Sep 062015

Florent Geroux must have been using Liam’s Map to traverse the Kentucky Downs turf course on Saturday.

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Geroux sweeps Kentucky Downs stakes during five-win day

To Phil the Kentucky Downs infield always looks like they just finishing picking up the hay bales.

When Cookie Met Sally

Editor’s note: It’s outside of TRJ—The Racing Journal territory, but it’s pretty instructive with regard to what can happen when state legislators work with the racing industry to strengthen the industry, create jobs, and add to state tax coffers.

Oaklawn’s growing purses are thanks in part to booming business in its award-winning gaming operation that was expanded for a second time at the beginning of this year. Oaklawn Anywhere, an in-state advanced deposit wagering platform also has been very successful, generating over $1 million in purses in 2015 and closer to $1.5 million in 2016.

The Racing Journal – Oaklawn releases richest condition book in track history

Phil has a question:

Why has the current regime at Horse Racing Alberta not put together an Albertan in-province advanced deposit wagering platform that would keep revenues and jobs in Alberta rather than exporting them to Ontario.

How successful would thoroughbred racing in Alberta be if Shirley McClellan worked with the Alberta thoroughbred industry instead of ignoring it and imposing her own wishes on the horse racing industry in the province of Alberta.

When is Rachel Notley going to get around to cleaning out the deadwood Tory crony appointments permeating all the Boards and Commissions in Alberta or is she going to wait for Brian Jean to do it.

This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race

Phil’s Vignette of Canadian History:

The Merger of Massey and Harris



Mustang Sally

Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish – too much handling will spoil it.
Lao Tzu

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Final Take on Pharoah Post-Crown Tour

NY Times – Drape – American Pharoah Isn’t Done: Farewell Will Come at Breeders’ Cup

Opening Farewell

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Saratoga trainer race: Plecher, up by two wins, sends out 12 to Brown’s 7 in finale

Bloodhorse -40 Stakes Anchor Belmont’s Fall Meet

ESPN – Ehalt – Another memorable Woodward Day


Monday, September 7, 2015

Pick 6 Jackpot    $110,947.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $8,309.00
Assiniboia Downs
Super High Five Jackpot    $5,749.00
Del Mar
Pick 6    $142,692.00
Ellis Park
Pick 6    $1,433.00
Golden Gate Fields
Pick 5    $44,548.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $25,051.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $662,401.00
Super High Five     $11,672.00
Hastings Racecourse
Pick 6    $33,028.00
Louisiana Downs
Pick 5 Jackpot    $455.00
Monmouth Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $3,999.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $6,509.00
Pick 6    $448,913.00
Ruidoso Downs
Tri Super    $7,950.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $6,516.00

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $1,278.00
Fort Erie
Pick 5    $907.00

Guaranteed Pools

Monday, September 7, 2015

Northlands Park
$10,000  — Pick 4

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

NY Times – Light – Arcade Fire Seeks More Than a Rockumentary With ‘The Reflektor Tapes’

Phil’s in a state of rock shock. A Montreal rock band featured in the Big Apple Times.

Rebellion (Lies)

Bloodhorse – Ireland and the Thoroughbred




Bloodhorse – Balan – Promising Youth on Display in Futurity

Space Captain

Breeders’ Cup Challenge

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

Bloodhorse – Angst – Five Sires Have Two Challenge Race Winners

Gai Waterhouse



to support drug-free racing

I am a proud member of WHOA.
Naturally, I, as a professional horseman, absolutely believe in a level playing field.
But, putting that aside, it is unarguable that we in drug-free Australia get more starts per horse in a career than you do in the US. The numbers are: Australia a median of 12.6; US a median of 7.4.
Drugs cause horses to have much less career starts. There is no counter-argument. Drugs are actually unfair on owners and horses.
I want to add, we cope very well with the drug-free rules in Australia.  It just requires horsemanship.
Gai Waterhouse
Hall of Fame Trainer
Gai Waterhouse, Australian Hall of Fame Trainer and “first lady of Australian racing”, has been training for over 20 years.  In that time, she has amassed over 120 Group One wins and currently sits third on the all-time list for GRI winners behind her father T.J. Smith and the late Bart Cummings. Starters from her Tulloch Lodge Stable have won the Melbourne Cup, Golden Slipper, Doncaster Handicap, Caulfield Cup, Australian Cup, Metropolitan Handicap, and Epsom Handicap among others. 
Phil has a comment:
If the figures contained in her comment: “But, putting that aside, it is unarguable that we in drug-free Australia get more starts per horse in a career than you do in the US. The numbers are: Australia a median of 12.6; US a median of 7.4.” are even close to accurate, then we in North America all need to start paying attention.

Bloodhorse – Novak – Benzel to Handle de Sousa’s Book in NY

Fire And Rain

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

ASD - home
Sunday September 6,  7:00 PM CDT
Monday September 7, 1:30 PM CDT
Assiniboia Downs Leading Jockeys
Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Chavion Chow 284 63 60 48 $543,741
2 Christopher Husbands 301 54 59 68 $465,169
3 Rohan R. Singh 250 55 45 52 $424,233
4 Adolfo A. Morales 196 46 35 35 $374,441
5 Dane Nelson 201 42 38 28 $332,439
6 Renaldo Cumberbatch 199 29 27 24 $213,641
7 Tyrone Nelson 137 6 19 24 $82,461
8 Jerry Pruitt 69 7 8 9 $72,405
9 Paul Leacock 91 8 11 6 $71,208
10 Rasheed Hughes 79 5 11 14 $57,677


Assiniboia Downs Leading Trainers
Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Don Schnell 106 21 22 20 $234,749
2 Tanya Lindsay 97 30 21 15 $223,837
3 Tom Gardipy, Jr. 191 30 44 28 $216,769
4 Jared Brown 100 29 17 15 $199,423
5 Shelley Brown 100 24 18 18 $174,857
6 Jerry Gourneau 101 18 20 23 $161,550
7 Heather Wallerstedt 77 16 15 10 $150,958
8 Elton Dickey 79 20 16 14 $137,830
9 Blair A. Miller 86 17 18 17 $133,024
10 Murray Duncan 48 9 10 13 $104,850


TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Songbird soars to Del Mar Debutante victory

Bloodhorse – Balan – Songbird Dazzles in Del Mar Debutante


Phil’s saving Cohen for later.

Emerald Downs Wrap-Monday, September 7


AUBURN, Wash. (September 7, 2015) – Perhaps a Pie wore down Ethan’s Baby in the final stride for a head victory Monday in the $25,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-old fillies at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Julien Couton—his fifth winner on the card—Perhaps a Pie ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.26 and paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.20. Chris Stenslie is the winning trainer and co-owner with One Horse Will Do Corporation and Will Brewer.

For Couton, the victory provided the exclamation point to a superb afternoon of riding. The 34-year-old Frenchman was 5-2-1 in 10 mounts Monday and became the first rider with a five-win day at the 2015 meeting, boosting his season-leading total to 85 wins.

In the feature race, Perhaps a Pie advanced four-wide into the lane, engaged Ethan’s Baby past mid-stretch, and prevailed in a hard-fought battle. A Florida-bred by Tale of Ekati-Royal Stimulus, Perhaps a Pie has three wins at the meet and is 3-0-1 in eight career starts with earnings of $45,825.

