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Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Up to 27 Celcius today in T.O. (that's into the 80s F) and Polytrack should do better in the warm temperatures.
A preview of tonight's racing follows below.

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Robert Johnston picked up another win at Fort Erie yesterday to up his total to three winners on the meeting while Robert King Jr. is quickly on top of the jockey standsing with 5 winners.
The three-day old meeting began on Kentucky Derby day.
There was an oddity on yesterday’s card - in a six-horse field – NECHISAR won at 49 to 1 and paid $101.00, certainly a bizarre result with so few horses in the race. Odds-on favourite Little Red Zip broke slowly and then was rushed before fading to 4th.


From Daily Racing Form
Bill Tallon

The Ontario Racing Commission will not proceed with its case against Woodbine-based owner and trainer Ken Parsley, who had appealed a 10-year suspension and $100,000 fine.
An investigation last year by the racing commission found that Parsley had acquired several illegal drugs and banned medications, including a synthetic version of erythropoietin, or EPO, which boosts the production of red blood cells. None of Parsley's starters tested positive for any banned substance.
Parsley's penalty was announced Dec. 1 after the commission issued a proposed order to suspend Parsley's license immediately.
At an appeal hearing on April 26, however, the commission elected to call no evidence. The ruling was released Monday.
John Blakney, executive director of the commission, said that Parsley had said in the original investigation that he had purchased or been given illegal medications from an unauthorized source.
"All we had was his voluntary statement admitting to the acquisition of Aranesp, and that he had discarded it," said Blakney
Aranesp is a brand-name, synthetic erythropoietin.
The decision mirrored a similar case involving a Standardbred trainer and driver, Pat Hudon, when the commission ruled in Hudon's favor on appeal, saying that the only evidence was a voluntary statement by Hudon. Based on that background, the commission felt it had to follow suit with Parsley, said Blakney.

Workout Watch

Sam-Son Farms’ champion 2-year-old filly from last year, CATCH THE THRILL, is up to 4 furlongs in her prepping now as she worked that distance yesterday at Woodbine on Polytrack in 49 4/5 breezing.
Trainer Mark Frostad is not certain the filly will be ready for the June 10 Woodbine Oaks but has QUIET JUNGLE as an able backup.
Sam-Son Farms’ also worked stakes class turfers SHOAL WATER and FRENCH BERET (48 3/5)

And Roger Attfield’s Queen’s Plate contender INCLUDE US (Include) worked 5 furlongs in 1:01 2/5.
LEONNATUS ANTEAS (Stormy Atlantic) had his first workout of the year last weekend when he prepped 3 furlongs for trainer Kevin Attard. The champion 2-year-old of last year has not been ruled out of the Plate but that race is less than 7 weeks away.


IT’S A DANZIG, a narrow loser of his season debut and now 2nd in all 3 of his career starts, races tomorrow at Churchill Downs in a 1 1/8 mile grass race – the 9th race on the card. The Danzig colt is out of Dake, who resides at Gus Schickedanz’s Schomberg, Ontario farm.
A reader sent a note in yesterday that OISTINS BAY is ‘on the farm’ and is apparently off the Plate trail.
The Plate and Oaks Top Ten Lists have been updated on Woodbine’s mircosites (see link at right on my sidebar), including horses who have been recently supplemented to both races.


Readers are happy about RARE FRIENDS being retired and if you didn’t get a chance, take a look at those pictures of him in the field (see below). Readers also mentioned horses like WINTER WHISKEY, GRILLHOUSE as other old-timers from the local circuit who are still racing.
Today at Delaware Park, once stakes-class Stronach Stable's runner EL SOPRANO, now 8, races for $25,000.

