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Wednesday, November 07, 2007




A reader asked a question about the Polytrack maintenance terms offered on the Woodbine website.

As I understand it, “galloped mastered” means that the track is groomed to remove hoofprints and anything on the surface of the track (horse doo-doo).

Power harrowing is grooming but going deeper into the surface and turning over the material. This is done on Monday mornings.

So this evening, the track will be fresh off a power harrow on Monday.

(Last Wednesday, Oct.31, it was warm and the track seemed fair with a slant to wide ralliers).

The blue-hen mare SOUTH OCEAN is honoured tonight with the $125,000 stake race for 2yo Ontario-sired fillies named for her.

It is the 11th running of the race and the 40th anniversary year of the New Providence mare’s birth.

SOUTH OCEAN (1967) won the Canadian Oaks in 1970 but it was as a producer where the mare excelled.

Among the champions she foaled – STORM BIRD, NORTHERNETTE and stakes winners OCEAN’S ANSWER, SOUTH SEA DANCER etc.

Five winners and five maidens will tackle the 1 1/16 miles tonight as race 7 on the 8 race card.

Expected to battle for favouritism is a couple of gals from the first crop of D’WILDCAT, who stood one year in Canada at Windfields Farm but is now in Florida.

LADY D’WILDCAT, a nice prospect for Shyman Farms, her breeder, and young trainer STEEV ROBERTS, is the lone 2 time winner in the field and she won an allowance race on Oct. 19 with a 71 Beyer Figure.

D’Wildcat won a route race on turf but was essentially a 6-7 furlong horse. Lady D’Wildcat has an ideal post position, the rail.

On the far outside is D’WILD LADY, who has the best last-race Beyer Figure in the field when 2nd in the Victorian Queen Stakes to Authenicat, who has since been 2nd in a graded stake at Churchill Downs. The filly is owned and bred by Jacque Armstrong.

But in the middle of the field, perhaps also a possible favourite is SHORT SHORTS, by top Canadian sire Bold Executive. The Kingfield, Anderson and Eskudt homebred is out of route winning mare Hot Pants, who herself is out of a Roberto mare. Short Shorts just won her maiden with a big rally out of traffic.

In RACE 4- the lovely MENIFEE filly YOLIE could become Woodbine’s leading race-winning horse if she wins. It would the Frank DiGiulio Jr. homebred’s 6th win of the season (see scoreboard below)…



Patrick Husbands 581 119 117 76 $7,939,654

Tyler Pizarro 817 113 109 94 $4,862,421

Emma-Jayne Wilson 827 110 124 118 $7,043,149

Emile Ramsammy 678 106 73 72 $4,938,850

David Clark 449 77 47 35 $3,799,279


Mark E. Casse 307 73 64 37 $5,218,565

Sid C. Attard 290 50 51 29 $2,824,462

Robert P. Tiller 268 47 35 26 $2,166,605

Reade Baker 333 43 40 42 $2,789,755

Abraham R. Katryan 218 41 20 22 $1,172,891

HORSES (5-time winners)

Yolie 10 5 3 0 $179,484

Financingavailable 7 5 2 0 $457,940

Rahy's Attorney 9 5 1 2 $307,365

Gigi's Charm 10 5 1 2 $168,700

Very Professional 15 5 1 0 $62,098

Jacknows 8 5 0 1 $80,042

Dashing Admiral 8 5 0 0 $153,013




"They say the more horses you own, the less intelligent you are. So I'm a moron"- Charles Fipke (as told to THOROUGBRED TIMES)

Sam-Son Farms bought back it’s unraced Thunder Gulch mare DANCETHRUTHESTORM for $1.5 million yesterday at the Keeneland November sale, Day 2. The 4-year-old is a daughter of Sam-Son’s late champion Dance Smartly.

Dancethruthe storm is in foal to Giant’s Causeway.

Later,the farm sold stakes winner HATPIN, by Smart Strike, for $1,050,000 to Audley Farm.

Hatpin is in foal to Johannesburg, who was one of the hottest sires at the sale.

The stakes calibre mare WHILETHEIRON’SHOT was sold for $450,000 yesterday by Sam-Son (Anderson Farm as agent). The mare’s El Prado weanling filly sold next for $400K by Sam-Son.

B. Wayne Hughes bought the stakes placed daughter of Smart Strike in foal to Aragorn.

Ron Rauscher, agent bought the Canadian-bred weanling.

Sam-Son got $375,000 for Between the Clouds, a Sky Classic winning mare in foal to Seeking the Gold from Nancy Dillman.

It also received $425,000 for SEE THE WIND, a stakes winning Sky Classic chestnut mare in foal to Smart Strike. Padua Stables was the buyer.

On the buying front, there has not been much going on by Canadians so far. BILL GRAHAM bought KEEPING THE GOLD, a Langfuhr mare and a stakes winner, carrying her 3rd foal, this one by VINDICATION. Graham paid $180,000 on behalf of his Windhaven Farm.

Later, Graham paid $260,000 to Sam-Son Farm/Anderson agent for MEADANDERING STORM, an unraced Gone West mare and a ½ sister to stakes winner Surging River and the dam of stakes winner Silver Ticket. She is in foal to Giant’s Causeway.

Kinghaven Farms’ stakes winning homebred SEDUCTIVELY was bought back for $450,000.

RUSSELL BENNETT, a Canadian Hall of Fame owner and breeder, was the listed buyer for Kentucky Oaks winner LEMONS FOREVER at $2.5 million but was representing diamond miner CHARLES FIPKE, who races horses in Canada and the United States.

Lemons Forever is by Lemon Drop Kid and was sold as a broodmare prospect. She will be bred to PERFECT SOUL.


Thank you to Kings Gate Stud and Shyman Farm (also Ascot Stud) for their support of THOROUGHBLOG. Check out their cool ads on the right side... If you want space,just send me an email.

Have not found out what happened to RETALIATE from Sunday when that runner was pulled up…perhaps a reader can investigate?

The MELBOURNE CUP was a race to really enjoy as one reader noted. Some 20 horses raced 2 miles in front of 102,000 folks and the winner came from far, far behind what looked to be an honest but not fast pace. EFFICIENT passed almost the entire field during the run through the lane. You have to see the video – go to


(what does that REALLY mean??)

Commentary: Cloud Cover
Date Posted: November 6, 2007
Last Updated:
November 6, 2007


Clouds were plentiful at Monmouth Park Oct. 26-27 for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Stalled over the area, they dumped several inches of rain on racing’s biggest parade. You can’t control the weather.

This comes to mind because of the statement from trainer Patrick Biancone after he was suspended for possession of the nerve blocker alpha-cobratoxin, or cobra venom. The drug is a Class A medication under the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority Uniform Drug and Medication Classification Schedule, meaning because it “has a high potential to affect performance” it carries the highest penalty ranking from the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

Biancone’s suspension began Nov. 1, after the Breeders’ Cup, but he agreed to have his Breeders’ Cup starters transferred to his assistant. According to his press release: “Breeders’ Cup is a celebration of our sport’s greatest athletes—the horses—and their breeders and owners. It does not deserve the distraction that my situation would create. I do not want to cast a cloud over racing’s most important day.”

Imagine the surprise, then, of those who saw Biancone on the backstretch of Monmouth during Breeders’ Cup week.

The Kentucky ruling only said Biancone could not be the “trainer of record” for the Breeders’ Cup horses; it did not bar him from the grounds of racetracks until Nov. 1.

Still, his presence did “cast a cloud” over racing’s biggest event, and unlike the rain clouds, it was a cloud something could be done about. Frank Zanzuccki, executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission since 1992, did do something. He called Biancone and asked him to remove himself from the Monmouth backstretch, which the 55-year-old French-born trainer did.

