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Friday, February 01, 2008


Just an idea at the snow that has started to fall this morning, the beginning of what is being called a MONSTER of a storm - photo taken at 8:30 a.m.

There are some Monster horses too, read on...


HONEY GETS MONEY, and 82 Beyer – The Woodbine Oaks has a serious early contender in MONEY MY HONEY, the Stronach Stables homebred who won her maiden at Gulfstream yesterday. It was the 3rd career start for the Red Bullet-Collect the Cash, Dynaformer 3yo filly and she was 2nd in both previous starts at Woodbine.

The Ontario-bred was given a very confident ride by Kent Desormeaux but powered 3 wide off the turn to win the 7 furlong race with an 82 Beyer Figure.

She is the 3rd foal for Grade 1 winner Collect the Cash.

The Stronach Stables missed a NATURAL HAT TRICK by a head yesterday. After Money My Honey won, the long striding, galloping dude SILVER WHISTLE bounced up for a win in an allowance race on the turf in race 7. In race 8, Canadian-bred KAPAZUNDER, undefeated in 2 races, ran hard and very well but was edged by TSALI, the favourite, in an allowance race.

Kapazunder, a debut winner in 2006 who missed more than a year before he won at Calder in December, is a very good 5yo and should be fun to watch if he holds together.

*Canadian-bred D’WILD RIDE (D’Wildcat-Summer Storm by Peace for Peace) won her maiden in her 3rd career start yesterday at Fair Grounds.

The $50,000 claiming race featured a heavy favourite in Officer Woody, who was mired behind horses for much of the race and never got out. D’Wild Ride, bred by Sophian Stable, was a $170,000 yearling purchase but she debuted for $25,000 claiming for Vinery and Steve Asmussen. She was claimed that day by Silly Goose Racing and trainer Greg Sacco.

Talk about bad trips – You wonder sometimes what the riders are thinking about, especially the big-name riders when you have a trip like SEVENTH STREET had yesterday Gulfstream.

A $1 million 2yo purchase, Seventh Street made her debut yesterday from the rail post for Darley. The Street Cry filly broke a couple of lengths slowly behind the field but was sent hard to the lead immediately by John Velazquez, battled on the pace until the eighth-pole before she gave way and landed in 3rd. The first ¼ mile of 22.18 was fast and she went a whole lot quicker.

She was even-money.

Impressive debut race by RODMAN at Aqueduct yesterday. This chestnut colt by Malibu Moon-Crystal Gem by Affirmed broke very slowly from the rail post in the 6 furlong race but came from miles behind, split horses and blew past to win like a champ by 5 lengths.

He was a $150,000 yearling purchase by Barry Schwartz and is a Kentucky bred.

He got an 81 Beyer Figure.

*Yesterday at Fair Grounds, the maiden filly BECKY RED was odds-on again to win her maiden in a $12,500 claiming race. The filly had lost 3 consecutive times at .70 to 1, .60 to 1 and .90 to 1 in previous races.

Yesterday, she didn’t even hit the top 3 and how about those show payoffs??

The 3rd place finisher in that 4th race paid $87.00 to show.

*Those pictures they are running of BOB BLACK JACK are hard to look at. One in the DAILY RACING FORM yesterday really shows the colt’s serious paddling action with his left foreleg…scary.


Out at LOS ALAMITOS, the racehorse apparently is not respected.

Jan 26, 5th race.

PLANTING TIME returns to the races for the first time since 2002, she has had foals, she is 13-years-olds old, she was racing for $2,000 claiming.

She broke down in the race and was put down.

Owners: Felix Gonzalez (trainer), R. Salvatore and E. Garthwaite.

Here’s the chart…

COLUMN BY RICHARD ENG: Santa Anita seeks track fix

From (Las Vegas)

If you're as tired as I am following the Cushion Track disaster at Santa Anita Park, join the club. It reads like a bad soap opera that we just want to end.

The newest renovation schedule, unless it changes, has Santa Anita mixing polymers and fibers from the Pro-Ride company to its Cushion Track from Monday through Thursday. Hopefully, that will allow the track to drain in wet weather.

Santa Anita will not race Monday and Thursday, bringing the number of days canceled this meet to nine. If Feb. 8 is needed to finish the job, that would become cancellation No. 10.

