Oct 072015

With the previous two weekends crammed with Stakes and Breeders’ Cup qualifiers, Thanksgiving weekend is like the lull between storms.


Still plenty of action including a number of Stakes at Northlands Park and Hastings Racecourse Thanksgiving weekend.

Huffington Post – Canada – Patel – Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas: 25 Recipes For Your 2015 Dinner Menu

Without stones there is no arch.
Marco Polo

Edmonton Journal – Standring – Set the perfect Thanksgiving table with 10 simple tips

Phil has a question:

If you use one of them massive fancy centrepieces then where in tarnation does Image result for pictures turkey thanksgiving  go.

The Globe and Mail – Seven mouthwatering turkey-less Thanksgiving mains

The Globe and Mail – Waverman – Recipes: A simple Thanksgiving dinner

Jackie and Wilson


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Super High Five     $4,214.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $3,885.00
Gulfstream Park West    
Super Hi-5     $1,990.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $6,186.00
Super Hi-5     $1,304.00
Super Hi-5     $1,153.00
Place Pick 8    $987.00
Laurel Park
Super High Five     $1,859.00
Pick 5    $1,151.00
Super High Five     $1,069.00
Super High Five     $1,038.00
Super High Five     $543.00
Super High Five     $485.00
Super High Five     $461.00
Super High Five     $2,143.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $808.00
Los Alamitos
Pick 6    $2,498.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $6,677.00
Prairie Meadows
Pick 5    $158.00
Retama Park
Super High Five     $1,005.00
Santa Anita Park
Super High Five     $20,124.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $87,085.00
Zia Park
Super High Five     $3,341.00

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fort Erie
Super High Five     $3,958.00
Pick 5    $3,405.00
Hastings Racecourse
Pick Six Jackpot $93,066.00

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Northlands Park
Pick 4 – $10,000.00

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Levinsky identified five things racetracks must do to attract and keep owners:

publicly recognize them on a regular basis;

provide “exclusive” areas where owners can eat, drink, and wager;

offer “perks and benefits,” even something as simple as miniature trophy for the winner of each race;

invite feedback from owners;

and have an owner liaison on staff.

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Owner Recruitment, Retention Focus of Panel

Phil’s gonna add one:

Preferred parking.

The Globe And Mail – Who’s winning and who’s losing (besides gamblers) in the betting game

The Guardian UK – Wood – World’s richest owners meet at Tattersalls to buy dreams on four legs

Bloodhorse – Dubawi Filly at Tattersalls Surpasses $3M

Racing Post – Fidler – Dubawi filly bought by Coolmore for 2.1m gn

Racing Post – Dubawi into 4-5 in battle for sires’ championship

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Why Beholder Has Outrun Her Pedigree

MakeoverLogoblack TCA2

Lady and the Track – Smith – Two-Year-Olds Thoroughbreds to Watch: Team Picks 6

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

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
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

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Leading owner Ramsey catches Derby fever early

2016 Road to the Kentucky Oaks

Race    Track    Date      Points
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 – Pletcher Horses Hit the Track at Keeneland

TwinSpires Blog – BC works videos: Liam’s Map, Rachel’s Valentina & Stopchargingmaria

Jackie Wilson Said

Bloodhorse – Balan – Stellar Wind Fresh for Distaff


Jasper Dark Sky Festival

Power Down. Look up.

October 16 – 25, 2015 | Jasper, Canada
Featuring Col. Chris Hadfield
and former co-hosts of Discovery channel’s Mythbusters

Dark Side of The Moon

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
Galileo Galilei

FiveThirtyEight – Paine Boy, Those Toronto Blue Jays World Series Odds Went South Quick

Breeders' Cup Travel Tips Bigg Blue Martini

Lady and the Track – Park -Breeders’ Cup Travel Tips: Best Bars in Lexington

Lady and the Track – Park – Breeders’ Cup Travel Tips: Best Places to Shop

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Will the Breeders’ Cup be a step too far for Arc hero Golden Horn?

Bloodhorse – Hangin with Haskin – Questions Facing Breeders’ Cup Classic Horses

Horse Race insider – Jicha – Last year’s BC winners an under-achieving group

Bloodhorse – Novak – Red-Hot Casse Gears Up for Breeders’ Cup

Talk That Talk

I think that to explore the uncomfortable and the politically incorrect is the job of the artist.
Jared Leto

Andrew Garlic Festival

ESPN – West – Luck be a Lady

ESPN – Lady and the Champ

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Liam’s Map to Dirt Mile drastically changes Classic pace scenario

Louisville Courier-Journal – Breeders’ Cup watch | Who’s in to face Pharoah?

ESPN – Cronley – Trouble in paradise

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Santa Anita Park Picks and Plays October 10, 2015

Lady and the Track – Eleven Drop In the Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita


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.

