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sabato 11 giugno penultimo giorno

Louisville Courier-Journal – Wolfson and Kenning – Clinton: Ali “soldier for humanity”

Louisville Courier-Journal – Goetz and Bailey – Louisville returns love Ali showed city, world

NY Times – Dwyer – A Stirring Farewell to Muhammad Ali, Just as He Scripted It

NY Times – Belson and Dwyer – Through the Streets of Muhammad Ali’s Childhood Home, a Final Send-Off

Sal says that Ali would understand this one.

Redemption Song

Questo è per Ali:

Greatest Love of All

Northlands Park – Matt’s Picks – June 11

Northlands Park – Program – June 11

The 2015 CTHS Alberta sales topper makes his debut in sabato 11 giugno’s 3rd race for Norm Castiglione and Robert Vargo’s Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. Norm’s Big Bucks breaks from the 8 post in the 3 1/2 furlong race for conditioner Riley “John Daley” Rycroft with Rico Walcott in the irons.

This is Horse Racing – Feld – Jude Feld & Pewter Grey

Bloodhorse – Novak – All Systems Go for Belmont Choice Exaggerator

NY Times – Hoppert – No Triple Crown This Year, but a Triple Crown Effect

Forbes – Genaro – With No Triple Crown On The Line, Does The Belmont Stakes Matter?

Louisville Courier-Journal – Exaggerator seeks slice of history at Belmont

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Exaggerator keeps his team loose for Belmont

Bloodhorse – Novak – Showers Loom on Belmont Day

This is Horse Racing – The Outside Rail – Joe Clancy – Kent Desormeaux and the search for wisdom

Lady and the Track – Pugh – Getting a Handle on the 2016 Belmont Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – How to bet the Belmont Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Our top picks for the 2016 Belmont Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Ten stakes, plenty of betting opportunities on Belmont Stakes card

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Belmont Day stakes picks

Brooklyn Backstretch – Brian Nadeau’s Belmont Analysis

Louisville Courier-Journal – AP – Farrell – ‘Lucky’ Dale Romans seeks 1st Belmont Stakes win

Bloodhorse – Balan – Maiden Trojan Nation Still Chasing TC Glory

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – All Stakes/All Entrants Pick 4 Profiles; HRI Staff Picks Belmont 148

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – ‘Maria among the picks on a blockbuster afternoon at Belmont

Bloodhorse – Balan – Brown Runs 1-2-3 in New York Stakes

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – What Time Is The Belmont Stakes?

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Da Big Hoss joins millionaires’ row in Belmont Gold Cup

This is Horse Racing – the Inside Rail – Sean Clancy – John Prine and Muhammad Ali


Sal says that Phil knows that Miles would like this one.

Angel From Montgomery

Sal says how the hell can a person go to work in the morning come home in the evening and have nothing to say.

And this one.

Angel from Montgomery

Bloodhorse – Novak – Joking Upsets True North Stakes

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Baker’s first graded win is no joke

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Change Of Command comes home

venerdi 10 giugno

Saskatoon Star-Phoenix – Miller – ‘Mr. Hockey’ Gordie Howe dead at 88

Global News – What is a Gordie How Hat Trick


Godolphin supremo John Ferguson

Ferguson Jenkins Quotes by Ferguson Jenkins Like Success

Sal’s gallery of famous Fergusons.

Northlands Park – Matt’s Picks – June 10

Northlands Park – Program – June 10

Northlands Park – Matt’s Picks – June 11

Northlands Park – Program – June 11

“I’d love to come with a big crybaby story, but that isn’t me,” Lynch said Thursday in his tack room at Belmont Park. “The only way I can correct it is to make sure it doesn’t happen again. My apologies go out to my owners and my staff, and my heartfelt apologies go out to the connections of Private Zone; the stable name certainly exemplifies who they are.”

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Trainer Lynch takes responsibility for failed drug test

New York, New York

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQueen – Children of Secretariat: talented, unlucky and loving – the story of Academy Award

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Belmont needs support to be Test of Champions again

ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – ‘Double Crown’ doesn’t quite have a ring to it

Bloodhorse – Hanging With Haskin – Exaggerator and the Tale of the Turn

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Seeking the Soul a Viable Longshot in Belmont Stakes

Bloodhorse – Balan – Clement Back in Belmont With Governor Malibu

TwinSpires Blog – Governor Malibu blows out half-mile for Belmont Stakes

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Will Exaggerator Be Beaten in the Belmont Stakes?

