Feb 032016

A comment the other morning by one of the local DJs about Connor McDavid’s goal  in the NHL game last night got Phil wandering.

Did Secretariat, Affirmed, Alydar, Seattle Slew, Rapido Dom, Chilcoton Blaze, George Royal, Personal Ensign, Ruffian et al ever go back and watch the replays of their greatest races.

Do American Pharoah, I’ll Have Another, Smarty Jones, California Chrome, Beholder, Goldikova, Rags to Riches, Commander, Broadway Empire, No Hesitation et al ever go back and watch the replays of their greatest races.

Bloodhorse – Belmont Adds Three Marathon Stakes for 2016

Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Hunter S. Thompson

Ramblin’ Man

GreenPeace – Celebrate Great Bear RainForest Solutions With Us

The Globe and Mail – Hunter – Final agreement reached to protect B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

When the Earth is sick, the animals will begin to disappear, when that happens, The Warriors of the Rainbow will come to save them.

Chief Seattle

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Weekend Preview: The Magnificent Seven



NY Times – Drape – As Family Helped Build Betting System, It Witnessed Horse Racing History

NY Times – The Gambling System That Developed Alongside U.S. Horseracing

Betting_MachinePhil has a question:

Aren’t those the same machines that Northlands Park and the OTBs across the province still use.

Going Gone

Bloodhorse – Beshear: Challenges Remain for Horse Industry

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – HBPA Forum: Are Biggest Bettors Demonized?

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Back-and-Forth Continues on Path to Reform

Horse Race Insider – Berner – Serious Proposals for Meaningful Regulation in New York

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Irish Task Force Issues Anti-Doping Report

Bloodhorse – RCI Schedules Second ‘Town Hall’ Meeting

I’ve been a long time leaving but I’m going to be a long time gone.
Willie Nelson

TDN – Thornton – A Tale of Two OTBs

Hawkmoon 269


DRF – Hovdey: In the racing world it’s just a superlative Saturday

All three racetracks and the aforementioned businesses nearby are great places to visit on Sunday. As for a Super Bowl 2016 pick, how about the Carolina Panthers? It feels strange writing this without the customary “wheel and use in horizontals” bit. Just do not expect a lengthy, or even rational, explanation. Their team name simply sounds better.

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Super Bowl 2016 at Golden Gate, Santa Anita and Gulfstream

Southern Living – Best Party Appetizer Recipes

LA Times – Peltz – Super Bowl 50 to draw an estimated $4.2 billion in bets — most of them illegal

The Globe and Mail – Marotte – Amaya CEO David Baazov plans $2.8-billion bid to buy the company

Conservatism is not about leaving people behind. Conservatism is about empowering people to catch up, to give them the tools at their disposable that make it possible for them to access all the hope, all the promise, all the opportunity that America offers. And our programs to help them should reflect that.
Marco Rubio

NY Times – Belson – For Beer at Super Bowl, Color of the Competition Is Red and White

NY Times – Mather – Super Bowl 50: Here’s What You Need to Know

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
Thomas Jefferson

NY Times – Sandomir – Out of a Rare Super Bowl I Recording, a Clash With the N.F.L. Unspools


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Delta Downs
Super High Five     $2,610.00
Fair Grounds
Super High Five     $1,983.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $508,091.00
Hialeah Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $79,319.00
Laurel Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $676.00
Santa Anita Park    Pick 6    $40,671.00
Tampa Bay Downs
Super High Five     $2,769.00
Turf Paradise
Pick 5    $7,545.00
Turf Paradise
Pick 6    $770.00
Turfway Park
Super High Five     $3,625.00

Guaranteed Pools

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

Going, Going Gone

A dark horse candidate, and one that inside sources say is receiving strong consideration, is Alistair Cohen of South Africa. A native of Durban, he is an announcer and presenter for Tellytrack, the South African equivalent of TVG. Only 25 years old, Cohen possesses remarkable race calling abilities, and his age would ensure a long tenure at Santa Anita.

Born less than half a mile from Greyville Racecourse, the premier track in South Africa, Cohen grew up going to the track. His father, an avid bettor, would take him to the races in a stroller. He quickly became interested in racing and especially race calling, and around the age of five he began making mock race calls.

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Replacing A Legend: The Next Santa Anita Track Announcer 

Lady and the Track -Hammer – Breaking News: First Auditions For The Santa Anita Track Announcer Position

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Champion Female Sprinter La Verdad Retired

TwinSpires Blog – Racing days over for female sprint champ La Verdad

Bloodhorse – Elmore to Retire From Centaur Racing

Phil’s reprising:

1995 Donn Handicap

Phil has a question:

Will the Undertaker, QKB or CCW have mixed emotions if HolyBull.ca unbelievably pulls up on the 21st anniversary of the 1995 Donn Handicap.

