Mar 062016

Hawthorne Sal’s

Suddenly Salient

Smashing Stories

Negli Archivi – Cinque

sabato 12 marzo

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Bloodhorse – Balan – Santa Anita Cancels Races After Storm

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Flooding Forces Louisiana Downs Evacuation

Bloodhorse – Downpour Washes Away Racing at Oaklawn

Horseplayer – Now – Plonk – Countdown to the Crown – March 11

Edmonton Journal – Hills – ‘An absolute war’: Jelena Mrdjenovich re-claims world featherweight titles with 10-round, unanimous decision over Edith Matthysse

Ci sentiamo dopo.

This is Horse Racing – Sean Clancy & Tom Law –  Saturday Special – March 12

LA Times – Cherwa – San Felipe Stakes takes spotlight on Big ‘Cap day

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Great Derby Preps for Bettors & Fans Alike

Brooklyn Backstretch – Brian’s Derby Preps: The Tampa Bay Derby

Broklyn – Brian’s Derby Preps: The San Felipe

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Battaglia’s Enthusiasm a Part of His Legacy Away From Announcer’s Booth

Re. “Horse racing supporters question Northlands plan,” March 8

I think the problem is that Northlands is not doing enough work in promoting horse racing in the city. Yes, Northlands did advertise, but they have to do more than that.

Look at racecourses in other cities and see how they make horse racing a success. Nottingham Racecourse in the United Kingdom, Longchamp Racecourse in Paris and the Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto are all racecourses near or in a city. They use horse racing as a magnet to attract many other events as well.

The Sapporo, Japan, racecourse recently upgraded in 2014. They add on a leisure facility that can be enjoyed by families. Longchamp just closed down for major renovation. Their new facility will accommodate up to 60,000 spectators and the new design will amaze you. Think again, Northlands. The racetrack is a unique asset that nobody has in the city. Horse racing can be a superb revenue generator. If the Japanese and French can do it, so can we.

Paul Cheung, Edmonton

Edmonton Journal – Opinion – Letters – Re. “Horse racing supporters question Northlands plan,” March 8

venerdi 11 marzo

Edmonton Journal – Siegel – Former Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins at peace with firing, sees it as ‘a real gift’

Sal hopes that Shirley McClellan, Rick LeLacheur and everyone else who is relieved of their position at Horse Racing Alberta are as philosophical as Dallas Eakins and see it as a real gift, because everyone in the Alberta thoroughbred industry sees it as a real gift and will give Rachel Notley and Minister Ceci a rousing, standing ovation when they finally get around to cleaning house at Horse Racing Alberta.

LA Times – Cherwa – Fifty years ago, John Longden went out of horse racing in style

DRF – Crist: Big Brother needed for NYRA board meetings

Edmonton Journal – Ibrahim – Alberta government turfs three Thorhild councillors, appoints administrator

The Globe and Mail – Mason – A steady hand on the tiller in Alberta’s economic storm

Bloodhorse – Angst – Hawthorne, DerbyWars Reach Agreement

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Looking for a Longshot in the Tampa Bay Derby

Lady and the Track – Ward – Lambholm Tampa Bay Derby 2016: Posts, Odds, Plays

Bloodhorse – That Handicapping Show: Tampa Bay Derby

ESPN – DRF – Fortuna – Brody’s Cause set for TB Derby

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Exaggerator heads down Kentucky Derby trail in San Felipe

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Donworth a Big Threat in Big ‘Cap

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Will Nickname Receive a Better Trip in Honeybee Stakes?

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – American tracks need to adjust big stakes to new Dubai reality

Thoroughbred racing Commentary – Cook – Why those who scoff over Victoria Pendleton are missing so many points

Bloodhorse – Balan – Nyquist Back Breezing Two Turns in SoCal

TwinSpires Blog – Jensen likely to skip Louisiana Derby in favor of Spiral 

Louisville Courier – Journal – Lintner – For 1st time, Lanerie on top Derby hopefuls

This is Horse Racing – Linzay Marks – Hitting the books

Bloodhorse – Angst – Court Rules Against Los Alamitos Drug Rules

Southern Living – The Grumpy Gardener – Bender – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Questo è per Phil:

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

giovedi 10 marzo

Sal gotta beef with the Godolphin boys. How can you race a thoroughbred named Ditka when the sire is Distorted Humour, a son of Forty Niner and the dame is Half A.P. If you’re gonna honour the consummate Bear do it right.

