Apr 232016


Hawthorne Sal’s

Suddenly Salient

Smashing Stories

Negli Archivi – Dodici

sabato 30 aprile

Go Maggie Go put in her final Oaks work, breezing five furlongs in 1:03 3/5 with exercise rider Tammy Fox in the irons.

“She worked real well this morning,” trainer Dale Romans said of the move that came after the renovation break. “I just wanted her to go slow, and everything looks like it’s on schedule.”

Bloodhorse – Preparations Continue for Oaks Hopefuls

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Updates on Kentucky Oaks 2016 Contenders

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Handicapping Sketches of All Belmont Late P4 Starters

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Dominguez happy in retirement

TDN – Something In The Air

Questo è per Phil and Phil:

In The Air Tonight

Forbes – Genaro – So You Want To Own A Racehorse? Churchill Downs Launches Racing Club With $500 Buy-In

ESPN – ABR – Moore – Fourteen things you might not know about the Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Busy Work Tab at Churchill for Derby Horses

Bloodhorse – Angst – Nyquist Wraps up Serious Derby Preparations

Bloodhorse – Novak – Mohaymen Sitting on Go for Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Novak – Outwork, Destin Turn in Final Derby Breezes

Bloodhorse – Laoban Works Toward Preakness … or Derby

ESPN – Simon – Top trainer trumps best bloodlines

Bloodhorse – Johnson – 3 Kentucky Derby Longshots to Consider

Bloodhorse – Team Pharoah to Receive Preakness Merit Award

This is Horse Racing – Clancy – Rolex competitor no longer a Mystery

Racing Future – Fan Friendly Improvements for 2016 Prairie Meadows Meeting

Bloodhorse – Pierro – Red Sailed into the Sunset

venerdi – 29 aprile

Watch for the advertisements for the Northlands Park Racing Club in the next couple of days. Be sure to have 2 Franklins  Bordens and 1 Grant  King in you pocket as the club should sell out its 200 memberships in the first few days.

TDN – Gov. Bevin Announces KHRC Overhaul

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Day joins revamped Ky. racing commission

Sal was wondering when Alberta PM Notley or Minister Ceci will be announcing the revamping of Horse Racing Alberta with members whose character, competence and commitment traits we need to elevate Alberta’s horse racing industry.

Kentucky Governor Bevin didn’t wait until the contracts were up to show the old guard the door. He knew that they had all passed their best before dates.

The streets Sal comes from don’t breed no fools and Sal realizes that Kentucky Governor Bevin has appointed members to the KRC that are more aligned with his political persuasion, but who also have credentials that are required to elevate Kentucky’s horse racing industry, be it experience in the horse racing industry or proven business acumen.

Next week will be the first anniversary of the NDP’s upset of the reigning Tories, yet the NDP has not got around to cleaning out the Tory cronies from the myriad positions that they occupy. As Phil and Sal have said on numerous occasions Horse Racing Alberta should be the first place they clean out and both Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur should have been gone before the end of May 2015. Just think how much further ahead thoroughbred racing in the province of Alberta would be if the thoroughbred participants were about to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the house cleaning at Horse Racing Alberta.

NY Times – AP – $1 Million Bonus Is Offered for Horse Race Sweep

Sal says how about a $100k bonus for a horse that sweeps the Manitoba Derby, the Canadian Derby and the British Columbia Derby.

Horse Racing Alberta – Request for Expressions of Interest – Horse Racing ‘A’ Track Licence in Alberta

Lady and the track – Hammer – Kate Upton and Jordan Smith Headline Kentucky Oaks 2016 Events

NY Times – Macur – Social Media, Where Sports Fans Congregate and Misogyny Runs Amok

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Top Five Kentucky Derby Recipes 2016

Bloodhorse – Balan – Maiden Trojan Nation Seeks Derby Upset

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Majesto the Forgotten Horse in Kentucky Derby 142

Lady and the Track – Smith – Team Moquett Back for More with Whitmore

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – The amazing broodmare band bidding for a Kentucky Derby weekend treble

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Horse Caucus Takes Testimony on Drug Bill

Bloodhorse – Ben’s Cat Set for 10-Year-Old Debut

The Rebel Media – Boycott Earls Restaurants!

