Sep 202015

Phil’s starting with a question:


Why weren’t all the economic wizards who are telling Albertans that the current downturn can’t last around a couple of years ago telling Albertans that the boom couldn’t last.

Lean On Me

The Globe and Mail – Mason – Notley’s environmental challenge: finding the sweet spot

Edmonton Sun – Dykstra – ‘Folks need to settle down’: Alberta Premier Notley

‘Crazy’ is a term of art; ‘Insane’ is a term of law. Remember that, and you will save yourself a lot of trouble.
Hunter S. Thompson

Phil’s Vignette of Canadian History

The Globe And Mail – CP – Panetta – How the Klondike gold rush gave rise to the Trump empire

Pierre Berton – Klondike: The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899

Explore North – The History of Dawson City, Yukon Territory

Gold Dust Woman

Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.
Vladimir Lenin

National Post – Conrad Black: Where is the leader with the vision to match the refugee crisis?

A nation can’t get strong on political pablum.

Richard Lamm


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Belmont Park
Pick 6    $609,596.00
Churchill Downs
Pick 6    $11,067.00
Pick 7 Jackpot    $3,970.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $41,140.00
Hastings Racecourse
Pick 6    $54,690.00
Laurel Park
Pick 6    $976.00
Super High Five     $4,948.00
Los Alamitos
Pick 6    $2,987.00
Monmouth Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $1,040.00
Monmouth Park
Pick 5    $13,113.00
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort
Pick 5    $4,675.00
Presque Isle Downs
Pick 6    $451.00
Pick 6    $10,693.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $48,879.00
Zia Park
Super High Five     $1,597.00

Monday, September 21, 2015

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

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $1,084.00

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $14,022.00

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pick 6 Jackpot    $273,246.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $273,246.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $1,950.00

Guaranteed Pools

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Northlands Park
Pick 4 – $10,000.00

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

NY Times – Drape and Belson – An Ad Blitz for Fantasy Sports Games, but Some See Plain Old Gambling

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

Edmonton Journal – Mah – Lottery ticket vending machines to be tested in Edmonton, Calgary

All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.
John Wooden

River Deep Mountain High

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Confessions of a Big Race Junkie

Ooh Ooh Las Vegas

2016 Road to the Kentucky Derby

The 142nd running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) will be run Saturday, May 7, 2016, and for the fourth consecutive year, a tiered point system in select races will determine who qualifies to America’s greatest race.
Race    Track    Date    Points
FrontRunner   Santa Anita Park    Sep 26, 2015    10-4-2-1
Champagne Belmont Park Oct 3, 2015 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland Oct 3, 2015 10-4-2-1
Grey Woodbine Oct 4, 2015 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Keeneland Oct 31, 2015 20-8-4-2
Delta Downs Jackpot Delta Downs Nov 21, 2015 10-4-2-1
Remsen Aqueduct Nov 28, 2015 10-4-2-1
Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs Nov 28, 2015 10-4-2-1
Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos Race Course Dec 19, 2015 10-4-2-1
Jerome Aqueduct Jan 9, 2016 10-4-2-1
Sham Santa Anita Park Jan 16, 2016 10-4-2-1
Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park Jan 18, 2016 10-4-2-1
Holy Bull Gulfstream Park Jan 30, 2016 10-4-2-1
Withers Aqueduct Feb 13, 2016 10-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park Feb 13, 2016 10-4-2-1
Southwest Oaklawn Park Feb 15, 2016 10-4-2-1
El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate Fields Feb 20, 2016 10-4-2-1
Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Risen Star Fair Grounds Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Gotham Aqueduct Mar 12, 2016 50-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs Mar 12, 2016 50-20-10-5
San Felipe Santa Anita Park Mar 12, 2016 50-20-10-5
Rebel Oaklawn Park Mar 19, 2016 50-20-10-5
Sunland Derby Sunland Park Mar 20, 2016 50-20-10-5
Spiral Turfway Park Mar 26, 2016 50-20-10-5
UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse Mar 26, 2016 100-40-20-10
Florida Derby Gulfstream Park Apr 2, 2016 100-40-20-10
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Apr 2, 2016 100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial Aqueduct Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Blue Grass Keeneland Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Apr 16, 2016 100-40-20-10
Lexington Keeneland Apr 16, 2016 10-4-2-1

NY Times – When In Rome Learn To Cook Italian

Montreal – Semenak – Porchetta recipe is simple and foolproof

Teaching players during practices was what coaching was all about to me.
John Wooden

2016 Road to the Kentucky Oaks

Race    Track    Date      Points
Chandelier    Santa Anita Park Sep 26, 2015 10-4-2-1
Alcibiades    Keeneland Oct 2, 2015 10-4-2-1
Frizette    Belmont Park Oct 3, 2015 10-4-2-1
Mazarine    Woodbine Oct 4, 2015 10-4-2-1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies    Keeneland Oct 31, 2015 20-8-4-2
Delta Downs Princess    Delta Downs Nov 21, 2015 10-4-2-1
Demoiselle    Aqueduct Nov 28, 2015 10-4-2-1
Golden Rod    Churchill Downs Nov 28, 2015 10-4-2-1
Starlet    Los Alamitos Race Course Dec 12, 2015 10-4-2-1
Santa Ynez    Santa Anita Park Jan 9, 2016 10-4-2-1
Busanda    Aqueduct Jan 16, 2016 10-4-2-1
Silverbulletday    Fair Grounds Jan 23, 2016 10-4-2-1
Forward Gal    Gulfstream Park Jan 30, 2016 10-4-2-1
Martha Washington    Oaklawn Park Feb 6, 2016 10-4-2-1
Las Virgenes    Santa Anita Park Feb 6, 2016 10-4-2-1
UAE Oaks    Meydan Racecourse Feb 25, 2016 50-20-10-5
Busher    Aqueduct Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Davona Dale    Gulfstream Park Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Rachel Alexandra   Fair Grounds Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Santa Ysabel    Santa Anita Park Mar 5, 2016 50-20-10-5
Honeybee    Oaklawn Park Mar 12, 2016 50-20-10-5
Sunland Park Oaks    Sunland Park Mar 20, 2016 50-20-10-5
Bourbonette Oaks    Turfway Park Mar 26, 2016 50-20-10-5
Gulfstream Park Oaks    Gulfstream Park Apr 2, 2016 100-40-20-10
Fair Grounds Oaks    Fair Grounds Apr 2, 2016 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Oaks    Santa Anita Park Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Gazelle    Aqueduct Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Ashland   Keeneland Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Fantasy    Oaklawn Park Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Beaumont    Keeneland Apr 17, 2016 10-4-2-1


