Nov 042015

Better enjoy your fifteen minutes of fleeting fame in the spotlight as you never know when the Wicked Witch of the West will come hustling you right off the stage.



What McIngvale did to Borell was heartless and makes absolutely no sense. How do you take a horse away from a trainer who got you a Breeders’ Cup win and return it a trainer who accomplished almost nothing with the same horse? That’s also the same trainer who wanted to take a horse to the track a day after it raced, a totally unconventional move that any top horseman will tell you is a major mistake.

ESPN – Finley – Borell firing a disgrace

Bloodhorse – Balan – Borell Out as Trainer for Runhappy

Racing Post – Godfrey – Trainer sacked one day after fairytale Cup win

Bloodhorse – Balan – Borell Says Runhappy Owner Owes Purse Money

Bloodhorse – Balan – Borell-McIngvale Dispute Could Go to Court

Somebody should have warned Maria Borell that upstaging your Boss is a career move fraught with danger.

Somebody should have warned Maria Borell not to win more money in one race than her Boss has in her entire training career.

Phil has a question:

How many racing fans think that canning Maria Borell is “moving forward.”

Is there anyone out there whose initials aren’t LW that thinks removing Runhappy from Maria Borell wasn’t motivated by petty jealousy.



In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.
Andy Warhol

Money’s Too Tight Too Mention

ESPN – AP – Michelle Payne becomes first female jockey to win Melbourne Cup

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQueen – Children of Secretariat: the son who ran the fastest Melbourne Cup ever

You’re Only Lonely


Phil has a question:

What does the Esquirol Farms Complete Thoroughbred Dispersal Sale say about the health of the thoroughbred industry in Alberta under the tutelage of Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur.

Wonder if the Undertaker times himself when he scurries down to the QKB’s office to rat on Phil.

Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act.
Annie Besant

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Mathew – How an international agenda has been key in establishing one of the world’s top stud farms

Economic ImpactsPhil has a question:

Who’s going to scurry down to the QKB’s office to tell her that Shirley McClellan’s name is spelled wrong and Shirley McLelland is listed as the writer of a report called The Economic Impacts of Horse Breeding, Raising and Racing In Alberta 2015.

Peter Redekop’s Alert Bay got all he could ask for in his Nov. 6 allowance prep for the Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT), edging rival G. G. Ryder by a nose in a 1 1/16-mile turf event at Golden Gate Fields.

Bloodhorse – Balan – Alert Bay Relentless in Seabiscuit Prep


Saturday, November 7 2015

Churchill Downs
Super High Five     $8,583.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $6,224.00
Del Mar
Super High Five     $14,924.00
Delta Downs
Super High Five     $530.00
Evangeline Downs
Super High Five     $466.00
Golden Gate Fields
Pick 6 Jackpot    $32,863.00
Gulfstream Park West
Pick 6 Jackpot    $32,452.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $2,545.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $11,068.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $2,407.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $2,123.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $9,012.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $50,277.00
Laurel Park
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $9,284.00
Pick 6    $2,961.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $1,649.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $876.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $650.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $347.00
Z-5 Super Hi-5     $287.00
Lone Star Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $5,176.00
Los Alamitos
Pick 6    $11,147.00
Mahoning Valley Race Course
Pick 4    $2,290.00
Turf Paradise
Pick 6    $2,539.00
Super High Five Jackpot    $77,136.00

Guaranteed Pools

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – What the American Pharoah experience says about the health of U.S. racing


TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Handicapping Insights – November 5

It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer.
William of Occam

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Over and Over, Breeders’ Cup Never Fails to Fire

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – How Keeneland Conquered the Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Breeders’ Cup ’15: Not Being There

Racing Post – Walker – Pharoah’s performance tipped title beyond doubt

Bloodhorse – Grand Slam Home Run – by Eric Mitchell

NY Times – Hoppert – Adulation Aplenty as American Pharoah Heads for the Stud Farm

ESPN – Duckworth – Farewell to Pharoah

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

ESPN – Ehalt – American Pharoah leaves in ‘Grand’ style

TwinSpires Blog – Wednesday deadline to register for online pre-sale of 2016 Kentucky Derby tickets