Ethan’s Baby, ridden by Javier Matias, overhauled Seeking the Light into the stretch and battled gamely to the wire, dropping a narrow decision. The runner-up paid $2.60 and $2.10.

Ethan’s Baby was a slight favorite in the wagering—she had $11,725 in the win pool, while Perhaps a Pie had $11,103 wagered to win.

Seeking the Light, ridden by Gutierrez, was 2 ½ lengths back in third and paid $2.60 to show. Sneaking a Kiss and Pippa Bou Peep completed the order of finish.

NOTES: Couton’s five-win day is the 29 th in track history. . . Leslie Mawing and Rocco Bowen rode two winners each Monday and Bowen now has wins on 10 consecutive cards. . . Distinguished Miss ($8.20) took Monday’s opener to give trainer Jeff Metz his 54 th win of the season. He needs 12 wins over the final nine days to tie Tim McCanna’s track record of 66 wins set in 2008. . .Canadian trainer Robert Maybin scored his first Emerald Downs victory as Lornefivehundred ($12.80) nailed Chaching Pete in the final strides in Sunday’s eighth race. Lornefivehundred, a 9-year-old B.C.-bred, and Chaching Pete, an 8-year-old Washington-bred, both have 16 career victories. . . Alert Bay, coming off a third in the Longacres Mile, rolled to a powerful victory under Russell Baze in the $50,000 Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. The 4-year-old California-bred ran 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:42.23 and paid $4.80 as the betting favorite. . .Longacres Mile winner Stryker Phd worked five furlongs in a bullet :57.40 in advance of Sunday’s $60,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic at 1 1/16 miles. Entries for all six Washington Cup races including the Muckleshoot Tribal Classic will be drawn Thursday. . .Live racing resumes Friday with first post 6:45 p.m.

Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, August 5


AUBURN, Wash. (September 5, 2015) – Bella Colomba prevailed by a head in a three-horse driving finish Saturday in the $18,800 Stella Artois Purse for fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Julien Couton, the meet’s leading rider with 80 victories, Bella Colomba ran 6 ½ furlongs, in 1:16 and paid $9.20, $4.40 and $2.60. Mary Pirone is the winning trainer and breeder for owner Eagle Valley Stable.

Belladiva, the 6-to-5 betting favorite ridden by Javier Matias, rallied in tandem with the winner, but was out finished and settled for second. Belladiva paid $2.80 and $2.20.

Collateral, ridden by Joe Steiner, kicked 2 ½ lengths clear past mid-stretch, but weakened slightly and finished third. The 3-to-1 second choice, Collateral paid $2.80 for show.

Del Mar Dixie, Quibble, Today Is the Day and Roughingthepasser completed the order of finish.

A 3-year-old Washington-bred by Preachinatthebar-Wine and Spirits has won her last two starts and is 3-2-1 in eight career starts with earnings of $34,224, including $10,340 for Saturday’s score.

NOTES: Trainer Jeff Metz had his second consecutive three-win day, including upsets by Poor David ($24) and Alexa Alexa ($15), and increased his season total to 53 wins. Metz needs 13 wins in the final 11 days to tie Tim McCanna’s track record of 66 wins set in 2008. . .

Jose Zunino and Juan Gutierrez rode two winners each on the nine-race card. Gutierrez is second with 68 wins and ranks No. 1 in win percentage at 23.5. . .

Rocco Bowen made it eight straigt days with at least one win as Epic Electorate ($10.80) prevailed in race five. . .Saturday’s $0.50 Pick 5 returned a whopping $5,249.75 to one winning ticket with the 6-5-6-6-6 combination. Whiskey Prince ($18) in race seven was the knockout punch. . .

The victory by Whiskey Prince boosted trainer Tim McCanna’s all-time track record to 905 wins. . .

Trainer Howard Belvoir finished first and second with Strawberry Dawn ($5) and 12-to-1 Mary Lois in Saturday’s sixth race. . .

Cup of Soup ($3.20) became a triple winner at the meet with a 2 ½-length victory in race four for $15,000 claiming fillies and mares. With the win, trainer Manny Ortiz improved to 13-for-43 in his first season at Emerald Downs. .

.Alert Bay, third in the Longacres Mile, is entered in Monday’s $50,000 Rolling Green Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Golden Gate Fields. . .

Live racing continues Sunday with the $60,000 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge for Quarter Horses. First post is 2 p.m.

Sunday, September 6, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Monday, September 7, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Friday, September 11, 2015 6:30 PM PDT
Saturday, September 12, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday, September 13, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Liam’s Map Wins Woodward Stakes In Tour de Force

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Liam’s Map takes it easier, wins easily in Woodward

Bloodhorse – Liam’s Map Reaches Destination in Woodward

Liam’s Map – 2015 Woodward Stakes

Everybody Knows


BC-Derby 2015

Bloodhorse – Prince Gibraltar Last to First at Baden-Baden




Racing resumes at Hastings Racecourse on the holiday Monday with an eight race card that features four $60,000 CTHS stakes races. The Monday program kicks off three consecutive days of CTHS action as the Monday races will be followed by the yearling preview on Tuesday at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley at 3:00 p.m. and the actual sale will be held on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

The two year old colts and geldings get the stakes races started in race four.

On the inside is Terry Clyde and Joanne McDonald’s We Found Gold who will go in blinkers for the first time after back-to-back fourth place runs against stakes company. Alex Marti rides for leading trainer Mike Anderson.

Lillian Jarvis-Meehan’s Awesome Cause will try and improve off of his debut run two months ago. He has worked well since and will get David Lopez for Lillian’s sister Pat  Jarvis. Pat also will leg up Sahin Civaci on Lillian Jarvis-Meehan and Dale Keen’s Iama Better Cause who showed some ability going six panels in his debut.

Stuart and May Carmichael and Dave and Sylvea Gregory have the morning line favourite Fear of the Cat. The son of Abraaj has been very impressive on all three of his starts and definitely deserves to be the betting choice. Richard Hamel gets the call.

Phil Hall will saddle both Elton and Lorraine Gunther’s Silent Native (Keishan Balgobin) and Praven Sorenson, Bill Randall and Hall’s Bridge Baron (Antonio Reyes). Both exit the same race in which Silent Native was victorious although Bridge Baron got some valuable conditioning after having only one five-eighths work heading into his first race.

Completing the group is Herbie D’s half brother Timber King. He is owned by Robbins, Doman, Brindley and Vicki and Rob Gilker. He has a series of works dating back to April and will be making his first career start. He obviously has the pedigree to be a major threat. Amadeo Perez will be on board.

The two year old fillies are up next in race five. The heavy favourite will be the Swift Thoroughbred’s Hippie who won her debut impressively then was a game third with the top fillies in the BC Cup Debutante. Antonio Reyes rides for Dino Condilenios.

The second choice will likely be Canmor Farms, Maureen Goss and Adrienne Trombley’s Miss Finality who checked in just a length in behind Hippie in her last. Pedro Alvarado returns to the saddle for trainer Mark Cloutier.

Stuart and May Carmichael and Dave and Sylvea Gregory’s Holly Hollywood (Silvano Morales) showed good run in her debut and is in with a chance.

Phil Hall and Jim and Anne Alendal’s Cyclone Cindy (Keishan Balgobin) captured her first start in a maiden $25 grander and will try and rebound after a distant fourth place run with similar last time out.