Anche un idiota knows that Iron Mike starred for the Bears with brief stops in 2 other National League cities, the city of brotherly love and also Dallas.

Anche un idiota knows that Iron Mike starred as a tight end before Gronk’s parents had even met and Iron Mike never did anything to the half.

Gotta have real Distorted Humour to name a grandson of Forty Niner after a Bear.

Bloodhorse – Haskin – My Peyton Manning Speech

Sal’s wondering if Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur have their farewell speeches written yet.

Basta! Basta!

Do you know what the thoroughbred participants in the province of Alberta will miss about Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur when they’re gone.



All political bashing aside every luna blu o due you hear a politician say something both wise and honest.  After all it was Herbert Hoover who said – Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.

Sal says that as salient as Hoover was he should have added – then increase it and pass it on to the next generation.

Racing Post – Burton – France Galop chief backs female rider allowance

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Kentucky Derby Report (3/9); Shagaf grinds out Gotham

ESPN – DRF – Jerardi – A fearsome foursome of 3-year-olds

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Destin, Tepin star on Tampa Bay Derby Day

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Brody, Destin Tops in Tampa Bay Derby

Bloodhorse – Balan – Mor Spirit, Exaggerator Face New Challengers

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – San Felipe comes up tough with Mor Spirit & Exaggerator as top draws

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Can Smokey Image Remain Undefeated in San Felipe Stakes?

DRF – Campbell – Woodbine: Queen’s Plate tops 2016 stakes schedule worth $20 million

Sporting Life – Lydia Hislop: Road to Cheltenham

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McClean – The American who threatens to dominate the Cheltenham Festival

Bloodhorse – Nyquist to Arrive at Gulfstream March 28

Bloodhorse – Ralis Heading to Oaklawn Park for Rebel

TDN – Rebel Field Begins to Take Shape

Bloodhorse – Marquee Miss, Nickname Meet Again in Honeybee

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Uncle Lino takes aim at $400,000 San Felipe Stakes

National Post – Kates – ‘The Diet Fix’: MD seeks to explain why most diets fail, charts a better course

Southern Living – The Grumpy Gardener – Bender – New Blueberries For Everyone!

TDN – German Champions League Unveiled

National Post – Brown – The Telegraph – Don’t let Nina Simone be misunderstood: How could such a gifted woman suffer such an unhappy life?

LA Times – Cherwa – On Horse Racing: If Donworth wins Big ‘Cap, his team will feel like a million

mercoledi 9 marzo

 The Informant –  Elvis attempts to get career back on track

Questo è per Phil:

A Little Less Conversation

NY Times – Murphy – ‘Elvis & Nixon’ Will Debut at Tribeca Film Festival

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Bloodhorse – Rare Stakes – By Lenny Shulman

Bloodhorse – Polar River to Pass on Kentucky Oaks

TwinSpires Blog – Siter – Celebrating John Henry’s birthday; a beloved Grand Warrior, Underdog & Horse with Attitude 

Louisville Courier- Lintner – Triple Crowns, Ali on SI’s 100 Greatest Moments

Bloodhorse – Mohaymen Morning-Line Future Wager Favorite

TDN – DeBernardis – Brown Holds Strong Hand in Sophomore Division

Bloodhorse – Songbird Solid Favorite in Oaks Future Wager

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Nyquist Pedigree Fine for Kentucky Derby 142


Sal was wondering if Edmonton Northlands will repatriate Boonstock for it’s new festival venue

NY Times – Drape – Call of the Track Too Hard to Ignore for Racing’s Mad Genius

NY Times – Madigan – Hulk Hogan Takes Stand in His Sex-Tape Lawsuit Against Gawker

NY Times – Somaiya – When Is Hulk Hogan Not Hulk Hogan?