Lady and the Track – Macangay – Breeders’ Cup 2015 Information

NY Times – Drape and Williams – Scandal Erupts in Unregulated World of Fantasy Sports

NY Times – Drape and Williams – New York Attorney General Opens Inquiry Into Fantasy Sports Sites

NY Times – Belson – A Primer on Daily Fantasy Football Sites

Louisville Courier-Journal – It’s College Scholarship Day at Keeneland

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.

 Bloodhorse – Angst – Big Macher Breezes at Santa Anita Park

Bloodhorse – Russell Road Seeks Fourth WV Classic



Race 1 7 – Hidden Harbor
4 – Bubbly On Ice
3 – Far Niente
7 – Hidden Harbour
4 – Bubbly On Ice
3 – Far Niente
Race 2 8 – Leo’s In The House
3 – After Court
4 – Chapel Boy
7 – C.A. Miss
1 – Pricipe’s Herbie
6 – Briartic County
Race 3 5 – C U At Eau Claire
3 – Snuggles
1 – Donttellmyhusband
5 – C U at Eau Claire
6 – McDove
3 – Snuggles
Race 4 4 – What Goes Around
5 – Fransor’s Finest
8 – Aint Tellin’
5 – Fransor’s Finest
2 – Toccet’s Charm
8 – Ain’t Tellin
Race 5 1 – Kristofferson
5 – Power Corrupt
3 – Crazy Prophet
7 – We Found Gold
5 – Power Corrupt
8 – Stanz In Command
Race 6 7 – Rather Beautiful
8 – Touching Promise
6 – Lady Rosberg
8 – Touching Promise
1 – Locket
6 – Lady Rosberg
Race 7 1 – Square Dancer
6 – Killin Me Smalls
7 – Brass And Gold
1 – Square Dancer
6 – Killin me Smalls
3 – Senor Rojo
Race 8 4 – Laguna Blaze
6 – Off The Top
3 – Rosies Notis
4 – Laguna Blaze
6 – Off the Top
3 – Rosies Notis
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks


Race 1 4 – Casino Boss
5 – Proxyman
2 – Teddy The Bear
4 – Casino Boss
2 – Teddy the Bear
5 – Proxyman
Race 2 5 – Rock It Star
6 – Got Scotch
2 – B a Hole Auger
5 – Rock it Star
6 – Got Scotch
4 – Blues Be Gone
Race 3 2 – Lord Gallovic
5 – Lucky Moly Miner
6 – Lord Harlow
5 – Lucky Molly Miner
1 – Minstel’s Time
2 – Lord Gallovic
Race 4 2 – Saintly Sinner
6 – Stormin Angel
4 – Stormy Cross
2 – Saintly Sinner
6 – Stormin Angel
4 – Stormy Cross
Race 5 3 – Zenya
5 – Katchin Fire
2 – Storm Stalker
3 – Zenya
2 – Storm Stalker
5 – Katchin Fire
Race 6 1 – Royal Briar
2 – New Jersey Joe
7 – Harrison Hope
2 – New Jersey Joe
1 – Royal Briar
7 – Harrison Hope
Race 7 3 – Charming Silver
7 – Today Is The Day
5 – Tulipia
4 – Remarkable Lady
5 – Tilipia
7 – Today Is the Day
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks


Sunday, October 11, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Monday, October 12, 2015 1:50 PM PDT

Bloodhorse – Hammonds –  Square Dancer Heads BC Premier’s

Louisville Courier – D. Wayne Lukas back in the saddle

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MaClean – So what exactly did go wrong for Treve in the Arc?


Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – 10 takeaways from racing weekend

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Five Takeaways from October 2-4 Weekend

TwinSpires Blog – TURF TALK: 2015 Breeders’ Cup preps in the books

Edmonton Journal – Stolte – Former parking cashiers fear for reputations after Edmonton’s Northlands says $1 million a year went missing

Global News – Kent – Million-dollar theft leads to layoffs at Northlands parking




.Entries for the 42nd Running Of  The Duchess of York
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.Entries For the 7th Running Of  The Harvest Gold Plate
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Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program –  Friday October 9, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Friday, October 9, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, October 10, 2015 1:00 PM MDT
Monday, October 12, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Derby’s El Kabeir, International Star working

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Knickerbocker comes up tough at Belmont Park

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – War Dancer Drops Into Knickerbocker

Bloodhorse – Two Ejected From Churchill Grounds


Thanksgiving Weekend Stakes

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 DirtOctober 8
JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stake GIII BC $150,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f TurfOctober 9
Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stake (L) $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 5.5f TurfOctober 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 AWOctober 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 TurfOctober 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

Bloodhorse – Will Sentiero Italia Win Again in Queen Elizabeth II Stakes?