Because the Night

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – American Pharoah’s Fee Set at $200,000

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

Louisville Courier-Journal – Thousands of Pharoah win tickets not cashed

ESPN – Duckworth – Top 10 Breeders’ Cup moments

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.
W. C. Fields

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Top 10 quotes from the 2015 Breeders’ Cup

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.
Benjamin Franklin

DRF – Beyer: Pharoah checked final box in Classic

No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

DRF – Crist: Imagine that – a formful Breeders’ Cup

DRF – Grening – Big World wins second straight in Tempted Stakes

ESPN – West – Awaiting Pharoah’s successor

DRF – Jerardi: Juvenile filly Songbird much faster than colt Nyquist

Lady and The Track – Hammer – Songbird Symphony at Breeders’ Cup

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Songbird looks to have what it takes to fill Pharoah’s shoes

TwinSpires Blog – Champion Shared Belief returns to training at Golden Gate

Simple Twist of Fate

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Mo Tom, Stageplay take overland route in Churchill juvenile stakes

awards dinner 2015

The 2015 CTHS Ontario Winter Mixed Sale features a Dispersal of Bear Stables Ltd.’s breeding stock.

Bloodhorse – Balan – Mohaymen Shines in Nashua Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Mohaymen faces seven in Nashua on Aqueduct’s opening day

DRF – Grening – Mohaymen takes Nashua despite bad manners

Style is a fraud. I always felt the Greeks were hiding behind their columns.
Willem de Kooning

Racing Post – Barber – Historic members’ agreement for racing

This Weekend’s Stakes

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

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Competitive Chilukki draws eight

Bloodhorse – Comebacking Grade II Winners Head Chilukki

Bloodhorse – Mutatis Mutandis, Danza Cavallo Meet Again

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Goldy Espony a threat to steal Long Island

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Oaks’ Birdatthewire back for Churchill stakes


ESPN – Cronley – Staying after school

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Where I was right, where I was wrong on Breeders’ Cup weekend

TwinSpires Blog – Tommy Massis of Toronto wins Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge 

Louisville Courier-Journal – Video | Baffert dresses as dad for interview

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Derby favorite Nyquist has NHL star as namesake


Bloodhorse – Shulman – Darley Secures Breeding Rights to Nyquist

From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter





Hastings Racecourse in coordination with BC TOBA and HBPA on Sunday announced the official dates for a Two Year Olds in Training and Mixed Horses of Racing Age.

The sale will be held in the Paddock area of Hastings Racecourse on Saturday, March 26th and Preview day on Saturday, March 19th.

Further details will be available very shortly and the registration date will close on February 1st, 2016.

The associations are very excited about holding this sale which will not only allow Breeders a second venue locally to sell two year olds that possibly didn’t reach their reserve or were scratched from the September Sale.

The associations have already purchased several horses that will be offered for sale and are looking over the next few months to buy several more and of course any horsemen to enter their horses to the sale as well.



November 3, 2015

For more information, contact:
Stacie Clark Rogers 859-224-2756

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Accredits Additional Organizations
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that 37 aftercare organizations have earned  accreditation in 2015, of which 21 were re-accredited and 16 earned accreditation for the first  time. This increases the Alliance’s total to 56 accredited aftercare organizations using more than  180 facilities across the United States and Canada.

The 37 organizations accredited this year are After The Homestretch – Arizona; Akindale  Thoroughbred Rescue; Beyond The Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement; Brook Hill Retirement Center for  Horses, Inc.; CANTER California; CANTER Colorado; CANTER Kentucky; CANTER Ohio; Days End Farm Horse  Rescue; Equine Encore Foundation; Equine Rescue of Aiken; Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and  Adoptive Care Program; Glen Ellen Vocational Academy, Inc. (GEVA); Horse Power Sanctuaries dba  Redwings Horse Sanctuary; Humanity for Horses; Kentucky Equine Humane Center; LoneStar Outreach to  Place Ex-Racers (LOPE); LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society; Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue;  Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center; MidAtlantic Horse Rescue Inc.; Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement,   Inc.; Neigh Savers Foundation, Inc.; New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society; New Vocations
Racehorse Adoption Program; Old Friends; ReRun, Inc.; South Florida S.P.C.A.; South Jersey   Thoroughbred Rescue; Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue; The Exceller Fund, Inc.; Thoroughbred   Placement Resources, Inc.; Thoroughbred Rehab Center; Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation;   Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, Inc.; TROTT (Training Racehorse Off the Track); United Pegasus   Foundation.

