May 082016

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Smashing Stories

Negli Archivi – Quattordici

sabato 14 maggio

TwinSpires Blog – Tepin headed to Royal Ascot while Catch a Glimpse has Belmont Oaks as early goal

Racing To Help Poster

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – All Stakes Pick 4 at Belmont Park

ESPN – DRF – Beer – Picks and plays from Belmont

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Intriguing Peter Pan features Belmont Stakes hopefuls, highlights All-Stakes Pick 4

Garden and Gun – Price – Weekend Agenda: Nashville’s Iroquois Steeplechase Turns 75

Bloodhorse – Angst –  Mullins Pair Awaits Demonstrative in Iroquois

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Saturday Special – May 14

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Collected Works Way Into Preakness Field

Bloodhorse – Warm Reception for Gutierrez at Santa Anita

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – First Starter, First Winner for Frankel

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Tote error causes havoc at Belmont Park

venerdi 13 maggio

“Horse racing isn’t dead,” Sinatra said. “We just have to do a better job.”

TDN – Finley – At Laurel, New Life, New Facility and Renewed Hope

This is Horse Racing – Brian Bouyea – Book Excerpt: Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing

Northlands Park May 14 Program

Northlands Park May 14 – Matt’s Pick and Program

The Globe and Mail – Giovannetti – Fort McMurray not safe for residents to re-enter, officials say

TDN – Betfair: Welcome to My Nightmare

DRF – Dunleavy: Early thoughts on exchange wagering

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Unified Goes for Third Win in Peter Pan Stakes

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Can Unified Stretch Out in the Peter Pan Stakes?

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Kentucky Derby Odds Recap: Dead On the Board in the Derby?

TwinSpires Blog – Powell: 142nd Kentucky Derby ‘a bit anti-climactic’ 

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Pace Logic and History Favor Nyquist in 2016 Preakness

ESPN – DRF – Dunleavy – Nyquist jogs at Pimlico

ESPN – DRF – McGee – Brody’s Cause, ‘breakingnews‘ to sit out Preakness Stakes

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary -Haslett – Top Aussie sprint looks set to be a thriller – and U.S. bettors can watch it live tonight

Bloodhorse – Balan – Seven Seek Graded Glory in Lazaro Barrera

TDN – Hail Caesar, The Talented Teaser

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Viva Canonero! Part Two

The Score – Chick – Raptors appease Pearl Jam with courtside seats

Questo è per Steady Eddie:

Yellow Ledbetter

NY Times – Keh – Durant’s Free Agency Is an Emotional and Economic Factor in Oklahoma City

Sal says if you want an interesting opinion on Durant’s free agency ask Eddie.

NY Times – Ruiz and Wirtz – Russian Insider Says State-Run Doping Fueled Olympic Gold

Bloodhorse – Balan – Firing Line, Masochistic Aim for Del Mar

Bloodhorse – Grade I Winners Meet in Ruffian Stakes

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Roberts and Taylor – Racing’s greats cast in bronze

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Royal Ascot-bound Acapulco preps in Unbridled Sidney 

giovedi 12 maggio

Northlands Park Matt’s Pick and Free Program – May 13

Northlands Park – Friday May 13 Program

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Five hot takes on the Kentucky Derby

Bloodhorse – Nyquist Gets Acquainted with Pimlico

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Making the Grade: Nyquist’s Preakness Chances

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Nyquist a towering figure despite any possible Preakness obstacles

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Looking Toward the Preakness Stakes: Cherry Wine

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Adventist headlines Peter Pan; Cavorting goes in Ruffian 

Bloodhorse – Novak – Adventist, Unified Meet in Peter Pan

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Brown-Trained Trio, Kaigun in Man o’ War

Bloodhorse – Stronach to Run $12 Million Pegasus World Cup

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Kitten’s Joy’s Big Weekend

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Royal Ascot: now Britain’s bookmakers make Tepin the one to beat

mercoledi 11 maggio

Raul A. Mondesi, an infielder who is on the Kansas City Royals’ 40-man roster at Class AA Northwest Arkansas, received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for Clenbuterol, a performance-enhancing drug.

