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Tuesday, October 07, 2008



plus some cool Canadian-breds

(Photo at right is VAN LEAR ROSE, who cleans up nice! The Mazarine Grade 3 winner could stay at Woodbine for the Princess Elizabeth or... Todd Phillips photo)

Interesting that the biggest, most recent races for 2yo fillies (leading to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies were not much faster than Van Lear Rose's Mazarine Stakes..see some results from last weekend below)

Here are some possibilities from the local front for the Breeders' Cup series of races on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25
(24th is girls day and 25th is boys day)

FATAL BULLET SPRINT (Canadian owned and trained, Florida bred)

BEAR NOW (DISTAFF) Canadian owned and trained, Kentucky bred

C KARMA 2YO FILLY TURF (American-owned, bred, trained by Woodbine based Greg de Gannes)

(she worked in 59 flat for 5 furlongs on the very fast Polytrack yesterday morning)

GRAND ADVENTURE (Photo top right by 2YO COLT TURF (Canadian owned and trained, American bred)

NOT BOURBON BREEDERS' CUP DIRT MILE (Canadian owned, bred and trained)

CALLWOOD DANCER (Filly Mare turf) Canadian owned and trained, Euro-bred
SPICE ROUTE (Turf) Canadian-owned and trained, Euro bred

SKIPADATE (2yo colt turf) American owned and bred, trained at Woodbine briefly

SEALY HILL (Filly Mare turf) Caandian owned and bred, trained at Woodbine

VAN LEAR ROSE (Juvenile fillies) Canadian owned bred and trained

SQUARE EDDIE (Juvenile) Canadian-bred and owned


(Photos above from VANESSA NG of 2 big winners on Arc day at Longchamp..the 2yo colt NAQUOOS (Oasis Dream) won the Grand Criterium and LADY MARIAN ((GER) won the Prix de l'Opera and could be coming to the Breeders' Cup.

From of the weekends recaps from a
Beyer perspective..

*Shadwell Turf Mile (Kee): Thorn Song (D. Romans/R. Albarado) - 105
*First Lady (Kee): Forever Together (J. Sheppard/J. Leparoux) - 104
*Jerome (Bel): Tale of Ekati (B. Tagg/C. Velasquez) - 104
*E. P. Taylor (WO): Folk Opera - Ire (S. bin Suroor/L. Dettori) - 103
*Thoroughbred Club of America (Kee): Indyanne (G. Gilchrist/R. Albarado) - 101
*Phoenix (Kee): Sing Baby Sing (J. Bruner/J. Shepherd) - 101
*Jamaica (Bel): Court Vision (W. Mott/R. Dominguez) - 100
*Nearctic (WO): True to Tradition (S. Lake/K. Carmouche) - 100

*Champagne (Bel): Vineyard Haven (R. Frankel/E. Prado) - 99
*Maryland Million Classic (Lrl): Cuba (R. Dibona/P. Cotto Jr.) - 97
*Summer (WO): Grand Adventure (M. Frostad/E. Da Silva) - 94

*Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (Kee): Square Eddie (J. Best/R. Bejarano) - 87
*Frizette (Bel): Sky Diva (S. Klesaris/R. Dominguez) - 85
*Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame (Ret): Dreamsandvisions (S. Duke/C. Gonzalez) - 84
*Mazarine (WO): Van Lear Rose (C. Day-Phillips/C. Sutherland) - 83
*Woodford Reserve Bourbon (Kee): Bittel Road (T. Pletcher/R. Maragh) - 82
*Darley Alcibiades (Kee): Dream Empress (K. McPeek/R. Albarado) - 80
*Victorian Queen (WO): Cawaja Beach (S. Fairlie/D. David) - 79
*Pilgrim (Bel): Elusive Bluff (E. Guillot/M. Baze) - 79

*Grey (WO): Mine That Bird (D. Cotey/C. Sutherland) - 75
*Miss Grillo (Bel): Maram (C. Brown/J. Lezcano) - 73

(Photo at right...WENDYU, her stream is on, caught this gorgeous shot of STARTICUS, the Woodbine dude who was a game 3rd in the Nearctic Stakes)


Mark Casse holds a short lead with the barns of Sid Attard and Scott Fairlie continue in hot pursuit.
With Casse, Reade Baker, Roger Attfield and others headed to the Breeders' Cup, surely that championship day will have something to say into deciding the Sovereign Award winning trainer of this year.

Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings

Mark E. Casse 350 51 52 54 $4,079,389
Sid C. Attard 231 42 33 37 $2,429,709
Scott H. Fairlie 177 36 32 21 $1,456,305
Roger L. Attfield 184 35 24 27 $3,486,837
Reade Baker 228 34 27 30 $1,926,137
Steven M. Asmussen 195 32 25 24 $1,909,601
Michael J. Doyle 217 26 20 24 $1,249,617
Nicholas Gonzalez 147 25 22 22 $1,882,134
Daniel J. Vella 162 24 26 19 $1,389,773
Terry Jordan 64 24 14 5 $943,270
Brian A. Lynch 80 24 12 11 $1,874,746

Steady lead for Jim McAleney who is in search of his first Sovereign Award..

