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Tuesday, October 23, 2007


note - Woodbine will have 11 live races, post time 11:45 a.m.***


This is the week of all weeks for horse racing fans around the world - the BREEDERS' CUP, this
year on Friday AND Saturday. What a wild set of races and interesting handicapping puzzles.

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PP HorseJockeyTrainer OwnerOdds
1Miss Macy Sue
Kelly Von HemelRoll Reroll Stables LLC, William Gessmann, and Dennis Acbaugh
2Miraculous Miss
Steve KlesarisPuglisi Stables, Steve B. Klesaris
3Dream Rush
Richard Violette Jr.West Point Thoroughbreds
Doug F. O'NeillMark Gorman, Nick Mestrandrea, Jim Perry
5Jazzy (ARG) (*15)
Mark A. HennigTeam Valor International, Des Scott, Robert Muir
6Oprah Winney
Richard E. Dutrow Jr.Sanford Goldfarb, Michael Dubb, Bunch of Characters Stable
7La Traviata
Francois PariselMichael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith
8Wild Gams
Benjamin W. Perkins Jr.New Farm
9Shaggy Mane
Don Chatlos Jr.IEAH Stables, Andrew Cohen, Gary Tolchin, Jim Kwong, and Steve Cohen
10Baroness Thatcher
Francois PariselZayat Stables LLC
Total horses entered in race: 10
(*09) denotes 9% supplementary fee
(*15) denotes 15% supplementary fee

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
PP HorseJockeyTrainer OwnerOdds
1Your Round
Mark HubleyKatie Rich Stables
Wesley WardKenneth and Sarah Ramsey
3The Leopard
Todd A. PletcherDerrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor
4Cherokee Triangle
Michael J. MakerSkychai Racing Stable, Sand Dollar Stable LLC
5Strike the Deal
Jeremy NosedaThe Searchers
6Gio Ponti
Christophe ClementCastleton Lyons, Inc.
Francois PariselFab Oak Stable
8Achill Island (IRE)
Aidan P. O'BrienMrs. John Magnier
William I. MottMonticule LLC
10Preachin Man
Ronny WernerMcKathan Brothers and Fred Hertrich
11Texas Fever
Michael StidhamStonerside Stable LLC
12Domestic Fund (IRE)
Dermot K. WeldMoyglare Stud Farm Ltd.
Total horses entered in race: 12
(*09) denotes 9% supplementary fee
(*15) denotes 15% supplementary fee

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile
PP HorseJockeyTrainer OwnerOdds
1Discreet Cat
Saeed bin SuroorGodolphin Racing LLC
2Lewis Michael
Wayne M. CatalanoFrank Carl Calabrese Stable
3Wanderin Boy
Nicholas P. ZitoArthur B. Hancock III
William I. MottZayat Stables LLC
5High Finance
Richard Violette Jr.West Point Thoroughbreds, Inc.
6Gottcha Gold
Edward Plesa Jr.Centaur Farms, Inc.
7Park Avenue Ball
James T. RyersonChar-Mari Stable
James A. JerkensCentennial Farms
Mark ShumanCircle Z Stable, Joseph Masone, Mark Shuman
Total horses entered in race: 9
(*09) denotes 9% supplementary fee
(*15) denotes 15% supplementary fee

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies
PP HorseJockeyTrainer OwnerOdds
1Phantom Income
Richard Violette Jr.Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William Lawrence
2Clearly Foxy
Mark E. CasseCharles LaLoggia
3Tasha's Miracle
John W. SadlerBudget Stables and Team Valor International
4Indian Blessing
Bob BaffertHal J. Earnhardt III
5Irish Smoke
Francois PariselWest Point Thoroughbreds, Inc. and Lewis G. Lakin
6Set Play
Peter MillerSean Gerson, Charleville Stables
7Backseat Rhythm
Patrick L. ReynoldsPaul P. Pompa Jr.
Ronald L. McAnallyJanis R. Whitman
9Smarty Deb
Doris HarwoodNorthwest Farms LLC
10Proud Spell
J. Larry JonesBrereton C. Jones
11Zee Zee
William I. MottZayat Stables LLC
12Grace Anatomy
Doug F. O'NeillJ. Paul Reddam, Suarez Racing, and Paul LoDuca
13Cry and Catch Me
Bob BaffertStetson Land and Cattle Company
14A to the Croft
Kenneth G. McPeekKoolmen Racing Stables LLC
Total horses entered in race: 14
(*09) denotes 9% supplementary fee
(*15) denotes 15% supplementary fee

