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Saturday, September 06, 2008



WOODBINE MILE - #12 Tomorrow, 1 mile, turf Woodbine

post 5:35 p.m.

TV The Score 4- 6 p.m.


Woodbine's turf course very different than others, and no Euros for the Mile

His season has been planned methodically and, according to spokepeople from IEAH, he is in his last season of racing before he goes off to stud duty.
But KIP DEVILLE has 2 more prizes to grab before his work is done.

Tomorrow, the grey son of Kipling looks like a silly standout in the WOODBINE MILE (Grade 1) - last 5 beyers higher than last 5 Beyers of any other horse, and his tactical speed should have him on or near the pace all the way. He will be tough to pass.

But there is no such thing as a sure thing as the IEAH folks already know.

The difference between WOODBINE'S E.P. TAYLOR grass course and other North American grass courses is huge - HUGE.

And the Kipper has already lost a Woodbine turf dash (mind you, Shakespeare was stunning that day).

Jockeys/ horses simply have to be wary that a move on the turn could be dangerous and that's where the local horses come in.
The long, long stretch run fools horses and jockeys alike.

The locals are very evenly matched, although the majority of the trainers have gone on record saying they a - are racing for 2nd and b - are coming back after too short a rest.

But there is $200,000 for 2nd and $110,000 for 3rd.

Kip Deville needs to be sharp and ready for the Breeders' Cup Mile - the big one-mile, 1 1/4 mile races in Europe are this weekend - TODAY is the


Surprising that the Woodbine Mile does not get a Euro runner anymore here and used attract the likes of Mark of Esteem etc.

Sunday, Longchamp, France

PRIX DU MOULIN DE LONGCHAMP-G1, i400,000, 3yo/up, 1mT


1 8 Sageburg (Ire) Johannesburg Pasquier 128
2 6 Honoured Guest (Ire) Danehill McCabe 128
3 10 Lovelace (GB) Royal Applause (GB) Spencer 128
4 1 Forthe Millionkiss (Ger) Dashing Blade (GB) Mongil 128
5 5 Darjina (Fr) Zamindar Mosse 125
6 3 Sarissa (Brz) Music Prospector Benoist 125
7 11 Henrythenavigator Kingmambo Murtagh 123
8 7 Paco Boy (Ire) Desert Style (Ire) Hughes 123
9 9 Natagora (Fr) Divine Light (Jpn) Lemaire 120
10 2 Goldikova (Ire) Anabaa Peslier 120
11 4 Pas Seule (Fr) Iron Mask Bonilla 120


JASON SHANDLER reviews the 'other' stakes at Woodbine tomorrow

Woodbine Supporting Stakes Attract Stars
by Jason Shandler

There is no doubt that the $1-million Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) will draw the majority of the public’s attention Sept. 7 at the Canadian racetrack. But highlighted by several high-profile turfers vying for more than $1 million in purses, the two supporting stakes on Woodbine’s 11-race card are very appetizing in their own right.

The $750,000 Northern Dancer Turf (Can-IT) drew a field of 10 older horses, four of them grade I winners. The $300,000 Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) enticed 11 fillies and mares, including 2007 Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill and Diana (gr. I) winner Forever Together. Both contests are loaded with talent and are expected to be hotly-contested.

Bushwood Stables’ remarkable 9-year-old Talkin Man gelding Better Talk Now was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the 1 1/2-mile Northern Dancer. A five-time grade I winner, Better Talk Now enters the event off a runner-up performance in the Aug. 16 Sword Dancer (gr. IT) at Saratoga and will be seeking his first trip to the winner’s circle since taking the Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) in June of 2007. The 2004 John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. I) victor, who runs for trainer Graham Motion, has a win and a third in two starts on the Woodbine grass. His win came in the 2006 Sky Classic (Can-IIT) on a yielding turf. Ramon Dominguez will ride.

