Nov 012015

Victor Espinoza’s facial expression as he crossed the finish line with American Pharoah at Keeneland in the Breeders Cup Classic on Saturday was more relief than elation.


Watched the pre-race interview with Victor and you could tell that he felt the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

The Girl With The Weight of the World in Her Hands

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – American Pharoah Fulfilled the Dreams of Racing Fans Worldwide

Lady and The Track – Macatangay – American Pharoah to Go Out in ‘Appropriate’ Farewell 

Well, not really when you take into account that horse racing is America’s oldest sport and that rare is the man, woman or child who does not become short of breath when watching a racehorse in full flight. In a world filled with smartphones, brain-rattling N.F.L. hits and presidential debates as spectator sport, there is something soothing and old world about watching a horse rocket around an oval ahead of others just because he can.

NY Times – Drape – American Pharoah Ends Career Fittingly: Triumphant and Adored

“I am so proud of the horse, but I feel a sense of relief,” Baffert told the assembled crowd of news media and admiring horsemen, which included the Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

NY Times – Hoppert – American Pharoah’s Final Triumph Wipes Away Effects of an Earlier Loss

TwinSpires Blog – Pugh – Pharwell to a champion and legend

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Reflecting on American Pharoah and His Impact

Louisville Courier-Journal – Gallery | American Pharoah wins the Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bad Boy

The only people who say worse things about politicians than reporters do are other politicians.
Andy Rooney

Phil’s vignette of Canadian History

The – Thomson – Retirement party held in Halifax for ship’s mouser cat

Dockyard Cats

CFB Esquimalt – Naval & Military Museum – Creature Comforts

The Cat Came Back

The Globe and Mail – Simpson – First lesson, Liberals: You can’t do everything at once

The Earth is the Mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. You might as well expect the river to run backward as that any man who was born a free man should be contented when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.

Chief Joesph

What A Wonderful World


Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup Takeout Is Arbitrarily Increased for Customers North of the Border

HANA Calls For Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency, Woodbine to Respond to Customer Pricing Concerns

Dear Phil,

The Woodbine Entertainment Group, the entity which Canadian horseplayers, through live, OTB and Internet, wager on horse racing, has announced the betting menu for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup has been significantly changed.

Takeout rates for the 19% trifecta, superfecta and pick 3 pools at Keeneland have been increased to 27%, place and show from 16% to 18%, and two horses exotics, super high 5, pick 4 and 5, from 19% to 20%. Only win and the pick 6 were left the same as the host track.

“Woodbine drew the ire of many this spring when they created a new pick 5 with 25% takeout, which was well above the industry standard of 15%. Now in the fall we see Breeders’ Cup takeouts have been massively increased. We at the Horseplayers’ Association of North America call on Woodbine and the Canadian Pari-mutuel Agency (CPMA) to address these issues. These are policies that are driving more and more horseplayers to other games of skill, further eroding horse racing’s betting customer base, and hurting the entire industry,” said Horseplayers Association of North America President Jeff Platt.

“According to their release, Woodbine said they are instituting this new measure in part because of “significant taxes” that are applied on wagers that are not seen in the US. The truth of the matter is, in Canada, and Ontario, only 0.5% of every dollar wagered goes to the provincial government, with 0.8% to the federal government. Simulcast deals made between Woodbine and horsemen groups which penalize horseplayers are on them, not on the customer, and should’ve been updated long ago to reflect the 21st century simulcast market,” added Platt.

In Canada, horseplayers cannot patronize a competitor this weekend to escape the high takeouts and lower payoffs. Woodbine has a monopoly on pari-mutuel horse racing wagering in the country.

For more information please contact

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Woodbine Hikes Takeout on Most BC Wagers

Phil has a question:

Are the tracks and racing authorities in Canada so useless that they can’t negotiate an agreement with Woodbine that benefits the racing industry and the betting public.

A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.

Crazy Horse

Mr. Soul

Phil has a question:

Is that Topo rockin in the background with Neil.

Lady and The Track – Breeders’ Cup 2015 Results and Replays

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – BC 2015 Saturday News Wrap

Bloodhorse – American Pharoah Greets His Fans Nov. 1

Opening Farewell

This is Horse Racing – All American, one last time

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – American Pharoah wires Breeders’ Cup Classic in record-setting time to become first Grand Slam champion

Sometimes Phil thinks you’re better off watching sports with the sound off and some goods tune blaring rather than listen to the repetitious banal blather of far too many self-proclaimed experts  trying to outidiot each other. One of the talking heads commented that it had been years since there was a Triple Crown winner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Seeing that the first Breeders Cup was in 1984 and the last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978 American Pharoah was the first Triple Crown Winner to have a shot at the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Bloodhorse – Novak – American Pharoah Romps in BC Classic

