Dec 162016

If Sal was a tad more Politically Correct the title for this Post would be Sal’s Suddenly Surfacing Post Holiday Season Post.

But if Sal was a tad more Politically Correct Sal wouldn’t be Sal, Bears would stop shitting in the forest and Il nove sarebbe smettere di leggere Sal.

Sal won’t be wishing anyone a made up pcbs Happy Kwanzaa.

Kinda reminds Sal of an old joke

The Mother Superior went to the construction site next to her Order’s convent and sought out the Foreman. Once found she began to dress him down for the loud, foul language being used on the site, and express her umbrage that she and the Sisters were being exposed to these crudities.
The Foreman stood his ground. He told the Sister that while he sympathized, he was not running a finishing school and that all he required of the men working for him was a good day’s work for a good day’s pay.
He told her he was not going to speak to the men, and advised her to remember that construction workers were hard-working laborers who “call a spade a spade”.
The Mother Superior drew herself to her full height and said “No, they don’t! They call it a f!*\ing shovel!”

domenica 1 gennaio il primo giorno del 2017

From the Derby Bar and Grill

Sal was wondering if the PC gestapo will be changing the name of New Year’s Day so as to not make the old year feel bad.

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.

From the November 19, 2016 ASHA minutes Sal gleans that the standardbreds will be running 108 days of racing in the province of Alberta in 2017. Revenues will be cut to all breeds and operators in 2017 with further deeper cuts on their way. When will the Alberta standardbred industry realize that you can’t sustain the amount of racing that they’ve ballooned to under HRA’s pro-standarbred policy.

How many days will the thoroughbreds run in 2017 – 70 or maybe even less.

Sal’s heard rumours that there is a major push from some quarters to race thoroughbreds at Century Downs in 2017. Century Downs is not ready to race thoroughbreds so why are certain parties trying to force the issue at times when money is too tight to mention.

Sal says that the only viable solution for horse racing in Alberta is Century Mile receiving all of their approvals in a timely fashion and being able to start construction in the late spring of 2017 with an opening in mid 2018. How much more viable will all breeds of horse racing in Alberta become when the Century Mile will be contributing 50 – 70% more revenue into HRA’s coffers than Edmonton Northlands does.

Sal heard rumours that Edmonton Northlands may be ruing their decision to get out of horse racing and may be trying to scuttle Century’s approval process to force the horses back to Northlands Park. Sal says he hopes that the powers to be that will be reviewing Century’s applications will see Northlands backroom maneuvres for what they are: Seller’s remorse of an outdated, pathetic organization that did nothing for the horse racing industry in Alberta other than milk it for funds to run their other money losing projects like their incompetently managed Expo Centre to try and regain the revenues that they now realize they have foolishly lost with their unattainable pie in the sky Vision 2020.

Sal says its time for the city of Edmonton and province of Alberta to move on from the days when the exhibition boards sucked the blood from the horse racing industry and give the Century Mile a chance to show how horse racing and slots can flourish when properly managed by for profit industry.

The First Cut is the Deepest

Paulick Report – Pedulla – For Eppler, ‘Doing Right By The Horses’ Finally Pays Off

Bloodhorse – Eppler Wins Historic Training Title at Laurel Park

Land and the Track – Laughter – Jerome Draws Seven Newly Minted Sophomores

Bloodhorse – Angst – Reporting, Withholding Revisions Would be Game-Changing

Toronto Sun – Warmington – Former Dragon breathes fire at Kevin O’Leary

Please Don’t let me be misunderstood.

DRF – Andersen – Disqualification gives single ticket holder pick six hit

Bloodhorse – Arrogate Out of Jan. 1 San Pasqual Stakes

DRF – Welsch – Giant Run holds off Oscar Nominated in Tropical Park

Bloodhorse – Novak – Decked Out Flies Home in American Oaks

Halvey on Horse Racing – Halvey – Kent Desormeaux and the Photo Finish

Bloodhorse – Angst – Desormeaux Questions Photo Finish System

Sal says that it appears that Kent Desormeaux doesn’t question the validity of the photo finish system when he wins a GI stake by less than the thickness of a Daily Racing Form.

DRF – Welsch – Ultra Brat ($75.40) surprises in Tropical Oaks

Bloodhorse – Balan – Goodyearforroses Scores in Sloppy Frankel

Bloodhorse – Balan – Miller Trainees Dead Heat in Midnight Lute

Maybe I’m amazed.

Bloodhorse – Novak – Bob Baffert and Kaleem Shah Part Ways

Lady and the Track – LATT’s Laura Pugh’s Favorite Race of 2016

Lady and the Track – LATT’s Casey Laughter’s Top Moments of 2016

Lady and the Track – LATT’s Jordan Sigmon’s Top Moments of 2016

Lady and the Track – LATT’s Robin Buchanan Shares Her Top Moments of 2016

While Sal was gleaning through Phil’s dog-eared archives Sal noticed that rather often Phil would conjure up some idea, thought, quote, song or sundre item that Phil thought was clever and would then proceed to repetitiously, redundantly repeat it sucking the life out of something meant to be dosed out in minuscule morsels. Sal doesn’t want to belabour the point or harp on it but Sal noticed it must be contagious as Sal’s been dwelling upon flogging the almost dead cover horse.

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
Aldous Huxley

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Stallions on the move: the three biggest rankings climbers of 2016

Brisnet – Reilly – Believe in Bertie speeds to course mark at Fair Grounds

History repeats itself. Historians repeat each other.

