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“We were fortunate to be a part of Assiniboia’s remarkable growth,” Pinsonneault said. “Their daily handle on live racing increased from approximately $250,000 per day to over $1.1 million per day. The success has been a result of many factors. The staff was eager to do whatever it took to make the business work. I’m confident that same attitude will apply at Hastings Racecourse.”

Bloodhorse – Pinsonneault Hired to Grow British Columbia Market

Canadian Thoroughbred – Sean Pinsonneault Retained as Consultant, Hastings Racecourse

Phil has a question:

Was the Undertaker asleep at the wheel when the Pinsonneault success ship sailed by his window.

Why do the UCPs use the term Conservative when they piss away taxpayer dollars quicker than a sailor on shore leave.

A few months ago Phil was rather skeptical about the

Horse Racing Alberta Governance Project

and Phil’s biggest concerns appear to have come to fruition as the UCPs wasted almost $4o0k of Alberta taxpayers’ dollars on a project that appears to have been shelved.

“Why is New York state loaning money for a brand-new luxury racing facility when the tracks they are replacing have atrocious attendance records? Over just the last four decades Belmont’s attendance has fallen 88% and Aqueduct’s has dropped an astounding 94%,” said an analysis prepared for a coalition of animal rights and education advocacy groups.

The End Horse Racing Subsidies Coalition includes New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, Alliance for Quality Education and NY Communities for Change.

NY Post – Carl Campanile and Zach Williams -Gov. Kathy Hochul hit over $450M NY taxpayer bailout of horse industry

You can make a “cultural heritage” case for keeping New York’s horse-racing industry alive, even though the free market would execute it.

But don’t insult the public by pretending the state can reap a windfall by burning more taxpayer cash on this money pit.

The Empire State faces a dire budget future; if it’s going to turn the economy around, it needs to put broad tax reduction far ahead of special-interest giveaways.

NY Post – Time to douse NY’s horse- racing ‘burn pit’

Dale Saunders will be presented with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit during the 48th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremony. Selected unanimously by the Jockey Club of Canada’s Stewards, the E. P. Taylor Award is a lifetime achievement award honoring those who have made significant contributions to the Thoroughbred Industry in Canada and accomplished outstanding individual achievements in Canadian thoroughbred racing and breeding.

TDN – E.P. Taylor Award, Outstanding Grooms, And Media Finalists Announced For 2022 Sovereign Awards

Bloodhorse – Saunders to be Honored with E.P. Taylor Award of Merit

A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation

Woodford Reserve® 2023 Kentucky Derby® 149 Bottle, , main_imageTDN – Woodford Reserve Derby Bottle Celebrates Secretariat Anniversary

Phil has found the Woodford Reserve Derby Bottle at Wine and Beyond

Paulick Report – Kentucky Derby Museum Announces Lottery For Commemorative Secretariat Bourbon Box Set


This weeks races on the Road to the 2023 Kentucky Derby 149

Mar 4, 2023

Gulfstream Park

Fountain of Youth  50-20-15-10-5


Gotham 50-20-15-10-5

Santa Anita Park

San Felipe 50-20-15-10-5

Turfway Park

John Battaglia Memorial 20-8-6-4-2

1973 Kentucky Derby

TDN – Secretariat’s Legacy Available Online

Secretariats’ Legacy

Pancho and Lefty

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Derby Dozen

DRF – Derby Watch

TDN – Thornton – TDN Derby Top 12 For Mar. 2: Will March Separate Lions From Lambs

Paulick Report – Champagne – The Derby Bubble Presented By Kentucky-Breds: Where Do The Baffert/Yakteen Horses Slot In?

Paulick Report – Weekend Lineup Presented By Sky Racing World: Four Derby Preps Lead Busy Saturday

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Ehalt – At a Glance: In Gotham, Transect Figures to Like Dirt


Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Aqueduct’s Gotham Draws Overflow Field of 15

TDN – Slip Mahoney Works for Gotham

Paulick Report – ‘We’re All Systems Go’: Cox’s Promising Maiden Winner Slip Mahoney Breezes For Gotham, Unbeaten Eyeing Clover Also Likely For Race

TDN – Champion Forte Returns on Action-Packed Saturday

Paulick Report – Ramiro Restrepo Confident As Maiden Winner Mage Takes On ‘Two Mike Tysons’ In Fountain Of Youth

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Forte, Blazing Sevens Square Off in Fountain of Youth

DRF – Welsch – Forte, Blazing Sevens lead field of 10 for Fountain of Youth

Paulick Report – ‘Well-Behaved And On His Toes’: Forte Schools In Gulfstream Paddock For Fountain Of Youth