Fool Yourself

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Vince Lombardi

LA Times – Saad – Not so fast! Cindy Crawford isn’t retiring … yet

NY Times – Hoffman – Calvin Johnson: Bigger, Stronger, Faster and, Maybe Soon, Retired

DRF – Hegarty – Longtime Keeneland executive Rogers Beasley to retire

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

The Telegraph – Potter – ‘I quit’: how to hand in the perfect resignation

Bloodhorse – Aqueduct Cancels Live Racing Friday, Feb. 5

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Santa Anita Picks and Plays Saturday, February 6, 2016 

This Weekend’s Stake Races

Feb 6
Fred Cappy Capossela Stake $100,000 3yo 6f Dirt
Gander Stake $100,000 3yo State/Prov 8.32f Dirt
Delta Downs
Louisiana Premier Night Bon Temps Starter $50,000 4&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 5f Dirt
Louisiana Premier Night Championship $200,000 4&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Louisiana Premier Night Distaff $150,000 4&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8f Dirt
Louisiana Premier Night Gentlemen Starter $65,000 4&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Louisiana Premier Night Ladies Starter $65,000 4&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8f Dirt
Louisiana Premier Night Matron $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 5f Dirt
Louisiana Premier Night Prince $125,000 3yo State/Prov 7f Dirt
Louisiana Premier Night Ragin Cajun Starter $50,000 4&up State/Prov 5f Dirt
Louisiana Premier Night Sprint $100,000 4&up State/Prov 5f Dirt
Louisiana Premier Night Starlet $125,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 7f Dirt
Golden Gate Fields
California Oaks $50,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f AW
Gulfstream Park
Donn Handicap GI $500,000 4&up 9f Dirt
Fred W. Hooper Handicap GIII $100,000 4&up 8f Dirt
Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap GI $350,000 4&up 9f Turf
Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint (Listed) $75,000 4&up 5f Turf
Ladies Turf Sprint Stake $75,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 5f Turf
Suwannee River Stake GIII $150,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 9f Turf
Oaklawn Park
Martha Washington Stake (Listed) $100,000 3yo Fillies 8f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Las Virgenes Stake GII $300,000 3yo Fillies 8f Dirt
Robert B. Lewis Stake GIII $150,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
San Antonio Stake GII $500,000 4&up 9f Dirt
San Marcos Stake GII $200,000 4&up 10f Turf
Sunland Park
Red Hedeman Mile $85,000 3yo State/Prov 8f Dirt

Feb 7
Biogio’s Rose Stake $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Palos Verdes Stake GII $200,000 4&up 6f Dirt
Sunland Park
Mt. Cristo Rey Handicap $85,000 3&up State/Prov 4.5f Dirt

Feb 9
Fair Grounds
Mardi Gras Stake $60,000 4&up Fillies & Mares abt 5.5f Turf
Portland Meadows
Mioland Starter Handicap $8,500 4&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oregon Derby $20,000 3yo State/Prov 8f Dirt
Revillew Slew Starter Handicap $8,500 4&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt

Feb 13
Broadway Stake $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 6f Dirt
Haynesfield Stake $100,000 4&up State/Prov 8.5f Dirt
Golden Gate Fields
El Camino Real Derby GIII $200,000 3yo 9f AW
Gulfstream Park
Royal Delta Stake GII $200,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Sam Houston
Houston Distaff $50,000 4&up Fillies & Mares State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Houston Turf Stake $50,000 4&up State/Prov 8.5f Turf
Sam Houston Sprint Cup $50,000 4&up 6f Dirt
Laurel Park
Barbara Fritchie Stake GII $300,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 7f Dirt
John B. Campbell Stake $75,000 4&up 9f Dirt
Maryland Racing Media Stake $75,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Oaklawn Park
Essex Handicap (Listed) $100,000 4&up 8.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Arcadia Stake GII $200,000 4&up 8f Turf
Santa Maria Stake GII $200,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Sunland Park
Budweiser Handicap $75,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Tampa Bay Downs
Lambholm South Endeavour Stake GIII $150,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Turf
Sam F. Davis Stake GIII $250,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Suncoast Stake $100,000 3yo Fillies 8.32f Dirt
Tampa Bay Stake GIII $150,000 4&up 8.5f Turf
Cincinnati Trophy Stake $50,000 3yo Fillies 6.5f AW
Turf Paradise
Phoenix Gold Cup $75,000 4&up 6f Dirt
Sun City Handicap $35,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Turf Paradise Handicap $35,000 4&up 8.5f Turf

Feb 14
Rego Park Stake $125,000 3yo State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oaklawn Park
Bayakoa Stake GIII $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8.5f Dirt
Sunland Park
El Diario Handicap $75,000 3&up Fillies & Mares 6.5f Dirt

Feb 15
Hollie Hughes Handicap $100,000 4&up State/Prov 6f Dirt
Golden Gate Fields
Lost in the Fog $50,000 4&up 6f AW
Laurel Park
General George Stake GIII $250,000 4&up 7f Dirt
Miracle Wood Stake $75,000 3yo 8f Dirt
Wide Country Stake (Listed) $75,000 3yo Fillies 7f Dirt
Oaklawn Park
Southwest Stake GIII $500,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
San Vicente Stake GII $200,000 3yo 7f Dirt