The Globe and Mail – Competing ethical meat standards leave Alberta beef farmers in crossfire

Bloodhorse – Genaro – Scuderi Finds Success With Seeking the Silver

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Songbird’s absence makes Oaks a super betting race

Preciado, Ziadie game the system

Last week I commented on how Rafael Bejarano is the latest jockey to make a mockery of the appeals process for suspensions. Bejarano drew three days for a riding infraction in February during the lucrative Santa Anita winter season. By appealing, he delayed serving his days until last week at Los Alamitos, where purses are substantially lower and high quality mounts a jockey wouldn’t want to risk losing are much less plentiful. This should not be tolerated.

Suspect trainers Ramon Preciado and Kirk Ziadie, whose stratospheric winning percentages and sudden improvements of horses would make Hall of Famers feel inadequate, have made what Bejarano did look like putting off paying a parking ticket.

Two weeks ago, Preciado,was told he was no longer welcome at Parx after ringing up a total of 270 days in suspensions for a string of drug violations at the Philadelphia track and Delaware Park. He thumbed his nose at the stewards on what was supposed to be his last weekend at Parx by winning seven straight races. This brought his winning percentage to just shy of 50 percent. Nothing suspicious about that.

But Preciado might not be finished. He is appealing his penalties.

Ziadie was told he was not welcome at Calder for two years from 2009-2011. The track finally let him back and it was just like old times. He had 18 positives in four years while achieving a strike rate of about 40 percent. Andy Beyer pointed out in a column a few years ago that over a five-year period, Ziadie won first time off a claim at an astonishing 47 percent rate.

The Florida Department of Pari-Mutuel Wagering finally had seen enough by last December. It suspended Ziadie for six years. Now he, too, is appealing.

There is a way to stop this abuse of the system. If serial offenders such as Preciado and Ziadie are found by racing officials to be guilty of what they are charged, their cases should be referred to the justice system. There are harsh laws against interfering with the results of a sporting contest. Drugging race horses surely falls into that category.

From the Insider

A racing icon passes

A year after his champions were honoured, Phil Kives dies

As horse owner and breeder for more than four decades, Phil Kives, the “as-seen-on-TV” marketing genius, became almost synonymous with Assiniboia Downs. Sadly, yesterday morning, after a lengthy hospital stay, he passed away at 87, leaving an unparalleled legacy. Said ASD CEO Darren Dunn: “We lost a giant in the racing world and an icon in the Manitoba breeding industry. His contributions to this sport will never be forgotten. The list of stakes winners and champions he owned or produced will never be matched.”

Thankfully, the Downs honoured nine of his champion horses in overnight stakes races last year (including Island Fling, Proven Reserve, Plenty Chilly, Coral Prospect and Corporate Shuffle) and he delighted in seeing Goldencents, the grandson of his famed Body Works, win two Breeders’ Cups. Since 2000, his K5 Stables produced 253 wins from 1,377 starts and his horses earned $3.76 million. Burial was tentatively set for this Sunday at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery across from Kildonan Park.


CBC – Phil Kives, K-Tel International founder, dies at 87

giovedi 28 aprile

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – April 27, 2016 – Presented by Shadwell Farm

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

LA Times – Cherwa – Horse Racing: Road to the Kentucky Derby

Trojan Nation Horse Kentucky Derby 2016

Outwork Horse Kentucky Derby 2016

Trojan Nation on the rail Outwork outside

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Kentucky Derby Horses 2016: Photo Gallery

Questo è per Helen:
War has rules, mud wrestling has rules – politics has no rules.
Ross Perot

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Gun Runner’s speed figure dropped before Derby

TwinSpires Blog – Five Kentucky Derbies where the talent ran deep

DRF – Privman – Points system having desired impact on Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Faith in the System – by Evan Hammonds

DRF – Privman – Alternates have Derby hopes

Louisville Courier-Journal – Louisville native closing in on first Derby

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – 27 years later, Von Hemel back in the Derby

Bloodhorse – Rees – Lani Works in Perplexing Fashion

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Visiting Champion Sire Uncle Mo

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – War Front’s best yet is all set for what could be a monstrous season

Bloodhorse – Angst – Toews On Ice Heads Opening Churchill Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – William Walker highlights opening night at Churchill Downs

This is Horse Racing – Heavyweights for Hall of Fame

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Ehalt – Legends: Whittingham’s Derby Winner Ferdinand

DRF – Privman – Jockey Garcia not in Kentucky to be part of Baffert’s team

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Strong Grip

Bloodhorse – Balan – Sherman Seeks California Chrome Stakes Upset

Bloodhorse – Balan – Gabriel Charles Makes Return in SF Mile

mercoledi 27 aprile

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Inside look at Churchill’s pre-Derby renovation

Speaking about track renovations Sal was wondering what ever happened to the Request for Proposals for a new track in the Edmonton area that Horse Racing Alberta supposedly discussed during their emergency meeting with the horse groups in late February.

