Jan 242017

Sal’s 2017 Holy Bull Preview suddenly surfaced so Sal can pontificate and prognosticate on the Pegasus Premiere.


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ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – Gilded stakes don’t always take flight

Sal was wandering if Hovdey is giving us a cryptic clue to his upset horse in the Pegasus as Shaman Ghost’s broodmare sire is Gilded Time.

Gilded Time stood at Bar None Ranches in Alberta for a number of years where two of his sons currently stand: Gayego and Run to Victory.

TDN – Massam – Pegasus Report: Shaman Ghost Sharpens on Pegasus Eve

Unchained Melody

Bloodhorse – Weekend Stakes Rundown: The Pegasus Arrives

Paulick Report – The Friday Show: Pegasus Potential, Pegasus Intrigue?

Bloodhorse – Angst – West Point, Gunpowder Team Again on Breaking Lucky

ESPN – DRF – Hegarty – High stakes help ease long odds in Pegasus Cup

2008 Florida Derby

Sal says that Victor will need to be channeling Kent.

Cuz we all know that Chrome’s not channeling the juice.

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Handicapping the Pegasus World Cup Showdown

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – A Tote Busters Look at Saturday’s McKnight at Gulfstream

Brisnet – Caldwell – I’m a Chatterbox makes seasonal bow in Houston Ladies Classic

Sal says he was hard pressed to find the most appropriate candidate to identify with the 1 horse in the eighth race at Gulfstream Park on January 28, 2017 – Borsa Vento. So Sal will say that Sal spilled salsa on Borsa Vento while doing his handicapping the other evening and to Sal that’s the kiss of tomato death for the horse’s chances.

Love of the Loveless

Garden and Gun – Reed – The High & the Low: I’m with the Band

Dance Me to the End of Love

The gods are fond of the cryptic and dislike the evident.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Paulick Report – Voss – Barn Buddies: Jockey Finishes Work, Comes Home To ‘The Funky Farm’

NY Times – Hoffman – Caps and Contracts Make Trading Carmelo Anthony a Tough Calculus

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Brisnet – Reilly – Arrogate’s right hind foot: concern going into Pegasus?

Bloodhorse – NBC Plans 90-Minute Broadcast of First Pegasus

ESPN – DRF – Hovdey – Gilded stakes don’t always take flight

It Don’t Come Easy

Lexington Courier-Journal – Blackford and Estep – Failed racetrack deal could bankrupt Floyd County, official warns

Mess We’re In

Bloodhorse – Love the Chase Foals Tapit Half Brother to ‘Chrome’

Bloodhorse – Angst – Single EHV-1 Positive Discovered at Keeneland


Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Two-horse Pegasus can still be a good betting race

DRF – Privman – California Chrome, Arrogate throw down for $12 million Pegasus World Cup

DRF – Hegarty – Pegasus World Cup: The art of the deal

DRF – Russo – Polo players meet, admire California Chrome

Bloodhorse – Cherry On Top: Baffert Pleased With ‘Happy’ Arrogate
Paulick Report – Pegasus World Cup: Smith ‘Very Blessed’ For Opportunity To Ride In World’s Richest Race

DRF – Hovdey – One last chapter to be written in the California Chrome story

Sal says that Hovdey must not be counting the many times that Perry Martin will open his big yap and show his lack of class to the world.

DRF – McGee – Durkin puts on his owner’s hat for Pegasus World Cup

Hats Off To The Bull

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Can Keen Ice produce a second life-defining moment in the Pegasus?

Paulick Report – Voss – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Michelle Payne Still Dreams Big As Retirement Nears

NY Times – Tracy – Sympathy for the Blue Devils? Maybe This Year

Sympathy for the Devil

I’m not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.
Charles Barkley

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – What the world’s third-ranked trainer said to the number four

The Ballad of Irving

Bloodhorse – Valadorna Set for Seasonal Bow at Fair Grounds

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Brisnet – Neulist – A Day At the Races: From the Windy City to the Big Easy, Nicolle Neulist visits Fair Grounds

Somebody to Love

This is Horse Racing – Pegasus Preview Bucket: Baffert back on the scene

Brisnet – Scully – Kentucky Derby Report January 25: Guest Suite wins but must run faster

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Unbeaten McCraken to Make Seasonal Bow in Sam F. Davis

