TODAY`S FRIDAY BITS – $19,000 carryover in Woodbine pick 6 today…

26, 30, 54, 26

Woodbine Wednesday night

Those numbers there, nice ones if you boxed ‘e, up in the superfecta, triactor, exactor for the 3rd race, an Ontario sired allowance race on the grass.

JUNIOR ATTORNEY, a son of turf star Crown Attorney, made his first career turf run a winning one despite losing a lot lately for $12,500 claiming. In fact, Tony and Mary Jane Lamb’s fellow had not won a race of any kind in a couple of seasons but there he was, looking like a new horse on the grass.

He sped 7 furlongs on baked turf in 1:21 1/5 good for a career best Beyer Figure of 79.

At 2 6 to 1 Junior Attorney won by 3 lengths over 3- to 1 shot Harrier, 54 to 1 shot Pirate’s Legend and 26 to 1 chance Simply Bold.

The tote board lit up with a $36,000 triactor (pool $51,000) and a $34K superfecta payoff for the top three with ‘all’.

Junior Attorney’s 4th dam is Royal Colleen, dam of Kathie’s Colleen, who produced Wando.

MY ISLAND GIRL is 4 for 4 this year now with her 3rd win at Woodbine Wednesday night. The Malibu Moon filly had not raced since May 12.



 SOMME – thing good…The filly heads Damsel tomorrow




  Norm Files photo


Some good horses in action this weekend but three stakes races at Woodbine have a pair of 5 horse fields and a 6 horse field.

Tomorrow, the Ontario Damsel Stakes, which used to be a packed field of 3yo fillies racing 6 1/2 furlongs on turf, has 5 including big favourite SOMME, from JIm and Alice Sapara’s stable.

Sunday, EMBUR’S SONG has returned to Woodbine for the BISON CITY STAKES, the 2nd leg of the Triple Tiara. The 3rd place finisher in the Woodbine Oaks should be odds on to beat 4 rivals as her main competition, ROAN INISH and MOMENT OF MAJESTY both ran in last weekend’s Plate.

Also on Sunday is the Ontario Jockey Club Stakes on the grass for locally bred runners.


The first of the Bruno Schickedanz horses that had to leave Woodbine will race at Fort Erie on Sunday. LOVELY PRINCESS, previously trained by Greg de Gannes, will start in the 2nd race Sunday in a maiden allowance for trainer Mike Wright Jr.


Queen’s Plate winner Big Red Mike’s saddle cloth, signed by Eurico Rosa Da Silva (it says ‘good luck to everybody’ on  it too) is up to $1,498 on ebay during the fund raising saddle cloth auction hosted by LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society.

Check out the action on all the cloths!



Saturday’s Ky Alta Stakes, prep for Canadian Derby


The field for the Ky Alta:

Post 1 Great Griffin, jockey Eddy Martinez, trainer Ron Grieves

-won allowance by four lengths in last race

Post 2 Bradio Station, Steph Heiler, Robertino Diodoro

-intriguing California import who hasn’t started since April

Post 3 Tiny Giant, Shannon Beauregard, Joan Petrowski

-still searching for his winning 2009 form

Post 4 Streakin Mohican, Tony Maragh, Rod Cone

-can he effectively run one mile???

Post 5 No Hesitation, Rico Walcott, Jim Meyaard

-going back to 2009, this colt has won three straight at Northlands… his only loss in last four races came in Nebraska this spring… Bet Your Boots – a $350,000 purchase – defeated him…

Post 6 Paseo Alegro, Quincy Welch, Greg Tracy

-first start in Canada… won for $75,000 maiden claiming in Florida…

Post 7 Gold Winner, Jorge Carreno, Joan Petrowski

-won easily at $25,000 claiming in June in Edmonton


Patience produces outstanding race horse


No Hesitation wins last two outings since returning to Alberta


By Curtis Stock, Edmonton Journal July 9, 2010 2:05 AM



Jim Meyaard has broken more horses than the lead cast of Twilight has broken hearts or Bernie Madoff broke clients. Which is to say considerable.

“You lose count, of course, but I’d say somewhere between 1,500 and 1,800,” Meyaard said of the number of horses he has “broken” to trust him and then allow someone to get on their backs.

But the easiest horse he ever broke was No Hesitation, the favourite for Saturday’s Ky Alta, the first time Canadian Derby hopefuls go a mile.

“I broke him in Nebraska,” said Meyaard, who continues to send out winners at a 38-per-cent clip.

Read more:


excerpt Winnipeg Sun

Singh’s sigh of relief

Can relax now after reaching 1,000-win milestone

By KEN WIEBE, Winnipeg Sun

Rohan Singh can finally breathe a little easier.

Now that’s he’s captured his 1,000th victory at Assiniboia Downs, the veteran jockey can simply focus on running his race as milestones are no longer a concern.

“Reaching 1,000 wins anywhere is special,” said Singh, who accomplished the feat in the final race on the card last Saturday. “There are only six guys ahead of me in the history book. Once you’re down in the history book, they can’t take that away from you.”

Singh admits the pursuit of the milestone was beginning to weigh on him.

“You can’t help but think about it and people keep asking you about it,” said Singh. “I was down to the last one and everybody knew about it and it seemed like I wanted to win it more for them than for me. Anytime somebody gets near a milestone, it seems like time just stops. It’s hard to get the one and get over that hump.”