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Monday, June 30, 2008


There aren't any Canadian-breds in today's feature at Woodbine, the MY DEAR STAKES, but the race has a good field of American shippers (ther are reports that there may be scratches including Wesley Ward's My Sweet Natalie).

Just nine races on tap for today and there is racing on the holiday tomorrow too.

More news today - get bidding on the QUEEN'S PLATE SADDLE TOWELS - Not Bourbon's winning towel does NOT HAVE A BID.


Nicki posts 77 Beyer in Bison win

It's a bit early in the Woodbine racing meeting to have so many horses change their form dramatically (that's usually what happens in late July and August - the ugly season).
But there are horses popping up with huge efforts now and then and perhaps subtle changes from day to day in the track surface is one reason.

Many agreed there were few reasons to expect the race that NICKI KNEW ran yesterday in the BISON CITY STAKES (a former Fort Erie race named for Buffalo), the 2nd leg of the Triple Tiara. Especially when you consider the trip she had.

(Note - the Beyer Figure for Nicki Knew of 77 was not much higher than her 72 Beyers from this year)

The Tiara had no meaning since the Oaks winner Ginger Brew was not in the race but it was a nice payday for the winner anyway.

A bunch of stragglers who trailed Ginger Brew in the Oaks were in the Bison City plus maiden winner Skipping Queen, who had the best last-race Beyer Figure of 82.

Nicki Knew, a decent 2nd in the Lady Angela Stakes in her 2nd race of the year had a spot of trouble in the Oaks and was 5th beaten 10 lengths, closing nicely to Authenicat, who was fading into 3rd place.

Jono Jones was not on board yesterday, however, and he had been the regular rider for the Knob Hill filly, trained by Kevin Attard.

Jim McAleney picked up the mount (Jones rode Snow Delicious) and the filly was 4 wide around the first turn and almost that wide the rest of the way while a few lengths off the pace set by Sugar Bay.

One of a pair of Josie Carroll trainees, Authenicat, made an early move to the lead but, as she has done many times in her career, once she was clear, she started to stall.

Nicki Knew kept coming and passed Authenicat to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Despite being 7 to 1, the connections were confident.

"We lost a bit of ground. It wasn't an ideal trip. She had to be the
best horse today. I had a lot of confidence in her," offered McAleney.

Nicki Knew raised her earnings to $271,180.

Tethra stands at Colebrook Farms in Uxbridge and Nicki Knew is his 7th stakes winner.
The dam of Nicki Knew is Panteccaria, who was 2nd once in 6 races. She is by Knob Hill's Sam Romano and out of Alexandrina, the dam of Thornfield, a Canadian Horse of the Year and the 3rd dam is Queen's Plate winner La Lorngnette.


Jockey TODD KABEL, who just returned to riding on Friday after being absent since last fall, won the 4th race yesterday on PANGARI for Oxbridge Farm and Peter Berringer.
"It's great to be back," said Kabel on THE SCORE. "Weight was the reason (for his absence), it's a big problem and my body just wasn't ready."

The Earle family, including Martin and Victoria, have had lots of fun with their mare LIONS RAW, who won $170,000 on the track and now has had 4 winning foals from 4 starters.
The family's 2yo colt by Bold Executive, LIONS RULE won his debut impressively in race 1 yesterday for Ontario sired maidens. Franz Crean trains.
The colt had speed bwten rivals and then pulled away. The lone filly in the race, Double Malt, was badly overbet at 9 to 5 in her race against the boys.
Lions Rile earned a 61 Beyer.

It's Big Willie time again - WILLIE ARMATA won again yesterday, with new claim SWEETLITTLESOLDIER, who was a predictable winner for $19,000 claiming, non-winners of 2. Armata traines for All Day Racing.

FAIRLIGHT won her maiden by more than7 lengths in her 2nd career start in race 3. The 2yo by Hold That Tiger-Petite Diablo by Silver Deputy was a $68,000 yearling purchase (US) was dull in her debut for maiden allowance but coasted to a big win for $40K claiming yesterday. She is owned by Jim and Alice Sapara and trained by Josie Carroll. Catherine O'Brien rode.

