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Tuesday, September 11, 2007



"One or two more to keep it fresh" is what Robert Krembil told THE BLOOD-HORSE today about his broodmare band and how is is progressing up in King City, Ontario at Chiefswood. Since its first stakes win in 2004 with NIIGON in the Queen's Plate, Chiefswood has done quite okay, thank you, with EssentialEdge it's current stakes winner and star of the barn.
Today, Krembil dished out $1,550,000 for a yearling filly by Giant's Causeway out of the winning mare Mayville's Magic, by Gone West. The chestnut March 10 foal is from the family of her 2nd dam Galanta, a half-sister to champion Gay Mecene and dam of champion Gay Gallanta (by Woodman) and Group 2 winner Sportsworld.

Jim and Alice Sapara of Winsong Farms paid $525,000 for a bay kentucky bred Forestry filly out of Extend, a Woodbine stakes winner by Unbridled's Song.

Mark Casse, as agent, bought a $150,000 Mineshaft colt out of Grade 1 winner Twist Afleet.

And yesterday, a Canadian-bred filly by Street Cry out of Gather the Storm (dam od the late Voulez Vous) brought a bid of $700,000 from John Ferguson.



Horse/Owner Trainer/Jockey
Art Master/Juddmonte Farms/Robert Frankel/Julien Leparoux
Becrux/Team Valor & Gary Barber/Neil Drysdale/David Flores
Dead Red/George Mikhalides, Milena Stable, Mirage Ranch/George
Estevan/Barbara Minshall/Barbara Minshall/Eurico Rosa da Silva
Galantas/Earle Mack/Graham Motion/Todd Kabel
Host/Melnyk Racing Stables Inc./Todd Pletcher/John Velazquez
Kip Deville/IEAH Stables/Richard Dutrow Jr./Cornelio Velasquez
Le Cinquieme Essai/William Scott/Paul Nielsen/Steven Bahen
Remarkable News/Holly Rincon/Angel Penna Jr./Ramon Dominguez
Shakespeare/Dell Ridge Farm & William Schettine/Kiaran
McLaughlin/Garrett Gomez
Storm Caller/Jim & Susan Hill/Reade Baker/Jim McAleney


Five-year-old Becrux will defend his 2006 Woodbine Mile title in
Sunday's 11th renewal of the Grade 1 event.

The Neil Drysdale trainee is the first Mile winner to return the
following year to take a second shot at the $1 million purse. (Past
winners Numerous Times and Quiet Resolve attempted second scores, but
two years later).

The Italian-bred gelding enters off a strong second-place finish in the
Grade 2 Del Mar Mile Handicap, August 19. "He's an established
now. When we came there last year, he was developing," said Drysdale.

In the Del Mar event, Becrux finished three-quarters of a length behind
Crossing the Line, a future star for whom Drysdale has respect. "He's
very good horse that is just developing. He's undefeated in the United
States. He's been very impressive in all of his races. (Becrux) was
giving him seven pounds, which is quite a lot," he said.

Becrux arrived on September 4 to get reacquainted with the Woodbine
surroundings. The son of Glen Jordan even had time to work over the
Taylor Turf course in preparation for the race. "He had a very nice
work on the Woodbine turf course, going six furlongs," said Drysdale of
the September 10 move, in 1:14 4/5, breezing.

David Flores will ride Becrux on Sunday.


The work of Juddmonte Farms' Art Master will be on display in Sunday's
$1 million Woodbine Mile, presented by Bell.

By four, the son of Royal Academy was a multiple Group 3 winner in
France, having won the Prix de la Jonchere at Chantilly and the Prix du
Palais-Royal at Longchamp. "He came over with good form. He wasn't
right last year. He wasn't travelling good," said trainer Robert
Frankel, a two-time Mile winner (Leroidesanimaux, 2005 and Riviera,

He rediscovered his Grade 3 power with a strong come-from-behind win in
the Poker Handicap at Belmont on July 14. "He showed a good
turn-of-foot when he got him out in the clear. He ran by those horses
really easily," he said.

