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Thursday, December 06, 2007



Sovereign Award nominees - (media noms announced 2 weeks ago)

The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2007 Sovereign Awards. Winners will be announced at the 33rd Annual Sovereign Awards ceremonies at the Westin Harbour Castle , One Harbour Square , Toronto , Ontario on 14 December 2007.

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P.Taylor to serve as an international representative of Canada ’s Thoroughbred sport and to promote improvements to Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding both in Canada and internationally. To that end the Jockey Club of Canada organizes and hosts the annual Sovereign Awards to honour outstanding achievements in all areas of Thoroughbred sport – from media coverage to Horse of the Year.

Champion 2 Year Old Filly

Champion 2 Year Old Male


Bear Holiday

Dancing Allstar

Kodiak Kowboy

Officer Cherrie

Stuck in Traffic

Champion 3 Year Old Filly

Champion 3 Year Old Male

Bear Now


Dance to My Tune

Leonnatus Anteas

Sealy Hill

Mike Fox

Champion Older Female on the Main Track

Champion Older Male on the Main Track





She's Indy Money

True Metropolitan

Champion Female Turf

Champion Male Turf Horse

Essential Edge

Cloudy's Knight


Eccentric (GB)

Sealy Hill

Sky Conqueror

Champion Sprinter

Outstanding Broodmare

Bear Now



Lover's Talk

She's Indy Money

Victorious Answer


Outstanding Breeder

Outstanding Owner in Canada

Adena Springs

Bear Stables Ltd.

Eugene Melnyk

Bahadur (Bob) Cheema

Gustav Schickedanz

Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.

Outstanding Trainer

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey

Reade Baker

Dean Deverell

Mark Casse

Matt Moore

Terry Jordan

Tyler Pizarro

Outstanding Jockey

Mario Gutierrez

Patrick Husbands

Emile Ramsammy

Emma-Jayne Wilson

For further information, please contact:

Bridget Bimm

The Jockey Club of Canada

Tel: (416) 675-7756 /Fax: (416) 675-6378


The SIR BARTON STAKES (Sir Barton is shown chasing Man o' War) will be held on
Saturday at Woodbine and ARCH HALL will try to win it for the 4th year in succession.
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The last Wednesday night of racing at Woodbine went smoothly despite some 180 bartenders and beverage servers walked off the job yesterday (see press release below).

Bars at the track had substitute workers from various departments at the track.

Picketers were up by 5 p.m. but not enough to make entry into the track property all that difficult.

From Woodbine..

WEG Negotiating With CAW

December 5, 2007

Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced that it has been negotiating its first

collective agreement with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) BARS, which

represents the bartenders and beverage servers at Woodbine Racetrack,

Mohawk Racetrack and the Greenwood Teletheatre.

At 4:00 p.m. on December 4, 2007, while negotiations were in progress, workers

who where in a legal strike position, walked off the job. WEG continues to

negotiate in good faith with the CAW to reach an agreement.

The three affected locations will continue to operate with no loss of service to either racetrack or slot customers.


You had to feel sorry for horsepeople bringing the equines over last night – it was bitterly cold. The horses went from the paddock and right to the gate so there was little to no warm-up.

On the track, which offered little kickback because it looked quite frozen

(but it was not playing fast, rather playing for closers all night) KRZ EXEC won her second consecutive stakes race with a late rally in the Ontario Lassie Stakes.

The Bold Executive – Krz Lady, Regal Intention miss started from post 10 in the 1 1/16 mile race for Ontario-bred 2yo fillies.

The betting public dismissed Krz Exec's half-length South Ocean score
as a fluke, sending her postward at 15-1, higher than her 10 to 1 morning line quote.
Now a three-time winner from six starts, Krz Exec closed strongly in
the stretch to best Tip Toe Annie by a short head. Third-place finisher
Salomea was another 2 3/4 lengths behind.
The lead changed 6 times in the race.
Krz Exec traveled 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.19, which was 0.33 seconds
faster than her South Ocean time. 
Away sharply from post nine, Krz Exec could have led her rivals into
the first turn, but jockey Jerry Baird opted to tap on the brakes and
take the filly in hand. At the five-sixteenths pole, all nine of her
rivals were in front of her.
"She broke really fast and was a little bit on the muscle, right at the
beginning. So, I tried to get her settled. She settled nicely.
Everybody seemed like they wanted to go shooting ducks. So, I let them. We made a
nice run. She knows how to win. She's an awesome filly," said Baird, who
has now won six stakes in 2007.
The race had many weird aspects including the trip by Lady d’Wildcat. The Shyman
Farms filly was pressing the pace 2 wide down the backstretch, dropped far behind
around the turn and then re-rallied to be 5th with a good burst.
Heavily favoured SIX PACK SAMMY, just a wee thing, floundered while the very large
ROSES ‘N’ WINE ran well despite having to set all the fractions.