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

Race 2 Kilohana 2

Kilohana Winning the Red Diamond Express Handicap.

Shannon Beauregard up for trainer Jerri R. Robertson.

s Tomboy and Smile Again Theta

Brady’s Tomboy winning the Fall Classic Distaff Handicap.

Scott Williams up for trainer Dale L “Colonel” Saunders.


Shannon Beauregard won the Alberta Oaks on Blameitontheknight at the Alberta Fall Classic on Sept. 19, 2015. Trainer Dale Saunders is on the right.Shannon Beauregard won the Alberta Oaks on Blameitontheknight at the Alberta Fall Classic on Sept. 19, 2015. Trainer Dale Saunders is on the right.

Edmonton Journal – Stock – Saunders’ horses run Wild at Alberta Fall Classic

Equibase – Northlands Park September 19, 2015 – Charts

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – Riding legend Willie Carson: now he’s a breeder with the Arc in his sight’

2015 CTHS Sales Catalogue

Unofficial Results have been published

2015 CTHS Alberta Sales Results

Sales Topper Hip 85 sold for $95,000.00 to Riversedge Racing Stable, Ltd.


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

Lady and the Track – Smith – Horse Racing News and Stakes Recap Sept. 19, 2015

America’s Best Racing – Curry – Frosted Takes Pennsylvania Derby on Day of Mourning for Owner

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Frosted turns in strong BC Classic prep with Penn Derby score 

Bloodhorse – Angst – Frosted Ices Rivals in Pennsylvania Derby

Racing Post – Scargill – Classic next for Frosted after Penn Derby success


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

If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – I’m a Chatterbox talks the talk in Cotillion

Bloodhorse – Novak – I’m a Chatterbox Rallies to Cotillion Victory

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

Bloodhorse – Angst – Galileo Rockets to Top of Challenge Sire List

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Super Majesty reigns in Dogwood

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Super Majesty Holds On for Dogwood Win

Andrew Garlic Festival

Bloodhorse – Kentucky Downs Posts Record Handle, Purses

TwinSpires Blog – Kiss Moon wins again as Kentucky Downs meet concludes

Man On The Moon

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

Bloodhorse – Balan – Hot City Girl Speeds to CT Oaks Victory

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Hot City Girl fires in Charles Town Oaks



Emerald Downs Wrap-Sunday, September 20

AUBURN, Wash. (September 20, 2015) – Quatre Cat out finished Caliente Gold in a stirring stretch run for a head victory in the $25,000 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Emerald Downs.

Ridden by Julien Couton, Quatre Cat ran 6 ½ furlongs on a fast track in 1:15.58 and paid $4.20, $2.40 and $2.10. Sylvea Gregory—saddling her first winner at Emerald Downs—is the winning trainer for owner David Gregory.

One of the top sophomore fillies in Vancouver, B.C., Quatre Cat is a triple stakes winner this year at Hastings Racecourse, and her lifetime mark is 6-3-1 in 11 starts with earnings of $161,159. The British Columbia-bred filly earned $13,750 for Sunday’s triumph.

Caliente Gold, ridden by Rocco Bowen, rallied in tandem with Quatre Cat and just missed the win in another sharp effort. The runner-up paid $2.60 and $2.10.

Seeking the Light, ridden by Juan Gutierrez, held third after an early speed duel and paid $2.20. Sneaking a Kiss and Dance With Effie completed the order of finish.

NOTES: Even with the near miss on Caliente Gold, Bowen had his first four-win day at Emerald Downs, scoring wins on Mr. Takahashi ($7.40), Dr. Dr. Kate ($6.40), Raspberry Ala Mode ($11.40) and Jill’s Joy ($8.20). A 26-year-old native of Barbados, Bowen is fourth overall with 58 wins—his fourth straight 50-win season at Emerald Downs. Bowen has 11 three-win days at Emerald Downs. . .Couton rode two winners Sunday and has wrapped up the title with a 96-76 lead over Juan Gutierrez in the jockeys’ standings. Defending champion Leslie Mawing is third with 73 wins and leads in stakes wins with nine. . .Couton rode nine winners this week—five Saturday and two Friday and Sunday. . .Jeff Metz had no wins Sunday but has locked up his third straight training title with a 62-32 lead over Blaine Wright. Metz needs five wins in the final three days to break the single-season mark of 66 wins held by Tim McCanna. . .McCanna thwarted the record march as Zenyandthejet ($6.40) shipped in from Golden Gate to edge the Metz-trained Inflationary in race five. . .Trainer Junior Coffey was two-for-two Sunday with maiden wins by 2-year-olds Coastal Diva ($7.40) and John Paul’s Bet ($18.60). The latter, a first-time starter by He’s Tops-Castle Bet, is owned and bred by Richard Pasko and edged odds-on Noble Nick by a head for the victory. . .Javier Matias, the winning rider on John Paul’s Bet, is 11-for-32 on 2-year-olds this season and is two wins away from 1,000 for his career. . .Matias also was fined $500 for failing to maintain a straight course aboard My Chief, second-place finisher in Saturday’s feature race won by Tim Tim Tim. . .Trainer Steve Koler posted a one-two finish in race seven with winner Raspberry Ala Mode ($11.40) and runner-up Surfliner. A 6-year-old Siler Train gelding owned by Jack Zaborac, Surfliner has finished in the money in 17 of 22 starts at Emerald Downs, including wins at odds of 23-1, 16-1 and 13-1. . .Trainer Larry Pierce broke into the win column as Dr. Dr. Kate prevailed in race six. . .The final week of live racing begins Friday with first post 6:45 p.m.