World traveler Quijano makes his second appearance at Woodbine. The German-bred son of Acatenango shipped to Ontario last year for the Canadian International (Can-IT) and finished third to current entrant Cloudy’s Knight. Since then he has won once in six starts, that coming in the group I Gran Premio di Milano June 15 in Italy. Also a group I winner in Germany, 6-year-old Quijano has started in six different countries and has earned nearly $1.8 million. The 3-1 second choice will be ridden by his regular jockey Andrasch Starke.

The other grade I winners in the field are IEAH Stables’ Frost Giant, who enters off a narrow victory in the June 28 Suburban Handicap (gr. I) on the main track at Belmont, and Cloudy’s Knight, S J Stables’ hard-knocking 8-year-old gelding who has earned more than $2 million in his career but has been well back in all three starts this season.

Seaside Retreat, Strike a Deal, and French Beret, the one-two-three finishers in the Aug. 4 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT), respectively, could also be factors.

The 1 1/8-mile Canadian Stakes looks to be equally as intriguing. Coming off her impressive score in the July 26 Diana, win which she rallied from seventh at the top of the lane, Augustine Stable’s Forever Together is likely to be one of the top betting choices. The 4-year-old Belong to Me filly has produced a 2-0-1 record from four starts this season and will be making her debut in Canada. Julien Leparoux will ride for Jonathan Sheppard.

Melynk Racing’s Sealy Hill fell a neck short in last year’s Canadian, which was won by Essential Edge. It was about the only thing that went wrong for the daughter of Point Given, who won four starts and swept the Canadian Filly Triple Crown on her way to the a pair of Sovereign Awards. The Mark Casse trainee won for the first time in four starts this season July 27 at Woodbine in allowance company. Patrick Husband will be in the irons.

Post time for the Canadian is 2:46 p.m., while the Northern Dancer is set to begin at 4:25 p.m.

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Excerpt from DAILY RACING FORM.... Only five days into 2008, the legendary Sam-Son Farms was rocked by the passing of its president, Tammy Balaz, daughter of the late founder Ernie Samuel.

Balaz, who was just 47 but battled cancer, had continued on with her father's legacy of breeding world-class racehorses and building up a spectacular broodmare band.

Two months after Balaz's death, her 74-year-old mother, Elizabeth Samuel, also succumbed to cancer.

The sad beginning to the new year for Sam-Son left many Thoroughbred industry members wondering whether the farm would continue operations as it has for more than four decades.

Well, one look at the entries for Woodbine's important racing card on Sunday confirms that the famous red-and-gold silks are not going anywhere.

The farm has four horses entered in three graded stakes, including Mulmur, a longshot in the $1 million Woodbine Mile.

"I can't say it's business as usual," said Rick Balaz, Tammy's husband, who now has a leading role in operation of the farm and has two teenaged children. "Tammy's passing had a big effect on our life but we will be moving forward."

Balaz said Lisa, 16, and Michael, 14, are currently immersed in show jumping each weekend but want to keep the racing and breeding business going along with Tammy's other family members, including brother Mark Samuel.

"It's the only discussion we have ever had," said Balaz. "We may tighten things up a bit" in terms of horse numbers, "but there are no plans to change anything."

Balaz and farm manager David Whitford say the "magic number" of broodmares is approximately 25 but there are currently 45 at the Milton, Ontario, farm.

There are 13 scheduled to sell in the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, a regular occurrence, since the Samuel family believes in culling.

Among the mares in that auction is stakes winner High Button Shoes, a Mr. Greeley mare in foal to A.P. Indy.

Mulmur is a son of the Sam-Son bred superstar stallion Smart Strike, sire of, among others, Curlin. Mulmur is out of a true blue Sam-Son mare Wilderness Storm.

Wilderness Storm is a winning daughter of Wilderness Song, who was inducted into Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on Aug. 28.

Wilderness Song, a Grade 1-winning daughter of Wild Again, is a pensioner at Sam-Son, having slipped in 2007 and not gotten in foal this past spring.


CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND AT WOODBINE PART 1 Seaway Stakes Woodbine Mile Canadian Northern Dancer
Only THREE MONTHS until year-end awards are given out, there is still lots of racing to do but some quine athletes would do well with some big efforts this weekend to be considered for awards.

OLDER GIRLS are up today in the GRADE 3 seay stakes, A 7 FURLONG SPRINT.

The race might not have much of an impact on Sovereigns other than for older mare or sprinter if you think MY LIST with her TWO GRADED STAKES WIN alreayd this year plus 2 stakes placings (one going a route distance) gives her the a spot on the short list for those divisions.

But MY LIST is not the favourite today and the race is a laoded one with AKRONISM putting her PAIRED TOP of Beyer Figures on the line following her win in the Royal North - Grade 3.
She moves from turf to Polytrack.

The dangers in this race are MY LIST, EXECUTIVE FLIGHT, LOMAKI AND LUICAS STREET with shipper STREET SOUNDS also warranting a look.

Saturday, Woodbine, post time: 3:36 p.m. EDT SEAWAY S.-GIII, $150,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f (AWT) PP HORSE SIRE TRAINER ODDS
1 That Girl Is Mine Indian Charlie Gannes 15-1
2 My List Banker's Gold N Gonzalez 4-1
3 Street Sounds Street Cry (Ire) Matz 8-1
4 Marina Ballerina Outflanker Di Pasquale 10-1
5 Executive Flight Bold Executive Banach 7-2
6 Lomaki A.P. Indy Coatrieux 6-1
7 Lucas Street Silver Deputy Pierce 8-1
8 Akronism Not for Love Ritchey 5-2

TODAY IN KENTUCKY Saturday, Turfway Park, post time: 4:57 p.m. EDT TURFWAY PARK FALL CHAMPIONSHIP S.-GIII,
$100,000, 3yo/up, 1 1/2m (AWT)

1 Jade's Revenge Quiet American Motion 3-1
2 Delightful Kiss Kissin Kris Anderson 10-1
3 Star Plus (Arg) Alpha Plus McPeek 8-1
4 Telling A.P. Indy Hobby 5-1
5 Canela El Corredor Maker 10-1
6 A. P. Xcellent A.P. Indy O’Callaghan 6-1
7 Storm the Castle Smart Strike Frostad 10-1
8 Taconeo (Ven) Water Poet (Ire) McLaughlin 5-1
9 Tres Copas Northern Spur (Ire) Mills 50-1
10 Dominican El Corredor Miller 9-2


Silver Deputy (Deputy Minister--
Silver Valley, by Mr. Prospector), sire of
75 stakes winners to date including multiple U.S. Eclipse Award winner Silverbulletday and a half-dozen Canadian champions, has been pensioned from stud
duties due to declining fertility, according to Ric Waldman, who managed
the horse's stud career.
Purchased for $200,000 as a yearling by Windfields Farm, the bay made two
victorious trips to the races, including the 1987 Swynford S.

Owned by a syndicate, Silver Deputy stood at Fred Seitz's Brookdale Farm near Versailles, Kentucky. From 17 crops to race, Silver Deputy has progeny earnings in excess of $72 million. Of his 75 stakes winners, 20 of them have come in graded stakes. Also a top broodmare sire, Silver Deputy's daughters have produced the winners of 37 stakes
races, including GISWs El Corredor and Roman Ruler, GSW Silver Tornado--all out of Silvery Swan--and MGSW & MGISP Miraculous Miss (Mr. Greeley).

