Feb 242016

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Negli Archivi – Quattro

sabato 5 marzo

Brooklyn Backstretch – Forbes – Genaro – Familiar Faces, Human And Equine, Head To The Caribbean For The Barbados Gold Cup


NY Times – Pedulla – Derby-Caliber Gelding Has Connections Dreaming of the Preakness Instead

Brooklyn Backstretch – Brian’s Derby Preps 2016: The Gotham

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – 123BET.com WEEKEND STAKES PREVIEW

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Gulfstream Park Picks Saturday, March 5, 2016

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law and Sean Clancy –  Saturday Special – March 5

Lady and the Track – Pugh – Speed Figures Indicate Cathryn Sophia Is Superior To Songbird

Blowe has brought a high level of enthusiasm and experience to the FELRC in terms of providing a unique and effective schedule of events that cater to both the local community and the targeted audiences in the geographic areas identified by our marketing consultants. The successes of the Tiki Bar concerts, the introduction of the Circle the Course promotion for Cancer Research and the local Food Bank, the Sunday Farmers Markets, Breakfast Clubs, Show Parlay Contests and the festivities surrounding the annual Puss n Boots stakes race are just a few of her initiatives that have made Fort Erie Race Track a customer friendly and unique entertainment venue to attend.

Horse Canada – FELRC – Elissa Blowe to be Manager of Horse Racing Marketing at OLG

LA Times – Cherwa – Unbeaten Songbird is pointed for Kentucky, but not the Kentucky Derby

venerdi 4 marzo

The Globe and Mail – Kevin O’Leary – You have to do something, Ms. Notley – here’s a four-point plan for Alberta

With all due deference to Kevin O’Leary Sal’s got:

1) A: Start cleaning out the taxpayer dollar wasting Tory cronies out of their patronage positions.

Good place to start is Horse Racing Alberta by cleaning out Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur.

Doing nothing is sanctioning these peoples’ lack of performance.

ESPN – DRF – Crist – Sunny Ridge could be looking past Kentucky Derby

Horse Racing Insider – Jicha – The only breaks Florida racing gets are bad ones

TDN – Unbeaten Filly Could be Derby Bound

TDN – Martini – Top End Drives Fasig Florida Market

TDN – Congrats’s Polar River Wins Again At Meydan

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Polar River rolls in UAE Oaks; Kentucky bound?

Bloodhorse -The Dirt on Dubai – by Evan Hammonds

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Horse Who Changed Everything: Chuck Lawrence & Lil Fritz

Bloodhorse – Hangin with Haskin – Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Racing Post – Stevens – Ballymacoll Stud to be sold in next two years

TDN – British Government confirms Levy replacement scheme for April 2017

The Guardian – Wood – Funding revolution will bring racing into the 21st century at last

The problem for senior figures like Graham is in the mirror. They are the very people Trump supporters want to drive from Washington. Their legacy of failure is the reason voters feel they could do no worse with Trump – who the New York Times called a “shady, bombastic liar” – than with the more conventional alternatives. Every time Graham or another veteran Washingtonian pipes up with another denunciation of Trump, the more determined Trump’s forces become to clean house. They’re not concerned about what happens after they burn down Washington, they just want to burn it down and worry about the rest later.

National Post – Kelly McParland: Republicans have only themselves to blame for Trump

Bloodhorse – Balan – O’Neill Moves Up Nyquist’s Workout

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Top Derby hopefuls nominated to Blue Grass

Keeneland – 2016 Blue Grass Nominations

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Awesome Banner to get another 2-turn start

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Will Sunny Ridge Be Overshadowed in the Gotham?

Bloodhorse – That Handicapping Show: Gotham Stakes

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ward – Romans: Keen Ice ‘where we want him’ for big Meydan test tomorrow

NY Times – Bruni – Five Big Questions After a Vulgar Republican Debate

Coolmore – Catching up with American Pharoah

NY Times – AP – South Africa: Oscar Pistorius’s Appeal of Conviction Is Rejected

This is Horse Racing – Here & There – March 3

giovedi 3 marzo

The more Sal watches the Republican nomination process in the US the more it becomes apparent that bombastic bullshit baffles brains.