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Illinois Board Ponders Plan to Pump $500K Into Purses

NY Times – Rao – Charred, Browned, Blackened: The Dark Lure of Burned Food

These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it.
Charles Barkley

Bloodhorse – Light Of Day – By Evan Hammonds

Bloodhorse – A Look Back at Deputy Minister Winning 1983 Donn

CBC – Crawley – Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s promised jackpot delayed

The Ontario government almost killed the horse racing industry in Ontario, destroyed Windsor race track and almost destroyed Fort Erie Race Track all for naught. They’d be millions on dollars ahead if they would have worked with the horse racing industry rather than tried to implement an unplanned plan for modernizing gaming.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Alan Lakein

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Edmonton Northlands – Stolte – Edmonton moves to grant further Northlands debt relief

Sal says that wasn’t Edmonton Northlands CEO Tim Reid just in the news the other day whining how Edmonton Northlands would like to get back into the horse racing business in Edmonton. Would Tim Reid and Edmonton Northlands expect the city of Edmonton taxpayers to finance their re-entry foray into the horse racing business so they could mismanage horse racing for another few decades while siphoning off money that should be going towards purses, improving the horse racing industry  and maintaining and improving the horse racing infrastructure and using it to subsidize their other mismanaged money-losing projects.

Happy Birthday Holy Bull

TDN – Ritvo Discusses Pegasus Planning, Expectations

Bloodhorse – Angst -Pegasus Features Several Unique Conditions

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – GREEN BAY PACKERS 35 – KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 10

Lady and the Track – Laughter – California Chrome, Arrogate Bookend Full Pegasus World Cup Field

TDN – Massam – ‘Chrome’ Post is Talk of the Town

ESPN – DRF – Watchmaker – California Chrome has work cut out from Post 12 in Pegasus Cup

TDN – Massam – Taking Flight: Three Angles in the Pegasus

TDN – Bill Finley – Op/Ed: The Pegasus: It Should Have Been 10 Furlongs

Bloodhorse – Arrogate Arrives at Gulfstream Park

Garden and Gun – Hutchinson – Southern Pie Shops We Love




Brisnet – Classic Empire among 418 early nominees to 2017 Triple Crown

Paulick Report – NOMS – 2017 Triple Crown (Early)

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – January 24, 2017 – Presented by Shadwell Farm

American Pie

TDN – 2016 Sovereign Award Finalists Announced

Of Interest to western Canadians

Champion 3-Year-Old Female:

Snuggles (Rosberg)

Champion 3-Year-Old Male:

Ready Intaglio (Indygo Shiner)

Champion Older Male:

Killin Me Smalls (Marcavelly)

Champion Male Sprinter:

Noholdingback Bear (Put It Back)

Outstanding Trainer:

Greg Tracy

TDN – Oppenheim – Younger APEX Sires: First Foals 2010-2013

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1994 Florida Derby

1995 Donn Handicap

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you’re a good person is like expecting a bull not to attack you because you’re a vegetarian.

Dennis Wholey

Lonely Bull

Bloodhorse – Oaklawn Park to Offer Bonus on Show Bets

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Oaklawn Park, a Track That Gets It


Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.

Mamas Don`t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys

Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.

Grantland – Hill – A racetrack, a killing, and the history of organized crime in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Do It Again

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Albert Einstein

Racing needs to better plan, implement, accept and manage substantial, simplifying change. One example would be a dramatic simplification of North American race conditions.

Who benefits (really, think about it) from a race open to horses which have never won two lifetime races, other than maiden/claiming/starter, or restricted allowance, or have never won three races, or which have not won a race since July 30, or optional claiming price of $62,500?

Seattle Times – Tu – Starbucks takes wine, beer and food off evening menu at its regular stores

2006 Holy Bull

I am a red man. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place.

Sitting Bull

TDN – Positive Outlook For Irish Racing

TDN – Financing Boost For British Racing

Becoming The Bull

2 Prize-money drives demand

Racing Post – Thomas – Five things we learned from Magic Millions

I was taught to do math and read at the same time. So you’re six years old, you’re reading ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ and it becomes rapidly obvious that there are only two kinds of men in the world: dwarves and Prince Charmings. And the odds are seven is to one against your finding the prince. That’s why little girls don’t do math.
Emily Levine

The Art of Manliness – McKay – The Sioux Guide to Mental and Physical Toughness

‘Obvious’ is the most dangerous word in mathematics.
E. T. Bell

TDN – Finley – Q & A: John Phillips

TDN – Letters to the Editor: Martha Farnsworth

Ooh Las Vegas

If you think bull riding’ isn’t intense, come sit on his back and try on my saddle. This ain’t for tenderfoots. 

