It’s not just in southern Ontario where the deep freeze has already set in. Parx Racing (Philly) had to cancel its card Tuesday because of sub-zero temps. That card was to mark the first day of riding for top Canadian rider Emma-Jayne Wilson.

The next Parx card is today. Wilson is scheduled to ride KIRKLAND LAKE in an allowance race for Scott Fairlie.


clip-art from Cindy Pierson Dulay,







  Eugene Melnyk’s undefeated 2yo filly ROXY GAP is getting close to running and she is being pointed to the JANUARY 5 OLD HAT STAKES at GULFSTREAM PARK.

The Indian Charlie gal, trained by Mark Casse, was forced to miss the Breeders’ Cup because of health issues but she has been working up a storm at Palm Meadows…
















It will be a while before I see the surface of my desk (or the floor of my office for that matter) but there are some letters and comments I should pass along:

On the main page of THOROUGHBLOG are my lists – the HOT CANADIAN-BRED RUNNERS OF THE YEAR, my current HOT MUST-READ BOOKS and I threw a list on there for the top contenders for Canada’s Horse of the Year (which will not be announced until April 1). I have updated these lists and hopefully have not left off anyone.


Did you know you can Search the ‘Blog? Just type in the key word or name in the Search box and you will be taken to where you want to go.

The claiming horse WHITE BALANCE, formerly owned by the Woodbine TV department, is on the AE list at Penn National today for $5,000 claiming and I have had inquiries from people about how to get in contact with the horse’s trainer, Lawrence King. If anyone knows, please forward a message to Thoroughblog.

Thanks to folks like Alex S., Steve, Sarah, KPW and others who continually send in thoughts and comments to the ‘Blog. I welcome all viewpoints and ideas.

How shocking and disappointing is it that scribes voting for BLAME for Horse of the Year are seemingly outnumbering those for ZENYATTA. These must be the same folks who voted for Rachel Alexandra last year even though Zenyatta won the BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC.

Sad. Zenyatta was never beaten. That is hard to do no matter what horses you are racing against. Blame lost to Haynesfield.

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Stay tuned for more information about DRF Bets in the coming weeks. You can even sign up to receive an email update when we’re ready to launch, plus a special charter member offer.



Canadian-based ROGER ATTFIELD and Canadian born MICHELE NIHEI train contenders in the popular McKnight ‘Cap at Calder tomorrow:

Saturday, Calder Race Course, post time: 4:45 p.m. EDT

W. L. MCKNIGHT H.-GII, $150,000, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT

PP Horse Sire Jockey Trainer Wt

1 Telling A.P. Indy Coa Hobby 122

2 Presious Passion Royal Anthem Trujillo Hartmann 121

3 Memorial Maniac Lear Fan Lebron Demeritte 116

4 Prince Will I Am Victory Gallop Castellano Nihei 117

5 Bold Hawk K Silver Hawk Lopez Toner 116

6 Rescue Squad Dynaformer Castanon McGaughey III 116

7 Black Scorpion Scorpion Santiago Rizo 113

8 Simmard K Dixieland Band Maragh Attfield 115

9 Musketier (Ger) Acatenango (Ger) Solis Attfield 120

10 Free Fighter Out of Place Marquez Jr. Block 116


Central City Stars on Santa Super Saturday

Preston Stables’ Central City is the 9-5 morning line choice in Saturday’s $60,000 Bonapaw Stakes – just one of five stakes scheduled for this weekend’s Santa Super Saturday Presented by Daily Racing Form at Fair Grounds – but the long-range plans of Central City, runner-up in the Grade II Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Nov. 6, make him the star of Saturday’s pre-Christmas Crescent City show.

That’s because following the Bonapaw, and perhaps another appearance at the New Orleans oval, Central City is being penciled in for a trip to the Group 2, $1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan Race Course in Dubai. The $60,000 Bonapaw, at about 5 1/2-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course, fit well into the son of City Place’s schedule as his connections look to keep him in top form for a few more months.



At Hawthorne, SACRED GROUND (c, 3, Awesome Again–Moonlight Affair {MSW, $460,602}, by Friendly Lover) won a 1 1/16 mile allowance race in 1:44 1/5 for West Stables. The Ontario bred   is a product of Adena Springs and he has won 2 of 7 races. Wayne M Catalano trains the *$250,000 yrl ’08 KEESEP.

On Monday, THIRD TIME LUCKY, a Canadian bred by Gilded Time – Devaluation, won at Parx Racing in Philadelphia yesterday for owner/trainer Scott Fairlie.

The 5yo mare, bred by Richard Day, had been racing at Penn National. She won for $7,500 claiming and was claimed.

BLOOD-HORSE reports that QUEST,  a grade II winner and a track-record setter, will stand the 2011 season at the Lawson family’s Dunroven Farm in Manitoba, Canada. He formerly stood at Arthur B. Hancock Jr.’s Stone Farm near Paris, Ky. Hancock has retained an interest in Quest, whose 2011 fee is $1,000

Quest (Seeking the Gold—Starlore, by Spectacular Bid) won the Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, set a track-record in the Lure Stakes at Gulfstream Park, and ran second in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park. He won or placed in 14 of 23 races and earned $768,012.

Eleven-year-old Quest is the sire of 10 winners, including Rattlin Gypsy, who has run first or second in seven of 13 races.

Chris Blake of Ascot Stud in Ontario, Canada, brokered the deal to stand Quest at Dunroven.

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Gulfstream reaches deal with horsemen for first half of meeting only

By Matt Hegarty

Gulfstream Park has reached a racing agreement with its horsemen that will expire halfway through the track’s upcoming meet, a representative of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association said on Thursday.

The unusual agreement will expire on Feb. 28, requiring horsemen and the track to negotiate an additional deal or extension while the meet is running, according to Kent Stirling, the executive director of the horsemen’s association. Owned by MI Developments, Gulfstream will open on Jan. 5 and close on April 24.



The Jockey Club today released an updated North American fatality rate for Thoroughbreds that includes two years’ worth of data in the Equine Injury Database, the North American database for racing injuries.

Based on an analysis of 754,932 starts collected during the two-year period November 1, 2008, through October 31, 2010, the prevalence of fatal injury declined to 2.00 per 1,000 starts, as compared to the 2.04 rate reported in March for the one-year period November 1, 2008, through October 31, 2009.

The analysis was performed by Dr. Tim Parkin, a veterinarian and epidemiologist from the University of Glasgow, who serves as a consultant on the Equine Injury Database.

Parkin noted that the change in the overall fatality rate stemmed from cumulative two-year data


Too Late Now Tops F-T Texas Mixed Sale

By Deirdre B. Biles

Canadian champion Too Late Now brought $50,000 to top the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale, which posted increases of 25.5% and 22.2% in its gross revenue

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Fees for Canadian Stallions



press release..

a.LFSN… foal, stands and nurses

b – November 1.  Fee is payable on November 1st year bred. Guaranteed life foal .not payable if mare does not get in foal

                              lfsn                November 1

Giant Gizmo.         $4000                    $3200 


Mast Track           $2500                     $2000   European fund registered

Milwaukee brew   $12,500                  $10000  European fund registered

North light         $10,000                  $8000   European fund registered

Showing up            $5000                    $4000   European fund registered

 Singing saint         $2500                    $2000 

Sligo bay                $6000                    $4800   European fund registered

Wilko                      $5000                    $4000  European fund registered


All adena Canadian stallions are nominated to breeders cup and Ontario sires stakes

If you breed to a Canadian stallion you will be eligible to a 20% discount to an Adena Ky or Adena Ny stallion season

Mares must be approved prior