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Sunday, November 11, 2007


In honour of my grandfather LEWIS MORRISON, a decorated war hero in WORLD WAR I

(some files from Woodbine Entertainment media)
It was ‘Oh Canada’ in the Maple Leaf Stakes but not the favoured MONSAHEE (favoured??)
who came from the west off 11 straight stakes wins to try and win the hearts of the East and
a Sovereign Award for best older female.
It was the Ontario-bred LIKE A GEM, by Tactical Cat out of It’s a Ruby by Rubiano, who won
her 3rd consecutive race (all with Emma-Jayne Wilson as her new rider) in the 1 ¼ mile stake
and set a track record to boot.
She is owned and bred by Garland and Marie Williamson at Hillsbrook Farm in Erin.
Jim Cheadle is manager, Danny Vella is the trainer.
 In the Maple Leaf, Emma-Jayne Wilson took the Ontario-bred to the
 front, and was joined by Serenading, as the duo cut fractions of :24.24,  :48.91 and 1:14.25.
As the 10-horse field turned for home, I'm in Love, the second choice on the toteboard, loomed a threat, as did Tell It as It Is, to the inside.
But Like a Gem dug in valiantly, crossing the wire a half-length in
 front, while stopping the teletimer in 2:03.51 on the Polytrack.
The previous Polytrack mark of 2:04.20 was set by True Metropolitan on
 July 1.
I'm in Love, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, was second, a half-length
 ahead of Tell It as It Is, who had won two consecutive 1 ¼-mile races on  the Toronto oval's
E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
Monashee had a good rail trip stalking the pace but she was one-paced in her approach and
finished 8th.
"Once Serenading went by me on the first turn, that's when she (Like a
 Gem) settled down," said Wilson, who celebrated her second straight
 Maple Leaf victory, after taking the 2006 edition with Howaboutrightnow.  "She was traveling
very comfortably."
"I knew they were coming. She knew where they were and she was giving
 me everything she had. I was joining with her and just kept on riding."
 Vella was impressed with the gutsy effort of the filly.
"We had a little trouble with her early in the year, but she's done a
 lot for us in a short amount of time," said Vella, who celebrated his
 first Maple Leaf win. "We took on all challengers today.
"We kind of asked her a little bit early. Our intention was not to give
 the race to anyone, but make them come and take it from us. That's
 what Emma did and the filly responded."
Like a Gem now has six wins, three seconds and two thirds from 18

More from Saturday…

There’s a nice 2yo colt prospect from the Lorna Perkins barn with YES IT’S BULL (Yes It’s True out of a Holy Bull mare). A lanky,long striding fellow, he won his maiden off a lengthy layoff in his first 2 turn test. Very well prepared.

The track was fast this weekend (not so on Friday as it was quite slow) and it seemed that Saturday the outside paths were a better place to be.

SILK CANDY is a fast improving filly for the Stronach Stable. She bounced back from an off race to win the 6th race allowance at 9 to 2, right before Sam-Son Farms' promising WRITTEN IN STONE ran to his hype form last year,winning 2nd time out in his career at a huge 8 to 1 in 1:22 2/5.

Sunday’s stakes race, named in honour of the Hall of Fame mare, Queen’s Plate winner Jammed Lovely, was not pretty to watch but the little girl DANCE TO MY TUNE is fun to observe. Cutting back from 1 1/8 miles on turf to just 7 furlongs on Polytrack, the Stravinsky miss out of Bandore by Forty Niner powered past Lyrically after stalking a slow pace,and drew off to win from a hard charging Glitter Rox.

Owner/trainer Dave Cotey had not originally nominated the filly to the $150,000 race for Ontario foaled fillies so he had to supplement for $3,000.

The filly has 4 wins, 3 seconds and third in 11 races this year and also won the La Lorgnette Stakes.

SASKAWEA, the Ruling Angel Stakes winner last month off a layoff, was a sure bounce candidate (her trainer Steve Attard even said it in the pre-race interviews) and was indeed flat as a pancake. Surprisingly, she was overbet at even-money and a very popular pick.

Also on Sunday

HEY NOW, a $250K yearling by Foresty-Hushed Goodbye by Secret Hello, won his maiden in his 3rd career start coming out of the key maiden race won by Miner’s Claim.

The colt has big speed and is no doubt a sprinter and he won by 6 yesterday in 1:10.22

He is owned by Cam Allard and trained by Mike DePaulo.