“These organizations have gone through a rigorous accreditation process and have met or exceeded  our Code of Standards,” praised Jimmy Bell, TAA president. “Our donors should feel confident that  their investments in the TAA are going to organizations that provide the best care possible to our  retired equine athletes.”

To earn accreditation, organizations are evaluated upon their submitted application covering five  key areas: operations, education, horse health care management, facility standards and services,  and adoption policies and protocols. In addition to an extensive application review, all  organizations are subject to site inspections of all facilities housing their horses. Accreditation  is effective for two years, after which organizations must reapply for accreditation. Accredited  aftercare organizations are eligible to receive grants from the TAA to support their operations. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, the non-profit Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance accredits, inspects  and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain and rehome Thoroughbreds  using industry-wide funding. Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup Ltd., The Jockey  Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA is supported by owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks,  aftercare professionals and other industry groups. To date, 56 aftercare organizations supporting
more than 180 facilities across the U.S. and Canada have been granted accreditation and received  funding from the TAA. To learn more about the TAA, visit


Hastings News by Greg Douglas

TwinSpires Blog – Norman Casse reflects on BC wins & discusses plans for Tepin, other stable stars 

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Pletcher’s Race Day possible for Downs’ Clark

Bloodhorse – Global View to South Africa for 2016

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Northern Farm Buys Stephanie’s Kitten

Bloodhorse – Stephanie’s Kitten to Stay With Ramseys

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

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

Giving horseplayers a voice.October / Breeders Cup Newsletter

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Keeneland Day 4: Mares Pace Gains

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Claiborne Goes to $675K for Malibu Moon Filly

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Keeneland Day 3: $1.15M Tapit, More Gains

Bloodhorse – Oakford – Keeneland November Opens With Increases

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – $2.2 Million for Millionaire Hard Not to Like

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Nawara Stud to $1.65M for Spring in the Air

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Sunset Glow Lights Up Keeneland Price Board


‘Brandi’ New KEENOV Topper at $6 Million

War Front Filly Out of Awesome Maria Sells for $2 Million to Horton

Daughter of Galileo Goes For $1.9 Million to Moyglare

Pope Strikes at $3.2 Million for a Daughter of Take Charge Lady

Half to Honor Code Knocked Down For $2.6 Million

Tapit Weanling Out Of Refugee Sells for $1.3 Million

Photo Call Snapped up by Crupi’s New Castle Farm for $3 Million

Tapit Weanling Out of Marketing Mix Proves Popular at $1.1 million

TDN – ‘Ruthie’ Earns Rising Star with Dominant Debut

BETTING BONUSES CONTINUE! Up to five per cent cash back, deposited into your HPI account each Friday.  See bonus levels here.
Bullet briefs . . .
• DRF clocker helped put $4,000 into my pocket .  And yours?
• Lift weights, pick more winners? (See The Week That Was)
• First female jock to win Melbourne Cup lights up the board big time
• Why were players shell-shocked at Gulfstream West last Saturday?
• He gave himself “permission” to win.  And did.
• Clothes Fall Off.  What?  See below.


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SIGN UP FOR SATURDAY’S TOURNAMENT: This Saturday marks the alternate day for the October Player’s Choice horseplayer tournament.  Only five entrants played on Breeders’ Cup Saturday, the original date for the tournament.  Most of the usual players said they preferred

Be ready for Woodbine & Aqueduct

this Saturday instead so they could concentrate on BC fun last Saturday.  Enter by 9 p.m. tomorrow night for $25.  Prize money: $850.  Let’s see YOUR mug added to the Tournament Tigers gallery.  Good luck!  Uh, give yourself “permission” to win!

