TOP WINNING BEYER SPEED FIGURES IN CANADA LAST WEEK
103 WET YOUR WHISTLE (turf)
101 SYNCHRONY (turf)
95 ARE YOU KIDDING ME
95 HOLY HELENA (turf)
94 ONE BAD BOY
91 ESKMINZIN (turf)
86 SPEEDY SOUL
85 DESERT ISLE (turf)
84 GOLD LACE (84)
81 SHARP DRESSED BEAU (Century Mile)
81 HANSEN’S VICTORY (Hastings)
ONE BAD BOY TO PRINCE OF WALES – JULY 23
$400,000, 2nd leg of Triple Crown at Fort Erie
The 160th Queen’s Plate winner ONE BAD BOY will stay at Woodbine to prepare for the PRINCE OF WALES at Fort Erie on July 23 (Tuesday), the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.
With $500,000 up for grabs from OLG for a Triple Crown sweep by the ridgling by Twirling Candy, it is not a surprise that Greg Hall, the Youngs and Brooke Hubbard elected to keep their sophomore in Canada. Felipe Rivera is taking care of the Plate champ who has raced twice on the dirt, once in the slop.
ONE BAD BOY’S Wales competition will be TONE BROKE, a good third in the Plate after a faulty start from the gate and SKYWIRE, who was slammed by Tone Broke at the start of the Plate.
From HORSE RACING NATION; Trainer Mark Casse talks about Skywire’s unfortunate Queen’s Plate:
EURICO DA SILVA reunites with agent TOM PATTON
Woodbine’s top jockey EURICO ROSA DA SILVA is back with his former agent, TOM PATTON, who has returned to the track after a hiatus following an accident.
Da Silva and Tom Patton worked together for eight years before Patton was involved in a car accident in June 2017.
Patton took 2018 off and Mike Luider has been the agent for Da Silva, who won yet another Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey last year and also set a record for most wins at a Woodbine meeting.
“You know, at the end of last year I wasn’t sure if he was going to take another year off or maybe not come back at all,’ said Da Silva. “But I saw him on the backstretch a month ago, then I saw him again. I asked him if he was thinking about coming back.”
Patton, who suffered from headaches from the accident, spent the first half of last year watching races but then stepped away from that as well as his phone. This spring, with his health back to normal, he visited his track friends.
“I just came to visit,’ said Patton, who was born in Rhode Island and is a dual citizen. “I didn’t know what I wanted and I wasn’t expecting anything. I had a couple of riders ask me what I was planning on doing.”
For Da Silva, he felt as if Patton deserved a chance to be his agent again.
“Mile Luider has gone a great job for me,’ said Da Silva. “I just feel since Tom didn’t do anything wrong – he had to leave because of the car accident – I should go back with him.”
Luider has been the longtime agent for one of Woodbine’s most successful riders in the last decade, Emma-Jayne Wilson.
Patton, who has guided the careers of top riders Jono Jones and Patrick Husbands and his jockeys have won 9 Sovereign Awards, admits he is playing catch up with replays and charts from the first few months of the meeting.
“I love being outside and it’s funny, since I have been been back here it feels like I never left.”
TOM PATTON JR. AND JACKIE PATTON
OUT WEST – HASTINGS, CENTURY MILE
SUMMERLAND, the fab 3-year-old filly in Vancouver, continues to roll and in Alberta, SHARP DRESSED BEAU continues journey to Canadian Derby.
Nigel Reid re-cap – Hastings:
Summerland, and the winning is easy. Or, at least, that’s how George Gilbert’s star filly made her processional victory in the $50,000 Supernaturel Stakes appear.
EMPIRE EQUESTRIAN’S chestnut 3-year-old SHARP DRESSED BEAU, a $1,600 2-year-old in training and an Oregon bred, is on a roll at Century Mile with consecutive stakes wins. The gelding is by Alberta sire Car Talk, a son of Bernardini.
JOHN OXLEY OFFERS MANY WOODBINE BASED HORSES AT AUCTION
There are 200 horses in the upcoming July Horses of Racing Age sale at Fasig Tipton Kentucky and numerous offerings of horses who have been racing at Woodbine for trainer Mark Casse. John Oxley and Stonestreet Stables are selling some horses in the auction. There are also several Ontario breds in the sale.
SHAMROCK ROSE, Conrad Farms’ Ecipse Champion, is retired
The Mark Casse stable has reported to Horse Racing Nation that SHAMROCK ROSE, injured earlier this year, has been retired. Owned by Manfred and Penny Conrad, Shamrock Rose won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs.
The 4-year-old by First Dude was named the Eclipse Award Champion Female Sprinter. Shamrock Rose finished her career 5-2-2 in 13 starts with earnings of $968,962.
She could be offered for sale at the Keeneland November Breeding sale later this year.