BREAKING EWS…Track record holder HOLLYWOOD HIT  has been banned from racing in Ontario for 90 days according to a ruling issued by the ONTARIO RACING COMMISSION yesterday. The rapid 3yo, owned by James Redekop and trained by Terry Jordan, set a 6 furlong record at Woodbine on Sept. 30 – 1:07.38, but has been tested positive for the tranquilizer, Class 3 drug Acepromazine.

Gunnar Lindberg, steward for the Ontario racing Commission, has confi8

rmed the the horse is not eligible to race for 90 days in Ontario – a ruling that would likely be reciprocated throughout North America.

That puts the purse from the stake on Sept. 30 out of reach now for Hollywood Hit connections plus wipes out starts in the upcoming Kennedy Road or Breeders’ Cup.


Acepromazine is widely used as a sedative in horses. It serves as a tranquilizer to better facilitate handling of these large mammals before transportation or surgical procedures. Acepromazine has been classified by the Association of Racing Commissioners International, Inc. as a Class 3 drug in horses. Abuse of the drugs in the Class 3 category can result in 2-6 months of suspension, up to $1500 fine, and loss of purse. Acepromazine has a slow elimination rate and stays in the body for a long time. This can be problematic if the drug is administered before a race event since its calming effect can lead to a better performance by the horse.



Biofuel let go at surprising 23 to 1

OCT12bio1.jpgNORM FILES photo of BIOFUEL winning her maiden


BIOFUEL, owned and bred by Kentuckian BRERETON JONES, put up an 83 Beyer Figure to win the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes for 2yo fillies yesterday and is Breeders’ Cup bound.

It was the 2nd graded stakes win in as many days for trainer Reade Baker and jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva.

In the Kentucky-bred’s fourth career start and first try around two

turns, Biofuel traveled 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.47, under Eurico Rosa da


The daughter of Stormin Fever was patiently handled by da Silva, who

watched Resentless take the eight-horse field through quite quick opening splits of

:24.24 and :48.47, before the bay seized the lead with authority in

early stretch.

Aboard the filly for the third time, da Silva was impressed with his

mount’s tenacity.

“We broke and she was relaxed,” said da Silva. “I was telling

her, ‘Hey my darling, just relax, we’re going to do a big job in the

end.’ And you know what, she responded pretty well and she did


It was a decidedly different outcome from her previous start, a

seventh-place finish in the one-mile, Grade 3 Natalma, contested on the

E.P. Taylor Turf Course on September 19.

“She’s a nice, sound, healthy filly,” offered Baker. “The grass

race was a toss. The sprint was a toss.”

Bred and owned by Brereton Jones, Biofuel broke her maiden in her

career bow on July 25, before finishing fourth to Franny Freud in the

Ontario Debutante on August 15.

“I thought we were in a good spot all along,” said Baker.

“(Jockey) Jim McAleney worked her (Biofuel) for me in June and said

she’d win the Mazarine.  Unfortunately (for him), he had to ride

Ernfold for me the last time (in the Natalma) so he didn’t get to ride

her today.”


Freshman sire WANDO has his 2nd winner when SILENT WISPER (yes, that’s how it is spelled) stalked and then led the way and won a 2 turn maiden allowance in race 1 for Gus Schickedanz and trainer Mike Keogh.

Other winners included the red-hot Ontario sired gal CLEAR LAKE, who won a 9 furlong allowance, for R0ob Smithen and trainer Paul Attard. She is by Megas Vukefalos.

Adena Springs was prominent yesterday – it won the finale with GINGER BELL in a maiden claiming race and bred winners like the 2yo FREEPORT BAY by new Ontario sire OLMODAVOR.


UNBEATEN, but sometimes tested, ZENYATTA  won her 13th race yesterday in the Lady’s Secret at Santa Anita. Charles Pravata photo.


While BIOFUEL will head to the Breeders’ Cup (trainer Baker’s FATAL BULLET leaves tomorrow from Kentucky for Santa Anita), it is uncertain how many big winners yesterday will head to the Cup.

In Ne York, the big championship races run on the dirt – HOMEBOYKRIS in the Champagne and DEVIL MAY CARE in the  Frizette would both be switching surfaces to synthetic for the cup.

The former, an $11,000 2yo purchase by Roman Ruker, may not go to the Cup.

The SHADWELL MILE was run on a treacherous turf course – so deep that a one-mile trip in 1:38 was considered good. COURT VISION won a head bob over KARELIAN while favourites Mr. Sidneyand Justenuffhumous wallowed in the bog.

Canadian-bred STERWINS was 5th.

IN CALIFORNIA, it appears as if the ride for MINE THAT BIRD is done.

The Canadian champion who won the Kentucky Derby in the mud and then did okay in races after that (without wining), was a non-factor in the GOODWOOD against older horses.

