Oct 152017

Pierre Pilote


Pierre little foresaw that this world hath a secret deeper than beauty, and Life some burdens heavier than death.

Herman Melville

Hold Me Now

The Rolling Stone – Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie Dead at 53

The Globe and Mail – The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dies at age 53

National Post – Marsh – Gord Downie dies at 53: The Tragically Hip frontman was more than a rock star

National Post – Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip dies at 53

Blow at High Dough

The Globe and Mail – Wheeler – Gord Downie: 10 essential tracks to remember him by

Music brings people together. So my function in anything I do is to help bring people closer in.

Gord Downie

So Hard Done By

CBC – Remembering Gord Downie (1964-2017)

NY Times – Farber – The Gay Architects of Classic Rock

I Can’t Explain

A great song’s greatest attribute is how it hints at more. The Hip has always had a strong curiosity to see what’s around the next corner. To see what more we can do, what more we can say — to each other, primarily. We try and serve the song. If we’re any good at all it’s because we’re together on that.

Gord Downie

Amazing Grace

Bloodhorse- Breeder’s Cup

TwinSpires Blog – Breeders’ Cup 2017 News & Notes

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Champion Stakes Loses Ulysses to Breeders’ Cup

Brisnet – Spradling – 2017 Breeders’ Cup Probable Pre-Entries

TwinSpires Blog – Play the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge with TwinSpires

DRF – Road to the Kentucky Derby

Forever Young

Paulick Report – Land Rover Signs Four-Year Title Sponsorship Agreement With Kentucky Three-Day Event

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Three races to look forward to at the Breeders Cup

TwinSpires Blog – Shapiro – Early handicapping preparations for the Breeders’ Cup

TDN – Racing UK to Show Breeders’ Cup Live and in HD

TDN – At The Races & Sky Sports Will Show Breeders’ Cup Classic

Brisnet – 5 Questions Shapiro Wants Answered in 2017 Breeders’ Cup

TwinSpires Blog – Breeders’ Cup workouts round-up: Arrogate, Gun Runner among top contenders hitting the track

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ehalt – Racing’s ‘draft’ process: how DO owners decide who will train their horses?

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

1st Running Of Harvest Plate

$100,000 Estimated (Include $70,000 from Sponsorship Money)

Three-year-olds 121 lbs. Older horses 124 lbs.



PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Killin Me Smalls (ON) 7/G L K Balgobin 124 E J Keller
2 Blue Dancer (KY) 5/G L R W Walcott 124 G Tracy
3 Annie’s Candy (KY) 4/G L L Munoz 124 M Russell
4 Private Money Game (FL) 6/G L D Nelson 124 T Rycroft
5 Hunters Appeal (BC) 3/G L A Whitehall 121 J R Brown
6 Hemlock Channel (ON) 8/G L R W Walcott 124 G Tracy
7 Venetian Mask (KY) 6/G L Q Welch 124 J R Robertson
8 Coolidge (AZ) 4/G L R Cumberbatch 124 D Schnell
9 Royal Warrior (KY) 7/G R Williams 124 D Nicholson
10 Sir Bronx (FL) 4/G L S Muir 124 R Hedge

Owners: 1 – Deltin Stable and Welsh, Ed ; 2 – C and H Duggan Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. ; 3 – Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. ; 4 – Sabre Farms ; 5 – Mohamad K. Khan ; 6 – C and H Duggan Farms Ltd. and Shot In The Dark Racing Corp. ; 7 – Georg D. Morgan ; 8 – Don Schnell ; 9 – Frank Bodell ; 10 – Almac Racing Stable

Harvest_Plate PPs

The Founders Distaff

$50,000 Added (Include $30,000 from Sponsorship Money)