Bloodhorse – Angst – New Shooters Await Sunny Ridge in Gotham

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Shagaf set to go two turns

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Shagaf tests his record in Derby trail’s Gotham

DRF – Derby Watch 

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – The day Hialeah served chicken with its Flamingo

NY Times – Zernike – Testing for Joy and Grit? Schools Nationwide Push to Measure Students’ Emotional Skills

Quiz: How Much Grit Do You Have?

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Songbird Flies Into Santa Ysabel

Bloodhorse – Balan – Familiar Rivals Try Songbird in Santa Ysabel

This is Horse Racing – Tim Keefe – Guest Column: Gretchen’s way


Five Thirty Eight – Silver – Can Republicans Still Take The Nomination Away From Trump?

LA Times – Mehta – Republican donors’ anti-Trump efforts ramp up, with an eye toward Florida

LA Times – Editorial Board – Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States

National Post – Andrew Coyne: GOP war against Donald Trump not about ideology or personality — it’s existential

Sal says bombastic bullshit baffles brains.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Virginia Training Center Under Quarantine

The Guardian – Wood – Paddy Power case highlights scourge of fixed-odds betting terminals

This is Horse Racing – Kimmitt – A.J. proves to be plenty awesome

Garden and Gun – Portman – Eat Like a Local in Texas

mercoledi 2 marzo


The HBPA of Alberta is pleased to announce that Northlands will accommodate an earlier start for spring training at their Facility this year.

Horses can move into Northlands Park on Friday March 4 with the track being open for training on Sunday March 6, 2016. As usual these dates are predicated on weather permitting.

As has been the case in the past, the Long Barn will be available at a later date with the opening scheduled for April 1, 2016.

With the Thoroughbred meet commencing on May 6, we encourage members to take advantage of this earlier start to spring training so that we have as many horses as possible ready to race at the start of the race meet.

Any questions with respect to this matter can be directed to Mat Monaco @ 403-650-6448.

February 11, 2016

Northlands Park – 2016 Stall Assignments

Sal was listening to a couple of the buffones on the Canadian sports channels during the NHL Trade Deadline fizzle. Sal was wondering if any of them go out for a bottle of Chianti after speaking about Chiarelli all day.

Sal was wondering if Century Downs will dump the jiggie track builders and hire Horsemens Track and Equipment Inc. to design the required upgrades to their track to accommodate thoroughbred racing.

National Post – Driving – McAleer – New vs. Old: 2016 Fiat 500 1957 Edition looks back to yesterday

The Owner’s View on OwnerView

Any thoroughbred horsemen with a couple of spare minutes should head over to the Public Open Houses and let Tim Reid know what they think of Edmonton Northlands Plans.

Public open houses are being held Mar. 5 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., Mar. 6 from 2-4 p.m., and Mar. 7 from 9-11 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Northlands CEO Tim Reid will be making presentations and other Northlands staff will be available for questions.

Edmonton Sun – Lassarino – Northlands polling Edmonton public for feedback on vision 2020

Bloodhorse – Angst – Payson Under Quarantine After EHV-1 Positive

Curtis Stock is a 2015 Sovereign Awards Finalist in the Writing Category: for Curtis Stock  – A Love of Horses – Published Edmonton Journal.

Wall Street Journal – AP – Trump Taj Mahal Casino Out of Bankruptcy, Into Carl Icahn’s Hands

CBS Philly – Madden – Ichan Wins Court Fight Over Benefit Cut To Trump Taj Mahal Union Workers

NJ.com – Darragh – Bankrupt Trump Taj Mahal can dump union contract, court says

Sal was wondering if Canada and Mexico have enough in their kitty to bail out the US when Trump leads it into bankruptcy.

Sal was wondering if this means that Carl Ichan will replace Miley Cyrus as the vice-presidential candidate on Trump’s card.

NY Times – Burns and Martin – Donald Trump Overwhelms G.O.P. Rivals From Alabama to Massachusetts

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Michael Dickinson 2.0

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – March 1, 2016 – Presented by Shadwell Farm

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

TwinSpires Blog – Songbird heads 112 Kentucky Oaks nominees

National Post – Thompson – ‘Bye. Bye. Heinz’: French’s ketchup sells out after online post praising it and its Ontario-grown tomatoes

“I’ll ask myself after the season if Louisville is a better place with Rick Pitino as coach, and if the answer is yes, I’ll do what I’ve done for 15 years and come back and fight for a championship, and that’s what I plan on doing. But if the time comes that I feel Louisville is better off without me, I’m without ego now.”