Philip Guedalla

Brisnet – Reilly – Taghleeb smashes Gulfstream course record in Jerkens

Brisnet – Reilly – Irish War Cry, Ms Locust Point justify favoritism at Laurel

NY Times – Hyduk – A Year That Can Never Be Taken From Cleveland

National Post – Michael Den Tandt: ‘Mad Max’ Bernier will be the next Conservative leader — and other predictions for 2017

Gimme Shelter

Sal says Sal’s taking a break from posting other than announcements. Sal may surface for a Holy Bull Preview.

sabato dicembre 31  l’ultimo giorno del 2016

Edmonton Journal – BARNES: Alberta Thoroughbred Race Club looking for stable growth through syndication

Sal again says thank you to Curtis Landry for the yeoman efforts that he puts into the club and thoroughbred racing generally.

At Honest Ed's Annual Christmas Free Christmas Turkey giveaway on Nov. 24, 2002, People lined up along Bloor Street waiting to get into the store for the free handouts of turkeys and fruitcakes.


At Honest Ed’s Annual Christmas Free Christmas Turkey giveaway on Nov. 24, 2002, people lined up along Bloor Street waiting to get into the store for the free handouts of turkeys and fruitcakes.

Tibor Kolley/The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail – Honest Ed’s (1948-2016)

Toronto Star – David Mirvish looks back at all those Honest Ed’s memories

Toronto Star – Simcoe –  A timeline of Honest Ed’s, a Toronto landmark since 1943


Image result for honest ed the toronto police horse

Toronto police horse Honest Ed and his rider, Constable Rob Graham, pose on the edge of Lake Ontario on January 2, 2013.

Big Yellow Taxi

Bloodhorse – Weekend Stakes Rundown: Arrogate Returns

ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – Arrogate seeks his place in Juddmonte pantheon

TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro: How to wager on San Pasqual

Eleanor Rigby

TDN – DeBernardis – Insights 12/31

Paulick Report – Pegasus Playbook: Crunch Time

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.

att. Buddha

ESPN – O’Connor – Story of Ralph Branca and Jackie Robinson still resonates

The Boys of Summer

Bloodhorse – Keeler Johnson’s Kentucky Derby Top 10

Bloodhorse – Shea – El Areeb, Takaful Seek Graded Win in Jerome

Back in the USSR

TDN – McGrath – Galileo Closing In On His Own Remarkable Sire

Bloodhorse – New Barn Tops List of Belmont Park Improvements

LA Times – Kellogg – The 10 most important books of 2016

Honky Tonk Woman

Lady and the Track – Sigmon – Local Fillies Decked Out, Stays in Vegas Headline American Oaks

TDN – Packed House for Final Grade I of the Year

NY Times – Ronda Rousey’s U.F.C. Return Ends in 48 Seconds of Punches by Amanda Nunes

Get Back

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 1

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 2

Paulick Report – Report: Masochistic Formally Disqualified From BC Sprint

The Sun – GOSDEN GETS OBE – Buckingham Palace awaits for Gosden

TDN – Gosden Awarded OBE In Honours List

Racing Post – Lees – Morshead and Gosden named in honours list

My Way

TDN – NYRA Announces Enhanced Spring 2-Year-Old Program

National Post – the Telegraph – Squires – Scientists edge closer to bringing back the aurochs, the fearsome cattle breed last seen in the 1600s

venerdì dicembre 30

Food and Wine – Demmond -17 Wine Resolutions for 2017 from Top Sommeliers

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Masochistic DQ another shameful disregard for players

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Powell: Non-DQ on Gulfstream turf sends wrong message

Brisnet – Scully – Takaful the one to beat as 2017 Kentucky Derby Trail kicks off in Jerome

Sweet Home Alabama

Bloodhorse – Balan – Midnight Storm Challenges Arrogate in San Pasqual

Paulick Report – Stefsanus – Knocking Back A Cold One: What Does Beer Do For Horses?

Brisnet – Scully – 2016 Eclipse Award selections: California Chrome gets nod in Horse of the Year race

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Connect Will Not Point for Pegasus World Cup

TDN – Finley – War Story, Semper Fortis To Go in Pegasus

Bloodhorse – Angst – Agreement in Place to Start War Story in Pegasus

Bloodhorse – ‘Bluesman’ Hopes for Redemption in Mr. Prospector

Louisville Courier-Journal – LA Times – Cherwa – In horse racing, the show (bet) still goes on

TDN – McCraken Aiming for February Return

TDN – Uncontested Smarty Jones Bound

TDN – Thornton – Bettor-Friendly Tax Regs Nearing Reality

NY Times – Myers – ‘Rasputin’ Unravels the Myths of the ‘Mad Monk’


giovedì dicembre 29

ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – The bloom is off the American Oaks

Hazy Shade of Winter

All things share the same breath – the beast, the tree, the man… the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
Chief Seattle

Bloodhorse – Balan – Motion Sends Queen Blossom West for American Oaks

TDN – Lucky 13 in American Oaks

Bloodhorse – Oscar Nominated Heads Tropical Park Derby Field

ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – Of lies, terrible lies, and Eclipse Award finalists

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 3

Paulick Report – Paulick –  Yet Another Chapter In The Masochistic Saga

TDN – Harvey – Prelude to a Doha Derby

National Post – Bloomberg News – McClelland – Golf’s Gary Player is selling his South African horse farm in a market test for trophy homes

Garden and Gun – A Recipe for Luck and Money

TDN – Carasso – ‘Biscuits’ a True Overachiever

Paulick Report – Report: Santa Anita Could Host 2018 Pegasus World Cup

Paulick Report – Fedorka – Steady Eddie Proves It’s Not Always About The Money

The Guardian – Wahlquist – Michelle Payne launches women’s only racehorse syndicate

mercoledi dicembre 28

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Crispe – California Chrome now up to sixth in world’s all-time highest-earners table

