Nov 042016

Sal says that when leafing through Phil’s dog-eared archives and making like Matlock Sal suspected that Phil would have wanted Sal to post a preview of the soon to be upon us Breeders’ Cup.


This is it

Bloodhorse – BC Pick Six Carryover: $511,261

Breeders Cup

Breeders Cup – Races – Post Times

Breeders’ Cup – Ultimate Fan Guide to Breeders’ Cup Week


2016_Breeders Cup Wagering Guide

TwinSpires Blog – Breeders’ Cup 2016 News & Notes

DRF – Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup

America’s Best Racing – Breeders Cup

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup

Horse Racing Nation – 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bloodhorse – Keeler Johnson’s 2016 Breeders’ Cup Selections

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Big 3 + Big 3 = 33

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CBC – AP – Chicago Cubs and 5 million friends celebrate World Series title

76 Trombones

NY Times – Hyduk – Looking Back (Sigh) at the End (Sigh) of the Indians’ Great Season (Sigh)

As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.
Buddy Hackett

Bloodhorse – Angst – A Stronger ‘Chrome’ Returns to Classic

There are those who wrap themselves in flags and blow the tinny trumpet of patriotism as a means of fooling the people.

George Galloway

New OTB opened in Cold Lake AB

Ruth’s Gaming Lounge

Best Western / Sawmill

Bloodhorse – Balan – Beholder Noses Out Songbird in BC Distaff

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Songbird Loses Nothing in Defeat

LA Times – Posner – Beholder noses out Songbird in Breeders’ Cup Distaff

NY Times – AP – Breeders’ Cup Distaff Features a First Loss and a Final Win

ESPN – DRF – Free – Beholder by a nose over Songbird in thrilling Breeders’ Cup Distaff

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Oscar Performance Shows Winning Ways in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Bloodhorse – Angst – Oscar Performance Golden in Juvenile Turf

ESPN – DRF -Hersh – Oscar Performance takes a bow in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Lady and the Track – Pugh – Tamarkuz Annexes Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Bloodhorse – Novak – Tamarkuz Upsets Dirt Mile

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Tamarkuz gets his Grade 1 win in Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – New Money Honey Cashes Juvenile Fillies Turf

ESPN – DRF – Andersen – New Money Honey takes BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

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Clearly, it was all due to the bartender’s lucky walnut.

NY Times – Lyall – In a Bar in Chicago, the Real M.V.P.s of the Series Got It Done

NY Times – A Souvenir for Anthony Rizzo, a Gift for All Cubs Everywhere

Sal says that Steve Bartman and Ferris Bueller should be co-Parade Marshals.

What Sal forgot was that Charlie was torn.

I had only one superstition. I made sure to touch all the bases when I hit a home run.
Babe Ruth

Questo è per Phil:

Edmonton Journal – Gary Lamphier: Leonardo DiCaprio not big on walking his own climate-change talk

Sal’s channeling Phil and has a question:

Why doesn’t DiCaprio head over to China and lecture the Chinese on climate change rather than picking on us Albertans.

Last time Sal checked there’s no non-peeing section in the global swimming pool.

Sal says that you may notice a pattern to Sal’s quotes today.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

NY Times – Yardley – An American in a Strange Land

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Genaro – Racing and the U.S. election: the trainers who dare to speak out

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – A single on Friday and an audible on Saturday

TwinSpires Blog – Scully’s Breeders’ Cup Friday Pick 4 plays

ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – All together, BC females are stronger than ever

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Stars of the Breeders’ Cup: how America’s trainers measure up

NY Times – Drape – Much Is on the Line for California Chrome at the Breeders’ Cup

Lady and the Track – Pugh – Breeders’ Cup Classic: Does Age Matter?

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
Satchel Paige

LA Times – Cherwa – Countdown to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita

Questo è per Eddie:


You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Oliver Goldsmith

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Highes – Lord Nelson Out of BC Sprint

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Last Stop on Championship Road?

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.

