Sep 302015

While thoroughbred racing continues at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver and Northlands Park in Edmonton this weekend, there’s also plenty of action south of the 49th and across the Atlantic.


15 Breeders’ Cup Challenge races that partially overlap with 3 Kentucky Derby Points races and 3 Kentucky Oaks Points races will have the fans and bettors flipping pages and screens to keep up with the action.

TwinSpires Blog – Pugh – Final Countdown of “Win & You’re In” Races has Begun

Durwood Ashcroft’s All Run bred in Alberta by his Esquire Stables (1990) Ltd. rewarded the Fitzgerald faithful on Sunday paying $32.60 $10.20 $7.00 as he won an AOC at Santa Anita Park covering the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.27. Edwin Maldanado was in the saddle for conditioner Richard Baltas.

All Run started his career as a 2 year old at Northlands Park with 2 seconds from 2 starts. He broke his maiden at Northlands Park as a three year old in a MSW and raced at Northlands Park twice more before shipping south to sunnier climes.

I still prefer horses to human beings.
Steven Patrick Morrissey

TwinSpires Blog – Pugh – Identifying the Mud Monsters

TwinSpires Blog – One major weekend is in the books & more big races lie ahead at Belmont, Keeneland & Longchamp 

La Vie En Rose

Get pumped for Treve’s Historic Arc Attempt

TwinSpires Blog – Flatter – Arc Post Position Draw – Treve Draws Number 8

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Tremendous Treve Goes For Triple

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Can anything thwart an Arc three-peat for Treve?

TwinSpires Blog – Flatter – How Treve’s Trainer Relaxes Before Arc Threepeat Attempt

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Arc weekend: Cirrus des Aigles headlines Saturday action at Longchamp

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Antonoe aims for stardom in Marcel Boussac

Bloodhorse – Reilly – Who will be the Opera protagonist?

Phantom of the Opera

First of all, what Americans know as a quarter pounder is a Royale with Cheese in France. Second (and more importantly), there are coupled entries in France just like here, but in France horses aren’t ordered to reflect such coupling, and the designating letter can appear anywhere on a list of entries.

TwinSpires Blog – Kalanges – Arc Betting Preparations: What Happens When a 13-to-1 Winner Pays $8

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Limato could set off post-Arc fireworks in Foret

La Marseillaise

Garden and Hun – Mischner – 10 Essential Bottles to Toast Bourbon Heritage Month

Garden and Gun – Tower – The Great Bourbon Taste Test

Nobody’s Crying

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Bourbon Stakes Proves Popular as 14 Enter


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Evangeline Downs
Super High Five     $2,186.00
Golden Gate Fields
Super High Five     $3,439.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $7,813.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $11,328.00
Hastings Racecourse
Pick6 Jackpot $78,367.00
Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $2,067.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $3,931.00
Super High Five     $5,371.00
Laurel Park
Super High Five     $5,090.00
Pick 6    $5,941.00
Super High Five     $1,220.00
Super High Five     $1,150.00
Super High Five     $1,071.00
Lone Star Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $152.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $2,598.00
Prairie Meadows
Pick 5    $465.00
Santa Anita Park
Pick 6    $31,579.00
Zia Park
Super High Five     $7,029.00

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fort Erie
Super High Five     $2,011.00
Presque Isle Downs
Pick 6    $528.00

Guaranteed Pools

Suturday, October 3, 2015

Northlands Park
Pick 4 – $10,000.00

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Some races are definitely better than others — The year-in, year-out quality of most major stakes everywhere can be cyclical in nature. Although hurt by attrition in the case of the older male dirt ranks and perhaps by the fact Santa Anita is not hosting the Breeders’ Cup this year, it was still a bit strange to see races as traditionally important as the Awesome Again (G1) and Rodeo Drive (G1) won by horses with limited past accomplishments. Smooth Roller won the Awesome Again in fantastic style, earning an early 116 BRIS Speed rating, but keep in mind the four-start “veteran” didn’t debut until three weeks after American Pharoah had won the Triple Crown and was unplaced in a non-graded event in his only other stakes appearance. The previous peak for Photo Call, who prevailed in the Rodeo Drive, was a short-margin score against four rivals in the Violet (G3) at Monmouth Park, hardly a proving ground for future champions. And neither horse was a huge longshot in the wagering (Smooth Roller was 5-1, Photo Call was 8-1). With a declining foal crop and vastly different training methods from just a generation ago, the sport still seems to be grappling with the problem of too many races chasing too few horses.

