Dec 272015

It was veteran Jockey day for the last five races at Santa Anita Park on Boxing Day with Mike Smith winning the 5th and the La Brea, Gary Steven winning the Mathis Brothers and the Malibu and Kent Desormeaux closing the day wiring the field in the nightcap.

Kent Desormeaux also got a touch of redemption when Perfectly Majestic finished second to the odds on favourite Om in the Mathis Brothers and Mr. Brightside did a slow fade to 6th.

When You were Young

DRF – Dybal – Baze rides four winners, including Allaboutaction, on opening day

The Ennead garners that Phil’s not a country and western fan, but Phil heard a song after someone put a dime in the jukebox that astonished Phil: If You’re Going Through Hell Keep Going.

When Phil checked the song on the World Wide Web Phil was impressed that Rodney Atkins was driving an International Scout in the video but a tad dismayed that he wasn’t keeping his International Scout in better running condition.

The phrase if you’re going through hell keep going was written by Sir Winston Churchill and Phil was astonished that there had been no copyright infringement litigation.

But what most astonished Phil was that some country and western guy had actually read or heard of Sir Winston Churchill and this phrase.

I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’.
Bob Newhart

I Love Rock N Roll

Bloodhorse – Sunland Snowed Out After Good Start


TDN – Willoughby – Analysis of Godolphin Restructuring

Racing Post – Porteous – Ferguson to quit training at the end of April

TDN – Ferguson To Focus On Godolphin

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin, Darley to Merge

Too Much Love Will Kill You

Phil’s Vignette of Canadian History:

Paul Denton – What Is the history of boxing day?

Ali always said I would be nothing without him. But what would he have been without me?
Joe Frazier

The Boxer

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – There’s No School Like the Old School

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Roberts and Taylor – Racing immortals: four of America’s greatest champions


Racing Post – Racing vulnerable after C4 secures F1 rights

Mustang Sally

TDN – Conway Finds Lasix-Free Races Regulation Unconstitutional


The Syndey Morning-Herald – Roots – Cobalt cases still throw up questions after a year in the spotlight

Smoke on the Water

DRF – Grening – Emergency rule would raise New York workers’ comp rates dramatically

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
Yogi Berra


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Fair Grounds
Pick 5 Jackpot    $6,310.00
Super High Five     $1,288.00
Golden Gate Fields
Pick 6 Jackpot    $2,413.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $20,733.00
Hialeah Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $344.00
Laurel Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $105,345.00
Pick 5    $5,133.00
Super High Five     $1,894.00
Santa Anita Park
Super High Five     $35,067.00
Sunland Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $1,023.00
Turf Paradise
Pick 6    $1,095.00
Pick 6    $1,095.00
Turfway Park  
 Super High Five     $7,666.00

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Super High Five Jackpot    $294,219.00
Pick 6 Jackpot    $8,176.00

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Delta Downs
Super High Five     $1,286.00

Guaranteed Pools

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

DRF – Grening – $100,000 races for juveniles offered in spring

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – The world’s 10 most expensive stallions for 2016

TDN – Finley – Velazquez Headed to Australia to Ride, Promote Animal Kingdom

THE Arima Kinen lived up to its billing as the world’s biggest betting race as single-race turnover just above ¥41 billion yen (about £229 million) was recorded for Japan’s end-of-season grand prix at Nakayama.

Racing Post – Godfrey – Gold Actor lands Arima Kinen as Ship sets sail

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Gold Ship favored to go out in style in Arima Kinen

Twinspires Blog – Reilly – Glory takes on the establishment in Robert J. Frankel

Upcoming Stakes

Dec 27
East View stake $100,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
New York Stallion Series (Great White Way Div.) $150,000 2yo Colts & Geldings R 6f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Windley Key stake $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 5f Turf
Japan Racing Association
Arima Kinen GI $4,530,000 3&up 12.5f Turf
Hopeful Stake GII $1,173,000 2yo 10f Turf
Portland Meadows
Bill Wineberg stake $15,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
Janet Wineberg stake $15,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Lethal Grande Oregon Sprint Championship $12,000 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oregon Distaff Starter handicap $7,500 3&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oregon Fall Starter handicap $7,500 3&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oregon Hers stake $12,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 8f Dirt
Oregon His stake $12,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Blue Norther Stake (Listed) $75,000 2yo Fillies 8f Turf
Robert J. Frankel Stake GIII $100,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 9f Turf