Clancy Jean Driscoll

“It was the worst loss of the year in college football, but I have no complaints about the college football season,” Kornegay said. “It really treated us well for the entire season. Except for the last game.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal – Dewey – Clemson win was a huge loss for sports books

Sal says that Sal surmises that Sal speaks for all gamblers when Sal says Sal has no sympathy for the sports books who cry when they take a beating for once.

Deacon Blue

If you didn’t see that one coming you better watch out or you may get broadsided by the Clapham, Battersea or your local Omnibus just like Phil did.

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.
Charles Dickens

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Reed – Recalling World’s Most Lucrative Races


Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.
Satchel Paige

Bloodhorse – Pedulla – Stronach Still Seeking New Heights for Racing

On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
H. L. Mencken



Love it or hate it, whether it’s a success or a one year fly and die dud the Pegasus World Cup invitational has stirred the upper echelon of thoroughbred racing in North America into action. Just the extra publicity that thoroughbred racing has garnered was well worth the Stronach Group and the 12 investors’ efforts.

From the 2017 cast the World Cup Invitational has about as much global impact as US baseball’s World Series. Sorry Toronto but you’re so wrapped up in your own bloated ego you don’t realize that the rest of Canada doesn’t give a damn if you sink or swim.

Time will tell and will tell rapidly whether or not you’ll have 12 parties as eager to put up the $1 million per entry as they were in 2016.

Sal says that you can count on many of the owners who just ponied up the $600US to nominate to the Triple Crown already having visions of their 3 year old Classic winner in the Pegasus winner’s circle with his Eclipse the background.

Sal says that you can count on many of the owners of thoroughbreds who requite themselves well on the Pegasus undercard already having visions of being in the Pegasus winner’s circle with his Eclipse the background.

Paulick Report – 12 For $12 Million: Field Finalized For Pegasus World Cup

Pegasus $12,000,000 World Cup Invitational

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Catch the  action at the Derby

pegasus world cup

So, although nine of the 12 slot holders are going to lose a good chunk of money, they knew that was a good possibility going in. If every owner had shunned Stronach’s idea, there would be no Pegasus World Cup, no epic showdown between California Chrome and Arrogate, no columns and stories about the race all over the internet, no TV commercials featuring UFC champion Conor McGregor. All we would have on January 28 is a wide-open edition of the Donn Handicap with no star power and little interest.

It’s easy to knock the Pegasus and the slot owners, and, yes, there are several aspects of the race that need changing, but why not embrace something new and different? If it doesn’t catch on, so be it. You at least will get to see what should be a titanic battle between two spectacular horses. Or maybe you’ll see the upset of the century.

So, let’s just get those three final horses already and let the fun begin.

Bloodhorse – Haskin – The Peculiar, Perplexing Pegasus Puzzle

I like to play blackjack. I’m not addicted to gambling. I’m addicted to sitting in a semi-circle.
Mitch Hedberg

The first question is whether there should be “standards” at all, or whether the award should go to whatever eligible horse that the voting turf writer considers the best, with that individual voter deciding for himself/herself what those standards should be. If you value horses running, and racing fans do, there is concern over the selection of Arrogate.

The nearly unanimous selection of Arrogate for champion 3-year-old teaches three things. First, a horse can literally earn end-of-the-year championship honors for only two performances in stakes company if they are outstanding enough. Exaggerator won three of the more important Grade Is (and they do range in importance), including the Santa Anita Derby, the Preakness, and the Haskell, yet was resoundingly defeated.

Second, it teaches it doesn’t pay to take chances, run, and lose. Exaggerator narrowly lost the GI Kentucky Derby in an exciting rendition, came in second in the GII San Vincent S. and third in the San Felipe. Exaggerator also threw in a few clunkers, such an 11th in the GI Belmont S., an 11th in the GI Travers S., and a seventh in the GII Pennsylvania Derby. It raises the question whether this is so decidedly inferior a performance as to warrant being deemed lesser to a horse that had two admittedly magnificently historic races, but did not run in any other stakes company all year.