It's ironic that Santa Anita has chosen to work with Ian Pearse, founder of Pro-Ride, to fix problems relating to Cushion Track. The Los Angeles Times reported that Cushion Track executives no longer answer phone calls or e-mails from Santa Anita executives. Some think that Cushion Track executives are trying to wash their hands of the problem. Quite the contrary. When you're going to sue someone, or be sued, you stop giving the other side any more ammunition to use in court.

Believe me, there will be serious litigation over this.

LAS VEGAS CHAMPIONS -- A belated tip of the cap to two Las Vegans for winning the Horseplayer World Series and the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship last weekend.

Richard Goodall bested 276 other handicappers to win the NHC at Red Rock and a record first prize of $500,000. His final score of $272.30 was $78 clear of runner-up Don Beardsworth.

Ken Hopkins also was a runaway winner in the HWS at The Orleans. His first-place check was worth $307,350. Hopkins' final tally of $2,985 far exceeded Gwyn Houston in second with $2,368.

Now we turn to the first qualifier of the year for the 2009 NHC and HWS, the Sports Haven Handicapping Challenge on Feb. 9 and 10 in New Haven, Conn. The top three finishers will qualify for the NHC and fourth and fifth place for the HWS.

• CAR WASH -- Trainer Bob Baffert had a great line describing the Cushion Track fiasco at Santa Anita. When interviewed by Steve Byk on At the Races on Sirius Satellite Radio, Baffert said: "Santa Anita's like a carwash. Every time it rains, they close."

Baffert was in Phoenix doing interviews to promote horse racing on radio row at the Super Bowl. His game prediction: Patriots 38, Giants 31.

FLORIDA SLOTS -- Voters in Miami-Dade County approved slot machine gaming at three parimutuel facilities, including Calder Racecourse.

It'll be interesting to see, when Calder opens its slot parlor, if it outperforms Gulfstream Park. Gulfstream has recorded dismal slot returns despite a two-year head start.

Richard Eng's horse racing column is published Friday. He can be reached at

JOCKEYS CANCELLATIONS….an Opinion piece about Aqueduct cancelling..


"The cancellation seemed to step over the line of reasonable caution.

Supporters of the decision will point out that at least one worker was killed in Brooklyn on Wednesday. News reports indicate the man was on a scaffold perched atop a 13-story building. Wind may have been a factor in his death. However, experience has taught that wind speed can varying greatly over short distances.

In addition, a gale could be blowing at rooftop level, with relative calm on the ground. Beyond that, there are many occupations much more severely impacted by weather than riding a Thoroughbred. Utility line workers, fire fighters and farmers are all subjected to danger in the ordinary execution of their jobs. When you factor in wind and precipitation, that peril escalates. Rarely do workers in those occupations abandon their job.

Jockeys are walking a very tenuous line.

On one hand, they like to proclaim themselves independant contractors, able to decide when, where and for whom they want to work. That is their rationale for refusing to ride on Wednesday.

There is a problem with that contention.

When it comes time to get covered by insurance for their dangerous jobs, those same riders expect racetracks and horse owners to foot part of the bill. They expect the same rights given to traditional employees.You can't have it both ways. Either jockeys are free agents or they are not.

If they are the former, no one should stop any individual from choosing whether to ride. However, jockeys who want to work, as may have been the case Wednesday, should have that right as well. The current system requires that those who are willing must accept the decisions of the unwilling if the latter hold a majority.

The Aqueduct riders' decision cost horsemen, the racetrack and even racing fans, money. If they want the freedom to choose when to ride they should pay all their own expenses. That is how it works for other independant contractors in America."

(Write Nick Kling at


Brett At. Amand would like THOROUGHBLOG readers to know that he is standing the stallion ASPEN RIDGE (Wild Ridge-Green Noble, Green Dancer) for his second season at stud.

Aspen Ridg stood his first season at stud in Ocala, Florida where he bred 13 mares with 12 in foal. His first foal is due Feb. 8.

St. Amand invites everyone to check out the horse’s website at

And he says he’s offering free breedings.

For more information, contact Brett St. Amand at 954-825-6658 cell.


Okay, so the Onion is at it again with a Barbaro satire. You have to have a sense of humour to understand The Onion and this little story…


  • At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What idiot brings a 13 year old broodmare back to run for bottoms? SHAME ON THEM!! I hope the local officials are putting some pressure on these connections.

  • At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's incidents like Planting Time that give our sport a bad name. This mare had no business racing, especially since she was retired and already had several foals. What was the point? To squeeze every last penny out of her in a 2K claimer? SHAME ON THEM.

