There are three kinds of people in the world; those who can count and those who can’t.
Questo è per Topo:
Girls like guys who wear pants.
Sal says that Sal knows who does the WRRRR’s speed figures.
Questo è per Topo dato che non c’era tempo sufficiente per visitare:
Stay tuned for Sal’s report.
Sal says that the bar is 70’s horse race themed with a menu that looks like a race program, but is not a teletheatre. Watch for their Canadian Derby specials.
Sal may be saying some rather caustic statements. If your eyes are sensitive you better get a pair of NASA Approved Eclipse Glasses. If your ears are sensitive you better get a pair of earmuffs cuz sometimes a toque just won’t do.
Sal may be featuring some rather sardonic rather tongue in cheek sarcasm.
Sal says that il nove catches the drift.
Does any one of the many Mismanagers at Northlands Park even know what time it is or even care.
Whitney Saturday Mountaineer had its best card of the year and the only place you could bet on it was if you stayed home and watched on HPI and bet on your Bodog or William Hill account. What brilliant mismanagement. Have you customers stay home and wager through channels that return little or nothing to the Alberta horsemen.
You may remember Sal commenting about no TVs on the main floor at Northlands Park showing Arlington a few weeks back. Whitney Saturday there was not a single TV on the main floor showing Del Mar. What brilliant mismanagement. Get your customers to the track and then piss them off by not showing one of the major US tracks.
Sal says he hopes that Century can get their construction crews on steroids (figuratively not literally) so they can get the new track built and running as quickly as possible.
The first Saturday in August presented an issue older than the 1981 Buick Regal I used to tool around in. The field for Saratoga’s Whitney Stakes (G1) broke from the gate at about the same time as the West Virginia Derby (G3) at Mountaineer Casino & Racetrack and Resort. Most eyes focused on Saratoga, leaving Mountaineer’s signature event in the back lot. C’mon, guys, there’s plenty of room on a Saturday afternoon to spread out the races.
Sal says that just like Phil Sal has some songs that Sal never tires of reprising.
On Saturday, in perfect weather and in front of a huge crowd, the main track played to speed on the inside. Some were heavy favorites that were going to win no matter which path their rider chose but when horses tried to rally wide, they lost their action and momentum. When horses came up the rail, they finished strong. This bias appeared to hold up all day but the final running times were relatively slow.
But a funny thing happened before the Jim Dandy. And being there, I can attest to the fact that it did not rain. Yet, the Saratoga main track was soaked before the race and when you look at the horses after the race, they looked like they raced over a sloppy track.
Sal says that when tracks change the consistency of their surfaces and their watering patterns they don’t need to look far for major reasons in the decline of thoroughbred racing.
His acting career was rekindled in 1977, when he was cast in Terrence Malick’s film “Days of Heaven.” During filming, in Alberta, his interest in horses led him to become involved in team roping. In 1982, he was acting in a film called “Frances,” about the life of actress Frances Farmer, and became romantically involved with Jessica Lange, who played Farmer. In 1983, he and Lange moved to Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, while Shepard continued to write and act, and became, in his words, “addicted to polo.” In 1986, he bought Totier Creek Farm in Scottsville, Virginia, next to the legendary Nydrie Stud in the Charlottesville area. It was there that he started foxhunting. In the past few years he has added working with cutting horses (Quarterhorses used to cut cattle out of a herd) to his equine repertoire.
Democracy’s a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy. As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it’s no longer democracy, is it? It’s something else. It may be an inch away from totalitarianism.
A smart horse makes you work harder, but gives you the gift of knowledge.
Fildebrandt is the former Alberta director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, and it’s a juxtaposition that particularly galls his critics.
Director from 2012 to 2014, Fildebrandt rallied against cabinet minister expense claims and helped the then-Progressive Conservative government draft new expense disclosure policies for MLAs.
He also brought firebrand condemnation of big government spending to his role as opposition finance critic.
In December 2015, in a debate about the Fiscal Planning and Transparency Act, Fildebrandt put forward an amendment to dock the pay of cabinet ministers who fail to meet financial targets.
If members don’t follow laws they themselves have passed, he argued at the time, they should face a financial penalty, adding that Finance Minister Joe Ceci was “not sticking to the intent” of legislation.
Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark threw those comments back at Fildebrandt on Thursday, arguing Fildebrandt wasn’t sticking to the intent of expense rules.
“It’s a bit rich for someone who claims to be fighting for taxpayers to be benefiting from a taxpayer-subsidized apartment,” Clark said.
Current CTF interim director Colin Craig said it doesn’t matter which MLA flouted the rules, “Jill and Joe Taxpayer … just don’t want their money used in that manner.”
