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Santa Anita’s Fall meet opens with a bang this weekend with 5 G1 races set for Saturday, September 26, 2015, all 5 being Breeders’ Cup Challenge races.

The 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 and the Zenyatta Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt.

Lady and the Track – Park – Five Breeders’ Cup Races at Santa Anita Super Saturday


LA Times – Sondheimer – Breeders’ Cup Challenge is centerpiece of Santa Anita fall meeting

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson Four things I’m watching for in this weekend’s round of BC preps

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Santa Anita Park Opening Day Saturday Picks and Plays

Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup Challenge Coverage on HRRN

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Stars Align on Super Saturday

I get letters from young people telling me that they’re broke and download my albums for free. They ask me what I think about that. I now have a standard line. I tell them, ‘I would rather be heard than paid.’
Henry Rollins

Take A Letter Maria

LA Times – Duara – For a failed bronco, a new rider offers a shot at rodeo redemption

The Globe and Mail – Wright and Webb – Blue Jays Bingo: An online game for TV viewers

NY Times – Weber – Yogi Berra, Yankees Legend and Hall of Fame Catcher, Dies at 90

NY Times – Yogi Berra

ESPN – Matthews – Yogi Berra: Unforgettable and incomparable

LA Times – Kupper – Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra dies at 90

NY Daily News- O’Leary – Yogi Berra’s most famous quotes: The wit and wisdom of the late Yankees legend

NY Times – Araton – A Yankee’s Forgiveness Won’t Be Forgotten


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pick 6 Jackpot    $351,585.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $7,830.00
Belmont Park
Pick 6    $24,099.00
Churchill Downs
Pick 6    $22,801.00
Pick 7 Jackpot    $5,884.00
Finger Lakes
Pick 5    $3,669.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $71,995.00
Super High Five     $3,557.00
Hastings Racecourse
Pick 6 Jackpot    $63,242.00
Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $105.00
Laurel Park
Pick 6    $2,535.00
Super High Five     $2,150.00
Lone Star Park
Super High Five     $1,289.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $191.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $973.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $3,956.00

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Fort Erie
Super High Five     $4,186.00
Pick 5    $3,958.00
Presque Isle Downs
Pick 6    $4,033.00

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Northlands Park
Pick 4 – $10,000.00

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Horse racing could learn something from fantasy football. So too could the managers of the national debt.

It’s hard to guess who loves fantasy football the most, males or television advertising account executives.

What could horse racing learn from fantasy football?

How to market.

Horse race tracks have forgotten how to make the fan feel special.

ESPN – Cronley – Fantasy islands

2. The wild success of fantasy sports betting is proof that an awful lot of gamblers like intellectually challenging games. Racing has fallen back on the excuse that people want only dumb-downed games like slot machines and that’s why our game is struggling. Fantasy sports is a great product with a low takeout. Can racing say the same?

8. If American Pharoah, Beholder and Honor Code and, perhaps, Liam’s Map, Frosted and Keen Ice, all make it to the Breeders’ Cup Classic this could be as good, as intriguing a race as there has been in a long time. I, for one, can’t wait. Betfair has American Pharoah as the 5-2 favorite. With all the hype for Beholder and American Pharoah, Honor Code will be the value, “wise guy” bet in the race.

10. Kentucky Downs showed a 6 percent handle increase over 2014, despite running two fewer races and having to move an entire card from a Saturday to a Monday. Give them good racing, big fields and low takeouts and people will respond. It’s not that hard.

ESPN – Finley – Rambling On

Ramble On

Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

Edmonton Oilers – $154,617.50 50/50 Draw Winner

TwinSpires Blog – Sully – Five Takeaways from September 19-20 Weekend

Five takeaways from the Alberta Fall Classic / CTHS Alberta Thoroughbred sale weekend:

5. More fans than last year attended the 2015 Fall Classic Day and Northlands Park was not fully prepared for the numbers who showed up. Faster service and less waiting for wagering, food and beverages would have been appreciated.

4. Many more buyers, tire kickers and watchers than last year attended the 2015 CTHS Alberta sale and CTHS Alberta was pleasantly surprised by the increased numbers. More tables, and seats would have been appreciated.

3. The liquor service area at the CTHS Alberta sale has to be expanded and improved. Phil understands that AGLC will allow a license for the entire premises, but that license has to be applied for.

