Nov 202022

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Bar None Ranches regrets to announce that we have dis-continued our reproduction / foaling division and will no longer be accepting new stallions / mares.

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Lynn’s goal for the future is for Bar None Ranches to remain a dominant force in the breeding industry and offer Alberta breeders and owners the opportunity to have access to top quality stallions and facilities. With the involvement of his daughter, this vision for the future seems to be right on track.

Canadian Thoroughbred – Bar None Ranches

Horse Racing Alberta posted a Notice on their website.

Stakeholder Notice - Re: Closure of Bar None Ranches Breeding Operation

What Horse Racing Alberta failed to do, besides meeting their mandate, is to advise that the owners of the stallions that had recently been at Bar None have relocated to the Edmonton area.

Stolz Thoroughbreds To Base On Farm Near Edmonton

Sal says that Sal can’t think of a more idiotically, arrogantly, ignorantly condescending manner to start a letter than with the phrase “As you know”.

Sal says that whenever Sal sees the phrase “As you know” the one thing that Sal then knows is that the writer is arrogantly condescending.

Sal says that the real reason that Bar None and countless others in Alberta have left the thoroughbred breeding business is that the rock bottom break even price for a thoroughbred yearling is about $20,000.00 CDN and the average sales price in Alberta is a tad more than half of that. As Matlock would say you don’t need more than  Economics 101 to realize that’s not the way to operate a flourishing business.

Unlike Clark Kent, the Captain and Tenille before him and the rest of the window gazers at Horse Racing Alberta the Breeders don’t have a cushy position that keeps depositing in their bank account whether or not they meet any performance standards.

The rest of the buzz words and platitudes may sound nice, but they’re as hollow and useless as the business plans that HRA keeps providing the government that contain no concrete steps to improve the industry and pie in the sky fictional budget figures that will never ever ever be achieved.

Sal has a plan to improve horse racing in Alberta. Get rid of Horse Racing Alberta and set up a regulatory branch at AGLC to govern the operation of horse racing in Alberta. Take the savings in salaries and other expenses and plunk them back into the breeding industry and promotion of horse racing in Alberta and horse racing will be better for it.

Sal says that if anyone at Horse Racing Alberta, AGLC, the provincial government or the province of Alberta generally wants to discuss Sal’s idea on getting rid of Horse Racing Alberta or anything else they can contact Sal at

Public hangings are teaching moments. Every company has to do it. A teaching moment is worth a thousand CEO speeches. CEOs can talk and blab each day about culture, but the employees all know who the jerks are. They could name the jerks for you. It’s just cultural. People just don’t want to do it.

Jack Welch

If you don’t have public hangings for bad culture in a company, if you don’t take people out and let them say, they went home to spend more time with the family. It’s crazy. 

Jack Welch

Bar None Ranches may have shut down their thoroughbred breeding operation in Alberta but they were active purchasers at the 2022 British Columbia Thoroughbred Sale.

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Perfect Flight Lands First Stakes Win in Zia Park Derby

Bloodhorse – Forte Favored in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2

Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 2 PPs

Front Office Sports – Greenberg – Maryland’s Unusual First Day Of Online Sports Betting


Only You Know and I Know

TDN – Uncaptured’s Havnameltdown Gives Bob Baffert 1-2 in Bob Hope

Sal says that Baffert’s Exacta in the Bob Hope gave the Executives at CDI indigestion.

Paulick Report – Chavrat – ‘I Think The Colony Is Very Good’: Del Mar Fall Meet Prat’s Launching Pad To Santa Anita Meet

Paulick Report – ‘Rich Strike Golden Ticket’: Churchill Downs Track Photographer Offers Photo Op With Kentucky Derby Winner

New York Times – Desperate for Growth, Aging Casino Company Embraced ‘Degenerate Gambler’

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Christophe Lemaire: If people don’t know racing in France, they just think about gambling

As You Wish

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Kelly – The Next Step: Paquette Moves to the Microphone at Parx

Paulick Report – The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Paquette’s Path To Parx Announcer’s Booth

Don’t Let The Light Go Out

Paulick Report – Charvat – ‘I Think The Colony Is Very Good’: Del Mar Fall Meet Prat’s Launching Pad To Santa Anita Meet

TDN – Charvat – Winter Quarters: Velazquez Making Himself At Home At Del Mar With Eye Toward Santa Anita

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Desormeaux Resumes Riding Following Rehab, Suspension

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

Global News – Offin – Alberta fish farmer suing province over impacts of ‘failing to control’ whirling disease

My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.