1 Smart Fix (AB) 4/F L R W Walcott 119 J R Robertson
2 Escape Clause (MB) 3/F L A Whitehall 123 D Schnell
3 Onestaratatime (AB) 4/F L R Balgobin 119 G Tracy
4 Anstrum (BC) 3/F L Q Welch 118 M Russell
5 Habida (BC) 6/M L K Balgobin 117 M Russell
6 Tara’s Way (KY) 4/F L S Muir 121 R Hedge

Bloodhorse – Lady Eli Works Toward Filly & Mare Turf

TDN – Marquardt – Keeneland’s Before the Hammer: Lady Eli Another Jewel in Hill ‘n’ Dale Crown

Bloodhorse – Balan – West Coast, Bolt d’Oro Log Breeders’ Cup Works

TDN – Bolt d’Oro Tunes Up

Paulick Report – Golden – Ruis Keeping Bolt D’Oro ‘Happy And Fit’ Ahead Of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Paulick Report – Sano ‘So Proud’ To Enter Gunnevera In Breeders’ Cup Classic

Pride of Man

CTV News – Red_McKenzie: Potential Horse Hall of Famer

Calgary Herald – Mingo – ‘A Stampede legend’: Joe Carbury, the voice of chuckwagon racing, dies

Joe Carbury

CBC – Last call for ‘they’rrrre off’ as voice of Stampede chuckwagon race retires

TDN – Martini – Macpherson has Fasig October Surrender Plan

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Effinex Dies Suddenly From Ruptured Pulmonary Artery

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Royal Ascot Rivalries Renew on Champions Day

Brisnet – Reilly – Champions Day: Coolmore takes on Godolphin for record-chasing O’Brien

Sydney Morning Herald – Pengilly – Cox Plate 2017: Chris Waller won’t run rivals against Winx as smallest field this century looms 

News.ca.au – Schlink – O’Brien weighs up gear change for The Taj Mahal in Cox Plate

Sal was wandering if Sugar Shannon Doyle will be watching and cheering for The Taj Mahal.

Horse Race Insider – Jicha – Vegas resort fees illustrate why Keeneland boycott is crucial

Sal is going to reiterate what he said a couple of week’s ago. Boycott the ADWs before you boycott the tracks and the first one to boycott is HPI.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – How Maryland Million Day owes it all to the Breeders’ Cup – and one beloved sportscaster

TDN – Bianca – 14 Try to Peak in Valley View

Bloodhorse – Angst – Kentucky to Examine Drug Levels in Racing Environment

TDN – Letter to the Editor: Joseph S. Bertino, Jr.

Paulick Report – Ray Paulick – Janney Responds To Pennsylvania Commissioner: ‘There Were Indeed Regulators Asleep On The Job’

Brisnet – Caldwell – Competitive field of 11 entered in Raven Run

Edmonton Journal – Wakefield – Prized $50,000 rodeo horse hit and killed after being let loose: RCMP

Bloodhorse – Gun Runner Pointing to Pegasus After Breeders’ Cup

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Champion Classic Empire Retired to Ashford Stud

TDN – Frary – Ulysses and Churchill Skip Champion, Ten Remain

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Willoughby – What role will the Scat Daddy factor play on Champions Day?

Helsinki Horse Show – Horse manure used to produce 100% of the electricity for this year’s Helsinki International Horse Show

“They went from asking for peanuts to asking for steak,” Anthony said with a laugh.

It was easy for Anthony to laugh, because a deal did ultimately take shape with the Thunder, one that puts him on the most talented team (Olympics aside) he’s ever been a part of.

NY Times – Stein – Carmelo Anthony: Phil Jackson ‘Was Willing to Trade Me for a Bag of Chips’

Sal says you gotta remember you can’t get ketchup flavour chips in the States.

TDN – Boyce – Fact Of The Week: Triple Threats

Garden and Gun – The Shot – Murphy – Hugh Acheson Has Your Slow Cooker Covered

TDN – Lefko – Olczyk Liking His Odds

Kid Fears

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Team Glyshaw Overcomes Odds With Emotional Canadian International Victory

NY Times – OpEd – The Booker Prize’s Bad History

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Smiling Tiger Filly Tops Barretts Sale for Hull

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – Where Players Bet Matters

NY Times – Bruni – Will Pumpkin Spice Destroy Us All?

