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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Exciting Sealy Hill, Thursday

Eugene Melnyk's SEALY HILL, nominated as Canada's best 2yo filly of 2006, is entered to make her 2007 debut on Thursday at Gulfstream in a $48,000, 1 mile allowance race - the 3rd event on the card.
The small field is a good spot for the Mark Casse trained daughter of Point Given but there is a scary one in the mix called AUTOBAHN GIRL (A.P. Indy), a talented daughter of Canadian champion SAORISE (Ser-sha), dam of 2 other foals including stakes winner Hide and Chic and stakes placed Saorise Cat.

Eeks! the DRF Gulfstream column that talks about DREAM RUSH (see my post on Sunday) details trainer Rick Violette's pre-race plan to "school" the filly a bit (from the rail post!!) and that it was his instructions that led to the terrible trip the filly encountered on her way to the 1 to 5 loss. And we are all betting money on these races??? Not good. Not good.

BARBARO was 2nd in the voting for Horse of the Year ahead of Bernardini but blown out for the 3yo championship. Weird. Anyway, both were top 3yos, too bad we didn't see who would have won the Preakness if all went well.

Trainer Catherine Day Phillips reports that Canadian turf star JAMBALAYA is being pointed to the upcoming Canadian Turf Handicap at Gulfstream. The son of Langfuhr worked 5 furlongs in 1:00 3/5 at Ocala Training Centre on Saturday.

Queen's Plate contender TWILIGHT METEOR (Todd Pletcher barn) had another slow workout at Palm Meadows yesterday - 53 2/5 for four furlongs. Of course, the Plate is not until late June. Early nominations close in a couple of weeks and the winterbook odds will be released in mid- March.

The most expensive yearling in Canada last year - Hold That Tiger out of Brittan Lee - $250,000, has been named BRODERICK by owners Jim and Alice Sapara.


  • At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Voodoo said…

    Jen, I'm so glad you reminded me...

    We were so focused on what happened at the start of the Preakness the essential question is not debated as hotly as you would think... if not for the injury, Barbaro or Bernardini at the wire??


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