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Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Lots of treats, surely tricks too,left in the 2007 season here at Woodbine. Good luck at the track and at the windows!
THOROUGHBLOG is pleased to provide news and comments about racing in Ontario and welcomes your comments. Breeders, get ready to pick your stallions for 2008, get ready for shopping at the Keeneland November sale next week too! New stallions are invading Ontario (see below) about joining others who are lined up to advertise on THOROUGHBLOG?

(He's a beauty...WEATHER WARNING (son of Storm Cat) to stand at Windfields. Photo courtesy Windfields Farm, Stuart Hyman)


WEATHER WARNING, an impeccably bred son of Storm Cat who won the Manitoba Derby this summer, will enter stud in 2008 at Windfields Farm in Oshawa for a fee of $5,000.

The speedy Overbrook Farms homebred was purchased purchased by Shyman Stables this year and promptly went out to win the Derby in his Canadian debut.

He earned a 91 Beyer Figure from his front-running score in the 1 1/8 mile Derby.

The 3-year-old won two sprints at Fair Grounds early in his career (maiden allowance and allowance) and was third in Turfway Park’s Hansel Stakes in March over Polytrack.

"He is as well-balanced, very fast, honest horse with a good nature," said Dallas Stewart, who previously trained Weather Warning. He set early fractions in 9 of his 11 starts, twice running "21 and change opening quarters at Churchill Downs.

A versatile fellow, he is a son of Oak Leaf Stakes (Grade 1) winner City Band (by Carson City) and a half brother to a stakes winner.

The 2yo out of City Band (City Beautiful, also by Storm Cat) won her debut this summer at Ellis Park and is undefeated.

"We are very excited to acquire a young stallion of this calibre and we appreciate Stuart Hyman's confidence in our program," said Simon Cassidy, Windfields director of farm operations. "He is the whole picture - a stakes winner with exceptional early speed, standing about 16.1 and a very correct physical type with plenty of bone and a lovely hip."


Ted Lebanowich, (The King) will be honoured on Saturday in the recreation room on the Woodbine backstretch with a memorial service for all of his friends at 11 a.m.

The King was the racing writer for the Hamilton Spectator and Fort Erie correspondent for Daily Racing Form.

He passed away earlier this month after a battle with stomach cancer.

Please come out and pay your respects to one of this game’s biggest fans and true students.


The ole-grey mare, okay she’s not that old, MONASHEE,has arrived at Woodbine and is readying for the Nov.10 Maple Leaf Stakes. The mare has won 11 straight stakes races in western Canada and is gunning for champion older mare honours in Canada. A proposed showdown with champion Financingavailable will not happen as that won will race in the Fashion Stakes instead.. read more from BILL TALLON in the Daily Racing Form..


The 2 mile and 70 yard TOUR DE FORT wrapped up Fort Erie’s season yesterday and 24 to 1 shot DANCER’S LEGACY, owned by Surinder Banghoo was the winner, capping a big day for apprentice Matt Moore.

A homebred, Dancer’s Legacy (Flaming Sky), won by 4 lengths over Lettheerebejustice and top Woodbine rider Tyler Pizarro. Favoured Benz Boy was third.

Moore rode three winners and trainer MARK FOURNIER and owner BRUNO SCHICKEDANZ won 3 races on the final card of racing.

A decision on the future of the track and any help from the province to keep it going is expected in the coming weeks.


The one in question...where he's winning on this horse and the prosecution is trying to prove he lost the race in purpose...not so sure about that thinking...but you decide..


The last day of the 1-2-3 contest at THE SCORE for a chance to win big money – get your picks in at The Score’s website on tonight’s races.

Incidentally, the show is not on TV tonight…hand out candy instead (or watch HPI TV).

Two-year-old fillies are up in race 3 – an allowance. Canadian-bred NITE IN ROME will be favoured based on her 2nd place finish in the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes on turf. The Harlan’s Holiday filly has been working quickly for this allowance event.


  • At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That video clip of that race was identical to the way Kabel rode Dancing Allstar, just a case of a rider falling asleep.

  • At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agree 100%, why dont you post that race & we can see the similarities, i remember that race and it is a carbon copy.

  • At 4:53 PM, Blogger Trackman said…

    The North American Graded Stakes Committee, the group that gives out the graded race designations, need to change the ARKANSAS DERBY from its current status of Grade 2 to Grade 1. The proof is there, and has been now for the last four years consecutively. Let's review the last 4 winners of the Arkansas Derby.

    2004---SMARTY JONES--- Won the Kentucky Derby & Preakness Stakes and just missed winning the TRIPLE CROWN with a narrow loss in the Belmont Stakes

    2005-- AFLEET ALEX-- Finished 3rd in the Kentucky Derby and won both the Preakness and Belmont.

    2006--LAWYER RON-- Won the Whitney & Woodward Stakes & finished 2nd in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

    2007--CURLIN-- Finished 3rd in the Kentucky Derby, won the Preakness Stakes, 2nd in the Belmont Stakes, won the Jockey Club Gold Cup over older horses and took down North America's richest horse race, the BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC, again over older horses.

    That's a total of 9 Triple Crown placings amongst the 4 and a BREEDERS CUP CLASSIC winner.

    CURLIN no doubt should garner 3 yr old horse of the year as well as Horse Of The Year awards.

    There are many prep races for 3 yr olds along the way to the Kentucky Derby, but, in my opinion the MAJOR ones are, the FLORIDA DERBY, the SANTA ANITA DERBY, the WOOD MEMORIAL, the BLUE GRASS STAKES, the ARKANSAS DERBY and the LANE'S END.
    The first 4 mentioned above are all Grade 1, the ARKANSAS DERBY & the LANE'S END are both Grade 2.
    The evidence has been presented why the Arkansas Derby should be upgraded to Grade 1. As for the Lane's End, it certainly deserves its Grade 2 status, at least until more proof can bring about change. However, let me add that this years Lane's End winner, HARD SPUN, who like CURLIN, were the only two 3 yr olds to compete in and survive all 3 Triple Crown races, finished second to CURLIN in the Breeders Cup Classic. The Lane's End a Grade 1???. Not yet, but this years results are a small start. The Arkansas Derby changed to Grade 1 status? The last 4 years say YES............trackman

  • At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jennifer, I wish to know what is being handed out of the candy dish at your house on this Halloween?

    And I want details.

    Like, how many will you eat if you overstock for the kids.

    How "into" Halloween does Jennifer get?

    What is your favorite candy to eat on Halloween?

    etc. etc. etc.

  • At 7:03 AM, Anonymous TerriR said…

    Wild Desert workout mystery solved!

    Check out this articlie in the Daily Racing Form

  • At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Steve said…

    I saw the race and the rider should be grilled. He didn't handle the horse down the stretch, and never showed any desire to win. He never tried!

    Every track must crack down on improprieties. This business, albeit grueling, has enormous revenues. The product(Horse Racing) must have integrity otherwise the business would suffer greatly. Jockey's, Trainer's, Steward's, Clocker's, Vet's, must be accountable. Cheating, or even a hint of, cannot be tolerated.

  • At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    Isn't there a lot more evidence regarding Fallon with respect to betting patterns and witnesses?


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