Apr 102016

Hawthorne Sal’s

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Smashing Stories

Negli Archivi – Dieci


sabato 16 aprile

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Arkansas Derby another Cupid-Whitmore showdown

DRF – Hegarty – American Horse Council names Broadway as president

Mo Tom currently sits 18th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 32 points. Only two Derby qualifying races remain and Amoss is confident his charge will make it into the Derby starting gate.

“I’d be surprised if Monday morning we are not in the Top 20,” he said. “If that indeed is the case, I’ll start paying attention then. We all knew the point system in the beginning of this past year. If there were any complaints, it should have been done then. It’s the system and I’ll stand by whatever it does.”

TDN –  Mo Tom Impresses Amoss with Work

Sal says that whatever Amoss says Sal’s sure that Amoss and the Mo Tom connections have every permutation and combination of finishing orders and points for both the Arkansas Derby and Lexington Stake computed to the 9² decimal point and they know exactly who they’ll be cheering for coming down the lanes.  If Cupid finishes out of the top 3 in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday we’ll see the synapses sparking in the Mo Tom camp.

Sal’s updated Mo Tom watch:

Arkansas Derby Field with Kentucky Derby points.

1 Discreetness 10
2 Cutacorner
3 Creator 10
4 Suddenbreakingnews 10
5 American Pioneer
6 Unbridled Outlaw  2
7 Dazzling Gem 20
8 Whitmore 24
9 Luna de Loco 1
10 Cupid (KY) 50
11 Gray Sky
12 Gettysburg

Mo Tom has 32 points and sits in 18th spot.

With 100 40 20 10 points available every horse in the race except Cupid who is ahead of Mo Tom can pass Mo Tom if it finishes first or second.

With Cupid ahead of Mo Tom his finishing in the Top 3 benefits Mo Tom as he takes points away from horses below Mo Tom that could pass Mo Tom. 

Any horse below Mo Tom can pass Mo Tom if it finishes first or second.

Whitmore can pass Mo Tom if he finishes first, second, third or fourth.

Dazzling Gem can pass Mo Tom if he finishes first, second or third.

Mo Tom’s best scenario is for Cupid and one of Dazzling Gem or Whitmore to finish first and second in any order with the other of Dazzling Gem and Whitmore finishing worse than third or fourth respectively as that moves only one of Dazzling Gem or Whitmore ahead of him.

Mo Tom’s worst scenario is for any 2 horses other than Cupid and one of Dazzling Gem or Whitmore to finish first and second in any order and Dazzling Gem to finish third and Whitmore to finish fourth as that moves Dazzling Gem and Whitmore and 2 others ahead of him.

The permutations and combinations between those two extremes are enough to keep a narcoleptic sleepless.

If any one or any combination of Suddenbreakingnews, Creator or Discreetness finishes first or second they are automatically ahead of Mo Tom and most others depending on the combination finishing first and second.

If any one of  Suddenbreakingnews, Creator or Discreetness finishes third they cannot move ahead of Mo Tom but can move ahead of Dazzling Gem and Whitmore depending on where they finish.

Suddenbreakingnews, Creator or Discreetness can move into a tie with Azar and Dazzling Gem with a fourth place finish depending where Dazzling Gem finishes.

No horse in the Lexington can move ahead of Mo Tom, but Swipe and Collected can move ahead of Azar and Dazzling Gem with a win depending on what Dazzling Gem does.

And Sal has only touched upon the myriad permutations and combinations.

Sal says if you’re confused by all of the above you should have stayed in Math 30 on Friday afternoons rather than cutting class to go play pool. Sal parla per esperienza

Questo è per Phil:

Please, sir. I don’t like this trick, sir.

My tongue isn’t quick or slick, sir.

I get all those ticks and clocks, sir,

mixed up with the chicks and tocks, sir.

I can’t do it, Mr. Fox, sir.

Dr. Seuss

Sal says Lincoln is cheering for Gettysburg.

