Hip 578, 2017 Keeneland September Sale The Canadian-bred SCAT DADDy colt from Orchard Beach now know as SERGEI PROKOFIEV.  KEENELAND PHOTO









Fresh off a nomination for Canada’s Outstanding Breeder of 2017, David Anderson’s ANDERSON FARMS (Ontario) is off to a fast start in 2018.

The exciting win by the 2-year-old SERGEI PROKOFIEV (a 20th century Russina composer) at Navan racecourse in Ireland was also a fun relief for Anderson who sold the colt last year on Day 3 of the Keeneland September yearling sale for $1.1 million. John Magnier et al bought the colt who is now a winner in two starts and getting rave reviews .

Trainer Aidan O’Brien told Sporting Life,  “He’s a big, powerful horse and has plenty of speed. He came on as obviously he was never away before Dundalk.

“We’ll look at the Marble Hill or the Rochestown with him. Ryan said he didn’t think six would be a problem, five or six. He went to the line strong.

Orchard Beach, bred by Anderson in Ontario and by Tapit, was bought back for $200,000 as a yearling  and raced twice for Anderson and trainer Roger Attfield, finishing third once. This is her first foal.

On the weekend, the Anderson bred filly INFLEXIBILITY, a finalist for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Turf Female last year, won her 4-year-old debut at Aqueduct in an allowance/optional turf race. Also by Scat Daddy, the filly is owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence and she posted a 91 Beyer Figure for a time of 1:41.52 for 1 1/16 miles on turf.



Freida Stronach accepted a Sovereign award for Adena Springs’ Outstanding Breeder Award last Thursday, the trophy for the Queenston Stakes at Woodbine for Silent Sting on Sunday and between, watched SOMETHING AWESOME continue his amazing run in the US. The Canadian bred by Awesome Again, who has come to life since leaving Woodbine and the all weather track, became a millionaire with his hard-fought victory in Saturday’s $1 million Charles Town Classic (G2),.

He will make his next start in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) at legendary Pimlico Race Course.

The 48th running of the historic Pimlico Special will take place Friday, May 19 as part of the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Day program on the eve of the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

Something Awesome, trained by Laurel Park-based Jose Corrales and ridden by Hall of Famer Edgar Prado, can become the second straight Stronach-owned horse to win the 1 3/16-mile Pimlico Special following multi-millionaire Shaman Ghost in 2017.

“That’s what my main thing was, even before this race. That’s what I want to do, and he came back very well. He was ready to go again today,” Corrales said between races Sunday. “I’ll be very happy if I can win the Pimlico Special.”

The 1 1/8-mile Charles Town Classic, contested around three turns, was the third consecutive victory for Something Awesome, a gelded 7-year-old son of Awesome Again out of the Dance Floor mare Somethinaboutlaura.

It was also the fifth win from six starts since Corrales took over the training of Something Awesome last fall, including the seven-furlong General George (G3) Feb. 17 and the 1 1/8-mile Harrison E. Johnson Memorial March 17, both at Laurel.



If you are able to watch the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses train at Churchill Downs via the live show each morning from 7 to 8 a.m. you would have seen the first appearances by the Todd Pletcher trainees on Tuesday and Wed. morning.

VINO ROSSO was particularly impressive and this big uy was bred by Canadian John Gunther.

GOOD MAGIC, trained by Chad Brown, has made a great appearance this week as has longshot LONE SAILOR.

The points leaders are below. JUSTIFY is currently the favourite for the Derby in Las Vegas.

Magnum Moon … 150 … $1,140,000
Good Magic … 134 … $1,838,400
Audible … 110 … $803,520
Noble Indy … 110 … $640,000
Vino Rosso … 7 … $572,500
Bolt d’Oro … 104 … $980,000
Enticed … 103 … $545,880
Mendelssohn … 107 … $1,947,299
Justify … 100 … $600,000
Flameaway … 70 … $672,260
Solomini … 54 … $716,000
Bravazo … 54 … $359,913
My Boy Jack … 52 … $622,000
Promises Fulfilled … 52 …$256,480
Free Drop Billy … 44 … $597,200
Lone Sailor … 42 … $273,347
Hofburg … 40 … $320,000
Firenze Fire … 39 … $647,500
Combatant … 32 … $350,000
Instilled Regard … 29 … $246,000
ON BUBBLE Blended Citizen … 22 … $129,644
ON BUBBLE Reride … 20 … $298,000


At Woodbine, Silent Sting and Silent Poet won for Stronach Stables’ to keep the Queen’s Plate dream alive for those sons of Silent Name.