2. The Alberta market at Fall Classic Days was a major disappointment. 5 – 10 food-trucks, a Farmers’ Market and many more Alberta products displayed and for sale on the tarmac would be a major improvement.

1.  Alberta thoroughbred racing and breeding can do better if we work together and put petty past peeves aside.

Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

Gautama Buddha

The River

Racing Post – Barber – Tracks and bookies set for boost from rights deal

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 – Mitchell – Simple Verse Reinstated as St. Leger Winner

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Well Deserved Mr. Lukas by Michael Fenrich

Louisville Courier-Journal – Wayne Lukas gets interim pacemaker, wife says


2015 CTHS Alberta Sales Results

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

2015 CTHS Sales Catalogue


2015 Alberta Thoroughbred Sale
Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Old, New, Healing and Through

ESPN – Ehalt – Wise Dan gave turf milers new respect

Bloodhorse – Angst – Azar, Next Shares to Meet Again in Pilgrim


If we have not quiet in our minds, outward comfort will do no more for us than a golden slipper on a gouty foot.
John Bunyan

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Lady and The Track Store Open for Business!

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LA Times – Dwyre – American Pharoah vs. Secretariat: Breeders’ Cup Classic is legacy race

ESPN – Ehalt – Pharoah prepares for a Classic finish

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – American Pharoah records first work since Travers

Bloodhorse – Novak – American Pharoah Back to Work After Travers

TwinSpires Blog – Breeders’ Cup reveals logo for 2016 event at Santa Anita

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Pharoah tops NTRA poll; Frosted earns a spot

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Wildcat Red Possible Lone Speed in Vosburgh at Belmont

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Rock Fall will be hard to beat in Vosburgh

Bloodhorse – Angst – Rock Fall Hopes to Add Vosburgh Win to Pile

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

Rumor has it Empire Maker is returning to the United States for 2016, and although it is unclear whether or not he will remain here permanently, the stallion will likely be very popular with American breeders, especially after his grandson just won the first Triple Crown in 37 years. This is likely a factor in his possible return. No matter the reason why he is returning, America has gained another stallion it lost from its breeding scene. Empire Maker is likely to be well-received by American breeders.

Lady and the Track – Stallion Feature: Empire Maker Returns to Reign Again

Bloodhorse – BC Winner Vale of York to Relocate to France

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Hard Not to Like looking for Grade 1 hat trick in Rodeo Drive

Andrew Garlic Festival

National Post – Fumano – Tory campaign ‘mistake’ angers Terry Fox’s family: ‘There is no place in the fight against cancer for politics’

The Carnival is Over

Louisville Courier-Journal – O’Neill: Nyquist ‘similar’ to I’ll Have Another

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Nyquist, Songbird looking to clinch Breeders’ Cup spots

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Nyquist, Swipe head FrontRunner on Derby trail

Bloodhorse – Novak – Undefeated Nyquist Looms in FrontRunner

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

Fan Appreciation Day – Sunday, September 27!

Fan Appreciation Day is when we say THANK YOU to our fans for a great 2015 season!

$1 deals on admission, preferred parking, programs, food and drink specials, and more!

$1 Handicapping Contest
$1 Entry Fee, $90 Bankroll

20% off in the Gift Horse, except artwork.

Gates open approx 30 minutes before the first simulcast race, with EmD post time of 2 pm.

Emerald Downs Wrap-Friday, September 25



AUBURN, Wash. (September 25, 2015) – Star of the Dia kicked clear late for a 1- ½-length victory Friday in the $18,800 Muckleshoot Casino Purse for 3-year-olds and up at Emerald Downs.

Under regular rider Leslie Mawing, Star of the Dia ran six furlongs in 1:09.33 on a sloppy track and paid $6.60, $3 and $3. Frank Lucarelli—notching his third win on the card—is the trainer for owners Chris Randall and Nick Rossi.

A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred by Seeking the Dia, Star of the Dia has won two straight and has three wins at the meet—all for a $22,500 claiming price. His overall record is 7-10-7 in 32 starts with earnings of $106,004, including $10,340 for Friday’s victory.

Perfect Night, ridden by Jennifer Whitaker, rallied inside for second and paid $3.40 and $2.60. Illumination Road, ridden by Rocco Bowen, rallied from last to finish third and paid $4.80 to show.

