Oct 122015

Winding down time for thoroughbred racing in western Canada.

Four Three live Racing days remaining at Hastings Racecourse.

Five live Racin Days remaining at Northlands Park.

The Globe and Mail – Allemang – Blue Jays fans taken on a wild ride in spectacular ALDS winner

National Post – Stinson – Toronto Blue Jays go from confusion to victory over the Texas Rangers in about half an hour

Bloodhorse – Keeneland Racing Surface Procedures Reviewed

National Pasta Day


Memorie di Angelina -Tomato Sauce 101

Memorie di Angelina – Buying Canned Tomatoes

Mangia Bene  Pasta – Pasta Primavera

Disgraces on the Menu – Top Mispronounced

Remember this: classics never make a comeback. They wait for that perfect moment to take the spotlight from overdone, tired trends.
Tabatha Coffey

More Spaghetti

NY Times – Asimov – An Italian Prince and His Magic Cellar

The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing.
Isaac Asimov

The Nights of Wine and Roses

I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center.
Kurt Vonnegut


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Delta Downs
Super High Five     $402.00
Evangeline Downs
Super High Five     $1,877.00
Super High Five     $16,007.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $5,539.00
Gulfstream Park West
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $4,267.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $5,198.00
Indiana Grand Race Course
Pick 6    $835.00
Super High Five     $1,000.00
Laurel Park
Super High Five     $845.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $786.00
Super High Five     $3,611.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $1,187.00
Pick 6    $1,771.00
Pick 5    $1,763.00
Lone Star Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $1,512.00
Los Alamitos
Pick 6    $2,559.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $8,877.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $762.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $158,887.00
Zia Park
Super High Five     $3,494.00


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fort Erie
Pick 5    $2,917.00
Super High Five     $2,876.00

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Northlands Park
Pick 4 – $10,000.00

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

NY Times – Drape and Williams – In Fantasy Sports, Signs of Insiders’ Edge

The danger for racing, which relies so heavily on income from betting, is that this trend will not just continue but accelerate as more betting turnover moves online. How, realistically, can the sport recruit new fans if they are constantly being restricted or refused when they try to place a bet? The “bookmakers”, meanwhile, also have an incentive to use racing, and other sports, too, as a way to recruit new customers who can then be steered towards risk-free gaming products such as roulette and blackjack. Those who decline are weeded out and the marketing department throws out another handful of seeds.

It is not an issue that racing can afford to ignore because punters are the sport’s customers, spending money on the entertainment that racing provides.

The Guardian – Wood – Ladbrokes’ investigation overshadows half-baked betting system for punters

The Guardian – Sweeney – Ladbrokes investigating Great British Bake Off insider betting allegations

Horse Race Insider – Indulto – 2015 Breeders’ Cup Lower Rake, Bet Minimums More Player Friendly

Breeders’ Cup Simulcast

Broadcast live from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, this can’t miss event features 13 races over two days with purses totaling $24.5 million.

See the fastest thoroughbreds in the world televised live in the comfort of our Playbook Lounge!

Visit here for more information about Breeders’ Cup.

October 30, Post time 10:30 a.m. MST
October 31, Post time 9:00 a.m. MST*

*Northlands Park will open at 8:45 a.m. on October 31

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Some Memorable Male-Female Showdowns

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Updated Breeders’ Cup Classic odds list 13

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah Prepares for Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bloodhorse – Balan – American Pharoah Speedy in Santa Anita Drill

Bloodhorse – Balan – Beholder ‘Beautiful’ in Final SoCal Breeze

The Safety Dance

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – A Breeders’ Cup Classic target would benefit American Pharoah & Beholder

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Can Golden Horn end the shut-out of Arc winners in the Breeders’ Cup?




Louisville Courier-Journal – Coach Cal to draw Breeders’ Cup post positions

Bloodhorse – Novak – Tepin Leads Slate of BC Workers for Casse

Bloodhorse – Angst – A look at this year’s winners of multiple Challenge Races

Bloodhorse – Welcome to Keeneland

Lady and the Track – Breeders’ Cup Travel Tips: Where to Stay in Lexington

ABR – Insider’s Guide to a Day at Keeneland

ESPN – Cronley – Perfect day to be

MakeoverLogoblack TCA2

Breeders' Cup Travel Tips

Lady and the Track – Park – Breeders’ Cup Travel Tips: Casual Eateries in Lexington

Racing Post – Gatsby misses Breeders’ Cup but will race at five

Nothing is as obnoxious as other people’s luck.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

TwinSpires Blog – Runhappy posts 5-furlong bullet from gate for TwinSpires.com BC Sprint

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Ready Dancer returns in Futurity off two-week rest for Pletcher

TwinSpires Blog – Kentucky Derby-winning champion War Emblem back home in the Bluegrass State

Harper’s – Sullivan – Horseman Pass By

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Barbados will run in BC Sprint if he gets in

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Breeders’ Cup Spotlight: $1 million Dirt Mile

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

TwinSpires Blog – Cocked and Loaded, Casse trainees ready for BC Juvenile contests with Keeneland works

Bloodhorse – Balan – Six Look to Make Grade in Futurity

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 – Balan – Gomo Sidelined From BC Juvenile Fillies

Bloodhorse – Balan – California Chrome Back Home in Sherman Barn


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

I hate all politics. I don’t like either political party. One should not belong to them – one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking.
Ray Bradbury

Darkness, Darkness


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.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Torres needs tires, doesn’t tire, wins 3,000th

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates

Bloodhorse – Dramedy Retired, to Stand at War Horse Place

Bloodhorse – Novak – Modernstone, Kitten’s Point Head Dowager





10-Race Card Goes Sunday at 1:50 p.m.  

