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Sunday, April 20, 2008


today's PHOTO GALLERY - Ascot Stud sent along this collage of a brand new little gaffer...ROARING FEVER - J'AIM JEBLIS owned by Ascot Stud and Larry Gouge.
On the top right is one of many WORKOUT shots from RRoadchief's FLICKR.COM is a Sam-Son horse, but RROADchief does not label the names...wonder who it is?


ALEC FEHR and the CENTENNIAL RACING NIAGARA team won a pair of races on that big card at Woodbinie including an allowance race withe undefeated SEBASTIEN'S SONG, a Queen's Plate hopeful.
A son of Cherokee Run (War Pass etc.) out of the stakes winning mare Noble Strike, Smart Strike, Sebastien's Song held on to win the 6 1/2 furlong race in 1:18 over a fast closing TOOK THE TIME, another Plate hopeful, who lost for the first time in his 2nd race.
The Beyer was 81.
The colt, a yearling purchase bred by Arosa Farms, showed a lot of speed to be in the pace battle so certainly things will need to be slowed down if he is to get the 1 1/4 mile distance.

Fehr's other winner (both were ridden by Jono Jones) was heavily favoured RISKY EMPRESS, a win shy gal by Cateinus who won for $9,500 claiming at 7 furlongs in her 2nd local start of the year.

RUMBLING CLOUD, a $50,000 claim last year by Veronica Attard and Sid Attard won the WOODSTOCK STAKES on the pace yesterday.
The son of Cloud Hopping out of a Corporate Report mare was rated nicely on the pace by Emma Wilson, fought off several challengers and then braved out the rally of heavily favoured CARSON'S LEGACY to win in 1:11.42, an 82 Beyer Figure.
The Florida-bred colt raced 9 times as a 2yo and was claimed from Michael Reavis for $50,000.

Speed was the name of the game for most winners yesterday. None were as fast as COUNTY LASS, who apparently was an 'international good thing' - I found out after the race - as she went off at just 2 to 1 and won the 2 furlong race by 3 lengths in :20.91,a track record.
The Gibson County - Sulty Peg Cee, Sulty Song gal is owned by Jocelyn McKathan.

Canadian-breds that looked good yesterday included DISFUNCTION, okay, so he is not named well but he's a monster.
he ran a 95 Beyer Figure yesterday in his win in allowance race. He's by Vying Victor out of Summers Prospect,a winner, and is a British Columbia-bred owned by JMJs Stable and Weila Ye and trained by Julia Carey.
He won by more than 6 lengths and was running so fast around the turn he almost blew the turn.

LUCAS STREET missed a lot of time from the races but she's a nice prospect by Silver Deputy for Eugene Melnyk. Out of the stakes winning mare Ruby Park, this gal is likely strictly a sprinter but she ran fast yesterday at 5 1/2 furlongs with an 89 Beyer Figure.

LOVEYOUTOTHEMOON is very fast too.He won his maiden for Mike Kowalski in his 2nd start of his career, first of the season,in the last race and ran an 80 Beyer Figure for the 5 furlongs in 58. He's by One Way Love and was a $24,400 (US) yearling purchase from Gardiner Farms.

Trainer SAM DIPASQUALE trains the colt.


Speaking of DiPasquale, his barn is going great guns right now and he has a very fast mare in the stakes race today - the WHIMSICAL. MARINA BALLERINA is a well travelled mare who comes in from Florida for owner Robert Pastor (owns Star Operator too).
Marina Ballerina meets up with BEAR NOW, who kicks off her 2008 campaign in the 6 furlong Whimsical (named for a famous mare who won the Preakness Stakes).
Bear Now is rearin' to go and while the distance is probably not her best, as long as she does not fry herself in the pace duel, she should win.
Watch out for the winter raced QUELLE BEAUTE to rally and run well.

TWO-YEAR-OLD colts are up in race 3.
First crop sires ALKE, CUVEE,ROARING FEVER and SAARLAND have youngsters in the race.
Trainers Steve Asmussen, Wesley Ward and Wayne Rice have babies in the field as does Harold Ladcouceur, who won the 2yo filly race with County Lass yesterday.


