May 242020

Canadian Thoroughbred – Morrison -Hastings Racecourse Aims for July 6 Opening; B.C. Derby Off

Equibase – North American Entries Index

Bloodhorse – Calendars: Racing Meets

Bloodhorse – Stakes Calendar

TDN – Ross – Owner Perspectives on Trainer Business Model: “The Current System Is Broken”

Money’s Too Tight To Mention

NY Times – Wagner and Stein – As Sports Begin Reopening Athletes Weigh The Health Risks

TSN – U.S. opens border to foreign pro athletes

Phil has a question:

Why is Donald Trump in such a rush to get pro sports up and running.

Sports is the opiate of the masses.

Karl Marx updated by Phil M Stockmen

ESPN – Noah Syndergaard to suing New York City landlord: ‘See you in court pal’

Global – News – MacVicar – Alberta’s United Conservative Party to apply for federal emergency wage subsidy program

Unlike most other tracks racing through the pandemic or considering reopening, Arlington will not start its season until it is allowed to have spectators in the stands, Petrillo said, citing “cost structures higher than those at other tracks.”

Bloodhorse – Keickhefer – Arlington Pressured to Outline Racing Plan

Paulick Report – Illinois Horsemen: Hawthorne Deferring ‘Recapture’ Funds, Why Not Arlington?

Global News – CP – Coronavirus: Ontario offers loan of up to $500M to lottery and gaming corporation

Money For Nothing

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

Benjamin Franklin

TDN – Open Letter to the Industry: #FreeDataFriday – Churchill Offering Free Past Performances

Paulick Report – Pedulla – Summer Of Survival: Saratoga Businesses Brace For Horse Racing Season Without Fans

Bloodhorse – Belmont Park to Open for Racing June 3

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – NYRA Moves Shortened Belmont Stakes to June 20

Bloodhorse – King – Preakness Stakes Set for Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course

Money Becomes King

Canadian Thoroughbred – Morrison – Assiniboia Set to Be First Canadian Track to Open

Assiniboia Downs – Betting on ASD

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Carr – BHA Requires Face Masks, Screening, Temperature Checks

Canadian Thoroughbred – Morrison – Message to Horsepeople: Don’t Let Your Guard Down

Canadian Thoroughbred – The Derby Bar and Grill – Talks Ongoing for an Opening Date at Hastings Racecourse

Note from Executive Director/Manager Allen Goodsell:

Dear Members,
The HBPA of Alberta is anticipating hearing from the government on the upcoming 2020 race season by the end of this week.
Should we get new information, we would like to call a membership meeting this coming Saturday, May 30. Please check back later this week for updates.

Allen Goodsell

The HBPA is being asked a lot of questions and/or hearing a lot of rumors from our membership about 2020 race season funding. So here is a current update – HRA doesn’t have a funding agreement as of yet.
However, HRA is hopeful to have an agreement by the end of the week. We appreciate your patience and ask that you hold on a little longer as HRA and all of its stakeholders are working hard for us to have a successful 2020 race season.
We will send on any new information as soon as we are able.

Canadian Thoroughbred – Morrison – Assiniboia to Deliver Free Programs, Century Mile, Hastings Await Green Light


Phil has a question:

When Maryland, New York, Kentucky, California and Florida each have a major track running how much of the handle will be left for the little tracks.


Bloodhorse – King – Keeneland Summer Meet Welcomed by Trainers

Bloodhorse – Longacres Mile Tops Revised Emerald Downs Schedule

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Scargill – Royal Ascot Shake-Up Includes Six New Races

Bloodhorse – Canterbury Park Releases Revised Stakes Schedule

Bloodhorse – Lone Star Park’s Bar & Book to Open May 22

Bloodhorse – Thistledown Set to Resume Live Racing June 4

Bloodhorse – Minimum Purses Lowered for Non-Listed Stakes for 2020

Bloodhorse – Tampa Bay Downs Approved for June Racing Dates

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Burton – French Racing Reallocates Meetings After Paris Shutdown

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Gilmore – The trials and tribulations of a frustrated racing industry as France prepares for Classic action