Feb 20
Franklin Square Stake $125,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Fair Grounds
Daisy Devine Stake $60,000 4&up Fillies & Mares abt 8.5f Turf
Duncan F. Kenner Stake $60,000 3&up 6f Dirt
Fair Grounds Handicap GIII $125,000 4&up abt 9f Turf
Mineshaft Handicap GIII $125,000 4&up 8.5f Dirt
TwinSpires.com Rachel Alexandra Stake GII $200,000 3yo Fillies 8.5f Dirt
Veterans Ford Risen Star Stake GII $400,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Gulfstream Park
Melody of Colors $75,000 3yo Fillies 5f Turf
Sam Houston
Jim’s Orbit Stake $75,000 3yo Colts & Geldings State/Prov 6f Dirt
Two Altazano Stake $75,000 3yo Fillies State/Prov 6f Dirt
Oaklawn Park
Spring Fever Stake $100,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 5.5f Dirt
Santa Anita Park
Buena Vista Stake GII $200,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 8f Turf
Sunland Park
Island Fashion Stake $75,000 3yo Fillies 8f Dirt
Mine That Bird Derby $100,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Tampa Bay Downs
Minaret Stake $50,000 4&up Fillies & Mares 6f Dirt
Pelican Stake $100,000 4&up 6f Dirt
Turf Paradise
Arizona Oaks $35,000 3yo Fillies 8f Dirt
Turf Paradise Derby $75,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt

Bloodhorse – Dubai Decisions Hang on Donn

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Mshawish aiming to give Pletcher fourth Donn in seven years 

DRF – Welsch – Valid taking Grade 1 shot in Donn

DRF – McGee – Closing Bell shifts sights to dirt in Donn

DRF – Welsch – Pletcher trio will take aim at Keen Ice in Donn Handicap

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Keen Ice Seeks Respect in Donn at Gulfstream Park

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Why the older dirt male division seems no closer to getting back on track

Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Hunter S. Thompson

Bloodhorse – Rome’s Address on Ownership Proves Popular

Rome’s Address

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Social Media Accounts Keep Horse Racing Fans Involved 

DRF – Hegarty – One bettor hits Rainbow 6 Jackpot at Portland Meadows

Friday’s carryover:

Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $460,818.00

TDN – Champs Top Experimental Free Handicap

TwinSpires Blog – Champions Nyquist, Songbird top 2015 Experimental Free Handicap

Leaving on a Jet Plane

TDN – Nyquist Heads Triple Crown Nominees

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Zayat, Baffert Top 368 Early Crown Noms

2016 Triple Crown Early Nominations

Triple Crown Nominees Past Performances

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Analysis | Closer look at Triple Crown nominees

Darling Be Home Soon

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Smokey Image impresses in California Cup Derby, headed to graded stakes company

 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
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 – Balan – El Niño Could Present Triple Crown Challenge

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Kentucky Derby Report (2/3): Mohaymen justifies star billing in Holy Bull

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – February 2, 2016 – Presented by Shadwell Farm

Horse Racing Nation – Kentucky Derby 2016 Contenders

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – 2016 Kentucky Derby Top 10: Reinier’s Picks

Mo Power (Uncle Mo – Rhiana, by Runaway Groom) I am taking a shot in the dark with this good-looking son of Uncle Mo. He broke his maiden on the Holy Bull undercard. His first start, he finished second at 6.5 furlongs, making up mass amounts of ground to just miss the winner by a neck. In his second start, he sat closer to the pace and was able to establish a one-length win over a closing Doctor Mounty (Street Sense). This colt has a very interesting pedigree to me, and I wonder if Pletcher will try to get him to the Derby in three months now that the colt has shown more promise with increasing distance.

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Kentucky Derby Top 10: Casey’s Picks

A Shot In The Dark


Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Derby odds | Mohaymen Vegas’ clear-cut favorite


Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Let’s not drape the roses on Mohaymen just yet

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – 2016 Kentucky Derby Pedigrees: Mohaymen

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Gift Horse on the Derby Trail

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – 10 more names to know on the Ky. Derby trail

TwinSpires Blog – Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, Travers highlight Belmont and Saratoga meets

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – The Special, NYTB team up for 2016

Only You Know and I Know


Bloodhorse – Balan – Mor Spirit Makes Season Debut in Lewis

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Mor Spirit tops 7-horse Lewis; Hoppertunity expected choice in San Antonio

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Mor Spirit Heads Down Derby Trail In Robert B. Lewis Stakes

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Uncle Lino Can Upset Mor Spirit in Robert B. Lewis

Bloodhorse – Balan – Danzing Candy Headed to Derby Trail

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Remembering an epic 2015 Robert B. Lewis

Louisville Courier-Journal – Another Derby prospect transferred to Baffert

Bloodhorse – Curry – America’s Best Racing – Making the Grade: Discreetness

Bloodhorse – For Awesome Banner, It’s One Race at a Time

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Two turns next for Swale winner Awesome Banner?

