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Sal says that when Mucka Singh commented about www.holybull.ca’s domain registration expiring May 31, 2017 many persons started to get their hopes up that Sal would expire on May 31, 2017 only to be foiled when like magic www.holybull.ca’s  domain registration now says 2018/05/31.

Black Magic Woman

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National Post – Ahsan – Rihanna spent Game 1 of the NBA Finals heckling Kevin Durant, steals the show as usual

Sal says that Rihanna’s heckling ended up being counter productive with KD chipping in 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists leading the Warriors to victory. Sal’s not saying that Rihanna’s jibes may have spurred KD into action, but Sal heard a rumour that if the Warriors go up 2 Zip Rihanna’s banned from the games in Cleveland.

Like the Babe used to say: I have just one superstition. Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases.

AOL – Bile – Rihanna vs. Kevin Durant is the most important rivalry of the 2017 NBA Finals

Sal was wandering if Rihanna’s top of the fluff pops career is waning so bad that she needs some free publicity by heckling one of the emerging NBA superstars.

Sal says Sal’s sure that Durant despises this song as much as every jockey at Northlands Park not named Rico Walcott:


Sal was wandering how long KD would remain in the arena if he stood up and started heckling Rihanna at one of her shows. Sal says we’ll never know as KD has too much class to stoop that low.

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.

Across 110th Street

NY Times – Powell – From the Cradle of Innovation Comes a Self-Driving Team

Sal says that thoroughbred racing like many sports has become so spectacle obsessed that the powers that Bee are forgetting to build the grass roots customers who keep the day to day business prospering. How many restaurants would survive on Valentine’s and Mother’s Day business alone. How many bars would survive on New Year’s Eve, March Madness and Playoff business alone. Not many and they’ve learned to build and respect the clientele who’s there once or twice a week or month on a regular basis.

Head down to the tarmac at Northlands Park, Century Downs, Rocky Mountain Turf Club, Evergreen Park, Hasting Racecourse, Marquis Downs, Assiniboia Downs, Fort Erie, Prairie Meadows, Turf Paradise  et al and ask the fan there on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon or evening what the Triple Crown or Breeders’ Cup is and they’ll probably tell you that they hope the former is the Canadian Whiskey special and we’ll leave their answer to the latter to your prurient imagination.

The casual fan doesn’t want to know Todd Pletcher’s or Mike Smith’s winning percentage and have no idea who Arrogate is, they want to know where they can get a cold beer, a hamburger, place a bet and where the washrooms are. Sometimes they want to know which horse Rico Walcott or Richard Hamel are riding or Travis Cullen or Brandon Campbell or Serge Masse are driving. Thoroughbred racing needs as many of the $2.00 bettors as we can attract to keep this industry alive and thriving.

Keep racing simple and don’t overwhelm the new fans with any type of comprehensive learning that scares more fans away than it attracts. Remember that most of the new fans cut their teeth on video games and fantasy leagues so tailor the teaching to the pupils and keep the lessons incremental. Some will no doubt want to know Pletcher’s Derby record and how difficult it is to win the Triple Crown, some will be content to bet on funny names and silk colours the one or two times they come to the track.

Sal says thoroughbred racing needs to attract and accommodate all of them if thoroughbred racing is to live long and prosper. Sal says that it’s easier to build customer loyalty from the bottom up than from the top down. Get the customers there and make their experience so enjoyable they’ll be back with their friends and family.

And be sure that the Racing Form sales booth is manned so the fans can buy a Form.

America’s Best Racing – Hill -A Response to Darren Rovell’s Dismissive Horse Racing Tweet

Harlem Blues

Sal says that Phil said that an Alberta HBPA member at one of their meetings said one of the most cogent comments Phil had ever heard about thoroughbred racing in the province of Alberta:

We need to improve the professionalism of horse racing in the province of Alberta.

Gary Alexander Racing Stables May Newsletter

Sal says that we could take a lesson in professionalism from the South Africans.

