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Wednesday, November 19, 2008


$950,000 if he wins the race
plus a $950,000 BONUS!

The gang are all in Japan this week as Canadian-bred RAHY'S ATTORNEY shoots for the Group 1 Mile Championship at Kyoto racecourse.

Owned by Joe MacLellan (yellow tie) and his brother Jim and others in the ELLIE BOJE FARM, the gelding is trained by IAN BLACK and jockey SLADE CALLAGHAN has gone to the race too.

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The emails I received about the only big showing by a Canadian-bred in the Far East did not yield a correct answer...

This Canadian-bred was 2nd in the JAPAN CUP the first year it was run...can Rahy's Attorney join him in history - or do better?

Send in your answer to the comment section or on my email (NOTE THE EMAIL ADDRESS NEEDS TO BE ADJUSTED BEFORE YOU SEND)


Reader sends in correct answer!

Hi Jennifer:

The horse who ran second in the first running of the Japan Cup was
no other than the great Frost King. It was strange because the night before
the race, I dreamed that I read the chart in the Toronto Star (we didn't
have the internet back then), and I remember that Frost King came in second
to a horse with a funny name. The next morning, lo and behold, I read an
article in the Star that Frost King was second to the mare, Mairzy Doates.

D. L.


Training Report of Foreign Entrees

November 19, 2008 (Wednesday)

At Kyoto Racecourse


- jogged, cantered 1 lap, on turf course from 7:00 to 7:15
(ridden by T. Gaskin)

"He's in good condition and I'm happy with that. I checked the turf this morning and found it a bit firm, but I don't think it's too firm for him and I'm sure he can handle it. The jockey, Slade Callaghan, will be riding him tomorrow morning. He'll probably do some strong work down the stretch on the turf track."

(Comments taken from I. Black)


SUPER HORNET: The 5-year-old should be the runaway favorite at post time, after edging eventual Tenno Sho (Autumn) champion Vodka in last month’s 1,800-meter Mainichi Okan at Tokyo Racecourse. Super Hornet settled for silver in last year’s Mile Championship, but his electric performance in the Mainichi Okan - winning in 1 minute, 44.6 seconds and cutting 33.3 seconds over the last three furlongs – points to the Rodrigo de Triano horse’s first Grade 1 title. What is more impressive, jockey Yusuke Fujioka says his partner has managed to improve since the Mainchi Okan. Super Hornet, who passed on the Tenno Sho (Autumn) to concentrate on this race, is scheduled to run in the Hong Kong Mile next month, and he just may do so as the newest winner of the Mile Championship.

COMPANY (PICTURED AT RIGHT IN BLUE SILKS) The 7-year-old has become a familiar face on the Grade 1 stage, and yet for all his quality, he has nothing to show for. Company had the fastest time over the last 600 meters in the Tenno Sho (Autumn), clocking 33.5 seconds and finishing only a neck behind the winner Vodka. Jockey Norihiro Yokoyama, never one to overpraise, can’t stop raving about this horse. Company was fifth in the Mile Championship last year, but it seems a pretty good bet that he’ll improve on those results, at the very least. A Grade 1 title has long been overdue for the Hidetaka Otonashi-trained veteran, and Sunday could be just about time.

: Winner of last year’s 1,200-meter Takamatsunomiya Kinen (Grade 1), this son of Sunday Silence remains winless in seven starts this year. The 6-year-old was third in last year’s Mile Championship, just one-tenth of a second behind winner Daiwa Major, so there’s no question as to whether Suzuka Phoenix can handle the course. But the question is, is he past his peak? And how will jockey Yutaka Take handle the reins after his frightening fall off Portofino in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup last weekend? The mile may be a better distance for Suzuka Phoenix, whose reflexes appear to have slowed with age. If a renewed partnership with Take (Yokoyama was on him the previous two races) can help him dig deep, victory on Sunday would not be entirely surprising.

BLUEMENBLATT: The 5-year-old mare is coming off a strong win in the 1,800-meter Fuchu Himba Stakes last month, tipping Kawakami Princess, the favorite in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup, at the wire by half a length. The terms of the Mile Championship - 1,600 meters on the flat stretch at Kyoto - seem ideal for Blumenblatt, who will be ridden by Yutaka Yoshida with two wins in two previous races. She may not be the most popular in the field, but the daughter of Admire Vega certainly has what it takes to become a Grade 1 champion.
MEINER RAINIER: The 4-year-old colt has emerged as the darkhorse of the group, producing two convincing wins back-to-back since last month. Japan Cup-winning jockey Tetsuzo Sato’s frontrunner is perfect in three starts aboard the Grass Wonder son, who held off Laurel Gurreiro to win the 1,400-meter Swan Stakes (Grade 2) at Kyoto on Nov. 1. Meiner Rainier will be pressure free, and without a clearcut pacesetter, Sato is almost certain to push his mount from the get-go. If he isn’t challenged, then an upset could be in the making.

FINE GRAIN: The 5-year-old son of Fuji Kiseki rose to prominence in the spring with victory in the Takamatsunomiya Kinen, his third straight win and the first Grade 1 triumph of his career. He’s coming off a respectable fifth-place finish in the Swan Stakes while carrying 59 kilograms, but finished ninth and 10th in the first two races of the fall season. Fine Grain has a good track record at Kyoto, but a lot will depend on the riding skills of Hideaki Miyuki who must temper the sprint-bent horse over his first mile in seven races.

