When Sal was leafing through Phil’s dog-eared archives Sal was wandering how Phil got through the months of October and November with all the haunting, warping, harrowing, roasting, skewing, carving and superlative thoroughbred racing.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Questo è per Phil:
Pre-entered fields for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be announced via a live stream on www.breederscup.com on Wednesday, October 26 at 11:30 a.m. ET.
Hunter S. Thompson
Questo è per Eddie:
Sal says that Scott Sinclair and Edmonton Northlands words ring hollow.
If there was any genuine concern for the horsemen Northlands Park would have ensured that a succession plan was in place before they dropped the bulldozers day after Derby bomb right in the middle of breeding season.
If If there was any genuine concern for the horsemen Northlands Park would have ensured that a succession plan was in place before the finale of the 2016 thoroughbred racing season.
Sal says that it sounds like Northlands Park is tugging on the heart strings so HRA may loosen the purse strings.
With the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series Sal was wandering how many times we’re gonna witness that entrance.
FINAL WEEKEND OF RACING AT HASTINGS CREATES
HIGH SPIRITS AMONG HORSEMEN & MANAGEMENT
All-sources Wagering Up for Second Straight Year
Vancouver, B.C. (Oct. 17/16) – High winds and steady rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of thoroughbred racing fans during the final weekend of the 2016 season at Hastings Racecourse.
With all-sources wagering surpassing $733,000 on Sunday’s 10-race card, the overall handle resulted in over $1.2 million during the closing two-days, leaving management and horsemen in good spirits at the conclusion of the 53-day meet.
“All-sources wagering was up for a second consecutive season and our horse population stabilized considerably,” said a beaming Darren MacDonald, General Manager of Hastings Racecourse and Director of B.C. Racing. “Our working relationship with the horsemen is stronger than ever and has most assuredly helped the wagering public with good value for their entertainment dollar.”
Jockeys Amadeo Perez and Denis Araujo capped outstanding seasons Sunday with wins in the last two stake races of the year but when the lights dimmed for a final time it was veteran Richard Hamel standing his ground as proud defending champion.
With one victory Sunday, Hamel completed his mission with 70 trips to the winner’s circle, marking the fourth time the 48-year-old native of Terrace, B.C., has dominated the Leading Jockey standings at Hastings.
Also for a second consecutive year Mike Anderson finished as Leading Training with 37 wins while the Leading Owners title went to Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. celebrating 16 photo ops in the winner’s circle. They will all be acknowledged when the clan next gathers for the annual Thoroughbred Awards Dinner at Newlands Golf and Country Club on December 1.
Araujo, a newcomer to the Hastings jockey colony this year, scored a riding hat-trick Sunday to finish third in the overall standings with 46 wins on the year behind runner-up Antonio Reyes with 62.
Araujo’s ride on Crazy Prophet resulted in an imposing three-and-a-half length victory in the $50,000 BC Cup Classic for trainer John Snow and the Shamrock Racing Stable. Final time for the 1 1/8 miles was 1:51.14 with Crazy Prophet paying $4.30, $3.00, $2.30.
The favourite was also dominate in the $50,000 BC Cup Distaff with Touching Promise outlasting Sailingforthesun in the stretch, paying $2.80, $2.30, $2.10. Owned by Russell and Lois Bennett and trained by Barb Heads, Touching Promise finished in a final time of 1:50.49 under Amadeo Perez over the 1 1/8 mile trip for fillies and mares.
The 2017 live racing schedule has been released and is available at www.hastingsracecourse.com. Opening day will be on Sunday, April 16 with the 53-day meet concluding on Sunday, October 22.
With the weather finally cooperating the final four Stakes of the season highlighted Northlands Park 2016 finale Saturday October 22.
Don Danard’s Red Diamond Stables and Curtis Landry’s Ruffenuff started the stakes day off with a wire to wire victory in the Freedom of the City for conditioner Greg Tracy with Quincy Welch in the irons. Ruffenuff played possum with the field until she opened up and won by over 10 lengths. Bar None Ranches Ltd. Quivira closed for second for trainer Ron Grieves with Shannon Beauregard up but never threatened the winner. Gary and Kathy Moholitny’s Misty Do It held on for third for trainer Tim Rycroft with Dane Nelson aboard.
Jim and Susan Hill’s Can’t Use Nellie repeated her 2015 victory in the Duchess of York Handicap stalking the pace and then closing to catch the pace setting Onestaratatime. Can’t Use Nellie is trained by Shelley Brown who along with Renaldo Cumberbatch the winning rider is savouring a few wins at Northlands Park. Onestaratatime conditioned by Greg Tracy for Don Danard’s Red Diamond Stables, Curtis Landry, Darrell Landry and Highfield Stock Farms held on for second with Rico Walcott in the saddle. Dale “Colonel” Saunders, M and P Equipment Inc. and Met Set Consulting Ltd.’s Blameitontheknight held on for third with Shannon Shannon Beauregard in the irons for the Colonel.