Breeders' Cup Juvenile
PP HorseJockeyTrainer OwnerOdds
1Z Humor
William I. MottZayat Stables LLC
2War Pass
Nicholas P. ZitoRobert V. LaPenta
3Kodiak Kowboy
Steven M. AsmussenVinery Stables
4Slew's Tiznow
Francois PariselJoseph LaCombe Stables, Inc.
5Shore Do
Chuck PeeryMike Connors, Terry and Kevin Jacobsen, Jim Hawkins
Doug F. O'NeillJ. Paul Reddam
Steven M. AsmussenWinchell Thoroughbreds LLC
Richard Violette Jr.Klaravich Stables, Inc. and William Lawrence
9Old Man Buck
Kenneth G. McPeekLawrence E. Carroll
10Tale of Ekati
Barclay TaggCharles Fipke
11Dixie Chatter
Richard E. MandellaHerman Sarkowsky
12Salute the Sarge
Eric GuillotSouthern Equine Stables LLC
13Wicked Style
George R. Arnold IIIAshbrook Farm
Total horses entered in race: 13
(*09) denotes 9% supplementary fee
(*15) denotes 15% supplementary fee

Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf
PP HorseJockeyTrainer OwnerOdds
1All My Loving (IRE)
Aidan P. O'BrienMrs. Richard Henry, Mrs. John Magnier
2Honey Ryder
Todd A. PletcherGlencrest Farm
3Nashoba's Key
Carla GainesWarren B. Williamson
4Passage of Time (GB)
Henry A. CecilJuddmonte Farms, Inc.
5Wait a While
Todd A. PletcherArindel Farm
6Lahudood (GB) (*09)
Kiaran P. McLaughlinShadwell Farm LLC
7Argentina (IRE)
Robert J. FrankelStonerside Stable LLC
8Timarwa (IRE)
John M. OxxH.H. The Aga Khan
Francois PariselJoseph Allen
McDonald BensonRobert J. Costigan
11Simply Perfect (GB)
Jeremy NosedaDerrick Smith, Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier
12Precious Kitten
Robert J. FrankelKenneth and Sarah Ramsey
Total horses entered in race: 12
(*09) denotes 9% supplementary fee
(*15) denotes 15% supplementary fee

Breeders' Cup Sprint
PP HorseJockeyTrainer OwnerOdds
1Smokey Stover
Greg GilchristHarry J. Aleo
2Midnight Lute
Bob BaffertPegram, Watson, and Weitman Performances LLC
3Attila's Storm
Richard E. SchosbergR.D. Hubbard, Barry K. Schwartz, Wachtel Stable and Brous Stable
4Talent Search
Mark ShumanKenneth and Sarah Ramsey
5Kelly's Landing
Eddie KenneallySummerplace Farm
Nicholas P. ZitoTracy Farmer
7Idiot Proof
Clifford W. SiseMartin J. and Pam Wygod
8Benny the Bull
Richard E. Dutrow Jr.IEAH Stables, Greg James, Andrew Cohen
William SpawrFred Carillo, Daniel A. Cassella
10Greg's Gold
David E. HofmansWilliam R. Boswell
William I. MottZayat Stables LLC
Total horses entered in race: 11
(*09) denotes 9% supplementary fee
(*15) denotes 15% supplementary fee

Breeders' Cup Mile
PP HorseJockeyTrainer OwnerOdds
1Rebellion (GB)
H. Graham MotionJames and Mary Lea Treptow
2Icy Atlantic
Todd A. PletcherJames T. Scatuorchio
3After Market
John A. ShirreffsMartin J. and Pam Wygod
4Host (CHI) (*15)
Todd A. PletcherMelnyk Racing Stables
Sir Michael R. StouteMrs. Elizabeth Moran
6Trippi's Storm
Stanley M. HoughE. Paul Robsham Stable LLC
Francois PariselFlying Zee Stables
8Kip Deville (*15)
Richard E. Dutrow Jr.IEAH Stables, Andrew Cohen, John A. Roberts, Steve Cohen, Roy Cobb
9Nobiz Like Shobiz
Barclay TaggElizabeth Jones Valando
10My Typhoon (IRE)
William I. MottLive Oak Plantation
11Silent Name (JPN)
Robert J. FrankelStronach Stables, Inc., Wertheimer et Frere
Thomas F. ProctorEdward Joseph Sukley
13Excellent Art (GB) (*09)
Aidan O'BrienMrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Matthew Green
14Remarkable News (VEN) (*15)
Angel Penna Jr.Holly S. Rincon
Total horses entered in race: 14
(*09) denotes 9% supplementary fee
(*15) denotes 15% supplementary fee

