Today’s post is dedicated to the memory of ANGEL, hope you had a good life our friend.


ZENYATTA, champion American mare, and her cool black spots. Sarah K. Andrew photo.









Shut It Down tries for berth today

– K.K. Sengara’s SHUT IT DOWN, who ran gamely off a slow pace to be 2nd to El Brujo in the Queenston Stakes, drops into an allowance race for Ontario sired runners today as he tackles a 1 1/16 mile distance in race 4, the first leg of the PIck 4. The Porto Foricos gelding meets older horses and a lot of other speed so his task will be tough.

The allowance race is the second such allowance event this week that included Plate eligibles but a 9 furlong allowance, scheduled for Sunday that was expected to attract sensational maiden winner Southdale, did not fill.

The top 5 Plate and Oaks contenders were on yesterday’s blog post and are on the main page.



Saturday feature at Woodbine

– Ontario sired 3yo fillies are taking the stage for the feature at Woodbine tomorrow in the Lady Angela Stakes. The race is named for the Hyperion mare brought from overseas by E.P. Taylor and then later produced the great Nearctic.

The big favourite in the race will be MINKREDIBLE for the Overheath team and trainer Mike DePaulo. The Tomhawk filly is fast but last time she broke so slowly that she rallied in a good effort. If she gets a good start, does she try to lead all the way through 7 furlongs?

may2309deed01.jpgMight not be worth the low odds you will get so how about considering LUNAR LINDA, who comes off a troubled journey for the Hat Trick and Double Eagle Stables or EXECUTIVE DEED (Photo at left by Norm Fines), who just won her maiden for Dr. Liz Pathak andtrainer Sid Attard.




1 – Devil’s Blast – Tyler Pizarro – Ian Black

2 – Minkredible – Emile Ramsammy – Mike DePaulo

3 – Royal Minkin – Gerry Olguin – Anne Cameron

4 – Lunar Linda – Corey Fraser – Ian Black

5 – Koonunga Hill – Emma-Jayne Wilson – Steve Owens

6 – Dancing Charm – Eurico Rosa da Silva – Don Pleterski

7 – Sans Sousi – Chantal Sutherland – Mike Doyle

8 – Executive Deed – Richard Dos Ramos – Sid Attard

9 – Regal Bet – Dean Deverell – John Cardella


The Roger Attfield trainee SPICE ROUTE looks for his 2nd graded stakes win in succession in the Louisville ‘Cap:

Saturday, Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE H.-GIII, $100,000a, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT


1 My Happiness (Arg) Festin (Arg) Sterling 113

2 Gangbuster Langfuhr Hernandez 114

3 Transduction Gold Formal Gold Court 114

4 Silver Mountain Victory Gallop Castanon 113

5 Always First (GB) Barathea (Ire) Albarado 115

6 Why Tonto Indian Charlie Lanerie 113

7 Brass Hat Prized Borel 118

8 Spice Route (GB) King=s Best Bridgmohan 121

9 Thabazimbi Empire Maker Leparoux 113

Local mares SERENADING (Hill ‘n’ Dale) and BORN TO BE (Chiefswood) are in Chicago:

Saturday, Arlington Park

ARLINGTON MATRON S.-GIII, $150,000, 3yo/up, f/m,

1 1/8m (AWT)


1 Sky Mom Maria’s Mon Theriot 118

2 Kiss With a Twist Lemon Drop Kid Mena 118

3 Gloria Goodbody Arch Court 116

4 Laguna Plateada (Chi) Sir Cat Razo Jr 116

5 Venetian Causeway Giant’s Causeway Blanc 116

6 Born to Be A.P. Indy Douglas 116

7 Euphony Forest Wildcat Berry 123

8 Serenading A.P. Indy Velazquez 118

9 Indescribable Pleasant Tap Desormeaux 123

10 Homes the Best Western Playboy Wade 123

11 Boudoir Mutakddim Perez 116

The great champion ZENYATTA returns to action at Hollywood:

Saturday, Hollywood Park

MILADY H.-GII, $150,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16m (AWT)


1 Gamblers Justice Lit de Justice Garcia 113

2 Tastes Sis Marquetry Sorenson 112

3 Allicansayis Wow Street Cry (Ire) Talamo 113

4 Dawn After Dawn Successful Appeal Rosario 116

5 Champagne Eyes Flatter M Baze 114

6 Bel Air Sizzle Unusual Heat Bejarano 114

7 Life Is Sweet Storm Cat Gomez 122

8 Hot N Dusty Unusual Heat Solis 110

9 Zenyatta Street Cry (Ire) Smith 126


– The reigning male turf champion RAHY’S ATTORNEY is scheduled to start his season in Sunday’s Connaught Cup, the Grade 3 race he won last year that kicked off his stellar ’08 run that included a win in the Woodbine Mile.

The race drew a small field but the presence of the hot SOCIETY’S CHAIRMAN, STERWINS, ICE BEAR  shipper ARTIC CRY make it a very intruiging betting race.

CONNAUGHT CUP S.-GIII, C$150,000, 4yo/up,

1 1/16mT


1 Society’s Chairman Not Impossible (Ire) Jones 119

2 Ice Bear Maria’s Mon Sutherland 117

3 Rahy’s Attorney Crown Attorney Callaghan 126

4 French Beret Broad Brush Da Silva 121

5 Arctic Cry Rahy Landry 115

6 Mike Fox Giant’s Causeway Wilson 115

7 Sterwins Cozzene Husbands 121


may2309field1_2.jpgFIELD COMMISSION RUNS 99

– Ontario bred FIELD COMMISSION will land a spot in the Hot Canadian-bred runners list thanks to his 99 Beyer Figure effort when beating a stellar field in the Grade 3 Vigil Stakes at Woodbine on Monday.

The Ed Seltzer owned, Dan Vella trained colt, bred by Moinshall Farms and by Service Stripe, is a fast improving sprinter on the local scene.

FIELD COMMISION, big, rangy and now a graded stakes winner Ontario bred. Terence Dulay photo.




14-year-olds racing at Lethbridge

Lethbridge – May 23, 2009

Race 7 – 4:05 PM     Exactor / Quinella / Triactor


Purse $4,200. For Colts And Geldings Three Years Old And Upward Non-Winners Of A Race In 2009. Three Year Olds, 120 Lbs.; Older, 120 Lbs. Claiming Price $2,600. About Six Furlongs.

P#     PP     Horse     A/S     Med     Claim $     Jockey     Wgt     Trainer     M/L

1     1     Olympic Spark (CA)     5/G         $2,600     T Moccasin     120     R C Forster     9/2

2     2     Leo’s County Kat (BC)     7/G         $2,600     N Smith     120     T Rycroft     3/1

3     3     Goldrush Victory (BC)     7/G         $2,600     K Espy     120     R Gwilliam     5/1

4     4     Highland Leader (AB)     14/G         $2,600     J Seesequasis     120     L Kropius     8/1

5     5     Todds Volcano (KY)     9/G     *     $2,600     O Moreno     120     M McCracken     12/1

6     6     Ta Keel (IL)     9/G         $2,600     R G Noel     120     L Ferguson     10/1

7     7     Past Time (KY)     12/G         $2,600     B Mellish     120     P Dubois     5/2

8     8     Barometer Rising (KY)     7/G         $2,600     A Ramirez     120     A Clapton     15/1

MULTIPLE STAKES WINNER HIGHLAND LEADER is in action  tomorrow at Lethbridge. He won stakes at 2 and 3 years and years ago.

Lethbridge – May 18, 2009

Race 6 – 3:35 PM     Quinella / Triactor / 20 Superfecta

(Mixed) CLAIMING $3,300

Purse $4,400. For Three Year Olds And Upward. Three Year Olds, 120 Lbs.; Older, 120 Lbs. Claiming Price $3,300. Five And One Half Furlongs.