Rick Pitino

ESPN – O’Connor – Are these the final days of Rick Pitino at Louisville?

Both Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur should have the class of Rick Pitino and ask themselves a similar question.

Is Horse Racing Alberta a better place with Shirley McClellan as CEO

Is Horse Racing Alberta a better place with Rick LeLacheur as Chair

And both Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur need to put their falsely inflated egos aside and leave.

Basta, Basta

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Kirshenbaum – TV racing in America is changing – and it’s for the bettor

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Grimes – The Winter Blues: Taking A Look At National Hunt Racing

Racing Post – MacDonald – Yearling brother to Pharoah in private sale

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Florida Gaming, Decoupling Push Stalls

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Florida Panel OKs Decoupling, Gaming Bill

NY Times – Sisario – Bob Dylan’s Secret Archive

NY Times – Coscarelli – Songwriters Hall of Fame to Honor Marvin Gaye, Elvis Costello and Tom Petty

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Lady Eli Records First Breeze at Palm Meadows

Horse Race Insider – Berner – Help for Gulfstream-to-New York Turf Bettors

Thoroughbred racing Commentary – Gilmore – International turf superstar Flintshire to be trained in the U.S.

FiveThirtyEight – Hickey – FiveThirtyEight Watches The Oscars

LA Times – Blake – How’d Chris Rock do? Critics (mostly) liked his Oscars performance

The Globe and Mail – Houpt – The highs, the lows and the head scratchers at this year’s Oscars

LA Times – Wood – How Lady Gaga won the Oscars without taking home a trophy

LA Times – Cherwa – Winning consistently is part of the routine for jockey Rafael Bejarano

This is Horse Racing – Sean Clancy & Tom Law – Alvarado, Sellitto cherish opportunity with Mohaymen

Bloodhorse – Pedulla – Gotham No Sure Derby Path for Sunny Ridge

This one’s for Phil for the Gotham.

Face to Face

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Keen Ice entered vs Mubtaahij, Watershed on Dubai’s Super Saturday

Bloodhorse – Undefeated Off the Tracks Now With Pletcher

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Stallion In Summation Quietly Doing a Great Job in Florida

Louisville Courier-Journal – Inside Her Scene Derby shoot at Aloft Hotel

Bloodhorse – Precious – NY Regulators Ban Use of Anabolic Steroid

Racing Post – Burn – Moore roadshow rolls on to Super Saturday

NY Times – Rohan – Hogs, Horses and Automobiles: Cespedes Keeps Rolling Along

martedi 1 marzo

31 days including today left in the current slot revenue sharing agreement between Horse Racing Alberta and the Alberta Government.

Canadian Thoroughbred – Alex Campbell – Uncertainty Hanging Over Northlands Park

Campbell’s article was researched and published before:

Edmonton Journal – Dan Barnes: City-supported Rexall Place renovation could break arena deal

Edmonton Sun – Hicks on Biz: Northlands: An existential crisis

Paulick Report – Northlands Park To Close Following 2016 Season

Edmonton Journal – Paula Simons: Northlands proposal is a fantasy, not a plan for Edmonton

Edmonton Journal – Gary Lamphier: Northlands unveils bold redevelopment plan

Global News Edmonton – Ramsay – New $165M vision for Northlands includes 7-sheet ice facility, outdoor concert space

CBC – Osman – Northlands hopes to reinvent itself with $165M in renovations

Edmonton Sun – Kent – Northlands unveils long-term strategic plan as new arena rises in downtown Edmonton

Edmonton Journal – Dan Barnes: Northlands isn’t horsing around anymore; Vision 2020 plan is about evolution

Edmonton Sun – Jones – Northlands finally putting needs of the community before protecting its own interests

Sal implores you to get as many of your right thinking paesans to let Northlands Park know how stupid their plans are.

Remember it’s a toonie in the jar for each profanity uttered, written or thought about.

Sal dropped in a Ben Franklin before he started the survey.


Remember when you were in College and saved all your studying cramming for the night early Morning before Finals. That’s the type of behaviour you’d expect from a pimple faced College kid, not from the CEO of an organization who’s making a quarter of a million a year.

