.. ANOTHER EASY DANCE Woodbine Wednesday night
DANCER'S BAJAN deserves to win a Sovereign Award.
(photo by Cindy Pierson Dulay taken in 2006)
The awards are 4 months away but perhaps he can fill a plan where he can net champion sprinter - older horse, something.
This flashy, white-legged chestnut 4-year-old by Trajectory, was not only one of last year's top 3yo's in the Ontario-sired ranks, he has proven this year that he can win at various distances and even be competitive out of his Ontario sired level.
Last night, cutting back from two 1 1/16 mile races, Dancer's Bajan won the 33rd SHEPPERTON STAKES with an incredible display of speed(he was very close early to the 43.98 half-mile split) and late power, as he rallied for a 2 length score over the very tough speedsters Drunken Love and Main Executive to win for the 7th time in his 20th start.
He sizzled 6 1/2 furlongs over Poly in 1:15.29 good for a 102 BEYER.
Owned by 3 Sons Racing and trained by Robert Tiller, the gelding (bred by Keith Hinds) has won two stakes this year.
It was thought that after a good effort in an open 2 turn race last time (when beaten only 1 1/4 lengths by Artie Hot, that perhaps the gelding would try the Seagram Cup 2 weeks back but instead, he returned to the friendly confines of Ontario sired guys.
"He showed his class again tonite," said Tiller, who is now a
three-time Shepperton winner. "He's a wonderful horse. He's a horse with a big heart."
A $29,421 yearling purchase, he's won $677,000 plus.
Tiller also won the event with Forever Grand (2003) and Dave the Knave (2006), both who have disappeared into the claiming ranks (although it is believed that FOREVER GRAND went from the claiming ranks to chuckwagon races).
Dancer's Bajan is the first foal of Thoughtful Deed, proving that Alydeed is becoming quite a good BROODMARE SIRE.
Her dam, PROMISEVILLE, produced some good runners including SMALL PROMISES, stakes winner of $567,000.
The track last night send to favour outside runners again but speed and ralliers and stalkers won their share...much discussion occurs during a racecard by analysts about 'how the track is playing' but that usually happens after two or three races before the card is completed.
Indeed, the inside has not been the smoothest part of Woodbine's Polytrakc in recent weeks but that also plays in part because of the riders stratgey to race out from the rail in most races anyway.
'MR. WEDNESDAY NIGHT' was back- in other words trainer MIKE DOYLE.
He missed one Wednesday (last week) without a win but there he was again last night with FLASHY CONSORT scored an improbable win on the engine in race 2 for allowance mares, Ontario sired.
The Bold n' Flashy 5yo mare had been well beaten in her last pair of starts for $40,000 claiming, non-winners of 3, but romped last night, proving that she excels when she gets up with the leaders. It was the Scott Abott homebred's 3rd win in her 26th start.
SABABA was his 2nd winner of the night. The grey colt, in for $11,500 maiden claiming for LMJ Stable. came from 10th and last to win the 6th race in his 6th career start and 3rd off a short layoff (he was off from May to July. The Florida bred is by Orientate out of an Open Forum mare.
Trainer SUZUN MITCHELL must have been pleased with the power in which BILBO won in his 2nd race off the claim. Th Ca D'Oro Stable gelding, by Point Given, stayed away from a pace duel with Golden Mood and won off by 5 lengths in 1:45.13 in the $20,000 claiming race.
Mitchell, 1 for 8 this season, added blinkers to Bilbo's equipment.
The maiden allowance race stayed on the grass - RACE 3 - and big favourite KNIGHT'S CAUSE finally won his maiden after three consecutive outings losing as the choice.
Chiefswood Farms' homebred Ascot Knight gelding had blinkers off for the the first time in his 7th career outing and Tyler Pizarro, who had won race 2, paved a nice path for the gelding in the crowded event.
PAYDAY PERIL was a logical winner of race 4,the first leg of the PICK 4. At odds on, the once, stakes class gelding was dropped in for $40,000 for Harlequin Ranches and Reade Baker and he won handily under Justin Stein. The Officer gelding was 4th in the Grade 3 Vigil Stakes not long ago.
He was claimed last night by Terry Hamilton and trainer Alec Fehr.
AGREETOBEGOOD, a 4yo by Bold Executive-Hoofprintonmyhart, Storm Boot, won her maiden for $11,500 in race 5 as on of the favourits. Trainer STEVE ROBERTS and jockey RAY SABOURIN got their 4th win of the meetings with the filly who was making her 12th career start.
Note - the difference between an Ontario sired maiden allowance and claiming $12,500 is very, very small, this gal was 4th in a MSW last time.
And the night wrapped up with a win by the 7-year-old gelding THUNDER WOLF, making only his 5th career start for breeder Stronach Stables. The gelding had never raced for claiming, won his debut in 2006 with a 76 Beyer, but raced last night for just $12,500.
The Awesome Again-Blazing Hot gelding was not claimed. It was the 1st Woodbine win of the year for trainer Sean Smullen.
Jockey Rob Landry rode and Landry won the 1st race as well.