Bloodhorse – America’s Best Racing – Pedulla – Repole Looking Forward to Forte’s 3-Year-Old Campaign

Paulick Report – Ellis Starr – Equibase Analysis: General Jim Poised To Defeat Forte In Fountain Of Youth

Paulick Report – ‘He Has A Lot Of Strength And A Lot Of Natural Endurance’: Blazing Sevens Playing Underdog Role In Fountain Of Youth

Paulick Report – Ryan – ‘I Think He’ll Run On Anything’: El Camino Real Winner Chase The Chaos Tries Dirt Derby Prep At Santa Anita

Bloodhorse – Moger Takes Stable Stars on Road Trip to Santa Anita

Bloodhorse – Hovdey – Shift of Baffert Horses Not the Only San Felipe Move

Phil has a question:

Can we play Alanis Morisette’s song if the Yakteen horse wins and beats the Yakferts and Bafteens.

Bloodhorse – Curry – At a Glance: National Treasure Seeks San Felipe Riches

Bloodhorse – Mandella Seeks Back-to-Back San Felipes

Saturday’s Grade 2 San Felipe at Santa Anita is one of the deepest Kentucky Derby prep races in Southern California in years and should lead to wagering opportunities as bettors tackle barn and medication changes in the 11-horse field.

The 50-points-to-the-winner prep race is part of the $1 minimum, 15 percent takeout Coast to Coast Pick 5, which includes the Fountain of Youth and other stakes from Gulfstream Park. The 12-race card Saturday at the Great Race Place also features a mandatory payout on the 20-cent Pick 6, but that is on the last six races and does not include the San Felipe.

Chase the Chaos – 54 to 1

Horse Racing Nation -de Rosa – San Felipe fair odds: Former Baffert colts don’t offer value

1. Chase the Chaos (15-1, Astern, Ed Moger Jr., Armando Ayuso, 6: 3-2-1, $123,000) Chase the Chaos won the El Camino Real at Golden Gate Fields three weeks ago in his first start of the year, closing from 10 lengths behind and earning 10 Derby qualifying points. His last four starts were on the artificial surface at Golden Gate and include an allowance win and a pair of top-three finishes in listed stakes. Chase the Chaos began his career at Canterbury Downs with a second-place finish on the dirt in a race that was rained off the grass. He broke his maiden in his next start on turf at the same track. He will return to the dirt in the San Felipe as he ships to Santa Anita. Live long shot.

Horse Racing Nation – Shifman – Kentucky Derby prep: San Felipe Stakes odds and analysis

Brisnet – Hanson – Practical Move faces stable newcomers in San Felipe

Phil has a question:

Can we play Alanis Morisette’s song if the Yakteen horse wins and beats the Yakferts and Bafteens.

DRF – Free – Following Baffert transfers, Yakteen has five horses in San Felipe

Paulick Report – Yakteen Enters Hejazi, Three Other Former Baffert Runners In San Felipe

Bill Dory and Adam Ference’s Chase the Chaos drew the rail in a very tough 11 horse San Felipe field. With his prowess on fake dirt the John Battaglia Memorial over a Turfway Park may have been a easier choice.

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – At a Glance: Derby Points on Line in John Battaglia

While the colts and odd gelding on the Kentucky Derby Trail may be getting most of the press, there’s plenty of Alberta interest in the Davona Dale over at Gulfstream Park. Dorth Vader, a John Ropes Florida homebred making her first start of 2023 will try to improve her record against the very tough Red Carpet Ready, Leave No Trace and Atomically (also by Girvin). Dorth Vader is by Girvin (Tale of Ekati) out of the Yonaguska mare Hardcore Candy who was campaigned in Alberta by Darrell Landry and then Amber Buniak and Ryan McLean. Hardcore Candy won 8 races from 40 starts with 8 seconds and 4 thirds, earning $101,308. She was Stakes placed in the Freedom of the City Stakes (Black Type) at Northlands Park.