Mahatma Gandhi

Bloodhorse – Litfin At Large: Breeders’ Cup

LA Times – Cherwa – Dortmund catches a breather in Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Beholder Set to Bid Farewell

You Can’t Catch Me

Louisville Courier-Journal – Songbird seeking to keep perfect record intact in BC Distaff

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Friday Analysis: Can They Catch Songbird?

Bloodhorse – Balan – Smith: ‘Go Ahead and Try’ to Catch Songbird

Catch Us If You Can

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Fresher Curalina Tackles Distaff Again

Lady and the Track – Fillies and Mares Head Breeders’ Cup Mile

I have a perfect horror of words that are not backed up by deeds.

Theodore Roosevelt

Bloodhorse – Flintshire Retiring to Hill ‘n’ Dale After BC

Lady and the Track – Sigmon – Handicapping the Turf Races on Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Bloodhorse – Novak – Green Mask Draws into Turf Sprint

Questo è per Bill:

I Got You Babe

Bloodhorse – McCoy – Jockey Cruz Set for Breeders’ Cup Debut

LA Times – Cherwa and Sondheimer – Jockey Flavien Prat, back from injury, has 10 mounts in his first Breeders’ Cup

LA Times – Cherwa – Trying to pick a winner in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff is the toughest of tasks

LA Times – Cherwa – Bob Baffert has supporters and detractors in how he deals with jockeys

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Heberts’ Pride Gloryzapper in F&M Sprint

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It ain’t over till it’s over.

Yogi Berra

NY Times – Witz – Cubs End 108-Year Wait for World Series Title, After a Little More Torment

ESPN – Stark – How did the Cubs’ curse end? With the greatest game ever
LA Times – McCullough – 108 is enough: Cubs beat Indians to end baseball’s longest World Series drought

NY Times – Kepner – With a Curse-Breaking Hit, Ben Zobrist Lives a Dream He Never Expected

Sal says that Chicago knows how to stage a parade.

Let It Rain

Horse Canada – OLG Reconsidering Racing Products

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Olczyk Gives Emotional Keynote to OwnerView

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Stars of the Breeders’ Cup: the power of the international challenge

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Taking a crack at the hardest Pick 4 of all time on Breeders’ Cup Saturday

Sal says that the Late Pick 4 ending in the Classic is tougher.

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Speed a common trait in Breeders’ Cup upset selections

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Three Breeders’ Cup longshots that can boost exotic payoffs

Bloodhorse – A Look Back: The Greatest Classic Field?

Horse Race Insider – Berner – Focus The Lens on Handicapping

America’s Best Racing – Moore – Breeders’ Cup Classic Cheat Sheet

America’s Best Racing – Curry – Live Longshots and Value Plays for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup

America’s Best Racing – Curry – Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff Cheat Sheet

America’s Best Racing – Bauer-Herzog – Europeans You Should Know for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup

European Female

This is Horse Racing – Breeders’ Cup Friday: Saratoga Strong

Bloodhorse – Angst – California Chrome Aims at International Sweep

ESPN – DRF – California Chrome poised to complete perfect season

Louisville Courier-Journal – USA Today Sports – Peters – California Chrome looks to shine once more at Breeders’ Cup Classic

Lady and the Track – Mendoza and Ward – 2016 TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Can Lord Nelson Make it Five In A Row?

Bloodhorse – Balan – Cool, Collected Kruljac Suits Finest City

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Talent and Then Some 

NY Times – Mather – Not-So-Ordinary ‘Joe’: Final Round for an Arena Named for an Athlete

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Sal says it is not another story about Chicago Cub fans.

NY Times – ‘How Much Suffering Can You Take?’

Run, Run Run

Is beer good for runners? Sure…if it’s the other guy drinking it.
Jim Fixx

NY Times – Witz – After an Eternity, the Cubs and the Indians Will Have to Wait One More Day

NY Times – Kepner – 37th World Series Game 7 Represents Rare Opportunity for Cubs or Indians

NY Times – Op-Ed – Dowd – Move Over Bill Murray and Eddie Vedder! I’m a Cubbie

Sal says that the 2016 World Series could come down to the Cleveland’s Top Closer.