Emerald Downs Wrap-Saturday, September 19


AUBURN, Wash. (September 19, 2015) – Tim Tim Tim took control on the turn and powered home for a one-length victory Saturday in the $14,900 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Tim Tim Tim—the longest shot on the board—ran 5 ½ furlongs in a fast 1:03.01 and paid $18.60, $6.80 and $4. Jake Barton, riding his second winner Saturday, rode the winner for owners/breeders Sue and Tim Spooner of Olympia, Wash., and trainer Dan Markle.

Calculated Chaos, ridden by Jose Zunino, finished third but was placed second and paid $3.60 and $3. Imfixintowin, ridden by Rocco Bowen, was promoted from fourth to third place and paid $3.60 to show.

My Chief crossed the wire second, but was disqualified for causing interference on Tizaplayer in the stretch run. My Chief drifted out at the eighth pole, causing Tizaplayer to take up sharply, sending jockey Julien Couton hurtling to the ground.

Neither Tizaplayer nor Couton were injured, but the mishap cost the 3-to-5 betting favorite any chance for the victory.

Couton, however, came right back to win race 10 on Caymus Kat ($3.80), capping his second five-win day of the month and boosting his meet-leading total to 94 wins. The 34-year-old Frenchman was 5-0-1 in nine mounts Saturday.

Tim Tim Tim has enjoyed a big meet for Markle and the Spooners, compiling three wins and a third in five starts, earning $23,495. A 4-year-old Washington-bred by Delineator-Country Whirl, Tim Tim has won two straight and is 3-0-0 in four starts under Barton.

NOTES:Jeff Metz continued his relentless march toward the record book with another three winners Saturday—his third straight day with multiple wins—and is up to 62 wins for the season. Metz needs five wins in the final four days to break Tim McCanna’s single-season mark of 66 wins set seven years ago. . .Trainer Craig Walters scored his first win of the season as On the Turn ($8.40) prevailed in Saturday’s second race for $25,000 maiden claimers. A 5-year-old Raise the Bluff gelding, On the Turn is 1-8-2 in 13 career starts with earnings of $38,529. In addition to training a small stable of runners, Walters also is one of the track’s most popular mutuel clerks. . . Cousin Wheelz ($8) won the Saturday opener and joined Jacango as the only Quarter Horses with three wins at the meet. Winning rider Javier Matias is now 60 percent (9-for-15) in Quarter Horse races this season. . .Matias also had a Thoroughbred win aboard On the Turn, and needs three more victories to reach the 1,000 win mark for his career. . .Live racing resumes Sunday with a nine-race program at 2 p.m.

Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, September 18


AUBURN, Wash. (September 18, 2015) – Mister Breeze wore down heavily favored Chaching Pete for a three-quarter-length victory Friday in the $12,300 feature race for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Under a well-timed ride by Debbie Hoonan, Mister Breeze ran six furlongs in 1:09.54 and paid $21.20, $6.20 and $3.40. Alan Bozell is the winning trainer and breeder for owners Kimberly and Dalton Stecker.

Chaching Pete, the 4-to-5 favorite ridden by Juan Gutierrez, battled gamely to the wire but finished second. A winner of 16 career races including 13 at Emerald Downs, Chaching Pete paid $2.40 and $2.10.

Hoody, ridden by Joe Steiner, finished well for third and paid $2.80 to show.

Advancement finished fourth, followed by He’s Zuberrific, Midnight Lou, Jen’s Jag and St Nicholas Becky.

Mister Breeze saved ground in fourth place, as Advancement, Chaching Pete and Jen’s Jag dueled three deep across the track, setting fractions of :21.60, :44.25 and :56.62. Chaching Pete kicked clear into the stretch, but Mister Breeze angled off the rail and swept past Chaching Pete in the final sixteenth.

A 4-year-old Washington-bred gelding by Hampton Bay-Skylar May, Mister Breeze is 6-1-1 in 17 career starts with earnings of $40,109. He has three wins this season including the meet’s fastest five furlongs—:56.65—last month.

NOTES: Hoonan rode the only two non-favorites to win on Friday’s eight-race card—Mister Breeze and first-race winner Gold Will Do ($47.40). . .Julien Couton and Juan Gutierrez—the meet’s leading riders—also rode two winners each Friday, and Couton now leads Gutierrez 89-76 atop the standings. . .Bozell and Jeff Metz led the trainers with two wins apiece, and Metz with 59 wins in 65 days, needs seven wins in the final five days to tie Tim McCanna’s track record of 66 wins. . .Hoonan is No. 2 all-time among woman riders with 439 wins at Emerald Downs; Jennifer Whitaker is first with 457. . .Gallyn Mitchell is the track’s all-time leader with 1,416 wins including a triumph aboard Top Kitty Cat ($5) in Friday’s second race. . .Live racing resumes Saturday with first post 2 p.m. Plenty of pre-race activity Saturday; Stryker Phd makes a guest appearance at Emerald AM. Jacob Pollowitz anchors the FREE show beginning at 9 a.m. . .Joe Withee and Gary Dougherty are guest handicappers at Emerald ED from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Emerald Room. Emerald ED features FREE programs, FREE coffee and lots of winners!