The Pocket Aces’ Leading Lady (David Lopez) will race on Lasix for the first time after a no-threat run going three and a half furlongs. The Steve Henson runner has trained well for her first try at this trip.

Ernie Chu’s Princess Katie (Amadeo Perez) and Roy McLellan and Harold Barroby’s Becka’s Victory (Jeff Burningham) are both making their first career starts.

Mauro Comensoli’s Free and Fast (Richard Hamel) had a sharp work in preparation for todays race.

Dunlop Kinkaid, Larry Potozny and Dave Dahl’s Rosesforgrace (Alex Marti) is back in town after a solid runner-up effort at Emerald Downs.

The three year old colts and geldings will be going a mile and a sixteenth and the race will feature the return of Jarvis-Meehan and Breckenridge’s two year old champion Lord Rosberg. He is being given a tough test going long after an 11 month break but his works have been excellent and has proven that he is a top quality horse. Pat Jarvis will leg up Richard Hamel on the son of Rosberg.

Lazazzera, Rawlinson, Munro and Matkovich’s Burrard Breeze has run two better-than-looked races in stakes company and is the logical choice to upset Lord Rosberg. Antonio Reyes takes overs in  the tack for Brian O’Connell.

Lorne MacDougall, Agnes Jackson and Paul Hunter’s Rosies Notis (Pedro Alvarado) and Robbins and Gilker’s Peace Arch (Amadeo Perez) exit an allowance race at this distance last time out that had stakes placed runners finishing just in front of them. With good trips, both could threaten for the win this afternoon.

Peter Tom, Russell Morrison and NATHC claimed Mighty Fraser out of latest which was a $25,000 sprint. He wasn’t disgraced in his lone try going this far and will get David Lopez for his first start trainer Troy Taylor.

Rounding out the field are Mohammed Khan’s maiden Mokhandoit (Silvano Morales), Fred and Sheldon Kwan’s recent claim Stoneridge Ruler (Jeff Burningham) and Olade, Palma and Rojas’ Torniador (Gabby Asencio).

The final stakes race on the day is in race seven which is for the three year fillies at a mile and a sixteenth. The Carmichael’s and Gregory’s Quatre Cat is the most accomplished of the group and will probably go off as the betting choice. She has already captured three stakes wins in 2015 and her only blemish was a tough luck trip in the Supernaturel behind BC Oaks favourite Morning Coffee. Richard Hamel returns to the saddle for trainer Sylvea Gregory.

The Foundation Stables’ Sailingforthesun appears to be the one with the best chance to make things interesting the stretch. The daughter of Sungold was very game in defeat behind Morning Coffee in her last and will just need a better beginning to make herself a real threat to Quatre Cat. Jeff Burningham gets the call from Robby Anderson.

The LDS Enterprises Finality’s Charmer got a confidence boost with a sprint win in Seattle with $25,000 claiming fillies. She still has to prove herself going this far.

Gary and Sharon Saitz’s maiden Tessanna (Gabby Asencio), Barry and Henrica Tyrer’s Storm Stalker (David Lopez) for Rob Van Overschot, Helen Klimes’ Legally Connected (Andrea Klassen) and Century Plaza’s Bold N Lovely (Alex Marti) trained by Carl Lausten complete the field.

The live program gets started at 1:50 p.m. and a reminder that the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 carryover sits at $33,000 and is expected to get near the $50,000 mark today. The Pick 6 wager starts in race 3 which is scheduled to go at 2:50 p.m.


Race 1 5 – Ebony Cat
3 – Saintly Sinner
2 – Remarkable Lady
5 – Ebony Cat
3 – Saintly Sinner
1 – Riding On the Wind
Race 2 6 – Ms Heatheridge
2 – Far Niente
3 – Lady at War
2 – Far Niente
6 – Ms Heatheridge
3 – Lady At War
Race 3 5 – Kiss Em Goodbye
6 – Forestry’s Devil
2 – Smart Focus
5 – Kiss Em Goodbye
6 – Forestry’s Devil
2 – Smart Focus
Race 4 3 – Fear of the Cat
1 – We Found Gold
5 – Timber King
3 – Fear of the Cat
1 – We Found Gold
4 – Silent Native
Race 5 1 – Hippie
2 – Miss Finality
9 – Rosesforgrace
1 – Hippie
3 – Holly Hollywood
2 – Miss Finality
Race 6 1 – Burrard Breeze
8 – Peace Arch
7 – Rosies Notis
4 – Lord Rosberg
1 – Burrard Breeze
8 – Peace Arch
Race 7 3 – Sailingforthesun
5 – Quatre Cat
7 – Bold N Lovely
5 – Quatre Cat
3 – Sailingforthesun
1 – Finality’s Charmer
Race 8 5 – Brother Chuncky
6 – Honestly Occifer
3 – Jordan’s Quest
6 – Honestly Occifer
5 – Brother Chunky
2 – Chapel Boy
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks

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

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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


Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Ralis Rallies to Hopeful Stakes Upset

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Ralis has breakout performance in Hopeful

Bloodhorse – Bossert – Ironicus Takes Bernard Baruch in Record Time

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Ironicus eclipses Fourstardave’s course record in Bernard Baruch

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Hopeful, Bernard Baruch close out Saratoga’s 2015 season on Labor Day Monday

Working Together

Pink Cloud Racing’s Saturdaynitelites had his best galoshes and windshield wipers on high as he stalked the pace took over at the head of the stretch and held on for victory in Saturday’s Saskatchewan Derby at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon. Saturdaynitelites was ridden by Marquis Downs leading jockey Stanley Chadee Jr. for Marquis Downs leading trainer Jamie Hartmann.

Desmond Bryan aboard the James Hoffman’ trained Victory Storm got up for second, with Mr Magic Please trained by Brandi-Rae McDonald and ridden by Fazal Razack getting third place money.

The balance of the race day and meet were cancelled as the deluge made track conditions unsafe for the horses.

Phil’s looking forward to many of the trainers and horses from Marquis downs and Assiniboia Downs coming to Northlands Park to fill the fields so we can take advantage of the excellent work that Northlands Park staff has done in getting their signal accepted in the major US betting markets.

