DANCE SMARTLY JACKET STILL UP FOR GRABS - Auction closes Saturday...see below.
SEE comments section for current bids!
AND THEN THERE WERE 2 (two)
Only 2 WEDNESDAY nights left in the Woodbine season folks and then we pack it up for a very long wait until we starts again in early April.
The fields are officially giant now - Friday has 133 horses entered for 10 races - and the betting opportunities are scrumptious.
Tonight there is a pick 4 TO PLAY AROUND WITH and is wraps up with an allowance race for Ontario sired fillies and mares.
Lots of storylines for this race actually:
SAN NICOLA WHISKEY just won at this non-winners of 3 level but is still eligible since her win 2 starts ago was taken away as she tested postive of ketoprofen, a Class 4 drug.
Her trainer Earl Barnett has been suspended 15 days.
Her rider from her last race, Emma-Jayne Wilson is on suspension this week so Slade Callaghan is her 3rd diferent rider in succession.
She just ran a career top Beyer Figure of 73.
So the filly tried to keep the winning streak going in the 9 furlong race.
Two others won their most recent starts - in fact they dead-heated. MIA D'COUGAR is very game and tied with SIX ROSES last time after 9 furlongs in a non-winners of 2 race.
The latter ran her career top Beyer Figure of 71 that day.
TENJECTORY is a stakes winner on the grass who has some class but a dicey Polytrack record.
PAULIFF'S PRIDE almost caught up to San Nicola Whiskey last time and has red-hot rider Justin Stein on board.
REGAN LODGE trashed Mia d'Cougar in an allowance race 2 starts ago but then declined off that top 76 Beyer Figure last time.
BOARDROOM BEAUTY has won 2 straight nine-furlong races - for low claiming.
It will be a tactically interesting race for sure.
1 1/8 Miles (All Weather Track) | Fillies and Mares | 3 Year Olds And Up Allowance | Purse: $73,500
Prg. # Horse Jockey Trainer Wt. Claim $ Equip. Med. ML
1 Six Roses McAleney J S Nosowenko N L 3-1
2 Tenjectory Da Silva E R DePaulo Michael PL 6-1
3 Pauliff's Pride Stein J Katryan Abraham R L 8-1
4 Regan Lodge Husbands P Casse MarkL 4-1
5 Boardroom Beauty Ramsammy E Silvera ArthurL 8-1
6 San Nicola Whiskey Callaghan S Cox Greg DL 6-1
7 Mia d'Cougar Stephen A Attard Tino 121 L 5-2
UPDATED 5:49 P.M. wED.
$275 - the current bid for the DANCE SMARTLY JACKET, money to go to LONGRUN
Email me today!! Auction closes Saturday!!
7th - speaking of LongRun, a beautiful calendar from the HBPA and LongRun will be given out on the last day of racing at Woodbine - DEC. 7
MCALENEY LEADS HUSBANDS WITH 10 RACING DAYS LEFT
The jockeys race is still competitive although Jim McAleney, who has led all season long, is still in the driver's seat.
But there is a report that MCALENEY is no longer riding for the STEVE ASMUSSEN barn at Woodbine after riding 34 winners for that team in 2008.
Still, both him and Husbands have lots of mounts for the next 3 cards and both are on very live runners.
Should be fun to watch!
COMMENTATOR AND OTHERS
Holiday racing in the U.S. this week
There are tons of big stakes races for fans to gobble up on the Thanksgiving cards this week south of the border.
Many big stars are in action in New York and California.
On Friday, Canadian-Bred PRETTY KATHERINE (Vindication) has been entered in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at Hollywood, a one-mile grass race. The filly had been considered a possibility for the Ontario Lassie Stakes
Miesque S. (G3)
November 28, $100,000, f, 2yo, 1mT, Hollywood Park, 3:04 PM PT
PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer
1. Dreamalong Rahy Alex O. Solis 115 Dan L. Hendricks
2. Internallyflawless Giant’s CausewayGarrett K. Gomez 117 Bob Baffert
3. Atka Swiss Yodeler Chantal Sutherland 117 Mike Harrington
4. Platinum Stiletto Mr. Livingston Jon Kenton Court 115 Jennie Christine Green
5. Pretty Katherine Vindication Clinton L. Potts 117 Melody Conlon
6. Emmy Darling Graeme Hall Rafael Bejarano 117 John W. Sadler
7. Kinesiology Dixie Union David Romero Flores 117 Craig Dollase
8. Habaya Storm Cat Richard Migliore 117 Kiaran P. McLaughlin
9. Eloquently (GB) Dansili (GB) Joel Rosario 117 John W. Sadler
10. Century Park General Meeting Mike E. Smith 117 Bob Baffert
11. Grace Gryder Decarchy Martin Garcia 115 Roger M. Stein
12. Ms. Lively Mr. Livingstonayla Stra 117 Jennie Christine Green
HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS AT AQUEDUCT
EXCERPT FROM THE SARATOGIAN
By MICHAEL VEITCH, Saratogian horse racing columnist
The Grade I Cigar Mile, the last such event on the New York Racing Association calendar for 2008, tops a big holiday weekend of racing at Aqueduct.
