Sep 162015

With Victor Espinoza dancing with the stars which gets more media cross exposure: thoroughbred racing or Dancing With The Stars.


Neither card would have been possible if management and horsemen at the two tracks didn’t subscribe to a theory that should be obvious to everyone in the sport, that there is way too much racing out there. They apparently didn’t get that memo at Delaware Park, where, yesterday, they had a nine-race card with small fields and cheap horses. It was even worse at Presque Isle Downs, where there were eight races and four of them had seven starters or less. At every track that raced Monday but Parx and Kentucky Downs, they gave the players exactly what they keep telling them they don’t want bad racing and small fields.

ESPN – Finley – Less means more for racing

Phil has a question:

What about the bettors who would wager on cockroaches running across Hastings.

Bloodhorse – Secretariat Shapes World’s Largest Horseshoe

What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.
John Steinbeck


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Pick 6 Jackpot    $246,116.00
Pick 5    $10,842.00
Belmont Park
Pick 6 $214,294.00
Churchill Downs
Pick 6    $8,342.00
Pick 7 Jackpot    $3,105.00
Finger Lakes
Pick 5    $3,584.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $32,914.00
Hastings Racecourse
Pick 6$49,511.00
Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $1,021.00
Kentucky Downs
Pick 5    $29,876.00
Super High Five     $5,863.00
Laurel Park
Pick 5    $2,180.00
Pick 6    $327.00
Lone Star Park
Pick 6    $100.00
Los Alamitos Race Course
Pick 6    $21,974.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $12,012.00
Pick 4    $9,792.00
Pick 5    $5,894.00
Super High Five     $7,888.00
Pick 6    $7,375.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $39,508.00

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Presque Isle Downs
Pick 6    $451.00

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rexall Place
Edmonton Oilers v. Calgary Flames
50/50 – $49,380.00

Guaranteed Pools


Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Frankel: the Horse, the Man, the Stallion


TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Five Takeaways from September 12-13 Weekend

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. 

Mark Twain


2015 CTHS Sales Catalogue


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

CNN – Knight and Brantley – Sammy Jo Bell: Female jockey poised to reign in Sport of Kings

Woodbine’s Emma-Jayne Wilson has quietly taken the money earning lead for female jockeys in North America.


Team PA Derby Picks
Happy Friday! This week it’s all about Parx Casino and Racing with the Cotillion Stakes and the Pennsylvania Derby. For those in attendance, Parx is handing out commemorative hats and there is also an opportunity to win a Smarty Jones halter.
Picks and Plays
Handicapping Corner
The Lady and The Track team submitted picks and plays for the PA Derby. Who’s play do you like?
Kari: $2 exacta 5,6,7/4 and 4/5,6,7
Sigi: Trifecta 3/5,9/5,9,1,10  $6. $20 on #5 Madefromlucky to place.
Casey: $10 on Frosted (3) to win. I’ll also box Frosted/Madefromlucky/Gimme da Lute (3,5,6) in a $2 trifecta. 
Lizzy: $20 longshot bet on Battle Midway (8) to win. 
Reinier: Frosted, while not a unique choice, is the probable winner.
Jess: $20 on #2 Island Town to show!
Trixie:  2,3,5,10 Boxed.
Featured Stakes Schedule
Cotillion Stakes 2015 Post Positions & Odds
Race 9 4:50 PM ET
1 Tara’s Tango 8-1 Smith/Hollendorfer
1A (post position 9) Keen Pauline 8-1 Garcia/Romans
2 Desert Valley 20-1 Parker/Radosevich
3 Embellish the Lace 4-1 Castellano/Dutrow
4 Stroke Play 20-1 Castillo/Preciado
5 Take Charge Brandi 5-1 Saez/Lukas
6 Pangburn 12-1 Santana, Jr./Dutrow
7 Peace and War 8-1 Rosario/Motion
8 I’m a Chatterbox 3-1  Geroux/Jones
9 (post position 10) Calamity Kate 10-1 Prado/Breen
11 (post position 12) Eskenformoney 6-1 Velazquez/Pletcher
12 (post position 13) Don’tforgetaboutme 15-1 Ortiz, Jr./Pletcher
Penn Derby 2015 Post Positions & Odds
Race 10 5:45 PM ET
1 War Story 20-1 Parker/Radosevich
2 Island Town 10-1 Hernandez, Jr./Wilkes
3 Frosted 5-2 Rosario/McLaughlin
4 Iron Fist 8-1 Smith/Hollendorfer
5 Madefromlucky 4-1 Velazquez/Pletcher
6 Gimme Da Lute 5-1 Garcia/Baffert
7 Tommy Macho 10-1 Castellano/Pletcher
8 Battle Midway 20-1 Gryder/Zito
9 Upstart 9-2 Ortiz, Jr./Violette, Jr.
10 Mr. Z 10- 1 Saez/Lukas

