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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Sunday stuff


Kentucky-bred ARRAVALE hugged the rail and then took off for a decisive score in the Del Mar Oaks yesterday for trainer Mac Benson and owner Robert Costigan. Now an earner of over $500,000, the daughter of Arch (also the sire of Alabama Stakes winner Pine Island) won the Alywow Stakes in her season debut. The filly was third in the American Oaks before her Del Mar score.
Hopefully we’ll see this impressive miss back at her home track for the E.P. Taylor Stakes in October.


Trainer Nick Gonzalez proved once again he has a keen eye for a young horse when his trainees STILLISTILLMOVIN and MY LIST finished 1-2 in the Ontario Debutante stakes. The winner, a $3,500 purchase, and the runner-up - $1,300 at auction, were recently bought by Tucci Stables from the trainer and his partners.
Also on Woodbine’s Saturday card, the promising MURANI won again for Arosa Farms and trainer Mike Keogh. The filly is by a red-hot turf sire Distorted Humor.

TAGG TEAM BACK TO WOODBINE – Barclay Tagg must have enjoyed his trip to Woodbine when he brought superstar Funny Cide for the Dominion Day ‘Cap. The trainer plans to send top turf colt SHOWING UP to T.O. for the Sept. 24 Sky Classic S. The colt just won the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes and has blossomed since moving to grass. The Sky Classic would be against older horses.

John Shirreffs on Giacomo’s Kentucky Derby win:

“To me he was a horse on that particular day who exceeded any limitations he might have had. I think that’s what people appreciate in a racehorse and in any racehorse, not just Giacomo. I mean, that’s why we breed them, Other horses don’t do that – Thoroughbreds do that, That’s the beauty of this breed.”


Out here in Brampton, our seventeen African cichlid fish got bigger by about 20 suddenly Sunday morning – how did THAT happen???


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