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Monday, September 10, 2007


(UPDATE) WOODBINE MILE favourite BECRUX worked 6 furlongs on the main Woodbine turf in 1:14 4/5 Monday morning.

JERRY BAILEY rode SHAKESPEARE to win four of of his first 5 career races from Mark 2004 to Oct. 05, including the Grade 1 Turf Classic. This week, the 2 get back together - well, kind of...
BAILEY is at Woodbine all week to promote the WOODBINE MILE, the $1 million gem of the month of September at Woodbine, while SHAKESPEARE is scheduled to compete in the race.
(Terence Dulay photo)

BAILEY, one of the world’s top riders and now visiting tracks and talking about his Handicapping DVD, will be at Woodbine starting Thursday this week.

His first mission – the draw for post positions on Thursday afternoon at the trackside tent.

Bailey, along with the Woodbine media department's Sandy Hawley, will be at the downtown Toronto Turf Lounge for a "meet and greet" from 7 -9 p.m. Thursday.

On Friday, Bailey will be at the Greenwood teletheatre in east end Toronto for another "meet and greet" from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Next Saturday morning, Bailey will be appearing during the last half-hour of my one-hour handicapping seminar on the second floor of the grandstand.

Next Sunday, Woodbine Mile Day, Bailey will host a two-hour autograph-signing session beginning at 11 a.m. on the second floor of the grandstand.

Bailey also will appear on Woodbine's simulcast show and will make the trophy presentation to the winner of the Woodbine Mile.


83 Beyer for 'Foxy'

Sovereign award winning trainer MARK CASSE cleaned up in the Grade 3 NATALMA STAKES for 2yo fillies yesterday, taking the top 3 spots in the 1 mile grass race for juvenile fillies.

Charles LaLoggia’s CLEARLY FOXY was the upset winner, the first stakes winner for sire Volponi (Breeders’ Cup Classic).

A $40,000 2yo purchase bred in Kentucky by Tim Kegal and Hopewell Investments, Clearly Foxy had an explosive move off the pace under Jono Jones to win by more than 3 lengths.

Casse trainee, NITE IN ROME, a Canadian bred by top young sire Harlan’s Holiday, was a closing second with jockey Mike Smith on board, and heavily favoured LICKETY LEMOM (Lemon Drop Kid),also owned by LaLoggia, was third.

Clearly Foxy is 2 for 2 in her career, both races on the grass.

Casse should have won 3 races yesterday but his first winner on the card, SATIN SLIPPERS, was disqualified when her rider Pat Husbands, hit another rival on the nose with his whip accidentally. Ontario-bred Satin Slippers is a promising 2yo and one of numerous 2007 classic contenders for Casse. She is by E Dubai.

The winner through DQ was SHE’S THE UMPIRE for Luis De Hechavaria, a Florida bred filly by Smart Strike.

Casse won later with first-time starting 2yo YAMANA, owned by Takes to Make Stable and partner. The day bay son of Tethra out of So Say All Of Us, won a maiden allowance with a very professional rally from off the pace in 125. The gelding was a $6,777 yearling purchase (US funds) and bred by Mark Hughes.

Woodbine claiming runner PICCOLO PETE has had only a few offspring at stud but his daughter GADGET PLAY won a maiden allowance for $60K yesterday in her 2nd career start and first on turf. The Silver Duck Racing Stable homebred won easily.


Canadian bred sire LANGFUHR had his 49th stakes winner,in a dead heat, in Charles Towns’ Cinderella Stakes for 2yo fillies on Saturday.

Chez Lang, a West Virginia bred won the 4 ½ furlong race in a tie with another filly, We’re in the Money (Whywhywhy).


Fort Erie Horse of the Year from 2006, COLD WAR, returned to winning form on Saturday at newly opened Presque Isle Downs. The War Deputy gelding won an allowance race at 1 mile by ½ a length.

He is owned and trained by Vern Fernandes. It would have been Cold War’s first race on the Tapeta footing.


FORT ERIE, September 9…Apprentice jockey Melanie Pinto chalked up the first victory of her career in the fifth race Sunday at Fort Erie and three races later notched her second win.The 26 year-old native of Brampton, Ontario, guided Campari to a 1 ¼ length victory and followed up in the eighth race with a 3 ¼ length win aboard More The Mari’er.

“It feels great but it really hasn’t set in,” said Pinto when asked about her first win. “I was so tired at the wire I couldn’t muster up enough energy to get excited.”

Campari, trained by Josh Robillard, covered the 1 mile and 70 yards on a sloppy track in 1:43 2/5.

More The Mari’er ran six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 for conditioner John DiMarco.

Pinto, who had ridden in only two races prior to her win today, is scheduled to ride Pepee The Barker for trainer Noel Randall in Monday’s tenth race.


  • At 1:26 AM, Blogger the_drake said…

    I've got a "would you rather" for those bloggers out there in the Biz. Would you rather buy an obese, Winstroled up yearling OR a 2 year old who was hit 20 times to work in 10.2 in a 2 year old sale. None of the above is an acceptable answer, and I tipped my hand as to what direction I may be leaning (N O T A).
    If there is any participation, I would love to hear reasoning behind your decision.

  • At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Charley Barley said…

    That's an easy one. I would rather buy the 2-year old, for two reasons. First, at least the 2-year old has shown it can stand up to training and run an eighth or quarter mile. Just getting that far is a huge hurdle that has been overcome. And second, you can watch the horse's action, regardless of how fast the horse worked or how much it was urged to do so. There's far more information to work with buying 2-year olds and you are really not paying that much more for that information as opposed to what you'd pay for a yearling with nothing to go on but confirmation and breeding.

  • At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Charlie Barley said…

    By the way, if your answer is None Of The Above, I guess that means your recommended approach would be (a) To breed your own babies, (b) To visit various farms on your own and look at weanlings or yearlings that have not been pointed to a sale yet, or (c) Not to buy young horses at all. Or have I missed an alternative?

  • At 2:51 PM, Blogger the_drake said…

    Actually my answer would be A)breed your own, B)buy a yearling that looks athletic and not un-naturally big for a horse its age, Or C)buy a 2yo that completes his work with ease rather than hit many times down the stretch, like you see these days.
    Since many of the horses I mentioned in the above post are bouught, my question was leading more to which of the two evils whould you rather have, none of the above would be the more logical answer, but in a would you rather there never is a logical one.


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