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Tuesday, June 17, 2008


Cindy Pierson Dulay's net have an extensive selection of pictures and news from yesterday's QUEEN'S PLATE left is JUNGLE BREW, a maiden who has raced just twice but is a 'wiseguy' pick like one of the other maidens, SOLITAIRE.

EAST END TAP stands tall and proud with trainer Reade Baker (right) at the Plate barbeque.


10 horses parade at barbecue - NEW POLL AT RIGHT ON 'BLOG

The longtime tradition of the QUEEN'S PLATE BARBEQUE took place yesterday at Woodbine yesterday under sunny skies.
10 of the 15 probable entrants came over to show there stuff for a small group of horsepeople and media and most of them looked super and finely tuned.

NOT BOURBON was stunning as he marched past the onlookers. The Not Impossible colt (Ontario-sired!) is trained by Roger Attfield for Charles Fipke.
Fipke tried to win the Kentucky Derby this year with TALE OF EKATI and he has raced a champion in PERFECT SOUL but a Plate win by his homebred NOT BOURBON would surely be a lifetime dream for the diamind miner from the northwest.

Attfield had the media lined up to talk to him.He was anxious to have his intra-venous park removed yesterday (which he's had to lug around for a few months because of a broken foot and infection) and confident in his colt.

"I can't do anymore," said the 7-time Plate winner. "We have him cruising at high speeds in the morning in his gallops, he's doing very well."

EAST END TAP was one of the better looking 3yo's that came to the walking ring. Posing and confident,the Pleasant Tap colt, bred by Jim Sabiston, is going to be a huge longshot in the Plate for Sheikh Yobuti Stable, trainer Reade Baker, but he looked smart.

SHADOWLESS, the only horse owned by Heather Takahashi, was quite feisty in his presentation. He powered in and was prancing, was seemingly a bit annoyed by the loudspeakers that were postioned right beside the walkway and he kicked up a lot of dirt on some folks. The Stormy Atlantic colt is trained by David Bell.

GINGER BREW, the Oaks winner, did not come over as she stays quiet and rested for her Plate challenge which will come just 2 weeks after her Oaks score.

The filly will be SUPPLEMENTED to the Plate (she's not eligible currently) for $25,000. (Daaher was supplemented last year but was unplaced).

In other news:

HARLEM ROCKER will be headed back to New York soon. Trainer TODD PLETCHER talked to the TORONTO STAR about the colt:




Come out to Woodbine SATURDAY MORNING 8 until 10 a.m. to talk the QUEEN'S PLATE and see horses training.
The annual Early Morning Workouts seminar is held in the ten every year the morning before the Plate.
There are prizes and coffee and danish.


(Posts will be drawn on Thursday)

Horse Owner Trainer Jockey

D. Flutie Gus Schickedanz Mike Keogh Emile Ramsammy
Deputiformer David James Mike DePaulo Jerry Baird
Dylan's Choice Winter Road R'g Corp. D Maynard Chantal Sutherland
East End Tap Sheik Yobuti Racing Reade Baker Tyler Pizarro
Ginger Brew Stronach Stables Brian Lynch Javier Castellano
Harvest Home Sam-Son Farm Mark Frostad Corey Fraser
Jungle Brew Stronach Stables Brian Lynch Eibar Coa
Mamma's Knight Mike Kowalski Sam DiPasquale Justin Stein
Not Bourbon Charles Fipke Roger Attfield Jono Jones
Palmers Melynk Racing Stables Inc. Mark Casse Pat Husbands
Sebastian's Song Centennial Farms (Niagara) Inc. Alec Fehr David Clark
Shadowless Heather Takahashi David Bell Emma-Jayne Wilson
Silver Jag Earl Daynes Josie Carroll Slade Callaghan
Solitaire William Clifton James Bond Robert Landry
Took the Time Earle I. Mack Mark Casse R Dominguez


If you are not watching ROYAL ASCOT RACING which is available LIVE and free of charge at

you are missing some awesome racing!

