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Wednesday, September 03, 2008



There were plenty of big spenders and a good mix of American and Canadian buyers at yesterday's select sale at Woodbine but the firepower was missing and the sale was pretty much similar to last year's auction.

11 yearlings sold for $100,000 or more compared to 13 such youngsters in 2007.

The sales topper a TALE OF THE CAT-REMSHEG grey colt brought $195,000 from Jim and Alice Sapara - just like 2007 when the Saparas paid $195,000 for a Peace Rules colt.

But there was some interesting notes:

STEVE ASMUSSEN bought 5 youngsters, all Ontario sired, and his most expensive was a $31,000 Perigee Moon filly.

WESTERN CANADIANS kicked butt - BEAR STABLES (leading buyer, see more below), JIM AND SUSAN HILL, DONVER STABLE, TERRY HAMILTON, etc. bought expensive ones.

Local owner GOLDMART FARMS bought one its most expensive horses ever...(read more below in Blood Horse article)


Steady and solid was the theme of the 2008 selected session of the Woodbine yearling sale on Sept. 2, hosted by the Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society.

The sale of 149 yearlings resulted in dips in average, gross and the median but consignors and buyers alike seemed satisfied.

In all, the gross sales for the 149 yearlings sold dropped from $6,374,000 (for 159 yearlings in 2007) to $5,830,500. The average price of $39,131 was down just 2% from $40,088 last year. The median price, which jumped up to $32,000 in 2007 from $27,000, fell back down to $27,000.

THE BEAR - Danny Dion was the Woodbine sale's leading buyer yesterday

“It was a solid sale,” said consignor and agent Richard Hogan, who sold one of the night’s 11 six-figure yearlings. “I thought I might get a little more for a couple but there was fair value for the current economic climate.”

Glenn Sikura, who wears two hats as president of the CTHS (Ontario division) and as consignor through Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, said there were “a lot of good people” looking at horses but that only the exceptional yearlings attracted the money.

“If you had a really good (yearling) you did OK. It was a bit disappointing,” said Sikura. “Only because the money there did not seem to be enough for some 230 horses (cataloged).”

Topping the sale was the buzz horse of the session, a sizey colt by Tale of the Cat and the first foal of the winning Unbridled mare Remsheg.

read the rest, including all the top horses.



Kip Deville photoby Charles Pravata

For months Rick Dtrow has said he will race Breeders' Cup Mile winner KIP DEVILLE in THE 12TH WOODBINE MILE, this Sunday at Woodbine, and that has essentially softened the field up dramatically with 6 locals, and a good mare from the States, trying to knock off the champ.

Several Woodbine dudes who just ran 2 weeks ago in the Play the King Stakes (102 Beyer Figure for the winner Just Rushing)

"It's still too close but what the heck," says trainer Sid Attard to the Woodbine media office (see more below).

KIP DEVILLE'S last 4 BEYER FIGURES are higher than the last 4 of any of the other starters and at least on paper, the race is a mismatch.

The DAILY RACING FORM today puts positive spins on the Woodbine Mile field ( and the whole moving of the stakes schedule to accomodate Breeders' Cup and WIN AND YOU'RE IN...
what is true is that the co-feature of the day, the NORTHERN DANCER STAKES is easily the actual feature of the day from a field standpoint.

The field for the NORTHERN DANCER STAKES is listed below, thanks to the Woodbine media office.

(At right, CHAMPS ELYSEES, owned by Juddmonte, and FROST GIANT, are possible starters in the Northern Dancer Stakes on Sunday. Photos by Sarah K. Andrew and Jessie Holmes, found on



Ice Bear/Augustin Stable/Mac Benson/Chantal Sutherland
Just Rushing/Tucci Stables/Sid Attard/Jim McAleney
Kip Deville/IEAH Stables, Pegasus, Roberts & Cohen/Richard Dutrow
Jr./Cornelio Velasquez
Mulmur/Sam-Son Farms/Mark Frostad/Eurico Rosa da Silva
Rahy's Attorney/Ellie Boje Farm, Peters, Read & MacLellan/Ian
Black/Slade Callaghan
Ventura/Juddmonte Farms Inc./Robert Frankel/Garrett Gomez
Wollemi Pine/Kinghaven Farms, Clarke & Thompson/Ian Black/Emma-Jayne


IEAH Stables & Partners' Kip Deville, winner of last year's Breeders'
Cup Mile at Monmouth Park, is expected to be the heavy favourite for
Sunday's $1 million, Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.

Trained by Richard Dutrow, Jr., the Oklahoma-bred five-year-old, the
top-ranked turf miler on the continent, is unbeaten in his last three
outings, including the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in April and the
Poker Handicap at Belmont Park in July.

In fact, the last time he tasted defeat was in the 2007 Woodbine Mile
last September, when finishing second to favoured Shakespeare.

