Feb 072016

If you build it, some might come.


If you build it and promote, it more will come.

If you build it and promote it and give those who come superior customer service and value, they will come back.

Rebellion Lies

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – A Jim Donn-dy of a Weekend

Bloodhorse – Novak – Mshawish Dazzles in Donn Handicap

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Donn winner Mshawish deserving of long look in Dubai World Cup

DRF – Welsch – Mshawish proves as adept on dirt as turf by winning Donn

Wishing on Another Lucky Star

2004 – Donn Handicap

National Post – Kryk – Carolina Panthers keep making Frenchie, their French-Canadian teammate, sing O Canada for them

O Canada

Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
Honore de Balzac


This one’s for the Undertaker when he sees that Gulfstream Park ran the Donn Handicap on Saturday February 6, 2016 and holybull.ca didn’t unexpectedly pull up on the day that the 2016 Donn Handicap ran as today’s Sunday, February 7, 2016 and Phil’s still posting.

Fool on the Hill

Phil’s Vignette of Canadian History:

O Canada

O Canada

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


ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – Football, horse racing have pedigrees in common

The Four Horsemen

One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.
Knute Rockne

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


Garden and Gun – Price – A Southern Super Bowl Challenge

Southern Living – Best Party Appetizer Recipes

Garden and Gun – Portman – Frito Pie, Alabama-Style

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

When you were riding on the crest of a wave, youwere most likely to be missing out on something.
Knute Rockne

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

Most men, when they think they are thinking, are merely rearranging their prejudices.
Knute Rockne

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

Nothin’ ’bout Nothin’


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pick 6    $19,292.00
Fair Grounds
Pick 5 Jackpot    $2,143.00
Golden Gate Fields
Pick 6 Jackpot    $3,322.00
Gulfstream Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $590,981.00
Hialeah Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $88,429.00
Laurel Park
Pick 6 Jackpot    $1,464.00
Oaklawn Park
Classix    $2,607.00
Santa Anita Park
Super High Five     $25,742.00
Tampa Bay Downs
Pick 5    $15,142.00
Super High Five     $2,091.00

Saturday, February 8, 2016

Sam Houston Race Park
Super High Five     $1,552.00
Turf Paradise
Pick 6    $963.00

Guaranteed Pools

Equibase Carryovers and Guaranteed Pools

DRF – Hersh – Pancake by a nose in Broussard Stakes

Upcoming Stake Races

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

After Moon left college in 1978, a Rose Bowl champion and Pacific-8 player of the year, he headed not to stardom in the N.F.L. but to Edmonton, on the cold western prairies of Canada. His northern-lights exile would stretch six years.


He is black. And he wanted to play quarterback. And for most great black athletes in the 1970s and ’80s, that was an N.F.L. impossibility.

NY Times – Powell – Warren Moon, Who Helped Clear Way for Black Quarterbacks, Recalls His Struggles

Bloodhorse – Rome’s Address on Ownership Proves Popular

Rome’s Address

DRF – Simon: Some rating holes make Experimental come up light

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

 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
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

Louisville Courier – Journal – Lintner – No Ky. Derby fever yet for Sunny Ridge’s owner

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

Spirits in the Material World

Lady and the Track – Hammer – West Coast’s Top Kentucky Derby Hopeful Mor Spirit Wins Robert B. Lewis

TDN – ‘Mor’ Bob Lewis Dominance for Baffert

Bloodhorse – Novak – Mor Spirit Secures Robert B. Lewis Score

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Mor Spirit too good for Lewis rivals, moves to second on Kentucky Derby leaderboard

Phil can hear the detractors warming their engines. Mor Spirit will never get the classic distance cause his broodmare sire is Dixie Union and Dixie Union’s progeny AWD shouts sprint. Before you pounce onto that bandwagon check the AWD of American Pharoah’s broodmare sire and remember that Dixie Union’s stud career was cut short.

