NEW FRIENDS – Photos by Jennifer Power

Om a recent, late February day in Niagara Falls. millionaire PASO DOBLE (chestnut) met a new friend who was retired with him – multiple stakes winner JENNA’S WABBIT.

JENNA’S WABBIT, a son of Old Forester who has earned just about $500,000, ended up low on the claiming ladder last year and recently was offered for sale on the Kijiji website. Through various conversations on social media, many people became aware that the fleet gelding was for sale.

Dominic DiLalla, owner of Centennial Farms (Niagara) Inc., who raced Paso Doble from 2010 to 2015 (from age 4 to 9) heard about Jenna’s Wabbit and contacted his farm manager Jennifer Power to “get a stall ready”.

DiLalla had Jenna’s Wabbbit moved from his place of residence to Centennial and now the retired gelding, who raced last year, is having the time of his life with Paso Doble.

While these photos were taken during a brief, mild spell in the area, it is very wintry again in southern Ontario.

Congratulations for DiLalla and Power and to Jenna’s Wabbit and Paso Doble.


JENNA’S WABBIT, post mud roll,  checking out his new sights at Centennial Farm – Jennifer Power Photo


Mud bath – Paso Doble lovin the goo






















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This weekend’s 75th ANNUAL AIKEN TRIALS in South Carolina has once again lured horses from Gus Schickedanz’s stable under the care of trainer Mike Keogh. The trio below recently had workouts at Aiken

One of their Queen’s Plate contenders, WOODBRIDGE, gets a little training race action on Saturday at Aiken in the City of Aiken Trophy at the famous Aiken Trials. The 4 1/2 furlong race is for 3-year-olds & up winners and the bay gelding by Langfuhr, owned by Schickedanz and Don Howard is number 2 in the four horse field. His stablemate, the filly Sweet Crimson is also in the race.
Kaitlin Montgomery will ride Woodbridge.

The Schickedanz stable also has City Boy and Fuhr Love in action on the seven race card.

Entries and specs here:

Last week, Plate hopeful Megagray, along with Woodbridge and Oaks hopeful Will She had workouts at Aiken..

Megagray (ON) Michael Keogh C 3 49.10 b 6/12
Will She (ON) Michael Keogh F 3 48.40 b 4/12
Woodbridge (ON) Michael Keogh G 3 48.20

On MARCH 9 , Woodbine Oaks contender and also listed as a top 10 Plate hopeful ELLAN VANNIN worked two furlongs  in :26, her first prep of the season. The chestnut Spring at Last filly wintered at Global Equine Training Centre in Burlington where she was thriving and getting ready  to get back to work. Jon Lee owns this filly who was bought pruvately for $20,000 from Phoenix Rising Stables.





An Ontario-bred  colt from the first crop of Kentucky Derby winner ORB (Malibu Moon) from the mare LYNNETTE by Johannesburg sold for $600,000 as the last offering in the OBS March 2yo sale to Todd Pletcher, agent, one of the most expensive locally bred youngsters to sell in recent years.

Bred by Christine Hayden, this fabulous bay colt was sold last year for $100,000 to Silver Creek Thoroughbreds by Hayden through Cara Bloodstock.

Lynnette has been super for the Hayden team since she was bought in foal to Elusive Quality in 2012 for $210,000.

They sold the mare’s first foal, Jennifer Lynnette for $110,000 and a Tiznow colt named Arizona for $230,000. Arizona was working for most of 2016 as a 2-year-old in California but has yet to race.

Get ready to start keeping tabs on the Orb – Lynnette colt as Pletcher gets him ready for racing.


Another son of Orb topped the first session of the sale at $1.25 million. Orb stands for $25,000 and this 2-year-old sale topper was originally a $350,000 yearling purchase. The dam, Remember, is by Forest Wildcat.

Three local purchases from the sale were:

10.3 C With Distinction Chado Boutte Sales Ryan S. Kerbel 18,000
10.0 C Bold Warrior Honey Green de Meric Sales, Agent VI Kevin Attard 25,000

and Ontario-bred Hip – 122 50,000 bought by RYAN KERBEL 10.3 C Shanghai Bobby Reef Road Ontario Mayberry Farm, Agent I

(*Barry Kerbel was the listed buyer on this colt at the CTHS sale at Woodbine last fall)


ONTARIO-BREDS IN SALE (price, workout time, breeding, consignor)

3 NOT SOLD (65,000) 10.3 C Macho Uno Mahalo Ontario Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent II 1
26 NOT SOLD (17,000) 11.0 F Super Saver Miss Dixie Halo Ontario Best A Luck Farm LLC, Agent VIII 3
51 out C Tale of the Cat My Sister Sandy Ontario Winners Circle Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent 4
55 out C Maclean’s Music Mystic Silver Ontario Eddie Woods, Agent XXII 11
122 50,000 RYAN KERBEL 10.3 C Shanghai Bobby Reef Road Ontario Mayberry Farm, Agent I 2
157 out 10.2 F Curlin Santerra Ontario Niall Brennan Stables, Agent XVI 8
181 out Artie Schiller Shukriya Ontario Mayberry Farm, Agent VI 2
261 out F Maclean’s Music Toula Ontario Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent 5
536 out F Street Sense Flawless Diamond Ontario Eddie Woods, Agent XIV 11

576 $180,000  LEX INC.  9.4 F Shanghai Bobby Hallnor Ontario Halcyon Hammock Farm, Agent III 1
577 NOT SOLD (145,000) 10.0 C Scat Daddy Hangingbyamoment Ontario James Layden, Agent 13
581 WITHDRAWN  11.2 C Graeme Hall Happy Vale Ontario Best A Luck Farm LLC, Agent V 3
640 out  10.3 F Eskendereya Kinkora Ontario Best A Luck Farm LLC, Agent VII 3
677 $600,000 TODD PLETCHER, AGENT 10.0 C Orb Lynnette Ontario de Meric Sales, Agent XXXVI