Damn, Sal’s ticked at Rachel for beating him to the Uber comment.
Sal says that Alberta thoroughbred owners, breeders and participants may have noticed a new splinter group trying to insinuate themselves into the Alberta thoroughbred industry.
Sal says that Phil and Sal may have had and still have differences of opinion with Horse Racing Alberta, Alberta CTHS and HBPA Alberta but Sal says that what we don’t need in this province is a small group of owners acting like the kid who owns the football and threatening to take it home if the rest of the kids in the playground don’t play by their rules. Sal’s not saying that Horse Racing Alberta, Alberta CTHS and HBPA Alberta are perfect, but what we need in this province are people willing to work within those organizations to improve the Alberta thoroughbred industry and not trying to subvert the other organizations.
Horse Racing Alberta, Alberta CTHS and HBPA Alberta all have links that contain their contact information and their personnel and Directors. At time of writing Sal checked out both the ATOBA Facebook Page and ATOBA website and could not find any link or information that would tell Sal who the Directors or representatives of ATOBA are so Sal can’t tell il nove who they are. Sal says that sounds suspicious. If a group wants to insinuate itself into the Thoroughbred industry in Alberta Sal says that the group better have the balls be they lady or man balls to come right out into the open and identify themselves. Then before the minions went and liked the Facebook page by rote the minions could have said to themselves who are these people and why are they so biased against HBPA Alberta. Count how many links you have to click before you finally find any mention of HBPA Alberta before you say that Sal is jumping the gun.
The minions could also tell if any of the persons behind ATOBA had ever been to a recent CTHS Alberta or HBPA Alberta meeting and raised any concerns or volunteered to stand for election or participate in one of the many committees. Then the minions could had made an informed choice to like or not like the Facebook page based on the information provided instead of just a nice picture, fancy logo and other lip gloss.
Sal says that if you look at the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association website their Canadian Affiliate is Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society and not any Canadian Owners and Breeders Association. Sal says that the minions should not think that this yet to be incorporated association is affiliated with the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association although their names are deceptively similar.
The platitudes contained on the ATOBA website and Facebook page may resonate of motherhood and Apple Pie, but Sal says that all the platitudes and couple of loonies will get you a slice of Apple Pie.
Sal says that from their website it appears that a 2017 membership is free, but what about the cost going forward.
Sal says that from their website Sal was unable to garner any qualifications to be a member other than applying. What are the qualifications.
Sal says that he has the same question that some sage person asked at the recent ATOBA recruitment meeting at Northlands Park:
Going forward where is the money to fund ATOBA going to come from.
Sal says that the resources available for the entire horse industry in this province are shriveling and we don’t need another organization trying to feed off Horse Racing Alberta’s teat.
Sal says that the last thing we need in the Alberta thoroughbred industry is more politician polarization. As a cogent voice said at one of the HBPA Alberta meetings – we need to improve the professionalism of thoroughbred racing in the province of Alberta. Sal says he not convinced in the least that ATOBA is the means to improve the professionalism of thoroughbred racing in the province of Alberta.
“I just…ugh…Yelp drives me crazy,” Zimmern told Business Insider for a video this week. “I think Yelp is neither good nor bad for the food industry. I find it useless.”
Sal’s says that you never know if the person(s) postings on these opinion sites ever went to the restaurant or saw the movie.
A hot dog at the game beats roast beef at the Ritz.
Contessa said he has looked for Americans to do the work of grooms and hotwalkers (in fact, part of the use of the H-2B program requires he demonstrate he has advertised the position in the local newspaper and online). He usually gets several responses per ad (which he’s also required to turn in with his H-2B visa application), but no long-term workers.
“We do the advertisement, and without fail, I’ll get 15 calls from people who want the job,” he said. “Then I explain it to them and I usually scare away ten of them. Five of them want to take it to the next level, and I bring them in. Then, they realize their job is going to be to take care of a 1,400-pound animal who probably would like to kill you, and any time you get hurt, you get hurt bad. I don’t know anyone in this business who doesn’t get up in the morning and limp for the first half-hour.
“Then, you explain to them that you’re going to get rained on, you’re going to get snowed on, you’re going to get really hot in the summer and really cold in the winter, and you’ll be worked outdoors with this animal year-round … that guy says, ‘You know, I’m going to go work at Seven-Eleven.’
“Nobody in America wants this job.”
Donald Trump always uses the undefinable “Let’s Make America Great Again” slogan whenever he has neither a plan nor a clue about what he’s doing and his faithful rally around the flagpole remembering the good old days that only existed on Leave It To Beaver.
Sal was re-reading Branch Rickey’s Little Blue Book and Rickey refers to three questions that Thomas Jefferson used to ask about candidates for his cabinet:
- Is he honest;
- Is he capable;
- Is he loyal to the Constitution?