Breeders' Cup Distaff
PP HorseJockeyTrainer OwnerOdds
David E. HofmansAmerman Racing LLC
2Prop Me Up
Gregory D. SaccoSilly Goose Racing Stables LLC
3Tough Tiz's Sis (*09)
Bob BaffertWatson and Weitman Performances LLC
4Ginger Punch (*09)
Robert J. FrankelStronach Stables LLC
5Lady Joanne
Carl A. NafzgerBentley Smith
6Bear Now
Reade BakerBear Stables, Ltd.
7Lear's Princess
Kiaran P. McLaughlinWest Point Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Todd A. PletcherStarlight Stables, Donald Lucarelli
H. Allen JerkensJoseph Allen
10Indian Vale
Todd A. PletcherMelnyk Racing Stables
11Unbridled BelleTodd A. Pletcher
Team Valor International
Jerry HollendorferRancho San Miguel, Jerry Hollendorfer, George Todaro
Total horses entered in race: 12
(*09) denotes 9% supplementary fee
(*15) denotes 15% supplementary fee

Breeders' Cup Turf
PP HorseJockeyTrainer OwnerOdds
1Fri Guy
Dale L. RomansZayat Stables LLC
2Red Rocks (IRE)
Brian MeehanJ. Paul Reddam
3Better Talk Now
H. Graham MotionBushwood Stables
4Shamdinan (FR)
Angel Penna Jr.Triple B Farms
5Grand Couturier (GB)
Robert RibaudoMarc Keller
6English Channel
Todd A. PletcherJames T. Scatuorchio
7Dylan Thomas (IRE)
Aidan O'BrienMrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor
8Transduction Gold
John GlenneyJohn and Kim Glenney
Total horses entered in race: 8
(*09) denotes 9% supplementary fee
(*15) denotes 15% supplementary fee

Breeders' Cup Classic
PP HorseJockeyTrainer OwnerOdds
1Lawyer Ron
Todd A. PletcherHines Racing LLC
2Street Sense
Carl A. NafzgerJames B. Tafel
3Any Given Saturday
Todd A. PletcherWinStar Farm LLC and Padua Stables
Steven M. AsmussenStonestreet Stables LLC, Padua Stables, George Bolton, Shirley Cunningham
5George Washington (IRE)
Aidan O'BrienMrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith
6Awesome Gem
Craig DollaseWest Point Thoroughbreds, Inc., Patrice Arudel, Paul Blavin
7Diamond Stripes
Richard E. Dutrow Jr.Four Roses Thoroughbreds NV
8Hard Spun
J. Larry JonesFox Hill Farms, Inc.
John A. ShirreffsMr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss
(*09) denotes 9% supplementary fee
(*15) denotes 15% supplementary fee

Woodbine Races Saturday –

** Post Times and Betting Profile

RACE 1 11:45 Double, Pick 3,



12:15 Pick 3, Pick 7,



12:45 Pick-3,



1:17 Win-4,



1:46 Pick 3,


6 2:21 Pick 3,


7 2:57 Pick-3,


8 3:28 Pick 3,


9 3:57 Pick 3,


10 4:35 Double,


11 5:10 Superfecta 5:35

Monmouth Park Breeders’ Cup

Post times, betting profile

(woodbine bets right into Monmouth pools)

11:00 Pegasus Dbl, Pick 3,

Pick 5, Super

11:25 Miss Woodford

Pick 3,


11:55 Select Dbl, Pick3,

12:30 Juvenile Fillies

Pick 3,

Pick 4, Super

1:10 Juvenile Pick 3,


1:55 Filly & Mare Turf

Pick 3,

$2 Pick 6,


2:35 Sprint Pick 3,


3:20 Mile Pick 3,

Pick 4, Super

4:50 Turf Double,


5:35 Classic Superfecta


Sealy Hill on top of HOT CANADIAN BRED LIST

With respect to BEAR NOW, who is entered in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff and a very good showing would change this line of questioning – who will be Canada’s Horse of the Year?