TDN – Letter to the Editor: Rinaldo Del Gallo, III

DRF – Watchmaker: Form holds up in Eclipse Award voting

Paulick Report – Paulick – Commentary: Graceless Finish To A Night Of Champions

Sal says Watchmaker is right. Form did hold up. The Dumb Ass continued to show that Steve Coburn was the classy half of the Dumb Ass Partners.

America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.
Hunter S. Thompson

Sound Of Silence

TDN – Massam – Taylor Reflective on Pegasus Week

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – The moment the racing gods refused to smile on California Chrome

ESPN – DRF – Privman – California Chrome chases another big payday in Pegasus

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Chrome and Arrogate: Who to Root For?

The Race Is Not Always to the Swift, Nor the Battle to the Strong; But That Is the Best Way to Bet.

Attributed to many

DRF – Hovdey: Pegasus provides awards postmortem

TDN – Champs to be Crowned at Gulfstream

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – Art Sherman: bracing himself for life without California Chrome

Paulick Report – ‘It’s Been A Hell Of A Ride’: Sherman Reflects On Remarkable Journey With Chrome

TDN – Finley – For Chrome’s First Rider, No Glory, No Riches

How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!

Samuel Adams

Bloodhorse – Balan – Semper Fortis Takes Ralis’ Spot in Pegasus World Cup

“They haven’t fulfilled the requirements.” Campo said. “They refused to do nasal swab and we haven’t received any paperwork. That’s a non-starter for us. We have to protect the integrity of our backstretch.”

Ron Winchell, who co-owns Gun Runner with Three Chimneys Farm, said he refused the nasal swab test because of advice from his private veterinarian. According to Winchell, Gun Runner’s blood has tested clean for equine herpesvirus.

“They require a blood test and nasal swab. We’re fine with the blood test, because the blood test should cover everything,” Winchell said. “With the nasal swab, our vet recommended not to do that and said there is a 15% chance of false positive.

“If he has a false positive, he has to stand for 30 days on concrete,” Winchell continued, referencing quarantine procedures at Fair Grounds. “That could be harmful to him and his future. Why should we subject our future with Gun Runner to that? It’s a roll of the dice not worth taking.”

Bloodhorse – Balan – Gun Runner Likely Out of Pegasus World Cup

Paulick Report – Gun Runner’s Connections ‘Unwilling’ To Complete Testing Requirements For Pegasus Start

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – California Chrome, Arrogate post dueling works for Pegasus

TwinSpires Blog – Handicapping Insights – Powell – Arrogate continues to impress in Pegasus preparations

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – When Arrogate’s prodigious talent was the best-kept secret in racing

Paulick Report – Sherman: California Chrome Ready After ‘Sensational’ Final Workout

TDN – Finley – Gun Runner Appears to be a Go for Pegasus

Paulick Report – Jose Ortiz To Ride Shaman Ghost In Pegasus World Cup

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – A horse from another world: the story of Eragon, the great unknown quantity in the Pegasus World Cup

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – Pegasus World Cup scouting report: Argentine import Eragon

Bloodhorse – Shaman Ghost Works Bullet in Pegasus Prep

Brisnet – Mucciolo – Does Shaman have the Spirit to upset Pegasus?

Ghost of A Texas Ladies Man

Why should I obtain by force that which I can obtain by cheating? 
Doc Holiday

Bloodhorse – Angst – Arrogate, California Chrome Meet Again in Pegasus

Paulick Report – Arrogate, California Chrome To Bookend Field In Pegasus World Cup

TDN – Massam – Chrome, Arrogate Bookend Pegasus Field

According to both Antonacci and Waterhouse, the biggest difference between training and campaigning horses in the United States and Down Under is furosemide (Lasix). The dehydration caused by the bleeder medication is the prime reason Waterhouse said American horses couldn’t keep pace with a training program like hers if they wanted to.

Although Australian Thoroughbreds don’t put in official timed workouts (which is also true in Europe), Waterhouse estimates she might have her horses do speed work similar to a breeze between one and three times per week, depending upon fitness. While European horses spend long periods on either side of their daily work walking, Waterhouse’s horses spend long periods jogging, sometimes up to two miles a day, sometimes over hilly ground. Horses usually go in sets, jogging on a hack on the long route between the barn and the track.