Do the powers that bee at Horse Racing Alberta want a repeat of the jiggies wandering the desert waiting for the land of Canaan to be built.

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Pedulla – Legends: The Woman Who Saved Meadow Stable

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Nyquist to work before the races at Keeneland

Louisville Courier-Journal – Frakes – Pharoah’s traveling crew back at Churchill

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Ky. Downs adds to lucrative purses for 2016

Bloodhorse – Rees – Mor Spirit Sharp in Churchill Breeze

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintenr- The Works | Stevens likes spot on Mor Spirit

Bloodhorse – Eclipse Acquires Minority Interest in Destin

The Racing Biz – Hague – Monmouth Park set for exchange wagering

Horse Race Insider – Berner – The Pick Six Dinosaur and The Future of Exchange Wagering

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – ‘A lot left to do’ in Asmussen’s HoF career

Bloodhorse – Exaggerator to WinStar After Racing

LA Times – Hernandez – Lakers’ firing of Byron Scott shows how the business of sports entertainment works

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Midwest/Canada: Cool Cole Man

martedi 26 aprile

Bloodhorse – Jockey Stein Set to Retire

Paulick Report – Smith – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Justin Stein’s Most Unusual Life

Frank Salive will be the new announcer and television commentator.

Salive has announced more than 125,000 races throughout his career. He has also held operational roles with racetracks throughout North America, and has years of broadcasting experience in radio and television dating back to the 1976 Olympics.

News Talk 610 – 3 new staff members at Fort Erie Race Track

NY Times – Branch – In Johnny Manziel, a Human Cost to the N.F.L. Draft Machine

ESPN – Grand jury indicts Johnny Manziel on misdemeanor assault charge

Two years ago, Fox Hill Farms’ Rick Porter led a loud chorus of criticism from industry insiders and went so far as to say he hoped the Breeders’ Cup would never return to Churchill Downs. Because some of the Porter’s criticism was echoed by noted blowhard Steve Coburn, co-owner of California Chrome, it might have been easy to ignore.

But rather than responding with callous corporate disregard – always a risk with a high-demand event — track President Kevin Flanery and his staff took pains to confront customer complaints prior to last year’s Derby.

“We get a lot of feedback,” Flanery said Monday. “We get a lot of positive feedback. But it’s normal in life, if folks are unhappy, that’s what you hear. No. 1, you don’t just brush it off. You listen. Sometimes it’s something underneath what’s said that’s important.”

Credit Churchill Downs with paying attention.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Sullivan | Churchill Downs listens, learns

Sal says that there’s a lesson to be learned here.

Sal says that the managers at Northlands Park don’t think they need this lesson as think they know it all.

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Canterbury Executives: Caballeros With Cojones


LA Times – Cherwa – Churchill Downs to follow Santa Anita and Del Mar by hosting 2018 Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup to Churchill Downs in 2018

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Breeders’ Cup Returns to Churchill Downs in 2018

Bloodhorse – Churchill to Offer Second Racing Club

CDI – Kentucky Derby Week

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – When is the Kentucky Derby?

Garden and Gun – Guide to the Kentucky Derby

Lady and the Track – Macatangay –  Trojan Nation Seeks First Win in Kentucky Derby 142

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Connections confirm maiden will run the Derby

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Johnson – Shades of Uncle Mo as ‘wow’ horse Outwork closes in on a Derby dream

TwinSpires Blog – Gun Runner, Creator post “ideal” works for Derby

Sal says that the horse could run backwards in 2.10 for four furlongs with the rider standing on his head juggling flamethrowers and the trainers would call it an ideal work.