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – American Pharoah tops a day of champions

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – American Pharoah Conquers Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF – Watchmaker: Thanks for allowing American Pharoah to give us a Classic ending

A Little Less Conversation

NY Times – American Pharoah’s Final Destination: The Breeding Shed

TwinSpires Blog – American Pharaoh leaves for Ashford on Monday morning 

It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations of the earth are in a conspiracy to under value them.
Henry James


Sunday, November 1 2015

Del Mar
Pick 6    $59,754.00
Golden Gate Fields
Pick 6 Jackpot    $16,946.00
Gulfstream Park West
Pick 5    $31,793.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $15,424.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $10,612.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $8,151.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $3,130.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $3,017.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $2,299.00
Laurel Park
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $3,663.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $3,206.00
Pick 5    $1,723.00
Pick 6    $1,682.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $1,536.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $1,178.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $1,154.00
Turf Paradise
Pick 6    $185.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $28,246.00

Monday, November 1 2015

Finger Lakes
Pick 5    $1,783.00

Tuesday, November 3 2015

Super High Five Jackpot    $32,522.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $2,945.00

Thursday, November 5 2015

Lone Star Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $3,838.00

Guaranteed Pools

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Great examples of raw emotional joy were in evidence when a speedball named Runhappy won the Sprint, thanks to a new female trainer and a furniture store owner. Runhappy, who set a track record, likes to sleep all day.

For winners and losers alike, it’s not onward to football and basketball. It’s backward to football and basketball.

ESPN – Cronley -‘Cup’ full of memorable moments

LA Times – Dwyre – American Pharoah stands alone after Breeders’ Cup Classic triumph

ESPN – Finley – Pharoah in rare company

ESPN – O’Neil -Unprecedented year comes to joyous close for American Pharoah, team

LA Times – Virbila – 6 Chiantis to drink now. Think wine for pizza, even Middle Eastern food

Bloodhorse – Lamarra – Found Nails Golden Horn to Win BC Turf

Bloodhorse – Songbird Scores in BC Juvenile Fillies

TDN – Marquardt – The education of BOBBY FLAY

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Largest-ever Keeneland crowds for Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Handle Even, But Keeneland BC Gets High Marks

Bloodhorse – BC Day 1: Record Crowd, Slight Handle Drop

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Nyquist overcomes wide trip, cements championship in Juvenile victory 

Bloodhorse – Nyquist Kicks Clear in BC Juvenile Score

TwinSpires Blog – Pugh – Nyquist roars to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile win


Couple more wins and Mario Guteirrez will surpass his money winnings for 2012 when he won 2 legs of the Triple Crown on I’ll Have Another.

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
Delta Downs Jackpot Delta Downs Nov 21, 2015 10-4-2-1
Remsen Aqueduct Nov 28, 2015 10-4-2-1
Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs Nov 28, 2015 10-4-2-1
Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos Race Course Dec 19, 2015 10-4-2-1
Jerome Aqueduct Jan 9, 2016 10-4-2-1
Sham Santa Anita Park Jan 16, 2016 10-4-2-1
Smarty Jones Oaklawn Park Jan 18, 2016 10-4-2-1
Holy Bull Gulfstream Park Jan 30, 2016 10-4-2-1
Withers Aqueduct Feb 13, 2016 10-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park Feb 13, 2016 10-4-2-1
Southwest Oaklawn Park Feb 15, 2016 10-4-2-1
El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate Fields Feb 20, 2016 10-4-2-1
Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Risen Star Fair Grounds Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Gotham Aqueduct Mar 12, 2016 50-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs Mar 12, 2016 50-20-10-5
San Felipe Santa Anita Park Mar 12, 2016 50-20-10-5
Rebel Oaklawn Park Mar 19, 2016 50-20-10-5
Sunland Derby Sunland Park Mar 20, 2016 50-20-10-5
Spiral Turfway Park Mar 26, 2016 50-20-10-5
UAE Derby Meydan Racecourse Mar 26, 2016 100-40-20-10
Florida Derby Gulfstream Park Apr 2, 2016 100-40-20-10
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Apr 2, 2016 100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial Aqueduct Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Blue Grass Keeneland Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park Apr 9, 2016 100-40-20-10
Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park Apr 16, 2016 100-40-20-10
Lexington Keeneland Apr 16, 2016 10-4-2-1

Bloodhorse TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Stephanie’s Kitten goes out with a bang in Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Neither the inquiry nor objection light flashed after the finish of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, but there is no doubt that Stephanie’s Kitten did cross into the path of Legatissimo causing Legatissimo to check. Watch the replay and Ortiz Jr. looks back twice as he knew he’d crossed into Legatissimo’s path. What Stephanie’s Kitten did to Legatissimo in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf was virtually identical to what Secret Gesture did to Stephanie’s Kitten in the Beverly D. However, in the Beverly D the meddling dimwits took down Secret Gesture and cost Phil the Pick 4.