Edmonton Journal – Gerein – NDP government’s first bill of spring sitting aims to diversify Alberta economy

Bill 1 was the only Bill presented so far so the nove and Sal will have to wait to see the fate of Horse Racing Alberta and the myriad other Agencies, Boards and Commissions.


Arm’s-length government agency reform

An ongoing review of Alberta’s 200 agencies, boards and commissions will result in legislation that will eliminate unnecessary agencies and ensure each group is accountable to the public. Notley said one particular focus of the upcoming legislation will ensure compensation for the heads of each group is appropriate, hinting that a salary disclosure coming this June will surprise some people. 

“Over the last 40 years, there have been some practices that have resulted in some pretty significant divergences,” she said. 

Edmonton Journal – Ibrahim and Gerein – Five important things in the government’s throne speech



Lady and the Track – Hammer – Can Victoria Pendleton Win on Pacha du Polder at Cheltenham?

TDN – DiDonato – Golden Legacy Offering Some ‘Gems’ at OBS

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NY Times – All About Meldonium, the Banned Drug Used by Sharapova

martedi 8 marzo

NY Times – Gustines – Obama Pays Tribute to Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the ‘Peanuts’ Gang

Edmonton Journal – Robb – Unbridled supporters of horse racing take on Edmonton Northlands Vision 2020 plan

Beware the Ides of March.

Et Tu, Brute?

This is Horse Racing – Jude T. Feld – The beauty of Barbados

Nation News – Gold Cup victory for Samuel and Dorsett

Dorsett a 6  year old bay Horse by Artie Schiller out of the Machiavellian mare Dontgetinmyway was a recent purchase by Steve and Allan Madoo. Dorsett was previously campaigned by Terry Hamilton, Brian Lynch the conditioner.

Garrison Savannah Results for March 5 2016

Bloodhorse – Derby Dozen – Haskin – March 8, 2016 – Presented by Shadwell Farm

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – How the closure of Hollywood Park is still hitting California hard

The farmers from Lougheed have invaded the Alberta capital and they’re attacking with 67 varieties of schnitzel.

NY Times – Victor – Erin Andrews Awarded $55 Million in Lawsuit Over Nude Video at Hotel


Sal says there’s still time for Tim Reid to register his team of less than mediocre managers.

TDN – Thornton – Remembering Norman Casse, ‘Guiding Force’ at OBS

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – SMU And Louisville Are Two Of The Best Teams Ever Banned From The NCAA Tournament

NY Times – Clarey – Maria Sharapova Announces That She Failed Doping Test

The Globe and Mail – Kelly – Whether true or false, Maria Sharapova teaches all cheaters a lesson

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Rick Porter, Just Continue to Say No

ESPN – DRF – Watchmaker – Songbird remains in own league

TwinSpires – Blog – DeRosa – The Kentucky Derby field: Will Points Ever Not Matter?

Bloodhorse -LaMarra – Whatawonderflworld Entered in Spiral Prep

TDN – Bianca – Danzing Candy Could Be Sweet for Sise

Bloodhorse -Wilson New President, COO of Equibase

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Joseph O’Brien calls it a day on riding career

Bloodhorse – McCarthy – Rooting for McLaughlin to Get His Derby

TDN – Bianca – Lightstream Adds to Loaded Division

National Post – John Ivison: Liberals’ vision for Canadian Forces unlikely to be swayed by public consultations

US News & World Report – Semini – Albania, once Europe’s most isolated country under a 50-year Communist regime, is selling dozens of obsolete Eastern Bloc military jets

lunedi 7 marzo

25 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 Northlands announced their Lack of Vision 2020 hindsight plan.

The minestrone should thicken this week with the Alberta Legislature opening for its Spring 2016 sitting domani. Sal will see if he can decipher all Phil’s links for following Bills and announcements from the Legislature.

