Sep 062017

For Allard, “Win, Place, Show” brings together so many of the important threads in his life: television, a love of horses, and the thrill of picking winners. “This game is built around two groups: the ones putting up money to buy horses and the people risking their money to bet on them,” he said. “We need to do more to facilitate the experience for both of those groups. In the end, we’re not really in the entertainment business, we’re in the business of gambling.”

DRF – Fornatale – Allard creates horse-racing TV show to rope in newbies

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British Columbia

2017 CTHS Sale Info

 Preview Parade – Monday, September 11, 2017

Yearling & Mixed Sale – Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Thunderbird Show Park

24550 72 Ave, Langley, BC V1M 3W8

Phone: (604) 888-4585

2017 CTHS BC Sale Catalogue

Sal’s Seriously Updated 2017 CTHS Alberta Preview



The most exciting day in the thoroughbred racing season is upon us this afternoon as Hastings will host a brilliant nine race program headed by the Grade III $150,000 B.C. Derby. The day will see the best horses horses in the Pacific Northwest and Alberta battle for $550,000 in six different stakes races. The Sea-to-Sky Pick 6 is also of note which has a carryover of $16,276. The sequence begins in race four which scheduled to go about 3:20 p.m. (Vancouver time).

The nine furlong Grade III B.C. Derby is always the signature race on the Hastings Racecourse calendar and with five invaders coming in from Alberta and Washington the race is true championship test. The race is scheduled to go at 5:25 p.m.


On the rail is Peter Redekop’s A.P.ZONA is the local star that has the best chance to take home the top prize. Peter Redekop is no stranger to winning Derby’s if he were to win today it would be his fifth. A.P. ZONA has good tactical speed and should be sitting in a great spot in behind the speed. He has three wins (two stakes) and a second place performance in his four starts since being claimed $40,000 at Santa Anita in March. Leading trainer Phil Hall will give instructions to regular rider Enrique Gonzalez.


Brett Mason’s MORE POWER TO HIM was third in the $75,000 Emerald Derby last month which has earned him a start in this afternoon’s race. His best races have been when he has been positioned close to the early pace and with a favourable draw that will likely be the strategy today. He is stakes placed in a Grade III event and has two other stakes placed efforts so he is definitely a major player. He turned in an excellent work (47 2/5) after arriving in Vancouver and will get Emerald Downs’ leading jockey Rocco Bowen in the tack for trainer Kay Cooper.

Rollingson Racing Stable, Randy Howg, Clayton and Rick Wiest’s CHIEF KNOW IT ALL looked awesome in his first run after the expensive $100,000 claim winning the Grade III $150,000 Canadian Derby last month. He has good early speed, which is a plus at our Hastings oval, and obviously has the class to take down this field. It has been awhile we have seen Robertino Diodoro at Hastings but he is in town for the big race. Diodoro has dominated wherever he has raced which include Northlands Park, Turf Paradise, Canterbury, Oaklawn Park and has branched out to both of the New York and California racing circuits. He will leg up perennial high percentage rider Rico Walcott who has won the Derby on Title Contender and Alert Bay.


Russ and Lois Bennett’s homebred PARSIMONIOUS has been second his first two career starts in maiden races and inherited the win last time after a medication violation on the winner. He is a half brother to Hastings filly and mare champion TOUCHING PROMISE so distance is definitely a plus for him. He obviously lacks the racing experience that the balance of field have but his connections have opted to give him a shot. Antonio Reyes will be at the controls for two-time (Halo Steven-2006 and Majesticality- 2010) B.C. Derby winning trainer Barbara Heads.

The Sycamore Stables’ DOUBLE BEAR was an unlucky loser in the $150,000 Canadian Derby as he ended up dead-heating for second after being bumped at the head of the stretch. There was lengthy enquiry but the results were not changed . He showed that he can battle with the big boys and it a top threat in this race. Dane Nelson is in town from Edmonton to ride for trainer Rod Cone.


Don Danard and Mel Snow’s DRILLER has been the second best three year old at Hastings this year and is another that is in with a big chance. He has been game in all six of his starts going six and a half furlongs and a mile and a sixteenth. He will likely take a nice trip just off of the leaders and if things go his way he could be right in the thick of things at the end. Regular rider Silvino Morales will return to the saddle.


