunswick farm in 1980


Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.
Gerard Way

Superman’s Song


BHA chief executive Nick Rust said: “The benefits of delivering improvements to the race programme include a reduction in race clashes and gaps, better use of the available horse population, improvement in field sizes, retention and growth of horses in training, and the delivery of more competitive and compelling racing.
“As part of the industry’s strategy for growth we have set the target of adding 1,000 new horses in training by 2020. This consultation paves the way for us to be able to strike the right balance between staging the most appropriate racing opportunities for the horse population, whilst ensuring the race programme sets out aspirational career pathways.”

Racing Post – Eacott – BHA aim to shake up race planning approach

Bloodhorse – Navarro Mulling BC Dirt Mile for Private Zone

Bloodhorse – Balan – Private Zone Speeds to Forego Victory

We are always getting ready to live but never living.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ellis Park
Pick 6    $574.00
Emerald Downs
Pick 5    $4,376.00
Pick 6    $6,681.00
Fort Erie
Pick 5    $3,634.00
Super High Five     $1,542.00
Golden Gate Fields
Pick 6 Jackpot    $5,812.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $481,766.00
Los Alamitos  
Pick 6    $6,751.00
Monmouth Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $96,790.00
Prairie Meadows
Pick 5    $206.00
Presque Isle Downs
Pick 6    $877.00
Ruidoso Downs
Tri Super    $5,057.00
Pick 6    $557,887.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $116,717.00

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hastings Racecourse
Pick 6    $22,520.00

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Assiniboia Downs
Super High Five Jackpot    $2,931.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $5,011.00

Friday, September 4, 2015

Fair Grounds
Super High Five     $733.00
Pick 5 Jackpot    $722.00

Guaranteed Pools

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – McLaughlin on Frosted’s unplanned change of tactics: ‘unfortunate for us and maybe for American Pharoah too’ – See more at: #sthash.Pu8NO0Ew.dpuf


TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Island Town cruises in Smarty Jones at Parx

Bloodhorse – Island Town Crushes Smarty Jones Field

Breeders’ Cup Challenge

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 TurfOctober
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

Bloodhorse – Novak – Runhappy Romps to Record King’s Bishop Score

Bloodhorse – Site Read Favored in With Anticipation

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

ASD - home
Wednesday September 2, 2015 7:00 PM CDT
Friday September 4,  2015 7:00 PM CDT
Saturday September 5,  2015 7:00 PM CDT
Sunday September 6,  7:00 PM CDT
Monday September 7, 1:30 PM CDT

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Chilean Invader Dacita Takes Ballston Spa

TwinSpires – Reilly – Dacita makes winning U.S. debut in Ballston Spa: the next turf star for Chad Brown?


Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Friday , September 4, 2015 4:30 PM PDT
Saturday, September 5, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday, September 6, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Zayat: ‘Gut feeling’ to retire American Pharoah


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)
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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

Monday, August 31, 2015 4:00 PM PDT
Friday, September 4, 2015 7:00 PM PDT
Monday, September 7 , 2015 1:50 PM PDT



The Saskatchewan Derby ~ September 5th at Marquis Downs!

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Mark your calendars!  More details for the days event coming soon.

Nominations for the Saskatchewan Derby
$20,000 Guaranteed A STAKE FOR THREE YEARS OLD

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AARON’S THUNDER dk b/.g.3 B and K Racing Jamie Hartmann
AFLEET IN TIME dk b/.g.3 El Kardy, Fouad, Butz, Bob and Running Rabbit, Rick Robertino Diodoro
AZTEC KEY dk b/.c.3 Dialed In Racing Stable, Indyrock Racing and True North Stable Craig Robert Smith
BERGER BULLET b.g.3 Poitras Racing Stable Dennis Bird
HOLIDAY MAKER b.f.3 Wind Dancer Stable and Bill Meikle Brandi-Rae McDonald
KISSINTHETHEATER b.g.3 King, D. J. and Heppner, Dylan Robertino Diodoro
MR. MAGIC PLEASE b.g.3 Wind Dancer Stable and Bill Meikle Brandi-Rae McDonald
PREMIER WALL dk b/.g.3 Ed Esquirol, Bev Leonard and Jane Rusbridge Pat Murphy
SARAH’S PRINCE ch.g.3 Colin Ganter Don Blue
SATURDAYNITELITES b.c.3 Pink Cloud Racing Jamie Hartmann
VICTORY STORM dk b/.g.3 James H. Hoffman James H. Hoffman
WHOYOUGONNACALL dk b/.g.3 Dark Cloud Racing and Harrington Stable Jamie Hartmann