NY Times – Shpigel – While Nashville Parties, the Predators Cut Loose

NY Times – Zweig – How the Stanley Cup Wound Up in a Canal, or Didn’t

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw

Calgary Herald – Fortney: Getting kids to play outside is a 21st century challenge

Get Outside and Play Week

Sal says we don’t need a week we need to Get outside and play year round.

If all of the children who currently are sedentary started exercising every day, societies could save enormous amounts of money in the coming decades and have healthier citizens as a whole, according to a remarkable new study. In the United States alone, we could expect to save more than $120 billion every year in health care and associated expenses.

NY Times – Reynolds  – Child’s Play Is Good for All of Us

CBC – Russell – ‘A magical place’: Stratford man still building community rink after 23 years

He presses on, inching his pickup truck down an embankment to the edge of the slough where his grandfather, Alexander, a deaf mute, taught him to skate. He parks, and walks out onto the ice. Wind whistles through spruce trees planted by his parents nearly a century ago.

“My grandpa used to haul me down that trail in a toboggan over there,” he says, pointing. “He was the greatest teacher I ever had. He couldn’t talk or hear but I understood him very well.”

When Fred was a toddler, his grandfather slipped five pairs of socks onto his feet, then moccasins. Then he attached tiny bob skates, and set the little boy down gently onto the ice. They spent hours together here, Freddie skating and the old man sitting on top of a pail smiling and watching and lifting his grandson up each time he fell.

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

You see a child play, and it is so close to seeing an artist paint, for in play a child says things without uttering a word. You can see how he solves his problems. You can also see what’s wrong. Young children, especially, have enormous creativity, and whatever’s in them rises to the surface in free play.

Erik Erikson

Me and Julio Down By the schoolyard

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Sal was wandering if Steinberg was predicting the Trump Presidency’s view of the world.

I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.

Dylan Thomas

National Post – Bloomberg News and AP – Enough is enough’: Theresa May says tougher measures needed to clamp down on Islamic extremism

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
Margaret Thatcher

Paulick Report – Video: Sport Of Kings – Behind The Scenes At The Kentucky Derby

Sport Of Kings – Behind The Scenes At The Kentucky Derby

A Closer Look

When I was a kid, we played outside until we couldn’t see and had to go in. I rode my bicycle and played tag football, kick the can, and hide-and-go-seek.
Sheryl Lee

Garden and Gun – Lotz – A New Crop of Botanical Books

Sal says that he purchases many editions from the new crops of books that the publishing industry keeps churning out most from the bargain bins at a price that doesn’t even cover the cost of shipping and handling.

One of Sal’s favourite bargain bins is at Mosaic Books. 322 cookbooks in their bargain bin and you’re going to pay retail.

Sal says that If you still want pay retail one of the best cookbooks that Sal’s seen in a long time is


Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book — and does.

Groucho Marx

Twist and Shout

US Racing – Michaels – Why a Longshot Will Win the Belmont Stakes

The Boxer

TwinSpires Blog – 2017 Belmont Stakes contenders

TDN – Bossinakis – Belmont Hopefuls Register Final Works

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Irish War Cry Likely Belmont-Bound After Fair Hill Move

TDN – Carasso – Irish War Cry Headed to Belmont

Bloodhorse – Balan – Gormley Works, Shirreffs Still Undecided on Belmont Run

ESPN – DRF – Grening – Ortiz brings winning touch to Lookin At Lee

Paulick Report – Epicharis Clears Quarantine, Tries Out Belmont Training Track In Private Session

Born to Run

Randy Howg’s Inside Straight trained by Robertino Diodoro has been nominated to the “Win and You’re In Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile” Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap $1,200,000 GI going 1 mile on the Belmont dirt on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 the same day as the Belmont. The sugar beets should be in by then.

Beggy added: “A furlong down I thought if I get a run I’d win, I knew Ryan had gone, but in fairness to the big horse his best furlong is his last, which makes a big difference. I don’t get to sit on many beasts like this at the races, so I’m going to enjoy it.