LEONNATUS ANTEAS, the champion 2yo in Canada from 2 years back, will try and get a piece of the action in the BEN ALI HANDICAP at Keeneland today. Canadian bred STERWINS makes his Polytrack debut in the race as well.

A couple of highly raced Ontario bred fillies compete at Keeneland today.Beginners CALEDON (Arch-Alyancer), owned by Morgan Firestone, and WINNING TURN (Tiznow) are in race 5. The latter is owned by Chiefswood Stable.


Richard Lister's homebred DANCEROFTHEREALM (GB) (King of Kings [Ire]) notched her fourth straight victory and third consecutive stakes with a late rush in the $111,200 Giant's Causeway S. at Keeneland on Saturday. The winning margin was a neck and she raced the distance in 1:03 1/5 for 5 1/2 furlongs on a firm turf. Trained by Malcolm Pierce, Danceroftherealm now sports a record of 13-6-0-2 with earnings of $303,674.

Stronach Stable's POWERFUL TOUCH (Touch Gold) overtook favored Eddie C. (Flying Chevron) in the final furlong to score a length victory in the $72,250 Jim McKay S. Under Mario Pino, Powerful Touch covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43. At the advanced age of eight, Powerful Touch was earning his first stakes win in the McKay. He had previously run third in the 2003 Holy Bull S. (G3) and in the Woodbine Slots Cup H. (Can-G3). The Justin Nixon trainee now sports a record of 24-9-6-3 with earnings of $418,778.

In the TONY SANCHEZ MEMORIAL MILE S.,( MAN) $50,000, 3YO/ was
WON AWESOME DUDE a 5yo horse by Awesome Again--Lil Punkindo, by Maria's Mon owned by Kuehne Racing who won $30,000 share as the favourite for trainer Mike Mareina.

Other Canadian-bred winners... at Gulfstream in a 5 furlong turf allowance it was D'WILD RIDE ( D'wildcat--Summer Storm, by Peace for Peace), bred by Sophian Stables that won. She's a 3yo filly owned by Silly Goose Stable.

CHAPEL ROYAL gets first Winner
Check your FRESHMAN sire teams...CHAPEL ROYAL had his first winner yesterday with ROYAL CARD at Keeneland.
despite tossing her rider and running off, the filly chased the pacesetters and then powered away to win her debut at 5 to 2 in 50 4/5.


WAR PASS has a small fracture, he's off the Derby trail and that's probably a good thing since the colt has had a bad case of the staggers this year.
Now somebody else gets into the field...but wait..
BEHINDATTHEBAR is in front, he won the LEXINGTON STAKES yesterday over a mish-mash of a field and he leaped into the top 20 earners.
Bred to be a miler and not much farther, the son of Forest Wildcat reeled in the fast SAMBA ROOSTER to win the 1 1/16 mile race.


Based on my limited understanding of how this all works and from what I've read - I equated an illegal offshore place to a mobster taking illegal bets on games essentially "stealing" business from the legit sports books. Cangamble took the "stealing" comment and started talking about - as long as a server isn't in Canada it's o.k. - but I still don't understand that concept.

Since Cangamble didn't really answer my question I'll ask you. If an offshore place doesn't pay for the signal of a racetrack product and uses it to make money -isn't that simply "stealing" and taking money away from Woodbine and the industry?
All other sports put copyrights on their broadcasts and I would assume what offshore places do is essentially like a t.v. network somewhere in the world taking a major league baseball game and going - I'm going to show this game on my network and sell advertising for the commerical breaks (which could probably be sold for a lot more than some kind of local programming based on the amount of people that would watch) and then not give any cut to the MLB who owns the rights or to the teams involved and pocket all of the money themselves without actually doing any of the work. Obviously anyone involved with the MLB or the teams would be up in arms about that as they should be, but as I understand it that's exactly what Cangamble
seems to be endorsing.
Is this a correct understanding of the situation or am I way off?

