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Thursday, February 21, 2008

CHEESE!


(Did you see this last night - this is a picture from Canada and our view of the Lunar Eclipse..)



update 9:54 a.m. - NEW POLL on THOROUGHBLOG...give your opinion, lower right on the sidebar!


UPDATES - REMEMBER, the FRESHMAN SIRE CONTEST closes next week - March 1. If you have not sent in your team (or your stable star), do so quickly please. Once I get the teams sorted out, I will print them all on a post one day so everyone can see. Scores will be tabulated using Brisnet or some program like that.

CORRECTION - VAULCLUSE, an undefeated Canadian-bred filly is a 3yo, not a 4yo as I wrote yesterday. Hmmmm, looks like a nice prospect for the Oaks (Kentucky, Woodbine) and maybe the Plate too (if she's eligible).

I will attempt to re-print any stories in ITALICS to discern between other people's writings and my own (my own will be in regular type).


DAILY RACING FORM REPORTS TURF WAR CUT

The following excerpt is from Mary Rampellini’s reporting for the DRF today..

Turf War, who finished ninth as the favorite in the Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Monday, overreached and cut his right front heel in the race, according to his trainer, Mark Casse.

"He's fine," he said. "He grabbed himself a little at the start when he broke in."

Casse said Turf War was at Fair Grounds on Wednesday, and is soon scheduled to ship back to Ocala, Fla. The horse traveled to Oaklawn from Ocala, where he had turned in a series of strong works for the Southwest. The Southwest was his first start since winning the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Jackpot in a dead heat at Delta Downs in December.

"We're going to bring him home, give him a week or so and see how he is, and go from there," said Casse. "We'll come up with a strategy."

Casse said next-race possibilities for Turf War include the Grade 2, $500,000 Lane's End at Turfway Park on March 22, and the $600,000 WinStar Derby, which will be run at Sunland Park on March 16.


CANADIANS CLAIM HORSES

Two horses were claimed from the 6th race at Gulfstream yesterday. The Tucci family and trained Nick Gonzalez took 5th place finisher DEVIL IN SPACE for $50,000 and Terry Hamilton and trainer Alec Fehr took 4th place finisher DUBAI GOLD for $50,000.

ATTENTION : RACETRACK EXECS!!


Andrew Beyer has written a super column about watching and betting races through TV/accounts and mentions how convenient it is at WOODBINE versus other places…

GAMBLING WITH HORSEPLAYER’S PATIENCE

By Andrew Beyer

Thursday, February 21, 2008; Page E03

I am a fairly resourceful gambler. I have traveled through blizzards to make a wager. I have sought betting outlets in places as remote as the Australian outback. But when I prepared to play Gulfstream Park this winter, I was daunted.

The telephone-wagering service I prefer to use was no longer taking bets on Gulfstream, as a result of a rift that has split the entire U.S. horse business. YouBet.com wasn't handling Gulfstream either, so I could no longer view head-on replays of the races -- a crucial part of my handicapping -- at that Web site. Nor could I watch the Gulfstream races live on television. I had subscribed to DirecTV because it shows the most-watched racing channel, the TVG Network, but Gulfstream was available only through the Dish Network. (It's probably easier and cheaper to change one's spouse than to change one's satellite-television provider.) So I decided to spend the winter concentrating on Tampa Bay Downs instead of the track I have followed for most of the last 30 years.

Most of America's horseplayers are encountering similar annoyances, inconveniences and disruptions of their wagering routines. Horseplayers never expect much of the racing industry, which is usually indifferent to the needs and desires of the betting public. But even the most hardened bettors have been angered and bewildered by the sport's latest effort to alienate customers. To them, it appears that the industry's leaders got together behind closed doors and agreed on this strategy: "Let's make it as inconvenient as possible for our fans to place a bet."

Until the spring of 2007, U.S. horse racing had an efficient and customer-friendly system for distributing its product. Bettors could deposit funds with one of many account-wagering services and wager on almost all major tracks either by phone or with the click of a mouse. The sport had television exposure unprecedented in its history, with the TVG network beaming races into millions of homes via DirecTV and local cable systems.

Last spring, the betting world changed overnight. Customers of YouBet.com and other wagering services were told they could no longer bet on tracks such as Churchill Downs, Pimlico and Gulfstream. In order to do so they had to open an account with another service, such as the Churchill-owned TwinSpires.com, which didn't offer a full menu of tracks, either. Some prominent tracks disappeared from TVG and were available only on a less-seen network, Horse Racing TV.

Even industry insiders were discombobulated by the changes. When Richard Shapiro turned on TVG one day and couldn't find the programming he expected, he declared: "This is stupid. . . . It's ridiculous. . . . It's absurd." Shapiro happens to be chairman of the California Horse Racing Board, and he felt as exasperated as any horseplayer.

In fact, the developments in the industry have not been totally absurd; there is an economic rationale behind them. I attempted to explain the details in a dense column last year, and it is safe to say that few bettors cared about the details. They just want to know if they'll ever be able to use a single account that lets them wager on the tracks they want.

Here is the short version of what has happened: A decade ago, TVG brought round-the-clock racing coverage into American homes and signed up tracks to deals that gave TVG exclusive rights to take bets by phone or computer. (It could sublicense those rights, as it did to YouBet.) The nation's two biggest owners of racetracks, Churchill Downs and Magna Entertainment, eventually objected to TVG's power. Understandably, they wanted to control and get the maximum revenue from their own products. They formed a joint venture called TrackNet that marketed the signals from all of their tracks, and they told telephone and on-line betting operations to choose between them and the TVG tracks. Churchill and Magna took their signals off TVG and put them on their own Horse Racing TV.

Maury Wolff, economist and gambler, explains it this way: "It's a rational business structure for the tracks to control everything and set their own prices. In Canada, Woodbine owns everything -- the track, the betting site, the TV network. Tracks in the U.S. had been reluctant to foot the bill [for betting site and a TV network] until they realized that this is where the money is." This transition to tracks' control of their own product is creating the current chaos.

