Sep 292022

Assiniboia Downs has completed the 2022 meet with the second highest total wagering handle in the track’s history. The track wagered $55,326,730 over the 50-day meet, which was second only to the wagering recorded in 2020.

Canadian Thoroughbred – Near-Record Wagering, High Attendance at Assiniboia Downs

John Charles Heath

A celebration of life will be held at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, 7515 – 118 Ave. NW, on Wednesday, October 19th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Ballrooms 105-106.

Friday November 04, 2022

Saturday November 05, 2022

TDN – Carasso – Let The Breeders’ Cup Countdown Begin

Garden and Gun – 11th Annual Keeneland Cocktail Brunch

Diageo Unveils Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey -

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Leon Suspended 15 Days for Lukas Classic Interference

TDN – Bill Finley – Leon Suspended for Ride on Rich Strike

Paulick Report – ‘It’s Horse Racing, Not Jockey Racing’: Migliore Doesn’t Believe Sonny Leon’s Saddle Slipped

Bloodhorse – Precious – Regulators Take Key Step to Add Casinos to Downstate NY

Los Angeles Times – Luna and Willon – Dueling sports betting measures appear headed to defeat despite record spending, poll finds

The NFL has always come with an inherent tension as a viewer. The sport is thrilling, a near-perfect television experience, but those who play it suffer for our escapism. I agree with Koster that we owe it to the players to not close our eyes on pro football’s ills. One can have nuance and balance on the topic without wanting to ban the sport entirely.

The Athletic – Deitsch – Tua Tagovailoa and the hard truth of showing replays

Paulick Report – Organizers Of Horse Racing Women’s Summit Plan ‘Pop-Up’ Event Around Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup

TDN – Martini – Uncle Mo Filly on Top at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Opener

TDN – Thornton – NY Amends Licensing Requirements for Jockey Agents

Paulick Report – New Mother Sophie Doyle Back In The Saddle At Keeneland; Racing Return Uncertain

The Bitter Southerner – Shane Mitchell – Blood, Sweat and Tears

God Bless the Child

TSN – CP – Hockey Canada’s board chairs to answer to feds, Nicholson deferred to later date

FiveThirtyEight – Planos – The Perfect College Football Tailgate

Sports Business Journal – Ourand – SBJ Media: Football makes Dish think twice

SportsNet – Raptors amazed by Edmonton crowd: ‘Felt like people were hanging from the ceiling’

SportsNet – Report: Hockey Canada had second fund for handling sexual assault claims

Burning Down the House

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Fierro – A lot more than fifteen miles on the Erie Canal

Sports Business Journal – Bulls sign Plus500 to sponsor warmup gear

Axios – Allen – Haberman book: Trump wanted to wear Superman shirt after COVID hospital stay

Sal says that neither Phil nor Sal would ever give a book on that cretin for a contest prize.

Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it. We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him.

Samuel Butler

Axios – Allen – Scoop: Trump lawyer Eric Herschmann to represent Brett Favre

Paulick Report – ‘Power, Masculinity, And Fiery Eye’: Spendthrift Erects Malibu Moon Statue, B. Wayne Hughes Visitors Center To Open Nov. 1

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Carr – Alpinista Earns Prescott Glorious First Arc Victory

Words easy to be understood do often hit the mark; when high and learned ones do only pierce the air. 

John Bunyan

TDN – Bolt d’Oro Colt Battles Back to Take WAYI Pilgrim

Bloodhorse – Major Dude Qualifies for Breeders’ Cup with Pilgrim Win

He who bestows his goods upon the poor shall have as much again, and ten times more.

John Bunyan

TDN – Another Easy Win For Tyler’s Tribe; BC on the Horizon


TDN – Bayern Colt Secures His Spot for Juvenile Turf Sprint

TDN – Practical Joke Filly Prevails in Frizette

Paulick Report – Martin – ‘Two Turns Is Going To Be Within Her Range’: Chocolate Gelato Punches Breeders’ Cup Ticket With Frizette Win

TDN – Cupid Colt Tops LTBA Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana 2022 Yearling Sale

Paulick Report – Voss – Voiding A Void Claim: Arizona Track Noticed For Not Complying With National Rule

The Ringer – Winners and Losers of NFL Week 4

Front Office Sports – Poindexter – Angels Threaten Legal Action Over Stadium Real Estate

Garden and Gun – Gomez-Misserian and Shear – Sourdough Pumpkin Spice Bagels with Cinnamon Cream Cheese

Sal says to save this one for Rosh Hashanah and maybe even Hanukkah.

“We’re taking one of the most nostalgic McDonald’s experiences and literally repackaging it in a new way that’s hyper-relevant for our adult fans,” said Tariq Hassan, McDonald’s USA Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer. “I can’t wait to give fans a unique piece of art and culture as we dive headfirst into the dynamic world of Cactus Plant Flea Market together next week. With menu favorites like the Big Mac and McNuggets at the center of this collab, this is another way we’re reigniting a new generation’s love for our food and the brand.”