Lady and the Track – Macangay – Sentiero Italia a Skip for Queen Elizabeth II Bettors

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Sentiero Italia seeks to stay hot in Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Sentiero Italia Heads QEII

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – California Chrome: how Art Sherman sees the next stage in his career




Bloodhorse – Ratings More Than Double for NBC Racing Shows

Derby Bar and Grill

From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter


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 Vancouver, B.C. (Oct. 9/15) – What is believed to be the highest Pick 6 carryover in Canada will become a mandatory payout on Thanksgiving Monday at Hastings Racecourse.

Darren MacDonald, General Manager, Hastings Racecourse & Director, BC Racing, says that if the Sea to Sky Pick 6 is not won on Sunday a mandatory payout will be up for grabs on Thanksgiving Monday.

“The carryover is at $93,065 heading into this weekend,” MacDonald said. “We expect that figure will surpass the $100,000 mark on Sunday and if there isn’t a unique ticket winner, the pool could double or even triple on Monday for the mandatory payout.”

Live thoroughbred racing goes Sunday and Monday at 1:50 p.m.

The holiday Thanksgiving eight-race card includes four major stakes races offering more than $350,000 in purse winnings.  Co-featured are the $100,00 Grade 3 Premiers for three-year-olds & up and the $100,000 Grade 3 Ballerina for fillies and mares three-years-old & up.

There are also two $75,000 stakes:  the Fantasy for two-year-old fillies and the Ascot Graduation for two-year-olds.

Thanksgiving Monday, dubbed Autumn Championship Day, marks the conclusion of the major 2015 stakes schedule at Hastings Racecourse.

Wintering Money For Lower Level Claiming Horses At Hastings

Wintering Money For Lower Level Claiming Horses At Hastings

                                     2016 Program

The industry Associations, in recognition of the economic realities of wintering and training lower level claiming horses, have again implemented a plan to provide an incentive of $2,000 for horses that make their last start of 2015 at Hastings for a claiming price of $6,250 or less and come back to Hastings and make their first start in 2016 for a claiming price of $6,250 or less, and do not race elsewhere in between.

The $2,000 bonus will be paid to the owner’s account immediately following an eligible horse’s first start at Hastings in 2016.

Horses that start elsewhere after making their final 2015 start at Hastings are not eligible for this incentive program.  The Associations’ intention is to reward those horses committed to racing at Hastings; therefore, the incentive is available only for horses that made their last appearance at Hastings in 2015 for $6,250 or less and make their first start for 2016 at Hastings for $6,250 or less.

Two year-olds of 2015 are not eligible for this program.





Hastings News by Greg Douglas

LEADING RIDER HAMEL LOOKS FORWARD  TO THANKSGIVING DATE WITH SQUARE DANCER  Vancouver, B.C. (Oct. 9/15) – Hastings Racecourse jockey Richard Hamel remembers Thanksgiving Day 2014 for all the wrong reasons.  He appeared to be on his way to victory aboard favoured Splendid Scat in the $75,000 Fantasy for two-year-old fillies when a horse in front of him went down.SQUARE DANCER FIRST RACE FOR HASTINGS RACING - PERFECT MATCH BLUE AND WHITE STRIPS WITH THE BLUE CAP AND THE NUMBER 3 BLUE SADDLE CLOTHA nasty spill left Hamel with a severely bruised pelvis and months of rehabilitation during the winter.“It wasn’t what you’d call the ideal way to end a season,” Hamel says. “Hopefully, I’ll have more to give thanks for this year.”He won’t be alone.  Hamel will have a throng of enthusiastic Square Dancer owners cheering him on in Monday’s marquee race – the $100,000 Grade 3 Premier’s for three-year-olds & up on a Thanksgiving Day card that begins at 1:50 p.m.Square Dancer – trained by Steve Henson – has been a sensation at Hastings Racecourse this year, having won three consecutive starts including back-to-back stakes: the $100,000 Redekop Classic on BC Cup Day (Aug. 3) and $75,000 S.W. Randall Plate on Sept. 13.  The spunky five-year-old chestnut gelding seems to thrive on pleasing his 200 owners who each invested $250 this summer under the banner Hastings Racing Club.VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 27, 2015, - Steve Henson with Square Dancer at Hastings Park race course in Vancouver, BC, September 27, 2015. (Arlen Redekop / PNG photo) (story John Colebourn)Hamel rode Square Dancer in the Randall Plate when he won by a nose in a thrilling photo finish. “He loves the Hastings track,” Hamel says. “He reads the turns so well and really gets into it.”Scott Williams, the second leading rider at Northlands Park in Edmonton, was aboard Square Dancer for his Redekop Classic victory.  Hamel finished second aboard favourite Modern.Hamel said he was “pumped” for the Premiers after working Square Dancer this week. “Originally we didn’t think he was as good as he is,” Hamel says. “This is one amazing horse.”Hamel heads into the Sunday/Monday cards at Hastings leading the jockey standings with 65 wins for the season.  His five trips to the winner’s circle last weekend gave him 16 more wins than runner-up Pedro Alvarado.  Hamel won the Hastings riding crown in 2010 and 2011.Besides the Premiers, Monday’s holiday card includes three other stakes:  the  $100,000 Grade 3 Ballerina for fillies and mares three-years-old & up; the $75,000 Fantasy for two-year-old fillies and the $75,000 Ascot Graduation for two-year-olds.Thanksgiving Monday marks the conclusion of the major 2015 stakes schedule at Hastings Racecourse.