Leading Jockeys at Marquis Downs


Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
Stanley Chadee Jr. 150 34 31 22 $131,453
Fazal Razack 103 24 15 20 $91,108
Oral Bennett 143 21 24 22 $85,425
Garfield Gordon 147 16 13 14 $66,194
Michael Grant 119 14 14 18 $66,502
Neville Stephenson 67 14 13 9 $54,635
Sheldon Chickeness 121 13 14 23 $58,576
Keno Chandler 93 12 18 11 $53,154
Isabelle C. Wenc 78 11 9 8 $42,836
Tim Moccasin 65 10 8 13 $41,562


Leading Trainers at Marquis Downs


Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
Jamie Hartmann 88 28 11 11 $96,101
Mike Taphorn 36 11 9 6 $41,452
Dean Cameron 45 11 4 5 $35,414
Don Bjarnarson 46 9 12 5 $36,296
Arlen Dieno 68 8 15 10 $40,228
George Gervais 55 8 12 6 $34,681
Jim Neubuhr 65 8 10 13 $36,317
Dennis Bird 48 8 4 11 $31,760
Mike Tourangeau 100 7 16 23 $43,065
Judy Hunter 15 7 2 2 $20,580


Bloodhorse – Balan – Om Makes the Grade in Del Mar Derby

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Unblinkered Om upsets Del Mar Derby

Bloodhorse – Balan – Cavorting Still Perfect at Spa After Prioress

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Cavorting romps in Prioress


Northlands Park Leading Jockeys
Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Rico W. Walcott 339 108 71 38 $1,089,198
2 Scott Williams 299 58 47 45 $608,166
3 Tony Maragh 247 38 31 40 $434,682
4 Shannon Beauregard 219 34 32 39 $405,913
5 Ruben Lara 233 21 32 33 $337,883
6 Ismael Eluid Mosqueira 220 26 26 40 $331,352
7 Quincy Welch 178 26 16 25 $291,766
8 Jorge Espitia 200 24 25 27 $258,132
9 Desmond Bryan 170 18 23 19 $182,578
10 Skyler White Shield 108 15 22 13 $176,794
Northlands Park Leading Trainers
Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Greg Tracy 215 59 42 26 $714,043
2 Tim Rycroft 225 40 29 38 $622,323
3 Dale L. Saunders 123 25 21 7 $292,690
4 Joan Petrowski 246 19 29 28 $270,416
5 Rodney J. Cone 208 29 23 23 $258,516
6 Craig Robert Smith 113 26 19 20 $211,397
7 Dale Greenwood 85 12 17 12 $190,393
8 Ernie J. Keller 53 12 12 11 $188,633
9 Robertino Diodoro 50 15 6 6 $179,832
10 Jerri R. Robertson 94 11 15 18 $166,333


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 – Monday September 7, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015 1:00 PM MDT
Friday, September 11, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, September 7, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Norm Castiglione and Robert Vargo’s Riversedge Racing  Stables, Ltd. and trainer Tim Rycroft dominated the 2 year old stakes at Northlands Park this past weekend.

Shannon Beauregard on their 2 year old filly Bootlegger’s Wife sat just off the pace on Friday in the Bird of Pay Stake took the lead in the stretch and then drew away to cover the 6 1/2 furlongs in a winning time of 1:19.27 on a track rated as fast on a rather cool September evening. Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot in the Dark Racing Corp.’s Raise a Dancer with Scott Williams in the irons for conditioner Greg Tracy held on for second. R and M Stable’s  (Hansen) Leena with Ismael Mosqueira up for trainer Robert “Pinky” MacDonald got third place money.

On Saturday in the Birdcatcher Norm Castiglione and Robert Vargo’s Riversedge Racing  Stables, Ltd.’s Awesome Slate was sandwiched leaving the gate, but Tony Maragh (who hails from Jamaica, not Trinidad) quickly moved him into contention behind Norm Castiglione and Robert Vargo’s Riversedge Racing  Stables, Ltd.’s Kristofferson who took the lead right from the start with Rico Walcott aboard  for conditioner Tim Rycroft and never looked back covering the 6 1/2 furlongs in a winning time of 1:19.15 on a track rated as fast on a rather cool September afternoon. Awesome Slate moved into contention but was not able to overcome the troubled start and settled for second place. The Rycroft – Riversedge Exactor returned $16.50 for $2.00. After breaking in and bumping Awesome Slate at the start Doug Blair’s NY Smoke dropped back in the pack but made a determined rally for third with Jorge Espitia in the irons for Joan Petrowski.

Norm Castiglione and Robert Vargo’s Riversedge Racing  Stables, Ltd. and trainer Tim Rycroft weren’t done for the day though as their Holler at the Moon completed the late Daily Double with Scott Williams aboard giving Riversedge and Tim Rycroft their third win of the afternoon  covering the 6 1/2 furlongs in a winning time of 1:18.56 on a track rated as fast on a getting cooler as the sun went down September afternoon. The Rycroft – Riversedge Daily Double returned $12.20 for $2.00.

Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)

Ruben Lara took Deltin Stable and Ed Welsh’s Killin Me Smalls to the front in Monday’s Speed to Spare at Northlands Park and was never headed covering the 1 3/8 miles in 2:21.53 on a track rated as good on a crisp fall afternoon. Trained by Ernie Keller Killin Me Smalls has rewarded his connections for the very astute claim for $25,000.00. Barb Saunders’ Wild Legend trained by Dale “Colonel” Sanders with Scott Williams aboard rallied for second.  Lyle and Phyllis Farkash’s Southview Ag (1998) Ltd.’s For Cash trained by Dale Greenwood with Rico Walcott in the irons held on for third.

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Rachel’s Valentina in Breeders’ Cup After Spinaway Win

Bloodhorse – Novak – Rachel’s Valentina Solid in Spinaway

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Rachel’s Valentina adds another chapter to her famous dam’s legacy in Spinaway

Rachel’s Valentina – 2015 Spinaway Stakes

A Game of Skill – Nilsen – The Fork in the Road – Horseplayer’s Decision Time

Me And Bobby McGee

Upcoming Stakes

 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

Speed To Spare Stake  Purse $75,000 Three Year Olds & Upward One And Three Eighth Miles

