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Sunday, May 20, 2007



111 Beyer for Curlin, Street Sense

Well, it appears that this corner is in the minority about the tactics/result of the Preakness but that’s what makes this game so fascinating!

Indeed, STREET SENSE is a very good horse, but not a great one. If he was Triple Crown worthy, he would have overcome what was perceived by this author to be a case of certain overconfidence.

And Mario Pino, well know for moving too soon in any race, did an even worse job on Hard Spun, heading into the rapid three-quarters fraction.

Yes, CURLIN is too a good horse and still learning and yes, it was a theatrical trip. Stumbling at the start was the best thing for him though…if he didn’t perhaps he would have been pressing/chasing with Hard Spun through the fast pace.

The time equaled the stakes record, so Curlin and Street Sense got big Beyers – 111 in fact.

We wait another year for a super horse. Gosh, where was Invasor 2 years ago?


SAHARA HEAT piled on a lot of value when he won the Grade 3 MARINE STAKES at Woodbine yesterday, benefiting from a shrewd ride by Fernando Jara, who lulled the other colts and geldings to sleep with a slow pace.

The race was not very exciting from start to finish and the winning Beyer Figure – 77 – was far removed from the numbers earned by the Canadian-bred sophomores this year.

Tough trips in the race include ANGEL IN THE HOUSE, who came from well back up the rail to be 3rd.

KUMA, making just his second career start, had a disastrous experience. The Unbridled Song colt broke a bit slowly from the gate, was very rank and tossing his head, had to be checked and steadied, went wide around the first turn and then raced wide in the back the rest of the way.

Another maiden in the race, INCLUDE US, the only Plate eligible, gallumped along for 5th.

Interesting races on the card included the 2 furlong baby race for fillies that was won by C. Scott Abott’s Carson City miss BELLA NEVADA, trained by Mike Doyle.

It was the filly’s first start and she was ridden by Slade Callaghan, who is having a great spring. The filly’s time of :21.99 was a track record.

Jam Jar’s stakes winning filly LOTTACOSTA won the allowance race that was taken off the grass for 3yo fillies. The filly led all the way and ran a 73 Beyer Figure while beating Bear Dixiecat. Lottacosta is a Kentucky bred by Cat Thief.

Trainer SCOTT FAIRLIE continutes with a hot hand. Old timer PREMIUM SALTINE got away with very slow pace fractions in the 7th race for allowance/optional claimers and won under light handling from Na Somsanith. The stakes winning Salt Lake gelding ran an 86 Beyer Figure.

And what about the meeting’s 3rd three-time winner – GIGI’S CHARM. This red-hot Stormy Atlantic mare won again yesterday for Edenvale Farms and trainer Robert Tiller, ran an 82 Beyer Figure and was not claimed for $47,500.

Jockey DEAN DEVERELL won 2 races.

The track seemed a bit kinder to speed in the sprint races and outside stalkers won any other races.

LIKE, that didn't quite work

And ‘Rocket’ off Plate trail

LIKE MOM LIKE SONS did not get the lead for the first time in his brief career and the previously undefeated colt was well beaten in yesterday’s HIRSCH JACOBS Stakes at Pimlico. The Norsemen Stable colt finished fifth of seven.

The Kentucky-bred had other big races pinpointed for the summer but has to prove he can compete against such company.

Trainer JOE ORSENO, at Monmouth Park, is quoted as saying REATA’S ROCKET, a Canadian-bred on the list of top Plate contenders, will now be sprinted having proven that he cannot travel route distances. The colt is now off the Plate trail.


The 54th Selene Stakes today is a big money race for 3yo fillies and a Grade 3 to boot. The purse is $250,000 and a large and competitive field has been collected.

The Selene is named for one of the greatest, most influential mares in racing history.

Selene, a stakes winner of 16 races for Lord Derby, is the dam of HYPERION, one of the most important stallions in the sport.

Selene also produced champion sires Sickle, the great grand-sire of Native Dancer, and Pharamond II, grandsire of Tom Fool.

(Information courtesy of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame).

The Selene was first run in 1954 at Old Woodbine.

It has been won by some of the greats in Canada racing – Wonder Where, Fanfreluche, Northernette, L’Alezane, etc.

The last Selene winner to go on and win the Woodbine Oaks (remember, the Selene is an open race) was Gold Strike in 2005.

Red-hot stallion STORMY ATLANTIC is represented by Canadian-bred SASKAWEA, who had a dream trip to win the Fury Stakes earlier this month for Beclawat Stables.

Kentucky-bred CALENDAR GIRL has a big Beyer Figure from a stakes win at Hastings Park in Vancouver while Canadian-bred PALACE PIER has to regroup from the Fury where she faded to 4th.

Meanwhile, the Darley Stable, Eoin Harty, Oliver Castello, Fernandno Jara team is back with recent maiden winner MARIETTA, by Machevellian, and the way the barn’s SAHARA HEAT won yesterday, she has to be respected.

Pairings from Reade Baker and Dave Cotey plus singles from Mark Casse and Sam-Son Farms make the race very intriguing.

The remainder of the card is not quite as interesting but there is racing tomorrow including the ECLIPSE HANDICAP, with 4 champions in the field.


Manitoba-bred YONG MUSICIAN won her maiden at Monmouth Park yesterday, The Yonaguska filly is out of Alljazz, by Stop the Music and a ½ sister to stakes placed King of Jazz.