(You have to register with name , address etc.but it's free)


Today's COVENTRY STAKES,for 2yo's,Group 2,features Canadian-bred SQUARE EDDIE, a Smart Strike colt out of Forty Gran by El Gran Senor.
Third in his debut, the colt is anywhere from 50 to 66 to 1 but the $200,000 yearling purchase is well bred:

from the Racing Post..SQUARE EDDIE

Trainer: J R Best Owner: D Gorton
Breeder: Kinghaven Farms Limited

Smart Strike(CAN) (13.1f) - Forty Gran(USA) (El Gran Senor (USA)(8.9f))
($200,000) 4th foal, brother to Money Player, placed in a dirt sprint at 2 in US, half-brother to Great Torrington, sprint winner at 3-4 in US; dam quite useful dual winner on turf at 2 in US.


Woodbine horsefolks turned out for yesterday's LONGRUN THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT FOUNDATION Poker Tournament at the Brickyard Restaurant in Etobicoke to help the horses.

Almost 50 people came out at the awesome BRICKYARD, home of some of the best ribs and chicken you can find, to play some poker for charity.

And yours truly wiped the floor with the heavy hitters that includes trainers, owners, jocks and backstrtech workers. Tons of fun for a great cause.

Thanks to Andrew Bankuti, Tom Patton Jr. and our Poker whiz Wendy for all the hard work to organize the event.

See you at the next one!


RIVER BARROW is the 13th winner for CAT'S AT HOME this year. The grey 4yo won her maiden at Delaware at 5 furlongs on the grass for owner/breeder ORMONDE FARM. A daughter of Valid Secret, by Valid Appeal, the filly was making her 15th start.

At PENN NATIONAL RACE COURSE, CLASSIC FRANCESCO ( Bold n’ Flashy—She Is Impressive), bre by Dom Romeo, won an allowance race at 5 furlongs on the turf.
It was his 5th win in 35 starts.



Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings

Scott H. Fairlie 69 13 12 9 $419,597

Steven M. Asmussen 78 13 8 11 $660,037

Mark E. Casse 102 12 15 15 $1,009,239

Daniel J. Vella 64 11 11 5 $631,867

Nicholas Gonzalez 54 11 4 7 $821,960

Reade Baker 83 10 11 8 $626,154

Audre Cappuccitti 78 10 8 9 $311,717

Sid C. Attard 84 9 10 9 $546,399

Michael J. Doyle 85 9 9 13 $482,273

Malcolm Pierce 48 9 9 6 $623,571

Roger L. Attfield 52 9 5 6 $768,648

Brian A. Lynch 22 9 3 1 $654,895


It's a logjam here too!

Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings

James McAleney 199 34 25 27 $1,756,427

Emile Ramsammy 239 31 33 33 $1,788,854

Patrick Husbands 165 31 25 22 $1,850,913

Eurico Rosa Da Silva 217 31 17 20 $1,558,571

Tyler Pizarro 196 28 25 22 $1,158,753

Emma-Jayne Wilson 229 27 24 36 $1,578,853

Jono C. Jones 179 19 24 19 $1,339,081

Chantal Sutherland 177 19 23 24 $956,987

Justin Stein 163 17 22 14 $713,771

David Clark 160 16 20 16 $1,032,655


Rexdale, ON – June 16, 2008 – The CTHS (Ontario Division) honoured the Ontario-bred champions of 2007 at their Annual Awards dinner held on June 13th at Glencairn Golf Club, in Milton, Ontario.

The event recognized partners Mike Carroll and John C. Harvey, Jr. as Breeder of the Year and the late Tammy Samuel-Balaz as this year’s recipient of the Blood-Horse Mint Julep Cup award. Other highlights included the presentation of 91 awards to the Ontario breeders of Historical Grade 1 Canadian or Open Graded Stakes and the Ontario-Bred Stakes Winners of 2007.

Four stallions received awards based on their 2007 earnings of eligible progeny, with 1st place presented to Bold Executive, 2nd place to Bold N’ Flashy, and 3rd place to Tethra. The award for 2007 Top 1st Crop Ontario Sire was presented to Ciano Cat.

Four CTHS Ontario members were recognized for their 25-year contribution to the Thoroughbred breeding industry, while Melnyk Racing Stable received The Jockey Club of Canada Award for 2007 Leading Owner in Ontario.

A silent auction also took place during the evening in support of LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement, one of the first adoption and placement programs for Thoroughbred racehorses in Ontario.

The staff and directors of the CTHS would like to congratulate the outstanding breeders of 2007 and thank the sponsors as well as everyone who came out to support this event.


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