Sal says that the nove comprende that updated is synonymous with a number of parole.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner | Ark. Derby, Lexington Stakes picks

Brooklyn Backstretch – Nadeau – Brian’s Derby Preps 2016: The Arkansas Derby

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – And Then There was One

This Is Horse Racing – Tom Law and Sean Clancy -Saturday Special – April 16

Bloodhorse – Angst – Miss Temple City Tops Males in Maker’s 46 Mile

DRF – Russo – Miss Temple City beats the boys

Bloodhorse – Balan – Forever Unbridled Victorious in Apple Blossom

DRF – Rampellini – Forever Unbridled wins Apple Blossom at Oaklawn

venerdi 15 aprile

Bloodhorse – Lady Antebellum Set for Derby National Anthem

ESPN – DRF – This year’s three-year-old crop has case of the slows

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Pharoah’s gone but Baffert’s in the Derby picture again

Bloodhorse – Tom’s Ready Breezes at Churchill Downs

Bloodhorse – Novak -O’Neill On Hand for Nyquist Jog

TwinSpires Blog – Kentucky Derby favorite Nyquist returns to worktab with a sharp five-furlong breeze 

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Nyquist passes test with first Derby workout

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Is the Derby Winner Running in Arkansas?

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Direct Message Can Upset Lexington Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Handicapping Insights – Powell – More questions than answers following last weekend’s major Kentucky Derby preps

ESPN – DRF – McGee – Maker suspended for 40 days

NY Times – Flegenheimer – Clinton vs. Sanders vs. Trump:Who Is the True New Yorker?

Sal says that the Original New York Style — The Classic II at Tony’s Pizza Place is far more genuine New York than any of those three.

Bloodhorse – Tepin Returns to Keeneland for Wiley Run

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Genaro – How Julien Leparoux may have been the key to champion mare Tepin

TDN – Catch a Glimpse Victorious in the Appalachian

Bloodhorse – Novak – Catch a Glimpse Determined in Appalachian Score

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Nickname highlights small Beaumont field

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – The Phippses: Last of the Private Stables

TDN – Stormy Atlantic’s Stormy Antarctic An Apt Winner Of A Rain-Drenched Craven

giovedi 14 aprile

Garden and Gun – Kessler – Collections: Two Centuries of Julep Cups

Horse Racing Radio Network – The Ultimate Kentucky Derby Poll Presented by Brisnet.com

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – The Spotify Playlist to get me from Southland to Oaklawn

TDN – Oppenheim – The Derby Picture

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Heart to Heart seeks Grade 1 glory in Maker’s 46 Mile 

ESPN – Viva Venezuela

Bloodhorse – MJC to Complete Facility Upgrades This Week

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – ‘Priceless’ Derby trophy arrives at Churchill

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Kentucky Derby Report (4/13): Redemption for Brody’s Cause, Exaggerator; Outwork prevails in first stakes win

Calumet Farm’s Luna De Loco who breaks from post 9 in the Arkansas Derby for conditioner Steve Asmussen with Joe Bravo in the irons should bring back memories of better days for thoroughbred racing in Alberta. Luna De Loca’s  dam is none other than Fancy Prancer campaigned in Alberta by trainer Greg Tracy for owner Stan Ryan. Those were the days when racing and purses in Alberta were attractive enough that owners like Stanley J. Ryan and Lloyd Debruckyer regularly sent thoroughbreds north of the 7².

Sal says that it looks like the thoroughbred industry in Alberta has gone south since those days.

Fancy Prancer was not only an excellent race horse winning a number of stakes in Alberta when they were still black type, she has turned into a very good broodmare with many of her progeny including LittleMiss Allison, Robo Willie and Miss Sassy Sue returning to Alberta to campaign.