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Spreading the Risk Key for New Owners

TDN – Adolphson – Stewart Primed for Big Breeders’ Cup Friday

Sugar Shack

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Wrona Relishes Chance to Call Breeders’ Cup

TDN – McGrath – Turnbull’s BC Journey With Mondialiste

Lady and the Track – Buchanan – Jockey C.J. McMahon: Texas Chrome the Ride of a Lifetime

TDN – Berry – Ferland Living The Breeders’ Cup Dream

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Stars of the Breeders’ Cup: get ready to hail miracle filly Lady Eli

TDN – Sherack – Leading Lady

Lady and the Track – Pugh – Breeders’ Cup Distaff: Beholder, Stellar Wind, Songbird Lead Field

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo – Distaff the Race of the Year

Louisville Courier-Journal – Lerner – Ultra-competitive Distaff to highlight Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Almandin Delivers Record in Melbourne Cup Win

A leader can never be happy until his people are happy.
Genghis Khan

Horse Racing Nation – HorseCenter – The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Preview Edition

Bloodhorse – Shea – Nine BC Entries Watershed Moment for Denali

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Dortmund escapes shadow of archrival California Chrome

Lady and the Track – Sigmon – Endless Possibilities in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

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NY Times – Kepner – The Bullpen Series

National Post – Craig – UN offers The Rebel press accreditation for climate conference after environment minister’s intervention

Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
Thomas Jefferson

Lady and the Track – Fields Set for Breeders’ Cup; Classic, Distaff Loaded With Talent

For fields for all the Breeders’ Cup Championship races, go to the Breeders’ Cup website.

TDN – Monsun’s Almandin Takes The Melbourne Cup

Genghis Khan

Lady and the Track – Mendoza – Spain Burg Looking for Euro Rebound in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – BC Internationals: Juvenile Fillies Turf contender Spain Burg

Never Been to Spain

NY Times – Belson – Judge Tells N.F.L. to Reveal Some Secrets About Concussions

Bloodhorse – Gantz – By the Moon Has Deep Roots with Jay Em Ess

Bloodhorse – Novak – Found Looks for Repeat Turf Win

Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Genaro – Stars of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup: the incredible rise of Chad Brown

ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Santa Anita officials target 100,000 in attendance

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Tepin, Miss Temple City Set for Mile Showdown

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Breeders’ Cup: Miss Temple City ready for Mile

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – From Deep Inside a Breeders’ Cup Bunker

TwinSpires Blog – Breeders’ Cup Classic favorite California Chrome ‘better now than he’s ever been’

Bloodhorse – Angst – California Chrome Targets Perfect Ending

ESPN – AP – California Chrome is even-money favorite for Breeders’ Cup Classic

Lady and the Track – Pugh – Keen Ice Always Seems Best Flying Under the Radar

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – Big Brown’s new beginning – and he’s absolutely thriving on it

TDN – Wachman Poised for ‘Exaggerated’ Return at KEENOV

DRF – Dunleavy – Belmont: Fall meet ends with ties atop jockey and trainer standings

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Baffert Duo Awaits A. P. Indian in Sprint

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Breeders’ Cup: A. P. Indian set for tough Sprint


Bloodhorse – Shulman – Trio of Champions Set for Distaff Clash

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Runhappy Meets Dortmund in B.C. Dirt Mile

Bloodhorse – Balan – Big ‘Cap Purse Reduced to $750,000 for 2017

Bloodhorse – Classic Empire Enters Juvenile on Strong Note

The Globe and Mail – Wente – Hillary Clinton’s Halloween horror show

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Tonight, Tonight

It’s easier to dismiss ghosts in the daylight.

Patricia Briggs

NY Times – Witz – Cubs Aren’t History as Chicago Denies Indians a Title in Game 5

Bloodhorse – Novak – California Chrome Arrives at Santa Anita

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Kughes – Gun Runner Works, Likely in Dirt Mile

My ghost? Do you suppose I’m fool enough to go to the expense of keeping one of my own, when there are so many charming ones in my friends’ closets?