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Smith – Analysis: how the Brits are still underestimating Aidan O’Brien

US Racing – Ransom – Stallion Stories: Remembering the First Breeders’ Cup Classic — Wild Again and Slew o’Gold

TDN – Harvey – Winx Limbers Up Ahead Of Cox Plate

NY Times – Murphy – Fish Depression Is Not a Joke

Who Am I

CNBC – North Korea’s Kim Jong Un permits racetrack gambling as international sanctions take hold

Paulick Report – Xpressbet Will Offer Online Participation In Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

Bloodhorse – Madefromlucky Retires to Northview Stallion Station

Bloodhorse – Into Mischief Colt Tops Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Sale

The Bitter Southerner – Thompson – Rural Ruins

Sal says that if all of the dilapidated buildings and all of the wrecking yard vehicles were removed from arable land in North America and returned to crops world hunger could be cured.

Bloodhorse – Always Dreaming Will Race in 2018

NY Times – Stein – The Warriors Want Steve Nash in Their Ring Ceremony. He’d Rather Pass.

Bloodhorse – Oppenheim: Fappiano Rising

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Manning – Young jockeys put up with a lot these days – but it’s worse for their mums!

Bloodhorse – Balan – Bullards Alley Dominates Canadian International at 42-1

DRF – Gierkink – Bullards Alley leaves no doubt in Canadian International

TDN – Bullards Alley Lights Up Tote in International

If you can’t beat ’em in the alley, you can’t beat ’em on the ice.

Conn Smythe

Bloodhorse – Mayberg – Field of Courage Proves Valiant in Nearctic

DRF – Campbell – Field of Courage scores big upset in Nearctic Stakes

Bloodhorse – Shea – Blond Me Sweeps to E. P. Taylor Victory

DRF – Campbell – Blond Me has most fun in E.P. Taylor Stakes

TDN – Blond Me Springs the Upset in the E.P. Taylor

Bloodhorse – Shea – Happy Like a Fool Kicks Away in Matron

TDN – Distorted Humor Filly Runs to the Money in the Matron

Bloodhorse – Balan – Beautiful Shot Closes Late to Take Speakeasy Stakes

TDN – Trappe Shot Colt Up Late in Speakeasy

Bloodhorse – LaRue – Tiz a Slam Gets Redemption in Ontario Derby

TDN – Tiznow’s Tiz a Slam Bests Holy Helena in Ontario Derby

Bloodhorse – Bird Song to Enter Stud at Gainesway

TDN – Carasso – Saratoga Fall Sale Kicks Off Breeding Stock Season

National Post – AP – Colin Kaepernick files grievance against NFL, alleging owners colluded to keep him out of league of his protesting

TDN – Bill Finley – Week in Review: Barbaro’s Best Sibling Yet?

National Post – Brehaut – How Alice Waters launched her ‘delicious revolution’ and became a culinary icon

 Alice’s Restaurant

Freedom of expression is the matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom.
Benjamin Cardozo

NY Times – Witz – Didi Gregorius Leads Yankees Past Indians and Into A.L.C.S.



Sal was wandering it CC’s gut is like Samson’s hair.

Cleveland – Kuntz – Cleveland’s 10 best teams that failed to win a championship

All Apologies

Scientists, in making public their work, generate awareness. The news media, in their reporting, do the same. Both assume, we all assume, or maybe just hope, that if we build the mountain of awareness high enough, if its very existence is so clearly unacceptable and wrong, something will be done. They – a league, the courts, government, somebody – will do something. But often, they don’t. And they especially don’t when, just as with other seemingly unmovable problems – racism, inequality, climate change – they don’t know what to do. So first, they don’t see what is there, then they ignore, then they doubt, then they fight back, then they create doubt, then they manage. They don’t solve. Awareness is only a step along the way. It is not the final step.