Bloodhorse – Novak – Arrogate Confirmed for San Pasqual After Bullet Work

TDN – Oppenheim: The Sales Year

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 4

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – BloodHorse to Update Style on Group/Graded Stakes

Horse Race Insider – Berner – L’Affaire Masochistic Was Completely Avoidable

Bloodhorse – Angst – One Horse, Two Scandals

DRF – Andersen – Masochistic not allowed to enter Midnight Lute Stakes

TDN – Challenges and Solutions: Headley Bell

NY Times – Sports in 2016: Winners, Losers and Cheaters

The Globe and Mail – Hui – Canadian scientists are trying to make your tomatoes tasty again

NY Times – Strzemien – 11 Ways to Be a Better Person in 2017

martedi dicembre 27

Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.

The Bitter Southerner – Miller and Miller – The Heart of a Woman

Santa Anita Park – San Pasqual Stakes – Nominations

Sal says that DRF’s Andersen says that Baffert will be sending Arrogate to the San Pasqual.

The Boxer

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 5

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 6

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 7

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 8

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 9

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Top 10 for 2016: No. 10

TDN – King – Reflections on 2016

TDN – Berry – 2016 Reflections: Annie Power, GI Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Racing Must Go Back to the Future

TDN – Challenges: Andrew Chesser

DRF – Andersen – No winning pick six tickets opening day

DRF – Anderson – Santa Anita: Track launches single ticket jackpot in pick six

Bloodhorse – Balan – Mind Your Biscuits Scores Grade I in Malibu

ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Mind Your Biscuits gets his Grade 1 in Malibu Stakes

TDN – Mind Your Biscuits Nails Sharp Azteca in Malibu

Bloodhorse – Balan – Constellation Digs in to Win La Brea

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Constellation pulls off 12-1 upset in La Brea

TDN – Star Turn for Constellation in La Brea

DRF – Sparkman: Bellamy Road passes on talent to Constellation

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Saints Fan Carving a Louisiana Route to Derby

Bloodhorse – Reeder – Conquest Enforcer Strikes for New Connections

DRF – Privman – Conquest Enforcer’s win in Mathis Brothers Mile caps two-stakes day for Prat

TDN – Conquest Enforcer All the Way in Mathis Mile

Bloodhorse – Winzce-Hughes – Blind Faith: Story of Begum Continues to Inspire

Bloodhorse – Shea – Bettys Bambino Wins San Simeon Off Layoff

ESPN – DRF – Andersen – Bettys Bambino wins San Simeon off 22-month layoff

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – Why the Magic Millions is so important for this pioneering stud farm

TDN – Thornton – NY Vet Penalized for False Health Reports

TDN – Royal Delta Half by Street Cry Rolls to Rising Star Honors at Gulfstream


TDN – Frankels & Donegal Racing Partner on Keen Ice in Pegasus

I’m On Fire

Paulick Report – Mitchell – Bloodlines: Which New Sires Will Attract Most Attention In 2017?

giovedì dicembre 22

National Post – Washington Post – Mettler – In Texas, a religious liberty battle rages at one school over quote from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

Prejudices are what fools use for reason.

Sal was reading an article the other day that said that every  year everyone should be a little naughty and a little nice  just to be sure that Santa has to check his list twice.

If I exorcise my demons, my angels may leave too.

Tom Waits

Please Call Me Baby

That’s not the point, which is that I don’t know how many women manage to get through doorways these days, the chips on their shoulders are so enormous.

Not everything is a misogynist plot. Not everything is worth a lecture. What I want for Christmas is that we should, in the immortal words of my favourite reserve regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, harden the —- up.

National Post – Christie Blatchford: Two words to my fellow females — toughen up

Sal says it’s not only women who need to get effin tougher.
Sal says that a chip on the shoulder usually comes from the much larger block of wood right above it.

A Woman’s Place

Hard Sun

CTHS Alberta has mailed out the 2016 Alberta Breeders Bonus cheques. If you haven’t received yours yet Canada Post should be dropping it off in the next couple of days.

In the Book of Life, The answers aren’t in the back.

Charlie Brown

Bloodhorse – Holy Bull Stakes Goal for Gunnevera

2006 Holy Bull

The Lonely Bull

Sal says that when he was thumbing through Phil’s dog-eared archives Sal saw that Phil posed many questions.

Sal was most intrigued by:

Phil has a question:

When Phil puts in a quote, question, comment or song not intending any simple yet far-fetched, obtuse allusion, but just cuz Phil wants to put that quote, question, comment or song in and the reader in his own mind imagines an unintended complex, far-fetched, obtuse allusion can Phil take credit for that allusion.

Sal has an answer:

Il nove decides what Sal is positing or what Phil has posited.

And il nove credono in silenzio

and il nove knows that Sal sometimes posits to far ridere i polli.

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Sigmund Freud

Hotel California

Garden and Gun – Holiday Cheer Leaders

Washington Post – Naughty or Nice: NFL cheerleaders in holiday costumes

I don’t believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously.
Ray Bradbury

Let’s Go

The Globe and Mail – Klinlberg – Fred Sasakamoose: Survivor, trailblazer, leader, hero

Sal says the Saskatchewan Ed says that Fred was the inventor of the slapshot.