Friday , September 4 , 2015 7:05 PM SST
Saturday, September 5, 2015 7:05 PM SST




Nominations for the 22nd Running Of The Bird of Pay

22nd Running Of The Bird of Pay
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BESWICK dk b/.f.2 Al Pitchko Rodney J. Cone
BOOTLEGGERS WIFE (Beauregard) dk b/.f.2 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
HIGH DOLLAR GAL dk b/.f.2 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
LEENA dk b/.f.2 R & M Stable Robert A. MacDonald
MY KATHLEEN (Maragh) dk b/.f.2 Dialed In Racing Stable, Smokin Guns Stable and True North Stable Craig Smith
ONESTARATATIME dk b/.f.2 Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm Greg Tracy
RAISE A DANCER b.f.2 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
WILA’S SECRET dk b/.f.2 Barry & Tim Jeffrey Rick Hedge

Nominations for the 68th Running Of The Birdcatcher

68th Running Of The Birdcatcher
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
AWESOME SLATE (Maragh) ch.g.2 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
CREDITS GOOD dk b/.c.2 Dialed In Racing Stable, IndyRock Racing and Smokin Guns Stable Craig Smith
DESPARADO DANCER dk b/.g.2 Doug Clement and Darlene Harder Danny Jones
GO WILD b.g.2 Barb Saunders Dale L. Saunders
JAM N ADDY b.c.2 Twylla Bensmiller
KRISTOFFERSON dk b/.c.2 Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Tim Rycroft
MACHO NORTH b.g.2 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
MODERNOTIS dk b/.g.2 Derby Quest Farms Ltd., Shot In The Dark Racing Corp., Curtis & Darrell Landry Greg Tracy
MOONLIGHT MALICE ch.g.2 Mark Gems International Ltd. Jennifer Shafer
N. Y. SMOKE (Espitia 1) dk b/.c.2 Doug Blair Joan Petrowski
NORTHERNLOCOMOTIVE (Espitia 2) gr/ro.g.2 Mickey Demers, Gary Mailloux and Viking Stables Joan Petrowski
SCHRAMSON ch.g.2 J & G Murphy Holdings Ltd. Robert C. Kingston
SECRET WAY b.g.2 Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. Greg Tracy
VORACIOUS AFFAIR b.c.2 Al Pitchko Rodney J. Cone
WILKO WHISKY dk b/.c.2 Stronach Stables Wally T.M. Pugh
Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Wednesday September 2, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Friday, September 4, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, September 5, 2015 1:00 PM MDT
Monday, September 7, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

TwinSpires Blog – Post-race interview w/ Travers winner Keen Ice’s jockey Javier Castellano

TwinSpires Blog – Post-race interview w/ Travers winner Keen Ice’s trainer Dale Romans

TwinSpires Blog – Post-race interview w/ Travers winner Keen Ice’s owner Jerry Crawford

Upcoming  Stakes


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

TwinSpires Blog – Post-race interview w/ American Pharoah’s connections 

Time Loves A Hero

Derby Bar and Grill
From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter





Bloodhorse – Sheer Drama Plays Spoiler in Personal Ensign

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Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Unbridled Forever Rolls to First Grade I Win


TwinSpires Blog – Flintshire crushes them in the Sword Dancer, but will he come back for the Breeders’ Cup Turf?

