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.
‘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
Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.
A nation can’t get strong on political pablum.
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Pick 6 $609,596.00
Pick 6 $11,067.00
Pick 7 Jackpot $3,970.00
Pick 6 Jackpot $41,140.00
Pick 6 $54,690.00
Pick 6 $976.00
Super High Five $4,948.00
Pick 6 $2,987.00
Pick 6 Jackpot $1,040.00
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
Super High Five $1,597.00
Monday, September 21, 2015
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
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
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Pick 4 – $10,000.00
All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low.
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
Teaching players during practices was what coaching was all about to me.
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
Kilohana Winning the Red Diamond Express Handicap.
Shannon Beauregard up for trainer Jerri R. Robertson.
Brady’s Tomboy winning the Fall Classic Distaff Handicap.
Scott Williams up for trainer Dale L “Colonel” Saunders.
Unofficial Results have been published
Sales Topper Hip 85 sold for $95,000.00 to Riversedge Racing Stable, Ltd.
CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED HORSE SOCIETY
2015 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Northlands Park EXPO Centre – Edmonton, Alberta
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.
If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth
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
Upcoming Western Thoroughbred
Emerald Downs Wrap-Sunday, September 20
CANADIAN INVADER PREVAILS IN SUNDAY FEATURE
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
TIM TIM TIM WINS WINS WINS,
COUTON BAGS FIVE MORE WINS
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
MISTER BREEZE COLLARS ’PETE IN FRIDAY FEATURE
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
“The Alberta Gospel Revival Music Festival and Trade Show”
A Bumpin the Beats Production
“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
Six And One Half Furlongs.
|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)
Six And One Half Furlongs.
|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
Grand Opening Party
Last Chance For Special Rates
Sept 26 SAT 9A -4P
Northlands Park Leading Jockey Standings
|Rank||Jockey Name||Sts||1st||2nd||3rd||Total $|
|1||Rico W. Walcott||369||118||81||39||$1,217,975|
|5||Ismael Eluid Mosqueira||237||29||29||41||$389,166|
|10||Skyler White Shield||108||15||22||13||$176,794|
Northlands Park Leading Trainer Standings
|Rank||Trainer Name||Sts||1st||2nd||3rd||Total $|
|3||Dale L. Saunders||133||29||23||9||$382,797|
|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|
|9||Ernie J. Keller||58||12||12||13||$190,986|
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Friday, September 25, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, September 26, 2015 1:00 PM MDT
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
Japan Racing Association
St. Lite Kinen GII $942,000 3yo 11f Turf
Lonesome Glory Steeplechase Stake GI $150,000 4&up 20f Turf
William Entenmann Memorial Stake $75,000 4&up R 16.5f Turf
Manzano Stake $60,000 2yo 6f Dirt
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
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
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
Groomstick Stake $75,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Panama City Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
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
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
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
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
Gottstein Futurity $65,000 2yo 8.5f Dirt
NWSS Cahill Road Stake $50,000 2yo 6f Dirt
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
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Countdown to 1,000 Wins
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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.
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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
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.
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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.
REMEMBER, $6, $3, $2, $1 DISCOUNTS EVERY NIGHT: Every night from 8 p.m., there are discounts on wings, nachos, potato skins, chicken fingers and beer, shots and wine. Check it out! Also, enjoy $10 dinner specials Friday (ribs), Saturday (pizza) and Sunday (shaved prime rib) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Woodbine “sticks” it to turf players
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:
“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.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
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
Field is making it all happen and he wants to have everything firmed up soon. Contact him at email@example.com.
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.
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.
Let’s raise a glass.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
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.
Phil has a question:
Naming the New Orleans Basketball Team the Pelicans is business as usual.
Phil M Stockmen