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Thursday, January 31, 2008

BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES

SmileyCentral.com

That will be most of us tomorrow when a huge snowstorm hits Ontario, to go hand-in-hand with the sub-zero temps. Ouch.

Oh well, lots of racing action to cozy up to this weekend with DAAHER at Gulfstream on Saturday on a super card of racing and another big card at Santa Anita - the Strub.

 
 
NO STOOGE
CANADIAN-BRED GELDING POSTS 103 BEYER YESTERDAY
 
Just when you thought that NYUK NYUK NYUK’S win at Gulfstream earlier
this month, with the 100 Beyer Figure, was huge, the gelding jumped up
rom $35,000 claiming to $62,500 yesterday, won and posted a 103 Beyer, the best of his life.
The Mutakkdim Canadian-bred out of May Time, is owned by Tucci Stables
and trained by Tino Attard.
He scorched 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.29.
The gelding is 2 for 2 in Florida and certainly in the best form of his career.
He was bred by Gord and Elizabeth Lickrish.
 
QUEEN’S PLATE WATCH- SLIGOVITZ on Saturday
 
Still early but there are some Canadian-bred 3yo’s lurking out there.
Updating CAFÉ TORTONI’s 2nd place finish in the Golden Gate stake
last weekend – he got a Beyer Figure of 72, on the low side.
On SATURDAY, Stronach Stable’s promising 2yo Ontario bred
SLIGOVITZ (Sligo Bay-Ms Deep Pockets) will try to win his maiden
in a 9 furlong event. He comes off a big 85 Beyer Figure effort at Calder.
 
 
CAT BUSINESS
 
FACE THE CAT (Tale of the Cat) won a 3yo allowance at Gulfstream yesterday
with a 93 Beyer Figure. He is trained by Curlin’s former trainer Helen Pitts.
Face the Cat is a ½ brother to former Woodbine runner BEAR CHARACTER.
 
NOT GOOD, NOT BETTER
 
Canadian-bred TH GOOD GET BETTER caused a melee at Gulfstream in the
finale yesterday. The second-time starter by Fast n Royal was battling for the
lead into the stretch in the grass race when he suddenly went through the fence ,
fell and caused a mess.
Incredibly, the one fellow who had the most trouble behind him was a youngster
named OH MY GOD.
 
OTHER STUFF  - CANADIAN-BRED DOUBLE AT LAUREL

BEAR GLADIATOR (Golden Missile-Great Beauty by Great Gladiator) won
his maiden at Laurel yesterday for $20,000 claiming. The Ontario-bred won the 5 ½ furlong
race under a mild hand ride for owner David Haney.
GREGSON (Silver Deputy-Early Blaze) won the 2nd race for trainer Scott Lake
for $10,000 claiming. The 7yo with tons of back class was claimed by Bella Cavello Stable.
Canadian trainer LAYNE GILIFORTE also won the Laurel card with the
Kentucky bred WALRONDS (Smart Strike) for $10,000 claiming for owner and breeder Eugene Melnyk.
 

DAAHER AND THE DONN

Donn H. (G1)

1 1/8 Miles | Open | 4 Year Olds And Up Stakes | Purse: $500,000

Post #

Horse

Jockey

Weight

Claim Price

Equip.

Med.

1

Wood Be Willing

Lezcano J

115

L

2

Spring At Last

Coa E M

119

L

3

Dr Googles Boogles

Desormeaux K J

115

L

4

Daaher

Luzzi M J

120

L

5

A. P. Arrow

Dominguez R

119

L

6

Fairbanks

Velazquez J R

116

L

7

Kiss the Kid

Castro E

115

L

8

Brass Hat

Martinez W

118

L

9

Einstein (BRZ)

Prado E S

119

L


 
FRESHMAN SIRE DRAFT 
Rick P sent in his Sire Picks for the contest (which closes March 1, 2008).
For specs on the contest, see recent posts or do a search up top..
Prizes for the top 2 finishers will be something along the lines of a Woodbine clothing item and something else from Woodbine’s awesome gift shop…stay tuned.
 
Jen,
 
Here you go:
 
Strong Hope
Speightown
Smarty Jones
Medagila D'oro
Lion Heart
Candy Ride
Chapel Royal
Omega Code
Friends Lake
Action This Day

BLOOD-BOILING

Only read this guy's column about BARBARO in the LA Times if you have a sense of humor (??) or you just want to get really mad. This guy wrote a nasty one about the horse last year when he passed away and this is one really sad columnist.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-simers31jan31,1,4857708.column

18 Comments:

  • At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow, Tino is on fire down there... good for him.

     
  • At 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hear that Tino Attard will be taking over the Chambers outfit at WB this year. If he's got a bunch in FL then I'm going to be watching for them here on opening day.

     
  • At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That writer Simers is an idiot! Luckily having fans paying tributes to him when he dies won't be a big problem. Maybe we can arrange to leave his ashes in a garbage can at the bus station, assuming anyone notices he's even missing.

     
  • At 12:27 PM, Anonymous KG said…

    AND THE WINNER IS:
    Candy Ride
    Chapel Royal
    Congaree
    Cuvee
    Lion Heart
    Medaglia D'Oro
    Omega Code
    Smarty Jones
    Speightstown
    Strong Hope

    Just mail the Woodbine stuff to Denver now.

