feb18BEAR21.jpgIT’S A BABY BEAR!  The first foal from Ontario sire KENTUCKY BEAR arrived at Curraghmore Farm recently. The little one is out of BEAR DIXIE CAT and both sire, dam and baby are owned by Danny Dion’s Bear Stable.












My name is Mary Mansfield, and I have just received my 2nd edition of Canadian Thoroughbred, and I love it!!

I am a great fan of horses/Thoroughbreds, Northern Dancer in particular.

In the Feb.edition, in your editorial, it is stated that you are going to  review the past 50 years starting with 1961. I hope I am not being too presumptuous, but I imagine that you would be including Northern Dancer? That would be great!!

I have followed ND’s career and his progeny. Every time I go the Bloodhorse.com site to check on the races, I make it a habit of checking the pedigree of the winner.

I have two books about Northern Dancer, great reads. The next step, I think, is that someone in the movie making field, should make a film about his story as well. There are many films about other racehorses, Man-O-War, Seabiscuit, and just recently Secretariat so, why not?! After reading the books about ND, I found there are quite a few different interesting facts that would come together to make an informative, interesting and entertaining movie!

Oh well, maybe being a Canadian star would not be of much interest to American audiences, for that is where most films are more or less geared to. I am profoundly sorry if I have stepped out of line on this, but that is the way I feel about it.

Thanks for letting me sound off, and keep up the good work!



Just want to say how much that I appreciate the updates on the Canadian horses, trainers & jocks wintering in the USA,

Great work



KINDERSLEY, one of a few Chiefswood Stable runners south of the border and a non-Canadian-bred, won her maiden at Gulfstream yesterday at 35 to 1 after a soft seasonal debut last month.

The $350,000 yearling purchase is by  Bernardini out of Home Court and she is trained by Mike Matz.

Chiefswood, located in Loretto and King, Ontario, is ina rebuilding stage following the replaceent of trainer Eric Coatrieux and the addition of manager, former rider Robert Landry.

The filly’s one mile victory resulted in a 77 Beyer Figure.





Champion jockey EMMA-JAYNE WILSON tried her hand at fishing in Florida yesterday and is shown here with  SPINNER SHARK, that was later let go..

Wilson had a good but short meeting at Parz Racing but the numerous cancellations led to her heading to Palm Meadows to finish preparing for 2011 at Woodbine

Reade Baker website photo





from Thoroughbred Daily News:

8th-CTX, $26,100, 2-15, NW2LX, 4yo/up, 1 1/16m,

1:48 4/5, ft.

OILTON (g, 4, Mobil–Valid’s Best Lady, by Valid Appeal)

Lifetime Record: 13-2-1-1, $53,770. O/T-Richard

P Butts Jr. B-Bernard & Karen McCormack (ON).

*C$25,000 yrl ’08 CANSEP.

CANADIAN-BRED ‘ALEX’ readies for Oaklawn stake

from the Blood-Horse…

Elite Alex breezed seven furlongs from the starting gate in 1:27 under jockey Calvin Borel. The colt is a son of Afleet Alex  , the 2005 Arkansas Derby winner who also won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes (both gr. I) en route to champion 3-year-old honors. Elite Alex, who like his sire is also trained by Tim Ritchey, will be making his third career start and first attempt at stakes competition in the Southwest.

Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/61334/j-ps-gusto-other-southwest-contenders-work#ixzz1E1n7S1It



Purse $49,000. (Includes $6,500 – Other Sources) (Includes $8,000 – ALBSS-Accredited LA Bred Slot Supplement). For Maidens, Three Years Old. Weight, 120 Lbs. (Preference To Horses That Have Not Started For Less Than $25,000 In Their Last 3 Starts). Six Furlongs.

PP     Horse     Virtual

Stable     A/S     Med     Jockey     Wgt     Trainer

1     Quarry of Gold (FL)         3/C     L     J R Leparoux     120     M Pierce

2     Tale of the Dance (KY)         3/C     L1     J Graham     120     R E Nicks

3     Saucy Stash (KY)         3/C     L     M E Smith     120     S M Asmussen

4     Bind (KY)         3/C     L1     A R Napravnik     120     A M Stall, Jr.

5     Red Ace (ON)         3/C     L1     S Bridgmohan     120     S Margolis

6     Chilled (KY)         3/C     L1     C J Lanerie     120     P J McGee

7     Rack Daddy (FL)         3/C     L     G Melancon     120     S M Asmussen

8     Rys Alley Cat (KY)         3/G     L     R E Eramia     120     F Bravo

9     Saracen (KY)

Other Canadian-bred 3-year-olds in action this weekend include STUNNING SPLIT (last at Fair Grounds on Saturday and MAPLE LEAF KITTEN, at Gulfstream on Saturday)


