Shrowded in secrecy heading into the race, GOLDEN MOKA run a 93 Beyer Figure and wins Prince of Wales. Terence Dulay photo






jaw dropping result in Prince of Wales, Fort Erie swallows up another fave

Move over Seabiscuit – there is another fairy-tale story that could be made into a movie.

GOLDEN MOKA, bred by one of the most famous farms – Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs in Ontario, raced in Panama after he was bought for just $8,000 and then bought by an American group of pals including paralyzed jockey Rene Douglas and NHL hockey star/coach, scout DENIS SAVARD, won the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes.

Oh yes, his jockey, Anthony Stephen has been busting his butt for years to try and make it as a rider in Canada. He has had minimal success while trying to pay so many medical bills for his chiclern, both of whom are deaf.

His share of the $300,000 winner’s pot will sure help there.

Douglas, the focus of a large story in the DAILY RACING FORM on Sunday, revealed how horse racing has been tough to  watch since his accident last spring when he was crushed by the filly Born to Be, owned by Chiefswood Stable.

He was not at Fort Erie certainly and in fact was in Panama getting stem cell treatment.

The Good Friends Stable had to pay $12,500 to supplement the colt to the Wales. He had been pointing to the Queen’s Plate but got  a virus and missed time. He was sent to Fort Erie to work – 7 furlongs in 1:25 and change and trainer Brian Lynch was quietly confident in interviews during the week.

Lynch was the former trainer for Stronach Stables too… what a great game (if you bet on him at least, which I did not)


GOOD FRIENDS win good race Cindy Pierson Dulay photo





Claire Novak on ESPN.com wrote about Stephen at Christmas-time last year…






 FORT ERIE FOLKS are proud of their track and their race – Norm Files photo










Multiple stakes winner STUCK IN TRAFFIC, recently claimed for $20,000 by Bruno Schickedanz (who is banned from Woodbine but not other tracks, including Fort Erie) seems to have seen better days and he sure had a boo-boo over his eye..he was 5th beaten 11 yesterday at the Fort.Norm Files photo








-from an owner’s perspective…

Well, another 50K stake race and another win for the reigning Queen of the Louisiana turf.  She took the “Matron” last night at Evangeline Downs in convincing fashion as she successfully defended her title in a tidy 1:35.1 clocking as the heavy 4/5 favourite for her fourth win in a row. She is now 5 for 8 on the year and 12 for 20 overall since moving to the grass.  Her bankroll now sits at $341,000.  There is a very small write up on DRF from Jeff Taylor.  What a mare, just amazing!  Next up is a possible date against the boys in the One Mile turf 50K Shiskabob stakes against the boys at her home base of Louisiana Downs on August 28th