Today’s news – Kentucky Bear tops local sale, will stand at stud here…Joey is best in Kingarvie….Serenading retired


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THE LATEST- SERENADING, winner of the Grade 2 FALLS CITY HANDICAP at Churchill Downs on Thursday and the favourite to win the Sovereign Award for champion older mare, is expected to be retired to the breeding shed following here big win.

The A.P. Indy mare, out of stakes winner Daijin, is owned by Hill ‘n’ Dale’s John and Glen Sikura.



Hmmmm, the season ending Winter Mixed sale put on by the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society seemed to have a little pup and pizzazz to it yesterday and a bit surprisingly, sales for horss of any age were up.

KENTUCKY BEAR topped the sale as a stallion prospect at $100,000, bought by Bear Stables and partner and the horse will stand at stand at Vera Simpson’s Curraghamore Farm in Waterdown, Ontario for a fee of $2,500.

The horse was sold by Cara Bloodstock (Bernard McCormack)

Bear Stables raced the son of Mr. Greely, who was 3rd in the Blue Grass Stakes and 6th in the Preakness behind Big Brown.

Here are the NUTS AND BOLTS of the sale:

 BroodMare Totals:

2009 Gross:$218,600 2008 Gross:$161,400

Sold:54 Sold:48

Not Sold:24 Not Sold:48

Average:$4,048 Average:$3,363

Median:$1,800 Median:$1,700

KEYS TO HEAVEN, offered by Sam-Son farms, topped the mares at $23,000. She was bought by Ted Burnett’s Josham Farms and is in foal to Corinthian. The mare is half sister to stakes winner Portcullis.

Stallion Totals:

2009 Gross:$115,250 2008 Gross:$1,000

Sold:4 Sold:1

Not Sold:1 Not Sold:0

Average:$28,813 Average:$1,000

Median:$12,000 Median:$1,000

Weanling Totals

2009 Gross:$125,900 2008 Gross:$85,600

Sold:26 Sold:20

Not Sold:13 Not Sold:7

Average:$4,842 Average:$4,280

Median:$1,800 Median:$2,300

A Bold Executive weanling colt brought $18,000 from Huntington Stud to Gardineer Farms.


2009 Gross:$53,900 2008 Gross:$67,200

Sold:12 Sold:21

Not Sold:8 Not Sold:9

Average:$4,492 Average:$3,200

Median:$2,000 Median:$1,900

David Ross and trainer Mike Pino paid $27,000 for a Stormy Atlantic colt out of Iron Feather (dam of stakes winner Are You Serious) from the consignment of Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency.

HoRA Totals: HoRA Totals:

2009 Gross:$76,450 2008 Gross:$17,700

Sold:14 Sold:11

Not Sold:0 Not Sold:7

Average:$5,461 Average:$1,609

Median:$5,000 Median:$1,000

Recent maiden winner Mr. Turnabout, one of several horses sold by Harlequin Ranches, was sold by Bernard McCormack’s Cara Bloodstock as agent to Reade Baker, agent.


Maiden wins

JOEY’S BEST, a maiden in a modest field of Ontario sired 2yos won the Kingarvie Stakes yesterday at Woodbine on the penultimate Saturday card of the meeting.

The youngster is the nest stakes winner for TRAJECTORY.

Seventh and last at the half, the Audre Cappuccitti trainee launched a strong move on the second turn, seized command in mid-stretch and bested Frost King Stakes runner-up Bold Canadian by 3 1/4 lengths. Golden Girl Sue rallied for third.

Joey’s Best traveled 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.06. The dark bay gelding, supplemented to the Kingarvie, is bred and owned by Gord Cappuccitti.

“He only had two races,” said Audre Cappuccitti. “He really had problems both times.”

Joey’s Best came into the feature off back-to-back fifth-place finishes. In his career bow, a seven-furlong Polytrack race at Woodbine on October 17, he was 5 1/2-lengths back of the winner. On November 13, in a six-furlong ‘Poly’ race, the Ontario-bred crossed the wire 1 1/4-lengths behind Dashing Tom.

“The first time he drew the one-hole and they were all coming over on him,” said the winning conditioner. “He was terrified. Then he came running and finished fifth. The second time, we got the outside post and we ended up on the rail. I thought he was better than he showed.”

It was the first Kingarvie victory for Audre Cappuccitti, who celebrated her first Woodbine added-money win since 2004, when Dalavin took the Charlie Barley.

“I was going to put Lets Kickit in here, actually,” she said. “He came up with a fracture. I had this one going in an Ontario-sired (maiden) race. I said, ‘I’m going to give him a shot because I thought he would like 1 1/16 miles. He’s a nice little horse.”


Yesterday, Woodbine riders were one group of many donating some earnings to the fund to help injured rider Julia Brimo.

To help defray Brimo’s expenses and highlight the plight of seriously injured jockeys, riders were asked to contribute one mount fee from their Saturday card to the Julia Brimo Fund. They also wore patches – one featuring “Julia” while the other highlights the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

(although on SUN TV racing show yesterday, some jockeys interviewed on TV  were apparently not aware of what was happening with the Brimo fundraising)

Brimo, a 33-year-old Mississauga native who was Canada’s Sovereign Award-winning apprentice jockey in 2003, was moved Monday from Sunnybrook Hospital to Lyndhurst Centre Toronto Rehab for an eight- to-12-week program. Brimo has undergone neck surgery to fuse a broken vertebra and is recovering from head trauma and a contusion on her spine from the Oct. 30 accident at the Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Ky., just a day before she was scheduled to move to New Orleans for a winter’s riding at The Fair Grounds.

The Julia Brimo Fund has been established at Fifth Third Bank in Louisville, Ky. Contributions can be sent by cheque made out to the Julia Brimo Fund and mailed to Ms Cindy Werner, 1116 Flat Rock Rd., Louisville, KY 40245.