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Dolphus scores second win at Fair Grounds

LouisvilleCourier-Journal – Mohaymen comes out of Holy Bull ‘excellent’

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Smokey Image trying Chrome’s path to Derby

Louisville Courier-Journal -Oaklawn’s next Ky. Derby prep field shaping up

TwinSpires Blog – Siding Spring under consideration for Southwest

Louisville Courier-Journal – Change of Ky. Derby prep plans for Airoforce

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Making the Grade: Sunny Ridge

DRF – Privman – Road to the Derby analysis: Holy Bull Stakes

DRF – Privman – Road to the Derby analysis: Withers Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Sunny Ridge delivers in Withers; Rudy Rodriguez continues winning ways on inner track 

Bloodhorse – Angst – Sudden Surprise Tries Two Turns in Gander

2016 Road to the Kentucky Oaks

Race    Track    Date      Points
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

Bloodhorse – Songbird Ready for 2016 Debut in Las Virgenes

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Six line up against Songbird in Las Virgenes; Nickname tops Martha Washington

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Manfuso Beaming Over Cathryn Sophia

This is Horse Racing – Law – Beat goes on for Cathryn Sophia

Bloodhorse – Balan – Flora Dora Finds Just Enough in Busanda

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Flora Dora blossoms in Busanda

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Speedy Oaks hopeful Carina Mia nearing return

From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter





The sale will be conducted on Saturday, March 26th and the Preview will be held at Hastings Racecourse on Saturday, March 19th, with the times still to be determined. For those wishing to nominate horses to the sale the closing date will be Tuesday, March 1st. The information regarding entering a horse, terms and conditions of the sale and buyer registration forms will all be available on the sales website: hastingshorsesale.com or contact Mike Heads at: 604-309-6509.


Hastings News by Greg Douglas

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Excitement builds as breeders snap up shares in California Chrome

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ward – California Chrome slips easily into that starring role back at Meydan

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – California Chrome zips through first work at Meydan

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Dubai Carnival beads: De Kock rules the roost

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Frosted ices foes in track-record prep for Dubai World Cup

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Frosted set for 4-year-old debut in Dubai

Lady And The Track – Mendoza – Frosted Begins Dubai World Cup Prep At Meydan

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Frosted, Mubtaahij entered in Dubai Thursday

Hastings Paddock Sale - March 26, 2016


The sale will be conducted on Saturday, March 26th and the Preview will be held at Hastings Racecourse on Saturday, March 19th, with the times still to be determined. For those wishing to nominate horses to the sale the closing date will be Tuesday, March 1st. The information regarding entering a horse, terms and conditions of the sale and buyer registration forms will all be available on the sales website: hastingshorsesale.com or contact Mike Heads at: 604-309-6509.

Racing Post – Baffert eyes Ascot as he falls in love with England

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – BAFFERT: “Horses Are Like Songs”

London Calling

The Ennead knew Phil couldn’t resist that urge.

National Post – Cohn – Pop goes the single: A return to an era in which writers rule and artists are an afterthought

Pleasant Valley Sunday


TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – The Pizza Man hopes to double up in Gulfstream Park Turf ‘Cap

Bloodhorse – Shulman – The Pizza Man Opens 7-Year-Old Campaign

Phil has a question:

If the Pizza man doubles up won’t he be the Calzone Man.

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – The Pickett Factor Heads Championship Stakes


DRF – Fornatale: NHC 17 winner a horseplayer, born and bred

DRF – Fornatale: 60-year-old Tour rookie finds NHC nothing like pulling teeth


TDN – Dortmund to Skip San Antonio

Bloodhorse – Runners for ‘Team Baffert’ Head San Antonio

2015 Sovereign Award Finalists

DRF – Welsch – Pletcher sending three of his big guns to Donn


Bloodhorse – Ami’s Flatter Heads Fred W. Hooper Stakes

Bloodhorse – Tammy the Torpedo Targets Suwannee River

Bloodhorse – 49 Horses Confirmed With EHV in New Mexico

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

DRF – Andersen – Old English Rancho gets big boost from What a View

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Aerovelocity back with a bang; Giant Treasure edges Luger

Bloodhorse – 741 Applications for Thoroughbred Makeover

T.L.C.S. (Thoroughbred Lasting Careers Society)

The organizational meeting of the T.L.C.S. (Thoroughbred Lasting Careers Society) took place on Saturday, January 16 the Sheraton, Red Deer. Make sure to like us on Facebook to follow the latest news of the society.

The goals of this non-profit society are :

  • To provide funding for the aftercare, rehabilitation and retraining of off-the-track Thoroughbreds in Alberta.
  • To assist and ensure that off-the-track Thoroughbreds are provided with a second career after leaving the racetrack.
  • To allow for participation in The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.)
  • To promote the unique qualities of the Thoroughbred horse breed.

Click here to download>>T.L.C.S. Bylaws

Membership in the society is open to any person residing in Alberta over the age of 18 years, for a fee of $10.00. Those under 18 may become a member for $5.00. Cheques for membership should be made out to CTHS Alberta and forwarded to TLCS care of the CTHS Alberta Division, Unit 218, 1935 – 32nd Avenue, Calgary, Alberta T2E 7C8.