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Things we learned on the first Super Saturday

South China Morning Post – Hawkins – The real globetrotters: 10 of the world’s best travelling racehorses

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Five Takeaways from September 26-27 Weekend

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – These 3 horses should like wet conditions on Super Saturday II 

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
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

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Riker Looks to Remain Undefeated in Grey

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Road to the Derby analysis | FrontRunner Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – How we’re playing dirt sprints at Keeneland

People need good lies. There are too many bad ones.
Kurt Vonnegut

2016 Road to the Kentucky Oaks

Race    Track    Date      Points
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 – Balan – Last-Out Maiden Winners Galore in Mazarine

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Pitt – How a little cotton wool put supermare Shuvee on the path to greatness

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Keeneland | Burchell hopes to wield big Stick

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Spinster boasts first match-up between Kentucky Oaks winners since 2006

Bloodhorse – Untapable, Lovely Maria to Clash in Spinster

Coming to St. Albert on

October 1 – 3, 2015

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Jockey Club Gold Cup is an Effinweak race

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Constitution’s Numbers Mixed in Jockey Club Gold Cup

Bloodhorse – Angst – Tonalist Aims for Jockey Club Gold Cup Repeat

Bloodhorse – Tonalist Fires Bullet for Second Gold Cup Bid

ESPN – Finley – Beholder firing on all cylinders

Breeders' Cup Lexington

Lady and the Track – Park – Dining in Lexington During Breeders’ Cup Week

Bloodhorse – Tickets on Sale for ‘BC Bash’ at Red Mile

Brisnet – Scully – Durkin honored at 84th annual Thoroughbred Club of America Testimonial Dinner

Breeders’ Cup Challenge


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 – Gomo Romps in Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland

TwinSpires Blog – Gomo dethrones Dothraki Queen in Alcibiades

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Runhappy Takes Phoenix, Headed to BC Sprint

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Runhappy splashes to strong-looking Phoenix win

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Donna Brothers on 2015 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Eleven vie for BC spot, Oaks points in Alcibiades

Bloodhorse – Angst – Undefeated Dothraki Queen Set for Alcibiades

Andrew Garlic Festival

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Frankel Filly Tops Goffs Opener at $1.9M

The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.
Yogi Berra

NY Times – Araton – At Service for Yogi Berra, Friends Recall Much More Than a Ballplayer

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
Yogi Berra

Boys of Summer

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – You’re In the Middle of the Ride Everything Will Be Just Fine


The Middle


Thoroughbred Fan Appreciation Weekend

October 23 & 24 is Thoroughbred Fan Appreciation Weekend at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino!

Celebrate the end of the racing season with free programs for the first 500 visitors each day, plus cash & special prizes on Saturday!

Friday Post Time | 6:30 p.m.
Saturday Post Time | 1 p.m.

Bloodhorse – Champion Take Charge Brandi Retired

TwinSpires Blog – Bayern, Take Charge Brandi retired

The rhino is now more or less extinct, and it’s not because of global warming or shrinking habitats. It’s because of Beyonce’s handbags.
Steven Patrick Morrissey

Bloodhorse – Width Tagged as Favorite for Frizette

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates


TAKE NOTICE that the Annual General Meeting of the BC Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association will be held:

Date: Monday October 12, 2015

Time: Commencing at 12:30 PM

Place: Hastings Racecourse – Old Slots Floor Meeting Room

The main purpose of the meeting is for the following:

  1. To receive the Annual Reports of the Society;
  2. To approve the appointment of the Auditor for the fiscal year;
  3. To transact such business that may properly come before the Annual Meeting.

Dated this 20th day of September, 2015.

Note: Copies of the 2014 BC TOBA financial statements and minutes of the October 13, 2014 Annual General Meeting will be available at the meeting or upon request by contacting the BC TOBA office.

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – In Contemporary Racing, There’s No School Like Old School


The Hard Way

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Hopeful upsetter Ralis now the target in Champagne

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Ralis Returns From California for Champagne




Thoroughbred racing is back in action today with a seven race card that features a healthy $70,000 carryover in the Sea-to-Sky Pick 6.

The main event on the Saturday program is an optional $25,000 claimer for fillies and mares going six and a half furlongs.

On the rail is the likely betting choice Sabrina who is owned by the Swift Thoroughbreds. The daughter of Belgravia has raced primarily in Seattle this year winning one of her three starts there. Her lone start at Hastings was an impressive win at this level. The connections have been forced to run elsewhere do to the fact that these races haven’t been filling throughout the summer. She seems to be the best on paper in this dash and should be tough to beat. Richard Hamel is scheduled to ride for Dino Condilenios.

Troy Taylor will give a leg up to David Lopez on Summit Central who made an unsuccessful return to the races off of a 1 1/2 year layoff. The filly by El Corredor had to need the race and should be a tougher rival for her opponents this afternoon. She has worked very well since her 2015 debut.

Gil and Wil Stud Farm’s I’m a Diva Too is up in class today after her third pace run going long in final leg of the Champions Starter Series. She is cutting back in distance and will need tremendous pace help to be a factor in the stretch. Alex Marti rides for trainer Bill Konyk who has had a great 2015 season.

Don Danard’s Fire Beauty has been solid in her recent sprints and deserves respect in this dash. She finished just in behind the highly regard Dear Lilly in her last and if she can reproduce that effort she’s in with a great shot. Antonio Reyes gets the call from Mel Snow.

The North American Thoroughbred Horse Company’s Collateral is back in town after a third place finish in Seattle. She battled gamely to the wire narrowly losing that race. She is a three year filly tackling older rivals which is always tough but her early speed makes her a player. Keishan Balgobin will be at the helm for TroyTaylor.

