WHIP MISTAKE COSTLY
The owner and trainer lost, the jock lost and the fans lost too.
When favoured SANS SOUSI was disqualified from her win on Wednesday night yesterday afternoonaround 2:30 p.m., it set off a buzz throughout the track.
Eaton Hall Farm and trainer Mike Doyle will appeal the ruling set down yesterday that saw the $40,800 winners’ share of the purse taken away from because jockey Chantal Sutherland carried out one of theold whips instead of a Pro-Cush whip.
Trainers and owners were incensed around the track, bettors were left scratching their heads.
The scary part is this note from the DAILY RACING FORM’S Bill Tallon:
McMahon said the situation could have been prevented.
“When this was transpiring, somebody should have informed us,” said McMahon. “If they had, we could have ruled on the problem before the race was made official.” http://www.drf.com/news/article/106986.html
From fellow jockeys, to the gate crew, no one informed the stewards, who went ahead and awarded those who bet on the Sans Sousi and not 2nd place finisher Bold Maneuver, who was 13 to1.
Sutherland attempted to correct her mistake, according to her quotes in today’s TORONTO STAR, but had few options.
23 NOMINATED TO WOODBINE MILE
It’s a solid list but light on numbers but the Woodbine Mile could be a competitive tilt should the leading players show up.
VENTURA is here, so is the Barabdian guy DAYLIGHT EXPRESS, and Woodbine’s RAHY’S ATTORNEY, JUNGLE WAVE and STERWINS, FIELD COMMISSION and FIFTEEN LOVE are in the wings.
GIO PONTI is out – he was not even nominated.
So the new list of the Top 5 WOODBINE MILE CONTENDERS will be up on the main page last this weekend.
ALLICANSAYIS WOW (IRE)
Bay, filly, 4 years old, by Street Cry
Owner: Mrs. Paul Shanahan
Trainer: Patrick Biancone
b.c.4 by Danehill
Hamdan Al Maktoum
ch.g.6 by Mark of Esteem
DARK ISLANDER (IRE)
b.h.6 by Singspiel
dk b.c.4 by Seeking Daylight
Lord Michael Taylor
FAMOUS NAME (GB)
b.c.4 by Dansili
b.h.5 by Ishiguru
Silver Springs Stud Farm
ch.c.4 by Service Stripe
dk b.c.4 by Point Given
FORGOTTEN VOICE (IRE)
b.c.4 by Danehill Dancer
Mrs. Susan Roy
b.c.4 by Silic
Saeed bin Suroor
dk b.c.3 by Grand Slam
GRIS DE GRIS (IRE)
gr.h.5 by Slickly
Alain De Royer-Dupre
gr.g.5 by Maria’s Mon
b.g.4 by Hold That Tiger
b.c.4 by Distorted Humor
b.c.4 by Langfuhr
b.g.5 by Crown Attorney
Ellie Boje Farm, Mitch Peters, Dean Read and Jim and Jean MacLellan
RIO DE LA PLATA (photo below – he races today at HAYDOCK) COURTESY WWW.GODOLPHIN.COM
ch.c.4 by Rahy
Saeed bin Suroor
gr.g.6 by Bold Executive
gr.g.6 by Runaway Groom
b.c.4 by Aptitude
dk b.m.5 by Chester House
FORT ERIE NEWS
Puss ‘N’ Boots Cup tradition dates back nearly 50 years
BY HARLAN ABBEY
You don’t have to be a great champion like Northern Dancer, Secretariat or Gallant Fox to have a stakes race named in your honour or to become a part of racing terminology.
Any race in which a heavy favourite is defeated becomes an “upset” to memorialize Upset, the only horse ever to defeat the great Man O’ War, in 1919. Jim Dandy upset American Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox in 1930 and now there’s a Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga.
And then there’s Puss ’N’ Boots, the goofy galloper who was leading a two-year-old race on Fort Erie Race Track’s turf course in 1961 when he suddenly ducked through an opening in the inner hedge, lost his rider (Ronnie Behrens) and slid into one of the three infield lakes. His trainer, the late Frank Merrill Jr., had to get the non-swimming thoroughbred out of the water while directing rescue operations from a rowboat.
Not only is the horse memorialized by the $28,750 Puss ’N’ Boots Cup race on Labour Day Monday, but in a later tradition, the winning trainer and jockey plunge into the same infield lake after the trophy presentation. A few years ago winning trainer Gina Powell added a new wrinkle by shedding her outer clothing and making a bikini-clad splash.
This year, trainer Daryl Ezra advises racing fans to “watch (jockey) Dale Hemsley in a Speedo (swimsuit)” if his horse, Another Ascot, wins the Puss ’N’ Boots (for male runners), which is co-featured with the Labatt Cup (for fillies and mares) on Monday. Both are at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf course.