Oct 212015

If you notice someone watching you or who just doesn’t seem to fit in don’t worry it’s not Big Brother it’s just Marty or Doc.

The Globe And Mail – AP – Lang – Great Scott! It’s time for ‘Back to the Future’ Day as fans, cast celebrate film trilogy

National Post – Knight – How Back To The Future rides its DeLorean through the rich tradition of time traveling fiction

NY Times – Mets, Team of Big Shoulders, Slug Their Way to a Sweep and a Pennant in Chicago

NY Times – Barry – The Sounds of 1908, a Fading Whisper at Wrigley

I tell the kids, somebody’s gotta win, somebody’s gotta lose. Just don’t fight about it. Just try to get better.
Yogi Berra

Won’t Get Fooled Again

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Groucho Marx

NY Times – Waldstein – With Glowing Hearts, a Nation Unites Behind the Blue Jays

Stereogum – Breiham – A Hüsker Dü Reunion Suddenly Seems Possible

National Post – CP – Panetta – Sorry, John Oliver won’t be going to jail (or have to pay a $5,000 fine) for telling Canadians to vote out Harper

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Canadian Election (HBO)

Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons.

Benjamin Franklin

It’s Not Funny Anymore


Saturday, October 24 2015

Belmont Park
Pick 6    $15,600.00
Evangeline Downs
Super High Five     $373.00
Golden Gate Fields
Super High Five     $4,361.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $2,634.00
Gulfstream Park West
Super High Five     $2,792.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $2,721.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $22,005.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $1,838.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $1,290.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $15,553.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $2,145.00
Place Pick 8    $2,665.00
Indiana Grand Race Course  
 Pick 6    $1,517.00
Pick 6    $21,780.00
Super High Five     $1,000.00
Laurel Park
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $750.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $614.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $509.00
Pick 5    $7,991.00
Pick 6    $7,555.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $2,226.00
Lone Star Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $2,264.00
Super High Five     $1,005.00
Los Alamitos
Pick 6    $11,209.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $11,733.00
Pick 5    $6,392.00
Northlands Park
Super High Five Jackpot    $2,185.00
Turf Paradise
Pick 5    $19,474.00
Pick 6    $1,101.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $254,332.00

Guaranteed Pools

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Northlands Park
Pick 4 – $10,000.00

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Shea – Forget Quarter Horses – ranch work is a job for a Thoroughbred

The American Pharaoh Christmas ornament.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Oswald – Breyer to release American Pharoah collectible

TDN – 200 Pre-Entered for Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – 200 Horses Pre-Entered for 32nd Breeders’ Cup

TwinSpires Blog – Breeders’ Cup releases corrected pre-entries for TwinSpires Sprint & Turf Sprint

Bloodhorse – Johnson – A Few Thoughts on the Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Early thoughts on Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – BC contenders who are tough to leave out but must be tossed

Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup Announces Order of Races

Racing Post – Kerr – Strong European entry for Breeders’ Cup

TwinSpires Blog – Ten Fun Facts to know about the Breeders’ Cup

Closing Time

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – The 10 Biggest Upsets in Breeders’ Cup History

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – The 10 Greatest Performances in Breeders’ Cup History

ESPN – West – Cup runneth over

ESPN – Finley – Borell finds “Happy” times

Lady and The Track – Macatangay – Borell Discusses Runhappy and Breeders’ Cup Sprint

ESPN – Chicago Hope

Saturday In The Park

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 – Novak – Beholder Misses Training Due to Fever

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – Gary Stevens’ bad news for Classic rivals: Beholder is only just reaching her peak

Feelin Stronger Everyday

Racing Post – Baxter – Postponed to bypass Breeders’ Cup Turf

That pun’s too obvious for Phil.


Lady and The Track – Macatangay – Breeders’ Cup Festival Begins Saturday in Lexington

Bloodhorse – Taris Seeks Redemption in Filly & Mare Sprint

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Runhappy causing many to smile in quest for TwinSpires.com BC Sprint

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Mandella, History, and Leaving California

Bloodhorse – The Blessing That is Beholder – by Eric Mitchell

Mae West

Bio Pic of Ladybird Johnson


Lady and the Track – How to Pick The Perfect Hat for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Bri Mott Talks Keeneland Breeders’ Cup Fashion

Lady and the Track – Park – Breeders’ Cup Travel Tips: Top Lexington Tours

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour

Lady and The Track – Feeders’ Cup Appetizing Start to Breeders’ Cup Festival

Racing Post – Jennings – Critics ‘don’t know what they’re talking about’

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Golden Horn Leads Strong BC Contingent

Radar Love


3 tables left

Breeders' Cup 2015

TwinSpires Blog – Beholder sports BC Classic saddle towel in gallop at Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Novak – Classic Contender Beholder Takes to Track

TwinSpires Blog – Beholder feeling better; Runhappy rips six panels in 1:09.80

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Productive Morning for Pletcher Stable