Completing the field is Garry and Sharon Saitz’s Kataliah. The daughter of Katahaula County fought on nicely to win a conditional $8,000 claimer. She is facing a far tougher assignment today. Gabby Asencio will be in the irons.

The racing gets started at 1:50 p.m. and a reminder to all horsemen that nominations close today for the $100,000 Premiers, $100,000 Ballerina, the $75,000 Fantasy and the $75,000 Ascot Graduation.


Race 1 6 – Chianti
5 – Jamal
4 – Hawk Mom
5 – Jamal
2 – Brooklyn Boss
6 – Chianti
Race 2 1 – Crazy Prophet
6 – Sunscape
4 – Good as They Get
4 – Good as they Get
3 – Sanawar
6 – Sunscape
Race 3 1 – Sabrina
4 – Fire Beauty
2 – Summit Cenral
1 – Sabrina
2 – Summit Central
4 – Fire Beauty
Race 4 4 – Afleet Alice
5 – Free and Fast
7 – We’reasgoodasgold
4 – Afleet Alice
1 – Mini Fridge
7 – We’regoodasgold
Race 5 9 – Game Seven
3 – Briartic County
1 – Super Steve
9 – Game Seven
7 – Lucky Molly Miner
3 – Briartic County
Race 6 6 – Cute Little Vixen
4 – Shayla’s Rose
5 – Lost Humor
6 – Cute Little Vixen
1 – Biscuit
4 – Shayla’s Rose
Race 7 5 – Stallman Pete
2 – On the Sunnyside
6 – Always a Sunrise
6 – Always a Sunrise
3 – This is the Moment
2 – On the Sunnyside
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks
Saturday, October 3, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday, October 4, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

Bloodhorse – Angst – Keeneland Ready for Historic Fall Meet

Shadwell Turf Mile 2015

Lady and the Track – Park – Shadwell Turf Mile Tops Fall Stars Weekend at Keeneland

A full mind is an empty bat.
Branch Rickey

Bloodhorse – Juveniles Work Toward Keeneland Stakes




America’s best Racing – Matthews -Betting the Breeders’ Futurity on a $20 Budget

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Juveniles star in Breeders’ Futurity, Judy the Beauty seeks TCA victory and Undrafted headlines Woodford

Bloodhorse – Spa Stars Vie for Breeders’ Futurity

Bloodhorse – Champion Judy the Beauty Back in TCA Stakes

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Woodford Stakes is Wide Open

Lady and the Track – Smith – ‘A Brush With Greatness’ Calls for Recognition


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Johnson – Rider on a roll: how ‘Flo’ put his miserable start in the U.S. well and truly behind him

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner Bayern Retired

LA Times – Why the U.S. needs to dance with the Russian bear in Syria

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Gilmore – Training and breeding: rare insights from Criquette Head-Maarek

Tiny Dancer

Bloodhorse – Balan – Gimme Da Lute Fresh Face in SA Sprint Champ

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Masochistic, Wild Dude face off in Santa Anita Sprint Championship


Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program –  Friday October 2, 2015

Matt’s Picks and Free Program –  Saturday October 3, 2015

Friday, October 2, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, October 3, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Argentinian Idolo Porteño Gradually Acclimating in KY

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Peruvian shipper Salama posts half-mile over sealed Keeneland surface for BC Distaff 

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Watsdachances of Chad Brown Winning Flower Bowl?

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Stephanie’s Kitten Seeks Flower Bowl Repeat

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Stephanie’s Kitten defends Flower Bowl title against Curvy

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Belmont Park Super Saturday 2015 Picks & Plays

This Weekend’s Stakes

October 2
Londonmetric Noel Murless Stake (L) $58,000 3yo 14f Turf
Finger Lakes
Leon Reed Memorial Stake $50,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Darley Alcibiades Stake GI BC $400,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix GIII BC $250,000 3&up 6f Dirt

October 3
Albert Bartlett Stake (Rous S) (L) $70,000 3&up 5f Turf
Cumberland Lodge Stake Eng – GIII $94,000 3&up 12f Turf
John Guest Bengough Stake Eng – GIII $109,000 3&up 6f Turf
Totepool EBF Stallions October Stake (L) $62,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 7f Turf
Belmont Park
Champagne Stake GI BC $500,000 2yo 8f Dirt
Flower Bowl GI BC $500,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 10f Turf
Frizette Stake GI BC $400,000 2yo Fillies 8f Dirt
Hill Prince Stake GIII $500,000 3yo 9f Turf
Jockey Club Gold Cup GI BC $1,000,000 3&up 10f Dirt
Kelso Handicap GII $400,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Armed Forces Stake $75,000 2yo 8f Turf
Awesome Belle Stake $75,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Foolish Pleasure Stake (Florida Sire S) $150,000 3yo R 8.5f Dirt
Fort Loudon Stake $75,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
In Reality Stake (Florida Sire S) $500,000 2yo R 8.5f Dirt
Meadow Star Stake (Florida Sire S) $150,000 3yo Fillies R 8.5f Dirt
My Dear Girl Stake (Florida Sire S) $500,000 2yo Fillies R 8.5f Dirt
Our Dear Peggy Stake $75,000 2yo Fillies 8f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Sirius Stake GIII $633,000 3&up 10f Dirt
Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity GI BC $500,000 2yo 8.5f Dirt
First Lady Stake GI $400,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Shadwell Turf Mile GI BC $1,000,000 3&up 8f Turf
Thoroughbred Club of America Stake GII BC $250,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select GIII $150,000 3&up 5.5f Turf
Northlands Park
Northlands Marathon #3 $20,000 3&up R 16f Dirt
Valley Forge Stake (L) $150,000 3&up 6f Dirt
El Joven Stake $75,000 2yo Colts & Geldings 8f Turf
La Senorita Stake $75,000 2yo Fillies 8f Turf
Santa Anita Park
Eddie D Stake GIII $100,000 3&up abt 6.5f Turf
Santa Anita Sprint Championship GI BC $300,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Swingtime Stake $70,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8f Turf
Durham Cup Stake Can – III $150,000 3&up 9f AW