NOTE — VLTs OPEN 1 PM REMEMBRANCE DAY: Note that next Wednesday, Remembrance Day, simulcast racing will begin with Aqueduct at 11:20 a.m. and VLT play starts 1 p.m. (until the usual 2 a.m. closing time).

“I WON BIG” SESSIONS CONTINUE SATURDAY at the usual 10:30 a.m. time on the Clubhouse plaza.  Be prepared to discuss Woodbine races 4 to the end.  But also take a peek at the last four races at Aqueduct for possible pick-4 play.
YOU NAMED ME WHAT?   Clothes Fall Off.  C’mon! Should we be amused or titillated by the name of that 3-year-old filly who finished second in the nightcap on Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Keeneland?. How DOES someone come up with a name like that?  If we named our kids like horse owners/breeders named horses, child welfare authorities would be knocking on our doors.
You’re welcome!
  Clocker helped put $4,000 into my pocket.  And yours?
So, you must admit I did everything I could in the past two issues of The Insider to encourage you to go to to follow clocker Mike Welsch’s reports on Breeders’ Cup workouts. If you had, you might have been as happy as I was with the results.  He helped put $4,000 into my pocket. And yours?
Here’s what The Insider said last week:
“Listening to DRF clocker Mike Welsch’s reports will point
to horses he has really been impressed with.  One of those is
#4 Stopchargingmaria in Friday’s Distaff (race 9).”
Bottom line, I keyed Stopchargingmaria (7/1) in the third leg of a $10 pick-3 (that started with cinch Liam’s Map) and collected more than $1,000.  It was right there in The Insider for you to consider, too.  You didn’t even have to go to
Mike Welsch
Made the difference

Also, Welsch went on and on about American Pharoah and Honor Code which led to my nailing the Super Hi 5 for $2 in the Classic which resulted in a pickup of more than $3,000.  The race shape seemed to be pretty straightforward:  Pharoah on the lead and Honour Code making a late move to get third.  In fact, one of my $1 Super Hi 5 tickets cost just $4 (which I played because I had a few bucks remaining on my Touchtote ticket as the horses were loading into the starting gate).  I wheeled Pharoah with ALL with Honor Code with Keen Ice (a favourite hard-trying colt) with Tonalist.  That ticket, 4-ALL-9-2-1, paid more than $1,500.  Just for a $4 outlay.