Edith Wharton

Ghost Riders in the Sky

Getting in Gear for 2017

Now that Northlands Park has agreed to bridge staging of live racing in Edmonton until Century Mile is ready to open in late summer, 2018, the next challenge is to get the business model in place and for Northlands to get a racing license from Horse Racing Alberta. “I hope that will get done in short order,” a senior official told me. “Then we can pass a budget so the horsemen know what they’ll have for purses in 2017. That will then allow the horsemen’s groups to negotiate with the tracks for dates. It’s all going to get done. It’s just a matter of how long it takes.”

It can’t happen too quickly for horsemen. They’d like to know where their livelihood is going to take them beyond Dec. 31st.

Watt – Hoofprints – October 30th

DRF – Russo – Warrior’s Club cashes in for Churchill Racing Club group in Spendthrift Stallion Stakes

DRF – King – Lovely Bernadette gets past China Grove in Rags to Riches

Bloodhorse – Reeder – Maurice Bests Field of Fifteen in Tenno Sho

LA Times – Steele – Reckless, a hero horse for the Marines, honored with a statue at Camp Pendleton

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Albaugh Not Letting Go of Talent This Time

Nothing is more unreliable than the populace, nothing more obscure than human intentions, nothing more deceptive than the whole electoral system.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

NY Times – Gelles – How to Be Mindful Carving a Pumpkin

Bloodhorse – Conquest Vivi Victorious in Victorian Queen

Spirits in the Material World

Bloodhorse – Star Power – By Evan Hammonds

Sympathy for the Devil

He said the shrinking attention span of viewers is naturally going to lead to shrinking viewership numbers. He also pointed to methods of delivery other than TV, including the league’s streaming deal with Twitter.

“I believe all traditional sports are going to suffer declines because of the audience of millennials who have broken the habit of their fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers of sitting in front of the TV,” he said. “They’re used to far more varied things.”

LA Times – Farmer – Are sagging NFL ratings a cause for concern?

Bloodhorse – From Breeders’ Cup to Keeneland Sales Ring

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NY Times – Waldstein – Indians Defeat Sloppy Cubs to Take a 3-1 World Series Lead

Chicago Tribune – Cubs fall to Indians 7-2 in Game 4; trail World Series 3-1

ESPN – Rogers – Is the moment too big? Pressing Cubs pushed to brink

NY Times – Kepner – A Narrow Path of Hope Remains for the Cubs

The old baseball adage rings true again. Good pitching (specifically from Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen) has throttled good hitting. Those pitchers have thrown 22 of the Indians’ 36 innings in this World Series, with a combined earned run average of 0.82.

Pitching always beats batting… and vice-versa.

Yogi Berra

I’ve Been Searching so Long

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Cash In, South Sea key to Stars of Tomorrow Late Pick 4 at Churchill Downs

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Bloodhorse – Three Rules Puts in Final Juvenile Work

DRF – Grening – Practical Joke, Syndergaard work five furlongs for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

There are three side effects of acid: enhanced long-term memory, decreased short-term memory, and I forget the third.
Timothy Leary

Til the Rivers All Run Dry

Bloodhorse – Angst – Cool Arrow On Target for First Spendthrift

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – South Sea the pick in inaugural Spendthrift Stallion at Churchill Downs

Bloodhorse – McCoy – Motion Aims to Send out Four in Breeders’ Cup

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
Albert Einstein

Sheraton Gibson

Bloodhorse – Angst – Keeneland Sets Fall Meet Attendance Record

NY Times – Thornton – Seeing What the Wildfires Took, and What They Left Behind

Edmonton Journal – Graham Thomson: Spectre of Jason Kenney haunts Wildrose conference

Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Bloodhorse – Pegasus Sale to Return in March

Black Magic Woman

I’m gonna put a curse on you and all your kids will be born completely naked.
Jimi Hendrix

DRF – Russo – Union Rags making a statement with his first-crop juveniles

Wild Thing

Bloodhorse – Balan- Cover Song Springs Autumn Miss Upset

Fastnet Rock

Gold Dust Woman

Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bloodhorse – Novak – Noble Bird Wins Fayette in Track-Record Time

Bloodhorse – Angst – Ortiz Jr. Sweeps Belmont Graded Stakes

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Dortmund Leads Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Pre-Entries

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – Can the Melbourne Cup produce successful stallions?