Bloodhorse – Balan – Borell Out as Trainer for Runhappy


Bloodhorse – Novak – Runhappy Sets Track Record in BC Sprint

Unknown Legend

The problem with a perfect wagering setup is there’s nobody live to celebrate with.

ESPN – Cronley  – Too good and quiet

Phil has a question:

Is Cronley onto something.

Will the minions who control the tracks with their petty pedantic rules have enough brains to understand that fans just wanna have fun.

2016 Road to the Kentucky Oaks

Race    Track    Date      Points
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

TwinSpires Blog – Churchill Downs kicks off 21-day Fall Meet on Sunday 

awards dinner 2015

TwinSpires Blog – Whatever happens in BC Classic, American Pharoah should be Horse of the Year 

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – ‘Pharoah’ Developers Honored in Florida

Upcoming Stakes

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

November 6
Finger Lakes
Shesastonecoldfox Stake $50,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Remington Park
Clever Trevor Stake (L) $100,000 2yo 7f Dirt

November 7
Churchill Downs
*Chilukki Stake GII $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 8f Dirt
Charles Town
My Sister Pearl Stake $50,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 9f Dirt
Golden Gate Fields
Golden Nugget $50,000 2yo 6f AW
Gulfstream Park West
Florida Classic $100,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Florida Distaff $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6.75f Dirt
Florida Juvenile Fillies Sprint $75,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Florida Juvenile Fillies Turf $75,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Turf
Florida Juvenile Sprint $75,000 2yo State/Prov 6.5f Dirt
Florida Juvenile Turf $75,000 2yo State/Prov 8f Turf
Florida Turf Classic $75,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Florida Turf Sprint $75,000 3&up State/Prov 5f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Fantasy Stake GIII $504,000 2yo Fillies 7f Turf
Keio Hai Nisai Stake GII $647,000 2yo 7f Turf
Noel Laing Steeplechase Stake $40,000 4&up 20f Turf
Mahoning Valley Racecourse
Ohio Debutante handicap $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Pine Mountain
Aflac Supreme Hurdle $75,000 4&up R 18f Turf
Turf Paradise
Chandler Stake $35,000 3yo Fillies 8f Turf
Jeff and Jack Coady Sr. Stake $35,000 3yo 8f Turf
Jammed Lovely Stake $150,000 3yo Fillies R 7f AW

November 8
Japan Racing Association
Copa Republica Argentina GII $997,000 3&up 12.5f Turf
Miyako Stake GIII $671,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Autumn Stake Can – II $200,000 3&up 8.5f AW
Coronation Futurity $250,000 2yo R 9f AW
November 14
Churchill Downs
*Mrs. Revere Stake GII $200,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Turf
Charles Town
A Huevo Stake $50,000 3&up State/Prov 9f Dirt
Golden Gate Fields
Oakland $50,000 3&up 6f AW
Japan Racing Association
Daily Hai Nisai Stake GII $647,000 2yo 8f Turf
Musashino Stake GIII $671,000 3&up 8f Dirt
Laurel Park
City of Laurel Stake (L) $100,000 3yo 7f Dirt
Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (L) $350,000 3&up 6f Dirt
James F. Lewis III Stake $100,000 2yo 6f Dirt
Richard W. Small Stake $100,000 3&up 9f Dirt
Safely Kept Stake $100,000 3yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Smart Halo Stake $100,000 2yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Turf Paradise
City of Phoenix Stake $35,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Luke Kruytbosch Stake $35,000 3&up 6f Dirt
South Ocean Stake $125,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 8.5f AW

November 15
Japan Racing Association
Fukushima Kinen GIII $723,000 3&up 10f Turf
Queen Elizabeth II Cup GI $1,636,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 11f Turf
Christopher Elser Memorial (South Carolina Residency) $75,000 2yo Colts & Geldings R 6.5f Dirt
Donna Freyer Stake (South Carolina Residency) $55,000 2yo Fillies R 6.5f Dirt
Bessarabian Stake Can – II $200,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 7f AW

November 20
Remington Park
Silver Goblin Stake $50,000 3&up State/Prov 6.5f Dirt

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Wavell Avenue Kicks in Filly & Mare Sprint

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Mongolian Saturday Conquers Turf Sprint

TDN – Stopchargingmaria Survives Inquiry in Distaff

Town and Country Farms’ Stopchargingmaria drifted out in the stretch, leading to a stewards’ inquiry and objection after the race. The stewards ruled there was insufficient evidence to change the order of finish.