The Globe and Mail – Dryden – Awareness isn’t enough to stop head injuries in sports. We need action now

Cotton Eyed Joe

Bloodhorse – Shulman – Bill Mott’s Battle Against NY Regulators

Sal says that while gleaning through Phil’s dog eared archives Sal unearthed Phil’s comments about Horse Racing Alberta calling itself the model for racing. Without reprising what Phil said and without commenting on HRA’s claim Sal says that the Alberta model for regulating and operating horse racing is badly outdated. The substance of Mott’s appeal of his suspension and fine has lapped how horse racing is operated in the province of Alberta so many times that Horse Racing Alberta thinks it’s ahead.

Sal says that Sal realizes that the RMTC model rules pertain to US tracks but that is no reason that the rules in Alberta don’t mimic or exceed the RMTC rules and there is no reason why the rules in Alberta don’t step into the twentieth century to protect the horses and the betting public. Sal realizes that we are in the twenty first century but that’s how far behind we are in regulating racing in Alberta.

Is anybody at the tracks or Horse Racing Alberta paying attention to odds manipulation when large sums are dropped on a horse early to artificially lower that horses odds then removed when the ticket is cancelled later and the odds switch dramatically. Sal says that the ticket cancellation rules need to be tightened. Automatic cancellation within 60 seconds of the bet being placed. Afterwards cancellation only with a reason and a written request to create and monitor a record of who is cancelling. If the reason is that I bet the wrong horse then there is no refund but a ticket issued on the correct horse.

Paulick Report – Voss – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

What is Horse Racing Alberta doing to monitor and regulate the use of the shock machine in the backstretch. From the scuttlebutt you hear when the jiggies are in town sounds like the shock machine is as prevalent as mints and nobody is monitoring its use to protect the horses and the betting public.  Sal says that the use of the shock machine should only be done by licensed vets for therapeutic purposes and a record of its use maintained in the same manner as the administration of therapeutic drugs.

Bloodhorse – LaMarra – Scientists Question Clenbuterol Regulations

Sal agrees with Mott’s right to a split sample of blood for testing to ensure that the initial lab results were correct and wanders if the Alberta practices protect the trainer’s rights to split samples of both blood and urine. Sal even wanders how often Alberta testing is as sophisticated as the testing done in Mott’s case or if the Alberta labs still just eyeball it.

Sal says that what Mott’s appeal hints at is that if a jurisdiction recommends a withdrawal time for certain drugs and you are within that time, then you have complied with the requirements. Sal says that the rules need to make it clear that the withdrawal time is only recommended and the rule still provided that if the concentration of Drug C is greater that X parts per million then it’s still a violation.

Sal says that Horse Racing Alberta needs to review and tighten up its rules on most drugs and equipment, but the most pressing now is clenbuterol. There is a therapeutic use for clenbuterol that should not be abused. As with all drugs only veterinarians should be administering and the dose and reason should be recorded and monitored. Only a fool believes that there’s any reason for constant treatment with clenbuterol other than to build muscle mass from is steroidal components.

Alberta better shape up or we’ll soon be called the New Mexico of the North for horse racing regulating.

Bloodhorse – Lamarra – NM Meeting Designed to Bring About Change

The Pusher

“In Louisiana, the best method was to have the state police setup backstretch stings,” Barker said. When asked how far the chemists are ahead of the testing labs, Barker’s droll response was “give them a couple of miles.”

Horse Racing Insider – Berner – For Racing, What Cost Security?

TDN – Smith – Who are the world’s top 25 young jockeys?