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Thoroughbred Racing: Whose Game Is It, Anyway?


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TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Glory finds niche in turf sprint, d’Amato sends out a couple of horses to watch at Santa Anita

Giving horseplayers a voice.

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Galileo Yearlings Top Tattersalls Opener

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – RMTC responds to part of KyHBPA editorial

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – HBPA editorial: Guilty Until Proven Innocent’

A complete list of the research related to the CTS 

Bloodhorse – Novak and Angst – Motion Appeals Medication Positive
Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Motion DQ shows complexities in drug testing

Bloodhorse – Two Named to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Midlantic Sale Topped by Malibu Moon Filly



Bloodhorse – Novak – Ageless Sustains Cut in Franklin County Win

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Ageless, Lady Shipman square off in Franklin County

Maker's Mark Plans Breeders' Cup BottlesLet’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.

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Harmonize hits winning note in JessamineB

loodhorse – Novak – Harmonize Shows New Dimension in Jessamine

Fort Erie Race Track Logo

Sugar’s Sweet Tips

Bloodhorse – Papa John’s Pizza to Support Aftercare

Bloodhorse – Woodford Stakes Grade Reinstated

The Globe and Mail – Cheadle – Thanksgiving weekend: the time when political turkeys get carved

NY Times – Waldstein – Blue Jays Re-emerge in Hockey-Loving City

ABC News – Kim – Chicago Cubs Fans Hold World Series Hopes Based on ‘Back to the Future’ Prediction

ESPN – Schoenfield: The Ultimate October Blueprint

NY Times – Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia Enters Alcohol Rehab, Will Miss Playoffs


Hot dogs topped with candy floss are no longer the stuff of food porn fantasyInfosen – Hot dogs topped with candy floss are no longer the stuff of food porn fantasy

NY Times – Witz – Astros’ Dallas Keuchel Dominates as Yankees Skid Into Winter

NY Times – Kepner – Doing It Their Way, Upstarts Outshine Star-Driven Opponents

Phil’s Drink and a Flick:

Fred Flinstone

The Jetsons Meet the Flinstones

Something To Live For

LA Times – Paloma Esquivel – Farmworkers find a bumper crop of squalor in Coachella Valley trailer parks

National Post – Christie Blatchford: Alcohol a factor few want to speak about at inquest into Aboriginal deaths

NY Times – Tracy – Cheers and Booze at College Stadiums

NY Times – Rohan – The Scars of the Game

National Post – Collins and Dalesio – ‘This is not over’: Sunny skies, but apocalyptic scenes in flood-stricken South Carolina

Lady and the Track – Park – Celebrity Breeders’ Cup Beauty Inspiration

LA Times – Kaiman- So that’s why Beijing’s skies were polluted during a national holiday

National Post – Washington Post – Fritz – The hottest place in the world just matched its wettest day on record. And Las Vegas flooded

Meet Me In The Memory



Phil M Stockmen

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    HRA MANDATE is to protect the health,safety and welfare of racehorses, with upcoming NDP BUDGET and their election pledge of eliminating racino funding for the industry and a skyrocketing budget deficit of $6 billion+, there are dark days ahead for the equine population with the recent cuts/track consolidations in ONTARIO resulting in the culling of thousands of racehorses.

    MINISTER CECI, responsible for horse racing and JAMIE CURRAN, ex officio HRA BOARD AARD,former deputy minister ALBERTA AGRICULTURE /were both emailed by MUCKA if a compensation plan for race owners for relocating race horses to other racing venues or funding for retirement homes was being considered.

    BILL desBARRES CHAIRMAN OF HORSE WELFARE ALLIANCE OF CANADA was contacted and was unaware of the possible plight for race horses/owners since nobody had previously contacted this organization and was deeply concerned based on the ONTARIO history. This group previously shut down the HUNTINGTON/HRA web posting of racing accidents and meet with northlands management over the roof conditions in the WINTER BARN through their many industry contacts.

    HBPA efforts to promote the continued ownership of race horses through the $1000/3 start compensation and $120 per start saddling of 6th and worse are constructive.

    However the cost of $17,000 per horse per year and economics of ownership and NDP budget may unfortunately force many out of the racing game!

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