NY Times – Witz – Baseball Suspends the Royals’ Raul Mondesi for 50 Games

Northlands Park Matt’s Pick and Free Program – May 13

Northlands Park – Friday May 13 Program

Bloodhorse – Angst – New Documentary Depicts Horse Ownership Joys

Paulick Report – ‘Confident And Not Cocky’: Gutierrez Rises To The Top Once Again

Bloodhorse – Monmouth Park Set for Ground-Breaking Meet

Horse Race Insider – Berner – NYRA’s New Twist on the Old Bait and Switch

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Potential Breeders’ Cup Tax Break Debated

FiveThirtyEight – Barry-Jester – Mint Juleps Are Good For More Than Just Two Minutes At A Racetrack

TurfTrax – Humphrey Bogart takes starring role in Derby Trial

Questo è per Woody:

As Time Goes By

A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.

Humphrey Bogart

The Globe and Mail – Ebner – Paul Reddam sees resolution to unfinished business in Nyquist

Bloodhorse – Nyquist to Visit Pimlico Track Wednesday

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Kentucky Derby Winner Nyquist Arrives at Pimlico for May 21 Preakness

TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Investec Derby Hopefuls

Bloodhorse – Getting Lucky in Kentucky – by Evan Hammonds

DRF – Rampellini – Delta Downs Jackpot set for Nov. 19

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Average Daily Handle Jumps at Laurel Park

martedi 10 maggio

The Globe and Mail – Tait – Nearly 90 per cent of Fort McMurray still intact; 2,400 structures lost

DRF – Hegarty – Betfair to launch New Jersey exchange-wagering site on Tuesday

Bloodhorse – Scheinman – Derby Winner Nyquist Arrives at Pimlico

The Guardian – Genaro –  Watching the Kentucky Derby in Harlem: ‘It’s about African American history’

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Lesson Learned From Nyquist and Team O’Neill

DRF – Privman – Connections have made a point to keep Nyquist fresh

DRF – Nevills – Darley scores big in Derby and Oaks


TDN – Rees – Bryan Eager to Face Nyquist Again

TwinSpires Blog – Dazzling Gem, Fellowship added to Preakness probables 

Bloodhorse – Dazzling Gem, Fellowship Eye Preakness

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Nyquist adds to Baltimore flavor, speed-laden Preakness being assembled

Louisville Courier-Journal – Preakness Watch | Who’s in to face Nyquist?

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Improvements in Place for Pimlico Meet

Horse Race Insider – Saturday’s Performances Dominant Post Derby HRI Power 10

DRF – Sparkman – Sparkman: How good is Uncle Mo?

DRF – Nevills – At $400k, Nyquist was a bargain

TheRacingBiz – Vespe – Opinion: Congress and “crazy stuff”

NY Times – Hoppert – A Jockeys’ Tailor Earns His Stripes at the Racetrack

USA Today – Memories of Barbaro resonate a decade after tragic injury

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Untapable’s recent losses ‘kind of a mystery’

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Euro Charline among 18 remaining in Saturday’s Lockinge

The Guardian – Cook – Moonlight Magic’s Leopardstown win offers Godolphin a Derby opportunity

The Guardian – Cook – Aidan O’Brien defends his chief Coolmore Derby hope US Army Ranger

Bloodhorse – Prado Returns to Maryland Circuit Full-Time

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – Mshawish, an ace pinhooker and a breeze-up sale on the crest of a wave

National Post – Blatchford – Jian Ghomeshi won’t face second assault trial, case to be resolved by peace bond: sources

lunedi 9 maggio

NY Times – Levin and Austen – Fort McMurray, a Canadian Oil Boom Town, Is Left in Ashes

Bloodhorse – Balan – Beholder Dominant in 2016 Debut

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Beholder returns a winner in Adoration

NY Times – The Dash For Derby Glory

DRF – Privman – Few Derby foes to follow Nyquist to Preakness

Bloodhorse – Preakness Field Beginning to Take Form

TwinSpires Blog – Nyquist to arrive at Pimlico Monday as Preakness field takes shape

TheRacingBiz – Nyquist to be Baltimore-bound Monday

DRF – Watchmaker – Nyquist proves far superior to his Kentucky Derby foes

NY Times – Hoppert – Nyquist Silences Naysayers, for Now

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Nyquist in historical perspective

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Derby Decision

ZTwinSpires Blog – Lani’s Triple Crown venture to continue

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – What Happens in Vegas…

LA Times – Cherwa – Nyquist represents yet another California connection to Kentucky Derby success