Bloodhorse – Trainer D. Wayne Lukas accentuates positive over pain

Louisville Courier-Journal – Baffert turns page from Pharoah to 2016 Derby

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Arkansas Derby another Cupid-Whitmore showdown

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Cupid Draws Wide for Arkansas Derby

Bloodhorse – Balan – Cupid Another Baffert Favorite in Arkansas Derby

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Mo Tom works, has ‘devastating’ kick for Derby

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Swipe faces nine in Lexington return

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – 10 draw into last-chance Ky. Derby qualifier

Bloodhorse – Invincible Spirit Colt Tops Craven Opener

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – The Hollendorfer masterclass: making sure Songbird continues to thrive

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Tepin looks to keep on rolling in Jenny Wiley

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Effinex, Upstart highlight a nice Oaklawn Handicap field

LA Times – Hernandez – Lakers’ win transforms Kobe Bryant’s send-off from scripted to spectacular

ESPN – Holmes – Not with a whimper but a bang: Kobe lights up for 60 in finale

ESPN – Strauss – Epic history: Stephen Curry, Warriors surpass Bulls’ win record

Horse Race Insider – Berner – NYRA Reprivatization? On Hold…Again

mercoledi – 13 aprile

Del Giudice rejected a proposal by Rick Violette, a trainer and president of the New York Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association, to include horsemen and breeders as bona fide voting board members. Currently, Violette and Jeff Cannizzo, head of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, are non-voting board members.

“They have interests that are somewhat different from NYRA at different points in time so I think there’s the NYRA organization, then there is the constituency,” Del Guidice said. “It’s sort of like there was movement at one time to have union members on corporate boards; you’re not always on the same framework.”

Del Guidice added, “Expressing an opinion is one thing, but then voting their interests against NYRA interests potentially could create a conflict.”

DRF – Grening – NYRA’s early reorganization plan focuses on board makeup

Bloodhorse – Genaro – NYRA Offers Three Re-Organization Options

Garden and Gun – Reid – The High & The Low: Belle of the Ball

Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart, winner of three consecutive races and four of his past five, tops a field of nine entered for the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (gr. IT) April 15 at Keeneland.

Bloodhorse – Heart to Heart Heads Maker’s 46 Mile

Paulick Report – Voss – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Heart To Heart Defies Odds For Small-Scale Breeder

Makers Mark 46 PPs

Bloodhorse – Nyquist Doesn’t Want Your Respect – By Lenny Shulman

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – 2016 Kentucky Derby Pedigrees: Outwork

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – 2016 Kentucky Derby Pedigrees: Brody’s Cause

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – April 12, 2016 – Presented by Shadwell Farm

DRF – Privman – Road to the Derby: Blue Grass Stakes

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Nyquist Jogs on Keeneland Training Track

Bloodhorse – Derby-Focused Baffert is Over ‘Pharoah‘ Blues

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Santa Anita’s closing weekend features standout performances from Kentucky Derby, Oaks contenders

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Catch a Glimpse looking to cap big week with Appalachian score

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Casse Adds Brei Horses to His Stable

DRF – Grening – Bloomberg leads tributes at Phipps’s funeral

Bloodhorse – Genaro – Friends, Family Say Good-bye to Dinny Phipps

Bloodhorse – Phipps’ Legacy – By Eric Mitchell

NY Times – Levin – Chinese Scions’ Song: My Daddy’s Rich and My Lamborghini’s Good-Looking

DRF – Free – Baffert has two good shots on opening day

martedi – 12 aprile

Global News – Horse racing aids Alberta’s rural Economy

Woodbine Entertainment – WEG launch Derby Games Wagering Platform 

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Adoption of Penalty System Considered Key

TDN – Thornton -Derby Dream Comes True, In Bittersweet Fashion

TDN – Kane – Caridad Center: A Good Story Than Can Get Better

DRF – Privman – Road to the Derby: Wood Memorial

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Updates on 2016 Kentucky Derby Horses

Louisville Courier – Journal – Lintner – Kentucky Derby Watch | Who’s in and who’s out?

