june30noon.jpg In Memory of WAKE AT NOON




The hearing requested by Bruno Schickedanz has wrapped up as far as testimony is concerned and while final written arguments are composed and then submitted and the ORC comes to a final ruling, Schickedanz still cannot stable or race his horses at Woodbine. The decision was a quick one at the end of yesterday’s half day of testimony. Woodbine presented its case with MARK CASSE, ABRAHAM KATRYAN, MARK FOURNIER and VICKI PAPPAS on the stand, followed by a brief showing by Woodbine VP JAMIE MARTIN. Frank Roth, the lawyer for Schickedanz, had sought interim relief so that the owner could race his horses at Woodbine in the meantime but the application was dismissed pending the submission of final arguments and the toxicology report from the necropsy on Wake at Noon’s body.

TORONTO STAR REPORT http://www.thestar.com/sports/horseracing/article/853109–no-relief-for-horse-owner-bruno-schickedanz





iSeven-yearold WATERCOLORMEMORIES is no longera a maiden – he crushed a field of $11,500 claimers by 7 lengths under David Garcia. The very pretty gelding, bred by the Hulley family in Ontario, is owned and trained by Daniel Birtch, who has now won 2 races this season. The gelding is by Parisianprospector. Wednesday night was an evening of perplexing results and a track that favoured wide, rallying types.


Shale Wagman and Tino Wilcox’s THUNDERUNDERCOVER rallied from 9th to win for $11,500 in a sudden change in form. She was 12 to 1 and is trained by Red John. Ang another longtime maiden, OLD BUD, ralied wide to win at 4 to 1 and the son of Tracjectory had had a litany of chances in the past to win his maiden. He is owned by Scott Fairlie’s Ace Stable and partners


. On Thursday, it was a different story – favourites absolutely crushed all day long. The faves won the first 7 races and then the second favourite won the finale.


And there were some special performances by young horses who will be favoured for stakes races next time out.


GHOST MISTRESS is a good one for the Shaddock family’s No, 1 Stable (remember Regal Discovery many years ago?). Trained by Dan Vella, this Adena Springs bred, a $43,000 2yo purchase, won her maiden with a 72 Beyer Figure yesterday, taking a 2 turn event by 7 lengths under Jono Jones. She is by Ghostzapper. The Ontario bred has to be considered a major player for the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.


SILVERLEO (Badge of Silver) is an American owned and bred 2yo colt but he is a favourite for the upcoming Summer Stakes as he won the prep for the race easily yesterday over a modest field. He is trained by Greg de Gannes.



local prep race for Woodbine Mile


(Wikipedia) – Play the King (1983-1989) was a Canadian Champion Thoroughbred racehorse. Bred and raced by Kinghaven Farms of King City, Ontario, he was sired by King of Spain, a descendant of the very important sire, Nearco. His dam was Whisper whose sire Laugh Aloud was a son of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Fool.

 Trained by Roger Attfield, in 1987 Play the King won several important stakes races at his home base at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto plus the Toboggan Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York. His performances earned him the 1987 Sovereign Award for Champion Older Male Horse as well as the Sovereign Award for Champion Sprinter.

 In 1988, Play the King notably won his second consecutive Nearctic Stakes and Toronto Breeders’ Cup Handicap and ran second to Gulch in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. In addition to being voted Canadian Horse of the Year, his performances also earned him his second straight Sovereign Award for Champion Older Male Horse and for Champion Sprinter.

 On May 20, 1989, Play the King broke an ankle while competing in the Maryland Breeders’ Cup Sprint Handicap at Pimlico Race Course. The severity of his injury was such that he had to be euthanized.





 REMATCH!  Champion Field Commission (far left) , last year’s Play the King winner Jungle Wave (middle) and up and comer Siganture Red square off tomorrow in the Play the King after this battle they had in the Highlander. DAVE LANDRY PHOTO




Sunday, Woodbine

PLAY THE KING S.-GII, $200,000, 3yo/up, 7fT


1 Field Commission Service Stripe Ramsammy Vella 121

2 Fatal Bullet Red Bullet Da Silva Baker 119

3 Jungle Wave K Hold That Tiger Husbands Attard 121

4 Smokey Fire Smoke Glacken Jones Attard 119

5 Porter’s Gate K Victory Gallop Callaghan Pierce 117

6 Signature Red Bernstein Sutherland Attard 123

7 Southdale Street Cry (Ire) McAleney Black 121




Chinchon pointed to International


Oh, the weather otuside is getting a bit more crispier in the morning, the sun is not up until well after 6 now…it’s getting closer to the turf championship races at Woodbine.

Certainly the Woodbine stakes department is frantically working the phones to round up the best possible horses for the big events coming up Sept 19 (Woodbine Mile etc.) and october’s Canadian International.

This is the time for the big stars to come to our track so hopefully Woodbine staff will coerce the masses to visit. VICTOR’S CRY, winner of the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile, is headed to the Woodbine Mile for trainer Eoin Harty. The son of Street Cry was a longshot winner of his most recent on the west coast.

GIO PONTI, a tough luck loser of the Arlington Million, could turn back in distance for the mile too. He’s a cool horse to watch. For the International, CHINCHON, winner of the United Nations, is headed to the International: Trainer Carlos This horse doesn’t care about the type of ground he’s running on, he just runs.