DIXIE UNION (1997), Black type winner, $1,233,190. Sire of 10 crops. 797 foals, 662 starters, 48 black type winners, 479 winners, $42,413,647, including Union Rags ($1,798,800, Belmont S. [G1], etc.), Overanalyze ($1,046,381, Arkansas Derby [G1], etc.), Dixie Chatter ($464,606, Norfolk Breeders’ Cup S. [G1], etc.), Hot Dixie Chick ($343,252, Spinaway S. [G1], etc.), Gone Astray ($1,125,162, Ohio Derby [G2], etc.), Nothing But Fun ($455,500, Cotillion Handicap [G2], etc.), Justwhistledixie ($449,427, Bonnie Miss S. [G2], etc.).

Dixie Union

Bloodhorse – Dixie Union Euthanized

Mor Spirit’s Sire Eskendereya’s half bother


will be standing the 2016 season in Alberta. Balmont

  By Stravinsky-A world leader for individual winners. 100 million in progeny earnings worldwide
Aldebaran 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


Spirit in the Sky 

Bloodhorse – Bullet Work for Lecomte Runner-Up Tom’s Ready

TwinSpires Blog – Tom’s Ready, Mo Tom work five furlongs for TwinSpires.com Risen Star

DRF – Grening – Governor Malibu prevails in Gander Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Synchrony, Bird of Trey put in final major Southwest moves

Bloodhorse – Nyquist Speedy in Final Work for San Vicente

2016 Road to the Kentucky Oaks

Race    Track    Date      Points
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

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Songbird Continues Down Oaks Trail After Impressive Las Virgenes Win

LA Times – Sondheimer – Songbird looks like a special filly in Las Virgenes romp

Bloodhorse – Balan – Songbird Untouchable in Las Virgenes

DRF – Watchmaker: Songbird reaffirms she’s a special filly

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Songbird remains unbeatable in Las Virgenes romp

DRF – Crist: For now, time is on Songbird’s side

Eight Miles High

Bloodhorse – Marquee Miss Edges Nickname at Oaklawn

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Marquee Miss nips Nickname in Martha Washington

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

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Is Regulation Itself Thwarting Uniformity?

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
Honore de Balzac

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Medication Guidelines Bring Call for Research

DRF – Russo – Kentucky’s new stallions a top-notch group

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.

Bloodhorse – Balan – Kobe’s Back Finds Just Enough in Palos Verdes

Bloodhorse – Balan – ‘Kobe’, ‘Salutos’ Meet in Palos Verdes


Bloodhorse – Hoppertunity Edges Imperative in San Antonio


Bloodhorse – Lukes Alley Takes Gulfstream Park Turf

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly –  Lukes Alley bowls over Pizza in Gulfstream Park Turf


Bloodhorse – Lady Shipman Aces Season Debut

2015 Sovereign Award Finalists

Bloodhorse – Kentucky-Bred Champion Nominees Announced

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

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Flamboyant Keeps Rolling in San Marcos

Edmonton Journal – Life and Times: Edmonton car dealer Ben Kolbuc had a need for speed

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.

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale Preview

Fancy Annie – 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.

Fancy Annie is a 3 year old Ontario Bred and Sired filly by Bold N Flashy out of the Artax mare Art of Desire. Fancy Annie is eligible for the highly lucrative bonus program in Ontario. The Ontario bred and sired program provides a bonus on purse money for Ontario Sired and Bred horses that can reach as high as 60%.

The ultimate goal for 2016 is to run in the $500,000 Canadian Oaks at Woodbine in June, the $75,000 Canadian Oaks in Northlands Park in August, the $100,000 BC Oaks in Hastings Park in September and the $100,000 Grade III Ballerina at Hastings Park in October. Fancy Annie is eligible for every major stake race for  3 year and up horses in Canada except races restricted to colts and geldings and provincial bred horses in BC, Manitoba and Alberta.

The secondary goal is to build interest in thoroughbred racing, introduce new fans and owners to the game and have some fun.

If you require any other information please contact us at cjracingstable@live.ca
Thank you for your time and your interest.

Enjoy a winning day at the track.

