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Monday, October 29, 2007


Just 6 weeks left at Woodbine as the meet and season wind down. Two days until Trick or Treats!
The Breeders' Cup dust (slop?) has settled and local horsepeople are heading south or heading until the blankets.
There is sure to be some more good performances this season by Canadian-breds (see the Hot Canadian-bred list) and there was a super one at Churchill Downs yesterday...
Fog City and Vinery’s AUTHENICAT (D'Wildcat), bred in Hillburgh,Ontario by Gail Wood, led late
in yesterday’s Grade 2 Pocohontas Stkes at Churchill Downs but was caught nearing the
wire by Pure Clan.
Her Beyer Figure was not available yet but she had earned a 90 in her previous race, a win
in the Victorian Queen Stakes.
It was a super effort from yet another lovely 2yo filly that Woodbine has produced in 2007
and that division for Sovereign Award voters will be confusing.
or AUTHENICAT, just to name a few.
(Incidentally, Wood’s other runner this year out of the mare Authentic Deed, the dam
of Authenicat, FUDGETHEBOTTOMLINE was third in the Bunty Lawless Stakes at
Woodbine yesterday.)
Read further to see a report on Dancing Allstar’s 4th stakes win of the season yesterday.
 The Polytrack is still very lively and several horses came oh-so close to setting track
records yesterday.
BALLADO DANCER has to be considered one of the best claims of the year simply because
he was taken for $10K and has won twice for Marko Mesic – yesterday in an
allowance/opt. claimer in 1:15.54, just 2/100’s off the track record for 6 ½ furlongs.
His Beyer was a 92.
The Outflanker Florida-bred is very fast (43 3/5 half-mile split) and fun to watch. He is
fresh and beat up on season-weary dudes like COOL SELECTION and ARE YOUR SERIOUS etc.
Speaking of fresh horses, LEGAL MOVE blew past some nice ones in the Kennedy Road prep
yesterday, a 3yo by Bold Executive beating older guys like Main Executive etc. The Mark
Casse trainee was 15 to 1 and the longshot shot on the board in the small field. He has been
on a short vacation for Woodbine’s leading trainer.
His 1:08.88 time for 6 furlongs was 4/100’s off the track record. He earned a lifetime
best Beyer of 96.
First-timer SEBASTIAN’S SONG (Cherokee Run – Noble Strike by Smart Strike) earned
a 74 Beyer Figure for his career debut win for Centennial Farms Niagara and trainer
Alec Fehr. Looks like a nice prospect for the classics next year..

The stakes recaps follow…(courtesy Woodbine Entertainment)
(Note -Rahy’s Attorney – 96 Beyer, lifetime best)
TORONTO, October 28 - Rahy's Attorney recorded his second stakes score
of 2007 and jockey Robert Landry recorded his second stakes win of the
day in the $125,000 Bunty Lawless at Woodbine.
The son of Crown Attorney rallied along the inside of the 'yielding'
E.P. Taylor Turf Course and collared runner-up Archers Alyancer just
past the eighth pole. Fudgethebottomline finished third. 
Rahy's Attorney traveled one mile in 1:37.66.
Landry, who won the Labeeb with Awesome Action in the program's fourth
race, has been aboard for all five of the gelding's victories this
"I think he's a little bit better on the turf. He's just a nice horse.
He tries so hard," said Landry.
A three-year-old is owned by Ellie Boje Farm, Peters, Read and
McClellan, Rahy's Attorney is trained by Ian Black, who said after that
the Bunty Lawless was probably his last start of the season.
The victory was Rahy's Attorney's fifth win in seven starts. He also
won the Vice Regent Stakes on September 2. He has now earned $307,365.
The Bunty Lawless is for Ontario-sired runners aged three and older.
TORONTO, October 28 - Awesome Action closed furiously down the E.P.
Taylor Turf course to capture Sunday's $100,000 Labeeb Stakes at
The son of Awesome Again, who also sired Saturday's Breeders' Cup
Distaff winner Ginger Punch, finished a half-length in front of last
year's Labeeb champ Just Rushing. The 2005 Summer Stakes winner Bear's
Kid was a neck further back in third at 25-1.
Awesome Action is owned by Curtis and Nancy Joseph, Don Meehan and Sue
Leslie, who is also his trainer. Now a 10-time winner, he covered one
mile in 1:38.05.
The victory was the seven-year-old gelding's third win in his past five
starts and his second stakes tally of the year.
Jockey Robert Landry said he was worried about the 'yielding' turf
"He's the type of horse that would prefer it a little firmer," said
Landry. "He really wasn't comfortable over the surface. He's an old
but he's a courageous guy. He gave me everything he had. That's the
thing about horses - when they have a lot of heart and they dig down
deep, sometimes they run through anything."
Awesome Action has enjoyed a tremendous comeback year after he finished
2006 with a 0-for-8 record and just $34,210 in earnings.
With his win in the Labeeb, the Ontario-bred boosts his earnings to
Trainer Sue Leslie said it's hard to explain why he's so much more
productive this season.
"He had a little niggling problem last year," said Leslie. "More than
anything, we got into some traffic jams. It's nobody's fault, the holes
just weren't there. This year, for some reason, the gods have shined
down us and openings have come and he's been able to get his way
Leslie said the Labeeb was Awesome Action's last dance of the year.
"He's earned a rest. He'll probably go to Florida for the winter, but
just to rest, not to run."


