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Friday, January 23, 2009


update 6:10 p.m.


Stakes winner PATENA, a solid Kentucky Derby contender owned by Hill 'n' Dale Farms of John and Glenn Sikura and Domenic Dilalla, has been purchased, in part, by IEAH (of Big Brown fame) and wil l be sent to RICK DUTROW JR. in Florida.

IEAH bought 70% of the colt with the remaining 30% divided amongst the Sikura and Dilalla. Dilalla is the manager and owner of the Centennial Farms Niagara Stable in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Patena, 2nd in the Lecomte Stakes recently at Fair Grounds and winner of the Display Stakes at Woodbine, is by Seking the Gold out of the Hill 'n' Dale mare Handpainted, a stakes winner from the family of WITH APPROVAL etc.

The purchase price for 70% of the colt was between $1.5 and $1.8 million.

He was trained successfully by Woodbine's JOSIE CARROLL up until today.

DANCE BABY! John Brnjas' Amy's Falcon produced a Dance to Destiny filly on January 15 and will be brede back to Marcavelly. Dance to Destiny had a promising first crop in 2008.


The NTRA/DRF Handicapping Championship starts this weekend in Las Vegas.
Dozens of tracks are involved during the year to give fans a chanc to win money prizes and earn a spot in this big tournament.
From last year's Woodbine contest in August, Tony Natale, John Wolfe and Jack DiCenso were the three Toronto winners of a spot in the championship.
The entire lists of qualifiers are here:

and watch TWINSPIRES.COM'S JILL BYRNE report (all wekend long!):


Ontario bred SNOW DELICIOUS won an allowance race at FAIR GROUNDS yesterday (non-winners of 1 other than) at 12 to 1 for Edward Johnston and Joe Rink. The Maria's Mon - falling Snow, Deputy Minster filly was bred by Sean Fitzhenry and she is a 4yo who raced at Woodbine for claiming in 2008.
She won $26,400 (US) for the score.


BIG CITY MAN, sprint winner

DESERT PARTY (photo at right from BUDMISTER 26.2 at, winner of the Sanford Stakes last year at Saratoga, won his 3yo debut in Dubai yesterday in a $50,000 conditioned race at 7 furlongs.
The Street Cry-Sage Cat, Tabasco Cat colt is owned by Godolphin.

Here's some more news from Day 2 at the Carnival.

Big Man in the City
Dubai Racing Club

Thursday’s second meeting of the 2009 Dubai International Racing Carnival, kindly sponsored by Al Tayer Motors, featured the Group III 1200m Al Shindagha Sprint on the dirt.

It was won in style by the Jerry Barton-trained Big City Man who showed acceleration that the sponsors would have been proud of in one of their Ferraris!

Never far off the pace, he went to the front at halfway and quickened clear 200m later.

He was never likely to be caught under Jose Verenzuela and Barton was delighted: “That was a very pleasing effort and we will look at the Dubai Golden Shaheen on Dubai World Cup night after the Mahab Al Shimaal on Super Thursday.”

Godolphin enjoyed a memorable double with Alexandros sealing the brace in the concluding 1600m turf handicap, the Al Tayer Motors 1600.

Frankie Dettori was in the saddle as he had been earlier when Desert Party landed the Ford Flex Trophy, a 1400m conditions race on dirt.

Restricted to three-year-olds, it has proven a reliable source of UAE 2000 Guineas winners in the past and that will be this colt’s next assignment according to trainer Saeed Bin Suroor: “The UAE [200] Guineas is the obvious target and he is a horse we like a lot with some very good form in the States.


Harlequin Ranches' BLUE EXIT, a promising Pulpit colt out of Black Speck by Arch, won an allowance race by 3 lengths yesterday at 1 1/16 miles on the Pro-Ride surface. Harlequin co-owns with James Hill and Blue Exit Partnership.
He paid $7.60 and is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. The 4yo is a Kentucky bred.

The A.P. Indy filly ASBEAUTIFULASYOU,an Irish bred, won her maiden by 20 1/4 lengths at Laurel yesterday for Mr. and Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor. The filly had raced twice before and was adding blinkers yesterday for the 1 mile maiden allowance.


SEEKING THE BEST's FIRST FOAL... was erroneously reported yesterday. It was not the Jason Allison bred but instead a Hill 'n' Dale Farms, Aurora, Ontario, colt foaled on Jan. 14 out of Stormy Starlet. The stallion stands in Kentucky at Hill 'n' Dale.


  • At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Lois Keays said…

    This may be more like editorial, but I will reiterate my opinion on the encouragement of horse racing fans. Instead of repeating the errors of downplaying the problematic issues of the sport-shine the light on them with concrete resolutions. Implement rules that are North America wide. No more "in-house" assessments, regulations and biased studies of "the problems". Everyone knows the problems, but as a protectionist and perceived "elitist" sport, the reluctance to unify rules and regulations provokes and discourages fans and participants.
    Industrial barons of the early 20th century were finally convinced that the public perception of greed and self-serving business practices would eventually erode their business empires. Other sports have similar issues to horse racing, but by allowing outside scrutiny and addressing their issues with uniform regulation and funding of research, public support is enhanced. The perception of corruption and unethical practices is publically addressed and resolved.
    A recent CBS primetime drama, CSI:Miami episode featured every corrupt practice and damning issue of the thoroughbred racing industry. Do we ignore the impact of this on our potential market or do we step up and prove that we are a viable sport and an industry with solutions?
    All of the various tracks, racing and breed associations should be lobbied by their members for an independent analysis of the situation. Outsourcing of professional consultants that would implement a unified marketing approach for the industry needs to be demanded. Acknowledgement that we have made errors and allowed individualized and self-serving practices to prevail would go a long way in rehabilitating a truly exhilarating and worthy sport.

  • At 1:38 PM, Blogger Ruben Bailey said…

    Thank you, Jen! Looking fwd. to hearing the big news!!

  • At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Lois Keays said…

    As an addendum to my previous comment, I feel that the majority of people think that in horse racing, there is no chance of winning. With closed door policies and half-hearted attempts at regulations, the industry is assured of a dwindling fan base. Compounded by legitimate concerns for the welfare of the primary ingredient, the horse, the onus is on industry participants to present a unified image of forthright disclosure, compassion and willingness to provide the necessary ingredients to enable fans to have faith in our product.


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