Gross Misconduct, who dueled with Star of the Dia through fractions of :21.74 and :44.29, finished fourth, and Orito finished last.

NOTES: Friday’s sloppy track was only the fourth off-track at the 70-day meet that concludes Sunday. . .Lucarelli was three-for-three Friday, scoring wins with Bounced ($4.80) in race one, Cowboy Gold ($6.80) in race four and Star of the Dia in the feature. . .Jeff Metz had one win Friday, Neville ($7.60) in race two, and leads the meet with 63 wins. He needs three wins in the final two days to tie Tim McCanna’s single-season record of 66 wins set in 2008. Metz has a whopping 10 horses entered Saturday and three Sunday. . .Mawing and Juan Gutierrez had two wins each Friday. . .Leading rider Julien Couton notched his 97th win of the meet Friday, guiding Victor Victorian ($7) to a gate-to-wire victory in race five. . .Trainer Alan Bozell has won with his last three starters including a victory by Mz Dyno ($7.60) in Friday’s third race. . .Live racing continues Saturday with an 11-race card at 2 p.m.

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

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Efforts to tighten medication rules are at the mercy of horsemen

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Tapiture preps for BC Dirt Mile in Ack Ack; Mylute tries to clear stakes hurdle in Lukas Classic

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

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Jockey Florent Geroux traveling to the top

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Thoroughbred sales don’t support anti-Lasix crowd; Frosted & I’m a Chatterbox impress




Hastings Racecourse resumes today with a seven race program that will feature a huge $63,000 carryover in the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6.

The main event is in race number six as eight $8,000 claimers will do battle over a mile and a sixteenth.

On the rail is Mohamad Khan’s Proxyman who will definitely be the one responsible for setting the early pace. He is extremely fast and has been able to carry his speed with Pedro Alvarado aboard in the past. Trainer Mark Cloutier has him in an easier spot and he should be a major threat.

Alison Tonner and John and Tammy Snow’s Dee Jay Snow will appreciate getting back in at a more comfortable distance after an unsuccessful experiment in a marathon race last time out. Amadeo Perez retains the mount.

Clint Willson’s At The Ritz has been in top form of late but will be tested for class this afternoon. It is encouraging to see leading rider Richard Hamel accept the call from Rob Van Overschot.

Kay and Sue Ohashi’s Majestic Mark was a game winner at this trip in his latest. His win was against restricted company so he will need to be even better if he is to repeat. Alex Marti returns to the saddle for trainer Patty Leaney.

Any horse that wins half of his starts at any location must be respected and that is the case with Toccet’s Charm who is a 9 time winner from 18 trips to the post in Vancouver. Owned by Larry Potozny and trained by Dave Dahl, the son of Toccet is   going to be tough to fend off in the stretch. Antonio Reyes gets the call.

L & S Farms, Gord Grant and John Snow will be cheering for Street Map who has always been at his best going this mile and a sixteenth trip. He will need to see a contested pace up from to aid his off-the-pace style. Keishan Balgobin will be in the irons.

The North American Thorughbred Horse Company’s Devil in Disguise is taking a considerable drop in class after his sixth place run at the $25,000 level. The connections are known for being aggressive with these types of horses. He is the horse to beat. David Lopez rides for Troy Taylor.

Mel and Fran Snow’s Ganbei is always a tough hombre at this tag. A repeat of his race two starts back definitely gives him a great shot to win today. Silvano Morales gets the riding assignment.

The first post is at 1:50 p.m. and the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 starts in race two (2:20 p.m.)


Race 1 2 – Rebus
1 – Wonder World
3 – Green Dude
2 – Rebus
1 – Wonder World
4 – Occupy Vancouver
Race 2 4 – Saintly Sinner
5 – Stormin Angel
1 – Remarkable Lady
4 – Saintly Sinner
1 – Remarkable Lady
5 – Stormin Angel
Race 3 6 – Windstrong
5 – Southern Casanova
4 – Holly’s Last Call
6 – Windstrong
5 – Southern Casanova
1 – Payton’s Command
Race 4 5 – Teddy the Bear
6 – Spirit River
2 – Brother Chuncky
2 – Brother Chunky
5 – Teddy the Bear
4 – London
Race 5 4 – Prince Hotel
2 – Overtime
3 – Similkameen Luke
2 – Overtime
3 – Similkameen Luke
5 – Lead the Pack
Race 6 7 – Devil in Disguise
1 – Proxyman
8 – Ganbei
7 – Devil in Disguise
1 – Proxyman
2 – Dee Jay Snow
Race 7 3 – Halo’s Quest
4 – Lord Harlow
1 – Lord Gallovic
6 – Bluegrass Man
1 – Lord Gallovic
3 – Halo’s Quest
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks
Saturday, September 26, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday, September 27, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