Since the Churchill-Magna consortium triggered this upheaval, most horseplayers view them as villains, but Scott Daruty, president of TrackNet, insisted that this is a misperception.

"I know that horseplayers are exasperated," he said, "but TrackNet and our affiliated companies are exasperated, too." He said that TrackNet's goal is for everybody to have "broad, non-exclusive content." All tracks would be available to all Internet and phone-betting providers, and those providers would pay fees that keep the racing industry healthy. He predicted, "2008 will be the year that this problem gets solved."

At the very least, it will be the year when some changes are made. The New York Racing Association has ended its exclusive arrangement with TVG and made its signal available to all providers, which may encourage other tracks to follow suit. In California, the state's horse racing board, led by Shapiro, pressured the account-wagering service into an eight-month agreement under which they would all be nonexclusive. There is also some hope that Horse Racing TV could get its signal on DirecTV, which would give the TrackNet tracks a much larger viewing audience.

But this progress has been much too slow. With its fan base dwindling, with its national wagering totals in decline, the sport can't continue to throw up obstructions in the way of the fans who love the game and want to bet.

ZZZZZZZ – FORT ERIE PRESS CONFERENCE

What was seemingly a big secret, highly “sensitive” was a silly press conference yesterday that simply announced, yes, there will be racing at Fort Erie this year. Actually, we knew that already guys, thanks.

What was good was that there were representatives at the conference for folks who have plans for a Fort Erie “Live” type development.

Among those who commented below – SUE LESLIE, president of the HPBA Ontario who said it is a short term solution for the horsemen as they wait for government…

Here is a news item from the WELLAND TRIBUNE:

Still on track for racing; it's official, Fort Erie will offer 80 days of racing in 2008

Posted By JENNIFER PELLEGRINI

Kim Craitor ceremoniously removed his red and white "Save Fort Erie Race Track" button from his suit, took out a black marker and put a large capital D beside the word "save."

Moments later, Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin, Jim Thibert, general manager of the Fort Erie Economic Development and Tourism Corp., and Stephen Ayers, owner representative for Nordic Gaming, followed suit.

"Thanks to the hard work of some of the very hard-working people in Fort Erie, the Fort Erie Race Track has been saved," said Craitor, the Niagara Falls MPP.

"Not just for this year, but for the future."

A meeting at the Catherine Street facility yesterday confirmed there will be 80 live racing days this year, something that until then was up in the air, despite having the dates approved for racing by the Ontario Racing Commission last year, said Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association director Stanley Fishman.

"We were all hopeful it would come to pass," Fishman said after Craitor made the announcement shortly before 9 a.m. "There were no guarantees. Nothing was cut in stone. Until something's official, it's not official. This made it official."

Last fall, Nordic Gaming announced plans to build a $300-million facility at the track that would include a 350-room hotel, conference centre, spa and time-share condominiums as well as improvements to the grandstand and backstretch areas.

It requires the approval of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming, which so far has not been received. Nordic has said it would not move forward without a commitment from the government to help subsidize purses at the Border Oval during the development.

No money is being offered by the Ontario government at this point, but all sides concerned said they are confident a report by the Sadinsky panel led by former Ontario Racing Commission chairman Stanley Sadinsky will offer solutions for the province's $2.1-billion horse racing industry.

Yesterday's announcement came two days after Martin and Thibert travelled to New York City to meet with a representative of the Tsuva Group, which owns Nordic Gaming, to confirm the company is willing to take a loss to subsidize purses in 2008 while the province works out a strategy to save racing across Ontario.

Ayres said when he arrived in Fort Erie from Cyprus a year ago, his task was to make the track a viable operation or wind things down.

"Winding down got cast aside a bit," Ayres said. "And I really believe we're on track with the Ministry of Economic Development to move forward (on the new complex)."

The Fort Erie Race Track Slots opened in 1999 as a way to boost purses for horse owners. And it worked - for two years, at least.

In 2002, horsemen received about $16 million in purses during an extended season of more than 100 racing days. In 2007, while revenue at the slots declined, racing purses dropped to about $4 million during an 84-day season.

They are expected to remain the same this year, with four fewer racing days.

Sue Leslie, president of the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, said horse owners agreed to the deal as a "short-term" solution.

"Ownership has been generous in absorbing losses and the horsemen have done the same," Leslie said. "I think we're all taking this huge leap of faith the government will move forward."


And here is an editorial from THE NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW

Track news encouraging, but hardly an endorsement

Optimists will say Wednesday's announcement that Fort Erie Race Track will open again for live racing this year - with the company that owns it willing to operate at a loss - is encouraging.

And to some degree, it is encouraging. All the parties involved see merit in keeping the momentum going until a more permanent solution is found, even if it means operating at loss.

But what was billed as a major announcement Wednesday in reality only buys another season of racing at the border oval.

Live racing will open this year on 80 days beginning in May.

At this point, that's all we know. And that's only a little more than we knew when the dates were announced late last year.

Declining revenue at the Fort Erie slots has led to smaller race purse sizes and shorter racing seasons in recent years, making the track less attractive to thoroughbred owners.

In fact, Niagara Falls MP Kim Craitor said both Nordic Gaming and its parent company El-Ad will be losing a few million dollars this year by keeping live racing at the track.

El-Ad has a $300-million revitalization project on the table for the property.

We have no reason to believe they aren't serious.

Unfortunately, the province is waiting on a report from Stanley Sadinsky, former Ontario Racing Commission chairman, before the future of the track is ultimately determined.

His three-member panel will produce a report setting out a long-term strategic plan to ensure the future success of horse racing in Ontario.

The report is expected in late spring or early summer.

It can't come soon enough.

As of today, the only certainty is there will be live racing at the track again for one more season.

It's a step forward, but it is not yet a ringing endorsement of the track's future.