Bloodhorse – Stopchargingmaria Prevails with Distaff Win

Phil appreciates that the Keeneland stewards had enough laissez faire sense to leave the result on the track stand.

ESPN – Ehalt – ‘Map’ steers Violas to Dirt Mile, not Classic

Liam’s Map is usually a front-runner, but he was stuck back in the pack before rallying to wear down pacesetter Lea. Red Vine was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third.

LA Times – Liam’s Map wins Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in record time at Keeneland

TDN – Slow Start, Fast Finish for Liam’s Map in Dirt Mile

Bloodhorse – Angst – Liam’s Map Rallies to Dirt Mile Win

Racing Post – Burton – Johannes Vermeer bags the Criterium for Moore

TDN – ‘Moore’ of the Same

Bloodhorse – Lamarra – Hit It a Bomb Explodes, Takes Juvenile Turf


From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter





Sunday’s nine race card brought the end of the 2015 Live Racing season at Hastings Racecourse.

The season certainly ended on a high note with the wagering totaling $968,504.00 and that was the fourth best wagering day of the 2015 season.

In total we ran 404 races with a total of 2797 horses for an average of 6.92 horses per race which was slightly higher then 2014.  There was a total of 360 overnight races and 44 stakes races.

The average daily payout of purses totaled $150,347.32 and a 53 day total of  $7,968,408.00.

The average overnight purse was $14,440.00 per race in which $1533.00 was paid to BC Breds and $148.99 per race to 6-12 finishers.

The total handle for 53 days of racing was $29,760,481.91 and that was $3,825,065.00 ahead of the total for 53 days in 2014.


The wintering program put in place in the fall of 2014 was a complete success as owners received a total of $246,000.00.  So a total of 123 horses returning to race at Hastings who had made there last start at Hastings in 2014 and made their 1st start for claiming price of $4000.00 all received $2000.00.

That same program is back for 2016 as well.


Personally I would like thank all of the contributor’s to our newsletter throughout the season.

First of all to Lisa Thompson. Jackie Humber and Patti Tubbs who provided us with so many pictures from opening day of spring training right up to the very last race on Sunday. Thank you ladies for all of your great work.

To Richard Yates who provided all of us the daily wrap-up from Hastings and Richard you did a fantastic job for us all.

Mike Heads gave us the daily preview of the feature race each, Mike thanks a million.

Drew Forster and Mike Heads gave us the Derby picks each racing day and from what I was told Drew finished first for the season over all of the local handicappers.

Mike and Drew also produced the Handicappers Corner for season that could be found on the Derby Bar and Grill website each week.

A special thanks to all of you.

CATEGORY 2014 2015 Plus-Minus Plus-Minus
      Total %
Number of Horses 558 558 0 0%
Number of Trainers 86 86 0 0%
Number of Owners 349 366 17 5%
Number of Starters 2737 2797 60 2%
Average Start Per Horse 4.91 5.01 0.103 2%
Total Handle  $  25,935,416  $    29,760,482  $       3,825,066 13%
Number of Races 404 404 0 0%
On track Handle  $    6,856,403  $      6,707,707  $         (148,696) -2%
Off-Tracks 8 7 -1 -14%
Racing Days 53 53 0 0%
O-Nite Purses  $    5,484,229  $      5,198,408  $         (285,821) -5%
Stake Race Totals  $    2,389,000  $      2,770,000  $          381,000 14%
Total Purse Payouts  $    7,873,229  $      7,968,408  $            95,179 1%
Average O/N Payout  $          14,961  $           14,440  $                (521) -4%
BC Bred Bonus  $       544,916  $         552,003  $               7,087 1%
6-12 Finishers  $       215,964  $           53,405  $         (162,559) -304%
Ship N Win  $          53,275  $           38,833  $     (14,442.00) -37%
Nomination Fees  $       687,800  $         725,650  $       37,850.00 5%
Sponsorships  $       133,000  $         225,000  $       92,000.00 41%
Avg Purse Payout/Daily  $  145,800.00  $    150,347.00  $         4,547.00 3%
Avg Starters Stake Races 6.67 7 0.33 5%
Avg Starters per Race 6.77 6.92 0.15 2%


Hastings News by Greg Douglas

TDN – No ‘Catching’ City Zip Miss in Juvenile Fillies Turf

Bloodhorse – Novak – Catch a Glimpse Gives Casse First BC Win

I Can See For Miles

The 2015 thoroughbred racing season at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino concluded today with Rico Walcott riding Awesome Slate to victory in the last $50,000 stakes race of the season, the Canadian Juvenile. Wagering at Northlands Park has once again shown an increase across the board. The average daily handle was up 4.15 per cent ($286,337) over last year. In addition, the 75-day meet saw export sales increase by 11.54 per cent ($176,922).