"He's just been in a zone of his own," said Dutrow. "He's incredible.
He's doing unbelievable. I'm just really excited about being able to
watch him run again. He certainly appears to be (a better horse than
last year). He's just so much more confident in himself. Just feels
very good about himself, very proud of himself. He's matured into that
type of a horse. He's doing great and right on schedule."

Kip Deville, who has now amassed over $2.6 million in his career, will
be ridden by Cornelio Velasquez. A win in the Woodbine Mile guarantees
'Kip' a spot in the Breeders' Cup Mile, October 25 at Santa Anita, as
one of the 'Win and You're In' races.


Sam-Son Farm looks to Mulmur in their quest for a third win in the
prestigious Grade 1, $1-million Woodbine Mile, Sunday afternoon at the
Toronto oval.

Sam-Son and trainer Mark Frostad are no strangers to success in the
Woodbine Mile, having produced two winners in the world-class event. In
1999, Quiet Resolve showed great resolve in taking the race. After
finishing a head back of Hawksley Hill, the son of Affirmed was elevated
to first, after the former was disqualified.

In 2004, Soaring Free, who finished second to Touch of the Blues a year
earlier in the Mile, fended off a late-rushing Perfect Soul to win.
Soaring Free went on to cop Sovereign Award honours as Canada's Horse of
the Year in that very same season.

Now, Mulmur, a five-year-old son of Smart Strike, like Soaring Free,
takes aim at the top prize in the turf classic.

"We always thought he had the talent to be a good horse," noted
Frostad. "And we always thought he would be better on turf. He's
certainly run well on the Polytrack, but he's come into his own on the


Seven-year-old Just Rushing will take a shot at Sunday's $1 million
Woodbine Mile on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course.

The 13-time winner, who will be ridden by Jim McAleney, won last
month's Grade 2 Play the King Stakes in very quick time.

The seven-furlong event was the best performance of the Sid Attard
trainee's abbreviated 2008 campaign and maybe even his life, considering
he earned a personal best Beyer Speed Figure of 101.

The gelding's challenge is repeating the effort on two weeks rest.

"I still say it's too close. But what are you going to do? The horse is
doing okay, so what the heck?" Attard said. "Can lightning strike twice?
I don't know."

Tucci Stables claimed the runner for $40,000 in 2005.



Better Talk Now/Bushwood Stable LLC/Graham Motion/Ramon Dominguez
Champs Elysees/Juddmonte Farms Inc./Robert Frankel/Garrett Gomez
Cloudy's Knight/S J Stables LLC/Frank Kirby/James Graham
French Beret/Sam-Son Farm/Mark Frostad/Eurico Rosa da Silva
Frost Giant/IEAH Stables, Cohen & Pegasus/Richard Dutrow Jr./Rudy
Marsh Side/Robert Evans/Neil Drysdale/Indefinite
Quijano/Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof /Peter Schiergen/Andreas Starke
Seaside Retreat/W.S. Farish Jr./Mark Casse/Patrick Husbands
Spice Route/Harlequin Ranches/Roger Attfield/Jim McAleney
Strike A Deal/Jayeff B Stables/Alan Goldberg/Rajiv Maragh

ALEX BROWN on FAN590 Sports radio station yesterday

Standardbreds numerous in recent trip to Kitchener pen sale

Kudos to Canada's leading sports station, FAN590 for this 10 minute interview with anti-slaughter activist Alex Brown.
Brown's latest trip to the Kitchener sale featured dozens of harness horses headed to slaughter.


This is the thread you should visit to read about a stunning rescue operation at Fort Erie...

The thread was started by Shelley in T.O. who writes:

Elissa Blowe of Phase 2 Thoroughbreds in Fort Erie, Ontario has notified me about 15 TB's that have been abandoned on a farm and need immediate care and new homes.

No pictures available until later, but here are the details:
- The horses were abandoned at a Fort Erie farm
- the Humane Society is investigating
- Today there are 5 horses being released, and Elissa has found homes for 2 of those (geldings).
- There is a TEMP home for all the 15 horses, once the humane society releases them all.
- There is a (young, weak) stud colt in emaciated condition - he was left for a long time in a dark filthy stall with no food or water. He has been moved to a lit, clean stall and is getting hay and water.
- There are other people in the area who are coming in to assist, as word has gotten around.
- Anyone wanting to take the horses will have to bring their own trailer
- The stud colt is in immediate need of care and if not a new home, then a foster home.

In order to help these horses, money will have to be raised and new homes found.

Shelley in Toronto


In today's DAILY RACING FORM, Steve Andersen writes about American folks Bill and Vicki Poston and their colt SOUTHERN EXCHANGE, who raced at Woodbine for his first 3 starts and is in today's Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity.
Woodbine-based trainer Greg de Gannes trains.


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