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Saturday, October 18, 2008


Remember the day she was stolen??

The way that 2yo filly GELLHORN won yesterday - 8 lengths plus, hand ride, 2nd career start for $40K claiming - makes DEEVEETEE look good in today's FANFRELUCHE STAKES.
Gellhorn was 9th beaten 10 lengths by DEEVEETEE (Doneraile Court) in a maiden race on Sept. 20.
Deeveetee will not be favoured today for the 6 furlong FOALE DIN ONTARIO dash but the Mark Casse trainee (for 2142064 Ont Inc, has a ring doesn't it?) is getting good fast. Her maiden score came in her 3rd race.
The favourite will be the fleet undefeated gal HIGH MIST, Emma-Jayne Wilson up, who is by Olmodavor and owned by western Canadians N C Stable and Wendy Anderson.

High Mist has won both races easily.
Wilson is aboard for Eurico Da Silva who is California riding Bear It's True today in a stakes race and working Fatal BUllet and Bear Now for Baker (see yesterday's post for entries for Bear It's True's race).

write up on Fanfreluche..

Hall of Fame Inductee, 1981

As great as she was on the racetrack, Fanfreluche gained even more prominence and fame as a broodmare, a fact underlined when she was sold for a then world-record price of $1.3 million. Bred by J. Louis Lévesque, Fanfreluche proved an outstanding race horse with 11 wins at the age two and three.

She was a consistent stakes winner, numbering among her triumphs the prized Alabama Stakes, the Manitoba Centennial Derby, Natalma, Princess Elizabeth, Bison City, Selene, Fleur de Lys, Quebec Derby and the Benson And Hedges Invitational. She placed second, by less than a length in the Queen's Plate, and was runner-up in the Canadian Oaks. Fanfreluche, who was trained by Yonnie Starr, was a unanimous choice as Canada's Horse of the Year in 1970 and was co-champion 3-year-old filly in North America with Office Queen, whom she defeated in the 11/4 mile Alabama Stakes.

In the historic Alabama at Saratoga, N.Y., she defeated the best 3-year-old fillies in North America. Ron Turcotte rode her that day and he along with Chris Rogers and John LeBlanc, were the only men to ride her. She later finished third at Aqueduct in the Gazelle Stakes while giving her opponents weight and was second against older foes in the Spinster Stakes at Keeneland. Invited to the prestigious Washington, D.C. International at Laurel against the world's best turf horses, Fanfreluche pressed the pace in the mile and a half grass race, but tired and finished seventh to Fort Marcy.
Fanfreluche with jockey Chris Rogers and Jean-Louis Lévesque

It was after her racing days were over that Fanfreluche, or "Fanny" as she was affectionately known, made her greatest contribution to racing. Her first foal, L'Enjoleur, was named Canada's Horse of the Year. In 1978, two of Fanfreluche's progeny were accorded divisional championships in Canada. Medaille D'or, a winner of the Coronation Futurity, was selected two-year-old filly champion while La Voyageuse, a victor in the Canadian Oaks, was named three-year-old filly champion. Fanfreluche also produced L'Extravagante, third in the Canadian Oaks, and Grand Luxe, winner of the Fury Stakes.

A daughter of Northern Dancer and Hall of Fame mare Ciboulette, Fanfreluche also made headlines away from the racing scene when she was the victim of a "horse-napping" in June of 1977 from the Claiborne Farm in Kentucky. She was subsequently recovered unharmed in early December. At the time of the incident, Fanfreluche was in foal to the 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. The foal was delivered and aptly named Sain et Sauf - Safe and Sound. Fanfreluche was later sold for the aforementioned world-record sum of $1.3 million to Bertram Firestone of Waterford, Virginia.

And PHOTOGRAPHER BARBARA LIVINGSTON has a super slideshow of her Old Friends including Fanfreluche from 1998.


There were a lot of easy winners yesterday and only one horse on the 9 race card from more than 3 lengths of the place to win (maiden claiming winner FAPPIE'S MITTERAND in the last race).

GELLHORN (mentioned above) won her maiden in her 2nd race for Charles Wallens and John Charalambous by more than 8 lengths under wraps. She is a Kentucky bred by Chapel Royal.

WINNING TURN won her maiden off the 2 month layoff for breeder Chiefswood Farm and trainer Eric Coatrieux. The filly dragged her way to an easy win in her 3rd career stARt. She is by Tiznow, the king of synthetic sires.

LUNAR LINDA won her maiden in a 1 mile and 70 yard allowance for Hat Trick and Double Eagle Stable and trainer Ian Black. The Perigee Moon filly is out of Pyrite Slect and was bred by Mike Byrne. She is 1 for 5 in her career and made it look easy yesterday.

And David James' PETITE JETE, a 4yo by Grand Slam out of Ballet Troupe bred in Ontario by Jeff and Jane Wooder galloped to a handy maiden allowance score on the grass in race 8, her 2nd career start.
James reported that the filly has overcome many injuries in her career and that her win was remarkable. Mike DePaulo trains.


The team has arrived in Sandy Hawley's preparations for his big race today on the site. News and clips to come..

Sandy and the boys (and one girl) ride again today

(and there is a cool picture too)

A group of very small people sat at a long table at Santa Anita on Friday morning and did something they probably had never done there before.

They ate a lot.

Before, during and after that, they told enough stories about themselves and each other -- especially about one of them -- to resurrect some of the grand days of the sport of horse racing.

Many of the stories were even true.

Today, eight of the group, all retired and all Hall of Fame jockeys, will get back in the saddle again. They will ride in a race that will count, both on their records and at the betting windows.,0,7693219.column


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