Lady and the Track – Ward – Belmont Stakes 2016 Predictions, Picks, Plays

NY Times – Drape – Belmont Stakes 2016: Here’s Who We Think Will Win


Bloodhorse – Connections Expect Improved Lani in Belmont

NY Times – Pedulla – Lani, the Mercurial Colt, Has One More Chance to Shine in Belmont

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – The Twisting Tale of Suddenbreakingnews

TwinSpires Blog – Handicapping Insights – Powell – Belmont Stakes doesn’t have the same impact on the breeding industry as the Epsom Derby

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Fipke Doubles Down on Winning Belmont

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Buying into Creator

Bloodhorse – Angst – Pletcher Aims for Third Belmont Stakes Win

Sal says that the 2016 edition of the Belmont and the rest of the card looks to be the best wagering opportunity of 2016 so far. Handicap hard and bet boldly.


Non tutte le ciambelle riescono col buco.

TwinSpires Blog – Frankie Goes Hollywood for inaugural Belmont Coronation Invitational

Questo è per Phil:


Bloodhorse – Shulman – Rocket Heat, Ready for Rye Head Jaipur Cast

Bloodhorse – Novak – Justin Squared, Cupid Rep Baffert at Belmont

Bloodhorse – Balan – Kid Cruz Brings Hot Streak into Brooklyn

TwinSpires Blog – Majestic Harbor readies for Stephen Foster with five-furlong bullet move

Bloodhorse – Majestic Harbor Breezes Toward Foster

Bloodhorse – ‘Mizz’ Goes for the ‘Money’ in Mint Julep

Bloodhorse – Evening to Behold – by Evan Hammonds

LA Times – Plaschke – For a kid from Louisville, there was no one like Muhammad Ali 

Bloodhorse – Genaro – Zayats, Baffert Reflect on Triple Crown Glory

TwinSpires Blog – Baffert, Zayats reminisce about American Pharoah

giovedi 9 giugno

The Globe And Mail – Giovannetti and York – South African firefighters in Alberta to be ‘demobilized’ over pay dispute

Sal says this scumbag contractor who is trying to make windfall profits on the backs on foreign workers should come down to the Northlands Park backstretch for a chat with the trainers who can’t get foreign workers into this province because of the actions of scumbags like this contractor.

Northlands Park – Matt’s Picks – June 10

Northlands Park – Program – June 10

TDN – Finley – Reefer Madness: Lynch, Private Zone Penalty is Insane

Bloodhorse – Angst – Troubles for Trainer Lynch; Private Zone Out

DRF – Lynch tests positive for marijuana, forcing Private Zone to scratch from True North

TDN – Contessa – Op/Ed: Patchwork System Needs to Change

Lady and the Track – Hammer  – Belmont Stakes 2016 Odds and Post Positions

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Handicapping Thumbnail Sketches of Belmont 148 Field


This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Field set for 148th Belmont Stakes

TDN – Sherack – Wednesday’s Belmont Stakes Report

TwinSpires Blog – Reflections on post positions and life ahead of the Belmont Stakes

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – WinStar’s Belmont Bunny

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Five Derby starters back to challenge Exaggerator in Belmont

NY Times – Hoppert – Exaggerator Draws Post 11 and Is Favored in the Belmont Stakes

Louisville Courier-Journal – AP – Rosenblatt – A ‘wonderful’ draw for Belmont fav Exaggerator

Bloodhorse – Balan – Exaggerator Draws Wide in Belmont Stakes

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Exaggerator Goes from Hunter to Hunted in Belmont Stakes

Louisville Courier-Journal – AP – Rosenblatt – Exaggerator & who? Handicapping Belmont field

DRF – Crist: NYRA giving a boost to long-distance racing

Bloodhorse – Flay Purchases Minority Interest in Creator

TDN – DiDonato – Import Has Live Look in Just a Game

Bloodhorse – Angst – Lexie Lou Carries Casse’s Just a Game Hopes

TwinSpires Blog – Cathryn Sophia, Go Maggie Go face off in Acorn

Bloodhorse – Cathryn Sophia, Go Maggie Go Tangle in Acorn

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Flintshire returns in Manhattan loaded with heavyweights

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Star-studded field assembled for Ogden Phipps

TDN – Minnesota Racing Gets Another Lift

TDN – DiDonato – Violette Barn Boasts Both ‘Upstarts’ and Familiar Faces

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Frosted Makes Belmont Return in Met Mile

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Frosted tops Met Mile; Justin Squared, Sharp Azteca meet in Woody Stephens

Sal says to count the number of older horses racing at Belmont Park on Saturday June 11, 2016 rather than sitting in some breeding shed, stop your bellyaching about horses being retired too early and start your betting while these stars are still around.