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – What we learned last week on the Derby trail

2016 Kentucky Derby Probables PPs

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Nyquist in Strong Gallop, Will Work Friday

Louisville Courier-Journal – Derby fave Nyquist has former Card on wild ride

DRF – Hovdey: Brother Kent will handle Exaggerator hyperbole

TDN – Finley – No Exaggeration, This Colt Was Spectacular

TDN – Dazzling Gem to Arkansas Derby

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – C-J’s Better Derby Betting returns for 2016

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

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Kentucky Oaks Contender: Weep No More

Bloodhorse – Five Stakes Anchor Los Al Spring Meet

DRF – Andersen – Los Alamitos hoping for good weather, large fields at repositioned meeting

TDN – From Kremlin Cottage Stables

Louisville Courier-Journal – Team Chrome requests purse bump for appearance

TDN – Duckworth – Taylor Made Celebrates 40 Years

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Biondetti Filly Works Fastest Quarter at OBS

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – How Dwyer’s operation keeps on producing quality horses for the sales

LA Times – Elliott – Stanley Cup Playoffs preview: Canada left out in the cold

National Post – CP – Graveland – Mr. Hockey’s legacy has never been forgotten in Saskatoon: ‘We’re a Prairie Canadian town and we love hockey’

lunedi 11 aprile

National Post – CP – Two horses at Alberta’s Bar U Ranch named after Italian immigrant: Poca and Terra

NY times – Drape and Hoppert – The Kentucky Derby Dartboard: Week 2

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – What we learned last week on the Derby trail

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Nyquist’s April 10 Jog ‘Fantastic’

TwinSpires Blog – Whitmore, Suddenbreakingnews & Discreetness work for Arkansas Derby 

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – The BIG advantage you get when you buy a horse at a breeze-up sale

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Repole Hoping Mo Town Hits Keep Coming

Theracingbiz – Vespe – Awesome Speed put up in Tesio

Bloodhorse – Balan – Tesio DQ Goes in Awesome Speed’s Favor

NY Times – Tierney – Exaggerator Carries Brothers to Kentucky Derby

DRF – Watchmaker: Final preps fail to clarify Kentucky Derby picture

Looks like this Derby is going to have its fair share of speed, mid-pack and late runners; a heady handicapping mix to be sure.

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Wood, Blue Grass, Santa Anita Derby All Prove Useful Barometers

DRF – Kentucky Derby 2016 point standings

DRF – Privman – Road to the Derby: Santa Anita Derby

Bloodhorse – Wood Winner Outwork in Good Order, Derby Next

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Gun Runner drills, ‘getting there’ for Derby

TwinSpires Blog – Ashland upsetter Weep No More heading to Churchill; Cathryn Sophia bypassing KY Oaks

TwinSpires Blog – Catch a Glimpse honored as Canadian Horse of the Year 

DRF – Grening – Carrumba provides Phipps family with emotional victory in Top Flight

Theracingbiz – Vespe – Opinion: It’s time for Maryland-bred racing

Bloodhorse – Balan – ‘Casablanca’ Dominant in San Juan Capistrano

Bloodhorse – Lewyn – Subtle Indian Powerful in Count Fleet Sprint

Bloodhorse – Balan – Dreamologist Excels in Las Cienegas

NY Times – Eligon – Uncertain Future, for Manny Pacquiao and Boxing

TwinSpires Blog – Derby prep aftermath: Zulu, Flexibility off the trail

Southern Living The Grumpy Gardener – Bender – Get Healthy! Eat Some Dandelions

domenica 10 aprile

Sal says that you havta give credit where credit is due.

If you were smarter than Sal you would have taken Byron King’s advice and cashed $1,288.40 for $2 ticket, $322.10 for a 50¢ or 386.52 for 60¢ Big Apple – Blue Grass Pick 4.