UGH, DERBY LOSES ONE, RACE DOESN’T GO FOR WAR PASS

From Jennie Reed at the Louisville-Courier Journal

Triple Crown bid ends for Crown of Thorns

By Jennie Rees

Crown of Thorns, the promising colt who was ranked No. 9 in The Courier-Journal's Kentucky Derby poll, is off the Triple Crown trail after developing the start of a crack in his left front shin, trainer Richard Mandella said yesterday.

"He's just got a little bit of a stress fracture that we can see the start of," Mandella said. "He's out for a couple of months, but he'll be fine, I think. It gets in the way of my plans, but he's not the first one."

Mandella said the problem surfaced Monday. "He's had a little bit of shins back and forth for a while, but it never seemed to be anything serious," he said. "It's gotten a little more serious."

Mandella said the son of Repent can't run again until fall. Even more disappointing, he'd thought Crown of Thorns had traits of a "perfect Derby horse."

"I really thought that; he had the mind for it," he said, adding with a laugh, "but what would I know about the perfect Derby horse?"

In his third career start, Crown of Thorns won the Grade II, 11/16-mile Robert B. Lewis Stakes by 21/2 lengths over Coast Guard to become one of California's leading Derby contenders.

Mandella's other Derby hopeful, Into Mischief, is being pointed toward the 11/16-mile San Felipe March 16 at Santa Anita.

War Pass return delayed: After trying until almost 5 p.m. yesterday, Gulfstream Park was unable to get enough entries to contest a mile allowance race scheduled for Saturday, delaying the 3-year-old debut of unbeaten 2-year-old champion War Pass.

Gulfstream will try again today to get enough horses -- five is probably the minimum number -- to contest the race on Sunday's Fountain of Youth program.

Unlike most allowance races, this one had no restrictions other than being a 3-year-old, which is why a horse like 4-for-4 War Pass is eligible.

CLOUDY’S KNIGHT/KIP DEVILLE RATES TOPS IN CANADA

Top Canadian-bred 2yo’s KESAGAMI/STUCK IN TRAFFIC

The Following is the press release regarding the Canadian Thoroughbred Rankings that were sent out yesterday…(the entire list of horses ranked should be available at www.jockeyclubcanada.com soon)


The 2007 Canadian Thoroughbred Ratings were compiled [sic] by Steve Lym, Racing Secretary, Woodbine Entertainment Group and are published by The Jockey Club of Canada.

Any horse that competed in a Stake Race in Canada in 2007 was eligible to be rated on their best performance at any distance. Canadian Thoroughbred Ratings are determined by applying a criteria similar to that used by the World Thoroughbred Rankings panel to rate horses using the following distance categories: Sprint – Mile – Intermediate – Long – Extended. Sprint ratings cover races up to 7 ½ furlongs. Mile distances include those greater than 7 ½ furlongs and less than 1-3/16 miles. Intermediate distances range from 1-3/16 miles to 1-5/16 miles.

The Long and Extended categories are combined and cover any distance longer than 1-5/16 miles. Weight concessions and a beaten-lengths formula are also factored into the ratings.

Cloudy’s Knight and Kip Deville tied for top ratings overall in Canada. Cloudy’s Knight,

Canada’s Champion Turf Horse in 2007, scored 119 for his 1st place performance in the Pattison Canadian International G1 and Kip Deville scored 119 for his 2nd place finish in the Bell Woodbine Mile G1 on the E.P. Taylor turf course at Woodbine. Mrs. Lindsay, scored 116 for her first place finish in the E.P. Taylor Stakes G1, while Sealy Hill, Canada’s Horse of the Year scored 115 for her 2nd place finish behind Mrs. Lindsay in the E.P. Taylor Stakes.

Financingavailable Canada’s Champion Sprinter in 2007 leads the Sprint distance category with a rating of 107 for her 1st place finish in the Ontario Fashion Stakes on the Polytrack at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Le Cinquieme Essai earned a rating of 110 for his Sprint distance performance on the turf in the Play the King G2 at Woodbine.

In the Intermediate distance category, True Metropolitan, Champion Older Male in Canada in 2007 and 2006 earned a rating of 110 for his 1st place performance in the Autumn Stakes at Woodbine.

In the Long distance category, True Metropolitan scored 111 for his 2nd place finish in the BC Premiers Handicap at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver.

2-year-old filly Clearly Foxy earned a rating of 105 for her win in the Natalma Stakes G3 and 2- year-old colt Prussian earned a rating of 107 for his victory in the Summer Stakes G3 at Woodbine.

