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Monday, November 19, 2007



True Metropolitan, seen last year in the winner's circle after the Slots Cup, won the same race this year - now known by its previous name the Autumn Stakes. The Florida-bred had a huge effort on Saturday

to beat top 2yo LEONNATUS ANTEAS)


TRUE METROPOLITAN ran a career best 102 Beyer that was needed to beat the tough 3yo Leonnatus Anteas in the Autumn Stakes (grade 3) on Saturday.

CONNECTIONS (see below) 97 in the Kennedy Road.

INITIATION , 79 in Glorious Song.


Invaders win both Woodbine stakes

WAKE AT NOON vanned off

Before a Sunday wrap gets started - THOROUGHBLOG has learned that this morning, WAKE AT NOON is 'walking better" than he was after the Kennedy Road Stakes yesterday.

The Horse of the Year from several years ago, who is a 10yo who has been racing after stud duty for a couple of seasons and a horse who is far below what he used to be, was vanned off after beating one one rival in the stake yesterday.

More will be known in a few hours.

Meanwhile, the Unbridled gelding CONNECTIONS came from last place to win yesterday’s Grade 3 Kennedy Road Stakes at 6 furlongs at Woodbine the first stakes win for the 6yo Ruman Stable fellow.

The gelding had been to Woodbine once before, in his previous race, finishing a belated 3rd in the prep. He put it all together yesterday under new rider Jeremy Rose (who also won the Glorious Song Stakes with Augustin Stable’s Initiation, benefiting form a well-timed move.

Connections was claimed by his new owners last June for $35,000 from breeder Glen Hill Farm and he has changed his style from speedball to off-the-pace sprinter. It was his 2nd win in 5 starts this year and he has become a synthetic track lover.

"(Trainer Mike) Dini told me the more you get him back the better he
runs,” said Rose.
“First jump out of there, I pretty much grabbed a hold of him and
he came right back to me," said Rose. "We were coming pretty fast. I
wasn't sure if I had him too far back. In the last eighth of a mile, I
saw the horse in front (Ballado Dancer). He didn't look like he was
running on. I knew we were picking up speed pretty fast."
Dini said other factors may have kept him out of the winners circle in his last two tries,
October 6 and October 28.
"When I ran him at Keeneland he seemed to get stuck on a rail that was
no good," said Dini. "The first time he ran here, he broke badly."
The Kennedy Road is Dini's first ever graded stakes triumph.
What a race by BALLADO DANCER, the front runner who has blossomed for owner
and trainer Marko Mesic.
The Florida bred by Outflanker was claimed for $10,000 and he has won 3 times and
is now graded stakes placed.
The race left the sprint category in shambles since hotshots LEGAL MOVE, DANCER’S BAJAN
and JUST RUSHING did not have great results.
Also,MAIN EXECUTIVE, who could not deal with the hot pace, was never a factor.
Before the Kennedy Road, Rose brought INITIATION up the rail on the turn and\
angled out to rally past VICTORY ROMANCE to win the 7 furlong Glorious Song.
The winner was making her 3rd career start and first race since 4th in the Alcibiades
at Keeneland where she lugged in after a ground saving trip all the way.
Trainer Graham Motion’s assistant trainer Joy Cooper said Motion considered the
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but decided against it.
"He didn't think that she was quite ready to go (to the Breeders' Cup)
so (Graham) decided to back off a little bit and come for the (Glorious
Song)," explained Cooper.
The victory elevates Initiation's career earnings to $171,800.
"It's worth the trip North, especially with the Canadian dollar being
worth more than the American dollar," said Cooper.



Yet another first-time starter won for trainer MARK CASSE. The well bred, giant 3yo MARKET GAIN came from last to win the first, a B level maiden allowance. The colt is a ½ brother to millionaire star CHOCTAW NATION.

Race 2 – another off the pace runner, PREMA CAT was a predictable winner in a maiden $20K race for Parkway Racing and Bill Tharrenos. The Ciano Cat filly was breed by Ron Clarkson in Ontario.

Emma-Jayne Wilson guided the Cactus Ridge filly PRICKLY SITUATION to a win for 50K claiming in race 3 for trainer Sid Attard. The filly was beaten only a nose in her debut and did not ‘bounce’ yesterday. The long, smooth striding SHINY DIAMONDS ran on well to be 2nd and she is the first starter for her sire, Lodge Hill (Cozzene).

Bear Stables claimed firster DANCE POINT (D’Wildcat) from the race.