Bloodhorse – Flintshire Flies Away From Sword Dancer Foes

2015 Sales Catalogue

2015 Yearling & Mixed Sale
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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Phone (604) 534-0145 Fax (604) 574-CTHS (2847)


Bloodhorse – Just Do It – by Tom LaMarra

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

Thoroughbred Internet – Max latest star from Lonray’s Journey

Floyd M Arthur

Countdown to 1,000 Wins


2 to go

Dale L “Colonel” Saunders

Countdown to 2,000 Wins


4 to go


Justin Stein

Countdown to 1,000 Wins


1 to go

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

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Johnson – Meet the father and son team so crucial to the Todd Pletcher operation

Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest


(until September 19)

(starting September 20)

Sign up at the information desk.

Northlands Park Jockey Standings – Top 10

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Rico W. Walcott 316 97 67 36 $994,319
2 Scott Williams 279 54 42 42 $553,096
3 Tony Maragh 234 37 29 39 $415,781
4 Shannon Beauregard 202 30 31 33 $350,940
5 Ismael Eluid Mosqueira 198 26 24 36 $313,428
6 Ruben Lara 216 19 31 29 $288,881
7 Quincy Welch 172 26 16 23 $285,205
8 Jorge Espitia 180 23 22 25 $241,796
9 Skyler White Shield 108 15 22 13 $176,794
10 Desmond Bryan 154 18 19 19 $171,654

Northlands Park Trainer Standings – Top 10

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Greg Tracy 201 55 39 24 $672,640
2 Tim Rycroft 207 33 27 36 $533,901
3 Joan Petrowski 229 18 29 25 $259,487
4 Dale L. Saunders 114 22 19 7 $253,794
5 Rodney J. Cone 198 28 21 22 $247,262
6 Craig Robert Smith 108 22 19 20 $189,956
7 Robertino Diodoro 47 15 6 5 $178,103
8 Dale Greenwood 78 11 16 11 $176,440
9 Jerri R. Robertson 89 11 15 17 $164,738
10 Ron Grieves 103 13 18 16 $154,356 – Anderson – Moody: Cobalt ‘blown out of proportion’

Phil has a question:

If there is no proof that cobalt is a performance enhancing substance, then why do some many trainers give it to their horses in various doses.

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Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Wright – The axe hovers overhead, but it’s carry on regardless at British racing’s funding HQ

Do not go gentle into that good night

Dylan Thomas, 19141953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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.

Better to fight for something than live for nothing.
George S. Patton

Phil was rather disappointed by the recent Alberta HBPA general meeting.

Less than 50 members including the board members showed up at a meeting that may be one of the most important meetings in recent thoroughbred racing history with the slot revenue split agreement with the province of Alberta set to expire March 31, 2016 and a new Sheriff in the Legislature.

The most cogent question asked was: “Who represents the interests of the thoroughbred racing industry in the negotiations for  the slot revenue split agreement with the province of Alberta.” After much tortuous, circular beating around the bush the question was left largely unanswered.

The 3 year term of the current HPBA Alberta representative expires August 31, 2015 and Alberta HBPA will be appointing a new representative to the Board since Bill 4: Horse Racing Alberta Amendment Act, 2014 (Campbell) has received Royal Assent but not yet been proclaimed Horse Racing Alberta still operates under the previous legislation that permits HBPA Alberta to have 1 Director on the Board of Horse Racing Alberta.  Stay tuned.

What Phil garnered reading between the lines and listening between the responses and comments is that the current CEO of Horse Racing Alberta still operates Horse Racing Alberta as her personal fiefdom and has made it her goal to ensure that harness racing in this province survives whether or not that is at the expense of the thoroughbred industry that contributes about 75% of the handle and 75% of the monies spent on the horse racing industry in this province. Like Phil has said before Shirley McClellan reminds me of the Jewish grandmother who had 2 chickens. One gets sick so she kills the healthy one to make soup for the sick one.

On Saturday, a day that Century Downs was exhibiting harness horses racing under saddle to attract fans the total handle was a whopping $70,947 for 11 races.

Phil has a question:

How does the thoroughbred industry get rid of Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur from Horse Racing Alberta so that the thoroughbred industry’s interests are represented in the negotiations with the provincial government.