Editor's note...
Yes, it is stealing...of course. These groups are using the signals and attracting customers to bet on their sites on Woodbine's product.
Meanwhile, who has to pay for the upkeep of the grandstand, one of the few, big and beautiful grandstands left in North American racing? Who has to pay for the upkeep of the grounds, the backstretch, has anyone seen the barns that were re-done over the winter? They are stunning. Who has to provide horsemen and woman with big money racing, huge purses that attract Steve Asmussen, Wesley Ward, Ronny Werner etc. etc. As mentioned in a story in the TORONTO STAR yestersday, government is slowly starting to clue in that there are no set rules about internet gambling. Let's regulate it and be done.


  • At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Regulating the internet...

    yeah. Good luck with that.

  • At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    I completely understand the concept of stealing. But to me either something is legal or isn't. As far as other sports go, Betfair and other offshore betting places also "steal" from baseball, football, hockey, etc. and offer betting on those sports too.
    In fact bookmakers have been doing this for years, so has Vegas.
    Does OLG pay the NFL, NBA, or NHL for stealing their product when it comes to Pro-Line? I'm not sure, but I somehow doubt the NBA takes any money from gambling, for example.
    Yes, I think it should be regulated and that companies like Betfair should be able to come to Canada and compete fairly for my gambling dollar while paying a bit to the horsemen, etc like they do in Australia.
    Like the oldest profession, bookmakers (like the OLG when it comes to Pro-line) aren't going away...that is a fact.

    And again, it isn't illegal for a Canadian to bet offshore, in fact according to the WTO it is our right.

  • At 9:27 PM, Blogger the_drake said…

    How did a Wesley Ward 2 year old go off at 5-1 today????? BOOM!!!
    A Silvera horse is 4-5. Run this race at any track in the States, Ward is 4-5 and Silvera is 20-1. Time to do your homework with the new stock in town fellas. The exacta looked VERY light at only $50 some odd with an 8-1 (Asmussen horse how???) second. Never mind we're at Woodbine, prices aren't supposed to make sense.

    As for stealing the signal, maybe if Woodbine didn't charge it's loyal customers through the "insert your orfice" people wouldn't have to go elsewhere. Every business in the world (Aside from Red China)has to treat their clients well, if they want them to come back. But Woodbine doesn't and then they cry when their customers find a better option. Stealing or not, the offshores know how to treat the people who spend their money with them. Woodbine gets a lot of money from other sources than just handle to keep their barns and granstands up to date. Like $8 pints, the most expensive at any track in NA. Good way to get a younger crowd out to spend a few bucks eh?!?!. You don't see HRTV or TVG ripping off the people who bet through their sites like Woodbine does, it is time that the boy in charge stops trying to be his father and lets someone with a clue run the business. Someone who wants to work with horsemen, handicappers and the everyday person who goes to the track once a year. And we can finally stop with the never ending superiority complex that is going on now.

  • At 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Jen:

    I was checking over your highest beyer's list and was wondering ... where is Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk ? I thought he posted a 103 in Gulfstream this year.

  • At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The anon commenter who keeps saying he is trying to educate himself regarding take outs and off shore betting,seems amazingly well educated on the topic!! His defense of Woodbine's position is quite subtle but I think he is more than a disinterested observer.

    As far as who has to pay for the beautiful grandstand,the new barns,huge purses etc?

    We,the bettors,do!! Exhorbitant takeouts.

    That is exactly the point.
    Woodbine has beautiful grounds,purses are huge,real estate holdings are worth millions and growing.The organisation is doing just fine.

    However the customer has to pay $5 for a slice of pizza and a fountain coke and every triactor dollar we bet becomes a .71 cent bet.

    It is a great game if you are the house! No wonder they do not want competition from Betfair and others,which are LEGAL.


  • At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To "The Drake":

    TVG not ripping off the people who bet through them? Then you haven't heard about their 25 cents per bet surcharge...


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