Bloodhorse – Novak – Salama, Yahilwa, ‘Veneda’ Work for Distaff

Bloodhorse – Fioretti Breezes at Thoroughbred Center

Bloodhorse – Greenpointcrusader in Maintenance Work

TwinSpires Blog – Greenpointcrusader, ‘Judy’ top Keeneland BC worktab

Bloodhorse – Angst – American Pharoah Wows in Santa Anita Work

Bloodhorse – Novak – Beholder Alert, ‘Back in the Game’

Bloodhorse – Novak – Breeders’ Cup ‘Not Ruled Out’ for Beholder

TwinSpires Blog – Beholder battling a slight fever; Smooth Roller jogs at Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Mutatis Mutandis, Catch a Glimpse Breeze

TwinSpires Blog – Mongolian Saturday works; Keeneland releases stakes probables

TwinSpires Blog – Sheer Drama turns in final work for Distaff at Gulfstream

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Lady Shipman Works Toward Turf Sprint

Sixteen Tons

Bloodhorse – Angst – In Some Ways, a Most Unexpected Classic Field

Racing UK – Riddle – Bob Baffert feeling pressure as historic American Pharoah Breeders’ Cup bid nears

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Is American Pharoah truly ready for the BC Classic?

Lady and The Track – Smith – Hard Aces Ready to Rumble in Breeders’ Cup Classic

Lady and the Track – Smith – Crawford of Donegal: “Keen Ice Will Win the Classic”

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Breeders’ Cup Classic Contender Honor Code: Intelligent & Camera Happy

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Johnson – Shug McGaughey’s verdict on Lasix, USADA – and Honor Code at the Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – For Trainer Garcia, No Rushing Success

MakeoverLogoblack TCA2

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Breeders’ Cup Spotlight: $1.5 million Sprint

Louisville Courier-Journal – Rees – Losing bet pays off with Cocked and Loaded

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Bradley Chases BC Filly & Mare Turf Double

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 – Caldwell – Eclectic mix of juveniles lining up in Breeders’ Cup

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Can’t Win for Tryin’

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

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – BC Internationals: Juvenile Fillies contender Nemoralia

ESPN – Cronley – Horseplayers on Halloween

Eli’s Coming


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

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
Theodore Roosevelt

Mr. Spaceman

Bloodhorse – Balan – Fantasy Games Hot Topic at CHRB Session


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.

Garden and Gun – Lotz – Pint-Sized Power: Shetland Pony Steeplechase

Bloodhorse – Novak – Sunset Glow, Osaila Top Pin Oak Valley View

Upcoming Western Thoroughbred

Race Dates




Hastings Racecourse heads into the final weekend of the live racing season today with nine races kicking off at 1:50 p.m.

The feature event of the day is in race number six as a field $25,000 claimers will do battle over a mile and a sixteenth.

On the rail is Kay and Sue Ohashi’s Heartset who enters this race after a game win over $16,000 three year olds at this same distance. He now faces older horses which will be a much tougher test for him. It is encouraging to see David Lopez stick with him for trainer Patty Leaney.

Conrad Rozenek and Mel Snow’s The Odds R Good is another talented three year old tackling older. His best races have been at shorter distances but his speed must be respected. Silvano Morales takes the call.

Leif Nordahl’s Crius has been an excellent sprinter throughout the season. He has battled with the best three year olds on the grounds so this might be a slightly easier spot for him. Leading rider Richard Hamel will pilot for leading trainer Mike Anderson.

Les Hoggard’s Uncle Willard has the ability to win this race if he’s on his best behaviour. He has had a big issue with losing his concentration and bolting at the far turn in two of his last four starts. Sahin Civaci will be at the controls for Craig MacPherson.

Gail Breckenridge’s Irish Romeo was a comfortable winner over slightly easier in his last start. He took advantage of a lively early pace and it appears on paper that he could get a similar scenario. Amadeo Perez rides for Pat Jarvis.

The Where We At Stables’ Ain’t Tellin’ is shortening up in distance after an unsuccessful try at a mile and a half two weeks back. He has excellent speed and might be better suited to this trip. Jeff Burningham rides for Washington Hall-of-Fame trainer Jim Penney.

Tony and Pat Hepburn’s Rebus easily defeated a field of conditional $16,000 claimers at this distance. He is in a tougher spot today but is sharp. Pedro Alvarado gets the call from Mark Cloutier.

The Linwood Stables’ Off The Top got a much needed confidence boost easily winning a $16,000 restricted event. He has the talent to beat this group and will be a top threat this afternoon. Keishan Balgobin rides for Rob Anderson.

The final live racing day is tomorrow with the first of nine races starting at 1:50 p.m.


