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Monday, October 20, 2008



(This is a letter from the Robillard family regarding the post on Golden Quill has been edited slightly since the Blog did not say that the Robillards sent the horse to slaughter)

My wife did not send him there.My wife and I have helped many horses out (wheather) it was taking them to our farm or finding a good home for them GOLDEN QUILL was not owned by JULIE and he left her care.To another TRAINER!.

You can ask a number of people about JULIE she has always went out of her way to take care of horses.
We have worked with her in finding homes for horse we even have taking ill or lame horses to our farm and cared for them.
WE have had a number a phone calls and people coming up to us about what you wrote about julie.It is not true that Julie sent GOLDEN QUILL to the killers just because she trained the horse doesn't mean she sent it to the killers.
I think YOU OWE JULIE A VERY VERY VERY BIG APOLOGY!and you also need to change what you wrote about her.I think you need to get more information on things that you write before you write them because what you wrote about my wife JULIE was not even close to what she is all about THANK YOU


(Note: Thoroughblog appreciates the feedback from the Robillards. The post was not intended to say that either the owner or the trainer sent this horse to the auction. Someone, however, did and perhaps this will help others to stop people from doing this. Putting an end to anyone sending a horse to these places is the goal.

25 years later (from her first album release)...MADONNA in TORONTO last night with an entertaining, raucous and simply amazing show.


Lister filly wins Maple Leaf

TELL IT AS IT IS (Chester House) won the 10 furlong Maple Leaf Stakes yesterday one year after finishing third in the race. The filly statted the year well with a stakes score on the grass but she had been off form and in trouble since then.

Trainer Jim Smith said:

"Last year, she went through the allowance conditions pretty easily. She's been running in all stakes races this year," explained Smith. "She's had some bad luck. It was tough when she lost by 2 1/4 lengths in the Dance Smartly. She had a horrible trip at Mountaineer. She vindicated herself today."

Now a five-time winner from 13 starts, Tell It as It Is elevated her career earnings to $356,622.


A 2yo by Compade named FLIP FOR THE COIN won the 1st race for maiden allowance at 1 mile and 70 yards. The Molinaro Farm homebred rallied from well back and won by more than 4 lengths.

GALIPETTE scored an overdue win in an allowance race in a turf sprint in race 5. The Bold n' Flashy galm bred by Garland Williamson and owned by Firestone Farms (trained by David Bell) won at a hefty 6 1/2 to 1 in 1:08.64, very close to the course record.

Fieldstone Farms' and the Delmas family are starting to heat up. It won another race yesterday with big maiden winner SILENT KNIGHT (stablemate Shanghai Knight won his maiden recently). Silent Knight, by Trajectory out of Sweet and Silent by Bold Ruckus, won the 1 mile grass race by 4 lengths at even-money.

JUNGLE BREW (Ontario bred by Milwaukee Brew) won his 2nd race in succession with a hard fought score in an allowance/optional claimer for Stronach Stables. The 3yo was a top prospect for the classics this spring but needed extra time to get to the races. He wwon by a length yesterday while Prince of Wales Stakes winner from last year Alezzandro finished last.


Friday, er, FILLY FRIDAY is soon upon us - 2 full days of Breeders' Cup madness highlighted by BOYS SATURDAY.

Canadians are in action on both days:

From DAILY RACING FORM.. Mike Welsch did not like the Bear workouts...let's hope he's wrong
(Blog readers say FATAL BULLET is the best chance for a local Breeders' Cup win, see poll at right)

Bear Now (five furlongs in 1:03.48): She spent a long time warming up before finally breaking off at the five-furlong pole. She seemed willing enough after angling to the rail and getting her opening eighth in 12.48 seconds but was somewhat lackluster thereafter, completing the final quarter in a dull 25.90 before galloping out three-quarters in a very slow 1:18.83. The work was perhaps a bit of an overreaction to a near bullet five furlongs in 58 and change here last week.

Fatal Bullet (five furlongs in 1:01.25): With a near perfect record on artificial surfaces, this is one of the sleepers in the field, although his first real test over Pro-Ride was not a raving success. After warming up by galloping a mile and three-eighths, Fatal Bullet came away from the pole in a leisurely 12.88 seconds for his opening furlong, picked up the pace willingly around the turn and into the stretch, but got very weary while struggling home through a final furlong on a loose rein in 13. The gallop-out was non-existent, six furlongs in a disappointing 1:16.72.




"We came here with a very special horse," said trainer READE BAKER about Fatal Bullet (Red Bullet), who is a contender in the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Saturday.

The gelding worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.20 yesterday on the Pro-Rise under Eurico Da Silva who said the horse worked "okay".

You can see clips of Fatal Bullet and the 2yo filly C Karma on Woodbine's Breeders' Cup Page....

How Santa Anita’s New Main Track Is Playing

by admin

What a difference racing surfaces make. During the 1990s six track records were set on Santa Anita’s main dirt strip from five furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. Things have changed since synthetic surfaces were installed last year. Here’s a look at how three of the seven distances for main track Breeders’ Cup races compare covering the past three meetings at Santa Anita.