2007 Canadian Thoroughbred Ratings 3 Year Olds and Up on Turf

Rank Horse S A Fin Stakes Date Tr Dis Surface Stake Name Gr Apt Grade

CATEGORY: TURF - SPRINT

1 Le Cinquieme Essai G 8 1 08/25/07 WO 700 Turf Play The King S 2 S 110

2 Just Rushing G 6 2 08/25/07 WO 700 Turf Play The King S 2 S 108

3 Awesome Action G 7 1 07/21/07 WO 700 Turf Ontario Jockey Club S R S 107

3 Heros Reward G 5 1 10/21/07 WO 600 Turf Nearctic S 2 S 107

5 Quietly Mine G 3 2 10/21/07 WO 600 Turf Nearctic S 2 S 106

5 Smart Enough G 4 1 06/24/07 WO 600 Turf Highlander S 3 S 106

7 Stradivinsky G 4 3 06/24/07 WO 600 Turf Highlander S 3 S 104

7 Vestrey Lady F 4 1 08/06/07 WO 600 Turf Royal North S 3 S 104

9 Legal Move C 3 1 06/13/07 WO 600 Turf Bold Ruckus S R S 103

10 Silky Smooth F 3 1 06/10/07 WO 650 Turf Alywow S L S 101

11 Estevan H 6 4 08/25/07 WO 700 Turf Play The King S 2 S 100

11 Quiet Action F 3 2 06/10/07 WO 650 Turf Alywow S L S 100

11 Siwa F 3 1 06/17/07 WO 600 Turf Zadracarta S R S 100

14 Gangster G 6 4 06/24/07 WO 600 Turf Highlander S 3 S 99

14 Moth Ball (GB) G 5 4 10/21/07 WO 600 Turf Nearctic S 2 S 99

16 Leonnatus Anteas C 3 5 08/25/07 WO 700 Turf Play The King S 2 S 98

16 Purim H 5 7 08/25/07 WO 700 Turf Play The King S 2 S 98

16 You Will Love Me F 3 1 07/25/07 WO 700 Turf Passing Mood S R S 98

19 Sophia's Prince G 8 4 07/21/07 WO 700 Turf Ontario Jockey Club S R S 97

19 The Nth Degree G 6 6 06/24/07 WO 600 Turf Highlander S 3 S 97

21 Becky Sharp M 5 3 08/06/07 WO 600 Turf Royal North S 3 S 96

21 Count to Three M 5 2 08/25/07 WO 700 Turf Belle Geste S R S 96

21 Saoirse Cat F 4 5 08/06/07 WO 600 Turf Royal North S 3 S 96

21 Whisper to Me F 3 3 06/10/07 WO 650 Turf Alywow S L S 96

CATEGORY: TURF - MILE

1 Kip Deville C 4 2 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Woodbine Mile S 1 M 119

2 Shakespeare H 6 1 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Woodbine Mile S 1 M 116

3 Jambalaya G 5 3 07/02/07 WO 900 Turf King Edward B.C. S 2 M 115

4 Remarkable News (Ven) H 5 4 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Woodbine Mile S 1 M 114

5 Becrux (Ity) G 5 6 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Woodbine Mile S 1 M 111

5 Galantas C 4 3 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Woodbine Mile S 1 M 111

7 Eccentric (GB) G 6 1 07/02/07 WO 900 Turf King Edward B.C. S 2 M 109

7 Masseuse M 5 1 07/22/07 WO 900A Turf Dance Smartly S 2 M 109

7 Strike Softly F 4 1 06/02/07 WO 850 Turf Nassau S 2 M 109

10 Art Master H 6 9 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Woodbine Mile S 1 M 108

10 Dance to My Tune F 3 2 10/06/07 WO 900 Turf Carotene S R M 108

10 Host (Chi) H 7 5 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Woodbine Mile S 1 M 108

13 Arravale F 4 10 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Woodbine Mile S 1 M 107

14 Financingavailable M 6 1 08/19/07 WO 850 Turf Victoriana S R M 106

15 May Night F 4 2 07/22/07 WO 900A Turf Dance Smartly S 2 M 105

16 Speak Wisely F 3 1 09/01/07 WO 800 Turf Ontario Colleen S L M 104

17 Elle Runaway M 5 3 07/22/07 WO 900A Turf Dance Smartly S 2 M 103

17 Executive Flight F 4 2 08/19/07 WO 850 Turf Victoriana S R M 103

19 Bear's Kid C 4 3 10/28/07 WO 800 Turf Labeeb S L M 102

Rank Horse S A Fin Stakes Date Tr Dis Surface Stake Name Gr Apt Grade

CATEGORY: TURF - MILE (cont'd)