Sutherland travels to New Orleans for mount

Saturday, Fair Grounds, post time: 4:11 p.m. EDT

RACHEL ALEXANDRA S.-GIII, $150,000, 3yo, f,

1 1/16m


1 Gran Lioness K Lion Heart Theriot Calhoun 118

2 Chloe Kate K Afleet Alex Lanerie Howard 118

3 Kathmanblu K Bluegrass Cat Leparoux McPeek 122

4 Bouquet Booth K Flower Alley Bridgmohan Margolis 122

5 Inglorious Hennessy Sutherland Carroll 120

6 Tapit Dancer Tapit Graham Asmussen 116

7 Lilacs and Lace K Flower Alley Smith Terranova II 120


at Fair Grounds

Saturday, Fair Grounds, post time: 5:46 p.m. EDT

RISEN STAR S.-GII, $300,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m


1 Rogue Romance K Smarty Jones Leparoux McPeek 120

2 Liondrive Lion Tamer Sutherland Ice 116

3 Decisive Moment With Distinction Clark Arias 120

4 Pants On Fire Jump Start Bravo Breen 116

5 Mucho Macho Man Macho Uno Coa Ritvo 116

6 Machen Distorted Humor Theriot Howard 116

7 Santiva Giant’s Causeway Smith Kenneally 122

8 Action Ready K More Than Ready Napravnik Calhoun 116

9 Justin Phillip K First Samurai Bridgmohan Asmussen 116

10 Sorgho K Storm Cat Martin Jr Bennett 116

Rogue Romance tops morning line for Risen Star on Saturday at the Fair Grounds

Published: Monday, February 14, 2011, 4:53 PM     Updated: Monday, February 14, 2011, 5:10 PM

Bob Fortus, The Times-Picayune By Bob Fortus, The Times-Picayune

Rogue Romance, who hasn’t raced since finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 10 3-year-olds entered Monday for the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes on Saturday at the Fair Grounds.

The first three horses in the morning line will be invading from Florida. Mucho Macho Man is next in the early odds at 4-1, and Decisive Moment is rated at 9-2.

The Grade II Risen Star is among six stakes races, four of them graded, on a 12-race card billed as Louisiana Derby Preview Day.

Ken McPeek, who trains Rogue Romance, also trains the favorite for the Rachel Alexandra on Saturday. Kathmanblu, who has won three stakes, including the Grade II Golden Rod, is the morning-line favorite in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies entered in that Grade III race.

In the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Rogue Romance raced on dirt for the first time. He finished 10 ¼ lengths behind winner Uncle Mo, who was the champion 2-year-old last year..




Remember MacDiarmida? (Mic-der-mid a)? One of top turf stars of yesterday who came to Woodbine and won the 1978 Canadian International …the race named in his honour is packed with Canadian boys like POOL PLAY and RAHY’S ATTORNEY , PERFECT SHOWER and 2 other Roger Attfield trainees.

Should be a cool race.

Saturday, Gulfstream Park, post time: 5:26 p.m. EDT

MAC DIARMIDA S.-GII, $150,000, 4yo/up, 1 3/8mT


1 Pool Play K Silver Deputy Husbands Casse 119

2 Gabriel’s Hill A.P. Indy A Garcia Benzel 117

3 Rahy’s Attorney Crown Attorney Prado Black 117

4 Free Fighter Out of Place Marquez Jr Block 121

5 Ordination (Ire) Fantastic Light Madrid McPeek 117

6 Musketier (Ger) Acatenango (Ger) Solis Attfield 121

7 Prince Will I Am Victory Gallop Velazquez Nihei 123

8 Stately Victor K Ghostzapper Lopez Maker 119

9 Perfect Shower Perfect Soul (Ire) Castanon Attfield 117

10 Simmard K Dixieland Band Lezcano Attfield 117

11 Mint Chip K Johar Cruz Arnold 117

12 Al Khali K Medaglia d’Oro Desormeaux Mott 123

13 Citrus Kid K Lemon Drop Kid Castellano Terranova 117


Gus Schickedanz’s turf stakes winner MARLANG, 1 for 6 since leaving ONtario a couple of years ago, attempts to get lucky in a stakes race on Saturday. The Langfuhr horse has won the Grade 3 Sunset in his California career.