October 4
Japan Racing Association
Sprinters Stake GI $1,718,000 3&up 6f Turf
Dixiana Bourbon Stake GIII BC $250,000 2yo 8.5f Turf
Juddmonte Spinster Stake GI BC $500,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
California Distaff $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov abt 6.5f Turf
L.A. Woman Stake GIII $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6.5f Dirt
Grey Stake Can – III $150,000 2yo 8.5f AW
Mazarine Stake Can – III $150,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f AW

October 5
Zia Park
Chaves County Stake $55,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Dirt

October 6
Presque Isle Downs
Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stake (L) $100,000 2yo 6.5f AW
H.B.P.A. Stake s (L) $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.32f AW

October 7
Indiana Grand Race Course
Gus Grissom Stake $85,000 3&up Colts & Geldings State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Fillies $85,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Hoosier Breeders Sophomore Stake $85,000 3yo State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Richmond Stake $85,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stake GIII BC $150,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Turf

October 9
Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stake (L) $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 5.5f Turf

October 10
Belmont Park
Knickerbocker GIII $200,000 3&up 9f Turf
Charles Town
West Virginia Breeders’ Classic $500,000 3&up State/Prov 9f Dirt
West Virginia Breeders’ Classic Distaff $70,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 9f Dirt
West Virginia Cavada Breeders’ Classic $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 7f Dirt
West Virginia Dash for Cash Breeders’ Classic $50,000 3&up State/Prov 4.5f Dirt
West Virginia Division of Tourism Breeders’ Classic $60,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 7f Dirt
West Virginia Lottery Breeders’ Classic $60,000 3yo State/Prov 7f Dirt
West Virginia Onion Juice Breeders’ Classic $70,000 3&up State/Prov 7f Dirt
West Virginia Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders’ Classic $60,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
West Virginia Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Breeders’ Classic $60,000 2yo State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Genesee Valley
Genesee Valley Hunt Cup $30,000 4&up 28f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Saudi Arabia Royal Cup (L) $580,000 2yo 8f Turf
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End GI $500,000 3yo Fillies 9f Turf
National Sporting Library Museum Cup $35,000 4&up 26f Turf
Northlands Park
Duchess of York $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Plum Pretty Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Surfer Girl Stake (L) $100,000 2yo Fillies 8f Turf
Zuma Beach Stake (L) $100,000 2yo 8f Turf
Best of Ohio Distaff $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 9f Dirt
Best of Ohio Endurance $150,000 3&up State/Prov 10f Dirt
Best of Ohio Sprint $150,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
John W. Galbreath Memorial Stake $150,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Juvenile Stake $150,000 2yo State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Victorian Queen Stake $125,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f AW

October 11
Harris Farms Stake $100,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Mainichi Okan GII $1,173,000 3&up 9f Turf
Santa Anita Park
Anoakia Stake $70,000 2yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Bunty Lawless Stake $125,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Turf
Cup and Saucer Stake $250,000 2yo R 8.5f Turf

October 12
Belmont Park
Pebbles Stake (L) $200,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Hastings Race Course
Ascot Graduation (L) $75,000 2yo 8.5f Dirt
Ballerina Stake Can – III $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
British Columbia Premier’s Can – III $100,000 3&up 11f Dirt
Fantasy Stake (L) $75,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Kyoto Daishoten GII $1,173,000 3&up 12f Turf
Northlands Park
Harvest Gold Plate $50,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
California Flag Stake $100,000 3&up State/Prov abt 6.5f Turf
Carotene Stake $150,000 3yo Fillies R 9f Turf
Zia Park
Governor’s Cup $55,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Permian Basin Stake $55,000 2yo Fillies 6f Dirt

LA Times – Erskine – Equine stars take to skies to reach Longines Masters show jumping in L.A.

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Taris Heads Short Field in LA Woman Stakes

LA Woman

Thoroughbred Internet – The Grey Panel – MUNNINGS

Bloodhorse – 11 Entered for Keeneland’s First Lady on Turf

Derby Bar and Grill

From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter






After spending a week at the Keeneland Yearling Sale, I returned home last Friday.  The sale was the highest since 2008 and the median was a record breaker.