NY Times – Das – Bayern Scores Five In Nine Minutes

Bloodhorse – Is the Awesome Again Bayern’s Last Stand?

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Wedding Toast, Curalina Outclass Beldame Rivals

Bloodhorse – Curalina Tackles Elders in Beldame

Grand Opening Party

Last Chance For Special Rates

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Victor Espinoza and pro Karina Smirnoff (Jive) — Alternate names for this superlative: Most Uncomfortable Routine. Routine That Made the Viewers at Home Watch Open-Mouthed In Horror. Routine That No One Needed to See, Ever. You may think me harsh, but consider the fact that — outside of his ghastly timing and subpar footwork — Victor spent part of this routine balancing a sombrero on his crotch. Whether or not you wanted the visual of a horse racing jockey balancing a hat on his ding-a-ling, that was the visual you received — and it cannot be unseen. Judges’ Score: 17/30

TVLine – Iannucci – Dancing With the Stars Week 2 Recap: Did the Right Couple Go Home?

Karina Smirnoff, Victor Espinoza, Audi Emmy Party


E0nline – Piester – Dancing with the Stars Sends Another Couple Home! Who Said Goodbye?

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Clips: Victor Espinoza Eliminated on ‘Dancing with the Stars’



Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program –  Friday September 25, 2015

Matt’s Picks and Free Program –  Saturday September 26, 2015

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

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sidelined Toast Of New York looks set to be better than ever next season

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Big Blue Kitten seeks elusive Turf Classic win

This Weekend’s Stakes

September 24

Belmont Park
Lonesome Glory Steeplechase Stake GI $150,000 4&up 20f Turf
William Entenmann Memorial Stake $75,000 4&up R 16.5f Turf
September 25
Manzano Stake $60,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Finger Lakes
Jack Betta Be Rite Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Los Alamitos Race Course
Buena Park Stake $30,000 3&up R 5.5f Dirt
Long Beach Stake $35,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8f Dirt
Rossmoor Stake $35,000 3&up R 8f Dirt
Seal Beach Stake $45,000 3&up R 6f Dirt
Westminster Stake $30,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 5.5f Dirt
September 26
Belmont Park
Beldame GI $400,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Gallant Bloom Handicap GII $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6.5f Dirt
Joe Hirsch Turf Classic GI BC $600,000 3&up 12f Turf
Pilgrim Stake GIII $200,000 2yo 8.5f Turf
Vosburgh GI BC $400,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Churchill Downs
Ack Ack Handicap GIII $100,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Jefferson Cup Stake GIII $100,000 3yo 8f Turf
Lukas Classic (L) $175,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Groomstick Stake $75,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Panama City Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Laurel Park
Bert Allen Stake $60,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Brookmeade Stake $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Commonwealth Oaks presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance at Laurel Park GIII $150,000 3yo Fillies 9f Turf
Jamestown Stake $60,000 2yo State/Prov 5.5f Turf
Oakley Stake $60,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 5.5f Turf
Punchline Stake $60,000 3&up State/Prov 5.5f Turf
Monmouth Park
Jersey Juvenile Stake $60,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Hall of Fame Stake $150,000 2yo 6.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Awesome Again Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Chandelier Stake GI BC $300,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
FrontRunner Stake GI BC $300,000 2yo 8.5f Dirt
Rodeo Drive Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 10f Turf
Unzip Me Stake $70,000 3yo Fillies abt 6.5f Turf
Zenyatta Stake GI BC $300,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Catlaunch Stake $75,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
La Prevoyante Stake $125,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Turf