Krx Exec has a yearling full brother coming up – KRZ EXECUTIVE (okay folks, let’s get a bit more creative here!) next year. Her big brother is millionair KRZ RUCKUS.


It was fun to watch some really cool horses win last night – like ESTEVAN, who has struggled for some time. The handsome Grand Slam 5yo,a stakes winner, had not won a race in a couple of years and had changed barns several times this year.

Last night, he won off the NIGEL SHIELDS – RALPH BIAMONTE claim for $32,000 (the price for which he was claimed) with a late, inside rally in a 6 furlong race. It was his 3rd win 6 tries at 6 furlongs – interesting, perhaps he’s been a 6 furlong horse all along.

DAVE THE KNAVE, a stakes winner, was 2nd in the race, the 3rd consecutive time he has been 2nd.

Also ending a long winless streak was FRIVOLETTE, who blew them away in race 5

for $10,000 fillies and mares. She was dropping from $19,000 for Jim Smith and Dave Oates. Frivolette hardly ever runs a bad race but had not won in 2 years.

And what about 6yo CRACKENTHORPE? He’s been super for Robert Slack this year and he had a late rally to win the finale for his 3rd win in his 11th start on the year.

Once a speed-crazed fellow, the Dixie Brass gelding, trained by Dan Vella, was winning for the 1st time on Polytrack in his 12th attempt (but he had been 2nd and 3rd 6 times).

Constant Montpellier rode for an absent Robert Landry.

Hey, the DAILY DOUBLE was won by former Ontario stallion WAR DEPUTY. His 2yo

daughter MARISA’S MELODYA rallied very late to win the first for Joe Trdak and

trainer Carlo Fuoco. Barbara Dawson bred the filly and the purchase price was just $947 (US).

SUN AFTER NOON looked very good winning the 2nd race for breeding Willow Walk Farm. He was dropping to maiden claiming ($25,000) for the first time and won with a 63 Beyer Figure.

And CALL THE POSSE has been a tough project for trainer Josie Carroll. This Posse 2yo (out of Bacall, by Alysheba) was well beaten in her first 2 starts and has given the barn fits at the gate etc. as she learns the game.

Now the Ontario-bred (whose 2nd dam is the top producer Regal Gal) has won 2 races in succession. Last night, she won an allowance race at 7 furlongs with a 76 Beyer Figure.

She was bred by Ormonde Farm.



Eugene Melnyk, currently ranked sixth among North America's owners by purse earnings, has purchased the 117-acre Ripplewood Farm on Muir Station Road near Lexington, Ky., as a second farm. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The Canadian has had a big year as an owner and breeder is his own country with probably champion 3yo filly SEALY HILL in his stable. Melnyk has a big chance to be named

outstanding owner and breeder at the Sovereign awards on Dec. 14.

Melnyk will rename the Ripplewood property Winding Oaks Farm, which is also the name of Melnyk's farm in Ocala, Fla. The Kentucky farm will serve as a boarding facility for Melnyk's mares that are being bred to local stallions.

"We are still retaining Winding Oaks Farm, Ocala, as our principal operating base both for raising and pre-training our horses, but with the number of high-class mares we are sending to Kentucky every breeding season, it makes sense for us to have our own facility and thereby retain oversight of each stage of the program," Melnyk said in a release announcing the Kentucky purchase.

As of Tuesday, Melnyk's racing stable in North America this year had earned $3,801,145 and had scored 64 wins from 336 starts.


  • At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Turfway Park Track Maintenance:
    Last week I contacted TP about posting their track maintenance on their website - in a format similar to KEE and WEG.
    Sherry pinson, director of Communications promised to look into it. Yesterday, she emailed and said that it is now available, as of yesterdays card.