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

September 9
Indiana Grand Race Course
A.J. Foyt Stake $85,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Centaur Stake (L) $200,000 3yo 8f Turf
Florence Henderson Stake $85,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Indiana Grand (L) $200,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
September 10
Kentucky Downs
One Dreamer Stake #$150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8.32f Turf
Los Alamitos Race Course
Beverly J. Lewis Stake $75,000 3yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt
September 11
Belmont Park
Christiecat $100,000 3yo Fillies 6f Turf
Finger Lakes
Genesee Valley Breeders’ Stake $50,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Remington Park
Remington Park Turf Sprint Stake $50,000 3&up State/Prov 5f Turf
September 12
Casino at the Downs Stake $60,000 3yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt
Belmont Park
Sands Point Stake GII $500,000 3yo Fillies 9f Turf
Temperence Hill Invitational $200,000 3&up 13f Dirt
Belterra Park
Loyalty Stake $75,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Canterbury Park
Shakopee Juvenile Stake $75,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Churchill Downs
Iroquois Stake GIII BC $150,000 2yo 8.5f Dirt
Locust Grove (L) $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Open Mind Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Pocahontas Stake GII BC $200,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Delaware Park
DTHA Governor’s Day Stake $75,000 3&up R 8.32f Dirt
First State Dash $75,000 2yo State/Prov 5.5f Dirt
George Rosenberger Memorial Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8.5f Turf
New Castle Stake $75,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Small Wonder Stake $75,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 5.5f Dirt
Tax Free Shopping Distaff $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Sensitive Prince Stake $75,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Three Chopt Road $75,000 3yo 7f Dirt
Kentucky Downs
Dueling Grounds Derby #$300,000 3yo 13f Turf
Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint #$300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6.5f Turf
Kentucky Downs Turf Dash (L) #$300,000 3&up 6.5f Turf
Kentucky Turf Cup GIII #$600,000 3&up 12f Turf
Louisiana Downs
Happy Ticket (L) $75,000 2yo Fillies 8f Turf
Louisiana Stallion Stake $100,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 7f Dirt
Louisiana Stallion Stake $100,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 7f Dirt
River Cities (L) $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Sunday Silence (L) $75,000 2yo 8f Turf
Super Derby GII $400,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Unbridled (L) $75,000 3&up 8.5f Turf
Los Alamitos Race Course
E.B. Johnston Stake $75,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Dirt
Laurel Park
Lady Baltimore Stake (L) $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Laurel Dash Stake (L) $100,000 3&up 6f Turf
Laurel Futurity $75,000 2yo 5.5f Turf
Selima Stake $75,000 2yo Fillies 5.5f Turf
Monmouth Park
Charles Hesse III handicap $60,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Eleven North handicap $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Jersey Girl handicap $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
New Jersey Breeders’ handicap $60,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
PTHA President’s Cup (L) $200,000 3&up 9f Turf
Natalma Stake Can – II BC $200,000 2yo Fillies 8f Turf
Summer Stake Can – II BC $200,000 2yo 8f Turf
September 13
Belmont Park
Allied Forces $100,000 3yo 6f Turf
Emerald Downs
Captain Condo Stake $50,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
Chinook Pass Sprint Stake $50,000 3&up State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Comcast Sportsnet Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Muckleshoot Tribal Classic $50,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Northwest Farms Stake $50,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Pegasus Training Center Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Hastings Race Course
British Columbia Derby Can – III $200,000 3yo 9f Dirt
British Columbia Oaks (L) $100,000 3yo Fillies 9f Dirt
Champions Starters Series Final $50,000 3&up R 8.5f Dirt
Champions Starters Series Final $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8.5f Dirt
Delta Colleen $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
S.W. Randall Plate $50,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Centaur Stake GII $1,030,000 3&up 6f Turf
Keisei Hai Autumn Handicap GIII $685,000 3&up 8f Turf
Los Alamitos Race Course
Contender Stake $100,000 2yo 8f Dirt
Bold Venture Stake Can – III $150,000 3&up 6.5f AW
Canadian Stake Can – II BC $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Turf
Northern Dancer Turf Can – I $300,000 3&up 12f Turf
Ricoh Woodbine Mile Can – I BC $1,000,000 3&up 8f Turf
Zia Park
Premiere Cup handicap $55,000 3&up 6f Dirt
September 16
Kentucky Downs
Old Friends Stake $150,000 3&up R 8.32f Turf
September 18
Finger Lakes
Aspirant Stake $100,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
Lady Fingers Stake $100,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Remington Park
Te Ata Stake $50,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 7f Dirt
Tishomingo Stake $50,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 7f Dirt
September 19
Belmont Park
Noble Damsel GIII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Churchill Downs
Dogwood Stake GIII $100,000 3yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Charles Town
Ann Hilton handicap $30,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Charles Town Oaks GIII $350,000 3yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Dr. Ernest Benner handicap $30,000 3&up State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Harry Buch handicap $30,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Henry Mercer Memorial Stake $50,000 2yo State/Prov 4.5f Dirt
It’s Only Money Stake $50,000 3&up State/Prov 4.5f Dirt
Pink Ribbon Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 7f Dirt
Rachel’s Turn Stake $50,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 4.5f Dirt
Roger Ramey handicap $30,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Wild and Wonderful Stake (L) $100,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Added Elegance Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 7f Dirt
Treasure Coast Stake $75,000 3&up 5f Turf
Kentucky Downs
Dueling Grounds Oaks #$200,000 3yo Fillies 13f Turf
Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (L) #$300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 13f Turf
Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf (L) #$300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Louisiana Downs
A.L. Red Erwin Sales Graduate $75,000 3yo State/Prov 8f Turf
Elge Rasberry Sales Graduate $75,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Turf
Los Alamitos Race Course
Barretts Debutante $100,000 2yo Fillies R 6.5f Dirt
Laurel Park
Commonwealth Cup presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance at Laurel Park GII $250,000 3&up 9f Turf
Commonwealth Derby presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance at Laurel Park GII $400,000 3yo 9f Turf
Northlands Park
Alberta Breeders’ handicap $50,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Alberta Oaks Sponsored by True North Holding $50,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Dirt
Alberta Premier’s Futurity Sponsored by Horse Racing Alberta $50,000 2yo State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Beaufort Stake Sponsored by Peaceful Valley Stable $50,000 3yo State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Fall Classic Distaff Sponsored by Highfield Stock Farms $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Red Diamond Express Sponsored by Red Diamond Stables $50,000 3&up State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Sturgeon River Sponsored by Adena Springs North $50,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Alphabet Soup handicap $100,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Bayern Stake $150,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Cotillion Stake GI $1,000,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Gallant Bob Stake GIII $300,000 3yo 6f Dirt
Pennsylvania Derby GII $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Harvest Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Scarlet and Gray handicap $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Overskate Stake $125,000 3&up State/Prov 7f AW
September 20
Belmont Park
Ashley T. Cole Stake $125,000 3&up State/Prov 9f Turf
John Hettinger Stake $125,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 9f Turf
Hastings Race Course
Jack Diamond Futurity $100,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Sadie Diamond Futurity $100,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Rose Stake GII $908,000 3yo Fillies 9f Turf
Los Alamitos Race Course
Barretts Juvenile $100,000 2yo Colts & Geldings R 6.5f Dirt
Presque Isle Downs
Mrs. Henry D. Paxson Memorial Stake $75,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
La Lorgnette Stake $125,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f AW
Ontario Derby Can – III $150,000 3yo 9f AW
September 21
Japan Racing Association
St. Lite Kinen GII $942,000 3yo 11f Turf
September 24
Belmont Park
Lonesome Glory Steeplechase Stake GI $150,000 4&up 20f Turf
William Entenmann Memorial Stake $75,000 4&up R 16.5f Turf
September 25
Manzano Stake $60,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Finger Lakes
Jack Betta Be Rite Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Los Alamitos Race Course
Buena Park Stake $30,000 3&up R 5.5f Dirt
Long Beach Stake $35,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8f Dirt
Rossmoor Stake $35,000 3&up R 8f Dirt
Seal Beach Stake $45,000 3&up R 6f Dirt
Westminster Stake $30,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 5.5f Dirt
September 26
Belmont Park
Beldame GI $400,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Gallant Bloom Handicap GII $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6.5f Dirt
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic GI BC $600,000 3&up 12f Turf
Pilgrim Stake GIII $200,000 2yo 8.5f Turf
Vosburgh GI BC $400,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Churchill Downs
Ack Ack Handicap GIII $100,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Jefferson Cup Stake GIII $100,000 3yo 8f Turf
Lukas Classic (L) $175,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Groomstick Stake $75,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Panama City Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Laurel Park
Bert Allen Stake $60,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Brookmeade Stake $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Commonwealth Oaks presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance at Laurel Park GIII $150,000 3yo Fillies 9f Turf
Jamestown Stake $60,000 2yo State/Prov 5.5f Turf
Oakley Stake $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 5.5f Turf
Punchline Stake $60,000 3&up State/Prov 5.5f Turf
Monmouth Park
Jersey Juvenile Stake $60,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Hall of Fame Stake $150,000 2yo 6.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Awesome Again Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Chandelier Stake GI BC $300,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
FrontRunner Stake GI BC $300,000 2yo 8.5f Dirt
Rodeo Drive Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 10f Turf
Unzip Me Stake $70,000 3yo Fillies abt 6.5f Turf
Zenyatta Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Catlaunch Stake $75,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
La Prevoyante Stake $125,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Turf
September 27
Camino Real Futurity $100,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Con Jackson Claiming handicap $20,000 3&up 14.5f Dirt
New Mexico Horse Breeders handicap $60,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Belmont Park
Bertram F. Bongard Stake $150,000 2yo State/Prov 7f Dirt
Joseph A. Gimma Stake $150,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 7f Dirt
Miss Grillo Stake GIII $200,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Turf
Emerald Downs
Gottstein Futurity $65,000 2yo 8.5f Dirt
NWSS Cahill Road Stake $50,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Mr. Steele Stake $75,000 3&up 8f Turf
Japan Racing Association
All Comers Stake GII $1,173,000 3&up 11f Turf
Kobe Shimbun Hai GII $942,000 3yo 12f Turf
Remington Park
Flashy Lady Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Kip Deville Stake (L) $75,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Oklahoma Derby GIII $400,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Remington Green Stake (L) $100,000 3&up 9f Turf
Remington Park Oaks (L) $200,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Remington Park Sprint Cup (L) $150,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Ricks Memorial Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Santa Anita Park
City of Hope Mile GII $200,000 3&up 8f Turf
King Pellinore Stake $70,000 3&up 10f Turf
Bull Page Stake $125,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f AW
Classy ‘n Smart Stake $125,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f AW