Northlands Park – Northlands Park celebrates another successful thoroughbred season

Racing Post – No complaints from Garritty on big whip ban

Phil didn’t want to interfere with your reprising the highlights of a superlative 2 days of thoroughbred racing at the Breeders’ Cup from Keeneland, but Saturday, October 31 was billed as Super Final day at the jiggie track at Century Downs. Horse Racing Alberta even called on Sugar Shannon Doyle to write a preview.

And the jiggie fans responded with a whopping handle of $75,153 for 11 races with purses of $80,000 per race for the Finals.

Phil has a question:

When will Rachel Notley finally get around to cleaning out the deadwood at Horse Racing Alberta.

Racing Post – Barber – Rust: Levy offer from remote firms not enough

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

Lady and The Track – Hammer – Tepin Beats The Boys in Breeders’ Cup Mile

Giving horseplayers a voice.October / Breeders Cup Newsletter

Bloodhorse – Stephanie’s Kitten to Stay With Ramseys

Bloodhorse – Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November Sale Wrap

Bloodhorse – Oakford – $3M Angela Renee Tops at F-T November

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Partnership Buys Callback for $2.8 Million

Bloodhorse – Shadai Goes to $2.7M for Sweet Reason at F-T

Bloodhorse – Aubby K, In Foal to Tapit, Brings $2.4M


Bloodhorse – Fasig-Tipton November Sale Preview

Bloodhorse – Keeneland November Sale Preview

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Flipcup Overhauls Favorite for Maple Leaf Win

Tomorrow’s Breeders’ Cup races: Race 6 Juvenile Turf; race 7 Dirt Mile; race 8 Juvenile Fillies Turf; race 9 Distaff.
Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races:  Race 3 Juvenile Fillies; race 4 Turf Sprint; race 5 Filly & Mare Sprint; race 6 Filly & Mare Turf; race 7 Sprint; race 8 Mile; race 9 Juvenile; race 10 Turf; race 11 Classic.
First post at Keeneland tomorrow:  11:30 a.m. (central)
First post Saturday:  10 a.m.

BETWEEN NOON AND 3 PM TOMORROW: Free $10 wager/5,000 points
To add to Breeders’ Cup excitement, Assiniboia Downs will give you a free $10 wagering voucher and 5,000 free Player Rewards points tomorrow.  Just present your Player Rewards card at the horseshoe kiosk in the Clubhouse between noon and 3 p.m.
BETWEEN NOON AND 3 PM SATURDAY: Free $10 wager/5,000 points
Receive a free $10 betting voucher and 5,000 Player Rewards points Saturday just by presenting your Player Rewards card at the horseshoe kiosk between noon and 3 p.m.
BETTING BONUSES TO CONTINUE IN NOVEMBER! Great news! Assiniboia Downs’ cash-back program continues right to the end of November.  Which means all your bets throughout the Breeders’ Cup and onward could result in up to five per cent cash deposited into your account each Friday.  See the bonus levels here.

GROUP PLAY You’re invited–Saturday morning 9:30 a.m.
Margaret will add $5 to each $20 share

You’re invited to come down to the lower-level Finish Line banquet hall Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. where the nine Breeders’ Cup races worth $20 million will be discussed and group tickets on pick-4s, pick-5 and pick-6 will be constructed. The biggest win at a Saturday morning session has been a pick-6 worth $10,000.  The goal this Saturday is–with everyone’s input–to exceed this amount.  Each of your $20 shares in the tickets will be topped up by an ASD contribution of $5.  Refreshments served.  Boxing glove rental available.


If you wear something “Halloweenish” to the Breeders’ Cup workshop, you will receive a surprise gift!
BETTING Minimum bets as low as 20-cents.  Play pick-6 for $1
• NO CHANGES have been made to the usual minimum wagers at Keeneland.
There will continue to be 60-cent pick-3s, pick-4s, pick-5s and triactors and 20-cent
• ULTRA PICK-6 combinations will cost $1 each.  The pick-6 Friday starts in race 5;
Saturday it starts in race 6 and ends with the Classic
• ADVANCE WAGERING for ALL Breeders’ Cup races begins Friday 11 a.m.
• MANDATORY PAYOUTS: The pick-5, pick-6 and Super Hi 5 wagering pools may
carry over from Friday to Saturday but Saturday will be a mandatory payout day for
those wagers
• SPECIAL DOUBLE:  You may wager a DOUBLE combining the Distaff on Friday
with the Classic on Saturday
THE BIGGEST BUZZ Will the mare beat the colt?