DRF – Sparkman: Stanford pushes Malibu Moon closer to milestone

DRF – Russo – Dennis O’Neill continues picking out future stars at sales

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Previewing the Kentucky Oaks Starting Gate

TwinSpires Blog – Asmussen works five for Oaks; Carina Mia breezes

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Pitt – Fillies so rare in the Kentucky Derby, but here’s one who gave it a good go

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – 2016 KENTUCKY DERBY PEDIGREES

TDN – Surgery for Swipe

Bloodhorse – Asmussen, Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta in HOF

LA Times – Cherwa – Zenyatta named to National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame

Bloodhorse – Kaabraaj Sets Emerald Downs Track Record

DRF – Gierkink – Bear’sway rides golden rail to Wando victory

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Dear Elaine, Dee Dee Bertie deliver emotional wins

NY Times – Belson – N.F.L. Wins Appeal, and Tom Brady Has Little Recourse

lunedi 25 aprile

CBC – Single-event sports betting bill opposed by Federal Liberals

“It is possible, as suggested by many sports leagues, that legalizing single-event sports betting could encourage gamblers to fix games,” Casey said in the House of Commons. “The current parlay system of betting makes it unattractive to fix a game, because the only way to achieve a guaranteed payout would be to rig multiple events, which would be much more difficult to accomplish. Single-event sports betting would make a fraudster’s task easier, since only one event would need to be fixed.”

Sal was wondering what century Sean Casey is living in.

If you listen you can hear the cheers from the Mohawks and off-shore gambling sites where millions of Canadians wager billions of Canadian Dollars because Sean Casey and his cronies are living in the 21st century BG and believe the bullshit that the major sports leagues feed them

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Churchill to announce ‘important’ future event

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Nyquist Staying On Target for the Derby

Bloodhorse – Rees – Shagaf, My Man Sam Breeze Easy at Churchill

TwinSpires Blog – Kentucky Derby contender Shagaf turns in best-ever work, Brown says

ESPN – DRF – Watchmaker – Kentucky Derby may not set up for closers

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – DerbyHQ Top 20 | Nyquist 1st, at least for now

HANA – Annual Track Ratings Issue

Bloodhorse – ABR Films – Stars of Tomorrow: Eric Cancel 

Bloodhorse – Handle, Field Size Up at Mahoning Valley

Thoroughbred Internet – Diamonds in the mine

Bloodhorse – Balan – Time and Motion Scores in Memories of Silver

TDN – Lonhro Debutante Dominates For Clement

TDN – Uptown Twirl Refuses To Lose In Surfside

domenica 24 aprile

Questo è per Sal:

When Doves Cry

National Post – AP – Forliti  and Glass – Prince brushed off fans’ concerns he was ill before his death: ‘Just wait a few days before saying your prayers’

NY Times – Sanneh – A Noncontroversial Prince, Just the Way the N.F.L. Likes Him

Questo è per tutti:

Prince’s NFL Superbowl Halftime Show

Questo è per:

Manic Monday

Wired – Rhodes – The Fascinating Origin Story of Prince’s Iconic Symbol

LA Times – Wood – Sheila E. remembers working with Prince: ‘He just wanted to play’

The Globe and Mail – Prince’s Top 10 tracks: Essential works in an artist’s sublime career

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Sal was wondering if this is the symbol once known as Phil after he got lambasted by the Battersea omnibus.

NY Times – Bayard – William Shakespeare, Playwright and Poet, Is Dead at 52

Questo è per :

Sigh No More

Sporcle – Can you name the source, Shakespeare or Batman, who is quoted below?

FiveThirtyEight – Bialik – Shakespeare Or Batman? That Is The Question

Edmonton Journal – Lazzarino – Back to the future: Camrose company wants to use horses, wagons for recycling

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – It’s up to players to make Canterbury takeout reduction succeed


Horses, jockeys and race fans will all come together this May 6 & 7 for an amazing Thoroughbred Season Opening Weekend, featuring:

• Special red carpet rollout
• Free programs at the main entrance for the first 200 guests
• $5 free slot play for new Players Club members
• Live Kentucky Derby simulcast w/the chance to win Colours Restaurant prize packages each worth $600.
• Friday & Saturday Night Frenzy free slot play giveaways

This year is guaranteed to be one to remember, so make sure you’re here when it all begins! And don’t forget to keep your eye on our full racing schedule to keep track of each race day and special events we have planned throughout the season.