  • At 11:58 AM, Anonymous LAKEAYS said…

    Re: Owner Responsibility in owning a race horse
    Having read the articles printed on the turn-back of the timing for implementing steroid bans in the Mid-Atlantic region, I am of the opinion that the policy regarding passports for horses outlining their medical history is a vital component to providing information to owners...I think the ORC is on the right track. The whole point of regulating drugs is for the protection of the horse. The willy-nilly use of the "drug of the day" is shameful and as "ignorance of the law is no excuse" in general, why should it be in horse racing? An owner can still allow free rein to his trainer and the vets, but it will have to be documented. As an owner, I would be doing everything I could to find out what "medication" is being used on my horse and for what "purpose". The horse can't speak for himself and someone needs to step up as his advocate.

  • At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    there's an idiot born everyday.........remember Incitatus!!?!?!?

  • At 2:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Lets say that you have a horse that you bred and are now running at WB. It's taken you a long while to figure out what makes this horse tick and maybe cost you thousands in vet bills to come up with the answers for this horse. Now Bruno claims your horse... tell me how happy you will be handing over the entire medical history which you paid to discover?? You might have wanted to let the horse run a few times for the new guys and when they couldn't figure the problem out then you could take the animal back at a lower price and carry on doing well. Now you have to hand these claiming trainers the entire history?? Sounds terrible to me and it could well send owners elsewhere to run.

  • At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As much as i can see here some body made a bad comment obaut Johane Duquet.You try to make her look bad Shame of you the Girl won`t feel good about it.Who is beter one anyway? The riders with the good horses? Well to be a good rider and to win you need a good horse the horses make the riders.
    And i don`t think that Johane surrendered i think it was small accident or bad luck some times life is not easy ok.
    I think Johane had a bad horses or may be bad agent.I don`t know.
    For me in the race all riders are the same,but the horses they are not the same,some horses run beter than others.That is why everybody are looking for the best horse.
    I do belyeve that any rider can win a race like the Queens Plate or the Triple Crown. Just they need the right chance.

  • At 12:55 AM, Anonymous LAKEAYS said…

    Anonymous 2:29
    Call me crazy, but my primary concern would be for the horse's welfare...I'd be crying over the loss of the horse, but hopeful that the information on the passport would make adjustments for him better than were he claimed as a "pig in a poke". But if the shoe were on the other foot and I was claiming an animal, I'd really want to know what medications were used...not so much to repeat the performance, but to ensure that there wouldn't be adverse reactions to subsequent medications or treatments. One comment in the articles written about the Mid-Atlantic drug rulings, struck me as most relevant to the question you posed, that being that it is unethical and wrong to run a horse that is sore. My concept would be that a horse is still sore, whether or not he is on a course of drugs that mask the fact. I know that horse racing is a tough business and that there are a million and one "secrets" in the industry, but in my idealistic world there are some owners who will stand on integrity and race their horses, secure in the knowledge that they are doing the best for the horse that they can.

  • At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That Passport idea will be a logistic nightname to manage, our vet bills will be even bigger than they currently are since the vets will have to update the passports daily in some cases... I hate the idea of being forced to hand over any information about my horses if claimed. If you buy one from me I'll tell you everything but not if you claim. I might want that horse back. Sounds to me like the ORC had a long uneventful winter and came up with this bit of stupidity to spring on us. The only people who are going to maintain an honest passport are the honest owners/trainers... the other guys will be calling bute and steroids something like vitamin injections. I think this stinks. I say go after the EPO guys and leave the rest of us alone.

  • At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If the show was on the other foot LASKEY and you claimed a horse from a questionable (I won't name any) trainer I think you be foolish to believe any medication lists they hand over to you. You really think that they are going to list that they tap and inject a horse every time they run?? No, it will be listed as a consultation and a pat on the nose by Dr. Whoever.

  • At 11:00 AM, Anonymous LAKEAYS said…

    Anonymous 10:15
    Do you really believe a vet would risk losing his license by recording steroids and bute as "vitamins"? If that is the case Horse racing deserves it's bad reputation!

  • At 12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anon...maybe you should be Joanne's agent here at WB this year.

  • At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    just to know, where does the Joanne Duquet comment fit into THIS topic?????

    And by the way, all riders start from the same place, the bottom...........ever heard the one about cream rising to the top!??!?!


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