Riversedge Racing Stables’ TROOPER JOHN has been the top three year old in Alberta in 2017 He had won three consecutive stakes races but recently lost narrowly in the Canadian Derby which took nothing away from his status as the best in Alberta. He has been in Vancouver for a couple of weeks and has trained beautifully since arriving. Keishan Balgobin returns to Hastings to ride for trainer Tim Rycroft.

Bill DeCoursey’s homebred HANDSOME CHEF earned a ticket to the Derby with an impressive victory from well off the pace in an allowance event besting Derby entrants DRILLER and HUNTERS APPEAL. He might have the right running style to prosper in this race that appears on paper to have plenty of early speed for this nine furlong test. Amadeo Perez is back aboard for the aforementioned Derby winning trainer Barbara Heads.


Chappell Alpine Farms’ brilliant colt RISER will try and secure a $25,000 bonus for winning both the Emerald Downs and B.C. Derby’s. The son of Mizzen Mast set scorching early fractions (45 4/5, 1:09 3/5) in the Emerald Derby and stayed on bravely for the victory. He is the one to beat and is obviously the speed of the race and if left alone early he will be tough to catch. Former Hastings jockey Aaron Gryder is town to ride for Emerald Downs’ leading trainer Blaine Wright.


Mohamad Khan’s HUNTERS APPEAL has paid immediate dividends after his $16,000 claim winning the $50,000 Derby Trial and recently finishing third in an allowance prep. He has drawn a tough post but does have an off-the-pace stlye which shouldn’t hurt him too much. He picks up leading rider Richard Hamel which is a plus. Richard will get a leg up on HUNTERS APPEAL from trainer Jim Brown

One of many co-features on the day is the $100,000 B.C. Oaks for three year old fillies at a mile and an eighth. This race has eight talented fillies from B.C., Alberta and Washington. It goes as race five at 3:46 p.m.


On the inside is Peter Redekop’s ANSTRUM who recently won her second stakes race at Northlands winning the $82,000 Sonoma at a mile and a sixteenth. She is in top form and is a top threat in her return to Hastings. Former Hastings rider Keishan Balgobin is flying in for the ride for trainer Phil Hall.


The RNH Stables’ YUKON BELLE was the two year old champ last year but has had no success trying to beat the reigning queen this season at Hastings DAZ LIN DAWN. She continues to run good races and has not missed the board in her nine race career. She will need her ultimate best to win today. Antonio Reyes is aboard and they were the last tandem to beat DAZ LIN DAWN. Barbara Heads trains.


George Gilbert’s GOOD LUCK TO YOU was an impressive winner in her last start going wire-to-wire in a very quick 1:44 3/5 in an allowance event. She is very tough when she gets to the top and could get loose on the lead today. Amadeo Perez will be the helm for leading trainer Phil Hall.

Ron Schmid’s LITTLE DANCER has been as pleasant surprise for her Washington connections cater starting career for $15,000 she has blossomed into a brilliant filly. She recently was second against older mares in the Distaff on Mile Day and prior won the $79,000 Washington Oaks. She is eligible for a $25,000 bonus if she were to win today capturing both the Washington and B.C. Oaks. Rocco Bowen is back in the tack for trainer Doris Harwood.


The most impressive performer at Hastings has been Nancy Betts, JDP Holdings and the Deltin Stables’ DAZ LIN DAWN who has definitely lived up to her name. She is a perfect six-for-six in stakes company and has won carrying a hefty impost of 126 pounds. This race is scale weights (121 pounds for all) and someone will need to run their career best race to beat her today at equal weights. She has won her six races by a combined 30 lengths and the big daughter of obscure stallion Popular is going to be almost impossible to beat. Richard Hamel rides for trainer Nancy Betts.

Dan Lee’s BABYS GOT TRACK has hit the board in stakes company getting a second and third behind DAZ LIN DAWN this year. She has been very consistent and will give a good account herself again today. Enrique Gonzalez will be at the controls for trainer Phil Hall.


Dave Mowat’s TOP QUALITY broke her maiden at Golden Gate Fields going a flat mile then was shipped north to Seattle and won the $50,000 Irish Day Handicap. She ran fifth in a pace-less Washington Oaks and came back to finish third with older mares behind B.C. Oaks entrant LITTLE DANCER. She will need a lively pace to aid her off-the-pace style. Aaron Gryder rides for trainer Blaine Wright.