Race 1 5 – Jamal
6 – Funbeforethestorm
2 – Afleet Alice
5 – Jamal
4 – Mini Fridge
2 – Afleet Alice
Race 2 4 – Hidden Harbor
3 – Far Niente
1 – Cute Little Vixen
4 – Hidden Harbour
2 – Moon Ride
5 – The Tenant
Race 3 7 – Holly’s Last Call
5 – Jo It All
3 – Rosalie B
7 – Holly’s Last Call
3 – Rosalie B
2 – Stormy Cross
Race 4 5 – Carson City Brown
1 – Lord Harlow
3 – Lucky Moly Miner
3 – Lucky Molly Miner
1 – Lord Harlow
5 – Carson City Brown
Race 5 2 – Laguna Blaze
8 – Finally Diamonds
4 – Overtime
8 – Finally Diamonds
2 – Laguna Blaze
6 – Perfectly Reckless
Race 6 5 – Irish Romeo
8 – Off The Top
3 – Crius
3 – Crius
8 – Off The Top
5 – Irish Romeo
Race 7 3 – Title Contender
2 – Twistgrips
4 – Stepupforthemoney
6 – It’s Finally Friday
3 – Title Contender
2 – Twistgrips
Race 8 4 – Zenya
1 – I Believe In Angel
5 – Quiet Finality
4 – Zenya
1 – I Believe in Angel
5 – Quiet Finality
Race 9 2 – Every Nites a Blur
4 – Stoneridge Ruler
1 – Forestry’s Devil
2 – Every Nites a Blur
4 – Stoneridge Ruler
1 – Forestry’s Devil
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks
Saturday, October 24, 2015 1:50 PM MDT
Sunday, October 25, 2015 1:50 PM MDT

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Valley View, Twilight Derby on tap; Dortmund returns to action

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Dortmund to face five in return at Santa Anita

Bloodhorse – Balan – Dortmund Makes Return in Big Bear

Bloodhorse – Balan – Om Speedy Favorite in Twilight Derby

awards dinner 2015


James A. Sapara, an Edmonton-based Thoroughbred owner and breeder whose racing highlights included a 16-1 upset in the 2006 Queen’s Plate S. at Woodbine, died late last week.

TDN – James Sapara Passes Away

In memory of Jim there will be a celebration of his life on Friday October 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home, 10011-114 Street, Edmonton, AB.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute. C/O University of Alberta Hospital Foundation, 1H1.91 WMC 8440 112 Street, Edmonton, AB, T6G 9Z9.

Meet our new Alberta Horse Conference coordinator: Lianne Knechtel

Lianne joins us from the fast paced world of horse

Lianne Knechtel

racing! Lianne began her career as a teacher but has been successfully training racehorses for the past 24 years. Lianne will be exercising her skills around the HIAA office as well as at our 34th annual Horse Conference in Red Deer, January 15-17, 2016. Lianne can be contacted at our office via e-mail at lknechtel@albertahorseindustry.ca or by phone at 403-420-5949. We look forward to tapping into Lianne’s vast experience in the Alberta horse industry.  

Throwback Thursday: Freedom’s Traveler 2011 
Freedom’s Traveler


Click the image above to read about one of Lianne’s great horses successes.


Entries for the 14th Running Of  The Freedom Of The City
$50,000 Guaranteed
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PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Midnight Fudge (AB) Lavern Doran 2/F K Joseph 117 L Dunlop
2 Leena (AB) R & M Stable 2/F I E Mosqueira 117 R A MacDonald
3 Imageofperfection (FL) M & P Equipment Inc., Met Set Consulting Ltd. and Dale L. Saunders 2/F L J Reid 117 D L Saunders
4 Raise a Dancer (WA) Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp 2/F L S Williams 117 G Tracy
5 Onestaratatime (AB) Curtis & Darrell Landry, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm 2/F L R W Walcott 117 G Tracy
6 Bootleggers Wife (FL) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 2/F S Beauregard 119 T Rycroft


Entries for the 19th Running Of The Canadian Juvenile
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PP Horse Owners A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Charpetti (AB) Ron and Sandra Kirchner 2/G K Joseph 118 J Petrowski
2 Victory Day (AB) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. 2/G R W Walcott 118 T Rycroft
3 Credits Good (FL) Dialed In Racing Stable, IndyRock Racing and Smokin Guns Stable 2/C L S Williams 118 C R Smith
4 Ripple (AB) Jim & Carole Barker and Red Diamond Stable 2/G L D Bryan 118 R K Smith
5 Autumn Song (KY) Derby Quest Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp 2/C L J Reid 118 G Tracy
6 Falls Session (AB) Marie Neubuhr 2/C N Stephenson 118 S L Neubuhr
7 Ready Intaglio (KY) Robbin Martens 2/C L I E Mosqueira 118 E Martens
8 Awesome Slate (KY) Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd 2/G R W Walcott 118 T Rycroft
9 Perfect Gent (KY) Bruce & Margaret Appleyard 2/C R Zenteno Jr. 118 J R Robertson
10 Schramson (AB) J & G Murphy Holdings Ltd. 2/G L R Lara 118 R C Kingston
11 Moonlight Malice (AB) (AE) Mark Gems International Ltd. 2/G L D Bynoe 118 J Shafer