Read the remaining column…


  • At 10:17 AM, Anonymous TD said…

    Re: Track Maintenance

    On Sunday, Woodbine Simulcast had a very informative interview with the track maintenance supervisor. He explained these terms very well.

    Gallop Mastering is to even out the surface of the track. After morning works, the track looks somewhat like waves on a lake, and the "Gallop Master" uses teeth like the dirt track harrowers to smooth this out, with rollers after the teeth to smooth it out even more. (The horse doo-doo is removed before this by rake and shovel so it doesn't contaminate the polytrack and reduce the drainage capabilities)

    Power Harrowing is like roto-tilling, where the machine digs into the polytrack and remixes the surface. This is done to soften the surface whenever necessary. Every Monday, the track is power harrowed to a depth of 5", but last Sunday, after the track had been playing fairly hard, they power harrowed at 3" to soften the track and make it more of a fair surface.

    This is just what I remember from the interview, so it might not be 100% accurate, but at least it's a help for those who missed seeing it.


  • At 5:37 PM, Anonymous MD said…

    I just read that CBC has picked up the Queens Plate beginning June 2008 through 2011.

  • At 3:38 AM, Blogger the_drake said…

    I respect Sam Son to the absolute fullest and feel they are the finest breeding program in Canada. I do question why Dance Smartly was sent to Thunder Gulch though (and did so when somebody told me Beautiful Pleasure was going to him too, ohhh the hype of Point Given). Can't anybody see that Johan, GC and Thunder G have double the foal crop that most horses out there who produce the same number of Graded Stakes winners, how many unraced Johans are out there sitting on a farm, probably over 300, but hey he sired Scat Daddy and Teuflesberg, (two horses who broke down before they turned 4). Now they sent a mare to Giant's Causeway and another to Aragorn (a west coast turfer sensation who will be residing in Australia in 5 years) what happened to breeding top class mares to proven succesful stallions. It seems even the best of them are getting dragged down by the hype machine...and it won't work for nobody but the stud owner.
    Can't all of North America grow a back bone and not breed to a Coolmore or Hill N Dale and any other up and coming foal mill stallion for 1 year and do the breed a favor. The world would be such a better place.

  • At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How about giving us 4 or 5 examples of stallions they should breed to. I am curious to know your opinion. Thanks.

  • At 12:46 AM, Blogger the_drake said…

    The do breed quite a few to Smart Strike (for obvios reasons), Gone West and Seeking The Gold, who I really like as well and A.P Indy. So their mares are going to be heavy on the Mr.P line, whichis why they probably went with some sons of Storm Cat. That being said Kingmambo (by Mr.P) right now is one of my favs and is a must breed while he's still alive and kicking. Dixieland Band (N D)and Gulch (Mr. P) are two other old guys who are very consistant and constantly get top class horses. Cherokee Run is a nice outcross for the mares heavy with Northern Dancer and Mr.P. I try to stay clear of freshman stallions when breeding and buying, but I think Hard Spun is a great deal and out of all the horses Darley retired has the best chance to make it. He has great speed can stretchout and is the gamest horse out there.
    Two other old guys I like and think are a bargain are Pleasant Tap, Silver Deputy and Cozzene.

    I just think what Hill N Dale and Coolmore are doing will lead to bigger problems 10 years from now. You can get to any stallion I mentioned aside from Kingmambo less than Johannesburg and most of them for less than Aragorn. Also, how do you respect a farm who charges $300k 1 year for Giants Causeway then slashes him to $125,000 the next. Their fees are on yo yos they don't care at all what happens to the breeder once that live foal hits the ground. If SSF paid full price for their fee, they sold a very nice mare for $40k less than the stud fee she had in her.
    This business can only fleece people who invest in it (who are not in this business for generations) so many times before they get sick of it and take their money somewhere else. To many of these farm want to take the money and run to the next sucker who has cash to throw around.


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