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Thursday, April 17, 2008

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BLOCKBUSTER CARD AT WOODBINE SATURDAY:

Champion 3yo colt ALEZZANDRO returns!

Owner EARLE MACK buys PLATE PROSPECT



More than 120 horses were entered for Saturday's 10-race card at Woodbine including champion and Prince of Wales Stakes winner ALEZZANDRO, who headlines the 8th race, an allowance/optional claimer at 7 furlongs.

(PHOTO up top is ALEZZANDRO and trainer KEVIN ATTARD and owner SALLY STAVRO, by www.horse-races.net)



Alezzandro, THE 3YO CHAMPION last year based on his Wales win, close Queen's Plate 2nd place finish and Ontario Derby runner-up placing, is by High Yield and is owned and bred by Knob Hill Stable
He has not raced since the Ontario Derby when 2nd to Artie Hot but has been training steadily, and quickly, at Payson Park in Florida and his last Woodbine work was a bullet on April 13 - 59 3/5 fir 5 furlongs.
Alezzandro is a good sprinter it says here - he won his career debut at 6 1/2 furlongs - but the race is a wild one.
The 13-horse field has also lured the fast improving DISFUNCTION (98 Beyer Figure 2 starts ago), a British Columbbia bred by Vying Victor, who won an allowanc erace at GUlfstream Park for Weila Ye and JMJs Stable and trainer Julia Carey.
Also in the field is stakes placed FUDGETHEBOTTOMLINE, ANGEL OF THE HOUSE and many more good sprinters including WOLLEMI PINE and AS EXPECTED.

The Woodbine Saturday matinee also includes the FIRST 2YO RACE of the year at 2 furlongs,no whips.
A huge field was entered - 16 - but only 10 will race.
Owner/breeder RON POTTS JR invades from Kentucky with WHY DON'T WE (WhyWhyWhy), who worked 2 furlongs in 22 flat, breezing on April 12 at a training centre.

Race 5 is an allowance for 3yo's featuring QUEEN'S PLATE hopefuls SEBASTIEN'S SONG (Cherokee Run), who won his debut last fall with a 74 Beyer Figure, and TOOK THE TIME (Greenwood Lake), who won his debut with a 75 Beyer Figure.

TOOK THE TIME, bred by Linda Mason, was raced by Sequel Racing last year but has been sold to EARLE MACK.

And the WOODSTOCK STAKES is also on the card, the smallest field and a race for 3yo's sprinting (last weeks ACHIEVEMENT STAKES surely put a dent in this event).
Steve Asmussen trainee CARSON'S LEGACY, winner of the Dixieland Stakes at Oaklawn, is 4 to 5 in the morning line in the 6-horse field.


YESTERDAY...

Canadian-bred first-time starter NIGHT FEVER (Pergiee Moon) finished a close third in a maiden allowance in her debut yesterday at Keeneland. The filly is owned by Morgan Firestone.

Pick Six Pays $18,342.20 at Keeneland
A fairly formful afternoon produced a Pick Six payoff of $18,342.20 to 41 ticket holders, 10 on track, Wednesday at Keeneland Race Course.

The Pick Six had not been hit for seven consecutive days, creating a track record carryover of $307,049. However, with three favorites and a second choice taking the first four races, it became apparent the Pick Six mystery would be solved Wednesday.

A total of $733,900 was bet Wednesday, creating a pool of $1,040,949.


Winners in races four through nine, respectively, were Holiday Cruise ($4.40), Teriffany ($7.40), Nistle’s Crunch ($5.40), Victorianna ($5.40), Alwajeeha ($11.80) and A.P. Fortune ($17).

Tickets selecting five of six winners netted a $113.80 return.



WHAAAAAAAAAT - 33 listed as Probables for Derby, so far

The LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL is THE source for Kentucky Derby news, views and fun features. There is a link to the Derby database at its site on the right.
Today, the paper writes about RECAPTURETHEGLORY, the white-faced winner of the Illinois Derby, and all the other possible horses who want to get into the May 3 Derby.

EDGAR PRADO chose ADRIANO to ride over TALE OF EKATI and MONBA yesterday in the Derby...hmmmmmmmmmmm.

(Photo at top right is CHARLES PRAVATA's cool shot of COLONEL JOHN and a cheeky COREY NAKATANI after the SANTA ANITA DERBY...see Charles' photos at alydar_1978 at www.flickr.com)