Bloodhorse – Volponi – CASA Farm-bred Curalina Faces Phipps Rivals

Bloodhorse – Dark Nile Looks the Part in Our Mims Stakes

mercoledi 8 giugno

Derby Bar and Grill – Railbird Corner – Scott Williams announces his retirement


Northlands Park – Matt’s Picks – June 8

Northlands Park – Program – June 8

TDN – DiDonato – Resellers Taking Bath on Belmont Tickets

The Globe and Mail – Semeniuk – Surrender of permits in Canada’s Arctic waters opens path for marine park

TDN – Christopherson – Blazing Through Barriers: Challenge Accepted

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Karla and Megan: An OTTB Story

DRF – Privman – Exaggerator works well, gallops out ‘wow’

TwinSpires Blog – Flatter – Exaggerator wows as Desormeaux reflects ahead of Belmont Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Desormeaux Brothers praise Exaggerator’s ability to recover quickly

Sal says that the Belmont bettors are far more concerned on Kent’s ability to recover quickly.

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Small-Time Breeder Scores Big With Destin

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Gettysburg Muddles Pace Scenario in Belmont Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – With Gettysburg in, we can now resume normal Belmont handicapping

Horse Race Insider – Berner – The Belmont: More History in the Waiting

ESPN – America’s Best Racing – Bauer-Herzog – Belmont Stakes cheat sheet

1993 Belmont Futurity

TwinSpires Blog – Baffert reflects on American Pharoah experience

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Ten lessons we learned from Europe’s classic weekend

DRF – Sparkman: Urban Sea’s record as broodmare hard to beat

TDN – Sean Clancy – Well, Hello Again – Wesley Ward prepares for Royal Ascot

Bloodhorse – Precious – Horseman Hendrickson Resigns as NYRA Adviser

Bloodhorse – Precious – NY Lawmakers Find Daily Fantasy Common Ground

Garden and Gun – Adams – Reclaiming the Hurricane

Paulick Report – ‘My Greatest Mistake’: New Hall-Of-Famer Dominguez Talks About Learning Patience

martedi 7 giugno

NY Times – Rhoden – Muhammad Ali: The Champion Who Never Sold Out

TDN – Waterhouse – From the Lady Trainer for June 7

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Von Hippel – The Belmont too far for the modern racehorse? Don’t you believe it

Gettysburg will be trained by Steve Asmussen for the Belmont. Asmussen is the trainer of Creator, who won the Arkansas Derby and finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby. Gettysburg had made his previous seven starts for trainer Todd Pletcher, who has two other horses in the Belmont – Stradivari and Destin – for other clients.

“When you start talking strategies and a trainer has multiple horses in the race, it can get a little confusing sometimes,” Walden said. “The fact Steve has Gettysburg and Creator and we’re his only owner takes out the conflict of having multiple horses in the race for different owners, and Todd was 100 percent behind it.”

DRF – Grening – Gettysburg joins Belmont Stakes field; likely to set pace

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – 2016 Belmont Stakes Horses and Possible Contenders

Bloodhorse – Exaggerator Gallops; Belmont Field Grows

TwinSpires Blog – Gettysburg adds speed to Belmont fray; Creator, Suddenbreakingnews work

TwinSpires Blog – Exaggerator to breeze Tuesday for Belmont; Lani could move up work due to weather

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Belmont Stakes: The People’s Choice

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Belmont Park Activities on Belmont Stakes Weekend

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – International intrigue throughout Belmont Stakes Festival

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – The three-year-old champion male Eclipse Award picture ahead of the Belmont Stakes

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Zindaya primed for title defense in Intercontinental

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – ‘Essence of the Thoroughbred’ on Exhibit

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Sea Calisi heads Brown trio in New York

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Brown’s Trio Surrounds New York Stakes

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Halters Worn by American Pharoah Raising Money for CKRH

TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Harzand

Paulick Report – More Stalls, Fewer Races: Possible Solutions To California Racing’s Problems

lunedi 6 giugno

We would think though that the most pleasing experience for Curtis would have occurred in the 6th Race when Alberta Thoroughbred Club’s first starter Streakin Discreet also won by a margin of 12 lengths in front of a large Northlands crowd. You cannot not make this stuff up – how good is this for the neophyte owners? Prior to the race there were club members who visited Craig Smith’s barn taking in what the backside of a racetrack has to offer. The report was that 50 club members were in the Winners Circle photo with others on the outside looking in. Needless to say it was an exciting moment for all involved. We further understand that immediately following the race there were many others signing up to be part of the action. Winning is obviously a very effective marketing tool.