A Little Bit South of Saskatoon

Listening to that tune while reading about the problems of deporting non-recognized persons the LED in Sal’s cranium started to flash in Technicolour. All the countries faced with the deportation problems should get together and build an airport a little bit south of Alert, Nunavut. The Canadian and Nunavut governments should donate 1984 square kilometres of frozen tundra and declare the area a separate country called No Man’s Land. Sal says you wouldn’t even need a fence.

Any deportee whose country of origin can’t be determined gets a one way ticket to No Man’s Land. Flight to Alert airport and dogsled to No Man’s Land. Just to be fair we’d provide them with a rifle with 20 rounds of ammo, a machete for cutting through red tape and provisions for 21 days.

Sal’s starting to sound like he’s been reading too much Ezra.

It’s so easy for propaganda to work, and dissent to be mocked.
Harold Pinter

Phor Christmas Phil used to pheature Christmas Carols, tunes and quotes. Sal says iph you want Christmas tunes download White Christmas or About a Boy.

Sal says iph you want Christmas Spirit download The Bishop’s Wife or one of Phil’s Phavourites:

and be sure to serve it in a glass from the Bishop’s Wife.

Sal says iph you want Christmas quotes – Merry Christmas Quotations.

Booze news – “Bourbon” an essay by Walker Percy

People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.

Sal was browsing books the other day and noticed one about how to unclutter your life and home. Sal took the hint and started to unclutter his life and home by not buying the book and adding clutter to his life and home.

The Globe and Mail – O’Kane – Start a new Christmas tradition – hold back on holiday spending

A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.
Charles Dickens

Southern Living – Hayes – What’s the Difference Between Bourbon and Whiskey?

New York State Allows Local Distilleries To Sell At Farmers Markets

Another great aspect of New York bourbon is that you can check out the latest and greatest simply by heading to a local farmers market. It’s legal for New York State distilleries to sell their products directly to consumers in the context of one of these markets, which makes for a fun weekend outing. Talk directly to the distillers about their product, process, and where they get their ingredients (most of them will be locally grown or sourced). Plus, try some free samples! Some farmers markets to check out are Greenmarket, Down to Earth, and EcoStation.

Vine Pair – Kellerman -New York Is The Best State For Bourbon Right Now

Sal says we need a Farmers’ Markets like that in Alberta.

Get busy living or get busy dying.

Andy Dufresne

National Post – Berry – The 2016 holiday libations guide: A drink to help you get through every festive occasion

Vine Pair – Two Buck Chuck Is Being Discontinued, And You Can Blame That Fake HuffPo Viral Story

Brutal Hammer – Dent – Two Buck Chuck Not Going Anywhere

Paste – Black – Ranking Trader Joe’s “Two-Buck Chuck” from Worst to Least Worst

Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?
Groucho Marx

Garden and Gun – Risen – Holiday Milk Punch

Tell me what brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.

Abraham Lincoln

Southern Living – Christmas Dessert Recipes- Candy

Whenever you think that the outer limits of stupidity have been reached some marketer stretches them.

Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker

A fool and his money are soon elected.
Will Rogers


The Globe and Mail – Beck – Talking turkey: Common myths plaguing the holiday meat

The Bitter Southerner – Rushin – Yes Friends There is a Hearty White

Garden and Gun – Curtis – Drinks: Bourbon and Beans

Jockey Full of Bourbon

There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.

Raymond Chandler

NY Times – Asimov – Rye Whiskeys, Young and Bucking for Manhattans

The Globe and Mail – Crosariol- 10 great bottles of white wine and bubbly to try this winter

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether it snowed for six days and six nights when I was twelve or whether it snowed for twelve days and twelve nights when I was six.

Dylan Thomas

In Between Days

Washington Post – Sellers – A storied horse race and the ghost of a man who’d always wanted to win

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – Lacey Gaudet & Smarty Jones

Bohemian Rhapsody

Memories are like mulligatawny soup in a cheap restaurant. It is best not to stir them.

P. G. Wodehouse

TDN – Flay Signs For the Impeccably Bred Cover Song

Sol Kumin


Blood in the Cut

A Flay of a different flavour uncovered.

Sal was wandering what flavour the pies are.

I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.
Mary Shelley

NY Times – The 10 Best Books of 2016

National Post – Stern – Twenty cookbooks for the culinary wannabe or master chef on your shopping list

Garden and Gun – Miles – Books: Rhythm and Rhyme

NY Times – Clark – The Year’s Best Baking Cookbooks: Radical Ideas, Classic Treats

The Globe and Mail – Best Books of the Year

National Post – The Complete NP99: The best books of 2016

NY Times – 100 Notable Books of 2016

My Way

Sal says a notable Book of 2016:

No Way to Run

I am a believer in women, in their ability to do things and in their influence and power. Women set the standards for the world, and it is for us, women in Canada, to set the standards high.

Nellie McClung

Radar Love

Heart to Heart with Julien Leparoux in the saddle notched his fourth victory in seven starts this season for owner Terry Hamilton and conditioner Brian Lynch. The son of English Channel was bred in Ontario by Darrell Bauder’s Red Hawk Ranch.

