OH THE WEATHER...
FORT ERIE DISCUSSED
"Thoroughbred racing in Ontario is in peril" - Bob McCown, Fan 590
KIM CRAITOR, Niagara Falls MPP, was on the Fan 590 radio station recently on PRIME TIME SPORTS with Bob McCown and briefly discussed the plinght of Fort Erie racetrack and its folks.
Layoffs have been announced and surely, with the Christmas season coming, nothing will be determined about thetrack's fate for some time yet.
McCown wondered should taxpayer's have to deal with the crumbling of Nordic Gaming's track?
This is a good question.
A RALLY is apparently going to be held at the track at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning - Dec. 21.
SAM-SON FARMS is in action today at FAIR GROUNDS. Stakes winner FRENCH BERET, who adores the Fair Grounds turf, is in an optional claimer ($75K) and is 5 to 2 and favoured in the 1 1/16 mile race.
CATCH THE LUCK is also racing on the grass in an earlier allowance race and he is 6 to1.
Donver Stables' VICTORY ROMANCE is in the finale, an allowance race for fillies and mares. The Alberta-bred is 8 to 1 for trainer Josie Carroll.
TOMORROW - Ontario bred, stakes placed filly EDAMAME is in the Letellier Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds for Windways Farm and trainer Malcolm Pierce. She is 5 to 1.
Pierce has horses in a bunch of stakes tomorrow including THE GREAT CARUSO in the Bonapaw Stakes and SHES INDY MONEY in the Esplanade Stakes.
SMILING JORDAN, an Ontario bred 6yo by Accelerator-Live in Sin by Runaway Groom, won a starter allowance at Laurel yesterday by 7 lengths at 6 to 1. The dark bay gelding is currently owned by Joe MacKinnon. He won the 1 1/16 mile race in 1:46.59.
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LINDA SHANTZ - Dance Smartly panel part of Mural
Equine artist part of mural
EXCERPT - MILTON CHAMPION
By Stephanie Hounsell,
Canadian Champion Staff Arts & Entertainment Dec 19, 2008
When Campbellville’s Linda Shantz was presented with the opportunity to participate in a large-scale project with a couple of hundred other equine artists, she jumped at the chance.
For several weeks, she worked on panel no. 207, painting a champion Milton racehorse in oils.
But the exciting part came when that 15-inch by 15-inch panel found its place among 237 other panels, each an individual portrait of a horse, many of them famous.
It was then that an overall image of a majestic palomino emerged — head held high, hoofs in motion, mane flowing — created by the shades and shapes of each smaller painting.
It’s called a mural mosaic, a concept Shantz said she found interesting from the beginning. Recently, the finished 6.9 by 5.7-metre project, entitled ‘Le Cadeau du Cheval (The Horse Gift)’ was unveiled in Calgary and is now making its way across North America at various venues.
Its next stop is Baltimore.
With 174 equine artists from around the world participating, “unity through diversity” is the motto of the mural mosaic concept.
That unity was a key factor in what made the endeavour enjoyable, Shantz said. “Horses are our passion — to know we all share that, that’s the bottom line,” she said, explaining she “chatted” on-line regularly with fellow artists, each sharing how their paintings were coming along.
This is one of several mural mosaics that have been created. So just how do they come together? According to the mural mosaic website, designer Lewis Lavoie creates the master image and designates a panel to each artist.
The artists are given guidelines in the way of which colours and shapes to use, and then each artist creates his or her own painting, following the contours of the master image. There are no digital effects used to create the overall image.
The panel Shantz chose had a lot of purple in it, so she decided to paint a horse wearing the purple and gold victory blanket of the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most prestigious horse race.
Milton’s own royally-bred filly, Dance Smartly, was an obvious choice as the subject. The horse was bred and raced by the local Sam-Son Farms and won numerous races and titles, including Canadian Horse of the Year.
Dance Smartly died in 2007.
Shantz wanted her work to not only honour the legendary horse, but also two special women from Sam-Son Farms. Elizabeth Samuel — wife of the late Ernie Samuel, founder of Sam-Son — passed away this year, as did daughter Tammy Samuel-Balaz, president and general manager of the horse farm.
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TRAINER BRIAN LYNCH BACK IN AUSSIE for Christmas...
EXCERPT FROM DAILY ADVERTISER
Trainer forges top US career
FORMER Wagga man Brian Lynch is home in Wagga, taking a well-earned break from his US racing empire.
Lynch is the ultimate success story, having forged a career training horses for the most successful owner and breeder in the US.
Having left Wagga to take up a bull riding career in the US as a 21-year-old, Lynch ended up switching to racehorse training, which he has done since in 1992.
Sixteen years later, Lynch is the private trainer for Adena Springs, a racing empire that has topped Darley and Godolphin as the biggest prizemoney earner in the US for the past seven years. Back in Wagga for Christmas with his family, Lynch yesterday reflected on his amazing journey.
“It’s been a good ride,” Lynch said. “I grew up in Wagga around the track and me and my brother always had a passion for racehorses.
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