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Tuesday, August 05, 2008




JOSIE CARROLL has big day out west and MORE!


Fasig-Tipton's SARATOGA YEARLING SALE started yesterday and Canadian couple JIM AND ALICE SAPARA were in the headlines as sellers of the 3rd highest priced youngster.
The Albertas, who raced 2006 Queen's Plate winner EDENWOLD, have just 6 mares after a fire wiped out some business 7 years ago.
Two years ago they paid $1.3 million for the mare STUPENDOUS MISS in foal to Distored Humr.
Yesterday they sold the colt for $900,000 through agent Craig and Holly Bandorof's Denali Stud to John Ferguson.
The colt is the first foal of the Dynaformer mare.

From THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS... "He was a nice colt and we thought he should be in [that price range] somewhere and he was, so we're very pleased," Jim Sapara commented. That's a lot of money in this Stupendous Miss is the dam of a weanling filly by Storm Cat and is
back in foal to Distorted Humor.


(Another turf stake this weekend with a sloowwwww early pace)

It was a good finish to the NIJINSKY STAKES on Holiday Monday at Woodbine but gosh, how many of these important, long turf events are going to be run like this?
One day after MARLANG led through soft splits to win the Breeders' Stakes, Bill Farish Jr.'s SEASIDE RETREAT came from 1 1/2 lengths off ridiculous pace fractions of 26 2/5 and 50 2/5 to outdel pacesetting STRIKE A DEAL in the Grade 11 race at 10 furlongs on the turf.
FRENCH BERET came from off the pace to be 3rd.
The winner set a course course and earned a 99 Beyer Figure.

from Canadian press/Woodbine

Seaside Retreat carved out a new course record in Monday's Grade 2, $300,000 Nijin(ks)y Stakes at Woodbine.
The Mark Casse trainee zipped 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.68, shaving 0.08 seconds off the mark set by Mrs. Lindsay in last year's E.P. Taylor Stakes.

Seaside Retreat finished one length in f ront of a game American invader in Strike a Deal, who now has five graded stakes placings in the past two years. French Beret closed to be third.

A five-year-old gelding owned by Will Farish, Jr., Seaside Retreat was ridden to victory by Patrick Husbands, who said one of the keys was a cat-and-mouse game between him and jockey Slade Callaghan, aboard Rahy's Attorney.

"I had a problem before the race," said Husbands. "One of the speed horses was Slade (Callaghan) and he's not going to go to the lead. I had to get to the outside of him. I don't want to sprint home and get beat sprinting home. I tried (to get outside of) Slade down the back twice
and he let me out. From there I knew it would (take) a tough horse to beat him coming home."

Husbands said the bay son of King Cugat broke awkwardly in the Nijin(ks)y.

"I nearly fell off, the first jump," said Husbands. "He has a mind of his own. Now he's getting back to where he was when he was two and three.

Seaside Retreat was absent from the races from February 2007 to April 2008 with a few different injuries. Casse said he's pleased with how he has returned.

"I think he's always been a talented horse. Maybe, we got a little bit of Derby fever and maybe it messed us up a little bit. We enjoyed the experience. His pedigree has always said grass. It just took us a little while to get there. We've had a few bumps along the road."

Seaside Retreat is now a seven-time winner from 19 starts. The $180,000 winner's share of the purse elevated the Kentucky-bred's career earnings to $891,851.

Casse suggested the Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Turf (September 7) may be next for Seaside Retreat.

"If we can keep him training every morning and behaving, that's where
we'll go next," said Casse.

Husbands said he has another goal in mind.

"Right now, we're looking forward to the International," he said, referring to the 1 1/2-mile classic, worth $2 million on October 4.


The track was very fast and almost seemed to be favourable to outside ralliers for the most part.

NICE CASE won his maiden on the lead, however, and he was overdue for his maiden score, The gresy Gold Case Ontario bred is out of Nicely Basty and he is ownbed by Garry Rizzardo and Dan Vella.

Canadian-bred PROPHETICALLY mowed down the field to win the 4th race for Kinghaven Farms, an allowance/optional claiming race.
The Pulpit miss beat stakes winner Quiet Action (bred by Kinghaven Farms).

ASCOT ANNIE was an impressive winner on the grass - 7 furllongs in 1:21 and change, She rallied from well back and wide to win the non-winners of 2 for Ontario sired gals for owner/breder Beclawat Stable. She is another winner for her sire D'wildcat. She is out of Ascot Gold and her trainer is Steve Attard.

