LATEST NEWS – Wednesday….. PICK 6 goes at Belmont, $552,000 for 6 of 6…A reader sent in this link today – re: the betting on Woodbine races in Vegas…great news for our industry!

The news was leaked yesterday it appears …



 ERNFOLD (a town in Saskatchewan) is a strong second favourite for the Woodbine Oaks on Sunday. com photo












Embur’s Song/Fares Farm/Todd Pletcher/Garrett Gomez

Ernfold/Jim and Susan Hill/Roger Attfield/Jim McAleney

Isabeau’s Elegance/Classic Oaks Farm/Mark Casse/Corey Fraser

Moment of Majesty/Don Meehan, Curtis Joseph & Sue Leslie/Sue Leslie/Rob Landry

Oil Painting/Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings/Josie Carroll/Patrick Husbands

Resentless/Donald Ross/Ian Howard/Chantal Sutherland

Roan Inish/Robert Costigan/Carolyn Costigan/Davy Moran

Tee Game/Hendrie Stable/ Mike Doyle/Slade Callaghan

The WOODBINE OAKS, to  be run for the 55TH TIME, on Sunday at 5:16 p.m., is to  be drawn tomorrow at WEGZ STADIUM bar,along with the PLATE TRIAL STAKES.

The fields for both races figure to be small – the Oaks has eight, Trial perhaps 7 or 8, but there is some intrigue to go along with the races.

The Oaks could be wide open if big favourite EMBUR’S SONG cannot handle the 9 furlong distance or any pace pressure in what will be her 3rd career race. Reportedly, no horse has won the Oaks off just 2 career races in the past.

ERNFOLD is a popular pick for western Canadian owners JIM AND SUSAN HILL and trainer Roger Attfield. The filly was recently 2nd to champion BIOFUEL, who would seemingly win the Oaks if she were Canadian-bred.

But there are longshot possibilities in the form of MOMENT OF MAJESTY, one of very few offpsring of Saint Liam that are racing (the sire died early in his stud career).

The filly was 3rd behind Ernfold in her 2nd race off the layoff and could be posied to run a big one.

ROAN INISH has been trained into the Oaks by newcomer Carolyn Costigan, who trains the homebred for her father Robert. Roan Inish was the first winner for Costigan last year when she won the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

RESENTLESS is a good one, she is 3 for 6 with 2 stakes wins, but was very, very ill not too long ago and she’s had 2 workouts since her May 1 season debut.


MOMENT OF MAJESTY – a longshot with a chance in the Woodbine Oaks














Curtis Joseph might have played nearly 1,000 games in the NHL, but the former goaltender and thoroughbred owner has never had a starter in the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, until this year.

Co-owned by Joseph, hockey agent Don Meehan and trainer Sue Leslie, Moment of Majesty, a two-year-old daughter of Saint Liam, represents the trio’s first Oaks filly.

Moment of Majesty has never finished lower than fifth over her seven-race career, winning twice along with two thirds.

“She was quick to accept new challenges from the outset,” said Leslie, of the Ontario-bred. “And she does it all with class. From the start, she had an attitude of, ‘I’m good.'”

Her three stakes appearances, all contested at 1 1/16 miles, have yielded one fifth (Princess Elizabeth) and two thirds (Ontario Lassie and La Lorgnette). On Sunday, she’ll travel 1 1/8 miles, the furthest she has ever gone to date.

“There is no concern at all when it comes to the distance,” offered Leslie.

Joseph, Meehan and Leslie have 25 wins and 89 top-three finishes from 196 career starts. Their one stakes winner is Millennium Allstar, who took the 2001 Achievement Stakes, finished second in the Queenston and Plate Trial Stakes, before finishing eighth in the Queen’s Plate.

Robert Landry, who has three Oaks wins, will ride Moment of Majesty.


CBC will televise the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser and the Plate Trial in a special presentation from 4:30 pm ET – 5:30 pm ET.  Post time for the Oaks is 5:16 pm ET (Race 9) and Plate Trial is 4:41 pm ET (Race 8).

Mark Lee will host the telecast with analysts Jim Bannon and Renee Kierans.  Reporting on the action are Sandy Hawley, and Dawn Lupul on horseback.  The producer is Jeff Pearlman. Dan Loiselle will call the races.

TVG, the renowned U.S. horse racing channel, will also be on hand at Woodbine to produce its own broadcast of the Oaks/Plate Trial for air back home.  Hosts will be Todd Schrupp and Simon Bray.



Wednesday night racing at Woodbine means BET NIGHT LIVE and its contest is up again on THE SCORE. For $24 you can enter the contest – make your bets and whoever has the most money will win first prize of $600.00.

Newcomers will be paid $24 to join up to Horseplayer Interactive if they do not have an account already.

There is a super stakes event for a Wednesday night as Queen’s Plate champion NOT BOURBON races for the 3rd time in the last 28 days in the New Providence Stakes, named for a Canadian Triple Crown winner.

NOT BOURBON (Not Impossible), won an allowance race in his first race in alm ost 2 years two starts ago and then was on the edges in the Connaught Cup on the grass.

He races 6 furlongs tonight and meets sharpies like GRAZETTES LANDING, PASO DOBLE and DANCINGALL THE WAY.


Mark E. Casse         137     21      17      19      $996,869

Steven M. Asmussen 67     17     10     9     $589,564

Robert P. Tiller   75     15     7     11     $678,800

Reade Baker        76     13     13     14     $806,249

Laurie Silvera        54     12     9     6     $514,997

Sid C. Attard       65     11     12     7     $618,649

Sam Di Pasquale   45     9     9     4     $241,251

Roger L. Attfield 45     9     6     7     $609,406

Nicholas Gonzalez 72     9     6     7     $318,380

Michael De Paulo  46     8     7     2     $309,698

Audre Cappuccitti 62     8     5     10     $384,816

Josie Carroll       41     8     5     2     $354,540

Michael V. Pino   19     8     4     4     $233,419


Patrick Husbands      228      45      39      35      $2,224,036

Eurico Rosa Da Silva     199     42     27     29     $1,976,590

Emile Ramsammy       176     36     24     17     $1,434,593

Chantal Sutherland     183     30     19     26     $1,775,215

Omar Moreno             230     25     35     38     $1,104,101

Luis Contreras             95     23     12     12     $801,825

Emma-Jayne Wilson     172     22     25     20     $1,226,444

Tyler Pizarro        134     19     17     15     $833,963

David Clark         95     17     14     7     $639,465

James McAleney       124     12     17     10     $891,634

Justin Stein             140     12     16     11     $554,922

Jono C. Jones              105     10     12     10     $642,659

Corey Fraser               91     10     11     11     $489,187

Richard Anthony Dos Ramos     82     10     5     6     $339,057


Nine-year-old NYUK NYUK NYUK won for the 15th time in his career on Saturday at Fort Erie for $10,000 claiming. The son of  Mutakkdim- May Time, bred by Liz and Gordon Lickrish, is currently owned and trained by Anthony Adamo.

The gelding has won over $758,000 in his career. He won about $260,000 for Frank DiGiulio Jr and trainer Robert Tiller and $350,000 for Tucci Stables.

BENT ATTORNEY won another Fort Erie stake when she took Saturday’s Rainbow Connection which came off the grass.