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Frosted Set to Ice PA Derby Field

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Pennsylvania Derby heads weekend racing

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Madefromlucky, Frosted Among 10 for PA Derby

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Pennsylvania Derby likely final Breeders’ Cup prep for Frosted

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Three Plays on an Excellent Pennsylvania Derby card

TwinSpires Blog – ON POINT: What the Pennsylvania Derby can tell us about American Pharoah

First, Parx Racing does not have a good brand image as a racing operation. Horse owners and horseplayers regularly complain about the “super trainers” who consistently win at unfathomable win percentages. Many question why management allows certain trainers or jockeys to compete at Parx when they are either under suspension for serious infractions or banned from other jurisdictions. The inept Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission does not help matters, and neither does an ongoing FBI investigation at another Pennsylvania racetrack, Penn National, near Harrisburg.

Second, as many horseplayers know, Parx has brutal takeout rates on some of its bet types and is ranked 56th of 62 tracks on the annual ratings list compiled by the Horseplayers Association of North America, which looks at several factors, including field size and takeout rates.

The win, place and show (17 percent) and exacta and daily double (20 percent) takeouts are not exorbitant, but the 26 percent on Pick 3, 4, and 6 wagers and the 30 percent on trifectas and superfectas are absolute killers.

Rebate and computer assisted players, who may not be as sensitive to takeout rates, prefer large wagering pools. Those are hard to find at Parx.

Finally, Parx did very little promotion of its Fall Festival to reach simulcast players across the country. In fact, it does little to promote racing throughout the year.

Bad brand image. Bad pricing. Bad marketing.

That is a losing trifecta.

Paulick Report – Paulick – Parx Fall Festival Business Undermined By Poor Image, High Takeout, Scant Marketing

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Horses I’ll be watching on Pennsylvania Derby Day

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.

Race 2 – Red Diamond Express Handicap Entries Plus (Free)

Entries For the 20th Running Of  The Red Diamond Express

20th Running Of  The Red Diamond Express
Sponsored by Red Diamond Stables
$50,000 Estimated
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PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Lucy Q (AB) Amanda & Gary & Lesley Gregory 4/F J Espitia 112 A Gregory
2 Kilohana (AB) Eagle Rock Racing Stable 6/G L S Beauregard 118 J R Robertson
3 Tiny Giant (AB) Mickey Demers, Gary Mailloux and Viking Stables 8/G L R W Walcott 123 J Petrowski
4 Cafeine Cowboy (AB) Don Gilkyson and Triple “K” Stables 6/G L D Bryan 117 D Gilkyson
5 Bond James Bond (AB) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 7/G L D Nelson 117 T Rycroft


Race – 4  Fall Classic Distaff Handicap Entries Plus (Free)

20th Running Of The Fall Classic Distaff
Sponsored by Highfield Stock Farms Ltd.
Purse $50,000. A Handicap Stakes For Fillies And Mares, Three Year Olds & Upward, Foaled In Alberta

PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Saint Sassy Sue (AB) Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. 4/F L Q Welch 118 G Tracy
2 Brady’s Tomboy (AB) M & P Equipment Inc., Met Set Consulting Ltd. and Dale L. Saunders 7/M L S Williams 119 D L Saunders
3 Fordy Eight Cush (AB) Dale Ellson 5/M L A Chalaris 115 J R Robertson
4 Smile Again Theta (AB) Heather Chieffo and Jerri R. Robertson 7/M L R W Walcott 122 J R Robertson
5 Tempered Sky (AB) Lora & Wendy & Shelley & Dennis Barton 6/M L I E Mosqueira 117 J Shafer



Race 6 – Alberta Oaks Entries Plus (Free)

