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Sunday, May 18, 2008


"So much larger than life" - Peter Gabriel

WOW - BUT YES, HE BOUNCED (albeit under a guzzle hold)

(100 BEYER)

and Canadian-owned KENTUCKY BEAR had one of the worst trips imaginable...

There are few other words that could really explain BIG BROWN and his Preakness romp.
It looked amazing but he didn'treally have to run fast to win it.

Given, the field was atricious, let's face it, everyone grasped at straws to find some horse, any horse, that could challenge him. But a TRIPLE ADVANTAGE BEYER edge is TRIPLE ADVANTAGE BEYER EDGE.

The best shot of the race is the overview from the blimp where BIG BROWN goes to the lead and like the space shuttle leaving his rocket boosters behind, he was in front by five. Breathtaking.

Too bad for KENTUCKY BEAR, if he had any luck it was all bad.

A terrible start from the gate kicked off a nightmare journey for such a young horse with lots of promise.

He stumbled badly at the start, was wide around the first turn,suddenly made a rail rush like he was going to do something big, steadied, stalled, then ran into a wall of horses, when two squished him, checked, angled out and, well, he was done by then.

He still finished 6th. He would not have won, but yes, perhaps
he could have been 2nd.

(Big bath for BIG BROWN...after the I wrote earlier this year, he has a big white dot on his from

Anyway, BIG BROWN, with his high falutin connections - who decided to announce the, as already rumoured and mentioned everywhere THREE CHIMNEYS STUD DEAL, on the day of the race (??) is fun to watch - stunning - and despite what you may think of the folks around him, this is the real deal.

Maybe the CROP OF 2008 cannot beat him.




MATT'S BROKEN VOW, whom Josie Carroll said was very tough to decipher as a young horse, out-battled heavily favoured BONANZA to win the $150,000 Grade 3 Marine at Woodbine yesterday for 3yo's.
The Broken Vow colt is a Kentucky bred out of an Ascot Knight mare, Marianka, owned by Robert Mitchell, who races horses as Assiniboia Downs also.

Matt really dug in as Bonzanza came around and the pair got past a game front runner Discreet Commander to win at 5 to 1 under Emile Ramsammy.

The race was not great for Queen's Plate hopefuls KESAGAMI, who stalked the pace and then faded to last.

GIQUERE had different tactics, trailing the field but quite a bit through slow pace fractions, rallying 4 wide off the turn and then flattening out.

Still tough to know if he's a Plate horse but his pedigree for short races might be showing.

MARIANKA is out of UNFORGETABLE YOU, a while-faced chestnut mare who races for Kinghaven Farms. Unforgetable You is also a half-sister to Queen's Plate winner Market Control.

MARIANKA won the Jack Hardy Stakes at Assiniboia Downs and raced at Woodbine later for Nick Lotz and trainer David Bell. Mitchell owned the mare too, when she raced out west.

Her other foals inclde Sam-Son Farm stakes winner HIGH BUTTON SHOES and another Jack Hardy Stakes winner, Victory Thrill.

Nick Lotz bred Matt's Broken Vow, gosh he would have looked good as a Canadian-bred at this point...

Bad news from the Mark Casse camp as MINER'S CLAIM, who was expected to race in the Marine, suffered a colic attack and had surgery in Milton yesterday.
Fingers are crossed the colt recovers.

WOODBINE'S POLYTRACK is very very fast - a track record was broken yesterday again - a 2yo in a 4 1/2 furlong race - but her Beyer Figure was just 68.
(A DAY FOR DANCING was another Steve Asmussen 2yo winner and she is by Dance Master, who has had a lot of Woodbine winners too).

I will update yesterday's stuff, and todays, in tomorrow's post.


  • At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Laura in Lex said…

    What terrible luck for Kentucky Bear. I really think he was sitting on a big move when the hole closed; it's unfortunate he didn't get to run his race. I think he would have been second for sure.

    Any idea where he'll go next? And why was Miner's Claim scratched Saturday? Thanks as always for the best and most informative blog on the internet.

  • At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Laura in Lex said…

    Oops, missed the part about colic surgery for Miner's Claim. Hope he has a successful recovery.

  • At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    3 out of 9 non Ontario sired races were won by Ontario breds yesterday.
    2 out of 8 races were won by Ontario breds at Presque Isle Downs yesterday (Monique Dionne won the last race on one).
    Just curious if claiming of Ontario breds is up or down this year thanks to that ridiculous rule that prevents new owners of Ontario bred horses to get a full share of the purse offered.
    The horsemen I've talked to all say the rule is terrible, and I've also heard the HBPA is looking into it (they are pretty ineffective in getting things done though). One of my friends who makes quite a few claims a year said he isn't focused on claiming Ontario breds anymore.
    I'm wondering if the affect of this rule is going to cause Ontario breds to be worth less down the road as demand for them might have decreased a notch. I think owners feel they are getting ripped off if they claim an Ontario bred.
    The rule needs to go, even if it means lowering all purses a tad (because there is only so much money to go around).
    What Ontario needs is Ontario bred claiming races. That will make Ontario breds worth more money.

  • At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Where is Todd Kabel this season?

  • At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Photos from Preakness week...

    Big Brown wins the Preakness Stakes

    Preakness field (1 photo of each horse)

    Preakness undercard stakes races

    Friday: Pimlico Special, Black-Eyed Susan, and undercard

    Thursday morning workouts


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