Scant minutes after Can’t Use Nellie left the winner’s circle at Northlands Park Jim and Susan Hill’s Malibu Stacy stumbled at the start but recovered and just fell short, finishing a game second, in the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run GII at Keeneland.
Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd.’s Trooper John vied for the lead, took over at the 3/4 pole and won the Canadian Juvenile Stakes easily for conditioner Tim Rycroft with Keishan Balgobin in the irons. Sycamore Stable’s recently claimed Double Bear vied for the lead, but was no match for the winner holding on for second for trainer Rod Cone with Shamaree Muir up. Ted Graling’s Xtreme Lyra and Curtis Landry and Red Diamond Stable’s Hyannisport deadheated for show money.
Frank Bodell ‘s Royal Warrior trailed the field and rallied down the lane to catch the pacesetting Blue Dancer in the Harvest Gold Plate Handicap for conditioner Dave Nicholson who took quite the tumble on an icy patch on the way to the winner’s circle. Rico Walcott was aboard for the winning ride. C & H Duggan Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp.’s Blue Dancer held on for place money with Quincy Welch aboard for trainer Greg Tracy. Deltin Stable and Ed Welsh’s Killin Me Smalls got up for show money with Keishan Balgobin in the irons for conditioner Ernie Keller.
I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
Henry David Thoreau
Final Jockey Standings 2016 – Top 10
|Rank||Jockey Name||Sts||1st||2nd||3rd||Total $||Win%|
|1||Rico W. Walcott||362||99||79||68||$1,100,718||27%|
|7||Ismael Eluid Mosqueira||210||27||29||34||$362,616||13%|
|10||Rafael Zenteno Jr.||150||17||17||31||$217,977||11%|
Final Trainer Standings 2016 – Top 10
|Rank||Trainer Name||Sts||1st||2nd||3rd||Total $||Win%|
|3||Dale L. Saunders||167||36||28||22||$413,211||22%|
|6||Craig Robert Smith||197||45||29||26||$285,381||23%|
|7||Rodney J. Cone||193||27||27||39||$265,363||14%|
|8||Jerri R. Robertson||138||18||30||15||$222,886||13%|
Final Owner Standings 2016 – Top 10
|Rank||Owner Name||Sts||1st||2nd||3rd||Total $||Win%|
|1||Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd.||118||22||30||13||$377,752||19%|
|2||C and H Duggan Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp.||75||26||15||10||$321,332||35%|
|3||Bar None Ranches Ltd.||125||29||23||15||$270,511||23%|
|4||Saunders, Dale L., M and P Equipment, Inc. and Met Set Consulting, Ltd.||76||21||12||13||$236,457||28%|
|5||Landry, C., Landry, D., Red Diamond Stable and Highfield Stock Farm||21||7||9||1||$207,494||33%|
|7||Landry, Curtis and Red Diamond Stable||15||7||3||3||$133,825||47%|
|8||Deltin Stable and Welsh, Ed||44||8||7||12||$119,708||18%|
With rumours about the future of thoroughbred racing in 2017 and 2018 filling the air at Northlands Park Sal was lucky to catch his breath.
Sal heard that there’s a new stallion from the Storm Cat line heading to the Grande Prairie area.
Sal says that the best rumours are those you keep to yourself.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
Sal has a suggestion for the Mattress King, Jim McIngvale, and Laura Wohlers. So far in the dispute between them and Maria Borrell there’s about as much class to choose from as between Donald and Hilary and we haven’t even began to talk about stench. McIngvale should donate the amount of money that Borrell claims she is owed to the TAA or the Kentucky and local agencies that cared for the horses after they were declared abandoned by the state. Make the donation on behalf of Maria Borrell as full payment of her claims.
Sal says he watched the third American Presidential Candidates debate the only sane way – with the TV off.
OF RACES AND JACKASSES The history of racing has provided great deeds. Contested by thousands of well meaning steeds. But the strangest race that's ever been seen. Is the race for the White House in 2016. It lasted too long with too many choices. All shrieking and shouting in a jumble of voices. Too many pretenders who could not stay the course. Too many back enders one would never endorse. A roughly run race with lots of division. Thousands of pundits all spouting derision. Then down the stretch came the final dark twosome. Both equally suspect and equally gruesome. The old gray mare so desperate to win. The wanna be stud who led with his chin. Don't mention e-mails is what she was hoping. While he lost his action midst kissing and groping. Head and head down the lane with the mud and dirt flying. What was the truth and just who was lying? On they would battle riding by riding. What had he done and what was she hiding? In this battle of losers that no one would claim. Two new inductees for the flops hall of shame. In the end it would seem these two were well matched. Too bad that they both could not have been scratched. Then come November the voters will speak. No matter who wins the choice will be weak. A sad competition with a couple of phonies. I think all in all I prefer watching ponies. Not Bob Dylan, but I never miss a rhyme