DRF – Welsch – Heart to Heart draws blood in El Prado victory

The New Yorker – Petrusich – A Transcendent Patti Smith Accepts Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Nobel Prize – Bob Dylan – Banquet Speech

The New Yorker – Smith – How Does It Feel

Vanity Fair – Hogan – Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize: The Case for Blonde on Blonde as Literature

Never be lucid, never state, if you would be regarded great.
Dylan Thomas

Like a Rolling Stone

LA Times – D’Zurilla – National Film Registry makes a 2016 list for the ages including ‘East of Eden,’ ‘The Birds,’ ‘Thelma & Louise’ and more

NY Times – Light – Rock Lives: This Season’s Pop Music Biographies and Memoirs

Sound of Silence

The awful thing about a dinner party is the self-pressure, the desire to fit into Ina’s or Martha’s or your mother’s low-heeled shoes and never-stained apron, which of course is never going to happen, I’m sorry it’s just not. I have come to expect that the parties I throw will be something of a mess and hopefully people will find that charming or at least bearable. Sometimes they have to wait for their food and get sent out for snacks, sometimes they have to deal with smoke filling an apartment, and sometimes the no-bake dessert takes a trip into the oven and we see what will happen, science-experiment style. The whole point of a dinner party is that it’s different from eating alone, it’s different from boredom, and small catastrophes are surely that. The one thing I can tell you is that raw cheesecake tastes just fine when it’s baked, denser and fluffier and, honestly, a little closer to the real thing.

Food and Wine – Bull – Disaster at a Vegan Dinner Party

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
Franz Kafka

11. Invite the Methodists. They make good cobblers.

15. Never let the preacher lead the line—he’ll talk too much and hold everybody up, trying to recruit Sunday School teachers when he ought to be focused on the potato salad.

Southern Living – Luesse – 20 Things Every Church Hostess Knows


Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Mind Your Biscuits Heads Malibu Field

Equibase – 2016 Malibu Stakes GI Nominations

Equibase – 2016 Malibu Stakes early PPs

Bob Baffert has both Arrogate and Drefong nominated along with a trio of their stablemates. Sal says that if we want to improve the handle on thoroughbred racing we should create a future wager on major races that lets one wager on which horses will actually be entered.

Not only will the handle grow, but Sal can just imagine that even Donald Trump may tweet about it.


National Post – Tristin Hopper: Nellie McClung got snubbed for a banknote. They wanted a ‘perfect’ woman instead

Sal says maybe we should have let them Eastern bastards freeze in the dark.

The Rebel – Levant – Richard Nesbitt is a Toronto bankster who laughs at unemployed Albertans. Here’s how we fight back

Sal says that every Albertan should close their bank accounts at CIBC and move to the Treasury Branch or to a local Credit Union.

Sal says that every Albertan should contact every business and institution that the fat cat Nesbitt is associated with and express their displeasure with his comments and question his competence to be in the positions he is in. CIBC must have questioned something. They paid him $8.5 million to buy him out a year early.

Sal sent a comment to the Global Risk Institute:

Your man Richard Nesbitt should be immediately terminated.
His comment about who cares about Albertans is utterly disgusting and just goes to show how much you fat cat arrogant chair warmers in Ontario care about the rest of the country.
However, that is not my concern. My concern is with the competence of a person who in discussing economic stimulus in Canada uses an average unemployment rate for the country to make a generalized comment. This is not the sign of a person who understands the country and who should be in the powerful position he is in.  
Justice Brandeis said it far better that I ever will:

“I abhor averages. I like the individual case. A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live.”

Your man Nesbitt does not seem to understand Brandeis’ concept.

If you’d like to send them your thoughts please do so.

GRI – Contact

The government of Canada was a founding member

If you’d like to send our Prime Minister  or MP your thoughts please do so.

Contact Information for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament.
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Telephone: 613- 995-0253; Fax: 613- 947-0310; Email:
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Office of the Prime Minister
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Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2
Fax: 613-941-6900; Email:

Trouble is a sieve to test our friends; the small ones fall through.

Nellie McClung

My Way

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Pitt – A champion filly who became one of the great foundation mares of modern times

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQueen – Children of Secretariat: the giant killer who twice toppled a champion

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Demand for Quality Paces Keeneland Sale

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – Auction Season Ends With Market Stability

The history of the sport is littered with the names of folks who speculated early that the horse business was a way to profits.

About the only horse out there that would have the edge in pulling it off would be California Chrome, who has earned $8.1 million this year.

Horses of this nature are as brilliant as Halley’s Comet…and come along about as often. To expect any profit from forward earnings in any Thoroughbred venture is pure folly.

Bloodhorse – From the Horsemen’s Mouth – By Evan Hammonds

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – MacDonald – The top mares already booked in for California Chrome as optimism grows over his stud career

These Days

An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.

H. L. Mencken

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Tapit Breaks Single-Season Earnings Mark

Southern Living – What’s The Difference Between Chicken Stock and Chicken Broth?

Epicurious – Boone – Stock, Broth and Bone Broth—What’s the Difference?

Kitchn – Christensen – What’s the Difference Between Stock and Broth?

Chowhound – What’s the Difference Between Stock and Broth?

Sal says you can call him anything you want, but don’t call Sal late for dinner.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Jane Austen

When in doubt, let your horse do the thinkin’.

Cowboy Wisdom


Bloodhorse – New THA Website Aims to be Comprehensive

Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association

National Post – Rex Murphy: Canadian touchstone Jim Munro has died. His famous bookstore is a landmark of our time

The Bitter Southerner – Maxwell – Bill Smith: The Bitter Southerner Interview

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot

Because the Night

Bloodhorse – TAA Accredits 27 Aftercare Organizations

Canadian Accredited Organizations

LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement SocietyTDN – Thornton – MidAtlantic Horse Rescue: 1,000 Adoptions in 14 Years

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – The real-life fairytale of two unwanted 2-year-olds saved from a grim fate

Across The Universe

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Charles Dickens

Sal was wandering what Charles Dickens would say about Donald Trump.

Listed – Thompson – Better a buyer than a builder be?