What shocked me was a survey of participants at Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup workshop showing that few had watched Welsch’s reports. Can anyone truly profess to be a serious player if he/she doesn’t watch Welsch?  He’s simply your not-so-secret weapon before big race days. Do you think that will make a difference to you when the Kentucky Derby rolls around?  Somehow I doubt it.  But, then again, you’re perfectly entitled to leave money on the table.
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Europeans disappoint
Failure of top-purse horses kills group tickets
Previous Insider columns had shown that picking winners in Breeders’ Cup turf route races was as easy as circling horses that have raced for the highest purse money. For the most part, that meant European horses.
But not last weekend at Keeneland.  Was it because the rainy week produced a “going” that top European horses didn’t like?
As a result, group tickets on the pick-4 and pick-6 Saturday took a shellacking. In leg one of the pick-6 (the Filly & Mare Turf), the group’s #3 Legatissimo (4/5) and #6 Queen’s Jewel (13/1), finished second and third.  North American #9 Stephanie’s Kitten, one of three horses who tied for third-highest purse, won ($17.60).  Then, in the first leg of the pick-4 (the turf Mile), the top three purse horses, #12 Time Test (8/1), #9 Esoterique (4/1) and #3 Make Believe (5/2) lost to the only filly in the race, #7 Tepin (9/2).
It didn’t help group tickets, either, when Runhappy in the Sprint ($5.20) garnered only lukewarm support despite a pace number that towered over others (144 vs the next-closest 120).  The group pick-6 ticket contained 10 horses!  One major handicapper, in fact, said the race was his most difficult of the card and another left out Runhappy entirely on the group’s superfecta tickets.
At least the top-purse angle did work in the Turf when #9 Found ($14.80) and #1 Golden Horn (4/5) finished one-two to produce an exactor that paid $42.  That was a possible bail-out race where the superfecta ($1,107 for $2) was pretty straightforward.
Despite the spotty top-purse results this year, players can look forward to next year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita where top purses have proven to be a powerful handicapping tool in the past.  And, in 2017, the Breeders’ Cup will remain in California–at Del Mar.
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• Highest win price: Mongolian Saturday (Turf Sprint) $33.80.
• Lowest win price: Liam’s Map (Dirt Mile) $3
• Highest exactor: $243.40 (Turf Sprint)
• Highest triactor: $2,107 (Turf Sprint)
• Highest superfecta: $26,470 (Turf Sprint)
• Ultra Pick-6 Saturday: $47,212 for $1 (new minimum which increased wagering by 25%)
Mark Casse
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Am I dreaming?” — Woodbine trainer Mark Casse after his 4-year-old filly Tepin beat the boys in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland Saturday, putting her in the same league as previous filly winners, Goldikova, Miesque and Royal Heroine.  Also, his Catch a Glimpse won the Juvenile Fillies Turf Friday, his very first Breeders’ Cup victory.  Another Canadian connection to the biggest dance of the year was Wavell Avenue, an Ontario-bred, winning the Filly & Mare Sprint.
THE MELBOURNE CUP WALK OF FAME:  Not only is Flemington Park in Australia famous for “the race that stops a nation,” it also boasts growing 16,000 roses, some of which are pictured here.  Masses of roses also line both sides of the long victory walk taken Tuesday by Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance (142/1) and jockey Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the ‘Cup in its 155-year history.


LIFT WEIGHTS, PICK MORE WINNERS?  If you think weight-lifting and other strength-training only builds muscles, think again.  It could make you sharper and make your brain work more efficiently, especially as you age. A new study, reported on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks this past week, showed women aged 65 to 75 who participated in strengthening exercises twice a week tested better on cognitive tests after training than they did before. As a side benefit, strength-training also slowed disease progression. So, if you want an edge in picking winners–and live longer doing so–you know what to do.
GAVE HIMSELF “PERMISSION” TO WIN–AND HE DID!  Clovis Gonzales, a participant at Saturday morning workshops, came to me after winning more than $500 on a Breeders’ Cup triactor and winning on VLTs as well. “You’re right.” he told me. “I gave myself permission to win and I did.”  (Last week’s Insider invited readers to empower themselves by giving themselves “permission” to be a winner.)
SHELLSHOCKED AT GULF WEST: Picking winners in Breeders’ Cup races Saturday was a cakewalk compared to picking winners at Gulfstream West.  How difficult was it?  This tells you: the 20-cent Rainbow 6 paid $76 FOR THREE OUT OF SIX  WINNERS. These were the odds on the winners from races 6 to 11:  20/1 (2-year-old maiden fillies), 7/1 (3-year-old stakes), 32/1 ($6,250 claimer), 22/1 (filly stakes), 32/1 (maidens) and 8/5 (maiden 2-year-olds).  The pick-4 in the last four races paid $33,000 for $1.
Michelle Payne
142/1 Melbourne Cup winner
(Reuters: Hamish Blair photo)

SWEET SHOCKER DOWN UNDER:  Move over, Black Caviar.  There’s a new female–this one human–who has suddenly captured the hearts of Australians.  She is the sweetest of jockeys, Michelle Payne, 30, who became the first female to win the 155-year-old Melbourne Cup Tuesday on the most unlikely of horses, a 6-year-old gelding by the name of Prince of Penzance who was 142/1 because he appeared well below grade 1 calibre.  “When I was five, I told my friends I would win the Melbourne Cup,” Payne said after the race. “Everything fell into place!”  Indeed.  Prince of Penzance burst from the 24-horse cavalry charge down the stretch to post a decisive victory in the 2-mile race.  Here are the prices:  (Interestingly, the top three finishers came from inside post positions 1, 2 and 4. So a bettor who boxed the four inside horses as a hunch in the tri would have collected big.)

