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Tuesday, September 09, 2008


Rahy's Attorney holds off the filly VENTURA to win the Woodbine Mile


Following the lead of other yearling sales thi season, the Keeneland auction, Day 1, saw drops in average and gross and a write up in the BLOOD HORSE today that confirms the buyers could be having some bargain shopping.

The big news of the sale (see was the bizarre buy-buy of an A.P. Indy-Azeri colt who was already named (that's the first hint that a consignor has no intention of selling) by Mike Paulson and family.


Four days after the select session of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario division) yearling sale realized a small dip in average price, the preferred session boasted a 3% increase in average despite a large increase in the number of yearlings not sold and a drop in median price.

The preferred session took place Sept. 6 at the Woodbine sales pavilion, and 153 yearlings grossed $1, 309,200 (Canadian funds) compared to 151 selling for $1,247,000 in 2007. The number of yearlings that went unsold skyrocketed from 37 in last year to 70 this year, and the median price dropped from $5,500 to $5,000. The average rose from $8,258 to $8,557.

The most expensive horse sold during the preferred session was Who’s Big Daddy, a colt from the second crop of promising young sire Where’s the Ring (by Seeking the Gold) out of the multiple winning Tethra mare Cosa Rara. The yearling is a full brother to this year’s undefeated stakes winning 2-year-old filly Cawaja Beach.

However, the dark bay colt, consigned by Gardiner Farms, agent, was sold for $60,000 to Scott Fairlie, who bred the colt and co-owns Cawaja Beach.

Attracting a bid of $55,000 was a dark bay colt by top Canadian sire Bold Executive out of the winning Carson City mare Lazylou Café that was bought by Bill Farish from Hill ‘n’ Dales Sales Agency.

The top-selling filly of the session was a dark bay daughter of grade II winner Kafwain out of Castle Mey, a With Approval mare that is the dam of two stakes-placed horses. Consigned by Richard Hogan, agent, the yearling sold for $35,000 to Mike Lightner, agent for Mary Surrency.

other notes from Woodbine's first big fall card of the year

Betting was UP on Woodbine Mile, good news for the business of racing although the Northern Dancer was put on the Mile card this year and that's different that last year's Mile card.

(PHOTOS AT RIGHT...The winners! Trainer Ian Black is at far left and his wife Janet is beside him...JOE MACLELLAN is handded the winner's trophy by DAVID WILLMOT, with SLADE CALLAGHAN beside him.
BELOW RIGHT..WHAT ARE THOSE?? RAHY'S ATTORNEY spooked when the flowers were blanketed over him and Callaghan jumped clear
. writes and photos to their site!)

The handle was $4,645,014 from all sources compared to $4,072,155 last year.

The amount wagered on the Woodbine Mile
was $932,022, compared to $1,263,680 in 2007.

RAHY'S ATTORNEY could head to the Breeders' Cup in California..or he could be 1 to 9 in the BUNTY LAWLESS STAKES. He won $660,000 for the Woodbine Mile win but would need $180,000 of it just to enter the Breeders' Cup (he's not eligible) plus all the money needed to ship the gelding there.
Win and You're IN - shouldn't that mean the supplement is paid for by Breeders' Cup?
Once in a lifetime though...the betting is..he goes.

SLADE CALLAGHAN once had a doctor tell him he would never ride again. That was a long time ago. He won the Breeders' Stakes on Portcullis after that and on Sunday, scored the biggest win of hiscareer in the Mile.
Indeed, Callaghan has looked good this year on horseback, using his body to push horses late instead of relying on the whip.

But lost in the buzz of the day was the tragic incident in the day's 6th race when Callaghan had to pull up BOLD PENNY early in the $20,000 claiming race because the gelding had a broken leg. The 3yo By Bold Executive, owned by Winston Penny and trained by Noel Randall , ran a long way with the leg broken before he was finally stopped. He was euthanized on the Polytrack.
BOLD PENNY was claimed by IN Front Enterprises and trainer Abraham Katryan.

The POLYTRACK was absolutely sizzling on Sunday, tightened up by the rain that fell all day long. Claimers went in 1:09 and change for 6 furlongs all day long.

