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Wednesday, May 14, 2008



The post positions and morning-line odds are:

Horse/Trainer/Jockey/Owner(s)/Morning-Line Odds

1--Macho Again/Dallas Stewart/Julien Leparoux/West Point Thoroughbred/20-1
2--Tres Borrachos/Beau Greely/Tyler Baze/Beau Greely, John Greely IV, and Phil Houchens/30-1
3-- Icabad Crane/Graham Motion/Jeremy Rose/Earle Mack/30-1
4--Yankee Bravo/Patrick Gallagher/Alex Solis/Richard Duggan, Bienstock and Winner Stables, and Harlequin Ranches/15-1
5--Behindatthebar/Todd Pletcher/David Flores/ Padua Stables, Michael Shustek, and Don Stanley/10-1
6--Racecar Rhapsody/Kenny McPeek/Robby Albarado/Jerry Carroll, Stan Kaplan, Ronald Plattner, and Mark Guilfoyle/30-1
7--Big Brown/Rick Dutrow/Kent Desormeaux/IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr./1-2
8--Kentucky Bear/Reade Baker/Jamie Theriot/Bear Stables/15-1
9--Stevil/Nick Zito/John Velazquez/Robert LaPenta/30-1
10--Riley Tucker/Bill Mott/Edgar Prado/Zayat Stables/30-1
11--Giant Moon/Rick Schosberg/Ramon Dominguez/Albert Fried Jr./30-1
12--Gayego/Paulo Lobo/Mike Smith/Cubanacan Stables/8-1
13--Hey Byrn/Eddie Plesa/Chuck Lopez/Beatrice Oxenberg/20-1

TRES BORRACHOS ("Three drunks') is Preakness bound, he's out of the popular Canadian mare PETE'S FANCY

THE PREAKNESS DRAW for posts is today - lots of interest for Canadian fans with KENTUCKY BEAR, plus YANKEE BRAVO and a couple of familiar momma' more below

EDENWOLD conformation shot by DAVE LANDRY. The Queen's Plate winner is headed to New Zealand for stud duty


Basketball and soccer have pre-empted Woodbine horse racing on THE SCORE this evening and next Wednesday.

STILL, get your entries in for the free contest of picks tonight at www.


DANCE WITH DOVES, an A.P. Indy filly out of Queen's Plate winner Dancethruthedawn, returns from a layoff of one-year in the 4th race this evening, a maiden allowance and the featured event (based on highest purse, $72,600).
Owned and bred by Sam-Son Farms, Dance With Doves worked at the Ocala farm this winter and more recently at Keeneland. She was second in both starts as a 2-year-old.
Facing that well bred gal (Robert Landry rides) is CASTLE ROSE, a Florida-bred from Stronach Stables who is making her Polytrack debut after a 2nd and 3rd in grass races at Gulfstream and the near-white filly SHERATON PARK, who flopped in her career debut at Keeneland when well bet.

YEE-HAAAA - This flashy colt is going to be a handful! He's by GONE FISHIN who has been stamping his foals. Owners are Jacquie Karr and Maureen Hewitt.


First it was announced that Sadler's Wells had been pensioned (earlier this week) at the age of 27 and now STORM CAT, who once stood for $500,000 has been retired.

Overbrook Farm in Lexington announced that the sire of 1994 Preakness winner Tabasco Cat will no longer stand as a stallion. Stallion consultant Ric Waldman said the decision was made due to the horse's declining fertility rate.

Storm Cat, a descendant of Secretariat, has produced 160 stakes winners who collectively won more than US$112 million. He also formerly commanded a stud fee of $500,000 - believed to be the highest ever in the business.

Waldman says the 25-year-old horse will continue to live on the farm. Three mares are currently pregnant with Storm Cat foals.


GAYEGO is officially in, the only colt in the race that was in the Derby other than the winner BIG BROWN.
The rest of the field is a mish-mash of colts who have shown some promise here and there.

Saturday's Preakness at Pimlico...two years since BARBARO broke down in the very same race and two weeks since EIGHT BELLES died in the Derby..
it's a hold-your-breath weekend.