Local owner and breeder, Ole Nielsen bought five yearling fillies and HOF trainer David Forster I believe bought 2 or 3.

Alberta based trainer Greg Tracy was very active and he bought several for Alberta interests.

Washington based owners and trainers had the largest contingent and they bought several horses over the length of the sale.

Personally I bought six all with the intention of racing them here at Hastings.


The 2015 live racing season is coming to a close with only eight days of racing left on the calendar. Thanks to the cooperation of the track operator the owners and trainers we have not had to cancel any days of racing for the first time in the last four years. The racing office has kept our purse account in excellent shape all season and we shouldn’t have any problems finishing the last eight days.

We are led to believe that several horses are headed north from Emerald Downs since it closed on Sunday and that should help with our field size the last four weekends.

The track operator and the horsemen’s associations are working on the 2016 live schedule and it should be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Rumor has it that the associations and track operator are looking at holding a Horses of Racing Age and Two Year Old in Training Sale for about the first week in April of 2016 to be held as a paddock sale at Hastings Racecourse. More information on that subject to follow.

Also the Winter Incentive Program for owners should be finalized in the week or so and will be announced shortly. We are led to believe it will be similar to 2015 which proved to be very successful and helpful to the thoroughbred owner.


As of Sunday we have completed 46 days of live racing at Hastings Racecourse. In total we have run a total of 347 races which includes 39 stakes races.  The average field size although it slipped a little in July and August is holding pretty steady at 6.94 horses per race.

The overall handle at Hastings on live racing is up by 11% over 2014, but at one time earlier we were up over 20%.  The really good news is the over all wagering and slot revenue that produces our allocation of funding for live racing is about right on budget and has appeared to have  stabilized for the first time in at least a decade.

One item we will have to look at for 2016 is the huge loss of income on BC Cup Day, Labor Day and BC Derby Day were off significantly over the last several years.  That one is hard to figure but will have to be looked at very seriously over the next few months.

The total paid out to overnight races at the end of September is $4,485,477.00. Included in that total is $3,974,000.00 directly to purses of any breed. The BC Bred Bonus of 25% totals $465,629 and the 6th to 12th payout totals $45,848.00.

The stakes pool payout is an additional $2,385,000.00. That is made up of $621,000.00 of nomination fees, $225,000.00 from sponsors and $1,539,000.00 directly from the allocation of funds for stakes races.

The average payout per day for the first 46 days is $149,358.19.  That is a very strong number and the largest per day payout in the Pacific Northwest.

The average overnight race payout is $14,563.24


Hastings News by Greg Douglas


ESPN – Duckworth – California Chrome’s new home

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

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Coming to a State Near You?

My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you’re ugly too.
Rodney Dangerfield

Giving horseplayers a voice.

September Newsletter

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Empire Maker Returning Home

TDN – Empire Maker to Gainesway

Bloodhorse – Tapp – Empire Maker Coming Home to Kentucky

A couple of Albertans will hope the Pizza Man misses the deadline in the Shadwell.

Terry Hamilton’s Graded Stakes winning Heart to Heart will be looking for his second Graded win in a row as he steps up from GIII to GI. Heart to Heart was bred in Ontario by another Albertan Darrell Bauder’s Red Hawk Ranch. Heart to Heart breaks from post 6 with Shaun Bridgmohan in the saddle for conditioner Brian Lynch.

Just a couple of slots over Jim and Susan Hill’s Graded Stakes winning Grand Arch will be looking for his second Graded win in a row as he steps up from GII to GI. Grand Arch breaks from post 4 with Luiz Saez in the saddle for conditioner Brian Lynch.

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – The Pizza Man, Tepin top domestic draws as Shadwell Turf Mile & First Lady also have international flavor

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – The Pizza Man Riding Streak into Turf Mile

Floyd M Arthur

Countdown to 1,000 Wins


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Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Monmouth Meet Holds Up in Face of Competition

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Micromanage to Rockridge Stud

Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest


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Jim and Susan Hill’s Sharp Sensation moves back to the dirt and his favourite 6 furlong distance in the Phoenix. Jose L Ortiz is in the irons for trainer Reade Baker.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Runhappy races improbable track to stardom

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Work All Week, Runhappy bookend Phoenix dozen as Keeneland opens

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Runhappy, Work All Week Clash In Phoenix

Everyone welcome!  Clubhouse plaza. Your $20 shares topped up by $5! (See plays below)


Each week through October, the Downs will deposit cash into your HPI account depending on your level of wagering.  (Be sure to use your Player Rewards card.)  Your bets from today through Wednesday could lead to a deposit into your account next Friday!
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BIGG’S BEST BETS TODAY (to kick off cash-back October)
• BELMONT race 4 (1:34 p.m. CDT):  #6 Corinthian’s Joy (5/1) Cuts back to a
   sprint after showing speed in a higher-class route race. Race page.
• CHARLES TOWN race 4 (7:30 p.m.)   #5 Little Energy (7/2).  Bigger pace
   number (74) than others in a 4 1/2f dash shows she should get a jump and wire
   the field.  Race page.

• CHARLES TOWN race 7 (8:57 p.m.)  #1A Morning Muse (5/2).  Bounced a bit
   last time  after winning big two races ago.  Ready to win big again.  Race page.

