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$155K sale topper is by Medaglia D’Oro

In an unsettled economy that has hurt many sales throughout North America in 2009, the CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED HORSE SOCIETY (Ontario division) was not immune.

A drop in average price of just over 29% was the biggest in at least 10 years – from $39,131 (all figures in Canadian funds) last year to $30, 142.

The sales gross of $4,672,000, for 155 yearlings sold was down from $5,830,500 for 149 sold.

The median sunk from $27,000 to $22,000.

Heading into the sale, breeders, consignors and prospective buyers were mostly expecting a strong sale based on the health of the local racing industry and the Ontario sired program.

But the buyers were hesitant or not even there.

WOODFORD RACING,a leading buyer in 2008, will not have 2yo’s for next year from this sale despite having just won the Muskoka Stakes on Monday with one last last year’s top prices – Sound of Thunder, a $105,000 filly.

There were some Americans – STEVE ASMUSSEN wandered around and watched the auction but that was about it.

A few pinhookers bought 1 or 2 and Ken and Sarah Ramsey were in business with trainer Brian Lynch.

But only a few locals were the big names of the night – BEAR STABLES, ROCCO D’ALIMONTE and FRANK ANNECCHINI and relative newcomer LANA SNIDERMAN-BERG and her husband SPENCER BERG.

It was good news then to see Sniderman-Berg purchase the sales-topping colt, a strapping son of world class stud Medaglia D’Oro for $155,000.

Sniderman-Berg, who has owned only a handful of horses in less than three years in the industry, bought the bay son of the stakes placed and stakes producing mare Words of Royalty (Regal Classic) from the consignment of

Gail Wood’s Woodlands, agent for William Scott of Calgary, Alberta.

Scott raced the colt’s half brother, champion Le Cinquieme Essai.

sept9bergh1.jpgLANA SNIDERMAN-BERG (second from right) and her husband SPENCER BERG (far right) breed Dobermans.

Philmar Dobermans photo.

Josie Carroll will train the Medaglia D’Oro colt, who is a half brother to champion Le Cinquieme Essai.



Colts ruled the sale as all five yearlings that brought six-figures were male – the other five all brought $100,000.

$100,000 -The second highest price was a $100,000 colt from the first crop of Grade 2 stakes winner Strut the Stage (Theatrical), who stands at Colebrook Farms in Uxbridge, Ontario.

The colt, sold by Richard Hogan, agent, is from the mare Cherokee Treasure (Cherokee Run) and was purchased by Toronto businessmen Rocco D’Alimonte and Frank Annecchini,

$100,000 –  two yearlings from the first crop of the graded stakes winning Danzig stallion Survivalist, who stands at Park Stud in Orangeville, Ontario.

One, a son of the mare Evanthia, by Cape Town, was sold by Hogan as agent for Kelynack Stable to trainer Brian Lynch, who signed as agent for Americans Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

$100,000  sold by Park Stud’s Mike Byrne, was out of My Date by Squan Lake and was purchased by Roger Attfield.

$100,000 -the other $100,000 yearling colt was a son of Epsom Derby winner North Light, sold by Sue Foreman as agent to Bear Stables.

The top priced filly was a $90,000 Hennessy – Noble Strike, by Smart Strike gal sold by Hill ‘n’ Dale to Ciaran Dunne who purchased as agent for Donver Stable.

The preferred session of the sale is on Sept. 12 beginning at 4 p.m.


Muskoka goes to 1ster, Roses ‘n Wine runs 101 Beyer Fig

ROSES ‘N’ WINE explosive run in the Algoma Stakes was the bizz of the yearling sales stakes day at Woodbine on Monday.

The Firestone Farms 4yo filly, trained by David Bell, just missed the track record in her 8 3/4 length score in the 1 1/16 mile race and earned a whopping 101 Beyer Figure.

The daughter of Broken Vow, bred by Tony and Jennifer Monk’s Royal Oak Farm, is strating to make good on her big purchase price a few years back – she cost $144,592 (US) at auction.

Freshened up by Bell and certainly the most tactically advantaged miss in the field with little speed in the mix, Roses ‘n’ Wine was pounded down to a shocking 7 to 5 in the race (8 to 1 in the morning line before 2 scratches).


 ROSES ‘N’ WINE (in a previous win). Photo by Norm Files.