The Bear came right back to get some of that money back when BEAR DIXIECAT won the first leg of the Pick 4 in front running fashion. She is by Dixie Union and trained by Reade Baker. That was an allowance/optional claiming race for non-winners of 2 other than.

Maiden allowance fillies stepped up in race 5 at 6 furlongs and handicappers had to ask themselves the question before the race – why was jockey DAVID CLARK not riding HAVEUBEENTOLDTODAY back after a 2nd place finish in her debut for his top barn Nick Gonzalez?

Well, Clark stayed with CALL THE POSSE (Posse) and at 18 to 1, guided the filly to a win.

She had worked well since her first two dull career starts. Her winning Beyer Figure was a 73.

Call the Posse is an Ontario bred and is from the family of top mares REGAL GAL and RELAZING RHYTHM.

Trainer LES FROST won his 2nd race of the meeting with BEYOND ASCOT (Ascot Knight) who dropped from allowance to $12,500 claimed in race 7.

There was a really super performance in race 9 from the Lost Soldier mare LADYINBLUE, a grey Kentucky bred who was brought from Florida by John Simms and the Dixieland Stable in the summer.

The 5yo did not race much in 2007 but won the Labatt Cup at Fort Erie and, in her 2nd ever Polytrack run at Woodbine, led all the way yesterday for $20K claiming, going fast from start to finish. She got a 73 Beyer Figure for her 9th win in 32 starts.

Since she loves Tampa Bay Downs, she figures to head there next for Simms.

The last 9th and 10th race winners, Ladyinblue and BOLDER THAN BRASS were won in stunning front running fashion despite fast pace splits. But the track seemed to play fairly (more of an outside, rallying flow) most of the day. Who knows if something was done to the track for the last 2 races or is BOLDER THAN BRASS just a star on the rise??

The Bold Executive Ontario bred battled on the pace and won in 109.52 for 6 furlongs – a whopping 88 Beyer Figure for the day.

The gelding (bred and co-owned by Mervyn Kirby) was 7th in a previous allowance try for Ontario-sired dudes but had won an allowance race before that.

Bold Comment was up to his old hanging tricks as he made a late lead but stalled.

The winner of the 11th and final race was Ontario bred Mystic Missile, who jumped to the lead into the turn and won his maiden for $12,500 for Audre Cappuccitti.

Hey $2.4 million was bet on the day of racing and there is 3 weeks left in the meeting.


As reported in THOROUGHBLOG in the last couple of weeks (to check any previous reports or news, just use the SEARCH button above), Alberta racing is on the way up..

Check out this excerpt from Glenye Cain’s story in DAILY RACING FORM on the weekend:

(Dennis) Ejack, who represented several new clients from Alberta, Canada, at the 2007 (Keeneland) November sale, said the rising cost of the province's oil and the prospect of a new racetrack in Alberta are driving interest in horses there. So is a hefty incentive program for mare buyers.

"We have a unique program with our mare purchase program that reimburses our clients who buy their first mare by 30 percent," said Ejack, who had purchased both mares and weanlings at the auction. "That's quite an incentive along with the currency. If you do the math, look at how much stronger our dollar is and the good programs at home, even though the prices are higher here, you're still buying at a pretty good clip."


MANITOBA-BRED LA WILDCAT won the Miss Power Puff Stakes on Saturday at Hawthorne for her 2nd win in 8 career starts. The Froest Wildcat-Zambia by Theatrical 2yo was bred by Stonyfield Farms, Alistair Roden, Doug Anderson and Rita Eskudt. She was an $85,000 2yo purchase and a $120,000 weanling.

BRITISH COLUMBIA-BRED CAFÉ TORTONI finished 3rd in the Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park yesterday. The Katahaula County – Trillia, by Regal Classic colt was bred by Prescott Farms.

NOTTAWASAGA, Chiefswood Stables’ Kentucky bred by Deputy Minister, was 3rd in the Grade 3 Cardinal Stakes at Churchill Downs yesterday

The gang at have a page of 2008 Calendars fro racing and horse lovers including their own calendar – check it out and buy one for that special someone at Christmas…


If the WAKE AT NOON thing does not get you going...check out Alan at LEFT AT THE GATE, his super duper blog. He talks about the short warm-ups at Calder on Sunday and then a breakdown....


