Apr 162017

Sal’s Countdown to the

2017 Kentucky Derby



Babe Ruth

I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.

Babe Ruth


Washington Post – Vargas – A baseball mystery: Did a teenage girl really strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig?

Fistful of Dollars

Kentucky Derby 2017




I’m really not sold on anybody as being a standout, this years Kentucky Derby is totally a wide open affair.  I wouldn’t think the morning line favorite will be under 4-1.  At least 10 of 20 runners will be over 30 -1 with some well over 50-1. 

1: IRISH WAR CRY – I had to pick someone and I have flip flopped several times and the Graham Motion trainer runner is today’s top pick 

2: ALWAYS DREAMING – The Todd Pletcher trainee has run the fastest 1 1/8 miles so far but Pletcher’s Derby record stops me from picking him as #1 

3: CLASSIC EMPIRE – I have picked Classic Empire in the third spot but not convinced his return after a layoff because of a foot injury that the field he beat was far from stellar. 

4: McCRAKEN –  My thoughts on the Ian Wilkes trained son of Ghostzapper is that he will go the distance and is improving after an ankle issue set him back a few weeks.  One really wonders if that ankle issue will be a problem going forward? 

5: PRACTICAL JOKE – The Chad Brown hopeful is an outstanding looking individual, large, strong and will be charging at the end.  I don’t think the mile and quarter will hurt him, actually it could help him. 

6: GIRVIN – He has trained well since the Louisiana Derby and has Mike Smith named as the rider.  I might have him ranked too low but any one of my picks are ranked higher by some experts. 

7: J BOYS ECHO – This horse was in a ton of trouble in the Bluegrass and should improve going further but the big field could hinder him and needs a perfect trip. I’m surely going to add him to my tri’s and super tickets. 

8: IRAP – I have him picked 8th but you could say this is a bit of a sentimental pick as the Doug O’Neill trainer will have Mario Gutierrez aboard.  Irap was a maiden when he won the Bluegrass at Keeneland and will be a big price. 

9: Hence – This horse has been moving forward since his last start in his am drills.  The Asmussen runner will be another with some value and that is the reason I have him in my top 10. 

10: ROYAL MO –  Like Irap he is California based and I have only two California based horse in my picks.  Since Mastery went down I don’t think this is the strongest bunch of Cal based horses in some years. He was in a ton of trouble in Santa Derby and could move forward in the Derby.

DRF – Derby Watch

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Derby Dozen – April 18, 2017 – Presented by Shadwell Farm

TDN – Thornton – WinStar TDN Derby Top 20 for Apr. 18

Horse Race Insider – Alas, the Cream of the Crop Has Risen

Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby: Who’s In, Who’s Out Of The Top 20

Louisville Courier- Journal – Frakes – Who’s in, who’s out of Kentucky Derby 2017

Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby

Woodford Reserve

2017 Kentucky Derby

 Road to the the 2017 Kentucky Oaks

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2017 Kentucky Oaks


Spring Information MeetingAnnual Spring Informational Meeting

Tuesday, April 18

In The Cookshack At 6:00 PM 

Discuss The 2017 Racing Season

The HBPA of BC invites everyone interested in racing at

Hastings and the upcoming season to attend.

Dinner Will Be Served After The Meeting

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Brisnet – Scully – Illinois Derby can flatter Kentucky Derby contenders

TDN – Massam – Illinois Derby Returns from One-Year Hiatus

TDN – Duckworth – McGraw Wins 11th Annual Ryan Book Award

TDN – Friday’s Derby/Oaks Update

Race 1 3 – Fall At Last
5 – All Under Control
2 – Honor River
3 – Fall At Last
2 – Honor River
5 – All Under Control
Race 2 2 – Bullet
6 – Jazzed
3 – Oma
6 – Jazzed
4 – Queen of Barn I
1 – Au Clair de Lune
Race 3 5 – Cederberg
3 – Lassie’s Reward
1 – Papa Sol
5 – Cederberg
4 – Lornefivehundred
3 – Lassie’s Reward
Race 4 3 – C U At Eau Claire
1 – Dear Lilly
5 – Morning Coffee
1 – Dear Lilly
3 – C U At Eau Claire
2 – Castellani
Race 5 4 – Sol Cat
9 – Good as They Get
6 – Zap Town
7 – Fantastic Command
9 – Good as They Get
1 – Santa Fe Trail
Race 6 1 – Ruffenuff
6 – Babys Got Track
3 – Total Defence
1 – Ruffenuff
5 – Good Luck to You
7 – Artistica
Race 7 10 – Blue Dancer
7 – Distinctiv Passion
6 – Modern
7 – Distinctiv Passion
6 – Modern
10 – Blue Dancer
Race 8 7 – Majestic Mark
5 – Power to Believe
6 – Indy Racer
7 – Majestic Mark
5 – Power to Believe
1 – Let’s Have a Double
Mike’s Picks Drew’s Picks