19 French Beret G 4 4 3 10/28/07 08/12/07 WO Labeeb S R M 102

21 Colorful Judgement G 7 4 08/12/07 WO 850 Turf With Approval S R M 101

21 Like a Gem F 4 1 10/27/07 WO 800 Turf River Memories S L M 101

23 Another Ascot G 4 5 08/12/07 WO 850 Turf With Approval S R M 100

23 Ice Bear G 3 1 06/24/07 WO 800 Turf Charley Barley S L M 100

23 London Snow F 4 3 08/19/07 WO 850 Turf Victoriana S R M 100

23 Meribel F 4 3 09/16/07 WO 900A Turf Canadian S 2 M 100

23 Scarlet Butterfly F 4 4 07/22/07 WO 900A Turf Dance Smartly S 2 M 100

23 Sprung F 3 2 09/01/07 WO 800 Turf Ontario Colleen S L M 100

29 As Expected G 8 2 05/27/07 WO 850 Turf Connaught Cup S 3 M 99

29 Be Envied M 5 5 06/02/07 WO 850 Turf Nassau S 2 M 99

29 Dead Red G 4 12 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Woodbine Mile S 1 M 99

29 Raw Power G 7 4 07/02/07 WO 900 Turf King Edward B.C. S 2 M 99

29 Stay Close (GB) G 5 5 07/02/07 WO 900 Turf King Edward B.C. S 2 M 99

34 Audacious Chloe F 3 3 09/01/07 WO 800 Turf Ontario Colleen S L M 98

34 Bankin On Candy F 4 2 10/27/07 WO 800 Turf River Memories S L M 98

34 Nottawasaga F 4 3 10/27/07 WO 800 Turf River Memories S L M 98

34 Storm Caller G 4 13 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Woodbine Mile S 1 M 98

38 Angel of the House G 3 2 07/14/07 WO 900 Turf Toronto Cup S L M 97

38 Moon Path F 3 4 09/15/07 WO 800 Turf La Prevoyante S R M 97

38 Skip Code G 3 3 07/14/07 WO 900 Turf Toronto Cup S L M 97

41 Payday Peril C 3 2 06/24/07 WO 800 Turf Charley Barley S L M 95

41 Rahy's Attorney G 3 1 09/02/07 WO 800 Turf Vice Regent S R M 95

41 Sudsy Baby F 4 4 10/27/07 WO 800 Turf River Memories S L M 95

41 The Queen's Stamp M 5 5 10/27/07 WO 800 Turf River Memories S L M 95

CATEGORY: TURF - INTERMEDIATE

1 Mrs. Lindsay F 3 1 10/21/07 WO 1000 Turf E. P. Taylor S 1 I 116

2 Sealy Hill F 3 2 10/21/07 WO 1000 Turf E. P. Taylor S 1 I 115

3 Barancella (FR) M 6 3 10/21/07 WO 1000 Turf E. P. Taylor S 1 I 112

4 The Niagra Queen F 4 4 10/21/07 WO 1000 Turf E. P. Taylor S 1 I 111

5 Essential Edge F 4 6 10/21/07 WO 1000 Turf E. P. Taylor S 1 I 110

5 Sans Souci Island F 3 5 10/21/07 WO 1000 Turf E. P. Taylor S 1 I 110

7 Hostess F 4 7 10/21/07 WO 1000 Turf E. P. Taylor S 1 I 109

8 Four Sins (Ger) F 3 8 10/21/07 WO 1000 Turf E. P. Taylor S 1 I 107

8 Saskawea F 3 2 07/28/07 WO 1000 Turf Wonder Where S R I 107

10 Street Sounds F 3 3 07/28/07 WO 1000 Turf Wonder Where S R I 106

11 Catch the Thrill F 3 4 07/28/07 WO 1000 Turf Wonder Where S R I 105

12 Forever Red F 3 5 07/28/07 WO 1000 Turf Wonder Where S R I 104

13 Skipped Bail G 4 3 10/27/07 WO 1000 Turf Chief Bearhart S L I 102

14 Play Mizzty for Me F 3 6 07/28/07 WO 1000 Turf Wonder Where S R I 101

14 Safari Queen (Arg) M 5 9 10/21/07 WO 1000 Turf E. P. Taylor S 1 I 101

16 Poet's Dream F 3 8 07/28/07 WO 1000 Turf Wonder Where S R I 98

17 Dash It Darling F 3 9 07/28/07 WO 1000 Turf Wonder Where S R I 95

CATEGORY: TURF - LONG & EXTENDED

Rank Horse S A Fin Stakes Date Tr Dis Surface Stake Name Gr Apt Grade

1 Cloudy's Knight G 7 1 10/21/07 WO 1200 Turf Pattison Canadian International S 1 L 119

2 Ask (GB) C 4 2 10/21/07 WO 1200 Turf Pattison Canadian International S 1 L 118

2 Sky Conqueror H 5 3 08/26/07 WO 1200 Turf Nijinsky S 2 L 118

4 Quijano (Ger) G 5 3 10/21/07 WO 1200 Turf Pattison Canadian International S 1 L 116

4 Stream of Gold (Ire) G 6 4 10/21/07 WO 1200 Turf Pattison Canadian International S 1 L 116

6 Oracle West (Saf) G 6 5 10/21/07 WO 1200 Turf Pattison Canadian International S 1 L 115

7 Sunriver C 4 6 10/21/07 WO 1200 Turf Pattison Canadian International S 1 L 114

8 Honolulu (Ire) C 3 8 10/21/07 WO 1200 Turf Pattison Canadian International S 1 L 112

8 Windward Islands G 3 9 10/21/07 WO 1200 Turf Pattison Canadian International S 1 L 112

10 Irish Wells (FR) C 4 10 10/21/07 WO 1200 Turf Pattison Canadian International S 1 L 110

11 Obrigado (FR) G 4 5 07/22/07 WO 1200 Turf Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup S 2 L 109

12 Last Answer G 7 1 08/26/07 WO 1200 Turf Nijinsky S 2 L 108

13 Marsh Side C 4 2 07/22/07 WO 1200 Turf Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup S 2 L 107

13 Sterwins G 4 2 09/23/07 WO 1100 Turf Sky Classic S 2 L 107

15 Linda's Lad (GB) C 4 11 10/21/07 WO 1200 Turf Pattison Canadian International S 1 L 106

16 Marchfield C 3 1 08/05/07 WO 1200 Turf Breeders' S R L 105

17 Royal Challenger C 4 7 09/23/07 WO 1100 Turf Sky Classic S 2 L 104

17 Twilight Meteor C 3 2 08/05/07 WO 1200 Turf Breeders' S R L 104

19 Pellegrino (Brz) H 8 1 06/24/07 WO 1200 Turf Singspiel S L L 103

20 It's Like This G 3 3 08/05/07 WO 1200 Turf Breeders' S R L 101

20 Revved Up G 9 6 09/23/07 WO 1100 Turf Sky Classic S 2 L 101

20 Sant Elena (GB) F 4 2 09/23/07 WO 1200 Turf Flaming Page S L L 101

23 Shoal Water G 7 8 09/23/07 WO 1100 Turf Sky Classic S 2 L 100

23 Walk With Kings G 3 4 08/05/07 WO 1200 Turf Breeders' S R L 100

25 Mike Fox C 3 5 08/05/07 WO 1200 Turf Breeders' S R L 99

26 Alezzandro C 3 6 08/05/07 WO 1200 Turf Breeders' S R L 96

26 The Carbon Unit H 5 6 07/22/07 WO 1200 Turf Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup S 2 L 96

28 Bethany Beach F 3 4 09/23/07 WO 1200 Turf Flaming Page S L L 95

28 Sheer Enchantment M 6 3 09/23/07 WO 1200 Turf Flaming Page S L L 95


CATEGORY: SPRINT (Poly or Dirt)