 Sunday, September 20, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Friday, September 25, 2015 6:30 PM PDT
Saturday, September 26, 2015 2:00 PM PDT
Sunday, September 27, 2015 2:00 PM PDT

Bloodhorse – RNA—Racing is Next on our Agenda

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 – Balan – One Go All Go Upsets Commonwealth Derby


Race 6 – Sadie Diamond Futurity Entries Plus (FREE)

Purse $100,000. For Two Year Old Fillies, Foaled In Canada

Six And One Half Furlongs.

P# PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Cyclone Cindy (BC) Jim & Anne Alendal & Philip Hall 2/F L K Balgobin 115 P Hall 8/1
2 C U At Eau Claire (BC) Don B. Danard 2/F L R H Hamel 120 G Tracy 8/5
3 Princess Katie (BC) Ernest Chu 2/F L A Perez 117 R Gilker 3/1
4 Hippie (BC) Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. 2/F L A A Reyes 115 D K Condilenios 9/2
5 Donttellmyhusband (BC) Wendy Kruger & Jim Smith 2/F L J Burningham 113 J M Smith 20/1
6 Rosesforgrace (BC) Dave Dahl, Larry Potozny & Kinkaid Dunlop 2/F L A Marti 113 D Dahl 15/1
7 Miss Finality (BC) Canmor Farms, Maureen Goss & Adrienne Trombley 2/F L P V Alvarado 113 M Cloutier 6/1
8 Snuggles (BC) Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. 2/F L R W Walcott 113 D K Condilenios 5/2
9 Free and Fast (BC) Mauro Comensoli 2/F L D G Lopez 113 R J Anderson 20/1


Race 7 –  Jack Diamond Futurity Entries Plus (FREE)

Purse $100,000. For Two Year Old Colts And Geldings, Foaled In Canada.

Six And One Half Furlongs.

P# PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
 SCR Fear of the Cat (BC) ——-Scratched——– 5/2
2 Rock Concert (BC) J. Snow, 3480 Equine, B. Randall & L. & S. Farms 2/G L K Balgobin 115 J Snow 8/1
3 Good as They Get (BC) Mel & Fran Snow 2/G L S Morales 113 M Snow 10/1
4 Sol Cat (BC) Mr. & Mrs. R. J. Bennett 2/G1 L P V Alvarado 113 B Heads 10/1
5 Crazy Prophet (BC) Shamrock Racing Stable, Ltd. 2/G L1 M Z Buchanan 113 J R Brown 15/1
6 Timber King (BC) G. Robbins, D. Doman, R. & V. Gilker & L. Brindley 2/G L A Perez 113 R Gilker 6/1
7 Power Corrupt (BC) Doug Clyde 2/G L J Burningham 115 M Anderson 7/2
8 Stanz in Command (BC) Robert Scott 2/G L D G Lopez 120 C Miller 8/5
9 Groot (BC) Jeffrey Sengara 2/G L A A Reyes 113 S Henson 12/1

First Start Since Reported as Gelding: 4 – Sol Cat


Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks
Race 1 2 – Sal
5 – Bridge Baron
4 – Awesome Cause
5 – Bridge Baron
1 – Iama Better Cause
2 – Sal
Race 2 4 – Mokhandoit
5 – One Big Promise
2 – Killarney Kid
4 – Mokhandoit
5 – One Big Promise
7 – War On
Race 3 3 – Burrard Breeze
6 – Every Nites a Blur
4 – The Odds R Good
5 – Don’t Hold Me Back
4 – The Odds R Good
1 – It’s in Command
Race 4 3 – Flemings Beach
5 – Briartic County
1 – Lucky Moly Miner
3 – Flemings Beach
6 – Arkhill
1 – Lucky Molly Miner
Race 5 8 – Stormy Cross
6 – Stormin Angel
2 – Got Scotch
2 – Got Scotch
8 – Stormy Cross
6 – Stormin Angel
Race 6 2 – C U At Eau Claire
3 – Princess Katie
8 – Snuggles
2 – C U At Eau Claire
8 – Snuggles
3 – Princess Katie
Race 7 1 – Fear of the Cat
4 – Sol Cat
8 – Stanz In Command
8 – Stanz in Command
6 – Timber King
7 – Power Corrupt
Race 8 6 – Carson City Brown
3 – Burnaby Baron
5 – On The Sunnyside
6 – Carson City Brown
3 – Burnaby Baron
5 – On the Sunnyside
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks
Sunday, September 20, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Saturday, September 26, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday, September 27, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

Bloodhorse – Angst – Recepta Continues Upswing in Noble Damsel

TwinSpires Blog – Cdully – Recepta continues ascension in distaff turf ranks, earns first graded win in Noble Damsel

Grand Opening Party

Last Chance For Special Rates

Sept 26 SAT  9A -4P

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


Oh Darling

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Week 2: Espinoza Visits Hometown


Oh Darling


Northlands Park Leading Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Rico W. Walcott 369 118 81 39 $1,217,975
2 Scott Williams 323 61 50 49 $681,385
3 Shannon Beauregard 240 39 35 43 $472,687
4 Tony Maragh 265 42 32 42 $464,787
5 Ismael Eluid Mosqueira 237 29 29 41 $389,166
6 Ruben Lara 253 24 32 38 $358,549
7 Quincy Welch 182 26 17 26 $296,165
8 Jorge Espitia 218 25 28 29 $275,587
9 Desmond Bryan 190 21 26 24 $210,951
10 Skyler White Shield 108 15 22 13 $176,794
11 Damario Bynoe 201 12 23 21 $176,266



Northlands Park Leading Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Greg Tracy 231 62 43 28 $758,800
2 Tim Rycroft 239 44 31 40 $672,987
3 Dale L. Saunders 133 29 23 9 $382,797
4 Joan Petrowski 272 20 33 31 $293,064
5 Rodney J. Cone 223 30 25 24 $271,022
6 Craig Robert Smith 126 30 22 22 $242,908
7 Jerri R. Robertson 108 12 16 21 $209,046
8 Dale Greenwood 90 12 18 13 $198,842
9 Ernie J. Keller 58 12 12 13 $190,986
10 Robertino Diodoro 54 16 7 6 $186,285


Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program –  Wednesday September 23, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Friday, September 25, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, September 26, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Lucky Lindy runs away with Ontario Derby; Midnight Miley upsets La Lorgnette

Bloodhorse – Balan – Lucky Lindy Breaks Through in Ontario Derby

Upcoming Stakes


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 – LaMarra – Popular Russell Road Wins for 30th Time

Derby Bar and Grill

From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter




DERBY NEWSLETTER TAKES A WEEK OFFThis 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 – Lewyn – Sheikh Mohammed’s Eldest Son Dies at Age 33

Bloodhorse – Balan – O’Neill Assistant Mora Recovering From Stroke

Bloodhorse – Balan – D. Wayne Lukas Hospitalized in Pennsylvania

TwinSpires Blog – Lukas hospitalized after health scare

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 – ‘Breakout’ Colt Highlights Keeneland Session

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Quality Road Colt Sells for $710,000

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Mineshaft Colt Leads Second Book 2 Session

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Keeneland Book 2 Registers Strong Start

DRF – Nevills – Keeneland September: Book 2 closes strong

DRF – Nevills – Keeneland September: Book 2 gets off to fast start

Do You Love Me Know

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

Bloodhorse – Porter – Pedigree Analysis: Beholder

Giving horseplayers a voice.

September Newsletter

Phil heard it through the thoroughbred grapevine that the thoroughbred owners, breeders and other participants from the Peace Country are planning on kicking in more money for a $50,000.00 purse for the Alberta Derby in Grande Prairie in 2016.

Phil heard it through the thoroughbred grapevine that the organizers of the 2015 Alberta Derby were impressed by the enthusiasm of the 2015 Alberta Derby winning connections and they welcome them back for 2016.  The winner of the 2015 Alberta Derby was Ted Graling’s Extreme Denigray trained by Twyla Bensmiller and ridden by Tony Maragh.

Heard It Through the Grapevine

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

Khalil Gibran

Floyd M Arthur

Countdown to 1,000 Wins


2 to go

Congratulations to

Dale L “Colonel” Saunders

For achieving 2,000 Wins

Phil heard it through the jiggie grapevine that the jiggies are not happy with the facilities at Century Downs at Balzac and that’s the main reason that HRA wants the thoroughbreds down there, so that the jiggies can scurry back to Northlands Park faster that the Undertaker scurries down the hall to the QKB’s office to rat on Phil.

Phil has a question:

Was there anyone out there surprised that Phil has a question.

Will Century Downs build a proper thoroughbred track with sufficient barns for training and racing and sufficient family friendly fan facilities if the thoroughbreds agree to a short fall or spring meet.

Will Horse Racing Alberta agree to a 72 / 20 / 4 / 4 split of all revenues if the thoroughbreds agree to a short fall or spring meet at Century Downs. That’s 72% thoroughbred / 20% jiggies  / 4% RMTC / 4% Evergreen Park in GP.

Will the split of all revenues matter much when there’s peanuts to split after the New Government completes the Revenue Split review.

Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest


(until September 19)

(starting September 20)

Sign up at the information desk.

Phil heard it through the jiggie grapevine that the QKB says she has had some very positive meetings with the new government about the slots sharing agreement that expires on March 31 2016 and should have been renewed at least 18 months ago except for the ineptitude of the powers that be at Horse Racing Alberta.

Phil has a question:

Was there anyone out there who didn’t expect Phil to have a question.

Who is representing the thoroughbred interests in the slot revenue sharing agreement negotiations with the Notley government.

Does the QKB always speak in political jargon generalizations so she can’t be pinned down to anything.

If there has been some positive meetings why wasn’t the Premier of Alberta at Alberta Fall Classic Days presenting the trophy for the Premier’s Futurity.

If there has been some positive meetings why wasn’t the MLA for Edmonton Highlands, the constituency that Northlands Park is located in, at Alberta Fall Classic Days presenting one of the the trophies.

If there has been some positive meetings why weren’t more NDP MLAs present at  Alberta Fall Classic Days.

How many of Northlands park’s senior executives and Board members were present at the CTHS sponsored party room on Fall Classic Day.

Where were Northlands park’s senior executives and Board members on Fall Classic Day.

Does the QKB expect the thoroughbred industry to believe that there have been positive meeting with the new government when the current regime at Horse Racing Alberta couldn’t get a new contract negotiated when their Tory cronies were in power.

Has the QKB explained that 75% of the provincial handle is bet on thoroughbreds, but the QKB has always favoured the jiggies.

Has the QKB explained that 75% of the monies spent for breeding, upkeep and racing in the provinces of Alberta is spent on thoroughbreds, but the QKB has always favoured the jiggies.

Are these negotiations going as well as the negotiations for the illusory 250 slot machines that never appeared at Alberta Downs. That’s when the OKB was still friendly with the government in power.

Who out there except for the rose coloured glasses wearing jiggies believes that the slot revenue sharing agreement negotiations with the Notley government are going well.

Born To Run

Hazy Shade of Winter

PLAN FOR IT:  Weekly Saturday morning “I won big” horseplayer workshops begin Oct. 3 at 10:30 a.m.  Thursday certified Angus prime rib all-you-can-eat buffets begin Oct. 1.  Phone 204-885-3330 to reserve.
Dubbed “the most prestigious harness race in North America,” the Little Brown Jug, a race for the speediest 3-year-old pacers, is celebrating its 70th year next week at the half-mile Delaware Fair track in Ohio.  The Jug goes Thursday and the Jugette for fillies goes Wednesday but preliminary heats and other championship races go all week.  Note the special post times at the Downs: Tuesday 12 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m.  The first winner of the Jug in 1946 had a time of 2:07.1; now the race is paced in about 1:50.  Rock N Roll Heaven set a record of 1:49.2 in 2010.
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IT’S MAPLE LEAF TROT NIGHT AT MOHAWK SATURDAY! This Saturday’s 13-race card at Mohawk will be the second-richest of the season ($2.7 million) featuring the 64th running of the $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot, the 40th $700,0000 Canadian Trotting Classic, the $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the $410,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old fillies and the $373,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old colts.  The early pick-4 (races 4 to 7) has a $100,000 guarantee. First post is 6:25 p.m.
Bullet briefs . . .
• Parx peaks:  two $1 million races Saturday includes Penn Derby
• Woodbine “sticks” it to turf players– with love?
• What tracks were Manitobans “better bettors” at in August?
• What three owners won the most races at ASD?
• Great stat:  this owner’s horses finished in the money 24 of 26 times
• Canadian Derby no longer the richest race in the west
• What Super Bowl is it, anyway?
Two players excel in new Triple 50 Challenge
Painter Manny Medeiros and retiree Jim Cretney showed great confidence in looking beyond mere favourites to make three fictional $50 wagers in the new Triple 50 Challenge Saturday afternoon.  Manny put $50 on a Woodbine horse that paid $33.80 and Jim had $50 on two consecutive winners at Belmont, one paying $9.50 and the other $5.40.   They were awarded $50 and $25 respectively in wagering vouchers.  The intent of the contest, which will be held every Saturday afternoon until the end of October, is to help players develop confidence in their picks so they make future plays with bigger bets.



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Official stations of horse racing.
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Woodbine “sticks” it to turf players
“Going stick” measures turf firmness

The following words scrolling at the bottom of a racing telecast from Woodbine the other day evoked the curiousity of players who wanted to know what it meant:

Going stick reading is 10.6″
Answer:  A “going stick” is an instrument that measures the firmness of the turf from 1 (softest and slowest) to 15 (firmest and fastest).  It measures the impact or penetration of a horse’s hoof into the turf and the “shear” (rotation of the hoof).  “Going stick” readings first appeared at English tracks in 2007 when the British Racing Authority mandated them.  Going sticks had been developed with the help of Cranfield University in the U.K.
Going stick readings are especially important in England because turf courses are rolling with dips and valleys and, with frequent rains, some parts are softer than others.  Tony Tweed, an ASD player who was born on a stud farm in Newmarket, England, said this about tracks there:
Tony Tweed
Born on a British
stud farm

“It’s very common for trainers or ‘head lads’ to walk turf tracks in England. Courses are not flat although it is referred to as ‘flat racing’ to distinguish it from National Hunt racing. When the turf is soft or following rain the day before (which is often), walking the course locates a line that is better going. You often see fields of horse ‘split’ across the course, racing on either side of the course or all heading to the centre to find the most favourable going.

“If, after walking the course, a trainer does not think the going is suited for his horse he can withdraw from the race without penalty. Horses are often entered at different courses for the same day or consecutive days to hedge their bets that there will be going more suited to the horse at one of the venues. Handicapping and entering in England puts a lot of emphasis on the going and the past performance on different goings.  Since the time difference (with Canada) gives me early morning racing, I play nearly every day and look for vulnerable favourites that have decided to run on going that is not best suited for the horse, especially in the bigger purse races.”
Will “going stick” readings now figure into YOUR Woodbine handicapping?
Will you take a peak at a few of the English tracks available on HPI?
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Did you know . . . ordinary players are able to walk on race tracks in England?  Tony Tweed, a former ASD horse owner who plays British tracks on his HPI account in the morning (see above), reports:  I have walked Aintree (Grand National), Epsom Downs (Derby) and several of the smaller National Hunt courses. Both the Newmarket courses (Rowley Mile and the July course) are boring and basically flat so I passed.”
Woodbine leaps from least profitable to slightly ahead
Wow!  Examining the profitability of bets made by Manitobans at all tracks in August shows that Woodbine was no longer the least profitable. It actually squeaked into the group that showed some profitability. Manitoba bettors had their most success playing Parx, Emerald Downs, Evangeline, Northlands Park, Los Alamitos quarter horses and Balmoral harness. Cheques from those tracks will be finding their way into the Manitoba economy.

The least profitable were bets made on races at Gulfstream, Saratoga and Del Mar. Gulfstream continues to show it’s a very tough track to get a handle on.  That’s why the “I won big” workshops will play Woodbine and other tracks when they resume on Saturday, Oct. 3.   By helping ourselves, we’re delighted to be helping the economy.

Most profitable
thoro tracks:
1. Parx
2. Emerald
3. Evangeline
4. Northlands
5. Los Alamitos QH
1. Balmoral
2. Harrington
3. Hoosier
Least profitable:
1. Gulfstream
2. Del Mar
3. Saratoga
1. Meadowlands
2. Harrah’s Philly
3. Maywood

Henry Witt
Barry Arnason (left), Don Schnell Phil Kives
Larry Falloon
24 of 26 in the money

THE DOWN’S TOP THREE OWNERS:  Joint horse owners Don Schnell and Barry Arnason won the most races at ASD’s 2015 meet, 13. Next were Henry Witt of Texas who won 12 and K5 Stables’ Phil Kives who won 11.  From an earnings perspective, K5 earned about $5,700 more than Arnason and Schnell ($127,940 vs $122,261).  How does this compare with last year’s top owners?  Let Er Rip had won 19 races and Three Way Stable and Off 2 Win had 11 wins apiece.