 Horses also run back much more quickly, not just at the lower levels (as is sometimes seen in the States) but at all levels. Some of the horses competing in Saturday’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Raceday were wheeling back in less than two weeks, and in many cases, closer to seven or ten days.

“It’s a different style,” said Antonacci. “Her horses can withstand a lot more, so she puts a lot more work into them. I think it comes down to a different style horse.”

Paulick Report – Voss – An American In Gold Coast: Intern Reflects On Differences In Training Methods

Bloodhorse – Hy Riverside Wins Sunshine Millions Classic by Nose

Sal says thanks to trainer Antonio Sano and owner Mar Racing Stable for running the son of Macho Uno back on one weeks preparation following his fifth place finish in the January 14, 2017 Hal’s Hope at Gulfstream Park.

Brisnet – Caldwell – Close finishes highlight Sunshine Millions

TDN – LRF Makes First Purchase Via Crowd Funding

Bloodhorse – Classic Empire Aims for Season Debut in Holy Bull

Paulick Report – Casse ‘Couldn’t Be Happier’ With Classic Empire’s Progress Toward Holy Bull

Paulick Report – Holy Bull Could Be On The Horizon For McLaughlin’s Takaful

S0. Central Rain

The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.

Albert Einstein

 AEON – Butterworth – How the rainbow illuminates the enduring mystery of physics

Somewhere over the Rainbow
If you didn’t see that one coming you better watch out or you may get broadsided by the Clapham, Battersea or your local Omnibus just like Phil did.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw

TDN – Kempton to Close as Part of Jockey Club Reinvestment Plan

TDN – Walsh: Kempton Closure “Makes Sense”

London Calling

It’s a funny old world.

Man on the Moon

If you didn’t see that one coming you better watch out or you may get broadsided by the Clapham, Battersea or your local Omnibus just like Phil did.

What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.

Chief Seattle

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Waters – The all-female syndicate, the star filly and a date with a million dollars

Bloodhorse – Fierro – Modernism Backed by Tradition

This Mess We’re in

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell – OBS to Offer Experienced Racehorses, Yearlings, Mares

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Serena’s Song’s Dynasty Continues to Blossom

Schramsberg,  Serena’s Song son by Storm Cat stands in Alberta at Bar None Ranches.

We used to play baseball back in that field and keep an eye out for the bulls.
Jim Fowler

Lady and the Track – Laughter – Jerome Winner El Areeb’s Got the Derby Goods

Mustang Sally

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.

Abraham Lincoln

Bloodhorse – A Closer Look at Smarty Jones Winner Uncontested


By Glen Todd

  1. Classic Empire

  2. McCraken

  3. Mastery

  4. Hemsworth

  5. Practical Joke

  6. Lookin At Lee

  7. Gunnevera

  8. Wild Shot

  9. Mo Town

  10. El Areeb

    Sal adds uno per Mario

  11. So Conflated

DRF – Dybal – So Conflated wins slowly run California Derby

Bloodhorse – Novak – Guest Suite Steps Up in Lecomte

TDN – Son of Quality Road Proves Best in Lecomte

TDN – Risen Star Likely Next for Guest Suite

The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.
Marina Abramovic

Bloodhorse – Inside the Kentucky Derby Trail

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – January 24, 2017 – Presented by Shadwell Farm

The Rose

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Why Gormley looks a strong contender for the Santa Anita Derby
TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Gormley

2017 Kentucky Derby

2017 Kentucky Derby Prep Races

2017 Road to the Kentucky Oaks


By Glen Todd

2017 Kentucky Oaks Logo

1 Unique Bella
2 Daddys Lil Darling
3 Shane’s Girlfriend
4 Miss Sky Warrior
5 Dancing Rags
6 Yellow Agate
7 Noted and Quoted
8 Abel Tasman
9 Farrell
10 Champagne Room

Bloodhorse – Reeder – Farrell Opens Season With Silverbulletday Victory

TDN – Malibu Moon Filly Runs to the Money in Silverbulletday

Bloodhorse – Haskin – The Curse of Haskin

Land of Confusion

The Gazette – Molseed – Industry spokesman criticizes Iowa for not cracking down on online horse wagering violations

Bloodhorse – Precious – Cuomo Proposes Returning NYRA to Private Control

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Cuomo’s re-privatization of NYRA proposal loaded with land mines

TwinSpires Blog – Handicapping Insights – Powell – New York racing being dealt a body blow

Fuck Me Pumps

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Johnson – Why Effinex may represent a golden opportunity for New York breeders

Sal says that the Golden opportunity may be to name a colt EffinCuomo.