Dec 30
Santa Anita Park
Kalookan Queen Stake (Listed) $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6.5f Dirt

Dec 31
Alex M. Robb stake $100,000 3&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Fair Grounds
Louisiana Futurity $100,000 2yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
Louisiana Futurity $100,000 2yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Eddie Logan Stake (Listed) $75,000 2yo 8f Turf

Jan 1
Lost in the Fog stake $125,000 3yo 6f Dirt

Jan 2
Jerome Stake GIII $200,000 3yo 8.32f Dirt
Fair Grounds
Bonapaw stake $60,000 4&up abt 5.5f Turf
Gulfstream Park
Dania Beach Stake GIII $100,000 3yo 7.5f Turf
Ginger Brew Stake (Listed) $100,000 3yo Fillies 7.5f Turf
Hutcheson Stake GIII $100,000 3yo 6f Dirt
Mucho Macho Man Stake (Listed) $100,000 3yo 8f Dirt
Old Hat Stake GIII $100,000 3yo Fillies 6f Dirt
Laurel Park
Native Dancer stake $75,000 4&up 8.5f Dirt
Nellie Morse stake $75,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
What a Summer stake $75,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Midnight Lute Stake GIII $100,000 4&up 6.5f Dirt
San Gabriel Stake GII $200,000 4&up 9f Turf
Santa Ynez Stake GII $200,000 3yo Fillies 6.5f Dirt
Sunland Park
Bold Ego handicap $65,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 5.5f Dirt
Turfway Park
Wintergreen stake $50,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8f AW

Jan 3
Santa Anita Park
Monrovia Stake GII $200,000 4&up Fillies & Mares abt 6.5f Turf

Jan 5
Portland Meadows
Crater Lake handicap $9,000 4&up 8f Dirt
Crescent Lake handicap $9,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8f Dirt
East Lake handicap $9,000 3yo 8f Dirt
Mary Goldblatt Starter handicap $9,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
McFadden Starter handicap $9,000 3&up 8f Dirt

Jan 8
Delta Downs
By the Light $75,000 3yo Fillies 7f Dirt

Jan 9
Interborough Stake (Listed) $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Delta Downs
Big Drama $75,000 3yo 7f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Fort Lauderdale Stake GII $200,000 4&up 8.5f Turf
Hal’s Hope Stake GIII $150,000 4&up 8f Dirt
Marshua’s River Stake GIII $150,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Santa Anita Park
San Pasqual Stake GII $200,000 4&up 8.5f Dirt
Sham Stake GIII $100,000 3yo 8f Dirt
Tampa Bay Downs
Turf Dash (Listed) $100,000 4&up 5f Turf

January 10

Ladies Handicap (Listed) $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8.32f Dirt
Sunland Park
Pepsi Cola stake $85,000 3yo State/Prov 6f Dirt

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Om an Easy Winner of Mathis Brothers Mile

LA Times – Sondheimer – Jockey Flavien Prat prepares to return as Santa Anita meeting begins

Bloodhorse – No ‘Surprise’ in New York Stallion Stakes

Bloodhorse – State-Breds Get Spotlight in LA Futurity

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
Jerome Aqueduct Jan 2, 2016 10-4-2-1
Sham Santa Anita Park Jan 9, 2016 10-4-2-1
Lecomte Fair Grounds 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 Jan 30, 2016 10-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park Feb 6, 2016 10-4-2-1
El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate Fields Feb 13, 2016 10-4-2-1
Southwest Oaklawn Park Feb 15, 2016 10-4-2-1
Risen Star Fair Grounds Feb 20, 2016 50-20-10-5
Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Park Feb 27, 2016 50-20-10-5
Gotham Aqueduct Mar 5, 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
Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds Mar 26, 2016 100-40-20-10
Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 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 – Nyquist, Songbird Prepping for 2016 Debuts

