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but likely retired for season

BIOFUEL went out of 2010 on a high note with another breathtaking rally to win the Grade 3 Selene Stakes sunday at Woodbine. She never lost at Woodbine this year and placed twice in Grade 1’s in the U.S. She seems the front ruNner by a good margin fOR HORSE OF THE YEAR honours in canada and certainly has wrapped up champion 3yo filly honours.

What followed after the race in interviews with the press was surprising, however:

“That’s it, she’s done (for this year), said trainer Reade Baker.

Of course it will ultimately  be up to owner Brereton Jones whther the filly races again this year but the competition for the Ladie’s Classic is sure to be out of the reach of Biofuel, who ran a 93 Beyer Figure in her win yesterday.Blind Luck, Zenyatta, Rachel A. and others….figure to be too much for this gal at this point.

Baker wants to unwind the filly and then gear her up for next season.

The Canadians elsewhere on the weekend were not disgraced – GOLDEN MOKA was 5th beaten just over 3 lengths in the Super Derby and gosh, if he ran once more in Canada, and ran well, hne could be champion 3yo colt in a weak division.

We saw Hotep and Big Red Mike hit the skids in the Ontario Derby while STORMY LORD, a grasser, was a decent 3rd in the Grade 3 Kent with a career best 93 Beyer Figure. The chestnut fellow for Kinghaven Farms and partners made all the running and was

only beaten a length.


Canadians that could be there:





NEW NORMAL (Canadian trained)

EL BRUJO (Canadian-bred)

2010 Hot Canadian-bred Runners

1. EL Brujo (106)

2. Sterwins (103)

3. Rahy’s Attorney (95)

4. Miss Blakely (98)

5. Almost Time (95)

6 Essence Hit Man (100)

7. Grand Adventure (105)

8. Smokey Fire (103)

9. Society’s Chairman (95)

10. Impossible Time (92)

11. Roxy Gap (89)



Adena Springs’ bred MISS BLAKELY ran a 98 Beyer Figure in a stakes win on Saturday at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa. The Smart Strike gal put herself right up the list for top the Canadian-breds this year.

H.B.P.A. S., $100,200, PID, 9-25, 3yo/up, f/m, 1m70y

(AWT), 1:40 4/5, ft.

1–MISS BLAKELY, 115, f, 4, Smart Strike–A Bit

Special (GB), by Rahy. ($25,000 2yo >08 ADNMAR).

O-Capitol Hill Thoroughbreds & Team Five Star

Stable; B-Adena Springs (ON); T-Joseph F Orseno;

J-Daniel Centeno; $60,000. Lifetime Record:

17-6-1-4, $260,500.

2–Hooh Why, 115, f, 4, Cloud Hopping–Magic Merger,

by Corporate Report. O-Derby Daze Farm Inc,

Mark Hoffman & Earl Trostrud. $20,000.

3–Unforgotten, 117, m, 6, Northern Afleet–Forgotten

Secret, by Secret Slew. O-Robert A Adams. $10,000.

Margins: HF, 5 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 6.00, 1.80, 7.30.


 GOLDEN MOKA, in Super Derby, Steve Queen photo















Sunday’s big race

from Press Association:

Connections of Youmzain are more than hopeful the veteran can better his second place in each of the last three runnings of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe when he returns to Longchamp on Sunday.

The string of near-misses by Mick Channon’s stable stalwart began in 2007 when he only found Dylan Thomas too good by a head, while Zarkava got the better of him in 2008 and Sea The Stars proved himself a real champion last year.

With no Sea The Stars in the field this time, there is an air of confidence in the Youmzain camp – added to the fact that Richard Hughes, who was in the plate three years ago, has been booked for the ride.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Youmzain’s owner Jaber Abdullah, said: “Richard is very much looking forward to riding Youmzain and if he were to run as well as he has in any of the last three Arcs we think we can win.”

Youmzain is a 16-1 chance to be only the second seven-year-old in history, after Motrico in 1932, to win the Paris showpiece.


from www.telegraph.co.uk, by Hotspur

Aidan O’Brien books Christophe Soumillion for Cape Blanco in Arc

The growing confidence behind the Ballydoyle ‘second string’ Cape Blanco can be gauged by a move from the Irish stable to secure Christophe Soumillon for the colt in Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, at Longchamp.



    * Behkabad

    3/1    SP

    * Horse: Workforce

    5/1    SP

    * Horse: Fame And Glory

    5/1    SP

    * Horse: Planteur

    5/1    SP

    * Horse: Cape Blanco

    7/1    SP

    * Horse: Sarafina

    8/1    SP

    * Horse: Youmzain

    14/1    SP

    * Horse: Duncan

    20/1    SP

    * Horse: Nakayama Festa

    25/1    SP

    * Horse: Plumania

    25/1    SP

    * Horse: Goldwaki

    33/1    SP

    * Horse: Cavalryman

    33/1    SP

    * Horse: Byword

    33/1    SP

    * Horse: Victoire Pisa

    40/1    SP

    * Horse: Jan Vermeer

    66/1    SP

    * Horse: Lope De Vega

    16/1    SP


Timeform rate Frankel’s win in the Royal Lodge Stakes as “one of the best performances from any juvenile in recent years”.