Paulick Report – Around The Track Podcast Presented By Taylor Made: Tales From Julie Krone

Paulick Report – Indiana Grand Diaries: Far More Than A Fraction

TDN – Weather to Play a Role in International

Redemption Song

Looking to hold the fort for the home team will be Johnny Bear (Post 5, 12-1), who fetched the top price of $275,000 here at the 2012 CTHS yearling sale but could have been claimed for $40,000 late last October. The English Channel gelding has taken a new lease on life at age six for owners John Burness (Colebrook Farms) and Danny Dion (Bear Stables Ltd.). Ashlee Brnjas, daughter of the co-owner, had the Ontario-bred at Tampa Bay Downs this winter, where he won two of three starts.

Back at Woodbine, Johnny Bear notched his third score of the season when competing under second-level allowance terms at 1 1/8 miles on turf June 24. But stretching out to 1 1/2 miles on the turf seems to have brought out a new best in Johnny Bear as he captured the 1 1/2 mile Halton, for graduates of the local yearling sale, and then toppled the highly-fancied English invader Hawkbill in the Northern Dancer.

“We sent him for the farm for 10 days after that race, to gain some weight, and be sure his blood was right,” said Ashlee Brnjas. “We had two vets go over him, head to toe. He’s been bouncing around the barn since he got back.”

Paulick Report – Erupt To Face Nine Rivals In Title Defense Of Pattison Canadian International

Horse Racing Nation – Idaho, Erupt to renew rivalry in Sunday’s Canadian International

Canadian International PPs

TDN – ‘Qui’ Horse in the E. P. Taylor

TwinSpires Blog – DeRosa – Wheels And Motion: How To Play the Grade 1 Double Sunday at Woodbine

TwinSpires Blog – Kellie Reilly’s international profiles for Canadian International Day

TwinSpires Blog – Mucciolo: Sunday’s stakes analysis at Woodbine

TwinSpires Blog – Hanson – Consistency may trump class in E.P. Taylor, Canadian International

Bloodhorse – LaRue – Holy Helena Takes on Senior Investment in Ontario Derby

TDN – Fillies Hold Key to Ontario Derby

US Racing – Marin – 8 Silly Superstitions That Horseplayers Have

TDN – Bill Finley – Op/Ed: Stronach’s Next Move Should Be Consolidation in California

TDN – Joe Morris Tenders Resignation

Bloodhorse – Godophin’s Second Annual TIEA Held at Keeneland

Horse Race Insider – Pricci – With Respect to Running Times, Racing Has a Crediblity Gap

National Times – McConnell – The important questions: Is leftover cold pizza disgusting or a miraculous round two?

NY Times – Our Greatest Pizza Recipes 

NY Times – Tarchak – New York Times Recipe Commenters (Politely) Spill Their Guts

The Bitter Southerner – Townsend – Beer, Cigars, and the Great Hunahpu

Bloodhorse – Ron Mitchell and Hammonds – New York Auction Kicks Off Mixed Sale Season

Bloodhorse – OBS Yearling Sale Posts Gains in Average, Median

TDN – Arrogate to Stand at Juddmonte After Breeders’ Cup

Paulick Report – Arrogate Will Retire To Stud At Juddmonte After Breeders’ Cup Classic

TDN – Violence Tops Reformatted OBS October Opener

TDN – Sea The Stars Colt Sets Book 2 Record

TDN – Berry – New Book 2 High With 850,000gns Sea The Stars Colt

TDN – Duckworth – Keeneland’s Before the Hammer: Taylor Made Brings Quality and Variety to November

TDN – Quidura Among FTKNOV Supplements

Racingpost – BHA to launch review into bloodstock sales amid ethical concerns

NY Times – Jacobs and Healy – ‘Dynasty’ or ‘Dallas’? Squaring Off in the Lily Pond

I’ve become less conservative since the Republican Party started becoming goofy.
Richard Posner

The Strait Times – Horse racing: Redzel wins A$10m The Everest, world’s richest turf race

TDN – Snowdens’ Red Letter Day

NY Times – Belson – Chargers’ Okung Issues Call to Action for N.F.L. Players

Street Fighting Man

It is a debt we owe to the purity of our religion to show that it is at variance with that law which warrants slavery.
Patrick Henry

This isn’t about patriotism or love of country or any other garbage excuse. This was a carefully orchestrated PR move — one staged at no small expense to taxpayers, given Pence flew to Indianapolis from Las Vegas on Saturday night and was heading back out West to Los Angeles later Sunday. 