Vancouver, B.C. (Oct. 15/15) – The regularly scheduled Saturday afternoon card at Hastings Racecourse has been cancelled due to a virus that has spread through the barns, General Manager Darren MacDonald announced today.

“We made every effort to fill the back-to-back weekend cards,” MacDonald said.  “The virus has spread through our horse population and we figured it would be in our best interest to put on a 10-race card Sunday and cancel Saturday.”

MacDonald said he is hopeful that a sufficient number of horses will be healthy enough to fill the two days of racing on the final weekend of the 2015 thoroughbred season Oct. 24 & 25.


Saturday, October 17, 2015 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday, October 18, 2015 1:50 PM MDT

Bloodhorse – Spendthrift Releases Full List of 2016 Fees

Bloodhorse – Balan – Last-Out Winners Chase Another at Hawthorne


2015 Leading Jockeys

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Rico W. Walcott 410 128 94 45 $1,312,869
2 Scott Williams 367 70 55 54 $751,674
3 Shannon Beauregard 286 49 41 55 $572,422
4 Tony Maragh 293 47 34 46 $506,121
5 Ismael Eluid Mosqueira 288 36 38 49 $480,022
6 Ruben Lara 286 30 38 42 $408,398
7 Jorge Espitia 240 28 32 30 $309,918
8 Quincy Welch 182 26 17 26 $296,165
9 Desmond Bryan 232 24 29 34 $247,349
10 Damario Bynoe 220 13 26 25 $193,077


2015 Leading Trainers

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $
1 Greg Tracy 253 67 46 33 $800,287
2 Tim Rycroft 280 50 43 46 $748,364
3 Dale L. Saunders 149 32 25 12 $424,097
4 Joan Petrowski 308 24 37 34 $332,768
5 Rodney J. Cone 249 33 30 27 $302,426
6 Craig Robert Smith 147 34 24 25 $274,070
7 Dale Greenwood 102 15 21 14 $224,580
8 Jerri R. Robertson 129 12 18 23 $221,887
9 Ernie J. Keller 66 14 13 15 $207,653
10 Ron Grieves 132 20 20 25 $205,105

Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program –  Friday October 16, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, October 17, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Guardian – McRae – Lester Piggott: ‘A lot of people know I’m going to turn 80 – but I wish they didn’t’

Racing.com – Sheehan – Black Caviar to visit Snitzel

Upcoming Stakes


October 15
Sycamore Stake GIII $100,000 3&up 12f Turf

October 16
Remington Park
Oklahoma Classics Cup $175,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Oklahoma Classics Distaff $145,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint $130,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oklahoma Classics Distaff Turf $130,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Oklahoma Classics Juvenile $100,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oklahoma Classics Lassie $100,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oklahoma Classics Sprint $130,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oklahoma Classics Turf $130,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf

October 17
QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stake Eng – GI $858,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 12f Turf
QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup Eng – GII $468,000 3&up 16f Turf
QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stake Eng – GI $936,000 3&up 6f Turf
QIPCO Champion Stake Eng – GI $2,028,000 3&up 10f Turf
Queen Elizabeth II Stake Sponsored by QIPCO Eng – GI $1,560,000 3&up 8f Turf
Belmont Park
Athenia GIII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Futurity Stake GII $200,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Far Hills
Foxbrook Champion Hurdle Stake $100,000 4&up R 20f Turf
Gladstone Hurdle Stake $25,000 3yo 17f Turf
Grand National Steeplechase GI $300,000 4&up 21f Turf
New Jersey Hunt Cup $50,000 4&up 26f Turf
Peapack Hurdle Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 17f Turf
Finger Lakes
New York Breeders’ Futurity $200,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Fuchu Himba Stake GII $955,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Turf
Lexus Raven Run Stake GII $250,000 3yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Laurel Park
Maryland Million Classic $150,000 3&up State/Prov 9f Dirt
Maryland Million Distaff $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 7f Dirt
Maryland Million Distaff Starter handicap $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8f Dirt
Maryland Million Ladies $125,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 9f Turf
Maryland Million Lassie $100,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Maryland Million Nursery $100,000 2yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Maryland Million Sprint $100,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Maryland Million Starter handicap $50,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Dirt
Maryland Million Turf $125,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Turf
Santa Anita Park
Autumn Miss Stake GIII $100,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Turf Paradise
Bienvenidos Stake $35,000 3&up 6.5f Dirt

October 18
Belmont Park
Matron Stake GII $200,000 2yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Bull Dog handicap $50,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Shuka Sho GI $1,608,000 3yo Fillies 10f Turf
Rood & Riddle Dowager Stake GIII $125,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 12f Turf
Santa Anita Park
Speakeasy Stake $70,000 2yo 6f Dirt
E.P. Taylor Stake Can – I $500,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 10f Turf
Nearctic Stake Can – II $300,000 3&up 6f Turf
Ontario Fashion Stake Can – III $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f AW
Pattison Canadian International Can – I $1,000,000 3&up 12f Turf