Race 1 was a bit controversial: You could have looked at the move of the winner PLAYBOY AT HOME (unofficially) two ways - the Cat's At Home 3yo bulled his way around rivals and pushed Spry Cat out of the way to make his bid to the lead off the turn. But he semeed to have to push that rival out of the way because the leader, GROSVENOR, was 3 wide in a pace duel all the way, tiring and then drifted out right in front of him. So while Spry Cat was trying to kepp Playboy at Home hemmed in, the Playboy and jockey Tyler Pizarro appeared to have to come out anyway.
Well, the Playboy was dq'd...taking away a rare win for the Molinaro Stable.
Placed first was Handy Harold, a Kinshasa gelding from Ron Sadler's barn.

It was KINSHASA DAILY DOUBLE! The stallion, who has had a litany of winners this year, also sired Kinshasa's Paradis, who won the 2nd race, an allowance for Ontario sired guys. The Paul Buttigieg owned/trained guy had won his debut and had been much hyped after that and after a series of losses, led all the way to win Sunday.

CAMPFIRE GIRL looks like a very, very nice 2yo filly. Breaking the rail in a 12 horse field in her 2nd race, the Forest Camp miss battled and chased from the rail and then took off to win bug in 1:09 4/5 for Equilease and Allan Schaffer Racing and trainer John Charalambous.

HELLO MAGGIE MAY ran fast to win race 8, an allowance race. But this is how fast the Polytrack was - she sizzled 6 furlongs in 1:09 1/5 and received only a 79 BEYER FIGURE.
The filly is by Lemon Drop Kid out of champion Fantasy Lake and is a Windhaven homebred.

The last race oft he day when to a first timer 2yo. The PUT IT BACK filly BABYLONIAN, owned by Eric Lue Young and trained by Dan Harvey won the $32K claimer who was a 3 wide rally around the turn.

In the big stakes races - Big favourite FOREVER TOGETHER was up for 3rd in the Canadian but may not have liked the deep grass. The DAILY RACING FORM'S BILL TALLON reports that the filly may not come back for the E.P. Taylor.

SPICE ROUTE ran well enough in the Northern Dancer, perhaps moving too soon, to think he can be a nice one for Harlequin (which also has Callwood Dancer) and trainer Roger Attfield.

AS FOR CROWN ATTORNEY - whos best horse before Rahy's Attorney was the stakes placed UNCLE MAX, he was listed in the Canadian Thoroughbred Sire Book this year at a Prviate fee while standing at DEBANY FARM in Mansfield. He is owned by his breeders Tony and Mary Jane Lamb.
Crown Attorney won $993,000.



It's starting to get crowded again at the top of the trainer standings.
Numbers aside, the trainers who have won some big races this year are ROGER ATTFIELD, IAN BLACK and BRIAN LYNCH.

Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings

Mark E. Casse 289 39 44 44 $3,122,058
Reade Baker 195 32 21 27 $1,702,864
Sid C. Attard 188 31 29 27 $1,947,349
Scott H. Fairlie 142 31 26 17 $1,178,528
Roger L. Attfield 154 31 16 25 $2,563,806
Steven M. Asmussen 162 27 20 18 $1,634,830
Brian A. Lynch 65 22 10 8 $1,698,404
Nicholas Gonzalez 122 21 19 17 $1,641,039
Michael J. Doyle 179 21 14 19 $990,958
Audre Cappuccitti 159 20 12 18 $628,930
Terry Jordan 53 20 12 2 $777,964


Jim McAleney continues to hold a dominating win in the rider's standings on his way to perhaps his first Sovereign Award as outstanding jockey..

Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings

James McAleney 487 101 70 69 $5,362,948
Patrick Husbands 435 78 71 66 $4,878,458
Emile Ramsammy 529 69 72 69 $3,622,979
Eurico Rosa Da Silva 495 66 64 54 $3,751,869
Emma-Jayne Wilson 542 65 62 87 $3,829,184
Chantal Sutherland 479 65 58 69 $3,629,172
Tyler Pizarro 420 57 55 46 $2,672,353
Jono C. Jones 360 47 39 43 $3,675,335
David Clark 332 41 37 38 $2,614,149
Justin Stein 374 39 53 31 $1,874,528
Robert C. Landry 255 32 31 42 $2,232,501
Slade Callaghan 265 31 24 22 $2,136,564


Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings

Drunken Love 7 4 2 0 $199,720
Legal Move 7 4 1 1 $323,809
Sugar Bay 7 4 1 0 $351,660
Hydethetreasure 10 4 0 3 $77,429
Emma Ain't Bluffin 5 4 0 1 $136,330
Baywoods 5 4 0 1 $67,289
Fatal Bullet 4 4 0 0 $198,360


Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings

Nicholas Gonzalez 103 22 25 12 $291,773
Michael Newell 145 20 18 17 $198,059
John Simms 90 16 19 16 $169,776
Donald C. MacRae 56 16 12 6 $153,259
Lyle Morden 54 16 9 9 $133,040
Ashlee Brnjas 41 16 6 3 $112,591
Daniel Wills 59 13 8 9 $123,710

Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings

Chad Beckon 335 63 70 49 $787,531
Rui M. Pimentel 245 47 41 33 $496,631
David Garcia 214 44 38 23 $451,555
Christopher Griffith 232 38 27 34 $426,704
Cory Clark 275 34 40 40 $437,837
Edward Robinson 264 24 25 28 $286,622

*Chad Beckon was injured two weeks ago but is reportedly going to be back riding this week.


If you go to the ONTARIO RACING COMMISSION website, you can read submissions
from folks for the workshop tomorrow on whip-use in racing in Ontario...


EL SINALOENSE won for the 5th time in 6 starts on Sunday when he won the CTHS SALES STAKES at Hastings Park for 2yo colts. The Mud Route caandian-bred was inadvertently left off the HOT CANADIAN-BRED LIST..which has not been updated.
El Sinaloense has a 92 Beyer Figure but ran only a 75 in his latest win.

Note: Tomorrow night at Woodbine, THE TORONTO THOROUGBRED RACING CLUB featuring some ladies of the racing biz ...come to CHAMPIONS for 7:30 and join today!


  • At 10:14 AM, Blogger Jen Morrison said…


    Hello Jen

    I would truly appreciate some input from other racing people regarding this situation.

    Just to recap, I purchased a Pick 4 ticket and played 5 horses in the leg which included one of my own (horses)
    The result was a $1000 fine which equalled the win amount.

    Thank for the opportunity...

  • At 4:31 PM, Blogger Cangamble said…

    From the 2005 ORC rules (they don't have updated rules on their website):

    15.18 No licensee shall place a wager on any other horse in any race in which
    he/she shall start a horse owned, trained, groomed, or in any way represented or handled
    by him or her as a starter. Nor shall he/she cause such a wager to be placed on their be -
    half except in the case of feature wagering events where he/she may bet or cause an other
    per son to bet on their be half only on combinations in which their horse is selected in the
    win position. See also: Rules 9.10.1 and 9.10.2 - Jockeys, 9.10.4 - Out riders, Valets,
    15.08.2 - Commission or Racing Officials.
    The rules are pretty simple. But I've seen many horsemen (grooms,trainers, etc) bet win place and even show for example. Betting place is like betting the horse wheeled on top and wheeled to come second, if you want to get technical.

    Of course, thanks to HPI, Woodbine can easily trace account violations. But I wonder how many times they've fined owners/trainers, etc.

    Why did they just go after someone who cashed a bet? Or have they gone after those who took a triactor box for 6 bucks that included their horse, and fined the licensee 1000?

    If the powers are worried about the integrity of the game, they have bigger fish to fry than licensed bettors who happen to use other horses in a race where the licensee may have handicapped two or three horses that can be the horse in question, especially in a 4 horse triactor or multi-leg part wheel bet.

    I guess the lesson learned here, is when you have a horse out just bet at the windows or at a machine without using a card.

    If you are on the WEG or ORC s-list, you could be fined. Big Brother is watching.


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