Trainer Frank Kirby from Chicago hopes it’s the Kentucky-bred gelding CLOUDY’S KNIGHT that he trains for Dr. Jerry and Shirley Schwartz.

He’s eligible – now that he’s made the required 3 starts in Canada and has won two graded races including the Grade 1 Canadian International over the hotshot ASK.

But what about SEALY HILL? She won the Triple Tiara, no filly has done that, and she was a close 2nd in the Canadian Stakes and again on Sunday in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor, when she appeared to pull herself up late or get run down by the super French filly MRS.LINDSAY.

It has been a super year for Canadian-breds and Canadian-based horses with SKY CONQUEROR, JAMBALAYA, BEAR NOW, INDIAN VALE etc. winning big races against top competition.

(Eugene Melynk had a lovely firster win at Belmont last week, a Canadian-bred 2yo colt who was awkward and green but won a 1 mile maiden allowance with a 66 Beyer Figure. VAUCLUSE is by A P Indy out of Betty's Pet, a winner.)

The Sovereign Awards are less than 6 weeks away and the debates will be strong not just for Horse of the Year, but for many categories.


Woodbine-based folks Mark Casse, Mac Benson and Reade Baker are at Monmouth this week with our Woodbine contingent – CHARLES LALOGGIA’S CLEARLY FOXY, BOB COSTIGAN’S ARRAVALE and DANNY DION’S BEAR NOW.

All three are longshots but it can be said that there are reasons to consider that each one could get a piece, maybe a big piece, if things go right.

CLEARLY FOXY (Volponi) is bred for the dirt and has only raced on turf, winning the Grade 3 Natalma in her 2nd start. She is eligible for Canada’s champion 2yo filly.

She is also possibly capable of improving her 83 turf Beyer Figure as a lightly raced gal. Maybe it will be an 85 or a 90 and that gives her a shot.

ARRAVALE has been a frustrating story for her barn. She was Canada’s Horse of the Year last year in 2007 – she has been below that form in 4 starts this year.

She prefers longer distances so 2 recent one-mile races could be ignored but she would need a lifetime best Beyer Figure in the Filly and Mare Turf – 103 – and hey, she earned her two triple digit Beyer Figures last fall.

BEAR NOW (Tiznow) is Canada except for her breeding and, well, where she was born.

Anyway, the Dion-owned miss has won 4 of 7 this year including the $750,000 Cotillion (Grade 2) at Philly Park in Sept. with a 101 Beyer Figure.

Jockey Jerry Baird, who was a guest at Woodbine’s final seminar on Saturday along with Sky Conqueror, is 2 for 2 on the fast filly. She is not the highest Beyer Figure horse in the race based on the last race but she has speed and will enjoy the tight turns as long as she gets a good post position.


(as selected by THOROUGHBLOG)


Stem cell injection revives career of Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Greg's Gold


AP Racing Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The day after winning a big stakes race in 2005, Greg's Gold turned up in his barn with a bowed tendon -- the kind of injury that depresses owners and puts expensive thoroughbreds out to pasture forever.

Not this time.

Using stem cells harvested from his own fat to repair his right front tendon, Greg's Gold returned to racing at the highest level. Now, he's one of the top contenders in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint.

A full field of 14 was expected for the 6-furlong Sprint when post positions are drawn Tuesday for the 11-race, $23 million Breeders' Cup to be run over two days at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. The Sprint is Saturday.

A victory would cap a remarkable return for Greg's Gold following an 18-month layoff for the stem cell procedure and recovery. The 6-year-old gray gelding was being pointed toward the 2005 Sprint when the injury surfaced.

"We usually make riding horses out of them or they're retired," trainer David Hofmans said. "He has come back and is running very well."

A scan showed swelling in Greg's Gold after he won the 2005 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar. The ligament in his right front tendon had been shredded.

"The prognosis was not very good," Hofmans recalled. "In my mind, it was the only procedure that would help the horse maybe make it back."

Typically, a veterinarian makes a small incision and uses scissors to trim out a small amount of fat near the horse's rump, although it can be taken from anywhere. The fat is shipped to the lab, where the stem and regenerative cells are isolated and the fat is gotten rid of. The cells are then returned and implanted at the site of the injury.

"Mini-liposuction" is how Hofmans describes the procedure he also calls "revolutionary."

"It's not like performance-enhancing drugs at all. It doesn't make them any better (athletes)," said Dr. Robert Harman, whose company Vet-Stem in suburban San Diego holds the worldwide exclusive veterinary patent.

