in U.S.

The Eclipse award nominees were announced yesterday at Ken Kinakin’s DANCING IN SILKS is a finalist for the nation’s champion sprinter.

The gelding won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint for Kinakin, from Vancouver, and the owner was recently featured in a large story in CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED.


KEN KINAKIN and his pride and joy – DANCING IN SILKS after the Breeders’ Cup Sprint photo


Dancing in Silks (Black Minnaloushe) GI BC Sprint

Kodiak Kowboy (Posse) GI Carter/Vosburgh

Zensational (Unbridled’s Song) GI Pat O’ Brien

And Alberta’s Donna and Verne Dubinsky can be proud that their filly CARELESS JEWEL is a finalist for champion 3-year-old filly:


Careless Jewel (Tapit) GI Alabama

Flashing (A.P. Indy) GI Test

Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d’Oro) GI Preakness/Haskell/Woodward





We have five days to log in our votes for the Jan. 29 Sovereign Awards and the question of who will be Canada’s

Horse of the Year is a perplexing one.

As discussed on a post before Christmas, there are many wide open divisions in the awards this year – champion

older male is an example.

But Horse of the Year is the most confusing. CHAMPS ELYSEES, RAHY’S ATTORNEY, MARCHFIELD, are just some of the

names being tossed around.


HOLLINGER – unbeaten in 4 races and winner of the big 2 Caanadian – bred baby races: Cup & Saucer Stakes and

Coronation Futurity. Should be a hands-down winner for Bob Harvey, trainer Roger Attfield

BEAR TOUGH GUY & BEAR’S HARD TEN – a pair of Bears will garner many votes but they might split the remaining

votes between them. The former was unbeaten in 2 races and won the important Grey Stakes but he was injured in

the race. The latter ran a big Beyer Figure when he won the Display Stakes in his 4th race.

GHOST FLEET won 2 stakes in Ontario and was not far behind Hollinger in the big 2 stakes events.


BAY TO BAY – won the Grade 3 Natalma on the grass and was 2nd in the Mazarine (Grade 3) to BIOFUEL, her main

rival for this title.

BIOFUEL – won the Mazarine (Grade 3) Stakes convincingly and then was smashed in the late stages of the

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, beaten just over a lengtyh and should have been a lot closer.

NEGILGEE – Won a Grade 1 in Kentucky in her 3rd race after her 2 races at Woodbine (one was a 2nd in the Ont.

Debutante). She was the one who smashed Biofuel in the last furlong of the Breeders’ Cup.

FRANNY FREUD – she won 3 sprint stakes races in a busy campaign.

ROAN INISH won the Princess Elizabeth and RSENTLESS won the Lassie Stakes.


This division is wide open, AWESOME RHYTHM reeled off 3 stakes wins against small field in the spring and

summer and did well in a tough Grade 2 against older horses late in the year.

EYE OF THE LEOPARD won the Queen’s Plate and Plate Trial but was a bust after that.

EL BRUJO won 2 graded stakes races in the States but they were sprints and he won the Queenston at Woodbine.

TOMMY DANZIGGER won the Grade 3 Canadian Derby with a 96 Beyer Figure.


MILWAUKEE APPEAL won the Oaks and placed in the Plate, Prince of Wales and Grade 1 Alabama. Did a lot more than

most horses who raced at Woodbine all season.

HOOH WHY deserves mention – she is eligible since she raced 3 times at Woodbine and she won the Grade 1 ASHLAND

at Keeneland.


New category came just in time for TRIBAL BELLE, won won 4 straight stakes, 5 of 6 on the year and posted a 102

Beyer Figure making her one of   the fastest Canadian-breds of the year.

BANK EMBLEM, a remarkable 20 for 45 in his entire career, won 3 stakes this season, 2 of them sprints with

Beyers in the 80s.

FIELD COMMISSION – knocked heads with the best and won a stake

EL BRUJO – He won 3 sprint stakes and 2 were graded events in the United States so that makes him tough.

HOLLYWOOD HIT ran Beyers of 108 and 104 this year but he tested positive in his stakes win. A superstar in the

making for sure.


Wide open here, POINTS OF GRACE won 2 turf stakes inclusing the Grade 2 Dance Smartly…MUCH OBLIGED just won a

stake at Fair Grounds and was 2nd in Canadian (Grade 2)


CHAMPS ELYSEES won the big one, the Grade 1 Canadian International and placed in a few other graded stakes but

RAHY’S ATTORNEY won 2 graded stakes and the Bunty Lawless. Interesting matchup.

OLDER MALE (main track):

MARCHFIELD won the Dominion Day and a turf stake so he’s a possibility for voters. So is old timer PALLADIO,

winner of 2 stakes, the Autumn and Seagram.

OLDER FEMALE (main track):

SERENADING won the Grade 2 Falls City and Churchill and the Maple Leaf at Woodbine

and placed in two other stakes including a graded event. Her stablemate SMART SURPRISE had a good season too

and if you don’t mind voting for sprinters, TRIBAL BELLE could get some votes.

and finally…..HORSE OF THE YEAR:

There really was not a Horse of the Year in Canada but a lot of steady runners who did well south of the

border. CHAMPS ELYSSEES is an option since he won a Grade 1 at Woodbine and is eligible because he raced here 4


Other division (possible winners) like MILWAUKEE APPEAL could get Horse of the Year votes. This will be a

closely contested category for all the marbles.


MIKE WRIGHT JR., a Sovereign Award winning trainer from years ago who left the game for seevral years, is now the listed trainer for Bruno Schickedanz in Florida, coming full cicrle after a decade. Wright Jr. won his ESovereign thanks to a strong season training for Schickedanz in 1998.

