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Sunday, November 16, 2008


Nikolai Khabibulin....
could be in the racing news after today if the 2yo KHABIBULIN wins the $250K Coronation Futurity...

The colt is the 'wise guy' pick in the 9 furlong race today and he's one of 3 maidens in the 6 horse field...
owner Mario Forgione has named other horses after hockeys stars - LINDROS, GIQUERE, PRONGER, maybe this is the best one!?

Read more on the Coronation below..


The 2 to 1 odds on undefeated SELVA seemed to be a gift as the dark bay Forest Wildcat gal stayed 4 wide all the way and rallied hard while wide on the turn before drawing away to win the $150,000 Glorious Song Stakes for 2yo fillies at Woodbine yesterday.
The David Carroll trainee was simply tons the best in the 7 furlong race and she ran fast - 1:22.94 - good for an 85 Beyer Figure.

Emma-Jayne Wilson rode the daughter of the Sikver Deputy mare Bayou Mist (who had a yearling in the local sale in Sept. that sold to Terry Hamilton for $90,000 from the Richard Hogan consignment.

Invaders Holiday Girl (who did not have a great start) and Hooh Why were 2nd and 3rd.


Lots of rough stuff in the final weeks of racing. The poor 2yo filly CHISPA just about fell down in mid-stretch in race 2 for maiden $20,000 when there was no room to rally and incredibly, this Ascot Knight gal, from the Fieldstone Farms, collected herself, dove to the rail and battled to the wire only to be edged by a clear sailing RIVER LIME (Where's the Ring.)

Two-year-olds were bumping and crasing in race 4 when decisive winner CROWN ISLE had a miscue when he angled off off the turn in his first route test and his 2nd career start. The Arch Colt, highly regarded, wiped out Gunnislake off the turn on his way to a big win but he was disqualified after a long inquiry. SOLDIER SAM, a Kentucky bred by Smart Strike out of Lady Shari (her first foal) was placed first for Stronach Stables.

SLIGOVITZ won an allowance/optional claiming race at 1 1/16 miles and is one of the better 3yos on the ground - it's just that he started a bit late for the Stronach Stables.

ABUNDANT JOY won her 3rd race in succession for owner/breeder Charles Boyd and that is since she added Lasix - wow. She's by former local star Cracker's Folly.


Highlights of Friday's card included a Polytrack that was a lot kinder to speed than it was 2 days earlier on Wed. night...Pat Husbands winning 3 races to keep very much in the hunt for the top rider by wins...some smaller stakes winning races.. and, yes, another huge longhot to confounde PIck 4 and Pick 3 players.

DAILY DOUBLE was won by two Reade Baker breds - the 2yo filly STEP LIGHTLY w on the opener for $40,000 claiming in her 3RD CAREER start for trainer Mark Casse and Woodford Racing. She is by Indian Charlie out of Luckierthanuthink by the recently deceased Mazel Trick.
Race 2 was shared - the Baker bred MIA D'COUGAR dead-heated with SIX ROSES in a super finish to the allowance race for Ontario sired fillies and mares. The former, trained by Tino Attard for Brenda Goodlet, is by D'Wildcat out of Matter of Law by Matter of Honour and the latter was the 3rd winner of the meeting for Mike and Nick Nosowenko and she is by Tethtra our of Six Hearts by Val de l'Orne.

Owner/trainer SHERRIE-LEE HAWLEY won the 3rd race with DANCE FOR ME, a $5746 yearling purchase from Josham Farms who won her maiden for $20,000 Friday in her 9th career start. She is by Dance Brightly out of Camomile by Bold Ruckus. The filly is the only runner for Hawley at the meeting.

The success of the filly Baywoods, owned by Oriella Stable and ridden by Carl Defreitas, rubbed off on that barn's newest acquisition, FROM GRAY TO GOLD, She ONe Way Love gal was claimed for $25,000, fared poorly for $40,000 but then bounced back in a big way to win for $16,000 to beat big favourite My Special Angel in race 4.

Trainer David Thompson won his first Woodbine race of the year (and 5th overall) with Polytrack loving DEMI SONG who dropped to just $8,000 and won the 5th race on the turn-0back from route racing to 7 furlongs.

DANISH FAIRYTALE won for the first time in 2 years when she won the 7th race for Vivi Hempel and trainer Earl Barnett. She led all the way through 9 furlonsg and really, there is not other distance good for this mare other than 9 furlongs - she is 3 for 7 at the trip and 1 for 18 at other distances.

Husbands' 3rd winner of the day came with RADIO RELAY who plunged in class to win his maiden for $12,500 after starting for maiden allowance $40,000. He is an Ontario bred by Kafwain.

The big bomb of the day was in the last race for $10,000 claiming for older runners. TAHANA led all the way to win his 6th-ever Woodbine race and 4th over Polytrack. He had been 2 for 7 at Fort Erie this year for owner/trainer Denyse McClachrie. The 5yo is by I Can't Believe.


Bruno Schickedanz, who raced Horse of the Year/stallion/racehorse again WAKE AT NOON paid $245,000 for LEGAL MOVE at the Keeneland sale yesterday to top that session.
Legal Move, a multiple stakes winner by Bold Executive, was sold as a racing or stallion prospect.
He was part of a Woodford racing dispersal of 4yo's.



El Brjuo leads weak edition of Coronation
By Ron Gierkink

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Coronation Futurity offers a lucrative $250,000 purse, and it is thought to be an early prelude to the following year's Queen's Plate, but no Coronation winner has won the Plate since Norcliffe turned the trick way back in 1975-76.

Two of the last three winners of the 1 1/8-mile race for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds eventually wound up in claiming races. This year's Coronation, on Sunday at Woodbine, is among the weakest in the 105-year history of the race - three of the six runners are maidens.


ARCH HALL TO STUD in Campbelville..


  • At 10:08 AM, Blogger Brooklyn Backstretch said…

    Hmm...Lindros couldn't keep from getting injured, and Pronger can't keep from being a dirty player...can't say much about Giguere, but Khabibulin's a head case, no? Maybe this guy needs to be a little more judicious in how he names his horses! =)

  • At 12:02 PM, Blogger sarah said…

    At least Legal Move went to a Canadian buyer. He's a perfect Ontario sire prospect, as a logical successor to the aging Bold Executive. Hopefully Schikendanz has the good sense to retire him to stud. He's had a pretty long campaign this year.

  • At 7:53 PM, Blogger Terence said…

    Sad news out of New Zealand:

    Sunline was the star of Australia/New Zealand racing just before Makybe Diva hit the spotlight.


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