#19 — Prince of Penzance — 6-year-old gelding — $287.70, $90.30, $66.70
#8 — Max Dynamite (8/1) — 5-year-old gelding — $10.10, $8.40
#2 — Criterion (21/1) — 5-year-old horse — $14.10
#10 — Trip to Paris (4/1) — 4-year-old gelding
$2 exactor $3,253, $2 quinella $1,290, $2 triactor $55,700
20-cent superfecta (19-8-2-ALL) $5,544

20-CENT BETS AT DEL MAR TODAY?  The chief operating officer at Del Mar, Josh Rubinstein, has told The Insider that everything is in place to begin offering Canadian

Andrea Kinnear receives $250 from
VLT hostess Roseanne

bettors fractional wagers (such as 20-cent superfectas and 60-cent pick-4s) on Del Mar races. That could begin as early as today. Check it out.

TAKES A BREAK FROM PATIENT CARE, WINS VLT TOURNEY:  One of the ways Andrea Kinnear takes a break from caring for brain surgery patients at the Health Sciences Centre is testing her luck on the Downs’ 140 VLTs which resulted Saturday in her winning the free monthly VLT tournament and $250.  She had turned $20 in free spins into $78 playing Big Easy. That was more than the other nine finalists. Get into the draw each Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and maybe you’ll be next!

OCTOBER– A MONTH THAT HELD US SPELLBOUND:  Has there ever been such a whipsaw month for sports and political buffs as October was?  With clicker in hand, we hung on every swing of a Blue Jays bat, held our breath in the final minutes of every Blue Bombers game, willed Winnipeg Jets pucks into rivals’ nets in come-from-behind games and remained transfixed by election polls that hardly budged from a three-way tie. If we are now to experience promised “sunny ways” on the political front, let’s hope that extends to the Jets tonight and beyond and to the Jays and Bombers–next year.
UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE WEEK:  “Running at Buff will not end well.” — Hockey broadcaster Shane Hnidy talking about Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien on TSN radio Tuesday after Buff escaped extra discipline on a hit on Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher Sunday. Buff is the only player in the NHL that opposing players literally bounce off without budging Buff an inch. It almost looks comical.  Thankfully, he’s on OUR side.
Where are they now?
by Rob MacLennan

With the end of the Northlands season local trainers now are mainly located in Toronto or Phoenix. Woodbine runs through the end of November with local trainers Blair Miller, Jodi

Jared Brown
Won on Monday

Radul and Murray Duncan all having a few horses that should run again. Red Wings and Wild n Crazy have recently run for trainer Murray Duncan.

Turf Paradise has seen a couple of wins recently for local connections. Jared Brown won Monday with the hard-knocking claimer Bosque Angel ($4.80). He was to have raced the maiden filly Dotted Princess in yesterday’s fourth race. I’m looking forward to seeing Two Bucks to Win on the grass where he should have a big shot. He might be worth betting. The Don Schnell barn has had a couple of winners in the last couple of weeks; Aware ($10) and Dr Vincentstein ($10). The old classy gelding I Am Awesome ran another third over the weekend.
In other news Quiet Ry who was an also-ran in the Manitoba Derby for Clay Brinson ran second at Hawthorne on Saturday. The Derby winner Flashy Jewel has run twice since his Derby win but has been well-beaten in grass stakes.
At Delta, trainer Jerry Gourneau continues to win for horse owner Henry Witt Jr.  He did so Friday with $20,000 claimer Sierra Delta ($3.60).  Witt had claimed the 3-year-old gelding for $15,000 at Lone Star in April.
HISTORY ON THE HOOF: The best of Bob
Did you know . . .  winds clocked at more than 100 kph and savage rains thrashed the Downs on June 6, 1976, resulting in the cancellation of the final three races?  It was the first time in Downs’ history that a thoroughbred race program had been called off due to a storm.  Track historian Bob Gates was in the middle of it with a terrified woman here.
. . . on the fact that more than one million horses and mules were sent from England to serve on the World War I battlefield and only 62,000 returned.
Lest we forget
Remembrance Day next Wednesday