Bullet briefs . . .
• $62,000 pick-6 carryover today at Santa Anita
• New low takeout, 20-cent pick-5 begins today on Woodbine harness
• Thursday certified Angus prime rib buffets begin today 5 to 9 p.m.
• What players have met the must-win challenge?  See honour roll.
• Intriguing new bet starts next Wed. at “Calder:” a ROLLING Super Hi-5
• And a $5 quinella is being introduced, too!  A what?
• For Thanksgiving weekend highlights, see calendar below
• Gene mutation keeps trotters on-stride

Congratulations to the horseplayers below who turned three fictional $50 wagers in Saturday’s Triple 50 Challenge into at least $100 in fictitious profit–some more than once–proving they can earn a profit when they really have to. Could you?  Next step:  Getting inducted into the Insider’s Hall of Fame.

Jim Cretney
Brad Kinnear
Donna Cretney
Bill Latta
Dorothy Field
Manny Medeiros
Norm Fraser
Mel Peddle
Next: Hall of Fame
If you play your contest picks with REAL money and show a profit THREE TIMES (three separate Saturdays), you will be inducted into the Insider’s Hall of Fame. (Save your cashed tickets and give them to the mutuel supervisor at 5 p.m. each Saturday to prove your profit.) Each Hall of Fame inductee will receive a Certificate of Merit and be honoured with a Thursday night buffet for two!  That’s in addition, of course, to the copious bragging rights accruing each inductee.
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Poker is back!  The top 100 players as of Aug. 16 are eligible to participate tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the FREEROLL CHAMPIONSHIP INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT with a top prize of a trip for two to Las Vegas, hotel accommodation, $500 spending money and a $1,000 buy-in for a World Series of Poker event or $1,000 cash.  Register begins 7 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Other prizes: 2nd: $500, 3rd: $200, 4th: $100, 5th to 8th: $50. All-in Poker Tour leader board.



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Next Thursday’s prime rib buffet includes Thanksgiving dinner
ASSINIBOIA RACING CLUB:  ONLY FIVE SHARES LEFT!   Better hurry if you are thinking of buying a share in a race horse for yourself or as a gift.  Only five shares remain and then names get put on a waiting list.  $500 covers everything for a season of racing including all the perks an owner gets.  And, of course, your investment could multiply if the Club finds a really talented horse(s).  Contact HBPA director John Field at
TURKEY TIME!  (AND HARVEST PLATE AT NORTHLANDS):  The Thanksgiving long weekend is just over a week away which means next Thursday’s prime rib buffet will include Thanksgiving dinner.  Reserve at 204-885-3330.  Then, on Thanksgiving Day Monday itself, ASD’s Gold Cup winner, Magic d’ Oro is expected to contest the $50,000 Harvest Gold Plate at Northlands Park.
Official stations of horse racing.
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Misko nails two longshots to win September tourney
He was zero-for-six in Saturday’s Player’s Choice horseplayer tournament but then retired postie Wayne Misko (second from right) nailed back-to-back longshots to soar to the top of the 26-player leaderboard, not only giving him first prize of $500 but also making him the leader for Handicapper of the Year .  Betting $2 win/place on ten races, his bankroll grew to $129.20.  That’s tournament director Dawn Forbes presenting him with his winnings.  On the left (bankroll $66.50) is third-place finisher Mel Peddle who won $100 and on the extreme right is second-place finisher Larry Liebrecht (bankroll $88.70) who collected $250.  Misko connected with a 27/1 first-time Lasix maiden at Gulfstream and a 17/1 first-time starter at Woodbine with great trainer stats.
NEW UNIQUE WAGERS AT GULFSTREAM WEST:  When the Gulfstream West (formerly Calder) meet begins next Wednesday there will be several new wagers including a ROLLING Super Hi-5 wager that accumulates from race-to-race until won and then starts again.  In other words, you must nail the top five finishers to win the $1 wager.  Also, the track is bringing in a $5 quinella bet on the last race. (Does it know something that other tracks don’t know?  A $5 QUINELLA?).  And there will be a pick-5 added to the first five races (Canadian minimum: 60-cents wager.)
Witt Six (#5) finishing second to Flashy Jewel in the Manitoba Derby

WITT SIX FINISHES A RESPECTABLE 6TH AT 75/1:  Witt Six went off at 75/1, the biggest longshot in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby Sunday at Remington Park, but he ran far better than his odds indicated, making a move in the turn and finishing a respectable sixth in the 12-horse field.  He just missed out on $12,000 for a fifth-place finish. Watch that race here.  The Texas-bred, owned by Henry Witt, Jr., and trained by Jerry Gourneau, had previously finished second in the Manitoba Derby to Flashy Jewel (watch here) and in the Canadian Derby to the brilliant filly, Academic (watch here).