Thoroughbred Opening Weekend May 6 & 7

The Globe and Mail – Fife and Stone – Duffy cleared of all charges as judge excoriates PMO under Harper

The sloppiness of the Senate’s rules excused Duffy’s conduct in claiming his Ottawa-area home as a secondary residence, in taking trips costing tens of thousands of dollars (with mere tablespoons of Senate business justifying some of them), and in using contracts for an old friend to pay numerous expenses the Senate might not have been willing to cover, Vaillancourt found.

“I am encouraged that the Senate seems to have made some significant changes,” Vaillancourt said, tightening up its rules in response to Duffy’s case. But when Duffy did the things the Crown charged him for, the rules were such that everything — everything — he did was defensible, the judge found.

National Post – Reevely – Duffy not guilty verdict called ‘resounding acquittal’; judge critical of Harper, PMO

Mike Duffy may have avoided a stay at the crowbar hotel, but with the scathing indictment of the Harper PMO Canadians can now better understand why the recently deposed Harper Tories wanted to get the election over before Justice Vaillancourt aired their dirty laundry in public.

Mike Duffy may not have been much of a standup guy, but Bosses with class don’t throw the soldati under the omnibus. Especially the maiali who will squeal just like mailali.

Sal says that being found not guilty of the criminal charges against him does not mean that Mike Duffy is innocent. There’s just not enough enough evidence to convict him since the real culprits were those who made the rules greyer than a Tapit colt. What Mike Duffy and the rest of the Harper government are guilty of is lack of respect for the taxpayer’s dollars that they were entrusted to spend wisely.

People in public life are forever trying to persuade us to accept “not criminal” as the required standard of behaviour. Yet it is in public life, above all, that we must not accept it. As our employees, they should at least be expected to live up to the standard we expect of each other, which is not merely to obey the law but to obey certain basic ethical norms — common sense, if not common decency. As our leaders, what is more, they should surely be expected to exceed those standards: to set an example of what is right, not what is blindingly, obviously wrong.

That not only the rules but the culture of the Senate tolerated the sort of abuse of public trust in which Duffy engaged, that indeed other senators were guilty of much the same, is not accidental. It is in part a matter of self-selection, in a body whose chief qualification for appointment has hitherto been a willingness to accept one. But whatever sense of entitlement may have been there initially is surely reinforced by the experience of having been appointed for life, without being accountable to anyone. Of which the most certain proof was the statement from the Senate, after the verdict was announced, welcoming Duffy back to his seat, at full pay. For indeed the only actual job requirement of a senator, besides showing up, is that he not be a criminal.

National Post – Andrew Coyne: When ‘not criminal’ does not equal innocent

Sal says that the people of Canada did understand that it was the lax or non-exitant rules under the Harper PMO’s lack of supervision that allowed the maiali to mangiare troppo at the public trough. That’s why we now have Justin Trudeau GQ as our PM.

Sal was wondering if Justin’s PMO has tightened up the rules to stop the maiali from gorging themselves at the public trough. If Sal was running the show those spending the public’s money would have to account a fagiola.

Bloodhorse – Churchill Downs Launches Racing Club

Bloodhorse – Novak – ‘Interesting Case’ Horsepower Wins at Keeneland

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – PA Report: Slots Provide Almost 90% of Purses

NY Times – Miller – Tips for Surviving in a Tiny Home

Sal adds:

11. Don’t cook cabbage.

ESPN – What if NBA jerseys had full-scale ads? Here’s an illustrated look

NY Times – Oppenheimer – A Philosophical Journey Leads Back to Basketball

All horseplayers have ever asked of stewards is consistency. Don’t leave Gioia Stella up on Wednesday, and take another horse down on Sunday for doing virtually the same thing. But so much judgment seems to go into calls by the stewards these days that horseplayers also need some clarity in disputed situations, and uniformity from track to track.

DRF – Watchmaker – Inconsistency plagues the sport of kings on the race track

Bloodhorse – Court Dismissal Favors Encore, Kentucky Downs

Louisville Courier-Journal – New ESPN 30 for 30 short: ‘Gonzo @ The Derby’

Questo è per Phil:

I have long understood that losing always comes with the territory when you wander into the gambling business, just as getting crippled for life is an acceptable risk in the linebacker business. They both are extremely violent sports, and pain is part of the bargain. Buy the ticket, take the ride.