Edmonton Journal – Wood – Alberta gambling revenue on the rise

TDN – Top 12 Kentucky Derby Horses

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – No Changes at Top of Power 10; Shagaf Breaks Through

Louisville Courier-Journal – DerbyHQ Top 20 | Shagaf maintains No. 1 vote

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

Bloodhorse – Balan – Sunland Park Cancels Derby, Oaks

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Son Inspires Simply-Laura Derby Hats

Bloodhorse – OBS Under Tack Show March 9-11

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – The ‘bloke from the bush’ who is setting Australian racing alight

LA Times – Farmer – It’s the final roundup for Peyton Manning, who decides to retire after leading Broncos to Super Bowl title

NY Times – Peyton Manning Expected to Say He’s Leaving the N.F.L

TDN – After 43 Years, Battaglia Calls it Quits

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Brown charts courses for Ky. Derby prospects

TwinSpires Blog – Unbeaten Shagaf doing well after Gotham win; Lady Eli continues training for comeback

Bloodhorse – Shagaf Doing Well After Gotham Win

TDN – ‘Matt’ is the ‘Man’ at the Big A

Bloodhorse – Toews On Ice Back Sprinting in San Pedro

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Talented probables for San Felipe, Tampa Derby

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Ortiz rides to 5-win day

Louisville Courier-Journal – Zayat waiting for Derby winner to ‘pop up’

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Street Cry Gains 100th Black-Type Winner

domenica 6 marzo

Sal heard the murmur about a new off track betting location opening in Edmonton’s downtown just steps away from the new arena.

Sal’s sworn to omerta and is a standup guy, but ci sentiamo dopo.

Sal can guarantee that the atmosphere in the new off track betting location will be lively and upbeat and they’ll even permit sound to emanate from their TVs.

Sal can also guarantee that in the new off track betting location the SS won’t send Attila the condescending Hun to stop sound from emanating from their TVs as you couldn’t stand the bettors and patrons having fun. That might mean more sales and more work. Customers aren’t an unavoidable inconvenience, they’re what drives your business and the empty chairs aren’t invisible customers they’re empty.

Sal says it’s time for Edmonton Northlands to look in the customer service mirror.

What the SS and Attila the condescending Hun fail to understand is that it’s not Northlands Park but the bettors and patrons who pay their salaries. Drive them away and you’re left with the CEO of Northlands and his lack of Vision 2020 blather.

TwinSpires Blog – Battaglia to hang up mic, takes role as Turfway Park Associate Vice President

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Coolmore: ‘Never had a stallion’ like Pharoah

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Shagaf Takes Gotham Stakes in Stride

TwinSpires Blog – Shagaf overcomes speed-favoring track, takes Gotham

Bloodhorse – Pedulla – Shadwell’s Shagaf Prevails in Gotham Stakes

TDN – Shagaf Up Late to Capture Gotham

DRF – Privman – Road to the Derby: Gotham Stakes

TDN – Mo Tom Back to Work

TwinSpires Blog – Mor Spirit tops San Felipe workers











10: ZULU

Sal says that Gun Runner, Swipe and Riker make a natural tri box.

Sal was on the blower with Sal’s cugino Vinny as soon as Sal heard the rumour about Alberta Downs applying for a license to race on Sundays from June to October in 2016. If Horse Racing Alberta grants a license to Alberta Downs to race on Sundays from June to October in 2016 and allows Alberta Downs to conduct a Rainbow 6 bet where the horses are all owned by the same person but running under fake stable names, Sal will be back on the blower to see how long it will take cugino Vinny to get up to Alberta to as cugino Vinny says when he’s putting on airs – litigate.

If Horse Racing Alberta grants a license to Alberta Downs to race on Sundays from June to October in 2016 and takes one nickel from the monies that should be allocated to the thoroughbreds at Northlands Park and transfers it to Alberta Downs to conduct racing, Sal will be back on the blower to see how long it will take cugino Vinny to get up to Alberta to as cugino Vinny says when he’s really putting on airs – inculpate.

Cugino Vinny’s been around the class action block una volta o due and he has no qualms about suing large organizations, their boards and their employees unless their guys are wise. If the guys are wise but acting otherwise Sal and cugino Vinny stay away from the beef on the table. But if their guys are otherwise cugino Vinny says they better have good insurance or deep pockets.