     
  • At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Chambers and Bruno, should get together....they seem quite alike. Jody dont need Chambers, you will be ok Jody. A Friend

     
  • At 2:06 PM, Blogger AscotStud said…

    Hi Jen, I will add a Tejano Run print, (also autographed by Tejano Run) as a prize for the contest, if you want it.

    Here are my selections:
    Lion Heart
    Cuvee
    Strong Hope
    Speightstown
    Chapel Royal
    Candy Ride
    Domestic Dispute
    Alke
    Smarty Jones
    Medaglia D'Oro

     
  • At 3:00 PM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    Owners should not be held responsible for positives. It is simply ridiculous.
    It seems that the ORC has made a foolish decision that may become more of a deterrent to new owners, than one that will help clean up the industry.
    I wrote more about this on my blog, btw.
    I say larger fines and suspensions to the trainers and accomplices. If the owner is proved to be an accomplice, then I say throw the book at him or her too, but owners should be innocent until proven guilty. Most don't have a clue what a trainer has jabbed into a horses veins.

     
  • At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Might be time to add Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk to the Hot Canadian Bred Runner List!

     
  • At 6:31 PM, Anonymous LAKEAYS said…

    Re: Gregson
    Gregson is by Cherokee Run out of Early Blaze (Silver Deputy). It has been my great priviledge to get to know the owners of Early Blaze, Ken and Jean Ham and have benefited from their kindness, generosity and knowledge. Mr. Ham is very proud of the accomplishments of Early Blaze, both as a race horse and as the dam of Early Wisdom,Bobcat City,Mountain Dawn and Gregson. I am sure people will be seeing his license plate...ErlyBlaz...at the track again this year as he monitors the progress of Parthian Shot. The Ham's represent the very best in thoroughbred ownership and I'm very proud to cheer for a horse they bred!

     
  • At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am very happy to know that the top north American Female rider will ride in Hong Kong with the best riders on the world!
    And i think it will be very nice of her if she stay over there whole season to represent Canada [like every other top rider will do] so the people of our country will be proud of her.

    As a life time rider,Personaliy i belyeve that our next top Female rider will be the Promising Apprentice Johane Duquet!
    And she is my favorite rider!
    Good luck guys.

     
  • At 2:05 AM, Anonymous Tom M said…

    Well sorry to tell most of you but writer Simers is not alone in his thoughts or comments.

    The whole Barbaro thing has gone on far too long. It is high time people moved on. The whole saga went on far too long. He should never been put though the ordeal he was in the first place. Anyone who saw the documentary on his operation and so-called recovery should have been appalled.

    To see this the animal put through all that he was and then to see him walking with his hind leg at a 45 degree angle to the ground was sicking. This was being humane? The humane thing should have been done on Preakness Day.

    He provided us with a wonderful moment in Derby history but that was all.

     
  • At 4:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Its about time tino is running his horses in good spots. We always knew he could train a horse. Just look at the big guns he used to have.. Its nice to see an old timer come back to life. Do you guys think it will continue at woodbine?

     
  • At 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    While I agree that what was to done to Barbaro after his accident was horrible. I can't stand that attention seeking vet Dean Richardson, to me it looked like he wanted to be in the spotlight more than he wanted to do the right thing for the horse. I saw pictures of that poor horse walking around on that stump of a foot and cried. However to read that article also makes me mad, that guy is an ass!

     
  • At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey, Friend of Jody..
    Looks to me like Jody needs Chambers more than Chambers needs him.

     
  • At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Joanne Duquette????? top rider????? you really must be joking!!! not this same Joanne Duquette that came to Woodbine and surrendered after a few weeks, it has to be a different Joanne Duquette your talking about.

     
  • At 1:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    On the Woodbine site, it focuses strictly on 'RIDER REPORT' why is that? there are allot of WB horses competing in the States allong with trainers, owners. And why is it all about Wilson and Husbands? there are few other Canadian riders left out. Thats why i really have to hand it to you Jen for your informative site that tells all the goings on through-out our industry....and i'm interested in expressing my feelings about this 'RIDER REPORT' who do i e-mail? thanx Jen.

     
  • At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tino is a great trainer, and has been for a long time. It just goes to show you that if you don't have the horses there is nothing you can do. some of the so called good trainers aren't quite that. They just have owners that will spend $100,000 to $250,000 on each horse. With that kind of money some of them have to turn out good.

     
  • At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jody Hammett WILL be training for Mr. Chambers this year exclusivley. Mr. Chambers asked Jody to take a fleet of horses to Florida this year, because of Jody's fathers declining illness, Jody decided it best to take this time off with his father and family. Jody selected 2 horses of Mr. Chambers to go to Florida with Tino who would do well and at the same time not leave money on the table (purse structure in Gulfstream is not comparable to Woodbines).

    To the person who wrote about Jody needing Chambers, please keep in mind that Jody gave Mr. Chambers the best 2 racing years of his owners career and Mr. Chambers is no Bruno, he recognizes that in this game your success depends plently on your stock...together they have invested in better stock and are planning on turning 2008 around.

     

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