DRF – King: Big Apple Blue Grass pick four for Saturday, April 9

Sal trimmed the cost of his ticket by leaving Cherry Wine out in the Blue Grass, but if like Sal and Steve Crist you thought that Sheer Drama needed a race and more distance you got to crumple up and recycle your ticket.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Sheer Drama Picks Up Sprinting Grade I

Bloodhorse – ESPN – DRF – Russo – Sheer Drama in Madison

Calgary Herald – Mitchell – Some hope remains despite Alberta thoroughbred racing’s uncertain future

Sal doesn’t call it progress when the gradient on the line of decline reduces. Sal calls it progress when the line of decline becomes the line of incline and the gradient increases.

Sal says that the rumours about what will be happening to Northlands Park in 2017 and beyond will be flying faster than bats chasing mosquitoes over the next few weeks.

Sal says that the rumours about what will be happening to thoroughbred racing in Alberta in 2017 and beyond will be flying faster than bats chasing mosquitoes over the next few weeks.

Tenere guardando.

If you want some answers be sure to attend the HBPA Alberta meeting on April 28, 2016 5:30 PM Sky Paddock Northlands Park Edmonton Alberta.

Sal says if you’re wondering what Ron Burrell is doing now:

Captain Ron’s Fishing

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Taylor Made 40-Year Event Helps Old Friends

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Triple Crown Travel On A Budget

Willie Nelson’s the one who told me the reason it costs so much to get divorced is because it’s worth it.

Esquire – What I’ve Learned: Merle Haggard

Questo è quello di aggravare Phil.

Mama Tried

Garden and Gun – The Legend and the Renegade

“We got great feedback from Canada,” he said.

NY Times – Stolberg – (Legal) Moonshiner and University Battle Over Rights to ‘Kentucky’

America’s Best Racing – Fasig Tipton – Triple Crown Training: Where American Pharoah Learned to Be a Racehorse Act I

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Here & There – Derby Preps

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – No shake ups on top of Kentucky Derby & Oaks polls

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – DerbyHQ Top 20 | No consensus after Nyquist

If he can win the Kentucky Derby remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: he will do everything he can to reach the wire first.

TwinSpires Blog – Pugh – Outwork avenges sire, Uncle Mo, in Wood Memorial

Bloodhorse – Pedulla – Outwork Outlasts Longshot in Wood Memorial

“Forget the Derby, forget everything other than the fact it was a huge win for him in only his fourth lifetime start,” said Pletcher. “To win a Grade 1 in only his fourth start is extra gratifying for our team, because five years ago Uncle Mo didn’t win the Wood Memorial. It’s sort of vindication in some ways for him, and to win it with a son of Uncle Mo is a pretty cool story.”

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Outwork Heads To Derby After Wood Memorial Win

From the dour expressions on Pletcher and Repole’s faces before the result went official Sal says they thought they were coming down for interference on Trojan Nation down the lane.

Zipseatthetrack.- Zipse – Remembering Summer Squall

Summer Squall

Storm Song

Bloodhorse – Novak – Brody’s Cause Comes Home in Blue Grass

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Brody’s Cause Wins $1 Million Toyota Blue Grass

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – ‘Up front’ Desormeaux brothers on to the Derby

LA Times – Cherwa – Exaggerator wins Santa Anita Derby impressively for the Desormeaux brothers

Bloodhorse – Balan – Exaggerator Soars Home in Santa Anita Derby

TwinSpires Blog – Exaggerator inflates his margin in Santa Anita Derby slop

Kentucky Derby 2016 Leaderboard

With Trojan Nation in 16th and Laoban in 21st positions could there be 2 maidens in the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

Before you scoff at running a maiden in the Kentucky Derby remember that the first Triple Crown winner – Sir Barton was a maiden when he won the Kentucky Derby.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Cupid heads list of Arkansas Derby probables

Louisville Courier-Journal – Sullivan – Sullivan | Romans sees his best shot at Derby

National Post – Hopper – From socialists to good-old-boys: A taxonomy of the NDP’s Edmonton factions

And the PCs themselves released a poll of party members who were asked why they’d been so badly beaten by the NDP last May.

Ninety-four per cent agreed that “the major cause for the elections loss was that Albertans viewed the PC Party as arrogant and entitled, and that the organization did not listen to Albertans and had lost their trust.”

