Nov 052016

Sal says that if you’re going to do a preview like Phil would have wanted, you better have a wrap.

 Sal says he’s not back in the saddle again, but will sometimes suddenly surface and periodically post some salient comments and stories.

Sal will also periodically  post Alberta thoroughbred announcements and employment opportunities.

domenica 6 novembre

I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.
Dr. Seuss

Hard Sun

FiveThirtyEight – Arthur – Cubs Fans Finally Exit Purgatory After One Of Baseball’s Greatest Games
FiveThirtyEight – Paine – Theo Epstein’s Curse-Breakers

NY Times – Pennington – In the Cubs’ New Kingdom, Bliss and Wonder Reign at Every Level

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
Dr. Seuss

In Spite of Ourselves

Edmonton Journal – Licence extended for horse racing at Northlands

Horse Racing Alberta – Watts – Hoofprints – November 7th

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
Dr. Seuss

New OTB opened in Cold Lake AB

Ruth’s Gaming Lounge

Best Western / Sawmill

So Alive

The Horsemen’s Daily – Owner Conference Concludes with Enthusiastic Reviews from Attendees, Sponsors

Racing Future – Mills – The Reins of Transition of The Breeder’s Dream

The horses Germans want to breed

What makes their accomplishments most remarkable is that they have emerged from a country that produces no more than about 850 foals a year, and one in which racing has had to battle to preserve its position in a landscape where sports betting and soccer are pre-eminent.

While much of the rest of the world puts priority on speed, shorter races and precocity, German breeders and owners prefer to focus on producing Thoroughbreds that will prevail over longer tests and are sound enough to remain competitive for years. In large measure, that is the reason for their success.

“The Germans concentrate on one thing, basically — staying races,” observed Daniel Krüger, manager of the German Owners and Breeders Association (Besitzervereinigung) and a key executive for both German Thoroughbred Marketing and Gestut Fahrhof, the breeder of many top runners, including Sabiango and Arlington Million winner Silvano, who went on to be a champion sire in South Africa.

“From seven Group 1 races in Germany, there are five over 12 furlongs; the German Oaks is over 11 furlongs and there is only one over 10 furlongs,” noted Krüger, who also has been associated with American-based Team Valor International.

“So, that shows where our attention goes: to the classic, staying horse. And that is what Germans want to breed. We also give them time as 2-year-olds — we don’t push them or run them too soon — and those are the main reasons I would say Germany is so successful.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – Why German-breds are sweeping all before them in the world’s most glamorous races

National Post – Schmidt – Who would destroy 250,000 litres of wine? Ontario police investigate million-dollar mischief case

Sal says that the 250,000 litres should have been saved and when they catch the culprit(s) make them drink every damn litre with no pee breaks allowed.

NY Times – Asimov – There Are No Wrong Thanksgiving Wines

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be.
Isaac Asimov

LA Times – Slideshow: Photos from the 2016 Breeders’ Cup races

Twist and Shout

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Salute the mastery of Baffert as ‘relentless’ Arrogate achieves the seemingly impossible

NY Times – Drape – Breeders’ Cup: Arrogate’s Win Ends California Chrome’s Perfect Year

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Arrogate catches California Chrome in Classic

Bloodhorse – Novak – Arrogate Upsets ‘Chrome’ in BC Classic

ESPN – Arrogate runs down California Chrome to win Breeders’ Cup Classic

TDN – Arrogate Up Late in BC Classic

Twist and Shout

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Classic Empire Holds On to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Score

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Classic Empire Reigns in BC Juvenile

TDN – Classic Empire Staves Off Not This Time in Juvenile

Twist and Shout

Bloodhorse – Attendance, Handle Up for BC Saturday

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James

Somebody to Love

Sal says that Phil wouldn’t want Sal to subject the Ennead to an emotionless strumpet with no talent who lacks rhythm, doesn’t understand that the words are supposed to go with the music and has no idea that there’s a difference between singing and screeching when the real thing is still on tape.

Somebody to Love

Somebody to Love

Somebody to Love

Fret not Morgan, Sal says that there must be some Last Place Little League team somewhere who needs a wailer to butcher the American National Anthem.

God Bless America

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
Henry James

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Champagne Room Takes Juvenile Fillies

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Champagne Room Pops Winning Cork in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.

Fred Allen

Me and Bobby McGee

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Tourist Upsets Tepin in Breeders’ Cup Mile

Reelin In The Years

TDN – No ‘Reel’-ing In Irish Invader in Turf

Bloodhorse – Balan – Highland Reel Speeds to BC Turf Rout

I Came to Dance

The Irish Times – O’Connor – Seamus Heffernan aiming to break Breeders’ Cup duck

Twist and Shout

Lady and the Track – Sigmon – Queen’s Trust Nails Lady Eli at the Wire in a Record-Setting Performance

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Queen’s Trust Delivers in Filly & Mare Turf

Bohemian Rhapsody

TDN – Drefong Duels, Keeps Going in Sprint Score

Bloodhorse – Novak – Drefong Gives Baffert Fifth BC Sprint

ESPN – DRF – Drefong gives Bob Baffert fifth Breeders’ Cup Sprint win

Bloodhorse – Angst – Veteran Obviously Scores in Turf Sprint

The Man Who Sold the World

I think I don’t regret a single ‘excess’ of my responsive youth – I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn’t embrace.
Henry James

ESPN – DRF – McGee – Finest City holds off Wavell Avenue in Filly & Mare Sprint

LA Times – Anderson – Did a fisherman fairly catch a prizewinning marlin? A judge will decide, and $2.8 million is at stake

Sal says that if you gotta take a polygraph to win a fishing contest why not one for every politician running for office.