The Alberta Legislature opens martedi 8 marzo. How much time will the Alberta government have to discuss the renewing of the current slot revenue sharing agreement when the Legislature is in session.

Sal hopes it’s not: Beware the ides of March. Et Tu Brute.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Porter – Could this be the start of a new wave of star stallions?

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – The Best Men’s College Basketball Teams Just Aren’t Very Good This Year

NY Times – Burns, Haberman and Martin – Inside the Republican Party’s Desperate Mission to Stop Donald Trump

National Post – Jen Gerson: America approaches a day of reckoning with Trump demagoguery

If the Republicans want to stop Donald Trump from getting their party’s nomination for President they should heed the advice of Al From Chicago: Vote early and Vote often.

National Post – Ahsan – ‘Donald Trump is America’s back mole’: John Oliver tears the presidential candidate’s image apart, piece by piece

John Oliver – Donald Drumpf

The Globe and Mail – Beck – Is grass-fed beef more nutritious than regular beef?

lunedi 29 febbraio

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – F-T March Bellwether for Juvenile Sales

RacingPost – Baxter – Egan banned from work-riding in California

NY Times – Heffernan – Meet Is Murder

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Pharoah the Gift That Keeps Giving

NY Times -The Governing Cancer of Our Time

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – As with Pharoah, Mohaymen a sound-minded star

Horse Race Insider – Mohaymen Tops Undefeated Triad in HRI Kentucky Derby Power 10 Poll, Week I

Louisville Courier-Journal – DerbyHQ Top 20 Poll

Louisville Courier-Journal – DerbyHQ Top 20 Poll Ballots

Bloodhorse – Balan – ‘Laid-Back’ Mor Spirit Aggressive in Workout

Bloodhorse – Balan – Songbird Logs Breeze at Santa Anita

TwinSpires Blog – Mor Spirit, Songbird ready for next starts with Santa Anita moves

TwinSpires Blog – Gotham hopefuls out in force over the weekend

TwinSpires Blog – Black Ops looking to join Rebel picture with strong performance Friday

Bloodhorse – Balan – Malibu Sunset Aces West Coast Debut

NY Times – Sandomir – Back on the Auction Block, a 19th-Century Document Essential to Baseball’s Rules

The Globe and Mail – Hertz – Chris Rock’s opening monologue might be the sharpest in Oscars history

domenica 28 febbraio

Sal was leafing through some of Phil’s old posts for some salient smashing story ideas and come upon a revelation of how the Board at Horse Racing Alberta is made up. A representative from each of the “A” tracks, a representative from the “B” tracks, 2 representatives from ASHA (the jiggies), 1 representative from Alberta CTHS (the thoroughbred breeders), 1 representative from Alberta HBPA (the thoroughbred racers) and a few other appointees some with and some senza votes.

Sal got on the blower with a few of the guys from his old neighbourhood wise or otherwise. When they could finally utter a word through their guffaws about the foolishness of setting up a Board where the briccones get a vote they started to wonder how they could get on the Police Commission and the IRS.

Sal was thinking that no politician would ever set up an agency so teeming with conflicts and ripe for bullying and manipulation that it could act as a golden parachute pension plan for some sly opportunist.

Or would they.

Italian Tribune – Ten Things You Never Knew About Dante

Bloodhorse – Angst – RMTC Board Changes Three Drug Thresholds

Stuff – Searle -Racing great Lance O’Sullivan and co-trainer Andrew Scott charged with first NZ cobalt offences

Metro News – Broom Boom

When Sal saw the headline on one of the local free rags he assumed that Rachel Notley was finally getting around to sweeping the deadwood Tories out of their patronage positions, but upon closer examination Sal became concerned about who was wielding the brooms.

Northlands Park – 2016 Stall Assignments

Appears to Sal that fratello Robertino has seen the iceberg off the starboard bow as he has no stalls at Northlands Park for 2016.

Did Sal or Phil’s e-mail address receive an e-mail from Northlands Park Racing Secretary Jason Teague about the 2016 Stall Assignments being posted.


Did Sal or Phil’s e-mail address receive an e-mail from any other employee or manager from Northlands Park about the 2016 Stall Assignments being posted.


