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Wednesday, February 25, 2009


The YOUTH movement will begin today when the field is drawn for the FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH STAKES on Saturday at GUlfstream.

Get the gang together and head out to your favourite teletheatre (WEGZ is a good one in Toronto) to watch some good racing on Saturday.

For more on the race, see yesterday's post.


Testing out the new scanner (and some old memories) at THOROUGHBLOG....

Favourite photos -

That's yours truly mauling a Queen's Plate winner only hours after he won it - MARKET CONTROL (Pudgy) owned by David and 'Bud' Willmot.

Right - A loving moment, Brad Nicholds and Play the King at Churchill Downs, 1988

REMEMBER when the GLOBE & MAIL had selections?
This was my first day on the job, April, 1987


COLEBROOK FARMS and trainer ASHLEE BRNJAS celebrated another win at Tampa Bay Downs yesterday when KING'S HIGHWAY won his maiden for $50,000 claiming at 1 1/16 miles. The Kentucky bred by Mizzen Mast was up to win by a neck at 5 to 2.

HERO OF THE NORTH is an Ontario bred by Minstrel Dancer our of I Am Amazing by Fast Play, foaled 5 years ago at Bruno Schickedanz's farm. The horse won for $5,000 claiming by 11 1/2 lengths on Monday at 17 to 1. He is owned by Ed Govang and Anthony Ralph.

On that same night ESKIMO KISS won for $15,000 claiming for Adam Sobczak. The Ontario bred by Ascot Knight - Key Brokerette, Key to the Mint won by 11 lengths as well - at 14 to 1.

Yesterday at Mountaineer, STELLARTON, Randy Regent-Amy's Falcon by Maria's Mon, won a $5,000 claiming by 3 3/4 lengths for Outlaws and Angels Inc. The Ontario bred 4yo filly was born at Colebrook Farms.

In race 8 , NO GRUMBLING (Compadre-Sleek Prospector, Geiger Counter) won a non-winners of 3 for $10,000 claiming by 1/2 a length at 9 to 2.
The 5yo gelding is owned by MIKE NEWELL and JIM VETERE.


Canadian stakes winner SELVA won the Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds yesterday. A Kentucky bred 3yo filly with 3 wins in 5 strats, Selva won the Glorious Song Stakes last year at Woodbine.
She has a Canadian-bred 2yo half-brother named STYNER, who was a $90,000 yearling purchase by Terry Hamilton from the Woodbine sale last year.


and is still fighting each day to work out a Fort Erie solution

As posted yesterday on its website and on THOROUGHBLOG, the Ontario division of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has clarified the events in recent days in which Nordic Gaming's release about Fort Erie racetrack featured "misleading" information.

Local papers have erroneously reported that the town of Fort Erie's offer was "withdrawn" - not the case.

Read below from the H.B.P.A.

For Clarification:

* The HBPA has been fully apprised and engaged in all negotiations.
* The HBPA fully supports the steps and position taken by the EDTC.
* The rhetoric coming out of Nordic is at best, misleading.
* The EDTC did NOT withdraw the offer. The offer made to Nordic had an 11am on Monday February 23rd deadline. Nordic failed to respond by that deadline.
* The Province is the key to the ongoing success at Fort Erie. The Province & our regulator, the ORC, are fully apprised of the developments.
* Negotiations among all parties will continue and are ongoing as we speak

We, the horsepeople, and particularly, right now, the Fort Erie horsepeople are amazingly committed. You are resilient, proud and dedicated to both our industry and especially to the horses. Now, you have also demonstrated incredible patience.

We can’t promise the final outcome of Fort Erie, but we can promise the effort to save Fort Erie will be fought to the bitter end. I personally, will not be deterred or intimidated by criticism, public posturing, or set backs such as yesterdays.

Please continue to refer to our website.

Respectfully yours,

Sue Leslie


Only a week before SUPER THURSDAY and a month until WORLD CUP night and tomorrow, some horses are back to prep for big engagements.

ARCHIPENKO, a troubled 2nd in the Arlington Million last year, is in the Zabeel Mile against Kelso Stakes winner TAM LIN.

In the listed $250,000 UAE Oaks at 1 1/8 miles, So Shiny will face most of the same fillies she beat in the Guineas three weeks ago including the Dance Brightly filly SOS BRILLANT.


New trainer, New Mexico for Canadian champion

Borderland Derby
February 28, $100,000, 3yo, 11⁄16m, Sunland Park, 4:55 PM MT
PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer

1. Hoya Cat Thief Ken S. Tohill 122 Chris A. Hartman
2. Tiz Believing Tiznow Joe A. Martinez 118 H. Ray Ashford Jr.
3. Mine That Bird Birdstone Casey T. Lambert 122 Bennie L. Woolley Jr.
4. Hornung Speightstown Alejandro Medellin 116 Steven M. Asmussen
5. Scorewithcater Even the Score Alonso Quinonez 120 Doug F. O’Neill
6. Lefty Who Quinton’s Gold Carlos D. Madeira 122 Joel H. Marr
7. Smokin’ Legend Smoke Glacken Jorge Espitia 118 O. Dwain Grissom
8. Dumar Maria’s Mon Luis Contreras 118 Steven M. Asmussen
9. Infernal Sir Cherokee Mark Anthony Villa 116 Bart G. Hone


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Here's a recent post about BETTING THE PICK 6

Can a Minnow beat the Whales? - Trackmaster

Since there have been quite a few large Pick Six carryover days at tracks across the country in recent months, I wanted to revisit some tips from an article Trackmaster published years ago. This is an updated version that will hopefully help you successfully tackle the Pick Six and other multi-leg wagers.

Why? Why Not!

How can a small time player beat the big syndicates at the Pick Six game? The answer is that it's very tough, but on certain days it is definitely worth the risk. The syndicates have a big bankroll, the ability to "buy" a race and in some cases large rebates to aid their cause. Us little guys have to use savvy handicapping and intelligent strategies to cash in for all of the marbles. Let's face it; a big Pick Six score is really the only way the average bettor is going to make a killing at the track in a single year. So why not give it a shot, especially when there are big carryover days like there have been in recent months.

Two (or more) Heads Are Better Than One

As I am sure you have heard before, it is better to have part of a larger ticket than to play a ticket on your own. Even if you can't play tickets as large as the "big boys," it is a good idea to pool your money together with other players. The more combinations played, the better the chance of cashing.

One of the drawbacks to betting together is that there may be races where different handicappers have varied opinions and covering all of the possibilities is just too costly. The solution is to have one person in charge of taking everyone's opinion and constructing the Pick Six ticket. Most groups have a "chief" handicapper that everyone else respects to handle this job. Trust me, it's not an easy task, so make sure to choose someone who can handle the pressure. If you don't like the idea of being bothered with the choices of others, get friends or family who know nothing about the races to go in on the Pick Six with you. Selling them on the hopes of a big score can make it hard for them to resist the desire to invest along with you.

One of the benefits to having a handicapping group is that the brainstorming that goes on can lead to some inspired selections. Stating the case for certain choices and making the case against others, strengthens the process of putting tickets together. It's a tough chore for one person to come up with all six winners. Many times a horse that was playable by someone else is the key to having that last winner that you missed by playing on your own.

If you still insist on betting by yourself on your own, then it is a good idea to take a look at a reputable selection service. Purchasing one of the TrackMaster Selections products is a great way to shore up your own handicapping or possibly even gain insight to a contender that you would have otherwise overlooked.

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