Aug 052022

Record Setting Derby Day / Breeding Incentives

Thoroughbred Breeding & Racing Incentives in Manitoba

Red Knobs wins 74th $100,000 Manitoba Derby

Red Knobs wins 74th $100,000 Manitoba Derby
Trainer Diodoro wins record 4th Derby, ASD fans set new wagering record
Red Knobs wins the 74th running of the $100,000 Manitoba Derby on Monday at Assiniboia Downs. Jorge Carreno in the saddle. (Jason Halstead photo)
What a fabulous Manitoba Derby Day!
Red Knobs won the 74th running of the $100,000 Manitoba Derby on Monday evening at ASD for trainer Robertino Diodoro, owner Rob Nokes and jockey Jorge Carreno, and fans helped ASD set two new wagering records.
Diodoro has won the Manitoba Derby for the fourth time in the past six years, the most by a trainer in the 74-year-history of the race, and also set another Derby record by running 1-2-3 in Manitoba’s most prestigious race.
Fans were treated to a great stretch battle between Red Knobs and his pace setting stablemate Great Escape, with Red Knobs drawing out late to win by 1 ¾-lengths after a hustling ride by Carreno that brought back memories of Julie Krone’s Derby-winning ride aboard No Malice in 1988.
Monday at ASD couldn’t have been any better for Diodoro, who is always among North America’s leading trainers. The 48-year-old Canadian from Alberta also won the 63rd running of the $50,000 Harvey Warner Manitoba Mile earlier on the card with Soy Tapatio for owner ownership partners Rick, Clayton and Lana Wiest and Gary Kropp. Jockey Rico Walcott, who would later finish a strong second in the Manitoba Derby aboard Great Escape, was up for the win.
“Assiniboia Downs really knows how to treat their owners and trainers,” said Diodoro after the Derby. “And they put on a great show. I love coming here.”
Trainer Robertino Diodoro congratulates jockey Rico Walcott on his victory aboard Soy Tapatio in the 63rd running of the $50,000 Harvey Warner Manitoba Mile on Monday. (Jason Halstead photo)
Multiple champion Hidden Grace returned to her winning ways on Derby Day with a resounding victory in the 37th running of the $50,000 Escape Clause Stakes with Renaldo Cumberbatch up. Trained by Lise Pruitt for owner/breeders Barry Arnason, Cam Ziprick and Charles Fouillard, and groomed by Richie Ricketts, the Manitoba-bred 6-year-old mare by Going Commando-High Pioneer by Pioneering has now earned over $350,000 from a lifetime record of 16-4-4 in 25 starts. An amazing mare!
Two new wagering records were set thanks to loyal ASD fans, who bet a record $374,166 on the Derby and $3,523,260 on the day, the highest ever on a Manitoba Derby card!
The Derby program was buoyed by the mandatory payout of the ASD Jackpot Pick 5. The carryover was $515k coming into the event and there was $1.65 million in additional money wagered into the pool during the program. The payout for the Pick 5 was $1,920.50 for a 20-cent wager. The $100,000 guaranteed Pick 4 also generated over $204,000 in wagering, an all-time high for the track.
“This is my favourite program of the year,” exclaimed CEO Darren Dunn. “We knew this race was going to be competitive and what a battle to the finish! Fans really responded, setting new records for wagering on the day. We are so thankful to the horse people and staff for putting on a fantastic event and for the horseplayers for all their support.

Bloodhorse – Rollins –Skippylongstocking Drives Clear in West Virginia Derby

Paulick Report – LaMarra – ‘This Is Huge’: Skippylongstocking Posts First Stakes Win In West Virginia Derby

But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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ESPN – Calgary Flames sign Jonathan Huberdeau to 8-year, $84 million extension

As a big fan of debating bad contracts, I don’t say this lightly: There may not be a more dangerous set of circumstances for a team or a more advantageous one for a player and his agent, than the dreaded Shiny New Toy. It’s a category of bad contract that I first proposed in a piece I wrote six years ago. I don’t know if you read that one or not, but I’m pretty sure that NHL GMs didn’t, because if anything the list of mistakes has been getting worse.