           American Pharoah  Oaklawn/Coady photo
                           Beholder                 Benoit photo
Original Beholder

In the $5 million Classic Saturday, two-time champion mare Beholder will attempt to beat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, something that the mare, Zenyatta, couldn’t do in 2010 when 3-year-old colt, Blame, held on to win the Classic (watch that race below).  Honor Code is working brilliantly and may upset them both.

(FYI:  The original Beholder was the fictional monster in Dungeons and Dragons.)

WHO’S GONNA WIN? “Rule” horses for those who care
You gotta love horseplayers. If The Insider predicted the sun would rise in the east all this weekend, I think there would be some who would say:  “Not this time.”  That’s just the way horseplayers are.  They’re contrarians.  So, despite the fact that a certain rule has picked Breeders’ Cup turf winners year after year (as you have read in this column over the years), I’m sure many of you will simply gloss over this list.  Not to worry.  It leaves more money in the pool for others.
(The rule, as you have read many times, is that in Breeders’ Cup turf route races, play horses that have raced for the highest purses. A $2 box on the top three in last year’s turf Mile, for example, resulted in an exactor that paid $633. One caveat is to discount horses that have raced in $1 million races in North America.)
Race 6: Juvenile Turf — #13 Cymric, #4 Shogun, #6 Birchwood
Race 8:  Juvenile Fillies Turf — #3 Alice Springs, #10 Illuminate
Race 6:  Filly & Mare Turf — #3 Legatissimo, #6 Queen’s Jewel, #10 Bawina
Race 8:  Mile — #12 Time Test, #9 Esoterique, #3 Make Believe
Race 10:  Turf — #1 Golden Horn, #9 Found
CLOCKER TIPS:  Listening to DRF clocker Mike Welsch‘s reports here will point to horses he has really been impressed with.  One of those is #4 Stopchargingmaria in Friday’s Distaff (race 9).  If you’re serious about being full informed, these reports are a must.


Enter your name into the draw at the Downs and at OTBs Saturday afternoon to win very handsome Breeders’ Cup merchandise collections. Don’t you love the toque?
CAPS AND TOQUES FOR SALE:  A limited number of BC caps and toques will be available for sale at the horseshoe kiosk in the Clubhouse Saturday afternoon at $20 each.
ADDED FUN Enjoy brunch and play in the tourney (or not)
• BREEDERS’ CUP BRUNCH:  From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  $19.95.  You may
reserve for the dining room (204-885-3330) or grab a plate and enjoy the brunch in your
carrel or other table
• PLAYER’S CHOICE TOURNEY:  Pick your day to enter the next Player’s Choice
tournament–either Oct. 31 or Nov. 7–and sign up by 9 p.m. tomorrow.  (You have until next
Friday to sign up for the Nov. 7 round.) Entry fee is $25. Prize money is $850 plus points
toward Handicapper of the Year.
• WEAR SOMETHING HALLOWEENISH to the 9:30 a.m. workshop and receive a
surprise gift!
Winning starts here
10 ways to survive (thrive?)
1.  Have a plan
2.  Use rules that have worked in past Breeders’ Cups (see above)
3.  Play other favourite track(s) to offset BC losses
4.  Remember the South Dakota jeweler who spent $8 to win $2.7 million in the 2003 ‘Cup?
It CAN be done
5.  Even though you’re thoroughly in-the-know, attending the 9:30 a.m. seminar might just
provide an “aha” moment
6.  Use common sense:  For example, North American horses are dirt specialists;
Europeans, grass
7.  Consider a five-race show parlay.  Pre-pick your horses; don’t chicken out
Lawyer Gerry Spence
“Give yourself permission to win”

8.  Remember that betting pools are inflated with “dumb” money from
infrequent players. Consider it your DUTY to capitalize.

9.  If you “love” a race, pre-bet it so you don’t get to the race with
diminished funds
10. Banish thoughts of unworthiness and give yourself permission
     to be a winner in the spirit of semi-retired California lawyer
     Gerry Spence, 86, who applied “give yourself permission” to jury
addresses, both as a prosecutor and defense attorney, and
     never lost a case.  (He describes the “give yourself permission”
concept in his 1995 book,  How to Argue and Win Every Time.
You might have seen this lawyer with his long hair and buckskin
jacket giving commentary on CNN during the OJ trial.)  Say to
yourself:  “I give myself permission to do what it takes to be a
I think you’ll find it empowering.
A PARTING CLASSIC MOMENT:  Re-live the Zenyatta/Blame Breeders’ Cup Classic here.  Will the mare, Beholder, do what Zenyatta just failed to do?