Bloodhorse – Novak – White Rose Sets Course Record in Glens Falls

Derby Bar and Grill
From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter





Hastings News by Greg Douglas




Vancouver, B.C. (Sept. 7/15) – With an uncustomary safe and clean trip, Fear of the Cat ridden by leading jockey Richard Hamel was the only favourite to win one of four $60,000 CTHS Stakes races at Hastings Racecourse Monday afternoon.

The four Labour Day holiday featured races were restricted to Canadian-breds purchased at the annual Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (B.C.) Division over the last two years. The 2015 CTHS Yearling Sale is at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley on  Wednesday.

Fear Of The Cat winning the CTHS Sales race at Hastings Racecourse today with jockey Richard Hamel up.

Fear of the Cat paid $3.30 after beating We Found Gold by a length in the two-year-old colts and geldings division.  “Each time he runs he seems to find trouble,” Hamel said in the winner’s circle.  “Not today.  There wasn’t a lot of pace and he settled right down.”

The biggest upset of the day came when first-time starter Princess Katie upset the two-year-olds fillies division with Amadeo Perez in the irons.  She paid a handsome $30.30 in an impressive four-and-a-half length victory over Miss Finality.

Mighty Fraser winning the CTHS Sales Stakes race today at Hastings Racecourse with jockey David Lopez up.

In the three-year-old colts and geldings division Mighty Fraser ($12.40) ridden by veteran jockey David Lopez won his first start since being claimed for $25,000 by trainer Troy Taylor on July 25.

Sailingforthesun ($9.60) outlasted the field in the three-year-old fillies division under jockey Jeffery Burningham, while favoured Quatre Cat finished second.  “She’s learning the game,” Burningham said. “I was a little worried in the late going but it all worked out.”

SailingForTheSun winning the CTHS Sales Stakes race at Hastings Racecourse today with jockey Jeffery Burningham up.

Live racing resumes at Hastings next Saturday afternoon at 1:50 p.m. with the Sea to Sky Pick 6 Carryover at $37,378 and growing.  On Sunday afternoon the 70th running of the British Columbia Derby highlights the biggest and richest day of the 2015 season with more than $450,000 in purse money up for grabs in four stakes:  the $250,000 Derby, $100,000 BC Oaks, $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate and $50,000 Delta Colleen Handicap. Sunday’s card gets underway at 12:50 p.m.

Hastings Wrap-up For September 7—-Richard Yates

When I was a kid, like so many kids, my favorite holiday was Christmas because we got presents and there was lots of good food to eat. Now, as a mature and thoughtful adult, like so many other mature and thoughtful adults, my favorite holiday is Labour Day because that means the PNE will be over for another year and our world will return to as normal as it ever is.

This Labour Day saw a good turnout at the track of the Water and Mountains. Four Sales Stakes were run on the eight race card and the day’s spoils were pretty fairly divvied up, although Prescott Farms bred two of the stakes winners and there were a couple of riding doubles and one trainer won a pair.

The weather was good. The track provided a mix of front-running and closing winners. Two favorites won, but three odds-on favorites lost. No surprise then, no one singled the Pick 6 and it continues to build. Next Saturday will provide another chance to win our fortune and parking will not be a hassle. And the day after Saturday, well that is Derby Day. Life is good, the Derby is almost here and the PNE is not.

Fear of the Cat Is Well Founded


The stakes festivities kicked off in the fourth with the CTHS Sales Stake for two-year-old colts and geldings. Fear of the Cat ($3.50) won it as the heavy favorite over the closing We Found Gold who finished a length back in second. Timber King did some closing of his own to be third. The 6 ½ furlongs went in 1:18.11.

Fear of the Cat broke out very slightly at the start but soon found the rail and the lead and defended both with every ounce of his being every step of the way. Silent Native hounded him for much of the trip and when he shook that one off at the head of the lane, there was We Found Gold trying to make a move from along the rail. The winner, with Richard Hamel aboard, never left enough room for We Found Gold to drive up inside him. That cost the runner-up some momentum and, along with the fact that Fear of the Cat got the last sixteenth in less than seven seconds and was not stopping, was all Fear of the Cat needed to lock it up. A claim of foul lodged by the rider of We Found Gold against the winner was given short shrift.

Both We Found Gold and Timber King put in impressive sustained drives to get pieces. We Found Gold has had something go less than perfect in all his starts. Timber King, a half-brother to Longacres Mile winner Herbie D, came from far back and wide in this, his first lifetime start. Neither should be a maiden much longer. However, this race was about Fear of the Cat who simply imposed his will on the race and, despite their very genuine efforts, none of the other competitors could do anything about it.

Fear of the Cat was bred in British Columbia by Rob MacDonald. He used his own stallion, Abraaj, and his Tale of the Cat mare Imaflashycat to produce the winner who he sold to Stuart Carmichael and David Gregory in the 2014 CTHS Sale for $7,500. They continue to own, along with May Carmichael and Sylvea Gregory who is also the trainer. This is the same connection configuration as that of Quatre Cat, another Rob MacDonald bred stakes winner by Abraaj that coincidentally (or not) went to the same group for the same price a year previous.

Princess Katie:  Immediate Royalty


It did not take long for Princess Katie ($30.30) to break her maiden. In fact, after the starting gate opened, it took her only another 1:18.87 to go from first time starter to stakes winner as she took the CTHS Sales Stake for two-year-old fillies. Miss Finality ran second after doing a lot of hard work contesting the pace and Cyclone Cindy ran evenly to be third in the 6 ½ furlong sprint.

Hippie went to the lead quickly with Miss Finality in hot pursuit. Holly Hollywood was outside those two around the first turn.   Princess Katie was outside her and she was really in the five-path because Hippie was a full lane off the rail. Horses do not win from there at Hastings and that is triple-true for first-time starting maidens in stakes races. Does not happen.

