Oct 242022


Friday November 04, 2022

Saturday November 05, 2022

2022 Breeders Cup Pre-Entries

Breederscup.com – 2022 Pre-entries

TDN – 2022 Breeders’ Cup Post Times and Broadcast Schedule Announced

Bloodhorse – Breeders Cup

Bloodhorse – A Listing of Events Celebrating Upcoming Breeders’ Cup

DRF – Breeders Cup

America’s Best Racing – Breeders’ Cup

America’s Best Racing – Gaudio – How to Throw the Ultimate Breeders’ Cup Party

TDN – Report of Mares Bred: Gun Runner Tops, Numbers Slide

Bloodhorse – Number of North American Mares Bred Declines 2.4%

Alberta Mares Bred 2022

BC Mares Bred 2022

Ontario Mares Bred 2022

Bloodhorse – Angst – JAVMA Paper: Lasix Among Risk Factors in Sudden Death

Paulick Report – New Study Finds Horses Racing On Lasix At 62 Percent Increased Risk Of Sudden Death

Sal says that this paper’s findings should be the death knell for Lasix or it could be the death knell for thoroughbred racing.

Sal says that Flightline is a very good race horse but before everyone gets all gushy just compare his stats to Cigar  – 19 wins out of 33 races.

1995 Breeders Cup

Life is too short to smoke bad cigars.


Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

I smoke in moderation. Only one cigar at a time.

Mark Twain

SportsNet – Grant – Former CEO, current Oilers exec Nicholson to appear at next Hockey Canada hearings

House of The Rising Sun

Sal says that while writing about No Plan B it dawned on Sal that one of Sal’s favourite formulaic novels is also very aptly named:

House of the Rising Sun

Sal says that before you get all hoitytoity on Sal for his choice of literature give Dick Bonnycastle a shout.

Sal says that if you’ve read Cormac McCarthy you’ll know that he’s read James Lee Burke.

House of the Rising Sun

All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.

Ernest Hemingway

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Carstanjen: CDI/FanDuel Deal ‘A Great Opportunity’

Sal says that thoroughbred racing has to be careful that the slots, casino games and sports betting don’t push racing out of the sandbox and leave it to play in the few grains that fall out of the sandbox.

FiveThirtyEight – Kirshner – The Astros Are Baseball’s Most Business-like Buzzsaw

TSN – CP – Jets join growing list with personalized goal songs

Sal says that if Sugar had patented his idea he’d be reaping the royalties today.

Paulick Report – Flightline Leads Nine Pre-Entries For Breeders’ Cup Classic; 233 Pre-Entries Received For 2022 World Championships

Paulick Report – Voss – HISA Has Released A $72 Million 2023 Budget; What Happens Now?

Money’s Too Tight To Mention

Los Angeles Times – D’Zurilla – An uninvited Kanye West gets escorted out of Skechers HQ in Manhattan Beach

Sports Business Journal – Bill King – High Stakes In Ohio

TDN – Fair Grounds Lowers Pick 5 Takeout to 15%, Adds New Pick 6

TDN – HISA Submits Prohibited Substances List to FTC

Prohibited Substances List submitted

Bloodhorse – Gash – Day 3 Sees Resilient Marketplace at F-T Oct Sale

TDN – Martini – Arrogate Filly On Top As October Sale Remains On Record-Setting Course

The Ringer – Clark – The NFL Regular Season Matters. But in a Different Way Than It Used To.

Bloodhorse – Breeders’ Cup Announces 2022 Race Order, Wagering Menu

TDN – Unbeaten Flightline Headlines 205 Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries

Bloodhorse – Angst – Breeders’ Cup Pre-Entries Whet Appetite for Showdowns

Sal says that Lee and Andrew Child have released the latest Jack Reacher novel just in time for Christmas. Titled ‘No Plan B’ it will be of special interest to members of the Alberta thoroughbred industry especially the useless bloodsucking maggots from past and present apparitions of Horse Racing Alberta.

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hayward – Why HISA model will transform US racing – in both business and safety terms

Sal says that if the HISA model is as good as the HRA model horse racing in the USA is hooped.