TwinSpires Blog – Adventist expected to face Unified in Peter Pan

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Well-Managed Cactus Kris Scores at Woodbine

domenica festa della mamma

National Post – Rex Murphy: For Fort McMurray, better days will come

National Post – Fort McMurray wildfire to swell to 2,000 square kilometres, nearing Saskatchewan

National Post – Saxberg – He’s seen fire and rain: James Taylor will donate all the proceeds of Alberta concerts to Fort McMurray victims

TDN – Thornton – The Forgotten Legacy of Ann Elliott

Questo è per la mamma:

Tie Your Mother Down

DRF – Dybal – Golden Gate Fields hires Angela Hermann as race-caller

Garden and Gun – Portman – Chefs Share What They Learned from Mom

The Globe and Mail – Waverman – A Mother’s Day meal that reminds Emma Waverman of the lessons she’s learned in her mom’s kitchen

Garden and Gun – A Mother’s Day Menu

Questo è per Phil:


Questo è per Donald:


Conditioner Greg Tracy maintained his torrid pace at Northlands Park Saturday winning another 5 races after having one of his winners disqualified. Both Shannon Beauregard and Quincy Welch had 2 winners on Saturday.

Equibase reported a $399,005 handle at Northlands Park on Saturday as another large boisterous crowd enjoyed the sunshine, the live racing and the Kentucky Derby.

Sal says it’s time that the powers that be in thoroughbred racing right across North America woke up and realized that the 18 – 25s who come to the track have grown up with computers, the Internet, smart phones, fantasy sports leagues and social media and they learn the game very quickly. Get them to the track, give them some decent food and cheap drinks and they’ll not only be back, but they’ll tell their friends. Sal says that social media is nothing more than word of mouth on steroids and you need to generate that positive vibe for social media to work to your advantage.

Sal was wondering if the Northlands suits that were at the track on Saturday with their Vision 2020 pins in their lapels and their little notebooks noticed the size and the enthusiasm of the crowd for a sport that their CEO claims is declining.

Sal heard that the buffet at Colours has improved this year.

Sal was wondering why Horse Racing Alberta had absolutely nothing on their website about opening weekend of thoroughbred racing at Northlands Park. Guess the Undertaker was too busy.


Opening weekend at Northlands proved to be a tremendous success for the Thoroughbreds. Wagering on the live product for the Friday and Saturday nine (9) race cards totaled $686,638 compared to $324,224 for opening weekend in 2015. This represented an amazing year over year increase of 112%.

There were large crowds on both days especially on Saturday Kentucky Derby Day. The Colours Restaurant was “hopping” with what appears to be a marked improvement in both service and food quality.

Racing Secretary Jason Teague is to be commended on putting together 2 competitive cards of relatively full fields.

Finally our hats go off to the Thoroughbred Horsemen who had their horses Racing fit for the opening cards. The weather and excellent track conditions during spring training played a significant part in there not being one race offered under 6 furlongs.

Let’s build on this momentum for the remainder of the season!

I Malano miau!

Sal was wondering if the bridgejumper who hammered Dickie Dunn to show in the third race at Northlands Park on Saturday had to head home for a change of underwear when Dickie Dunn drifted entering the stretch and the stewards flashed the inquiry sign. Lucky for the bridgejumper that when Dickie Dunn was disqualified he still ended up being placed third and the show bet was safe.

Race Club 2

HBPA Alberta – Alberta Thoroughbred Race Club

Alberta Thoroughbred Race Club Application

Sal again says thanks to Curtis Landry for the effort he is putting into the Alberta Thoroughbred Race Club. Sal noticed the above brochure available at the bars at Northlands Park this weekend. Great work Curtis.

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Nyquist’s Kentucky Derby 13th-fastest all time

Louisville Courier-Journal – Owners, trainer and jockey talk after Nyquist wins the Kentucky Derby

TDN – Carasso – Nyquist Remains Perfect in the KY Derby

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Nyquist a powerful Kentucky Derby winner

Bloodhorse – Nyquist Unrelenting in Kentucky Derby Victory

NY Times – Drape – Nyquist, Staying Undefeated, Wins the Kentucky Derby

ESPN –  O’Neil – Nyquist’s camp feeling good about his Triple Crown potential

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Favorite Nyquist Wins 2016 Kentucky Derby

ESPN – Nyquist, 2-1 favorite, holds off Exaggerator to win Kentucky Derby

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Nyquist stays perfect with Kentucky Derby victory