Cugino Vinny says that’s not a threat that’s a promise.


While on the blower with cugino Vinny  we got around to discussing how to wager on the upcoming March Madness NCAA roundball tournament. Turns out that one of cugino Vinny’s favourite teams is the University of Utah who may end up in the Top 10 rankings this year.

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Songbird Remains Unbeatable in Santa Ysabel

Bloodhorse – Balan – Songbird Dominates Santa Ysabel

TwinSpires Blog – Songbird turns Santa Ysabel into cakewalk

TDN – Songbird Soars Again in Santa Ysabel

LA Times – Songbird wins big and Santa Anita loses a little

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Jet Black Magic a possibility for Oaks trail

NY Times – Berkman – Obstacles for Global Talent in National Women’s Hockey League

One of the highlights of the 2016 Scotties has been the opportunity to meet Saskatchewan skip Jolene Campbell and her team, which also consists of third Ashley Howard, second Callan Hamon and lead Ashley Williamson.

They have been endlessly accommodating, regardless of the result. Even when my questions do not radiate curling expertise, they have been patient and helpful.

It has been my good fortune to be able to deal with Jolene, Callan and the two Ashleys. They have represented the province with abundant class and good humour.

Complete strangers will say hello when you pass them in the hallway.

Volunteers will drop by the media bench and ask if you would like a bottled water (yes) and a doughnut (YES).

Drivers who have lent their time to a Scotties shuttle service will make your day every time.

Upon arriving at the Grande Prairie airport, for example, I was greeted by a nice man named Al Zatelny, who was holding a sheet of paper that displayed my name (which I instinctively recognized within 20 seconds).

I was expecting to look for a courtesy van outside the terminal. But there was my instant friend Al, near the luggage carousel, offering me a ride.

That, to me, has been the story of the 2016 Scotties. From the first minute of my first-ever visit to Grande Prairie, people have been extraordinarily kind.

As nice as it will be to get home, I know that I will miss this place. So here I sit savouring it all, in the middle of the night, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

Regina Leader-Post – Vanstone – Covering the Scotties Tournament of Hearts was an absolute treat

Sal was musing that maybe Edmonton Northlands took the wrong fork on the hospitality hiring highway.

Garden and Gun – Portman – What’s Next for Southern Food?

Sal was on the blower with cugino Primo the other morning discussing how to solve the world’s problems and more importantly the prospects for the upcoming Illinois Derby. Sal, Primo and the citizens of the great city of Chicago and state of Illinois are still pissed at CDI for not including the Illinois Derby in their Road to the Roses qualifying races points program. Sal and Primo  figure CDI knows that the Illinois Derby doesn’t need CDI around anyhow.

If Sal hasn’t found the next Dread Pirate Roberts by Illinois Derby Day he may like Phil before him dig into his own pocket for the prize money and have a contest on the Illinois Derby.

NY Times – Barbaro, Parker and Martin – Rank and File Republicans Tell Party Elites: We’re Sticking With Donald Trump

National Post – Charles Krauthammer: Why evangelicals are choosing Trump

NY Times – Poniewozik – A National Descent Into Trump’s Pants

National Post – Conrad Black: Don’t underestimate Donald. He will win

LA Times – Megerian – Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump roils more than the Republican race

NY Times – Dowd – Chickens, Home to Roost

The Globe and Mail – Giovanetti – Alberta’s painful reversal

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1) Reverse the 10-per-cent increase in corporate taxes that you implemented at the beginning of your mandate.

2) On existing oil-and-gas production, slash royalty rates by 50 per cent for the next 24 months so companies have more cash for employee retention. These people are highly trained, valuable assets and no company wants to let them go. But your ill-timed tax increase and royalty uncertainty has caused companies to reduce risk by lowering costs. The short-term 50-per-cent reduction in royalty rates gives them more cash to sustain them during the downturn. Meet with each large-cap CEO and tell them that you’ll be increasing royalty rates in the future to make back what you’re giving up now. The point is, you want to keep those energy workers employed during the downturn.