McDonald’s – McDonald’s USA x Cactus Plant Flea Market

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Blazing Sevens Wins Champagne, First G1 for Good Magic

TDN – Blazing Sevens Becomes First Grade I Winner For Good Magic in Champagne

Los Angeles Times – Smith and Chabria – Column: California spends billions rebuilding burned towns. The case for calling it quits

Sal says that the same arguments can be made for areas flooded by hurricanes. Sal says that the solution is to ensure that those who choose to build in high risk areas bear all their own costs.

The Globe and Mail – Mercer – In wake of Fiona, Newfoundlanders fear the sea in communities that thrived on it for centuries

SportsNet – Explainer: What’s behind Indonesia’s deadly soccer match?

Front Office Sports – Perez – Brett Favre’s Pocket Is Collapsing in Mississippi Welfare Scandal

Sal says that the state of Mississippi should have it’s status changed to banana republic.

All Apologies

Paulick Report – Voss – Social License To Operate: UK Group Explains Why Public Acceptance Is Crucial For Equine Sports – And How To Keep It

TDN – Cupid Colt Tops LTBA Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana 2022 Yearling Sale

TDN – Flightline Back at it in Arcadia

Paulick Report – Watch: Flightline Continues Work Toward Breeders’ Cup With Santa Anita Drill

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Life Is Good Rebuts Law Professor in Woodward

TDN – Into Mischief’s Life Is Good Wires Woodward

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Baffert Wins Eighth Awesome Again With Defunded

TDN – Dialed In’s Defunded Upsets the Awesome Again

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Hot Rod Charlie Edges Rich Strike in Lukas Classic

TDN – Hot Rod Charlie Denies Rich Strike in Lukas Classic

TDN – More Than Ready’s Pleasant Passage Goes Gate-to-Wire in Miss Grillo

Bloodhorse – Pleasant Passage Posts Front-End Victory in Miss Grillo

TDN – Carasso – Senor Buscador Upsets Ack Ack As Favorites Flounder

Paulick Report – Dancing Buck Breaks Through For First Stakes Win in Belmont Turf Sprint, Enters Breeders’ Cup Picture

National Post – Colby Cosh: Saskatchewan tax changes help farmers, at the expense of Rider fans

Sal says that the SK government is just correcting a mistake. If you can afford a Borden or 2 plus a large ticket fee for a concert or a sporting event don’t whine about the sales tax.

Paulick Report – Golden – Leading Rider At Los Al, Ramon Vazquez Planning To Stay In Southern California

CBC – Fifth Estate – Sex and shame in Canada’s national game

Garden and Gun – Nickens – Fishing Guides on the Front Lines of Rescue

Captains for Clean Water

FiveThirtyEight – Koerth – How Natural Disasters Can Change A Politician

Splurge on the good stuff.

“Definitely spend a few extra dollars to get a bourbon you’ll look forward to sipping on after your wedding. We’re still enjoying our bottle and love reminiscing on the best day ever every time we have a glass.”

Southern Living – Beall – Why Southern Brides Bury A Bottle Of Bourbon A Month Before Their Wedding Day

Sports Illustrated – Chavkin – Mariners Break 21-Year Playoff Drought, Clinch Wild Card Spot

TDN – Amazonian Tops Final Phase of Todd Dispersal

Paulick Report – View From the Eighth Pole: Racing And A Much-Needed Women’s Movement

Sports Business Journal – Grizzles adding upgrades to FedExForum with ticket sales soaring

TDN – Thornton – After Probe over Unlicensed Operation, Twinspires Exits New Hampshire

Sal says the the provinces in Canada should take a lesson and start regulating all gambling offered to their residents and start putting the billions of tax dollars that are sliding offshore into their coffers.

Bloodhorse – Snierson – Racing’s Return to Massachusetts Moves One Step Closer


National Post – Focus turns to a 10-year-old email in battle over Anne Heche estate

Sal says that cases like this exemplify the huge gap between technological change and legislative catchup.

Paulick Report – Christophe Soumillon Suspended 60 Days After Elbowing, Unseating Rival Mid-Race

Front Office Sports – Perez – Congressman Asks NFL, Dolphins to Answer on Tua Tagovailoa Injuries

Washington Post – Dutta – Why do you like the music you like? Science weighs in.

I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’.

Bob Newhart


Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Dench – Breeders’ Cup Challenge: everything you need to know about the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Just remember this: Two years after Favre made the, ahem, alleged mistake of pushing for welfare dollars to be used for a new volleyball arena, he reached back out to Bryant for an indoor football practice facility.

Once is a mistake.

He came back for seconds.

The Hall of Fame rules may make it impossible for the NFL to expel Favre, but as we witnessed with Colin Kaepernick, the league can certainly ostracize him. For if owners thought protests during the national anthem threatened the integrity of the NFL’s precious shield, then where does “sued for taking financial assistance from the poorest among us” fit in that picture?

