here's the video from his 2yo work in February. He didn't wear blinkers yesterday and...unfortunately...he didn't have his original name ROMANCE THE CAT either.
MR. MISTOFELEES (eeks) ran out of his skin in his debut today at Keeneland, 4 1/2 furlongs in 50.02 - and he looked a lot like his workout video....
WHO DO YOU LIKE??
Canadian CHARLES FIPKE likes his colt TAKE OF EKATI in the Kentucky Derby...
check in shortly for THOROUGHBLOG'S poll on your Derby pick...(photo of Mr. Fipke and his prized colt by www.horse-races.net - Vanessa Ng)
GERRY OLGUIN HURT - DAVID CLARK IN COURT
It was a tough day for a couple of Woodbine riders yesterday.
GERRY OLGUIN, off to a hot start after 8 days of the Woodbine meeting, was hit by a car on the Woodbine backstretch yesterday morning in what is surely a bizarre accident.
Olguin will be in a sling for two to three days before beginning rehabilitation.
"The doctor doesn't want me to move my arm for two to three days," said the 35-year-old rider, who teamed with County Lass, a bay daughter of Gibson County, to set the Woodbine track record for two furlongs on Saturday.
"I'm just taking things day-by-day. Hopefully, I will get back quickly. I've been told two weeks, but I hope it's sooner."
As of April 23, Olguin has three wins and 10 top-three finishes from 25 starts.
On the local news last night, famed Canadian jockey DAVID CLARK was shown leaving a Newmarket court earlier in the day after pleading guilty to impaired driving causing death in a 2006 crash that claimed the life of Woodbridge teacher Suzanne Mizuno. Defence lawyer David Humphrey told CityNews his client felt remorse for the fatal collision.
here's the story from CITY TV NEWS (from CityNews.ca Staff)
"He feels very badly about his involvement in this terrible accident, and anything more from him will be conveyed through the court," Humphrey said.
Mizuno's brother Jamie, also a teacher, said Wednesday's news brought back devastating memories of his sister's death. Jamie and Suzanne were a few kilometres away from the facility where they both taught, Woodbridge Public School, when their vehicle was struck. Suzanne, the passenger, succumbed to her injuries.
"We had the opportunity to hear and better understand the evidence and all of that factored into the ultimate decision to plead guilty, accept responsibility and proceed to sentencing," Humphrey said.
Clark faced several driving-related charges and on Wednesday pleaded guilty to two of them. The Crown said the plea brought some relief to the victim's family.
He could be sentenced by the end of June.
TALE OF EKATI WORKS IN PREPARATION
The KEENELAND site offers a video of Tale of Ekati's work yesterday before he heads to Churchill for the May 3 KENTUCKY DERBY.
Charles Fipke’s Kentucky Derby (G1) contender Tale of Ekati worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 at Keeneland on Wednesday morning, turning in the second-fastest of 11 other works at the distance. The colt, who currently ranks third on the graded stakes earnings list with $738,000, secured his spot among Derby starters with a win in the April 5 Wood Memorial (G1).
Trainer Barclay Tagg plans to ship Tale of Ekati and stablemate Big Truck (video of Tuesday work at Keeneland) to Churchill Downs on Saturday, April 26.
And, here's an excerpt from the LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL (one of the best sites for Derby news and featured) mentions a work sked for the Derby hopefuls...
Today: Fountain of Youth winner Cool Coal Man (Nick Zito trainer) at Churchill.
Saturday: Toyota Blue Grass winner Monba (Todd Pletcher) and Blue Grass runner-up Cowboy Cal (Pletcher) at Keeneland, Illinois Derby winner Recapturetheglory (Louie Roussel) at Churchill.
Sunday: Lane's End winner Adriano (Graham Motion) and Florida Derby runner-up Smooth Air (Bennie Stutts Jr.) at Churchill.
Monday: Louisiana Derby winner Pyro (Steve Asmussen) and Arkansas Derby runner-up Z Fortune (Asmussen) at Churchill.