He doesn’t like to be in between horses, though. Now we’ll give him a break back home in Europe. After today, we’ll keep the Breeders’ Cup in mind




Saturday, Saratoga Race Course TRAVERS S.-GI, $1,000,000, 3yo, 1 1/4m


1 Miner’s Reserve K Mineshaft 12-1 ($150,000 yrl >08 KEESEP) O-Robert V LaPenta; B-Manganaro LLC (KY); T-N Zito; J-D Cohen. Lifetime Record: 7-2-2-0, $165,124. Last Start: 2nd GII Jim Dandy S. July 31

2 Trappe Shot Tapit 4-1 ($850,000 2yo >09 FTMMAY) O-Mill House; B-Hobeau Farm Ltd (FL); T-K McLaughlin; J-A Garcia. Lifetime Record: 6-4-1-0, $387,050. Last Start: 2nd GI Haskell Invitational Aug. 1

3 Admiral Alex K Afleet Alex 12-1 ($260,000 yrl >08 KEESEP) O/T-Leon J Blusiewicz; B-Mike Connelly (KY); J-K Desormeaux. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $30,600. Last Start: 1st SAR Msw July 31

4 First Dude Stephen Got Even 8-1 O/B-Donald R Dizney (FL); T-D Romans; J-R Dominguez. Lifetime Record: 9-1-4-3, $562,160. Last Start: 3rd GI Haskell Invitational Aug. 1

5 A Little Warm Stormin Fever 7-2 O/B-Edward P Evans (VA); T-A Dutrow; J-J Velazquez. Lifetime Record: 9-4-4-0, $608,880. Last Start: 1st GII Jim Dandy S. July 31

6 Ice Box K Pulpit 10-1 ($125,000 yrl >08 KEESEP) O-Robert V LaPenta; B-Denlea Park Ltd (KY); T-N Zito; J-J Leparoux. Lifetime Record: 10-3-1-0, $916,534. Last Start: 6th GI Haskell Invitational Aug. 1

7 Afleet Express K Afleet Alex 6-1 ($245,000 yrl >08 KEEJAN; $185,000 RNA yrl >08 KEESEP) O-Gainesway Stable & Martin Cherry; B-McMillin Brothers & James Devaney (KY); T-J Jerkens; J-J Castellano. Lifetime Record: 6-3-1-1, $235,140. Last Start: 3rd GII Jim Dandy S. July 31

8 Fly Down K Mineshaft 8-1 ($80,000 yrl >08 KEESEP) O-Richard C Pell; B-Broadway Thoroughbreds Inc & W S Farish (KY); T-N Zito; J-J Lezcano. Lifetime Record: 7-3-1-1, $397,070. Last Start: 5th GII Jim Dandy S. July 31

9 Friend or Foe Friends Lake 15-1 O/B-Chester & Mary Broman (NY); T-J Kimmel; J-R Maragh. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-0, $128,800. Last Start: 4th GII Jim Dandy S. July 31

10 Afleet Again Afleet Alex 30-1 O-Cash Is King Stable; B-Roll Z Dice Racing Stable (KY); T-Robert E Reid Jr; J-C Velasquez. Lifetime Record: 13-3-2-3, $257,950. Last Start: 5th GI Haskell Invitational Aug. 1

11 Super Saver Maria=s Mon 6-1 O/B-WinStar Farm (KY); T-T Pletcher; J-C Borel. Lifetime Record: 9-3-2-1, $1,886,432 Last Start: 4th GI Haskell Invitational Aug. 1 All carry 126 pounds



CANADIAN-BRED STAR ZAPPER won his 2nd of 3 starts yesterday with a good rally.

Chart from Thoroughbred Daily News:

7th-DEL, $41,472, Alw, Opt. Clm. ($50,000), NW2L, 2yo, 6f, 1:11 1/5, ft.

STAR ZAPPER (c, 2, Ghostzapper–A. P. Andie {SW, $262,402}, by Star de Naskra), a $20,000 FTKJUL yearling, graduated with a nice closing kick in his second start here May 29. Given a 6-1 chance off of the short vacation, the colt stalked the pace behind a half in :45.66 while four-wide. Star Zapper had plenty left late despite the ground loss, and collared Yankee Passion (Yankee Gentleman), who appeared to be home free, for a 3/4-length victory. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $48,480. O-F Patitucci. B-Adena Springs (ON). T-J Vazquez


Also at Delaware, CHIEFSWOOD FARMS’ Kindersley, a 2yo by Bernardini, was 2nd in her debut with a fast late rally and the Kentucky bred earned a 56 Beyer Figure. She is trained by Michael Matz and was a $350,000 yearling purchase.



That impresses me much!

Giddy-Up!” Grab your cowboy hat and boots for The LongRun Bar B Q and Hoe Down Fundraiser, presented by the Krembil Foundation Come celebrate LongRun’s 10th anniversary, on September 20th at the Woodbine Racetrack for a fun-filled, western inspired evening! Cocktails will begin at 5:30 pm with a spectacular dinner buffet commencing at 6:00pm.

The event will feature a delicious bbq dinner, live entertainment, DJ, live and silent auctions, cash bar, 50/50 draw and much more; all for the wonderful cause of providing our thoroughbred racehorses with the retirement they truly deserve after their racing days are over. A special appearance by a Shania Twain tribute artist, courtesy of Hollywood Heaven, will be sure to bring everyone to their feet and keep them dancing the whole night through! 

Tickets are $56.50 each, and must be purchased prior to the event through the LongRun office 416-675-3993 (Extension.3440).

All proceeds will be donated to the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society! LongRun currently has over 40 retired thoroughbred horses under our care.

We believe that our brave and beautiful thoroughbred racehorses deserve a dignified retirement. Our aim is to offer an alternative to owners and trainers – rather than have horses continue to race that are no longer able to compete, LongRun tries to help by fostering, rehabilitating and finding these racehorses permanent adoptive homes and alternative careers as pleasure horses or companion animals.

The LongRun program aims to create compatible matches between human and equine to ensure a safe and happy riding partnership and lifelong friendship.