The Riveresedge Racing Stables’ HIGH APPLAUSE finished third behind GOODLUCK TO YOU and YUKON BELLE in an allowance prep last month. She is a maiden but the successful connections think enough of her to give her a shot. Rico Walcott gets the call from trainer Craig MacPherson.

There are four other stakes races on the program including the $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity, the $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity, the $50,000 S.W. Randall Plate and the $50,000 Delta Colleen.

It is going to be a great afternoon of thoroughbred racing. First post is at 1:50 p.m.

Good luck to all !!!


Race 1 3 – Flaming Youth
2 – Alderglory
1 – Dhatzit
3 – Flaming Youth
2 – Alderglory
1 – Dhatzit
Race 2 4 – Santa Fe Trail
2 – Perfectly Reckless
3 – Igor
4 – Sante Fe Trail
3 – Igor
2 – Perfectly Reckless
Race 3 4 – Here’s Hannah
1 – Sonoma
2 – Raider
4 – Here’s Hannah
2 – Raider
5 – Brechins Command
Race 4 9 – Rogerio
1 – Excessive Belief
8 – Day Raider
1 – Excessive Belief
9 – Rogerio
8 – Day Raider
Race 5 5 – Daz Lin Dawn
2 – Yukon Belle
3 – Good Luck to You
5 – Daz Lin Dawn
4 – Little Dancer
7 – Top Quality
Race 6 6 – Weekend Wizard
8 – Gimme Some Slack
5 – European
8 – Gimme Some Slack
5 – European
9 – Pan Handle
Race 7 10 – Modern
1 – Neveradoubt
9 – Highway Boss
10 – Modern
1 – Neveradoubt
6 – Venetian Mask
Race 8 7 – Trooper John
3 – Chief Know It All
1 – A.P. Zona
9 – Riser
7 – Trooper John
3 – Cheif Know It All
Race 9 3 – Sailingforthesun
2 – Victress
6 – Tara’s Way
2 – Victress
3 – Sailingforthesun
6 – Tara’s Way
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BC Derby & BC Oaks Dominate Spotlight

With All-star Cast in Saturday Lineup

Exciting Nine Race Card Begins at 1:50 p.m.

Vancouver, B.C. (Sept. 8/17) – While the 72nd running of the BC Derby will definitely be the feature attraction at Hastings Racecourse Saturday afternoon, the five supporting stake races deserve single billings of their own.

That’s what happens when there is $550,000 in total purse money on the line with a schedule that breaks down this way:

Race 3 – 2:48 p.m. –  $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity

Race 5 – 3:46 p.m. –  $100,000 BC Oaks

Race 6 – 4:15 p.m. –  $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity

Race 7 – 4:44 p.m. –  $  50,000 SW Randall Plate

Race 8 – 5:25 p.m. –  $150,000 BC Derby

Race 9 – 5:57 p.m. –  $  50,000 Delta Colleen

The nine-race Saturday card with a start time of 1:50 p.m is the biggest and richest event of the local thoroughbred season and has gained the attention of horsemen from both Northlands Park in Edmonton and Emerald Downs in Washington State.

“It’s the ultimate afternoon of entertainment on our 2017 racing calendar,” says Darren MacDonald, Hastings Racecourse General Manager and Director, BC Racing. “It is particularly satisfying to see top quality horses ship in from other jurisdictions.”

The 10 horses entered in the Grade 3 BC Derby for three-year-olds will include the 5-2 morning line favourite Riser, trained by Emerald Downs leading trainer Blaine Wright and ridden by veteran jockey Aaron Gryder.  Riser is coming off a front-winning victory in the $75,000 Emerald Downs Derby on July 30 over the same 1 1/8 miles distance as the BC Derby.

The top three finishers of the $150,000 Canadian Derby at Northlands Park on August 19 checked into the Hastings backstretch earlier this week.  Chief Know It All with Rico Walcott aboard for trainer Robertino Diodoro narrowly won the Canadian Derby in a controversial finish that left Trooper John and Double Bear in a dead heat for second. Saturday they resume that rivalry.

The BC Oaks will get as much attention as the Derby with a clash of the top three-year-old fillies from both Hastings and Emerald Downs in what could develop into an epic showdown.