The $100,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, to be run for the 95th time, is the feature on Thanksgiving Day. Probable runners in the 6-furlong event include last year’s winner Grand Champion, plus graded stakes winners Idiot Proof and Songster.
At one time, the Fall Highweight was a popular and respected event, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s. During that period it was captured by the champion filly Ta Wee in 1969 and 1970, carrying 140 pounds in the latter victory.
Filly winners continued with Chou Croute in 1972, Honorable Miss in 1975-76, and What A Summer in 1977-78. Those three each carried more than 130 pounds, and Chou Croute and What A Summer cemented Eclipse Awards with their wins.
The Grade II Top Flight Handicap, worth $150,000 at one mile for fillies and mares, tops the action Friday. Graded stakes winners Altesse, Leah’s Secret and Rite Moment are the leading probables.
The $300,000 Cigar Mile, along with the Demoiselle and Remsen, highlight the Saturday program. Grade I winners Tale of Ekati and Visionaire headline the Cigar Mile.
Tale of Ekati won the Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct last spring, while Visionaire won the Grade I King’s Bishop last summer at Saratoga. Their opponents in the Cigar Mile could include Wanderin Boy, Arson Squad, Harlem Rocker and Kodiak Kowboy.
The Demoiselle, a Grade II event worth $200,000 at 1Þ miles for 2-year-old fillies, is shaping up as a strong contest. Heading the probables is Sky Diva, winner of the Grade I Frizette Stakes and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Another Breeders’ Cup participant, Renda, may run in the Demoiselle, along with Ain’t Love Grand, Bluegrass Princess and Subprime, all of whom ran at Saratoga.
The Remsen, with the same conditions as the Demoiselle, is for 2-year-old males. Hello Broadway, who is a half-brother to Grade I winner Nobiz Like Shobiz, is one of the top contenders in the Remsen. Also listed by NYRA as probable are American Dance, Hold Me Back, Old Fashioned, Rip Rap and Viscount.
RECENT CANADIAN-BRED WINNERS ELSEWHERE
Ontario night at Mountaineer last night
LAHAINA LADY won the first race at Mountaineer last night under Chad Beckon for owner/trainer Kevin Buttigieg. The Ontario bred by Souvenir Copy-Rainbow Stage by Lear Fan led all the way to win her maiden for $5,000 claiming and raced 6 furlongs in 1:16.94.
Race 4 last night went to APPALACHEE BAY (Tethra) who won for $5,000 at 1 1/16 miles in a non-winners of 2 for Manette Brown. Dale Hemsley rode.
Chad Beckon rode Ontario bred THUNDER FOX to win race 5 for Geri Summers and trainer Stacey Cooper. The 7-year-old by Awesome Again-Astas Foxy Lady was winning for $5,000 claiming.
$450 - starting bids on eBay for MONEIGHS, paintings done by horses! This one at right was done by ZENYATTA.
LEADING ONTARIO SIRES OF ONTARIO -BRED RUNNERS
6 stakes winners for 2 Ontario sires in 2008
SIRE STARTERS WINNERS STAKES WINNERS PROG. EARNINGS
Bold Executive 134 67 6 $4,241,789
Trajectory 89 47 6 2,722,916
Peaks and Valleys 92 43 1 1,485,413
Crown Attorney 25 13 1 1,474,991
Bold n’ Flashy 82 38 0 1,462,953
One Way Love 72 33 1 1,460,963
Tejano Run 67 37 2 1,449,118
Tethra 77 38 1 1,428,401
Perigee Moon 65 35 0 1,368,286
†Not Impossible (Ire) 19 9 2 1,335,679
†Ascot Knight 57 27 0 1,270,579
Whiskey Wisdom 59 24 1 1,255,770
+Cat’s At Home 64 34 0 981,833
Compadre 52 21 0 902,173
Kinshasa 43 19 0 894,926
Rock and Roll 36 19 0 $722,288
Paynes Bay 38 14 0 706,000
†A Fleets Dancer 38 19 0 576,995
Foxtrail 50 22 0 570,004
Best of the Bests (Ire) 73 23 1 533,934
*Tomahawk 25 7 1 519,783
Ciano Cat 37 16 0 470,439
Wonneberg 11 6 1 434,986
*Where’s the Ring 22 5 2 413,343
Impeachment 38 15 1 406,924
Domasca Dan 22 8 0 391,572
†Elajjud 19 7 2 383,592
Randy Regent 31 17 0 374,735
*Dance to Destiny 9 3 0 222,737
*1st crop sire
BLOGGERS ON BLOOD-HORSE
In case you have not visited the BLOG STABLE at Blood-Horse, the THOROUGHBRED BLOGGERS ALLIANCE are on there every week with a guest columnist.
This week Sue Dalebroux of POST PARADE has a super write-up on the confusion regarding a woman finding a racehorse at the kill-pen...
The horse that was ultimately saved in this story appears on pedigreequery.com with this info:
Owner: Faith R. Taylor
Breeder: John Franzone, Jr., Racing, Inc.
State Bred: MD
Winnings: 49 Starts: 5 - 17 - 9, $159,710
3rd: Maryland Million Starter Hcp, Murmur Farm Starter Hcp. (neither is black-type)
Foaled April 2000
updated Dec'07. Saved from slaughter auction and now a riding horse.
Read SUE DALEBROUX'S POST HERE: