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Thursday, November 08, 2007

KRZ and TV



Tough night for LADY D’WILDCAT, the favourite in last evening’s SOUTH OCEAN STAKES at Woodbine as the 2yo D’Wildcat miss gave her rider David Clark trouble right from the start.

Breaking from the rail post, the filly lugged out on the turns of the 1 1/16 mile race (it was her first 2-turn attempt) while setting the pace. She had a host of fillies make moves on her on the last turn and into the stretch and she fought bravely but was edged late by 16 to 1 shot KRZ EXEC, yet another stakes winner for the mare Krz Lady and a three-quarter sister to millionaire Krz Ruckus.

Lady D’Wildcat was 2nd, half a length back, and 1 ¼ lengths ahead of Short Shorts.

Krz Exc just won her maiden in her first try at 1 1/16 miles. It was a slow race (52 Beyer Figure for the maiden score) but she proved she is very tough at the distance.

Sylon Stable and partner own the Ron and Dave Guidolin bred filly and Mike DePaulo trains.

Jerry Baird, who had been 2nd a few times on the night, rode the winner.

Race 1 – What happens when a horse is supposed to be on the lead but blows the start? GRAIN OF TRUTH had little chance to have a good night in the opener last evening at Woodbine when she took off to a 6 length lead and more after breaking slowly in the 1 1/16 miles race. Half a mile in 46 3/5 was too much for the low-level claiming filly and she wilted quickly under learning apprentice Jackie Wyatt. Trainer Jody Hammet picked up the win with SPEEDSTORM.

Race 2- Not a good night to start for the apprentice riders. While heavily favoured AVIE’S TALE (Tale of the Cat) strolled away to a big win in the ‘B’ level maiden allowance race for 2yo fillies, a closing SWINGIN GAL was being hit right handed with the whip but she kept coming in, and in, and in, until she finally squeezed out Knockshasa right before the wire. Jockey Matt Moore and his filly were placed 5th.

Race 3- Favoured PRIMERIC PRINCE lost all his speed again as he turned from 1 1/16 miles to 6 furlongs. The 3yo gelding trailed in the early stages and closed only mildly to be 3rd in the $50,000 claiming race. Another logical contender, PRINCE ATLANTIS, freshened since Sept. 30 when he was 7th in the Ontario Derby, put his blinkers back on and rallied from just off the pace for his 4th win in 11 starts this year for SJB Stable Trust and Norm McKnight.

Race 4- The very talented homebred YOLIE became the winningest horse at Woodbine for 2007 with her 6th win in her 11th race this year. The Menifee – Domasca Bella, Domasca Dan 3yo is owned and bred by Frank DiGiulio Jr and trained by Bob Tiller.

Last night, the filly won an allowance/optional claiming for $80,000 (she had just won for a $77,500 claiming price).

She’s a chestnut miss with speed and a lot of super stretch punch.

Race 5- CELTIC SWORD got back to winning with the drop to $20K claiming after a few stakes and allowance attempts. The $3,384 (US) purchase by Bold Executive – Celtic Crusader was claimed last night from Mark Casse’s Takes to Make Stable.

Casse meanwhile, claimed Black Tea on behalf of Will Farish. The Orientate filly is likely headed to the court of Alumni Hall.

Race 6- CHEST OF SILVER finally won his maiden in his 16th attempt. Last night he was in for $25K claiming, his 2nd outing for claiming in his career. He’s by Silver Deputy out of the B.C.champion Astro Beauty.

Race 8 – Can’t begin to tell you what the 8th race was about since I didn’t see it. The speed held (or, in the case of Fortynine Express, was eased) as C J’s Lighting battled and won in a quick form reversal off a poor outing for allowances. He was 12 to 1.

Piker’s Hope, at 26 to 1, was 2nd while 14 to Bearstein was 3rd and 55 to 1 shot Wreckout closed like the win to be 4th. The superfecta paid $38,000.

Queen's Plate returns to CBC in 2008

From CBC Sports

The most historic thoroughbred race in Canada is returning to CBC.

Beginning in June 2008 and continuing through to 2011, CBC will provide live coverage of the Queen's Plate, the first jewel in Canada's Triple Crown series, which is returning to the public broadcaster for the first time since 1998.

The Queen's Plate takes place at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. The 1¼ mile race features three-year-old thoroughbred horses foaled in Canada. It's the oldest continuously run horse race in North America.

In 2007, at the 148th running of the race, jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson became the first female rider to win the Queen's Plate, guiding Mike Fox to victory.

"The Queen's Plate is a Canadian institution that has both a great history and an exciting future," said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports. "The opportunity to welcome this prestigious race back to our network, showcasing the excitement of thoroughbred racing, is wonderful news for viewers and for CBC."

Editor's Note - Kudos to those involved who made this work and hopefully CBC is as interested in getting this race back on a big station as racing fans and horsemen are..No doubt a lot of phone calls were made between the 2 groups to work out some sort of deal - hopefully it will pay off.


Former Woodbine stakes class mare BYZANTINE (Quiet American) brought $250,000 yesterday at Keeneland.

Shyman farms paid $30,000 for FOREVER AND ALWAYS, a mare who is likely headed to the owner’s stallion WEATHER WARNING (see ad,top right).

Kinghaven Farms bought stakes winner MIDNIGHT SHADOW for $60,000 from Frank DiGiulio Jr.

Huntington Stud Farm paid $70,000 for the mare Paper Angel.

Glenn Sikura bought the mare SINGIT for $200,000.

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  • At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    With all the critiscisms from folks about horse racing not being on TV (Plate, Breeders'Cup), thank goodness the folks at Woodbine and other horsemen's groups and CBC worked hard to get the Plate back on CBC.
    There were some great broadcasts years ago, Ernie Afaganis as host comes to mind. I remember watching Flashing Eagle win the Marine Stakes on TV.
    Now the next task is to get a good broadcast and even if Woodbine folks are involved in creating the show, we have seen that features and vignettes are a specialty for the Woodbine crew.
    Let's just the interviewers to just ASK the questions, and some intellgent ones at that, instead of asking then answering, talking about who they picked in the race or what they had for breakfast...

  • At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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  • At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm always one to be very critical of WEG and the way they present the product, but congratulations on this point, to them and all who were involved.

  • At 8:24 PM, Blogger the_drake said…

    me too


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