Behindatthebar is'possible' for Derby
Pletcher has opened the door a crack that Coolmore Lexington winner Behindatthebar could run in the Derby.
In a brief e-mail, Pletcher called it "just possible at this time," with a decision not being made until this weekend.
Behindatthebar has enough graded-stakes earnings ($204,500) to make a 20-horse Derby field. He would rank No. 18 in money on The C-J's list of Derby prospects, bumping Santa Anita Derby runner-up Bob Black Jack to No. 21.
this story was by JODY DEMLING and JENNIE REES
ROGER FORTIER,owned by JUS LUK STABLE, bought a Canadian bred Vindication filly out of Woodbine stakes winner RING STAR (Great Gladiator) at the OBS April sale, session 3 yesterday. Fortier paid $20K for the dark bay.
HARLEQUIN RANCHES paid $20,000 for a Najran filly bred in Kentucky.
Trainer ROGER ATTFIELD, who has been seen out and about at Woodbine at his barn equipped with crutches as his foot mends and at Keeneland yesterday, he had a nice winner in RUSSIAN ROSIE (IRE) (4yo filly by Traditionally—Pink Sovietstaia (Fr), by Soviet Sta in a one-mile turf allowance.Owned by Three Chimneys Racing LLC Robert N. Clay; B—C. J. Foy, the promising filly was winning for the 2nd time in 14 races and it was just her 2nd North American outing.
TODAY at Keeneland, lots of money will be bet with a PICK SIX carryover over $150K.
For Canadian fans, the WOODBINE OAKS hopeful SHERATON PARK makes her much anticapted debut in the last race. The Cozzene-Queen's Park filly, owned and bred by Eugene Melnyk, will be ridden by Pat Husbands for trainer Mark Casse.
Two-year-olds are in race 3 with many FRESHMAN sires represented. Most will possibly be chasing the $1.5 million baby, MRS.MISTOFELEES,a Storm Cat gal.
Eugene Melnyk's promising KENTUCKY BRED filly DOWELL HOUSE (Danzig-Pico Tenerrife) is in race 6 on the grass,meeting up with Canadian bred QUIET JUNGLE (Smart Strike) making her grass debut and first start since July when 3rd in the Bison City Stakes.
In the BEWITCH STAKES on turf, CANADIAN BRED JIVE (bred by Kinghaven Farms) is a long distance turf specialist and a winner of 3 races (Dynaformer-Dance Gaily, Nureyev) but in a tough field.
Trainer Roger Attfield has RISING CROSS in the race - she's a Group 2 winner overseas.
FRIDAY at Keeneland
Queen's Plate hopefuls RADIO RELAY (not currently eligible) and ORBISON square off in the 3rd race for maidens. The former is a Woodford racing colt by Kafwain who is working impressively and the latter is a Chiefswood Farm colt by Aptitude who will be making his 2nd career start.
SOCIETY'S CHAIRMAN, an Ontario bred by Not Impossible who ran an 88 Beyer Figure in his debut win on turf, is back fo rhis 2nd start for owner Charles Fipke and trainer Roger Attfield.
From my post CASHING
A reader wrote in (anonymously of course) about my opinion on whether these offshore sites are stealing Woodbine signals...
That logic is flawed. Do you believe that Michael Vick was "stealing" from the dogs he was betting on (even those which belonged entirely to other people)? Maybe people in Vegas are "stealing" from the dice and metal balls and cards. I assure you that nobody in Barbados gives a cat's ass about the grandstand at Woodbine, and they certainly aren't about to bet on the rickety old thing. Some people will be wagering on the U.S. election to come later this year. Does this mean they are "stealing" from the candidates when they do such a thing? If Woodbine consents to give all wagering revenue directly to the horses involved, (and not merely their 'owners') then your poorly conceived stance will make a little more sense. By your logic, horse ownership is modern day slavery where those doing the actual work get nothing while elitists who 'own' them take everything from them.