TDN – Blake – Raven’s Pass An Underrated Proven Sire

Bloodhorse – Johnson – Will Stanford Be Defeated in the Charles Town Classic?

Bloodhorse – Litfin: Hot Pace Likely in Charles Town Classic

US Racing – Simon – Using Running Styles To Identify Kentucky Derby Contenders & Pretenders

Bloodhorse – Always Dreaming Pleases Pletcher in Florida Move

Brisnet – Caldwell – Always Dreaming, Patch and Gunnevera breeze for Kentucky Derby in Florida

Brisnet – Caldwell – Kentucky Derby quartet work at Churchill Downs, Keeneland

Bloodhorse – Shea – State of Honor, Salty Breeze for Casse at Churchill

Paulick Report – State Of Honor ‘Developing Well’; Impending Weather Threatens Derby, Oaks Workout Plans

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Don’t be put off by Pletcher’s Kentucky Derby stats

Brisnet – Caldwell – Daddys Lil Darling, Tequilita ready for Kentucky Oaks at Keeneland

Brisnet – Reilly – Unbridled Mo resists ‘Power’ in Doubledogdare

Paulick Report – Weekend Lineup: Charles Town Classic

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Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd.’s Jakobs Rocket Girl steps up from her maiden special weight victory  to Saturday’s  Game Face Stake going 7 furlongs for $75,000US on the Gulfstream Park dirt. She drew the one hole for trainer Ralph Nicks with Edgar Zayas in the irons.

Sal says it’s a bad year to be an NHL playoff team from a city that starts with a C as Calgary, Chicago and Columbus were the first teams eliminated.

Bloodhorse – El Areeb Recovering From Knee Injury

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Kentucky Derby points system gets it right

Sal says that the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne should be included in the points system even if only at 10-4-2-1.

Bloodhorse – Angst – Pletcher Ready for Another Kentucky Derby Run

Slow Hands

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: Illinois Derby, Federico Tesio Previews

TwinSpires Blog – Powell – Handicapping Insights – Takeaways from Classic Empire’s Arkansas Derby victory

Bloodhorse – Caren to Make Seasonal Debut in Whimsical

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Clark – An invaluable guide to help retired racehorses succeed in their new careers

TDN – Riley – Prominent Sire Cape Cross Dies

TDN – Leslie’s Lady Named 2016 Broodmare of the Year, Arrogate Kentucky H.O.Y.

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – The State of Racing’s Union: It Is What It Has Become

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Why Classic Empire has such a huge chance in the Kentucky Derby

TDN – Durkin Joins West Point Partnership on Always Dreaming

ESPN – DRF – Privman – On the outside looking in — but not for long

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo’s Sophomore Spotlight: Arkansas Derby & Lexington Recaps

Brisnet – Shapiro – Southern California’s hopes in the 2017 Kentucky Derby

Paulick Report – Castellano To Ride Gunnevera In Kentucky Derby

TDN – DeBernardis – Down the Shedrow with Kiaran McLaughlin

Brisnet – Lynn Whiting, won Kentucky Derby with Lil E. Tee, dead at 77

TDN – Berry – Scat Daddy Colt Seals Record Craven Sale

Bloodhorse – Balan – Stablemates Collected, Cupid Square Off in Californian

Brisnet – Hanson – Collected, Cupid give Baffert solid pair for Californian

Bloodhorse – Stanford Seeks Charles Town Classic Repeat

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Itsinthepost Heads Field of Turfers in Dixiana Elkhorn

NY Times – Pennington – The Fall of Aaron Hernandez

Sal says that a good head will beat a pair of good hands any day of the week.

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report April 18: Classic Empire back on track

TDN – Oppenheim: Training Time

Bloodhorse – Adolphson – Malagacy Marches on for Sumaya U.S.

