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Thursday, November 20, 2008



RAHY'S ATTORNEY and friends

Ellen MacLellan has sent THOROUGHBLOG exclusive Photos of Rahy's Attorney, owned by the MacLellan family including Ellen's hubby Joe, in Japan as he readies for the Group 1 Mile Championship.

From top - RAHY'S ATTORNEY in his wash bay - Tyler Gaskin holds the gelding's head, Joe
MacLellan is next to jockey Slade Callaghan.

Second photo - 'Rahy' gallops in the brisk morning weather at Kyoto

3rd photo - TYLER GASKIN,

left, and SLADE CALLAGHAN on a sightseeing tour in Japan

Fourth photo - JOE MACLELLAN surrounded by his peeps (trainer IAN BLACK is second from right) in Japan.


Rahy's breezes a bit

November 20, 2008 (Thursday)

At Kyoto Racecourse


- cantered 1,200m, galloped 4 furlongs out -stronger in the last 2 furlongs, on turf course from 7:05 to 7:20 (ridden by S. Callaghan)

"I told Slade to speed up 4 furlongs out and everything went as hoped. It’s the first time for the horse to race right-handed but I don’t think there will be anything to worry about. His condition after the breeze is very good. It would be nice to have some rain, but I’m sure he can handle the going. Since the straight is pretty long right after the start, whatever his post position will be won’t bother me, but an inner stall from the middle would be ideal. We plan to jog him on the dirt tomorrow, maybe do some light work on the turf on Saturday, and just hand-walk him around the stables on the day of the race."

(Comments taken from I. Black - courtesy Japan Racing website)

GROUP 1 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP - late Saturday night-Sunday morning

November 23, 2008, 1600m, Turf INT DSN, Special Weight, 3-Year-Olds & Up, Open Class, Value of race: 190,000,000 Yen

Horse Sex Age Weight (Kg) Sire Dam Dam's sire Dam's dam Jockey Trainer Owner

Admire Subaru(JPN) H5 57.0 Admire Boss Admire Yell Generous Princesse Timide Yuga Kawada Hidemasa Nakao Riichi Kondo
Tsuji Bokujo

Blumenblatt(JPN) M5 55.0 Admire Vega My Wild Flower Topsider Wildwook Yutaka Yoshida
Sei Ishizaka U.Carrot Farm
Northern Farm

Company(JPN) H7 57.0 Miracle Admire Brilliant Very Northern Taste Crafty Wife Norihiro Yokoyama
Hidetaka Otonashi Hideko Kondo
Hideko Kondo

Eishin Dover(USA) H6 57.0 Victory Gallop Eishin Georgia Kris S. Untamed Spirit Hiroyuki Uchida
Ken Kozaki Toyomitsu Hirai
Columbiana Farm

Fine Grain(JPN) H5 57.0 Fuji Kiseki Mill Grain Polish Precedent Mill Line Hideaki Miyuki
Hiroyuki Nagahama Shadai Race H.
Shadai Farm

Jolly Dance(JPN) M7 55.0 Dance in the Dark Peterhof's Patea Peterhof Tea At Ten Shinichiro Akiyama
Noriyuki Hori Kaoru Kobayashi
Nishikioka Farm

Kiss to Heaven(JPN) M5 55.0 Admire Vega Long Virgin Northern Taste Suibu Shinji Fujita
Hirofumi Toda Kazuko Yoshida
Showa Yamamoto Bokujo

Kongo Rikishio(IRE) H6 57.0 Stravinsky Principium Hansel Nazoo Christophe Lemaire
Kenji Yamauchi Hisao Kanaoka
Pacello S. A. and A. Swersky and Associates

Laurel Guerreiro(JPN) C4 57.0 King Halo Big Tenby Tenby Mogami Hime Hirofumi Shii
Mitsugu Kon Laurel Racing Co .Ltd.
Murata Bokujo

Maruka Shenck(JPN) H5 57.0 Sunday Silence Shenck Zafonic Buckwig Yuichi Fukunaga
Hiroshi Kawachi Kawacho Sangyo
Shadai Farm

Meiner Rainier(JPN) C4 57.0 Grass Wonder Cherry Love Sakura Yutaka O Turn-to Dyna Tetsuzo Sato
Masato Nishizono K.Thoroughbred Club Ruffian
Okada Stud

Rahy's Attorney(CAN) G4 57.0 Crown Attorney Rahy's Hope Rahy Roberto's Hope Slade Callaghan
Ian Black Joseph MacLellan
Ellie-Boje Farm

Reserve Card(JPN) H5 57.0 Sakura Bakushin O Dinner Time Bering Dinner Out Yuichi Shibayama
Hironori Kurita Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.
Northern Farm

Shonan Alba(JPN) C3 56.0 War Emblem Xianlang Great Commotion Down the Line Masayoshi Ebina
Yoshitaka Ninomiya Tetsuhide Kunimoto
Kuwata Bokujo

Silent Pride(JPN) H5 57.0 French Deputy Silent Prayer Sunday Silence Gentle Spirit Hiroki Goto
Sakae Kunieda Shadai Race H.
Shadai Farm

Smile Jack(JPN) C3 56.0 Tanino Gimlet She C'est Moi Sunday Silence Kaiun Tenshi Yasunari Iwata
Satoru Kobiyama Yomoji Saito
Uemizu Bokujo

Super Hornet(JPN) H5 57.0 Rodrigo de Triano You Sun Polish El Senor Elzevir Yusuke Fujioka
Yoshito Yahagi Tokuo Morimoto
Gerbera Park Stud

Suzuka Phoenix(JPN) H6 57.0 Sunday Silence Rose of Suzuka Fairy King Rose of Jericho Yutaka Take
Mitsuru Hashida Keiji Nagai
Keiji Nagai


Woodbine blanketed in snow during Wed. night card

While some horsefolks were being 'euchred', big, light and fluffy flakes fell most of the night and it was a winter wonderland at Woodbine for the 3rd-last evening card for 2008.