Bloodhorse – Balan – Lukes Alley, Golden Sabre Back for Autumn

Louisville Courier-Journal – Another ‘Ami’ unbeaten after Woodbine score

TDN – City Zip Filly Hears the ‘Call’ at Woodbine

Bloodhorse – Eight Stakes for Sunshine Millions Preview

DRF – Dunleavy – Favorite Tale may travel to Far East for December race

Bloodhorse – Curlin’s 2016 Stud Fee Set at $100,000

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Uzziel capitalizes as lone speed in Goldikova

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Wrong Horse Runs and Wins, Pays $222.40

National Post – Chris Selley: An absurd solution to a non-compliant basketball net

Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard

The Globe And Mail – Scarecrow punches Tin Man, runs off with Cowardly Lion: police

Me and Mrs. Jones

NY Times – Witz – Royals Rally Past Mets for First World Series Title Since 1985

LA Times – A fresh challenge to ‘peremptory challenges’

NY Times – How ‘The Peanuts Movie’ Puts a New Spin on an Old Gag

Phil’s Drink and A Flick



Seven Spanish Angels

LA Times – Fleming – A classic car mystery: Who owns the real ‘million-franc’ Delahaye?

NY Times – Borden – Russia Tackles Racism, While Playing It Down, Ahead of World Cup

The Globe And Mail – D’Aliesio – Canadian Forces ignored advice to set up drug, alcohol treatment

The Globe And Mail – D’Aliesio – Roméo Dallaire decries government’s ‘penny pinching’ care for vets

The Globe And Mail – D’Aliesio – Medical discharges pose risk to wounded Canadian soldiers

National Post – Berry – What is lunch but an exercise in sadness?

NY Times – Thanksgiving Classics

National Post – Alex Anthopoulos explanation lies in what Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro didn’t say

NY Times – Brooks –  The Evolution of Simplicity

Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler

Albert Einstein

Simple Man

Don’t You Forget About Me

Phil M Stockmen

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    GOLDEN GAVEL AWARD first annual trophy goes to TRAVIS ALFRED CULLEN with 2 more rulings this week is a runaway winner with 13 HRA rulings donating $2000 fines to his favorite charity, and with 2 months left is on pace to surpass his 16 rulings for $2650 in 2014, ensuring that the only thing correct in Tenile’s 3 yr business plan was budget of $42,000 for fines in 2015/contest closed thoroughbred done!

    BAT team has had 89 rulings in 2015 already versus 86 in 2014, thanks to Sheriff Fenske’s hands in hand hole rule that is burning holes in many drivers pockets,Perhaps the NDP can use him to invent new fines in the traffic department to increase revenue, while the HAY team lacklustre stewards efforts netted only 68 rulings in 2015 versus 88 rulings in 2014, I’m sure that this will be noted in their performance review?

    HRA RACING DATES were posted on Sept 25 in 2010, last year Nov 13, will this years dates be posted Christmas eve as a xmas gift or a lump of coal that won’t get burned to produce power in Alberta to racing industry, as the revenues get crunched by the orange crush!!

    TRANSCANADA request to pause a review of KEYSTONE pipeline gives OBAMA a way to ease political headaches at home and help repair frayed relations with CANADA. Could the HBPA use this tactic to stop the flow of funds south and improve communications with HRA?

    NDP review doctor’s pay under scrutiny as they start to learn their ABC’S with a math lesson, will the racing industry pass or will they be expelled from school this spring?

    HARRISBURG YEARLING SALE TOPPER TUESDAY was a trotting colt KADDILLAC purchased by former Alberta leading trainer CLARK BEEBLY for $260k, as the flow of green heads east!

    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY STUDY by economist PASUAL RESTREPO reveals that NHL hockey players with descendants from areas outside RCMP outposts spent considerably more time in the penalty box, as they were more likely to develop a code of honour to settle disputes. I’m sure that hockey and racing legend FRED HILTS would agree with this. Perhaps the thoroughbred industry has less remote rural descendants than harness when it comes to HRA RULINGS?

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