TDN – Thornton – Ontario Seeks Applicants for New Appeals Panel

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Queens’ Plate – Woodbine Oaks Syndicate Opportunity

A syndicate is being put together to acquire a 3 year old Canadian Bred colt and a 3 year old Canadian Bred filly that will be eligible for the Queens Plate and Woodbine Oaks.
The ultimate goal is to run in the Plate, Manitoba Derby, Canadian Derby, and BC Derby for the colt. With the filly the goal will be the Oaks in all 4 provinces. A fantastic trip for everyone involved and a story to remember and retell.
The syndicate has acquired a 3 year old filly that is currently in training Fancy Annie, a half sister to Fiftyshadeslighter by Bold N Flashy. The syndicate also acquired a 2 year colt by Milwaukee Brew.
If you’re interested or have any questions please respond to: cjracingstable@live.ca

Bloodhorse – Calumet Acquires Manchester Farm for $12.5M

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton The superstar colts boosting America’s stallion ranks

Angel From Montgomery

How the hell can a person go to work in the morning
And come home in the evening and have nothing to say.

John Prine

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Equine Sale Repositories Under Scrutiny


Omega Code


Bloodhorse – Mitchell – An Eye for Quality – by Eric Mitchell

Dixie Chicken


Orientate – Mir Cat by Tale Of The Cat

2016 FEE: $2,000 ($200 booking fee, balance due live foal).


Stone Ranches Ltd.

Madden, Alberta, Canada

Tina & Gerald Stone at 403-946-5703 or by email at stnranch@airenet.com

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Changed Market for Stallion Industry

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Stallions shine at Country Life Farm

Giving horseplayers a voice.

Horseplayers Association of North America January February 2016 Issue

Bloodhorse – KEEP Urges Support for Equine Tax Equity Bill


  By Stravinsky-A world leader for individual winners. 100 million in progeny earnings worldwide
QAldebaran Light is the dam of Balmont and Eskendereya
Eskendereya was the favourite for the 2010 Kentucky Derby but scratched
due to injury (Stands for $17,500.00)
Balmont is a multiple Group 1 and 2 winner
Multiple Group 1, 2 and 3 progeny winners
Sire of Balmont Girl, Balmont Mast and Belle La vie
$1,086,917.00 worldwide progeny earnings in 2015 with 45 starters at $24,154/starter
Balmont was one of the fastest juveniles of his year, winning both the Middle Park and Gimcrack
while setting a track record in the process.
Balmont stems from one of the very best stallion families in the stud book that of Danehill,
Machiavellian, Arctic Tern, Cannonade, Burooj, Stephan’s Odyssey and Northern Dancer

Stravinsky-Aldebaran Light by Seattle Slew


Property of Dan Byrne
Standing at Jug Handle Ranch
Inquiries to: Dan Byrne

Phone (403) 601-0432 jughandleranch@yahoo.ca.
Box 1380, Nanton, Alberta T0L 1R0

Please visit website for video: jughandleranch.ca

Racing Post – Balmont

Taylor Made – Fernando – Eskendereya pedigree constructed for classics

Bloodhorse – Stallion Eskendereya Sold to Japan

Racing Post – National Stud closed to public due to virus

DRF – Divine Park sold to stand in Korea


Racing Post – Pennington – Darley stalwart Halling dies at the age of 25

What are you craving today?
(a) mouthwateringly tender certified Angus prime rib with gravy drizzled over it?
(b) a flavourful pasta dish made on the spot exactly as you like it?
(c) crisp salads of many kinds and descriptions?
(d) a steaming bowl of the chef’s specialty soup?
(e) scoops of self-serve ice-cream in many flavours to add–or not–to wide-ranging desserts?
Then you know where to head: To tonight’s all you can eat buffet for $26.95 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the ambience-rich Terrace Dining Room and get $10 off a buffet for two by downloading a coupon here. Reserve at 204-885-3330.
Bullet briefs . . .
Bonus cash for your bets is now entrenched.  Getting your share?
• Fab Filly Day on Saturday; will Songbird sing Rachel’s tune?
• Will Songbird force a second Crazy Hour to be held on Saturday?
• Better bettors:  Players hit Aqueduct for big bucks in January
• Blow by blow: MacLennan tells us how he won first tourney of 2016
• Super Bowl Sunday features a whirlwind of 13 tracks before big game
• “Gone ice fishing!” — Buff


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Pick your ingredients at
pasta bar tonight!
NOTE SCHEDULE FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: Denver and Carolina tangle in Super Bowl L (50) this Sunday, with kick-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CST.  So all tracks in the U.S. plan to have their races over by then.  Here’s the schedule:  It’s Happy Hour all day Sunday in the Clubhouse and regular wings or nachos are only $10.

11:00 a.m. Gulfstream

11:20 a.m. Aqueduct
11:25 a.m. Laurel
11:35 a.m. Hialeah and Tampa Bay
12:50 p.m. Turfway
1:00 p.m. Sam Houston, Louisiana, Oaklawn and Santa Anita
1:15 p.m. Golden Gate
1:25 p.m. Fair Grounds
1:45 p.m. Sunland
5:30 p.m.  Super Bowl kick-off
(My view:  Denver won’t survive a shoot-out so their defense has to keep the score low.  I have a hunch they won’t.  The Panthers win by two touchdowns and a field goal.)

Starting 5:00 p.m.: Canadian harness tracks and Australia are the only tracks racing during the Super Bowl — Fraser and Flamboro 5:00 p.m., Rideau 5:30 p.m., Australia 8 p.m.