FLAMEAWAY and WONDER GADOT are in Kentucky for the Derby and Oaks the first weekend of May. Another Mark Casse trainee, TELEKINESIS is also on a US schedule.

DIXIE MOON is being pointed to the Selene Stakes on May 19.

Here are a few recent maiden winners that could rise up:

HOME BASE – Street Sense – Cast Call
bred by Christine Hayden.
Won maiden allowance at Keeenland 76 Beyer Figure
7 furlongs 124.42

NOTTOWAY – Twirling Candy – Personally Yours by Harlan’s Holiday
Bred by Tommy Ligon
Maiden allowance – oaklawn 6 furlongs – 75 Beyer

SCRAPPER – Orb – Lynnette, bred by Christine Hayden

79 Beyer in maiden win at Gulfstream



APRIL OBS 2-YEAR-OLD SALE UNDERWAY – Canadian Gunther co-breeder of session topper

Hip No. 95, a daughter of Quality Road consigned by Eddie Woods, Agent, was purchased by Frank Fletcher Racing for $800,000,  topping the first session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2018 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. The dark bay or brown filly, who breezed a quarter in :22 flat at Monday’s Under Tack session, is out of Betty Brite, by Medaglia d’Oro, a half sister to graded stakes winner Betty’s Bambino.

The juvenile was co-bred and is still co-owned by John Gunther of Vancouver.

For the day, 151 horses brought a total of $15,083,000 compared with 185 selling for a total of $15,675,700 at last year’s opening session. The average price was $99,887, up 17.8% compared to $84,734 in 2017 while the median price was $55,000, up 14.6%compared with $48,000 a year ago. The buyback percentage was 28.1%; it was 16.7% last year.

The Spring Sale continues Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.


59 out  2/15/2016 C Majesticperfection Awesome Lass ON Southern Chase Farm, Inc. (Greg & Karen Dodd), Agent 7
201 NOT SOLD 14,000 10.3  2/26/2016 F Data Link Clare’s Bernardine ON Grassroots Training & Sales LLC, Agent III J
203 NOT SOLD 50,000 10.3 Y 4/28/2016 F Miss Verrazano Verrazano Classira (IRE) ON Ends Well, Agent III 18
254 NOT SOLD 92,000 10.1  2/1/2016 F Emtadaa Pioneerof the Nile Dattt Echo ON TIP Thoroughbred Investment Possibilities, Agent II 19
415 10.0  3/30/2016 C Will Take Charge Golden Mean ON King’s Equine, Agent XIV 2
472 10.1  5/7/2016 C Fed Biz Higher World ON Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent XXXI 5
524 10.2  1/16/2016 F Overanalyze Johns Lady Friend ON Flying Fish, Agent V E
528 out  3/27/2016 F To Honor and Serve J’s Hot Shot Lady ON James Layden, Agent 1
766 10.0  3/24/2016 C The Factor Omi Diamond ON Randy Miles, Agent 18
809 21.3  5/10/2016 F Malibu Moon Pink Palace ON Top Line Sales LLC, Agent XXV 14
1090 21.3  3/1/2016 F Strong Mandate Sweetstart ON Winners Circle Thoroughbreds LLC 15
1130 10.1  2/21/2016 F Atreides Toula ON Hemingway Racing and Training Stables LLC, Agent III 16
1145 10.1  2/19/2016 F Unxpected Behavior Flat Out Tweetie Pie ON Paul Sharp, Agent IV



“Hi Mummy. I’m outside” – photo courtesy of Gail Wood

Here is a big Old Forester colt from the mare Psychedelia, born at Woodlands Farm recently. He is outside enjoying the spring weather. Owned and bred by Vicki Pappas, this colt has a buddy who was just born too – an impressive Silent Name (Jpn) colt and first foal of the mare Virreina (below)