3) On new oil-and-gas production capital expenditures, implement a 12-month capital cost allowance acceleration. In other words, if anybody is willing to invest in new Alberta production, they can write off the entire investment in the year it occurred.

4) On any new capital investment, there will be a 36-month royalty holiday on any new production of oil-and-gas flows. New capital investments create new jobs.

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

At first flush O’Leary’s 4 points should be down the toilet.

Ms. Notley’s response to Kevin O’Leary and all the other outsiders telling her how to run Alberta should be:

Tell the rest of Canada to get off Alberta’s back, get off their fat asses and look after making their own provinces profitable.

O’Leary’s points 1, 2 and 4  state that Alberta taxpayers should be giving multi-national companies tax breaks in Alberta so that they and their employees can pay more income tax to the Federal government so the Federal government can give it to the provinces that are already riding on Alberta’s back.

Even the dumbest parasite and tax collector knows that there’s only so much blood that you can suck out before you kill the host.

Point 3 just doesn’t make any sense unless the Federal government also agrees to do the same thing with Federal Corporate Income Tax.

Ms. Notley has to realize that the Honeymoon’s over and start doing something, but saddling the Alberta taxpayers with more of the burden of keeping Ontario and Quebec afloat is not what Ms. Notley needs to be doing.

Sal has a piece of advice for Kevin O’Leary:

Alberta man don’t need him around anyhow.

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law –  Weekend Interview: Cary Frommer

Former St. Albert resident and longtime standardbred owner Mac Nichol must have enjoyed the thoroughbred experience with Madefromlucky as Mac stepped back up to the plate with $130k US to acquire Hip No. 86 at the recent Fasig Tipton Florida Sale.

NY Times – Men’s Style – Shapiro – Henrik Lundqvist, Hockey’s Fashion Leader

Now That’s Hockey Style

'They brought their f---in' toys with 'em!'

Daily Mail – Sheridan – Ronnie Wood set to be a dad again at 68: Rocker’s third wife Sally, 37, pregnant with twins

Daily Mail – Jackson – ‘He was on cocaine last time… I think he’ll get a shock’: Ronnie Wood’s ex Jo insists the rocker has left it ‘a bit late’ to have more kids as he prepares for twins

This ones phor Phil

Maybe I’m Amazed

Bloodhorse – Angst – Special Fighter Upsets, Keen Ice Fades in UAE

Sal heard a rumour that Century Downs is contemplating leasing the Northlands Park track, barn and slots area. What an embarrassment to Edmonton Northlands if Century could turn a profit from a business Northlands says is losing money.

Would Edmonton Northlands lease the land to Century at the same rate that they lease it from the city of Edmonton.

Maybe Northlands Park should give Curtis Stock a call and see if his offer to lease the property is still on the table.

TDN – Well-Related Smart Strike Colt Takes Oaklawn Debut

Former leading trainer at Northlands Park who won’t be back in 2016 Robertino Diodoro won the 7th and 8th races at Oaklawn Park on Saturday.

Charles Garvey’s King Kid won the 7th for Robertino, a $7,500US claiming race with a purse of $21,500US. 7 horses were claimed from that race including the winner.

Amazing how thoroughbred racing can thrive when it’s operated by competent people who understand customer service.

The SS and Attila the condescending Hun can add Rob Atras and his girlfriend to their list of empty chairs.

Robertino came back and won the Hot Springs Stake for $100K US with Mercedes Stable’s Subtle Indian.

DRF – Rampellini – Subtle Indian conquers Hot Springs for third straight win

Sporting Life Arkansas – Rex Nelson: Oaklawn Park 2014 Season Comes Down The Stretch

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Oaklawn Announces Second Purse Increase

FiveThirtyEight – Roeder – A Plagiarism Scandal Is Unfolding In The Crossword World

TDN – Broken Vow’s Takeittotheedge Dominates Debut, Becomes ‘Rising Star’

Bloodhorse – Genaro – Loftus Thrives on Racing Rush

Bloodhorse – Fierro – Freshman Sires of 2016: Part 2

Bloodhorse – Fierro – Freshman Sires of 2016: Part 1

NY Times – Streitfeld – It’s Discounted, but Is It a Deal? How List Prices Lost Their Meaning

Edmonton Journal – Lazzarino – Northlands reno would bring up to $1 billion to Alberta economy: study

Sal says that cugino Vinny could hook us up with a couple of good mouthpieces if someone wants to cross-examine these x-spurts on their PITS study.

