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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Sorokolit program serves notice

Bill Sorokolit's breeding program rose to the top once again in Ontario when his homebred Out of Place filly Palace Pier upset heavily favoured Catch the Thrill in Saturday's Ontario Lassix Stakes for Ontario-foaled 2-year-old fillies.
Palace Pier was shrewdly ridden by Todd Kabel as the jockey put the filly on the pace from the start and helped her hang on to a 3/4 length win over a charging Catch the Thrill (by A.P. Indy). The Woodbine Polytrack had a lot of kickback once again yesterday and, with a very strong headwind hitting the horses in the face into the stretch, off-the-pace runners had a devil of a time catching up. Catch the Thrill ran a big race - the Beyer Figure for the 1 1/16 mile event was a solid 84 - but did she cost herself some votes for the Sovereign Award for top 2-year-old filly?
Sorokolit, who also bred likely turf male champion Sky Conqueror, is certainly one of the favourites for top owner and breeder in Canada in 2006.

And GARDINER FARMS has to be considered the front runner for top breeder as Dancer's Bajan won the Kingarvie Stakes yesterday for 3 Sons Racing Stable and trainer Bob Tiller.
The chestnut and chrome son of Gardiner stallion Trajectory battled back to win by a nose over D Bold Ruler. Tiller said after the race he "loves Trajectory and Gardiner Farms". The trainer also bought multiple stakes winning 2yo filly Midnight Shadow (also by Trajectory) from Gardiner.

A recent champion bred by Gardiner - RARE FRIENDS - recently posted a bullet 3 furlong workout at Mountaineer and appears headed for more racing despite reaching low claiming levels at Fort Erie this fall. The speedy old-timer certainly merits retirement.

And remember OLYMPIAN? A track-record setting gelding who won $558,000 on the track raced this year as a 9-year-old at bush tracks in the United States but was not a factor for $2,500 claiming.


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