Paulick Report – Voss – What’s The Deal With TCO2, Anyway?

NY Times – Krichko – China’s Stone Age Skiers and History’s Harsh Lessons

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Karmel – The stallions that are helping New York breeders compete with Kentucky

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Two-Time Champion Tepin Retired

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Unbridled Mo Brings Class Into Doubledogdare

Bloodhorse – Adolphson – The Pizza Man Gets Rolling Again

NY Times – Mather – Former Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez Hanged Himself in Prison, Officials Say

LA Times – AP – Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez fatally hangs himself in Massachusetts cell

National Post – Brean – Orphaned Banff bear cubs now safe in Ontario despite efforts by Alberta and B.C. to block rescue

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Paulick Report – Frank Mitchell – Bloodlines Presented By Merck Animal Health: Inside Straight Laced With Power Of Native Dancer

Edmonton Journal – CP – Firefighters cut paths through ice to shore to save Alberta horses

The Bitter Southerner – Townsend – Writing About Beer: Almost as Good as Drinking It

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – McCraken Back to Business in Four-Furlong Move

TDN – Op/Ed Feedback: Gary Biszantz

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Shields – The rider who’s taking Woodbine by storm – thanks to an accident that nearly ended his career

Bloodhorse – McCoy – Experience Helps Allen Compete at Tampa Bay Downs

Paulick Report – Cloud Computing May Be More Likely For Preakness Than Kentucky Derby

DRF – McGee – McLaughlin’s Saturday one for the books

Paulick Report – Ohio State Racing Commission Schedules Open Forum On Out-Of-Competition Testing

DRF – McGee – Lady Aurelia pulls off rare feat

NY Times – Nixon – Patrolling the Border on Four Legs

lunedi di Pasqua aprile 17

Chicago Now – Neulist – Scott Becker Trainee Stand and Cheer, Six Others Probable for Illinois Derby

Brisnet – Classic Empire arrives at Churchill; Hence, J Boys Echo work

Bloodhorse – Kentucky Downs, EquiLottery Enter Into Agreement

Tougher Than the Rest

Southern Living – Bender – Grumpy Answers Your Top April Gardening Questions

Bloodhorse – Royal Mo, Battle of Midway Work Toward Kentucky Derby

Brisnet – Caldwell – State of Honor, Salty breeze at Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby, Oaks

Paulick Report – Golden – Battle Of Midway Works Toward Derby; Shirreffs Hoping Royal Mo Gets In The Gate

TDN – Girvin Breezes at Trackside Louisville

Bloodhorse – Reeder – Al Ain Takes First Leg of Japan’s Triple Crown

TwinSpires Blog – Paradise Woods, Miss Sky Warrior impress in final Kentucky Oaks preps

LA Times – Boxall – One key way soggy California could save water for the next rainless days

TDN – Lady Aurelia “Great” After Win

Paulick Report – Voss – Barn Buddies: The Yearling And The Wolf

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross – How would U.S. racing work in a brave new drug-restricted world?

Paulick Report – A ‘Magical’ Saturday At Keeneland For McLaughlin And Crew

TDN – Adolphson – Gun Runner Another Big Shot for Cauthen

Paulick Report – Equine Guelph Creates Online Colic Risk Calculator

Bloodhorse – Balan – Aristocratic Speeds to San Pedro Victory

Bloodhorse – Made Bail Spoils Return of Ben’s Cat

National Post – Washington Post – Benswick – Handcrafted chicken soup doesn’t happen in 30 minutes, but it can take less work than you might think

Bloodhorse – Ron and Eric Mitchell – Keeneland Creates Book 1 Bonus for September Sale

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Sal says che i giochi inizino.

White Rabbit


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The Globe and Mail – Chocolate is good for you? Sure, and the Easter bunny is real, too

TDN – Bill Finley – On Easter, Bunnies are Fine, Horses are Not

Burning Down The House


Wistar – Super Saver’s Inside Straight takes down big money in Oaklawn Hdcp. (G2)  

“It’s just unbelievable,” the owner said. “I don’t know how this can be true. It’s a long ways from Canada. I’ve got a lot of friends in Alberta up there watching. This is just incredible to win this. I should be home planting beets. But my son and wife are looking after things at home. I think they probably thought I was on a wild goose chase, but I had a pretty good day.”

