Welcome to late January in Ontario and Jan. 30 is traditionally the coldest day of the year according to stats - it was 9 degrees at bed time last night (48 F approx) and shortly it will be -20C with the wind chill. Power lines are down, trees are down, don't wear a skirt!
In two weeks the horses starts shipping into Woodbine - if you missed latest news, the Ontario Racing Commission made a big moave last week declaring thay any horse that tests positive for a Class 1, 2 or 3 drug is barred 90 days.
As reported yesterday, Barbaro's ashes will indeed be buried at Churchill Downs (read more below).
Coming up, Canadian-bred DAAHER in Saturday's DONN HANDICAP at Gulfstream Park!
I would like to invite my favourite commenter from last week to send me an e-mail today instead of sending messages under the label of Anonymous....
Curlin passes on the Donn (www.timesunion.com)
(Canadian-bred Daaher looms favourite)
By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
A year ago the racing world was awaiting the 2007 debut of Horse of the Year Invasor in the Donn Handicap at
The 2008 Donn will be run Saturday at Gulfstream, but there is no Horse of the Year running. Curlin, who won the coveted award last week, is expected to run this year, but his first race won't be the Donn, the biggest race for older horses on the Gulfstream calendar.
The 1 1/8 -mile Grade I Donn still shapes up as a neat betting race. Three Grade I winners -- Daaher (Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in 2007), Einstein (Gulfstream Park Turf in 2006) and Brass Hat (2006 Donn) are scheduled to run.
Student Council, the Grade I Pacific Classic winner last summer, is another possibility.
Other horses pointed to the Donn's starting gate include A.P. Arrow, winner of last year's Clark Handicap, and Fairbanks, fifth in the
Dr. Googles Boogles, sixth in the Hal's Hope on Jan. 6 at Gulfstream, also is being pointed to the Donn. So are Spring at Last, who won an allowance race Dec. 26 at Santa Anita, and Kiss the Kid, fourth in the Grade III Canadian Turf Handicap on Jan. 17 at Gulfstream.
"It looks like a decent bunch will be in there," said Einstein's trainer, Helen Pitts.
Spa harness racing resumes Friday Saratoga Gaming and Raceway will open its harness racing season Friday night with the first of 168 live racing cards.
Racing will be held Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons during February. The matinee racing will have a post time of
There will also be a Presidents Day matinee on Feb. 18.
Fortunes, the trackside restaurant, will be open every Sunday for a brunch buffet from to
In May, Thursday night racing will be added to the schedule.
Jockey Edgar Prado is eight races shy of hitting 6,000 for his career. He will become the 16th jockey in history to reach the magic number. He has three mounts on today's card at
Tale of Ekati, fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last fall, worked five furlongs Sunday at the
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NYUK NYUK NYUK (Mutakkdim) jumps up to $62,500 claiming at Gulfstream today for Tucci Stables off his win for $35,000 and that 100 Beyer Figure, matching his career best from 3 years ago.
The suddenly rejuvenated 7yo gelding is in
Tomorrow, several Canadian-breds on the Gulfstream card including the undefeated but delicate KAPAZUNDER. The Giant’s Causeway-Purple Princess 5yo is 2 for 2 but those races were separated by more than one year. He won his debut at Woodbine in August 2006 but broke down in the race (vanned off). He returned Dec 29 of 2007 at Calder and won at 9 to 2. He is owned by Stronach Stables.
Stronach Stables also race its promising Ontario-bred maiden filly MONEY MY HONEY (Red Bullet) on the card.
Barbaro's Ashes Going to Churchill
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The image of Barbaro blazing down the stretch at Churchill Downs, all four hooves off the ground as the powerful bay colt crushed the field in the 2006 Kentucky Derby, is seared in Roy Jackson's memory.
It's the way
When it came time to decide how best to honor the horse, who was euthanized on Jan. 29, 2007 from complications of the breakdown, there was only one place Roy Jackson and wife Gretchen felt Barbaro would feel at home: a short gallop from the site of his greatest triumph.
Barbaro's ashes and a bronze statue will be placed in front of an entrance gate at Churchill Downs sometime in 2009. The
Yet there was no sadness on Tuesday, only relief and joy.
As spectacular as the colt's career was — his 6 1/2-length win in the Derby was the widest margin of victory in 60 years — it was Barbaro's battle to survive following the breakdown that made him an emotional touchstone for so many.
"His accomplishments as a racehorse are certainly rivaled by the courage and resolve he displayed after his injury," Churchill Downs president Steve Sexton said.
"I don't think any of us know how widespread the interest was," Roy Jackson said. "We've gotten a tremendous amount of response and we continue on almost a daily basis to get some correspondence and very articulate art on what he meant."
As painful as Barbaro's battle was, the
More than $2.7 million has been raised for the Laminitis Research Fund. The laminitis initiative will foster training programs and studies for new treatments of equine diseases. The fund includes a $7,000 donation received Monday from the Fans of Barbaro, a group of people spread across the country who met over the internet in support of the colt.
It's a fund that grows a little bit each day. Jennifer Campbell of
"You just see how they persevered under those circumstances, and how the horse persevered," said Campbell, who was wearing a green Barbaro hat. "He's an inspiration and I think it's great that they chose to share him with us."
Tuesday, however, was about remembering the horse who captivated the nation.
Pictures of Barbaro from both his racing career and his rehabilitation at the large animal hospital at New Bolton flashed above a stage before the
Barbaro will be the first Kentucky Derby winner to be buried on the grounds at Churchill Downs. Four previous winners — Sunny's Halo, Carry Back, Swaps and Broker's Tip — are interred at the Kentucky Derby Museum, which is adjacent to the track.
Being placed outside the gate means fans will be able to visit the memorial without having to go inside the museum or the track itself. It will be accessible at all times.
"There was a sense of wanting to make the correct decision," Gretchen Jackson said. "It took a heck of a long time ... but we're relieved that we're moving forward."