It would be a memorable night for jockey BETH WYARD, who won her first career race in the finale aboard Herbert Chambers' 11 to 1 shot CHATTY CAT (A Fleets Dancer-Bogie Cat, bred in Ontario)

The young rider had ridden 25 races, 24 at Woodbine, before last night.

On the other end of the spectrum, Pat Husbands' 2 winners (he probably should have won 4 in total but lost 2 by less than a length when he ran out of horsepower) brought him within 8 of leader Jim McAleney is quite an exciting finish to the jocks standings.

TODAY at Woodbine McAleney is named on a bunch of serious contenders and the edge for today at least, goes to him.

JUSTIN STEIN has been on a roll of late and he picked up 3 straight winners last night.

Trainer CATHERINE DAY PHILLIPS won a pair too.


B'CAUSE B'CAUSE won the opener for trainer Robert Tiller and Peter Vlitas. The 2yo gelding by Whywhywhy was winning his first 2-turn test after 7 sprint races and won his maiden for $20K.

Race 2- went to GALLOPING D'AMOUR, a Kentucky bred by Victory Gallop owned and bred by Ivan Dalos. The filly is trained by Nick Gonzalez and she ralleid in time to win her maiden over the big favourite Xtraordinary, who looked like a winner inside the eighth pole before she suddenly stopped.

Race 3 - The allowance feature of the night for older Ontario breds at a route distance went to SEVERI, who rallied from just off the pace while hugging the rail. The Whiskey Wisdom-Miss Heidi gelding is yet another recent winner for the sudenly hot Nick DeToro barn and those runners coming off the short layoss are extra tough. Severi had not raced since early September and Stein was his newest rider.

The Phillips' roll started in race 4 - a maiden allowance for older Ontario breds. KNIGHT'S QUEST, another Stein-in-time, stalked a longshot pace runner in 2nd, dove to the rail and edged away to win by 3/4 of a length. The Ascot Knight-Smart Alice, Bold Executive 3yo gelding was making his first start since Sept. and 4th career start.

Race 5- More rail fun - OPENING REMARK dropped to rock bottom, $8,000 claiming and the 4yo filly won her 4th race in her 11th start. The little black filly, a half sister to stakes winner Swamp Line, was the 3rd of Stein winning ride.

MCNUTT won his maiden in his 9th career start with an off-the pace run in the 7 furlong, 6th race for $32K claimers. The Tale of the Cat-Allison's Prize, Dixieland Band gelding was originally a $220K yearling purchase. Jim and Alice Sapara own the fellow and Josie Carroll trainers.

Phillips' trainer SHORT SHORTS was odds-on to win the other allowance raceon the card - a sprint for Ontario sired fillies and mares and she came through like a champ to score by almost 4 lengths under Husbands. The Bold n' Flashy-Hot Pants, Dixieland Heat 3yo had been 2nd , 3rd and 4th in her previous 3 starts.
She is owned by Doug Anderson, Rita Eskudt and Kingfield Farms and all three bred the filly too.


FUTURO won his maiden at Hollywood yesterday in 1:15 for 6 1/2 furlongs in his 4th career start. The race was his second event with blinkers off a long layoff
and he skipped clear by 3 1/2 lengths for owner B. Wayne Hughes. A $325,000 yearling, the 3yo colt is by Golden Missile out of Forever Partners by Not for Love.
He was bred by Adena Springs in Ontario.

STARTICUS 2004-2008
Dies at Guelph University

excerpt from, BILL TALLON

Trainer Ralph Biamonte's barn suffered a crushing blow recently when his stable star, Starticus, had to be euthanized.

Starticus, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old gelding owned by Danny Lococo, had run the best race of his career here Oct. 4, finishing a close third after setting all the pace in the Gradeo2 Nearctic at six furlongs on turf.

Following the Nearctic, Biamonte had considered nominating Starticus for Saturday's Kennedy Road, but opted instead to put him away for the season with an eye toward turf sprinting next year.

"We were going to send him to the farm, but first we X-rayed his ankles, which have always been a concern," Biamonte said.

The results prompted Biamonte to send Starticus to the nearby University of Guelph's veterinary clinic for an MRI examination.

"Coming out of the anesthetic, he fell down and broke his elbow," Biamonte said. "That would have finished him as a racehorse, but we thought maybe we could save him and have him as a riding horse or something."

Surgery was performed, but a follow-up examination revealed that the operation had not been successful and Starticus had to be put down.

"It's devastating, when you've been in the game all your life and he was the best horse you've ever had," Biamonte said. "He tried so hard."

Starticus raced just 10 times, fashioning a record of 4-2-2 for earnings of $246,773. The current year had been by far his best as Starticus found his niche going short on the turf.


  • At 7:38 PM, Blogger wendyu said…

    OH!! JEN!! STARTICUS!!! I'm so sad and sorry!! Wow is all I can say...


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