Bloodhorse – Balan – Inside Straight Springs Oaklawn Handicap Upset

DRF – Hersh – Inside Straight pushes past Midnight Storm in Oaklawn

“This horse has just been getting better and better, training better, working better,” said Diodoro. “He’s a horse that just made the step to the next level, and he proved it today. Can’t say enough about the horse. Franco suits him. I give my assistant, Rob Atras a lot of credit. It was his idea two starts back to take the blinkers off him. I think that’s helped the horse a lot, helped him relax. Awesome win, that’s all I can say. Great for the owner, Randy Howg. Can’t say enough about him. Twenty-three years I’ve trained for him. He’s a great man, and he deserves it.”

Howg, a sugar-beet farmer from Alberta, Canada, was also winning the biggest race of his career as an owner. “It’s just unbelievable,” he said. “I don’t know how this can be true. It’s a long ways from Canada. I’ve got a lot of friends in Alberta up there watching. This is just incredible to win this. I should be home planting beets. But my son and wife are looking after things at home. I think they probably thought I was on a wild goose chase, but I had a pretty good day.

“We did win the Oklahoma Derby with another horse, but I had four partners,” Howg added. “I’ve been with my trainer since 1995, so it’s kind of a love affair. We’ve been together a long time. He’s been great to me, and I think I’ve been good to him too.”

Paulick Report – Inside Straight Pulls Off Oaklawn Handicap Upset At 19-1

Sal says them’s sugar beets he should be planting not borscht beets. Pretty good day alright. Randy and Robertino had no idea how much their day would improve from Tizfun’s second place finish in a $80,000US  MSW to being in the winner’s circle for the $750,000US GII Oaklawn Handicap.

Ace of Spades

Bloodhorse – Novak – American Patriot Steals Maker’s 46 Mile

Paulick Report – Thrilling Maker’s 46 Mile Gives Pletcher Record-Breaking Win With American Patriot

Finishing second to Pletcher’s record setter was another southern Albertan Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart,  a son of English Channel bred in Ontario by another Albertan Darrell Bauder’s Red Hawk Ranch.

Sal says let’s hope that the Alberta interest in thoroughbred racing can survive the currently pro-jiggie regime at Horse Racing Alberta and sustain itself until the Century Mile opens a new era of thoroughbred racing in the province on western Canada’s only mile thoroughbred track. Yes, Sal knows that Alberta Downs was an almost mile track, but Sal says he heard rumours that the Doukhobors were going to be plowing up the track and turf to plant row upon row of borscht beets.

Piece of My Heart

Song For Ellen

Sal says that for a fist full of shekels more Churchill could have got Harry to throw in the call to the Post.

National Anthem

ESPN – DRF – Privman – Dortmund is done with racing

Sal says what does Monaco have against Dortmund.

The Telegraph – Doyle, Hall, Sawer and Rothwell – Borussia Dortmund explosions: Islamist suspect arrested over bus bombs as prosecutors investigate ‘terrorist link’

Eli’s Coming

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

William Shakespeare

Vancouver Sun – Anthony Gismondi: Celebrate with classic Easter wine and food matches

LA Times – Comiskey – Why one L.A. wine expert has Georgia on his mind. The country, that is

Back In The USSR

Then too, how are we to enjoy prognosticating on who is going to win the Kentucky Derby when we don’t know much about the players?

Maybe the hypothetical, young trainer with that full-page ad will spark a welcome new fad.

TDN – Cot Campbell – Op/Ed: Runners Rarely Run


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – How Francesca Cumani is gearing up for her major new role on British TV

Sal says it looks like she’s gearing up by matching her hats with her dress.

Sharp Dressed Man

Edmonton Journal – Clancy – ‘Granny gang’ aims to sell more than $20,000 in fabric during upcoming sale

Sal says that between Cherry and the Cowboys this sale could be sold out in 30 seconds.

Bloodhorse – Always Dreaming Finishes Strong in Friday Breeze

Good Vibrations

It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.

Thomas Jefferson

Garden and Gun – Lotz – Honky-Tonk Heaven: 75 Years of Floore’s Country Store

Bloodhorse – Fierro – Sunny Side of the Street

Dancing In The Street

National Post – AP – Two athletes, one heart: How an NFL player’s organs were transplanted into Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew

Vancouver Sun –  Jason Botchford: Willie Desjardins deserves your sympathy — and criticism

Sal says that the Canuckleheads may have been second last in the standings but they were first in firing their coach.