“I’d nearly given up on the big days, but Aidan O’Brien has made it happen. It’s happy days.”

Wings of Eagles Came From the Clouds to win the Derby

TDN – Frary – Pour Moi’s Wings of Eagles Springs a Shock In the Derby

Bloodhorse – Wings of Eagles Upsets Epsom Derby

Brisnet – Reilly – Eagles over the Cliffs: biggest upset in Epsom Derby in 43 years

If music be the food of love, play on.
William Shakespeare

Autumn in New York

TDN – Bozzo, 96, becomes Oldest Winning Trainer

CBC – ‘A cool family legacy:’ Who was the Canadian Sgt. Pepper who protected the Beatles?

NY Times – Pareles – The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at 50: Still Full of Joy and Whimsy

With  Little Help From My Friends

NY Times – Our 15 Most Popular Strawberry Recipes

Under Pressure

Bloodhorse – Novak – Comeback King Bal a Bali Takes Shoemaker Mile

 Play The Game

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Shields – Why hitting the heights as the new voice of Woodbine wasn’t quite so simple

People Who Died

TDN – Harvey – Irish Derby Next For Eminent

Paulick Report – Golden – Flores ‘Happy To Be Back’ At Santa Anita

One Way Out

I play every show like it’s my last. Fortunately, that’s never turned out to be the case.

Gregg Allman

Brisnet – Hanson – Limousine Liberal outclasses foes in Aristides

Bloodhorse – Balan – Stellar Wind Edges Vale Dori in Beholder Mile


Bloodhorse – Shea – Oscar Performance Wires Pennine Ridge

Everybody’s Talking

ESPN – DRF – Russo – Grand Jete stays perfect in the U.S. by taking Eatontown

Koka Kola

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Racing should follow other sports and take replays away from local stewards

Sal says that Jicha’s idea works only if all racing jurisdictions have common rules.

This Mess We’re in

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Frostmourne Steps Up in Penn Mile

Under Pressure

Sal says that Sal was never able to find a new Dread Pirate Roberts, but Sal may have found a new tag team partner or 2. We may not be the Vachon, or Brunetti  or Osborne or Burke brothers but we’ll give it a shot.

I’ve never turned over a fig leaf yet that didn’t have a price tag on the other side.
Saul Bellow

I Came To Dance

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Bloodhorse – Patch to Join Stablemate Tapwrit in Belmont Stakes

Young Girl

Epsom is always an arena of drama, but the lead-up to this card was particularly one to fray the nerves as huge thunderclouds drew nearer as post time approached. It may have been the impending storm that set off the American raider Daddys Lil Darling (Scat Daddy), who bolted on the way to the start and with Olivier Peslier unable to restrain her he exited the side door, she was caught and withdrawn. The next twist came when a clap of thunder saw Pocketfullofdreams (Fr) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) spook and lose Donnacha O’Brien behind the stalls and when the fillies were eventually housed and released the downpour duly came to add further theatricality to proceedings.

TDN – Frary – Nathaniel’s Enable Storms To Oaks Success

Something in the Air

TDN – Frary – Galileo’s Highland Reel Gets To Epsom In Time For Cup Glory

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NY Times – Araton – Switching, Swarming and Suffocating: Warriors Defense Dominates

ESPN – Arnovitz – Kevin Durant delivers opening wallop in Warriors’ historic quest

Sal says to forget the Nashville – Penguins clutch and grab fest and watch what may be the best NBA final series since the days of Bird and MJ.