September 27
Camino Real Futurity $100,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Con Jackson Claiming handicap $20,000 3&up 14.5f Dirt
New Mexico Horse Breeders handicap $60,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Belmont Park
Bertram F. Bongard Stake $150,000 2yo State/Prov 7f Dirt
Joseph A. Gimma Stake $150,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 7f Dirt
Miss Grillo Stake GIII $200,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Turf
Emerald Downs
Gottstein Futurity $65,000 2yo 8.5f Dirt
NWSS Cahill Road Stake $50,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Mr. Steele Stake $75,000 3&up 8f Turf
Japan Racing Association
All Comers Stake GII $1,173,000 3&up 11f Turf
Kobe Shimbun Hai GII $942,000 3yo 12f Turf
Remington Park
Flashy Lady Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Kip Deville Stake (L) $75,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Oklahoma Derby GIII $400,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Remington Green Stake (L) $100,000 3&up 9f Turf
Remington Park Oaks (L) $200,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Remington Park Sprint Cup (L) $150,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Ricks Memorial Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Santa Anita Park
City of Hope Mile GII $200,000 3&up 8f Turf
King Pellinore Stake $70,000 3&up 10f Turf
Bull Page Stake $125,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f AW
Classy ‘n Smart Stake $125,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f AW

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Avanzare, Talco meet again in City of Hope

Bloodhorse – Balan – Avanzare Takes Hot Streak Into City of Hope

Racing Post – Kerr – US rider steals rival’s whip in mid-race heist

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Team Valor Betting on South American Horse Racing

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


Hastings News by Greg Douglas

Bloodhorse – Tattersalls Pleased with Part II Session

Bloodhorse – Strong Gains at Tattersalls Ireland Sale

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Robust Trade on Day 1 at Tattersalls Ireland

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

Bloodhorse – Balan – Flavien Prat Walking Again After Back Injury

Bloodhorse – Novak – Maragh Offers Positive Update on Progress

For the armchair jockeys who think that riding is easy Phil’s reprising Curtis Stock’s story on Shannon Beauregard:

“She’s one very tough s.o.b.,” said Heath. “There aren’t many riders who would keep coming back the way she has. And not as fast. She doesn’t back down from anyone or anything. When she got the concussion, people had written her off, too.

Edmonton Journal – Stock – Northlands Park jockey returns from potential career-ending injury

Race 2 Kilohana 1

Shannon Beauregard aboard Kilohana leaving the paddock on their way to win the

Red Diamond Express at Northlands Park on Fall Classic Day.


Right now Shannon’s in 3rd place at Northlands Park with 39 wins from 240 starts.

Giving horseplayers a voice.

September Newsletter

Bloodhorse – Team Valor Buys Brazilian Champion Filly Juno

Bloodhorse – Novak – Lola Beaux Takes on Stormy Regatta Again

Floyd M Arthur

Countdown to 1,000 Wins


2 to go

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Colonel John Colt Tops Keeneland Book 5

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Half Sister to Nyquist Tops Book 4 End

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Colts Bred by Pope Top Book 4 Opening Session

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Average Up, Median Off for Keeneland Book 3

Bloodhorse – Curlin Filly Brings $975,000 at Keeneland

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Keeneland Sales Week One: Numbers are Up!

Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest


(until September 19)

(starting September 20)

Sign up at the information desk.

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Grade I Winner Embellish the Lace Retired

Bloodhorse – Bourbon Courage Retired

Bloodhorse – Multiple GSW Sky Kingdom to Darby Dan Farm


What?  Find out Thursdays. When the weekly certified Angus prime rib buffets begin next Thursday, each buffet will feature a favourite recipe of a Winnipeg Jets player (from their cookbook).  You may not be able to dine WITH a Jet but you can certainly dine ON a Jets dish (and tell your friends what you thought of it). Each buffet also features chef’s specialty chicken, pasta and fish dishes. All you can eat only $26.95 — 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Terrace Dining Room.  Reserve at 204-885-3330.

FYI . . .