Edmonton Sun – FRANK FONTANA’s Northlands Favourites

Matt’s Picks and Free Program –  Friday October 23, 2015

Matt’s Picks and Free Program –  Saturday October 24, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Friday, October 23, 2015 6:30 PM MDT
Saturday, October 24, 2015 1:00 PM MDT

Congress — these, for the most part, illiterate hacks whose fancy vests are spotted with gravy, and whose speeches, hypocritical, unctuous, and slovenly, are spotted also with the gravy of political patronage.
Mary McCarthy

Bloodhorse – California Owners Group Hires Coukos

Phil has a question:

Did you know that Nick applied for the position of Chair of Horse Racing Alberta.

Since his qualifications for Chair of Horse Racing Alberta are vastly superior to any person that has ever held that position why wasn’t he appointed.

Do connections count more than qualifications in the province of Alberta.

The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.
Ronald Reagan

Closing Time

Financial Post – Kuitenbrouwer – As horse racing’s appeal fades, controversy swirls around CEO entrusted to reinvent Canada’s largest track

This Weekend’s Stakes

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

Racing Post – Haynes – De Sousa will have to fight for rides in USA

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Purdue Breaks Ground on New Equine Clinic








  1. Receive the report of the Directors to the Members.
  2. Consider the financial review of the Association for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015.
  3. Appoint Auditors for the year ending March 31, 2016.
  4. Transact such other business as may lawfully come before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.
  5. The meeting will provide a forum for members to discuss their concerns.



Richard Yates—Secretary-Treasurer  HBPA of BC

October 7, 2015

Thoroughbred racing Commentary – McClean – The time is right at last for Aidan O’Brien to have another go at winning the Melbourne Cup

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Seeking Big Picture Balance in Simulcasting

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From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter





The three horsemen’s associations met over the weekend and it was decided to re-instate the Incentive Programs with a few changes. We have published the four programs below.

They have been designed to help breeders and owners in our Province.


Hastings Racecourse in conjunction with the three racing association announce a spring sale at Hastings Racecourse on Sunday, April 3rd in the Paddock.

The sale is designed to allow breeders who were not able to sell their yearlings in the CTHS September Sale another vehicle to sell their horses as well as horse of racing age.

Further details will be announced shortly.


Hastings General Manager, Darren MacDonald released the 2016 live racing calendar on Sunday.

We have published it today in our newsletter and you will find it further down.

The track will open for set-up on January 30th.

The track will open for training on Wednesday, February 3rd.

Clockers will start on March 1st and the gate will open on March 10th.

The track also have announced the track will be open seven days per week starting on Monday, March 7th right up until opening day on April 17th.

Broodmare Incentive Purchase Program For 2015/2016

                 Broodmare Purchase Program For 2015/2016 

  • To be eligible you must be a BC Resident.
  • Buyers of a broodmare in foal at an auction outside of British Columbia from August 1st, 2015 through May 31st, 2016 are eligible to receive 50% of the purchase price up to a maximum of $10,000 Canadian for a purchase of $20,000 or more.  As a further example, a broodmare in foal that is bought for $7,000 is eligible for a $3,500 Canadian incentive payment.
  • For the purposes of this program, Canadian and US dollars are considered at par, e.g., $10,000 US will generate a payment of $5,000 Canadian.
  • The monies will be payable upon the purchaser making application to the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (BC Division).  A letter of commitment to foal the mare in British Columbia, sell it in a sale conducted by the CTHS (BC Div.), or race the resulting foal in British Columbia must accompany the application.
  • This program only applies to purchases made at public auctions outside of the province of British Columbia.
  • Mares purchased in Washington or Alberta are not eligible for this incentive program.

Weanling Incentive Purchase Program Announced

                                  Weanling Purchase Program

                                           Program Rules—2015

  • To be eligible you must be a BC Resident.
  • Buyers who purchase a weanling at auction prior to December 31, 2015 outside of British Columbia will receive 50% of the purchase price up to a maximum of $5,000 Canadian dollars.
  • Fillies will receive up to a maximum of $1,000 Canadian to defray actual shipping costs.
  • For the purposes of this program, Canadian and US dollars are considered at par, e.g., a purchase of $10,000 US will generate a payment of $5,000 Canadian.
  • The monies will be payable upon the purchaser making application to the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (BC Division).  A letter of commitment to race the horse in British Columbia or sell it in a sale conducted by the CTHS (BC Div.), must accompany the application, along with the horse’s papers.
  • This program only applies to purchases made at public auctions outside of Alberta, Washington and British Columbia.
  • Horses foaled in British Columbia are not eligible for this program.