HBPA Alberta – Positive Year to Date (YTD) Results for the Northlands Thoroughbred Meet

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – ALI: The Soul of a Butterfly

NY Times – Crouse – Muhammad Ali Remembered, by Those Who Knew Him as Cassius

LA Times – Ali – Muhammad Ali: America’s first and last Muslim hero

NY Times – Mosley – Muhammad Ali Shaped My Life

NY Times – Oates – Muhammad Ali: Never the White Man’s Negro

NY Post – Mushnick – Debunking the myths that have glorified Muhammad Ali

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Desormeaux Confronting Alcohol Problem

The Globe and Mail – Jones and Giovannetti – Fort McMurray mayor says rebuilding worst hit areas of city not a certainty

LA Times – Cherwa – Phil D’Amato is putting Wild About Deb in the Belmont — just one big event in his life

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – ‘There’s something very special about’ Beholder

Bloodhorse – Lewyn — Hansen’s Victory is First Winner for Hansen

Bloodhorse – Balan – Dimension Upsets in Connaught Cup

ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Santa Anita shifts to earlier post time for rest of meet

Bloodhorse – Effinex Among Nominees for Stephen Foster

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – How serious are California’s problems – and how can they be solved?

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

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly –  Time and Motion’s a most fitting winner of Wonder Again

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lintner – Ellis Park adds stakes, bumps purses for 2016

This Is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy wins Joe Hirsch Memorial Writing Award

domenica 5 giugno

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TSN – Fraser – C’Mon Ref: Is Sidney Crosby cheating on draws?

Sal says that Kerry Fraser gets Sal’s tip of the truth in reporting hat.

The Beatles, Muhammad Ali

NY Times – Muhammad Ali: Worshiped. Misunderstood. Exploited.

LA Times – Curwen and Kennedy – Muhammad Ali dies at 74; brash boxing champion made his mark in and out of the ring

NY Times – Morris -Muhammad Ali Evolved From a Blockbuster Fighter to a Country’s Conscience

National Post – Christie Blatchford: Muhammad Ali faced the world with selflessness and bravery

NY Times – Lipstye – Muhammad Ali Dies at 74: Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century

NY Times – Anderson – When Muhammad Ali’s Twinkle Shone Brightest

LA Times – Pugmire – Muhammad Ali’s peers react to the passing of a legend

LA Times – Pugmire – After they were heavyweight rivals, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman became big-time friends

Toronto Sun – Simmons – ‘The Greatest’ is gone; Muhammad Ali dead at 74

Louisville Courier-Journal – Hall and Kenning – Muhammad Ali, boxer and humanitarian, dies at 74

ESPN – Nigel Collins: Was Ali really ‘The Greatest’?

NY Times – Sandomir – Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell: Foils and Friends Bound by Mutual Respect

The Globe and Mail – Muhammad Ali was the archetypal American of his time

Sal says Phil told him this one:

Greatest Love of All

The Globe and Mail – Chuvalo, Ali photographer recalls legendary bout 50 years ago

National Post – Buffery – Toronto author Ed Zawadzki recounts how gracious Muhammad Ali was attending Chuvalo tribute

ESPN – Broussard – LeBron: Muhammad Ali’s success in ring secondary to work outside it

LA Times – Pugmire – Muhammad Ali’s ‘Thrilla in Manila’ against Joe Frazier stands the test of time

Sal says Phil would be okay with:

The Boxer

National Post – Full text: President Obama’s deeply personal statement on the passing of Muhammad Ali

Esquire – Muhammad Ali: What I’ve Learned

Northlands Park – Matt’s Picks – June 8

Northlands Park – Program – June 8

Streakin Discreet made the Alberta Thoroughbred Racing Club winners in their first race in Saturday’s 6th at Northlands Park. Rico W. Walcott was in the irons for conditioner Craig Smith and many happy faces made their way onto the track for the winner’s picture.