Something So Right

“The more the prevention-through-deterrence paradigm has become strained by proof of its inefficacy,” she writes, “the more object-oriented it has become: more layers of triple fencing, more sophisticated military equipment such as remote sensors and unmanned aircraft.”

In George R. R. Martin’s fantasy epic adapted as the TV series “Game of Thrones,” the 700-foot-high wall of ice — impenetrable, tall, northern — is protected by ancient sorcery. But all walls are built with an element of magical thinking. For what is a wall but wish fulfillment made concrete?

NY Times – Vanderbilt – The Walls in Our Heads

Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
George S. Patton

TDN – Finley – Beholder: Why It Pays to Keep Running Them

TDN – Beholder Outbobs Songbird in Distaff

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Behold Beholder’s moment in Distaff

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

Bloodhorse – Balan – Mandella: Beholder is Unlike Any Other

My Opening Farewell

Bitter Southerner – Bernstein – The Big Old Goofy World of John Prine

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

TwinSpires Blog – Flatter – Oscar Performance, New Money Honey take New York road to Breeders’ Cup success

Angel From Montgomery

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

Kiss Them For Me

Bloodhorse – Precious – Records-Based Trainer Ruling Overturned

Near to the Wild Heart of Life

What did Bobby Allen Do Now

Ruling T088-2016

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Conquest Dispersal Has Unique Flavor

Bloodhorse – Phipps Reduction Part of Keeneland Sale

Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
William Faulkner

Fool Yourself

Bloodhorse – Kiss to Remember Takes Chilukki at Churchill

Street Fighting Man

Globe and Mail – Wente – Why is the U.S. election so close?

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.


National Post – Andrew Coyne: U.S. presidential election headed for the second-worst possible conclusion

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
Mae West

Questo è per Sal da Phil

Still Crazy After All These Years

Some may never live, but the crazy never die.
Hunter S. Thompson

Hawthorne Sal

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


    PETER WATTS comments posted on the HRA website today about thoroughbreds moving to CENTURY DOWNS in the fall 2017 and a extended January February 2017 1 day per week standardbred meet at Northlands Park. For a cash strapped organization the wish lists will erode purse structure and increase friction between HRA/HBPA/ASHA/OPERATORS!!


    TENILE remarks about a SEAMLESS TRANSITION With Northlands Park racing until July 1 2018 when proposed CENTURY MILE is scheduled to open. Is this another case of rose-coloured glasses.

    STATE OF FINANCES has no budget, no racing dates/ no government approval of a 3 yr business plan under section 10 (1) HRA ACT, section 7 of HRA’S grant agreement , with NDP government placing horse racing on back burner or camp fire near high level. Will $$$/dates clarity resolved by FEB/2017!

    PC CONVENTION in Red Deer with 1100 delegates. has apparent front runner KENNEY with HARPER’S backing, as latest poll has PC’s at 39%, WILDROSE 25%, NDP/LIBERALS at 14% each. I wonder if TENILE was working behind the leadership scenes.

    TENILE’S tribute oil painting (12.5K?) is rumoured to be fast tracked from a senior official after NP deal, with a possible generous donation from a horse racing participant?

    UPCOMING CONCERT BATTLE- FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE 16,000+ at REXTALL nov 18, versus BOY GEORGE 2000+ at COLISEUM Bov 19, which organization will reap positive cash flow??

    GATE CREW FISACO- First no contest in 132 year history of HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB as a maintenance worker placing of a rake at starting gate causes a $27.1 MILLION CANADIAN REFUND (or 2 years of live racing in ALBERTA per HRA”S audited figures) when 8/12 starting barriers don’t open at HAPPY VALLEY RACECOURSE.

    CANADIAN RACING ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNERS estimated fiscal budget update for 2017 season has the budget at $38 million/ 2017 from $41.9 million/2016 . $4 million revenue drop due to 10% drop in MOU %, reduction in takeout of betting, reduction in NP slots, but major increase at CENTURY DOWNS slots 12 months versus 9 months.

    Could this lead to a reduction of days at present purse structure for thoroughbreds of 70 days from 77 days and harness of 100 days from 114 days, without knowing the SECRET HRA/NORTHLANDS deal with the precedent of STAMPEDE PARK EXIT $$$$ which was a estimated extra $5 million at the expense of the PURSE STRUCTURE for the horse racing participants, HRA UPDATE in FEB/2017??

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