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Sunday, September 21, 2008




After a troubling couple of months, Queen's Plate winner NOT BOURBON came back to

the races with a huge effort, allowing trainer Roger Attfield to breathe easier.

The colt came within one second of the 7 furlong track record with an easy score in the

restricted Overskate Stakes.

No Beyer Figure was up on the Daily Racing Form site this morning as of yet.

"I was very nervous going into this race, to be honest," continued
Attfield. "I was concerned about that (throat surgery). I just wanted
to see him run this race and see how he handled the whole situation.
I'm just delighted with the horse today."

The son of Not Impossible-Bourbon Belle won by 4 ½ lengths and
reeled off seven furlongs in 1:21.78.

Not Bourbon hadn't raced since he finished sixth in the Prince of Wales
Stakes, second jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown, at Fort Erie on July

He won three stakes in the spring before setting off on his Canadian Triple Crown test.

"He's getting to be real professional," said Attfield. "He's
just a very good horse, no question about it."

Not Bourbon broke alertly from post two, took control of the rail and
had an ideal trip through modest early splits of :24.02 and :46.75.

Turning for home, the Ontario-bred, 2 ½ lengths in front at the stretch
call, opened up at will, widening his lead with ease.

Yummy With Butter rallied for second, while Grazettes Landing held for
third. Archers Alyancer and Dancer's Bajan rounded out the field.

"He's as good or better (since the spring)," praised Jones.
"Throughout the whole race, he relaxed perfectly. When I asked him
to go, it was just a matter of how much he'd win by."

Not Bourbon was slated to compete in the Vice Regent Stakes, which was
to be his first turf attempt, but he injured himself in his stall hours
before the August 31 event.

The minor injury wasn't the first setback in the colt's three-year-old

The six-time winner entrapped his palate during the running of the 1
3/16 mile Prince of Wales.

"It's a distressing thing for a horse to have his oxygen cut off. We
did a myectomy (throat surgery) on him. He didn't miss any time, but we
backed right off on him," explained Attfield.

Not Bourbon now has six wins, two seconds and one third from 12
starts amd his win pushed him over the $1 million mark in earnings.


Triumphs, tragedy and a little bit of rough stuff

It was a rollercoast day of racing at Woodbine on Saturday, LONGRUN DAY AT THE RACES, celebrating racehorses and finding homes and jobs for them after their racing


The stewards had a long day as there were many incidents to scrutinize and, as in any sport,

their decisions can sometimes be argued by fans and horsemen.

Two-year-olds kicked off the DAILY DOUBLE with SWAMP PATROL winning the 1st

race for $40,00 maidens and becoming the 2nd winner for her 1st crop sire PATROL

(Lear Fan).
The filly was racing at a route distance for the first time in her 5th race and she didn't corner

well on the first turn and brushed a rival but went on her way to a methodical score for

Martha Gonzalez, co-owner. The dam is Swamp Queen, by Swamp King.

Race 2- A turf sprint maiden allowance and the light grey UNBRIDLE'S DREAM, a

$475,000 2yo in training, owned by Mike McCarty and trained by Steve Asmussen,

chased a fast pace, moved to the lead and in early stretch and then held steady to win his

Woodbine debut and 4th career start.

He is a son of Grade 1 turf winner GAVIOLA.

Race 3 went to Ed Seltzer's homebred WHITEPARK BAY who madeher Polytrack debut

a winning one in the allowance at 9 furlongs. the Giant's Causeway gal is out of the With

Approval mare Small Vices and Bev Anderson also owns.
Dan Vella trains.

More TWO-YEAR-OLDS in race 4 - maiden allowance for open fillies and there were a

lot of beginners in the race with big, big workouts but none of them showed up. Instead it

was Ontario bred DEEVEETEE, bred by Huntington Stud Farm, who won for a

partnership and trainer Mark Casse. The $44,000 (US) purchase from the local sale is by

Doneraile Court and out of Diamonds to Me.

The day took a bad turn in race 5 on the grass.

