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Saturday, January 24, 2009


Just to update yesterday's news - Canadian owned PATENA HAS A NEW OWNER as IEAH has bought 70% of the colt for what is thought to be about $1.8 million...previously trained by JOSIE CARROLL, the colt will move to Florida and trainer RICK DUTROW JR. and perhaps race next in the FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH STAKES.

Patena is also owned by Centennial Farms Niagara's DOMENIC DILALLA and JOHN AND GLENN SIKURA.


If you find the weekly racing at Gulfstream intriguing, hard to bet with the big fields and competitive racing, wait until you see the SUNSHINE MILLIONS cards at Gulfstream and Santa Anita today.

The action starts at 4;07 (it can only be seen on HPI TV up here, or at Woodbine and teletheatres).



Canadian-trained SOUTHERN EXCHANGE has wilted since he was hailed as a star at Woodbine in the summer. He won 3 straight on Polytrack, was a dcent 4th in the Del Mar Futurity, and then had terrible tactics in the Grey.
He has an awful post today for the 6 furlong Dash but he's better than he's shown.
Trained by Greg de Gannes.
Watch out for ALL SAINT.

Filly/Mare Turf

Drab field with WILD PROMISES looking too good.

Filly/Mare Sprint

Tons of speed! How about DUBAI MAJESTY as the play?


I will bet against DELIGHTFUL KISS off the new top. That was a stunning comeback effort around one-turn. But post , possible bounce, let's play DRY MARTINI, on the the return to Barclay Tagg's barn.

at Santa Anita


SWIFT WIND/SOLDIER'S DANCER are preferred,lots of speed in the race.


HOOH WHY almost beat PATENA in the Display Stakes at Woodbine, she has been travelling a lot, curious about her management, but worth a play.


DEVOTED MAGIC has a chance to beat the good ones like SOK SOK.


TIZABLEND and UNFORGETTEN are the picks.

Sunshine Millions Dash S.
January 24, $250,000, 3yo, 6f, Gulfstream Park, 4:07 PM ET
PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer Odds

1. Southern Exchange Exchange Rate SD Alan Garcia 120 Gregory de Gannes 5-to-1
2. Backbackbackgone Put It Back SD Robby Albarado 120 Peter Miller 4-to-1
3. Billionaire Bob Snuck In Julien R. Leparoux 120 Paul G. Aguirre 20-to-1
4. Ju Jitsu Jax Tiger Ridge Carlos H. Marquez Jr. 120 Scott A. Lake 8-to-1
5. Gotmymojoworkin Gimmeawink Martin Garcia 120 John W. Sadler 10-to-1
6. Echo West Swiss Yodeler SD Cornelio H. Velasquez 120 Ted H. West 20-to-1
7. Kelly Leak Runaway Groom Kent J. Desormeaux 120 Michael Machowsky 6-to-1
8. Player’s List Gimmeawink Arienne Cox 120 Wayne W. Rice 30-to-1
9. This Ones for Phil Untuttable Edgar S. Prado 120 Richard E. Dutrow Jr. 12-to-1
10. All Saint Skimming John R. Velazquez 120 Triphon B. Dahl 10-to-1
11. You Luckie Mann Exchange Rate SD Jermaine V. Bridgmohan 120 Martin D. Wolfson 5-to-2

OBS Sunshine Millions Classic S.
January 24, $1,000,000, 4yo & up, 11⁄8m, Gulfstream Park, 5:45 PM ET
PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer Odds

1. Finallymadeit Concerto Eduardo O. Nunez 122 Javier Negrete 12-to-1
2. Dream Maestro Concerto Juan C. Leyva 120 William A. Kaplan 20-to-1
3. Macho Again Macho Uno Kent J. Desormeaux 120 Dallas Stewart 4-to-1
4. Palladio Lycius Robby Albarado 122 Roger L. Attfield 12-to-1
5. It’s a Bird Birdonthewire Julien R. Leparoux 122 Martin D. Wolfson 12-to-1
6. Medzendeekron Unusual Heat Alan Garcia 122 Barry Abrams 20-to-1
7. Dry Martini Slew Gin Fizz Edgar S. Prado 122 Barclay Tagg 6-to-1
8. Atoned Repent Christopher P. DeCarlo 120 Todd A. Pletcher 5-to-1
9. Hey Byrn Put It Back Cornelio H. Velasquez 120 Edward Plesa Jr. 6-to-1
10. Nima’s Pad Lord Carson Martin Garcia 120 John W. Sadler 20-to-1
11. Famous Patriot Repent Javier Castellano 120 Timothy A. Hills 20-to-1
12. Delightful Kiss Kissin Kris Calvin H. Borel 122 Pete D. Anderson 3-to-1
AE On Board Again Awesome Again John R. Velazquez 122 Robert J. Frankel 8-to-1
AE Solemn Promise Broken Vow Aaron T. Gryder 122 Doug F. O’Neill 20-to-1
AE Pistol Pete Afleet Northern Afleet Jesus M. Rios 120 Jorge Periban 20-to-1


Miami Herald Writer

Trainer Pete Anderson said his Delightful Kiss is ``feeling as good as he could possibly be, and has been working beautifully.''