Name Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings

James McAleney 594 117 90 86 $6,657,421
Patrick Husbands 530 100 82 82 $6,128,390
Chantal Sutherland 576 88 69 80 $4,855,867
Emile Ramsammy 626 80 80 83 $4,137,898
Emma-Jayne Wilson 655 79 78 105 $4,696,208
Eurico Rosa Da Silva 571 75 75 65 $4,686,032
Tyler Pizarro 491 70 67 54 $3,236,716
Jono C. Jones 432 60 47 51 $4,374,211
Justin Stein 443 45 62 44 $2,246,578
David Clark 385 44 44 45 $2,857,584


Good race here with Newell hanging on...

Michael Newell 191 29 22 21 $271,626
Nicholas Gonzalez 125 26 30 15 $344,979
Lyle Morden 74 24 12 11 $193,240
John Simms 102 22 20 18 $222,548
Donald C. MacRae 69 19 14 9 $183,143
Ashlee Brnjas 47 16 7 4 $116,936
Daniel Wills 68 13 8 11 $126,986


Rui Pimental seems to be catching up to Chad Beckon
and David Garcia rode 5 winners on one card last weekend..

Chad Beckon 415 73 84 65 $920,638
Rui M. Pimentel 332 66 56 43 $677,137
David Garcia 277 58 48 30 $582,073
Cory Clark 323 45 49 46 $555,359
Christopher Griffith 280 45 34 43 $505,648
Melanie Pinto 253 33 22 33 $345,837
Edward Keith Robinson 333 31 35 36 $372,987
Daniel J. David 131 27 14 24 $280,771
Dale Hemsley 248 25 31 31 $304,150
Eldridge K. Lindsay 264 24 26 34 $323,239


Apprentice Catherine O'Brien reportedly was in surgery last night for a broken leg suffered in the 5th race at Fort Erie yesterday.
The rider was on Danny Acorn's KARACHI, who fell. KARACHI was euthanized after the race.
The accident caused a long dealy.
The race, incidentally, was named in honour of the late Ted Labanowich.


Curlin works and the Breeders' Cup...??


Bill Dwyre
October 7, 2008

Santa Anita gave Curlin its best shot Monday morning.

The skies turned bright blue, the temperature was comfortably cool and the mountains framing the famous racetrack looked more watercolor painting than real.

But the news was that there was no news.

Curlin might run against Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic here, a race that has become one of the more anticipated in years. Or he might not.

When Curlin glided down the main straightaway at 6:44 a.m., just shortly after sunup, galloping a half-mile in 52.4 seconds, the Great Race Place was abuzz. Clockers Corner well exceeded the usual clientele of jockeys, agents and trainers. There were cameras and stopwatches and binoculars everywhere, as well as a group of reporters, trailing along behind the man of the hour, trainer Steve Asmussen.

At this time of the morning, Santa Anita is usually like the 405 Freeway. Horses here, horses there, horses running and jogging and walking everywhere. But all seemed aware of Curlin's presence, and when he took off on his half-mile run, there was plenty of room along the rail and all eyes on the coffee-with-cream-colored horse.

This was Curlin's coming-out party at Santa Anita, and the racing rock star looked every bit ready for his close-up. Around the barns, cameras clicked and Curlin paused to pose.

Maybe he knows. Nobody else seems to.

Asmussen, who trains mostly in the East, was here to get his first look at Curlin on Santa Anita's synthetic surface. He said he would stay over Monday night to see how Curlin comes out of his half-mile gallop and then head back home to Arlington, Texas. Asmussen said he will return for another trial run for Curlin next Monday morning, and then, he said, a decision about the Breeders' Cup will be closer.

"We need to give Curlin the patience he deserves," Asmussen said.,0,3402355.column



EAGLE MOUNTAIN (By Rock of Gibralter)looks set to become Mike De Kock's first runner at the Breeders' Cup championships in Santa Anita later this month after the trainer revealed the colt could have his next start in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

The ex-Ballydoyle colt returned from a near year-long absence to make a winning start to his career with the South African trainer when landing the Group 3 Nayef Joel Stakes at Newmarket last week.

Another Group 3 prize and a trip to Hong Kong were put forward by jockey Kevin Shea as potential targets but De Kock is now seriously looking at the Breeders' Cup.
"It looks like we will send him to the Breeders' Cup," said the trainer. "He showed his fitness the other day when I was worried he might have been a bit short for it. He is extremely likely to run in the Turf.

also from the RACING POST..

Now that would be a disturbing shame

Alain de Royer-Dupre...Of the future he added: “She will not run again this year and there is no decision on whether the filly remains in training as a four-year-old.

“We will make a decision in four or five days because it is a big decision to make. We have to respect the filly and there is not much left for her to do. You can't ask them to do too much in their lives.”


  • At 8:17 AM, Blogger Horseplayer said…

    According to Bill Tallon at, "Spice Route, also owned by Bonnycastle, is not Breeders' Cup nominated and is not under consideration."

  • At 9:54 AM, Blogger wendyu said…

    That would be such a shame if Zarkava is retired! The sport needs their heroes to stay a bit longer...


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