UPDATE – THOROUGHBRED TIMES reports that champion MARCHFIELD suffered a factured leg and has had surgery – he’s out of the Canadian International….
TODAY’S NEWS: SEE ‘STARS’ on HPI TV and bet the ARC on Sunday morning…PICK 4 gets guarantee at WOODBINE…CARELESS JEWEL…former Woodbine favourite LINDROS and more…
CARELESS JEWEL VS. 5 ON SATURDAY
Canadian-owned filly 8 to 5 on ‘line
CARELESS JEWEL (Tapit) peaked too late in the season to give Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d’Oro) much of a tussle in the race for divisional honors, but the exciting sophomore filly can add to her already growing resume with another sizable victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Cotillion S. (G2) at Philadelphia Park. The Woodbine-based miss will carry 124 pounds, spotting her five rivals from two to 10 pounds in the 1 1/16-mile contest.
Trained by Josie Carroll, Careless Jewel was only third in her Keeneland debut in April, but has ripped through four consecutive wins since then. After breaking her maiden and winning a first-level allowance over the Woodbine Polytrack by a combined margin of 10 3/4 lengths, the gray made a successful transition to dirt with overpowering wins in the Delaware Oaks (G2) by 7 1/4 lengths and the August 22 Alabama S. (G1) by 11 lengths. The back-to-back BRIS Speed ratings of 110 and 104 will make her difficult to beat with anything similar in the Cotillion, and regular rider Robert Landry will be back up Saturday when they break from post 1.
1 Careless Jewel (KY) 3/F L R C Landry 124 J Carroll 8/5
2 Cat Moves (VA) 3/F L J Rose 114 A W Dutrow 8/1
3 Key Lime Baby (KY) 3/F L J L Flores 114 D Curry 15/1
4 Just Jenda (KY) 3/F L G Saez 122 J L Jones 2/1
5 Bon Jovi Girl (KY) 3/F L* A R Napravnik 114 T F Ritchey 9/2
6 Mary’s Follies (KY) 3/F L S Elliott 122 R E Dutrow, Jr. 4/1
KING CORRIE HONOURED
Champion sprinter KING CORRIE will be remembered tonight with an overnight stakes event named in his honour.
The race, 7 of 8 tonight at Woodbine, has lured Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint-third STORM TREASURE and the promising speedball HOLLYWOOD HIT plus several other stakes winners.
KING CORRIE was the late AUBREY MINSHALL’S shining star in the early 1990’s. He was the Sovereign Award winning sprinter in 1991 and 1992.
Here he’s a closing 3rd in the DeFrancis dash at Laurel:
King Corrie S. 6 furlongs
Purse $100,000. (Plus $15,000 – State Bred). For Three-Year-Olds And Upward. Nominations by 12:00 midnight, Wednesday, September 23, 2009. $1,000 due at time of final entry. Final entries to be made through the entry box at the closing time then in effect for overnight events. A supplemental nomination may be made no later than the time of final entry by a non-refundable fee of $2,000, which includes the entry fee. Weights: Three-year-olds … 121 Lbs. Older … 124 Lbs.
1 (supplement) Hollywood Hit (OK) 3/G L J McAleney 115 T Jordan 2/1
2 Legal Move (ON) 5/H L T Pizarro 118 M Fournier 6/1
3 Stuck in Traffic (ON) 4/C L E R Da Silva 120 N Gonzalez 4/1
4 Stradivinsky (FL) 6/G L I Karlsson 118 K E Hoffman 12/1
5 Drunken Love (ON) 4/G L E Ramsammy 120 N McKnight 12/1
6 Bogue Chitto (FL) 5/G L G Olguin 118 I Howard 6/1
7 Storm Treasure (KY) 6/H L L Contreras 118 S M Asmussen 3/1
Owners: 1 – Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd.; 2 – Bruno Schickedanz; 3 – M. A. D. Racing Stables and Martha Gonzalez; 4 – Kenneth E. Hoffman; 5 – Tallyho Racing Ltd.; 6 – Luis De Hechavarria; 7 – Mike McCarty
Breeders: 1 – C. R. Trout; 2 – Gardiner Farms Limited; 3 – Minshall Farms; 4 – Live Oak Stud; 5 – Rise ‘N’ Shine Stables; 6 – Luis de Hechavarria; 7 – Don M. Robinson
Equipment Changes: 5 – Drunken Love – Blinkers off
Hollywood Hit (photo by Norm Files) is the big fave tonight at Woodbine.