It did happen. Princess Katie appeared to haul jockey Amadeo Perez to the front mid-way around the last turn after an outside move going down the backstretch. By the time they straightened out for the drive the only remaining question was by how far, the answer being 4 ½ lengths. Princess Katie finished off the performance by galloping out strongly and well in front of the eight fillies that still could not catch her. Time will tell how good Princess Katie is, but today’s win was outstanding for the way she did it and what she overcame to get it done.

She was bred in British Columbia by Prescott Farms who sold the daughter of Finality and the Perfect Mandate mare Two to Get Ready in the 2014 CTHS Sale for $3,000. Ernie Chu bought and races her and Rob Gilker trains.

Mighty Fraser On The Rise


Mighty Fraser ($12.40) completed his ascension from the lower claiming ranks to stakes winner when he took the CTHS Sales Stake for three-year-old colts and geldings, covering the mile-and-sixteenth in 1:44.65. Torniador ran second at 22-1 and Peace Arch was another half-length back in third.

Rider David Lopez had Mighty Fraser well off the rapid and pressured early fractions (23.32 and 46.28) set by Lord Rosberg. The second quarter went in less than 23 seconds and it took its toll on the come backing Lord Rosberg (Champion Two-Year-Old and BC Bred Horse of the Year in 2013). He was done for the day after three-quarters in 1:11.78. Torniador took over at that point, but his time in front proved to be limited.

When he squared up for the run down the backstretch Mighty Fraser began a measured but relentless move that would get him to the front on the last turn and safely home by almost two lengths over Torniador who remains a maiden, albeit a good one. Peace Arch moved with the winner, just not quite as well.

Prescott Farms bred Mighty Fraser in British Columbia. He is a gelded son of Second in Command and is out of She’s Fantastic who has now produced 5 winners from 5 starters. The winner sold in the 2013 CTHS Sale for $9,000. He was claimed in his last start and is currently owned by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, R. Morrison and P. Tom. Troy Taylor trains.

Not that long ago, Mighty Fraser was running for 8K at Turf Paradise. This was his third win in six starts at Hastings in 2015. His previous stakes and only route try prior to today found him mid-pack in the Chris Loseth.



The CTHS Sales Stake for three-year-old fillies at a mile-and-a-sixteenth was won by Sailingforthesun ($9.60) who did so by getting involved in a speed duel on the front end, running suicidal fractions, and refusing to die. The heavy favorite, Quatre Cat, finished second and Bold N Lovely took the show. The winner ran the route in 1:45.73.

Sailingforthesun and Finality’s Charmer paired up soon after the break and whipped through a first quarter in 22.78 and a half in 46.11. Finality’s Charmer booked out a little ways after the half-mile and the battle was joined by Quatre Cat. She had been last early but moved up quickly into the fast pace and launched a move that got her a head in front after 6 furlongs in 1:11.23. But Sailingforthesun proved to be a long way from done.

When Quatre Cat moved to Sailingforthesun jockey Jeff Burningham started to do some asking and the winner did some responding. She moved back into the lead as they navigated the last turn locked in combat, at first edging slowly away from Quatre Cat as they came home, then more definitively as they approached the wire. In the end Sailingforthesun was more than two lengths clear of Quatre Cat who had at least three lengths on third place finisher Bold N Lovely.

Sailingforthesun was full value in defeating Quatre Cat who went off as the heavy 4-5 favorite. The early fractions would have finished off the overwhelming majority of horses that set them and it bodes well for Sailingforthesun to run that fast and turn back the challenge from the multiple stakes winner. It was Sailingforthesun’s first stakes win after finishing second in her two previous stakes attempts.

Sailingforthesun is a British Columbia bred daughter of Sungold, a son of A.P. Indy, and is out of the No Louder mare, Sailpast. Sailingforthesun is a half-sister to both the six-time stakes winner Slewpast and stakes winner Gosailgo. Her owners, the Foundation Racing Stables, bred her. Robert Anderson trains.

Also Noteworthy:

Antonio Reyes opened the day with a win on Ebony Cat ($4.10) for owner/breeders David and DeLaurlyn Pihl and trainer Barb Heads and closed it by getting Brother Chuncky ($5.60) home for owner Reno Comazzetto and trainer Jim Brown. It was Brown’s second win on the day.

Besides his win on Sailingforthesun in the Sales Stake, Jeff Burningham also rode Smart Focus ($8.70) to a dominating 6 length win in the third for Shamrock Racing Stable and trainer Jim Brown.

The nine-year-old Golden Ratio ($23.70) took the second for owner Eagle Spirit Gallery and trainer Charlene Miller.

Three Sales Stakes winners (Fear of the Cat, Princess Katie, and Mighty Fraser) sold for a total of $19,500 at CTHS Sales. They won right at $100,000 on Monday.

Bloodhorse – Balan – World Approval Rides Hedge to Win Saranac

Michigan Left

Bloodhorse – Novak – Curlin to Hill ‘n’ Dale in 2016


Bloodhorse – Balan – Strict Compliance Takes Boiling Springs

2015 Sales Catalogue

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

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


TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Close finishes highlight soggy FSS Day at Gulfstream

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Tribal Drama, Ballet Diva Win FL 2YO Stakes

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

Louisville Courier-Journal – Sullivan – ‘You’ll find me at the end of Ebenezer Road’

Giving horseplayers a voice.

September Newsletter

Floyd M Arthur

Countdown to 1,000 Wins


2 to go

Dale L “Colonel” Saunders

Countdown to 2,000 Wins


1 to go

Justin Stein

Countdown to 1,000 Wins

Bloodhorse – Stein Gets Victory 1,000 in Woodbine Opener

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

How much are owners invested in the sport? More than most get back, by far. The home-run horse, the 3-year-old who can win a classic race and be syndicated for millions for stud duty, may grab the headlines, but that horse is a rarity, an elusive dream to just about every owner who pays a training bill.

In rough numbers, purses in North America will total $1.1 billion in 2015. To chase that $1.1 billion, owners will spend $2 billion on training costs and more than $1 billion to buy auction yearlings and 2-year-olds to supply the racehorses. Add to that the amount spent by owners-breeders who own and breed the mares, pay the stud fees, and raise the offspring for two years hoping they can get them to the track, and you can add at least another $1 billion.

Once the owner gets the horse to the track, if it is lucky enough to win a race (only half of all starters each year actually win), he must pay the trainer 10 percent of the winning purse and the jockey another 10 percent.

For those keeping score, owners are supplying tracks with the runners who produce betting handle, while paying trainers, veterinarians, feed companies, farriers, grooms, hotwalkers, and others to care for their horses.

In light of that, owners should be the ones with the largest say in what is done with their stable and by whom. It is their competition.

DRF – Simon: Owners pay tab while leaving bill to others

Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest


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(starting September 20)

Sign up at the information desk.

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Ben’s Cat seeks third Turf Monster; female sprinters contest Masters

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Mondialiste, Mr. Owen in line for Woodbine Mile

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.

HorseRace Insider – PricciNothing Foggy About Racing Australia’s “Clear Day” Policy

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 – Mitchell – WinStar’s Tourist Shines at Kentucky Downs

Bloodhorse – OBS Fall Mixed Sale Catalog Online

2015 CTHS Sales Catalogue


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

Bloodhorse – Novak – Royal Posse Aces Evan Shipman Stakes Debut

Born To Run

Darling Be Home Soon

Bloodhorse – Snierson – Horsemen Celebrate Suffolk Homecoming

First We Take Manhattan

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 – Angst – Undefeated Riker Reigns in Swynford

Maker's Mark Plans Breeders' Cup Bottles

Let’s raise a glass.
And $1 Million for Charity.