October 23
Delta Downs
My Trusty Cat Stake (L) $100,000 2yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Northlands Park
Freedom of the City $50,000 2yo Fillies 8f Dirt
Remington Park
E.L. Gaylord Memorial Stake $50,000 2yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt

October 24
Belmont Park
Empire Classic Stake $300,000 3&up State/Prov 9f Dirt
Empire Distaff Stake $250,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Hudson Stake $150,000 3&up State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Iroquois Stake $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Maid of the Mist Stake $250,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Dirt
Mohawk Stake $200,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Sleepy Hollow Stake $250,000 2yo State/Prov 8f Dirt
Ticonderoga Stake $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Delta Downs
Jean Lafitte Stake (L) $200,000 2yo 8f Dirt
Great Meadow
David L. Zeke Ferguson Memorial Steeplechase GIII $50,000 4&up 17f Turf
International Gold Cup Timber Stake $75,000 4&up 28f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Fuji Stake GIII $723,000 3&up 8f Turf
Pin Oak Valley View Stake GIII $150,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Turf
Northlands Park
Canadian Juvenile Stake $50,000 2yo 8f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Twilight Derby GII $200,000 3yo 9f Turf
Diana Stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Turf Paradise
Princess of Palms Stake $35,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt

October 25
Belmont Park
English Channel $100,000 3yo 8f Turf
Hastings Race Course
Harbour View $32,000 3&up R 8.5f Dirt
Lions Gate $32,000 3&up Fillies & Mares R 8.5f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger) GI $2,029,000 3yo 15f Turf
Santa Anita Park
Sen. Ken Maddy Stake GIII $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares abt 6.5f Turf
Fanfreluche Stake $150,000 2yo Fillies R 6f AW

October 29
Lafayette Presented by Keeneland Select $100,000 3&up 7f Dirt

October 30
Belmont Park
Awad Stake $100,000 2yo 8f Turf
Turnback the Alarm Handicap GIII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Delta Downs
Magnolia Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8f Dirt
Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile GI $1,000,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Breeders’ Cup Distaff GI $2,000,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Dirt
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf GI $1,000,000 2yo Fillies 8f Turf
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf GI $1,000,000 2yo Colts & Geldings 8f Turf
Bryan Station Stake $100,000 3yo 9f Turf
Hagyard Fayette Stake GII $200,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Marathon Stake GII $200,000 3&up 14f Dirt

October 31
Belmont Park
Bold Ruler GIII $200,000 3&up 7f Dirt
Chelsey Flower Stake $100,000 2yo Fillies 8f Turf
Charles Town
Tri-State Futurity $50,000 2yo R 7f Dirt
Delta Downs
Gold Cup $100,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Dirt
Gulfstream Park West
Cellars Shiraz Stake $75,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Showing Up Stake $75,000 3yo 8f Turf
Indiana Grand Race Course
Frances Slocum Stake $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Indiana Futurity $85,000 2yo State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
Miss Indiana Stake $85,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
Too Much Coffee Stake $150,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Japan Racing Association
Artemis Stake GIII $504,000 2yo Fillies 8f Turf
Swan Stake GII $1,030,000 3&up 7f Turf
Breeders’ Cup Classic GI $5,000,000 3&up 10f Dirt
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint GI $1,000,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 7f Dirt
Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf GI $2,000,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9.5f Turf
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile GI $2,000,000 2yo Colts & Geldings 8.5f Dirt
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies GI $2,000,000 2yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Breeders’ Cup Mile GI $2,000,000 3&up 8f Turf
Breeders’ Cup Sprint GI $1,500,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Breeders’ Cup Turf GI $3,000,000 3&up 12f Turf
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint GI $1,000,000 3&up 5.5f Turf
Fort Springs $100,000 3yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Juvenile Dirt Sprint $100,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Perryville Stake $100,000 3yo 6f Dirt
Laurel Park
Laurel Turf Cup (L) $100,000 3&up 12f Turf
Mahoning Valley Racecourse
Cardinal handicap $75,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Emerald Necklace Stake $75,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Maple Leaf Stake Can – III $150,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 10f AW
November 1
Belmont Park
Pumpkin Pie Stake $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Churchill Downs
*Rags to Riches Stake $60,000 2yo Fillies 8f Dirt
*Street Sense Stake $60,000 2yo 8f Dirt
Golden Gate Fields
Pike Place Dancer $75,000 2yo Fillies 8f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Tenno Sho Autumn GI $2,721,000 3&up 10f Turf
Turf Paradise
A.T.B.A. Fall Sales Stake $35,000 2yo Colts & Geldings R 6f Dirt
A.T.B.A. Fall Sales Stake $35,000 2yo Fillies R 6f Dirt
Pennsylvania Hunt Cup $35,000 5&up 32f Turf
Princess Elizabeth Stake $250,000 2yo Fillies R 8.5f AW
Zia Park
New Mexico Classic Cup Derby Championship $140,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
New Mexico Classic Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Championship $140,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
New Mexico Classic Cup Juvenile Championship $140,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
New Mexico Classic Cup Lassie Championship $140,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
New Mexico Classic Cup Oaks Championship $140,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
New Mexico Classic Cup Peppers Pride Championship $170,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8f Dirt
New Mexico Classic Cup Rocky Gulch Championship $180,000 3&up State/Prov 8f Dirt
New Mexico Classic Cup Sprint Championship $170,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt

November 2
Zia Park
Veterans Stake $55,000 3&up 8.5f Dirt

November 4
Frost King Stake $125,000 2yo State/Prov 7f AW

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Five Takeaways from October 10-11 Weekend

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Demonstrative to defend Grand National title at Far Hills


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – Why Shared Belief’s injury could have been a blessing in disguise

Bloodhorse – Balan – Gutierrez Wins With All Five Mounts

Derby Bar and Grill

From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter




10-Race Card Goes Sunday at 1:50 p.m.  

Vancouver, B.C. (Oct. 15/15) – The regularly scheduled Saturday afternoon card at Hastings Racecourse has been cancelled due to a virus that has spread through the barns, General Manager Darren MacDonald announced today.

“We made every effort to fill the back-to-back weekend cards,” MacDonald said.  “The virus has spread through our horse population and we figured it would be in our best interest to put on a 10-race card Sunday and cancel Saturday.”

MacDonald said he is hopeful that a sufficient number of horses will be healthy enough to fill the two days of racing on the final weekend of the 2015 thoroughbred season Oct. 24 & 25.





Hastings, General Manager, Darren MacDonald’s brilliant idea of a mandatory payout of the Sea to Sky Pick 6 with over a $100,000 in the pot going into Thanksgiving Day Program paid off in spades.

Over $300,000 of fresh money came in from all over the country.  It made the day more exciting for those who bet it for sure and it appeared some outsiders were also betting into our other pools as well.

The Thanksgiving Day handle was the highest in years as the total pool was $1,047,204.00 compared to the same day last year of $617,463.00.

Even with the cold, rainy day and a terribly sloppy track the on  track handle was also up over 30% so the combination of several stakes races and the pick six payout turned out very very well.


We expect Hastings Racecourse to announce the live racing season for 2016 sometime later this week.  It will be likely be the proposed schedule that will need final approval of GPEB.


Wow where did the year go. Its seems like just yesterday we were entering for opening day and here we are six months later with just 4 days left in the 2015 season.


As the meet comes to a close we have fared very well and especially in our handle which is up about 14% currently over 2014.  We have already handled $27,696,075.00 after 50 days compared to the 2014 handle for 54 of $25,935,417.00.

We are actually up $3,839,156 day to day over 2014. That is a real positive sign. The really positive note is that compared to 2010 – 2013 we are up over $5,000,000.00 on  a day to day basis.

We have now run a total of 376 races for the first 50 days with a total of 2604 starters in those races for a field average of 6.93 horses per race.

The Wintering Incentive Fund has paid out a total of $246,000 to date or a total of 123 horses received the $2000.00 incentive fund.

That program has been renewed by the Horsemen’s Associations for 2016.

The purse pool is in excellent shape and we will have no problem funding the last 4 days of live racing.

The average daily payout of purses is $151,446.89 per day.

The Horsemen’s Association are working on a purse increase of approximately 10% across the board for 2016 and should be announcing that very shortly..



Hastings News by Greg Douglas


Racing Post – War Front stud fee increased to $200,000

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Bar of Gold can flatter Cavorting in Raven Run

Bloodhorse – Miss Ella Seeks Rare Double in Raven Run

TwinSpires Blog – Super Majesty bypassing Raven Run for BC F&M Sprint, clocks 5f

Stupidity is a talent for misconception.
Edgar Allan Poe

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Lady and the Track – Smith – Ideas for Throwing a Breeders’ Cup Party at Home



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TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Holiday Star defends Sycamore title at Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Da Big Hoss to Skip Sycamore for BC Turf

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Sycamore field of 11 includes Da Big Hoss

Racing Post – Burn – O’Brien to reduce rides as new career looms

Giving horseplayers a voice.

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Monday’s Breeders’ Cup news: Honor Code works, Artemis Agrotera to return – plus Songbird update

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Fantasy sports not going away, racing should jump on bandwagon

Bloodhorse – Gio Ponti Colt Tops OBS Session

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Red Giant Filly Tops OBS First Session

Bloodhorse – Jack Milton to be Offered at Fasig-Tipton

Bloodhorse – Six Supplemented to F-T November Sale

ATTENTION Player’s Choice tournament players: You now have two options for this month’s tournament.  You may play on the scheduled day, Breeders’ Cup Saturday, Oct. 31.  Or you may play the following Saturday, Nov. 7.  See the reason under FYI.

