Are you going to Woodbine today? The backstretch is open and while we got yet another dumping of snow, surely the temperatures of 0 and perhaps plus 1 will give a chance to the mounds and piles of the white stuff to melt. Now for that thick  layer of ice underneath….

Welcome back, be safe and let’s start the countdown to April 12! LET’S GO!!





A colt from the first crop of BODEMEISTER out of the mare Klissura arrived at Hill ‘n’ Dale Canada recently. Thanks to Ericka Rusnak for the photo






DEAN DEVERELL will be remembered this week as his funeral service takes place in today in Brampton, ON. at WARD funeral home at 2 p.m. PHOTO BY DAVE LANDRY


TAPITURE logs a 98 Beyer Figure in Southwest

Verne Winchel’s sleek 3yo TAPITURE streaked to a big win in the 1 1.16 mile SOUTHWEST STAKES at Oaklawn Park yesterday and earned a 98 Beyer Figure for the score.
The son of Tapit – Free Spin by Olympio ran in 1:44 4/5 and won by 4 1/2 lengths over D. Wayne Lukas trainee Strong Mandate, who, like others in the race, was caught wide for a while.
Mark Casse trainee COASTLINE was 4th beaten 10 lengths.

The points on the way to the KENTUCKY DERBY are listed below:

note that this weekend’s RISEN STAR and FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH are big events. Mark Casse trainee CONQUEST TITAN will by-pass and go for the Florida Derby:
Horse trainer Pts Earnings

1     Tapiture     Steve Asmussen     22     $300,738
2     Havana     Todd Pletcher     14     $660,000
3     Cairo Prince     Kiaran McLaughlin     14     $470,000
4     Honor Code     Shug McGaughey     14     $340,000
5     Tamarando     Jerry Holldendorfer     12     $490,000
6     Midnight Hawk     Bob Baffert     12     $84,000
7     Bond Holder     Doug O’Neill     11     $273,000
8     Rise Up     Tom Amoss     10     $782,633
9     We Miss Artie     Todd Pletcher     10     $262,000
10     Candy Boy     John Sadler     10     $260,000
11     Samraat     Rick Violette     10     $150,000
12     Noble Moon     Leah Gyarmati     10     $145,000
13     Ami’s Holiday     Josie Carroll     10     $136,145
14     Vicar’s in Trouble     Mike Maker     10     $120,000
15     Cleburne     Dale Romans     10     $102,044
16     Tanzanite Cat     Code Autrey     10     $99,000
17     Strong Mandate     D. Wayne Lukas     6     $442,500
18     Casiguapo     Mario Morales     5     $271,050
19     Classic Giacnroll     Lisa Guerrero     5     $62,500
20     Ride On Curlin     Billy Gowan     5     $94,387
21     Conquest Titan     Mark Casse     4     $163,445



Ontario bred WE MISS ARTIE is in the field for Saturday’s major Kentucky Derby prep, the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The son of Artie Schiller is surely a leading contender for the Queen’s Plate but right now, the owners, Ken and Sarah Ramsey are trying to see if they have a Derby colt. We Miss Artie was bred by Richard Lister. he was second in his season opener on the grass, beaten only a head.
1 1/16m
1 Commissioner K A.P. Indy Velazquez Pletcher 116
2 We Miss Artie K Artie Schiller Bravo Pletcher 122
3 Medal Count K Dynaformer Rocco Jr Romans 116
4 Wildcat Red D’wildcat Saez Garoffalo 120
5 General a Rod Roman Ruler Castellano Maker 120
6 Casiguapo Sightseeing Lezcano Morales 116
7 C. Zee Elusive Bluff Zayas Gold 116
8 Almost Famous K Unbridled’s Song Borel Byrne 116
9 Best Plan Yet Hear No Evil Lopez Gold 120
10 Our Caravan Daaher Lanerie Dilger 116
11 Hesinfront War Front Jaen Romans 116
12 Top Billing K Curlin Rosario McGghy III 116
13 East Hall Graeme Hall Leyva Kaplan 116
Saturday, Fair Grounds, post time: 6:25 p.m. EST
RISEN STAR S.-GII, $400,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m

1 Albano K Istan Clark Jones 116
2 Rise Up K Rockprt Harbor Melancon Amoss 120
3 Flat Gone Flatter Landeros Desrmux 116
4 Vigorish English Channel Pedroza Lukas 116
5 Bond Holder K Mineshaft Gutierrez O’Neill 122
6 Gold Hawk K Empire Maker Nakatani Asmussen 116
7 Interchange Fairbanks Baird Clark 116
8 Hoppertunity K Any Given Satrdy Garcia Baffert 116
9 Intense Holiday K Harlan’s Holiday Smith Pletcher 116
10 Son of a Preacher Pulpit Mena Calhoun 116
11 Quick Indian K Indian Charlie Hernandez Jr Scherer 116
12 Xtra Luck K Exchange Rate Eramia Pish 116
13 Commanding Curve K Master Command Albarado Stewart 116
14 Vicar’s in Trouble Into Mischief Napravnik Maker 120
Also Eligible:
15 Emmett Park K Bob and John Graham Pincins 116
16 Teniente Coronel K Colonel John Bridgmohan McGee 116



Ontario bred MR ONLINE goes for another win in Saturday’s Grade 3 Canadian Turf Handicap. The son of Silent Name (Jpn) was bred by Osprey Stable. Also in the race is Ontario bred HAMPSTEAD HEATH , a son of Macho Uno who races for Rob Smithen and trainer Brian Lynch. I will handicap the Saturday races closer to the day.