  • Two-Time Top 5 North American General Sire
    Sire of 7 champions, 74 stakes winners (22 group/graded; 29 2-year-old SWs), 140 stakes horses, and earners of more than $70 million, averaging over $96,000 per starter. Leading runners
    include dual Eclipse champion and 5-time G1 SW SILVERBULLETDAY (dam by Tom Rolfe, $3,093,207), 2008-2007 Graded SWs SPRING AT LAST (G1) (dam by Dynaformer, $1,137,650), J BE K (G3) (at 3, 2008), WILL HE SHINE (dam by Star de Naskra) and SILVERINYOURPOCKET (dam by Run of Luck), 2006 Grade 1 winner POOL LAND ($528,776), 3-time champion DEPUTY INXS (dam by Bravest Roman, $786,527), Canadian champion and classic winner ARCHERS BAY (dam by Val de l’Orne-FR, $666,200), classic-winning dual Canadian champion DEPUTY JANE WEST (dam by Cornish Prince, $593,410), dual champion SCOTZANNA (dam by Raise a Native, $571,569), and major graded winners BADGE OF SILVER (G2) (dam by Silver Hawk, $1,047,892), CROWN ATTORNEY (G2) (dam by Key to the Moon, $993,959) and BARE NECESSITIES (G3) (dam by Spectacular Bid, $1,062,251).
  • His daughters have produced 38 stakes winners and earners of more than $24 million, with 8 stakes winners over $5.3 million in 2007 including MIRACULOUS MISS ($794,170), 9 stakes winners of more than $5 million in 2006 including graded SWs MIRACULOUS MISS, TRICKEY TREVOR, and PREACHINATTHEBAR, and 11 SWs of over $4.7 million in 2005 including ROMAN RULER, winner of the $1,015,000 Haskell Invitational H. (G1). Led by multiple graded stakes producer SILVERY SWAN (dam of 3 graded SWs including ROMAN RULER and EL CORREDOR (G1)), and SW HOLY NOLA (whose first foal is PREACHINATTHEBAR, winner of Santa Anita's $250,000 San Felipe H. (G2)), they also produced 10 stakes winners and earners of more than $3.6 million in 2004. He is also the broodmare sire of Canadian Horse of the Year WAKE AT NOON (multiple SW of $1,647,490), four-time graded SW and successful young sire EL CORREDOR (G1) ($727,920), WISEMAN’S FERRY (G3) ($825,266), EARLY WISDOM (G3), SILVER TORNADO (G3), and Grade 1-placed APPLEBY GARDENS (Shady Well S., 2nd Frizette S. (G1) at 2).
  • Silver Deputy’s 2008 auction juveniles include the $800,000 Barretts Sales-Topper and the $520,000 OBS Select February sales-topper. In 2007, his sales yearlings averaged $126,964 with individuals for $675,000, $530,000, and $475,000, and auction juveniles averaged $121,500, led by a $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Calder colt. In 2006, his 39 yearlings averaged $103,685, including a $625,000 Keeneland September colt and a $375,000 Saratoga filly, and auction juveniles averaged $122,171, including a $420,000 Keeneland April colt.

October 4 is the day you want to mark - the Breeders' Cup Championship, Win and You're In day at Woodbine, ESPN will be there and so will many stars of the game.

The Natalma for 2yo fillies is a Win and You're IN race and surely local trainer Mark Casse will have a lot of contenders.

Yesterday, a miss he owns with his Dad Norman and wife Tina, won 2nd time out on the grass in 1:23.19 and may be headed there. HINT OF LEMON won her maiden at odds-on, coming out of that very fast POPPIN race.

Other winners yesterday on the very, very fast POLYTRACK

SEPCIAL MOMENT is a very good one, perhaps the best offspring of Kinshasa in Ontario. The chestnut 3yo won an Ontario sired allowance yesterday for her 2nd win in her 4th start for the Natural Eight Stable and Tricia Greer, the latter who bred the horse with Mervyn Kirby.
SPECIAL MOMENT won at odds on with a wild 5 wide rally under Pat Husbands (2nd win for the rider)

She is out of the Wild Zone mare JOVIAL ZONE.