 Yearling Purchase Program

                                          Program Rules—2015/2016 

  • To be eligible you must be a BC Resident.
  • Buyers who purchase a yearling at auction in 2015/2016 outside of British Columbia will receive 50% of the purchase price up to a maximum of $5,000 Canadian dollars.
  • Fillies will receive up to a maximum of $1,000 Canadian to defray actual shipping costs.
  • For the purposes of this program, Canadian and US dollars are considered at par, e.g., $10,000 US will generate a payment of $5,000 Canadian.
  • The monies will be payable upon the purchaser making application to the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (BC Division).  A letter of commitment to race the horse in British Columbia or sell it in a sale conducted by the CTHS (BC Div) must accompany the application, along with the horse’s papers.
  • This program only applies to purchases made at public auctions outside of Alberta, Washington and British Columbia.
  • Horses foaled in British Columbia are not eligible for this program.
  • This Incentive Program will be in effect from October 15, 2015 until June 1st, 2016 only.


Two and Three Year-Old Purchase Program

                                           Program Rules–2016

  • To be eligible you must be a BC Resident.
  • Buyers who purchase a Two or Three –Year-Old at auction in 2016 outside of British Columbia will receive 50% of the purchase price up to a maximum of $5,000 Canadian dollars.
  • Fillies will receive up to a maximum of $1,000 Canadian to defray actual shipping costs.
  • For the purposes of this program, Canadian and US dollars are considered at par, e.g., $10,000 US will generate a payment of $5,000 Canadian.
  • The monies will be payable upon the purchaser making application to the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (BC Division). A letter of commitment to race the horse in British Columbia, along with the horse’s papers, must accompany the application.
  • This program only applies to purchases made at public auctions outside of the province of British Columbia.
  • Horses foaled in British Columbia are not eligible for this program.

This Incentive Program will be in effect from October 15, 2015 until June 1st, 2016 only.


Hastings News by Greg Douglas


 Vancouver, B.C. (Oct. 19/15) – The 2016 thoroughbred racing season will begin in mid-April and conclude in mid-October it was announced today by Hastings Racecourse General Manager Darren MacDonald.

“It was great to come to a mutually beneficial schedule with the horsemen’s groups,” MacDonald said. “I couldn’t be happier.  Now we just wait for the approval of the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB).”

Opening day in 2016 will be Sunday, April 17 and the schedule will encompass 53 dates that conclude on Sunday, October 16.

There will be six Friday Night Live cards, up from five this past season, all beginning at 7:00 p.m. “We have determined that over and above Friday nights being popular with a young demographic, they have also caught on with the corporate sector,” MacDonald said.

“We will start them on July 22, run four consecutive Friday nights in August and finish with Friday, September 2.”

Six Monday dates have been confirmed, May 23, August 1, 22 & 29, September 5 and October 10. The balance of the schedule involves Saturday and Sunday afternoons with 1:50 p.m. start times.

The 2016 calendar will soon be available on the Hastings website  at www.hastingsracecourse.com.  MacDonald said the 2016 stakes schedule will be announced at a later date.

This year’s Thoroughbred Awards Dinner and Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies are set for Thursday, December 3 at the Newlands Golf and Country Club. Tickets are available at cgossen@gmail.com or cthsbc@cthsbc.org.

The 2015 racing season concludes at Hastings Racecourse this weekend with Saturday and Sunday start times of 1:50 pm.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Wicked Strong to stud in Ky. after Breeders’ Cup

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This Mess We’re In

What, You were expecting Billy.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – The race of champions that Champions Day left out in the cold

Racing Post – Barber – Layers told pay up or be barred from sponsoring

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms Stands Most Breeders Cup Winners

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

Bloodhorse – Oakford – $290,000 The Factor Colt Leads FT Oct Day 3

Bloodhorse – Fasig-Tipton October Sale Session 2 Wrap

Bloodhorse – Oakford – F-T Sells $250,000 Colts; Average Increases

Bloodhorse – Oakford – $340,000 Scat Daddy Filly Tops F-T Opener

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Oasis Dream Colt Leads Day 1 Trade at Arqana

Giving horseplayers a voice.

Bloodhorse – Pioneerof the Nile’s Fee More Than Doubles


HE ADVANCE BREEDERS’ CUP DRF GOES ON SALE TODAY at all the usual outlets by 4 p.m.  The cost is $7.50.  It contains all the past performances of all the horses pre-entered for the 13 Breeders’ Cup race.  Will they help you spot a bombs away winner like 43/1 Volponi in the 2002 Breeders Cup Classic?
The day a little “b” meant a lot

Past performances always have merit but some have more merit than others.  Most notable was the victory in the 2002 Breeders’ Cup Classic by the longest shot on the board, $89 Volponi.  His late Hall of Fame trainer Phil Johnson had added blinkers because, as he said after the race:  “I saw (jockey Shaun Bridgmohan) was riding (in a previous race) and wasn’t getting any response.”  Sharp handicappers would have noted this equipment change and, scanning past performances of Volponi, would have discovered four wins early in his career when he was wearing blinkers. Will you find a similar nugget in the Breeders’ Cup Advance Edition?

