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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Goodbye to Lumpy, Buffalo trip may be bumpy

Quirky QUIET RESOLVE did not have the smoothest galloping stride (he was often called ‘lumpy’ around the barn) and he sure was not the most beautiful horse Sam-Son Farms has ever bred and raced but the gelding did have one huge asset – his heart.
Canada’s Horse of the Year of 2000 was euthanized Feb. 1 after injuring himself while trying to stand following colic surgery. The gelding was living out his retirement, as other Sam-Son stars do, at the farm in Milton, Ontario.
Quiet Resolve was best known for being placed first, at 50-1, in the 1999 Atto Mile-G1 at Woodbine in just his seventh career start after Hawksley Hill was disqualified when his jockey Pat Day inadvertently hit another horse with his whip.
Jockey Robert Landry rode Quiet Resolve to that smashing 2nd-placed 1st Atto run.
Another big moment for the plain bay was his brave runner-up placing to Kalanisi in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in 2000 at Churchill Downs.
“I thought we were home free,” said jockey Shane Sellers, who rode Quiet Resolve in the turf and had the gelding in front until very late in the 1 ½ mile turf race. The gelding’s best career Beyer Figure of 109 came in the Turf.
The year 2000 was a rollercoaster emotionally for Sam-Son. Its leader, Ernie Samuel passed away in May and did not get to see the farm’s runners collecting over $5 million in earnings.
Quiet Resolve hated soft turf and 12 furlongs was the outer limit of his ability but he proved to be a good fit internationally on the turf front, winning races such as the Grade 2 Dixie Handicap (May, 2000) at Pimlico racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland.
He won the Grade 2 King Edward Gold Cup, the Connaught Cup- G3 and Hong Konh Jockey Club-G2 and won 10 of 31 starts, placed in 10 other races and earned $2,346,768.
The 12-year-old was a son of Affirmed out of Quiet Cleo by Sam-Son’s stallion No Louder.


Eeks, Thoroughblog’s number 1 Hot Canadian-bred, BUFFALO MAN, got roped into starting from post position 14 in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Saturday, a notable stepping stone on the way to the Kentucky Derby.
The son of El Prado is also coming off a little illness so his first 2 turn test is going to be a tricky one.
In the Mineshaft Stakes, the exciting WELCOME AGAIN, also prominent on the Canadian-bred list, is scheduled to compete against the mighty MASTER COMMAND, from the Todd Pletcher barn.
Josie Carroll trainee BUREAUCRATIC, a Ky-bred, is cross-entered in the Mineshaft and Fair Grounds Breeders Cup and this stretch is sitting on a big race.


Waiting to hear update on Woodbine’s leading rider, Emma-Jayne Wilson, who fell from her mount in the 9th race yesterday at FG. Wilson was complaining of pain in her leg and rib area. She is named on a litany of horses through Saturday including the good TEUFLESBERG in the Risen Star.


In just 5 days, Woodbine’s Polytrack surface re-opens for training, not long after the season ended amidst concerns that the surface was not handling the cold temperatures. Turfway has struggled with its Polytrack for a year now. Check out for the latest newsstory on Turfway’s tinkering with Poly.


Recent 5 furlongs bullet workouts for PIPERS THUNDER who won last year’s Plate Trial Stakes and 2yo stakes winner VIBANK, who has not raced since last May as a 3yo.


  • At 11:02 PM, Anonymous QQ said…

    So sad about Quiet Resolve - thanks for the summary of his career. Hope the arm feels better; you're typing great for a one-hander!


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