Bloodhorse – McCroskey – Undefeated Red Carpet Ready Steps Up in Davona Dale


Sports Illustrated – Sweeney – The NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams and What They Need to Do to Join the Madness

NCAA – 5 stunners that rocked men’s college basketball on the last Saturday before March

ESPN – Lunardi – 2023 NCAA Tournament Bracketology

ESPN – AP – Houston returns to No. 1 in men’s college basketball poll

ESPN – Gasaway – Bubble Watch 2023: Brace yourself for NCAA tournament drama

ESPN – Men’s Tournament Challenge

Eric Hamelback, CEO, National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association: “Today, we stand firmly on our victory in the Fifth Circuit, however we are disappointed in the Sixth Circuit ruling. We have stated from the onset that there are multiple aspects of unconstitutionality plaguing HISA. The Fifth Circuit ruled on the arguments presented to them, and the Sixth Circuit ruled on the arguments they were presented. With that, we remain confident in our arguments and committed to our case. As seen now, the shifting legal uncertainty only upholds more confusion ahead for the industry and should lead everyone to agree we need a new bill to correct this uncertainty. We will keep fighting all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary to protect our industry and make sure our rules and regulations are built on a legal foundation.”

Paulick Report – Paulick – Sixth Circuit Court Of Appeals Finds HISA Constitutional

Bloodhorse – Downey – 6th Circuit Appeals Court Declares HISA Constitutional

TDN – Ross – California First to Sign Voluntary Agreement, Pay HISA 2023 Fees

Phil has a question:

Does any participant in Alberta racing who has witnessed the absolute clusterfuck of Horse Racing Alberta think that HISA will be a benefit to US horse Racing.

What does the Undertaker really do.

Paulick Report – Saffie Joseph Suspended 15 Days For Gabapentin Positive; Artie’s Princess Disqualified From Grade 2 Win

Garden and Gun – Lotz – What Italian and Southern Hospitality Have in Common

Phil won’t be giving out Italy On Plate for this years Kentucky Derby Contest if has one, but Phil did receive Frankie Dettori’s Italian Family Cookbook and Phil was pleasantly surprised. Most of the recipes are simple highlighting fresh seasonal ingredients. Frankie’s Bolognese recipe may not be in the same league as Marcella Hazen or even the Soprano’s Sunday Gravy, but it is easier and less time consuming. Plenty of pictures and anecdotes from Frankie and Marco Pierre White.

Phil’s sure that White did most of the work on the recipes and Phil’s now gotta get a copy of White Heat, even if it’s not an original edition.

More is lost by indecision than by wrong decision.

Carmela Soprano

Phil’s purchased quite a few used cookbooks over the years and found that most have been viewed, but seldom used.

Have you ever Loved a Woman

National Post – Scott Stinson: Ottawa Senators land star defenceman by appealing to Arizona’s inherent cheapness

Sal has a question:

Has Gary Bettman heard of Jack Kent Cooke.

Does Gary Bettman realize that the Canadian ex-pats and snowbirds in Arizona are there to escape the ice and cold of winter.

How does Gary Bettman think that the Coyotes will grow hockey in Arizona when he’s allowed the team to become a laughing stock.

TDN – FTBOA Enhances Gulfstream Park Stakes Incentives

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Dennis — One man and his horse: the lifelong obsession of Dr. Fager’s biggest fan

The Ringer – Why Are American Teens So Unhappy? How Do We Solve This Crisis?

Dallas Mavericks forward Reggie Bullock (25) in the second half of an NBA basketball game...

The Dallas Morning News – 5 things to know about Mavs’ Reggie Bullock, including the meaning behind his unique hairstyle

Phil has a question:

Has anyone told Bullock that it looks like there’s bananas growing out of his head.

Bloodhorse – Kieckhefer – Hawthorne Marketing National-Low WPS Takeout Rates

Bloodhorse – Gash – Jockey Alex Canchari Dies at 29

Paulick Report – ‘An Unbelievable Loss’: Jockey Alex Canchari Dies Unexpectedly

Garden and Gun – Liles – Saving the Puerto Rican Parrot

FiveThirtyEight – Paine – How Mario Lemieux Beat Cancer — And Started A Comeback For The Ages

Garden and Gun – Adams – Cheerwine Beer Is Here

Hakai Magazine – Donovan – In Cod’s Shadow, Redfish Rise

I like to box. How I like to box.
So every day I box a Gox.
In yellow socks I box my Gox.
I box in yellow Gox box socks.

Dr. Seuss

Paulick Report – Hoyt – Oaklawn, Arkansas HBPA Launch $400 Per Horse Owners’ Reward

Bloodhorse – Byron King – Spawr Walks Away From Training, Disperses Stable

This is Horse Racing – Sean Clancy – Thank you, Mr. Kelly

TDN – Ross – As HISA Medication Program Nears Launch, Key Points Raised

Today is gone. Today was fun.
Tomorrow is another one.
Every day, from here to there.
funny things are everywhere.