Greg Martin
20-CENT PICK-5 BEGINS TODAY AT WOODBINE HARNESS: Woodbine’s fall/winter harness meet (horses from Mohawk) begins today with a 20-cent pick-5 wager on the first five races with a 15 per cent takeout.. “The Standardbred Pick-5 is an attractive proposition for our core fan base with its low bet minimum and low takeout,” said Greg Martin, Woodbine Entertainment’s Senior Director of Wagering Operations. “Players will have the flexibility to use many horses in multiple races affordably with the 20-cent minimum presenting a chance at a lucrative payoff instantly.”

“VERY LOVELY MAN, RESPECTFUL OF HORSES” PASSES: The racing community remembers with affection Assiniboia Downs trainer Glen Ball, described by ASD CEO

Glen Ball with Taboga in 1976

Darren Dunn as a “kind, soft-spoken soul with huge respect for the care of the animal” who passed away Monday at 87. His “amazing” Manitoba-bred mare Northern Diamond (13 wins in 38 starts) and her duels with Picatune in the late 1970s are legendary and Ball’s stakes-winning De Cat was a Dunn favourite in the 1980s (15 wins in 66 starts). Then there was Medieval Time, Taboga, Macale, Lexico, Proud Chief. He trained until 2009.

(His son, Shane Ball, has been a jockey’s agent for Chris Husbands and Kayla Pizarro.)  A celebration of life will be held in the Terrace Dining Room at the Downs Saturday, Oct. 10.  You’re likely to hear someone recount the time Glen shot himself in the foot–for real–which you can read about here in a tribute blog written in July by historian Bob Gates.

GENE MUTATION PRODUCES BETTER TROTTERS: Researchers have discovered that a mutated gene in horses make them better at trotting and less inclined to go off-stride while racing. More.

CONTINUES HER WINNING WAYS AT FORT ERIE:  Apprentice jockey Kayla Pizarro, who burst onto the riding scene at the Downs by winning her very first lifetime start at 19/1, is continuing her winning ways at Fort Erie where she has won two of 10 starts and finished third in four races (10-2-0-4).  Her stats at the Downs were 56-6-7-13. She also is riding at Woodbine where her brother, Tyler Pizarro, is 12th in the jockey standings in terms of purse earnings.

Margaret Berthelette receives $250 from VLT hostess Roseanne

WAITING ON 20-CENT BETS AT SANTA:  With California tracks installing Amtote equipment (same as ASD), there should be a move toward 20-cent superfectas and 60-cent pick-4s and pick-5s, etc.  But there’s nothing new to report on that front yet.  Just watching and waiting.

AT LAST, IT’S THE WIFE’S TURN: Finally!  After her welder husband, Felix Berthelette had won the monthly VLT tournament TWICE, Margaret Berthelette coaxed Lady Luck into her corner Saturday and won the $250 monthly prize plus $93 of winnings in free spins playing the 5-Times Pay game. The Downs has given away about $100,000 in free spins and monthly prizes since Unleash Your Luck was conceived and launched several years ago Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
“I WON BIG” WORKSHOP STARTS WITH THESE PLAYS: Saturday’s “I won big” group has opted to play Woodbine. We’ll play the $200,000 guaranteed pick-4 on races 4 to 7 and the $100,000 guaranteed pick-4 on races 7 to 10.  Plus superfecta plays, mainly on maiden claimers.  Here are the races each group is responsible for: Race 4 (group A), race 5 (group B), race 6 (group C), race 7 (group D), race 8 (group E), race 9 (group F), race 10 (NEWBIES and Ivan Bigg. Who?). Each $20 share will be bumped up by $5!  Complementary coffee and pastries served.  Note to group members:  Be sure to enter the Triple 50 Challenge (make three fictitious $50 plays that will produce a total profit of at least $100). Let’s see how you all stack up!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “So, now Gulfstream will be resurrecting the dumbest bet in racing at the highest minimum in the game?  That’s quite a quinella right there.”  — Daily Racing Form publisher/editor emeritus Steven Crist, writing about the new $5 quinella wager that will be added to the last race at Gulfstream West (Calder) when the meet starts there next Wednesday.
HISTORY ON THE HOOF: The best of Bob
Did you know . . . Assiniboia Downs staged the longest race in Canada–which was won by a tiny horse?  How long was it, when was the race run and who won it?  Track historian Bob Gates fills you in here.

NEXT INSIDER IN TWO WEEKS:  With the creative producer of this column away at a conference, the next Insider will be published in two weeks.  For Thanksgiving weekend highlights, see the calendar above.  In the meantime, hit ’em big and hit ’em often and take advantage of cash-back bonuses!  See you at Saturday’s “I won big” workshop at 10:30 a.m.

Thoroughbred Internet – The Grey Panel – PENDRAGON

America’s Best Racing – Moore – Breeders’ Cup Legends: Mike Smith

Bloodhorse – Peters – Pedigree Analysis: Ben’s Cat

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Jimmy Bouncer, Midnight Storm Meet in Eddie D

Maker's Mark Plans Breeders' Cup Bottles

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

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

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

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

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

Bloodhorse – Singapore International Races Discontinued

Fort Erie Race Track Logo

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Breeders’ Cup contenders out in full force on Santa Anita’s opening weekend

Bloodhorse – Lamarra – Lukes Alley Continues Comeback in Durham Cup

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
Albert Einstein

TwinSpires – Blog – Kelso-bound Honor Code taking unconventional route to BC Classic

Bloodhorse – Angst – Honor Code Towers Over Kelso Handicap Field

Phil has a question:

Did Honor Code’s connections tip their hand to where he’ll be running on Breeders’ Cup Day with their choice of the Kelso over the longer Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Dirt Mile to be Contested at a Mile (Well a Bit Longer)

Most reports suggest the same thing: The best way to handle problem urban deer is not to handle them. Kill them instead. And, if the specimens are healthy — frequently, they are not, poor deer — devour them.

