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Wednesday, March 04, 2009



Magna Entertainment files for bankruptcy

Magna Entertainment Corp., owner of Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, and other well-known racetracks, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware on Thursday. Read the story on the Thoroughbred Times website at:

HEY GIRL... This Bold Executive filly was foaled on Feb. 5 at Ballycroy Equestrian Centre and is a daughter of the stakes winning Great Gladiator mare RING STAR. This little ggirl is a half sister to classic-placed SOLITAIRE (3rd in the Queen's Plate). The owner/breeder is Bill Hicks, who proudly sent this photo to Thoroughblog.


There were lots of big-bucks babies at the Calder 2yo sale yesterday but the average price, gross and median were all down for the 2nd juvenile sale of the 2009 season.
Buy-backs were down and that was good news.
Sheik Mohammed spent almost $5 million on some youngsters while Canadians were generally quiet.
Both Ontario bred 2yo's were withdrawn from the sale.
The only Canadian purchase reported was Jim and Alice Sapara's Winsong Farms which bought a Purge colt out of Dream Job for $225,000 from Sequel Bloodstock.

In the mail yesterday came the Adena Springs 2yo sale catalogue (you could have bought Horse of the Year FATAL BULLET from that sale 2 years ago for...$27,000.
Also, the March OBS 2yo sale and Keeneland 2yo sale catalogues arrived and there are lots of opportunitites to get yourself an Ontario bred for the 2009 season.


Trainer JOHN SIMMS won the 9th race at Tampa Bay Downs yesterday with the tough 9-year-old mare CLASSY FLOWER. The Florida bred mare won the $10,000 claiming event by 4 3/4 lengths with a wide rally from last place.
The owner is Tom Grimes.


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The Dubai International Racing Carnival comes to a close Thursday evening at Nad al Sheba with the Super Thursday program, offering preps for the March 28 World Cup night.

The races on the card are:

The $250,000 Al Bastakiya for three-year-olds, the final prep for the U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2), features JOSE ADAN (Crypto Star), disqualified from first and placed second in last fall's Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3), will attempt to rebound from a poor showing in a February 12 conditions event on the turf

The $200,000 Mahab Al Shimaal (UAE-G3), a prep for the Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-G1), is a 6 furlong sprint which has lured Grade 2 winner GAYEGO (Gilded Time), last seen taking a November 30 allowance/optional claimer at Hollywood Park; Grade 2 hero DIABOLICAL (Artax), a narrowly beaten second in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint went last seen; and BIG CITY MAN (Northern Afleet), a dual stakes winner as a juvenile at Calder back in 2007, is another logical threat having won his first two starts in Dubai.

The $200,000 Burj Nahaar (UAE-G3), a stepping stone to the Godolphin Mile (UAE-G2) and the $250,000 Dubai City of Gold (UAE-G2) is a prep for the Golden Shaheen (UAE-G1) at 1 1/2 miles on turf.
There are 20 entered in the City of Gold.

The feature is the $300,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (UAE-G2) over about 1 1/4 miles) should feature several potential Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) entrants. MUHANNAK (Ire) (Chester House), upset winner of the Breeders' Cup Marathon at Santa Anita, will square off against Group 2 winner ASIATIC BOY (Not for Sale), runner-up behind Curlin in the 2008 World Cup and third in a Group 3 prep on February 5.

Potential candidates for the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-G1) will line up in the final race on the card, the $250,000 Jebel Hatta (UAE-G2) including Japanese Horse of the Year Vodka.

Watch and wager on the DUBAI RACES through HPI TV in Canada.


The Jockey Club of Canada yesterday released the 2008 Canadian Thoroughbred
Ratings compiled by Steve Lym, Director of Thoroughbred Racing and Racing Secretary at Woodbine Racetrack.
Any horse that finished 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in a stakes race in Canada was eligible to be rated on their best performance at any distance.
Canadian Thoroughbred Ratings are determined by applying a criteria similar to that used by World Thoroughbreds Rankings panel to rate horses using the following distance categories: Sprint – Mile – Intermediate – Long – Extended.
Sprint ratings cover races up to 7 ½ furlongs. Mile distances include those greater than 7 ½ furlongs and less than 1 3/16 miles. Intermediate distances range from 1 3/16 miles to 1 5/16 miles.

The Long and Extended categories are combined and cover any distance longer than 1 5/16 miles.
Weight concessions and a beaten lengths formula are also factored into the ratings.

Fatal Bullet, Canada’s 2008 Horse of the Year and 2008 Champion Sprinter received the best overall ranking at 119, due to his 2nd place finished at the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Two fillies tied for 2nd place at a ranking of 118; Ventura for her win in the 2008
Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint and Forever Together for her win in the 2008
Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.
In the Mile category, Harlem Rocker was ranked at 116 for his performance in the Hill’n’ Dale Cigar Mile Handicap, while Canada’s 2008 Champion Male Turf Horse, Rahy’s Attorney ranked 115 for his win in the 2008 Woodbine Mile.
In the Long/Extended category, German bred 6 year old Quijano ranked 118 for his 2nd place finish in the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at Woodbine.
2 year-old filly C Karma earned a rating of 106 for her win in the Natalma Stakes G3 and 2 year-old colt Southern Exchange earned a rating of 106 for his victory in the Colin Stakes at Woodbine.
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