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Friday, July 11, 2008


THIS PHOTO OF FORT ERIE, 1929 (1st year of the Prince of Wales race), was taken from the website of the famous Forsythe family of the Niagara and Fort Erie region.
Among the impacts of th Forsyth family, the building of BERTIE HALL in 1832 by William Forsythe Sr., believed to be a safe house for figitive slaves prior to the American Civil War.

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60% chance of showers Sunday

What horses in the PRINCE OF WALES on Sunday ($500,000, Fort Erie, 4:49 p.m. EST) have raced on a traditional dirt track that will be offered to them for the big race?

HARLEM ROCKER is 3 for 3 on dirt.
DEPUTIFORMER was 3rd beaten 14 lengths to BIG BROWN once.
EAST END TAP was 5th at Fair Grounds in the spring.
PEWTER won his maiden by 6 on the dirt in April at Gulfstream.

And what happens if the dirt comes up muddy or sloppy?

Trainer ROGER ATTFIELD would have no idea what to expect from NOT BOURBON - he has trained on dirt well enough.

But note that his dam BOURBON BELLE loved the mud, 3 for 7 on wet tracks in her career and by a high percntage mud sire in Storm Boot.

HARLEM ROCKER's dam was 1 for 1 on a wet track and Macho Uno, his sire, while he never ran in the mud, has mud breeding.

If you follow TOMLINSON numbers (in the DRF) for pedigree ratings, SEBASTIAN'S SONG will be a mudlark. He comes in at 417. His sire Cherokee Run is close to a whopping 20% as a mud sire.

And EAST END TAP, bred by Jim Sabiston of Stouffville, is by a 15% mud sire in Pleasant Tap and his dam was 3 for 10 in the mud (east End Lady is by top mud sire on to Glory).


TOOK THE TIME will have blinkers on and he had a Fort Erie workout of 1:03 1/5 on July 7.

HARLEM ROCKER and NOT BOURBON,the big two in the race, are the only homebreds in the field. The other 6 are sale purchases or private purchase.

The most expensive was PEWTER at $270,000.

That the Triple Crown was inaugurated in 1959 but the Prince of Wales was first run in 1929 and was won by LION HEARTED.

While there are officially only SEVEN CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN winners,many horses have won all three races (Queen's Plate, 'Wales and the very old BREEDERS' STAKES).

Some of these horses include ARCHWORTH (1939), UTTERMOST (1945), ACE MARINE (1955), and CANADIAN CHAMP (1956).

July 13, $500,000, 3yo, 13⁄16m, Fort Erie, 4:49 PM ET

PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer

1. Deputiformer Silver Deputy Jerry Baird 126 Michael P. De Paulo
2. Pronger Stormin Fever Chad Beckon 126 Michael P. De Paulo
3. Took the Time Greenwood Lake Patrick Husbands 126 Mark E. Casse
4. Harlem Rocker Macho Uno Eibar Coa 126 Todd A. Pletcher
5. East End Tap Pleasant Tap Elvis Trujillo 126 Reade Baker
6. Pewter Silver Deputy Richard Dos Ramos 126 H. James Bond
7. Not Bourbon Not Impossible (Ire) Jono C. Jones 126 Roger L. Attfield
8. Sebastian’s Song Cherokee Run David Clark 126 Alec Fehr


The 1992 Prince of Wales Stakes..... (thanks to Bryan3229's page at YouTube)

Don't expect grass racing again

Lots of rain in the area last night and today. The turf was yielding Wednesday night (although they raced 6 1/2 fur. in the little stakes in 1:15 3/5), then it was listed as firm yesterday.
Today...who knows, but it most likely won't be used.

The PICK 7 attracted $7,000 in wagers was not won (6 out of 7).

Here's a recap of yesterday's events:

RACE 1- RALPH BIAMONTE is clicking at near 20% at Woodbine and he had another 2yo debut winner yesterday with his trainee ARGUIDOS, owned by his son Bret. The B.L.'s Appeal filly led all the way under Eurico Da Silva in the $32,000 claimer. Jockey Steve Bahen fell off VODKA LEFTHANDER when that miss stumbled at the start.

RACE 2 - Equilease's THEBOYSCANSWIM (Whywhywhy) won his maiden after a pace battle in his 6th career start. The Florida-bred had ben 2nd in his previous 3 races. Jono Jones rode for trainer John Charalambous.

RACE 3- THE PICK 7 gets rolling with a logical winner, SINGING ROSE, a 2yo making her 2nd start for trainer Wesley Ward. The Congareer gal was an Adena Springs purchase for just $12,000 and is out of the fast mare DIAL A SONG.