And BEAR LAHAINA, a promising miss who flopped in her Woodbine 2008 debut last time when suffering from a troubled trip on a bad rail, bounced back in a big way in an allowance race yesterday. The Silver Deputy Kentucky bred ran a 90 Beyer Figure in winning the 6 furlong dash for 3yo fillies/mares in 1:09 and change. She is a Bear Stable runner.


What Canadian Horse of the Year is having lots of fun in his new career as a pony?
Answer is at bottom of today's post..
thanks to our friend Todd for the lovely photo (more to come from this ace photographer).


with 61-year-old jock Cuthbertson on board!

MATT'S BROKEN VOW, owned by Saskatoon's Robert Mitchell, romped in the Manitoba Derby yesterday as the 9 to 5 2nd favourite.
The Browkn Vow-Marianka, Ascot Knight dark bay had a nice trip under Alan Cuthberston to win the $97,000 race by more than 5 lengths over another Woodbine shipper, Bonanza.
The field lost the heavy favourite in the filly Rasierra as she was scratched, laving a tiny group of 5 runners.
JOSIE CARROLL trains the Kentucky bred.
Read more at bottom of today's post.


Canadian-bred returns to dirt, he's on a roll

Gardiner Farms' bred ARE YOU SERIOUS, a son of You and I - Iron Feather, is a monster sprinter now that he has fled the POLYTRACK at Woodbine.

In 7 races since he got away from the surface he really didn't like (he was a stakes winner for Frank DiGiulio and Robert Tiller on the old Woodbine dirt) Are You Serious has won five times.

He has climbed from $35,000 claiming and a win with an 81 Beyer Figure to a stake win on Saturday with a 105 Beyer (6 fur. at Mountainer in 1:09.99)

Owned and trained by Todd Beattie, who co-owns by Charles Everatt the 6yo gelding has won 12 of 35 races and $524,733.

Speaking of anti-Polytrack at Woodbine dudes, ROCKERFELLER (4yo by Maria's Mon) didn't do much here when he was with Malcolm Pierce but in 4 recent races for Marty Wolfson, the colt has won 3.
His win in Monmouth's Teddy Drone Stakes in 1:08 for 6 furlongs resulted in a 113 Beyer Figure. He is a Kentucky bred.

And CUBA, previously trained by Mike DePaulo, once owned by Cam Allard and once a Woodbine runner, has won 6 races since he left Woodbine last fall.
He won the Charles Hess III Stakes for his first career stakes win at the age of 7.
The Not for Love gelding has won $434,000 and 11 of 36 races. He is currently trained by Bobby Dibona who claimed him for $18,000 at Gulfstream this past winter.
His last 2 Beyer Figures are 92 and 99.


MUSTFUHR (g, 4, Langfuhr--Muskrat Suzie, by Vice
Regent) , his 4th win in 17 races in a one mile turf allowance. Owned by Frank Calabrese and bred by Dr. Brian Van Arem, he is a full brother to Grade 1 winner Jambalaya.


Teleconference today..
On his Stonestreet Farms website, Curlin' s owner Jess Jackson solicited input from fans
as to where they would like to see Curlin run next. The final results
showed 51% favored the colt staying on turf, while 33% wanted to see
a return to dirt.


Apache Maid became the first winner for sire Tempered Appeal winning at maiden allowance at EVERGREEN PARK.
The filly set a track record of :41.80 in the 31⁄2-furlong race for owner-breeder Bar None
Ranch and trainer Pete Dubois.
Tempered Appeal, an 11-year-old by Valid Appeal out of the stakes-winning
Temperence Hill mare Temperalles, stands at Bar None Ranches in Dewinton, Alberta. He has 16 two-year-olds in his first crop.
Tempered Appeal recorded ten wins, including two stakes wins, in 51 career starts and amassed $583,891 in lifetime earnings.

And PADDOCKHURST FARMS' FISHER POND had his first winner too.

Lemon Pepper won a maiden special weight race at Northlands Park.
Lemon Pepper, who was bred in Alberta by Gordon Wilson and is
out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemon Drop Martini, completed six
furlongs in 1:14.40 for owner Lomar Stables and trainer Pam McDougall.
The nine-year-old stallion is by A.P. Indy.