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Bloodhorse – Bevin Appoints Three Racing Commissioners

ESPN – DRF – Rampellini – New Mexico considers stricter penalties for positive tests

Bloodhorse – RMTC Forms Task Force to Examine Glaucine

Sal sasy that if Phil hadn’t been lambasted by the Battersea omnibus he’d have had a question here.


Lady and the Track – Hammer – Beholder Aims to Take On Boys in Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bloodhorse – Balan – Beholder Dominates Again at Santa Anita

ESPN – DRF – Beholder big winner in Vanity

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Beholder sails home easiest of winners in Vanity Mile

Les Butler was back on Northlands Park’s turf this weekend holding court with Levi Morin and the River Cree group touting their new track and racino just steps away from their casino and hotel. Sal says it looks like River Cree is so far ahead of their competition that the others might as well not even waste their time in the Request For Proposals stage if they’re one of the chosen ones.

CTV News – Pushing for a New horse racing track in Edmonton area

DRF – Sparkman: American breeders need to wise up on turf pedigrees

ESPN – DRF – Crist – Pegasus needs tweaks before it takes flight

ESPN – America’s Best Racing – Belmont Stakes by the numbers

TDN – Cauthen Returns to New York for ‘Belmont Experiences’

Bloodhorse – Nyquist Jogs Two Miles at Pimlico Race Course

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Pletcher gives Stradivari the go-ahead for Belmont Stakes

ESPN – DRF – Russo – Romans has deep ties to Belmont contender Cherry Wine

Bloodhorse – Angst – Trainer’s Trust in Curlin Yields Exaggerator

Louisville Courier-Journal – Comfort the priority for Exaggerator in Belmont

Racing Post – Baxter – Harzand shrugs off injury scare to win Derby

TwinSpirtes Blog – Reilly – Harzand triumphs over adversity, gives Aga Khan his fifth Derby

Racing Post – Porteous – Arrests and violence on Derby day at Epsom

Bloodhorse – Hangin with Haskin – Epsom Follies

Racing Post – McFadden – Awesome Almanzor wins the French Derby

Louisville Courier-Journal – Ky. Oaks winner booked for Belmont undercard

National Post – Derworiz – Here’s why reintroducing bison to Banff will be a game-changer for the park’s songbirds (and dung beetles)

Garden and Gun – Edge – Fork in the Road: Prime Cuts

The RacingBiz – McCoy – For trainer Tom Clark, a life lived around horses

Bloodhorse – Desormeaux to Return to Riding After Rehab

ESPN – AP – Kent Desormeaux enters rehab, still plans to run Belmont Stakes

Questo è per Phil:


Alberta Downs

Live Thoroughbred Racing

Every Sunday @ 3:15pm June 12 – Oct 30

Due to negative pressure from the northern Alberta racing industry, the jockey’s that Alberta Downs had scheduled to ride have decide not to ride. Therefore we will have to cancel Sunday June 5 racing. We will be bringing in Jockeys from the Caribbean and will reschedule our opening day to Sunday June 12. The post time for Gulfstream simulcast will be 11am and live thoroughbred racing starts at 3:15pm. Try out our new “Rainbow 6” with $100,000 guarantee. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that you will stick with as we do our best to bring live Thoroughbred racing to our central Alberta race fans!

Bloodhorse – Hirsch Writing Awards to Clancy, Rosenblatt

National Post – Gerson – How cattle brands became a symbol of Western pride and a way of life that is increasingly under threat

CTHS – Alberta – AB Thbd Microchipping Project

DRF – Russo – Pikes keep it in the family with their Uncle Mo

TDN – Upstart Works For Met Mile

Bloodhorse – Angst – Catch a Glimpse Never Threatened in Penn Mile

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Catch a Glimpse shakes loose from the boys in Penn Mile

Bloodhorse – Songbird Breezes Bullet at Santa Anita

The Bitter Southerner – Williams – Three Verses

Garden and Gun – Blount Jr. – End of the Line: Traveling Salesman

Bloodhorse – OBS to Expand, Renovate Sale Pavilion

Bloodhorse – Novak – Midnight Storm Gets Shoemaker Mile Revenge

Lady and the Track – Hammer – Midnight Storm Wins Shoemaker Mile and Breeders’ Cup Entry