PAYDAY PERIL, a promising speedsterby Officer who had won 3 of his 6 races this year

at age 4 including his last 2, was making his first start off the $60,000 claim for TUCCI

The gelding was leading inside the quarter-pole when he broke down and he was pulled up
by jockey Jono Jones.
He is believed to have been euthanized.
The winner was SHADOWLESS, now 2 for 2 on the grass for owner and breeder Heather

COLEBROOK FARMS won a nice race with WILD LUCY DANCER, a Dance Brightly filly bred by Bill Graham. The 4yo was coming out of the Algoma Stakes, won by Arden Belle and was cutting back to 7 furlongs. She is 2 for 12 in her career for trainer Ashlee Brnjas.

Race 8 WAS A TURF claimer for $40,000 and BLACK MINK came off 2 losses by a combined 55 lengths to win on the lead in her return to grass. She is a Black Minnaloushe filly owned by Laurel Byrne and Partners.

More headaches for the stewards - RACE 9. Jockey JIM MCALENEY's mount Joey D. appeared to clip heels out of the chute and he fell and McAleney was crumpled, although he did get up.
It was a wild run out of the gate and chute as the outside horse Rexdale Warrior veered in sharply to contest the pace, causing a chain reaction of horses bouncing and brushing each other.
No change in the order of finish was made although it appeared that certainly the initial chain reaction was the cause and several moves could have been made.

The winner was NO MORE LAKES, a Paul Buttigieg owned and trained gelding by Salt Lake who was winning his maiden in his 3rd career start.

The stewards had an easier time in the last race when it was very easy to spot MIA D'COUGAR rallied from last but lugged in badly and wiped out PRIMA DANNA on hger way to the win.
She was quickly demoted and FINE DEFINED, owned by Goldmart Farms, bred by the famed Windfields Farm, was placed 1st.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland rode Mia D'Cougar.


At Hastings Park yesterday, BLUE SKY HOLIDAY won the Grade 3 B.C. Oaks WORTH $120,935.

The 3yo filly by Victory Gallop is outr of Dancing Pratella, by Rahy, from the family of Terpsichorist and is owned by Tom and Tracy Bell. She raced 9 furlongs on a wet fast track in 1:52 1/5.
Record: 18-5-6-4, $132,998.

2--Infinite Wealth, 121, f, 3, Stephanotis--Suwalka, by
Polish Navy
3--Lecturing Lynn, 121, f, 3, Pulpit--Brush of Fortune,
by Broad Brush.


At Suffolk yesterday, old timer Commentator put on a show over some well beaten rivals.
The 7yo won the MASSACHUSETTS H., $500,000, at 9 furlongs in 1:48 4/5
The son of Distorted Humor beat Canadian bred WON AWESOME DUDE by 14 lengths. The latter is a 5yo by Awesome Again out of Lil Punkindo, trained by Mike Mareina.
Cuba was 3rd


Canadian stakes winning mare BRATTOTHECORE is the dam of the exciting 2yo gelding CITY STYLE, who won the Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs yesterday, a $150,000 race.
The gelding, by City Zip, won the 1 1/16 mile turf race by 2 lengths at 20 to 1.
O/B-Stonerside Stable (KY); T-Cheryl Asmussen;

and last day of 39-year-old J Track

The first graded stake in Canadian quarter-horse history will be run today at Ajax Downs, the only quarter horse track in Canada.

There is a celebration at the track today and, if you check out the Ontario Quarter Horse Imprvoement program, you will find that there is about $45 million going into the improvement of the industry.

( renderings of new track to be ready by next season)

here are the entries for the Alex Picov Memorial today..