Muskoka S

Sep 7     Woodbine 7 furlongs     $115,013     2 yo

   1. Sound of Thunder Stephen Got Even – Flashy Thunder

   2. Amazon Belle Tenpins – Marina Bella

   3. Tee Game El Corredor – Steph’s Tee

Algoma S.

Sep 7     Woodbine          1 1/16 miles     $115,013     3 yo’s & up

   1. Roses ‘n’ Wine Broken Vow – Regent’s Fancy

   2. Arden Belle Dance Brightly – Bow Bells Reef

   3. Krz Exec Bold Executive – Krz Ldy

Elgin S.

Sep 7     Woodbine     1 1/16 miles     $115,013     3 yo’s & up

   1. Sand CoveBold Executive – Mythical Status

   2. Keino WestKissin Kris – Vanetta Hill

   3. DelaforcePorto Foricos – Sheza a Nine Plus

Simcoe S.

Sep 7     Woodbine          7 furlongs     $115,013     2 yo

   1. Fastin Bear Forest Camp – Regal ‘n Bold

   2. Mobthewarrior Mobil – Little Warrior

   3. Doctor Jack Where’s the Ring – Hippicritical

Kenora S

Sep 7     Woodbine         6 furlongs     $115,013     3 yo’s & up

   1. You Don’t Pass Pikepass – Silver and Bronze

   2. Hosta Rica Mazel Trick – Floral Trace

   3. Lake Secret Greenwood Lake – Freecielo

Halton S.

Sep 7     Woodbine     Race 3     1 mile     $115,013     3 yo’s & up

   1. Society’s Chairman Not Impossible (IRE) – Athena’s Smile

   2. Cryptonite Kid Cryptoclearance – Cozy Up Doc

   3. My Imperial Dancer My Imperial Slew – Regent’s Pride


Sandspit repeats in Puss n Boots

 FORT ERIE, September 6 – Sandspit did it again. The ten-year-old son of Sandpit gave a repeat performance in the Puss n Boots Cup, winning for the second straight year.

With Kirk Johnson in the irons, Sandspit trailed the field of twelve for the first half mile before exploding around the turn and through the stretch to win by a half length. He ran the one mile and one sixteenth over a good turf in 1:47.1.

“He’s our family horse and a good one at that,” said owner-trainer Tony Alderson. “He always tries and never runs a bad race.”

Sandspit paid $9.20, $5.40 and $3.60. 38-1 longshot Flat Rock finished a game second paying $39.40 and $19.80. Cappal Mor was third, $6.50.

In the Labatt Cup, run earlier in the afternoon, Alkmene came from off the pace and held off a late rally from Tip Toe Annie to win by half a length.

David Garcia guided the four-year-old daughter of Slew City Slew to victory in a final time of 1:47.1 over the grass course.

Owned by Colebrook Farms and trained by Ashlee Brnjas, Alkmene paid $6.10, $4.30 and $4.30. Tip Toe Annie, $13.70 and $8.40. I See Rockets paid $5.00 to show.


Trainer Gonzalez on a roll……..

FORT ERIE, September 8 – Trainer Nick Gonzalez is well on his way to his third trainer title at Fort Erie Race Track.

The veteran trainer won five races on this afternoon’s card. Today’s feat came following a four win performance on the Monday program. Gonzalez now has 47 wins, 20 wins ahead of his nearest rivals. Mike Newell and John Sims have saddled 27 winners each.

Gonzalez scored back to back trainer titles in 2005 with a Fort Erie career best 56 wins. He came back the following year and led all trainers with 33 winners.

Gonzalez won today’s opener with High Plateau ($3.20), he followed up with Wantabe ($5.20) in the third, Kilmoganny ($4.30) in the fourth, I Am Gold ($9.20) in race five and capped off the afternoon with Striking Che(e)tah ($7.20) in the seventh.

It was also a banner day for jockey Anthony Stephen. The Trinidad native also scored five winners on today’s card, Four coming aboard Gonzalez runners. He did not ride I Am Gold but was able to win the last race of the day aboard Fashion Guru for trainer Bruce Pollock.


Also on Puss ‘n Boots day, classy stakes winner VERNE’S BABY,who has been racing for low claiming this season after missing more than a year, was beaten about 10 lengths in a 1 mile and 70 yard claiming race for $5,000.

Fred Kahn owns the gelding and WILLIE ARMATA trains.

JUDITH’S WILD RUSH, a multiple Canadian champion, was blown out in the Puss ‘n’ Bloots instelf as he continues an unsuccessful Fort Erie stint.