“After all the scandals involving unnecessarily expensive travel by cabinet secretaries, how much taxpayer money was wasted on this stunt?” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., asked on Twitter.

This was pure political theater, as disingenuous as it was calculated.

Pence knew what he would see and he knew what his response would be. Trump confirmed that, saying on Twitter that he “asked (Pence) to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespected our country.”

Some of the 49ers knelt, but the disrespect came from Pence. In a shameless bid for political points, he tried to play the country for a fool. 

USA Today – Armour: The real mockery of national anthem was by Vice President Mike Pence

Sal says that Sal’s will wager that Pence got the tickets comped or paid for by taxpayers.

Sal will translate what Trump and Pence are really saying:

NFL owners, Simon says it’s time to bring the whip down on them uppity nigger slaves.

For what the horse does under compulsion, as Simon also observes, is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer.

NY Times – Bruni – To Serve is to Slobber

The old saying that a picture’s worth a thousand words is never more evident. In a cabinet meeting and Donald’s more interested in a photo op than the proceedings. Serious business is being discussed and the clown who calls himself the President of the US is being a clown for the camera.

Sal says that the idiots who elected Donald need to own up to the mistake they made and admit what a shallow piece of work they elected.

NY Times – Weiner – The President’s Self-Destructive Disruption

Heterosexuals get drunk and pregnant, producing unwanted children; their reward is to be allowed to marry. Homosexual couples do not produce unwanted children; their reward is to be denied the right to marry. Go figure.
Richard Posner

Critical Mistakes

Laura B. who any one could have claimed for $12,000.00 CDN from her victorious maiden race at Northlands Park was scratched from Keeneland’s 8th race on Saturday October 14, 2017. Now owned Brad Grady and Taylor Made Farms and trained by Joe Sharp Sal’s got her in his Stable Alert and will let il nove know next time she runs.

TDN – Bauer-Herzog – An Aussie Racing Experience

Paulick Report – Haslett – Australia’s TAB Everest: World’s Richest Turf Race Launches This Weekend

LA Times – Pearce, Kalem, Etehad and Winton – In Las Vegas, the casino is always watching — and yet it missed Stephen Paddock

LA Times – Pearce Montero and Kaleem – Las Vegas gunman targeted police responding to his shooting rampage, investigation now shows

NY Times – Phillips – Father’s History Could Offer Insight Into Mind of Las Vegas Gunman

LA Times – Lee and Kaleem – Las Vegas survivors take aim at ‘bump stock’ maker as lawsuits begin

Paulick Report – Hackbarth – Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Brotherly Love And The Woodford Longshot

FiveThirtyEight – Engber – The Grandfather Of Alt-Science

US Racing – Baugh – JC Thoroughbreds Keeps it in the Family

TDN – Indian Sensation to Join Motion Barn

Brisnet – Reilly – U S Navy Flag romps in Dewhurst; O’Brien one away from tying Bobby Frankel

Bloodhorse – Wincze Hughes – Morticia Too Much to Handle in Franklin County Stakes

Bloodhorse – Novak-Crosby – La Coronel Leads All the Way Home in QEII

TDN – La Coronel Gets her Grade I in QEII

Bloodhorse – Engage Overwhelms Foes in Futurity Stakes

TDN – Into Mischief Colt Runs to the Money in Futurity

Brisnet – Caldwell – Engage romps in Futurity and Rubilinda guts out Pebbles score for Brown/Ortiz stakes double

Bloodhorse – Shea – Rubilinda Holds Off Party Boat in Pebbles Stakes

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Video: watch this one-eyed G2 winner in his new life with the birds

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