Paulick Report – Pettinger – Japanese Runner Epicharis Arrives In New York To Finish Belmont Preparations

TDN – Multiplier to Run in the Belmont

TDN – Carasso – Casse Sees No Reason to Stop Now With ‘Empire

Paulick Report – Special Kind Of Horsepower: Audi To Feature Secretariat In New Advertising Campaign

2018 Audi S5 Sportback – “Secretariat

Paulick Report – Willman – Heart To Heart Ships West To Take On Bal A Bali, What A View In Shoemaker Mile

A hard-to-separate field of seven compete for an automatic berth into the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile in Saturday’s GI Shoemaker Mile in Arcadia. East Coast invader Heart to Heart (English Channel) nearly got his elusive Grade I when second by a neck in Keeneland’s Maker’s 46 Mile last time Apr. 14, and there’s another runner back from that heat who his connections probably wish had skipped this spot. Heart to Heart does his best work when loose on the lead, but had to concede the early advantage in the Maker’s 46 to What a View (Vronsky), who faded to sixth after setting a fairly honest pace. What a View, winner of last year’s GI Frank E. Kilroe Mile, bounced back in the restricted Cal-bred S. over course and distance May 20.

TDN – DiDonato – BC Berth On Line in Shoemaker Mile

National Post – Father Raymond J. de Souza: The world has lost one of its great storytellers — the Victor Hugo of sportswriting

National Post – Doherty – How can tap dancing, an art form that reached its heyday in the 1930s and ‘40s, remain relevant today?

It’s always fair weather

Paulick Report – Prairie Meadows Racing Club Horse Wins In Debut

This is Horse Racing – Montplaisir – Short resume, long run of success

TDN – Gryder the Rider Returns to California

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – Epsom Derby: Dettori set to shine in the supreme test of horse and rider

Paulick Report – Conquest Mo Money To Skip Belmont, Will Run In Woody Stephens Instead

TDN – Oppenheim: The Class of 2015

TDN – ‘Secretary’ Continues Ascent in Pennine Ridge

TDN -Tending The Garden

Searching With My Good Eye Closed

TDN – Massam – Mile Tops Stakes-Filled Penn Card

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Darrell Bauder has taken over from Mat Monaco as Manager / Executive Director of HBPA Alberta effective June 1, 2017.

For those of you who missed it HBPA Alberta presented Mat with an all expense paid trip to Saratoga this summer last Saturday in the Northlands Park winner’s circle.

On behalf of the Ennead and il nove Sal says thanks to Mat for the decade plus of banging his head against the brick wall on behalf of Alberta thoroughbred horsemen.

Sal was wandering if Mat had a Heart to Heart discussion with Darrell before turning over the reins.

Master of Puppets

Sal says that mentre il gatto è via i topi giocheranno.


The majority of the members of the Irish parliament are professional politicians, in the sense that otherwise they would not be given jobs minding mice at crossroads.
Flann O’Brien

Speaking of Heart to Heart Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart Ontario bred by Darrell Bauder’s Red Hawk Ranch heads over the same route that Jed and Granny took for Saturday’s Shoemaker Mile GI, a Breeders’ Cup win n you’re in, going one mile from post 1 on the Santa Anita turf for trainer Brian Lynch with Julien Leparoux returning in the irons.

Brisnet – Caldwell – Beholder Mile features three-mare showdown; Heart to Heart faces Bal a Bali in Shoemaker Mile

Paulick Report – Voss – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Heart To Heart Defies Odds For Small-Scale Breeder

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – What a View on Short Rest For Shoemaker Mile

Sal says that Heart to Heart will try and make the only view the others see his rear end.

Sal says he heard a rumour that Northlands Park is willing to step up and continue thoroughbred racing in 2018 until Century Mile has its new track ready for racing, but that they’re getting stonewalled by the powers that Bee at Horse Racing Alberta.

Sal says that isn’t the mandate of Horse Racing Alberta to:

Mission Statement

Horse Racing Alberta (HRA), is a private not-for-profit corporation that was established with the Alberta Governments proclamation of the Racing Corporation Act in 1996. The HRA was established to lead a racing industry renewal and to manage industry self-regulation.

Mission Statement

“Horse Racing Alberta will lead and enable a healthy, vibrant and progressive racing industry to function in the province of Alberta with high integrity and self regulated responsibility.”