    An interesting aspect: Where KEE and WEG use the Gallop Master set at 1-1/2 inches, TP sets their's at 3-1/2 inches. This will likey explain those slower fractions.
    Just bear in mind that TP has had 2 sessions of winter racing.

    Alex Sidor

  • At 11:41 AM, Anonymous Charles said…

    Ive got a couple suggestions for Klaus but he is probably not in a position to do much about them.
    Firstly,it is inevitable that TV broadcasters irritate people.It is due partly to the fact that they are told that they have to talk ALL the time.Occasional silences would be fine.Also that they feel the need to give us their picks.I was just about to have a bet on Estevan last night when the commentator mentioned that the horse was winless in 2 years!I re evaluated and changed my mind.Its too easy to influence people,I'd rather have less of that type of observation because I can read the form myself.Incidently the best commentator was the ex-harness racing driver-low key,not too many cliches,and not trying to be a star entertainer.
    My major beef with racing is DQ s.It happens everywhere,not just at Woodbine.Too many of them.Like hockey referrees who call marginal hooking penalties in sudden death overtime,stewards are constantly DQ ing horses who win easily and are clearly the best horse because of a minor transgression.Bumping is part of racing.I have been on the wrong end of so many Dq s this year,but even if i have no interest it annoys me.If one horse clearly obstructs another horse who is going to overtake him and win the race,disqualify him-but when a horse wins easily and is the best,fine the jockey and leave the punters to cash their tickets.
    The other annoyance about Racing is that the take-out is way too high-but I dont suppose that is going to change!
    On a positive note,I love Woodbine racing,the poly is fine with me,its great to be able to watch it on TV every day and have a bet from home.Jen's blog is good reading,and its nice to be able to voice my opinions.
    Too bad we cant race Drug free but there would not be enough horses to go around.

  • At 12:50 PM, Blogger John said…

    FYI. . .I wanted to vote in your poll but the sidebar was not there at 1250PM.

  • At 2:12 PM, Blogger Jen Morrison said…

    Hi John...
    Not sure why you can't see sidebar - it's on my screen...i will investigate

  • At 3:52 PM, Anonymous KG said…

    John, the poll is at the very bottom of the blog on my screen.

  • At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mark Casse is a much better trainer than Reade Baker. If Reade Baker did not have the financial resources and talented horses of Bear Stable behind him, he would not have even finished in the top ten trainers at Woodbine. I would venture to wager that Baker trained horses finished as often in the last three positions in a race as they did in the top three. He is very over-rated.

  • At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i am surprised how easy it was to get by the picket lines last night. 180 picketers outnumber the on track crowd 2-1. They could have kept all 17 people out of the track last night with out even trying.

  • At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Was mike carroll nominated in the breeder category? How can he not be a Finalist!!!!! He bred multiple graded stake winner and breeders cup winner Maryfield and also princess elizabeth winner mrs began. not to shabby for a small breeder!

  • At 7:30 PM, Anonymous KE said…

    Hi Charles...In regards to the comments on the race, it really is a mixed bag. I have had people tell me that they want to hear my opinion and others say...please "shut up!" :) I usually don't try to give out my picks but rather some options if you don't like the chalk (I play longer priced horses myself) The main thing for me is I try to be myself on air...I actually am a cheesy guy in person so hope that doesn't irritate the viewers too much with the puns and such...if it does let me know! :)

  • At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Charles said…

    Hi Klaus,
    I like you and the 2 other new guys fine.I think that you are all in a bit of a no win situation,because too much exposure inevitably can irritate people and you guys are on for hours non-stop.As i finished off saying,I love being able to watch racing every day,and racing coverage is fantastic compared to the old days.My only real complaint is with Disqualifications and neither you nor Jen or anybody else can do anything about it.The stewards make their decisions based on a set of guidelines and i believe those guidelines are wrong.They will always be able to justify their decisions to themselves and to others because they DO follow the guidelines-so nothing is going to change.
    I remember a 12 horse race at Lingfield Park in England about 10 years ago.Stalls 1-4 opened 1/2 second after the other 8.The stewards noticed it,had a lengthy inquiry and then let the result stand,because they JUDGED!? that it had not affected the final result because the 4 horses did not finish close up!!Of course we fans know that the most important phase of a race is the first couple of furlongs but the EXPERTS did not realize that.I ve gone off at a tangent but the fact is these DQ s are made by people who know less than we do,and it happens all over the world.I would like to see this change.


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