BREEDERS’ CUP QUIZ: Which Breeders’ Cup race is historically the easiest to predict? (a) Juvenile  (b) Juvenile Fillies  (c) Dirt Mile  (d) Sprint  (e) Other (indicate which) See answer at bottom of column.
BIGG’S BEST BETS for today (current record 2-1-1-0)

• KEENELAND race 2 (12:39 p.m. CDT):  #2 Wilhelmina (5/1)  Risky long shot but
  only horse who won at specialty 7f.  Don’t mind mares off a layoff. Race page.
• INDIANA race 3 (2:01 p.m.)   #2 Proven Warrior (2/1).  Dropping speed from
Keeneland.  Race page.
• REMINGTON race 3 (7:56 p.m.)  #8 Mare of Shiloh 9/5).  Turf is about trainers. 37%
trainer/jock combo with added blinkers (30%) Race page.
Bigg’s three picks in previous Insider: One pick was scratched, a second pick won (paying $6.60 to win and $16.80 to show because bridge jumpers loaded up on another horse) and the third pick finished second.

FYI . . .
• Player’s Choice horseplayer tournament entrants may play either on Saturday, Oct. 31
or Saturday, Nov. 7. The Nov. 7 option was added after some players said they didn’t
want to be distracted by playing in a tournament on one of the biggest days in racing.
“We want to keep everyone happy,” said Manitoba Jockey Club vice-president Sharon
in announcing the optional day. When you’re entering the tournament, be sure
to indicate the day you prefer.  Results from Oct. 31 will be kept confidential until after
the Nov. 7 round.  Current leader board for Handicapper of the Year.

You have two chances to win $1 million this Sunday at Woodbine!
Go to Woodbine’s website and predict the exact order of finish for the
Pattison International and the E. P. Taylor. If you’re correct for either,
you’re an instant millionaire.  The odds of winning are astronomical
according to U of M business major Rob MacLennan–although
handicapping narrows the odds.  Otherwise, he said, the odds of
getting all horses in the correct order in a 10-horse field is 3.6 million
to one
and, for 12 horses, it’s 479 million to one.  For astute wheel
player Terry Pagee, though, who can sniff out the order of superfectas
for about $1.20, it’s probably more like 50 to one.

Will Del Mar be the first California track to offer Canadian bettors 20-cent supers and
other fractional wagers when its fall meet opens on Oct. 29?  The chances are good and
The Insider is awaiting confirmation.

What’s the betting pool breakdown for the new rolling Super Hi 5 wagers at Gulfstream
West?  In each race, when there is no winner, 25 per cent of the wagers get paid out
to players with the closest tickets and the balance is added to the jackpot which is paid
out in a subsequent race when a player or players get the first five finishers in the correct order.

Bullet briefs . . .

• Today’s carryovers at Santa:  pick-6 $52,000, Super Hi 5 $18,000
• Countdown to BC:  You don’t want to be reminded of this
• Fort Erie was among top better-bettor tracks in September
• ASD trainers ready to roll at Turf Paradise; meet begins Saturday
• Woodbine’s Canadian International goes Sunday; win $1 million!
• Air ambulance pilot scores a second Vegas trip at poker
• Would you have bet this $99 horse? Congrats if you did!

NEW NAMES ADDED TO HONOUR ROLL:  Congrats to the new additions to the honour roll, players who proved they could make at least $100 profit making three fictitious $50 wagers in the Triple 50 Challenge that is held each Saturday. (The highest was Bill Latta with $270 in profit.) Here’s the current honour roll with new additions in red. All are a credit to themselves and are in the vanguard of being better bettors!  Who will be the first to be inducted into The Insider Hall of Fame by playing their picks with real money on three Saturdays?

Dave Champion Brad Kinnear Norm Fraser
Jim Cretney
Bill Latta
Mel Peddle
Donna Cretney
Manny Medeiros
Al Hampton
Dorothy Field
Geoffrey Metcalf
Jim Roberts



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Canterbury, Presque Isle and Fort Erie were most profitable

In September, bettors were loving Canterbury, Presque Isle, Fort Erie, Churchill, Golden Gate and Hastings. Those were the main money-making tracks which will send money into the Manitoba economy.  At the other end of the scale, bettors regressed at Woodbine, showing how unpredictable the races were that month (compared to a profitable August).  Bettors found Los Alamitos thoroughbreds challenging as they did races at Kentucky Downs and Santa Anita.

Most profitable
thoro tracks:
1. Canterbury
2. Presque Isle
3. Fort Erie
4. Churchill
1. Yonkers
2. Harrah’s Philly
3. Maywood
Least profitable:
1. Woodbine
2. Saratoga
3. Los Alamitos (T)
1. Monticello
2. The Meadows
3. Hoosier

You don’t want to be reminded of this
A pox on The Insider, you say, for bringing up the costly memory of last year’s Breeders’ Cup when an “easy” exactor paid $663!   But The Insider is going to rub it in again on the off-chance that you might pay attention to the winning rule during the Breeders’ Cup races in two weeks.  After all, this rule worked THREE YEARS IN A ROW.  (Hats off to you if you paid attention and won!)
The rule is this:  In handicapping the Breeders’ Cup turf route races, circle the horses that have raced for the highest purse money.  (Information you’ll find in the Equibase program but not in the DRF.)  Simply boxing the top three purse horses for a $6 outlay in the Turf Mile would have won you $663 (#14 Karakontie over #9 Anodin). And the rule worked for other turf races in last year’s ‘Cup, too, which you can read about here.

Want more proof this rule works?  In 2013, the 2-year-old with the highest purse money, Outstrip, won the Juvenile at 6/1 and Chriselliam, among three with close purse money races, won the Juvenile Fillies Turf at 6/1.  And Dank who had raced for much-the-highest purse money, was an easy winner in the Filly and Mare Turf, paying $5.  Read that Insider here.