37th Running Of The Alberta Oaks
Sponsored by True North Holding Inc.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Blameitontheknight (AB) M & P Equipment Inc., Met Set Consulting Ltd. and Dale L. Saunders 3/F L S Beauregard 119 D L Saunders
2 Last Flight (AB) Holm-Bred Farm Ltd. 3/F T Maragh 119 T Rycroft
3 Blazing Jean (AB) Flash Tail Racing 3/F L J Espitia 119 R Chabot
4 Viento Draco (AB) Dragon Reach Stables 3/F A Chalaris 119 A Gregory
5 Almost Ninety (AB) Mitch Klimove, Judy Frost and Jerri R. Robertson 3/F L S Williams 119 J R Robertson
6 Tawow (AB) Doug Ladouceur Jr. and Karen McKoen 3/F D Bynoe 119 D Ladouceur, Jr.
7 Wild Deuces (AB) Wilde Racing 3/F L I E Mosqueira 119 R McLean
8 Queenoftheforest (AB) Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm 3/F L R W Walcott 119 G Tracy
9 Black Velvet Miss (AB) Tyler Bellig, Madeleine Elliott, Antoine Langlois, Sandy Oxley and Deanna Walper 3/F R Zenteno Jr. 119 D Walper


Race 7 –  Sturgeon River Stake Entries Plus (Free)

34th Running Of The Sturgeon River
Sponsored by Adena Springs North
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Onestaratatime (AB) Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm 2/F L R W Walcott 117 G Tracy
2 Leena (AB) R & M Stable 2/F I E Mosqueira 117 R A MacDonald
3 Haythorne Place (AB) Charlie Maze 2/F L T Maragh 117 C R Smith
4 Padesroyal Jandaya (AB) J & G Murphy Holdings Ltd. 2/F L R Lara 117 R C Kingston
5 High Dollar Gal (AB) Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. 2/F L S Williams 117 G Tracy
6 Fast Forward Gal (AB) RLC Racing and Steve Hollar 2/F S Beauregard 117 D Davies
7 Royal Treasure (AB) Don Gibb 2/F D Nelson 117 R Haynes
8 Irish Heart (AB) Lenore Dubois 2/F L L Munoz 117 L Dubois
9 Wila’s Secret (AB) Barry & Tim Jeffrey 2/F A Chalaris 117 R Hedge


Race 8 –  Alberta Breeders’ Handicap Entries Plus (Free)

19th Running Of The Alberta Breeders’ Handicap
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PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Wild Crush (AB) Barb Saunders 7/G L D Bryan 118 D L Saunders
2 For Cash (AB) Southview Ag (1998) Ltd. 5/G L R W Walcott 124 D Greenwood
3 Wild Legend (AB) Barb Saunders 4/G S Williams 121 D L Saunders
4 Barfly’s Survivor (AB) Steele Valley Farms 6/G L I E Mosqueira 118 J R Robertson
5 Wild Romeo (AB) Dale L. Saunders 4/G S Beauregard 115 D L Saunders


Race 10 – Beaufort Stake Entries Plus

33rd Running Of  The Beaufort Stakes
Sponsored by Peaceful Valley Stable
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Water Wagon (AB) M & P Equipment Inc., Met Set Consulting Ltd. and Dale L. Saunders 3/G A Chalaris 121 D L Saunders
2 R Valentino (AB) Ken Tingle 3/G L R W Walcott 121 K Tingle
3 Timeless Tales (AB) Wilde Racing, Amber Buniak and Ryan McLean 3/G I E Mosqueira 121 R McLean
4 Holler At the Moon (AB) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 3/G L S Beauregard 121 T Rycroft
5 Book of Five Rings (AB) Rob Chabot and Joshua Schayer 3/G L D Nelson 121 R Chabot
6 Kissinthetheater (AB) D.J. King and Dylan Heppner 3/G L J Espitia 121 R Diodoro
7 Release the Kraken (AB) Amanda & Gary & Lesley Gregory 3/G L L Munoz 121 A Gregory
8 Centrefire (AB) Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm 3/G L S Williams 121 G Tracy
9 Xtreme Denigray (AB) Ted Graling 3/G L T Maragh 121 T Bensmiller