That’s the PCs talking. About themselves.

National Post – Don Braid: Tobacco uproar makes an ugly day for Alberta Tories

The Globe and Mail – Shoalts – Top hockey producer’s firing before NHL playoffs hints at Rogers turmoil

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Graffard – Ten reasons why this promises to be a memorable year for French racing

Holybull.ca Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Rocaccio  – Ten reasons why this promises to be a dismal year for thoroughbred racing in Alberta

  1. Shirley McClellan remains CEO of Horse Racing Alberta and Rick LeLacheur remains Chair of Horse Racing Alberta.
  2. Shirley McClellan remains CEO of Horse Racing Alberta and Rick LeLacheur remains Chair of Horse Racing Alberta.
  3. Shirley McClellan remains CEO of Horse Racing Alberta and Rick LeLacheur remains Chair of Horse Racing Alberta.
  4. Shirley McClellan remains CEO of Horse Racing Alberta and Rick LeLacheur remains Chair of Horse Racing Alberta.
  5. Shirley McClellan remains CEO of Horse Racing Alberta and Rick LeLacheur remains Chair of Horse Racing Alberta.
  6. Shirley McClellan remains CEO of Horse Racing Alberta and Rick LeLacheur remains Chair of Horse Racing Alberta.
  7. Shirley McClellan remains CEO of Horse Racing Alberta and Rick LeLacheur remains Chair of Horse Racing Alberta.
  8. Shirley McClellan remains CEO of Horse Racing Alberta and Rick LeLacheur remains Chair of Horse Racing Alberta.
  9. Shirley McClellan remains CEO of Horse Racing Alberta and Rick LeLacheur remains Chair of Horse Racing Alberta.
  10. Shirley McClellan remains CEO of Horse Racing Alberta and Rick LeLacheur remains Chair of Horse Racing Alberta.

In 1978, Irwin parted ways with the Form around the same time a mobster named “Fat Tony” Ciulla entered a federal plea bargain that rocked the nation with startling confessions of widespread race-fixing. A mindset-changer for Irwin was how Sports Illustrated and the general press reported on the scandal with a candor and objectivity that old-school turf writers chose not to pursue.

“I thought if we had a vigilant press, instead of guys who just came up to the press box for the free food and booze, if these guys had done their job, a guy like Ciulla would have had a lot tougher time pulling off his tricks,” Irwin recalled.

TDN – Irwin’s New ‘Insider’ Book True to His Iconoclast Style

From the proverbial clouds, a 30-1 shot named Weep No More came rolling past the favored trio to post a stunning triumph over Rachel’s Valentina in the 79th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Ashland, earning a spot in the Kentucky Oaks.

“At the top of the lane, to be honest, I didn’t think I’d get up,” said Corey Lanerie, who rode Weep No More for the Ashbrook Farm of Glenn Bromagen and trainer Rusty Arnold. “But then about 70 yards before wire, I was like, ‘Come on baby, you can get it.'”

ESPN – DRF – McGee – Weep No More upsets in Ashland

Bloodhorse – Weep No More Stuns Ashland at 30-1

Sal has watched the replay of this race at least 10 times and still doesn’t think that Weep No More could close that much ground to win the race.

Tom Amoss and the Mo Tom connections must have been relieved to see Corey Lanerie move Weep No More off the rail away from traffic problems for her final charge down the centre of the track. With Mo Tom sitting in 18th spot with 32 points Mo Tom’s connections have to play the waiting game and hope none of the horses below them close late for a position in the 2016 Kentucky Derby starting gate.

In a statement on Sunday, the owner of the Saints, Tom Benson, and his wife, Gayle, said the killing would “leave a lasting scar on our community forever.”