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Nyquist, Songbird post works as connections map out plans

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Ravenheart Tough in MD Juvenile Futurity Win

Bloodhorse – FL Derby Preps Anchor Jan. 2 Gulfstream Card

TDN – Twirling Candy Colt Goes Gate-To-Wire in Arcadia

TDN – Uncle Mo Colt Gets the Job Done at Gulfstream

TDN – Trappe Shot Filly Impresses in Arcadia

Racing Post – Animal Kingdom sibling makes winning debut

2016 Road to the Kentucky Oaks

Race    Track    Date      Points
Santa Ynez Santa Anita Park Jan 2, 2016 10-4-2-1
Silverbulletday Fair Grounds Jan 16, 2016 10-4-2-1
Busanda Aqueduct 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
Rachel Alexandra Fair Grounds Feb 20, 2016 50-20-10-5
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
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
Fair Grounds Oaks Fair Grounds Mar 26, 2016 100-40-20-10
Bourbonette Oaks Turfway Park Apr 2, 2016 50-20-10-5
Gulfstream Park Oaks Gulfstream Park 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

TDN – Belvoir Bay Super Impressive in Blue Norther

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Gender Agenda breaks through in Frankel, but Belvoir Bay steals the show on the undercard

Bloodhorse – McCoy – Father and Son a Force at Tampa Bay

Swift Thoroughbreds and Bradley Thoroughbreds Goldy Espony dictated the pace throughout the 1 1/2-mile La Prevoyante Stakes GIIT and rolled to her fourth stakes win of the year and third in a U.S. graded event Saturday  December 26 at Gulfstream Park.

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Goldy Espony Rolls in La Prevoyante

From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter




We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and wishing you all a Happy New Year and many trips to the winner’s circle and cashier window.

With 2016 only a few days away the racing associations are still very busy working on the 2016 Stakes Schedule as well many other items that pertain to the 2016 live season at Hastings Racecourse.

Look for a new purse schedule to be announced shortly with the talk of all bottoms races being raised to $11,000.00.

Hastings Racecourse have been in talks with the City Vancouver on a new lease. Its hoped they are successful by opening day.

Stall applications for Hastings are available on line on the Hastings Website at

Hastings Two Year Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale to be held on Saturday, March 26th in the Paddock area.  Registration documents will soon be available on line.  Mike Heads of BCTOBA has been appointed Sale Manager

Hastings Racing Club II is well under way and .Richard Yates states it is nearly half sold already.  Racing Club II has already acquired one horse and likely will purchase a second horse in the Hastings Paddock Sale.



Hastings News by Greg Douglas

ESPN – Finley – Refusing to lose

Bloodhorse – Healthy Prat Returns to Winner’s Circle

Bloodhorse – Angst – Birdatthewire Prevails in La Brea

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Birdatthewire gets up late in La Brea

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Birdatthewire Wins La Brea Stakes in Dramatic Fashion

Bloodhorse – Balan – California Chrome Drills in Company at Los Al

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – California Chrome drills in company; blinkers off for San Pasqual


Bloodhorse – Precious – NY Video-Streaming Approved for Another Year

TwinSpires Blog – Kitten stares down ‘gun in McKnight; Goldy locks up another in La Prevoyante

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Charming Kitten Game in McKnight Score

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


Bloodhorse – New Mexico Racing Commission Seeks New Leader


January 15 – 17 2016

Sheraton Red Deer

3310 – 50 Avenue
Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 3X9 Canada

TDN – Punchestown Set For Facelift

LA Times – Gold – El Niño isn’t a drought buster — it’s a missed opportunity

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
Winston Churchill

Giving horseplayers a voice.