Lazarus defended the hefty cost of the HISA program following an earlier question from a member of the audience, saying she believes utilizing existing testing infrastructure will reduce expenses to a degree.

Bloodhorse – Lazarus, Guilfoil Discuss HISA With KY Farm Managers

Garden and Gun – Strickler – A Fall Jaunt to Lexington, Kentucky’s Idyllic Horse Farms

Canada’s National Observer – Fawcett-Atkinson – Meet the unlikely Alberta conservative crusader who says we need limits on big investors buying up farmland 

Southern Living – Rains – Experience The Charm Of Louisville, Kentucky

Bloodhorse – KY Derby Future Wager Expands From 24 to 40 Interests

TDN – New Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool to Debut Before BC Friday

Bloodhorse – Eric Mitchell – Golden Pal Retiring to Ashford Stud After Breeders’ Cup

Paulick Report – Nevills – Breeders’ Cup Buzz: The Winning Calls From The Announcer’s Booth

GGB News – Ontario’s Gray Market Grace Period Ends, as Pinnacle Transitions

Sal says that the massive outflow of tax dollars should be Number 1 with a bullet on the To Do list of every Canadian premier.

National Post – Frank Stronach: Restoring the real economy — the importance of manufacturing to a nation’s wealth

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Fractional Interest in Flightline to be Offered Nov. 7

FiveThirtyEight – Planos – Orange College Football Teams Are Having A Moment

Los Angeles Times – Giuffrida – 5 pumpkin recipes to get you in the fall mood

Bloodhorse – Gash – Healthy Marketplace Bolsters Upward Trending Results

TDN – Martini – Tapit Filly on Top as Vibrant Trade Continues at Fasig-Tipton October

The Star – Menon – Meghan Markle says she felt like a ‘bimbo’ on ‘Deal or No Deal.’ Now she’s just dangerously annoying

Sal says that Meghan’s still a bimbo, just more well known now.

Sports Illustrated – Chavkin – Aaron Rodgers Says Packers Making Mental Errors ‘Shouldn’t Be Playing’

Sal says that if that mind expanding stuff that Rodgers is taking really works shouldn’t he be able to feel those mental errors before they happen.

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Rich Strike Works for Classic; Aloha West Fires Bullet

Sal says that Rich Strike’s distance has been corrected – galloped out to six furlongs in 1:15 3/5.

SportsNet – Barry Trotz says coaching an Original Six team would ‘intrigue’ him

Habs, Wings and Hawks aren’t contenders, Bruins and Rangers are but have relatively new coaches so that leaves the Maple Laffs.

Los Angeles – Toohey and Hernandez – Kanye West’s celebrity gives his brazen antisemitism a more toxic power, reach

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Rich Strike Puts in ‘Endurance’ Work for BC Classic

Sal says Rich Strike is the new prohibitive favourite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic – who can beat a thoroughbred that galloped out to seven furlongs in 1:15 3/5.

Sal says that status may change when the time or distance is corrected.

Paulick Report – New Study Finds Horses Racing On Lasix At 62 Percent Increased Risk Of Sudden Death

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Lees – Why Tyler’s Tribe is about so much more than the Breeders’ Cup

TDN – Martini – Spirited Bidding As Fasig October Sale Opens with Into Mischief Yearlings on Top


“You’ve got to be in it to win it,” McIngvale said in a recent Forbes interview. “We’re in it to win all this money back for these customers because once they win the money back, you’ve created a lifetime customer and so much positive word-of-mouth advertising.”

Front Office Sports – Mattress Mack Could Win $75M on Astros World Series Bet

ESPN – Fleming – Houston Astros superfan Mattress Mack can’t lose, no matter who wins the World Series

Front Office Sports – Greenberg – Big Bettor Mattress Mack Launches Sports Website

Gallery Sports

Sal says that he couldn’t find the Runhappy thoroughbred racing link.


Sal says that Mack’s hoping for a sweep so the World Series doesn’t interfere with his Breeders’ Cup handicapping and wagering.

The Ringer – Surrey – Viserys Was Right. The “Control” of Dragons Is an Illusion.