Does Alberta HBPA have a representative for the Board of Horse Racing Alberta who is up to the task of standing up to Shirley McClellan’s bullying tactics.

Does Alberta HBPA have a representative for the Board of Horse Racing Alberta who is willing to advise Shirley McClellan that as CEO she is not member of the Board, she is not entitled to be present at the Board meetings unless invited and she is under the control of the Board.

What is faster: a jiggie running under saddle or the Undertaker scurrying down the hallway to tell the QKB what Phil said about her.

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.
George S. Patton

Steve Smith DVM advised the Alberta HBPA meeting that the new CPMA regulations for Clenbuterol take effect on September 1, 2015.

Changes to the elimination guideline of clenbuterol – June 18, 2015

This memo is to inform the horse racing industry of upcoming changes to the elimination guideline for clenbuterol.


  1. The current elimination guideline for the 0.40 milligrams (mg) oral dose given twice daily for 5 days of clenbuterol (Ventipulmin) contained in the 2011 edition of the Schedule of Drugs booklet will be increased from 72 hours to 168 hours (7 days).
  2. CPMA is temporarily removing the elimination guideline for the 0.30 mg intravenous single administration until further studies are completed.
  3. The 0.32 mg oral single administration will no longer have an elimination guideline.

There are several medications that may be used as alternatives for clenbuterol. The CPMA provides elimination guidelines for some of these substances in the 2011 Schedule of Drugs.

To allow ample time for the industry to adjust to the new elimination guidelines, these changes will come into effect on September 1, 2015 and will be reflected in the next version of the Schedule of Drugs booklet expected to be released later this year.

As always, the CPMA recommends that owners and trainers consult their own veterinarian for advice and guidance in the use of all drugs.

(Rande Sawchuk for) Steve Suttie
Executive Director
Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency

CPMA – Memo to Industry – Ractopamine in Feedstuffs Update

Standardbred Canada – August 27: Purina’s comments on the CPMA Ractopamine Update

The scariest element of the utterly misinformed memo from CPMA is that these are the people who control what producers can add to the foods that Canadians eat.

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.

Ronald Reagan

Chuck Wagon

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.

Another topic of interest at the Alberta HBPA General meeting was Horse Racing Alberta’s concerted efforts to get the thoroughbreds to race at Century Downs at Balzac.

Phil has a question:


Does Century Downs understand that the thoroughbreds attract more people to watch and wager and maybe stay and play.

Or are the jiggies so dissatisfied with the facility that they’ve got the CEO of Horse Racing Alberta working to get them back racing at Edmonton Northlands.

Stay tuned.

From what Phil has heard Alberta HBPA has provided Century Downs with a list of their requirements before they consider racing at Century Downs.

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Kawi Handy Winner of Makfi Challenge

2015 CTHS Sales Catalogue


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

Curtis Landry advised the HBPA Alberta meeting that he is working on a program similar to the Hastings Racing Club for Alberta for 2016.

They’ll be between 250-300 owners paying between $250.00 – $300.00 each to own and race a small number of thoroughbreds in 2016.

Stay tuned for details.

NY Times – Gray Matter – Yoeli and Rand – The Trick to Acting Heroically

Born To Run

That’s a pretty nice old Chervrolet pickup but Phil’s always been partial to:

International Harvester

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?
Send your views to
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.
Scott and Seth
“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.

CBC – Alberta government managers found guilty of manipulating contracts

Phil has a question:

Were these managers just magnanimously manipulating contracts or was there a quid pro quo.

What did the managers receive for manipulating contracts to give others an advantage.

When will the charges of offering and accepting bribes be laid.

When will these managers be fired.


NY Times – Sontag – Once a Pariah, Now a Judge: The Early Transgender Journey of Phyllis Frye

Bloodhorse – Valid Bounds Away to Iselin Victory

Fort Erie Race Track Logo

Somewhere amid the trash was a life lesson for a crushed 12-year-old about the way heroes can disappoint us. But that could wait for another day. We had a game the next night in Cleveland, 350 miles away, and we needed to hit the road. The Indians were giving away Michael Brantley bobbleheads, and we wanted to get there early.