Jack Welch

Canada’s National Observer – Richter – MOVIES with Ralph Fiennes and a weird Menu, Guillermo del Toro’s slant on a classic children’s story and a Disney update on another

The Ringer – Herman – Fine Dining Is Ripe for a Takedown. ‘The Menu’ Serves It Up.

The Star – Ngabo – Morgan Freeman kicks off Qatar World Cup with impassioned plea for inclusion at opening ceremony

SportsNet – Molinaro – Canada’s long-awaited return to World Cup can’t distract from host Qatar’s issues

Sports Illustrated – Qatar’s World Cup Stadium Beer Ban Is About So Much More

ESPN – Olley – World Cup: FIFA president Infantino slams Europe’s ‘hypocrisy’ in speech

Sal says that Infantino is a blithering fucking idiot full of fucking fallacious lack of reasoning who uses a classic tu quoque to Justify the Qataris breaching their contract.

Sal says that FIFA should secured a trillion dollar performance bond from the Qataris to ensure they kept their side of the bargain.

One thing that Infantino is correct about is the double standard.

When Qataris visit the western nations they expect the western nations to respect the Qataris’ rights.

When persons from the the western nations visit Qatar the Qataris expect them to respect the Qataris’ rules and rights.

Boys of Summer

FiveThirtyEight – Dowsett – The World Cup’s New High-Tech Ball Will Change Soccer Forever

TDN – McGrath – This Side Up: Where the Ice of Fashion Melts


Paulick Report – TIF: Pool Manipulation At Gulfstream Prompts Swift Action; Questions Remain

TDN – DeBernardis – Keeneland November Closes With Gains in Gross and Average

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Justique ‘Magnifique’ in Desi Arnaz Score

The Ringer – Thompson – A Crypto Catastrophe: The Stunning Fall of FTX—and What Comes Next

Front Office Sports – Gentrup – FTX, Once a High-Profile Sports Sponsor, Files for Bankruptcy

The Ringer – Baker – The FTX Crypto Scandal Explainer Dictionary

The Intellingencer – Dugan – It Was All a Game for Sam Bankman-Fried

His debts approached three thousand dollars and, as Ponzi liked to say, his only assets were his hopes.

 Mitchell Zuckoff

ESPN – Passan – Inside the champion Astros’ behind-the-scenes turmoil

Front Office Sports – Christovich and Perez – Broncos’ Aaron Patrick Sues SoFi Stadium Over ACL Injury

The Bitter Southerner – Hatchett – The Bitter Roots of Rosin Potatoes

FiveThirtyEight – Hickey – The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

Garden and Gun – Thanksgiving Favorites

Southern Living – Freeman – 3 Ways To Cook A Turkey—And How To Decide Which Is Right For Your Holiday Meal

How to Deep Fry a Turkey

Southern Living – Millstein – The Family Thanksgiving Traditions Our Editors Cherish

Burning Down The House

Deep Smoked Turkey

Southern Living – Dishes You’ll Only Find On A Southern Thanksgiving Table

Southern Living – 131 Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes to Finish Off Your Feast

Sports Illustrated – Wertheim – The Long-Forgotten First Chapter of the Grizzlies

The Memphis Train

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Hovdey – Pleasant Tap: Handsome, honest, reliable – on screen he would have been typecast as the leading man’s loyal best friend

Hawthorne Sal

  2 Responses to “Bar None Ranches Shuts Down Alberta Thoroughbred Breeding Operation and Sundre Other News”

  1. SAL and PHIL, another year will pass without a HRA Xmas card or party invite, as the Undertaker still has you on his naughty list,for promotional swag.

    CENTURY MILE harness opening night had a dismal $81k bet, with his reduced role will he grow the parimutuel handle from a budgeted 81 million to 110 million this year! I wonder if marketing / promotion means another UCP not NDP bailout?

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