Horse Trainer Jockey

Behindatthebar T. Pletcher D R Flores
Big Brown R. Dutrow Jr. K. Desormeaux
Gayego P. Lobo M. Smith
Giant Moon R. Schosberg J F Chavez
Hey Byrn E. Plesa, Jr. C. C. Lopez
Icabad Crane H. G. Motion J. Rose
*Kentucky Bear R. Baker J. Theriot
Macho Again D. Stewart Undecided
Racecar Rhapsody K. McPeek R. Albarado
Riley Tucker W. Mott E. Prado
Stevil N. Zito J. Velazquez
Tres Borrachos B. Greely T. Baze
*Yankee Bravo P. Gallagher A. Solis


EDGAR PRADO wrote a column in the Baltimore Sun today:

Protecting the health of our equine athletes
By Edgar Prado

Eight Belles was just a few yards in front of me when she collapsed after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

As I eased up my horse, Adriano, who had finished next to last, I saw the filly stumble and fall as she galloped out. I prayed she was just tired, just as I had prayed that Barbaro wasn't seriously injured when I felt him go weak underneath me in the first 100 yards of the 2006 Preakness Stakes.

As everyone knows, it turned out Barbaro had suffered a catastrophic injury that eventually led to his demise, and I knew Eight Belles was in similar trouble when I watched her struggle to get up. She fell back, obviously unable to bear weight on her front ankles - then tried to rise and fell back again.

My heart ached as I watched the equine ambulances speeding toward her, taking me back to that sad day at Pimlico Race Course when I had to stop Barbaro. When doctors discovered that Eight Belles was, in fact, severely injured, she was humanely euthanized.

Barbaro's injury started an important national conversation about what causes horses to break down. The racing industry reacted in positive ways. The installation of synthetic racing surfaces at nine major American tracks has resulted in fewer catastrophic injuries, according to a new reporting system overseen by the Jockey Club, the governing body of American horse racing.

Eight Belles' demise has people talking again about what the industry can do to keep its horses safe. I would love to see it devise a single set of rules, in effect nationwide, governing the use of medication and overall treatment and care of horses. As it is, some are pushed beyond their limits, given medication so they don't feel pain and can run when they shouldn't. This would happen less if every state operated under the same rules.

No matter what the industry does, though, we'll likely never know what caused Barbaro or Eight Belles to break down. In my experience, which includes more than 25,000 races, it is the champions that push themselves to their physical limits, sometimes with fateful consequences.

Horses love to run; if you leave them alone in a field, they naturally start competing. But run-of-the-mill horses can go around and around a track without anything bad ever happening. They don't push themselves to go faster and do better. They recoil from pain and slow down.

Those horses know their limits. That's why they're on the bench, as opposed to in the game, when the big races come up.

Great horses such as Eight Belles are different. They aren't just faster; they have a competitive instinct that makes them want to finish first. It doesn't matter whether their jockey touches them. It doesn't matter how long the race is. They want to run in front of a pack, and they'll put themselves on the line physically to do so.

Even after Barbaro's right rear leg bones shattered into 27 pieces that day at Pimlico, he kept running on three legs, trying to stay up with the other horses in the race. He wanted to keep going. He wanted to be in front.

to read more and check out the Baltimore Sun's Preakness coverage:,0,655754.story

(Edgar Prado is the author, with former Sun sportswriter John Eisenberg, of "My Guy Barbaro: A Jockey's Journey Through Love, Triumph, and Heartbreak with America's Favorite Horse." )


is the first foal of the tough Peteski mare PETE'S FANCY, a Canadian-bred foaled at Tony and Jennifer Monk's farm in Ontario.
Racing for Overheath Stable and trainer MIKE DEPAULO, Pete's Fancy won 20 of 40 starts, $400,000 and the Adena Matchmaker Stakes.

Tres Borrachos is her 2nd foal - her first is the winner LA COYOTE.
Tres Borrachos, by Ecton Park, cost $7,000 as a yearling. Pete's Fancy is out of Regent's Fancy, the dam of BYZANTINE and current 3yo Roses n Wine.

RILEY TUCKER is out of the Canadian-bred mare MY SWEET COUNTRY w ho produced stakes winner Patriot Love for Kinghaven Farms plus multiple Alberta champion DEPUTY COUNTRY.
Riley Tucker (Harlan's Holiday) is from the family of the top Canadian mare RESPOND.

The last 2 PREAKNESS STAKES WINNERS - Bernardini and Curlin - did not race at 2.