FYI . . .   20-cent bets at Del Mar
• Newly-installed AmTote equipment at California tracks will mean 20-cent superfectas and
other fractional wagers will be available at Del Mar when its meet opens next Thursday
(the Downs uses AmTote)
• So, have you decided which of the two days you plan to play in the Player’s Choice
tournament?  The one on Breeders’ Cup Day Oct. 31 or the one on Saturday, Nov. 7?
Be sure to indicate your preferred date on your entry form.  Tournament winners will be
revealed after the Nov. 7 round.

Bullet briefs . . .
• Get Advance BC Cup today, programs available Tuesday
• Remembering the Fix Six
• Will you beat the $50,000 record ASD payoff in the Breeders’ Cup?
• Woodbine features Breeders Crown, jackpot payout Saturday
• An $8 wager was worth $2.7 million at this Breeders’ Cup
• Must-read:  This best-of-Bob blog will give you the shivers

WAITING ON THE FIRST HALL OF FAMER: The Insider is awaiting the first entrant to the Triple 50 Challenge on Saturdays to bet his or her picks with real money successfully on three separate Saturdays.  A certificate of merit and buffet for two is also awaiting the first to do so–plus copious bragging rights.  Do this:  When you bet your three $50 picks (and profit by a total of at least $100), save the cashed tickets and give them to the supervisor each Saturday.  You will be inducted into The Insider Hall of Fame after you’ve done that on any three Saturdays.
Congrats to Anne Champion whose name has been added to the Honour Roll because she turned her three fictitious $50 wagers into $172.50 profit last Saturday and to John Field who’s been making a habit of it (his fictitious profit was $140).  Will he be the first to take the next step to fame and fortune?



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Here come the big three: Breeders Crown Saturday, Breeders’ Cup next
Friday and Saturday and the Melbourne Cup the following Monday


Mandatory payout of the $1 million-plus Jackpot Hi 5 wager
at Woodbine Saturday follows Breeders Crown races
We’re into Crown, ‘Cup, ‘Cup season, folks.  This Saturday night features the Breeders Crown of harness racing from Woodbine. The night will come to a betting climax with a mandatory payout of the Jackpot Hi 5 pool which has a carryover of more than $500,000. The pool should grow to $1.6 million. You can scoop a share for 20-cents.
Then there’s the Breeders’ Cup, of course, next Friday and Saturday at Keeneland with four races Friday and nine on Saturday.  And the trio of high-profile events will be rounded out the following Monday with “the race that stops a nation”–the Melbourne Cup–from Down Under with over-the-top pageantry, glamour and 20-horse fields at Flemington Park.  Twenty-cent superfectas, pick-3s and pick-4s are available on Australian races which are featured every night until 2 a.m.

YOU NAMED ME WHAT?  Theywonderyidrink.  A 2-year-old Ontario-bred colt by Einstein who debuted at Woodbine last Saturday, finishing sixth.  Seems it would be interesting to find out how the horse came to be named that.  In fact, that should be required information when foals’ names are registered with The Jockey Club so it could be added to horse names on their website.  It would make for fascinating reading.  What do you think, horse breeders/owners?

Challenge:  Can you beat the $50,000 record?

During the 2006 Breeders’ Cup races, a bettor at the Quest Inn off-track site placed a $20 superfecta wager, resulting in a payoff of more than $50,000.  That’s been the highest payoff ever in Manitoba for a Breeders’ Cup score.  Can you top that next week?  NOTE:  Each pick-6 combination this year is $1 instead of the usual $2.