Hunter S. Thompson

When illustrator Ralph Steadman accepted an assignment with writer Hunter S. Thompson at the Kentucky Derby, he never imagined the weekend that would ensue. Here, Steadman depicts the race's winner, a colt named Dust Commander.

The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved Written under duress by Hunter S. Thompson

Questo è per I nove:

No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

Hunter S. Thompson

Bloodhorse – Angst – Nyquist Smooth in Keeneland Breeze

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Company helps Nyquist get “magic number”

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Exaggerator, Danzing Candy, Destin drill for Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Balan – Exaggerator Logs Final SoCal Derby Workout

Bloodhorse – Balan – Danzing Candy Records San Luis Rey Move

TwinSpires Blog – Brody’s Cause leads trio of Derby hopefuls working at Churchill

Bloodhorse – Rees – Brody’s Cause, Fellowship Head Busy CD Tab

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Saints owners bring NOLA flair to the Derby

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Tom’s Ready has excuse for poor Risen Star

Bloodhorse – Johnson – How Fast Will the 2016 Derby Pace Be?

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Whitmore Faces Distance Question in Kentucky Derby 142

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Porter – Reading the pedigrees: how the Kentucky Derby contenders shape up

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Old friend admires Nyquist as Derby fave works

Sal sentito un rumore that the Alberta jiggies are trying to cozy up to the Alberta thoroughbred organizations to work together to promote the horse racing industry in the province of Alberta.  Sal doesn’t want to sound like a Guastafesta, but Sal says that unlike the Trojans the Alberta thoroughbred industry better look this gift horse in the mouth.

From Sal’s reading the lines and between the lines and between the white spaces between the lines and listening to what was said and what was not said sounds to Sal like the jiggies are making a preemptive move before Shirley McClellan and Rick LeLacheur are dumped and the jiggies no longer have any clout at Horse Racing Alberta. Sal says that the Alberta thoroughbred organizations have to ask: Quanto costa? Nothing comes a sbafo and it sounds to Sal like the jiggies hope to partner up before the thoroughbreds have the opportunity to see what Horse Racing Alberta looks like after the NDP governments review of Alberta Agencies, Boards and Commissions.

Sal says that the thoroughbred organizations need to ask what benefit is there to partnering up with a group that has thumbed its noses at the thoroughbreds as long as it could hide behind Shirley McClellan’s skirt after that skirt is gone.

Sal was wondering if the jiggies came bearing an olive branch with a dove or just a bunch of brash bullshit from their talking heads.

Before any thoroughbred organization starts to cozy up with the jiggies go back and reread Mat Monaco’s Recap of 2015 Northlands race meet and 2016 Outlook

A financial policy change instituted by HRA for 2015 resulted in a decrease of the percentage allocation to “A” Thoroughbred Horsemen from 43.5% to 38.5% of the total purse grant. The Standardbred breed as well as Community racing were the recipients of the 5% lost by this Association. Had we received the same percentage allocation as had been received from Day 1 of HRA’s existence, the additional $700,000 would have translated into a 10 – 15% increase in overnite payments.

Until the jiggies agree to start negotiations by giving the 5% that was stolen from the thoroughbreds in 2015 back to the thoroughbreds then Sal says:



The Globe and Mail – Mason – A moderate normal for Alberta is not necessarily a bad thing

National Post – Michael Den Tandt: Investment in education a necessary investment in the future

Bloodhorse – Angst – Cathryn Sophia Swift in Work at Keeneland

Sal is desperately seeking the next Dread Pirate Roberts.

Sal’s been subbing since Phil got lambasted by the Battersea omnibus but Sal’s only subbing on an interim basis.

If you know anyone looking to be the next Dread Pirate Roberts at www.holybull.ca please have them contact Sal at hs@holybull.ca.

Garden and Gun – Price – Inside Our Most Unique National Park

Sal says if you asked the plants and animals in the Park they’d be happier with less visits from Humans.