• The 70th running of the Little Brown Jug stakes goes today
at Delaware Park in Ohio.  Will the 1:49.2 record set in 2010
be broken?  First post (16 races) is 11 a.m.
• The next Player’s Choice horseplayer tournament goes
this Saturday. Sign up by 9 p.m. tomorrow for $25 or by
noon Saturday for $35.  At stake:  $850 in prize money plus
points toward Handicapper of the Year title and trip to Vegas
at the end of 2015.  Rules: Bet $2 win/place on any 10
thoroughbred races, your choice, between noon and 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Don’t expect mandatory payouts at Mohawk when the meet ends next Tuesday and horses
move to Woodbine Thursday.  Since both meets are run by Woodbine Entertainment Group,
federal regulators no longer require payouts of jackpot pools when their meets end.  “We are
going to carry it over to Woodbine and decide at some point when it would be best to offer the
WEG chief operations officer Sean Pinsonneault told The Insider.
Bullet briefs . . .
• $273,000 pick-6 jackpot at Arlington today (play it for 20-cents)
• Why horseplayers live to 225 (or more)
• Want to give a unique Xmas gift?  How about a race horse share!
• Jockey snatches whip from another jock during Monday race
• Winner of Winnipeg Futurity races at Albuquerque tomorrow
• Will Witt Six race in $400,000 Oklahoma Derby Sunday?
• Claim of the year: $2,500 claimer earns $21,900 in allowance race
• How many “dates” does the average stallion enjoy in the winter?
TRIPLE 50 CHALLENGE CONTINUES SATURDAYS: Congrats to Norm Fraser who increased his three fictional $50 wagers into $135 last Saturday. He collected $50 in wagering vouchers.  Enter the free game every Saturday to the end of October to see whether you have what it takes to profit playing the races when the pressure is on.
. . . about the whip transfer from jockey to jockey during a race
After jockey Angel Castillo, riding in the fourth race at Parx on Monday, lost his whip after colliding in a tangle with a horse ridden by Pierre Hernandez Ortega, he snatched Ortega’s whip and rode his horse to finish second while the whipless Ortega finished sixth, an event that the Equibase chart-caller described as “astonishing.”  Watch the collision and whip transfer here.  Stewards took double the usual time to make the race result official. Seems there’s no rule saying a jockey can’t do that.


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WHAT A GREAT UNIQUE GIFT! Give a $500 share in a horse Looking for something different, exciting and original to give to someone for Christmas?  How about a share in a race horse?  That’s an over-the-top gift that should be appreciated over and over again as the recipient meets with other partners in the Assiniboia Racing Club, visits his horse with friends and family, enjoys breakfast in the backstretch kitchen, watches his horse get ready to race with the potential of visits to the winner’s circle and sharing in purse money.  $500 covers EVERYTHING through the entire season. Shares are limited. Act quickly!  For more info and to buy a share contact John Field (a director with the HBPA) at

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Why horseplayers live to 225 (or more)
Is there anything that matches the intensity, the ups and downs, the highs and lows, of a day at the races?  You live (and “die”) many times.  Crammed into a few hours, you experience a range of emotions that a non-horseplayer might experience in a week, a month.  It’s as if you’re cramming more of life into a shorter space.  It’s like speeding up the film in a camera when you’re at the races and comparing it to the normal speed if you were doing something else.  Laying the two strips of film side-by-side shows the strip with racing is much longer.  So it’s not much of a stretch to say you’re lengthening the living experience.

When I’m not playing the races, I’ve been cycling or gardening or barbequing at the beach–which, to me, are all enjoyable experiences–with little dips and surges during those activities that I liken to the FIRST GRAPH below.  Sure, those are full days.  But compare it to a day at the races represented by the SECOND GRAPH and you see where I’m coming from.  So, considering the time you spend playing the races, how old would you say you are?  (I figure I’m at least 210.)


Where are they now?
by Rob MacLennan
Gourneau off to a good start; eyes Oklahoma Derby
Jerry Gourneau
Entry in Oklahoma Derby?

Trainer Jerry Gourneau has gotten off to a solid start at Retama Park (a couple wins, seven horses on the board at bigger prices, good value at a tough meet).  Tomorrow he has So Bossy, a filly he trains for Henry Witt, running at Retama under three-time ASD leading jockey Rohan Singh.

And an exciting race Sunday for the Gourneau barn should be the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby, a Grade 3 race at Remington Park. Witt Six has been nominated to race against a talented bunch including Preakness Stakes runner-up Tale of Verve. (Witt Six finished second in the Manitoba and Canadian derbies.)
WINNIPEG FUTURITY WINNER RACES AT ALBUQUERQUE TOMORROW: Don Schnell’s talented 2-year-olds, Heber and Coolidge who finished one-two in the Winnipeg Futurity, tackle a good stakes field in the 8th race at Albuquerque tomorrow afternoon.
TOMORROW NIGHT AT NORTHLANDS: Watch for entries from hot ASD trainer Shelley Brown:  There’s Fungo.  And High Step runs in a maiden race for K5 Stables. And pricey claims–Storm Chance and Mojumbo–try a $17,500 claimer.