Race 11 –  Alberta Premier’s Futurity Entries Plus

 36th Running Of The Alberta Premier’s Futurity
Sponsored by Horse Racing Alberta


PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Muddy Good (AB) Harlequin Ranches, Don Buchanan, John Gattey and Cindy Shipton-Gattey 2/G L L Munoz 118 R K Smith
2 Charpetti (AB) Ron and Sandra Kirchner 2/G J Espitia 118 J Petrowski
3 Candy Trader (AB) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 2/G D Nelson 118 T Rycroft
4 Modernotis (AB) Derby Quest Farms Ltd., Shot In The Dark Racing Corp., Curtis & Darrell Landry 2/G L Q Welch 118 G Tracy
5 Victory Day (AB) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 2/G R W Walcott 118 T Rycroft
6 Huckelberry County (AB) Steele Valley Farms 2/G D Bynoe 118 J R Robertson
7 Ripple (AB) Jim & Carole Barker and Red Diamond Stable 2/G L D Bryan 118 R K Smith
8 Go Wild (AB) Barb Saunders 2/G S Williams 118 D L Saunders
9 Moonlight Malice (AB) Mark Gems International Ltd. 2/G L I E Mosqueira 118 J Shafer
10 Schramson (AB) J & G Murphy Holdings Ltd. 2/G L R Lara 118 R C Kingston
11 Northernlocomotive (AB) (AE) Mickey Demers, Gary Mailloux and Viking Stables 2/G K Joseph 118 J Petrowski
12 Winestein (AB) (AE) Doug Clement and Darlene Harder 2/G S Beauregard 118 D T Jones




TwinSpires Blog – Macatangay – Embellish the Lace to Decorate Resume in Cotillion

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Will popular Cotillion provide clarity to three-year-old dirt filly division?

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – I’m a Chatterbox Looking for Cotillion Luck

Bloodhorse – Balan – Beholder Working Well Toward Zenyatta

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Beholder Will Target BC Classic

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Owner now won’t sell Classic-bound Beholder

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willioghby – Why the Breeders’ Cup looks the smart target for Gosden’s Derby hero

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Want Golden Horn in BC Turf? Hope it keeps raining in Europe

Racing Post – Mottershead – Golden Horn camp ‘not frightened of Treve’

Breeders’ Cup Challenge

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 – Cronley – Collecting a Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Hebbronville Poised for Gallant Bob Score

Andrew Garlic Festival

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Oakford – Innovative ways to revitalize racing – from a ‘business leader to watch’

ESPN – West – Kentucky Downs scene of big day for Boerjan and Kalamos

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

Racing Post – Scargill – Michael Owen pens final goodbye to Panther

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Sports Betting and Fantasy Sports, Is There Common Ground for Racing?

PresentsJuly 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2016
“The Alberta Gospel Revival Music Festival and Trade Show”
A Bumpin the Beats Production
July 29th, 30th & 31st 2016
“The Alberta All Make Motorcycle Rally and Classic Rock Festival”
A Wicked Gigz Production
(Alberta Owned and Operated)

Sept 2nd, 3rd & 4th 2016
“The Alberta Classic Country Music Festival”
A Bumpin the Beats Production

Bloodhorse – Morris Returning to The Stronach Group

Lady and the Track – Park – Cotillion Stakes & Penn Derby at Parx Offers Fun For All

TwinSpires Blog – Simon – Lookin’ At Laurel

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Force the Pass gives relocated Commonwealth Derby a boost

Bloodhorse – Novak – Force the Pass Heads Commonwealth Derby

Bloodhorse – Balan – Grade I Winners Meet in Commonwealth Cup



Saturday, September 19, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday, September 20, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

Norm Castiglione and Robert Vargo’s Riversedge Racing  Stables, Ltd. and Dany Dion’s Bear Stables Ltd.’s Academic found another gear coming down the lane in the $250,000 British Columbia Derby GIIIC going 1 1/8 miles on the dirt at Hastings Racecourse on Sunday September 13, 2015. Academic is trained by Tim Rycroft and Justin Stein made the trip from Woodbine for the second winning mount in western Canada. Bluegrass Angus set the pace, but couldn’t hold off Academic when she came up the rail with an amazing turn of foot.

Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot in the Dark Racing Corp.’s Blue Dancer with Northlands Park leading rider Rico Walcott in the irons for conditioner Greg Tracy held on for third.

