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Monday, November 03, 2008


Regal Intention (Vice Regent-Tiffany Tam, Tentam)


He was supposed to be the '2nd best 3yo" in the powerful Sam-Son Farms' stable at Woodbine in 1988.
His stablemate, Regal Classic, by the same sire, Vice Regent, was a flashy chestnut to regal Intention's dark bay, he had been a favourite for the Breeers' Cup Juvenile as a 2yo and run well - Regal Intention won the Kingarvie Stakes.
Regal Classic was named champion 2yo.

But in the '88 Queen's Plate, REGAL INTENTION won the Queen's Plate over his stablemate in a mild upset and provided Sam-Son Farms and Ernie Samuel with the the first of several Plate wins.

As one of Canada's top racehorses of the last few decades, Regal Intention was versatile and sturdy. Recently, he has provided British Columbia with dozens of top runners, he has stood at Canmor Farms for years.

But last week, Regal Intention was found dead in his paddock at the farm, passing away from apparent natural causes.

He was 24.

Following his Plate win, Regal Intention was edged by Regal Classic at the wire in the Prince of Wales Stakes but he was named the champion 3yo that year.

(from Wikipedia)
Sent back to the track to compete at age four, Windfields Farm acquired an interest in Regal Intention. He raced thirteen times in 1989, frequently running in sprint races. He won three races, including the Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine, but in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Gulfstream Park the colt Sam Who was disqualified to last after he angled in causing considerable difficulty for several horses that forced another horse to run into Regal Intention. He never recovered and finished eleventh in the thirteen-horse field behind upset winner, Dancing Spree.

At age five, Regal Intention made eight starts with his single win coming in the Jacques Cartier Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. Retired after the 1990 season, Regal Intention entered stud the following year.

The stallion is currently represented by 27 stakes winners and total progeny earnings nearing $14 million from 15 crops to race. His 2008 stakes winners include Gr. 3 $250,000 British Columbia Derby hero Krazy Koffee and $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity winner P.S. Good N Ready. The illustrious sire produced Canadian champion older turf mare Wooloomooloo and Peruvian champion turf mare Nadja along with champions Shelby Madison, Point Guard, Queen of My Nights and Seven Secrets.

Regal Intention will be laid to rest in a new stallion cemetary to be created on the farm in his honour.

Morning! This gal pictured at right is 0 for 131 in career as of yesterday...DONA CHEPA races in Puerto can see her pp's if you check out a Comment sent in from a reader on yesterday's post..

BEAR NOW - $950,000 at Fasig Tipton
Keeneland gets going with 5,000 horses

Multiple graded stakes winner BEAR NOW said goodbye to her longtime owner, Bear Stables, owned by Danny Dion, when she sold for $950,000 at the Fasig Tipton sale yesterday.

The sale featured a $14 million-dollar mare, Better than Honour, and $5.7 million Stardom Bound.

Adena Springs was very bust buying Honey Ryder for $1.75 million and several for $1.8 million including Intangaroo and Ariege.

Bear Now (a millionaire) sold as a racing or broodmare prospect to Town and Country Farm.


96 Beyer in Ontario Fashion

PORTE BONHEUR (Lucky Charm en francais) zipped up the rail under CHANNING HILL to win the competitive Ontario Fashion Stakes yesterday at Woodbine

from Woodbine media..
Trainer David Duggan said the three-year-old filly came back with an
excuse after her most recent start, an 11 1/4-length defeat to Indian
Blessing in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park.

"She had a legitimate excuse. She came out of the race with a stone
bruise," said Duggan, whose last Woodbine attempt came in the 2006
Flaming Page with sixth-place finisher Moon Dolly. "She's a very good
filly. She's got a high cruising speed and you can place her wherever
you want to."

The Ontario Fashion was the fifth career victory from nine starts for
Porte Bonheur, who won the Grade 3 Victory Ride over talented filly

Porte Bonheur returned $15.50, $8.10, $4.90, combining with Lucas
Street ($9.60, $5.30) for a $96.30 exactor. Miss Macy Sue ($3) rounded
out a triactor worth $287.30. Marina Ballerina completed a $1 superfecta
worth $1,436.25.

Lucas Street ran well to be a fast closing 2nd while the inside speed, Miss Macy Sue was
just ahead of Marina Ballerina for 3rd.


Two days after a big-time power harrow of the main track left the Poly kind to inside runners (it has been better on the inside for a week but was terrible for a lot of the summer)

Closers did the best but speed held okay on what seemed to be a very fair surface.

And remember this is the time of year the OVERDUE runners win...give those ones one more chance..

First race - Stallion DANCE TO DESTINY sired his 3rd winner with the stretgcing out DANCING CHARM who led all the way to win the 2yo maiden claimer for $40K. She is owned by Joe Shiewitz and trained by Don Pleterski. Emile Ramsammy guied the fillly around.

