Sep 022015

As Phil listens to and reads the owners, trainers, jockeys, interviewers, scribes et al trying to couch their language to not offend anyone in dissecting American Pharoah’s loss Phil’s reminded of an old phrase from the neighbourhood.


If the dog didn’t stop to take a shit, he’d a caught the rabbit.

Tact: to lie about others as you would have them lie about you.
Oliver Herford

Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

National Post – Boesvold – ‘I’m not going to shut up’: First Nations woman crowned Mrs. Universe urges Canadians to vote for new PM

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
Winston Churchill

Down on The Corner

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Gleneagles aims for BC Classic, potential clash with American Pharoah

Bloodhorse – Gleneagles Targets Breeders’ Cup Classic

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Three quick thoughts on Gleneagles and the BC Classic

American Pie



Saturday, September 5, 2015

Pick 6 Jackpot    $85,825.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $4,466.00
Ellis Park
Pick 5    $4,765.00
Super High Five     $908.00
Pick 6    $852.00
Fair Grounds
Pick 5 Jackpot    $765.00
Super High Five     $979.00
Golden Gate Fields
Pick 6 Jackpot    $15,124.00
Super High Five     $4,790.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $578,882.00
Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $1,003.00
Los Alamitos
Pick 6    $55,857.00
Marquis Downs
Pick 4    $1,302.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $7,871.00
Prairie Meadows
Pick 5    $701.00
Ruidoso Downs
Tri Super    $938.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $158,107.00

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fort Erie
Super High Five     $20,588.00

Monday, September 7, 2015

Hastings Racecourse
Pick 6    $33,028.00

Guaranteed Pools

Friday, September 4, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools


Bloodhorse – Ireland and the Thoroughbred

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – No Stability with Texas Commission Funding

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Deal Apparently Reached on Texas Funding

Bloodhorse – Precious – Cuomo Authorizes Further 1% Share to NYTHA


The Saskatchewan Derby ~ September 5th at Marquis Downs!

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

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Breeders’ Cup Classic Field Forms with Five

TwinSpires Blog – ON POINT: Breeders’ Cup Classic Intrigue Following Travers Upset

When You Were Young

Breeders’ Cup Challenge

Sep 5 Spinaway Stakes Saratoga Juvenile Fillies
Sep 5 T. Von Zastrow Stutenpreis Baden Baden Filly & Mare Turf
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 12 Pocahontas Stakes Churchill Downs Juvenile Fillies
Sep 12 Iroquois Stakes Churchill Downs Sentient Jet Juvenile
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 Awesome Again Stakes Santa Anita Park Classic
Sep 26 FrontRunner Stakes Santa Anita Park Sentient Jet Juvenile
Sep 26 Zenyatta Stakes Santa Anita Park Longines Distaff
Sep 26 Rodeo Drive Stakes Santa Anita Park Filly & Mare Turf
Sep 26 Chandelier Stakes Santa Anita Park Juvenile Fillies
Sep 26 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes Newmarket Juvenile Turf
Sep 26 Vosburgh Invitational Stakes Belmont Park TwinSpires Sprint
Sep 26 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Belmont Park Longines Turf
Date Race Name Track Division
Oct 2 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Keeneland TwinSpires Sprint
Oct 2 Darley Alcibiades Stakes Keeneland Juvenile Fillies
Oct 3 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Santa Anita Park TwinSpires Sprint
Oct 3 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes Keeneland Mile
Oct 3 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes Keeneland Filly & Mare Sprint
Oct 3 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes Belmont Park Filly & Mare Turf
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

ESPN – Simon -American Pharoah Lost, Get Over It!

TDN – American Pharoah Still Pointing to BC Classic

ESPN – Ehalt – American Pharoah’s owner pointing horse to Breeders’ Cup Classic

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Pride, heartbreak and a mind-boggling electricity: the week American Pharoah came to town

Piece of My Heart

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Pharoah’s bad day was a great one for racing

Lady and the Track – Smith – Weekend Stakes Replays: Keen Ice, Flintshire, Private Zone 

Bloodhorse – Whistling Past the Graveyard – by Evan Hammonds

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Why the Travers was a race American Pharoah didn’t have to lose

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Five Takeaways from Travers Stakes

ESPN – Duckworth – Chasing history

Make it a Good One

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

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Travers 146: Keen Karma

Calling All Angels

Bloodhorse – American Pharoah to Parade at Del Mar

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Travers Day Handle Just Shy of $50 Million

TwinSpires Blog – Moss – Triple Crown–while great–does not confer greatness on American Pharoah

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Winston Churchill

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – ‘One more day’ on Pharoah retirement decision

One More Night

Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.

Oliver Goldsmith

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Keen Ice camp wants American Pharoah rematch

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Saratoga Saturday Picks & Plays Sept. 5, 2015

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

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

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Record-setter Runhappy sets sights on Phoenix, Twinspires BC Sprint

EmD News & Notes-Thursday, Sept. 3



According to Bill Hoburg, Bh Lisas Boy still hasn’t run his best race.

Considering the Idaho-bred set a track record for 440 yards in the trials two weeks ago, it’s a scary thought for the competition in Sunday’s $60,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Championship Challenge.

At 440 yards, the Championship Challenge is the biggest race of the meet for Quarter Horses and the featured event on Sunday’s 10-race card.

In the first division of the August 23 trials, Bh Lisas Boy was timed in :21.492, defeating Chicks Special Angel by a half-length.

Chicks Special Angel, 16-for-26 lifetime and winner of last year’s Championship Challenge was timed in :21.583, making the 7-year-old mare the second fastest qualifier, while Flyin Lion, winner of the second trial in :21.712 is third fastest.

Bh Lisas Boy is 7-2-0 in 11 career starts with earnings of $43,584, and already has stakes wins at Sun Downs, Portland Meadows and Arapahoe Park. A 3-year-old gelding by Mighty Invictus, Bh Lisas Boy is owned and trained by Hoburg, a 62-year-old native of Kennewick, Wash., who says his horse is figuring things out.

“I got him broke and I wasn’t really impressed with him,” Hoburg said. “The first couple times I worked him, he was really slow. The first time I put him in a race, he broke last and he just screamed to the middle of the pack.

“Then, he re-broke again and won. I thought ‘oh my gosh, I guess this horse is fast.’ Coming off the pace is kind of his M.O. I’ve never seen this horse win gate-to-wire yet, and he could be really good if he breaks and goes on with it.”

Bh Lisas Boy would be the first 3-year-old to win the Championship Challenge. In fact, the “youngest” winners are Devon Dat Cash (2011) and Chicks Special Angel (2014), who were both 6-year-olds when they won the race. The other winners are 7-year-old A Royal Dervish in 2012 and 8-year-old Vodka With Ice in 2013.

Javier Matias, the rider on Bh Lisas Boy, is 7-for-13 in Quarter Horse races this season at Emerald Downs and unbeaten in four starts on Bh Lisas Boy.

“Javier has ridden him four times and won all four,” Hoburg said. “He’s a quiet, patient rider and follows directions really well.”

Bh Lisas Boy drew the No. 6 post, which is a lowly 1-for-27 at the meet.

Chicks Special Angel drew the No. 1 post-position, which is 0-for-4 in the first four runnings of the Championship Challenge, and 3-for-28 in Quarter Horse races this season at Emerald Downs.

Cascade Dynamite and Larryville drew the best posts—at least statistically. Cascade Dynamite breaks from the No. 7 post, which is 7-for-23 at the meet; Larryville gets the No. 8, a tidy 5-for-17 this season.

Bank of America Odds & Ends:

Of the 10 entrants, all but Larryville and Time for Jesse Lee have wins at Emerald Downs.

Alota Action finished third to Chicks Special Angel and Ambush Alley in last year’s race.

Snowbound Superchick, second to Vodka With Ice in 2013, missed last year’s race in favor of the Elko/AQHA Quarter Horse Challenge.

Alejandro Luna, rider on Time for Jesse Lee, has 40 career stakes wins at Los Alamitos including three wins in the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1).

The winner Sunday qualifies for the $350,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Lone Star Park on Saturday, November 7.

The field for Sunday’s fifth running of the $60,000 Bank of America Emerald Downs Quarter Horse Championship Challenge, Race 9, 6:09 p.m.: Chicks Special Angel, Eddie Aceves, 124 lbs; Snowbound Superchick, Luis Gonzalez, 124; Time for Jesse Lee, Alejandro Luna, 124; Alota Action, Martin Arriaga, 124; Patty Okey, Osvaldo Gonzalez, 124; Bh Lisas Boy, Javier Matias, 121; Cascade Dynamite, Ruben Camacho, 124; Larryville, Antonio Alberto, 124; Flyin Lion, Leonel Camacho-Flores, 124; Bellingham, Jose Zunino, 124.

August 23 Trials: 1-Bh Lisas Boy, 21.492; 2-Chicks Special Angel, 21.583; 3-Flyin Lion, 21.712; 4-Alota Action, 21.762; 5-Cascade Dynamite, 21.764; 6-Bellingham, 21.852; 7-Time for Jesse Lee, 21.862; 8-Snowbound Superchick, 21.937; 9-Patty Okey, 22.191; 10-Larryville, 22.239.

Friday , September 4, 2015 4:30 PM PDT
Saturday, September 5, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday, September 6, 2015 2:00 PM PDT – Sam Kavanagh guilty of Cobalt charges

National Post – Edmonton police see bleak future for people duped by bogus fortune tellers. Family paid $85K to lift curse

Phil has a question:

How many psychics or fortune tellers do you see lined up cashing their winning tickets at the track.


Labour Day Stakes Races / CTHS Sale

The Labour Day holiday weekend is the start of BC CTHS sale week. There are four $60,000 CTHS stakes races for the 2013 and 2014 CTHS sales graduates this upcoming Monday, September 7th. The four CTHS stakes races make up half of an exciting eight-race card that gets underway at 1:50 pm. The scene then shifts to Langley B.C. on Tuesday, September 8th as the 2015 sales yearlings will be parading for potential buyers beginning at 3:00 pm at the Thunderbird Show Park. The 87 yearlings in the catalogue will be up for auction the following day, Wednesday September 9th , commencing at 3:00 pm.



The PNE fair is in the final stages and Hastings will host its last Friday Night Live card of the season. There are seven races on tap and it was a little tough to find a feature event but I ended up going in depth on race number two which is the start of the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 which has a $28,000 carryover.

On the inside is the Tod Mountain Thoroughbred’s homebred Mini Fridge who is by Florida Derby winner Ice Box. He has trained well for his debut for leading trainer Mike Anderson and it would be no surprise if she were to run well tonight. David Lopez gets the riding assignment.

The Foundation Stable’s bred and own We’reasgoodasgold who was a solid runner-up against fillies two starts back. Her last race was with the boys and she really was never in a comfortable spot and finished in mid-pack. She’s in a better spot today and will be a top threat for trainer Robbie Anderson and rider Alex Marti.

Rob and Sheena Maybin’s Gogo Eileen finished third in behind We’reasgoodasgold the last time she raced in early August. She has worked well since (1:02 3/5) and could be an upset chance. Jeff Burningham gets the call.

Martin Miller’s P G Star has a series of decent works for her debut. She has an excellent pedigree being by Stormin Fever out of an Indian Charlie mare. Pedro Alvarado will be in the saddle for an excellent debut trainer Anita Bolton.

Stuart and May Carmichael and Dave and Sylvea Gregory will be teaming up with Smashing Dame who will be making her first career start. Gregory has done very well with two year olds in the past and this one could be live at first asking. Silvano Morales will be in the irons.

Fran and Mel Snow are sending out Sweet Home who has turned in some sharp morning drills in preparation for her first start. Amadeo Perez will climb aboard the daughter of Skimming.

JDP Holdings and Rick Hunter own Lady Cash who is down in class after tackling the best two year old fillies on the grounds in her latest. She has shown good run in her three starts to date and deserves respect against this group. Antonio Reyes will get a leg up from trainer Nancy Betts.

Helen Klimes and Lorie Henson own Ataleofninelives who raced a little greenly in her debut but will get blinkers for todays race. Lorie’s husband Steve trains the daughter of Alybro and has asked Richard Hamel to be at the helm.

Roy McLellan and Harold and Sandra Barroby will be trying to get their homebred Defreres Girl into the winner’s circle. She is bred to be better as the distances get farther. Mark Buchanan gets the call.

The action gets started at 7:00 p.m. and a reminder that the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 carryover sits at approximately $28,000. Racing resumes on the holiday Monday at 1:50 p.m. with four $60,000 CTHS sales stakes races.


Race 1 4 – Funbeforethestorm
2 – Oma
1 – Omega Victory
8 – Corporate Lass
4 – Funbeforethestorm
2 – Oma
Race 2 7 – Lady Cash
2 – We’regoodasgold
6 – Sweet Home
2 – We’regoodasgold
1 – Mini Fridge
4 – P G Star
Race 3 5 – What Goes Around
4 – Stoneridge Raider
6 – Stallman Pete
5 – What Goes Around
6 – Stallman Pete
4 – Stoneridge Raider
Race 4 2 – Ps Betting On You
4 – One to Believe
6 – Royal Briar
2 – Ps Betting on You
1 – Hesler
6 – Royal Briar
Race 5 2 – Similkameen Luke
1 – This is The Moment
7 – Cleared to Victory
7 – Cleared to Victory
1 – This is the Moment
2 – Similkameen Luke
Race 6 1 – Carson City Brown
6 – Contact Man
5 – Mattythebull
1 – Carson City Brown
5 – Mattythebull
6 – Contact Man
Race 7 5 – Clarisse B
3 – Rachael Run
2 – Zanita Rosae
5 – Clarisse B
3 – Rachael Run
2 – Zanita Rosae
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks

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

The Saskatchewan Derby ~ September 5th at Marquis Downs!

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

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

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P# PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Premier Wall (SK) Ed Esquirol, Bev Leonard and Jane Rusbridge 3/G G Gordon 126 P Murphy 3/1
2 Berger Bullet (ON) Poitras Racing Stable 3/G T Moccasin 126 D Bird 4/1
3 Sarah’s Prince (OH) Colin Ganter 3/G I C Wenc 126 D Blue 8/1
4 Whoyougonnacall (ON) Dark Cloud Racing and Harrington Stable 3/G S Samuel 126 J Hartmann 9/1
5 Victory Storm (AB) James H. Hoffman 3/G D Bryan 126 J H Hoffman 6/1
6 Aaron’s Thunder (CA) B and K Racing 3/G O Bennett 126 J Hartmann 7/1
7 Saturdaynitelites (KY) Pink Cloud Racing 3/C S Chadee Jr. 126 J Hartmann 5/1
8 Holiday Maker (KY) Wind Dancer Stable and Bill Meikle 3/F N Stephenson 123 B McDonald 5/2
9 Mr. Magic Please (VA) Wind Dancer Stable and Bill Meikle 3/G F Razack 126 B McDonald 10/1


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Saskatoon Express – August 31, 2015




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

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Keen Ice Owner Displays Class in Winning Travers

Entries for the 22nd Running Of The Bird of Pay

22nd Running Of The Bird of Pay
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PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Bootleggers Wife (FL) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 2/F S Beauregard 117 T Rycroft
2 Raise a Dancer (WA) Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. 2/F L S Williams 117 G Tracy
3 Beswick (CA) Al Pitchko 2/F L R Lara 117 R J Cone
4 Leena (AB) R & M Stable 2/F I E Mosqueira 117 R A MacDonald


Entries for the 68th Running Of The Birdcatcher

68th Running Of The Birdcatcher
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PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Moonlight Malice (AB) Mark Gems International Ltd. 2/G L I E Mosqueira 118 J Shafer
2 Kristofferson (KY) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 2/C R W Walcott 118 T Rycroft
3 Awesome Slate (KY) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 2/G T Maragh 118 T Rycroft
4 N. Y. Smoke (KY) Doug Blair 2/C J Espitia 118 J Petrowski
5 Credits Good (FL) Dialed In Racing Stable, IndyRock Racing and Smokin Guns Stable 2/C L D Nelson 118 C R Smith
6 Schramson (AB) J & G Murphy Holdings Ltd. 2/G L R Lara 118 R C Kingston
7 Go Wild (AB) Barb Saunders 2/G Q Welch 118 D L Saunders
8 Secret Way (IN) Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. 2/G L S Williams 118 G Tracy

Entries for the Speed To Spare Stake

Speed To Spare Stake  Purse $75,000.

A Weight For Age Stakes For Three Year Olds & Upward.

One And Three Eighth Miles.

P# PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Wild Legend (AB) Barb Saunders 4/G S Williams 126 D L Saunders 10/1
2 For Cash (AB) Southview Ag (1998) Ltd. 5/G L R W Walcott 126 D Greenwood 9/5
3 Classic Crusader (CA) Tom Rycroft 6/G L T Maragh 126 T Rycroft 4/1
4 Toccetive (KY) Southview Ag (1998) Ltd. 6/G L S Beauregard 126 D Greenwood 15/1
5 Wild Crush (AB) Barb Saunders 7/G L D Bryan 126 D L Saunders 12/1
6 Deadly Truth (LA) Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. 5/G L Q Welch 126 G Tracy 10/1
7 Killin Me Smalls (ON) Deltin Stable and Ed Welsh 5/G L R Lara 126 E J Keller 2/1
8 Bodhisattva (CA) Jose Corrales and Pam Am Racing 3/C L I E Mosqueira 120 W T Pugh 12/1


Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Friday September 4, 2015

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Saturday September 5, 2015

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Monday September 7, 2015

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

ESPN – Cronley – Going Hollywood

TwinSpires Blog – Pugh – McLaughlin Says Lezcano Ride May Have Cost Frosted a Travers Win

Phil has a question:

Does McLaughlin believe that if Lezcano does not press American Pharoah the Phantom Speed would.

If Lezcano does not press American Pharoah how many open lengths would American Pharoah have beaten Frosted by.

Did the QKB send McLaughlin a couple of pairs of those distorted rose coloured glasses.

Show Me How To Live

Lady and The Track – Park – Final Stretch Festival & Woodward Stakes at Saratoga

Summer’s Almost Gone

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Beware the Value Play

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Potential value plays in Saturday stakes

Phil’s gotta swaller some week old crow. Travers week he raised the Red Flag over Macatangay’s calling Unbridled Forever the value choice in the Ballerina and sure as shooting Unbridled Forever pays $8.80, $4.20, $2.90.

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

This Weekend’s Stakes

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 – Macatangay – Rachel’s Valentina May Fly in Spinaway

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Could Rachel Alexandra’s daughter prove to be a chip off the old block?

Bloodhorse – Novak – Rachel’s Valentina, Tonasah Head Spinaway

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Rachel’s Valentina, Pretty N Cool lead coast-to-coast juvenile action

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Isabella Sings Tuned for Boiling Springs

Lady and the Track – Smith – Trainer Liam Benson Has Life Figured Out



 New Stride Annual General Meeting

Wednesday September 2 at 6:30 PM PDT

Ricky’s Grill

1090 Lougheed Highway

Coquitlam, British Columbia

Everyone is welcome, snacks and refreshments will be served.

Lady and the Track – Ward – Eleven Two-Year-Olds Take On Del Mar Debutante

Bloodhorse – Balan – Del Mar Debutante Field Talented and Diverse

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Prospect Park, Soul Driver meet for 3yo turf supremacy at Del Mar; Prize Exhibit tries to KO elders in Yellow Ribbon

Bloodhorse – Balan – La Jolla Rivals Challenge Prospect Park Again

Derby Bar and Grill
From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter





Hastings News by Greg Douglas

Hastings Wrap-up For September 4—-Richard Yates

It was a nice Friday night at historic old Hastings Racecourse. The calendar said it was still summer while the cool evening air said fall is not far away. The Friday night crowds continue to be good despite their having to run the obstacle course that is the PNE. Although it must be noted that the PNE is allowing our Friday night people free access for the last hour or two. We are grateful for any acts of kindness.


Three jockeys, Alexander Marti, Pedro Alvarado and Amadeo Perez, each won two races on the card. The Pick 6 carried over again as there was no single winning ticket. There is now $33,000 and a little waiting to be won by anyone capable of finding 6 winners that no one else can. Monday’s play could easily push the pot past $40,000. That ain’t working, that’s the way you do it, you get your money for nothing, you get your check and flee.

Oma: Oh My, It Was Close


The opener, a 3 ½ furlong jaunt over the Baby Course for two-year-olds, went to Oma ($9.00) in a head bob with Stormy Days after the two of them fought a pitched battle that lasted the length of the stretch. Omega Victory, the lone gelding in the field with seven fillies, closed nicely to be third. The short journey took 40.54 seconds.

Oma, was bred in British Columbia by Clinton Gore and is owned by Gore, Beatrice Symington and trainer Deidre Bell. The winner is a daughter of Cause to Believe and is out of the Storm Victory mare Lucile’s Storm. Alexander Marti was in the irons for his first of two wins on the night.

P G Star Wins, But Not By Far


The second featured another stirring stretch drive between the winner, P G Star ($16.10), and the 18-1 longshot, Sweet Home. The two-year-old fillies went six furlongs in 1:13.95 with P G Star prevailing by a nose over Sweet Home with Lady Cash another length and a little back in third. Pedro Alvarado rode the winner to kick off a back-to-back riding double.

P G Star had to discourage the favored We’regoodasgold on the front end and, after doing so, had to hold off Sweet Home who came through on the rail only to come up a nose short at the wire. Lady Cash closed well from mid-pack after being in the middle of the track around the first turn.

Martin Miller bred the winner and continues to own the foaled in BC daughter of Stormin Fever. Anita Bolton trains.

What Goes Around Comes Around


The third on the card was a $4,000 claimer for older horses who had never won three races. What Goes Around ($6.40) got around the three turns it takes to generate a mile and a sixteenth at Hastings in 1:45.78 and that was fast enough for a near two-length margin over runner-up Burnaby Baron. Stoneridge Raider came from last to finish third, a head behind Burnaby Baron.

What Goes Around was harassed on the front-end by Stallman Pete for three-quarters of a mile before discouraging that one and finding enough to stay clear the rest of the way home. Pedro Alvarado had the call and made the most of it.

The winner was bred in this province by his owners, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Bennett. He is by Finality, out of a Mass Market mare.

Ps Bettin On You: The Favorite Comes Through


Sent off as the strong favorite, Ps Bettin On You ($4.50) got the job done with relative ease while finishing 4 lengths clear of Hesler in second and almost 8 in front of the third place Royal Briar. The winner required 1:17.54 to complete the 6 ½ furlong dash for three-and-up $8,000 maiden claimers.

Ps Bettin On You turned back a challenge from One to Believe after going a half mile in 46.11 and was never in any danger of losing after that.   Amadeo Perez was aboard for the win.

Ps Bettin On You was bred in British Columbia by S. Telford and W. Rudnick and was raced by Telford Farms and Wendy J. Kruger. The winner, by Forest Grove out of the Vying Victor mare Low Key Affair, went to a new home after the race. He was trained by Cindy Krasner.

Similkameen Luke Runs Fast


Similkameen Luke ($5.00) took the fifth but the horses chasing him will be willing to testify that he ran fast, 1:16.69, on his way to an emphatic wire-to-wire win over a field of three-and-up non-winners of two running for a $4,000 tag. This Is the Moment ran a good second without ever for one minute looking like he was going to beat the winner. Holy Cheroot closed to be a distant third. The win completed a riding double for Alexander Marti.

The winner was bred in BC by Russell Brooker and is owned and trained by William Konyk Jr.

Mattythebull Horns In On The Win


The sixth and penultimate race of the evening was one of several $4,000 claimers that graced the card and it was won by Mattythebull ($8.50) who managed to run down the heavily favored Carson City Brown late in the proceedings while finishing a head to the good. Western Who closed from last to be third but was more than 7 lengths back of the first two. The 6 ½ furlong sprint went in 1:17.21.

Antonio Reyes put Carson City Brown on the lead right out of the gate and after he discouraged Imdadudewitatitude following a half in a comfortable 46.41, he looked for a moment to be home and dry. But Mattythebull had launched a bid going into the final turn that would get him home safely if narrowly. Antonio Reyes timed it just right for the win.

The winner is a Kentucky bred owned by Wayne Stable, Morris Peter, Ian Guthrie, Warren Wilson and Ashley krisman. Steve Henson trains.

Zanita Rosae Has Her Way


The nightcap went to Zanita Rosae ($9.30) who came from a distant fourth in the early going to rather handily take over in the stretch from the pace-setting Kiri’s Gal and move away to a near two-length win over that one. The favored Clarisse B closed from last to be third but failed to worry the winner. With Amadeo Perez aboard for his second win on the night, Zanita Rosae covered the 6 ½ furlongs in a very respectable 1:17. 01.

Sandra Loseth bred and trains the winner. Sapphire Stables owns Zanita Rosae and she has been a gem of consistency for them, having now won 5 of 17 starts while finishing second another 4 times.

Also Noteworthy:

Pedro Alvarado’s double reduced Richard Hamel’s lead in the jockey standings, but Hamel still has 52 victories for the season and an 8 win margin over Alvarado. Keishan Balgobin continues to occupy third with 33 wins.

Mike Anderson leads the trainers with 25 wins, five more than Troy Taylor and Craig MacPherson. Barbara Heads has moved into sole possession of fourth with 14 races won.

Swift Thoroughbreds still tops the owners with a dozen wins while Mark DeDomenico LLC and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company are tied with Russell and Lois Bennett at 11 apiece.

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Could BC Turf Sprint be on the horizon after Lady Shipman sails to course record?

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Departing Tops More Than Ready Mile


Bloodhorse – Angst – Decisive Moment Back in Presque Isle Mile

Bloodhorse – Balan – Prize Exhibit Takes on Older in Yellow Ribbon

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 – Espinoza Fined for Wearing Promo Material

Phil has a question:

If Espinoza received anything more than the $15,000.00 he was fined is he not a winner.

Victor Espinoza embarrassed himself. Maybe he began to take himself a little too seriously after becoming the first Triple Crown jockey in 37 years, or becoming a “Dancing With the Stars” celebrity.

Rather than accusing Jose Lezcano of “trying to hurt American Pharoah,” he should have taken a page from the Zayat’s book, or Bob Baffert’s, for that matter, who all handled the loss graciously, as crushed as they must have been at the time.

To their credit, they didn’t look for excuses, never came close to making one up the way Espinoza did. Ahmed Zayat spoke only of his horse not performing “like the American Pharoah I know.”

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Travers Aftermath Deserved Better From Espinoza

I Felt The Chill

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

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Familiar Names for ‘PA Day at the Races’ Card

Floyd M Arthur

Countdown to 1,000 Wins


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Dale L “Colonel” Saunders

Countdown to 2,000 Wins


3 to go

Justin Stein

Countdown to 1,000 Wins


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

Bloodhorse – Churchill Downs Plans $18 Million in Upgrades

Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest


(until September 19)

(starting September 20)

Sign up at the information desk.

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Kentucky Downs features three lucrative stakes, $1.585 million in purses on opening-day program

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Cavorting may need her running shoes in Prioress

Bloodhorse – Novak – Cavorting Drops a Level to Prioress

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.

ESPN – West – Pharoah’s situation personifies horse racing’s problems

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 has issued a Clarification of its August 21, 2015 Memo

Ractopamine in Feedstuffs – Clarification

This is further to the notices to industry issued by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) regarding the use of ractopamine in feedstuffs and, more specifically, the August 21, 2015 update respecting the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Canadian Ractopamine Free Certification Program and the identification of Type A commercial feed facilities.

The CPMA wishes to clarify that the CFIA’s Type A commercial feed facility designation is limited to the drug ractopamine and means that the feed facility does not have ractopamine on its premises. However, it is important to note that this designation does not prevent such a facility from having other drugs on its premises that may be prohibited under the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervisions Regulations (the Regulations).

In addition, Type A commercial feed facilities are not the only feed facilities that do not use ractopamine. There are other feed mills that do not have this designation that may be drug free and therefore would not have ractopamine on their premises.

The CPMA does not endorse any particular type of facility and does not provide any type of guarantee with respect to any feed supplier, its products or its facilities. It remains the responsibility of owners and trainers to ensure that the horse feed and supplements they use are free from substances that may result in a positive test under the Regulations.

CPMA – Memo to Industry – Ractopamine in Feedstuffs Update

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

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.

Bloodhorse – Porter – Smart Strike Stallion Sons

Thoroughbred Internet – Saratoga Super for Saver

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Dream of Me, It’s High Time return for second leg of Florida Sire Stakes 

2015 CTHS Sales Catalogue


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

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – Half-term report: Tapit, Dubawi and Frankel take centre stage as market bodes well for the big autumn sales


Born To Run

We Rode In Trucks

Lady and The Track – Laughter – Woodward Stakes Promises a Good Horse Race

Bloodhorse – Woodward Stakes Field Could Prove Intriguing

Bloodhorse – Angst – Back to Business for Liam’s Map in Woodward

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Is Liam’s Map vulnerable to bounce in the Woodward?

Fan appreciation

LAST CHANCE!  Live racing and Saratoga and Del Mar meets come to a glorious conclusion on Labour Day Monday. There’s live racing tonight at 7 p.m. then enjoy fan appreciation perks at the Festival of Racing weekend Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Sunday night’s special card at 7 p.m. features the Winnipeg Futurity, Gold Cup, Manitoba Matron and the longest race of the meet followed by a free country concert.  Monday’s card at 1:30 p.m. showcases the Buffalo Stakes for Manitoba babies. (Note there is no live racing Friday night.)

Bullet briefs . . .
• $509,000 carryover in Gulfstream’s Rainbow 6 this aft
• American Pharoah’s halter fetches $7,600 for Alyssa
• Kives responds to trainer’s “I was fired” comment
• Crunch time:  Who’s gonna win title of top trainer, top jock?
• ASD meet has “cleanest” riding record in memory
• Pharoah falters.  So what?  So did Secretariat
• Players mourn loss of friendly face
Who’s your money on? 

One of these jockeys and one of these trainers will be honoured in the Winner’s Circle Monday afternoon for having more wins than their rivals.

The trainer race is particularly tight.  Will Tom Gardipy Jr. win his third training title?  Will Tanya LIndsay become only the second female to win the title?  Will Jared Brown finally break through?

New Jersey bidder buys American Pharoah halter for $7,600 (U.S.)
Donations to paralyzed jockey Alyssa Selman, including halters of American Pharoah, Zenyatta and Shaman Ghost, raised $13,733 U.S. when the items were posted on eBay for a 10-day bidding run.  A bidder in New Jersey bought Pharoah’s halter for $7,600, the highest bid when the auction ended Sunday evening.  Jim Roberts wins The Insider’s “predict the highest bid” contest with a bid of $6,666.  He wins $50 in wagering vouchers and the Downs will donate $50 on his behalf to the Alyssa Selman Trust Fund.  See all predictions here.  Thanks to all who entered!
(And yours truly wins a $10 bet that the bidding would go higher than $6,000. I estimate the true value of the Pharoah halter to be $15,000 so the buyer got a bargain.)
Nets $7,600
Here are the winning eBay bids:
–American Pharoah halter – $7,600
–Zenyatta halter – $3,050
–Shaman Ghost halter – $400
–Secretariat Program – $840
–Gary Stevens package – $501
–Arlington Park package – $217.50
–Autograph package – $1,125.25
See a description of all sold items here.


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Simple tips for winning
(pass it on)

• Fan appreciation discounts on programs, food and gift
shop merchandise

• Saturday gives you a final chance to earn a trip to Vegas
• Get your free collectible All-Star Derby card while
quantities last
• Sunday racing at 7 p.m. features three important stakes:
the Gold Cup, Winnipeg Futurity, Manitoba Matron
and marathon race.
• A free “Manitoba Express” country concert follows with
the artists at the right
• Labour Day racing at 1:30 p.m. features the Buffalo
Stakes and Family Fun for kids

As part of fan appreciation, you’ll get 10 TIMES the normal Player Rewards points on all your wagers from Saturday to Monday!  Plus, if you sign up for a new HPI account, $50 WILL BE DEPOSITED IN YOUR ACCOUNT AND YOU WILL RECEIVE 10,000 PLAYER REWARD POINTS!
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Hottest jock: Chavion Chow (6 wins)
Hottest trainer: Shelley Brown (3 wins)
Biggest payoff: Tapadero $20.60 (Fri. 6th)
Biggest 20-cent superfecta: $102 (Fri. 7th- 8-4-7-3)
BOB’S BLOG TODAY: This week Bob reflects on memories of the Downs, like the playing of “Bridge on the River Kwai” over the loud-speaker system reminding punters that horses were nearing the starting gate – and others!  Join Bob on a nostalgia binge here.

YOU NAMED ME WHAT?  Where’s My Voucher — a 3-year-old gelding racing at Emerald Downs that strikes panic in the hearts of horseplayers who use the touchtote self-serve betting terminals.  I don’t know how many times I’ve forgotten a voucher in a terminal, usually to rescue it in the nick of time or have some thoughtful samaritan realize it’s mine and return it to me.  My last left-behind voucher loss was about $200 on Manitoba Derby Day.
Bob Mayberger/ZUMA Press photo
So American Pharoah phaltered and lost to Keen Ice.  So what?  The mighty Secretariat had his “off” race at Saratoga, the graveyard of champions, too, losing to Onion in a 1973 race you can watch here.
The buzz now is about Pharoah meeting Beholder, the mare who crushed the boys in Del Mar’s Pacific Classic, in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland at the end of October. Let’s hope all the pieces fall into place for that dream confrontation.
Team Cumberbrown on the march
Shrewd training by Shelley Brown and skilled riding by Renaldo Cumberbatch have combined to produce a bunch of recent race winners, the latest of which were Mighty Bear and Play Book last Saturday. Can I say it?  Watch out for Team Cumberbrown next season.  It’s likely to be a team to be reckoned with.  Remember, Shelley won the leading trainer title in 2012, the first female ever to do so at the Downs.
Kirt Contois

RACE-CALLER’S “SECRET” CHEER:  When ASD’s leading rider, Chavion Chow, is bringing home another winner, there’s likely a big starburst “yes” flashing in the brain of the person who’s calling the race, Kirt Contois. That’s because Kirt is Chavion’s agent who books his mounts in the mornings and gets a 25 per cent cut of Chavion’s winnings. So, if Chavion goes on to earn the title of leading jockey and appears in the Winner’s Circle to receive a trophy Monday, the proudest person in the place is likely to be the guy behind the microphone in the press box.

JOCKS CAN TAKE A BOW FOR A CLEAN-RIDING SEASON:  Does anyone recall such a clean-riding race season?  Stewards meted out only two fines for riding infractions the entire season.  Apprentice Rasheed Hughes, who now is recovering from a broken leg suffered during

Kaitie Mann

a workout, was fined $200 in June for careless riding by impeding a horse and Tyrone Nelson was fined $200 for allowing his horse to drift over, impeding another horse.  None of the top five jocks who have ridden the majority of the races has been cited for anything.

LOTS TO BE PROUD ABOUT:   Lori Mann is not only a winning horse owner (Let Er Rip Stable: 18-4-4-3) but is the proud mother of a 16-year-old daughter, Kaitie, who cuts a majestic figure aboard an Arabian horse. Kaitie placed first for showmanship in a Manitoba competition and among the top 10 in the junior showmanship category of the Canadian National Arabian Horse Championships in Brandon recently.

SPOTTED AT THE RACES — Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman with an entourage betting the races Wednesday on the third floor grandstand.  From up there, like Caesar in a Roman coliseum, Bowman could survey the city he runs and see the tall buildings on Portage and Main.

VLT tourney winner Kerry Sampson receives $250 from Roseanne
SMASHING PIGS BRINGS HOME THE BACON:  Kerry Sampson, a purchaser for the regional health authority, was all smiles Saturday in the Club West Gaming Lounge as he pocketed $250 after picking up just enough winnings playing Smash the Pig to become the monthly champion.  The free games continue after live racing tonight, then 8 p.m. Friday (there is no live racing) and on Saturday after the races.  When live racing ends, the tourneys will continue every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Gary Fournier
SAD LOSS:   On Sunday, Aug. 23, Gary Fournier, 75, was happily doing what he enjoyed most — playing the races in the Race Book — and being his usual friendly self.  On Tuesday, he was gone, succumbing to a heart attack and everyone felt the lesser because of his loss.  The former manager of the Westwood Village Inn and a great singer to boot (he sang at public gatherings), Gary had shown a lot of wisdom in his horseplay and was a regular contributor to Saturday’s workshops.  Last Saturday evening Smitty’s was packed with mourners who shared stories of a man who meant so much to them. His special brand of kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity will live on in the hearts of many.

WANTED:  Your mug shot to add to the final frame
 A $50 entry fee into Saturday night’s horseplayer tourney could do it.  You bet $2 win/place on each live race Saturday and if you accumulate the biggest bankroll among about 50 or 60 players, your mug gets inserted and you’re in line to win up to $600,000 in a Vegas tournament. Not to mention bragging rights for the rest of the year. (Isn’t this the best opportunity in town for such a small outlay?)

Readers write . . .
Kives responds to trainer’s “I was fired” comment
Dear Ivan:  I am writing this letter to respond to comments made by Heather Wallerstedt that she was fired. It is correct that Heather will not be the trainer for K-5 Stables in the 2016 race season but Heather was not fired, she continues to train K-5 Stables’ horses and will do so until the end of the 2015 racing season (Sept. 7). I acknowledge that statistically Heather’s record is impressive. It should be, considering the pedigree quality of K-5 Stables’ horses. The decision to not ask her back to train in 2016 is because of what I found to be a lack of communication. Heather did not keep me regularly informed on the progress of my horses. I never knew when the horses would be worked so that I could go to the track to watch, nor did she keep me informed about the races my horses were being entered into. As the owner I want to be included in the horse racing experience and this was not happening. I thank Heather for her efforts this year and wish her well in her future endeavors.”Phil Kives, K-5 Stables
Dear Ivan:  Congratulations on your 500th edition! I look forward to reading it every week and find out lots of interesting and fun facts, also enjoy the contests although I don’t always enter. Other tracks ARE missing out by not having something similar. Keep up the great job you are doing!” — Tanis Atras, Oakbank.” 
Say, partner:  We have a Black Diamond cowboy hat at the farm in Ocala just looking for a new owner. Maybe in celebration of your 500th edition of The Insider we can make it your prize? Your effort to widen our fan base does not go unnoticed, even to the horsemen in the Horse Capital of the World, Ocala, Florida.” — W. G. Wind, Ocala, Florida

Bloodhorse – Novak – Takeover Target Heads Saranac

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.

This is Horse Racing – Nielsen’s winning formula

NY Times – Asimov – Pouilly-Fuissés With an Identity Crisis

The Globe And Mail – Crosariol – Oenology’s ABCs: A crash course in the foundation grapes that beginners start with and masters return to

Every time you read or hear some hoity toid sniffing or tasting or describing their wine or other spirits it’s always some exotic combination like chocolate with a hint of vanilla and in the background blackberries and cherries and in the foreground a load of bullshit. Well, Phil has a better line to describe the various aromas and flavours of wine and other spirits. Phil’s borrowing from a recent novel he just read – Bull Mountain of course.

Vanilla, oak and bad decisions.