The Grade 1 Arlington Million S. takes placed on Saturday at 5:44 eastern time at Arlington Park.
Canadian-bred JAMBALAYA won the race last year - he's still looking for a return to action sometime in the new year (2009).
This year's field features last year's Canadian champion turf male CLOUDY'S KNIGHT, who seems a few steps below th form of last year.
PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer
1. Archipenko Kingmambo Kevin B. Shea 126 Michael F. de Kock
2. Stream Cat Black Minnaloushe Julien R. Leparoux 126 George R. Arnold II
3. Spirit One (Fr) =Anabaa Blue (GB) Ioritz Mendizabal 126 Philippe Demercastel
4. Sudan (Ire) Peintre Celebre John R. Velazquez 126 Robert J. Frankel
5. Cloudy’s Knight Lord Avie Ramsey Zimmerman 126 Frank J. Kirby
6. Einstein (Brz) Spend a Buck Robby Albarado 126 Helen Pitts
7. Mount Nelson (GB) Rock of Gibraltar (Ire) John Patrick Murtagh 126 Aidan P. O’Brien
8. Silverfoot With Approval Rene R. Douglas 126 Dallas Stewart
The big card of racing on Saturday also includes the Grade 1 SECRETARIAT STAKES for 3yo's.
Woodbine's EMMA-JAYNE WILSON goes for the biggest win of her career in the $400,000 race. She is on the streaking SECRET GETAWAY...
PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer
1. Prime Realestate Prime Timber Julien R. Leparoux 119 Wayne M. Catalano
2. Winchester Theatrical (Ire) Rene R. Douglas 117 Dermot K. Weld
3. Plan Storm Cat John Patrick Murtagh 121 Aidan P. O’Brien
4. Strait of Mewsina (Ire) =Spartacus (Ire) E. T. Baird 119 Larry Rivelli
5. Snoose Goose Aptitude Robby Albarado 119 McLean Robertson
6. Tizdejavu Tiznow Garrett K. Gomez 126 Gregory Fox
7. Your Round Distorted Humor John R. Velazquez 119 Mark Hubley
8. Sr. Henry Straight Man Eusebio Razo Jr. 119 Michael Stidham
9. Secret Getaway Skip Away Emma-Jayne Wilson 123 Michael Stidham
GET OUTTA THE WAY!
ELBOW ROOM won an allowance race at SUFFOLK DOWNS yesterday for his 2nd win in 6 starts for Ed Silva. The Ontario bred by Trajectory is out of Bold Courant and was bred by John Unger.
HELPING PROMOTE THE SPORT OF HORSE RACING
(or, as I wrote a week back, we're all in this together, right? right?)
The BREEDERS' CUP has finally responded to the diabolical guidelines in a contract that must be signed by folks who want to go to the BREEDERS' CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS to take photos for a publication.
The new guidelines, who no doubt were set out in part because the track photographers BENOIT & ASSOCIATES seemingly claim to own the racing game in that State.
In a day and age when stories, and photos, about horse racing need to get out there more, whether its newspapers, TV, magazines, blogs, etc., to restrict fans, owners, trainers etc. what photos they can purchase, etc. of their horses and memorable moments is ludicrous.
(that is just one aspect of these guidelines).
As this space has always promoted, there are MANY MANY talented photographers out there who capture the essence of the thoroughbred racehorse, the race or the life of the horse.
Not just one.
here is an excerpt from the THOROUGHBRED TIMES who report on this bizarre development...
Breeders’ Cup Ltd. has tightened its conditions for media credentials for the World Championships at Santa Anita Park in October, adding language to restrict the use of photographs for commercial purposes. The company will require licensing permission for photos and other images captured by credentialed media at the Breeders’ Cup and used for anything other than editorial coverage within 30 days of the event. Peter Land, whom the Breeders’ Cup hired as its chief marketing officer in October, said the restrictions are similar to media guidelines in place for golf’s U.S. Open and Ryder Cup and professional basketball’s NBA Finals. “We wanted to bring the Breeders’ Cup more in line with other sort of global championship events,” said Land, who was the NBA’s director of marketing communications for five years in the 1990s after previously working as a sportswriter. “We did look at other events’ and properties’ credential language. We were able to get a sense of best practices, what’s worked and what hasn’t worked, and why. “That’s how we updated our language, looking at the intellectual property side, the legal side, and we’re sensitive to the journalist’s side. It’s a combination of what language protects our intellectual property and protects our business interest and also is fair and responsible to the editorial coverage of our event.”
THE REST CAN BE READ HERE:
IT'S BAD ALL OVER...
from the GLOBE & MAIL
Stronach softens his stance on asset sales
Frank Stronach says he is now prepared to pay down debt by selling a controlling stake in one of Magna Entertainment Corp.'s prized assets.
The Santa Anita racetrack in California, which stages some of the most prominent thoroughbred races in the United States, is worth an estimated $500-million (U.S.). Until yesterday, Mr. Stronach said he would not sell the facility.
"We do have high debt and we may find that we have to sell 50 or 60 per cent of Santa Anita," Mr. Stronach conceded during a second-quarter conference call.
"We have that fallback position to get the company on a viable basis."