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Friday, October 17, 2008



(Seabiscuit is ready to usher in the 100 horses who will race in 2 days of Breeders' Cup races next week...C KARMA, photo at right by, is a favourite for the Juvenile Fillies Turf for Woodbine trainer Greg de Gannes (in background).


Two days of betting bliss will start next Friday in DAY ONE of the Breeders' Cup.
There is ADVANCE WAGERING at Woodbine, the broadcast is on TSN and on SATURDAY MORNING, a Breeders' Cup handicapping seminar at the track features DAILY RACING FORM handicapper RON GIERKINK.
The seminar starts at 11 a.m.

Here is the TSN TV release..

NEW YORK (October 16, 2008) - The Breeders' Cup and TSN, Canada's Sports
Leader, announced today that TSN will have exclusive live Canadian
coverage of the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships on October 24 and
25 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. The 25th running of the
Breeders' Cup will feature 14 races over two days with record purses of
$25.5 million.

Coverage begins Friday, Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET, featuring five
Breeders' Cup Championship races for female horses with purses totaling
$8 million. Friday's races mark the first time a major Thoroughbred
event in North America will run an entire day of female Thoroughbred
racing, culminating with the Ladies' Classic (formerly the Distaff).
The Breeders' Cup continues Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. ET on TSN with
the remaining nine races, including the Breeders' Cup Classic with its
$5 million purse. In total, TSN will televise nine hours of Breeders'
Cup horseracing, the most ever in network history.

"We are excited to partner with TSN to broadcast the 2008 Breeders' Cup
World Championships and ensure that horseracing fans in Canada will be
able to watch every race in the 25th running," said Breeders' Cup CEO
Greg Avioli.

"The Breeders' Cup is Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious event and
TSN is proud to present world-class championship horseracing to fans in
Canada," said Phil King, President, TSN. "For the second year in a row,
TSN's partnership with the Breeders' Cup demonstrates the network's
commitment to delivering marquee sports events to viewers from coast to

(at left, Canadian bred SEALY HILL is making her last start reportedly in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf on photo)

Breeders' Cup World Championships TV Schedule

Date/Time (ET)/Event/Station

Friday, Oct. 24/3:30-6:30 p.m./Breeders' Cup Championship Friday/TSN
Saturday, Oct. 25/1:00-7:00 p.m./Breeders' Cup World Championships/TSN

Here is the link...


A pair of American bred 2yo's kicked off the card yesterday, both nice winners in 2 very different maiden races (A and B levels) but their times were virtually the same for the 1 mile and 70 yards and they got a 66 and 67 Beyer respectively.

SAINT READE, named for his trainer Reade Baker, won race 2 for Roger Fortier's JUS LUK STABLE in 1:42 4/5. He's by Pulpit--Dixie Flag , by Dixieland Band) was making his 2nd career start. He was a $20,000 FTKJUL yearling and a $65,000 KEEAPR juvenile.

The first race went to firster SHAFTED (Mineshaft- Twist Afleet by Afleet for Woodford Racing. Bet down to 50 cents on the dolar, the colt was a $150,000 KEESEP
yearling is a half brother to A New Twist (Storm Cat) and Awesome Twist (Awesome

Ontario bred MICHAEL'S BAD BOY was a powerful winner of race 3, a $50K claiming sprint on the grass. The 5yo Wonneberg gelding, bred by the Agro family, was winning for the 5th time in just 10 races this year and he has banked well over $158,000 this year.
he is trained by Nick Gonzalez.

Eurico Rosa Da Silva may one year be Woodbine's leading rider. He won 3 of the first 4 races yesterday and despite his mount BROKEN ENGAGEMENT (Broken Vow) getting into big-time trouble in race 4, Da Silva extracted the 3yo and they went on to a win in the maiden $15K race. The Ontario bred is owned by Phil Kives and trained by Alex McPherson.

BOLD EXECUTIVE is the man. He just had another stakes winner (Bold Corky) and yesterday had a new 2yo winner in NICE LADY, a Mort Hardy homebred who battled on the pace all the way to win for $25K in her 7th career start. Matt Moore rode.

The fastest race, and most bizarre event, of the day was HOOH WHY' s narrow win over BEAUTY N ASHES in race 6, an allowance for 2yo fillies. The two big favourites, Mountain Echo and Cassidys Pride, rode the rail to nowhere finishes while these 2 gals hooked up in early stretch way out intot he middle of the track and battled to the wire in 1:15 4/5 for 6 1/2 furlongs - an 80 Beyer Figure.
The winner shipped in from Presque Isle with a 58 Beyer from a 2nd place finisher for trainer Mike Reavis while the 2nd place finisher shipped in from Assiniboia Downs for Melissa Lyon.

HARMONIOUS UNION won her 2nd race in 4 starts in a 2yo filly claimer for $50K in race 7. The Florida bred is by Graeme Hall and is owned by Mark and Tina Casse and partner and trained by Casse.

PURPLE MOONLIGHT won her 2nd race in her 4th start in her grass debut in race 8. The Outofthebox miss, owned by Bruno Schickedanz (he won the late DOUBLE) led all the way to win the $37,500 claimer.

The Schickedanz train rolled again in the finale (both are trained by Mark Fournier) as LEGAL LOVE won the $19K maiden claimer in only her 2nd career start. She is a homebred by Lordhyexecutioner.