Bloodhorse – Bellamy Road to New York for 2016

Bloodhorse – Golden Gate Reports Increased Handle in 2015

DRF – Dunleavy – Always Sunshine comes from off the pace to win Dave’s Friend

DRF – Dunleavy – Athena enters Barbara Fritchie picture by winning Thirty Eight Go Go

NOTE:  This is your TWO WEEK Insider.  The next issue is Jan. 7.
(Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 9 AM – 2 AM)
When Assiniboia Downs experimented last year with limited hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the Club West Gaming Lounge was packed and the kitchen sold out of turkey.  So this year, the hours have been extended to regular hours and there will be plenty of turkey.  And plenty of other perks, too:
$12 turkey dinner

• Pick up your DRF and racing programs for Boxing Day

• Sign up for Saturday’s Player’s Choice horseplayer tourney
to share in $850 in prize money (Go to the VLT cage)
• Get a lucky streak going on 140 VLTs
• Enjoy complementary hot apple cider and snacks
• Get into the draw in the Club West Gaming Lounge to Spin
the Wheel for Christmas cash!
• Enjoy a $12 turkey dinner (roast turkey, stuffing, mashed
potatoes, gravy, veggies, cranberry sauce, dinner roll and butter)
Holiday gifts available at the VLT cage:
• Gorgeous 2016-2017 ASD calendars ($15)
Alyssa Selman sterling silver horseshoe necklace ($45)
• ASD gift card with whatever amount you wish to put on the card
• Get tickets for the New Year’s Eve casual buffet in the Clubhouse ($15.75 plus
taxes/gratuities = $20.15)

Bullet briefs . . .
Cash back continues for your wagers!
• Great new Insider feature:  Marshall answers your HPI questions
• The Great Announcer War begins: Who will fill Denman’s shoes?
• Must-see videos of race-calls by Denman wannabes
• Choose between two specials on New Year’s Eve.  See Do the Downs
• Wanna wear shorts to January’s tropical-touch prime rib buffets?  Do it!
DENMAN WANNABES:  Former Oaklawn announcer (and hilarious imitator) Frank Mirahmadi (left) will call Santa Anita’s races from Dec. 26 to Jan. 3 and alternate with Golden Gate’s Michael Wrona (middle) who will call Santa’s races from Jan. 7 to 24.  Meanwhile, the track is conducting a “worldwide search.”
Race-callers fight for Denman’s job at the Great Race Place
Trevor Denman
Will only call at Del Mar

How do you replace a racing legend?  That’s the task facing Santa Anita following Trevor Denman’s sudden announcement that he will no longer call the races at Santa Anita so he can spend more time at his Minnesota ranch and travel.  He will only call races at Del Mar.

So the Great Announcer War is on — although I’m not sure why there has to be one. After all, one of the newly-appointed part-time announcers, Frank Mirahmadi, who left Oaklawn Park, does a great imitation of Trevor Denman which you can listen to below.  Santa Anita shouldn’t even have said Denman was leaving and simply had Mirahmadi imitate his voice when he calls Santa’s races from Boxing Day to Jan. 3.  I’ll bet few listeners would have known the difference.
Mirahmadi, in fact, will alternate with Golden Gate caller Michael Wrona who will call the races at Santa from Jan. 7 to 24 as the track conducts what it calls “a worldwide search” for a full-time caller.  Expect to hear other announcers auditioning during the race meet.
Wrona and Mirahmadi have been around race tracks forever.  If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you even might have heard Wrona’s call of a fictitious race when Kramer overheard a race tip on a program entitled “The Subway.” Mirahmadi was the Santa Anita race caller in the Seabiscuit movie.
Wrona called races at Hollywood Park, Bay Meadows, Arlington Park, Fair Grounds, Turf Paradise, Lone Star Park and Retama Park.  Mirahmadi was the voice of Hialeah Park, Louisiana Downs, Ruidoso Downs and Turf Paradise before working at Oaklawn Park since 2011.
Watch Frank Mirahmadi’s hilarious race-call imitating celebrity voices here.
Watch Michael Wrona’s call of Hollywood Park’s very last race here.
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FREE $5,000 SHOWVIVOR CONTEST BEGINS BOXING DAY:  Be the last person standing in Santa Anita’s online ShowVivor contest and share in $5,000 U.S.  Sign up now here to be ready to make your Boxing Day picks. Remember, ASD has the rare distinction of having a local player win a similar contest at Hollywood Park about eight years ago.


