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Sunday, May 25, 2008



Anne's Purse has Lady Angela in the 'bag'

The WOODBINE OAKS could be up next for the undefeated ANNE'S PURSE, the white-faced chestnut blur who won the LADY ANGELA Stakes in her 2nd career start yesterday, an ONtario sire event at 7 furlongs.

Her Beyer Figure was the same as her smart maiden score - 80.

But more than the Beyer, it was the manner of the Ontario-bred 3yo's win that was impressive.
She predictably went to the front under Eurico Da Silva and led through 22 3/5 and 45 2/5 while being pestered by Kaleidoscope Kerry.

Into the turn, the heavily favoured AUTHENICAT, 3 to 5 (!) was suddenly sent up the rail by Patrick Husbands to duel for the lead. It looked like perhaps she was going to leave the loightly raced Anne behind, but that was just a split-second thought.

Anne left Authenicat in her dust and won by long margin in 1:23.23 while racing a bit greenly and looking very happy with herself.

The Porto Foricos filly is owned and bred by Jim De Angelis' Big C Little C Stable.

Porto Foricos, previously a Gus Schickedanz stallion, is now at Clear Creek Stud in Louisiana, standing for $1,500.

The story of Anne's Purse is a nice one.

De Angelis' wife Anne had a dream one night that one a horse owned by the family was standing in the winner's circle and the horse was named Anne's Purse.

Since the family had just one horse at the time of this dream (the chestnut Porto Foricos filly out of the family's only mare Blue Spanish Eyes), Anne told her husband he must change the name on the filly - who had already been christened CarolynandChris (for their 2 daughters).

The name change was made to Anne's Purse.

The family, in racing since 1973 on different levels, has since sold Blue Spanish Eyes - she was not a stellar producer for a few years after they claimed her for $12,500 and Anne's Purse was the last chance they gave to the mare before selling.

De Angelis said yesterday that Anne's Purse's success may lead them into buying more horses.

The OAKS (June 8) could be next for the filly.

By the way, Anne does have a purse, a little black one...

NICKI KNEW (Tethra) ran well to be 2nd with a mild rally.

GINGER BREW, MONEY MY HONEY and SHILLA are among the other leading Oaks contenders.

FRENCH BERET (photo by Vanessa Ng) is poised to take on a good field in the Connaught Cup today, the first grass stakes of the season.


Allowance race does not tell us much

An allowance race at Woodbine yesterday, featuring some Queen's Plate hopefuls, was a bit strange.

The field was under a collective gussle hold early in the race when suddenly several horses shot up wide to duel for the lead. The pace - 24, 48 2/5, was slow.

BARRELING HOME, a Florida bred, was 4 wide on the first turn and then sent 3 wide to bid for the lead down the backstretch and that proved to be a winning move by a hot Jono Jones.

The Awesome Again colt held off the closers early in the stretch and won with an 83 Beyer Figure.

Frustrating races for Plate hopefuls PALMERS and NIAGARA THUNDER.

The former, blinkers off and with a nasty habit of hanging in the stretch, did it again. He loomed up 4 wide off the turn and looked like he would blow by to win but he stalled and/or the winner battled back.
He's a Grand Slam colt with plenty of promise but his move needs to be times just right it seems.
NIAGARA THUNDER was knocked around early in the race and was suddenly miles behind into the backstretch. He rallied mildly for a small share and received a 78 Beyer Figure.
SHADOWLESS finished 3rd and ran well after setting most of the pace under pressure. Heather Takahashi's homebred colt reportedly had not trained well coming into the race. Any improvement would certainly help the Stormy Atlantic colt.







RACHEL HALDEN won her first race as a trainer yesterday but it sure was bittersweet.
Halden's close friend Chantal Sutherland was riding GEE PARI (owned by Halden and Bill Werner) but in post parade, the filly made a funny move with her head and popped Sutherland hard on her head.
A rider change was needed and Slade Callaghan rode the Pergiee Moon filly to an upset victory in the turf claiming race.
Sutherland, according to reports last evening, was needing stitches in a badly bruised head.

Werner and Roger Attfield also won the card (Halden was Attfield's assistant).
EENY MEENY was perhaps the most impressive winner on the card (easily the best ride of the day thanks to Gerry Olguin) as she rallid from 14th, hugged the rail and won a turf allowance at 8 to 1.
The Chester House Ontario-bred was the first winner for Olguin who was injured a few weeks back.

Other notable winners yesterday:

DARING ATTRACTION won for the 2nd time in 3 races for Tony Bowling and was claimed for $60,000 by trainer Alec Fehr and owner Terry Hamilton.
The Bernstein colt raced 6 furlongs in 1:10.

STRIKING CHEETAH won her debut in a 2yo claiming race for Nick Gonzalez and the ownership of Martha Gonzalez and D. Jarvis and R. Lubinsky.
She is a daughter of Black Minnaloushe out of a Saratoga Six mare.

The stallion Kinshasa has had a bunch of winners this spring. The 4th race went to a rallying WALL STREET DAVE who overcame a slow pace to win the $10,000 claiming race for Elizabeth and Gordon Lickrish, longtime owners and breeders in Ontario.
Tino Attard trains.

Stronach Stables had a nice debut winner with the Florida-bred SALVADORIA, up in time ot beat Bearursa in the 6 furlong maiden allowance. The Macho Uno filly is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Sugar Shake.

And friends Frank and Rocco (Annecchini and d'Alimonte) won the finale with MR. HENRY TWO U, who doubled up on the year - this time for $11,500 with Stevie Bahen up.


The very good Red Bullet colt FATAL BULLET, 3 for 3 this year for the Bear Stable and trainer Reade Baker, will start in the Woody Stephens Stakes on Belmont Stakes day June 7.


Canadian trainer shipped MUCH OBLIGED to Chicago, a nine-hour van ride, and watched the filly win the first running of the AMERICAN 1000 GUINEAS yesterday.

MUCH OBLIGED is a Kentucky bred by Kingmambo our of Dank, owned and bred by Pin Oak Stud.
The filly has won 3 of 7 career races and was the 5 to 2 favourite.


NOTHINUPDANSSLEEVE, Dk b. or br. g. 4, Mazel Trick—Duchess of
Domasca, by Domasca Dan, bred by Frank DiGiulo, won an allowance race at Penn National, his 5th win in 20 races.

PITTON’S ROAD, an Ontario bred by Graeme Hall out of Chalky Mount, by Mt. Livermore. won his maiden at Prairie Meadows yesterday in his 10th career start, He's a 4yo gelding owned by Casey Family Trust, bred by Eugene Melnyk.


  • At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sheepshead Bay Handicap and Pearl City Stakes at Belmont on Saturday:


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