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Friday, September 26, 2008


(MARSH SIDE, second from left, CHAMPS ELYSEES, fourth from right, SPICE ROUTE, SEASIDE RETREAT and QUIJANO, rail, make up most of the field for the CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL on Oct.4 This was the finish of the Northern Dancer BC won by Champs Elysees; photo)


Oct. 4..part of Breeders' Cup Challenge day at Woodbine

The turf course is nice and firm, just what the DOCTOR ordered.

DOCTOR DINO, a multiple Group 1 winner, is headed to Woodbine for the Oct. 4 International and will provide the star power for the 1 1/2 mile, $2 million race.

Doctor Dino, a non-Breeders' Cup eligible, is headed to Hong Kong after the Woodbine race.

MOURILYAN, also expected at Woodbine, has beaten QUIJANO overseas and will meet that rival again in the Interntional. He is expected to head to Australia fter the International for the Melbourne Cup.

OUCH! The Win and You're In races on Oct. 4 are 3 weeks out from the Breeders' Cup, seems to be enough time..but not to everyone..
this quote from Bobby Ribaudo, trainer of Grand Couturier, who is in tomorrow's Joe Hirsch was on THE BLOOD-HORSE site today...

“That being said, we thought about this race and we thought about the race in Canada (Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine). Now that race is $2 million, but it is a week away. Going there almost takes you out of the Breeders’ Cup, and we want to run in the Breeders’ Cup (Turf).”










Woodbine Thursday wrap

MARCHFIELD may be a Canadian classic winner on the grass but yesterday he won on Polytrack at 9 furlongs and seems destined for perhaps another stakes start on the Woodbine main track.
The well bred A.P. Indy - Pico Teneriffe 4yo colt was a vet scratch on Sept. 4 but was quickly back in shape for yesterday's featured outing, an allowance/optional claiminer for non-winners of 3 'other than'.
He started slowly in the route race but roared around horses on the turn, angled inside for the stretch run and was up to beat a very stubborn BOLD FINISH, who was the longest shot in the field at 18 to 1 but was always in contention.
The time of 1:50.48 was likely close to a 95 Beyer Figure (the Beyers were not available at the time of this writing).

Marchfield is owned and bred by Eugene Melnyk and trained by Mark Casse. He won the Breeders' Stakes last year at 12 furlongs on turf.

Jockey Pat Husbands, who was rolling around on the ground on Wednesday after a gate accident and appeared to be badly injured....rode 3 winners on yesterday's card.

Also bagging 3 winners was TYLER PIZARRO - he won a natural hat trick..races 6, 7 8.
The roll started with REAL DILEMMA (fresh, drop in class..the 2 MOST IMPORTANT aspects of picking winners right now)..for Bob Harvery in the $16,000 claiming 6th race.
In race 7, Pizarro managed to keep WHISPER LOUDLY, owned by James Ogilivie, in front all the way to win as the favourite for $20,000 fillies and mares.
And in race 8 on the grass, Pizarro was on 20 to 1 shot PLEASANT REVIEW (20 to 1? the filly was beaten a head in a grass race with a 78 Beyer in May at Pimlico) to win a turf allowance for Ed Seltzer and trainer Danny Vella.



In yesterday's post we had the fields for the Turfway races with the Canadian content, although one was missed.
While JULIET'S SPIRIT is not Canadian in any way, she has made all of her starts at Woodbine and a good showing in the Kentucky Cup race she is in would give her a big chance to be named CANADA'S CHAMPION 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY.
Steve Asmussen, who trains the filly for Padua Stable, trained last year's champion 2yo colt in Canada, Kodiak Kowboy (who is in the Grade 1 Vosburgh tomorrow)

Tomorrow's KENTUCKY CUP card at Turfway is on a synthetic dirt so horses who do well can be considered for the Breeders' Cup...
as written yesterday, local stable BEAR STABLE and trainer READE BAKER are represented in 2 big races with BEAR NOW and FATAL BULLET.

Turfway Park - September 27th, 2008 - Race 6
Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies S. - Grade:
Estimated Local Post Time: 3:48 PM
Race Type: Stakes
Breed: Thoroughbred
Age Restriction: Two Year Old

Purse: $100,000
Distance: One Mile

Post Horse Name Age Sex Weight Jockey Name

1 Bold Union (KY) 2 Filly 118 Stewart Elliott
2 Sugar Mom (KY) 2 Filly 114 Manuel Aguilar
3 Complicity (KY) 2 Filly 114 Julien R. Leparoux
4 Believe in Me (KY) 2 Filly 114 Brian Hernandez
5 Megalicious (FL) 2 Filly 114 Miguel Mena
6 Juliet's Spirit (FL) 2 Filly 118 Shaun Bridgmohan
7 Saxxy Rose Lee (IL) 2 Filly 114 Terry J. Thompson
8 Westline (PA) 2 Filly 114 Otto Thorwarth
9 Dream Empress (KY) 2 Filly 114 Corey J. Lanerie


Saturday, Belmont Park - a Breeders' Cup Challenge day with CURLIN set to pass Cigar's earnings mark in North America:

JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP S.-GI, $750,000, 3yo/up,
1 1/4m

1 Ravel Fusaichi Pegasus Bejarano
2 Merchant Marine Tiznow Velasquez
3 Timber Reserve Forest Camp Desormeaux
4 Wanderin Boy Seeking the Gold Garcia
5 Curlin Smart Strike Albarado
6 Angliana Giant=s Causeway Maragh
7 A. P. Arrow A.P. Indy Dominguez
8 Stones River Monarchos Saez
9 Mambo in Seattle Kingmambo Prado
All carry 126 pounds except Mambo in Seattle and
Stones River, 122.


Where will he run??

From the Racing Post today

DUKE OF MARMALADE was a significant market mover on Friday morning for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe as Coral halved his odds to 3-1 second favourite (from 6). Coral retain unbeaten French filly Zarkava as their 2-1 favourite for Europe's richest race, due to take place at Longchamp on October 5.

Plans for five-time Group 1 winner Duke Of Marmalade have yet to be announced. Trainer Aidan O'Brien is mulling over a run in the Arc if the ground is suitably good, or an all-weather race at Dundalk the previous day as a precursor to a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic in California on October 25.


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