They now have Henry Cecil’s unbeaten colt on 129p, making him their highest-rated 2yo in Europe since Xaar in 1997 (132).

To further put this into recent historical context, New Approach was rated 127 after his juvenile campaign, while St Nicholas Abbey and Shamardal were awarded 126p.

Frankel still has some way to go to match the astonishing Timeform rating of 138 put up by Celtic Swing in winning the Racing Post Trophy by 12 lengths in 1994, but the world-renowned ratings organisation are in no doubt that they saw something “very special” on Saturday.


ESPN POLL, 13,000 vote on favourite sports…

Rank ‘Em: Favorite sports

    * (#1 Votes)Points

 1 NFL (3,753) 228,305 

 2 College football (2,415) 208,470 

 3 MLB (1,277) 188,264 

 4 College basketball (539) 185,539 

 5 NBA (764) 172,621 

 6 NHL (393) 139,088 

 7 Horse racing (3,138) 116,321 

    * 8 Tennis (59) 112,625 

    * 9 MMA (195) 107,603 

    * 10 European soccer (414) 100,036 

    * 11 Boxing (57) 99,251 

    * 12 Track and field (32) 93,848 

    * 13 Extreme sports (14) 89,795 

    * 14 MLS (47) 83,191 

    * 15 NASCAR (57) 82,487 

    * 16 Swimming (25) 80,746 

    * 17 Beach volleyball (151) 78,263 

    * 18 Cycling (14) 58,853 

    * 19 IRL (13) 55,650 

    * 20 WNBA (7) 45,281 



Vancouver, B.C. (Sept. 26/10) – When Hastings Racecourse leading jockey Richard Hamel asked Majesticality to switch gears and go to the outside, the 65th running of the BC Derby switched gears as well Sunday afternoon.

The 40-to-1 longshot provided trainer Barb Heads with her second career Derby title when Majesticality rallied from four wide, gained the lead at mid stretch and won by half a length over another long shot, Crew Leader.

“I was trying to find a way to get outside down the backstretch,” Hamel told a media scrum in the winner’s circle. “He slipped into the gear we needed … it was a great trip.”

Majesticality, a B.C. bred by Finality, for owners Mr. and Mrs. Russell J. Bennett, finished the 1 1/8 miles trip in a final time of 1:50.80 and paid $82.60, $40.30, $13.10. A $2 exactor ticket (8-4) paid $1,894.30 while a $2.00 triactor wager (8-4-1) returned $7,838.30.

Barb Heads was the winning trainer when Halo Steven won the 2006 BC Derby. “We never wanted to say Majesticality was our Derby horse because that’s the kiss of death,” Heads said in the aftermath of Sunday’s stunning victory.

Favourite Cherokee Notion with world leading jockey Russell Baze making a special guest appearance finished third. Baze had four mounts on the day and won the $50,000 Ascot Graduation aboard Too Much Dirt for trainer Craig MacPherson.

Baze, 52, had ridden five winners at Golden Gate Friday and Saturday prior to arriving in Vancouver early Sunday morning. Born in Vancouver, he has more career victories (more than 11,000) than any other rider in the world. He signed autographs for more than an hour before taking his first mount in the fourth, finishing third on Trick of the North.


Vancouver, B.C. (Sept. 25/10) – Hastings Racecourse was a new challenge to Zenovit but the Emerald Downs regular looked right at home in winning the $75,000 BC Oaks at Hastings Racecourse Saturday.

With veteran Seattle jockey Kevin Krigger well in control, Zenovit gained the lead on the final turn and finished the 1 1/8 miles journey in a final time of 1:49.88. Zenovit, winner of the Washington Oaks at Emerald on Aug. 14, returned $7.10, $3.90 and $2.90f or owner Gerald Schneider and trainer Larry Ross.

The last horse to win both the Washington and BC Oaks was Ever Lasting, also trained by Ross.

“I saw a little opening on the stretch turn and took my shot,” Krigger said. “When I said ‘let’s go’, she responded.” Zenovit increased her career earnings to over $118,000. Schneider said he would be giving her the rest of the year off.

There were three other stakes races on the BC Oaks Day card. The upset of the afternoon was Dino Condilenios-trained Pigtails winning the Fantasy Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. With Isaias Cardenas aboard, Pigtails paid $39.70, $24.40, $7.10.

Favoured Summer Song ($2.60) won the Delta Colleen for fillies and mares with Mario Gutierrez in the irons while leading jockey Richard Hamel scored a win in the Derby Bar and Grill Ladies Express with Wind Storm, her fourth consecutive victory.


2nd in Northlands standings

The website www.thehorses.com reports that one of the track’s top riders, Shannon Beauregard, is heading to Woodbine after Thanksgiving to ride the last couple of months of the meeting. It will be her first trip to Woodbine.


We should send his story to the city of T.O., enough with the traffic already!



 Live racing ends with historic jockey race, increased wagering


Assiniboia Downs ended its 52nd season of live racing Sunday with the most exciting jockey race in its history and with increased wagering that bucked industry-wide trends.