Spaghetti Mouse, all-time leading B.C. bred king of Cup day

excerpt from THE PROVINCE'S

B.C.-bred horses hold court
Tom Wolski, The Province

Knowing that Hastings racecourse is in the final stages of a $40-million major renovation didn't deter an estimated crowd of 10,000 from watching the best equine athletes in B.C. compete for over $450,000 in purse money in the 14th running of the B.C. Cup on Monday.

Fans had a chance to watch a full program of 11 races, featuring horses from New York, Ontario and as far away as Dubai.

By day's end, no one could admit not having a more enjoyable afternoon at Hastings, at one of the most picturesque racetracks in North America -- especially when nearly all of the races were won by a majority of horses familiar to local fans.

Among horses receiving a large ovation upon entering the racetrack for the $113,000 Peter Redekop Classic was Nick and Pauline Fellicella's Spaghetti Mouse, the richest B.C. bred in money won.

After breaking sharply, Spaghetti Mouse pressed the pace outside of speedster Winter Warning, took the lead approaching the final turn, and with some clever riding by jockey Pedro Alvarado, prevailed by a neck over Pat Kinsella and Glen Todd's Texas Wildcat.

The victory was made more impressive because Spaghetti Mouse was carrying high weight of 125 pounds, 10 pounds more then five of his rivals.

The $50,000 Sprint is always one of the toughest races in B.C. Cup days, and Monday was no different.

Breaking sharply, And All That Jazz owned by J&V Morgan Ventures, upset the heavily favoured filly Holy Nova, paying $38.60.

Despite being a small field of top fillies racing in the $50,000 Distaff, favourite Lady Raj, at odds of 3-5, met defeat at the cost of Redekop's Alpine Garden, paying $10.60.

On paper, the $50,000 Stellar's Jay was a race between Butch Goetzen's Krazy Koffee and Peter Redekop's Star Prospector.

Both horses were coming off big efforts in their last race at the Chris Loseth Stakes, with Krazy Koffee getting the best of his rival in that one.

And once again, it was Krazy Koffe getting the upper hand over his rival. Krazy Koffee paid $5.

With the absence of Dancing Allstar in the $50,000 Dogwood, the favourite's mantel went to Leif Nordahl's Remarkable Miss. She didn't disappoint, coasting to an easy victory, paying $2.90.

In the $50,000 Debutante, one of the three races restricted to B.C.-breds only, the public made Tellford Farm's P.S. Good 'N' Ready odds-on to win. Their optimism proved correct, with the horse winning by four lengths, paying $3.30.

Among the early crowd-pleasers was Lara Racing Stables youngster El Sinaloensem, who easily won the $50,000 Nursery Stakes by six lengths.

El Sinaloense was purchased by his present owner from breeder Mike Anderson for $9,500. He paid $2.80 and earned his owner $32,551.

excerpt = WINNIPEG SUN


Already a winner in the game of life, Alan Cuthbertson finally came through and captured the big race that had previously eluded him.

Cuthbertson, who is believed to be the oldest jockey in Canada and one of the oldest in the world, rode three-year-old colt Matt's Broken Vow to what was nearly a wire-to-wire victory in the $100,000 Manitoba Lotteries Derby held on a beautiful afternoon at Assiniboia Downs.

With 61 candles going on the cake, Cuthbertson gave himself the perfect present.

"It's my birthday, so that's a good gift," said Cuthbertson. "Winnipeg is kind of my home right now, so it's nice to win the big one. Any time you win a derby, it's right up there near the top. I've won the B.C. Derby, the Canadian Derby, the Alberta Derby and now this one.

"In comparison, they're all huge."

Though staying away from discussing the specifics, Cuthbertson's toughest battle came about five years ago when he overcame a drug addiction.

Being able to survive that part of his life far was more impressive than any victory he's ever posted atop a horse.

"Those demons I had and conquering those, that's my biggest victory of all," said Cuthbertson. "I had years and years of problems."

Nonetheless, being on top in your chosen sport never gets old.

"It's always a rush when you hit the wire first," said Cuthbertson. "You take a deep breath...

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  • At 1:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Jen,

    Canadians well represented on WV Derby Day, Kevin attard had a nice second in 2yo fillies with Lola B., Jungle Fighter 2nd as well in Turf stake run Course Record. Of note...Mustfuhr ridden at Arlington by Inez Karlsson, who started galloping horses in 2005 at Woodbine for Justin Nixon.


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