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Friday, August 22, 2008



HARLEM ROCKER could be only the 2nd Canadian bred to win the Travers...the first was a grey colt too..(VOTE ON MY NEW POLL AT RIGHT!!)
Harvey Pack introduces the 1982 Travers, Marshall Cassidy calls it...this is considered one of the most famous TRAVERS STAKES OF ALL.
For more on the Travers see below...


ORC collecting information and submissions on use of the whip

Toronto, ON – In preparation for an industry working session exploring the use of the whip in Ontario horse racing, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) is inviting submissions from interested individuals or associations. The deadline to submit your opinions, information or contributions is September 2, 2008.

As announced in July by ORC Executive Director John Blakney, the special working session will assess current practice, policy and rules to determine what improvements need to be made. Invited representatives of the horse racing community will meet in mid September and will include current and retired jockeys and drivers, horsepeople associations, racetracks, animal welfare agencies and the equine veterinarian community.

The ORC staff is currently collecting information pieces, articles, Letters To The Editor, statistics, and existing rules from other jurisdictions to provide background material for the working session discussions. Submissions received from interested people or associations will be included in this material. All submissions and material will eventually be made available to the public through the ORC website.

Submissions can include such things as your personal opinion on the direction the industry should take, or suggestions for changes to the rules and/or practices within the industry. If you are aware of specific studies conducted on the topic, or actions taken in other jurisdictions to address the issue, you are encouraged to provide this information.

The ORC recognizes that there are varying degrees of opinion on the subject of whip use, both within horse racing and the community at large.
It also believes this close examination of the degree of acceptability of the practice is both appropriate and timely, within the framework of social responsibility and concern for the welfare of the horse.

To be included in the discussions, submissions must be received by September 2, 2008 by mail, fax or email ( to the attention of Wendy Hoogeveen, Director of Industry Development and Support.

BOLD ELISE, a Bold Executive yearling filly out of a Regal Classic mare, is one of the super offerings at the upcoming Alberta Yearling sale.
Elaine MacPherson owns the filly.



Sneaking on to the Woodbine scene yesterday was the 4yo English-bred gelding SPICE ROUTE who came to Toronto via a last place finish in the HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP in June behind Mast Trick (2nd place finisher Go Between is the fave for the Pacific Classic this weekend).

The King's Best fellow had raced 11 times in England, winning 2 and finishing 3rd in a Group 3.

Despite the Gold Cup debacle, fans welcomed the Harlequin ranches fellow, trained by Roger Attfield, with open arms for a 12 furlong allowance/optional claiming race yesterday on turf and he did not disappoint.

Pressing the pace of a headstrong YOUNG DOM, Spice Route edged clear in the stretch to win by 2 lengths in his Canadian debut in 2:26.29.

Jim McAleney rode the chestnut.

Trainer MARK CASSE and rider PATRICK HUSBANDS combined to win a pair on the day with class dropping, maiden claimers who were taking big edges.

GOLD AMI dropped from $50K claiming to $32K for Ivan Dalos, who bred the Malabar Gold miss in Ontario, and she won big by 4 3/4 l engths and was claimed by Norm DeSouza.

SEASIDE VIEW, an Ontario bred by Sky Mesa-National Treasure bed by Shyman Farms, won for $16K claiming by 3 1/2 lengths in the slow time of 1:48. She was not claimed.


GEORGIA SONG, in her 4th start, won her maiden by 6 1/2 lengths with a 73 Beyer in the first race for maiden 2yo fillies, allowance. She is a Songandaprayer gal owned by Donver Stable.

SAN GEMINIANO battled Carla Dee and then drew off to win for the 2nd time in 3 races for $19K claiming, non-winners of 3. He is a Bruno Bros. 3yo gelding by Trippi, trained by Radlie Loney.

The Montreal red 2yo filly DIAMOND ELA was very strong to win her maiden for $25,000 for 2yo fillies on the pace in race 4. Norm DeSouza owns and trains the filly.

COBRA CLASSIC led all the way at 9 to 2 to win his maiden in race 5 for trainer Abraham Katryan. The California bred by Cobra King began his career in Vancouver was claimd in May from Terry Joran for $16K. he won for $12,500 yesterday.

THE REAL ME is a super little money maker for Bill Sorokolit Jr. The Real Quiet homebred has won 5 of 20 races now - took yesterday's $16K claimer by more than 6 lengths in 1:10.89.


The 2yo half brother to Wonder Where Stakes winnr NORTHERN KRAZE won his maiden at Northlands this week. DUBAI OF THE NORTH, by E. Dubai out of Baraha, by Dayjur won in his 3rd career start. He was bred by Anderson Farms.



The Travers was first run in 1864. The only Canadian bred to win is also hailed as one of the most exciting winners of the famous race.