Bloodhorse – Pedigree Analysis: Rock Sand


Omega Code


TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – The Dispatch Box: Charming Kitten to join Weld for tilts at Royal Ascot, Melbourne Cup


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

Racing Post – Jennings – Drug cheats set for lifetime bans in Ireland

Giving horseplayers a voice.

Horseplayers Association of North America January February 2016 Issue

Sunday Morning Herald – Cole – Goulburn horse trainer convicted of fraud over a horse that never existed


  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

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Decoupling Surfaces in Florida Legislature

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – New Motion Filed in Illinois HBPA Suit

Racing Post – National Stud closed to public due to virus

Bloodhorse – Balan – 49 Horses Confirmed With EHV in New Mexico

On January 28, 2016 Phil M Stockmen sent the following e-mail to Rick LeLacheur, the Chair of Horse Racing Alberta and to Shirley McClellan the CEO of Horse Racing Alberta:

Are either of you aware that there are a number of cases of Equine Herpesvirus in the southern USA.

Oaklawn Bans Horses From New Mexico, Arizona


What is Horse Racing Alberta going to do to protect the Alberta horse population when horses start to ship back to Alberta from Arizona

On Friday February 5, 2016 6:37 AM Phil M Stockmen sent the following e-mail to Rick leLacheur, the Chair of Horse Racing Alberta and to Shirley McClellan the CEO of Horse Racing Alberta:

On January 28th I sent an e-mail requesting information on Horse Racing Alberta’s plans for protecting the Alberta thoroughbred population from Equine Herpesvirus.

To date, as usual, I have not received a response to a legitimate concern from either of you.

The problem is getting worse as recently reported in Bloodhorse.


If you will not respond to questions about legitimate concerns for horse safety please resign and let someone more concerned take over.

On Friday February 5, 2016 15:00 the following was posted on the Horse Racing Alberta website.

Equine Herpes Virus – 1 (EHV-1) Neurological Disease


Cases of the EHV-1 Neurological Disease have been confirmed in the USA

Currently Turf Paradise is under quarantine to address the issue. Northlands Park and Rocky Mountain Turf Club have implemented restrictions on horses coming to Alberta from USA racetracks and training centres.

These horses must have:

  • a veterinary certificate stating that they were examined by a veterinarian
  • that the horse is healthy with a normal temperature
  • that the horse has not been in contact with any sick or potentially herpes positive or suspicious horses within the previous 21 days
  • the horse has been vaccinated with a flu-rhino vaccine within the last 6 weeks.

This examination must be done within 72 hours of departure for Northlands Park or Rocky Mountain Turf Club. These horses will be examined by a veterinarian before entry to Northlands Park or Rocky Mountain Turf Club.

The Alberta horse racing industry is reminded that all horses must show a certificate of a clean bill of health and that there are horse entry protocols in place at all Alberta Racetracks.

The Alberta Horse Racing and Breeding Industry will be monitoring this issue on a daily basis in best interest of our equine athletes.

Phil has a question:

Do you think that Horse Racing Alberta would have done anything to protect the thoroughbred race horses in this province from the EHV-1 virus if Phil hadn’t sent 2 e-mails to Rick LeLacheur, the Chair of Horse Racing Alberta and to Shirley McClellan the CEO of Horse Racing Alberta that were cc’d to the Minister of Finance.

A veterinary certificate may clear the horses, but what is being done to ensure that the trailers and all the equipment that may have been exposed to the virus will not be bringing the virus into this province.


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – Bookmakers are a bad bet for the future of British racing

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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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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.

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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!

Bloodhorse – Balan – Tammy the Torpedo Speeds to Suwannee Score

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Krikorian Buys Blood-Horse Building

The Telegraph – Barnett – Ordering British people to ‘think of cancer’ when they drink is utterly senseless

National Post – Washington Post – Kaplan – ‘Surprise!’ Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed

Wake Up

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
Abraham Lincoln

Southern Living – Daily South – Wilt – Look Out, Broncos Fans – Carolina’s Got Some Lucky Wings

NY Times – Flames’ Dennis Wideman Receives 20-Game Ban for Hitting Official

The Glove and Mail – Radwanski – Trudeau needs to bring hope back to Canada’s rust belt

The Globe and Mail – Mason – Justin Trudeau is dealing with a loaves and fish problem

Phil has a question:

When all that Justin Trudeau has left to offer Alberta is $.7 billion what happened to the billions of dollars that the Calgary wannabe cowboy shipped east to buy votes.