Official stations of horse racing.
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Recognize her?  You don’t?  That’s fab filly Rachel Alexandra winning a stakes race almost exactly seven years ago before she endeared herself to the racing world by winning the Kentucky Oaks and Preakness.  This Saturday, if Songbird wins the Las Virgenes and runs as fast or faster than Rachel did that day, the Downs will hold a second Crazy Hour to celebrate her success.
It’s Fabulous Filly Day Saturday

Celebrate the filly who’s faster than Pharoah!

Songbird, the filly who has raced faster than American Pharoah did a year ago, will be making her 2016 debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes Saturday at Santa Anita.
CRAZY HOUR #1:  Before Songbird races
For one hour before the Las Virgenes Stakes, it will be Crazy Hour in the Clubhouse to celebrate this exceptional filly.  Beer, wine, shots $2.95.
CRAZY HOUR #2: If she’s fast as Rachel
There will be a second Crazy Hour if Songbird wins and her time is as fast or faster than Rachel Alexandra when Rachel won the Martha Washington Stakes in 1:36.4 at Oaklawn Park in 2009 on the way to winning the Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes.  Beer, wine, shots $2.95.
CONTEST, CONTEST!  Look for a contest Saturday, too, to predict the time of the Las Virgenes race.

OFF TO A FAST START:  Insurance company executive Keith MacLennan (and father of ASD paddock host Rob MacLennan) in the centre of this photo roared to the lead in Player’s Choice, the first handicapping tourney of the year Saturday, earning prize money of $575 and an engraved mug.  His bankroll was $95.50. Winning $250 for finishing second with a bankroll of $85.20 was Brad Kinnear (right) and winning $100 for third with a bankroll of $74.80 was Trevor Tilston-Jones. See all results here.  What plays won the tourney for Keith?  Go here. The next tournament is Up the Ante on Louis Riel Day a week from Monday.
How to think like a winner
Tourney winner shares reasons for his picks here
Good on Keith MacLennan for sending The Insider a synopsis of the plays that won him the Player’s Choice handicapping tournament last Saturday. You can find out what he did and why here.
Which got me thinking.  We all can learn from tournament winners each month.  So, let’s do this:  The winner of each tournament will receive, in addition to prize money and an engraved mug, a complementary prime rib buffet for two if the winner provides The Insider with an analysis of his or her plays.  Maybe this is the next step in our becoming the Better Bettor Capital of North America.
So, congratulations Keith, for not only winning the first tourney of the year but also for helping launch what I think readers will find to be a great idea.  Bon appetit at a Thursday buffet for two at your convenience!
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It’s a go!
Up the Ante tourney–bet half your bankroll–set for Riel Day

About 20 of you said “yes, I wanna play!”  So the most exciting tournament — where a player MUST bet at least half of his or her bankroll on each of six races — is going ahead on Louis Riel Day, a week from this Monday. It’s called Up the Ante Challenge. It costs $50 to enter and you start with a bankroll of $100.

Twenty players is the requisite number to guarantee prize money of at least $1,000 for 1st prize.  And, of course, copious bragging rights are attached to a tournament where players are forced out of their comfort level and must bet perhaps hundreds of dollars on a race.  Can you say “exciting?”

John Scott: Begrudgingly accepted
American Pharoah: Rejected
How two institutions undermined the will of the people–or tried to
When you don’t like the way people vote, what do you do?  For the NHL, it meant trying to figure out a way to keep a write-in hockey player, John Scott, out of the all-star lineup.  Thankfully for them, their attempts failed and he became the biggest story of all-star weekend.  And what did Sports Illustrated do when it didn’t care that 278,824 people took the time to vote on their website for American Pharoah as Sportsman of the Year?  Ignore the will of the people entirely and substitute tennis start Serena Williams despite the fact she got a mere 5,520 votes. Neither the hockey league nor the magazine should be very proud of themselves in all of this but it’s instructive to note that one case shows the will of the people can have a dramatically positive effect.
BE A BETTER BETTOR: AQUEDUCT TOPS IN JANUARY: ASD players were their smartest at playing races from Aqueduct in January. That was the top Better Bettor track for the month, requiring the New York Racing Association to send a cheque to the Downs.  Also up there were Hawthorne, Penn National, Tampa Bay and Portland.  Helpful to becoming a better bettor is finding out how players win the monthly handicapping tournaments. Read today’s “how to think like a winner” installment from Keith MacLennan who won Saturday’s Player’s Choice contest.
Dortmund: Almost all
bullet works

DORTMUND SIZZLES IN MORNING WORKS:  An exciting workout pattern by Dortmund points to a horse that should thrill us when he hits the track for his 2016 debut.  As you may recall, he won eight of 10 races last year, losing only the Kentucky Derby (third) and Preakness (fourth).  But look what he’s done at Santa Anita in the mornings since the end of the year:

Dec. 28 — bullet workout — 5f in :58.6 (1/39)
Jan. 3  — bullet — 7f in 1:25.8 (1/5)
Jan. 16 — bullet — 4f in :47 (1/48)
Jan. 22 — second fastest — 6f in 1:12 (2/22)
Jan. 27 — bullet — 5f in :59.4 (1/34)
Despite all the bullets, the Twitter world is saying his trainer, Bob Baffert, wasn’t that pleased with his latest work and therefore Dortmund will not be entered in a race soon.  His first major race is likely to be the Big ‘Cap at Santa Anita next month.
DID YOU KNOW . . . that Dortmund and Bayern, the winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic, have a name relationship?  They are rival soccer teams in Germany: FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.  The owner of the two horses, Kaleem Shah, is a big soccer fan.
BIG DISCREPANCY BETWEEN EQUIBASE AND BEYER FIGS: I’m an Equibase kind of guy; I favour E speed numbers over Beyer figs.  When a horse has the biggest Beyer but Equibase shows another horse with a higher E number, I play against the majority of players–because most are Beyer believers–and find that’s a winning strategy.  But I’m blown away by the huge difference in last Saturday’s two prep races:  Both Mohaymen, winner of the Holy Bull, and Sunny Ridge, winner of the Withers, were given the identical E speed number: 106.  But Beyer showed a big difference between the horses:  Mohaymen 95, Sunny Ridge 87.  What’s that about?


Bill Drew
Top 10 were
in reach

ASD’s player at the $2.45 million National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas last week, Bill Drew, rues his decision to have become conservative after catching a 25/1 horse and other plays on the second tournament day. “I was very close to the top 60 cut-off point when I made a fatal error. For all races, I had identified a potential long shot and the horse I thought was a safer pick. Once I got close I made the decision to use the safer picks. Turned out each and every one of my long shot horses came in. I would have made the cut and been close to the top 10 entering the final day. It was a bad strategic error.”

But he said he loved the experience and thought highly of the organizers and other players, the winner of whom was someone who had played 11 times previously, never making the cut, but winning top prize of $800,000 this time.  He was Paul Matties of New York.
George Newbury rewarded by VLT hostess Roseanne

A FIRST — GEORGE vs GEORGE IN VLT FINALE:  So who was about to win last Saturday’s month-end Unleash Your Luck VLT championship prize?  Would it be retired electrician George Newbury or retired electrician George Newbury?  Take a stab at the answer.  It turned out that George, the top money-winner among the month’s finalists had to beat the winner of Saturday’s players, too, and that winner was him.  Newbury’s tournament success earned him a total of $340 and the distinction of being the first player to take on himself.

The Downs has given away more than $100,000 in free spins and prize money since Unleash Your Luck began a few years ago.  Get into the draw Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and maybe next time it will be Your Name vs Your Name. Hope you win.
But not forever

“BIG” GROUP DIDN’T SEE LIGHT; NEITHER WILL BACON:  With a race filled with first-time starters (a $30 horse won) and a low-value claiming race where anything can happen (a $47 horse won) and two races taken off the turf, it appeared the pick-5 at Tampa last Saturday would be tough for the “I won big” group to win.  And, indeed, it was.  Nobody, in fact, won the pick-5 and the pick-4 paid $6,200 for $1.  That keeps the group’s bacon reward nestled in the freezer.  But not forever. This Saturday, let’s resolve to disturb the piece.

GIVE YOUR WINGS A SECOND LIFE:   Who doesn’t love chicken soup?  Which

Throw these into a pot

means I see a huge waste when chicken bones aren’t saved to be thrown into a pot and boiled to produce amazing soup.  Which I do all the time (including right now).  Save your chicken bones–throw them into the freezer–then, when you have a moment (that’s all that’s required), dump them into a pot, fill with water about twice as high as the bones, throw in an onion, a few cloves of garlic, a couple carrots and sprinkle in some parsley leaves.  After about 90 minutes of medium heat boiling and adding salt and pepper to taste, you’ll be thankful you read this and will likely make it a habit.

Where are they now?
by Rob MacLennan
Watch for Brown, Schnell, Gourneau horses Saturday
Jared Brown
Live entry on Saturday

TURF PARADISE:  Jared Brown’s 6-year-old mare Lucky to Stay Home ran a game third in a recent race and was claimed for $3,000. Watch for his Two Bucks to Win in an $8,000 claimer Saturday. The tough 8-year-old gelding should fit well in this spot. Speaking of older geldings, Don Schnell’s 11-year-old I Am Awesome ran second last Saturday in the second leg of the dirt marathon series. Schnell also had two winning 4-year-olds: Calex ($6.40) and Hidden Gun ($5.00). This Saturday, his Budlitelarry is an 8/5 morning line favourite in the second race.