  Oinkus.  With Arizona horse breeder C. L. Hogg securing the name Oink for his filly (kinda figures), a Utah breeder with perhaps a certain sense of humour (and a lack of faith?) took it a step further, naming HIS filly Oinkus.  Racing in quarter-mile races at Los Alamitos, though, these oinkers have outperformed their names. Oink has three wins in 27 tries, Oinkus is two for 19. Certainly not pig-out celebratory records but surely worth a pat on the snout.
Free VLT spins nets a cool grand
Memorable wins become even more memorable when you have a memento of your score–which is what horseplayer Al Ilott got when he posed with a giant ASD cheque for $1,000 which he won with $20 in free spins on a VLT when his name was drawn.  He hit a royal flush.  (That’s VLT hostess Corinne celebrating with Al.) Al’s win means he will return this Saturday to try for more in the monthly finale. You could be next by simply entering the 10-name VLT draw each Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
CLAIM OF THE YEAR — $2,500 CLAIMER WINS $21,900: Call it the claim of the year of a local horse.  Dakota Peach Pie, a 4-year-old filly whom you may recall broke her maiden in a $5,000 claimer at the Downs last year and won a couple other bottom claimers, was claimed for $2,500 at Fonner Park in February only to go on to win a $36,000 allowance race for Minnesota-breds at Canterbury Park recently.  Her new connections are trainer/owner Tricia Rickert (6-3-0-0) and her owner husband Darrell.  The win caused the filly’s earnings to skyrocket from $15,500 to $37,500–with that likely to increase in state-bred races ahead.
BUSY SEX LIVES:  So how many “dates” does the average stallion in Kentucky have during the mating season early in the year?  Last year, it was 67 — 17,088 mares were bred to 256 stallions.  That resulted in almost 12,000 live foals, seven per cent more than the previous year in the continent’s #1 breeding state–an encouraging sign.  Across North America, the number of live foals increased by two per cent.
BLACK CAVIAR’S SECOND FOAL DUE ANYTIME: There’s a “birthwatch” underway in Australia as the country’s favourite horse, Black Caviar, will be giving birth at any time to her second foal.
WHAT WORD DOESN’T BELONG?  (a) McChicken  (b) McNuggets  (c) McMuffin  (d)  McDavid
HISTORY ON THE HOOF: The best of Bob
Did you know . . . that two jockeys “owned” Assiniboia Downs from 1962 to 1972?  Who were they and how many titles did they amass? Find out here. (Hint: one of them was a guest at the Downs’ 50th anniversary in 2008.)
SPECIAL INSIDER TOMORROW!  Final details are being hammered out today for AN EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT that will be revealed in a special issue of The Insider tomorrow.  Watch for it!
Who’s your favourite Winnipeg Jets player?
What will be your favourite Jets dish?

Lady and the Track – Ward – Oklahoma Derby Headlines Big Sunday at Remington Park

TwinSpires Blog – Bob Le Beau prevails in Lonesome Glory Steeplechase

TwinSpires Blog -Hanson – Bob Le Beau tops field of eight in Lonesome Glory

Bloodhorse – Novak – Ironicus to Miss Breeders’ Cup With Fracture

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.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Beholder ‘as good as she could be’ for Zenyatta

Bloodhorse – Balan – Beholder Has Plenty to Accomplish in Zenyatta

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Beholder seeks third Zenyatta score; Bayern looking for return to winner’s circle in Awesome Again

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Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Songbird Takes Centerstage in Chandelier

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Baffert aims for Churchill’s Clark with Dortmund

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Departing Back to Churchill for Lukas Classic

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Tonalist: Blinkers or No Blinkers?

Racing Post – Milnes – Curley slams Cameron over refugee crisis

LA Weekly – Kang – Five Reasons to Enter the Silly, Sad World of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman

Clint Eastwood meets Mr. Ed

Washington Post – How much do Americans love french fries and ketchup? A lot more than you think.