1 Financingavailable M 6 1 11/03/07 WO 600 Poly Ontario Fashion S L S 107

1 She's Indy Money F 4 1 09/08/07 WO 700 Poly Seaway S 3 S 107

3 Are You Serious G 5 2 04/22/07 WO 700 Poly Vigil S 3 S 106

3 Jiggs Coz c 3 1 05/01/07 WO 700 Poly Queenston S R S 106

3 Seductively F 4 1 04/15/07 WO 600 Poly Whimsical S 3 S 106

3 Strike Softly F 4 1 05/13/07 WO 650 Poly Hendrie S 3 S 106

7 Judiths Wild Rush H 6 3 04/22/07 WO 700 Poly Vigil S 3 S 105

7 Legal Move C 3 5 11/18/07 WO 600 Poly Kennedy Road S 3 S 105

9 Dancer's Bajan G 3 2 1 4/21/2007 07/18/07 Woodstock S 104

9 Just Rushing G 6 2 07/22/07 WO 650 Poly Bold Venture S L S 104

9 Main Executive G 5 1 2 8/5/2007 WO Shepperton S S 104

12 Connections G 6 1 11/18/07 WO 600 Poly Kennedy Road S 3 S 103

12 Like Mom LikeSons C 3 1 04/21/07 WO 600 Poly Woodstock S L S 103

12 Stradivinsky G 4 1 04/14/07 WO 600 Poly Jacques Cartier S L S 103

15 Ballado Dancer G 4 2 11/18/07 WO 600 Poly Kennedy Road S 3 S 102

15 Gangster G 6 1 07/22/07 WO 650 Poly Bold Venture S L S 102

15 Gantu G 3 4 11/18/07 WO 600 Poly Kennedy Road S 3 S 102

15 Hide and Chic M 5 2 04/15/07 WO 600 Poly Whimsical S 3 S 102

19 Executive Choice G 6 4 09/19/07 WO 700 Poly Overskate S R S 101

19 Lake Secret G 5 1 09/03/07 WO 600 Poly Kenora S R S 101

19 Mary Delaney F 4 2 05/13/07 WO 650 Poly Hendrie S 3 S 101

19 Wild Gams F 4 2 11/25/07 WO 700 Poly Bessarabian S L S 101

23 My List F 3 1 11/25/07 WO 700 Poly Bessarabian S L S 100

23 Native Legend F 3 1 04/22/07 WO 600 Poly Star Shoot S L S 100

23 Saskawea F 3 1 05/06/07 WO 700 Poly Fury S R S 100

26 Museeb H 5 3 07/22/07 WO 650 Poly Bold Venture S L S 99

26 Vestrey Lady F 4 2 07/01/07 WO 700 Poly Sweet Briar Too S L S 99

28 Cool Selection G 8 2 3 8/5/2007 09/19/07 WO Shepperton S 97

29 Bosskiri M 5 3 05/13/07 WO 650 Poly Hendrie S 3 S 96

29 Crease Infraction 9 G 3 09/03/07 WO 600 Poly Kenora S R S 96

29 Markdale G 3 2 05/01/07 WO 700 Poly Queenston S R S 96

29 Silky Smooth F 3 2 04/22/07 WO 600 Poly Star Shoot S L S 96

33 Fiery Dancer F 4 4 07/01/07 WO 700 Poly Sweet Briar Too S L S 95

33 Marco Be Good G 5 3 08/05/07 WO 650 Poly Shepperton S R S 95

33 Quelle Beaute F 4 4 11/25/07 WO 700 Poly Bessarabian S L S 95

33 Saoirse Cat F 4 3 07/01/07 WO 700 Poly Sweet Briar Too S L S 95

CATEGORY: MILE (Poly or Dirt)

