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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Canadian Champ wins, Saturday notes, Pix of Stallions!

JUDITH’S WILD RUSH, well traveled but very sturdy, won the Native Dancer Stakes yesterday at Laurel in his return outing for trainer Julian Canet. Ridden by Julian Pimentel, the 3-time Canadian champion gelding won the one-mile race through disqualification of Your Bluffing, who edged the Canadian champ but drifted into that rival.
It was the 11th win in 36 starts for Judith’s Wild Rush, who has been racing and training steadily for a long time. In Toronto, he is trained by Reade Baker.

Baker, incidentally, will start BEAR’S KID in the 8th at Gulfstream today. The lightly raced colt won on Polytrack in November and is likely just as good on the grass. Also, BEARSTEIN (these guys are all owned by Danny Dion’s Bear Stables) is in the 9th. He was highly regarded before his debut, won easily enough over a filly stablemate but today’s distance may be tough.

Synthetic surfaces may eventually change the face of racing from speed to stamina but right now, speed is still the name of the game.
HARD SPUN, the much-hyped, undefeated and impressive looking Danzig colt, was allowed to roll from the start in yesterday’s Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds and he galloped away to an easy win in the one-mile prep for the Louisiana Derby.
Not sure you teach a horse to get 1 ¼ miles on the first Saturday in May by letting him whiz around the track but then again, as a bettor, you don’t want people fooling around and “teaching” horses when you’re money is on the line.
Hard Spun will stay have critics since he has not run very fast yet but he’s a beauty and has the breeding to match.
NOTIONAL added blinkers to sharpen his speed and he roared past a wobbling Tenfold to win the San Rafael at Santa yesterday. The In Excess colt is owned by Canadian J. Paul Reddam. Again, his style is for speed and there is still a long way to go to get to the 10 furlongs on Derby day.
A prime example of the speed mindset that still prevails is the allowance win by MAIZELLE, a Todd Pletcher student, at Gulfstream yesterday. Heavily favoured, this gal was allowed to roll and pushed along through tough pace fractions in a route race, she opened up on the field into the stretch and then stayed on. The Seeking the Gold filly was really never allowed to have a breather.
Of course, Gulfstream’s main track is fast and been slanted to inside speed in recent days anyway, so…send and burn!

Canadian farm, CHIEFSWOOD STABLE won a nice allowance race at Gulfstream yesterday with NOTTAWASAGA, who crushed a good field at 25 to 1. The Kentucky-bred may be the farm’s next bright light at Woodbine – she looks good for the older mare turf ranks in 2007.

Canadian-bred WITNESS THIS, bred by Ontario’s own Gail Wood and Dr. Ruth Barbour, long with Alex Brancato, won a $40K claimer at SA yesterday to zoon past $200K in earnings. Solid racehorse.

Darley Stud won two races with first-timers yesterday at Gulfie. CAME TO PASS, out of an EASY GOER mare, won his debut in much faster time than his mate MANDURAH, a son of A.P. Indy later in the card. Came to Pass, a leggy bay, was green and on the wrong lead for the stretch run but looks like he could be a star.

Canadian-bred AWESOME AGAIN sired Awesome Gem, the San Fernando winner yesterday (and that was a super field and an exciting race) and may double up with SUGAR SHAKE, who can win the El Encino (G2) this afternoon.

BRAD FREE’S column in Saturday’s DRF was a good notebook of bits. One item that will drive Woodbine fans nutty is the “first-time gelding” note. That information is available at Santa Anita and two first-time geldings won the other day at SA and paid nicely. There is one racing today, THAT’S AN OUTRAGE. You can’t get this info at Woodbine.

TEX and CINDY over at About Horse Racing/ were kind enough to send links of their photos of Lexington-area stallions taken last weekend. Here is the note and the links:

We visited six Lexington-area stallion farms last weekend during their open houses. You can view our photos from the weekend here:

Darley America: Includes Bernardini, Henny Hughes, Holy Bull, and Rockport Harbor

Three Chimneys: Includes Smarty Jones, Point Given, and War Chant

Ashford: Includes Johannesburg, Hennessy, Thunder Gulch, Fusaichi Pegasus, and Giant's Causeway

Castleton Lyons: Includes Anabaa, Malibu Moon, and Toccet

Gainesway: Includes Afleet Alex, Cozzene, and Mr. Greeley

Stonewall: Includes Leroidesanimaux, Medaglia d'Oro, and Marquetry

Slide show featuring 23 photos from the weekend:

Oh yes, although we didn't go there this year we did visit Wando at Lane's End last year. We were surprised at how much weight he'd put on and this was just a few months after he retired. Take a look:

Enjoy the photos and feel free to post the links on your site if you think your readers would enjoy seeing them!

Tex and Cindy


  • At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I applaud you for noticing that CAME TO PASS was green and on the wrong lead in the stretch (also broke slowly and semi-rushed to the lead on the rail) however, his race was very unique for yet another reason. Assuming you're not aware of what I'm referring to, I suggest that you take a very close look at the headon replay of the race.


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