Los Angeles Times – Granderson – Column: The accusations against Brett Favre are not just another NFL scandal

Front Office Sports – Perez – Brett Favre Hires New Lawyer as Ties to Welfare Scandal Grow

Just four days later, Tagovailoa returned to play in a highly anticipated Thursday Night Football matchup with the Bengals. The Thursday games have long been criticized from a player safety perspective—including prominently by Richard Sherman, now employed by Amazon as an analyst—but the league, through its $1 billion deal with Amazon, has doubled down on its investment in the Thursday-night product. Because Tagovailoa technically never entered the concussion protocol on Sunday, he didn’t need additional clearance to play Thursday. Chris Nowinski of the Concussion Legacy Foundation sent an ominous tweet on Thursday afternoon: “If Tua takes the field tonight, it’s a massive step back for #concussion care in the NFL,” Nowinski wrote. “If he has a 2nd concussion that destroys his season or career, everyone involved will be sued & should lose their jobs, coaches included.”

The Ringer – Sherman – Tua Tagovailoa and the NFL’s Horrible Handling of Head Injuries

Sports Business Journal – Tua’s head injury casts pall over ‘TNF’ game

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell and Angst – Florida Racetracks, Farms Escape Ian’s Wrath

Ironic that DeSantis’ political stunt backfired on him since the migrants that he wasted millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money flying to Martha’s vineyard escaped the wrath of Hurricane Ian.

Newsweek – Fung – Hurricane Ian Sparks Criticisms of DeSantis’ Hurricane Sandy Response

Florida prides itself on having no state income tax, but comes running to the Feds for storm relief that will be subsidized by all the stupid Republican voting midwest redneck asshole states.

Sal says that the reason the turtle never minded being traded to a Hurricane Zone is that he can crawl into his shell to stay high and dry.

Passport to Detroit

Southern Living – Minkin – A Passionate Community of Activists, Scientists, and Volunteers Are Devoted To Saving Florida’s Sea Turtles

Sal says that’s a perfect fit for the turtle to become the face of saving the sea turtles.

Garden and Gun – A Safe Harbor for Animals in the Path of Ian

Garden and Gun – Hodges – How You Can Aid in the Hurricane Ian Recovery

Garden and Gun – Babst – Forecast of an Aftermath

Southern Living – Locker – What Does Hurricane Category 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…Mean?

Canada’s National Observer – Logan – Hurricane Fiona washed away P.E.I. coastline in hours

Bloodhorse – Gantz – Inaugural Women’s Summit Hosts Overflow Crowd

TDN – Dan Ross – Inaugural Horse Racing Women’s Summit: Women at `Tipping Point’ in the Sport

Bloodhorse – Angst – Battle of Normandy Aims for First Stakes Win in Pilgrim

Paulick Report – Battle Of Normandy Leads Wide Open Dozen For ‘Win And You’re In’ Pilgrim



Sal says that the 2 and 3 year old turf stakes keep putting more betting entries in the gate than their dirt counterparts.

I always hated when the studios just kind of said that anybody can act. You look at people like Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda – and I’m just talking about the male actors – there aren’t a lot who can act. It’s a very special talent, and I wish it were recognized as a very special talent.

Bob Newhart

SportsNet – Davidi – Judge rules the night, putting Blue Jays’ playoff plans on hold

TSN – Judge hits 61st home run to tie Maris’ American League record

Sports Business Journal – Aaron Judge’s 61st home run delights Toronto crowd

There is a difference between comparing with past eras and competing with them. Comparing is fun. Competing is annoying. We can compare Judge’s dominance with Ruth’s or Barry Bonds’s, but we don’t need Judge to undo the feats (or misdeeds) of 1998 and 2001. This is a beautiful, messy sport with a long, beautiful, messy history. Sometimes, a great player has a special season. That is Aaron Judge in 2022. It doesn’t have to be more, or less, than that.

Sports Illustrated – Rosenberg – Aaron Judge Makes History, but 61 Is Not the Record

TDN – 1/ST Racing & Gaming Unveiled

National Post – Frank Stronach: The importance of a healthy diet

DRF – McGee – Geroux breaks with longtime agent Bredar

Bloodhorse – Angst – Gulfport Looks for First Grade 1 Victory in Champagne

FiveThirtyEight – Hermsmeyer – The Best Red Zone Teams Are The Ones That Get There


TDN – Chris Griffin Named New Track Announcer at Monmouth Park

Monmouth’s a stones throw from Quahog.

Front Office Sports – Judge Declares Pittsburgh’s ‘Jock Tax’ Unconstitutional

Los Angeles Times – Dave Chappelle sings Radiohead, plus everything else that happened at Taylor Hawkins tribute

Rolling Stone – Kreps – See Alanis Morissette Sing ‘You Oughta Know’ With Foo Fighters at Tribute for Her Former Drummer Taylor Hawkins

You Oughta Know

You Learn

ET Canada – Atad – Miley Cyrus, Pink, Alanis Morissette & Many More Pay Tribute To Taylor Hawkins At L.A. Memorial Concert

Forbes – Baltin – ‘A Farewell To Kings’: Foo Fighters Lead Triumphant, Emotional L.A. Tribute To Beloved Taylor Hawkins

Canada’s National Observer – McDiarmid – ‘This is what’s in danger’: Requiem for the Holland Marsh

Hawthorne Sal

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