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Sunday, November 04, 2007


(Note - Today's Woodbine entries and selections in the TORONTO STAR are incorrect due to a publishing error at Canadian Press. The entries are correct, however, on the website


The hard and fast Polytrack was to FINANCINGAVAILABLE'S liking yesterday as the champion mare was simply superb in yet another stakes score.
The Kiridashi mare was cutting back to 6 furlongs for the ONTARIO FASHION but that didn't bother her fans as she was sent off at even-money. She worked her between rivals from just off a hot pace set by Shot Gun Ela, avoided any mess with a loose ONE ACROSS (who reared up at the start and lost jockey Patrick Husbands) and drove clear for a 2 length win.
She set a track record for 6 furlongs of 1:08.56 - a 96 Beyer Figure.

MILWAUKEE BREW had another winner from his first crop when Lynne Hindmarsh's SALOMEA won the first race for maiden 2yo fillies for $50K. The Ontario-bred out of Roaring Twenties took the initiative early in the 7 furlong race, drove clear after a duel from between fillies through slow pace fractios and won for trainer Dave Cross.

Owner /trainer BEV BUCK continues to have a super fall. Her mare SILVER BEACON won the 2nd race, a 6 horse field, at 15 to 1. It was a weak allowance race for Ontario sired gals but the mare has risen nicely through the claiming ranks in 2007.

TORQUAY was a surprise winner of race 3. The stretch runner benefitted from a tough pace duel that figured to do in STONETOWN and ICE BEAR as he rallied past that pair in deep stretch. Bold Finish and Badge of Truth also figured to rally well and they were a 3rd and 2nd respectively with mild bids.

Ontario bred YUMMY WITH BUTTER was very tough in race 4 when posting an upset on the lead in the 1 1/16 mile race for $40K claiming. The Silvador gelding was coming into the race fresh.

NINE-YEAR-OLD Crease Infraction had a well timed move from off the pace to win the 5th race for $20K claiming. The great old dude came from 9th win win by a neck over Neil the Knife, who survived a tough pace duel and almost won.


As menioned earlier this week, the CORONATION FUTURITY is the biggest race of the year for Canadian-bred 2yos. Too bad the field is so weak. Two maidens and four winners make up the race at 1 1/8 miles.
COOL GATOR, a half brother to stakes winner Like a Gem, and from the first crop of Macho Uno, is the favourite. The Silver Deputy gelding DEPUTIFORMER, winner of the Cup and Saucer Stakes, is 2nd choice.

Two-year-olds and maidens are plentiful on the card today:

* a 7yo maiden in race one - MACHO MAN

* New York trainer George Weaver has Ontario-bred MANITOBA MISS making her debut in race 2 for allowance 2yo's. She's from the 1st crop of D'wildcat.

*maiden 2yo claiming fillies in race 3 includes the beginner INJIA, bred for speed by by young sire ZAVATA.

*Race 9 is a loaded maiden allowance for 2yo fillies at 7 furlongs with beginners from Mark Casse's barn (Kiaweh's Magic, by Grand Slam) meeting experinced gals (True Jean, by Yes It's True).

(Wild Desert, Queen's Plate win = bad taste)

"Absolutely amazing radio from my friend Steve Byk of At the Races. Allday CALLED IN to the show to talk about the Wild Desert fiasco. THIS is a must hear.

"I saw alot of things going on in that barn that shouldn't be going on" - Steve Allday on At the Races

It is in Hour 1, more then half way through



  • At 9:31 AM, Anonymous TerriR said…

    I heard the radio show and was not so surprised at what Steve Allday said, but the fact that he was so candid. If half of what he said about Dick Dutrow is true, and I don't doubt that any of it is, I can only hope that the licensing authorities will delve a bit deeper into Dutrow's operations. It was also surprising to hear that Bobby Frankel was essentially accused of collusion.

    My big question is, considering the events of the last few days, will Wild Desert's win in the Plate stand?

    All of these underhanded dealings is a slap in the face to anyone playing the mutuels.

  • At 11:46 AM, Blogger shank1090 said…

    Very interesting this Wild Desert thing. Seems 2 years late and a dollar short to me though. Was everyone mute 2 years ago.

  • At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jen: In his press conference after winning the Breeders' Cup Mile, Dutrow praised Dr. Allday for the work he did on the winner's "glutes". He said Allday was the best vet in the business for glutes. Bob Summers

  • At 1:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Is it just me or does $5,000 seem a little too high for a horse who won a Stakes race at Assiniboia (sp?) Downs with a 91 speed figure. Don't tell me that the fact he set fractions of 21 and change at Churchill twice (who doesn't there) no mention that the horse actually finished the race. He's the second coming of Ciano Cat in my mind, only more expensive. Does anybody respect the small breeder out there anymore.


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