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Thursday, April 26, 2007



Hall of Fame trainer ROGER ATTFIELD has had his share of bad luck with his horses during the last year-and-a-half but a win by either PALLADIO or ECCENTRIC in today’s Grade 3 BEN ALI HANDICAP at Keeneland would sure help.
Stronach Stables’ WELCOME AGAIN, a Canadian-bred is also in the field.
Attfield, who sent out Red Birkin to be 3rd in the Appalachian Stakes last weekend at Keeneland, also races Canadian-bred DANCER’S FAN is the 4th race today at nine-furlongs on turf.
Dancer’s Fan (Lear Fan), a Woodbine Oaks nominee, ran a creditable race despite a sticky trip in her season debut – beaten 3 ¾ lengths in a turf allowance.
Woodbine trainer MALCOLM PIERCE is in the race too, with American-bred WHISPER TO ME, who was 5th her Keeneland debut.

In the BEN ALI, a 1 1/8 mile race, trainer Bobby Frankel sends out Welcome Again (El Prado), who posted a 103 Beyer Figure in his season debut, a win in an allowance race at Gulfstream but then he was dull in Grade 3 Mineshaft Stakes at Fair Grounds in February. The 5yo gelding has been entered a few times since then but has yet to run again.
ECCENTRIC won the Fayette at Keeneland last fall for Attfield and is a Polytrack specialist. Edgar Prado rides the British-bred Most Welcome 6yo gelding who is making his first start since last fall’s Woodbine Slots Cup.
PALLADIO was recently a close 4th in the Skip Away Stakes at Gulfstream and the champion 3yo of 2005 (Canada) has been lightly raced since his championship season.

The Ben Ali is a super-tough race and a big field, with CHATAIN (4th behind INVASOR) in the Donn Handicap in the winter being one of several serious contenders.

Also on the intriguing KEENELAND card is a maiden race for colts featuring $1,000,000 purchase PAULILLAC (Mr. Greely-Dreams of Success), a Kentucky-bred and UNBRIDLED TRUST, a $950,000 purchase by Unbridled’s Song. Both colts are making their debuts in race 6.


Bill Graham-bred MARCH TO VICTORY begins in 2007 season tomorrow at Keeneland in a 1 1/8 mile grass race, the last event on the 10 race card, perhaps embarking on a trip to the Queen’s Plate. Competitive in stakes races as a 2yo, March to Victory (Dixieland Band-Frayne) is the 7 to 2 second choice and will be ridden by Garret Gomez for trainer Christophe Clement, owner Susan Karches.


STREET SOUNDS (Street Cry-Rare Opportunity, Danzig Connection), the Canadian-bred winner of the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland in her last start (83 Beyer Figure) and a possibility for the Kentucky Oaks on May 4, worked 3 furlongs at Keeneland yesterday.
(Ooops, how this miss got lost on the TOP TEN HOT CANADIAN-BRED LIST is a MYSTERY, but she's back now..)

QUEEN’S PLATE ELIGIBLE Mountain Wolf worked a bullet 5 furlongs at Woodbine yesterday – 1:00 3/5. The colt is still a maiden even though he won his last race – his 3rd career start – at Gulfstream but he raced greenly and caused interference. The rapidly improving El Prado-Lucky Marty, Fortunate Prospect colt ran an 84 Beyer Figure that day.


A Canadian-bred colt by CITY ZIP – JAZZ STAR, DIXIELAND BAND sold to Bill Mott, agent yesterday for $135,000 at the second session of the Ocala April 2yo sale.
The colt was bought by Tony Bowling and Bobby Dodd from last year’s CTHS yearling sale at Woodbine for $28,918 (US) from Box Arrow Farm, agent.
Jazz Star is the dam of recent Woodbine winner Elvis the Great. The second dam is Starita, the dam of champion 2yo filly HONKY TONK TUNE.

JOHN FIELDING,, who owns more standardbreds than thoroughbreds but races in Ontario, paid $80,000 for a Canadian-bred grey colt by SMOKE GLACKEN-FEATHERINMYCAP, RARE BRICK from M and H Training and Sales, agent.
The colt, a half-brother to minor winner Winged Over, was originally a $22,592 (US) Canadian-yearling purchase from Windfields Farm, agent.

Trainer Tony Mattine, well known for his shrewd eye for young horses, paid $15,000 for a Florida-bred filly by Dance Master- Flood Warning, Valid Appeal.


This documentary is scheduled for Sunday on NBC – who knows if it will be on in Canada but DVD’s of the show can be purchased…read more..


A reader sent a question in yesterday about Woodbine’s Polytrack surface as compared to Keeneland and Arlington’s surface. As discussed on these pages this year, Woodbine’s Polytrack is awaiting Jelly Cable, an ingredient that is in the other tracks’ Polytrack (not Turfway Park, however, which has similar problems as Woodbine). Also, more wax is going to be added to the surface. This project needs to be done in 2 parts with the Jelly Cable reportedly coming later in the summer.
Jelly Cable is an expensive ingredient made up of the oily-based covering that encases copper-wire. It must be brought in from China.


Check out the latest news, top 10 lists and poll question on the WOODBINE ENTERTAINMENT microsites for the 2 big races coming up in June – the Queen’s Plate and Woodbine Oaks.
Three-year-old colts and fillies are jockeying for positions on the Top 10 while progress of the contenders is noted in news briefs.


  • At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Any chance someone could tell me who the agent,s are for the following jockeys
    Robt Landry.
    Eric Rosa Da Silva.
    Gerry Olgin.
    Many thanks


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