CANADIAN TURF S.-GIII, $150,000, 4yo/up, 1mT

1 Mr. Online Silent Name (Jpn) Carmouche Pino 119
2 Unbridled Ocean K Unbridled’s Song Velazquez Mott 117
3 Rydilluc K Medaglia d’Oro Prado Contessa 117
4 Fredericksburg Speightstown Rocco Jr Matz 117
5 Reload Hard Spun Castellano McGghy III 117
6 Salto (Ire) Pivotal (GB) Bravo Pletcher 117
7 North Star Boy (Ire) Acclamation (GB) Lanerie Saville 119
8 Joha K Johar Lezcano Albertrani 119
9 Bad Debt Grand Reward Rosario Trombetta 119
10 Hampstead Heath Macho Uno Contreras Lynch 117
11 Guys Reward K Grand Reward Jaen Romans 121
12 Abtaal Rock Hard Ten Saez McLghlin 117



NEW ORLEANS – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Vicar’s in Trouble, dominant 6 ¾- length hero of the Grade III Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Jan. 18, may be a slight choice in the wagering when he faces an overflow field of 13 challengers with two also-eligibles in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes, the Crescent City oval’s showcase event on Louisiana Derby Preview Day.

The $400,000 Risen Star, to be contested at 1 1/16-miles, serves as Fair Grounds’ final designed prep for the 100th renewal of the upcoming $1 million Louisiana Derby March 29, penultimate day of the winter racing season in New Orleans.

The Risen Star is part of the elite “Kentucky Derby Championship Series” which continues again Saturday and is worth 85 points toward qualifying for the Run for the Roses as part of the larger 34-race “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series. The 50 points to be awarded to the Risen Star winner virtually guarantees a berth into the world’s most famous horse race on May 3. The runner-up will earn 20 points, with 10 points to third and five points to fourth.

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It’s been brisk business at the Gulfstream Park claim box in the last couple of weeks. Any number of horses have been taken from races at the Florida track and Canadians have been right in the mix.
(See yesterday’s posting with some other recent claims).
FRANK CIRILLO and trainer JOHN MATTINE were busy again on Monday, taking UNLEASH THE TALENT for $12,500 from a maiden race at 6 furlongs on the dirt. The colt was 30 cents on the dollar (3 to 5) and expected to win but he

JANICE ATTARD and SID ATTARD doled out $62,500  for MISH MOSH, a 6yo gelding by Bernstein who was 8 for 20 going into a 2nd place finish on Monday. The geldings has won all 8 of his races on an all weather track. He was claimed from Ken and Sarah Ramsey

JIM ENSOM paid $16,000 for INGENUITY on Sunday at Gulfstream.  He is a 4yo who is 1 for 9 and is by More Than Ready.


More Canadian stuff:

Jim and Susan Hill’s LOFTY HEART won his maiden at Gulfstream on Monday in a 5 furlong turf dash for $25,000 claiming. The 5yo by Lion Heart was making his 5th career start and 4th start since Feb. 2012 when he debuted and then went on a 1 1/2 year layoff. Goerge Weaver trains.

Woodbine trainer BRIAN LYNCH won with his own first time starter on Sunday when ELLIE’S PRINCE, by Indygo Shiner, won for $35,000 at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. Bruno Dejulio is a co-owner in the chestnut 3-year-old.

GEORGINA BILLERS and SHANE LEARN won an allowance race at Parx Racing with CHIEF THUNDERCLOUD, who scored by a nose at 10 to 1. The stable has not been able to race many horses as Parx has been shut down a lot this winter due to weather.

Terra Racing’s WHY KATHERINE was a close 3rd in an allowance race on grass on on the weekend while TAPIT’S BREW was also third for trainer Nick Gonzalez.


(originally reported in Thoroughblog.



A multi-party agreement has paved the way for a three-year funding model for Hastings Racecourse in British Columbia, Canada, officials said Feb. 17. The 2014 Thoroughbred meet is expected to begin in late April or early May.

The British Columbia Horse Racing Industry Management Committee made the announcement on the deal, which involves Hastings and Fraser Downs operator Great Canadian Gaming Corp. Standardbred racing is offered at Fraser Downs, which, like Hastings, has slot machines.