P#     PP     Horse     A/S     Med     Claim $     Jockey     Wgt     Trainer     M/L

1     1     Kipkipkipper (FL)     6/G         $3,300     V McBean     120     J Depew     5/1

2     2     Shady Remark (AB)     14/G         $3,300     R G Noel     120     K Oberholtzer     15/1

3     3     Trouble Shooter (BC)     6/G     *     $3,300     B Mellish     120     C Strandquist     12/1

4     4     Rusty Boy (BC)     10/G         $3,300     K Espy     120     G T Jones     5/2

5     5     Roll On Retsina (NM)     8/G         $3,300     N Smith     120     A M Smith     8/1

6     6     Frank N Lloyd (CA)     5/G         $3,300     O Moreno     120     M McCracken     10/1

7     7     Lofty Quest (KY)     5/G         $3,300     S Sterr     120     P Dubois     9/2

8     8     Me and Mr. Z (FL)     11/G         $3,300     J Seesequasis     120     K Williams     3/1

SHADY REMARK is a stakes winner too – he won the Winnipeg Futurity and is now a longshot in a $3,300 claiming race at age 14. He was 4th in this race last week.



Fair Hill – May 23, 2009



Purse $0. For Three Year Olds And Upward. Three year olds, 145 Lbs.; older, 155 Lbs. Maidens allowed 5 Lbs. A $500 award to the owner and trainer of the winner. One And One Fourth Miles. (Turf)

P#     PP     Horse     A/S     Med     Jockey     Wgt     Trainer     M/L

1     Charleroi (PA)     5/G     L     W Santoro     150     J E Elliot     8/1

2     Woodforest (KY)     5/H     L     P Madden     155     J W Delozier, III     6/1

3     Birthday Beau (FL)     4/G     L     D Nagle     150     M C Sanger     10/1

4     Dirge (PA)     7/H     L     M Williams     155     J E Sheppard     6/5

5     Area Limits (ON)     7/G     L     C Rafter     155     J Gomena     3/1

6     Taconnet (PA)     5/G     *     R Walsh     150     J Walsh     15/1

7     Moon In (MD)     3/G     L     F Boyce     140     J W Boniface, Jr.     10/1

Canadian bred stakes placed AREA LIMITS is a steeplechaser now. He was pulled up in a claiming race 2 years ago in Florida.



Canadian trainer Carl Norman Anderson wins 1,000th race

Canadian-based trainer Carl Norman Anderson won the 1,000th race of his career with Alacazar on May 20 at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since 1977, Anderson has earned more than $4,071,007 in purses and won 127 stakes. His biggest win came with Deputy Country in the 2004 Breeders’ Gold Cup Stakes at Assiniboia.



– It’s post time at Marquis Downs. The racing season at the Downs kicks off (tonight) night and runs every Friday and Saturday night through the September long weekend. A total of 66 horses have been entered for the 8 races tonight.

Following a handful of horse injuries in the 2008 season the Downs have invested in a new track conditioner. The $35,000 machine smooths and packs the track to ensure the consistency of the surface for all participants.

In addition the season will once again feature; the Heritage Weekend August 14th and 15th, the Prairie Lilly Sale and Race August 29th and the 49th running of the Saskatchewan Derby September 5th. First post time tomorrow night is at 7 o’clock



– If $55 million — perhaps a relatively-small $35 million – can be raised by mid-summer, the proposed Balzac racing facility will be in place by mid-summer.

It’s a big “if.”

Max Gibb, CEO of the long-delayed CrossIron project, conceded during an emotional supper-hour meeting with horsemen at Northlands Park that these are “part of the worst financial situation … in this lifetime.”

Several horsemen rapped his description of proceedings to this point as inaccurate or misleading.

After Gibb objected that horsemen are “negative” about the whole thing, it was pointed out that the one-mile track, part of a massive development about seven miles from the Calgary International Airport, initially designed to cost $284 million, was supposed to be in operation by 2008 at the latest.