Sal was leafing through Phil’s e-mail’s yesterday and the criticism of the Northlands Park racing secretary Jason Teague is well deserved.

Racing in Alberta has gone downhill since Stampede Park lost their days. Northlands is a joke right down from Management to their inept racing secretary to their horrible race caller. I used to own horses there a decade ago and I will not be back.

Paulick Report – Canada: Horse Racing Facing Uncertain Future In Alberta

Nary an e-mail to Phil or Phil’s comment e-mail from Jason Teague.

Does Jason Teague think that the communication process works by osmosis. Because he knows something it will transfer to everyone else.

Yes today’s social media works wonders in spreading the message out rapidly, but even social media needs the seeds.

Perhaps Northlands CEO Tim Reid wouldn’t be calling the horse racing industry declining if Northlands Park employees were doing their jobs of getting the information out to the people and giving the customers decent service.

Sal noticed that Phil or Phil’s comment e-mail receives nothing from the Undertaker about upcoming horse racing events and promotions in the province of Alberta.

Sal was wondering what the Undertaker does.

Sal noticed that Phil or Phil’s comment e-mail receives only intermittent information from the Northlands Park about upcoming horse racing events and promotions in the province of Alberta since Chris Roberts left.

Sal noticed that Phil or Phil’s comment e-mail receives plenty of information from Theresa Sealy about upcoming horse racing events and promotions in the province of Alberta.

Sal noticed that Phil or Phil’s comment e-mail was receiving only intermittent information from CTHS Alberta about upcoming horse racing events and promotions in the province of Alberta, however, the information flow has been regular over the past few months.

Sal noticed that Phil or Phil’s comment e-mail receives plenty of information from HBPA Alberta about upcoming horse racing events and promotions in the province of Alberta.

Sal noticed that Phil or Phil’s comment e-mail receives plenty of information from the Derby Bar & Grill about upcoming horse racing events and promotions in the province of British Columbia.

Sal noticed that Phil or Phil’s comment e-mail receives plenty of information from  the Assiniboia Downs Insider about upcoming horse racing events and promotions in the province of Manitoba.

Ma, che sei grullo?

If only the nove repeat the information they read on www.holybull.ca through their social media channels and the good old fashioned word of mouth how many more people know about it.

Sal’s gonna take partial umbrage with Racing Enthusiast. Not about Northlands being a joke right down from Management or their inept racing secretary, but about their not so horrible race caller.

Matt Jukich may not be the best race caller in North America, but neither is he the worst and Sal’s noticed that Matt has improved immeasurably since his rookie season.

He still has tanta strada da fare, but as long as he endeavours to continue working to improve and doesn’t let the press clippings and his ego get in the way Matt has promise.

Sal hopes Matt had the chance to listen to the 2 recent callers auditioning for Trevor Denman’s old job. Their clarity, enunciation and intonation were superb, their ability to follow race patterns and communicate the flow of the race to the fans impeccable and they understood the difference between da rhine en spine and the Rain in Spain.

ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – Fitzgerald gets his chance

Bio – McGasko – Dispatches from the Jungle: The Writers Who Reformed America

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Kentucky Downs hires C-J great Jennie Rees

Bloodhorse – Record Fountain of Youth Day Handle

TDN – A ‘Men’ Among Boys in Fountain of Youth

Doug O’Neill, Nyquist’s trainer, has been equally intent on reaching the Kentucky Derby by way of Florida. He has a million reasons for that. A $1 million bonus is there for the taking if Nyquist can win the Florida Derby. He is eligible for the bonus because he was purchased by Paul Reddam as a 2-year-old at a Fasig-Tipton sale last March. The incentive is being offered for the first time to enhance the appeal of the Flordia Derby compared to other rich prep races.

“I hope they change their minds,” McLaughlin said jokingly. “I’m not really looking forward to facing him. He’s a very talented horse and so are we. But this is home for us.”


Once the starting gate snapped open, Mohaymen withstood early jostling around the first turn while Awesome Banner and Zulu, both venturing beyond seven furlongs for the first time, displayed their expected early speed, running one-two.