Vicky Baze emerged as the leading jockey, the first time a woman has won the title at the Downs and racing history was almost made when another women jockey, Janine Stianson missed finishing second by only one win.  Two female riders have never finished one two at any race track.

On the wagering side, on-track wagering went up by 6% compared on a race-to-race basis with last year.  And, combined with bets from fans in other parts of North America, wagering declined slightly by .04 per cent.  The total amount wagered was $8.9 million.

“It’s obvious that local patrons like our Wednesday, Friday, Saturday schedule that was implemented last year,” said Darren Dunn, director of operations and track announcer.  Those who enjoy afternoon racing were able to do so, too, on holidays and on select Sundays.

Many other race tracks are not even reporting their on-track handle because it has been in freefall.  Overall, there was a 7.8 per cent decline in wagering in the U.S. over the past year.

The reasons Assinbioia Downs is bucking industry trends?  “Highly competitive racing thanks to good quality horses and a trainer and jockey colony with exceptional depth,” said Dunn.  At one point during the season, there were 15 races in a row won by horses with different trainers.  This is rare in the racing world.

“Innovative promotions have been a big part, too,” Dunn said.  That has included various contests, money-machine madness and freeroll poker after live racing, leading to a trip to the World Series of Poker.  A big event will happen this Wednesday when Downs patrons are treated to the world premiere of the Secretariat movie followed by a reception.  The Downs also appears to be the only race track anywhere that emails a weekly “racing and fun stuff” column called The Insider to thousands of its fans.

Three jockeys were locked in a furious battle right down to the wire:  Vicky Baze, 45., Janine Stianson, 27, and last year’s leading rider, Larren Delorme, 25.

Going into Sunday afternoon’s final card, Baze had 69 wins, Stianson 67 and Delorme 66.  When the dust had cleared Vicky had increased her lead to 71, Delorme charged into second with 68 and Stianson remained at 67.

Baze, had previously won four riding titles in Washington state. Delorme made a predictable last minute rush, getting two wins Sunday.  However, he could not recover from the ground he had  lost in the standings when he had been suspended for six days.



Nicholas Gonzalez      190      38      32      34      $469,723

John Simms     189     25     17     22     $244,553

Lyle Morden     109     14     16     12     $178,347

Marilyn G. McMullen     97     14     8     14     $143,418

Michael Newell     142     13     18     16     $160,697

Justin J. Nixon     42     13     8     7     $131,218

Layne S. Giliforte     53     12     3     4     $101,455

Daryl G. Ezra     82     11     14     13     $131,288

Howard Keen     130     10     11     10     $141,451


Krista Carignan      429      73      75      62      $826,136

Real E. Simard     354     50     33     52     $545,583

Christopher Griffith     319     43     44     41     $491,176

Francine Villeneuve     217     34     33     28     $384,510

Brian A. Cheyne     242     31     32     32     $345,922

Melanie Pinto     210     29     25     31     $328,621

Anthony Stephen     163     28     18     26     $593,630

Rui M. Pimentel     153     22     22     22     $287,194

Mike Mehak     259     21     32     26     $275,771



from www.thehorses.com

2010 September Yearling Sale – Keeneland

Riversedge Racing Stable – 5 purchases – $182,000

More Than Ready-Luna Felina – colt, $45,000

Tale of the Cat-Merry Mary – filly, $32,000

Broken Vow-Smokey Diplomacy – colt, $75,000

Broken Vow-Weekend Kaper – filly, $20,000

Proud Citizen-Deputy Princess – colt, $10,000

Don Dimma – 5 purchases – $128,000

Lawyer Ron-Picnic Theme – colt, $35,000

Bluegrass Cat-Racetothealtar – colt, $32,000

Half Ours-Ermelinda – filly, $25,000

Latent Heat-Relaxing Green – filly, $25,000

Discreet Cat-Picco Bello – filly, $11,000

Mike Vanin, agent – 2 purchases – $110,000

Gone West-Duet – filly, $40,000

Roman Ruler-Kick’em Jenny – colt, $70,000

Cory Wagner/Affirmed Investment – 1 purchase, $50,000

Successful Appeal-Affairs of State – colt

Terry Hamilton – 4 purchases, $190,000

Roman Ruler-Baby Jinx – colt, $75,000

Corinthian-Flirtatious Miss – colt, $40,000

Artie Schiller-Heaven’s Gate – colt, $35,000

Artie Schiller-Sister Baby – colt, $40,000

Dr. Simon Hudy – 1 purchase, $50,000

Grand Slam-Blue Sky Baby – colt

Bear Stables – 1 purchase, $35,000

Sky Mesa-All the Stars – colt

Rick Wiest – 1 purchase, $8,000

More Than Ready-Queen’s Court – filly

Bill Dory – 1 purchase, $17,000

Bob and John-Misty Halo – filly

Don Mazepa – 1 purchase, $10,000

Songandaprayer-Golden Roses – colt

John Hansen – 2 purchases, $29,500

Milwaukee Brew-Everything Good – filly, $22,000

Macho Uno-Madame Pietra – colt, $7,500