Jan 202018

Northlands President and CEO resigns

Sal says that thoroughbred horsemen in Alberta should be thanking Tim Reid for being so brutally and arrogantly incompetent during his rein of greater than normal mismanagement at Edmonton Northlands as without his brutally misconceived Vision 2020, Northlands Park wouldn’t have left the racing scene and we wouldn’t have the Century Mile to look forward to.

Before you read this article remember Hemingway’s salient words: Develop a built-in bullshit detector.

Edmonton Journal – Northlands president and CEO resigns

Sal says GRTBR.

Sal says the scuttlebutt is that Reid got the job in Regina based on Buzzy Burke’s comments about his ability to be the backup Zamboni driver.

As Sal said when the CCW left for Lotus Land Regina’s loss is Edmonton’s gain.

Didn’t Regina have a horse racing track before Les Butler shut it down.

Sal says that Hina Alam better learn quick that in journalism mom’s reminder that If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all should be in the wastebasket before you graduate from your elementary school newsletter. Sal like Phil before him calls a spade a spade and sometime an effing shovel.

Think of Me

As far as I’m concerned, it’s a damned shame that a field as potentially dynamic and vital as journalism should be overrun with dullards, bums, and hacks, hag-ridden with myopia, apathy, and complacence, and generally stuck in a bog of stagnant mediocrity.

Hunter S. Thompson

NY Times – Food – The Canada Issue 

NY Times – Bilefsky – In Canada, Hunting and Preserving an Indigenous Way of Life

NY Times – Wells – In Vancouver, a Door to a Parallel Culinary World

NY Times – Bonisteel – Butter Tarts, Canada’s Humble Favourite, Have Much to Love

NY Times – Risen – Canadian Whisky’s Long-Awaited Comeback

NY Times – Canadian Flavours

NY Times – Asimov – From Ontario, Cool-Climate Wines of Beauty and Vision

NY Times – Simonson – It Came, It Quenched, It Conquered Canada: The Caesar


NY Times – Sax – Toronto Suddenly Has a New Craving: Syrian Food

Running Back to Saskatoon

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Bob Ehalt: who I’m voting for in the Eclipse Awards

Gentle On My Mind

“Is it looking like Tom might be a game-time decision?”

“Today’s Friday.”

So … actually, I have no idea what that means.

Belichick is a demonstrably great football tactician, but the professional role he has most perfected is delightful misanthrope. The hobo wardrobe (he makes $7.5-million U.S. per annum), the inability to meet eyes, the baffled pauses, the inaudible mumbling, the towering disdain.

He’s spent a decade in New England constructing a Dickensian character called ‘Bill Belichick’ and played him more convincingly than Laurence Olivier.

When Belichick sneers at your stupidity, it isn’t bad manners. It’s art.

 This week, and the two that follow, could be his “Is it safe?” scene. This is the one-man play that’s going to be embedded in our minds after he’s gone.

The Globe and Mail – Kelly – Bill Belichick, ever the taciturn tactician, makes for great theatre

Sal wanders if Belichuk has an offshore betting account where he bets the spread.

The men who learn endurance, are they who call the whole world, brother.

Charles Dickens

Bloodhorse – Giant Expectations Puts in Final Work for Pegasus

Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.

Charles Dickens


Bloodhorse – Stellar Wind Cruises as Pegasus Rivals Also Work

Paulick Report –  Stellar Wind, Other Pegasus Contenders Undergo Final Works On Saturday

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Hickory Wind

Bloodhorse – Gun Runner Takes First Trip to Track at Gulfstream

TDN –  Gun Runner Settling in at Gulfstream

Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard

TDN – Bill Finley – Osborne Confident His Pegasus Entry Won’t Get Toasted

Fat Bottomed Girls

TDN – Boyce – In It For The Long Haul

Not Your Stepping Stone

Horse Racing Nation – Pegasus World Cup

Bloodhorse – Angst –  Some Seemingly Simple Requests From Horseplayers

The Boxer

US Racing – Wallin – Why Horseplayers Are Polygamists

I’d rather attend a place of worship where prostitutes are dressed in their seductive best, men and women smelling of alcohol, some dope head tweaking beside of me and the stinky homeless in front of me than a bunch of religious folks in their Sunday best lifting hands and worshiping God that they do not live out during the week as they point fingers and judge. Let’s have church now!

John M Sheehan

Sunday Morning Coming Down

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Ross –  Why the ‘horse-slaughter pipeline’ is vital for so many racetracks – and what can be done to fight it

Get Over It

Hawthorne Sal

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