MORE WOODBINE NEWS
A $50,000 guarantee has been added to the early PICK 4 on Saturdays and Sundays for the remainder of the Woodbine meeting.
The tracks has tinkered with a variety of bets and moves – mostly with regards with the much-maligned Pick 6 – but the Pick 4 is arguably the most popular bet at the track.
It starts on race 4 each day.
(Now if we could just get the 2 Pick 4’s not to overlap at race 7.)
DAN ILLMAN, handicapping editor at DAILY RACING FORM, will give a free seminar at Woodbine on Sunday and give out free copies of TRIP HANDICAPPING, a DVD set.
If you are a horse racing fan and a regular bettor, learn the tricks to trip handicapping with an informative seminar with Illman beginning at 11 a.m.on Sunday.
PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE NEWS
19 remain, 3 more could be supplemented
You can watch and wager on the ARC and some other races beginning at 9:30 Sunday morning through the WOODBINE network.
Don’t forget the DAN ILLMAN seminar at 11 also (see above)
Sea the Stars – photo by RuthannOC at www.flickr.com
Arc field reduced to 19 at latest forfeit stage
By Desmond Stoneham
AFTER Wednesday’s second forfeit stage there were 19 horses left in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, with the possibility that Cavalryman, Sariska and Stacelita will be supplemented for Europe’s richest turf race on Thursday morning at a cost of €100,000.
As expected, the Aidan O’Brien-trained Yeats, who has the Prix du Cadran on the same card as his main target, and Spanish Moon were scratched from the race, along with Grand Couturier, Board Meeting and Hail Caesar, also trained by O’Brien.
Kieren Fallon says Sea The Stars is no certainty to win Sunday’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.
John Oxx’s wonder colt heads for Longchamp as a genuine superstar courtesy of a brilliant unbeaten three-year-old campaign featuring wins in the 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Eclipse, Juddmonte International and Irish Champion Stakes.
But Fallon believes being on the go for all of those major tests could leave Sea The Stars vulnerable in Paris on Sunday afternoon.
Writing in his Racing Post Weekender column, Fallon said: “Watching the TV and reading the papers you would think Sea The Stars only has to turn up to win, but I don’t see it that way.”
Fallon uses the Arc defeats suffered by the likes of Generous, Troy and Reference Point to illustrate his point. They all went to Europe’s biggest race as hot favourites and flopped.
WOODBINE SCOREBOARD – TRAINERS
The Asmussen barn is 4 for its last 18, Casse, 0 for last 15, Jordan 5 for last 11.
Mark E. Casse 276 45 45 38 $3,391,478
Sid C. Attard 193 42 24 27 $2,150,910
StevenAsmussen 185 39 31 26 $1,532,109
Robert P. Tiller 252 36 47 37 $1,792,035
Roger L. Attfield 128 34 20 13 $2,417,272
Reade Baker 212 32 32 33 $1,880,304
Malcolm Pierce 156 32 20 21 $2,673,759
Scott H. Fairlie 215 31 29 37 $1,888,293
Terry Jordan 72 31 9 12 $1,192,175
Nick Gonzalez 201 29 25 23 $1,484,569
Josie Carroll 132 26 18 25 $1,683,593
Brian A. Lynch 83 22 11 10 $1,134,435
WOODBINE SCOREBOARD – HORSES
These are all the 4-time winners at the meeting:
Bogue Chitto 6 4 2 0 $156,040
Six Pack Sammy 7 4 2 0 $82,164
Phor Philippe 8 4 1 1 $68,920
Jungle Wave 6 4 1 0 $340,800
Air Wolf 7 4 1 0 $106,278
Garzon 10 4 0 2 $137,003
La Gran Leslie 6 4 0 1 $71,900
Lady Shakesp’e 4 4 0 0 $228,300
Poetic Fan 5 4 0 0 $44,740
WOODBINE SCOREBOARD – JOCKEYS
Patrick Husbands is reportedly 4 wins away from 2,000 career scores (although he rode a lot of races in Barbados for years)
Patrick Husbands 680 128 119 108 $7,792,350
Chantal Sutherland 669 95 98 100 $5,377,506
James McAleney 445 87 58 64 $4,504,324
Emile Ramsammy 568 85 67 60 $3,788,304
Eurico Rosa DaSilva 510 80 85 59 $5,326,304
Tyler Pizarro 521 77 80 68 $4,127,557
Emma-Jayne Wilson 633 71 92 84 $4,263,965
Luis Contreras 253 51 40 32 $2,186,638
Todd Kabel 336 50 37 34 $2,717,810
Justin Stein 469 42 57 40 $2,049,820
Gerry Olguin 323 28 30 40 $1,556,964
Corey Fraser 254 27 36 25 $1,497,379
Jono C. Jones 348 27 32 51 $2,296,759
Robert C. Landry 272 26 26 35 $1,791,476
Richar Dos Ramos 210 26 19 30 $1,433,616
excerpt from the new book SECOND CHANCE HORSES
CHAPTER 11 (part One)
LINDROS and IMPROPRIETY
Keith Brettel had never ridden a Thoroughbred before Lindros arrived at the special
needs riding school at WindReach Farm in Ashburn, Ontario, in the summer of 2008. One of the more qualified student riders at WindReach, Brettel, a paraplegic, was apprehensive about being one of the first to ride the once headstrong gelding.
