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Saturday, October 25, 2008


SEALY GOES OUT WITH A BANG (inside of the grey gal)

Horse of the Year in Canada 2007 comes oh-so close

It was one her finest moments. SEALY HILL, quirky and funny and talented, saved one her best races for last as she charged between horses very fast and was just edged by the also-flying FOREVER TOGETHER in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

It was also a fine moment for jockey Patrick Husbands, who trusted his filly and paved a beautiful trip for the Point Given, Eugene Melnyk homebred.

Only a slight steadying incident on the turn turn of the 10 furlong turf race was trouble for Sealy Hill.

She was simply second best but it was a super run. She was 48 to 1.

The other Canadians were not so hot on the hot day - Filly Friday.

C Karma was 8th, ran flat.

Van Lear Rose was too close to a hot pace and stayed on okay to be 6th under heavy pressure.

Bear Now led the Distaff field for a while through 48 second half mile but she stopped.

(Photos from Cindy Pierson Dulay and Terence Dulay - top right, ZENYATTA 9 for 9; right - VENTURA, came from Woodbine Mile)

All the talk about the fast Pro Ride surface was true but the talk about the speed bias was not.

Many horses rallied wide to win, in fact it almost looked as if there was a closers bias!



  • At 11:25 AM, Blogger L A Keays said…

    On this auspicious weekend of thoroughbred racing, when the best running horses in the world gather to test their speed and stamina amid crowds of racing fans and ordinary horse folk, I would like to implore the powers of horse racing to consider the horses that will not make stakes races or even high level claiming ranks. Because we are a world of people with a singular focus....stakes wins, it is easy to overlook the talents and abilities of horses without such badges of honour. I believe our focus should be on promoting the range and scope of thoroughbreds to the riding population. It was with dismay that I learned that awards for thoroughbreds in other disciplines had been curtailed by our CTHS. It is my belief that encouraging people to re-train and compete with thoroughbreds in promoted and sponsored competition would go a long way in saving these horses from kill pens. Even $1500 for each english discipline, hunter/jumper, dressage and horse trials, where thoroughbreds excel, would go far in encouraging their participation. Surely, between us, we can find the resources to make that a possibility. Retired stakes horses have most likely left their best on the track, but there are thousands of others that deserve the chance to prove they have gifts. Maybe we should be taking a percentage of a stakes win to ensure those stakes horses have a fitting retirement, but as an industry, we have a responsibility to promote our breed for the riding disciplines, stakes horse or not.


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