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Friday, February 09, 2007



MARCHFIELD, a blue-blooded 3yo who is a Canadian-bred with the Queen’s Plate or perhaps the Kentucky Derby as a goal, makes his season debut tomorrow at Gulfstream in race 4.
The colt is by A.P. Indy out of Pico Tenerrife, by Red Ransom and was stakes placed in his 2nd start last year at Woodbine.
The field is a small, quality group and also in the race is IMPENDING, bred by Kinghaven Farms, who is making his debut. The Thunder Gulch – Light Show colt is a half-brother to Three in the Bag, who was on the Canadian classic trail 2 years ago.
Canadian Morgan Firestone owns and David Bell trains.
Todd Pletcher ttrains Melynk’s ‘other’ Canadian-brd Plate hope who competes in race 6.
OISTINS BAY drew the rail in the sprint race and is a homebred son of Deputy Minister out of Dante’s Mary by Boston Harbor.
A sup card at Gulfstream includes the 3yo debut of DREAMING OF ANNA, who used the Summer S. at Woodbine as a prep for her win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvrnile Fillies and a championship trophy at the Eclipse Awards.


Equidaily’s TOTW addresses women and getting them to come to the track to bet. THOROUGHBLOG had a chance to be involved and the other participants had some very good comments and ideas. TOTW is currently at the top of the page.


Another exceptional write-up by Andrew Beyer in the Washington Post, Daily Racing Form this week talks about Gulfstream and why racing fans have to allow themselves to be 2nd in line behind those very strange slots players.



  • At 11:01 AM, Blogger Milhouse said…

    With Marchfield racing tomorrow and with Winter barring down on us as we speak in the Greater Toronto Area, I thought it would be fun to toss out this question. Let's think of warmer thoughts and the 2007 Queen's Plate. If you had to pick your Queen's Plate winner right now who would it be? Now obviously your opinion will change as we get closer to race date and see the participants develop from 2 year olds to 3 year olds. So I guess the best way to pose this question would be... If you could own one Plate eligible horse right now, who would it be and why do you think they have what it takes to win the Plate? I will start with mine. I am going with Mike DePaulo's Easterman. This son of Smart Strake is out of a Green Dancer mare named Green Noble. She has produced Sir Frederick who was 2nd in the Valedictory Stakes (bonus marks for distance) and Noble Strike who was stakes placed on the turf and dirt. Easterman’s lone 2 year old start came late in the season going 7 furlongs. He ran greenly on the day, but still looked ultra impressive in winning. He was to face allowance company on the final day of racing at Woodbine for 2006 but was scratched. As Jen told you earlier, he is currently training at Palm Meadows in Florida and is scheduled to have at least one start at Gulfstream before heading up to Woodbine. I think the future is bright for this guy, and thus I have made him my February Plate pick. The scary thing is, he may even be better on the grass!

  • At 1:49 PM, Blogger Kennedy said…

    Just thought I'd give you the heads up that Welcome Again's Beyer was upped to 103 for his GP win.

  • At 2:59 PM, Anonymous john ronan said…

    Getting women to the track is one of the themes of the new documentary: WOMEN IN AMERICAN HORSE RACING. It is a cliche that girls fall in love with horses, but by the time they are women they are far, mentally and economically, from thinking of racing. But racing will have to go after them because they make family decisions on the entertainment dollar. By the way, the documentary gives a nod to Emma Wilson and her Woodbine titles, using pix that John Siscos provided.


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