Daz Lin Dawn, trained by Nancy Betts, has won six consecutive stakes at Hastings this year with leading rider Richard Hamel in the irons for all of them. Among Saturday’s eight-horse Oaks field is Little Dancer, winner of the Washington Oaks and trained by the venerable Doris Harwood at Emerald Downs who told Randy Goulding of the Daily Racing Form:  “This is the kind of race people want to see and I am looking forward to it.  If she runs her race and gets beat, I am still going to be proud of her.”

Betts, meantime, said of Daz Lin Dawn: “This is what we’ve been pointing to all year. She just seems to be getting better with each race.  It’s been an amazing year and hopefully she can make it seven in a row.”

FINISH LINES: Both Little Dancer and Riser, by winning their respective Washington Oaks and Derby stakes at Emerald Downs, will each receive a $25,000 bonus should they be repeat winners Saturday at Hastings …  The Sea to Sky Pick 6 begins with the fourth race Saturday with a $16,276 carryover while the late Pick 4 (Race 6 thru 9) has a guaranteed pool of $25,000 … Hastings’ exercise rider Bailey Heggie will be on horseback interviewing the BC Derby winning jockey prior to the winner’s circle celebrations Saturday. Miss Heggie, 23, appeared on national television with CTV doing the same assignment following the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park in 2014 and 2015.  Her appearance Saturday will be shown live on the jumbo screen located in the infield alongside the tote board, on the massive simulcast network coverage and on television screens throughout the Hastings Racecourse complex.

The Greatest Love of All

DRF – Goulding – Riser draws post 9 for B.C.Derby

Sals says that Canadian Derby winner Chief Know It All drew post 3, Canadian Derby dead heat runner up Double Bear drew post 5 and Canadian Derby dead heat runner up Trooper John drew post 7.

Simply The Best

BC Derby Edition

 British Columbia Derby (Grade III) 

Race 8 POST Time – 5:25 PM PDT

Purse $150,000.For Three Year Olds. One And One Eighth Miles.

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 A. P. Zona (KY) 3/C L E A Gonzalez 126 P Hall
2 More Power to Him (CA) 3/C L R Bowen 126 K P Cooper
3 Chief Know It All (KY) 3/C L R W Walcott 126 R Diodoro
4 Parsimonious (BC) 3/G L A A Reyes 126 B Heads
5 Double Bear (ON) 3/G L D Nelson 126 R J Cone
6 Driller (BC) 3/G L S Morales 126 M Snow
7 Trooper John (PA) 3/G L K Balgobin 126 T Rycroft
8 Handsome Chef (BC) 3/G L A Perez 126 B Heads
9 Riser (OH) 3/C L A T Gryder 126 B D Wright
10 Hunters Appeal (BC) 3/G L R H Hamel 126 J R Brown

Owners: 1 – Peter Redekop, B. C., Ltd. ; 2 – Brett Mason ; 3 – Rollingson Racing Stable, Howg, Randy, Wiest, Rick and Wiest, Clayton ; 4 – Mr. & Mrs. R. J. Bennett ; 5 – Sycamore Stables ; 6 – Don B. Danard and Mel Snow ; 7 – Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd ; 8 – William Decoursey ; 9 – Chappell Alpine Farms LLC ; 10 – Mohamad K. Khan

Breeders: 1 – Northwest Farms LLC; 2 – Brett Mason; 3 – Lucky Seven Stable; 4 – Mr. & Mrs. R. J. Bennett; 5 – Bear Stables Inc.; 6 – Mel Snow & Fran Snow; 7 – Smart Angle, LLP; 8 – William DeCoursey; 9 – Justice Farm, Greg Justice; 10 – Demetrick Racing

DRF – Goulding –  Here’s Hannah, Modern among top contenders on competitive B.C. Derby card

 Sadie Diamond Futurity

Race 3 POST Time – 2:48 PM PDT

Purse $100,000.For Canadian Bred Two Year Old Fillies.Six And One Half Furlongs.

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Sonoma (BC) 2/F L A Perez 113 D K Condilenios
2 Raider (BC) 2/F L R W Walcott 117 G Tracy
3 Largo (BC) 2/F L E A Gonzalez 113 M Cloutier
4 Here’s Hannah (BC) 2/F L R H Hamel 115 J D Morrison
5 Brechin’s Command (BC) 2/F L D G Lopez 117 G Tracy

Owners: 1 – Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. ; 2 – Curtis Landry ; 3 – Tony & Pat Hepburn ; 4 – B C Stables and Paul L. Caravetta ; 5 – Pooli Thoroughbreds

Breeders: 1 – Swift Thoroughbreds Inc.; 2 – William DeCoursey; 3 – Dr. Sheila McDonald, Ron Bidniak &Karen Bidniak; 4 – B. C. Stables; 5 – Pooli Thoroughbreds

DRF – Goulding – British Columbia Oaks a clash of regional queens

British Columbia Oaks

Race 5 POST Time – 3:46 PM PDT

Purse $100,000.For Three Year Old Fillies.One And One Eighth Miles.

