Norm Files caught AUNT ELS winning the Ontario Lassie Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine



The final week of racing is here, with 8 races on Wed. and Thurs.  The season ends with bigger cards on Friday, Sat. and Sunday.

Not a lot of horses and people are left but there is still some unfinished business for everyone, and purse money to be earned.



Aunt Els takes Lassie

She may have been a bit fussy in the paddock, but AUNT ELS, a homebred for RMC STABLES (Syd Cooper) led all the Way and won the Ontario Lassie Stakes on Sunday.

The win continued a roll by trainer Norm McKnight, who told THOROUGHBLOG that Aunt Els does not like confined spaces too much and that is why she was overly anxious when being saddled.

The filly beat a previously unbeaten grey gal from Chiefswood Stable, ORIGINAL SCRIPT. The winning Beyer for the 1 1/16 miles was 73.

Aunt Els is by Consolidator out of Frivolous Flo by Flame Thrower. The mare was unraced and her 2nd dam is the granddam of multiple stakes winner MOBIL.

The Cooper family have had horses for some 40 years with stars like John the Magician, Lynclar, Brite Adam and so many more.



KITTEN CANDY, 82 Beyer, hmmm, Queen’s Plate prospect for 2013?

Norm Files photo



Fastest winner on Sunday’s Woodbine card was KITTEN CANDY, who won his maiden with an 82 Beyer  in 1:18 for 6 1/2 furlongs. The track has been very slow for more than a week and this colt led all the weay for owner and breeder Frank DiGiulio Jr. and trainer Robert Tiller. He is a Candy Ride 2yo out of Win Kitty by Forest Wildcat.

Barb Minshall and Avelino Gomez Jr.’s SNIPER won again, this time in a non-winners of 1 other than allowance. He posted an 81 Beyer in his rallying win. He is a homebred by Trajectory out of Hot Toy.

The team of trainer Reade Baker and apprentice Tommy Wong won 2 races with VICAR OF DIBLEY, 2 yo filly co-owned by Baker, and Curraghmore Farms’ HATHAWAY.



Tommy Wong, 2 wins on Sunday, agent is Nigel Burke

Photo by Norm Files




column from ESPN.COM

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