Canadian-bred Meadowlake filly MAREN'S MEADOW, winner of the Bourbonette Stakes in her last start, will compete in Friday's Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico and is then expected to come to Woodbine for the Oaks.

BLACK-EYED SUSAN S.-GII, $200,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/8m


1 Sweet Vendetta Stephen Got Even Hill 122
2 Maren's Meadow Meadowlake Saez 122
3a Sherine Precise End Garcia 122
4 Highest Class Mineshaft Albarado 116
5 Bsharpsonata Pulpit Camacho 122
6 Seattle Smooth Quiet American Prado 122
7 One Step Ahead Include Morales 116
8 Shes All Eltish Eltish Gomez 122
9a Pious Ashley Include Desormeaux 116


Ron Thomson, long time Fort Erie thoroughbred owner and trainer, passed away on Sunday, May 11 at the age of 76.

Thomson, who got his start in Montreal, trained horses at several tracks in North America, most of his time spent on the Ontario circuit. He trained horses for over fifty years.

Thomson is survived by his wife Flo, Son’s Glen, Mitchell, Tyler and daughter Judy.

Benner Funeral Services, 1105 Benner Ave. Fort Erie, entrusted with arrangements.

The family will be present to receive friends on Wednesday afternoon from 1 to 3 pm. A Celebration of Life with an opportunity for remembrance will take place at 2 pm.


  • At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jen - the 123 contest will still happen regardless of whether Race Night is actually on the air.
    People can still play, they just won't be able to see the results on t.v. because there's no show.

  • At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    I heard that Ron Thompson passed in the morning. A horse he trained for his wife, Magnificent Dancer, wound up winning the first race at Fort Erie on Sunday afternoon.

  • At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Edenwold looks AMAZING in that photo. Sorry to be sending him away.

  • At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good commentary by Prado - nice that he would take the time to speak up.

    Yesterday Woodbine hosted a racing safety "summit" to discuss some of the research that is being done on synthetic surfaces and orthapaedic injuries in racehorses. I'm sure it wasn't cheap to put on - guys like Dr. Wayne McIlwraith and Dr. Chris Riggs of the Hong Kong Jockey Club don't likely show up for free.

    The turnout was pathetic. The place should have been packed (at the very least, they make great food up in the Turf Club!). The public has a perception that the people involved with these horses don't care about their welfare, and sadly, things like this suggest they're right. It's shameful how many trainers and owners couldn't be bothered showing up.

  • At 10:07 AM, Anonymous GeeGees said…

    Edgar Prado has said it all. Let PETA dispute his words. The line that was the best is also the truest.. how these animals will run against each even out in a filed. It is also true that it is the champions that get hurt because they push themselves to the limit.. They dont have to be stake horses even everyday claimers that have the will, will push themselves, the ones that dont have that desire dont. That is what makes a true THOROUGHBRED and that is why even when they break our hearts like Eight Belles and Go For Wand and Ruffian to name a few we still continue in this game knowing that perhaps we can give back a bit of what they gave to us..

  • At 10:14 AM, Anonymous RAD said…

    Storm Cat's stud fee of $500,000was not the highest ever as indicated in your article. Northern Dancer stood for $1,000,000 for a number of years back in the 1980s.

  • At 10:26 AM, Anonymous KG said…

    "Eight Belles' demise has people talking again about what the industry can do to keep its horses safe. I would love to see it devise a single set of rules, in effect nationwide, governing the use of medication and overall treatment and care of horses. As it is, some are pushed beyond their limits, given medication so they don't feel pain and can run when they shouldn't. This would happen less if every state operated under the same rules"

    Not trying to read into Prado's comments but he should be a little more careful how he writes. If i am not taking his words out of text he is inferring that Eight Belles was medicated and pushed beyond her capabilities - careful Edgar we are treading on very light ground here.

  • At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron Thompson was a kind hearted man and will be sadly missed. My love and regrets to Flo Thompson. R.I.P. Ron xoxo

  • At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron Thompson was a kind hearted man and will be sadly missed. My love and regrets to Flo Thompson. R.I.P. Ron xoxo

  • At 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ron Thomson was my Dad. He was a kind hearted man. He loved his horses and track friends and he would give the shirt off his back if you neede it. We are greatful he was able to race horses to the end! A special Thanks to all his friends for being there for us! Judy


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