RACE 4- PUT UPON loves being in the Scott Fairlie barn. The Florida bred Put It Back 5yo gelding was a winner for Fairlie last June for $60,000 claiming. Fairlie lost the gelding for that price one race later but then claimed him back on June 8 for $50K. He won yesterday for $50K from just off the pace under Na Somsanith.

RACE 5 - FORTYNINE EXPRESS led all the way to win the 5th for $12,500 for Bob Cheema and Terry Jordan. The Twining gelding was one of the favourites and he has won 5 of 15 races now. He was claimed by Danny Vella,owner/trainer.

RACE 6- Many Pick 7 tickets hit the floor when SANTINA D'OR won her first ever attempt at a route distance in race 6, a maiden allowance for Ontario sired fdillies and mares. The Cat's at Home-Ruth Ann D'or won her 8th career start and is a 4yo. She is owned by York Tech Racing and trained by laurie Silvera. Reade Baker bred the filly.

RACE 7- Heavily favoured HELLO MAGGIE MAY had a very wide trip but was good enough to win her 2nd career start and she is a promising Lemon Drop Kid 3yo. The daughter of champion FANTASY LAKE is owned and was bred by Bill Graham's WINDHAVEN and Roger Attfield trains. Emma-Jayne Wilson rode.

RACE 8 - A turf sprint allowance for 3yo fillies was won by Eaton Hall Farms' FORESTRY'S MAGIC who was 4th in the Alywow Stakes and rallid nicely under Chantal Sutherland yesterday in 1:15 and change for 6 1/2 furlongs. The Forestry filly is a Kentucky bred trained by Mike Doyle.

RACE 9 - The PIck 7 wrapped up with longtime maiden EGBERT DOLLY finally bumbling his way to his first score in his 19th career start. The late pace collapsed and 'Dolly', a sizy Trajectory 4yo surged clear with DUENDECILLO following him. The gelding is owned, trained and was bred by Paul Buttigieg.


The Pick 7 starts in RACE 3: CARN BREA'S debut was solid as she overcame a slow start and wide trip to be 4th beaten 2 lengths.

RACE 4- MAIDENS FOR $12,500; COBRA CLASSIC will be favoured on the big drop for trainer Abraham Katryan. HOME RUCKUS is making his 3rd start off the layoff.

RACE 5- Tough,, tough race for $12,500 fillies and mares. Big class droppers PAPARIZZI CHARM and COUSIN SALLY rate looks so does winning machine U R ENERGY and CUE THE HIGHLIGHTS.

RACE 6- not likely to be on turf - more like 1 mile 70 yards on Poly. Turns out to be a bizarre race but PLEASANT MIX was impressive last time and has won twice on Poly. RUSSIAN ROSIE likes synthetic too.

RACE 7- again, not likely to be on the grass - 1 mile and 70, it's a split of race 6. COURIER suddenly looks good again.

RACE 8 - maidens for $16K. Giving THUNDERBEAST one more chance, he's had tough trips lately (see the DRF for more), SHPEEN is the logical one.

RACE 9 - BREAKING THE RULES looks very solid in a maiden $12,500 race with TOBAR in the mix.


Dancing Allstar hopes to frolic in the Azaleas
Tom Wolski, The Province
Published: Friday, July 11, 2008

Now this is a weekend for horse racing. On Saturday, one of Hasting's premier racehorses, Bob Cheema's Dancing Allstar, visits Calder racetrack in Florida to compete in the $250,000 Azalea Stakes.

According to Miami media hype, the horse, along with Northern California-based Indyanne, are the two fastest fillies in North America.

Here is a lesson on how crazy horse racing can be.

Cheema and trainer Terry Jordan are at a horse sale. After several hours, Jordan leaves, thinking there's not much left worth buying.

Meanwhile, Cheema stays, spots a horse, and buys her. "This is true. I was on the Second Narrows Bridge and Bob calls to let me know he bought a horse for $15,000. He liked the way she looked," said Jordan. "Now I know he has a good eye for horses; I said 'great.' This is how we got Dancing Allstar."

How good a buy was she? In 2007, Dancing Allstar was named the Canadian two-year-old champion, and she's approaching $400,000 in career earnings.

In the Azalea, she leads all her rivals in money won. Yet, she is the second choice at 4-1, while Indyanne, a three-time victor and $74,500 with in winnings, is favoured at 4-5.