SportsNet – Nicholson-Smith – What we should (and shouldn’t) learn from unexpected World Series matchup

Sports Business Journal – Harper delivers on massive commitment by putting Phillies in World Series

The Star – Woods – Who is the next British PM, Rishi Sunak — and what inspiration did he take from Canada?

The Bitter Southerner – Lambert and Davis – We Are Daughters of Texas

Paulick Report – KENA: How Is Kentucky Preparing For Large Animal Vet Shortage?

TSN – Who’s to blame for the Canucks’ winless start?

Rule 027: Never knowingly be serious.

Dr. Who

Bloodhorse – Racing Post – Jennings – Blackbeard to Miss Breeders’ Cup, Retired to Stud

Sal says Arrr! Just when Sal was licking his lips about all the pirate pun possibilities Blackbeard walks the plank.

To The Pirates Cave

In politics and in trade, bruisers and pirates are of better promise than talkers and clerks.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

ESPN – Reiss – Legendary coaches: Patriots’ Belichick, Bears’ Halas have much more in common than 324 wins

Story Book Love

Sports Illustrated – Wertheim – Garo Yepremian: The One-of-a-Kind Story Behind the ’72 Dolphins’ One-of-a-Kind Kicker

Garo Yepremian Pass

We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?

Dr. Who

LitHub – Barnes – How T.S. Eliot’s Therapeutic Practice Produced The Waste Land

LitHub – Khorana – How Modern is The Waste Land, After All?

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Kerrin McEvoy: Our racing in Australia is going gangbusters

This Is Horse Racing – McLaughlin to receive Mooney Award

Rolling Stone – Browne – NDAs, Obsessive Buyers, and $400 for Sublime: Inside the Baffling Revival of the Cassette Tape


TDN – McGrath – A Shortcut Into Decades of Patience

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.

Rod Serling

So Alive

TDN – Epicenter Highlights Busy Asmussen Worktab; Rich Strike Classic-Bound

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Flightline Arrives at Keeneland for Breeders’ Cup Bid

Paulick Report – Flightline Arrives At Keeneland For Breeders’ Cup Classic Bid

Global News – Benson – First snowfall of the season hits Regina

If you are going to describe the history of animation, you’d look at the early Disney work, then ‘Bugs Bunny,’ ‘Road Runner’ and other Warner Brothers theatrical productions. But when you got to ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle,’ you’d see they were unique: They assumed you had a brain in your head.

Ray Bradbury

Esquire – Yo, Ye: You Are a Racist by Proxy

Sal says that Travis Barker and Blink 182 should be paying attention to the toxicity of the lard asses.

This Mess We’re In

Rolling Stone – Leerhsen – Middle-Aged, Desperate and Broke as a Joke: How Anthony Bourdain Became an Instant Sensation

Who Am I

SportsNet – AP – The World Series is set: Astros to take on Harper and the Phillies

ESPN – Lee – Astros sweep Yankees to reach 4th World Series in 6 years

Esquire Rule No. 224:

People who habitually mark e-mails as “urgent” usually possess neither the authority to send an urgent e-mail nor the intelligence to tell the difference.

Knowable – How truffles took root around the world

The Ringer – Sayles – Carly Rae Jepsen Wants You to Know You’re Not Alone

The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things or make them unimportant.

Dr. Who

The Letter

Paulick Report – Nevills – The Back Ring: The Colorful, Tragic Soldier That Shaped The Stud Book

TDN – Martini – Fasig-Tipton October Brings Curtain Down on Yearling Sales Season

The Ringer – Sherman – Winners and Losers of NFL Week 7

Sports Business Journal – Weekend Rap

Sports Illustrated – Orr – It’s Way Too Early to Write Off Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers

Front Office Sports – Perez – The NFL’s Growing Concern Over Jon Gruden Lawsuit

Sports Illustrated – Salvador – Commanders Fans Troll Owners With ‘Sell the Team’ Signs, Chant

Bloodhorse – Crosby – Rich Strike Confirmed for Breeders’ Cup Classic

Bloodhorse – Top Asmussen BC Hopefuls Breeze at Keeneland

Hawthorne Sal

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