And what has been the biggest betting coup anywhere during any Breeders’ Cup?  That came in 2003 when a struggling South Dakota jeweller and his friend spent $8 to nail the $2.7 million pick-6.  And they didn’t win it by betting random numbers.  The bettor, Graham Stone, later said he had carefully analyzed each horse in each Santa Anita race to come up with the ticket. You’d think, though, that the stars had to be perfectly aligned that day. If nothing else, it shows pocket change and finely-tuned logic CAN make one rich.
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Remember the “Fix Six?”
On the opposite end of the $2.7 million score for a mere $8 ticket above, was the Breeders’ Cup betting scam at Arlington Park the year before which came to be known as the Fix Six.  It set racing on its ear and paralyzed certain kinds of wagering until authorities in Canada and the U.S. could guarantee the integrity of racing pools.
Long story short, a trio of  frat brothers–one of them having access to a computer containing everyone’s wagers–changed the numbers bet by one of the brothers in the pick-6 after four legs were run so the trio stood to make $2.57 million. However, greed and not understanding the nuances of betting did them in. They had bet a $12-per-combination ticket instead of the usual $2 and people started asking questions (the ticket was key-key-key-key-all-all).  Had they disguised their ticket better, taking several horses in each of the first four legs, and bet only $2 combinations, they might still be operating today from a Manhattan penthouse instead of having to spend time in jail.  It didn’t help, either, that the last leg of the pick-6 was won by the longest shot on the board, Volponi (see picture at top of column).
SIDE NOTE:  The Equibase results posted online for Volponi’s Breeders’ Cup race still lists the “scam” pick-6 payoff even though no one legally had it.  Maybe it’s being left in place so the frat brothers can look up the prices and dream what could have been had they not been so dumb and greedy.
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PRINTED BREEDERS’ CUP PROGRAMS for Friday’s and Saturday’s races will be available Tuesday afternoon at the VLT cage at the Downs. The Daily Racing Form will be available as usual the day before each Breeders’ Cup race card. But, remember, you can pick up a DRF Advance Edition containing ALL past performances of pre-entered horses by 4 p.m. today.
BRUNCH SPACE STILL AVAILABLE:  Call 204-885-3330 to book space in the Terrace Dining Room for the $19.95 Breeders’ Cup brunch on Saturday, Oct. 31.  If you’re wearing a Halloween costume, you can eat free! Not.  But if you’re wearing a costume, it WILL add to the fun of the Breeders’ Cup on Halloween.

Where are they now?
by Rob MacLennan
Shelley Brown
Logs third win

The TURF PARADISE meet got off to a wet start on Saturday. Through the first three days Don Schnell had a second with Idling and a third with the hard-knocking I Am Awesome.

At NORTHLANDS, trainer Shelley Brown picked up her third win with the quick 2-year-old Imageofperfection ridden by former ASD jock Jennifer Reid ($3.20). K5 Stables continued to have a good run out west with a win by Discreet Gold ($4.50) and a second by Key to Glory.
At WOODBINE, Murray Duncan had Wild N Crazy run fourth in a claiming race on the Canadian International undercard Sunday.
Look out for ASD horses in Alberta this weekend as it is closing weekend.
Honor Code (#1) wins Whitney

SIZZLING WORKS FOR HONOR CODE: The Breeders’ Cup Classic has been all about Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and the mare, Beholder, who has been beating her rivals in a cakewalk.  Now add Honor Code to the mix.  They were buzzing at Belmont Monday as the 4-year-old ridgling who won the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga in August prepped for the Classic in sizzling fashion going a half-mile in 46.14 seconds, five-furlongs in 58.16, six furlongs in 1:11.07 and seven furlongs in 1:24.50. The estimated mile time was 1:37.50.  Workouts leading to the Breeders’ Cup are critical determinants of horses’ ultimate performances.

NO ONE WON $1 MILLION BUT WOODBINE WAS READY: It was extremely unlikely anyone would predict the correct order of the Pattison International or E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine last Sunday to win $1 million.  But Woodbine wasn’t taking any chances. A spokesperson said the track bought insurance for about $30,000 for each of the two races so they wouldn’t be saddled with the giant pay outs if someone won.  The favourite, Cannock Chase ($7.50), won the International but the second choice, Second Step, finished ninth in the 11-horse field which probably eliminated most entries almost immediately. The favourite, Curvy ($6.90) won the E. P. Taylor and the second choice, Strut the Course, finished fourth so that race was more predictable.  But a 12-horse field in the correct order?  C’mon. We should be in the insurance business.
LIBERALS GOOD FOR THE DOWNS?  There is hope around the track that the new Liberal government will ease restrictions on foreign workers that the Harper government had suddenly unleashed on race tracks last year, resulting in some horses not being brought to the track and in trainers and grooms being challenged to complete all required work each day. The Downs had received little sympathy from Conservative Steven Fletcher who has now been replaced by Liberal Doug Eyolfson as the representative for the Downs’ constituency.

MY VIEW OF THE NEW PM: Since I haven’t seen this view expressed anywhere, here’s my take on Justin Trudeau:  My view is that he is consumed with duty — maybe as result of his father’s legacy. Which means he won’t be testing the political winds or trying to project a certain image. Rather, he will be duty-bound to carry through with his election promises — and, therefore, will get them done. I believe his word is his absolute bond because of that and he will be the most truthful, transparent prime minister we’ve ever known. Certainly his advisers say he’s very hard-working. Within about six months, will even Harper die-hards be saying “wow?”

AD SEEN ON KIJIJI: “I’ll give you $5 to take my 2 free Bomber tickets.”

HISTORY ON THE HOOF: The best of Bob
Did you know . . .  on Canada’s 100th birthday, July 1, 1970, a first-time starter launched a whirlwind of wins at the Downs, becoming a media darling and creating a legion of fans (including Bob) but ultimately broke hearts?  Who was the horse and what happened?  Bob has the uplifting, painful details here.