Saturday, Santa Anita, post time: 4:31 p.m. EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO S.-GII, $150,000, 4yo/up, 1 1/2mT


1 Bourbon Bay K Sligo Bay (Ire) Bejarano Drysdale 123

2 Haimish Hy Ecton Park Gomez Sherman 123

3 Riviera Cocktail Giant’s Causeway Quinonez Drysdale 118

4 Juniper Pass K Lemon Drop Kid Blanc Bell 118

5 Champ Pegasus Fusaichi Pegasus Rosario Mandella 123

6 Pode Ir (Brz) Crimson Tide (Ire) Berrio Avila 118

7 Interpatation K Langfuhr Sntgo Rys Metz 118

8 Falcon Rock (Ire) Hawk Wing Valenzuela Callaghan 118

9 Unbridle’s Dream K Unbridled’s Song Talamo Asmussen 118

10 Marlang Langfuhr Flores Drysdale 118

11 Tiz Argent Tizbud Espinoza Sadler 118

12 Imponente Purse (Brz) Public Purse M Garcia Avila 118

13 Buenos Dias (Ire) Peintre Celebre Pedroza McAnally 118


Trainers (rank in N.A. by wins)

16    Robertino Diodoro    72    18    13    7    $140,191    25%    38    53%

190    Mark E. Casse    30    5    1    2    $91,597    17%    8    27%

241    Josie Carroll    22    4    3    2    $140,380    18%    9    41%

334    Malcolm Pierce    20    3    3    0    $116,220    15%    6    30%

510    Scott H. Fairlie    24    2    2    4    $80,450    8%    8    33%


257    Eurico Rosa Da Silva    52    5    9    6    $169,729    10%    20    38%


2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Official Field – Pool One

#    Name    M/L Odds    Final Odds

  1    Anthony’s Cross    30-1     

  2    Astrology    30-1     

  3    Brethren    15-1     

  4    Clubhouse Ride    50-1     

  5    Comma to the Top    20-1     

  6    Decisive Moment    50-1     

  7    Dialed In    10-1     

  8    Gourmet Dinner    30-1     

  9    Indian Winter    50-1     

10    J P’s Gusto    20-1     

11    Jaycito    20-1     

12    Machen    30-1     

13    Mucho Macho Man    30-1     

14    Rogue Romance    30-1     

15    Santiva    30-1     

16    Silver Medallion    20-1     

17    Soldat    20-1     

18    Stay Thirsty    30-1     

19    Sweet Ducky    50-1     

20    The Factor    20-1     

21    Tix Blessed    30-1     

22    To Honor and Serve    10-1     

23    Unclo Mo    9-2     

24    Mutuel field (all other 3-year-olds)    5-2     

You may also want to participate in Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby fantasy stable contest the Road to the Roses Fantasy Challenge. The contest will open for entries soon and the first scoring races are on February 26th.

SEALY HILL has filly by Flower Alley

from Thoroughbred Daily News:

SEALY HILL, 7, Point Given–Boston Twist, by Boston Harbor

Foal born Feb. 10, a filly by Flower Alley.

Will be bred back to Sky Mesa.

Owned by Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc. Boarded at Winding Oaks Farm. Accomplishments: Horse of the Year, Ch. 3yo Filly & Ch. Turf Female-Can, GSW & MGISP, $1,747,081


for literary non-fiction

A little under five years ago, Charles Foran travelled to Montreal and met with Mordecai Richler’s widow, Florence. He intended to write Richler’s biography, but first sought Florence’s co-operation on the project. They spent an afternoon wandering around the city -she even took him to visit her husband’s grave -and at the end of their time together, Florence turned to Foran and declared herself satisfied.

“I’ll speak with you,” she said.

Foran recalled this conversation Monday as he accepted the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book Mordecai: The Life and Times, a sprawling biography of one of Canada’s literary greats that was four years in the making.

“I’m eternally grateful to Florence,” he said. “She made this book, not once, not twice, but three times as good as it would have been otherwise.”

He ended his speech with a toast to the memory of Mordecai Richler, who died in July 2001 at the age of 70.

Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/Richler+takes+Taylor+prize/4284197/story.html#ixzz1E1iRvb5X