“He settled nice for me,” Alvarado said. “By the five-eighths pole, he started to get into a nice rhythm, that gear, and he started pulling on me, asking me for the next step. “

When Alvarado gave Mohaymen his cue, he blew past Zulu and widened his margin with every powerful stride until Alvarado, recognizing the massive challenge that awaits, eased him under the wire. He covered the distance in 1:42.84 on a fast track and returned $2.80 as the 2-5 favorite in a six-horse field.

“Each race he improves even more and proves that he has everything that a rider would want in a horse to point to those big races,” Alvarado said. He has been aboard since Mohaymen debuted with a half-length victory last Sept. 19 at Belmont Park before completing his 2-year-old season with successes in the Nashau and Remsen, a pair of grade II contests at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Bloodhorse – Pedulla – Mohaymen Dominates Fountain of Youth

The Lady and the Track – Hammer – Undefeated Mohaymen Continues Winning Ways in Fountain of Youth

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Mohaymen continues to star in Fountain of Youth, anticipation grows for Florida Derby

ESPN – AP – Mohaymen runs by Zulu

DRF – Privman – Mohaymen sets stage for Florida Derby showdown by winning Fountain of Youth

Call it reading between the lines. Call it interpretation. Call it what you will, but it is something handicappers do a thousand times a day.

I note this because on the face of it, Mohaymen’s victory Saturday in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park wouldn’t knock your socks off. His Beyer Figure of 95, which may or may not be one you can hang your hat on (more about that later), wasn’t particularly special, nor was his win margin of 2-1/4 lengths. But after I read between the lines and interpreted in my own way what I saw Mohaymen do in the Fountain of Youth, I came away very, very impressed.

ESPN – DRF – Watchmaker – Mohaymen’s performance better than it first looked

Sal found this gem in Phil’s archives:

Phil can hear the detractors warming their engines. Mohaymen will never get the 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

Bloodhorse – Sunny Ridge, Shagaf Among Gotham Probables

Bloodhorse – Suddenbreakingnews, Whitmore on Oaklawn Tab

TwinSpires Blog – Rebel workers out in force at Oaklawn Park on Saturday 

Bloodhorse – ‘Smokey’ and ‘Candy’ Hook Up in Morning Work

TwinSpires Blog – Smokey Image among quartet of San Felipe workers

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Derby hopeful Swipe returns to the work tab


CTHS Alberta News

Top Ten Alberta Stallions  
Owners of the top ten Alberta Stallions ranked by North American earnings of progeny during the 2015 calendar year received their Breed Improvement bonuses in January. Stallions had to have stood in Alberta for the entire calendar year of conception for each year’s foal crop in order to be eligible.
A number of new stallions have also arrived in Alberta in time for the 2016 breeding season. Alberta is now home to Mank, Declassify, Balmont and Omega Code. Further information about these stallions and others can be found on the Stallion Information page on the CTHS website.
The C.T.H.S. (Alberta Division) is very pleased to announce that the Minister of Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has approved funding under the Growing Forward 2 Traceability Pilot Program in order to support the C.T.H.S. pilot project entitled, “Alberta Thoroughbred Micro-chipping“.
The project is actively involved in investigating an alternative implantation site and in developing accompanying software for the management of micro-chipped horses.
Further information about the project, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s), has been mailed out to all current C.T.H.S. (Alberta Division) members and is also available online.
SAVE THE DATE: May 28th, 2016
The annual Night of Champions will be held at the Quartz Ballroom at the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton on Saturday, May 28th. Please make sure you save the date so you can join us in celebrating the achievements of Alberta’s top Thoroughbred racehorses, their owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys.
Nominees for this year’s Night of Champions will be posted on the C.T.H.S. website in March.

A 5-year-old son of U.S. champion turf male and Calumet Farm sire English Channel, Terry Hamiton’s Heart to Heart won by 2 1/2 lengths and covered one mile on firm turf in 1:33.52 with Julien Leparoux aboard for trainer Brian Lynch. The victory was the third straight for the bay horse, who came in off front-running wins in the Ft. Lauderdale (gr. IIT) Jan. 9 at Gulfstream last time out and the River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs. The Canadian Turf marked the ninth win overall from 20 career starts for Canada’s champion 3-year-old of 2014. 