LA  Times – Kentucky Derby notes: Exaggerator is now 0 for 4 against Nyquist

Bloodhorse – Novak – Nyquist Greets Public After Derby Win

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Other Trainers Impressed with Nyquist

Thoroughbred racing Commentary – Ehalt – Now Nyquist has real respect as he sets out to exorcise a Triple Crown demon

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Nyquist’s beat goes on

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Nyquist winning over skeptics one race at a time

Louisville Courier-Journal – Nyquist a ‘fresh horse’ for Triple Crown try

Louisville Courier-Journal – Sullivan | O’Neill earns second chance at crown

TDN – Finley – Nyquist’s Dam Another Shrewd Buy for Keogh

Seeking Gabrielle


Bloodhorse – Balan – Exaggerator Well After Derby, on to Preakness

ESPN – DRF – Grening – No shame for trainer Desormeaux in Kentucky Derby finish

Bloodhorse – Second-Highest Derby Attendance, Handle

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Kentucky Derby 2016 Results, Payouts, Photo Gallery 

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Right And Wrong: Winning Opinions from a losing Kentucky Derby day

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Churchill Apologizes for Admission Delays

TwinSpires Blog – Beholder returns to action in Adoration

TwinSpires Blog – Ortiz earns graded triple in Belmont’s Sheepshead Bay, Westchester and Fort Marcy

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Divisidero Edges Clear in Woodford Reserve

Bloodhorse – Precious – NYRA Looking at Synthetic Track for Aqueduct

FiveThirtyEight – Aschwanden – Even Tug-Of-Warriors Can Be Dopers

The Bitter Southerner – Dietz – Fixin’ to Innovate

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Cathryn Sophia Doing Well After Kentucky Oaks Victory 

Concert poster

Questo è per Matt:


Bloodhorse – Lamarra – One Day Later, Servis Wins Another Oaks

Bloodhorse – Novak – Tepin Soars in Distaff Turf Repeat

Bloodhorse – Balan – Taris Dominant in Humana Distaff

Bloodhorse – Angst – Camelot Kitten Scores American Turf Upset

Bloodhorse – Sharp Azteca Blazes Home in Pat Day Mile

Bloodhorse -Shulman – Catalina Red Sprints to Churchill Downs Win

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Passion for Action Takes Vigil Stakes

The Bitter Southerner – Brock – The Woman Who Ate Atlanta

NY Times – Aamodt – Why You Can’t Lose Weight on a Diet

Persistent metabolic adaptation 6 years after “The Biggest Loser” competition

FiveThirtyEight – Enten – The Four Things I Learned From The Donald Trump Primary

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


    SAUDI GOVERNMENT announces VISION 2030 economic plan to reduce their dependence on oil and diversify its economy by canning several sheik ministers (oil) and replacing them with younger educated
    advisors. NORTHLANDS VISION 2020 will it reduce it’s dependency on $19 million in government grants and try to turn a profit with the austerity and major job cuts that the council governance plan will bring?

    EDMONTON COUNCIL vote to charge all homeowners for alley repairs. I hope the new vision doesn’t charge trainers by the stall in shed rows for repairing potholes that should have been covered by $75 million in HRA operating grants in the past decade and $8.1 million last year.

    KATZ GROUP gets KEITH URBAN/DOLLY PARTON concerts to open up the new venue in September, a hot rumour is that NORTHLANDS with the switch to tourism grants from agriculture are looking at either K.D.LANG/CONSORT or PAUL BRANDT/CALGARY to perform during the DERBY activities.

    WOODBINE introduces 3 concert stages and various activities during QUEENS PLATE to introduce different demographics to live horse racing, will Northlands wake up and smell the green grass!

    ASHA BOARD on April 30 announces that 12% ALBERTA BONUS will be eliminated for rest of the year due to a shortfall in HRA purse grants and foreign simulcast revenue, after TENILE at the 2015 AGM spoke of increased purses and a rainy day fund for any revenue decreases. Boy the air sure got sucked out of any cushion from her ABACUS method budget forecasting projections.

    ASHA/VP BILL ANDREW at recent AGM spoke in terms of new RACINO negotiations it was better to give in on cuts as opposed to deal duration, isn’t a annual review of the agreement as per previous deals part of negotiations as with the recent terrible fires, the whole provincial fiscal future has been changed.

    KATZ/OILERS decline to give in to CFR demands and in turn sign a 5 year deal for bull riding. I hope that the HBPA digs their horns in, for any future negotiations with HRA since big change is brewing!

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