When will Albertans stop blaming Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley for the economic problems in Alberta and place the responsibility where it belongs: the shoulders of Stephen Harper and the myriad Alberta PC premiers who hamstrung their successors by leaving the cupboard barer than Mother Hubbard’s.

Huffington Post – Sieczkowski – Playboy’s First Non-Nude Issue Is Here And It’s Totally SFW

The Globe and Mail – Babad – Ontario’s new ‘prosperity’ vs. Alberta’s anguish: The disparity in 6 charts

Don’t Let me be Misunderstood

LA Times – Decker – Rubio stumbles with help from Republican governors who have nothing to lose

NY Times – Barbaro – Once Impervious, Marco Rubio Is Diminished by a Caustic Chris Christie

LA Times – Decker – Donald Trump: No problem with waterboarding or ‘worse than that’

Phil has a question:

How many more non-white voters did Trump lose with his Police are “absolutely mistreated and misunderstood” comment.

Politics hates a vacuum. If it isn’t filled with hope, someone will fill it with fear.

Naomi Klein

Don’t Stand So Close to Me

History Now – Foner – Lincoln’s Interpretation of the Civil War

Phil has a suggestion:

700 word maximum for each candidate during the entire debate.

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.
Abraham Lincoln

The Bitter Southerner – Cash – Dangerous Waters



The Globe and Mail – Hansen – Why some elite companies cheat to stay ahead

What A Fool Believes

NY Times – Segal -Playboy Puts On (Some) Clothes for Newly Redesigned Issue

Won’t Get Fooled Again

NY Times – Branch – Ken Stabler, a Magnetic N.F.L. Star, Was Sapped of Spirit by a Disease of the Brain

NY Times – Belson – Youth Tackle Program Is Being Eliminated in a Football Hotbed

The Globe and Mail – Gordon – Quebec court’s $8-million ruling challenges assumption of violence on ice



On Our Way Home

Fool in The Rain

Phil M Stockmen

  2 Responses to “Lies Need The Dark – PE”

  1. Where is the 2016 Northlands Stakes Schedule? Stall apps are due before the schedule is released, this makes zero sense.


    NORTHLANDS posts the 55 day schedule ending Sept 27/2016. Will demolition starting in September 2016 or 2017?

    Stall applications are due Friday February 2016 and thoroughbred owners owners will asked to shell out 10k to 17k per horses for a shortened race season.

    NORTHLANDS PARK WEBSITE under racing/thoroughbred/2016 race dates will lead to your fate, as it is buried just like the future of horse racing in ALBERTA!

    OILERS invite all former players to REXALL PLACE farewell ceremony on April 6/2106 will the race industry be planning a final farewell for NORTHLANDS PARK, on DERBY DAY Aug 20 or the final race call on Aug 27 for the racing community!

    WESTERN FAIR has record January with 36% increase to $7 million wagered on 17 dates or more than the entire ALBERTA harness total for 2016/ with attractive wagering product and optimal distribution while CENTURY DOWNS hopes for 100k daily. GOOD LUCK with only 40 horses that got tighteners!!!

    OLG JOB #2016-13850 for DIRECTOR HORSE RACING TRANSFORMATION Dod any Alberta racing executives meet the criteria for this position based on the present state of affairs/DOUBTFUL!!

    ONTARIO HORSE RACING takes over transformation of horse racing and gaming April 1/2016 with more accountability and informal 1-1 meetings for standardbreds next week, will the NDP/AGLC/ARC be holding information sessions for the future of horse industry or will APRIL FOOL’S DAY be a reality check with the termination of the racino funding formula!!

    WESTERN FAIR due to a tight horse supply will be carding 10 races per program from present 11 /12 for rest of February we won’t be having that problem in ALBERTA as horse population shrinks like funding!

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