NY Times – Lichtblau – In Sharing Baseball’s Joys, Mourning Something Lost

Bloodhorse – Balan – Stellar Wind Dominant in Torrey Pines

The Globe And Mail – Saunders – Green surprise: Why the world’s forests are growing back

FiveThirtyEight – One Way To Fight The California Drought: Study Trees

Since 1961, the average Canadian family’s total tax bill increased by 1,886 per cent, outpacing increases in food, clothing and shelter, according to the index.

The Globe and Mail – Hathout – Canadian families spend more on taxes than food, shelter: report

The Globe And Mail – Tait – Critics blast Alberta’s Blood Tribe leaders for salaries, expenses

Phil has a question:

Where does the money to pay these outrageous salaries and expenses come from.

FiveThirtyEight – Silver – Donald Trump Is Running A Perpetual Attention Machine

Mexican Radio

NY Times – Op-Ed – Krugman – Crash-Test Dummies as Republican Candidates for President

Superman’s Song

National Post – Rex Murphy: Duffy’s a lemon: What are we to do about the economy?

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
Mae West

The Globe And Mail – Martell and Sharp – Attempts by Ashley Madison to sell company failed before hack

NY Times – Perlroth – Ashley Madison Chief Steps Down After Data Breach

National Post – Edmiston – ‘This isn’t fun and games anymore’: Toronto Police issue stern warning to Ashley Madison hackers

NY Times – Bromwich – Ashley Madison Users Face Threats of Blackmail and Identity Theft

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.
Mae West

National Post – Kuitenbrouwer – Can a company fire employees whose names come up in Ashley Madison’s leaked database?


National Post – ‘This one hurts’: Kathleen Edwards appeals for return of her 1957 Les Paul guitar, stolen from her home

I Make The Dough, You Get the Glory

NY Times – Taubes – Diet Advice That Ignores Hunger



Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “The Only Duke Left in Town”


    CPMA memo to use of type A mills to prevent ractopamine positive tests prompts a response from PURINA to the cross contamination of dangerous drugs for racehorse safety in Standardbred Canada article. Hopefully DVM STEVE SMITH/DVM DALE GIBSON clarify this alarming issue!

    WEG shutdown the TURF LOUNGE in TO in upscale Bay Street area after being open since 2003 proving that the blue collar supporters outweigh the socialites who appear only for Derby / Plate days!

    FARMWORKERS UNION ALBERTA applauds the provincial government pledge to end exemptions to labour laws for employees of farms/ranches in issues of safety exempt from occupational health and safety and compensation in that no vacation pay is received!

    CALGARY NEXT CEO KING when asked if new area plan is in a floodplain, states that it flooded on the other side of the Bow river. That’s like believing that the tories would never get swept out by the Orange Crush!

    VIN SCULLY returns to call dodgers baseball for last year/ 67 in total,the old saying is that you get better with old age, unlike ex politicians who are overpaid lobbyists for a former government that should be turned out to pasture and retired but are awaiting their 3rd government source of income!

    WHITEMUD EQUINE CENTRE asks city of Edmonton for another 1.5 million for utilities/gravel road upgrade after getting 4 million for a new arena/when your 98 years old and Northlands is only 70 years old built in 1954 then the race industry has to wait 28 more years for city infrastructure funds!

    DOMTAR as parent company of CANADA CREOSOTE might be on the hook for site cleanup in Calgary After 20 years of racino funding prosperity (1996) will the HBPA be a able to proceed with lawsuits against the HRA/NDP GOVERNMENT for the financial mess in the racing industry future!

    EXCEL GUM/WRIGLEY COMPANY is rumoured to be having a FLOYD ARTHUR 1000 win celebration gum giveaway that hopefully rivals JP/BUBBLEGUM KID and BRUCE PHELAN gum giveaway in late 1990’s that benefits/ promotes the race industry,hopefully 1 million liability insurance is waived by NP!

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