Sal says that Al’s not the only Monaco brother noted for big deals in 2016.

While Al was busy looking after the interests of the shareholders of Enbridge Mat was busy looking after the welfare of the backstretch workers at Northlands Park.

Sal says that Mat orchestrated the HBPA Alberta deal of the year with the continuance of Cable TV in the 34 Northlands dorms after someone pulled the funding.

Sal has a question:

Which of the 2 books about Abraham Lincoln would Donald Trump read if Donald Trump could read:

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln

TDN – Finley – A Violent Country, A Kidnapping, A New Life in the U.S.

The Bitter Southerner – Howard – The Sunday After

Garden and Gun – Celebrating 25 Years of ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Thoroughbred racing on more than many think during TV’s golden age
Clint Eastwood

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.
Che Guevara

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Touting Daily Participation Key to Solving Racing’s Identity Crisis

DRF – Grening – New York purses could take big hit as result of slots deal with Nassau County OTB

Darling Be Home Soon

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
Hannah Arendt

Keeneland is executing the first step perfectly: they are attracting thousands of kids to these races, but unless they implement ways to keep them there, it’s all in vain. Take advantage of having this amount of kids at the track, teach them what they are doing, give them the tools to hit the big winners, and you now have thousands of lifetime handicappers. The industry would grow, attendance would grow, and the sport would thrive.

This is a call to action to all tracks out there: get these kids to the track and give them the resources to learn. And a call to action to all kids: immerse yourself in this environment and this sport. Equip yourself with this knowledge, feel the rush of victory, fill your pockets with your winnings, and fall in love with horse racing.

Trent Ledbetter is a 19-year-old student at Thomas More College in northern Kentucky.

TDN – Ledbetter – Attracting (And Retaining) Youth to Racing

Here is my most pressing problem the industry faces today: “AVERAGE STARTS PER RUNNER PER YEAR.” It is one we never talk about, symposium after symposium or meeting after meeting. Nobody owns it. Yet the effects are so broad. To me, it is racing’s dirty little secret. The aunt who drinks too much, the brother with the drug problem….shhhh!!! Every track in the world is concerned about field size; those are discussions we constantly have. This is more about our product itself. The horse we are breeding and training and racing today.

TDN – Challenges: Martin Panza

If one works within tradition the right way, tradition cannot be told from innovation.

Bill Smith

The Derby Bar and Grill

Railbird Notes by Glen Todd

Bloodhorse – TCA Essay: A Friend of Mine

NY Times – Powell – Curtis Granderson Is a Man on a Generous Mission



Bloodhorse – Weekend Stakes Rundown: Chrome’s CA Sendoff

The Globe and Mail – Pruden – Who is Travis Vader?

The Globe and Mail – Coulter – Caring for the animals who work for us

Dixie Chicken

A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.
H. L. Mencken

Bloodhorse – BloodHorse, Weatherbys Launch Stallions Ap

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – The ten most expensive stallions in the world for 2017

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith and Willoughby – The 100 best annual performances by the world’s elite sires

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – Unravelling the mystery of Galileo’s ‘failure’ in the Southern Hemisphere

Lady and the Track – Feldhahn – Freshman Sire Focus: Dialed In vs. Union Rags

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Comparing Frankel’s first season with Uncle Mo and other top young sires

Bloodhorse – Keeneland Catalogs 1,892 for January Sale

DRF – Russo – Korea raising its profile

Bloodhorse – Fierro – Happy Holidays

There is No Greater Love

DRF – Sparkman: Big weekend for Temple City

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Grade 1 double has U.S. sire Temple City surging up the world rankings

Roadhouse Blues

National Post – Taunton –  From ‘Proud Mary’ to ‘Midnight Train to Georgia,’ the totally ridiculous inside stories behind some iconic hits

Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon

Whenever he saw a dollar in another man’s hands he took it as a personal grudge, if he couldn’t take it any other way.
O. Henry

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – The battle to right the wrongs suffered by racing’s backstretch workers

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – Healthcare on the backstretch: a problem that won’t go away

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – What impact would a purge on illegal immigrants have on U.S. racing?

Horse Race Insider – Berner – Foreign Workers Issue Clouds Racing’s Future

Immigrant Song

TDN – Thornton – Feds on Brink of Helping–or Hurting–Industry Employers

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Symposium Documents Racing’s Racino Problem

TDN – Hoffman – Arizona Global Racing & Gaming Symposium Wraps Up

I never lie to any man because I don’t fear anyone. The only time you lie is when you are afraid.

John Gotti

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – A series of wrongs finally makes for one right

Bloodhorse – Precious – Cuomo Vetos Jockey Fund Legislation

Garden and Gun – Hendrickson – R.E.M.’s ‘Out of Time’ at Twenty-Five

The Bitter Southerner –  Stephens, McDuffie,  Acheson and PonsoldtR.E.M.’s “Out of Time” at 25

One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.

Frank Zappa

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Holiday Season Brings Weird Thoughts

I Fought The Law

One should eat to live, not live to eat.

CNBC – Vielma – ‘Super Size Me’ star Morgan Spurlock opening fast-food restaurant

I Fought The Law

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Duckworth – How this $1.2m half-brother to a Kentucky Derby winner has made a success of a very different career

Churchill Downs To Invest $37 Million on Expansion and Upgrades

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Who Are the Top Derby Hopefuls Heading Into 2017?

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Who Are the Top Early Candidates for Kentucky Derby 143?

Bloodhorse – Johnson – 4 Kentucky Derby Contenders to Watch

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Mastery Leads Baffert Derby Parade into 2017

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Road to the Kentucky Derby: Baffert has something to work with in Mastery

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – How Tepin’s exploits are helping ready Casse’s team for the Kentucky Derby

TDN – Bianca – American Anthem Latest in Baffert’s Talented Juvenile Band

ESPN – DRF – Watchmaker – Not quite ready to pile on the Mastery bandwagon

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Hughes – Casse Mulls Derby Path for Classic Empire

2017 Kentucky Derby

2017 Kentucky Derby Prep Races

2017 Road to the Kentucky Oaks

The Rose

Speaking of Derbies if you’re planning to attend the 2017 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park then you may want to head over to Chapel Hats at West Edmonton Mall for a

cappello nuovo for under the tree.

First Girl I Loved

Bloodhorse – Three Rules Being Considered for Swale Stakes

Garden and Gun – Horn – An Elevated Twist on the Mint Julep

..and I’m standing on the corner of Fifth and Vermouth.
Tom Waits

TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Mo Town

TDN – Finley – Stanley Cup and an Oaks, Johnson Wants It All

Lady and the Track -Laughter – Talented Fillies Make March Toward Kentucky Oaks

Bloodhorse – Novak – Champagne Room Returns to Worktab

Blow Wind Blow

Write drunk; edit sober.

Ernest Hemingway

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Road to the Kentucky Derby: trial downgrades are justified – and there may be more changes to come

Bloodhorse – Angst – Blue Grass, Wood Memorial Downgraded

Bloodhorse – Angst – Changing Schedules Impacted Wood, Blue Grass

Bloodhorse – 2017 American Graded Stakes Races

TDN – Finley – Op/Ed: TOBA Did What Needed to Be Done

All Day and All of the Night

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – As Door Closes on 2016 Season, Another Opens Immediately

Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis

Garden and Gun – Martin – The Big E: Emeril Lagasse

Smells Like Teen Spirit

John Jeremiah Sullivan – Horseman Pass By_(Secretariat)

Fire and Rain

Bloodhorse –  Wincze-Hughes – ‘Brilliant’ Gomez Remembered by Friends

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Tribute to Garrett Gomez

This is Horse Racing – Joe Clancy – Garrett Gomez through the years

DRF – Hovdey: When ascendant, few stars burned brighter than Gomez

2008 Travers

Amazing Grace

TDN – McGrath – Jockey Matters Making A Difference: Part One

TDN – McGrath – Jockey Matters Making A Difference: Part Two

A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.
Abraham Maslow

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – NY state wants to teach Pletcher, Brown, et al, how to train

Nobody Does It Better

Garden and Gun – Lotz – The Mystery Books That Inspired ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Move the Jockey Club Gold Cup to Saratoga

Wicked Game

Most people wouldn’t know music if it came up and bit them on the ass.

Frank Zappa

Bloodhorse – Election Time…Again – By Lenny Shulman

TDN – Bill Oppenheim: It’s Value Sire Time

TDN – Oppenheim: (NA) Nominations from the Floor

TDN – Bill Oppenheim: European Value Sires

TDN – Bill Oppenheim: Value Sires 10k-20k

TDN – Bill Oppenheim: Four Figure Bargains

TDN – Oppenheim: 20 Star Sires of 2016

You Think You’re a Man

 If honor were profitable, everybody would be honorable.

TDN -Op/Ed: Eric Hamelback

TDN – Challenges and Solutions: John Phillips

Bloodhorse – Balan – Santa Anita, Golden Gate to ‘Limit’ ADWs

Solitary Man

Among individuals as among nations, the respect to other people’s rights is peace.

Benito Juarez

The Players’ Tribune – Sherman – We All Need to Do Better

Pale Blue Eyes


Horse Race Insider – Jicha – No suspense in this year’s Eclipse Awards

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – California Chrome should be Horse of the Year

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Tepin surpasses Flintshire and neither Found nor Highland Reel deserve an Eclipse Award

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – Drefong is easy but female sprinters are a little muddled

TwinSpires Blog – Caldwell – And the champion two-year-old filly is…

Horse Racing Nation – Zipse – Horse Racing Rankings for December 5, 2016

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Hill – Arrogate-‘Chrome‘ Match Race in Pegasus?

Bloodhorse – Hammonds – McIngvale Finds Horse for His Pegasus Slot

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Boost for Pegasus World Cup prospects of Argentinian import Eragon

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Pegasus First Shot Fired

Bloodhorse – Wincze-Highes – Juddmonte Purchases Coolmore’s Pegasus World Cup Slot

Being a cover artist is not like being a real artist. That’s just copying what someone else did.
Sebastian Bach

Darkness, Darkness

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Casse Barn Loaded With Star Power

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – King – The G1-winning trainer who’s starting again in the desert – at the age of 63

An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.

Charles Dickens

Garden and Gun – Hendrickson – The Year in Music: 2016

The Bittern Southerner – The Best Southern Records 2016 – The Bitter Southerner’s Fourth Annual, Highly Opinionated List of the South’s Best Music

Horse Race Insider – Indulto – Oldies, Goodies and Newbies

Orange Crush

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Racing’s History and Tradition Matters

NY Times – de la Cruz – What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – The man out to show the Pegasus doubters they’re oh so wrong


Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Justice Remains Delayed in Dutrow Case

Horse Race Insider – Berner – When It Comes to Drugs, Action Speaks Louder Than Studies

Bloodhorse – Angst – BC Wants Better Out-of-Competition Testing

Bloodhorse – Angst – BC Sprint Runner-Up Masochistic to be DQ’d


TDN – Finley – Op/Ed: Too Many Stakes Races, Not Enough Stakes Horses

Don’t Go Back to Rockville

TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Temple City

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Blake – Natural disasters, Bob Dylan, a Derby prep and the super track that never was: salute racing’s great survivor

There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the skyscrapers’ battle with the heavens that cover them.
Federico Garcia Lorca

To Sir With Love

Lyon also provided an update on Littleprincessemma.