Previously, a thoroughbred with a bowed tendon underwent surgery that created scar tissue. As a result, the tendon became rigid and couldn't stretch, which impaired its running ability.

"The tendon is a rubber band where energy is stored when a horse runs," Harman said. "If scar tissue is in there, it's no longer elastic and will break again."

When stem cells are injected into a horse's injury, they act as an anti-inflammatory that helps prevent scar tissue from forming. Harman compared it to a plastic surgeon injecting fat cells into a person's face to reduce wrinkles.

Harman is careful to note that his patented procedure does not involve embryonic stem cells, which are the focus of a highly charged political debate. President Bush has placed restrictions on federal funding for research involving those type of cells.

"They took the stem cells from him, they're not getting it from an embryo," Hofmans said. "That's a big difference."

After the procedure, Greg's Gold took a year off from racing. He slowly resumed working out, walking on an underwater treadmill for three months before jogging.

"Halfway through his training, I could see his tendon was acting differently," Hofmans said. "There was never any problem with it and he showed in his workouts that he was just as good as ever."

Hofmans is excited about Greg's Gold's chances Saturday. The 64-year-old trainer will be seeking his third Breeders' Cup victory, having won the 1996 Classic with Alphabet Soup and the 2003 Distaff with Adoration.

Dr. Wade Byrd, the veterinarian who did the procedure, is a bit pessimistic, Hofmans said.

"He's a laboratory kind of guy. He's very analytical," the trainer said. "He would be a horrible horse trainer. He doesn't see the horse all the time. He doesn't see that it's different than other tendons that I've seen in the past."

Byrd had cautioned Hofmans going in that Greg's Gold might be good for another 4-to-5 races. He'll be competing for the eighth time Saturday.

"We're using these animals for our own gain, so we have a responsibility of making sure everything is right with them," Hofmans said.


MISS MACY SUE is a favourite…but work almost botched…

Iowa filly keeps her head in N.J. tuneup



Miss Macy Sue had a tense moment Monday in her tuneup for Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

The filly, owned by Leroy Gessmann of Grimes and Dennis Albaugh of Ankeny, worked a half-mile in 48 seconds at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, site of the Friday and Saturday Breeders’ Cup races.

As Miss Macy Sue was getting ready to break from a jog to full stride, Benny the Bull, preparing for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, did the same. When that happens, there’s the risk that competitive horses will hook up in an impromptu race and burn each other out.

However, jockey Eddie Razo heard Benny the Bull coming from behind him on the inside. He was able to move his filly away from the action.

“I stayed wide the whole way; I didn’t want to get close to him,” Razo said. “She ended up perfect.”

Razo had flown in from Hawthorne Racecourse in Chicago just to ride Miss Macy Sue in the workout.

“We sure didn’t want her to go in a race,” trainer Kelly Von Hemel said. “That’s why we wanted Eddie to be there, and it paid off.”




"Sunday's 11-race program was a big hit in an aesthetic sense, with good racing and perfect weather, but a disappointment in a business sense.

All-sources handle on the card was $4,605,531, down from $5,247,224 on the corresponding 11-race program last year.

Handle on the Canadian International itself, with a 12-race field, was $1,048,861. The handle on last year's Canadian International, with 10 starters, was $1,179,554.

"California was down quite a bit; we're not sure why," said Sean Pinsonneault, Woodbine's vice president, wagering services.

"And, the exchange rate was off about 15 percent [compared to 2006]. That affects the handle a little bit."

Pinsonneault estimated Sunday's attendance at 12,000."


(through Sunday, starts, wins, 2nds, 3rds, Earnings)

Patrick Husbands 547 106 112 75 $7,401,957

Emma-Jayne Wilson 759 103 113 109 $6,514,332

Tyler Pizarro 755 103 104 83 $4,504,072

Emile Ramsammy 629 97 66 70 $4,607,660

TILLER BUYS 5 FOR $103,000

Canadian based trainers NICK GONZALEZ, KEVIN ATTARD, PAUL ATTARD, LAURIE SILVERA, DAVE COTEY, TOM O'KEEFE, JOHN CHARALMABOUS and BOB TILLER were busy at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale that started yesterday.
Tiller bought a bunch of youngsters including colts by young sires CARTWRIGHT and SOTO (2yo stakes winner by Dehere) for $34,000 and $33,000 respectively.


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