Garden and Gun – Nickens – The Plantation Broker

Bloodhorse – Balan – Alsvid Repeats in Aristides Stakes

ESPN – DRF – ‘Kitten’ takes Pennine Ridge

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Camelot Kitten just beats Highland Sky to summit of Pennine Ridge

Bloodhorse – Old Glories – by Evan Hammonds

Garden and Gun – Reed – The High & The Low: Hell on Wheels

ESPN – America’s best Racing – Seven sports records that may never be broken

Bloodhorse – Take Cover Takes Over in PA Governor’s Cup

Bloodhorse – Angst – Wagering on U.S. Races Falls About 4% in May

Bloodhorse – Precious – New York Racinos Aim to Offer Daily Fantasy

The Racing Biz – Vespe – WV gubernatorial candidate calls for end to Thoroughbred subsidies

Hawthorne Sal

  4 Responses to “Hawthorne Sal’s Significantly Slowing Still Salient Smashing Stories – negli archivi penultimo”


    A quick review of the 2015 HRA ANNUAL REPORT found in their website under ABOUT/ then DOCUMENTS and then SCROLL down left to near bottom for 2015 annual reports.

    HRA reports total ALBERTA LIVE handle at $13.7 million versus NORTHLANDS HBPA 2015 live handle at $21.475 million per dec 1/2015 website report a difference of $7.745 million as they discredit the efforts of the thoroughbred industry

    HRA’S bottom line shows a $740k loss even though revenues increased %49 with 9 months of CENTURY DOWNS racino revenue.

    ALBERTA TOTAL BETTING was $134.279 million with runners at $99.9 million to standardbred $34.3 million a 3-1 ratio, and a increase of 900k more in their purses due to 5% cut to thoroughbred A %.

    HRA HANDLE BUDGET was $167.487 million in 2015 that was $134.279 million a drop of $3.3 million
    from $137.087 million as UNDERTAKER’S marketing budget was increased to $1.579 million in 2015 more than double the $708k in 2014, no wonder he stopped showing betting handle figures.

    HRA POSITIVE NEWS 2015 travel budget was 244k only spent 143k probably due to tenile busy running diamond jim’s leadership campaign and appeal/tribunal budget was 42k only spent 6.6k due to the fact that 14/15 appeals from 2015 were not heard, governance of horse racing must not be a priority!

  2. HRA 2015 ANNUAL REPORT POSTED. Undertaker must have read my comments in holybull.
    I’m surprised that on page 3 it states hoping that racino agreement gets done by the CEO. It’s June 5/2016 do you think they could have changed that. Obviously ACCOUNTABILITY doesn’t exist at HRA.


    ALBERTA legislature is still sitting and with legislation stating the annual report must be released within 60 days of dissolution, my guess is later than the usual late june release?

    ALBERTA TORIES to set location and time by june 30 for 2017 LEADERSHIP CONVENTION, will TENILE take a active role in rebooting of the tory machine, or finally stay out of politics, DOUBTFUL! Will Renile do it on her own time and not on the HRA clock.

    ALBERTA DOWNS fantasy 22 date meet starts today, did HRA receive the $1 million guarantee payout for the PICK 10 pool to be placed in a escrow account?

    NORTHLANDS seeks a public relation specialist, the impressive requirements however do not require a TERRY GRANT MANTRACKER backtracking certificate or apply to multitask in a fast paced work environment wearing asbestos work boots!

    RED MCKENZIE the wily conditioner brings home a short priced $98 winner in SUNALTA , he was rumoured to have been seen shopping for a short sleeved flannel shirt with his winnings.

    MEADOWLANDS in a effort to attract younger fans and introduce them to live horse racing holds a UNDER 30 HANDICAPPING CONTEST with only 42 entries this year down from 52 last year and a $5000 prize package, it demonstrates the difficulty in attracting this demographic age group.

    CONGRATULATIONS to the ALBERTA THOROUGHBRED CLUB on their win yesterday, the happiest person was the RYAN the photographer, with the success of fractional ownership and the party after dark promotion,the reported demise of live horse racing is greatly refuted.

    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY- ALBERTA sets a yearly record of $2.5 billion sold of alcoholic beverages to March 31/2015 a 6% increase, the only question to be answered is where is the nearest can.

    • Mucka:
      A spanner in the guise of a lack of jockeys has been thrown into the 22 day Sunday meet at Alberta Downs works.
      Sal says thanks to those who applied the brakes.
      Stay tuned.

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