NY Times – Koblin – Michael Strahan, Switching Shows, Is Headed to ‘Good Morning America’

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Updates on Kentucky Oaks 2016 Contenders

Bloodhorse – Arc First Among 2015’s Top 100 GI Races 

Garden and Gun – Nickens – Fishing for Votes

Garden and Gun – Inside the Wakefield Shad Planking

Louisville Courier-Journal – Maker’s Mark to sell American Pharoah bottle

Louisville Courier-Journal – American Pharoah: a breeder apart | Sullivan

Racing Post – Hill – Golden Slipper winners head Coolmore roster

Garden and Gun – Price – A Pressing Mystery: Thomas Jefferson and the Waffle

TDN – Adolphson – Geroux Keeps Level Head Amid Rising Stardom

National Post – Jonathan Kay: Moving is the only hope for communities like Attawapiskat

Bloodhorse – Snierson – Deal in Place for Meet at Brockton Fairgrounds

Bloodhorse – Balan – CHRB OKs Reallocation of Fair Dates Despite Objections

The Bitter Southerner – Kincaid – Almost Famous

FiveThirtyEight – Roeder – Can You Solve The Puzzle Of Your Misanthropic Neighbors?

National Post – Driving – McAleer – Fifty years ago, a ‘mutant’ Pontiac GTO became the hero car for an unexpected hit show

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell –  OBS April Sale Nearly Even With 2015

Bloodhorse –  Butler Rides 2,000th Winner at Tampa Bay

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Stanford Gate to Wire in Charles Town Classic

DRF – Dunleavy – Stanford wins $1.25 million Charles Town Classic

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Stanford leads rivals on merry chase in Charles Town Classic

Bloodhorse – Angst – Da Big Hoss Bounces Back in Elkhorn Stakes

DRF – McGee – Da Big Hoss takes Elkhorn Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Da Big Hoss rides the rail in Elkhorn

DRF – Dunleavy – Long shot Raging Smoke pays $75.80 in Sugar Maple score

NY Times – Tavernise – Fancy Juice Doesn’t Cleanse the Body of Toxins

Bloodhorse – Troxell – Keeneland Honors Hall of Fame Jockeys

DRF – Grening – Saez sweeps Woodhaven, Park Avenue stakes

NY Times – Ruiz – Swiss City Is ‘the Silicon Valley of Sports’

TDN – Medaglia d’Oro’s Spectroscope Graduates For Godolphin At Chantilly

NY Times – Rappeport and Healy – Who Might Hillary Clinton’s Running Mate Be if She’s the Nominee?

TDN – Finest City Sets Track Record In Great Lady M

National Post – Rapaport – New study reveals why you don’t sleep well in a strange bed

TDN – Dig Deep Wins Stakes Debut at Charles Town

NY Times – Higgins – Powerhouse Junior Program Becomes a Springboard Into the N.H.L.

TDN – Werther a Superlative Winner of the QE II

Hawthorne Sal

  One Response to “Hawthorne Sal’s Suddenly Salient Smashing Stories – Negli Archivi – Dodici”


    HRA is rumoured to be working on PLAN B/BOBBY for next years racing season ,with major upgrades to the turf course at ALBERTA DOWNS , it will be a striking mini version of the E.P. TAYLOR woodbine course and will be called the E. P. ALLEN course that should set the foundation for turf racing for many years to come, as it will the the finest turf course in WESTERN CANADA.

    NORTHLANDS CASINO GATE hits the courts Wednesday with a alleged casino theft and fraud over $5,000. my source at TMZ/ thoroughbred monitoring zebras reports it could be in the low 6 figures to mid 6 figures, as another scandal rocks Northlands after concession gate and parking gate.

    NORTHLANDS assures the racing industry that the starting gate is oiled and ready to spring into action next week, unlike the organization that will be Oiler less and grinding to abrupt halt this fall, no wonder the OUTS funds are not shared with horse associations to make up for budget shortfalls!

    HBPA/ LAUNDRY fractional ownership will it be announced for the 50 stake holders on Thursday, with the recent success of 90 new ASHA owners, will their be new life injected into the thoroughbred side?

    ROD THERRES wins opening day at HASTINGS with 17 wins in 121 career starts, this longtime harness trainer and driver proves that you can be part of both industries, food for thought if Northlands BRINKS TRUCK RESCUE plans gets a flat tire, with the addition of a $9.7 million lawsuit from PARKING GATE!

    MAPLE LEAFS hire KRESKIN as a consultant for the MATTHEW 3.16 lottery draw Saturday, with his future forecast that a rising star will finally be heading east, sorry to burst your bubble Oiler fans!

    FEDERAL LIBERALS to vote against bill 221 single game betting but the dopes will be legislating pot next spring, She $5 billion windfall is greater than the sports select crowd fund I figure?

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