Some of us remember the 1982 edition (video at top)


RUNAWAY GROOM the Champion Canadian Three year old, trained by John DiMairo, arrived at the Saratoga backstretch after a grueling season competing in the Canadian Triple Crown, winning the Prince of Wales Stakes, the Breeders' Stakes, and finishing second in the Queen's Plate. At the Travers that year, Runaway Groom became the only horse in racing history to beat the Kentucky Derby winner Gato Del Sol, the Preakness Stakes winner Aloma's Ruler, and the Belmont Stakes winner Conquistador Cielo in the same race.
Al Coppola owned the grey colt.


William Travers, the first president of old Saratoga. His horse Kentucky won the 1st Travers.


The infield canoe, in the colours of the winner.


this weekend, races, races, races


Personal Ensign S. (G1)
August 22, $400,000, f&m, 3yo & up, 11⁄4m, Saratoga Race Course, 5:30 PM ET

PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer

1. So Glitzy Gilded Time Cornelio H. Velasquez 116 H. Allen Jerkens
2. Lemon Drop Mom Lemon Drop Kid Jose C. Caraballo 116 Timothy F. Ritchey
3. Indescribable Pleasant Tap Kent Desormeaux 116 William I. Mott
4. Unbridled Belle Broken Vow Ramon A. Dominguez 118 Todd A. Pletcher
5. Ginger Punch Awesome Again Rafael Bejarano 122 Robert J. Frankel
6. Golden Velvet Seeking the Gold E. Coa 116 Kiaran P. McLaughlin
7. Spring Waltz Silver Charm Javier Castellano 118 Robert J. Frankel

Travers Stakes, Saturday

1 Tale of Ekati (KY) Edgar S. Prado Fipke, Charles 20-1
2 Colonel John (KY) Garrett K. Gomez WinStar Farm 8-1
3 Da' Tara (KY) Alan Garcia LaPenta, Robert, V. 8-1
4 Tizbig (KY) Cornelio H. Velasquez Long Bay Stable LLC 30-1
5 Macho Again (FL) Julien R. Leparoux West Point Thoroughbreds 6-1
6 Cool Coal Man (KY) John R. Velazquez LaPenta, Robert, V. 15-1
7 Amped (KY) Jorge F. Chavez LaPenta, Robert, V. 30-1
8 Harlem Rocker (ON) Eibar Coa Stronach Stables 4-1
9 Mambo in Seattle (KY) Robby Albarado Kilroy, Mrs. William, S., Farish, W.S. 5-1
10 Tres Borrachos (KY) Tyler Baze Greely, C., Beau, Greely, IV, John, J., Houchens, Phil, Scott, Brad 15-1
11 Pyro (KY) Shaun Bridgmohan Winchell, Ron 7-2
12 Court Vision (KY) Kent J. Desormeaux IEAH Stables, WinStar Farm 12-1

Play the King S. (Can-G2)
August 23, $200,000, 3yo & up, 7fT, Woodbine, 3:46 PM ET

PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer Odds
1. Emirates to Dubai Storm Cat Jono C. Jones 115 Saeed bin Suroor 12-to-1
2. Last Gran Standing Distorted Humor iSD David Clark 115 Brian Williamson 15-to-1
3. Disfunction Vying Victor Chantal Sutherland 121 Julia Carey 10-to-1
4. Off Duty Yes It’s True Larry Melancon 119 Lynn S. Whiting 12-to-1
5. Just Rushing Wild Rush James McAleney 119 Sid C. Attard 6-to-1
6. Wollemi Pine Aljabr Emma-Jayne Wilson 115 Ian Black 5-to-1
7. Tam Lin (GB) Selkirk Patrick Husbands 115 Saeed bin Suroor 2-to-1
8. Le Cinquieme Essai Fastness (Ire) Steven Ronald Bahen 121 Paul Nielsen 10-to-1
9. Awesome Action Awesome Again iRobert C. Landry 115 Sue Leslie 20-to-1
10. Mulmur Smart Strike Eurico Rosa Da Silva 117 Mark R. Frostad 8-to-1
11. Morada Key Carson City Corey Fraser 115 Mark E. Casse 20-to-1

Canadian Derby (Can-G3)
August 23, $300,000, 3yo, 13⁄8m, Northlands Park, 4:42 PM MT

PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer Odds

1. One Only Cape TowniSD Stephan Heiler 126 Robertino Diodoro 6-to-1
2. Royal Hudson Monarchos Richard Harvey Hamel 126 David Forster 20-to-1
3. Bears Tiger Hold That TigeriSD Quincy Welch 126 Dale Greenwood 12-to-1
4. Matt’s Broken Vow Broken VowiSD Emile Ramsammy 126 Josie Carroll 9-to-5
5. Reel Prime VolponiiSD Pedro V. Alvarado 126 Alan May 5-to-1
6. Cool Ventura Seattle Syn Real E. Simard 126 Cody Anderson 25-to-1
7. Papa Time Gilded TimeiSD Jake Barton 126 Ron Grieves 8-to-1
8. Saratoga Avenue Hold That TigeriSD Mario Gutierrez 126 Malcolm Beveridge 25-to-1
9. Texas Wildcatter Monarchos Chad Hoverson 126 Malcolm Beveridge 5-to-2
10. Discreet Commander Deputy Commander Constant Montpellier 126 Arthur Silvera 10-to-1

August 23, $200,000, 3yo & up, 51⁄2fT, Arlington Park, 4:56 PM CT
PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer Odds

1. Starticus Atticus Junior Alvarado 122 Ralph J. Biamonte 9-to-2

2. Fort Prado El Prado (Ire) Rene R. Douglas 118 Chris M. Block 8-to-1
3. Native Ruler Elusive Quality Eusebio Razo Jr. 122 Chris Richard 20-to-1
4. Prince Woodman Woodman Richard Migliore 118 Richard Violette Jr. 6-to-1
5. Mighty Rule Gilded Time Christopher A. Emigh 120 Christine K. Janks 12-to-1
6. Lovango Capote Dean P. Butler 118 Hugh H. Robertson 12-to-1
7. Dhanyata (Ire) =Danetime (Ire) Jose C. Ferrer 113 Eddie Kenneally 10-to-1
8. Mr. Nightlinger Indian Charlie Jamie Theriot 124 W. Bret Calhoun 8-to-5
9. Base Commander Officer Jesse M. Campbell 118 Todd A. Pletcher 10-to-1
10. John’s Road Runaway Groom James Graham 118 Thomas M. Amoss 15-to-1

Sunday, Saratoga Race Course

BALLERINA S.-GI, $250,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f


1 Intangaroo Orientate Quinonez 122
2 Sugar Swirl Touch Gold Castellano 119
3 Leah's Secret Tiger Ridge Velazquez 117
4 Baroness Thatcher Johannesburg Desormeaux 117
5 Mistical Plan Game Plan Velasquez 122
6 Jibboom Mizzen Mast Prado 117
7 Miraculous Miss Mr. Greeley Dominguez 115
8 Bayou's Lassie Outflanker Leparoux 117

Pacific Classic S. (G1)
August 24, $1,000,000, 3yo & up, 11⁄4m, Del Mar, 6:30 PM PT
PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer

1. Awesome Gem Awesome Again Tyler Baze 124 Craig Dollase
2. Mostacolli Mort Hold for Gold Victor Espinoza 124 Julio C. Canani
3. Zappa Afternoon Deelites Aln Garcia 124 John W. Sadler
4. Surf Cat Sir Cat David Romero Flores 124 Bruce Headley
5. Barcola Old Trieste Corey S. Nakatani 124 Mark A. Hennig
6. Go Between Point Given Garrett K. Gomez 124 William I. Mott
7. Well Armed Tiznow Aaron T. Gryder 124 Eoin G. Harty
8. Mast Track Mizzen Mast Rafael Bejarano 124 Robert J. Frankel
9. Delosvientos Siphon (Brz) Joel Rosario 124 Giuseppe Iadisernia
10. Student Council Kingmambo Shaun Bridgmohan 124 Steven Asmussen
11. McCann’s Mojave Memo (Chi) Julio A. Garcia 124 Steven Specht


Multiple Sovereign Award winner picks the Canadian Derby tomorrow..

I'm looking forward to Saturday's Canadian Derby at Northlands. It's a great field but even better I know who the winner is going to be. In fact, I'll even give you the exactor.

Texas Wildcatter wins. Look, this was a horse that just missed in the Gotham stakes which is a major New York prep for the Kentucky Derby. Missed by a nose.

They tried him in the Wood Memorial and the Louisiana Derby where he never fired. But it's not like he was one and done because two weeks ago he just missed in the B.C. Cup Classic against Spaghetti Mouse who is B.C.'s all-time home bred.

And that was after Spaghetti Mouse took him to the middle of the track around the last turn.

When Texas Wildcatter runs in the Canadian Derby, Visionaire, who beat him by a zap in the Gotham will run in the King's Bishop stakes on the Travers undercard.

Speaking of the Travers, Pyro, who couldn't match strides with Texas Wildcatter in the early going in the Northern Dancer, is the favorite in the Travers.

read the rest...


Trainer Patrick Mouton came into the barn the other morning and his 2yo filly TIGER EYE had just given birth...

read it here...


  • At 9:07 AM, Blogger Terence said…

    Photos from Saratoga:

    Ballston Spa Handicap, Michael G. Walsh Hurdle, Old Red Stakes on Thursday:

    Personal Ensign Stakes on Friday:

    Terence and Cindy


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