SWITCHIN TO GLIDE
HUSBANDS' FIRST WIN AT SANTA ANITA
Patrick Husbands won the 3rd race at Santa Anita yesterday, his first win the California track and fittingly it was for Eugene Melnyk.
FORSTER HALL, a 4yo gelding by Deputy Minister racing for $50,000 claiming, led all the way to win his maiden at 6 1/2 furlongs on the Pro-Ride. The Kentucky bred is trained by Husbands' main barn of Mark Casse.
NO NEWS IS....NEWS?
The Fort Erie saga continues to drag. The "deadline" came and went yesterday, there was yet another rally, that's about it...
EXCERPT from NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW
BY RAY SPITERI
Craitor apologizes over racetrack
Self-imposed deadline passes without decision from Queen's Park
Posted By RAY SPITERI , REVIEW STAFF WRITER
Earlier this month, Kim Craitor did what backbench MPPs rarely do.
The provincial representative from Niagara Falls put his own government on notice: He set a Thursday deadline for Queen's Park to decide if it would provide some form of assistance to keep the Fort Erie Race Track open.
He didn't get the definitive answer he wanted. Instead, Craitor got a maybe - the same response he has been getting on the track issue for about the past two years.
"I have no answer for you and for that, I apologize," Craitor said Thursday, during a rally in support of the 111-year-old border oval.
"You can call me what you like. If you're pissed off, I apologize because I had an expectation that I could solve this issue by the 15th, and I haven't."
About 100 people - many of whom depend on the Catherine Street track for their livelihood - braved blistering cold outside town hall hoping for good news.
They left frustrated, however, with the same uncertainty that has dogged them for some time. To read the rest...
More BIG DADDYS...www.horse-races.net have added to its series of farm tours with notes and images. Here is BIG BROWN at THREE CHIMNEYS.
HARD SPUN at DARLEY....
Sligo Bay moving to Gardiner Farm
Grade 1 winner Sligo Bay (Ire) will be relocated for the 2009 breeding
season to Gardiner Farm in Ontario, Canada as part of a partnership
between Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs and Dr. Michael Colterjohn.
The Sadler’s Wells horse out of Angelic Song, by Halo, will stand
“This partnership between the top two breeders in Canada puts
Adena Springs back into the Ontario market and demonstrates our
strong commitment to Ontario racing and breeding,” Adena Springs
President Andy Stronach said. “Sligo Bay’s proven ability to sire
Polytrack and grass horses will be of great benefit to us and a huge
asset for other Canadian breeders. We strongly believe in this stallion
and his superior bloodlines will help bolster our racing program