Dancing Allstar waltzes past Remarkable Miss

Dennis Feser, Vancouver Sun

Published: Monday, October 29, 2007

There may not be much more travelling in Dancing Allstar's future. But trainer Terry Jordan said he may have mapped a different campaign this season had she proved just a little better in her mid-summer trip to Ontario.

Dancing Allstar trumped four others in Saturday's $109,217 Fantasy for 2-year-old fillies at Hastings Racecourse, crossing 11/16 miles in a solid 1:454/5 to finish two lengths clear of Remarkable Miss.

It was her fourth stakes win of the season, with the first coming in the My Dear at Woodbine in July. Two subsequent runner-up finishes at the Toronto track prompted Jordan to bring her back home.

So when Emerald Downs' three-time stakes-winner Smarty Deb ran fifth in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, the obvious question was whether Jordan had considered that route for Dancing Allstar? "If she had won that second stake in Toronto, when she got beat about 1/8th of an inch, that's where she would have gone," said Jordan, who trains the daughter of Mellennium Allstar for Bob Cheema. "But that kind of changed our thinking. And seeing what happened today [Saturday at Monmouth Park] I think she would have been competitive there."

Jordan denies Dancing Allstar is a speed demon. "We'd just been doing things wrong and since we've corrected them she's won three races," he said. "The other day she went 58 and change easy. Two-year-olds don't do that here."

Leading rider Mario Gutierrez has been aboard for all three of her victories here -- and can expect to partner her again next season. "She will probably be one that will stay here," said Jordan, who also runs horse in Toronto. "There's lots of good races here and there's so much money between here and Alberta now."

Dancing Allstar was the first filly to complete the Sadie Diamond Futurity-Fantasy double since the introduction of the female futurity in 1989. Only Ookashada, last year, and Illusive Force, in 2002, have annexed both Jack Diamond and the middle-distance Ascot Graduation for juvenile colts.

Desert Alf, winner of the Jack D, failed in his bid to complete that double on Sunday, faltering in the final steps by a half-length to Royal Hudson in the $110,994 Ascot Grad at Hastings.

After a fierce pace battle, Desert Alf and Frank Fuentes appeared to take control coming into the stretch, but Richard Hamel guided Royal Hudson from last to first by coming through on the rail. Owned by George Gilbert, Dr. Karl Chan and Glyn Kelly, Royal Hudson was the third Ascot winner for trainer Dave Forster who connected with Torrey Ridge in 1996 and Highland Appeal in 1990.



  • At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is interesting to note that Ballado Dancer ran faster than Legal Move on Sunday. BD ran 6f in 1:08.79 en route to a 6.5f time of 1:15.54 whereas LM ran his 6f race in 1:08.88. Yet Legal Move received a Beyer of 96 compared to 92 for Ballado Dancer. BD actually broke the 6f track record.

  • At 5:41 PM, Blogger the_drake said…

    RB wins The Drake BC Challenge by 6, $50 will be donated to The Long Run in his/her name. The final scores:
    RB :57
    KG :51
    MD :49
    Jen :37
    Thanks for all those who put in an entry.

    Anon 1:18
    I didn't know that having an opinion about something meant that I think I'm the smartest guy in the room. Take away the 5 point bonuses and I was 2nd. I didn't do this to start a pissing contest about who's the better handicapper. I bet big 4 days out of the year, Oaks, Derby and Breeders Cup. There are many out there better than I am, but I still think I can state my opinions whether you like them or not. I did hit the exacta on 8 of the 11 races, 7 for 8 on the big day. What I enter in a contest a few days before the races without knowing the track conditions and talking to people who have been whatching the horses everyday, is a far cry from what actually goes on my ticket. Just like what some published handicappers put down as ther picks in their respective publications don't always end up being what they punch in. If my entry was below pathetic what would Jens be rated as?

    Thanks for putting an entry in.

  • At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Breeders:
    A total of $111,903,685 was wagered from all souces on the 11 race Breeders Cup card,a decrease of 20.3% from last years Cup which had only 8 races.
    Now, according to the Breeders Cup CEO, Greg Aviola " The weekend combined stunning athletic performances and solid business results"
    What the heck are they smoking down in New Jersey?

    Alex Sidor

  • At 12:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi jen

    first off i'd like to say im glad your back

    i'd like to see what others think about racing two year olds on the poly. I have heard alot about injuries related to poly that didnt tend to happen on the dirt.

    what does everyone think?

  • At 2:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Authenicat is indeed very impressive and Fudgethebottomline is also running well. I wonder if Ms. Woods has any more like that at home? It's nice to see we get some good results with cdn breds south of the border. Congrats to their connections!

  • At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The_Drake...while Jen may have done even worse that you. She doesn't resort to cheap put-downs about peoples handicapping skills everytime she doesn't agree with their opinions.

    The fact that you are so quick to do this all the time makes you sound like a know it all. As a know it all you should have been able to clean up, yet you were mediocre at best.

    Just keep that in mind next time you can't come up with any better response. I mean a guy that only bets 4 times a year should have plenty of time to actually do it right.


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