And in 2012, the 2-year-old who had previously raced for the highest purse money, George Vancouver, won the Juvenile Turf at 9/1 and the 2-year-old filly who had raced for the second-highest purse money, Flotilla, won the Juvenile Fillies Turf at 11/1.  Read that Insider here.

Blinkers on? Or off?

To make it super-simple for you this year, two weeks from today the Insider will list the horses with the best chances just as it did last year when the exactor paid $663. Unfortunately, though, The Insider has no control over whether you decide to wear blinkers or not.  My instincts tell me most of you will have a small “b” after your name.

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BOOK THE BRUNCH:  Phone 885-3330 for Breeders’ Cup brunch in the Terrace Dining Room Oct. 31 where there are lots of TVs to follow Breeders’ Cup races all afternoon. All you can eat $19.95.  Brunch served from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

BREEDERS’ CUP WORKSHOP AND GROUP PLAY:  Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9:30 a.m.

Mike Welsch
Reading his reports a “must”

in the Finish Line banquet room.  Every $20 share from you will be generously topped up by $5 from the Downs.  Refreshments served.

BREEDERS’ CUP ADVANCE DRF:  Available a week from today.  Includes EVERY past performance of all horses nominated for the 13 Breeders’ Cup races.
VALUABLE CLOCKER INFO:  Go to DRF on a regular basis to check on clocker Mike Welsch’s workouts for Breeders’ Cup entrants.  This is a must-do for every serious player.

Air ambulance pilot lands second Vegas poker trip
Three years ago air ambulance pilot Darryl Dash (centre) could tell you about claimers and superfectas but knew little about small blinds and big blinds. Fast forward.  Dash is this year’s top poker player, having won two tournaments that resulted in a trip to Las Vegas and entry into a World Series of Poker event.  His latest win came against 51 players two Fridays ago when his queen/eight beat Mathew Mayer’s queen/four. “I’m excited and proud,” Dash said after the win while praising Rosie Parmar (above left) and Kerran Seth (right) and their All-In Poker Tour organization for being “very accommodating” in providing the learning experience that led to his victories.
The top eight finishers and their prizes: 1st Darryl Dash (trip for two to Las Vegas including airfare, accommodations, $1,000 seat in WSOP and $500 U.S. spending money, 2nd Mathew Mayer ($500), 3rd Arnold Black ($200), 4th Amelia Manlig ($100), 5th Rick Boychuk ($50), 6th George Newbury ($50), 7th Stephan Saultier ($50), 8th Marian Delaurier ($50). New $10 buy-in games begin tomorrow with THREE opportunities to buy back in. (Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m., Sundays 7 p.m. Register 30 minutes before games.)

INTERESTING RITUAL:  HOW WOODBINE TESTS TURF:  Sean Gault, the senior manager for thoroughbred racing surfaces at Woodbine, has some interesting things to

Going stick
Woodbine takes 48 readings per mile

say about the way the track measures turf firmness.  On race day, at the longest turf distance for any race that day, turf firmness is measured EVERY SIXTEENTH OF A MILE at three points: (1) at the rail (2) five feet from the rail and (3) 10 feet out.  That’s 48 separate readings for a mile of turf.

A “going stick,” which was developed in England in 2008, is pushed into the ground then pulled out at a 45-degree angle. The difficulty in pushing it into the ground (penetration) and removal at an angle (shear) determines the firmness reading on a scale from one (firmest) to 15 (softest).  An average is calculated and Woodbine posts the “going stick reading” for the day. The going is particularly important to European shippers and Gault says they enquire about going stick readings before they ship. Arlington and Churchill appear to be the only other North American going-stick users, Gault says.  Will Keeneland use one for Breeders’ Cup turf races?  Europeans are sure to be enquiring.

SUNDAY ROBBERY HAD PLAYERS BUZZING:  When is a $99 horse worth betting?  When a 29 per cent trainer has taken over the conditioning from a 6 per cent trainer.  That’s what happened recently at Mountaineer.  Shawn Marks, a 29 per cent trainer, took over maiden claimer Sunday Robbery from 6 per cent trainer Jerold Gammon.  Kapow!  Sunday

Carly Furlonger
A name (and a talent) for winning

Robbery won rather easily and observant players cashed a handsome $99 for each $2 win wager.  See that horse’s past performances here.  Would you have bet it?  Will you bet that kind of horse in the future?