1 1 Strawflyin Fitness Farrell Lynn McInerney John 4-1
2 2 Illbegoneinajazz Tavares Joe Phillips Tony 7-2
3 3 Vital Drive Laszlo Sandra Deverell Dean 10-1
4 4 First Kool Money Reid Don Ito Kim 8-1
5 5 Lucrative Eye Tavares Joe Bell Brian 2-1
6 6 Reckless Bug Laszlo Sandra Walton Ed 3-2
7 7 Rockish Watson Greg Dominguez Ramon 3-1
8 8 Into Fast Watson Greg Raekelboom Michelle 6-1


Sunday, Hastings Park, post time: 5:24 p.m. PDT

1 1/8m

1 Papa Time Gilded Time Grieves 12-1
2 Bears Home Run Grand Slam Greenwood 12-1
3 Forest Prince Mineshaft Taylor 8-1
4 Arkhill Orchid=s Devil MacPherson 5-1
5 Fear No Evil Trust N Luck Lucarelli 10-1
6 Dancingall Theway A Fleets Dancer Richards 4-1
7 Texas Wildcatter Monarchos Taylor 3-1
8 Wink At the Girls Halo=s Image Becerra 8-1
9 Krazy Koffee Regal Intention Krasner 7-2
All carry 126 pounds.

Crunch time at the race course


Sunday's B.C. Derby, Western Canada's richest horse race, is shaping up to be an

inter-provincial and international contest. Runners boasting speed, class, and stamina have

arrived from Ontario, Manitoba, Seattle and California to battle against our homebred


Among the imports are Bears Home Run, undefeated at Northlands Park in Edmonton.

Last year's winning owner K. K. Sangara is sending two horses with legitimate credentials

in Dancingall Theway from Woodbine and Wink At The Girls from California. The Emerald

Downs contingent consists of speedster Fear No Evil.

Battling these challengers for home-turf honours are Krazy Koffee winner of the Chris

Loseth Hcp, the BC Cup Stellar Jay and the Richmond Derby, Alberta Derby winner

Arkhill,Texas Wildcatter who was second to Spaghetti Mouse in the B.C. Cup Classic and

Forest Prince 2nd to Krazy Koffee in the Richmond Derby.

With a quarter of a million dollars on the finish line the race will be hard fought and fast.

With the speed in the race and a fast track we may even see a new record set and look for

a homebred to set it.

Profiled are five featured horses out of the ten final entries, along with their riders and

trainers in the big event.


For KRAZY KOFFEE it seems that longer is better and the extra distance of the Derby

should benefit the big bay gelding who has won four route races including the Chris Loseth,

the B.C. Cup Stellar's Jay and the Richmond Derby (in 1:43:2) running in faster times each


TEXAS WILDCATTER has raced well in major American Stakes races like New York's

Gotham Stakes (2nd by a nose) and the Wood Memorial. Since moving to Western

Canada he lost the B.C. Cup Classic by a neck to Spaghetti Mouse.

ARKHILL has won six of seven starts in his short career and $159,384 in purses with most

of that coming in Alberta where he won the Alberta Derby and the Ky Alta Stakes. He has

won from 6 1/2 furlongs to a mile and one-sixteenth and is a strong contender for owner

Neville Davis.

FEAR NO EVIL won the Seattle Slew Handicap at Emerald Downs last month and the

Auburn Stakes earlier in the season, and has beaten Seattle invader Gallon. He is speedy

and although he has won at 1 1/16th miles in a good time of 1:42, the Derby distance of 1

1/8 around three turns may be a bit far.

FOREST PRINCE has won three races this year since debuting at Santa Anita. His stalking

style puts him in good position to close on the front runners down the stretch. He has 45

wins and $747,444 in purses and a 28% win percentage. This horse has been freshened for

the Derby and could be the surprise upset.


(edited Woodbine release)

Woodbine Entertainment Group today announced 25 nominees for the Pattison Canadian International, recognized as one of the world’s great horse races, on Saturday, October 4 at Woodbine.

The Pattison Canadian International is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and features a "Win and You're In" guarantee.

A victory in the 1 ½-mile race, which takes place over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course, earns the victor a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf, set for October 25 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

In the excellent group of European nominees is Doctor Dino, a multiple Group 1 winning France-based six-year-old. The son of Muhtathir hasn’t run a bad race over two years for trainer Richard Gibson. He would be going into the International off a second-place finish in the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville.

Also well-regarded is the German-based Quijano. The six-year-old is well-known to Woodbine racing fans off his third-place finish to Cloudy’s Knight in the 2007 International and head-bob defeat from fellow Pattison nominee, Champs Elysees, in the Northern Dancer Stakes last time out.