The winner was the 3yo GITANO HERNANDO, making his NOrth American debut under comeback rider of the year KIERAN FALLON. The Hernado colt was a recent purchase by the always powerful TEAM VALOR.

Here’s the result chart from THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS:

GOODWOOD S.-GI, $305,000, OSA, 10-10, 3yo/up,

1 1/8m (AWT), 1:48 1/5, ft.

1–#@GITANO HERNANDO (GB), 121, c, 3, by Hernando (Fr)

1st Dam: Gino’s Spirits (GB) (GSW-US, SW &

GSP-GB, $415,721), by Perugino

2nd Dam: Rising Spirits (Ire), by Cure the Blues

3rd Dam: Mrs McArdy (GB), by Tribal Chief

(i40,000 yrl ’07 DEAAUG). O-Team Valor Int=l &

Gary Barber; B-Newsells Park Stud Limited (GB);

T-M Botti; J-K Fallon; $165,000. Lifetime Record:

GSP-GB, 7-4-2-0, $219,893. Werk Nick Rating: A.

Click for the eNicks report and 5-cross pedigree.

2–Colonel John, 124, c, 4, Tiznow–Sweet Damsel, by

Turkoman. O/B-WinStar Farm LLC (KY); T-Eoin G

Harty; $70,000.

3–Richard’s Kid, 124, c, 4, Lemon Drop Kid–Tough

Broad, by Broad Brush. O-Arnold Zetcher LLC;

B-Fitzhugh LLC (MD); T-Bob Baffert; $42,000.

Margins: NK, 3/4, 3/4. Odds: 18.00, 2.50, 6.80.

Also Ran: Parading, Chocolate Candy, Mine That Bird,

Monzante, Informed, Tres Borrachos, Tiago.

GREY STAKES – 2 stakes winners square off

WILLIAM’S KITTEN, who ran around his rivals on the turn on the Louisiana Downs dirt last time liked they were standing still, should have a good chance to win a weak edition of the Grade 3 Grey Stakes at Woodbine today.

GHOST FLEET, considered by some as the top local 2yo, may be favoured and how can you eliminate a runner from the READE BAKER barn? BEAR TOUGH GUUY, who comes up on the low side in sheet numbers, is a contender nevertheless, in the 2 turn Polytrack race.

Sunday, Woodbine, post time: 3:27 p.m. EDT

GREY S.-GIII, $250,000, 2yo, 1 1/16m (AWT)


1 Mobthewarrior Mobil Ramsammy De Gannes 8-1

2 Rein King Roman Ruler Husbands Terranova 6-1

3 Ring My Surprise Where’s the Ring Dos Ramos De Gannes 6-1

4 William’s Kitten Kitten’s Joy Lebron Maker 7-2

5 Ghost Fleet Arch Kabel Attard 5-2

6 Korvette Kid Lemon Drop Kid McAleney Vella 8-1

7 Bear Tough Guy Roar of the Tiger Da Silva Baker 4-1


SQUARE EDDIE, once a Queen’s Plate favourite who spent the year getting ready for the Kentucky Derby but was sidelines twice with injuries, is back in the entries for today’s big sprint race in California, the Ancient Title.

Sunday, Oak Tree, post time: 7:00 p.m EDT

ANCIENT TITLE S.-GI, $300,000, 3yo/up, 6f (AWT)


1 Atta Boy Roy Tribunal Frazier Lund 10-1

2 Nikki’sgoldensteed Formal Gold Talamo Hess 30-1

3 Delta Storm Storm Boot Rosario Mitchell 10-1

4 Red Arrow (Aus) Red Ransom Smith Sadler 15-1

5 Gayego Gilded Time Gomez bin Suroor 3-1

6 Crown of Thorns Repent Espinoza R Mandella 5-1

7 Cost of Freedom Cee’s Tizzy T Baze Sadler 5-1

8 Riley Tucker Harlan’s Holiday Garcia Baffert 8-1

9 Supreme Summit Cactus Ridge Migliore O’Neill 4-1

10 Square Eddie Smart Strike Bejarano O’Neill 8-1

All carry 124 pounds, bar Supreme Summit and Square Eddie at 123


SING SING CINDRELA (Singspiel {Ire}–Purple Princess {MSP}, by Carson City) finished a distant fourth on the Arlington all-weather in July, then switched to the grass and ran second over a yielding course at the Illinois track in August. Fifth after getting bumped at the break going a mile on the Woodbine

grass Sept. 4, the chestnut finally graduated when dropped back to six furlongs at Kentucky Downs

Sept. 15. She was ignored at 22-1 in her attempt to put them back-to-back. Unhurried in the early going

after getting squeezed at the start, the longshot shifted gears at the top the lane.


Sales history: $55,000 RNA yrl ’08 KEESEP.

Lifetime Record: 6-2-1-0, $49,404.

O-Ron McCauley. B-Adena Springs (ON). T-Tevis Q