Rank Horse S A Fin Stakes Date Tr Dis Surface Stake Name Gr Apt Grade

1 True Metropolitan G 5 1 11/17/07 WO 850 Poly Autumn S 3 M 110

2 Leonnatus Anteas C 3 2 11/17/07 WO 850 Poly Autumn S 3 M 109

3 Gouldings Green H 6 1 07/29/07 WO 850 Poly Chinese Cultural Centre Seagram's Cup L M 108

3 Sealy Hill F 3 1 06/10/07 WO 900 Poly Woodbine Oaks R M 108

5 Palladio H 5 1 2 5/21/2007 WO 850 Poly Eclipse S L M 107

6 Approval Rating C 3 1 06/10/07 WO 850 Poly Victoria Park S L M 106

6 Bear Now F 3 1 06/16/07 WO 850 Poly Hill N Dale S L M 106

6 Monashee M 5 1 08/25/07 NP 850 Dirt City of Edmonton Distaff L M 106

6 Sahara Heat F 3 1 05/19/07 WO 850 Poly Marine S 3 M 106

10 Eccentric (GB) G 6 2 10/13/07 WO 900 Poly Durham Cup S 3 M 105

11 Street Sounds F 3 2 07/01/07 WO 850 Poly Bison City S R M 103

12 Angel of the House F 3 3 05/19/07 WO 850 Poly Marine S 3 M 102

12 Arden Belle F 4 1 08/19/07 WO 850 Poly Belle Mahone S L M 102

12 Celtic Dreamin G 3 1 09/23/07 HST 900 Dirt B. C. Breeders' Cup D 3 M 102

12 Flying Chevy G 3 8 08/06/07 ASD 900 Dirt Manitoba Lotteries Derby L M 102

12 Lady Raj M 4 2 10/13/07 HST 900 Dirt Ballerina Breeders' Cup S 3 M 102

12 Marchfield C 3 2 06/03/07 WO 900 Poly The Plate Trial S R M 102

12 Shillelagh Slew C 4 4 05/21/07 WO 850 Poly Eclipse S 3 M 102

12 Spaghetti Mouse G 5 1 07/01/07 HST 900 Dirt Lieutenant Governors' H 3 M 102

20 Amazin Blue C 3 1 06/16/07 STP 850 Dirt Alberta Derby L M 101

20 Artie Hot G 3 1 09/30/07 WO 900 Poly Ontario Derby L M 101

20 Be Envied M 5 3 07/22/07 WO 850 Poly Ontario Matron S L M 101

23 Executive Flight F 4 2 10/08/07 WO 850 Poly Classy N' Smart S R M 100

23 Forest Huntress F 3 1 06/17/07 STP 850 Dirt Penny Ridge S L M 100

23 Quiet Jungle F 3 3 07/01/07 WO 850 Poly Bison City S R M 100

23 Quite a Knightmare F 3 2 08/29/07 WO 850 Poly Eternal Search S R M 100

23 Roving Angel M 5 2 08/19/07 WO 850 Poly Belle Mahone S L M 100

23 Serenading F 3 2 09/22/07 WO 850 Poly La Lorgnette S R M 100

23 Skip Code G 3 2 06/10/07 WO 850 Poly Victoria Park S L M 100

30 Arch Hall H 6 3 10/13/07 WO 900 Poly Durham Cup S 3M 99

30 Dance to My Tune F 3 1 09/22/07 WO 850 Poly La Lorgnette S R M 99

30 You Will Love Me F 3 1 08/29/07 WO 850 Poly Eternal Search S R M 99

33 Alpine Garden F 3 1 2 8/11/2007 NP Sonoma H 3 M 97

33 Include Us F 3 5 05/19/07 WO 850 Poly Marine S 3 M 97

35 Tanika F 3 2 08/11/07 NP 850 Dirt Sonoma H L M 96

35 Test Boy G 4 1 07/28/07 NP 850 Dirt Don Fleming Memorial H L M 96

35 Tiger Circle (GB) M 5 6 08/25/07 NP 850 Dirt City of Edmonton Distaff L M 96

38 Forceful Intention G 4 3 07/01/07 HST 900 Dirt Lieutenant Governors' H 3 M 95

38 Pat of Gold F 3 3 09/22/07 HST 900 Dirt B. C. Breeders' Cup Oaks 3 M 95


CATEGORY: INTERMEDIATE (Poly or Dirt)

1 True Metropolitan G 5 1 07/01/07 WO 1000 Poly Dominion Day S 3 I 109

2 Alezzandro C 3 1 07/15/07 FE 950 Dirt Prince Of Wales S R I 106

2007 Canadian Thoroughbred Ratings 3 year Olds and Up - Poly or Dirt Surface February 2008

Rank Horse S A Fin Stakes Date Tr Dis Surface Stake Name Gr Apt Grade

3 Mike Fox C 3 1 06/24/07 WO 1000 Poly Queen's Plate S R I 105

4 Like a Gem F 4 1 11/10/07 WO 1000 Poly Maple Leaf S L I 104

4 Mustanfar H 6 2 07/01/07 WO 1000 Poly Dominion Day S 3 I 104

6 I'm in Love F 4 2 11/10/07 WO 1000 Poly Maple Leaf S L I 103

6 Tell It as It Is F 3 3 11/10/07 WO 1000 Poly Maple Leaf S L I 103

8 Yousaidido F 3 6 11/10/07 WO 1000 Poly Maple Leaf S L I 97

9 Wow Me Free F 3 4 11/10/07 WO 1000 Poly Maple Leaf S L I 96

10 Daaher C 3 4 06/24/07 WO 1000 Poly Queen's Plate S R I 95

CATEGORY: LONG OR EXTENDED (Poly or Dirt)