That puts the team in a bind. Sure, it’s great that they added a new player, but now they have to keep him. Their fans are excited. The GM is reading media coverage about what a great job he’s done. They may even be selling a few more season tickets. But all that positivity disappears if they let this new star walk away for nothing in a year or so.

The team needs to sign the player to a long-term deal. And the player, and his agent, absolutely know it. That’s why they have all the leverage.

Put yourself in a GM’s shoes. You’ve just held a press conference to show off your new acquisition, and brag to the world about how wonderful he is. You probably gave up valuable assets to get him. Are you really going to sit down at the bargaining table and act like you’re not sold?

You can’t. You have to pay up. And very often, that leads to disaster.

If you’re a Flames fan who’s made it this far into this post, there’s a good chance you’re terrified right now. So this is the part where I should offer you some optimism, with a list of Shiny New Toy contracts that worked out fine.

The problem is, I’m not completely sure there are any.

Buyer beware. Because the track record here is absolutely abysmal.

The Athletic – Mcindoe – The NHL’s most dangerous contract, a brief history of the Shiny New Toy deal

Sal says that both the Flames and Oilers carry reminders of shiny new toy free agent contracts – Milan Lucic and James Neal.

The Boxer

TSN – Hurricanes GM Waddell: Deal with RFA Necas ‘getting close’

Sal says that Habs fans may not miss the antics of Marc Bergevin, but Sal and the sports media sure do. Sal says that an experienced GM like Bergevin would never deliberately try and sign a player just to fuck with a GM who fucked with him. But if an advantageous situation cropped up. Bergevin would have had an Offer Sheet signed by Necas that would have put the Canes in Salary cap Hell if they matched and scoring Hell if they didn’t.

Too bad that the job requirement for GM in the NHL seems to be gelded.

Sweet Revenge

Daily Mail – Winters – Barcelona ‘have evidence of criminality in Frenkie de Jong’s 2020 contract extension’, with the club trying to RIP IT UP and revert to his previous deal as the messy battle over the Man United target’s £17m in deferred wages takes another turn

The Ringer – Barshad – A Different Kind of Moneyball: Newcastle United Is Finding Out What Winning in the Premier League Really Costs

Jockey, Omar Hernandez Moreno, who won the 4th race at Saratoga on Friday, August 5, 2022 is a 7 pound apprentice and not the Omar Moreno who started his career at Northlands Park in Edmonton.

Sound Of Silence

Paulick Report – Gene Williams – Veteran Rider Trio Performing No-Nonsense Version Of ‘Three Amigos’ At Del Mar

Southern Living – 77 Fresh Tomato Recipes To Make All Summer Long

Sal’s Favourite Fresh Garden Tomato Recipe

Pick fresh tomato

If you’re a fuss-ass, wash





LitHub – Goodman – From A Hard Day’s Night to This Is Spinal Tap: The Big Tent of Rock and Roll on Film

With A Little Help From My Friends

Paulick Report – Economic Indicators: Strong Saratoga, Del Mar Starts Boost July Handle

Washington Post – A horse track with no rules

TSN – Canada defeats Sweden to capture Hlinka Gretzky Cup

TDN – Heat Forces Woodbine Cancellation

Los Angeles Times – Sisak – Alex Jones’ $49.3-million verdict and the future of misinformation

The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury.

Marcus Aurelius

ESPN – Former Supreme Court of Canada judge to oversee Hockey Canada review

Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged.

Oliver Cromwell

The Hockey News – Andress – Guest Opinion: Hockey Canada Brass Must Step Down

Out of Time

Sports Business Journal – Former New Jersey AG to hear Watson appeal; Goodell’s process criticized

TSN – CP – Browns RB Hunt sits out drills in protest, wants extension

The Weight

ScaryMommy – Am I The Last Mom In America Giving My Daughter A Barbie?