PROSPECTIVE KENTUCKY DERBY FIELD



Horse Trainer/jockey Sts 1-2-3 Graded $

1. War Pass Zito/Velasquez 7 5-1-0 $1,470,00
2. Pyro Asmussen/Bridgmohan 7 3-2-1 $1,020,000
3. Tale of Ekati Tagg/TBA 6 3-1-0 $738,000 4
4 Colonel John Harty/Nakatani 6 4-2-0 $720,000
5. Gayego Lobo/Smith 5 3-2-0 $640,000
6. Big Brown Dutrow/Desormeaux 3 3-0-0 $600,000
7. Z Humor Mott/Douglas 8 2-0-3 $579,000
8. Monba Pletcher/Prado 5 3-0-0 $515,000
9. Court Vision Mott/Gomez 6 3-1-2 $331,872
10. Z Fortune Asmussen/Albarado 6 3-2-0 $329,000
11. Adriano Motion/Prado 7 3-1-0 $310,000
12. Recapturetheglory Roussel/Baird 6 2-1-2 $300,000
13. Smooth Air Stutts/Cruz 7 3-2-2 $290,000
14. l-Salute the Sarge Guillot/M. Baze 7 4-2-0 $258,940
15. Cool Coal Man Zito/TBA 8 4-1-0 $212,767
16. Anak Nakal Zito/TBA 6 2-1-0 $212,216
17. f-Eight Belles Jones/Dominguez 9 5-2-1 $210,000
18. Cowboy Cal Pletcher/Velazquez 6 3-2-0 $207,660
19. Visionaire Matz/Lezcano 6 3-1-1 $202,500
20. Big Truck Tagg/Coa 8 3-1-1 $194,500
21. Bob Black Jack Kasparoff/Flores 7 3-2-1 $180,000
22. Denis of Cork Carroll/TBA 4 3-0-0 $165,000
23. Halo Najib Romans/TBA 8 2-2-1 $157,996
24. l-Tomcito Zanelli/Chavez 6 4-1-1 $151,292
25. My Pal Charlie Stall/Leparoux 7 2-1-0 $150,000
26. El Gato Malo C. Dollase/TBA 5 3-1-0 $145,000
27. Hey Byrn Plesa/Lopez 8 4-2-0 $140,000
28. l-Atoned Pletcher/Bravo 9 2-5-0 $130,000
29. Golden Spikes Wolfson/TBA 7 2-2-0 $118,000
30. Tres Borraches Greely/T. Baze 7 1-0-3 $118,000
31. l-Racecar Rhapsody McPeek/TBA 5 1-1-1 $90,871
32. Kentucky Bear Baker/Theriot 3 1-0-1 $75,000
33. Stevil Zito/Bejarano 6 1-1-1 $49,500

Note: Earnings are only those in graded-stakes races, those designated as the most important in the world. If more than 20 horses are entered for the Derby, preference is given to those with the greatest earnings in graded stakes.

l-Running in Saturday's $325,000, Grade II Coolmore Lexington.

f-filly



DANCEROFTHEREALM EYES FOURTH STRAIGHT IN GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

from www.keeneland.com


Canadian Richard Lister’s
Danceroftherealm (GB) will put her three-race winning streak on the line Saturday when she faces eight rivals in the 12th running of the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway for fillies and mares three-years-old and up going 5 ½ furlongs over the Keeneland turf course.

Miguel Mena, who rode the daughter of King of Kings (IRE) to victory in those three starts at Fair Grounds, will have the mount Saturday and make up most of the 124-pound impost. Malcolm Pierce trains Danceroftherealm, who took the March 8 Bienville at 5 ½ furlongs in her most recent start.

Coming back to face Danceroftherealm from the Bienville are Jazzy (ARG), Kindling and Taletobetold, who finished second, third and ninth in that race, respectively.

The field for the Giant’s Causeway, from the hedge out, is as follows: Ben’s Grand Babe (J. Chavez, 118 pounds), Fanlight Fanny (E. Prado, 118), Danceroftherealm (GB) (M. Mena, 124), Tale of the Devil (P. Husbands, 118), Jazzy (ARG) (G. Gomez, 118), Kindling (K. Desormeaux, 118), Pola’s Place (T. Pompell, 118), Taletobetold (J. Leparoux, 118) and Just for Keeps (R. Albarado, 118).

12 Comments:

  • At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    Jen, did you miss the news that WEG hired a new marketing and communications director yesterday?
    I wish him all the best.

     
  • At 7:56 AM, Anonymous steve said…

    I'm sure the new communications director is going to attempt to spiff the fans with creative stuff like:

    "Wager on Woodbine Thoroughbreds every Wednesday evening for 9 consecutive Wenesdays during the summer and receive a $5.00 betting voucher deposited to your HPI account." Terms and conditions apply!

    Pinch me now...I just can't wait!

     
  • At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I hate that there are already 2 yr olds racing. I would never do that to one of my horses, none of them start until they are 3, that is young enough if you ask me. I'd also ban all the training sales, those gallop shows are painful to watch.

     
  • At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Cangamble - I've got news for you -a MARKETING DIRECTOR is not going to be the guy that has the ability to lower the takeout rate so keep dreaming on that one!