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Anstrum (BC) 3/F L K Balgobin 121 P Hall
2 Yukon Belle (BC) 3/F L A A Reyes 121 B Heads
3 Good Luck to You (KY) 3/F L A Perez 121 P Hall
4 Little Dancer (KY) 3/F L R Bowen 121 D Harwood
5 Daz Lin Dawn (BC) 3/F L R H Hamel 121 N Betts
6 Babys Got Track (BC) 3/F L E A Gonzalez 121 P Hall
7 Top Quality (KY) 3/F L A T Gryder 121 B D Wright
8 High Applause (FL) 3/F L R W Walcott 121 C MacPherson

Owners: 1 – Peter Redekop, B. C., Ltd. ; 2 – R. N. H. Stable ; 3 – George Gilbert ; 4 – Ron Schmid ; 5 – JDP Holdings Ltd., Nancy Betts and Delton Stable ; 6 – Dan Lee ; 7 – David A. Mowat ; 8 – Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd

Breeders: 1 – Terry Clyde & Mike Anderson; 2 – Bryan Anderson & Carol Anderson; 3 – WinStar Farm, LLC; 4 – Ivor A. Jones & John R. Jones; 5 – John Shone, Jacqui Shone & SamanthaShead; 6 – Allan MacHaffie & Marion MacHaffie; 7 – W. S. Farish & Kilroy ThoroughbredPartnership; 8 – Moreau Bloodstock International, Inc.

Jack Diamond Futurity

Race 6 POST Time – 4:15 PM PDT

Purse $100,000.For Canadian Bred Two Year Old Colts And Geldings.Six And One Half Furlongs.

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Blue Tide (BC) 2/G L S Civaci 113 R J Anderson
2 Slew’s Da Boss (BC) 2/G L A A Reyes 115 M Snow
3 My Greyson (BC) 2/C L R Saunders 113 P Jarvis
4 Texas Gold (BC) 2/G L1 A T Gryder 113 G Todd
5 European (BC) 2/G L R W Walcott 117 D K Condilenios
6 Weekend Wizard (BC) 2/C L E A Gonzalez 113 C MacPherson
7 Red Buffalo (BC) 2/G L A Seecharan 113 C L Burningham
8 Gimme Some Slack (BC) 2/G L R H Hamel 115 M Anderson
9 Pan Handle (BC) 2/G L D G Lopez 113 G Todd
10 Wise Market (BC) 2/C L A Perez 113 P Hall
11 Fort Mac (ON) 2/G L R Bowen 113 P Hall

Owners: 1 – Linwood Stables ; 2 – Mel Snow, Doug Corsan and Len Houweling ; 3 – My Greyson Syndicate ; 4 – NAT2010LLP ; 5 – Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. ; 6 – Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd ; 7 – Loire Miller ; 8 – Larry Potozny and Maria Godart ; 9 – North American Thoroughbred Horse Company ; 10 – Philip Hall, Blair Law and Brian Albertson ; 11 – Kim M. Peacock & Lance Giesbrecht

Breeders: 1 – Village Bus Service Ltd.; 2 – Foundation Racing Stable; 3 – Bryan Anderson & Carol Anderson; 4 – Glen Todd; 5 – Peter Redekop BC Ltd.; 6 – Foundation Racing Stable; 7 – Loire Patricia Miller; 8 – Helen Klimes; 9 – Salishan Meadows & North AmericanThoroughbred Horse Company; 10 – Suzanne I. Anderson; 11 – Dr. Brad Dean Auger

 S. W. Randall Plate Handicap

Race 7 POST Time – 4:44 PM
Purse $50,000.For Three Years Olds And Upward.One And One Eighth Miles.


PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Neveradoubt (CA) 5/G L A A Reyes 116 B Heads
2 Lord Vancouver (BC) 4/G L S Morales 114 P Hall
3 Sol Cat (BC) 4/G L E A Gonzalez 112 B Heads
4 Moon King (KY) 4/C L K Balgobin 113 G Tracy
5 Shooting Jacket (KY) 7/G L R Saunders 114 N Betts
6 Venetian Mask (KY) 6/G L D G Lopez 117 M Anderson
7 Don’t Hold Me Back (KY) 5/G L S White Shield 112 S Henson
8 Crazy Prophet (BC) 4/G L S Civaci 111 J Snow
9 Highway Boss (KY) 5/G L A T Gryder 114 G Todd
10 Modern (KY) 7/G L R H Hamel 122 D K Condilenios
11 Calgary Caper (KY) 6/G L A Perez 114 P Hall

Owners: 1 – Mark and Patti Lesage and Alex Shamtanis ; 2 – Philip Hall ; 3 – Mr. & Mrs. R. J. Bennett ; 4 – High Field Stock Farm, Inc., I. Devey, Blue Diamond Stable and D. Landry ; 5 – Hastings Racing Club II ; 6 – Georg D Morgan ; 7 – J & G Racing Stable ; 8 – Shamrock Racing Stable, Ltd. ; 9 – North American Thoroughbred Horse Company ; 10 – Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. ; 11 – Kim Peacock, Philip Hall and Lance Giesbrecht

Breeders: 1 – Janis R. Whitham; 2 – Phil Hall and Blair Law; 3 – Mr. & Mrs. R. J. Bennett; 4 – Diamond A Racing Corp.; 5 – Hargus Sexton, Sandra Sexton &Silver Fern Farm, LLC; 6 – John D. Gunther; 7 – Cindy Falter, Jenny Moyer &Sarah Wrather; 8 – Mike Chernen; 9 – Ernest C. Frohboese; 10 – Darley; 11 – Robert J. Harris & Mary Harris

Delta Colleen Handicap

Race 9 POST Time – 5:57 PM PDT

Purse $50,000.For Fillies & Mares Three Year Olds And Upward.One And One Eighth Miles.

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Castellani (KY) 5/M L R Bowen 113 P Hall
2 Victress (KY) 4/F L A Perez 116 R Gilker
3 Sailingforthesun (BC) 5/M L E A Gonzalez 113 R J Anderson
4 Storm Stalker (BC) 5/M L S Morales 111 J Rawson
5 Notis the Jewell (BC) 4/F L R H Hamel 115 W McLaren
6 Tara’s Way (KY) 4/F L S Muir 117 R Hedge
7 C U At Eau Claire (BC) 4/F L D G Lopez 113 G Tracy
8 Port Protection (KY) 4/F L S Beauregard 116 R Grieves

Owners: 1 – Peter Redekop, B. C., Ltd. ; 2 – Robert & Victoria Gilker ; 3 – Foundation Stables ; 4 – Barry & Henrica Tyrer ; 5 – William McLaren ; 6 – Almac Racing Stable ; 7 – Don B. Danard ; 8 – Bar None Ranches Ltd.

Breeders: 1 – Sarah J. Leigh; 2 – Judy B. Hicks; 3 – Foundation Racing Stable; 4 – Helen Klimes & Sharon Marie Pring; 5 – Len Fielding; 6 – Epic Thoroughbreds LLC; 7 – Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds; 8 – Glencrest Farm LLC

Saskatchewan Derby

 Marquis Downs

Race 7 POST Time – 9:05 PM SST

Purse $20,000. For Three Year Olds. One And One Sixteenth Miles.

PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 First Round Draft (KY) 3/G S Samuel 126 F M Arthur 8/1
2 Rush Chairman (CA) 3/G A Stephen 126 L Weeseekase 9/1
3 Dublin Day (KY) 3/G S Chickeness 126 R Martens 4/1
4 Turbodyne (SK) 3/G N Stephenson 126 C Ross 9/2
5 Got Twenty (AB) 3/G D Gopie 126 R C Kingston 6/1
6 Stonehart Ridge (ON) 3/G T Moccasin 126 J Buffalo 7/1
7 Uniter (SK) 3/G N Samaroo 126 M Taphorn 5/2
8 Drive Sandy Drive (FL) 3/G G Gordon 126 F Buffalo 3/1

Owners: 1 – Excel Farms ; 2 – Heta Lee Farms ; 3 – Duane Antoine ; 4 – Ross Racing Stables ; 5 – J. and G. Murphy Holdings, Ltd. ; 6 – Buffalo Racing Stable ; 7 – Little Z Racing ; 8 – 3 Star Racing