Click for schedule
Have you booked New Year’s Eve Gala yet?
FABulous New Year’s Eve Gala from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. which includes eight lavish food
stations, dancing and light show by NuFrequency, door prizes, party favours and a chance
to win $1,000, all hosted by FAB 94.3’s Alix Michaels.  Tickets $49.95.  Phone 204-885-3330.
Casual buffet in the Clubhouse from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Cabbage rolls, honey mesquite
chicken, beef bourgignon, lemon-baked basa, various salads, chef’s cake and dainties
and more — all for just $15.75 ($20.15 including taxes and gratuity). Tickets available at the
VLT cage.
A touch of the tropics each Thursday

THURSDAY BUFFETS TO FEATURE  A TROPICAL TOUCH:  You already are enjoying the best prime rib money can buy (certified Angus) and pasta station at Thursday prime rib buffets.  For January, add a touch of the tropics — dishes with a tropical flair to warm up your January experience. (Example:  Pineapple chicken.)  No one will mind if you get into the mood by wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt.  All you can eat, as usual, for $26.95.  Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28.  Book your tropical flight of fancy now at 204-885-3330.

Official stations of horse racing.
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Woodbine’s new
Tapeta track

GOOD WEATHER AIDS TRACK-SWITCH:  With temperatures in the double digits, Woodbine is able to move quickly in removing Polytrack and installing Tapeta, a different synthetic mix.  The Toronto track has become the only track to buck the trend of returning to dirt after experimenting with a synthetic surface.  CEO Jim Lawson sees it as the “next generation of racing surfaces.”  Woodbine wants to have an all-weather surface that will withstand early spring and late fall rain. It will be particularly interesting to see how Polytrack horses perform on Tapeta.  Every synthetic surface is different.

A “BIG” MOVE TO TAMPA:  With Aqueduct’s inner track continuing to bamboozle handicappers (last Saturday’s pick-4 paid $25,000 and nobody had the pick-6), Saturday’s “I won big” group will now turn its attention to the pick-5 in the last five races at Tampa Bay.  That will be this Boxing Day Saturday and the following Saturday as well.  Group D & E can combine their handicapping smarts to tackle the second-last race.  See you this Saturday at 10:30 a.m.!
Where are they now?
by Rob MacLennan
Winnipeg Futurity winner to race on Boxing Day at Turf Paradise

Watch for Don Schnell’s Heber in the Lost in the Fog juvenile stakes, the eighth race at Turf Paradise Saturday. It’s a tough wide-open field and the Winnipeg Futurilty winner has been assigned a morning line of 15/1.  Also in the field, at 5/1, is Ready Intaglio who made a couple starts at ASD for trainer Eurico Martens.

Also at the desert track, Jared Brown had a nice win with Believe Too running in the colours of Tom Payne. The recently-claimed gelding upset a first level allowance field and just hung on to get the victory. He paid $17.80 to win. Brown also notched on-the-board finishes with Two Bucks to Win, Destiny Knocks and Kathy’s Lil Secret. This weekend, look for Jack No, Scene Queen and Tom Kha.
At Fair Grounds, Jerry Gourneau’s talented gelding Witt Six missed the board but ran a very creditable race against a top-notch field including 2014 Preakness runner-up Ride on Curlin. At Delta Downs Gourneau had more luck recently with a pair of third-place finishes.
YOU NAMED ME WHAT?   D’bunnyphone.  This name for a 2-year-old chestnut filly racing at Aqueduct strikes a reader as curious.  Until one looks at her father’s name.  It’s D’Funnybone — and the “f” and “b” were merely switched.  Ha-ha-ha.  Or, for this time of year, ho-ho-ho. It’s a classic.
with Marshall Posner
Q: How do I check the Pool Totals to see if there are any good betting opportunities–such as “bridgejumper” races where there’s an inordinate amount of money in the show pool?
A: Select the POOL TOTALS tab to the right of the RACE ENTRIES tab directly above the list of horses here (outlined in red). Now you can see all money in Win, Place and Show pools and percentage of the pool each represents. If you scroll down further on the Pool Totals page, you’ll also have access to all of the Exotic Pool Totals for that race.  Purpose: You can see how much money was bet on a pick-4 or superfecta you played.
BONUS TIP – If you haven’t taken the multimedia tour of the new HPIbet system, you can access it anytime in the text links at the bottom of every page. Under the SUPPORT menu, just select the Take The Tour option.  See illustration here.
Send your questions for Marshall to