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Heart to Heart All the Way at Gulfstream

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Heart to Heart, Faufiler employ contrasting styles on Gulfstream turf 

Sal garnered from Phil’s archives that Terry Hamilton is one of many Albertans who race thoroughbreds in jurisdictions other than Alberta.

If you have information on other Alberta owned thoroughbreds racing in other jurisdictions or any other pertinent information you’d like posted senza charge please let Sal know:



HolyBull.ca – Contact

Jockey Club – 2016 State Fact Books

Jockey Club 2016 Alberta Fact Book

Jockey Club 2016 BC Fact Book

2015 Alberta Mares Bred – Jockey Club

2015 BC Mares Bred – Jockey Club

LA Times – Davis – Lawsuits against Trump University claim students paid thousands for nothing

Five Minute University

NY Times – Nocera – Golfers Say Trump Reneged on Deal

Padre Guido Sarducci could have saved all these buffones a tonnellata of dough by not only giving them the best business instruction when dealing with briccones like Trump but also helping them to master a second language – Latin:

Caveat Emptor.

About the same time that Shirley McClellan was filling a room in Nisku with cazzate the MD of Rockyview was considering an amendment to the Bylaw for the Century Downs track.


The purpose of this Application is to amend Bylaw C-6234-2006 (DC-109) Appendix B by replacing the existing Race Track and Entertainment Centre Master Site Development Plan (MSDP) for Sub-Cell A-1, in order to facilitate the future development of two (2) additional barns, a barn lounge building, a jockey building, and expansion of the existing racino building.

A detailed estimation of water usage, sanitary analysis, as well as updates to the Stormwater Management Report / Plan will be required at the development permit stage. Off-site infrastructure requirements will also be identified in subsequent Traffic Impact Assessment updates at each Development Permit stage as per the County’s Servicing Standards.

The Audio of the meeting has been posted at Rockyview – Council Minutes Archives but not the minutes. Suffice it to say that the motion passed.

Although the bylaw has now been amended it sounds to Sal like there’s molta strada da fare, dollars to find and fences to build before Century Downs in ready to race thoroughbreds.

The water usage problem looks to be an albatross around their neck and the sanitary, storm-water and other infrastructure will not be senza cost.

The recent rumblings from Century Downs about shareholders to protect don’t bode well for Century Downs putting much of their own funds into this project and with the uncertainty of the Northlands Park situation and the slot revenue sharing agreement don’t expect much imminent progress. Those shareholders aren’t Albertans and they have no desire to benefit anything other than their own pocketbooks so don’t expect any empathy for the plight of the thoroughbred industry in this province from them.

National Post – Warnica – Trumpism is here to stay: How The Donald reimagined the U.S. election in his own image

Sal was wondering if Trump’s favourite passage in the Bible is Acts – Chapter 11.

National Post – Conrad Black: Donald Trump and Boris Johnson are signs of hope for fresh thinking in the U.S. and the U.K.

TDN – Rising Star Cathryn Sophia Wows Them in Davona Dale

Bloodhorse – Novak – Cathryn Sophia Flawless in Davona Dale

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Undefeated Cathryn Sophia Scores Davona Dale Victory

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Mo d’ Amour Begins Journey to Oaks in Busher

Italian Tribune – Six Unusual Health Tips of Italian Nonnas

DRF – Welsch – Converge finishes strong in Palm Beach Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Castellano masterminds Palm Beach trip for Converge

New York Times – Borden – Gianni Infantino to Lead FIFA Into New Era

DRF – Hersh – Twenty restricted stakes get purse increases

New York Times – Lipton – Scalia Took Dozens of Trips Funded by Private Sponsors

Reminds Sal of an old joke:

Court is called into session and the judge ask both attorneys to approach the bench.

The judge says:

“Gentlemen last night I found 2 brown envelopes that had been slipped under my chambers door. One contained $25,000.00 and came from the Plaintiff. The other contained $35,000.00 and came from the Defendant.

I’m passing an envelope with $10,000.00 to the Clerk to return to the Defendant.

Now we can have a fair trial.”

DRF – Barretts March select 2-year-olds in training catalog now online

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Sal was wondering if Butch Goring’s helmet ever got inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Southern Living – Bender – The Grumpy Gardener – Questions to the Grumpy Gardener

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JC’s as close to a paesan as any Country singer will ever be so in honour of the 84th anniversary of his birth.

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