Breeders: 1 – Mike G Rutherford; 2 – H & E Ranch; 3 – Calumet Farm; 4 – Ross Racing Stables; 5 – Pierre Esquirol; 6 – Bruno Bros. Farms Limited; 7 – Ken McFarlane; 8 – Gail Rice

Garden and Gun – Lotz – The Most Memorable Minor Leaguers

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After all, the wool of a black sheep is just as warm.
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National Post – Warren – Ottawa Citizen – Senators reducing Canadian Tire Centre seating by 1,500

Sal says that maybe Gary Bettman can be convinced to move this under-appreciated team to a community that will welcome them with open arms.

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Horse Race Insider – Jicha – When is something going to be done about ‘The Juice Man’?

Despite his position in one of America’s oldest and wealthiest families (he was great-great-grandson to Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made a fortune in railroads), Vanderbilt knew full well there would be no racing without an audience of average Joes. He bought stock in Pimlico while still in his twenties, and in 1938, when track shareholders balked at the notion of serving alcohol at the races, Vanderbilt offered to buy them out and wound up owning the facility. Under his direction, the “Old Hilltop” in the infield that obstructed the public’s view of the race was hauled away. He added a public address system so fans could hear the call, a starting gate so bettors could feel more confident in the race’s integrity, and raised purses.

Paulick Report – Voss – Seabiscuit, Neckties, And The Grey Ghost Of Sagamore: Vanderbilt Was Racing’s Consummate Promoter

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Saratoga 2017: A to Z

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Using Sabermetrics to Win Kentucky Downs’ Jockey Bet

Thoroughbred racing Commentary – McClean – Even by his standards, Aidan O’Brien could be set for a wonder weekend

TwinSpires Blog – Reilly – O’Brien loaded for Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” races on Irish Champions Weekend

Bred by Red Hawk Ranch out of the Silver Deputy mare Ask the Question, Heart to Heart touts a record of 13-4-3 from 30 starts. His earnings stand at $1,354,870.

Bloodhorse – LaRue – Heart to Heart Cruises to Bernard Baruch Score

Paulick Report –  Who Needs A Rollercoaster Ride When You’ve Got Horse Racing?

“She keeps pushing this idea that Goop is about autonomy and anyone who questions the science is somehow infringing on women’s autonomy. Which of course is absolutely absurd because just look at it from an informed consent perspective: Misleading people is not enhancing autonomy. She’s actually eroding autonomy by providing information that is misleading…. We want accurate information. We don’t want misleading information and we don’t want the spreading of bunk.”

National Post – CP – Goop-debunker revels in new attack on Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘We don’t want the spreading of bunk’

TDN – Massam –  Keeneland’s Inside the Winner’s Circle: Sporting Chance

NY Times – Klein – Why Onions Make You Cry

TDN – HRI Releases Economic Impact Study

The Globe and Mail – AP – Alden – Red Sox beat Jays after 19-inning marathon

National Post – Buffery – Toronto Blue Jays lose to Boston Red Sox in 19 innings hours after Roberto Osuna blows league-leading 10th save

Sal says that this game epitomizes the Blue Jays 2017 season. Somehow they manage to stay in so long and then blow it at the end.

Sal says that Sal’s officially declaring the Blue Jays out of the playoff race.

Closing Time

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – After Arrogate, Abel Tasman and Firing Line, what will Clearsky unveil next?

TDN – Martini –  Hinkle Farms Seeking Big September

TDN – Oppenheim: Batters Up!

The Bitter Southerner – Turner – Touchdowns Toddies and Tasty Tailgates

TDN – Karlsson – The Social Angle: Rob Boobyer, Newbury Racecourse

Paulick Report – Six Breeders’ Cup Qualifiers On Tap For Belmont Park’s Upcoming Fall Championship Meet

TwinSpires Blog – Scully – Final round of Breeders’ Cup prep races their losing appeal

TDN – Churchill Meets Nine In Champion Test

NY Times – Hale – Review: There Are No Hollywood Endings in ‘BoJack Horseman’

TDN –  Scat Daddy Filly Makes All for Ward in KD Juvy Fillies

TDN – City Zip Colt Scores in Kentucky Downs Juvenile

Paulick Report – Globetrotting Long On Value Takes Aim At Woodbine Mile

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