Race 2- DANCE FOR US won a maiden allowance in her 3rd career start for Minshall Farms and trainer Barb Minshall. The homebred is a Monashee Mountain gal who ran a 66 Beyer FIgure in the win.
The filly was actually a $29K yearling purchase by Beclawat Stables but she races for her breeder.

Race 3- Wow...the magic of Lasix.
15 races and the Cracker's Folly Ontario bred gal ABUNDANT JOY didn't do all that much. Lasix 2 starts ago and she won her maiden on turf and then won an allowance race on Polytrack yesterday with an inside rally. Her trainer is Harold Ladouceur who put her on Lasix when he took over her training 2 starts ago.

JUNGLE WAVE sat a pocket trip, tiped out and won his Woodbine debut for Peter Redekop and trainer Terry Jordan in race 4 for $60K claiming (Optional). He raced without the tag.
The Hold that Tiger 3yo raced in 1:22 4/5 for 7 furlongs.

RACE 5 - DIVINE DESTINY is anOntario bred by Friends Lake (he has 8 winners in his first crop now) out of the Alysheba mare Chic Sheba. The filly was dropping to maiden claiming $40K for Michael Scott and trainer Greg de Gannes and she wore down Open Zipper in the stretch and then held off an erratic beginner, Pzzazzed (Najran).

RACE 6- Bent Attorney won off the claim for Centennial Farms and trainer Don MacRae. The filly was making a turf to Polytrack switch and she had a beautiful trip under Emma-Jayne Wilson to win the allowance race over a stubborn speedster - Valeisha.

RACE 7 - the First Pick 4 ended and the next began with a steal. Emile Ramsammy sent Omaggio to the lead in the LAST TURF RACE OF THE SEASON and Richard Lister's gelding led all the way and then held off Certain Circles in the $40K claimer. Jim Smith trains.

The late double also went to ralliers: MANLIEST was sitting on a peak race and won at 4 to 1 in the $11,500 claiming race for NICK DETORO and jockey Justin Stein.

Ramsammy completed a super day with a darting move aboard tail-swishing maiden HOT TRUCK HONEY and got that gal up to win for the first tine in an $11,500 event. She is a New York bred by Lion Cavern owned and trained by Audra Cappuccitti.

watch on HPI TV!!

(or on the internet..'s LIVE BLOG coverage of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington from 10am on Tuesday 4 November. We'll offer up banter, pictures of the hottest horses and fashions, and a whole heap more. The Melbourne Cup stops the nation, but it can't stop


Reuters preview

Foreign raiders tipped for Melbourne glory

By Julian Linden

SYDNEY, Nov 3 (Reuters) - English stayer Mad Rush and Irish stallion Septimus were vying for outright favourite status for Tuesday's Melbourne Cup after Australian gamblers deserted their best local horses to plunge on the foreign challengers.
The two imports were listed on most major betting markets around odds of 4-1 after a huge betting plunge on the eve of the A$5.5 million ($3.7 million) race.
European horses have a poor record in the Melbourne Cup, winning the 148-year-old race on just two occasions, but most Australians believe they have the gruelling 3,200 metres handicap at their mercy this year.
Australia's master trainer Bart Cummings, a winner of a record 11 Melbourne Cups, said the influx of foreign horses had turned the race into a game of "spot the Aussie."
There are a record equalling seven European-trained runners in this year's field, reduced from 24 to 22 with the scratchings of Zarita and Yellowstone, plus four from New Zealand.
The foreign crop are considered vastly superior to the locals over longer distances as most homegrown runners are bred to sprint.
Australia's best stayer, last year's winner Efficient, pulled out last month because of an injury, leaving his stablemate Zipping (15-1) and Barbaricus (17-1) to lead the local challenge.


Mad Rush is aiming to become the first English-prepared horse to win the race and stormed into calculations after a fast-finishing fourth in last month's Caulfield Cup, the traditional lead-up event.

Trainer Luca Cumani also has a second runner in Bauer, which won last month's Geelong Cup to secure a spot in the field. Cumani finished second with Purple Moon last year and Mad Rush has been the best backed horse in the lead up to the race.
"The order (of popularity) yesterday was Mad Rush then Profound Beauty, then Zipping, then Nom Du Jeu and then Barbaricus and Septimus not too far away from each other," said TAB Sportsbet's Glenn Munsie.
"It's not actually large bets on Mad Rush, it's very consistent money but not huge money."
Ireland have four runners in the race, three from the stable of Aidan O'Brien and another getting the polish off Dermot Weld, the man who triggered the foreign invasion with his wins on Vintage Crop (1993) and Media Puzzle (2002).
Weld's representative this year is Profound Beauty, a lightly raced mare that snuck in with a light weight and will be ridden by Glen Boss.
Boss won the race three times in a row from 2003-05 with Australia's greatest race mare Makybe Diva.
"She gives me every indication she will run the distance but you never know until you try," Boss said. "You can never underestimate someone like Dermot Weld."