KNOCKER won her 5th race of the year and 10th in her last 22 starts (!!) when she won for $95,000 claiming in race 4.

The Evansville Slew Kentucky bred is owned by the guys at Very Dry Stable and trained by Bob Tiller. She sped 6 furlongs in 1:10.

Tiller came right back with Maverick Stables’ STORMY COMET, who won the maiden $25,000 claiming race in his 2nd career start. That gelding was coming out of a key race – Jazz Nation’s maiden score – but he earned a 9 Beyer Figure first time out;

Yesterday, Stormy Comet wore blinkers and raced 5 furlongs in 57.96. Wow. His mum Cupid’s Comet won 19 sprint races.

The track seemed to play a bit better for the outside paths on Sunday but it was playing fairly otherwise with speed and stretch runners having success.


Jockey R. Messina at Finger Lakes after the 8th race on Friday.

Or the stewards for that matter.

Or the person who bet so much money on LEXINGTON CONCORD (.10to 1) to show, watched him win and then get disqualified to… 4th!

The top 3 finishers officially paid $112, $74.50 and $266.50 to show respectively.

Check out for the charted result – 8th race Finger Lakes on Firday, ouch.


  • At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    Jen, how about commenting on the proposed TIP plan for 2008 and beyond. I commented on it on my blog and linked to the proposals. It should make for some interesting debate here.

  • At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Owners are to be carrying check books not condition books!

    Let me tell you about my former trainer. He told me that I was not to call him. He would call me if there were any bad news. The only information I received was from a weekly email that contained information that I received hours and sometimes days before from Equibase.

    I was charged $90 a day even when my horse was at a training centre. When I switched trainers he even charged me for a half day of training. Imagine that...why didn't he just charge an hourly rate or maybe per second billing. Let me tell you, with this guy it is all about the checkbook. When I asked for an adjustment to reflect the lower costs of being at a training centre, I was told that there would be no reduction. I thought that going with a top trainer (????) would give my horse an advantage. What a big disappointment I received.

  • At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    After being in this game for as long as I have and knowing so many of the players personally (and don't vilify me for making this statement as a generic statement - read my wording carefully) - there are many many instances I've witnessed where the owner should simply stay out of it and let the trainer do his job.
    The owners that are educated in the sport should and must get involved in the decisions regarding their horses. If they are going to put up the money and they understand the animal and the sport - it should be a requirement for them to get involved.
    But, there are also many owners that simply have too much money and play this sport as a game - making decisions on their animals' behalf that they shouldn't be making.
    Just because you put up cash to own something doesn't always mean you should be the one to make the correct decisions for your property. (George Steinbrener, Harold Ballard come to mind).
    These are living, breathing animals with personalities and quirks like any human being. Who better to make a decision on the well-being of this animal - a trainer (let's re-word that) a competent trainer with people and a crew that are there every day with the horse and understand every single solitary thing about him/her, or an owner who shows up once a month to see how his investment is doing and maybe comes to the track to watch him run once in awhile? (And - as I have witnessed - then goes and tells a trainer to run a horse here or there to satisfy his own ego while perhaps jeopardizing the future of his property).
    It's not a generic comment, but I have witnessed may instances where owners should let the people that know what they're doing - do!

  • At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You are 1000% right, i couldn't agree with you anymore your wording is spot on and i wish certain owners would take heath to your comment.

  • At 4:37 PM, Blogger the_drake said…

    Your points are correct. I think that's all the owners who have posted on here want. Is to talk about what is going on with their horse(s) and where they may run next, without being felt like it's a burden on the trainer. I also acknowledge that there are many trainers out there now that are very accomidating to their owners and I'm sure they appreciate that.

  • At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Very true, myself i am a tainer and over the years i find that there are certain owners that you have to really walk through the game and explain certain steps, which is fine and its my job. And theres another group of owners that dont want to hear from you until the horse(s) hit the entry box! which is fine also. Now theres the type of owner that sits in his office in his high-back chair and phone you every day and dictate where to run, who to ride & even what equipment to wear! and usually this type are the type that has a different trainer every year, has nothing but negatives to say about there past trainers. I do belive that it is important to have a 'plan' with your owners, most have very good ideas and very helpful, but there has to be a fine line that gets drawn to let the trainer opperate and do his job to the best of his ability.


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