in memory of ALBERT TRUDELL…


SUNDAY MORNING WALK in Ontario – yes, looks gorgeous…but it’s -25 Celcius!!









Midnight Aria wins for Tucci/Gonzalez

Ontario bred 3yo MIDNIGHT ARIA won a 1 1/8 mile maiden allowance on the dirt at GUlfstream Park on Saturday nd you knwo what that means! Visions of Queen’s Plate’s dance in their heads!

This guy was a shrewd claim by the Tucci Stable and trainer Nick Gonzalez from a race for $30,000 claiming. He was racing for the 3rd time that day.

This bay is by champion sprinter MIDNIGHT LUTE and from Shabandowana, who has been a good producer for her owner Yvonne Schwabe.

Shebandoawana, out of Canadian mare SAVANNAH ANNA, produced $600K earner WANNA RUNNER, who actually ran in the Plate in 2006 and was 10th behind EDENWOLD.

MIDNIGHT ARIA (5) wins at Gulfstream. Hey , the Tucci’s also have RIVER SEVEN, owned by the band River Seven, set for the Plate! Gulfstream photo finish




Kentucky Derby and Queen’s Plate hopefuls worked out recently at Palm Meadows:
Dynamic Sky (ON)     Colt     3     1:02.02     b     12/18     
Pyrite Mountain (ON)     Colt     3     1:01.72     b     8/18

Silent Admirer (ON)     Colt     3     37.75     b     5/9     
Super Sensation (ON)     Colt     3     35.98     b     1/9     




From DYNAMIC SKY and UNCAPTURED , the Canadian-bred 3yo’s who have a chance to make it into the Kentucky Derby field, to GOLDENCENTS and DICE FLAVOR, there are strong Canadian pedigree lines in some good 3yos this year.

GOLDENCENTS is a serious star in the making and he is from the family of the Bold Ruckus mare BODY WORKS (Out of Kinto). Body Works raced for Phil Kives in Manitoba.
Body Works  was a machine from a running girl perspective: – 29 placings in stakes, 18 victories and $252,000 in earnings.
She has produced 6 foals to race but none won more than $25,000.
Her daughter GOLDEN WORKS, by Banker’s Gold won 2 of 8 races and $14K at Assiniboia. She raced for $5,00 claiming if you can believe it, and is a Manitoba-bred.

Bred in Kentucky by Rosecrest Farm and Karyn Pirrello, Goldencents is the fourth foal of his dam. The mare had a Canadian-bred for Kives and then was sold at Keeneland January 2007 by Windfields Farm, agent not in foal to Officer.
Karyn Pirello was the buyer.

From Frank Mitchell in the Paulick Report:

Although the mare then produced three live foals in succession, Goldencents is the only one of them to survive.

Co-breeder Charles Miller said that the first foal they bred out of the mare, a 2008 colt by Posse, “got some weird infection and died, and the other, a 2009 filly by Action This Day, was injured being broke and had to be euthanized.”

The mare foaled Goldencents in 2010, was not bred for a 2011 foal, and has a weanling colt by Will He Shine (Silver Deputy). Golden Works was not bred this year.

Another instance of a nice yearling sold inexpensively in a highly adversarial market, Goldencents brought $5,500 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale from the consignment of Pope McLean’s Crestwood Farm. The colt then resold as a 2-year-old in training for $62,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June auction of juveniles. His earnings to date, from two victories in three starts, total $722,000.

Yesterday, DICE FLAVOR rolled in the El Camino Real Derby. He comes from the Richard Kennedy breeding lines of That’s a Kennedy:
chart from Thoroughbred Daily News:


3yo, 1 1/8m (AWT), 1:51 2/5, ft.

1–DICE FLAVOR, 121, c, 3, by Scat Daddy 1st Dam: Afleet Summer, by Afleet 2nd Dam: Steal the Thunder, by Lyphard
3rd Dam: That’s a Kennedy, by Kennedy Road
($80,000 yrl ’11 KEESEP; $100,000 2yo >12 BESMAY). O-Oda Racing Stablae & US Equine;
B-Paget Bloodstock, Nearctic Bloodstock & Carhue Investments (KY); T-Patrick Gallagher; J-Jose Valdivia
Jr. $120,000. Lifetime Record: 5-2-0-2, $160,500.
*1/2 to Carolina Sky (Sky Classic), MSW, $174,922; and Swift Warrior (First Samurai), MGSW, $340,843

*Meanwhile, SWIFT WARRIOR, the 5yo out of AFLEET SUMMER, won the Grafe 3 Tampa Bay Handicap on the grass at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday.


Woodbine Characters: Albert Trudell, pony boyalbert trudell



Saratogian’s MICHAEL VEITCH on the Ontario situation




The vigil is still on for superstar RACHEL ALEXANDRA, who had terrible trouble after foaling a big fily by Bernardini on Feb.13. She ate a bit of feed yesterday according to reports but, witout her foal by her side, she must be in shock while she tries to receover.
It is a serious situation and let’s hope she rebounds.
Meanwhile, MISS BEUTIFUL OJO has taken over momma duties:

Rachel Alexandra’s Foal Bonds with Nurse Mare

By The Horse Staff • Feb 16, 2013 • Article #31377




DUBLIN NIGHTS (Vibank – Keetoowah, by Cherokee Run) won his maiden by 9 lengths at Charles Town yesterday for Donald and Tena Brown, Stephanie Beattie. The 3yo had not raced since an 8th place finish at Woodbine in Dec. He won for $10,000 claiming and was bred by Michael C. Byrne in Ontario.

NICE CASE continues to win at the age of 8. The Ontario bred by Gold Case – Nicely Nasty by Defrere won for $8,000 claiming at Charles Town for Fred Nixon and trainer Kevin Buttigieg. The 51.50 for 4 1/2 furlongs was close to the track record. He won by 4 lengths.

(As a side note, multiple stakes winner STUCK IN TRAFFIC, previously trained by Phil England, raced for trainer Rob Johnston and was last beaten almost 12 lengths.)

STUCK IN TRAFFIC’S race record:

LIFE 47 11 7 6 $612,842

2013 1 0 0 0 100 33  (best Beyer)
2012 12 3 1 1 14,502 74
2011 10 2 2 2 28,005 72
2010 6 0 0 0 5,606 76
2009 7 1 0 3 102,035 90
2008 4 2 2 0 215,665 96
2007 7 3 2 0 246,929 85