That news could prove less than delightful for other trainers and their horses in Saturday's $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park.

Delightful Kiss, known for a come-from-behind style, is the 3-1, morning-line favorite in the 1 1/8-mile dirt race.

In his last race, the 5-year-old gelding rallied from 14th and last place after a quarter mile to win Gulfstream's Grade 3 Hal's Hope Handicap on Jan. 3.

That one-mile race was shorter than Delightful Kiss' favorite distances.

Last year, he won the 1 ½-mile Turfway Park Fall Championship in Kentucky and the 1 1/8-mile All-American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in California.

The Classic is one of four Gulfstream stakes races on Saturday's annual Sunshine Millions program.

Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., also has four Sunshine Millions races -- with Gulfstream showing them on televisions and taking bets. Magna Entertainment, based in Aurora, Ontario, owns both tracks.

All eight races have purses of at least $250,000 and are restricted to horses bred in Florida and California.

Fox Sports Net Florida will have coverage from 5-6 p.m., including the Classic at 5:45.

With money that starts at $600,000 for the winner, the Classic drew 15 entrants. But only 12 can start.

Delightful Kiss, bred in Florida, is guaranteed a spot. So are Macho Again, Atoned, Dry Martini, Finallymadeit, Hey Byrn and Dream Maestro -- all Florida-bred horses and solid contenders to finish third or better.

Delightful Kiss drew the 12th post -- the outside of the starting gate if no horses scratch.
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Some interesting beginners at GULFSTREAM. Chiefswoof Stable has an Ontario bred Grand Slam-Nashwan Rose colt debuting on the dirt in race 6. BIG HURT (clever name folks!) is bred for the grass but he has a litany of bullet dirt workouts.

Also in the race is DUNKIRK, the most expensive yearling sold 2 years ago at $3.7 million. The Magnier/Tabor, Todd Pletcher fellow, a grey colt, debuts as well and he is by Unbridled's Song.

Interestingly, trainer TOM ALBERTRANI has a Eugene Melnyk first-timer named KINGS VILLAGE in the race that wil have John Velasquez on board. The Kentucky bred by A.P. Indy is out of the well breed mare Kingsland.

updates at

WOODBINE QUALIFIERS JOHN WOLFE, TONY NATALE and JACK DICENSO are 86th place and below after day 1 of the Daily Racing Form National Handicapping Championship.


Keep and eye out for SONG OF THE ROAD, a Sam-Son Farms' 4yo by Giant's Causeway,who made a belated debut at Fair Grounds yesterday but it was a good one.
Trailing the field by as much as 7 lengths in the 1 1 1/6 mile grass race while the leaders went in 24.77 and 50.31, the colt put in a long, sustained rally off the turn and missed catching up by a neck in a 2nd place finish.

Later on the Fair Grounds card, Ontario bred MARTIN'S BAY, (Graeme Hall-Palmetto Bay) won for $12,500 claiming for Eugene Melnyk and trainer Mark Casse and was claimed by owner Larry Johnson.

At GULFSTREAM PARK, Ontario bred INTUITION MAGIC (Awesome Again-Reinfree, Unbridled) was a game winner for $35,000 for David Ross and trainer Mike Pino. The 5yo was 10 to 1 and was another winner for Pino, who has won twice recently with Woodbine shippers.
Owner/trainer MIKE DEPAULO had Hey Now in the race, who was third, and lost the horse for $35,000 after the race.

HARLEM ROCKER among those nominated to DUBAI

Thirty-nine US horse are among the nominees for races on the DUBAI WORLD CUP card.
In the World Cup, those nominated from the U.S.include Canadian-bred HARLEM ROCKER, who recently got sick and will miss the Donn Handicap.
Among those nominated from the U.S. are Grade 1 winner Well Armed, who finished third in last year’s Dubai World Cup, Grade 1 winners Champs Elysees (GB),
Colonel John, and Tale of Ekati, Grade 2 winner Macho Again, Grade 3 winner Harlem Rocker, and TVG Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Albertus Maximus.


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