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Can BC’s Swift Thoroughbred and Partners’ Goldy Espony lull them to sleep again with fractions slower than jiggies under saddle as she shoots for her fourth win, third stake win and second graded stake win in a row in Saturday’s Glen Falls GIII going 1 3/8 miles on the Saratoga turf.

Bloodhorse – Balan – Goldy Espony on Streak Entering Glens Falls

Speaking of gold Phil was sure that Clear the Mine had to be a Charles E Fipke horse but it turns out to be ownd by Albertans Jim and Susan Hill. Clear the Mine makes his maiden debut on Saturday September 6, 2015 in Saratoga’s 7th race, a MSW going 7 furlongs on the dirt for $83,000US.

Charles E Fipke does have one in that race as well: Spikes Shirl.

Ever notice how $83,000US purses for MSWs can fill races.

Bloodhorse – Riker Aims for Third Straight Win in Swynford

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Ageless, Living The Life Return for Masters

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Azar breaks maiden in With Anticipation

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Magna Light No Longer in Dark for Hopeful Stakes

Bloodhorse – Angst – Top Sanford Runners Meet Again in Hopeful

NY Times – Lopez – Fernando Valenzuela Quietly Affirms His Status as a U.S. Citizen

LA Times – Groves – Caltrans proposes wildlife overpass on 101 Freeway

The Globe and Mail – Reuters – Penn West to cut 35% of work force, suspend dividend on oil slump

National Post – Shmuel – Canada officially in a recession as GDP shrinks 0.5% in second quarter

Phil’s Drink and A Flick:


Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

And Then He Kissed me

The Globe and Mail – Carrick – Here’s a list of terms in the financial industry that need some monitoring

LA Times – King – Cinecon 51 refocuses on film, with Stooges, Arbuckle, Laurel and Hardy rarities

Games Without Frontiers

There is no reason Roger Goodell should remain as commissioner of the NFL. His pursuit of Tom Brady and the Patriots for what remains an alleged misdemeanor on a par with corked bats or excessively curved hockey sticks has managed to demolish the powers of his office as regards disciplining the players in the league. (Goodell already was halfway to demolishing those powers with his bungled handling of the Ray Rice situation.) It has exposed him as a faithless and arbitrary jefe presiding over a banana republic of his own mind. And he used one of the NFL’s signature players, a guy who really is everything the NFL claims to want in its players, to do it.

Grantland – Pierce – Brady Freed, Shield Dented: The NFL Gets a Judicial Smackdown

Phil has a question:

If Grantland founder Bill Simmons was suspended for calling Roger Goodell a liar what will calling el jefe imbecil a bumbling buffoon get you.

NY Times – Powell – Found to Overstep Authority, Goodell Pays the Price

NY Times – Belson – Tom Brady’s Four-Game N.F.L. Suspension Overturned by Judge

NY Times – Judge’s 40-Page Ruling in Dismissing Tom Brady Suspension

NY Times – Belson – With No Settlement, Judge Will Decide Tom Brady’s Case

A significant shift is needed in Canada to better understand consumers. We have seen some innovation, but not nearly enough. Most new products have been developed to respond to supply-focused needs and relied on a push-driven strategy. Better analytics, better research and more market-based innovation can only lead to more prosperity for the sector.

The Globe And Mail – So we drink less milk – let’s understand why

National Post – Leitch – The NFL is starting to look like the tobacco industry

With the concussion issue hounding the NFL it looks like Goodell is milking Deflategate for all the distraction he can. Can you smell the ink drying on the appeal papers.

NY Times – Belson – Sony Altered ‘Concussion’ Film to Prevent N.F.L. Protests, Emails Show

Closer To The Edge

LA Times – Kaplan – When you mix classic movie lines with nerd humor, you get #scienceamoviequote

NY Times – Manjoo – Hacking Victims Deserve Empathy, Not Ridicule

Dirty Laundry

The Bitter Southerner – Rehagen – Forever Bluegrass

From a Rolls To The Rails

NY Times – Severson – Dora Charles Moves On From Paula Deen, and Makes It All About the Seasoning

NY Times – Clark – The Tomato Sandwich Perfected

Phil has a question:

How many farmers need a recipe for a Tomato Sandwich.

Homegrown Tomatoes

LA Times – Fenno -Kings’ Slava Voynov goes from jail to immigration custody in domestic violence case

Hotel California

The Northern

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “2015 Labour Day Weekend Preview”


    ASHA yearling sale with 66/72 Alberta bred on Friday AT Olds. will the CEO pull a big rabbit out of the hat or will BALZAC BILLY cast a shadow for a long winter ahead for the entire horse race industry?

    PENN WEST cuts 35% workforce/400 jobs while board compensation drops 40% wasn’t tenile a former board member and wouldn’t it be appropriate if she took a pay cut waiting for her 125K+ severance $$$!

    NORTHLANDS’ PRESIDENT TIM REID’S presentation of team work/leadership called THIRD AND TWO versus HRA/CEO vision of THIRD AND 50 DAYS attempting to punt thoroughbreds from northlands with a valid agreement until Dec 31/2016 with a slew of financial hardship to HBPA Alberta racing participants!

    NORTHLANDS website with the four new VP’S show impressive resumes,however no pictures?

    ALBERTA CALGARY/FOOTHILLS by-election tomorrow. Will the voters send a political message?

    COLONEL’S 2000 training win celebration is rumoured to be scaled back with a bucket of beer from the PARKLAND liquor store and a trip over to KFC! The carton of Players has been nixed by the health police.

    GOLDEN GAVEL AWARD UPDATE/TRAVIS CULLEN gets 3 excessive urging/1 kicking but fines are considered mulligans in the race since they occurred in PEI not ALB/where $200 fines are considered harsh with $900/$2500 purses (future of Alberta purses?) and cost a lot of Island red beer!

    LAS VEGAS weddings drop to 10 year low has the lustre of sin city worn off or free booze cutback?

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