$18K Pick 7 carryover

Big fields and a Pick 7 carryover that is starting to get sizy highlight the second Wednesday night card of the 2007 Woodbine meeting.
Last Wednesday night the Polytrack produced nasty kickback and it was hard for horses to rally. Last weekend, the Polytrack looked a bit better and outside runners seemed to have better luck than anybody.
The evening’s feature is the 6th race, a $66,800 allowance/optional claiming event for fillies and mares ($62,500 tag or non-winners of 2 ‘other than’) and it is a 6 furlong dash packed with lots of speed runners, classy gals and layoff runners.
The morning line favourite is ANGEL ON WATCH (3 to 1), a Sam-Son Farms’ Kentucky-bred who was graded stakes placed last year but she tailed off badly and her season debut at Keeneland was not exciting.
KNOCKER, a winning machine who continued a winning streak in her 2007 debut for new owner The Very Dry Stable, lost her latest but posted a career best Beyer Figure of 85 in the effort. She turns back from 7 furlongs to 6 furlongs but is hung out in post 12, although there may be scratches.
The hot Sid Attard barn has IF MOMA AINT HAPPY in the field but that mare must have the lead to win and VERY MUCH SO is just as quick from the gate. Florida grass runner IRISH CATON comes in for trainer Mike Silvera and those shippers have thrived on the Woodbine Polytrack this spring.
An interesting maiden allowance for Ontario-sired colts splits the card as race 5. Early favourite is Edenvale Stables’ EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (Bold Executive) who rallied fast to be second in his career debut to Fudgethebottomline, who has since won again.
Beginners of interest in the race include FLEETS DREAM, a son of A Fleets Dancer and Dream Smartly, who was named outstanding broodmare of the year at the Sovereign Awards last year. Fleets Dream, a Bruno Bros. farm product, is a half-brother to champion sprinter Blonde Executive and stakes winner Main Executive.


Saturday’s NEW PROVIDENCE STAKES (named for Canada’s second Triple Crown winner) had only 11 nominations so that could be a tiny little field of Ontario-sired older guys.
Sunday’s HENDRIE will be a lot more interesting with Whimsical winner SEDUCTIVELY working up a storm and hooking up with HIDE AND CHIC again (tentatively). The Hendrie lost a good one in CANDY BOX, who died last weekend (see note from yesterday).


  • At 9:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Just wanted to let you know that Leonnatus Anteas worked this morning in 47.1. It was the fastest of six works at that distance on the training track. Also working that distance on that surface was Financingavailable.


  • At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Where can we get a list (or maybe you can) of horses that have been supplemented to the Plate?

    Tom W

  • At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We can finally see some racing on network t.v. tonight! (Races 2 thru 7 are on The Score and no NBA to cancel them!).

  • At 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As far as Rare Friends is concerned I am happy for him being retired but is the new owner going to pay $35/day at Windfields for the 10-15 years(Approx$15000/year--board&expenses)-must have lots of money! Also who owns the horse I read that someone other than the new owner paid for him(new owner in Kentucky,money came from Windfields??-he could of bank transfered)is this considered hidden ownership by the ORC???--another good deed turns ugly with the truth--WHAT A SHAME--I wouldn't of thought a big farm would be involved in this mess

  • At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Back to 6f, another impressive win by Knocker. Yes!

  • At 11:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Another solid effort by Knocker tonight. I watched it on The Score tonight and she just loves to win. It was Tiller night on the tube this evening!

  • At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    whoever was talking about windfields being involved in some kind of scam, must be alone in thinking that there is a problem. if the horse was to race again then you might have a point. but in this case you are just talking nonsense. sounds childish to me.

  • At 5:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why turn something beautiful into something ugly? Rare Friends an 8yr old horse who won almost 1,000,000 in his lifetime of racing was now racing in cheap claimers. It's about time he had a retirement. It doesn't matter who paid for him or how he got to Windfields. All that matters is someone actually cared enough to PAY money to RETIRE an old race horse. If only more people out there would take a kind heart and responsibility for these athletes who work so hard for us it would make the racing industry a much better place. So please don't take away anything but joy and happiness for Rare Friends' retirement. Because now he is being cared for with enthusiasm and love. Congrats to Windfields!


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