Bloodhorse – Academic Bests the Boys Again in BC Derby

One race before the BC Derby Elevated Bloodstock Inc. and Raxon Cho’s Hero’s Amor , with Northlands Park leading rider Rico Walcott aboard for conditioner Tim Rycroft stalked the pace made her move at the top of the lane and held on to win the $100,000 British Columbia Oaks (Listed) going 1 1/8 miles on the dirt at Hastings Racecourse.

Earlier in the day Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot in the Dark Racing Corp.’s Wine Stock with Amadeo Perez aboard for conditioner Greg Tracy took the lead at the 3/4 pole and never looked back in a $50,000 Starter Stake for 3 year olds & up going 1 1/16 miles on the dirt at Hastings Racecourse.

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – I’m Already Sexy seeks title defense at Kentucky Downs

Grand Opening Party

Last Chance For Special Rates

Sept 26 SAT  9A -4P

800 Broadmoor Blvd. Ste. 540
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 4E7


Racing Post – Barber – Racing’s plan to ban bookmaker sponsorship

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Espinoza Salsas on first Dancing with the Stars

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Victor Espinoza Starts Slow in Week 1 ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Victor Espinoza in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ This Week 

Yes Phil knows that the first episode ran earlier this week.

But Phil has a question:

Where can you wager.


Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Friday September 18, 2015

Matt’s Picks and Free Program – Saturday September 19, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Friday, September 18, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, September 19, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Striking Gold at the Keeneland Sales

Bloodhorse – Balan – Full Field of Fillies to Contest Dogwood

Upcoming Stakes

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

TwinSpires Blog – TURF TALK: Sales Season in the Blue Grass, top yearlings & amazing food

Bloodhorse – Lotta Kim Hits Stride for Heaven Trees Farm

Derby Bar and Grill

From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter





There has been a huge change in the weather in the last couple of weeks.  We went from a heat wave for several weeks to a large storm and now cooler fall weather.

One very positive thing I have noticed is over the last several years the fan base usually falls off considerably after Labor Day at Hastings Racecourse.  But hopefully this past Saturday has bucked that trend as Saturday’s crowd was very good.

Saying that though I was a little disappointed in the size of the crowd on Derby Day. The handle was down about $280,000.00 which was difficult to figure but running our biggest day of the season in competition to the NFL Opening Day could have had something to do with it?


As we mentioned late last week the BCHRIMC confirmed we had reached the handle dollars to allow the extra 4 days of racing.  We now have 12 days of live racing left in the 2015 season.


After Derby Sunday we have now completed 42 days of live racing at Hastings Racecourse.

We have run a total of 318 races with a total of 2205 horse starts.  The average of horses per race is now 6.9 horses per race.

In that total of 318 races, 281 have been overnight races and 37 stakes races.

The total paid out to overnight races is $4,111,301.00. Included in that number is $419,076.00 to the 25% BC Bred Bonus and $41,225.00 to the 6-12 finishers.  The total payout for stakes races obviously took a large jump over the past weekend when $550,000.00 was paid out on Derby Day. That total now stands at $2,185,000.00.  That total is made up of $225,000 in sponsorship dollars, $553,900.00 has been from nomination fees and the balance of $1,406,100 paid directly from the Stake Pool allocation of funds.

The average paid out per day over 42 days is $149,912.00.  That we can assure you is the best north of southern California and west of Toronto.


This Friday will be the last newsletter for a week as I will be off to the Keeneland Yearling Sale in Lexington, Kentucky for a week.  We leave on Friday morning and won’t be back until Saturday the 26th.


Hastings News by Greg Douglas

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Pope Becomes Seven-Figure Seller

Thoroughbred Internet – Can’t keep Churchill Down

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
Winston Churchill

Bred in Kentucky by Steve Snowden, Seth Lauffer, and Will Lauffer, Silver Max is out of the winning Kissin Kris mare Kissin Rene, who is the dam of three winners from six foals to race, including stakes winner True Kiss. He is from the family of Canadian champion Kiss a Native and Grade 1 winner and sire Yes It’s True.

DRF – Silver Max retired to stud in Ontario

Out of a $200,000 Stakes winning mare, this gelding by WHISKEY WISDOM has all the family talent you need!

Come see this fancy yearling in Edmonton on September 19-20th or call us to book a farm visit pre-sale.

1st dam: JUST A WISH, by Horatius. 9 wins, 2 to 5, $202,002, Vine Hill Ranch H., 3rd Brown Bess H.-L, Real Delight S. Half-sister to MIKE’S CAVIL.