If Donald Trump wants to make America great again he should go back to Jefferson’s three qualifications and then hand in his resignation as he’s not honest, he’s not capable and he’s only loyal to that thing he wears on his head.
Almac Racing Stable and Kerredge Farms’ Regal Max closed strongly under Shamaree Muir to break his maiden and take the Colts and Geldings division of the CTHS Alberta Sales Stake at Northlands Park on Saturday. The son of Max Forever out of the Regal Intention mare Miss Emily bred in Alberta by Stone Ranches Ltd. covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:20.16 for conditioner Rick Hedge. Regal Max was purchased at the 2016 CTHS Alberta Sale for $2,200.00.
Stripling Warrior held on for second with Chisum G closing for third.
Sal disagrees. Sal says that the more the American people show that they can run their country with the chaos that Trump, the White House, the Cabinet and the Senate are creating the more it shows just how utterly useless and irrelevant politicians truly are.
Curtis Landry’s Raider stalked the pace and opened up coming home with Northlands park leading rider Rico Walcott in the iron in the Fillies division of the 2017 CTHS Alberta Sales Stake. The daughter of Stephanotis out of the Louise Quatorze mare Montero bred in BC by William DeCoursey covered the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:19.04 for Northlands Park leading trainer Greg Tracy. Raider was a $19,000.00 purchase from the 2016 CTHS British Columbia Sale.
Bitters held on for second with Big River closing late for third.
Bricks and Mortar becomes the 102nd graded or group winner for his top-class sire, who was also responsible for debut-winning juvenile filly Pauseforthecause earlier on the card.
Sal says his favourite Denzel Washington flick is:
Somebody’s boring me. I think it’s me.
Spectator became the first stakes winner for her quick-starting freshman sire Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor) with a thoroughly dominating performance in the GII Sorrento S. Saturday at Del Mar.
Speaking of Jimmy Creed:
Sal says to check the female side of Hip 16 at the 2017 CTHS Alberta Sale.
There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun.
Sal was wandering if Moises Alou will be presenting the ring to Steve.
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
A wise man speaks because he has something to say, a fool speaks because he has to say something.
Sal says with modern technology you can substitute tweets for speaks.
NY Times – Arnold – A German Soccer Star Orders Himself an Extra Helping of Chicago
One of Desormeaux’s favorite “bushes” tales deals with a mostly Quarter Horse named Skunk Em Up.
“Had some Appaloosa in him and the spots came up over his knee, so they couldn’t call him a Quarter Horse,” he reminisced. “But he was fast, really fast. I weighed about 90 pounds at the time and his trainer, Dale White, had me ride him in match races in Louisiana. He was down for good money — $5,000, $10,000. We went three times, won all three. Then he set up another match in Mississippi. I rode in the van in the back with the horse, feeding him hay all the way over. We went like a shot there, too, and won that one. That was it, though. The game was up. Nobody would take him on after that.”
Among the great stories coming out of “the bushes” were sagas of “catch weight” races (you can put anyone or anything you want on a horse’s back – the lighter, obviously, the better). A classic example was when a chicken was tied on as the “rider,” an extraordinary bit of horsemanship made famous by a bit in the 1978 movie “Casey’s Shadow.”
Did our trio ride in any chicken races?
Talamo did not, but the other two did.
“Oh, yeah,” said Desormeaux. “I rode against chickens. I even remember a match race where both horses had chickens on their back.”
Theriot did it just once. Who, he was asked, won?
The rider lowered his head, then fessed up: “The chicken.”
For those so inclined, days in “the bushes” and fine tales of Cajun racing are well told in the 2008 book “Cajun Racing: From the Bush Tracks to the Triple Crown” by New York-based turf writer Ed McNamara. It’s a good read with a fine feel for a special place and its special people for anyone wanting to learn more about a most colorful and unique subject.
Sal says that LNJ Foxwood and Richard Mandella have a Rising Star in their Barn – Anonymity – Del Mar August 11, 2017 Chart
Sal says as more lurid details about Pete Rose slowly emerge sounds like there was more hustle off the field than on.
All pro sports, as well as the NCAA, should thank God every day we have sports betting here… We have the only agency in the world that regulates the honesty of games.
Sal says that for those wandering what Mat’s been doing since retiring as HBPA Alberta Executive Director:
Sal says that there’s one key thing missing from their Hallmark Christmas that we Canadians get the pleasure of shoveling for 6 months of the year – snow.
Sal says that what Black and Donald don’t seem to understand is that every time Trump opens his tweeter and makes some stupid threat he can’t carry out the North Korean uses that to solidify his position with his brainwashed minions.