1 True Metropolitan G 5 2 10/14/07 HST 1100 Dirt BC Premiers H 3 L 111

2 Footprint G 3 1 08/25/07 NP 1100 Dirt Canadian D. 3 L 103

3 Gandolf G 3 2 08/25/07 NP 1100 Dirt Canadian D. 3 L 102

4 Torquay G 5 1 12/09/07 WO 1400 Poly Valedictory S L L 101

5 Sir Gallovic C 3 1 10/14/07 HST 1100 Dirt BC Premiers H 3 L 100

5 Tap Show G 4 2 12/09/07 WO 1400 Poly Valedictory S L L 100

7 Ookashada G 3 3 08/25/07 NP 1100 Dirt Canadian D. 3 L 99

8 Pellegrino (Brz) H 8 5 12/09/07 WO 1400 Poly Valedictory S LL 98

9 Above Spirit H 4 4 12/09/07 WO 1400 Poly Valedictory S LL 97

9 Love Dubai C 3 7 12/09/07 WO 1400 Poly Valedictory S LL 97

9 Rage Til Dawn G 3 5 08/25/07 NP 1100 Dirt Canadian D. 3 L 97

12 Test Boy G 4 2 09/08/07 NP 1100 Dirt Speed to Spare S L L 96

12 Trick of the North G 6 3 09/08/07 NP 1100 Dirt Speed to Spare S L L 96

14 Encinas (Ger) G 6 3 12/09/07 WO 1400 Poly Valedictory S LL 95

TWO-YEARS COLTS

Rank Horse S A Fin Stakes Date Tr Dis Surface Stake Name Gr Apt Grade

1 Prussian C 2 1 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Summer S 3 M 107

2 Bear Holiday C 2 1 08/25/07 WO 650 Poly Silver Deputy S L S 106

3 Kesagami 2 1 11/04/07 WO 900 Poly Coronation Futurity R M 105

3 Stuck in Traffic C 2 2 08/25/07 WO 650 Poly Silver Deputy S L S 105

5 Briarwood Circle C 2 2 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Summer S 3 M 104

5 Globetrotter C 2 1 10/08/07 WO 850 Poly Grey Breeders' Cup S 3 M 104

7 Cool Gator C 2 2 11/04/07 WO 900 Poly Coronation Futurity R M 102

7 Cool Gator C 2 2 10/08/07 WO 850 Poly Grey Breeders' Cup S 3 M 102

7 Deputiformer C 2 1 10/14/07 WO 850 Turf Cup And Saucer S R M 102

7 Turf War C 2 1 09/15/07 WO 700 Poly Swynford S L S 102

11 Cryptonite Kid C 2 2 10/14/07 WO 850 Turf Cup And Saucer S R M 101

11 Not Bourbon 2 1 10/13/07 WO 600 Poly Bull Page S R S 101

11 Seattle Hill 2 3 10/14/07 WO 850 Turf Cup And Saucer S R M 101

11 Your Round C 2 3 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Summer S 3 M 101

15 Discreet Commander G 2 1 11/24/07 WO 850 Poly Display S L M 100

15 Kodiak Kowboy C 2 1 06/17/07 WO 500 Poly Victoria S L S 100

15 Mighty Vow C 2 3 11/24/07 WO 850 Poly Display S L M 100

18 Don's Folly 2 1 09/03/07 WO 700 Poly Simcoe S R S 99

18 Surprisal G 2 4 10/28/07 HST 850 Dirt Ascot Graduation S L M 99

20 House Mouse G 2 1 09/03/07 NP 800 Dirt Canadian Juvenile S L M 98

21 Brickyard Crossing C 2 5 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Summer S 3 M 97

21 Royal Hudson C 2 1 10/28/07 HST 850 Dirt Ascot Graduation S L M 97

21 Senor C 2 6 11/24/07 WO 850 Poly Display S L M 97

21 Storm Code G 2 2 09/15/07 WO 700 Poly Swynford S L S 97

25 Desert Alf G 2 2 10/28/07 HST 850 Dirt Ascot Graduation S L M 96

26 Bearactor C 2 6 09/16/07 WO 800 Turf Summer S 3 M 95

26 Doneraile Gem G 2 1 07/07/07 WO 550 Poly Clarendon S R S 95

26 Drunken Love 2 2 09/03/07 WO 700 Poly Simcoe S R S 95

26 Saada C 2 3 10/08/07 WO 850 Poly Grey Breeders' Cup S 3 M 95

26 Yes It's Bull C 2 5 11/24/07 WO 850 Poly Display S L M 95

FILLIES

1 Clearly Foxy F 2 1 09/09/07 WO 800 Turf Natalma S 3 M 105

2 Dancing Allstar F 2 1 2 2 7/2/2007 07/21/07 08/18/07 My Dear S (etc) 104

2 Initiation F 2 1 11/18/07 WO 700 Poly Glorious Song S L S 104

2 Officer Cherrie F 2 1 08/18/07 WO 600 Poly Ontario Debutante S L S 104

5 Authenicat F 2 1 10/03/07 WO 600 Poly Victorian Queen S R S 102

6 Krz Exec F 2 1 12/05/07 WO 850 Poly Ontario Lassie S R M 101

6 Mrs. Began F 2 1 10/20/07 WO 850 Poly Princess Elizabeth S R M 101

6 Victory Romance F 2 2 11/18/07 WO 700 Poly Glorious Song S L S 101

9 Alvena F 2 1 07/15/07 WO 550 Poly Shady Well S R S 98

10 Lady d'Wildcat F 2 2 11/07/07 WO 850 Poly South Ocean S R M 96

10 Nite in Rome F 2 2 09/09/07 WO 800 Turf Natalma S 3 M 96

10 Tip Toe Annie F 2 2 12/05/07 WO 850 Poly Ontario Lassie S R M 96

13 Critical Path F 2 4 11/07/07 WO 850 Poly South Ocean S R M 95

13 Lickety Lemon F 2 3 09/09/07 WO 800 Turf Natalma S 3 M 95

13 Simple Sister F 2 1 09/03/07 WO 700 Poly Muskoka S R S 95

6 Comments:

  • At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    The only "news" at the conference was that there was a chance that they might not race this year until yesterdays announcement.
    Nordic couldn't afford to shut down races this year. It would make the track unsellable and they wouldn't be able to keep their 300 million dollar smoke and mirrors illusion alive which helps keep the price of the joint higher than it should for potential buyers.
    A project like that in Fort Erie where the result is condominiums and hotels to attract slot players is ridiculous. Especially with competition from Buffalo and Niagara Falls. No sane person with the government will approve this nonsense.
    In order for racing to survive in Fort Erie for the long haul, Nordic needs to go bye bye.

     
  • At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It seems to me that the OLG should really have a concern in all of this because they are also "losing" money by seeing such a low return on the slots at Fort Erie.
    There is stiff competition from slots/gambling options at Niagara Falls and Buffalo and the Fort Erie slots operation is pretty dark & dismal inside compared to some other flashy locations so they should probably look into changin that.
    Also, if the slots revenue is so low, why doesn't the OLG change the payout percentage of the machines at the Fort Erie facility?
    Currently the OLG'S minimum payout rate is 85% or higher (compared to Vegas' strip average payout of just over 93%). If they were to raise that payout rate minimum at Fort Erie and make it well known that the payout rate is a little higher there - perhaps more people would go to play - spending more money in the facility therefore benefitting the OLG (by theoretically getting more money back by increasing play despite the higher payout percentage) and hopefully benefitting Fort Erie itself by attracting that crowd back to the facility.

     
  • At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    OLG losing money? If the horsemen are getting 4 million, that means Nordic gets 4 million, and the OLG which gets 80% is getting 32 million.

    The horsemen should get a bigger cut because that is why slots were set up at racetracks in the first place...to benefit the horsemen. OLG has gotten very greedy.

    Also, Nordic is probably not losing money bottom line. I don't think they lose 4 million (what they make on slots) on horse racing, in fact many tracks make a profit without slots.

     
  • At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So perhaps my phrasing of "losing money" is incorrect.
    What I meant is that if the crowds are smaller then the OLG's take(despite being as large as it is) is still smaller than it would be if they were able to bring in more people/have more attendance.
    According to the article in 2002 the horsemen received about $16 mil compared to $4 mil in 2007 "while revenue at the slots declined".
    Why not try to get that revenue back by a) updating the slot facility so it's not so dark and dismal inside and b) advertise this location as one of the highest payout percentage slots facilities. That higher payout percentage alone should drive people back there - knowing that their chances of winning more money are higher there than in other locale. Everybody wins then.

     
  • At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    Anon, I don't think that you would get that much more action if the slot payback was 95%. Slot players are not sophisticated. Proximity is what matters to them. Slot players are equal to crack addicts IMO, they have absolutely no chance to win in the long run but they get a huge fix listening to all the casino sounds while mindlessly dropping coins into a machine. No thinking is required.
    Horseplayers on the other hand are more sophisticated, where increasing the payout, decreasing the takeout makes a lot more sense.
    The racing industry needs to lower takeouts to the 10-14% range on everything to attract people to betting on horses again.
    Winners will start showing up again, and once you have winners, you create a lot more interest from friends, family, and the public in general.
    But I do get your point, it just won't work when it comes to slots IMO.

     
  • At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Beyer shouldn't be complaining so much about racing on TV. Whose fault was it for getting DirecTV instead of Dish Network? Not Churchill Downs, not MEC... All he has to do is go to dishtv.com and he'll get his MEC and CDI tracks back. Or, big high-roller like him can afford RTN and get all the track feeds instead...

     

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