SMILE JACK: The runner-up to Deep Sky in this year’s Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) makes for an intriguing pick, especially with big-race jockey Yasunari Iwata on board. Smile Jack was a virtual no-show in the Kikuka Sho (Japanese St. Leger), the last leg of the triple crown series at 3,000 meters, finishing 16th in a field of 18. The Tanino Gimlet colt had been struggling to keep his temper in check, hence, trainer Satoru Kobiyama’s decision to enter him in the mile. The quality is definitely there with Smile Jack, but Iwata will have to figure out how to put it all together on Sunday afternoon.


Bold Executive 134 66 6 $4,151,792
Trajectory 88 46 6 2,678,164
Tejano Run 67 37 2 1,446,222
One Way Love 71 33 1 1,441,965
Peaks and Valleys 92 43 1 1,438,128
Tethra 77 38 1 1,417,300
Crown Attorney 25 12 1 1,411,660
Bold n’ Flashy 82 37 0 1,397,442
Not Impossible (Ire) 19 9 2 1,335,584
Perigee Moon 65 35 0 1,311,960
Whiskey Wisdom 59 23 1 1,243,091
Ascot Knight 57 26 0 1,203,195
Cat’s At Home 63 34 0 968,347
Compadre 52 21 0 888,543
Kinshasa 43 19 0 880,102
Rock and Roll 36 19 0 719,020
Paynes Bay 37 14 0 704,789
A Fleets Dancer 38 17 0 560,712
Foxtrail 49 21 0 557,911
Best of the Bests (Ire) 73 22 1 522,034
*Tomahawk 25 7 1 $518,452
Ciano Cat 37 14 0 446,813
Wonneberg 11 6 1 431,490
*Where’s the Ring 22 5 2 412,699
Impeachment 38 15 1 401,024
Domasca Dan 22 8 0 389,655
Elajjud 19 7 2 382,779
Randy Regent 31 17 0 369,243
*Dance to Destiny 9 3 0 222,737
I Can’t Believe 15 10 0 205,303
Devil Begone 17 7 0 202,217
P. T. Indy 58 22 2 176,937
Endeavor 9 3 0 161,233


Ontario-bred PRETTY KATHERINE, a recent maiden winner on the west coast with a 79 Beyer Figure, could be on her way to Woodbine for the Nov. 30 Ontario Lassie Stakes.
John Liviakis' filly is also being considered for the MIESQUE STAKES at Hollywood on the grass.
Liviakis and trainer Melody Conlon were at Woodbine a few years ago with CAPTAIN KURT for the Woodbine Mile.

Here are the Noms for the Lassie..

ch.f.2 by D'wildcat(Forest Wildcat) - Western Melody(West by West)
Vinery Stables LLC and Singer Stables Josie Carroll
b.f.2 by Monashee Mountain(Danzig) - Heart Beat(Apalachee)
Minshall Farms Barbara J. Minshall
b.f.2 by Dance to Destiny(Mr. Prospector) - Beau's Charm(Beau Genius)
Joseph Shiewitz Don Pleterski
gr/ro.f.2 by Deputy Commander(Deputy Minister) - Scarlet Letter(Alphabet Soup)
Eaton Hall Farm Michael J. Doyle
dk b/.f.2 by Pleasant Tap(Pleasant Colony) - Whistling Maid(Bold n' Flashy)
Robert A. and Patricia Weber Glenn Magnusson
b.f.2 by Dance to Destiny(Mr. Prospector) - G. T.'s Gone West(West by West)
G. T. Heat Stable Steve Owens
ch.f.2 by Perigee Moon(Hennessy) - Pyrite Select(Formal Dinner)
Hat Trick Stable and The Double Eagle Stable Ian Black
b.f.2 by Milwaukee Brew(Wild Again) - Appealing Forum(Open Forum)
C. E. C. Farms Scott H. Fairlie
ch.f.2 by Perigee Moon(Hennessy) - Global Gossip(Cryptoclearance)
William Gierkink John P. Le Blanc, Jr.
dk b/.f.2 by Bold Executive(Bold Ruckus) - Bellamancer(Great Gladiator)
James Mort Hardy James Mort Hardy
b.f.2 by Tomahawk(Seattle Slew) - Five Star Miss(Rhythm)
Firestone Farms Ltd. David R. Bell
dk b/.f.2 by Vindication(Seattle Slew) - Indigene(Deputy Minister)
John M. Liviakis Melody Conlon
b.f.2 by Medaglia d'Oro(El Prado (IRE)) - Embraceable(Dehere)
Mark and Tina Casse and Richard and Patricia Lenihan Mark E. Casse
ch.f.2 by Bold Executive(Bold Ruckus) - Ada Dancer(Dance Brightly)
Eaton Hall Farm and M. J. Doyle Racing Stable Ltd. Michael J. Doyle
b.f.2 by Domasca Dan(Same Direction) - Bold Stranger(Bold Executive)
K. K. Sangara Lorne Richards


  • At 12:25 PM, Blogger Horseplayer said…

    We should all know the answer to yr Japan Cup question. It was in yr November 08 blog!!


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