NY Times – McPhate – Will Smith, Ex-Saints Player, Is Fatally Shot in New Orleans

New Orleans Saints – The New Orleans Saints mourn the loss of defensive end Will Smith

Bloodhorse – Terra Promessa Captures Fantasy by a Neck

LA Times – Cherwa – Songbird cruises to victory in Santa Anita Oaks but Kentucky Derby still is not in the cards

Bloodhorse – Songbird Easy Winner of Santa Anita Oaks

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Undefeated Songbird Simply Brilliant In Santa Anita Oaks

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Report: Cathryn Sophia to bypass Ky. Oaks

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lewis Bay makes statement in N.Y. Oaks prep

Horse Racing Nation – Tamulonis – Kentucky Oaks 2016: Field far from set

Sal was wondering if Mike Tarp’s Go Maggie Go who earned 100 points winning the Gulfstream Park Oaks will be late nominated or supplemented to the Kentucky Oaks.

Paulick Report – Williams – Two Female Jockey Agents Riding Race to Success

TDN – Riley – Eclipse Thoroughbreds Expands To Australia

TDN – Riley – Gai Collects Redoute’s Colt At Easter

Last week Sal commented that Shirley McClellan is rumoured to still be whining about comments posted on www.holybull.ca concerning the lack of performance from Horse Racing Alberta. Sal’s been around since Phil got lambasted by the Battersea Omnibus and Sal’s looked through the archives of Phil’s phone and e-mails and neither Shirley McClellan CEO of Horse Racing Alberta nor Rick LeLacheur Chair of Horse Racing Alberta have ever contacted either Phil M Stockmen or Hawthorne Sal about having a meeting to discuss what Phil or Sal posts or the performance of Horse Racing Alberta.

Neither Phil nor Sal received or receives any compensation for the time they put in and they have to cover the costs of a website and contest prizes from their own jeans so Sal says that the nove can figure out who should be making the first move here. The nove like Sal hope that the next move for both Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur is fuori la porta.

Bloodhorse – Keeneland Sets Single-Day Handle Record

Sal noticed from Phil’s archives that Phil sometimes was a tad critical of the performance of Northlands Park.

At least Northlands Park has a simulcast calendar on their OTB website.  You may have to scroll down to the bottom to find it but it’s there.

Century Bets has no simulcast calendar on their OTB website.

Rocky Mountain Turf Club’s Bully’s Off Track Betting has a simulcast calendar on their OTB website:


but it’s May 2015.

Sal was wondering who operates the southern half of the province of Alberta’s OTBs – Century Bets or Rocky Mountain Turf Club. Sal’s a tad confused but not as confused as the OTB customers who cannot find out what tracks are being shown at their local OTB.

Sal says that Phil said that someone said one of the most cogent comments Phil had ever heard about thoroughbred racing in the province of Alberta:

We need to improve the professionalism of horse racing in the province of Alberta.

Say says it’s time that all of the organizations responsible for putting on and promoting thoroughbred racing in the province of Alberta started to improve their professionalism.

The paramedics were able to save Phil’s cellphone when he was lambasted by the Battersea Omnibus and kind enough to forward it to Sal to use while he’s subbing for Phil and searching for the next Dread Pirate Roberts.

LA Times – Pugmire – Manny Pacquiao says he’s retiring after his victory over Timothy Bradley

Louisville Courier-Journal – USA Today – Rogers – Manny Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley again Walks away

Questo quelle per Phil:

Walk Away Renee

Bloodhorse – Brass Hat to Compete at KY Horse Park Show

Blazing Ron

Sal says that all the anal Politically Correct idiots who want you to call it a shovel instead of a spade need to loosen up and watch Fernando’s reaction to what the PC’s would label a blatant racist slur. Fernando not only understands that the comment is just part of the patter Fernando takes it a compliment that someone gave him a hint of recognition. Sal says that the PC idiots need to adjust their asshats.

The Globe and Mail – Baruma – Why rock ’n’ roll is the music of dictatorships

Bloodhorse – Novak – Kid Cruz Grinds to Excelsior Victory

Sal says that if Donald Trump was watching the race with an eye of newt it must have sent a shiver down his spine to see Kid Cruz come from behind and beat the front runner.