National Post – Stueck – Betting limit increase by former B.C. Lottery CEO prompted policy changes

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Fox News – AP – Animal-rights lawyers sue to give macaque monkey the copyright of disputed selfie photos

National Post – Boesveld – The sentient debate: Animal legal rights at centre of recent court cases

NY Times – Carroll – Trapped in the System: A Sick Doctor’s Story

Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Phil’s Drink and A Flick

Scarlett Letter

Letters to Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

What, You were expecting the Box Tops

LA Times – Helfand – Tim Wallach fan has a real house of cards

National Post – McCormick – The Telegraph – How Keith Richards became everyone’s favourite member of the Rolling Stones

Sympathy For The Devil

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.
Hunter S. Thompson

National Post – CP – Not inviting Elizabeth May to leaders’ debate ‘is breaking the law’: Greens in complaint to CRA

NY Times – Ewing – Volkswagen Says 11 Million Cars Worldwide Are Affected in Diesel Deception

NY Times – Mouawad and Jensen – The Wrath of Volkswagen’s Drivers – Booth – Motor Mouth: Volkswagen scandal a major betrayal of trust

The Globe and Mail – Hacking – The dirty drive behind diesel

NY Times – Martin – A Day of Empty Seats and Donald Trump in Full Attack




Dazed and Confused

Phil has a question:

Is the audience in a coma.

Phil M Stockmen

  2 Responses to “2015 Santa Anita Park Fall Meet Opening Weekend Preview”

  1. CANADIAN RACING ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS REPORT ON BALZAC RELEASED! Disclaimer: Canadian Racing Accountability Partners is an independent organization not affiliated with, nor hired by UHA or Century Downs. It is an independent research and reporting body that performs its own studies and makes its own recommendations.

    That HRA funding remains in place with a racino agreement extension and the thoroughbred purse structure and dates increased with the approval of ROCKYVIEW council in terms of meeting permits/overnight stabling and fire/safety and OHS regulations will be a impossible task to obtain for runners in 2016.

    Currently CENTURY DOWNS is a B track with substandard facilities and property size but receiving A track operating grants to offset construction costs at the expense of the thoroughbred industry,and would need a minimum of $3.2 million infrastructure to be met bare requirements.

    600 k safety rail installed to industry standards
    800 k horse paddock , but with casino patron parking limited , a infield paddock would have to considered with the a infield tunnel constructed for safety of race participants
    100k electrical upgrade to allow for horse hotwalkers
    300k increase bleachers from 200 to at least 800 seats for a elevated view of live racing
    300k suitable track dirt for race surface
    200k additional tractors/harrowing equipment for track maintenance /rental and leasing of 2 starting gates either from northlands/stampede park? if unavailable the costs would skyrocket
    200k refurbished ATCO camp structures for secured jockey quarters/silk room/medical first aid room
    NANCY SOUTHERN/PINKY involved, contingent on CRAM taxi getting long term cab stand rights
    400k showering/water for equine care/due to limited rockyview water the trucking in of potable water and waste management fees would skyrocket these costs
    300k track kitchen/equine vet clinic/gate crew shack

    Additional future long term infrastructure costs would be 9900k track lightning/200k camera/stewards stand/20k learning center relocated/millions for increase barn capacity to at least 600 horses?

    HBPA Alberta has a contract with NORTHLANDS PARK would they give up a full house position for a political game of bullshit poker coming from CENTURY / HRA i feel that their proposal is a lot of CRAP!

    HOLLYBULL roving backstretch reporter attended the COLONEL’S backstretch gala friday and would neither confirm nor deny his quest to continue training to surpass the KING RED SMITH at 2574 wins.
    BARB CEO/CFO of this enterprise looked spectacular in her fashion choice for this well attended event.

    DON DANARD owner/GREG TRACY trainer win the 2yr filly 100k SADIE DIAMOND at Hastings park. His reign as President of Alberta HBPA has ended as he enters semi-retirement in Vancouver, however the BEEF BARON’S
    connects that numbered more than a circuit board will still be needed for Alberta racing’s future.

    • Phil understands that it’s a momentous task to bring the current harness built race track and under-built barns, bettor and spectator facilities up to a standard even close to the old Stampede Park, but if Century Downs and UHA are willing to spend their own funds and do the work, Phil waits with bated breath.

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