ESPN – Phil Jackson: Carmelo Anthony ‘better off somewhere else’

but Jackson made it clear he thought Anthony should consider accepting a trade to a team on the cusp of winning the title.

Jackson said he would be looking for a significant return in any deal and that Anthony relayed to the Knicks some of the teams he would be willing to accept a trade to before the deadline. The Knicks talked to at least three teams about trades involving Anthony, but Jackson said they didn’t find a trade that was “rational” for the club to pursue.

Sal says that Phil Jackson must think that every other NBA GM can’t read and can’t hear. If he’s looking for a substantial return for Melo then why does he continue bashing him in public.

Sal says the Knicks would be a hell of a lot better sans Phil than sans Melo.

Three Dressed Up As A Nine

I had three rules for my players: No profanity. Don’t criticize a teammate. Never be late.

John Wooden

Bloodhorse – Precious – New York Shifts All Drug Test Costs to Horsemen, Tracks

NY Times – Rush – Quest for On-Ice Equality Echoes a Fight From 30 Years Ago

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.

Will Rogers

Bloodhorse – Haskin – Covering the Derby

You’ll Never Walk Alone

A politician should have three hats. One for throwing into the ring, one for talking through, and one for pulling rabbits out of if elected.

Carl Sandburg

LA Times – Erskine – As my son dreams of the big leagues, puberty doesn’t make life’s curveballs any easier

You know, Charlie Brown, they say we learn more from losing than from winning.


Angel From Montgomery

Paulick Report – Schweitzer – Keeneland Presents American Graded Stakes Standings: Hey, Hey, Paula

Hey Paula

Racing Future – Horses have started arriving at Fort Erie for the 2017 season

Horses Collars

The Globe and Mail – Archer – United Airlines chaos reveals truth behind overbooking flights

Linked – Crenshaw – Here’s how to avoid a United incident at your company

LA Times – Martin – Why airlines sell too many seats and why it might make sense

Sal says we’re the dumb ones who trust these companies to fly us around the globe and yet they can’t figure out how to solve the overbooked problem amicably.

Carriers should try to resolve overbooking problems in the terminal, before passengers get on the plane. It is harder to get passengers to give up their spots once they are seated.

National Post – Rex Murphy: The only thing modern universities couldn’t make worse is United Airlines’ PR team

You are very amiable, no doubt, but you would be charming if you would only depart.

Alexandre Dumas

Black Dog

Bloodhorse – Girvin, Fast and Accurate Work Toward Derby

Brisnet – Caldwell – Gunnevera, Always Dreaming and Gormley work on opposite coasts for Kentucky Derby

TDN – Girvin Breezes at Trackside Louisville

TDN – Gunnevera Gears Up at Gulfstream West

Reading isn’t good for a ballplayer. Not good for his eyes. If my eyes went bad even a little bit I couldn’t hit home runs. So I gave up reading.

Babe Ruth

Sweet Home Alabama

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Classic Empire Delivers in Arkansas Derby

Bloodhorse – Wincze – Hughes – Team Casse Celebrates Classic Empire’s Return to Form

ESPN – DRF – Rampellini – Classic Empire bounces back with Arkansas Derby victory

US Racing – Ransom – Classic Empire Regains Reign In Arkansas Derby, Headed To Louisville

Brisnet – Scully – Classic Empire restores Kentucky Derby hopes with powerful Arkansas Derby win

Paulick Report – Classic Empire Finds His Best Stride For Arkansas Derby Triumph

TDN – Classic Empire Back to Winning Ways in Arkansas

Sal says that Julien Leparoux’s choice of mounts for the Kentucky Derby was rendered obvious by Classic Empire’s performance on Saturday stopping the clock at 148.93 for the 1 1/8 mile only .53 seconds slower than Randy Howg’s Inside Straight in the GII Oaklawn Handicap.

With Conquest Mo Money finishing a staggering second in the Arkansaw (Phonetic) Derby and Irap winning the Blue Grass Sal says that suddenly the Sunland Derby seems to be a key 2017 Derby prep.