BETTORS FLOCK TO PLAY $5 QUINELLA!  (YA, SURE)  Not sure what Gulfstream management had in mind when they introduced the first $5 minimum wager in racing–a $5 quinella at Gulfstream West on the last race each day–but the wager is hardly creating a stampede of interest.  Wagering this past Monday:  $1,436 in bets on the $5 quinella compared to $99,000 in wagers on the regular $2 exactor.  What do I think?  I think the bet was introduced to create a buzz and give the track more press.  Well, it’s done that, hasn’t it?  Will anyone notice when it’s dropped?
BORN TO RIDE:  When your name is Carly Furlonger and you weigh around a hundred pounds, can there be any other career than horse racing?  Furlonger rides quarter horses at an 18 per cent winning clip (85-16-13-11) at Ajax Downs in Ajax, Ontario. She started out by riding show horses and won her first horse race in June, 2013. See her in action Mondays when racing from Ajax begins at 11:55 a.m.
WORKSHOP PLAYERS PUT BIGG ON THE SPOT:  “I’ll bet you’re wrong,”  two Handicappers of the Year told yours truly during last Saturday’s “I won big” Woodbine discussion and bet me that their horses would beat the horses I touted.  “Sure,” I said, because the two races happened to be my specialty maiden races. In fact, I felt so strongly about my choices I even promised to be deeply humbled for the balance of the year if a player’s deep closer beat my horse that was cutting back to a sprint race after showing early speed in a route race at a higher class level.  I said his closer would finish fourth or fifth.
Long story short: I collected on two $10 side bets and one $5 side bet and retained my right to swagger. The player’s deep closer finished fifth and the three horses I had suggested for our group ticket finished first, second and third.  This is not to be boastful but to show the importance of having firm rules so group tickets aren’t all over the board. At least another participant bet a $1 exactor box on two rule horses.  Not exactly overwhelming confidence in the rules but he did collect over $100 for his pocket change.  Want to find out what rules work?  C’mon out to this Saturday’s session at 10:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse.

Where are they now?
by Rob MacLennan
ASD trainers ready for Turf Paradise opener Saturday
TURF PARADISE OPENS:  Turf Paradise opens this Saturday with a good card involving some familiar names. Trainer Don Schnell runs a number of horses including Idling, I Am Awesome, Valedictoryaddress and Runaway Cal. Trainer Jared Brown tries the speedy mare Tom Kha on the grass.  The race should set up for Idling.
WOODBINE:  At Woodbine, Blair Miller (43-1-8-8) has been close to a win with Buckden House and he was to run in a maiden race last night in the easiest spot he has ever been in. K5 Stables’ Master Lightning trained by Preston Ferris was claimed for $16,000 after running back-to-back thirds at Woodbine.
FORT ERIE:  Jodi Radul (3-1-1-0 $11,081) won Sunday with a maiden 2-year-old.  She followed up with a second by Sunny Weather.

NORTHLANDS:  Lots of action in Edmonton. Shelley Brown (8-2-1-1) has had a good run including wins with Fungo and Can’t Use Nellie. Can’t Use Nellie won the Duchess of York

Magic d ‘ Oro
Tough trip

Stakes at Northlands with a furious late run ($17.50). In his last two races at Northlands, trainer Eurico Martens (41-2-3-6) won with the classy gelding Grandpa George and notched a second as well.  K5 Stables (9-2-2-0 $12,430) has had some success in Alberta with wins at big prices by Roman Humor ($22.20) and Key to Glory ($36.50)

ASD Gold Cup winner Magic d’ Oro as the 2/1 second choice ran a tough-luck fourth in the Harvest Gold Plate on Thanksgiving Monday. Drawn way outside in post position 10, Magic dueled very wide around the far turn and used so much energy he could not hold off the closers.  It still was a good race considering the trip he got. The plan for Magic is to go to Phoenix and relax for the winter prior to his 2016 campaign.  The Plate was won by Aces Again at 7/1.
LETHBRIDGE CLOSES:  The Lethbridge meet closed this past weekend. Maria Stanford (12-3-2-2) ran a number of horses including Pretend and Extend who ran second in a $11,000 stake on closing day. Rocky Mountain Turf Club (23-8-1-4) with horses such as She’s It Again and Georgi Girl’s Kiss all had success at the Lethbridge meet following the ASD meet.
HISTORY ON THE HOOF: The best of Bob
Did you know . . .  the track surface for Assiniboia Downs when it opened in 1958 was hauled in by the truckload from old Whittier Park race track in St. Boniface?  What other nuggets of history does Bob Gates have for us this week in Memories of Whittier Park, grandfather of Assiniboia Downs?  Read his blog here.

  Relive Secretariat’s Canadian International

With the $1 million Pattison Canadian International stakes set to go at Woodbine this Sunday, one is reminded of the most historic International of all back in 1973 when Secretariat raced for the final time.  Relive that stirring race here.  Then go to the Woodbine website for the entries for this Saturday’s International and for the E. P. Taylor and predict the order of finish to win a cool million for each race. ‘Who knows?
ANSWER TO BREEDERS’ CUP QUIZ:  (b) Juvenile Fillies. Favourites win more than 50 per cent of the time. A filly by the name of Meadow Star, in fact, produced the lowest win price ever for a Breeders’ Cup race:  $2.40.  That was in 1990.  But don’t let the filly angle fool you when it comes to their male counterparts.  Long shots are the norm for the Juvenile colts, likely because the boys mature less quickly than the girls. The boys are a moving target. The Juvenile Filly is the first of nine races on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, Oct. 31.
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TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – To her breeders, Beholder a beauty that’s caught many an eye (Part 1)

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – To her breeders, Beholder a beauty that’s caught many an eye (Part 2)

Look your best – who said love is blind?
Mae West

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.