This is her ninth foal. Dam of 7 foals to race, 6 winners, including– Wannabe (g. by Petionville). 8 wins, $291,259, 2nd Alphabet Soup H.-LR.

Wish for Gold (f. by Hold for Gold). 4 wins, 2 to 4, $136,062, 2nd Lady Hallie S.-LR, Purple Violet S.-LR. Producer.
Look to Heaven (f. by Storm Boot). 3 wins at 3, $98,569. Dam of–
Tomorrow’s Tale (g. by Petionville). 10 wins, 3 to 5, $272,765, 2nd Wild and Wonderful S.-L, Damitrius S.

Here is our Formal Gold Gelding Selling as hip #21 in September Sale
He has a well muscled body, nicely balanced, very correct and walks straight. He is a quiet, respectful boy to work with.

You gotta see this filly!! 1/2 Sister to The Alberta Champion 2 year old LEGEND FORTYNINE and full sister to the 2015 Juvenile Stakes filly SAFARI TAN.

This smokin’ Filly is by Kissin Kris out of Fortynine Below.

She is mature in body and mind. She is well muscled, big boned and clean

Esquirol Farms

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Keeneland Book 2 Registers Strong Start

Bloodhorse – Shulman –  Baffert Goes to $700,000 for Uncle Mo Colt

Bloodhorse – Novak – The Factor Colt Hammers for $600,000

Bloodhorse – Novak – Chadds Ford Lands Tapit Filly to Start Book 2


Bloodhorse – Tapit and Gainesway Rule at Keeneland

TDN – War Front Influence Extends Into KEESEP Book 2

DRF – Nevills – Keeneland September: Book 1 yields steady returns

Bloodhorse – Angst – Whisper Hill Farm Lands $2.1M Tapit Colt

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Another Million-Dollar Yearling for Pope

Bloodhorse – Zayat Stables Buys $1.5M Bernardini Filly

Bloodhorse – Angst – Japanese Buyer Secures War Front Colt

Bloodhorse – Lael Bids Big for Tapit Colt Out of Pure Clan

DRF – Nevills – Keeneland September: Market remains steady in second session

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Distorted Humor Colt Leads Way at Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Angst – Distorted Humor Colt Surpasses $1.5 Million

Bloodhorse – Partnership Buys $1.1M Medaglia d’Oro Colt

Bloodhorse – Spendthrift Buys Fastnet Rock Filly for $1M

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Rachel’s Half Brother Goes for $800,000

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – My day at Keeneland September, starring a few War Fronts and a Fastnet Rock

DRF Live – Nevills – Wrapping up Day 1 at Keeneland September

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Keeneland September Sale 2015: Session 1

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Shadwell Lands War Front Filly for $1.45M

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – War Front Filly Brings $1M at Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Medaglia d’Oro Colt to Ferguson for $875,000

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

Bloodhorse – Canterbury Reports Increases for 2015 Meet

Giving horseplayers a voice.

September Newsletter

Bloodhorse – BC ‘Taste of the World’ Set for Oct. 29

Floyd M Arthur

Countdown to 1,000 Wins


2 to go

Congratulations to

Dale L “Colonel” Saunders

For his 2,000 Wins


The sport, of course, is accorded reams of publicity every day, but the ordinary sports fan takes zero interest – unless it involves people like Owen, or Wes Welker, the American Football wide receiver who is joint owner of Undrafted, winner of the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

The sad end of poor old Brown Panther is a stark reminder of the sheer power of celebrity – and how there’s nothing quite like it if you want to get your product noticed.

But you won’t get anyone – from show business to big business, from sheikhs to shopkeepers – succumbing to the lure of racehorse ownership unless they’re going to get one hell of a kick out of it. So let’s make sure being an owner is fun, fair and fascinating – and let’s keep it that way for all of them.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Celebrities and racing: the sad lessons of a monumental weekend

Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest


(until September 19)

(starting September 20)

Sign up at the information desk.

Bloodhorse – Keickhefer – Byrne Seeks Safeguard for IL Horses, Workers

Bloodhorse – Angst – Sarah Sis Aims to Add Charles Town Oaks

Born To Run

California Dreamin

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Coffee Clique Seeks Noble Damsel Rebound

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Ambitious Brew thrives on Los Alamitos dirt track; Baffert sends out a couple of nice juvenile winners – See more at: #sthash.xVGDGvUg.dpuf

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.