TDN – Roytz – TB Makeover Wraps Up in Lexington

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ESPN – Sorry, Wrigleyville: Cleveland’s come to crash your party

Sal says that whenever Cleveland’s starters get into trouble they can always rely on the ace from the bullpen.

Bloodhorse – Novak – Nyquist Injured, Out of Breeders’ Cup Classic

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

This is Horse Racing – Saturday Special – October 29

DRF – Simon – Gio Ponti offspring Drefong a surprise sprint success

Lady and the Track – Sigmon – Breeders’ Cup Turf Pits the Best of Europe Against the Best of America

Bloodhorse – Angst – Tepin, Classic Empire Work at Churchill Downs

By laughing at me, the audience really laughs at themselves, and realizing they have done this gives them sort of a spiritual second wind for going back into the battles of life.

Bloodhorse – Haskins – The Ladies Behind the Mike Have BC Ties

ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – Mandella goes for another home sweet home run

DRF – Russo – Fasig-Tipton yearling sale ends with declines in gross, average

Pentiction News – Helston – Vernon man charged with 15 new counts of arson including Kin Race Track fire

Today, of course, our paranoia about child safety has reached this fabulous zenith whereby kids are only allowed to trick-or-treat accompanied by an adult…. But back in the blithe, porno-soaked, latch-key seventies, the idea of trick-or-treating with a parent in tow was unthinkable—like publicly disclosing a preference for Barry Manilow. And yes, we heard plenty of tales about creepy old men sinking razors into caramel apples. But this only added an allure of risk to the endeavor.

Steve Almond

Send in the Clowns

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Trends That May Surprise You

TDN – Berry – Harlem Set To Be A Globetrotter

Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.

Edgar Allan Poe

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Runhappy Eager in Final Breeders’ Cup Work

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.
Ulysses S. Grant

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This is Horse Racing – Strong interest for 2016 Breeders’ Cup

Contains Links to Past Performances

“We are currently in negotiations with HRA to race in 2017 and 2018,” said Scott Sinclair, general manager at Northlands. “If a deal isn’t reached by Nov. 4, though, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission will start ripping out the slots here. If that happens, it would really hurt the racing industry.”

DRF – Goulding – Fewer days, fewer horses result in less business at Northlands

NY Times – Shpigel – The Buzz Is Back in Edmonton? The Oilers Must Have a Prodigy

Bloodhorse – Balan – Nyquist’s BC Work Less Than Ideal

Eight Days a week

Southern Living – The Grumpy Gardener – To Save America — Grumpy For President!!

Sal says that those are the best tax cutting ideas he’s ever heard.

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Build BC bankroll by beating these champions

Bloodhorse – Litfin – Getting Started on Breeders’ Cup Handicapping

TwinSpires Blog – Handicapping Insights – Powell – Breeders’ Cup 2016 is strong and deep

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – The recent history of multi-race payouts in Breeders’ Cup races

Southern Living – Halloween Party Ideas

Cherub Rock

Lady and the Track – Pugh – Breeders’ Cup Classic Full With Grade 1 Winners, Millionaires

Bloodhorse – Balan – Living The Life Retired, Won’t Run in BC

Bloodhorse – Awards for Breeders of Breeders’ Cup Winners

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Searcy – How Godolphin quietly re-worked their operation in the quest for Aussie success

Horse Racing Nation – Mangrum – Breeders’ Cup Sprint 2016: Double-Barreled Baffert

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Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries Total 185