Cool Ventura wins Speed to Spare, ‘Derby winner Royalty Boy dies

Written by Jonathan Huntington  

For the third time in the last six years, jockey Real Simard has a Speed to Spare victory. The popular rider and Cool Ventura reeled in Toronto invader Approval Rating to win the $100,000 marathon today.

“He’s got such a big stride. And he’s fresh and peaking at the right time,” said Simard. Approval Rating (trainer Terry Jordan, jockey Quincy Welch) had a six-length lead in the first lap of the one-mile and three-eighths marathon.

Approval Rating leading the field after the first lap.

But Simard didn’t change from the original game plan. “I didn’t want to move (early),” he stated. “Down the backside (the final time) I asked him and we mowed him down.” It gives Cool Ventura back-to-back wins in Edmonton, raising his record to two wins in three starts this season. The four-year-old gelding – owned by Ab and Michele Brewster – now has $247,000 in career earnings.

For Simard, he now has five Speed to Spare titles on his resume. (1998 Victorious Type, 2000 Code Name Fred, 2004 Beau Brass, 2005 Beau Brass, 2009 Cool Ventura)

FINISH LINES: Approval Rating finished second, about two lengths behind. I’m The Guy crossed the wire third… Sadly, Royalty Boy had to be humanely put down after the race by the track vet.


 Jonathan Huntington Photo of COOL VENTURA beating APPROVAL RATING.








With a huge holiday crowd still buzzing over a shocking win by longshot Ganbei in the Richmond Derby Trial, things settled down when heavily-favoured Teide came right back with a convincing victory in the SW Randall Plate.

Ganbei paid a whopping $60.30 as apprentice jockey Geovanni Franco urged him home with a victory by a neck over Gather de Justice. The $50,000 Derby Trial is the final stepping stone to the $275,000 BC Derby at Hastings Racecourse on Sept. 27.

Trainer Dino Condilenios said he was expecting a big effort from Teide and that’s exactly what he got in the $50,000 Randall Plate. Ridden by veteran jockey Chad Hoverson, Teide beat runner-up Spaghetti Mouse by four and three-quarter lengths and paid $3.70.

The three other stakes on the Labour Day card were won by favourites. Tierra Del Fuego ($2.30) won the Hong Kong Jockey Club; Holy Nova ($3.10) breezed to a four-length win over stable-mate Lady Raj in the Strawberry Morn and Bank Emblem rallied from last to first ($5.30) to win the President’s Speed.

On the final day of the Fair at the PNE, Hastings Racecourse GM Raj Mutti said the on-track mutuel handle Monday was one of the strongest in recent years.


Ontario bred TEASE THE TIGER (Cat’s at Home – Numberonetreasure, Bold Ruckus) took last weekend’s Saskatchewan Derby, the final day of racing at Marquis Downs.

The $28,494 Ontario sale yearling two years ago was bred by Jackie and Gerald Armstrong.

He is owned by Riversedge Racing, trained by Monica Russell and was ridden by Jake Barton.


Marquis handle numbers mixed

By Bill Tallon

Marquis Downs wound up its 30-day meeting on Sunday with a total live handle of $882,440 and a daily average of $29,415. The respective totals for last year’s 29-day meeting were $868,657 and $29,954, meaning the total went up 1.5 percent, while the daily average dropped 1.7 percent.


Major Sire Gone West Euthanized

Gone West  , who carved out a successful branch of the Mr. Prospector sire line all his own as the sire of 98 stakes winners, was euthanized the night of Sept. 7 because of complications following colic surgery. The 25-year-old stallion, who was pensioned after this year’s breeding season because of declining fertility, had been taken two days earlier to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington.

“On Saturday morning, Sept. 5, Gone West colicked and was taken to Hagyard where Dr. Bob Hunt examined him and determined it necessary to perform surgery,” according to a statement issued by Headley Bell of Mill Ridge. “His surgery revealed a lipoma, a mass nearly the size of a football that was attached to a cord and had wrapped around his small intestine. Dr. Hunt removed the mass and did not find it necessary to resect any of his small intestine.

“Gone West’s recovery went fairly well on Saturday and Sunday with the exception of elevated heart rate and reflux, liquid build up that would not pass through his small intestine. Regretfully, the intestine never opened up, and he grew more uncomfortable with time. Monday, at 6 p.m., we made the humane decision to put Gone West down.