DADDY OF EM ALL
QUEEN'S PLATE GETS 2 MORE ENTRANTS - FIELD RACHES 15 CONTENDERS (according to Thoroughblog)
SILVER JAG, a maiden, and one-time winner EAST END TAP have been added to the Queen's Plate field.
GINGER BREW is apparently being considered again and an annoucement could be made tomorrow.
QUEEN'S PLATE NEWS
ANOTHER ONE DROPS OUT...
GIGUERE, the sensational maiden winner last year who attarcted some big-money offers, is off the QUEEN'S PLATE TRAIL following some poor blood tests, according to DAILY RACING FORM.
The Mutakkdim colt, owned by Mario Forgione, is trained by Mike DePaulo.
DePaulo will start DEPUTIFORMER in the Plate after that Silver Deputy colt had a big workout last week.
GIGUERE'S withdrawal from the Plate follows NIAGARA THUNDER'S scratching two days ago.
HARLEM ROCKER'S important Plate workout is tomorrow morning. The grey colt bombed in the Plate Trial but is expected to bounce back if he forms a liking fo rthe Polytrack surface.
NOT BOURBON (Not Impossible)-
won Plate Trial
SOLITAIRE (Victory Gallop)- 2nd Plate Trial, maiden
HARLEM ROCKER (Macho Uno)- graded SW (PHOTO)
*GINGER BREW - Woodbine Oaks
SEBASTIAN'S SONG (Cherokee Run) - 3rd Trial
PALMERS (Grand Slam)- 2nd allowance
SHADOWLESS (Stormy Atlantic)- winner '08
TOOK THE TIME (Greenwood Lake)- allowance placed J
JUNGLE BREW (Milwaukee Brew) - maiden
MAMMA'S KNIGHT (Ascot Knight)- OSS allowance winner
DEPUTIFORMER (Silver Deputy)- SW at 2
HARVEST HOME (Smart Strike)- maiden
D. FLUTIE (Langfuhr)- maiden
DYLAN'S CHOICE (Sligo Bay)- maiden claiming winner
(*not currently eligible)
HE DID IT!!
WOODBINE WRAP - THURSDAY
The track was slow for the Thursday card - when the sun is out the Poly-wax gets warm and things slow down.
STARFLIGHT LAD somehow got up in the last jump to win his maiden in his 32nd career start for Danny O'Callaghan and Susan Dumon Dymon. The Ontario bred (bred by Laura McArthur) has become popular because of his ability to pick up regular cheques and comse from last place but always just miss.
Ridden these days by Chantal Sutherland, Starflight Lad was a $5,000 yearling purchase and he is a 5yo gelding by Trajectory.
If you bet him all these years you got $9.60 for your trouble yesterday.
Now what does he do?
U R ENERGY is a lovely, hard kncking Bold n' Flashy filly who won for the 6th time in her 16th race yesterday in front running fashion. Dropped in for just $10,000 claiming, the 4yo was claimed for the 5th time in his career. She now is with trainer Henry Whalen.
A race later, RACE 2, SILVER SANDS won her maiden from last-place in a maiden allowance for owner and breeder Eugene Melnyk. The Ontario bred is by El Prado and was making her 3rd career start.
RACE 4 was a bit laughable. SIT STILL did just that on the pace. As the expected front runner, she went slower than imaginable in the 6 furlong race - 24.08. 48.26 - and obviously won. She is a Domasca Dan 4yo owned/brd and trained by Roger Hasmatali.
The stallion KINSHASA had yet another winner in 2008. SOMARVELOUS won his maiden in his 1 1/16 mile debut over heavily favoured KNIGHT'S CAUSE in race 5,an Ontario sired maiden allowance.
Bred by Jim Sabiston,the gelding is owned by Audre Cappuccitti.
SUNNY MORNING was the predictable winner of RACE 6, a maiden allowance and split of race 2.
This division went a bit faster - 1:24.20 - and was won by the heavy favourite, who won by almost 6 lengths.
The Sam-Son beginner STRANGE ROMANCE took an unusual amount of betting support at 3 to 1 but faded to be 6th under Chantal Sutherland.
CUSOON won the 7th race in a hand ride for $10,000 claiming for Jeffrey Sangara. The 6yo Great Britain gelding was stretching out in distance to a route for the first time this year. Scott fairlie trains.
KING CAYENNE won his maiden as a 5yo in his 7th race in the finale for trainer Wayne Green. The Florida-bred Mecke gelding blew past the field from last place while wide to win under Emma Wilson.
VICTORIA STAKES FIZZLES
It sounded like it was going to be a blockbuster stakes event for 2-year-olds but instead, the Victoria Stakes on Sunday drew just five starters including an unraced colt.
Talk of NOTONTHESAMEPAGE shipping in for the race off a 104 Beyer Figure debut win was incorrect.
Trainer Wesley Ward did send up a starter, however - DICEY RILEY, who won his debut at Keeneland in fine fashion.
Sunday's card ends a rough week at Woodbine that featured very small cards of racing.
With Queen's Plate week coming up, however, expect the fields to get bigger.
ASSINIBOIA DOWNS NOTES
EXCERPTS FROM SCOTT UNGER, Winnipeg Sun
Florida stakes winner LOOKINFORTHESECRET is in Manitoba..
Unlike his name, there's no secret which horse is the favourite in this weekend's stakes race at Assiniboia Downs.
Minnesota/Florida trainer Jamie Ness has brought up the very impressive Lookingforthesecret this weekend to head the field in the $50,000 stakes event.
Lookingforthesecret has a whopping six wins and a second place finish in seven starts this season. All except one of those wins have been in a stakes race. His biggest win came at Calder Race Course in Florida this spring when he won the $250,000 Bob Humphrey Turf Sprint Handicap by one and a half lengths.
"I claimed him for $12,500 and he has been first or second in all but one start since then. He's got really good speed, and when he got clear today, I didn't think they would catch him," Ness said in a press release after the race.
Lookingforthesecret has earnings of over $300,000 in seven races this season and lifetime earnings of over $540,000.
WIN 2000: Longtime jockey Alan Cuthbertson cruised to his 2,000th victory last weekend atop Tug o'War. The reigning leading jockey title holder has 20 wins this season, which good enough for second place in the standings and seven behind frontrunner Janine Stianson.
AND SCOTT UNDER also writes about ROCK'IN USA
(hated Polytrack, has an overbite, now on a roll in Manitoba)
It was only a couple months ago in Toronto when Rock'n USA didn't have much going for him. Heck, no one even wanted to own him.
But two races into the 2008 meet at Assiniboia Downs, Rock'n USA has two victories in two starts and is looking for a third consecutive win tomorrow night.
"He just wasn't doing well. He had long hair and he wasn't happy," said his trainer and part owner Tanya Lindsay, who wrapped him up in a blanket and snuck him into his stall this spring so no one would see him until she did a makeover.
"I kept trying to sell him to a couple people back here, but couldn't get much interest in him. It came to a certain point where I kept putting (the owner) off long enough ... that I figured I better just buy him myself cause nobody else wanted him."
And that move is already paying off for Lindsay, literally.
After taking the winter off, Rock'n USA has won two allowance races by a combined seven lengths. He's already earned $15,600 this year and has a chance to inflate his earnings tomorrow when he runs in the third race of the night, a $20,000 optional claiming affair.
"He had shown quite a lot in the past," Lindsay said. "He's predominately a speed horse, but he was just doing poorly (in Toronto.)"