Melbourne Cup Monday, new pasta bar Thursdays

Monday features Australia’s biggest day of racing highlighted by the Melbourne Cup (actually, Tuesday in Australia) with the first post at 5 p.m.  The Melbourne Cup goes about 10 p.m.  Note there are 20-cent pick-3, pick-4 and superfecta wagers and giant pools.  And, beginning Thursday, the weekly prime rib buffet will include the return of a classy pasta bar, something diners have been asking for.  Reserve at 204-885-3330.


Who needs Breeders’ Cup luck?  Not you.

Just give yourself permission to win!

Bloodhorse – Trainer Wally Dollase Dies at 78

Bloodhorse – Mare in Foal to Uncle Mo Tops Louisiana Sale

TDN – One ‘Mo’ Winner for Leading Freshman Sire

TDN – Oppenheim – The Name You Know: Uncle Mo

The Boxer

Bloodhorse – Balan – Matrooh Takes Bold Ruler at Belmont

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Tarzino, Gailo Chop Win on Victoria Derby Day

National Post – Ken Dryden: Thanks, Paul, for the memories

We need people who can actually do things. We have too many bosses and too few workers.
Andy Rooney

To say Anthopoulos rejected an extension is ridiculous. The new offer from ownership and incoming president Mark Shapiro would take away the final say on player personnel moves, handing them to the new guy who had discovered in his role as a business-only Indians president, that he missed his role as a trade/free-agent power broker like an alcoholic misses Jaeger bombs. The insulting responsibility offer to Anthopoulos was akin to the man who built a business being asked to come back as an executive assistant. Loyalty with the Blue Jays is not a two-way street, it’s a cul-de-sac.

Toronto Star – To say Alex Anthopoulos rejected an extension from Blue Jays is ridiculous: Griffin

National Post – Stinson – Alex Anthopoulos’ Toronto Blue Jays departure a failure by ownership, and not a surprising one

Toronto Star – Blue Jays ownership responsible for this ridiculous ending: Arthur

Toronto Sun – Questions surrounding Jays future leaves fans anxious

Toronto Sun – Rogers not getting AA to re-sign is shameful

Phil has a question:

Does Ed Rogers realize that he’s only got the position he’s in because of family ties.

Why hasn’t any sportswriter had the I.F. to comment that in Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood competent baseball executives aren’t welcome.

What do you think matters most to the zoots at MLSE – win loss percentage or ROI percentage.

Did you notice how many levels of management bureaucracy the Blue Jays and MLSE have.

Will Rogers be hiring Tom Mulcair as the next GM of the Blue Jays.

If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice.

Conn Smythe

LA Times – How to restore old cast iron pans

NY Times – Wilson – The Archive of Eating

NY Times – A paper database

Because the Night

NY Times – Williams – Who Was the Real Lou Reed?

Pale Blue Eyes

National Post – Conrad Black: Suggestions for Trudeau: Double our armed forces, reform the Senate and establish a Canadian presidency

NY Times – Silver-Greenberg and Gebeloff – Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice

One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.

Crazy Horse

FiveThirtyEight – Roeder – Can An Astrophysicist Change The Way We Watch Sports?

International Business Times – Tennent – Sweden: Refugees refused to leave a bus for three days because ‘it’s too cold’

NY Times – Crouse – Arizona State’s Growing Hockey Program Takes Its First Strides in Division I

LA Times – OpEd – Think religion makes society less violent? Think again.

Losing My Religion

NY Times – Kolata – A Growing Disenchantment With October ‘Pinkification’

Notley inherited a huge mess and she could either perpetuate the mess or fix it. She has wisely opted to fix it. Let’s not forget that the new Tom Baker centre was promised to Calgarians by successive Tory governments who dithered on it for a decade. Notley is going to build it.

Remember those heady days when Ralph Klein was crowing about slaying the debt? At what cost, fellow Albertans? Did amnesia arrive along with the flu this fall? It was at the cost of schools, health care, infrastructure maintenance and construction, and services to the most vulnerable — children, the sick, the elderly, the disabled and the poor.

All Klein did when he cut back spending and services to slay the debt was to lay the groundwork for the catch-up game the Notley government must now play. Klein wasn’t leaving a debt-free paradise to future generations; he was leaving them a province in which deep cuts to services and spending were going to hamstring them in terms of education, timely health care and crumbling infrastructure.

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean says the Notley budget is a “complete fantasy.” Wrong, Brian. Given the long-term fallout, which Notley must now deal with, it’s obvious that the notion of a debt-free paradise with zero repercussions for its citizens was the real fantasy all along.