Owner DAN VELLA won a race at Charles Towns on Wednesday when the fleet NNICE CASE, an Ontario bred by Gold Case – Nicely Nasty, by Defrere won a $7,000 claiming event by 8 lengths in fast time of 51.40 for 4 1/2 furlongs.

Saturday, Gulfstream Park

SUGAR SWIRL S.-GIII, $100,000, 4yo/up, f/m, 6f


1 Bold Union Dixie Union Bravo Breen 120

2 D’wild Ride D’wildcat Castellano Orseno 116 (Canadian/Manitoba-bred)

3 Warbling Unbridled’s Song Leparoux Kenneally 116

4 Tar Heel Mom Flatter Lezcano Hough 116

5 Sailing Time Unbridled Time Cruz DiMauro 116

6 Saratoga Tango Successful Appeal Saez Wolfson 116

7 Honchis’n Ponchis City Zip Maragh Romans 116

8 Thunders Dove Thunderello Velazquez Zito 116

9 Pretty Prolific Lion Heart Prado Baker 116


Gulfstream Park – January 10, 2010

Race 9 – 5:08 PM    



Ft. Lauderdale S. (Grade III)

Purse $100,000. For Four Year Olds And Upward. Free nomination by Wednesday, December 30, 2009, $1,000 to pass the entry box and $1,000 additional to start, with $100,000 Guaranteed. All fees shall be paid prior to the start of the race. The owner of the winner to receive $60,000, $20,000 to second, $10,000 to third, $5,000 to fourth, $3,000 to fifth and $2,000 to sixth. Supplemental nominations may be made at time of entry for a fee of $4,000, which includes entry and starting fees. Weight: 124 Lbs. Non-winners of a graded/group sweepstakes on the turf in 2009-2010 allowed 2 Lbs.; of a sweepstakes at a mile or over 4 Lbs., $45,000 at a mile or over since July 1, 6 Lbs. Starters to be named through the entry box by the usual time of closing. This race will be limitedto 14 Starters, with Also Eligibles. If more than fourteen (14) entries pass the entry box preference will be given to graded stakes winners, then highest 2008-2010 earnings. Trophy to the winning owner. (If deemed inadvisable to run this race over the tturf course, it will be run on the main track at One Mile) . One And One Sixteenth Miles. (Turf) (Rail at 72 Feet)

PP     Horse     Virtual

Stable     A/S     Med     Jockey     Wgt     Trainer

1     Yate’s Black Cat (KY)         7/H     L*     K J Desormeaux     122     D L Romans

2     Jet Propulsion (FL)         7/G     L     E Trujillo     122     M D Wolfson

3     Star Plus (ARG)         7/H     L*     R Maragh     122     A J Penna, Jr.

4     Dry Martini (FL)         7/G     L     J Castellano     124     B Tagg

5     Danak (IRE)         7/H     L     A Garcia     122     K P McLaughlin

6     Vacation (KY)         5/H     L     J R Leparoux     122     C R McGaughey III

7     Kiss the Kid (KY)         7/H     L     E Castro     122     A Tarrant

8     Sam P. (KY)         6/H     L     T Farina     118     W Bradley

9     Society’s Chairman (ON)         7/H     L     J Lezcano     122     R L Attfield

10     Wheels Up At Noon (FL)         6/G     L     E S Prado     122     H Pitts

11     Mambo Meister (KY)         5/G     L*     M R Cruz     122     P A Gleaves

12     Bittel Road (KY)         4/C     L     J R Velazquez     122     T A Pletcher

13     Duke of Mischief (FL)         4/C     L     E Coa     122     D Fawkes

14     Valtrus (KY)         6/H     L*     J Rose     118     B R Brown

Also Eligibles:

15     Wingedlie (FL)         4/C     L     A Lezcano     118     J Negrete


Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta in match race for Horse of the Year honours


It’s a match race for Horse of the Year honours between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta.

The star fillies were the only ones receiving votes for the award south of the border. The winner will be

announced Jan. 18.

The other Eclipse Awards finalists were announced Wednesday, with Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta also up for

divisional championships. The 16 other Eclipse Award categories all have three finalists.

Rachel Alexandra is a finalist for top three-year-old filly after going 8-0 with a Preakness Stakes win one of

three victories over boys. Zenyatta is a finalist for best older female after a 5-0 campaign capped by a win

over the boys in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Mine That Bird, Canada’s champion two-year-old male in 2008, is a finalist for three-year-old male honours.

Mine That Bird stunned the racing world earlier this season by capturing the Kentucky Derby as a whopping 50-1



 Horse track ownership transition done deal


-When it comes to something as important as saving the town’s largest employer from going the way of the Dodo bird, you can’t afford to let the holidays slow things down.

And they didn’t, says Jim Thibert, manager of the Fort Erie Economic Development and Tourism Corporation.

Thibert said the onerous and complicated task of transferring operational control of the Fort Erie Race Track

from Nordic Gaming Corp. to a new, not-for- profit entity, the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium, is proceeding

as planned.

“We were literally engaged with the lawyers … right up through Christmas Eve,” Thibert, who is acting as

chief executive officer of the consortium until things get off the ground, said Wednesday.

“But it worked out successfully. We got what we had to get done. We were able to complete the transaction.”

The Fort Erie Race Track opened in 1897. It’s one of only two thoroughbred racing facilities in Ontario. More

than 2,000 jobs are tied to the track directly and indirectly.