Canadian-bred HOMESTEADER was second in the Whimsical Stakes at Pimlico on Friday.

Daily Racing Forms’ RON GIERKINK pointed out good-priced winner COUSIN SALLY plus 3rd place finisher LOVE THE GREY in his handicapping column last week based on them filly’s exiting key races.


  • At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    No Crown in June
    Because Borel moved too soon

    He thought he had it won
    But Curlin wasn't done

    Jen is right, don't be snide
    This was a case of a bad, bad ride

  • At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I still can't figure out how anyone, including that boob (racing analyst) on the TV right after the race stating "people are saying Calvin that it was a bad ride". First off, what people? Did he poll the people on his walk down after the race to the unsaddling enclosure. The horse plain and simple got outrun by a better horse. If anyone moved too soon it was Albarado on Curlin and Mario Pino on Hard Spun not Calvin. At the 5/8 pole Alborado was in a drive and at the half mile pole Pino made the lead into a wicked pace. Don't get me wrong I would have loved to see Street Sense win but if you want to point fingers at anyone you had better point it at Street Sense and not his pilot! The horse made the lead and went to loafing and pulling himself up. Sorry to say Jen but you have got this one wrong!

  • At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is the same ole song
    That when things do go wrong

    The Jock takes the heat
    MEDIA cry "Oh my God, he got beat"

    What the PUBLIC does not know
    Is that the horse bled from his nose

    Or that the horse is sick
    And not from a jockeys stick

    But the one that is easy to blame
    In this fine racing game

    Is the one on their backs
    YOU call them mucksacks

    Because the one that YOU chose
    Just could not close

    Or the one that YOU picked
    Didn't run a lick.

    Maybe it is YOU that is wrong
    And then we would change this song

  • At 5:09 PM, Anonymous anthony said…

    Borel's given Street Sense two superb rides; neither trip could have been any better. It looks like we do have a super horse--it's just that that horse's name is Curlin. I'm still amazed by the result. Can anyone EVER recall a horse (much less a 3 year-old colt!) making such a stirring comeback after being passed in the stretch by almost two lengths? And in such a big race? The closest I can recall is Seattle Slew in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (1978?) almost coming back after being similarly passed (was by Exceller?) It's time we all start giving Curlin his due and stop providing non-existent excuses for Street Sense.

  • At 7:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Imagine a race with 12 horses, where 2 of the horses have the SAME OWNER and the SAME TRAINER. Furthermore for betting purposes the racetrack and its regulators, allow these horses to be bet individually, and NOT as an entry.

    Now imagine that the trainer DELIBERATELY uses one horse as a "rabbit" to set up the race for his other horse, which wins at odds of 12-1. Additionally, this trainer in his post-race comments congratulates the "rabbit's" jockey for "doing his job".

    This scenario is not a fabrication, as this is exactly what happened at Woodbine today(Sunday) in the Selene Stakes.

    Clearly the owner and the trainer planned this scenario, but meanwhile "Joe Public" gets screwed. The current regulation of allowing separate betting interests for horses in a race owned by the SAME owner must be overturned, as the integrity of racing is suffering badly. Its fundamentally clear, insiders are acting like common thieves and WEG and the ORC should do something about it. If they don't, the "smell and stink" of racing will continue to escalate until "Joe Public" disappears from the stands.

    A prominent harness trainer used to pull this kind of stunt on the WEG circuit, until WEG no longer accepted his entries. Hence I'm suggesting WEG try this approach with Mr. Baker.

    Personally, I wager over $1,000/day at Woodbine, but with these shenanigans maybe I'm better of going to the casino. (For those wondering, I passed that particular race and hence wagered $0).

  • At 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agree with the above remarks re: the Selene Stakes at Woodbine.

    The trainer, in the televised post-race interview, congratulated the "rabbits" jockey for a job well-done. This, in effect, was an admission, of deliberate planning for a "set-up" of the race. A public admission of this nature, by a trainer, is a flagrant slap in the face to all bettors. The only way to prevent such future abuse is to ensure that entries from the same owner and the same trainer are be coupled for betting purposes. Are you listening ORC and WEG?

  • At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Buckie said…

    For Anthony --- Buckpasser vs Abe's Hope in the "Chicken" Flamingo.

  • At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    In response to the anonymous comment about the Selene being set up with a "rabbit." Final odds do not indicate that the public was necessarily fooled into betting for it, as it went off at 45-1. It's stable mate went off at 12-1. Both were up front early on, and one dropped back. The supposed "rabbit" was not even on the lead.

    "Rabbits" have been used in racing for as long as there have been races. It the bettor's responsibility to be well informed and bet cautiously.

  • At 7:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My goodness, Jennifer, I said my piece on the (next) entry and then looked to see these absolute clowns, who clearly cannot understand pace, making these absurd posts which are completely inaccurate about who was really the best horse in the Preakness.

    You had it right all along, girl.

    Of course they won't get the printed information about the Preakness in easy-to-read fashion until studying the Belmont. The running-lines make it so obvious!!

  • At 10:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi, this is my first post here and i find it very awsome that jen has brought woodbine to the internet in a form that WEG has been unable like to see more content on the claiming game ie recent claims and not just the stakes calibre horses as the claiming game is a big portion of the races. BUT your doing a great job


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