National Post – Naomi Lakritz: Ralph Klein not NDP Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to blame for budget woes

Phil has a question:

When will Rachel Notely finally get around to cleaning out the last vestiges of Ralph’s patronage legacy from the Alberta Agencies, Boards and Commissions. Phil has a suggestion about where to start with Ralph’s Lieutenant who has hunjered herself doen at Horse Racing Alberta.

Undertaker – Better get scurrying to the QBB’s office to rat on Phil.

The Globe And Mail – Giovanetti -Five key issues to watch for in Alberta’s budget

The Globe and Mail – Nine takeaways from the Alberta budget

One must bear in mind that the expansion of federal activity is a form of eating for politicians.
William F. Buckley, Jr.

National Post – Ibrahim – Alberta Wildrose threaten filibuster over NDP proposal to convene legislature at 9 a.m.

Phil has a riddle:

Q: Why don’t government employees look out the window in the morning.

A: Then they’d have nothing to do in the afternoon.

The Globe and Mail – Emily Flake’s Mama Tried lambastes modern parenting, in all its passive-aggressive, smug glory

NY Times – O’Connor – So Will Processed Meat Give You Cancer?


It was a good run. To access the Grantland archives, click the navigation above. Thanks for sharing the last four years with us.

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4. Certain rules always apply.
To make a proper gumbo, you need a proper roux. And you’ll achieve one in about the time it takes to drink three beers. That tip comes to us courtesy of New Orleans chef John Besh, who supplies his recipe for Duck and Oyster Gumbo.

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Coincidences, in general, are great stumbling blocks in the way of that class of thinkers who have been educated to know nothing of the theory of probabilities- that theory to which the most glorious objects of human research are indebted for the most glorious of illustration.

Edgar Allan Poe

NY Times – Move Over, Bleacher Creatures: It’s the 7 Line Army’s Turn

National Post – How to be less stupid, according to psychologists: Tone down that ‘confident ignorance’

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Gimme Sympathy

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “2015 Breeders Cup Wrap”


    NDP BUDGET lack of ABC review gives horse racing industry a false sense of security as expiry of racino funding Section 7 HRA grant agreement on April 1/2016 might leave industry feeling like fools!

    NDP BUDGET under treasury board@finance/fiscal plan tables/lottery fund revenues/pg 114/$28 million for horse racing 2016 which is unchanged since it is a legislated funding formula that cannot be changed without a amended legislation passing!

    HRA LACK OF MATH in their 3 yr budget 2015/2017 shows a budget of 34 million for 2015 and 42 million for 2016 from slot agreement ?? pg 31/49/HRA purses grants of 15.6 million /2016 and breeders 4.7 million for a total of 20.3 total purses pg 28/49,confusion not when you wear rose colored glasses!!!!

    CONFUSION DOESN’T STOP pg 28/49 shows a even split of TRACK A DATES 100/100 for both breeds meaning that thoroughbreds go from 77 days to 100??? and harness goes from 113 to 100????

    HRA will be presenting a new 3yr?plan (last year nov 26) to MINISTER CECI unlike last years fantasy to TORY ROBIN CAMPBELL/PRESIDENT TREASURY BOARD@FINANCE who boasted of a renewal of the racino agreement under section 10(1) of HRA ACT and section 7 HRA GRANT AGREEMENT???

    CUFF REPORT pg.99 states ” the organization is far too reliant on the knowledge of one individual (CEO).HRA has no succession plan, there has been no “hit by the bus”(brian mason driving???) planning and “what ifs” are still on the table on in people minds. I’m sure TENILE has it all under CRUISE CONTROL!!!(HBPA HAVING NO DIALOGUE WITH CEO!!!!!)

    TIM REID/PRESIDENT NORTHLANDS comment ” its the energy and enthusiasm the horse people at Northlands park have for the sport that ensures a successful season” interesting with the future plans for NORTHLANDS pending soon and recent article/ CURTIS STOCK about CFR future contracts??

    TIM REID also announces a 4.1% increase in live thoroughbred racing when the CEO projected a 31% increase for the entire racing industry close but no clinton’s cigar!!

    RYERSON UNIVERSITY fights over 2 TIER SYSTEM / one ply toilet paper for students and two ply for administrators suggesting that the old plumbing classes can’t handle two ply/is the new facility at BALZAC and the aging infrastructure at NORTHLANDS being used in TENILE’S decision making!!

    MUCKA’S quick return was a result of quick resolution by all parties involved to avoid a DREVER 2 and will not comment anymore due to a confidentiality agreement/my math might be a little rusty but its food for thought as you raid your children’s halloween stash!

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