At the ’07 Oak Tree meeting Sept. 26-Nov. 4 over the Cushion Track, 31 percent of 67 winners at six furlongs went wire to wire, according to From Dec. 26 through last April 20 during Santa Anita’s meeting, when Pro-Ride materials were mixed with the Cushion Track, 18 percent of horses in 130 contests scored on the front end. This year from Sept. 24 to Oct. 11, only 12 percent of 32 winners led at every call of the six furlongs over the Pro-Ride surface. However, the number jumped to 27 percent the past 11 races ending Oct. 11.

In all three instances, the most successful running style was stalking while horses breaking from mid-post positions did best. At a mile, 11 percent of 28 races last fall at Oak Tree were wire jobs. At Santa Anita’s meeting, 29 percent of 55 winners led all the way. So far, 18 percent of 11 winners were in front at every call. Closers did best at the first two meetings while stalking is the most successful running style so far this fall.

At 1 1/16 miles, 12 percent of the winners at 1 1/16 miles in 26 races last fall at Oak Tree led all the way. The number rose to 19 percent in 74 races at Santa Anita. Closers did best. This fall only 5 percent of 14 winners at the distance have triumphed at Oak Tree. Stalkers are performing best.

During the first two weeks, horses on the outside aren’t at a disadvantage, according to That’s because footing on synthetic tracks is just as good on the far outside as it is on the rail. Unlike dirt tracks where far outside paths might not even be groomed, synthetic ovals are uniform

“If you go to the front with no one in front of you, the rail is as good as any path,” Dick Powell writes. “If you are sitting the pocket and getting kickback, the rider might swing to the outside sooner than wait for an inside opening.”

The last time the Breeders’ Cup was staged at Santa Anita five years ago the main track was dirt. So how do you handicap for today’s new synthetic surface that has had very few races involving the six BC contests spread over Oct. 24-25?

Frankly, it’s going to be difficult.

Two years ago before the 23rd BC was held at Churchill Downs, I wrote:

“I remember when the most favorable racetrack for closers was Hialeah Race Course. Unfortunately, the historic South Florida track that opened in 1925 and I enjoyed for quite a few decades until the 21st Century is history.

“Polytrack surfaced this year at several facilities: Turfway Park, Keeneland and Woodbine. Keeneland bettors expecting the usual speed bias were unpleasantly surprised as horses on or near the pace at all routes were doomed as closers dominated.

“At Hollywood Park, where the Cushion Track replaced dirt, closers are doing best. According to, the winning running style is roaring from behind at seven furlongs and 1 1/16 miles.

“Historic Hialeah’s stretch was 1,075 while Hollywood’s is 991, considerably shorter than the 1,346 feet at Fair Grounds. Woodbine’s is only 975 feet, five feet longer than Turfway Park.

“So the length of the stretch isn’t necessarily a factor in playing to closers, but the racing surface is.”

“The final verdict on the bias at individual tracks won’t be in for several years so watch and act accordingly.”

One expert suggests we handicap races the same way we do for dirt or turf – analyze all the angles. This pro says early speed doesn’t do as well on most all synthetic surfaces, stalkers perform almost as good as on dirt and closers do better.

I agree with several racing columnists that say pay attention to horses that do well on synthetic surfaces. In addition, consider class, jockey-trainer combinations and horses that did well on Santa Anita’s synthetic surfaces.


Turf + back to New York = maiden score for SOLITAIRE, classic-placedin Canada who lost as the big fave at Woodbine on Sept. 26.
At 3 to 5 yesterday, the gelding (Victory Gallop--Ring Star {MSW,
$178,106}, by Great Gladiator) made a bid off the turn and drifted out but lasted for the win.
He has won 1 of 6 races and over $240,000.
Bill Clifton owns, Jim Bond trains and Windways Farm bred the 3yo.


Maiden winner NOBLE KING g, 3, Bold n' Flashy--La Bohemme, by Big
Sal won a 4 1/2 furlong event and was bred by Kingview Farms.

Apprentice Eric Edwards Wins First Race

FORT ERIE, October 19 - Eric Edwards scored his first win as a jockey guiding Carysfort Light to victory in Sunday’s first race at Fort Erie .

Edwards, a native of Jamaica didn’t waste any time picking up his second career win. The 34 year-old came right back to win the day’s fifth race aboard Genuine Princess.

At 34, Edwards may be one of the older apprentice jockeys currently competing in North America but he doesn’t lack experience. He’s been exercising horses for the last 17 years in Ontario .
“I always thought that the day
I get my first winner will be the day
a get my second,” said Edwards. “I just love riding. It has always been my dream and my dreams keep coming true.”

Edwards is the fourth apprentice to score his first winner at Fort Erie this season. Devon Johnson, Cory Spataro and Michael Mehak did so earlier.

(TOP BUNK, a former runner at Woodbine who was claimed and retired this year by some true racing/horse folks, is happy in retirement and looking well. Top Bunk also has a list of horsesin his name, earners of over $500,000 who are racing for low claiming. See for more. Photo sent by WENDYU)


GOLDEN QUILL is a 3yo gelding by Mutakkdim and was sold for just over $1,000 as a yearling.

In 2007 he won $15,000, and another $10,000 this year.

In the summer of 2008, he was claimed for $4,000

He was recently discovered in the KILL PEN in the OLEX AUCTION in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Photos were taken of his lip tattoo that confirmed his indentification.

He has since been saved from slaughter.

To read more about horses that end up at OLEX you can check


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