HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  We have so much to be thankful for and Thoroughblog wishes you and yours a healthy, happy weekend.

Hold on for a great ride over the next 3 days in horse racing…Graded stakes races aplenty including 2-year-olds at Woodbine (and Canadian-bred juveniles tomorrow in the Cup & Saucer); the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe Sunday morning, BC’s big day on Monday and the fastest racehorse around COUNTRY BOY 123, one of this country’s top Quarter Horses, tries to go 7 for 7 this year Monday at Ajax Downs in the $84,500 Picov Championship!

*Remember your horses this weekend and show them thanks*



“It’s getting desperate” – track announcer at Flemington as Winx surges in last 200 metres



(above -fractional times from the TURNBULL STAKES for WINX, courtesy Candace Hare)


At the 400 metres mark the crowd might have had some concerns. Winx was still out the back, only a handful of horses behind her.

When would she produce that electric burst?

Would Bowman try to find an inside path, or switch her wide?

Would the gap come at all?

Surely she couldn’t get beaten. Not here, not today, not in such a picture perfect situation. – Michael Lynch, Sydny Morning Herald

The Cox Plate is up in next in three weeks:



20 PLUS GRADED STAKES in North America through Monday

From BC to Woodbine to New York, Kentucky and California, many of the stars of racing are in action in this weekend.

Saturday’s graded stakes are:

3:30p Woodford S.-GII, KEE
4:05p Thoroughbred Club of America S.-GII,
4:25p Beldame S.-GI,
4:40p First Lady S.-GI, KEE
4:49p Mazarine S.-GIII, WO
5:00p Hill Prince S.-GII, BEL
5:14p Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity-GI, KEE
5:35p Champagne S.-GI, BEL
5:38p Santa Anita Sprint Championship S.-GI,
5:49p Shadwell Turf Mile S.-GI, KEE
7:44p City of Hope Mile S.-GII, SA

Canadian-bred star HEART TO HEART is in action today in the Grade 1 Shadwell Mile for Alberta’s Terry Hamilton:

Saturday, Keeneland, post time: 5:49 p.m. EDT
SHADWELL TURF MILE S.-GI, $1,000,000, 3yo/up, 1mT
1 Next Shares  Archarcharch Iavarone, Michael & Jules, McClanahan, Jerry, Dunn,
Christopher, Marasa, William, Robershaw, Ritchie & Taylor, Mark Baltas Gaffalione 15-1
2 Divisidero  Kitten’s Joy Gunpowder Farms LLC Rubley Toledo 15-1
3 Great Wide Open (Ire) Starspangledbanner (Aus) M and J Thoroughbreds LLC & Riverside Bloodstock Murphy Graham 50-1
4 Imperative  Bernardini Loooch Racing Stables, Inc. and Imaginary Stables Quartarolo Jimenez 30-1
5 Heart to Heart English Channel Terry Hamilton Lynch Leparoux 7-2
6 Synchrony Tapit Pin Oak Stable Stidham Lanerie 8-1
7 Qurbaan  Speightstown Shadwell Stable McLaughlin Smith 5-1
8 Multiplier  The Factor Wachtel Stable, Kerr, George J. and Barber, Gary Miller Hernandez, Jr. 30-1
9 Analyze It  Point of Entry William H. Lawrence Brown Velazquez 9-2
10 Voodoo Song English Channel Barry K. Schwartz Rice Lezcano 6-1
11 Almanaar (GB) Dubawi (Ire) Shadwell Stable Brown Castellano 9-2
12 Mr. Misunderstood Archarcharch Flurry Racing Stables LLC Cox Geroux 12-1
13 Big Score Mr. Big George Krikorian Yakteen Santana, Jr. 30-1
14 Bound for Nowhere K The Factor Wesley A. Ward Ward Garcia 15-1
Also Eligible:
15 Zulu Alpha Street Cry (Ire) Michael M. Hui Ortiz Saez 15-1
16 Holiday Stone K Harlan’s Holiday Hill, Jim and Susan Weaver Lynch 20-1


And Queen’s Plate winner from 2017 HOLY HELENA is racing tomorrow at Belmont:

Sunday, Belmont, post time: 5:18 p.m. EDT
FLOWER BOWL S.-GI, $500,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/4mT
1 Onthemoonagain (Fr) Cape Cross (Ire) Martin S. Schwartz Brown Castellano 9-2
2 Lady Montdore Medaglia d’Oro Godolphin Racing, LLC Albertrani Franco 7-2
3 Holy Helena Ghostzapper Stronach Stables Jerkens Alvarado 3-1
4 Tricky Escape K Hat Trick (Jpn) Jon A. Marshall Ashby DeCarlo 8-1
5 Danceland Tapit Allen Stable, Inc. McGaughey III Velazquez 12-1
6 Feeling Bossy Courageous Cat Michael Dubb Servis Cohen 30-1
7 Fourstar Crook Freud Dubb, Michael, Bethlehem Stables LLC & Aisquith, Gary Brown Ortiz, Jr. 7-5



Saturday’s Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes is headlined by the Ontario-bred TIZ BREATHAKING (Tiznow), winner of the Shady Well Stakes last time out for Bill Graham and trained Mike Doyle and invader CARNIVAL COLORS (GB) a fancy maiden winner ar Arlington for Godolphin.

The 1 1/16 mile field of 7 comes down to these gals and Tiz Breathtaking could state her case for Champion 2-year-old filly with a victory.

Her competition for that award, at this stage, is MY GAL BETTY, who is entered in Keeneland’s Jessamine Stakes next week on the turf.

SUNDAY’S prestigious CUP AND SAUCER, one of the track’s oldest races, will be decided on the grass at 1 1/16 miles. With rain today, the turf could be a bit on  the squishy side.

There are no stakes winners in the race for Canadian breds that offers a $225,000 purse but some exciting prospects including AVIE’S FLATTER (Flatter), coming off a troubled run in the Grade 1 Summer, impressive debut winner OJISAN for Glen Sikura and friends and the fillies BOLD SCRIPT and KITTEN’S GIRL.


PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE – Sunday morning

While not available for wagering here in Ontario, the Arc card at Longchamp features several ‘Win and You’re In’ races for the Breeders’ Cup and the large Arc field is headlines by last year’s winner ENABLE, the top filly SEA OF CLASS, and KEW GARDENS.

Sunday, ParisLongchamp, France, post time: 4.05 p.m.
QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE-G1, €5,000,000, 3yo/up, c/f, 12fT

1 18 Defoe (Ire) Dalakhani (Ire) Atzeni Varian 131
2 7 Salouen (Ire) Canford Cliffs (Ire) Murphy Kirk 131
3 4 Capri (Ire) Galileo (Ire) D O’Brien A O’Brien 131
4 10 Way to Paris (GB) Champs Elysees (GB) Mosse Marcialis 131
5 13 Waldgeist (GB) Galileo (Ire) Boudot Fabre 131
6 9 Cloth of Stars (Ire) Sea the Stars (Ire) Cheminaud Fabre 131
7 8 Talismanic (GB) Medaglia d’Oro Barzalona Fabre 131
8 5 Tiberian (Fr) Tiberius Caesar (Fr) Buick Couetil 131
9 1 Clincher (Jpn) Deep Sky (Jpn) Take Miyamoto 131
10 6 Enable (GB) Nathaniel (Ire) Dettori Gosden 128
11 11 Neufbosc (Fr) Mastercraftsman (Ire) Demuro Brandt 125
12 2 Patascoy (Fr) Wootton Bassett (GB) Peslier Thomas Demeaulte 125
13 14 Kew Gardens (Ire) Galileo (Ire) Moore A O’Brien 125
14 19 Study of Man (Ire) Deep Impact (Jpn) Pasquier Bary 125
15 17 Louis d’Or (Ire) Intello (Ger) Hamelin Castanheira 125
16 12 Hunting Horn (Ire) Camelot (GB) Heffernan A O’Brien 125
17 3 Nelson (Ire) Frankel (GB) Hussey A O’Brien 125
18 16 Magical (Ire) Galileo (Ire) Lordan A O’Brien 121
19 15 Sea of Class (Ire) Sea the Stars (Ire) Doyle Haggas 121

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