For many owners, shipping all the way to Florida could pose a problem for many horses. That's wasn't the case with Dancing AllStar.

"She arrived in good shape, and unless something unfortunate happens, our filly should be right there," said Jordan.

In only two years of racing, Cheema's filly has captured major races in three provinces. Moreover, his credit card already has enough frequent miles for upgrade to elite status.

That could come in handy,, because winning the Azalea would put Dancing Allstar on the short list for this fall's $1,000,000 Breeders Cup juvenile fillies race.

The Azalea Stakes will by televised Saturday, starting at 12: 30 p.m.

SIMPLY the BEST: Despite major legal problems facing his minority co-owners, Curlin, the world's best horse, finally got a go-ahead from a judge in New York to race in

Saturday's $500,000 Man O'War at Belmont Park in New York.

This race will determine if Curlin crosses the waters to compete in the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de

Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris on October 5.

"What we'd like to do with Curlin is something [that has] never [been] done before. Winning back-to-back Breeders' Cup Classics is amazing, but it has been done before," trainer Steve Asmussen said during a teleconference call.

Saturday's race will be televised at Hastings at 2:15 p.m.

Not Bourbon, owned by Charles Fipke of Kelowna, will try to capture the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown in Sunday's $500,000 Prince of Wales at Fort Erie in Ontario. It's slated for broadcast at 1:49 p.m.

© The Vancouver Province 2008

PAUL WIECEK reports from Assiniboia Downs...

Downs rider under investigation for illegal wagers
'Source' says Dove made big bets for other jockeys - serious breach of rules

By: Paul Wiecek

A 37-year-old exercise rider from Jamaica is at the centre of an investigation by federal and provincial regulators into allegations some jockeys at Assiniboia Downs have been illegally betting on Downs races.

Trevor Dove, an exercise rider at the Downs for the past two years, has been ordered to appear before Manitoba Horse Racing Commission stewards Saturday morning to answer questions about some of the wagers he's been making this summer at the track.

Dove, a father of two from Kingston, Jamaica, doesn't deny he's been making some big bets, as much as $200 a race. And as an exercise rider -- someone who gallops horses in the morning -- it's entirely legal for him to wager on racing at the Downs.

But what the stewards want to know is whether what an informant told them earlier this summer is true -- that some of Dove's bets have been made on behalf of at least two Downs jockeys.

Because if that's true, it would raise the potential spectre of the two most reviled words in all of horse racing -- race fixing.

Dove said Thursday that the stewards have been blunt in their questions to him over the past several weeks. "They want to know if I've been making bets for some of the jockeys," said Dove. "They said they think maybe there's some race-fixing going on.

"And I said, 'No, I've got no part in any race-fixing. Why would you ask me that?'"

Larry Huber, executive director of the MHRC, said stewards are asking that question because of information they obtained earlier this summer from someone Huber describes as a "source."

Huber said the commission's suspicions were further raised by the answers Dove gave when confronted with the allegations.

"We feel he has knowledge that could give us the answers to some of the questions that are out there. And so far he hasn't shared them with us," Huber said.

"His answers to us have been very vague and his memory very short."

Dove says he's only been betting his own money. "I gamble. I am a firm gambler here. I'm not ashamed to admit that."

It's legal for a jockey in Canada to bet, but only on three conditions: 1)The bet must be on the jockey's own horse; 2)The bet must be to win; and 3) Only the owner or trainer of the horse can lay the bet for the jockey.

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and Paul Wiecek writes a column about race-fixing..


  • At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Race fixing does not mean that all the jockeys in the race get together and decide which order to finish in.

    The most widespread fixing is "stiffing" a horse several times to get good odds and then betting him heavily in a race that you know he should win.It is dishonest and it happens all the time at all racetracks all over the world,even when purse money is high,because usually the culprits are not the owners.

    Paul Wiecek's article sounds pretty naive to me. Amazing that he should be writing articles in a newspaper as though he is some kind of authority on the subject.

    But that is journalism today, the blind leading the blind.

  • At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great race by Benburg.My husband cashed a great exacter on him in the Molson Million.Anyone know whatever happened to him?

  • At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Sarah21 said…

    Benburb has always been one of my all-time favourites and was one of the horses that got me on the bandwagon in what were still my early days following the sport. I had heard that he was retired through Knob Hill Stables in the mid 90s but that was quite a few years ago. It would be interesting to find out whatever became of him.

  • At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Word is that Trevor Dove has been banned for life this morning by the Stewards in Winnipeg.


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