The Pick 6 had just $800 bet into it on a light Thursday betting day. The carryover is $2,700 to today.


A CAT NAMED SNIPE (c, 3, Sky Mesa--Irish Cherry {MSW, $147,280}, by Irish Open) opened his career with a pair of wins at the fairs in July and was coming
off a third-place effort in an Aug. 22 optional claimer at Del Mar. The 6-5 favorite pressed the pace through fractions of :21.67 and :44.43. He took charge on the turn, completing the five furlongs in :56.70, and opened up three lengths in upper stretch before holding
on to win by a nose over Sydney Again (Stormin Fever).
The $200,000 KEESEP yearling is a half-brother to Spun Sugar (Awesome Again, MGISW, $929,171) and Daaher (Awesome Again, GISW, $455,163). Lifetime
Record: 4-3-0-1, $63,920.
O-Jerry Hollendorfer & George Todaro. B-Yvonne & Dagmar Schwabe (ON). T-Jerry Hollendorfer.



Jack Goodman S. - Grade:
Estimated Local Post Time: 4:30 PM
Race Type: Stakes
Breed: Thoroughbred
Age Restriction: Two Year Old
Purse: $75,000
Distance: Six Furlongs
Surface: All Weather Track
Post Horse Name Age Sex Weight Jockey Name

1 Details R Sketchy (MD) 2 Gelding 120 Garrett K. Gomez
2 Backbackbackgone (FL) 2 Colt 120 Rafael Bejarano
3 Arashi Cat (KY) 2 Colt 118 Clinton L. Potts
4 Bear It's True (KY) 2 Colt 120 Eurico Rosa Da Silva
5 Charlie's Moment (FL) 2 Gelding 120 Joel Rosario
6 Ventana (KY) 2 Colt 118 Tyler Baze

Oak Tree At Santa Anita - October 18th, 2008 - Race 4
Estimated Local Post Time: 2:00 PM
Race Type: Allowance Optional Claiming
Breed: Thoroughbred
Age Restriction: Three Year Old and Upward
Restriction: State Bred Purse: $47,000
Distance: Seven Furlongs
Surface: All Weather Track
Post Horse Name Age Sex Weight Jockey Name Claiming Price

1 Dee Dee's Legacy (CA) 3 Colt 126 Jerry Bailey $0
2 Tribal Chief (CA) 4 Gelding 126 Sandy Hawley $0
3 Swift Demand (CA) 4 Gelding 126 Pat Day $0
4 Kalookan Event (CA) 4 Gelding 126 Jacinto Vasquez $0
5 Scandalous (CA) 4 Colt 126 Gary Stevens $0
6 Waafi (CA) 3 Gelding 126 Chris J. McCarron $0
7 Major Smoke (CA) 3 Colt 126 Julie A. Krone $0
8 Stathy (CA) 4 Gelding 126 Angel Cordero, Jr. $0
AE Trilliant (CA) 3 Colt 126 (No Rider) $0
AE North Fork (CA) 4 Gelding 126 (No Rider) $0
AE Steady Demand (CA) 4 Gelding 126 (No Rider) $32,000
AE Spot the Diplomat (CA) 4 Gelding 126 (No Rider) $32,000
Saturday, Newmarket, Britain

3yo/up, 1 1/4mT

1 1 Linngari (Ire) Indian Ridge (Ire) Moore 129
2 8 Pipedreamer (GB) Selkirk Dettori 129
3 6 Traffic Guard More than Ready Egan 129
4 2 City Leader (Ire) Fasliyev Spencer 124
5 7 Full of Gold (Fr) Gold Away (Ire) Boeuf 124
6 4 Hebridean (Ire) Bach (Ire) Murtagh 124
7 10 New Approach (Ire) Galileo (Ire) Manning 124
8 9 Russian Cross (Ire) Cape Cross (Ire) Peslier 124
9 5 Staying On (Ire) Invincible Spirit (Ire) Kirby 124
10 3 Twice Over (GB) Observatory Queally 124
11 11 Upton Grey (Ire) Dalakhani (Ire) Havlin 124


Perry Lefko
Special to the Star

Fort Erie racetrack, home to the second jewel of Canada's thoroughbred Triple Crown, is facing the biggest threat to its survival in its 111-year history.

The track's owner, Nordic Gaming Corporation, is losing money – as much as $4 million annually the last four years – and is not prepared to commit for another year of racing before knowing whether it will receive assistance from the provincial government for a proposed $300 million commercial/residential project adjacent to the track.

The project, unveiled in 2007, would include a 350-room hotel, conference centre, spa and 2,500 time-share condominiums as well as improvements to the grandstand and backstretch.

Stephen Ayers, spokesperson for Nordic, said the company is seeking "non-cash incentives" from the province, but would not elaborate. Sources said Nordic is seeking a $50 million break on taxes over a 10-year period. But there have also been suggestions Nordic might want additional money during the period, in part to boost purses to make it attractive for horsemen to continue to race at the track across the Niagara River from Buffalo.

Liberal MPP Kim Craitor (Niagara Falls) would not comment on the financial details, only to say that the "ask" is "much more than what the public thinks."

Nordic has not put a deadline on determining the track's future, but its racing season ends Oct.28 and the deadline for submitting race dates for next year has already passed.

There has been no definitive statement from Nordic that it is considering shutting down the track.


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