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Shotgun Kowboy Returns Friday in Oklahoma Classics Cup

Bloodhorse – Novak – Shotgun Kowboy Tackles OK Classics Cup

TwinSpires Blog – TURF TALK: Breeders’ Cup Countdown is On


Bloodhorse – Balan – Interpol Seeks Second Grade I in Pattison

Bloodhorse – Lamarra – Cyclogenisis Ships North for Nearctic Stakes

Bloodhorse – Shulman – European Invaders Seek E. P. Taylor Victory

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TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolio –  Both surfaces at Santa Anita play fairly, Hollendorfer sends out a sharp pair of winners in Cadet Roni & Stays in Vegas

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Ontario Fashion Attracts Strong Field

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Not Abroad Returns for MD Million Classic

The Globe and Mail – Somaiya – Playboy covers up: Magazine to stop publishing nude pics

National Post – Berry – Life after nudes: How the cultural significance of Playboy evaporated along with its conception of sophistication

National Post – Fulford – How Esquire kept up its romantic tradition for 1,000 issues


NY Times – Bondy – You Again? Once More, the Cubs and the Mets Are Linked

Grantland – McIndoe – Longing for the Old-School Waiver Draft

Phil’s Drink and a Flick

Dear Abby

Dear Zachary

The Living Years

You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.
Sam Rayburn

Garden and Gun – Portman – Southern Classic Recipe: Catfish Stew

NY Times – Herman – Tracey Stewart’s Animal Planet

House of The Rising Sun

LA Times – Battaglio – Don’t touch that dial: Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Judy Garland are back on TV


NY Times – Goode – Extreme Dieting of Anorexia May Be Entrenched Habit, Study Finds

NY Times – The Upshot – Carroll – Are Fats Unhealthy? The Battle Over Dietary Guidelines

LA Times – Netburn After cancer, survivors do not choose healthy foods: What’s going on?

NY Times – Ramzy – Australia Defends Plan to Kill Millions of Feral Cats

LA Times – Pugmire – Manny Pacquiao’s next fight will probably be his last, promoter says

National Post – Washington Post – Kaplan and Moyer – A scientist found a ‘ghost’ bird that hadn’t been seen in half a century, then killed it. Here’s why.

LA Times – Kaplan – Your stressful job may kill you — especially if you’re a woman, study says



The End


Phil M Stockmen

  4 Responses to “2015 National Pasta Day Weekend Preview”

  1. Mucka T, there are far too many to choose from but when you cut to the chase the 2015 edition of the Prince of Wales Stake at Fort Erie with Sweet Sug so stuck on trying to embellish rather than just call the race ranks up with the best examples.
    It was soooo colourful.

  2. “Non repetitive”????? You must be referring to the brief section in EVERY single race call where he doesn’t stutter through saying horses names twice in order to buy himself time because he is completely lost. “Colourful” must be referring to his long pauses.

  3. Mucka T why don’t you take the first 7 of those limited edition Sugar shirts. You can wear them to bed each night. One for each day of the week.
    That way you can stay nice and dreamy close to your man crush SweetSug. You’ll still have a tough time giving away the other 3.


    Trainer MARK HORNER the PRESIDENT of the SUGAR DOYLE FAN CLUB is rumoured to be seeking the submission of the best race calls in both breeds from the colourful and non repetitive Sugar, for a chance to win a free autographed limited edition SUGAR T SHIRT(10), unlimited choices along with the reason for picking the particular race call, deadline is Dec 1/2015 so Canada post can get it to you by XMAS.

    SUGAR DOYLE is rumoured to be creating a weekly blog called HOBBLES REPORT or BRIDLE REPORT with a wide range of topics based on his well rounded extensive knowledge. Topics will include comments about horses for courses,hobbles in or out. cooking lobster/mussels, Cavendish receipes, PEI spuds red/white/leaf updates Toronto/Summerside peewees and Bobby Schuller thoughts. NO POLITICAL dialogue from his conservative opinions (unlike Mucka’s) will appear for his nationwide audience.

    HORSE DOPING case goes to SUPREME COURT despite video evidence showing trainer needling a racehorse in 2010,since the trial judge acquitted him of fraud charges because the crown failed to prove that members of the betting public suffered deprivation because they didn’t know or knew about the injection! He also concluded that horse racing does not meet the definition of a game in criminal law becomes it involves SKILL only, and not SKILL and CHANCE!

    WRANGLER MAGIC wins appeal and declared winner of stake race for MO STEWART from a race on August 3/2015 and OJC appeal decision rendered Oct 9/2015 a quick resolution. Does ALBERTA have this mechanism or does the appeal tribunal even exist!

    RUBBER DUCK (broke and trained down by KELLY HOERDT) trots 2nd in the 3 yr TROT 250k ONTARIO SIRES STAKE-GOLD SERIES FINAL congratulations to BLAIR/ERMA CORBEIL owners.

    LINDA DUNCAN FEDERAL NDP MP has the quote of the election in a recent debate ” I’ve heard of politicians promising a chicken in ever pot but a windmill on every pump jack” (GREEN PARTY) (will the PROVINCIAL NDP be giving the racing industry a EMPTY OAK SACK)!

    PLAYBOY stops nude pictures starting next spring. We bought it for reading the articles didn’t we?

    CANADIAN RACING ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS is rumoured to be giving the coveted ROAD APPLE AWARD to a local MLA, however the location of the manure tossing event has not been determined at press time.

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