A HUGE SHOUT-OUT, TOO, TO ….. Larry Falloon and Let Er Rip stable who won 38 per cent of their starts and had an incredible 92 per cent of their horses in the money (26-10-6-8).  If you bet their horses to show, you would have cashed 24 of your 26 tickets. John Ganas was the leader among owners with 10 to 20 starts (12-6-2-2). There were great stats among owners with fewer starts, too.

SIGNED UP YET TO JOIN THE RACING CLUB?  Remember, for a total outlay of only $500 you can join the new Assiniboia Racing Club as a horse owner and enjoy all the perks that entails (backstretch visits, eating in the horsemen’s kitchen, visiting your horse in the stables, parking close to the grandstand in the horsemen’s parking lot, etc.) and, of course, having extra interest in the races your horse is in and appearing in pictures in the winner’s circle. HBPA director John

Fergal Lynch leaps from Mondialiste
(WEG/Michael Burns photo)

Field is making it all happen and he wants to have everything firmed up soon. Contact him at

CONTROVERSIAL JOCKEY WINS RICOH MILE BRILLIANTLY:  Woodbine’s $1 million Ricoh Mile was won Sunday by British jockey Fergal Lynch who, in 2004, had been fined $50,000 British pounds and banned from riding for a year in England, for stopping his horse during a race so it wouldn’t win.  Lynch rode the Irish-bred Mondialiste ($9.60) brilliantly in the turf Mile. Anticipating that front-runners would tire on the grass course softened by rain, he bided his time at the back of the field for much of the race then, when it appeared all hope was lost, he picked his way through horses to make an exciting late surge to win by half a length.  Bettors wagered a record $7.2 million on Ricoh Mile Day, up from $7 million last year.
CANADIAN DERBY LOSES ITS STATUS AS RICHEST RACE:  The Canadian Derby at Northlands Park has lost its status as the richest race in western Canada to the British Columbia Derby at Hastings.  The BC Derby had a purse Sunday of $250,000 compared to $200,000 for the Canadian Derby which was run on Aug. 15.  Ontario-bred filly Academic won both races in impressive fashion.  ASD’s Witt Six had finished second to Academic in the Canadian Derby.
WITT SIX NOMINATED TO RUN IN OKLAHOHA DERBY:  Witt Six, the 3-year-old Texas-bred gelding who finished second in both the $50,000 Manitoba Derby and the $200,000 Canadian Derby, has been nominated to run in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Sunday, Sept. 27.
ASD‘S NELSON KEEPS WINNING AT NORTHLANDS:  Dane Nelson, one of the top jocks at the Downs, is winning at a 17 per cent clip at Northlands.  His current record is 23-4-5-1 and his horses have earned $94,655.  Former ASD jockey Larry Munoz now plies his trade there and is winning 10 per cent of his races (156-15-21-17).  The top jockey by far is Rico Walcott who wins an incredible 33 per cent of his starts: 350-114-72-39.
 . . .  in the corporate offices of CBS
“Hey, Steve!  As you know, CBS has the broadcast rights for the next Super Bowl. Do you know what Super Bowl it will be?”
“It’s L, sir.”
“Yes, sir.  The previous one was Super Bowl XLIX so the next one is L.”
“How so?”
“Well, XLIX means 10 subtracted from 50 and then add nine.  And now you add one more — which makes it L.”
“Steve, I have a suggestion.”
“And what’s that, sir?”
“Let’s just call it Super Bowl 50.”
“What a concept, sir.  50.  Just plain 50.  Brilliant!”
“That’s why I get paid the big bucks, Steve!”

HISTORY ON THE HOOF: The best of Bob

Did you know . . .  the exactor was once known as the “one-two” wager?  So what do you think a “win” bet was once called?  Find out here.

Guardian UK – Ross – Standard issue: drug testing far from uniform in American horse racing

Exs and Ohs

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.

Alberta Venture – Jeffrey – Century Downs aims to revive the horse racing industry

Fort Erie Race Track Logo

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Mr Speaker records first stakes win of 2015 in Commonwealth Cup 

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Kharafa, Old Harbor steal the spotlight at Belmont Park

Bloodhorse – Rock Fall, Curalina Work for Grade I Stakes


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

Bloodhorse – Chenery Responds to ‘Secretariat’ Reference

The Big Lead – Koster – Atlanta Hawks Using Real People Named Ashley Madison to Sell Tickets

LA Times – Gregory – Native bison roam again on restored prairie west of Chicago

NY Times – Branch – A Hockey Life Full of Turns in the Minors

NY Times – Berenstein and Teng – The Rocky Revival of Vinyl Records

I Need That Record

National Post – Michael Byers: The F-35 is now unaffordable thanks to the low Canadian dollar


The three federal leaders debating at the Stampede on Thursday night made all sorts of references to Calgary, but failed to mention the most appropriate — long-lost Stampede Wrestling. There were moments when you wanted to consign the whole business to a famous grappler of those days, nicknamed the Toilet Bowl.

When Harper turns his rhetorical flame-thrower on Alberta, he blames the dire state of the economy on Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP. But when he’s asked to explain his own economic woes, it’s always the fault of the international economy.

Similarly, Trudeau scolds Harper for running deficits, except in election years. A pretty good pop, that one, but here’s the rub — Trudeau is promising to run intentional deficits, so how can he criticize Harper’s unintentional ones?

The event was an all-male joust, so evocative of old-time body slams on the Stampede grounds that one almost wanted Green Leader Elizabeth May to stroll onstage and head-butt them all, the way Notley did to three male opponents in the spring.

Then came Harper’s intentional but peculiar reference to “old-stock Canadians” during the refugee portion of the debate. Afterward, Trudeau demanded an explanation on Twitter.

What was the PM talking about — a distinction between immigrants and established Canadians? It’s hard to know, but count on the opposition to whip this one up.