Too bad they didn’t have these types of studies when we all had a privy. The paper is softer and more absorbent than Sears & Roebucks.

Bloodhorse – Precious – NY Approves New Rule on Workers’ Compensation

Sal says stop whining about Bill 6.

NY Times – Havick – Pencil Pushes Way Into Daytona Lore

La settimana scorsa Sal said: –

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’s gonna introduce the nove to a new game. It’s called Who’s The Asshole In This Picture.

Here’s the Picture.

Jeff Robillard’s title at Horse Racing Alberta is Manager, Marketing, Broadcasting & Communications.

Phil M Stockmen and Ben E Poolman figured out that the Interweb was more efficient than the grapevine to disseminate information to the nove e altri. Ben E got piedi freddi when Phil was banned by the Killer Bs at Northlands Park, but Phil kept plugging away until his unfortunate meeting with the front end of the Battersea Omnibus. Topo got into the act at after Northlands Park gave him the kissoff, but even Topo’s gone down the hole. Now Sal’s subbing for Phil while looking for the next Dread Pirate Roberts.

Jeff Robillard aka the Undertaker gets paid by Horse Racing Alberta to manage their Marketing, Broadcasting & Communications, but because Phil, Ben E and Sal don’t sing from the Captain & Tenille songbook, the Untertaker doesn’t send them information to be posted on HolyBull.

Phil posted information he found on Horse Racing Alberta’s website and so has Sal.

Now you ask the question:

Who’s The Asshole In This Picture.


Woodbine Entertainment – Jockey Club of Canada Announces 2015 Media Sovereign Award Finalists

Writing Category:
Joe Nevills and Nicole Russo – Smart Strike Remembered – Published Daily Racing Form
Curtis Stock  – A Love of Horses – Published Edmonton Journal
Paul Wiecek  – Turbulence at the Track –  Published Winnipeg Free Press

Digital Audio/visual and Broadcast Category:
Horse Racing Alberta – 2015 Canadian Derby – Broadcast on Canadian Television Network
Darryl Kaplan & Brittney Mayotte  – So God Made a Racehorse – Broadcast on Standardbred Canada & Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Talkin’ Horses – Horses So2 E17 – Broadcast on CTV2

Photograph Category:
Michael Burns Jr. – Early Morning – Published
Hayley Morrison  – Gigantic Breeze – Published Ontario Horse Racing
Chris Young  – Early Morning Groom – Published on

Now you ask the question again:

Who’s The Asshole In This Picture.


Sal’s favourite Horse Racing Pictures

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Edmonton Journal – Stolte – Edmonton city council flushes Hawrelak wading pool and splash park down the drain

Sal was wondering where Tim Reid and the powers that bee at Northlands Park are going to find the $300-400,000,000.00 to build their PITS fantasy when the city of Edmonton can’t even afford $5 million for a water-park.

Sal says that there will be thoroughbred racing at Northlands Park in September 2016 and possibly October 2016 and possibly 2017 and 2018.

Sal thinks that Northlands Park has the thoroughbred population to run only 3 days a week not 4 and the ridiculous Monday afternoon races will be cancelled.

NY Times – Belson – Peyton Manning Expected to Say He’s Leaving the N.F.L.

Funny How Time Slips Away

Hawthorne Sal

  4 Responses to “Hawthorne Sal’s Suddenly Salient Smashing Stories – Negli Archivi – Cinque”


    CHUMLEE – PAWN STARS – LAS VEGAS gets arrested. With a possible criminal record he would be not able to be licensed to work at a pawn shop, could this be a soft landing for the captain?

    AGLC gambling revenue profit for first 6 months of 2015 up 12 million to 909 million, even with Northlands slot revenues declining. Who will be taking over their nonprofit operation casino – Hilton hotels?