Objectives Of Horse Racing Alberta

In accordance with the Racing Corporation Act, the mandated objects of the HRA are as follows;

  1. To govern, direct, control, regulate, manage, and promote horse racing in any or all of its forms.
  2. To protect the health, safety, and welfare of racehorses and, with respect to horse racing, the safety and welfare of racing participants and racing officials.
  3. To safeguard the interests of the general public in horse racing.

Sal has a question:

Isn’t ensuring that the Alberta thoroughbred horsemen have a place to race in 2018 part and parcel of leading a healthy, vibrant and progressive racing industry and promoting horse racing in any or all of its forms, not just the jiggie joggers.

Jesus Built My Hotrod

C and H Duggan Farms Ltd. and Shot in the Dark Racing Corp’s Hemlock Channel trained by Greg Tracy and ridden by Rico Walcott set a new track record of 1:15.38 for 6 1/2 furlongs at Northlands Park on Wednesday May 31. O’Hanlon Paving must have done a superlative job tightening up the track.

Equibase – Northlands Park Charts May 31, 2017

Paulick Report – Steffanus -If Your Farrier Suffers An Injury, Who’s Liable?

The Bitter Southerner – Reece – Gregg Allman’s Over There”

The Bitter Southerner – Oney – A Sinners Second Chance

Ramblin’ Man

TDN – Bossinakis – Belmont Continues to Take Shape

Show Me How to Live

FiveThirtyEight – Jerkins and Hickey – How Do I Split A Check With A Bad Check Splitter?

Here’s your chance to support a great Alberta charity with thoroughbred racing connections and get a view of the new Century Mile being built.

TDN – Cronin – Nineteen Set For Derby

TDN – Harvey – Twenty Still In Contention For Epsom Derby

Brisnet – Reilly – O’Brien fields seven of 20 in Epsom Derby

Smells Like Teen Spirit

Paulick Report -BHA Prohibits Apprentice Jockey From Riding In Investec Derby 

Paulick Report – Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: Time Running Out For Illinois Racing

Paulick Report – Arlington Racing Club Still Has Memberships Available For 2017


Horse & Hound – Turner – Jockeys’ children to battle it out in Shetland Pony Grand National

2017 WIHS Shetland Pony Race Devon Monday May 29

So Alive

NY Times – Buckland – How a Candy Heir Sneaked Into Pro Hockey and Made His Name as a ‘Savage’

Mrs. Robinson

Brisnet – TwinSpires relocating headquarters, creating new high-tech, high-paying jobs

From the Derby Bar and Grill Newsletter




There has been several positive comments on the track renovations completed last Tuesday.   Although it may seem a little speed bias but the times have been a little slower meaning its a little deeper and more cushion then we have experienced in many moons.

Sal says that Steve Wood who was in charge of the recent Hastings Park track renovations is in charge of the new track at Century Mile so thinks may be looking up for the Alberta Thoroughbred horsemen.

Sal says that Sal doesn’t have the time or energy to police the Spam that’s associated with a comment forum, but you may be seeing the odd guest post in the next few months.

Don’t Stand So Close to Me

US Racing – Simon – Born for the Belmont Stakes

Born To Raise Hell

Paulick Report – Voss – The Elephant In The Room: Racing Can Do More To Take Care Of Its Own

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Gilmore -33-1? Surely the Brits are wrong about this U.S. filly’s Epsom Oaks chances

Brisnet – Rhododendron favored in Epsom Oaks; Highland Reel headlines Coronation Cup

NY Times – Vora – How to Make the Most of a Sports-Centered Trip

Holidays in the Sun

Bloodhorse – Senior Investment Breezes for Belmont Stakes

Paulick Report – Lookin At Lee Gallops, ‘In Great Shape’ Ahead Of Belmont Bid

Canadian Gaming Business – Flamboro Downs Looking to Allocate Surplus Land for Community Development

Hawthorne Sal

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