Oct 092017

When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.


Don Schnell ‘s return to Alberta became a lot more triumphant as he swept both divisions of the 2017 Three And Four Year Old  CTHS Sales Stakes on Sunday at Century Downs. 

Escape Clause, owned and trained by Don Schnell, pressed the early pace, took over at the half and pulled away to a 9 3/4 length victory in a track record time of 1:16.40 for 6 1/2 furlongs with Antonio Whitehall in the irons. Escape Clause, bred in Manitoba by Cam Ziprick and Arnason Farms, by Going Commando out of the Circulating mare Danger Pay scored her 9th win out of 12 starts, 8 of those in stakes company with a second in the Manitoba Derby. Anstrum nipped I Tricked My Ride for second place, but never threatened the winner.

Escape Clause’s time for the 6 1/2 furlongs was 1.41 seconds faster than the colts and gelding division.

The colts and gelding division was almost a reprise of the fillies with Langara owned and trained by Don Schnell, stalking the early pace, taking over at the half and pulling away to a 3 length victory covering the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.81 with Antonio Whitehall in the irons. Langara, bred in Manitoba by Cam Ziprick and Charles Foulliard, by Langfuhr out of the Trajectory mare Midnight Shadow scored his 10 win out of 20 starts, 6 of those in stakes company. Makealittlenoise closed for second with Golden Oldie getting up for third.

Sal says that Pam Heggie has done more that the splinter group ATOBA to introduce new fans and owners to the thoroughbred business in Alberta in 2017 and the first recognition of her efforts is what you are reading right now. Check the owners group for Backstreet Bobby who got clobbered out a of the gate in the Sales Stake and head over and say thank you for your efforts next time you see Pam or Rod:  Guhle, D., Heggie, P., Tymchak, W., Tymchak, O., Pysk, T. and Pysk, S.

Sal says that looks like 5 new owners.

Of what use is a philosopher who doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings?

DRF – Goulding –  Awesome claim Awesome Slate wins B.C. Premiers

Sal says to remember that Deltin Stables and Ed Welsh’s Killin Me Smalls heads off to Lotusland for the GIIIC British Columbia Premier’s this afternoon. So before you stuff yourself into torpor mode head over to the local OTB and cheer for him harder than you did for Heart to Heart on Saturday.

Thanksgiving Monday Graded Stakes PPs

TDN – Big Names Throughout F-T November Catalogue

Brisnet – Hanson – Loaded TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint has look of instant classic

DRF – Grening – Blacktype holds off late-running Muqtaser in Knickerbocker

Brisnet – Reilly – Desormeaux doubles up with My Boy Jack in Zuma Beach, Fatale Bere in Surfer Girl

Brisnet – Hanson – Jessamine the final “Win & You’re In” ahead of 2017 Breeders’ Cup

Paulick Report – Notis The Jewell Completes Stakes Hat-Trick With G3 Ballerina Win

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Shields – A day of drama as Secretariat delivers the ultimate sign-off

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Shields – How Secretariat gave the Canadians something to remember for ever

Bloodhorse – Shea – Separationofpowers Too Good in Frizette

TDN – Separationofpowers Bounces Back in the Frizette

Rock N Roll Music

TDN – Winx Crowned Champion Racehorse Again

TDN – Winx Exits Turnbull in Good Shape

TDN – Webster Not Shying Away From Winx

Sal says that Pletcher, Baffert, Casse, Assmussen et al should charter a plane and head to the land down under to take a lesson on training from Chris Waller. Winx raced on Saturday October 7, 2017 and will be making her next start on Saturday October 28 in the Cox Plate as she goes for a threepeat.

Waller’s a trainer while what we have in North America are a bunch of chicken shit managers who are afraid of their own shadows and care more for their own pocketbooks than for the fans who make racing possible.

It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Great Southern Land

Paulick Report – Paulick – South Dakota-Based Bet Rebate Company Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

TDN – Enable Stays In Training

TDN – Unique Bella Far Too Classy in L.A. Woman

Bloodhorse – Balan – Unique Bella Overcomes Trouble to Win LA Woman

LA Times – Here’s a timeline of the Las Vegas shooting — with the crucial detail police left out last time

LA Times – Montero, Vinton and Vives – In the solitary world of video poker, Stephen Paddock knew how to win. Until he didn’t

LA Times – Nelson and Mehta – ‘We have looked at everything’: Still no clear motive for Las Vegas attack, officials say

LA Times – Healy – ‘Guns kill people,’ and leading doctors want to treat them like any other threat to public health

TDN – Romantic Vision Punches Distaff Ticket in Spinster

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Romantic Vision Holds Off Martini Glass in Spinster

Twist and Shout

TDN – Flameaway Proves Narrowly Best in Rained-Off Bourbon S.

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – War Flag Rallies Late to Win Flower Bowl

TDN – War Front’s War Flag Causes Flower Bowl Surprise

Bloodhorse – Hangin With Haskin – Keen Ice Right Where He Wants to Be

Paulick Report – Paulick – Former United Tote Employee Charged With Extortion; Allegedly Stole Social Security Numbers

FiveThirtyEight – Casteel – How Do Americans Feel About The NFL Protests? It Depends On How You Ask.

DRF – Hovdey: McPeek struggles to keep loss in perspective

ESPN – Draper and Belson – Jemele Hill Suspended by ESPN After Response to Jerry Jones

TDN – Taylor Made, WinStar Partner on Breeding Rights to Midnight Storm

TDN – Gormley Retired to Spendthrift

Hawthorne Sal

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