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – The wrong Derby is being called Super

LA Times – Faughnder – Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace Donald Trump as ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ host

Phil has a question:

How long will it be until one of the contestants responds: “I’ll be back.”

Fort Erie Race Track Logo

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Da Big Hoss continues win streak in Kentucky Turf Cup

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Da Big Hoss Rallies to Take Kentucky Turf Cup

Louisville Courier Journal – Lintner – Breeders’ Cup contender Texas Red done for year

Louisville Courier-Journal – Secretariat shout-out during Republican debate

Bloodhorse – Chenery Responds to ‘Secretariat’ Reference

LA Times – Pugmire – Floyd Mayweather Jr. insists he’s content at 49-0. Unless…

National Post – Robert Fulford: Leftist delusions of Soviet horrors

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. 


NY Times – Cieply and Barnes – Rivalry Builds Off the Field as Talent Agencies Turn to Sports

Phil’s Drink and a Flick

The Ultimate Bloody Mary

Fried Green Tomatoes

Green River

NY Times – Today in Politics: In New Poll, Ben Carson Pulls Up Alongside an Idling Donald Trump

The Globe And Mail – Dryden – I am Donald, hear me roar

LA Times – Linthicum – Meet the busboy who’s taking on Donald Trump over immigration

Quite frankly, it’s the best thing that can happen to us as community leaders to convince people that not participating in civic life has consequences,” said Ben Monterroso, the executive director of Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, one of several organizations that are mounting an ambitious effort to get Latinos to vote in 2016. “They’re challenging the Latino community to see if we’re going to be able to defend ourselves at the ballot box.”

NY Times – Latinos for Donald Trump

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.
Konstantin Jireček

The Globe And Mail – Sweden’s ugly immigration problem

Southern Living – The Dutch Oven – York – Green Tomatoes: Beyond the Frying Pan

LA Times – Turner – NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone dies

NY Times – Almond – What I Learned in the Locker Room

NY Times – Powell – Patrick Kane’s Status Is Shrouded in Silence

The price of greatness is responsibility.
Winston Churchill


Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “2015 Alberta Fall Classic Weekend Preview”


    HRA BAT JUDGES/TOMMY T “get it right” in ruling #59 where TC backs up the field going 27 then 31.2 causing interference and DQ,along with a $200 fine he loses the winner portion of $12500 as part owner, but what about the loyal alberta harness punters at 2/5 who are left with a sour taste in their mouths and lighter wallets as they surf channels to start betting at thoroughbred tracks?

    HRA ruling #63 veteran romping ROD eases off the gas enough to save pony and is glad to get a $160 fine for a repeat infraction and ensures the purse of $6500, this has occurred dozens of times recently with all drivers using smart tactics to fill their pockets but what about the bettor’s leaving industry?

    HAWTHORNE great racing promotion contest with 5 fans owning a horse with former blackhawk EDDIE OLCZYK, used by ASHA/MERIDAN FARMS years ago, maybe donate a horse with MCDAVID to boast attendance and fan support?

    BOBBY ALLEN dispersal sale sept 19, ends a long era of a small time operator taking on the big boys, with the repurposing of ALBERTA DOWNS with festivals next summer,he will be remembered for
    providing harness racing with a venue for 5 years while PLAN B was derailed!

    ALBERTA DOWNS SOUTH INC, website in a interesting 28 pg.display expanding to LAS VEGAS and applying for a full gaming and horse racing license with NEVADA RACING COMMISSION showing support and is seeking investors. PUBLIC company will be seeking at least $600 million US and a unlimited water supply for turf course, rumoured that captain will be copilot in this venture!

    PC federal government show $1.9 billion surplus does CEO/HRA have any surplus funds with budgeted casino revenue and anticipated 15% drop in betting revenue resulting in millions of deficit?

    BURNABY NUG/ NEXT GREAT ONE rumoured to be viewing horse sale, will PINKY be expanding his client list since he once trained for the GREAT ONE decades ago!

    BC CTHS sale shows 19% average increase, with last years ALBERTA sale at 11,100 average what will happen this year with 100 yearling offered but last year the 101 horses had 37 not sold/RNA/ buyback which bumped the average, probably the 2013 sale fig where 86 offered /10 not sold for average $8842!

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