    COLOURS job fair MARCH 20, with work until Aug 27, but mandatory for derby day Aug 20th, will Northlands be hiring sufficient staff for the final gala/ doubtful?

    Failed Monday racing schedule gets reinvented with talk of a TIKI BAR/ CHEERLEADERS


    Congratulations to Linda/Mmber et al for stepping up to the plate at Monday’s info session, while most of the racing participants are sitting in the bleachers enjoying a cold one and hot dog!

    NDP throne speech that some agencies will be scrapped and compensations will be reviewed comes a little too late for the horse racing industry!

    ASHA web site still has proposed Northlands fall dates and ALBERTA DOWNS asking for 22 dates with 12 races and 10 horse fields when will reality finally set in for the substandard quarter of the industry!

    NORTHLANDS /AGLC press release from Feb 19 concerning rumoured casino activities only solidify the fact that uncashed race tickets will never be shared due to poor management and a lack of checks/balances. Did the racing industry get shortchanged only time will tell?

    NORTHLANDS/STD TEAM of Sinclair/ Teague/ Dwayne will not be sharing any love with the backstretch, but remember don’t shoot the messenger as the road apples are flowing from the top in a trickle down!


    MUCKA had a very frank 30 discussion with the VP the very day that the journal splashed the front page story about the new concert venue on the racetrack land, boy things have really gone full circle for horse racing, who from the HPBA will pick up the phone about clause 22.1/ even teller ABE would find the balls!

    STANDARDBRED CANADA seeks a new CEO wouldn’t that be a soft landing spot for tenile?

    NORTHLANDS facing a cash crunch maybe reducing from 930 full time to 250 would be a start?

    ALBERTA by election CALGARY/GREENWAY coming up March 22, will the voters smell the wildroses?

    DIAMOND JIM gets a 4 month visiting scholar post in Sashington/dc , Tenile is rumoured to be getting one in MOSCOW,that’s IDAHO at the CARNEGIE FOUNDATION.

    BRIAN MASON holding a $125 fund raising brunch April 16, wouldn’t showing up at his office with shaving forks and road apples be more efficient for the racing industry.

    CENTURY DOWNS holds a bull sale in the barns this week, who cares about spreading diseases?

    WOODBINE announced expansion plans weeks ago with a entertainment venue do you really think that NORTHLANDS could duplicate this project with any chance of success/ doubtful?

    HBPA NORM takes the time to email the HBPA executive about the open house this weekend, and BRIAN at least spoke up for the racing industry when the death notice was released that’s LEADERSHIP

    • Mucka:
      You must be jesting:

      Here’s Standarbred Canada’s requirements.

      As President & CEO your mission will be to provide strategic and thought leadership to promote and protect the Standardbred breed and the people who own, breed or race Standardbred horses. You will plan and direct all aspects of the business in agreement with the objectives and policies of Standardbred Canada, and execute the strategic plan approved by the Board of Directors.
      As an accomplished executive you will bring to the role prior knowledge of the horse racing, breeding or gaming industry combined with sales, marketing, financial and information management expertise. Your mandate will require you to grow membership and revenue while enhancing the organization’s overall positive reputation.
      As a forward-looking leader you will foster a business environment that encourages and stimulates creative and innovative solutions and champions the development of technologyenabled services that are both relevant and beneficial to the membership and industry partners.
      As a builder, strategist and accomplished business leader with a passion for the Standardbred industry, your challenge will be taking this organization to market to achieve its business plan and enhance its overall market position and customer service levels.
      As a smart, confident and effective communicator, you understand the relational and reputational dynamics of being an industry leader. Through regular attendance to industry events and meetings, you will reflect the views of the industry and communicate them clearly back to the membership, staff and Board.

      Sal thinks Mucka’s jesting because even with all the times Mucka’s head was slammed into the canvas Mucka still wouldn’t believe that either Shirley McClellan or Rick LeLacheur has the required qualifications for Standardbred Canada’s job.

      Sal heard a rumour that the Undertaker may be applying for Elissa Blowe’s job at Fort Erie. Sal can feel the shivers running down Sugar’s spine.

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