  • At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    I always thought that the Shickendanz operation was excellent at putting horses where they can win.
    Wake At Noon did not have the numbers to compete in a stake race, and I'm surprised he ran in one.
    Mark Fournier had a super year by putting horses where they belonged. I was surprised to see him in the race.
    I don't have a problem with him running. He didn't make it as a stud and he obviously still has talent, as displayed by his win at Fort Erie.
    In the end, it is the owner's horse, and it is up to the owner as to what to do with the horse. Horses break down all the time, whether it is in allowance company or cheap claiming. It is part of the sport, unfortunately.
    I hope Wake At Noon survives this injury.

    Slightly related topic:
    The stake race had 3 American breds and 8 Ontario breds. American breds ran 1-2.
    Those who make the rules with respect to Ontario breeding with respect to racing, have been out to lunch for years. They need to be given the boot.
    And the new rules proposed show to me that they still don't get it.

  • At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Am sick of this owner. What a shame such a nice horse ended up with such an uncaring horrid man calling the shots.

  • At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I don't know whether Wake At Noon is a nice horse or not, but I do know he was bred to be a racehorse.

    As long as he's fit and healthy and hasn't turned 'sour', then he can race until he's 22 as far as I'm concerned.

    As far as coming back after being at stud, there's nothing wrong with that either, just as the Irish horse George Washington proved this season.

    As for the owner, has he done anything wrong, cruel, or questionable to this horse?

  • At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "The stake race had 3 American breds and 8 Ontario breds. American breds ran 1-2"

    It tells me that something is wrong with the general quality of Canadian bred horses and the Thoroughbred Improvement Program.

  • At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have been following the Wake At Noon saga on this site. What a shame that an older horse who did not make it as a stallion has to return to racing. Can not these old guys find a field somewhere to live out there days?

  • At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Re: 8;11 coment
    Well I hope Wake At Noon is not as sucessful as George Washington was this year. A comeback that results in a horse dying on the track as George Washington did, is not the example I'd hold up to prove your point.

  • At 8:00 AM, Anonymous TerriR said…

    I realize that most of the readers are handicappers/bettors, and not horse owners. As a horse owner, I can comment to those who think that returning a horse from stud duty to racing is ok, or that racing a horse until the age of 22(!) is ok. Both are incredibly wrong.

    I was horrified that Wake at Noon came back, and wondered to what end. I was equally horrified that Parose ran until he had to legally retire (age 13). Racing takes a heavy toll on any horse's delicate limbs and internal organs.
    The residual negative effects on a former race horse lasts for years after they leave the races, and some have nagging problems for the rest of their lives.

    Bringing a horse back into training to race requires putting incredible stress on a body that has adjusted to an easier life style. It is a recipe for a breakdown.

    For what end? To bring home a few more cheques? If it is all about the money, I doubt that Wake at Noon will end up well. Let's hope that if he is ok, that LongRun will take him.

  • At 8:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It was very sad to hear of the old warrior "Parose" dying recently. Once again an old millionaire racing way past an appropriate retirement age. Too bad he never had a lengthy deserved retirement!!

  • At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Please anon 8.11, bringing George Washington back to race after stud duties and the result at Monmouth was nothing more than unfortunate circumstances. What do you say to the many that have suffered the same end while training at Woodbine this season. Total those up this year and direct the blame.

    TerriR, please don't take the 22 so literally, but I will say that it is you that is wrong to suggest that racing a horse at 13 shouldn't be allowed. Some shouldn't be racing after 5 yrs, it all depends on the horse.To suggest that they shouldn't come back after stud duties is bordering on ludicrous, George Washington or Wake At Noon are not the first to come back to race after stud duties, some do well, some not, much like coming back after a long layoff through injury. It depends on the horse and those whose hands the horse is in.

    For the record, George Washington raced three times this season before Monmouth, all Gr1 races and finishing in the top four in each. His debut was a neck fourth to Gr1 winners, followed by a third in the Eclipse and another third at Longchamp. Any of these results would have trounced anything that could be offered over here.

    Going out onto the track at Monmouth to race in that slurry, he looked absolutely magnificent.

    "Bringing a horse back into training to race requires putting incredible stress on a body that has adjusted to an easier life style."

    Perhaps you do know more about horses than Aidan O'Brien, but I don't think he did a bad job at all in preparing a rampant stallion into a focused racehorse to compete at the highest level.

  • At 2:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Remember a great old horse named Victoriouly Bold? he was running for $5000 at fort erie and was claimed back by Shickendanz to be retired to his farm in a nice big paddock bruno quoted in the d.r.f....well could you guess what happened shortly after?


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