Quijano is expected to compete.

Champs Elysees, trained by Robert Frankel, may lead the U.S. troops into the Pattison battle. The five-year-old has two wins this year, including a dramatic score in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer over Woodbine’s yielding ground on September 7.

The home side is expected to be led by Gus Schickedanz’s outstanding three-year-old Marlang was entered in the 71st International. The Langfuhr colt has two straight wins, the Breeders’ Stakes, third jewel of Canada’s Triple Crown of Racing and the Grade 3 Saranac at Saratoga, for trainer Debbie England.

Also on the Pattison card are three other Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races. The $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes, for fillies and mares on turf, the $500,000 Nearctic Stakes, for turf sprinters, and the $300,000 Summer Stakes, for two-year-olds on turf, all feature a “Win and You’re In” guarantee.

ESPN, the prominent U.S. TV sports network, will be on track to chronicle the racing action in High-Definition.

The list of the Pattison Canadian International nominees follows:

Bay, gelding, 5 years old, by Galileo
Owner Augustin Stable
Trainer Neil D. Drysdale

b.h.5 by Danehill
Juddmonte Farms
Robert J. Frankel

gr.c.3 by Fasliyev
Roldvale Ltd., Sangster Family, A.K. Collins
Brian Meehan

ch.h.6 by Muhtathir
Javier Martinez Salmean
Richard D. Gibson

dk b/.h.6 by Fort Wood
Vintage Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Raja Malek

b.c.3 by Montjeu
Mr. Michael Tabor, Mr. Derrick Smith & Mrs. John Magnier
Aidan P. O'Brien

b.c.3 by Montjeu
Mr. Michael Tabor, Mr. Derrick Smith & Mrs. John Magnier
Aidan P. O'Brien

dk b/b.h.5 by Monsun
Gestuet Ittlingen
Andreas Woehler

b.c.4 by Dynaformer
Augustin Stable
John H. M. Gosden

b.c.4 by Lemon Drop Kid
Earle Mack
Luca M. Cumani

b.c.3 by Langfuhr
Gustav Schickedanz
Deborah England

b.h.5 by Gone West
Robert S. Evans
Neil D. Drysdale

b.c.4 by Desert Prince
Ramzan Kadyrov
Herman J. Brown

b.h.5 by Silvano
Gary A. Tanaka
Robert J. Frankel

ch.g.6 by Acatenango
Gestuet Fahrhof
Peter Schiergen

ch.h.5 by Touch Gold
Stronach Stables
Brian A. Lynch

dk b/b.c.4 by A.P. Indy
Singer Stables
Mark E. Casse

ch.h.5 by Monsun
Saeed bin Suroor

b.g.5 by King Cugat
W.S. Farish, Jr.
Mark E. Casse

b.h.5 by Galileo
Mrs. Susan Roy
Jeremy Noseda

ch.g.4 by King's Best
Harlequin Ranches
Roger L. Attfield

b.c.4 by Smart Strike
Jayeff B Stables
Alan E. Goldberg

gr/ro.r.4 by Unbridled's Song
Hare Forest Farm
Barclay Tagg

ch.g.6 by Fuji Kiseki
Vintage Thoroughbreds and Velty Towers Racing
James Eustace

b.c.4 by Dansili
Juddmonte Farms
Pascal F. Bary


  • At 12:09 PM, Blogger Fanjag said…

    Not Bourbon was really impressive and in great condition.
    A little thought for Payday Peril and those who loved him. (or is there still hope for him ?)

  • At 11:08 PM, Blogger Terence said…

    Photos from this weekend:

    Indian Blessing wins the Gallant Bloom(G2) at Belmont Park on Saturday:

    Illbegoneinajazz wins the Alex Picov Memorial Championship(G3) at Ajax Downs on Sunday:

    Former Woodbine jockey Dean Deverell won the undercard stakes race...

    Terence and Cindy

  • At 1:02 PM, Blogger Vinny said…

    Kudos to you, Jen, for marking Payday Peril's life and (I assume) death. I wrote about it in my own blog and gave you a mention.


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