Stairway to Heaven

Bloodhorse – Shea – Senior Investment Circles Field to Take Lexington

Brisnet – Hanson – Senior Investment catches West Coast late in Lexington

TDN – Discreetly Mine’s Senior Investment Upsets the Lexington

Bohemian Rhapsody

Sal says that all the naysayers  whining about the lack of quality in the 2017 Kentucky Derby field remind Sal of the old song Hello Mudda Hello Fadda. Well guess what it’s time to kindly disregard this letter.

Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.

James Joyce

TDN – Farrell Works Beneath the Twin Spires

Paulick Report – Prairie Meadows Installs New ‘Rider Protection System’ Inside Rail


Paulick Report – Voss – Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Former Jockey Kevin Krigger Mulls Comeback

Do You Want to Dance

Outstanding photograph: Cody Gregory

Paulick Report – Sovereign Awards: Caren Honored As Canadian Horse Of The Year

Bloodhorse – Sovereign Awards: Caren, Casse, Adena Lead the Night

I hate politics and what are considered their appropriate measures. I hate notoriety, public meetings, public speeches, caucuses and everything that I know of which is apparently the necessary incident of politics—except doing public work to the best of my ability.

Sir John Abbott

Bloodhorse – Shea – Watershed Breaks Through in Ben Ali

LA Times – The future is in … a parking garage? Here’s one way driverless cars will change urban development

TDN – Dickinson Collars Lady Eli in Final Strides of Jenny Wiley

Brisnet – Dickinson denies Lady Eli in Jenny Wiley, crowns big day for Godolphin

TDN – Lady Aurelia Returns a Winner at Keeneland


TDN – Harvey – Stallion Career Beckons For Tivaci


Bloodhorse – Hammonds – Whitmore Rolls in Count Fleet

Bloodhorse – Balan – Lord Simba Runs Away With Los Angeles

Paulick Report – Making Changes Gradually To A Horse’s Diet Prevents Gastric Upset

National Post – Andrew Coyne: George Brown, the forgotten man of Canadian history

Fool Yourself

Hawthorne Sal


  One Response to “Sal’s Countdown to the 2017 Kentucky Derby – Tre”


    HRA business plan fails to represent the continuation of NORTHLANDS slot revenues from July 1/2018 to March 31/2019 as per the precedent of STAMPEDE PARK per 2009 HRA ANNUAL REPORT pg. 12 where HRA grants were $8.931 million in 2008 and $2.895 million to march 31/2009. Tenile as HRA chairman in 2009 fails to represent the additional $6 million in grants($2 million purse grants) from 9 months at $15 million/total divided by 40% agreement share, or did she plan to became a hero with the surprise $$$

    CEO remarks about being prudent on purses with the same HRA purse grants being $12,318,147 for 2017/2018/2019 what a joke!! The crystal ball slot revenues are calculated for hr/net slot win for NP $7.10, Century downs at $10.50 and Century mile at $12.50/2018 and $13.50/2019. I wonder what market research or AGLC study was used to establish the CENTURY MILE projections Perhaps one brave racing participant can ask about that pie in the sky estimate projections for CENTURY REPS at the HBPA AGM!!!

    HRA BUSINESS PLAN FINANCIALS are reported at the end, sideways and in large characters to discourage viewing, its a shame that TENILE and TENNILLE (CFO not JOE) didn’t take a computer course at the learning centre before it is closed, with this amateurish effort!!!

    NORTHLANDS PARK gets bumped to 31% (mucka predicted 33% last fall) from 28.75% operating grant to cover the expense of staying in the live racing game to July 1/2018.

    NORTHLANDS PARK per a racing executive will announce the return of HOT DOG EATING CONTEST, run only once during the KILLER B ERA, with the rumour of shopsy all beef wieners to entice participants. It’s a win win situation for contestants with these tough economic times to get a free meal from Northlands!!!

    NORTHLANDS to present its business plan to city council on MAY 27, with the rumoured repurposing of the compound into a free range chicken egg farm operation and the upper catwalk dorms refurbished into a NEVADA style chicken ranch to keep their agricultural society business plan creating revenue.

    MASTERS 1950’s golf green jacket bought at a Toronto thrift store in 1994 for $5 sells for $139K, i wonder what treasures will be found in the future demolished backstretch besides beer cans, bale twine???

    AUSTRALIAN female jockey fined for social media remarks about a racing official, since the UNDERTAKER is the only HRA person who reads holybull.ca, the chances are slim and none to add to their fine cashcow!

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