SAM HOUSTON:  You may recognize ASD horses among those being raced by Jerry GourneauWitt Six was scratched out of the John B. Connelly Turf Cup, conditioned 4-year-old Sierra Delta won and returned a healthy $14.40, 5-year-old Sconnie Nation who had tried tough horses at ASD finished second in a claimer.  Tomorrow, watch for 6-year-old mare FP Silent Eyes in the second race. Then next Tuesday look for early speed from 4-year-old filly Witt’s Twilight in the sixth.
OAKLAWN PARK:  Trainer Murray Duncan’s four recent starters including Wild n’ Crazy faced tough fields and finished out of the money. The 5-year-old Cowboy Ed, making his first start since the Island Fling Stakes at the Downs in June, was favoured in a $7,500 claimer but finished 8th.  He was claimed by Karl Broberg. Watch for Duncan horses to start heading back to ASD in the coming weeks.
WHO’S GONNA WIN THE BIG STAKES?  This is the busiest Saturday of February on the stakes front so tune in as horses gear up for their 2016 campaign. The converted turf miler Mshawish and the Travers Stakes winner Keen Ice should top the storied Donn Handicap at Gulfstream while Hoppertunity looks like the class of the San Antonio Handicap at Santa Anita.
Other big races: Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap features The Pizza ManSongbird should gallop at 1/5 in the Las Virgenes at Santa Anita and Mor Spirit will be heavily favoured in the Robert B. Lewis Derby prep at Santa Anita.
with Marshall Posner

Q. Help!  I’ve been outside of Canada for more than two weeks and can’t place a bet. What’s happening?

A. The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency has regulations that permit online wagering for only two weeks when you travel outside of Canada.  To conform to these regulations, HPIBet uses geo-tracking (GPS tracking on your Smartphone and tracking your network IP address on your laptop) to determine your exact location. As a result, there’s no way to get around these regulations.
NEW FEATURE:  HPI has recently added a FEEDBACK button at the top of the HPI betting screen, next to the PROMOTIONS tab (view image here). New functions are being planned so if you wish to add your two cents, send them a quick message using this new feature.
Got a question for Marshall? Email theinsider@ASDowns.com
Review previous questions and answers here.

HISTORY ON THE HOOF: The best of Bob

Did you know . . .   that on July 14, 1982 the Downs went dark, closing its doors mid-season and would not reopen until July 23, 1982.  A funding feud between the Government and Downs’ owner Michael Gobuty cancelled–amongst other things–the dinner plans of a princess.  Read “Ponies, politicians and a princess, the day the Downs went dark” here.

Who dat?
Yup, that’s Winnipeg Jets’ Dustin “Buff” Byfuglien with a walleye he caught ice-fishing at the mouth of the Red River at Lake Winnipeg during the NHL break.  He’s pictured with helicopter pilot Derek Longley, co-founder of Prairie Helicopters and friend of passionate ASD horseplayer Dave Boehmer.  Longley also runs Hudson Bay helicopters in Churchill for polar bear and whale watching.  Much thanks to Dave and the photographer, co-pilot Justin Seniuk, for these great shots!

DRF – Hovdey: Cal Cup winners off to bigger and better

LA Times – Schilken – Duke drops out of AP Top 25 basketball rankings for the first time since 2007

NY Times – Swarns, Eveleigh and Cave –  Unpublished Black History

NY Times – Hauser – Sacramento Kings Pull ‘Year of the Monkey’ Shirts From Seats

If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man, he would have made me so in the first place.
Sitting Bull

“I don’t even want to touch on the topic of ‘black quarterback’ because I think this game is bigger than black, white or even green,” the fifth-year Panther said. “I think we limit ourselves when we just label ourselves just black this, that … I want to bring awareness because of that. But yeah, I don’t think I should be labelled just a black quarterback. It’s bigger things in this sport that need to be accomplished.”

The Globe And Mail – Wilner – Panthers’ Cam Newton wants black quarterback discussion ended for good


Garden & Gun – Reed – The High & The Low: Say What?

NY Times – Rider Is Found Using Motor

National Post – Petrequin – Bicycle manufacturer says it will sue Belgian cyclist who used concealed motor at world championships

Space Captain

NY Times – Corbett – Is a Cow a ‘Who’ or a ‘Which?’ Our Standards Editor Weighs In

National Post – Brean – Are pharmacies retailers or medics? B.C.’s top court kills loyalty rewards program for prescription drugs

NY Times – Liptak – It’s Been 10 Years. Would Clarence Thomas Like to Add Anything?

96 Tears

National Post – Christie Blatchford: ‘Forgotten’ emails put witness’s memory on trial too in Ghomeshi case

Phil’s Drink and a duster double Pheature:

Blazing Saddle

Blazing Saddles

Who Do You Love


Billy The Kid

Pat Garret & Billy The Kid

Knockin on Heaven’s Door

NY Times – Bissell – Everything About Everything: David Foster Wallace’s ‘Infinite Jest’ at 20

Garden and Gun – Edge – Fork in the Road: A Taste of Africa

LA Times – Decker – A dramatically reshaped presidential race drives into New Hampshire

NY Times – Martin – Ted Cruz Wins Republican Caucuses in Iowa

National Post – Iowa caucuses: Ted Cruz sweeps to victory for GOP as Clinton ekes out narrow win for Democrats

Garden & Gun – What’s in Season: Green Garlic

NY Times – Branch – N.F.L. Great Ken Stabler Had Brain Disease C.T.E.

National Post – Stinson – Johnny Manziel’s time with Cleveland Browns the story of a kid who just wasn’t ready for job requirements of a pro athlete

LA Times – Pugmire – Freddie Roach says Ronda Rousey should steer clear of Holly Holm



Who Do You Love

Here Comes The Rain Again

Phil M Stockmen

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