Join Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark® in our goal to raise $1 Million over the next three years to support a variety of deserving local and thoroughbred industry charities. Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark® have collaborated on a limited-edition, five-bottle collection featuring a few of the most legendary champions in Breeders’ Cup history. Each bottle pays tribute with a customized design and signature from each Champion’s connections.

This is an extremely limited offer, as only 500 bottles were made for each Champion. Don’t miss your chance to savor the memories of these past champions while helping the local community.

Through your donation you will be granted access to participate in the exclusive commemorative bottle auction which will take place at Keeneland on Thursday, October 29. This event will be the only opportunity to collect the first three bottles of the series. No reserve will be placed on the bottles up for auction.

Champions for Charity event tickets are required, click here to learn more.

Bloodhorse – Fisher to Saddle First Starter Sept. 7 at Spa

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Florida Won Takes Rail to Presque Isle Win

Bloodhorse – Bossert – Neck ‘n Neck Edges Majestic Harbor at Parx

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My reading of history convinces me that most bad government has grown out of too much government.
John Sharp Williams

NY Times – AP – Jockey Arrested in Assault

The results of the ASHA Yearling Sale were very positive, which showed the continued optimism within the Alberta harness racing industry.

Trot Magazine – Beer Bribe Tops Alberta Yearling Sale

Phil has a question:

What kind of a tainted rose coloured glasses wearing fool would comment that selling 70 yearlings for $558,200, producing an average price of $7,974 in 2015 compared to selling 54 yearlings for $646,400 and an average of $11,970 in 2014 shows continued optimism within the Alberta harness racing industry.

With the Alberta jiggies finally landing in Canaan after wandering the Alberta boondocks since Stampede Park kicked them out wouldn’t you expect to see a rise in the average of around $4k not a drop in the average price of about $4k.
Are things at Century Downs in Balzac not quite as rosy as the QKB led the jiggies to believe.

Are the jiggies happier racing at Northlands Park in January than Century Downs in the fall.

Land of Canaan

NY Times – Nugent – The Ring Cycle: Boxing’s Eternal Cinematic Appeal

We did not know there were other people besides the Indian until about one hundred winters ago, when some men with white faces came to our country.
Chief Joseph

The Globe And Mail – Bascaramurty – Maturing Fort McMurray prepares for inevitable confrontation with death

Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.
Sitting Bull

National Post – Gormley – Aegean agonies: Canada and the world must help with refugee crisis, Turks and Greeks say

The Globe And Mail – Renzetti – Those weary, huddled masses become the fabric of Canada

The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.
Chief Joseph

Four Strong Winds

The Globe And Mail – Wheeler – Rolling Stone’s top songwriters list prioritizes hits over lyricism

Rolling Stone – 100 Greatest Songwriters

Phil has a question:

How can you take a Top songwriters list from a magazine that features Kim Khardashian on its front cover seriously.

Billboard – Strecker – Sinead O’Connor Blasts ‘Rolling Stone’ Kim Kardashian Cover: ‘Music Has Officially Died’

Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.

Frank Zappa

If You Could Read My Mind

The Globe And Mail – Atkins – Monsanto is hot for corn

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CBC – Wildrose take Calgary-Foothills byelection over NDP in tight race

Calgary Herald – Wood – NDP reflects after Calgary-Foothills byelection loss

Five things that Phil takes from the recent Wildrose win in the Calgary Foothills bye-election.
5. with a 39% voter turnout the Alberta electorate is sick and tired of elections.

4. Albertans want their politicians to stop electioneering and start governing.

3. The pundits will be sifting the ashes for the next 24 months and each time putting a different spin on what the results mean.

2. In the present political climate in Alberta the provincial Tories are irrelevant.

  1. If you think this bye-election win means anything more than one person getting more votes than the others just ask Jim Prentice whose party swept the bye-elections and then got swept out of office by the Orange Crush.

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament.
Vladimir Lenin

Orange Crush

Sometime Phil just can’t resist.

NY Times – Bellefante – Donald Trump’s Gomorrah Problem

The Globe and Mail – Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger split, say they remain ‘best of friends’

Phil has a question:

Are they friends with benefits.

Southern Living – 17 Ways To Build a Better Tomato Sandwich

Phil has a question:

What kind of a fool needs a recipe for a tomato sandwich.

Has anyone heard of 2 slices of rustic bread, a little butter, a nice ripe tomato from your garden and a little bit of sea salt. Better pick 2 3 tomatoes as one’s  two are already gone before the knife hits the butter.

If you want to get fancy add some lettuce or a sliced cucumber from your garden.

The Simple Things

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

LA Times – Perry – Dispute over Escondido golf course land turns into a smelly mess

Hey That’s no Way To Say Goodbye

Look Out Here Comes Tomorrow

Phil M Stockmen

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    CUFF REPORT PG 41/ CEO attending board meetings since it is not up to her to make this decision and that the board should be a independent governing authority, board meetings on its own can be a very healthy practice. HBPA new rep hopefully will not be a gelding and oppose this improper practice.

    CUFF REPORT PG 42/ CEO is to report to the board through the CHAIRMAN and carry out all law instructions given to her by the chairman of the board directors of corporation under HRA act/CECI?

    UNDERTAKER finally hits the snooze button and updates fines/rulings with TC/KELLY still going head to head in # rulings. HRA ruling #47 has SCOTT WILLIAMS becoming RON SCOTT under additional info, proof reading doesn’t count? and how did he make the apprentice weight allowance?

    HRA BUDGET UPDATE pg 43/business plan has $42,000 for fines, at least that is ontrack with the BAT team/harness leading the HAY/runners by a 60 to 47 count.

    ASD boasts of only 2 riding infractions all year with none of the top 5 riders cited, is this because of clean riding/poor camera angles or are the stewards wearing rose coloured glasses to obscure vision?

    ASD race caller KIRT CONTOLS has the book for leading rider CHAVIN CHOW it isn’t a conflict of interest? however under section 1 (HRA) act racing official related to actual running of horse races?

    SUGAR DOYLE is NOT RUMOURED to be picking up a apprentice/veteran rider at FORT ERIE/2016 due to his extensive work load at FE/WF and that his job security has him on the sunshine list.

    SUGAR DOYLE is rumoured to be a mentor of BOBBY SCHULLER principles and that has lead to a massive reduction in backstretch/track disobedience at FORT ERIE!

    ASHA YEARLING SALE has a reduction of 33% in average from $11,970 to $7,974 however based on the uncertainty of racing future, it has to be viewed as a little confidence in what lies ahead!

    DR. MAURICE STEWART breeder/co-owner of WRANGLER MAGIC wins 223K SIMCOE STAKE with 3 wins/11 starts over 500k earnings in sophomore season, has the mare still in ALBERTA proving that we can produce competitive race horses!

    DAVE NICHOLSON finally gets recognition in backstretch award after decades of good deeds/paddocking help etc. and as unofficial COORS LIGHT backstretch rep!

    SCOTT SINCLAIR hopefully has the 2,000 win sign and bucket of the Colonel’s Finests ready for winner’s circle!

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