Jockey Julien Leparoux will make his first ever trip to Woodbine to
ride the Kentucky-bred. "He's a good sit-still rider. He rides the
grass really well. He's an excellent young rider who is going to be a
champion one day," affirmed Frankel.

The five-time winner is slated to arrive Thursday.


He had Irish eyes smiling over the first five starts in his career
before coming to America. Now, Galantas looks to make a splash in his
first test on Canadian grass, in the Grade 1, Woodbine Mile, presented
by Bell.

Trained by Graham Motion, Galantas has been a consistent performer over
his 12-race career. In fact, the only blemish on his record was a
sixth-place finish at 1 1/8-miles to turf titan After Market last
at Saratoga.

That's the only time the chestnut has finished outside of the top
three, sporting a record of four wins, five seconds and two thirds. In
fact, the farthest the Kentucky-bred has been back at the finish is 3
3/4-lengths, that coming in his career bow, on June 19, 2005, at Gowran
Park in Ireland.

"He's shown tremendous ability," said Motion, who saddled Galantas for
the first time on June 3 at Del Mar, a 4 3/4 length score at 1 1/8
miles. "I knew he was a talented horse before I got him, but when I saw
him work in the mornings, he was the type of horse that makes you say,

Owned by Earle Mack, Galantas will be ridden by Todd Kabel, who piloted
Soaring Free to victory in the 2004 Mile.


IEAH Stables' Kip Deville may be on a three-race losing streak, but if
he flashes his stakes-winning form of the spring, the four-year-old
Oklahoma-bred son of Kipling will certainly be heard from in Sunday's
million Woodbine Mile.

Trained by Richard Dutrow, Kip Deville scored back-to-back wins in the
Grade 1 Frank Kilroe at Santa Anita on March 3 in his season opener and
the Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile, April 13 at Keeneland, when he defeated
highly-regarded Showing Up.

However, he comes into the Woodbine Mile off a third-place finish in
the Oceanport, August 5 at Monmouth Park, his first start in two
"I expected him to win that race," said Dutrow. "I was disappointed.
But he's been training good for this race. I might as well take him up
there and run him and see how things go. He's kind of a question mark.
I'm just hoping our horse runs his race like he did earlier in the

Kip Deville will be ridden for the first time by Cornelio Velasquez,
who recently won the Saratoga jockey title with 44 wins, one more than
Kent Desormeaux.

Dutrow saddled IEAH's Rebel Rebel to a second-place finish, a neck
behind Becrux, in last year's Woodbine Mile.


  • At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jen----Where does this "The Drake" get his information on the Canadian Yearling Sale.I can assume by his inability to spell,we have to relate this to overall general intelligence---I have sold for many years in both parts of the sale and everyone knows the horses are evaluated on pedigree and conformation on a point system-I normally wouldn't comment but I couldn't stand reading the "BS" anymore

  • At 3:06 PM, Blogger the_drake said…

    I hope the University I went to isn't contacted and my degree gets taken away from me because I made some spelling mistakes on a BLOG. Ususally at 1 or 2am when I finish my day and add a post on a BLOG I don't bother re-reading it, and Jen doesn't offer a spell check. I will try to do better and will treat each new post like a Term Paper.
    The system this year was supposed to be changed, but once again the catalogue looked the same. The real BS is the "select" catalogue, show it to anyone in KY, NY or FLA, they laugh. How many very weak pedigrees are in there, I don't care if the horse looks like Point Given if it's whole family lacks blacktype (Graded as well), or is full of a Northland Park or Thistle Stakes winning family, in my mind that horse is not "select". It's time the CTHS stops the BS. Put out a select 150 horse catalogue, quit wasting the buyers time who want to buy a nice horse. Unless the horse scores high on pedigree AND conformation is does not belong in the "select" sale, the rest go in the preferred. If you're content with the way things are you've either been assisted my the mediocraty of the selection process and do not want to see change, credibility and forward motion in this industry.


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