    I do have a question though. I enjoy the game for the game. I don't wager thousands and thousands of dollars but I like to play now and again. Because of this fact I'm not all that familiar with services such as Betfair etc. that seem to be constantly mentioned.
    I've read the arguments for lower takeouts etc. and also all of the comments about Woodbine always "blaming" places like illegal offshore companies for losing so much money. My question is - does Befair pay for Woodbine's signal? If they don't -isn't that just the same as a mobster taking action on sporting events and therefore taking money away that could be ligitimately bet at a Vegas sportsbook?
    Again - I'm not all that familiar with how Betfair works but Cangamble seems to tout that place and others constantly and I'm just trying to figure out - if they are not paying for the service they are making money on - is he then in fact endorsing "stealing" which it essentially is? (And no one needs to go on and on about Woodbine execs "stealing" from their customers which is the obvious retort - I'm just asking a question).
    I'm not as educated on this situation as many other might be and I'm simply not that huge a bettor and therefore might not "care" as much as others. I'm simply asking the question as to whether someone who says they want to see horse racing in Ontario flourish is "encouraging" people to engage in something that doesn't give back to the industry in Ontario at all?
    Again - I'm not trying to incite an argument or I'm not accusing anyone of anything - I'm simply trying to educate myself on the situation and as I see it, encouraging people to wager their money at a venue that isn't giving anything back to the industry seems counter-productive.
    Please educate me on the economics of this.

     
  • At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    Anon, I hardly play Betfair, but your moral opinion that it is stealing is simply wrong. If it is legal to do, it isn't stealing. It is legal to bet Betfair in Canada as long as Betfair doesn't have a server here.
    Regardless of whether they give anything back to the industry,
    is it my moral obligation to bet on horses only when the place I bet gives back to the horsemen? Since when has the race track cared about me? Does a 28.3% triactor takeout show they care?
    I'm sure Betfair would love to come to Canada and give back to the industry like they do in Australia now.
    It is not productive for Woodbine to not compete for my business.

    Oh, yeah, a very good idea that could be marketed by the new guy if he got the opportunity can be found at Pull The Pocket.

     
  • At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jen, why don't you just start another blog, and give this one to Canramble. That way, he can have two web sites that deal with one issue. He can say the same thing every single day, thinking he is keen, or witty, and smarter than the rest of us for repeating the same garbage every single day. High takeout, high takeout, betfair, Keeneland, a link to a site no one visits. Oh well, I'm sure we'll keep on hearing what was bet at Mountaineer, and what the takeout is at other tracks day in and out, and he will turn this into two sites nobody wants to visit.

     
  • At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    Anon, I get 80-120 hits daily. Nowhere nearly as many as Jen, but still not bad.
    I get hits from Magna, the Jockey Club in Kentucky, WEG, and many regulars on a daily basis.
    What I have to say isn't garbage. The business is sinking down the toilet, and people with their head in the sand like you, aren't helping one bit. Do you even bet?

     
  • At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anons 12:01 and 4:47 are spot-on. Is this Jen's site or Canramble's? Looking at the comments board, you can't tell the difference anymore...

    Canramble should rename his blog "Let's Destroy Canadian Racing" since that is his ultimate objective. He does not give a rat's ass about the industry, about the horsemen, about the horses, about his country, about anybody but his greedy little self.

     
  • At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    To anon 7.20

    Saying Cangamble does not care about his country sounds a little hysterical and disingenuous to me. I am surprised that you did not question his belief in God,while you were at it!!

    The fact is,it's a legitimate issue, racetrack executives are the greedy ones,change only comes from pressure,and if you are not interested in a better deal for the punter,DON'T READ HIS POSTS!

    Chuck

     
  • At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    Anon 7:20, don't read my posts as Chuck says. Jen's content is completely different than mine. The comment section is for stimulating conversation in my view. Actually, what do your comments add to Jen's blog?
    But if you knew my goal, it is not the destruction of Canadian racing but the exact opposite. I want more and more people playing, I want tremendous growth. But I'm realistic enough to know that new players of any consequence will not come into the game unless there is a BUZZ that the game can be beaten.
    This BUZZ is there at Betfair, online poker, rebate shops, but no way no how in Canada thanks to the ridiculously high track takeouts.

    It is very simple. And the solution is simple too. It is an industry problem by the way, but Woodbine is one of the biggest culprits of them all, slots and all.

     
  • At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Mike D said…

    The anon's are too much. All Cangamble does in this day's post is mention that WEG has hired a new Marketing Director, and links his blog with his thoughts.

    Its the Anon's who keep on bringing up what Cangamble has said in the past! Just look at all the posts today. If have have issues with what Cangamble says on HIS blog, then why dont you post on HIS blog!?

    Cangamble is not hijacking Jen's site. If anons keep calling him out on jen's site, then he should respond. When Cangamble does post his opinion, it is just that! Everyone has thier opinion, and not everyone will agree.

    Jen, you have a great site here, and I enjoy reading it daily. Keep up the good work!

     
  • At 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I personally have never seen Cangamble post anything other than negative comments about Woodbine and trainers, jockeys and executives who contribute to racing at Woodbine. It almost seems that Cangamble has a chip on his shoulder? Or perhaps Cangamble cannot gamble, has not picked a winner since the cows came home and therefore is a little bitter, better to blame the system than yourself I suppose.

    Track takeouts are what build future growth, perhaps Woodbine should take less and give more and stop all future development...in order to be the best racetracks have to continue to invest in growth, to attract new and younger generations to the sport as betters, spectators and investors alike.

    Cangamble, perhaps you have multiple hits on a daily basis by racing associations accross NA as they are keeping an eye on your ignorant comments which are detrimental to the business we are all building? Or are you so vain that you think that they actually are going to change a mulit billion dollar industry to suit you?

     

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