PARTING RUSH:  For a rush that should last you until the real thing a week from tomorrow, click here to watch Tom Durkin’s best Breeders’ Cup stretch calls. On second thought, if you have a weak heart, you better not.

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 – LaMarra – Cannock Chase Takes Canadian International

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Cannock Chase completes Grade 1 double for Moore in Canadian International 

International Pickup Poster

Hope I Don’t Fall in Love with You

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FELRC Board Announces 2016 Racing Date Application

Fort Erie, October 14th…The Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium (FELRC) Board of Directors decided today on applying to the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) for a 40 day race schedule for 2016.

The 2016 race season will have a similar race calendar, purses and operations as the 2015 race season. Start and end dates may be adjusted as the staff work out the detailed operational strategy.

“The Board of Directors of the FELRC made a commitment when they took over the failing racetrack to ensure our horse people, our staff and our fans knew before each current year-end about the following seasons race program”, said James Thibert, FELRC CEO.

“The strong performance improvements this year from increased wagering, increases in fans, the stronger US dollar and cost- management controls allowed the Board to make this decision in spite of cost-of-living increases and some serious reductions in partner contributions”, said Thibert.

“Our strong metrics are the result of increased confidence in the future of the Fort Erie Race Track”, said Thibert, “and this is all due to a strong management team, experienced horse racing community, staff and fans”.

“We really need to increase revenues at a faster pace”, said Thibert, “and that would mean support from the Province in line with the return of gaming to Fort Erie. This is particularly keen when the US dollar is at a premium and would support additional forms of gaming”.

Fort Erie has 2 more race days remaining for the 2015 season. Post times have been changed to 1:30pm for Sunday, October 18th and Tuesday, October 20th, 2015.

Elissa Blowe
Media & Marketing Manager
1-800-295-3770 ext. 3204
e-mail: femedia@forterieracetrack.ca



LA Times – Barraclough – In defense of Mexican rodeo

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
Ronald Reagan

NY Times – Austen – Justin Trudeau and Liberal Party Prevail With Stunning Rout in Canada

NY Times – Austen – Justin Trudeau, Following in His Father’s Footsteps

Let them look to the past, but let them also look to the future; let them look to the land of their ancestors, but let them look also to the land of their children.
Wilfrid Laurier

The Globe and Mail – JUST WATCH HIM

The Globe And Mail – Flanagan – Conservatives had the money, but forgot the message

The Globe and Mail – Dodek – Trudeau’s to-do list? Huge, democratic reform at all levels

National Post – Blackwell – Canadian election 2015 hands Justin Trudeau and the Liberals a majority government

National Post – Kady O’Malley: We have a Liberal majority. So, what happens next?

The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.
Pierre Trudeau

The Scotiabank Giller Prize presents its 2015 shortlist

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
Kurt Vonnegut

NY Times – Kilgannon – Jockeys Return to ‘21’ Club After a Summer Break

It Hurts Until It Doesn’t


That's All Folks

Undertaker, before you scurry down to the QKB’s office, it’s not Phil quitting yet, but a Harness Publication packing it in.

NY Times – Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx to Tour, Years After Death

Man On The Moon


Phil’s Drink and a Flick


Rock the Kasbah

Redemption Song

NY Times – Williams – Police Leaders Join Call to Cut Prison Rosters

LA Times – Pearce – Officials squabble as underground fire burns near radioactive waste dump in St. Louis area

The Globe and Mail – Seale – Revived hockey brand faces a new power play

Garden and Gun – Reed – The High & The Low: Beyond the Butterball

National Post – The Telegraph – Magee – Is red meat really bad for your health? Everything you need to know about the high-protein diet debateg

NY Times – Brody – The Fats You Don’t Need to Fear, and the Carbs That You Do

National Post – AP – Marot – Indianapolis Colts’ bizarre play on fourth down against New England Patriots goes horribly wrong: ‘One of the worst failed fakes probably of all time’

Phil has a question:

What was the trick on that play and who was it intended to fool.

When will the rest of the NFL coaches realize that you can’t out Belichek Bill Belichek.

LA Times – Plaschke – Lamar Odom’s recovery, sadly, means more of the ugly reality of the Kardashians

The Globe And Mail – European Union turns to Turkey for controversial refugee deal

LA Times – AP –  Mexico braces for Patricia, the Western hemisphere’s strongest hurricane ever

Eight Miles High

Simple Man

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “2015 Closing Weekend Preview”


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    HRA /CEO silence about the continuation of racing racino funding after the Tories boasted of the continuation of the program last fall, is typical of a career politician who spins issues faster than a set of maytag washer/dryer. But with racing ending and last trailer loaded before the Tuesday budget news the best scenario is carryover racino funding / 2015 slots for a 50 day A track meet for next year!

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    STANDARDBRED CANADA hits the snooze button on the vision of horse racing on election day for the 3 federal parties with only a lukewarm response from the NDP, at lest ANTHONY MACDONALD’S
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