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Sexton – Who’s the daddy? Top ten greatest sires of the last 100 years (part one)

The Philadelphia Inquirer – Sielski – FIRE, BURNOUT, AND REDEMPTION

Sports Illustrated – McDaniels – Former Packers QB Coach Was Asked About Aaron Rodgers’s Psychedelics Usage

Sal says that the cheeseheads may have to trade in their headgear for shroomheads.

Ayahuasca Canada

Sports Illustrated – Scott – Mike Tyson Accuses Hulu of Stealing His Story

TDN – Bill Finley – With Legalization of Sports Wagering, Renewed Hope That Racing Will Return to Massachusetts

Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation.

Tony Soprano

TDN – Jill Williams – Background Check: Test

Paulick Report – Paulick – View From The Eighth Pole: A Cross-Country Fiasco Waiting To Happen

SportsNet – Michael Brind’Amour stepping down as chair of Hockey Canada Board of Directors

Sports Business Journal – Griner swap negotiations to begin in earnest following guilty verdict

Bloodhorse – Wilkin – What’s in a Name? The Story Behind Janis Joplin

Piece of My Heart

Ball and Chain

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Rulings Issued Against Jockeys for Non-Compliant Crops

Paulick Report – Court Of Appeals Issues Temporary Stay, Lifting Injunction Against HISA In Louisiana, West Virginia

When The Music’s Over

Washington Post – Visa cuts ties with Pornhub advertising platform after judge’s ruling in sex abuse case

Sal says it’s a sad commentary on the western world when the radical right wingnuts ban hundreds of books, but it’s left up to Visa and Mastercard to police child pornography on the Web.


TDN – Petrunyak – Tanya Gunther on Justique and Her Full-Sister at Glennwood

Garden and Gun – Liles – A New Cookbook from Virginia’s Beloved Red Truck Bakery

ESPN – Roger Goodell picks former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear NFL’s appeal of Deshaun Watson suspension

“We are here today with a message to the NFL,” Buzbee said at the end of the news conference. “Every victim of sexual assault is watching Roger Goodell and the NFL right now. This idea that Mr. Goodell is going to hand it off to someone else who is ‘independent,’ we don’t buy it. Mr. Goodell, what will you do? It’s never too late to do the right thing. That’s what these women and those watching are expecting.”

Front Office Sports – Perez – Accusers, Attorney Rip NFL’s Deshaun Watson Investigation

Washington Post – Meyer – Aaron Rodgers credits psychedelics for ‘best season of my career’

Comfortably Numb

FiveThirtyEight – Hermsmeyer – The Browns’ Bet On Deshaun Watson Was Doomed From The Start

TSN – Flames sign Huberdeau to eight-year, $84 million contract

Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!

Dr. Who

Sal says that just cuz the Flames are paying him more doesn’t make him any better than Johnny G or The Turtle.

Los Angeles Times – Pay equity in women’s sports: How the WNBA is playing the long game

National Post – Blackwell – Judge blasts millionaire Calgary heiress for using fake law in attempt to get condo for free

Hawthorne Sal

  One Response to “Record Setting Derby Day / Breeding Incentives and Sundre Other News”

  1. CENTURY 2nd quarter earnings to June 20, 2022 announced today show a marked increase from 13.6 mil 1st qtr to 16.8 mil 2nd quarter,with Canada 18% pie.

    Robertino slowly headed to impressive 3000 wins, currently at 2914 wins with a sizeable stable of 236 head. HBPA finally hit the snooze button to recognizing trainer win milestones, Frey at 200, (Nicholson at 299,and Russell recent win of 150). Will cone hit 1000 wins currently at 976??

    Nice piece about ASD derby. Robertino states they treat trainers and owners, will century reciprocate and will the TAG team,give his 3 horses a break??

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