Calgary Herald – Braid – Braid: Amid the din, a muddled debate

Now wait a minute, Mr. Socks Fox!
When a fox is in the bottle where the tweetle beetles battle 
with their paddles in a puddle on a noodle-eating poodle, 
THIS is what they call...
...a tweetle beetle noodle poodle bottled paddled 
muddled duddled fuddled wuddled fox in socks, sir!
Fox in socks, our game is done, sir.
Thank you for a lot of fun, sir.
Dr. Seuss

Slam – Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame – Mackan Singh

I do not think wrestling is going to save the world.
Billy Corgan

Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Every riding in the federal election should have a Brent Rathgeber — an experienced politician who has proven he genuinely believes his job is to represent the interests of his constituents to the federal government, rather than the other way around.

In its Parliamentarians of the Year awards in 2014, Maclean’s magazine named him the MP who “Best Represents Constituents.”

By quitting on a point of principle — especially one dealing with the hot-button issue of too much power in the PMO — Rathgeber became a media celebrity and a regular on talk shows across Canada.

Edmonton Journal – Graham Thomson: Every riding should have a Brent Rathgeber

National Post – Williams – Everybody in dresses: Why does gender neutral clothing always mean ‘boy’ clothes for girls?

NY Times – Winder – Europe, a Continent of Refugees

So, to sum up Alberta since privatization: More selection. More convenience. More jobs. Higher wages. More government revenue. Competitive prices. Not much of a cautionary tale.

National Post – Ivonne Martinez: Stop using Alberta to defend Ontario’s liquor monopoly

NY Times – “Regulatory War’ Fought Over a Wyoming Family’s Pond

Image result for beaver dam

Didn’t hire the right contractors.

And there is a bonus. The cleverest part of the Putin gambit is its unstated cure for Europe’s refugee crisis.

Wracked by guilt and fear, the Europeans have no idea what to do. Putin offers a way out: No war, no refugees. Stop the Syrian civil war and not only do they stop flooding into Europe, those already there go back home to Syria.

Putin says, settle the war with my client in place — the Assad regime joined by a few “healthy” opposition forces — and I solve your refugee nightmare.

You almost have to admire the cynicism. After all, what’s driving the refugees is the war and what’s driving the war is Iran and Russia. They provide the materiel, the funds and now, increasingly, the troops that fuel the fighting. The arsonist plays fireman.

National Post – Charles Krauthammer: Putin’s clever, cynical Syria strategy befuddles White House once again


It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
Vladimir Lenin

Crain’s Detroit Business – Local activists want to rebuild NorthTown with help of Syrian refugees

NY Times – Barron – A Watch With Lifetime Access to Ebbets Field Has Mysterious Origins

National Post – Bonnie Stern: New recipes for the New Year

Lumberjack Song

Personally, I see no ethical difference between eating a chicken or a cat, a pig or a puppy; I don’t think slaughtering animals for one’s dinner can ever be humane. But, for now, the Humane Slaughter Act is all we have; the least the USDA could do is enforce it.

LA Times – Op-Ed – Friedrich – The cruelty behind your ballpark hot dog

NY Times – Sandomir – Mike Lupica’s Future at The Daily News Is Unclear After Layoffs

The Bitter Southerner – Honky-Tonk Haints

Honky Tonk Women

Do It Again

NY Times – Belson – At 88, Tom Benson Conducts Business as Usual for New Orleans Teams

Phil has a question:

Naming the New Orleans Basketball Team the Pelicans is business as usual.

Eight Miles High

Garden and Gun – Cutting – An Ode to Fall in the Field

Another Girl Another Planet

I Can’t Forget

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “Picks Up The Pieces and Collects Her Pensions”


    ALBERTA VENTURE magazine article sept7/2015 “CENTURY DOWNS AIMS TO REVIVE THE HORSE RACING INDUSTRY” with the assistant editor/JEFFREY using bucketfulls of horse manure from paul/max to announce the return of thoroughbred racing to southern market will quadruple betting handle?

    The TAJ MAHAL of racetracks that went from 15,000 seat grandstand to 200 seat bleachers/postage stamp setup/is the harness industry being put on waivers again? Funds estimated 3.2 million in track improvements for the HBPA to move down south? There is no mention of the NDP pledge to cut racino funding in a month along with the conservative $50 million in slot funding lost since stampede vacated!

    OILERS sign KLEFBOM to 7 yr extension will NDP decline racino agreement extension? Oct 26 waiver!

    BOWDEN DEPUTY MAYOR/EARL WILSON is rumoured to be giving COLONEL the key to the city and recognition at LIONS HALL presentation, however the grand parade has been cancelled due to security concerns/INSTITUTION and the KFC TOONIE TUESDAY “wild promotion” will not occur since there is no franchise in BOWDEN!

    LOTTERY TICKET vending machines introduced to REC/ will racing industry gets any $$$$?

    CALGARY has a beef over HARMONY BEEF reopening in BALZAC despite ROCKYVIEW COUNCIL approval over nondisclosure of 3rd party impact study report about noise/air quality(smell) for WALTON DEVELOPMENTS residential/commercial complex, will racetrack if overnight stabling occurs have a requirement for horses to be muzzled and wear diapers?

    POPE buys TAPIT yearling for $2.1 million at KEENELAND sale is the VATICAN getting into thoroughbred racing or was it MANDY POPE/WHISPER HILLS buyer?

    PC MLA STARKE/former tourism minister concerned over partisan involvement of NDP for legislature jobs after 44 years of Tory porkbelly tactics how did tenile get her job at HRA? STARKE at least slapped the wrists of the captain this spring for expensing $4700 for air flight versus his $1700 in BAVARIAN GATE after the CFO/AGLC presented my concerns to the former powers to be!

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