PORTS N PORSCHES, a 5yo, won for $12,500 in 1:09.88 for Ross Armata who trains for SA racing and partners. The Native Regent 5yo is 6 for 36 and he was the luekwarm fave yesterday.

BEAR BULLET TOO won an allowance optional claimer on the pace on turf, firm , firm turf, IN RACE 6. the flashy chestnut is 4 for 15 now and 1 for 5 this yar for the Bear Stables.

D'ORO DAY won her maiden in an Ontario sired allowance event in her 19th attempt. The Bru Mell runner, by one Way Love, is a 5yo maiden and she was switching from turf to Polytrack again.
The best news was, she was the last to move in the 1 1/16 mile race and surprised CAPTIVE SPIRIT at the end of the race. The winner was bred by Tim Griffiths.

And, from the wild-world of really fast horses...WHATWILLBEWILLBE, fresh off a win for $12,500 with an 86 Beyer in his Woodbine debut for trainer TERRY JORDAN, won again yesterday, THIS TIME BY 6 LENGTHS, in 1:09.04 for $12,500 claiming.
The California bred 5yo appears headed to Fort Erie now as he was claimed by Dominic Polsinelli for $12,500.

SANDSPIT FEATURE and more! $5,000 claimer earns his keep – and more than $230,000

“I galloped the nastiness out of him,” recalled Tony Alderson, owner-trainer-and-exercise rider of Sandspit, the nine-year-old gelding who won Monday’s Puss ‘N’ Boots Cup on Fort Erie Race Track’s turf course.

Since being claimed by Alderson for a mere $5,000 as a three-year-old at Woodbine, Sandspit has earned more than $230,000.

“He was gorgeous and had been dropped from Maiden Special Weights (MSW, highest class of allowance races for young horses) to $5,000 claiming, but he hadn’t been in many timed workouts and I was the only claim for him,” the veteran horseman continued.

“Then, when I got on him in the stall for the first time, he went absolutely nuts and reared up so high I was hanging onto the rafters. I was asking myself ‘What kind of mess did I get myself into?’

“But I galloped him two or three miles every day and he settled down. He won his MSW at (Fort Erie) for $33,000 back when the purses were high. He won three races at Thistledowns, near Cleveland, then really started to blossom. He won a $70,00 allowance at Woodbine, at 20 to 1 – but I don’t bet; I jinx them.

“Last year he won a $73,000 allowance, but then he acted up when he was being shod and backed into a metal gate, tearing a big gash in his hindquarters.

It took him a year to recover. The Puss ‘N’ Boots win was more exciting than the higher-paying wins at Woodbine.”

Ridden in the past by Happy Ando, Sandspit ($15.60) made a huge rally down the homestretch under rider Eldridge Lindsay, who made the traditional plunge into the infield lake with Alderson. Lindsay showed “Phelps-like”E skills in the water.

Martin Ramirez took over for injured Chad Beckon to ride Nasty Fever to win the fillies’ $27,500 cup race by a length as the heavy favourite.

There will be no cup races until the final weekend of the 2008 racing season, Oct. 25-28. Nasty Fever now has won two of the fillies’ three cup races. Smiling Jordan, third in the Puss ‘N’ Boots, won the first colts cup race.

The second was won by Bright N Golden, trained by Daniel Harvey, who did not run on Monday. But he is the richest thoroughbred on the backstretch with five wins and a third in six starts and $50,578 earned.

Kevin Buttigieg’s Bad Boy Will is the only unbeaten Fort Erie horse, four straight wins and $32,865. Gary Chudobiak’s Uncle Ferds is the “iron horse” with 13 starts in 17 weeks, three wins, a second and three thirds and $33,465.

Trainer Paula Loescher had the first two-win day of her career Saturday, with Spiritwood (Melanie Pinto, $15) winning by nearly 10 lengths at a mile and a quarter.

“I claimed him for $4,000, he won for $10,000 and we have hopes for the two mile, 70 yard $27,500 Tour de Fort on closing day,” she said.

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