2016 Breeders Cup Pre-Entries

Breeders Cup

Breeders Cup – Races – Post Times

Breeders’ Cup – Ultimate Fan Guide to Breeders’ Cup Week

TwinSpires Blog – Breeders’ Cup 2016 News & Notes

DRF – Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup

America’s Best Racing – Breeders Cup

Paulick Report – Breeders’ Cup

Horse Racing Nation – 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic

This is Horse Racing – Strong interest for 2016 Breeders’ Cup

Contains Links to Past Performances


Handicapping Workshops

Breeders' Cup Seminar

Breeders’ Cup Handicapping Workshop

Wednesday Nov. 2nd – 7:00 PM

Join Marshall and Glen for a 90 minute interactive workshop to discuss and analyze this year’s Breeders’ Cup races held on Friday Nov. 4th and Saturday Nov. 5th at Santa Anita racetrack. We’ll break down both the Friday and Saturday cards with emphasis on the last 4 races of each day. We’ll review criteria from previous Breeders’ Cup winners at Santa Anita, discuss the Euros chances this year, review Mike Watchmaker’s workout reports and formulate several different wagering strategies.

Come prepared to share and compare research, opinions, stats, picks and more on this year Breeders’ Cup.

All workshop participants will receive a FREE $10 wagering coupon redeemable on either one of the Breeders’ Cup race days (Friday or Saturday).

To register for this workshop, please send us your name and telephone number via email or call Samantha at 204-885-3330.

Bloodhorse – Johnson – An Early Look at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Dirt Races

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Loaded With Talent

Lady and the Track – Safford – Locals, Early Breeders’ Cup Arrivals Out at Santa Anita 10/25

TDN – Adolphson – Noholdingback Bear Ready to Roll in BC Sprint

Lady and the Track – Pugh – One Rule for Three Rules: Always Be Happy

Roadhouse Blues

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Karmel – Are the amazing Ortiz brothers ready to take the Breeders’ Cup by storm?

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Why Florent Geroux is ‘Boss of the Moss’ in the U.S.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQueen – Children of Secretariat: the tiny filly who became one of the greatest ever

Lady and The Track – Pugh – Pletcher Breeders’ Cup Brigade Works at Churchill

Sharp Dressed Man

National Post – NY Times – Sandomir – Cleveland’s last World Series title, in 1948, broke ground for black players once ignored

Lady and the Track – Macatangay – Champion Runhappy Settles in at Santa Anita for Breeders’ Cup

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – California Chrome aims to make history in Breeders’ Cup Classic

Louisville Courier-Journal – AP – Harris – California Chrome heads field for BC Classic

Horse Race Insider – Indulto – A Strange Twist: Classic as a Lose-And-They’re-In Pegasus Event?

Bloodhorse – Handy Work at Remington for Texas Chrome

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – How an incredible Breeders’ Cup hero finally won a place in my heart

CBC Edmonton – Northlands horse racing season ends in uncertainty

Edmonton Journal – Stolte – Council roundup: City pulls out of Northlands, sets water rates and OK’s aerial park

Sal says it sounds like the city of Edmonton is hunkering down and battening the hatches for some serious negotiations with Edmonton Northlands.

National Post – Stinson – Prime-time duds and 6-6 ties: Fewer people are watching the NFL because the games have been lousy

NY Times – Belson, Sandomir and Smith – TV Viewership Falls in N.F.L. and Premier League: A Blip, or Something Worse?

National – Post – Olympians Tiffany Foster and Amy Millar Headline Canadian Contingent at Toronto’s Royal Horse Show

TDN – Finley – Leatherbury Mulling Options For ‘Ben’

Bloodhorse – A Look Back: Miesque’s Second Mile Victory

Hawthorne Sal

  4 Responses to “Sal’s Suddenly Surfacing Breeders Cup Weekend Pop-Up Preview Post”


    SUPER SLEUTH SAL posted a racing form article by RANDY GOULDING. In a conversation SCOTT SINCLAIR advised that AGLC will start pulling slots after NOV 4/2016 if a deal is not reached for the continuation of live racing at NORTHLANDS PARK for the 2017/2018 racing season. Where’s the communication by the powers to be such as HRA/HBPA? As the president HRA states a decision will be made in a couple weeks under the UGLY DIVORCE notation, how about a DEATH NOTICE!

