MALAKOFF 2003-2008 Lemon Drop Kid - Last Vice, Vice Regent
Owner: Stronach Stables
Breeder: Adena Springs
State Bred: ON
Winnings: 6 Starts: 2 - 2 - 2, $235,057
At 3: Won Marine S. (Can-G3); 3rd Queen's Plate S. Won Prince of Wales S., but disqualified and placed 5th.
Stakes winner MALAKOFF (picture, far right, in Prince of Wales, photo by Terence Dulay), who recently came back from a 2-year layoff following his Prince of Wales victory (only to be disqualified) in 2006, fractured a sesamoid in a workout yesterdayon Woodbine's Polytrack and was euthanized.
The 5-year-old horse was a winner this year in an optional claimer and then finished 5th in his most recent race in another optional claiming race, without the tag.
Malakoff, bought back by Adena Springs from a 2yo sale, won the Marine Stakes and was 3rd in the Queen's Plate before his Prince of Wales 'score'.
He was the best horse that day at Fort Erie but interfered with rivals and was disqualified.
That ruling was appealed but month later, was upheld.
Malakoff was trained by Brian Lynch.
A fast Polytrack was a lot different than earlier in the week.
Speed was king in the sprints and okay in the route races - at least for most of the races. The finale was dominated by off the pace types in the 1 1/16 mile race for $10K claimers.
Longshot DANDY WEE FELLA (One Way Love) was the winner for Mark Hughes andAl Mainprize and trainer Ron Woods.
But speed ruled the first half of the card, front runners won every race at any distance.
Cam Allard's HEY NOW won a $25K claiming event in 1:15.86 for 6 1/2 furlongs good for an 88 Beyer Figure.
The Forestry Kentucky bred pressed the pace form the inside all the way.
Other big winners were the 2yo Tapit colt BEARCATT, racing for the 2nd time and winning a 5 furlong race with an 80 Beyer Figure. The grey is owned by Bear Stables.
FROST KING HONOURED TODAY
Owner: Ted Smith & Bill Marko
Breeder: Ted Smith
State Bred: ON
Winnings: 52 Starts: 26 - 9 - 3, $1,033,260
NTR NP, 11f in 2:16:1.
Canadian Champion Three Year Old Male, 1981.
Canadian Horse of the Year, Champion Older Male, & Champion Turf Male, 1982.
Canadian Hall Of Fame inductee, 1986.
Hall of Fame Inductee, 1986
from Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
In the early 1980s the "Travellin' Man" logged more miles than any trucker on the #401. When he called it a career at age five the big, flashy roan gelding had a bankroll of almost $1.2 million, second only to Sunny's Halo for Canadian breds at that time.
Frost King's name was taken from a discarded refrigerator near the farm north of Toronto where he was raised. He won stakes races in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta and visited many of the leading tracks in the U.S., winning stakes at Keeneland and Chicago's Sportsman's Park and placing in major events in Massachusetts, Illinois and Michigan. Frost King also earned frequent flyer points as a 3-year-old in 1981 when he represented Canada in the inaugural running of the Japan Cup in Tokyo, finishing second by a length to Mairzy Doates. He was also Canada's first entry in the Budweiser Million.
Frost King was bred and co-owned by Ted Smith and Bill Marko, a Sovereign Award winning trainer. Twice Smith offered the son of Ruritania for sale - as a weanling at Keeneland and again at the CTHS yearling sales in Toronto. Both times the bidding failed to reach Smith's $10,000 reserve and he took him home to race for his stable. Frost King was Canada's champion 3-year-old in 1981 and swept honors the following year when he was named Horse of the Year, champion grass horse and older horse. During a remarkable career of 55 starts he was never worse than third on 40 occasions. Of his 27 victories, 21 came in stakes races.
At two he won the Cup and Saucer Stakes and the Winnipeg Futurity. In 1981 he was beaten less than a length in the Queen's Plate but captured the affection of fans and bettors, winning the Canadian Derby, Toronto Cup, Bunty Lawless, Achievement, Col. R.S. McLaughlin, Queenston and Plate Trial Stakes. Good horses have the ability to sprint and carry top weight, which the "Travellin' Man" did often as a 4-year-old in 1982. That year he was assigned 130 pounds or more in eight of his starts, often spotting opponents from 10 to 15 pounds. Frost King won both the Bold Venture Handicap and the Bunty Lawless under 132 pounds for regular jockey, Lloyd Duffy. He carried 131 pounds in the Jockey Club Cup.
Frost King carried his class and durability at age five, travelling to Western Canada, where he set a track record at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Kentucky and Detroit, winning four more stakes races. An ankle injury forced his retirement.
The FROST KING stakes was first held in 1997.
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