HE'S A MILLIONAIRE!
BOURBON IS BACK - RELIEF FOR ROGER
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
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
STABLES and trainer SID ATTARD.
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.
BRITISH COLUMBIA OAKS RESULTS Florida-bred wins
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
3--Lecturing Lynn, 121, f, 3, Pulpit--Brush of Fortune,
by Broad Brush.
CANADIAN-BRED 2ND TO COMMENATOR Okay, by 14 lengths..
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
BROODMARE SIRE..KATAHAULA COUNTY!
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;
AJAX DOWNS - LAST DAY OF RACING TODAY
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.
(www.ajaxdowns.com..artists 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
BRITISH COLUMBIA DERBY PREVIEW
Sunday, Hastings Park, post time: 5:24 p.m. PDT
BRITISH COLUMBIA DERBY-GIII, C$250,000, 3yo,
PP HORSE SIRE TRAINER ODDS
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
By JIM REYNOLDS
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
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.
CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL NOMINEES
(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:
CEDAR MOUNTAIN (IRE)
Bay, gelding, 5 years old, by Galileo
Owner Augustin Stable
Trainer Neil D. Drysdale
CHAMPS ELYSEES (GB)
b.h.5 by Danehill
Robert J. Frankel
CITY LEADER (IRE)
gr.c.3 by Fasliyev
Roldvale Ltd., Sangster Family, A.K. Collins
DOCTOR DINO (FR)
ch.h.6 by Muhtathir
Javier Martinez Salmean
Richard D. Gibson
ELUSIVE FORT (SAF)
dk b/.h.6 by Fort Wood
Vintage Thoroughbreds, Inc.
FROZEN FIRE (GER)
b.c.3 by Montjeu
Mr. Michael Tabor, Mr. Derrick Smith & Mrs. John Magnier
Aidan P. O'Brien
KING OF ROME (IRE)
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
b.c.4 by Dynaformer
John H. M. Gosden
b.c.4 by Lemon Drop Kid
Luca M. Cumani
b.c.3 by Langfuhr
b.h.5 by Gone West
Robert S. Evans
Neil D. Drysdale
b.c.4 by Desert Prince
Herman J. Brown
b.h.5 by Silvano
Gary A. Tanaka
Robert J. Frankel
ch.g.6 by Acatenango
ch.h.5 by Touch Gold
Brian A. Lynch
dk b/b.c.4 by A.P. Indy
Mark E. Casse
ch.h.5 by Monsun
Saeed bin Suroor
b.g.5 by King Cugat
W.S. Farish, Jr.
Mark E. Casse
SIXTIES ICON (GB)
b.h.5 by Galileo
Mrs. Susan Roy
SPICE ROUTE (GB)
ch.g.4 by King's Best
Roger L. Attfield
STRIKE A DEAL
b.c.4 by Smart Strike
Jayeff B Stables
Alan E. Goldberg
gr/ro.r.4 by Unbridled's Song
Hare Forest Farm
ch.g.6 by Fuji Kiseki
Vintage Thoroughbreds and Velty Towers Racing
ZAMBEZI SUN (GB)
b.c.4 by Dansili
Pascal F. Bary