O'Brien has three runners -- Septimus, Honolulu and Allesandro Volta -- but Septimus is his best chance. The six-year-old is Europe's reigning champion stayer and won his last race, the Irish St Leger (2,816m), by 13 lengths, but has to carry the top weight of 58.5 kilograms.

"Septimus speaks for himself. He is a class horse. Whether he can do it in a handicap, we'll find out on Tuesday," O'Brien told reporters.
"If it was in a conditioned race over two miles, he would be a very short price. He is in very good form and obviously was a very good winner last time, but I don't think any horse is unbeatable."
France will have their first Cup runner this year in Vareeves while New Zealand will saddle up four hopes, including the Caulfield Cup runner-up Nom Du Jeu.
Despite worries about a foreign winner and the effects of the global financial crisis, more than 100,000 people are expected to cram into Flemington racecourse while millions more will watch the race on television.
The country grinds to a halt and tunes into the two-and-a-half minute scramble, attracting bets estimated in excess of A$200 million ($135 million) in total. ($1=A$1.49) (Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Melbourne Cup Field

Trainer Jockey

1. 1x11 Septimus (10) A O'Brien (Ire) J Murtagh 58.5kg
2. 6270 Master O'Reilly (6) D O'Brien V Duric 55kg
3. 4161 Honolulu(24) A O'Brien (Ire) C O'Donoghue 54.5kg
4. 7946 C'est La Guerre (5) J Sadler B Prebble 54kg
5. 0232 Nom du Jeu (1) M Baker (NZ) J Lloyd 54kg
6. 5138 Yellowstone (12) J Chapple-Hyam (GB) J Egan 54kg
7. x732 Zipping (16) J Sadler D Nikolic 54kg
8. 2124 Mad Rush (4) L Cumani (GB) D Oliver 53.5kg
9. 3835 Ice Chariot (22) R Maund M Rodd 53kg
10. 8700 Viewed (9) B Cummings B Shinn 53kg
11. 1311 Littorio (17) N Blackiston S King 52.5kg
12. 8271 Bauer (13) L Cumani (GB) C Brown 52kg
13. 1540 Boundless (20) S McKee (NZ) G Childs 52kg
14. 2541 Gallopin (21) D O'Brien J Winks 52kg
15. 5955 Guyno (8) L Luciani C Newitt 52kg
16. 2504 Zarita (7) P Hyland Scratched 52kg
17. 0015 Newport (15) P Perry C Symons 51.5kg
18. 2113 Profound Beauty (2) D Weld (Ire) G Boss 51.5kg
19. 2846 Red Lord (14) A Cummings N Hall 51.5kg
20. x698 Varevees (23) R Gibson (Fr) C Williams 51.5kg
21. x860 Prize Lady (18) G Sanders (NZ) M Sweeney 51kg
22. 6460 Alessandro Volta (11) A O'Brien (Ire) W Lordan 50.5kg
23. 3232 Barbaricus (3) D O'Brien S Baster 50.5kg
24. 5621 Moatize (19) B Cummings Ms C Lindop 50kg


Because of overproduction in the Thoroughbred commercial breeding industry, “the market won’t take care of every horse,” said Kitty Taylor of Warrendale Sales. “People have to have a plan B. They have to be willing to say, ‘OK, this mare is coming out of production, and I’m either going to find a good home for her or she’s going to live in my back field, or I’m going to donate her to the University of Kentucky or whomever (for research).

"Everybody is really going to have to start thinking about what they are going to do. It’s very sad for me as a person who loves horses and loves animals, but I would advise a client with an older horse, if they can’t care for that animal anymore, to euthanize it. Don’t let it go down a route in life that is going to be distressful or damaging or a bad way to live, because once you let them out of your control, that’s what can happen.” - Blood Horse story..

Read the entire piece here:


from HRTV.. remember the Tabasco Cat incident with Jeff Lukas? Here is the story of a father and is poignant, moving...


  • At 4:53 PM, Blogger Jen Morrison said…

    THOROUGHBLOG received this note Monday....

    Hi There

    I had the privilage of seeing this wonderful animal up close back in 1994 at Windfields. He was gorgeous

    And, by the way, he was 23 not 24. May he RIP.

    I LOVE your Thorough Blog by the way.

    Fan of racing since 1969

  • At 12:23 AM, Blogger Hill 'N' Dale Canada said…


    Re-Melbourne Cup.
    12 Melbourne Cup wins for Bart Cummings (now 82 years young). Is there a greater accomplishment in Horse Racing? Whatabout in any sport? This is a man that has also overcome a great deall of adversity. Spent some time with him years ago and was enthralled.
    GS from HND


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