Bi-Polar Bear

This is Horse Racing – Tom Law – DiSanto’s death a loss for New York racing

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – The making of a great groom? A life in the day of Raffa Gonzalez

New York Post – Marsh – Owner sues ex-jockey over thoroughbred’s winnings

Because of technology, we don’t develop telepathy. We don’t use telepathy, but use, you know, the mobile phones. Why?
Marina Abramovic

Heard it Through The Grapevine

TDN – Churchill Is Champion 2-Year-Old

Louisville Courier-Journal – Local jockey wins 5,000th race

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – McQueen – A ‘rest home’ for racing champions where fans get to meet their heroes

TDN – Finley – Stevens Expects to Return in Spring, Says 2017 Likely Last Year

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Even in Small Ways, The Meadowlands Keeps Trying

All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
George Orwell

TDN – Hamelback – Op/Ed: When a Positive Brings Good Results

Cautionary Tale

TDN – Masochistic, Ellis DQ’d from BC 17

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Masochistic BC ban should be the model for drug offenses

Paulick Report – Gorajec – Combating A Culture Of Cheating

Paulick Report – Gorajec – Combating A Culture Of Cheating: Betting On A New Paradigm

The Pusher

TDN – Thornton – NYSGC Proposes Overhaul of Drug, Veterinary Rules

Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
John Keats

TDN – McGrath – Glennwood’s Perfect Blend for Success

Garden and Gun – The Mystery of Southern Swans

Sal says its not a mystery, it’s over more than half a century of conservation efforts .

Paulick Report – Voss On Magic Millions Sale: Differences Down Under

National Post – Stinson – San Diego Chargers’ move to L.A. breathtakingly arrogant in wake of Rams experiment

LA Times – Farmer – Winners and losers in the Chargers’ move to L.A.

LA Times – Hernandez – Chill out, there is little downside to the Chargers coming to Los Angeles

LA Times – Shaikin – Chargers’ task to win over L.A. is like climbing ‘Mt. Everest’

Mercury News – Purdy: What the Chargers’ move to LA means for Raiders — and 49ers

San Diego Union-Tribune – Filling the Chargers-sized hole in San Diego’s heart

LA Woman

Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
Margaret Thatcher

TDN – Berry – A Morning With Amy Murphy


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Karmel – The emotional reunion between an ‘outstanding horsewoman’ and the dark bay in the photo on her desk

We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.
George Orwell

More importantly, lowering takeout at a single track is no longer a true test of the benefits of doing so. It would have been in 1970, before anyone had heard of OTBs, simulcasting and ADWs. Back then, had someone cashed a bet and got an extra $10 thanks to a lower take that $10 could only have been bet at one place, the track the fan was attending. Depending on how well the player fared through the rest of the day and how many more winners they had with the lower takeout, the extra money put in their pockets could have meant $100, $200 in churn and extra handle.

Not anymore.

The only way to get to the bottom of whether or not a takeout reduction would benefit not just the player but the sport itself by driving up handle in a significant way would be for every track to cut its takeout simultaneously. In America’s most dysfunctional sport, that, of course will never happen.

The good guys at Canterbury gave it a try, but it was an experiment that never had a chance. The sport is not set up so that a single track can hope to have a major and successful impact with a takeout reduction. That’s a shame because horse racing sells a product (bets) and it is grotesquely overpriced, perhaps the single biggest reason why the sport is struggling.

TDN – Finley – Op/Ed: Why Canterbury’s Takeout Reduction Didn’t Work

Bloodhorse – First Foal for Silver Max a Filly

TDN – Sue Finley – A Chilly Day Of Stallion Viewing On La Route

California Dreamin

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – The world’s top stallions: why Oasis Dream remains such a valuable option

For an artist to go and play in a country that occupies other people’s land and oppresses them, the way Israel does, is plain wrong. They should say no.
Roger Waters

Comfortably Numb

TDN – Caulfield – Pedigree Insights: Finest City

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Graded racing in America: who are the human champions of 2016?

NY Times – Kepner – Hall of Fame Welcomes Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez

The Telegraph – Super Bowl 2017: When is the date, who is performing in the half-time show and who’s going to win?

The Telegraph – White – Lady Gaga plots dangerous stunt for Superbowl, and will be allowed to mention Donald Trump

NY Times – Kevin Turner’s Parents Still Watch Football. But Differently.

TDN – DeBernardis – Down the Shedrow with Mark Casse

I think a certain amount of anger has been a fuel of mine, if you want – but also some sort of sadness, and plain mischief, of course.
Siouxsie Sioux

Dear Prudence

TDN – Peacock – Young Pretender Making Giant Strides

TDN – Justin Casse In South Africa

One Sunday Morning

Hawthorne Sal

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    NORTHLANDS Financial Statements will have REXTALL/COLISEUM go from $9.3 million profit in 2016 to 600k in 2017 per global tv report, and EXPO CENTRE losing at least $3 million per year with loan payments of $4 million per year on its $47 million debt, payable 2X annually march 15/september 15 @ $2 million, show the desperate fiscal woes, where it’s past the line in the sand. They’re BUSTED / CAST!!!!

    NORTHLANDS will soon start the spin cycle on why its SOL, with operating grants in 2015 of $19.1 million, with ALBERTA AGRICULTURE/TOURISM at 7.82 million, HRA 8.06 million, other grants 3.23 million, as of september 15/2016 they could not generated even profit to pay $2 million loan payment.

    CITY COUNCIL on FEB 21 will debate BYLAW 15075 for passing 2 @ 3 reading to defer 4 payments of $2 million until March 15, 2018 or $ 8 MILLION BUCKS , at what cost to HORSE RACING that in 2015 had revenues of $55.44 million/ HRA grant $8.1 million less expenditures of $59.84 million for a profit of at least $3.7 million, however something is rotten on GRETZY DRIVE with their inventive book keeping.

    HRA guarantees that 2017 RACING dates will be out by Tuesday/end of January, with extra racing costs for CENTURY/ and a broke NORTHLANDS, the only guarantee was JOE NAMATH in the SUPER BOWL, TENILE ISN’T JOE she’s just collecting a 250k retirement cheque at HORSE RACING EXPENSE!


    HRA Board meeting on Dec 2/2016 was supposed to finalize 2017/2018 race schedule and stake programs for both A breeds/tracks, then WHY WAS THE B TRACK DATES FOR 2017 posted before NEW YEAR!!

    HRA/NORTHLANDS run a B track operation repeatly showing the horrific accident DEC 4/2016 , that had GERRY HUDON and harness horses injured, when will they stop this BARBARIC PRACTICE, or does HORSE WELFARE CANADA have to step in again like the removal of HUNTINGTON best accident site!

    HRA/CENTURY DOWNS to spend millions on short runner meet to meet RIB/ REQUIRED INFRASTRUCTURE BUILDING requirements after 3 years operating per RACINO agreement for 2 breed racing, will the horse industry be kicked in RIBS when millions of tenile bucks leave the purse structure.

    NORTHLANDS running a 3 day summer rodeo July 21/23 2017 at coliseum, which barns will they be using, or will they put them on dirt in a parking lot/ contact your HBPA representative for information???

    NORTHLANDS/SIKSIKA RACINO BID per high ranking city official will to have any city involvement in the $40 million funding, funny didn’t they ask city council to waive their $48 million debt for city taxpayers, the master agreement for 2017 should be fun of surprises when released MARCH 15/2017.

    BILL 4 HRA AMENDMENT ACT 2014 that was passed and not proclaimed, had a change in the board
    governance , with job applicants requested last spring, why did it get derailed ask HBPA rep for info?

    NORTHLANDS seeks a PR ,MEDIA, MARKETING CO-ORDINATOR why don’t they just hire a plumber to flush their operation down the drain, they can’t because they laid him off last fall!!

    HOT RUMOUR NORTHLANDS reactivates the print shop to print pipedream REID BUCKS , utilizing the laundry facilities to wash the currency to make it looks like OLD money that is leaving the race industry.

    HOT RUMOUR, 14 dates at CENTURY DOWNS in sept/oct 2017 will CRAM TAXI be available to shuttle back stretch workers to and from the race track, a roof rack will be provided for a 2 hale bale limit.

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