“I was quite nervous,” remembers Brettel, who has ridden and volunteered at WindReach for half a dozen years. He had no reason for concern, though, for Lindros behaved like a perfect gentlemen.
“I was delighted and surprised once I got on him; he was so professional and good at what he was doing,” said Brettel.
Lindros proved so good at his job as a therapy horse that he soon became a barn favorite, enabling handicapped riders to gain confidence as equestrians. He is one of two former racehorses (the other is his paddock buddy Impropriety) used in the therapeutic riding program at WindReach, a registered charity founded by Sandy Mitchell in 1989 and encompassing more than 100 acres of farmland.
Mitchell, an accomplished horseman with cerebral palsy who has ridden in the equestrian events at the Paralympics, introduced the therapeutic riding program at WindReach to provide people with similar disabilities the opportunity to work outdoors in a farm atmosphere.
Until 2008, the majority of the riding horses at WindReach were mixed breeds, ponies and horses carefully purchased for their gentle nature.
That is until WindReach’s stable manager and instructor Laura Ireland took a chance and adopted Lindros and Impropriety from the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. For Lindros in particular, the journey that brought him to WindReach had its share of ironic twists and turns for he had been intended for great things on the racetrack.
Indeed, Lindros was saddled with lofty expectations as soon as his breeders, Punch and Anne Kent, named the bay colt after the famous National Hockey League star Eric Lindros.
A son of Kentucky Derby winner Strike the Gold out of the stakes- winning mare Chateau d’Irlande, Lindros was foaled at the Kents’ Hope Stock Farm in Port Stanley, Ontario, in 1997.
As a yearling, the colt was sold for $23,044 (U.S.) through consignor Charlene Smith to Ron Connelly. The following year,1999, Lindros went through the auction ring at the Ocala March two-year-old in training sale, where Canadian trainer Mike DePaulo purchased him for Toronto native Roger Patten. “We were looking
for a Queen’s Plate horse,” said DePaulo, referring to the most prestigious race in Canada. “He was a good-looking horse and most importantly, a Canadian-bred. So we paid $40,000 (U.S.) for him.”
It did not take Lindros long to parlay his good looks and promise into monetary results. He won his career debut so impressively, with a furious rush from off the pace in a 5½-furlong race, that offers
to buy him rolled in from around the continent.
“He trained like a good horse right away,” said DePaulo. “I was not surprised that he won his debut at the short distance, but his pedigree did say he wanted to go farther.”
Indeed, with a Derby-winning sire and a dam that had won two stakes races at route distances, Lindros figured to have all the stamina points needed for longer races.
Despite some lucrative offers, Patten did not want to sell his prized colt, and Lindros made his next start three weeks later in the Vandal Stakes for Canadian-bred two-year-olds. Sent off at 9-5 as the second favorite, Lindros could only finish third, beaten seven lengths.
A few weeks later he would finish a flat fifth in the Simcoe Stakes at seven furlongs, deflating most of the excitement that had been generated from his career debut score.
DePaulo thinks an incident soon after Lindros’ first start ultimately had an adverse affect on the colt for the remainder of his career.
“He was getting a bath one morning and he was playing around with the lead shank,” said DePaulo. “He got a tooth caught on it, scared himself, and flipped over backwards. I don’t think he was
ever the same after that.”
TOMORROW, THE CONTINUED STORY OF LINDROS and IMPROPRIETY
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