    AGLC under rule 1.3.3 can invoke a RACINO LICENSE is their is no racing license, and that a 1 week’s notice is given which it has to PULL SLOTS, nice backdoor politics kicking the race industry in the backside. Since the CENTURY MILE proposal needs a current RACINO LICENSE due to current freeze and will generate over $250 MILLION in the government coffers over the 10 year MOU AGREEMENT this is a quick execution to get broke NORTHLANDS peas/ques in order to receive HRA $7 mil grant!

    PLAN M is gaining support with the ALBERTA DOWNS site with a new operator THEOLOGIAN MANAGEMENT LTD. possibly running operations, not MONKS but maybe are a solution to our prayers and could be short term solution to big problem, that starts with TENILE/HRA GOVERNANCE!

    RUMOURED future racing corporate sponsor TROIKA, cabbage roll manufacturer in EDMONTON, could be in trouble with the future park rebranding with no race license, as they utilize local Alberta products such as eggs, 1000 lbs of cabbage daily and other products for their pasta lines.

    OILERS FOUNDATION/AGLC 50/50 draw get it right by making a exemption for SEDGEWICK man/ 4 yr son who attended a hockey game and checked ticket 4 business days, instead of 2 day deadline for $67,292. By the way how many racing fans make the trek to NORTHLANDS to enjoy live racing, very little and possibly none if the deadline deal doesn’t get done with major conditions on the table!

    WESTERN FAIR/SUGAR LAND had a recent harness race where 8 horses finish in their post positions, where the odds are 40,320-1 and last occured in NA in oct 2010,somebody’s numbers finally came up!


    The implementation of PLAN M for next spring has created major discussions and inquires to Sal. A big clue is to think of morning instead of mourning, as CENTURY CASINOS will fill your feed buckets!

    TODAY’S HOT RUMOUR straight from city hall is a possible rebranding of NORTHLANDS. Since WALLY WORLD is taken, my suggestion would be KAPUSTA VILLE with a 60 foot high cabbage roll on a fork as the centrepiece, enhancing the non profit agricultural society currently getting its $8 million from TOURISM!

    At the Annual K – days festival everyone would dance to the Shmenges


    EDMONTON COUNCIL pulls 3 members off Northlands’ board, sighting conflict of interest and that Northlands is a separate entity from city, kind of a like of old couple that aren’t sleeping together but who’s financial future sits in tax payers’ hands. Maybe pull the guarantee on $20 million line of credit, to wake REID up?

    FICTION FOR HORSE INDUSTRY, captain at VISION 2020 council meeting boasts about the annual approval of their 3 year business plan as the regulator of horse racing when the plan was never APPROVED for 2016! MAYOR IVESON supports the continuation of live racing at Northlands for 2 years in September then washes their hands of any Board Input at Northlands activities a month later!

    PC LEADERSHIP contest has NO disclosures of PC donors until end of leadership race, with the deadline for NOV. 10 for candidates running, maybe the backstretch should light a candle at church and pray that TENILE throws her feed bucket into the race, like HRA’S lack of budget numbers and future!

    HOT RUMOUR IS PLAN M, for thoroughbreds to race at CENTURY DOWNS and harness to race at ALBERTA DOWNS under new operator, at least the long delayed promise of track lighting might occur!

    HOT RUMOUR is operating grants going to 33% from 28.75% to cover reward for deferred maintenance costs and to front load capital infrastructure costs. With the current BREADWINNER CENTURY DOWNS keeping the industry afloat as NORTHLANDS casino revenue has gone from 45 million/2006 to 23 million/2015(21 million 2016) with a rumoured drastic drop to $6.58 net win/hr compared to CENTURY’S rumoured $10.50 net win /hr!

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