Dr. Seuss

Hakai Magazine – Payton – Giving Bambi the Boot

Yes, it’s lying season in the NFL, and though only time will tell who this year’s biggest podium Pinocchios turn out to be, a close reading of some of the most newsworthy notes and quotes from this week in Indianapolis can indicate who’s on the level and who’s just trying to filibuster their way through a press conference. In that spirit, here are some notable answers from coaches and personnel executives, translated into what we think they really mean:

The Ringer – Princiotti – Searching for Truth During the NFL’s Lying Season

The Ringer – Mahoney – The Clock Is Already Ticking for Kyrie Irving and the Mavs

Pizza Dude

Sports Business Journal – FanDuel named co-exclusive sportsbook of MLB

NFLPA – NFL Player Team Report Cards

TDN – Fernando – Taking Stock: Is SGF-1000 a PED?

The Ringer – All You Touch and All You See: ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ at 50


The racing man should arise in the morning cool and clear headed and should then take up the problem of the day.

Pittsburgh Phil

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Rebel Stakes Proved Lesson in Adversity for Reincarnate

New York Post – Janoski – Flaco the escaped NYC owl can remain in the wild, zoo decides

Paulick Report – Milano – Letter To The Editor: Economics, Not Medication, Is Racing’s No. 1 Challenge

Paulick Report – Fincher Saddles Six Winners On Sunland Park Card, Henry Q Romps In Mine That Bird Derby

Paulick Report – Voss – Pre-Race Vet Exams Still Spotty At Turf Paradise; Buzzers Discovered In Paddock

Los Angeles Times – St. Martin – While rain drenched L.A., Dave Grohl smoked brisket for 450 of the city’s unhoused

Variety – Aswad – As Foo Fighters Announce Their Return to Touring, Who Might Play Drums?

Bloodhorse – Ehalt – Racing, ‘Caddyshack’ Paired With Carl Spackler

ESPN – Wyshynski – NHL trade tiers: Best forwards, defensemen, goalies on the move

TDN – Thornton – Mott-Trained Arthur’s Ride Off Derby Trail

Front Office Sports – Push to Remove Dan Snyder Picks Up Steam

Phil has a question:

When you’re overpaying players $25 0r $30 Million a year what’s the big deal about a $55 million loan.

Sports Illustrated – Rasmussen – Browns GM Says QB Deshaun Watson’s Contract Could Be Restructured


TDN – Arkansas Derby Could be Next for Confidence Game

Paulick Report – Yates – Arkansas Derby ‘First Option’ For Rebel Winner Confidence Game, Runner-Up Red Route One Could Target Louisiana Derby


TDN – Bill Finley –  Report: More Baffert Horses, Including Arabian Knight, Moved to Yakteen Barn

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Godfrey – Kentucky Derby: Baffert stars switched to Yakteen – headed by Arabian Knight

Bloodhorse – Rollins – Arabian Knight, Three Others Transferred to Yakteen

Phil has a question:

Will the trainer line be Bafteen or Yakfert.

Will the trainer line be Tob or Bim or Tom or Bib.

Would CDI  and KHRC let Rick Dutrow train one of the Baffert transferees in the 2023 Kentucky Derby 149.

What is taking so long in the Medina Spirit disqualification appeal.

Phil has a answer:

DRF – Hegarty – Baffert’s KHRC appeal to be heard Wednesday with new hearing officer

The New Yorker – Owen – What a Sixty-Five-Year-Old Book Teaches Us About A.I.

School’s Out

Book Riot – Hardy – We Go Way Back: 25 of the Best Historical Fiction Books of the Past 10 Years

You Oughta Know

Phil M Stockmen

  One Response to “Pinsonneault Hired to Grow British Columbia Market and Sundre Other News”

  1. HASTINGS PARK in dire financial straits hires a proven racetrack management consultant,as our marketing woes rest with the undertaker.

    HRA/UCP closed shop where other consultants weren’t even contacted, even after elaborate Manitoba commission report by Blustate. To sanitize a 400k plan, like the Cuff report from 2008, Minister TOEWS email response / we,re reviewing it from summer 2021 completion/aka buried in compost pile!!!

    HRA boosts its regulatory requirements by 3 new hires and administrative costs go from 3 million/22 to 3.4 million/23 with 42/47 budgeted revenue for 2023 coming from slots or 90%. That’s weaning the industry off UCP udders!!

    HANDICAPPING update rumoured betmakers prop has 8/1 odds that COLONEL will be wearing a tuxedo at the sovereign awards. sources at Black Knight Tuxedos in Red Deer, have confirmed no Barb shopping yet.

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