LA Times – Mason and Bararbak – Cruz outmaneuvering Trump in behind-the-scenes battles for delegates

NY Times – Shpigel – 1990: An N.H.L. Draft Class to Remember

NY Times – Shpigel – For One Member of Famed N.H.L. Class, Reality Took a Different Path

NY Times – Shpigel – The Enduring Power of Jaromir Jagr

DRF – Hovdey – Michael Wrona poised for next magical moment at Santa Anita

ESPN – DRF – Russo – Ami’s Flatter rallies for win

NY Times – Kang – The Unbearable Whiteness of Baseball

TDN – Fast Company Filly Makes All In the 1000 Trial

Garden and Gun – Fork in The Road – Edge – Fork in the Road: A Bold Move in Barbecue

Garden and Gun – Dixon – Homeplace: Smokehouse Sanctuary

Garden and Gun – Inside a Smokehouse Turned Family Home

Five Thirty Eight – Can You Solve This Napoleonic Puzzle?

National Post – The Telegraph – Richards – Shakespeare’s language was so pithy and ahead of its time that it still peppers our everyday speech

The Bitter Southerner – Reece – Alton Brown – The Bitter Southerner Interview

The Globe and Mail – Canada wins gold at 2016 men’s curling championship

Hawthorne Sal

  2 Responses to “Hawthorne Sal’s Suddenly Salient Smashing Stories – Negli Archivi – Dieci”

  1. SAL, the MOSQUITO rider left town. The only hope for the HBPA would be a new card dealer. ASHA is sitting on a royal flush with on track training and overflow entry box, while the HBPA has a pair of deuces and if Edmonton City COUNCIL agrees to festival proposal, Alberta Downs will not be GREENER PASTURES in 2017?


    Collectively the 50 HBPA members out of 700 + will be discussing 2017 race meet with equity leaving quicker than a flushing toilet. Shame it wasn’t on a first Saturday of meet for out of town owners?

    PLAN C will it involve CENTURY taking over NORTHLANDS racing/casino operations in 2017 with 4 casino licenses doubtful or GREAT CANADIAN GAMING with their recent ground breaking $41 million casino in BELLEVILLE, ONTARIO also doubtful, since council would have to pull plug on Northlands?

    CENTURY DOWNS in a classy move is posting unclaimed race tickets in race program download with $28,957.95 from Oct 1 to Dec 31/2015, would NORTHLANDS ever do this with the millions of dollars over the past decades that got funneled to other departments that they won’t equal share split with the HBPA for backstretch activities and programs unlike the ONTARIO HBPA!

    CUSTOMER support for ALBERTA handle results ended on AUG 9/15, however the undertaker posted a story about an increase in the fall/winter standardbred meet at WOODBINE, with not a word about the 6.6% increase in thoroughbred handle at NORTHLANDS. The 2015 total for live was $21.475 million up from $20,070 million in 2014 with the erroneous 2014 ANNUAL REPORT on pg 9/36 showing 11.2 million live for both breeds and 1.9 million simulcast live for a total of $13.1 or HALF the actual total when you add the $6.32 million from harness with $ 20.07 million from runners for $26.39 mil total,RIDICULOUS!!

    COUNCILLOR MIKE NICKELS at mike.nickel@edmonton.ca , alderman for WARD 11 is rumoured to be inclined to exam CHAPTER 11 for NORTHLANDS, rather than their BRINKS TRUCK SOLUTION, please send any comments regarding the continuation of racing in 2017 and beyond to his email, you do not have to be a HBPA member to express your opinions unlike the 50/700 attending the Meeting!

    HOT RUMOUR that Sal may be heading up to FORT MC to pick up a used GM truck in gratitude for correcting the fact that RIVERSEDGE has invested millions in supporting the ALBERTA RACING INDUSTRY, With the truck he plans to haul hay to pick up a little change for covering informative website costs and beer $$$.

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