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Sunday, September 02, 2007


Today's news - LAWYER RON is a superstar..PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS has a breakdown on Tapeta in first race...Todd Kabel rides 2 longshot winners on Woodbine turf...and more..



Bad kickback on the POLYTRACK yesterday which seemed to hinder a lot of horses who tried to make rallies from the middle of the fields. Yesterday there were a lot of rallying winners who came from far back and then inside.

The very successful combo of trainer RON SADLER and MATT MOORE hooked up to win again on Saturday. AGNICO reeled in ODE TO ROY in the final strides to win the $40,000 claiming race for non-winners of 2. It was the first time Moore was on Agnico this year and the pair rallied wide to win in a race full of speed.

A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME..… race 3, CHANTAL SUTHERLAND on GABRIELLE’S CHARM allowed the filly to drift out numerous paths through the stretch while50 to 1 shot PAULIFF’S PRIDE tried to get by. Rick Dos Ramos could not use his whip or really ride his filly, ‘Pride’ much as they were carried out all the way from the 3/16 mark to the wire.

In the right call (in this corner’s opinion), GABRIELLE’S CHARM, a Florida-bred, was demoted to 2nd and the long bomb, a Tethra- Marilyn’sPride, by Sea Wall filly, was placed first.

The winner is owned and was bred by Paul Buttigieg and C. Crosby.

Steady HASSAYAMPA won race 4 after a good trip behind a pacesetter, You and Me baby, who was not going very fast. A good effort from TRUE PIC to be 2nd after a sluggish start from the gate. Hassayampa is owned by John and Jessica Pastorek and trained by Paul Attard.

And a shout out to champion trainer PHIL ENGLAND, who returned to the winner’s circle yesterday after taking a couple of years off from training.

England, who has 3 horses for Dick Bonnycastle’s HARLEQUIN RANCHES, sent out MIZZ SHAKIN to win her 2nd career start yesterday in a 2yo maiden allowance race. A homebred by Mizzen Mast – Lady Shakin by Dixieland Band, MIZZ SHAKIN, powered through the stretch to beat Sarcasm, the race favouritre by Distorted Humor.

The winner earned a 72 Beyer Figure.

Bred by Bonnycastle’s Cavendish Inc. , Mizz Shakin’s granddam is a half sister to superstar EASY GOER.

Tab the Alphabet Soup fillies PINK STOCKINGS and SAVOURY SOUP for later – they both races greenly in their debuts.

The Fieldstone Farms – Compadre (the sire), Analisa Delmas (trainer) train continued the roll yesterday when COBOTOWN RON won for the 2nd consecutive time on the drop to $10,000 claiming.

Classy stakes winner ARCH HALL, the freshest horse in race 7 won that $89,000 allowance with a strong rally from far off the pace. The Archers Bay horse came inside in mid-stretch with a dramatic move that caused Emma-Jayne Wilson to stand up in the irons on Artie Hot, and then took off for a big win in 1:45 1/5, an 82 Beyer Figure. Champions PALLADIO and JUDITHS WILD RUSH were well beaten.

SPEAK WISELY, a $275,000 purchase by Sam-Son Farms, won the Ontario Colleen Stakes thanks to another masterful ride by Todd Kabel in the one-mile turf race.

The Smart Strike filly was making her grass debut (she’s out of the At the Threshold mare Irene’s Talkin, not a lot of grass breeding) and she stalked the pace set by longshot Northern City.

The Beyer Figure for the winner was 91.

While Sprung charged on the outside in early stretch and others were in the hunt, Kabel already had Speak Wisely darting to the lead inside of runners and she dug in.

Trainer Mark Frostad said the $275,000 was more expensive that most horses bought by Sam-Son at auction. There is a ½ sister to Speak Wisely in the upcoming Keeneland sale. They are siblings of Grade 1 winner ADIEU.

Kabel came right back with a $30.00 winner when guiding Car Colston Hall Stud’s SANT ELENA to win the 9th race, an allowance for fillies and mares at 1 mile on turf. The Elfision miss was making her first turf start at Woodbine and in North America.

IVAN DALOS’ homebred GALLOPING RIVER scored a 20 to 1 upset to win the last race thanks to a nice rider by Tyler Pizarro. The Victory Gallop gelding 9Ontario-bred) was winning his maiden and he defeated a game WE’RE DREAMERS from the Sue Leslie barn.

118 for RON

LAWYER RON is a freak.

Much like his daddy , Lawyer Ron is blossoming into a champion at the age – common with offspring of the sire who tend to be great 3 and 4yo’s (and older, Jambalaya, Last Answer,etc.).

That move Lawyer Ron made yesterday in the Woodward at Saratoga was stunning and the colt got a 118 Beyer Figure,higher than his track-record setting run in the Whitney.


The inaugural meeting at Erie’s PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS started off ominously when a horse broke down in the first race, the Inuagural Stakes. The filly CANTREL, trained by Scott Lake, broke down over the Tapeta footing, a synthetic surface.