“She is the love of my life,” she said. “She’s carrying a brother to American Pharoah. I’m keeping her foal this year, a Tapit filly, and I can hardly wait to see what she can do. The mare is the kindest and most wonderful mare anyone could ever hope to deal with.

“People have given a lot of credit to Pioneerof The Nile   for American Pharoah’s disposition, and it’s my understanding that he is a superb horse as far is that goes, but I have to say that mare could have done it on her own. She’s just the sweetest mare in the world.”

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Stevens – At Tattersalls, Coolmore Lands Harzand’s Dam

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQuilkin – A message of hope for the overworked, underappreciated young women in racing

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary -Smith -Female jockeys: is racing still stuck in the dark ages?

NY Times – Sherwood – He Fished Every Morning of Summer. And Was Home by 7 A.M.

TDN – DeBernardis – Hogan, a Pioneer for Women in Equine Surgery

Gold Dust Woman

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Welcome Home, Charismatic

Bloodhorse – Angst – Lukas Drops by to See Old Friend Charismatic

A little wanton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse.
Thomas More

The Man Who Sold the World

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Gilmore – What it’s like to own a filly beyond compare

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Finley – Do Hollendorfer, Smith Have the Next Songbird?

Ring of Fire

DRF – Livingston – Of Springsteel and moving history

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Genaro – Riding high once more: the amazing comeback of Rajiv Maragh

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Young Stallion Will Take Charge Fulfilling Hopes

DRF – Russo – Swipe heads to Sweden for stallion duty

Times Like These

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.

Mae West

Summer of 69

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – Pride, stress, pure joy – it’s all in a day’s work for those closest to the world’s third best racehorse

Bloodhorse – Silver – Lemon Drop Kid an Emerging Broodmare Sire

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hickman – Ten of racing’s most influential broodmares

Mrs. Robinson

Bloodhorse – Santa Anita Moves American Oaks to Dec. 31

NY Times – Gorman – Your Dog Remembers More Than You Think

DRF – Russo – Untapable to be bred to Frankel


NY Times – Longman – Under Fidel Castro, Sport Symbolized Cuba’s Strength and Vulnerability

Sal says those guys had playoff beards before playoff beards were the in thing.

NY Times – Ives – Ex-N.H.L. Enforcer Moves to Hong Kong and Shows His Nurturing Side

Lonesome Whistle

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Shields – The story of two middle-aged people, two ex-racehorses, a grueling ride across America – and a lot of broken bones

When you get bucked off, the easiest way to explain it is you dropped your hat and got in a hurry to pick it up.

Cowboy Wisdom

I Put a Spell on You

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Roberts and Weatherly – -The lost racecourses of Maryland

NY Times – Sandomir – ESPN Pays Top Dollar for Football, but Audience Isn’t Buying

Garden and Gun – Blount Jr. – End of the Line: A Pot of Goodness

The Globe and Mail – Bielski – Christmas, revisited

NY Times – McDougall – What Donkeys Know About Autism


Sal says when you make a king size bed it’s tough to find enough quality material to put between the covers.

A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
Albert Einstein

NY Times – Vadukul – The Trials of a Boxing Romantic

Twinspires Blog – Hanson – (The best of) Hanson’s Hot Takes in 2016

Garden and Gun – Heckert – “Christmas Gift!” The Roots of a Southern Holiday Saying

Going, Going, Gone

Somebody’s boring me. I think it’s me.
Dylan Thomas

Hawthorne Sal

  One Response to “Sal’s Suddenly Surfacing Post Christmas Post”


    Minster CECI responds via email that the government has no plans to intervene with the direction of the mandate and operations at this time in relationship to HRA, meaning that the horsemen’s hope for change will be a lump of coal and some loose change for 2017 racing season.

    NDP recently passed BILL 31 for 3 agencies deemed redundant and dissolved as part of ongoing review of ABC/ as HRA falls under that statue and are not subject to termination by ministerial order.

    CEO responded that the 3 year reworked business plan was submitted in October, have still not been approved by the NDP government even though under section 10(1) of HRA act and section 7 of HRA’S grant agreement contract,government approval must be received for budgets, racing dates!!

    CENTURY CASINO operations are a professional and well oiled machine, however how much horsepower will be left, as horse owners with marginal horses are left hung up on a barb wire fence, wondering if they should commit to up to 20k/horse with no direction from the powers to be!!

    HOT RUMOUR TENILE/CEO is to get a 2 year extension to age 77 and a size able raise to 300k with revenues of only $41 million, as the NDP washes their hands on HRA operations, knowing that the cash strapped provincial coffers will get $1 billion + from CENTURY 5 casino operations in the next decade!

    HOT RUMOUR NICKELBACK to perform at FINALFINALFINAL CANADIAN DERBY with a huge starting gate discount for cash strapped NORTHLANDS!

    POSITIVE NEWS TENILE”S name was not included in the 52 former PC MP/MLA to support KENNEY, is she part of the ABK movement of PC loyalists, will she continue the ABT philosophy at HRA?

    NORTHLANDS seeks sales representatives for trade / consumer shows, meetings and catered events will they made a effort of SELL LIVE HORSE RACING DOUBTFUL!!

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