Bloodhorse – Woodbine Releases Revised 2020 Stakes Schedule

Bloodhorse – Fort Erie to Open June 2; Prince of Wales Date Set

Bloodhorse – Finger Lakes to Open Backside for Training June 1

Bloodhorse – ANZ Bloodstock News – Rowe –  Ten Tracks Chopped from New Zealand Racing Schedule

Bloodhorse – Belterra Park to Begin Delayed Race Meet June 4

Bloodhorse – Oser – Boyd Gaming Applies for Evangeline Downs Race Dates

Bloodhorse – King – Tentative Opening Dates for Prairie Meadows Discussed

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Maryland Racing Moves Toward Resumption

Bloodhorse – Record Wagering Welcomes Return of Charles Town Races

Bloodhorse – Horsemen Eager for May 15 Return of Santa Anita Racing

Bloodhorse – Woodbine Hones in on June 6 to Resume Racing

Bloodhorse – Penn Mile Canceled; Racing on Hold in Pennsylvania

Bloodhorse – King – Ohio Commission Formally Approves Return of Racing

Bloodhorse – Mitchell – Fonner Park Cuts One Day From Race Meet

Bloodhorse – Oaklawn Park to Reopen Casino May 18

Bloodhorse – Indiana Grand Announces Revised Racing Dates

I’ve made all my money on my own without my family and I work very hard.

Paris Hilton

Phil has a question:

How much of that money would she have made if her name was Toledo Buckowitz

  2 Responses to “Who’s Racing”

  1. HBPA Alberta searching for a life-raft

    Will BEFUDDLED Allen miss his third info deadline on Friday May 29, 2020 as Alberta horsemen are running out of fingers for his hope rings and have chewed off their nails rightfully worrying about their livelihood, as their are bills to pay and no $$$ coming in

    Encourage the Grand Prairie owners to contact their MLAQ who happens to be Travis Toews, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, in charge of horse racing as to funding status. Residents in his riding have direct access to his office in regards to issues and would bypass the cone of silence. However the apathy of owners is so rampant that they can’t be bothered to call!

    Travis Toews, President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance,
    Phone: 780 415-4855

    Mucka did email TOEWS about the appointment of Tenille to the appeals tribunal for disputes over racing officials rulings. I blatantly stated it doesn’t pass the smell test as how could the CEO of HRA for the past decade give a fair and unbiased opinion for horsemen, I call BS!

    The sizzling hot rumour is a $$$ 100 million class action lawsuit against the government and HRA in preliminary stages if we can’t race or have severely limited days. The claim has to be filed in Newfoundland since it is the only jurisdiction without live racing in Canada!

  2. I’m Abacus Singh a distant cousin of Mucka Singh who is more into numbers, but still into horse racing.

    Deal or no Deal for HBPA for 2020 race season?

    Due to budget and travel restrictions Howie Mandel as host and Megan Markle as money briefcase girl are not available

    Century Casinos was making some headway to increasing revenue as per HRA/UCP Racino agreement before they went from a blind switch to running into a concrete wall!

    Changes in revenue first quarter decrease 1%
    Earnings 2019 profit 3.7 million 2020 loss 1.7 million
    Net earnings to shareholders 2019 profit 1.55 million
    2020 loss 4.4 million

    Edited Transcript of CNTY earnings conference call or presentation 20-May-20 4:00pm GMT” CEO presentation

    Century Casinos (CNTY) Lags Q1 Earnings & Revenues Estimates

    Hopeful of casino operations to start second half June.

    Slot peak is 45 to 60% capacity so the social distancing rule of allowing on having 50% occupany should not be a problem
    Attempting to get reduction in gaming taxes
    Break even point property level is 35% previous revenue
    Jan/Feb mile slots affected by cold weather as main customers are retirees, Alberta overall EBITBA up 19%
    Deferral of land rent at Mile for May to July and ammended master lease creates 2 million adjustment
    Downs has 13.7 million long term lease and 10.1 million in deferred financing costs
    Simulcast racing produces 3% profit split 50/50 no $$$

    I had a detailed breakdown to explain that handle is not handle. There are different percentages for live racing, Alberta simulcast, foreign simulcast and all of Canada is subject to Woodbine’s takeout rates. Mucka told me not to confuse the readers so I kept my comments simple.

    Century Racino agreement states live racing conducted to operate slots I hope Alberta HBPA has lawyer Jim on retainer?

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