Jan Jar's LOTTACOSTA finished last in the Inaugural Stakes.


Canadian-bred TWILIGHT METEOR was pipped at the wire by classy NO BIZ LIKE SHOBIZ in the grade 3 Kent Stakes at Delaware Park yesterday.

The Smart Strike colt had dead aim on his rival but his charge came up inches short.

OTHER STUFF - and it's weird

Jockey JACK LAUZON was suspended 3 racing days by the Ontario Racing Commission for “providing conflicting statements to the Stewarts in their inquiries relating to a steward’s inquiry on Aug. 19, the 3rd race.

The race in question – Xaler and jockey Patrick Husbands won but was deemed guilty of coming in a interfering with Lauzon and Money Player. The latter had to be checked hard and Lauzon lost his irons.

A complicated story goes something like this – Lauzon said he was interfered with one day, then apparently said he was partly at fault another day when Husbands’ was in the review room with a lawyer.

Husbands, who originally got 3 days suspension, has appealed his suspension.


  • At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Steve said…

    Xaler was the victim and I lost a lot of money on that ridiculous call by the stewards. Do you think I could appeal and get my money back? I am still fuming over this call by INEPT Woodbine Stewards. They are suppose to be the experts but they are a bunch of BUMS!

    I believe that the stewards should come on camera immediately following a ruling and show their faces and explain how they've come up with a decision. Let the public see who they are. Possibly, they wouldn't cheat as much. Probably not at all.

  • At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This comment stems from way back when I asked if anyone knew anything upcoming with Emma-Jayne in regards to interviews etc. Someone told me she was to be in Octobers Chatelaine, well just wasted my money on said mag and nothing in it. So save your money anyone else.

  • At 3:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Photos from Saratoga on Saturday...

    Lawyer Ron romps in the Woodward:

    Midnight Lute wins the Forego:

    Slide show including both races:

  • At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Talking about the stewards bad calls I am still fuming over the same thing 3 weeks ago when the horse Valeisha ran 2nd at 115-1 and stein ran his horse into the back of her when there was no room and they disqualified her and placed her last--she just got beaten on Friday but at low odds on first race back----I lost the potential to a lot money thru this bad call---THATS WHY YOU DON'T BET ON WOODBINE WITH THESE STEWARDS BECAUSE ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN-ESPECIALLY TURF RACING!

  • At 5:43 PM, Blogger Jen Morrison said…

    There were explanations being discussed through the track announcer about why horses are or are not disqualified but that seems to have stopped.
    There will always be bad calls in any sport and there are some very good judges in horse racing. Note that a different set of 3 or 4 have been exchanged during the season at Woodbine (back and forth to Fort Erie) so that perhaps it is unfair to blanket statement all of them.
    The Xaler call is, to this corner, completely divided in public opinion. What is perhaps most scary is the amount of play a jockey might have in swaying decisions - especially if they tell a story one day and another the next. This is our betting money you are playing with folks.

  • At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Smitty said…

    .....inept,as Steve said earlier is an appropriate word to use describing Woodbine stewards.I was at W.O. the day Valeisha Dq'd.I still cannot see any reason why this horse was taken down.CLEARLY ,Mr. Stien RAN HIS HORSE INTO!!!!! VALEISHA.Obviously he must not have seen her in front of his horse ,correct? I think ,if memory serves me correctly,this was a Stewards inquiry,not a jockey's objection.Should this have been an objection by Mr Stein I would suggest he take more riding lessons....It was one thing on the Stewards part to make this MORONIC call but:an incredible blunder to place this horse LAST.!! O.K.second perhaps ,but LAST??? WHO are these clowns anyway and to whom do they answer to, re stupid, and inept decisions?Let me answer that question myself.They probably answer to no-one They must be made accountable for their actions.I wonder if this horse had been 5-1 or 3-5, the outcome would have been the same ?

  • At 8:59 PM, Anonymous Charles said…

    I agree entirely that the stewards at Woodbine have made a lot of terrible calls this year and I am sure they will continue to make many more.I certainly don t trust their judgement but also feel that they have a set of really bad guidelines that they are supposed to follow which means that incidents like the Sealy Hill DQ have happened before many times and will definitely happen again.(that is taking down a horse who is clearly the best because he brushes another runner as he is blowing by the field.On the other hand,front runners like Muskwa,who caused a serious pile-up,seem to be allowed to block other horses from overtaking.To DQ Sealy Hill and NOT DQ Muskwa is just plain ridiculous.
    To draw an analygy with hockey,Fans dont go to the rink to watch the referees call penalties,they go to watch the players.We go racing to bet on which horse will win,not what the stewards feel is arbitrarily the right result.In exceptional circumstances,a horse has to come down,otherwise LEAVE THE DAMN ORDER OF FINISH ALONE.Bettors are the lifeblood of Racing and we dont need or want Half a dozen or more DQs every week!


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