It’s too much to bear for some societies, where meat doesn’t come naturally at all, where steaks magically appear in grocery stores instead, nicely sliced and packaged in prophylactic cellophane. In other words, almost everywhere, now. And certainly in Vancouver and Oak Bay, where “sensitivities” are easily aroused and exploited. Just like urban deer, animal rights hardliners can be a nuisance everywhere.

National Post – Brian Hutchinson: After cull enrages ‘Save Bambi’ crowd, B.C. creates $100k/year ‘advisory committee’ on urban deer

Phil has a question:

Is Hutchinson hinting that perhaps the best solution would be to round up the deer and load them in a trailer for relocation to a forest abattoir where sight unseen the deer would miraculously be turned into steaks nicely sliced and packaged in prophylactic cellophane.

Peoples will be as before, the sheep sent to the slaughterhouses or to the meadows as it pleases the shepherds.
Henri La Fontaine

LA Times – Mohan – McDonald’s move to cage-free eggs is a tipping point for the industry

National Post – Brehaut – All about the bird: Butchers, chefs and a pitmaster weigh in on what makes the perfect Thanksgiving turkey

NY Times – Warren – Would I Accept My Patient’s Gift?


Phil’s Drink and a Flick:

Red Devil

The Devil Came On Horseback

Sky Pilot

National Post – Tucker – Greens are the new black: A taste-based guide to trying new vegetables

LA Times – Mascaro – Boehner’s resignation may avert shutdown but emboldens renegades in GOP

National Post – CP – Toronto Maple Leafs cut Mitch Marner, Curtis Glencross, Devin Setoguchi from training camp roster

Phil has a question:

If you call your paper the “National”  Post should you not also have the cuts from Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.

South China Morning Post – AP – I’m safest choice to replace Fifa president Sepp Blatter, says Prince Ali

NY Times – Leibovich – Donald Trump Is Not Going Anywhere

NY Times – Is Honesty for Suckers?

NY Times – Reich – The System Looks Like a Con Game, With Most of Us Victims

NY Times – Cowen – Cheating Gets the Most Attention, but Doesn’t Do the Most Damage

NY Times – Cooper – The Powerless Get Punished for Cheating, and the Powerful Benefit

NY Times – Ariely – Dishonesty Only Provides Short-Term Benefits

NY Times – Damon and Colby – Honesty Can Be Cultivated, Despite Cynicism

Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?

Groucho Marx

Some Girls are Bigger Than Others

LA Times – Wharton – Federal appeals court overturns ruling that would have paid college athletes




Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “2015 Keeneland Fall Breeders Cup Meet Opening Weekend Preview”


    NDP government failure to review ABC (agencies/boards/commissions) that is still not underway. Will it impact horse racing and dismantling of HRA (3 million operating costs)/only a month to go? A viable solution to frugal future would be ARC/RAY MARTIN/ DELIA ALBERTA!

    NOTLEY SHOCK ABSORBER BUDGET will it lead to a gradual reduction in racino funding/holybull legislature source made sure you fall in a bed of straw/shaving to cushion the blow of the announcement!

    CENTURY DOWNS effort to reduce costs next year. The hot rumour has the elimination of a silk room/attendant and generic colors with BALZAC businesses such as western hog exchange/bucars or
    rangeland rv/balzac meats/homesense/rocking horse cafe/horseshoe contracting advertising?

    ILLINOIS reduces standardbred dates for 2016 with no dates for BALMORAL/MAYWOOD and repurposing HAWTHORNE to a harness track as funds and bettor support decline!

    HRA/UNDERTAKER post a youtube channel/positive news but a little late/ the past HUNTINGTON/HRA website depicting race accidents for riders/drivers/equine was a blackmark for the industry, that ended when Mucka contacted HORSE WELFARE ALBERTA to end this disgusting marketing?

    DOUG FENSKE hits the snooze button and changes rule 458S- requiring hands in hand holes for entire race at results in 5 fines last weekend/ powderpuff racing? rumoured to be considering MARIE BROOKING rule that excessive yelling over 80 decibels will be fined next year!

    HRA ruling #65 slow quarter 32 seconds BAT TEAM/TOMMY T hit the pocket of BILLY T with a $469 FINE in a stake race/will this trend ever end maybe consider doubling the fine for repeat offenders!

    CENTURY DOWNS rule that all grooms are required to join ASHA/$25 associate non voting/will HBPA who are being force fed by the CEO of Horse Racing Alberta to race at century without proper infrastructure change their bylaws for membership/has anyone seen the building permits/blueprints/purchase of safety rail/any mole please contact rumours@holybull for any news!

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