HISTORY ON THE HOOF: The best of Bob
Did you know . . .   the late Eileen Blake (wife of deceased Downs’ patriarch Bert Blake) won the first running of the Powder Puff Derby in 1960 although her horse, Present Day, froze in the post parade almost necessitating a scratch?  Read “Women who rocked the Powder Puff Derby” here.


LA Times – Sondheimer – Gary Stevens rides Runhappy to victory on opening day at Santa Anita

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Runhappy Takes Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita With Ease

DRF – Andersen – Runhappy wins fourth straight stakes in Malibu

Bloodhorse – Balan – Runhappy Untouchable in Malibu Victory

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Runhappy dominates Malibu

Bloodhorse – Balan – Toowindytohaulrox Springs 21-1 Daytona Upset

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Best Behavior enjoys perfect trip, registers first stakes victory in Sugar Swirl

Bloodhorse – Angst – Best Behavior Tops Stonetastic in Sugar Swirl

DRF – Hersh – Bullards Alley charges late to win Woodchopper

DRF – Hersh – Fila Primera handles mud in Pago Hop

Bloodhorse – Balan – Gender Agenda Makes the Grade in Frankel

Louisville Courier-Journal – AP – Cohen – American Pharoah’s Triple Crown gets AP’s 2015 top sports story

DRF – Privman – Year in review: American Pharoah becomes the one

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – It’s all Green Gratto in Gravesend

DRF – Hammersly – Arizona Moon adapts to surface switch in Lost in the Fog

ESPN – Documentary links Peyton Manning, other pro athletes to use of PEDs

NY Times – Nocera – Jerry Tarkanian and Walter Byers: Adversaries Who Left Mark on N.C.A.A.

The Globe And Mail – Why do we celebrate religious holidays – without religion?

NY Times – Things That Annoy in the Season of Joy

NY Times – Nancheria – Selflessness Isn’t Seasonal

NY Times – Mathis – The Painful Charade of Office Secret Santas

NY Times – Khan – The Phenomenon of Tiptoeing through Holiday Political Correctness

NY Times – Garfield – It’s Tough Waging the War on Christmas

National Post – The Telegraph – Sherlock – ‘War on Christmas’: From carols to nativities, atheists threaten legal action to separate church and state

Losing My Religion

The Globe and Mail – The Globe and Mail’s 2015 Canadian artists of the year

National Post – Charles Krauthammer: This column may be good for you, or it may be all in your head

LA Times – Tanfani – Trump left his mark on Atlantic City — for better and for worse

National Post – Jen Gerson: The problem with the new Star Wars film (no spoilers)

NY Times – South Carolina Faces the High Cost of Curating History’s Dustbin

National Post – John Ivison: Ontario finds itself in danger of shedding ‘have-not’ status and losing $3B

National Post – Hertzberg and McNeely – Canada’s year of ‘serial disappointments’ leave investors reeling

Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid.
Kin Hubbard

National Post – Michael Den Tandt: The remedy for fundamentalist religious sectarianism — the greatest moral and political blight of our time

The Globe and Mail – Southey – The eight other reindeer would like to address a few rumours

Mustang Sally

NY Times – Mather – The Usual (and Not-So-Usual Suspects) in Sports for 2016

The Globe and Mail – Prevost – A new pitch for Fenway neighbourhood

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
Albert Einstein

I’m Tired

Fire and Rain

Phil M Stockmen

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