LOVE N LUST (A Fleets Dancer) won her maiden with a huge class drop in race 5, maidn allowance to $15,000 claiming. She was bred in Ontario by Cam Allard and is owned by Dave Cotey (trains too) and partners.

ROGER ATTFIELD aNd JONO JONES continue to roll along. They won the 6th race with MORE TO PROVE, a gal by With Approval—Alyette, by Alydeed, bred by Kinghaven Farms in Ontario and owned by Attfield and Bill Werner.
The 5yo mare was switching back from turf to Polytrack in the allowance/optional claimer.

LEA'S MOON burst between a crowd of fillies to win the 8th, an off-the-turf- maiden allowance and it was her 3rd race of her career. The Perigee Moon-Vintage Red gal was bred by Joan Addision. The owner is Colin Ruck-Nightingale and Ian Black trains.

In race 9, MIZZ SHAKIN won her 1 1/16 mile debut in her 3rd race of the year. The ONtario bred by Mizzen Mast went to the lead, went fast and kept going undr David Clark. Harlequin Ranches owns and bred the 3yo filly and Phil England trains.


Ontario bred DRAGOONER, owned by Maggi Moss, won his 12th race in his 35th start in a 6 furlong allowance at Prairie Meadows on Saturday night.
The 6yo geldig is by Siphon (Brz)—Dance On Fire, by Conquistador
Cielo and was bred by Adena Springs.



The Queen's Plate starters have their saddle towels on eBay in order to raise money for LONGRUN THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT.

NOT BOURBON'S saddle towel, at a reserve of $2,500, does not have a bid.

The other saddle towels have a bid but many are still at their reserve price so let's get in and bid.
Each is race worn and signed by the jockey.



(If you haven't read this yet, it's a wild fight)

Some excerpts from JERRY BOSSERT'S'S story on Friday in the New York Daily News:

From Dutrow jr:

"You look at this jerk down here Contessa. How does he set records? How does he do it? Come on, man. If everything is the same playing field, we're going to do as good if not better than anybody."

From Contessa:

"I shuddered every time he opened his big mouth," Contessa said. "He never says anything intelligent. As a spokesperson he's done more damage to the game than anyone."

"I don't use steroids and I know exactly why I do not use steroids," added Contessa, referring to Dutrow, who has admitted to using the steroid Winstrol on his horses but has also said he doesn't know why. "I'm still waiting for him to say something intelligent because it still hasn't happened. He's a moron."

VIC ZAST hits the mark:


Here's an excerpt:

Horse racing has its Russerts. They come down to a handful of writers who work for the daily newspapers that still cover the abandoned sport.

The trade journals can’t act responsibly because they’re beholden to an advertising base that reacts to criticism by holding back ad money. The network Web sites compare the number of readers that horse racing gets to baseball, football and basketball audiences, so they won’t budget to pay for original writing. They merely lift news from other outlets.

The result is that abuses mount far in excess of what they should before the kettle bubbles over.

How long have some of the country’s leading trainers allowed their veterinarians to use illegal medications that have skirted detection?

Why the hands-off treatment of thoroughbred breeders? Are they not partially to blame for the endless racing season, fragile horses and early retirement of marketable equine stars? This mess that the sport is in didn’t happen overnight.

read the rest here..


  • At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This feud between Contessa and Dutrow is great fun to read- so much more interesting than the usual " I'd like to thank the trainer for giving me the opportunity to ride this horse" B/S.

    This is real competitive dislike between 2 people,which happens on the backstretch all the time, between jockeys, trainers etc.

    Unfortunately the public, who would love this type of story are usually kept in the dark, and fed the usual diet of political correctness,where everybody says how great every body else is.

    Maybe more stories like this would stimulate some new interest in racing.

    I remember years ago at Fort Erie seeing 2 trainers dressed in suits, both drunk,trying to strangle each other in the bar.
    Real life ,great fun!

  • At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And now Gasper Moschera gets into the "debate"...

    I'd pay to see Moschera, Dutrow, and Contessa have a little "rumble in the jungle" in the Saratoga winner's circle... fans should be allowed to throw rotten tomatoes at them too...


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