If you catch the new movie LONE RANGER when it opens this weekend, you will see Ontario boys CLOUD TEN and WHITE PHAROAH!

Blazing Colours Farm, a Wellandport, Ontario-based equestrian center and breeding facility, announced today that two white thoroughbred horses bred at Blazing Colours Farm and sold to Walt Disney Productions in 2011 will be starring in Disney’s

new movie, “The Lone Ranger”. The movie, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, debuts in theaters on July 3, 2013.

April Wayenberg, founder and owner of Blazing Colours Farm, said that she was approached by one of the head “wranglers” for the movie in May of 2011. The wrangler, who was responsible for selecting and training the horses appearing in the film, did visit the Farm in person soon thereafter and made the decision to purchase the two white thoroughbreds born and raised at Blazing Colours

Farm for use in “The Lone Ranger.”

The horses purchased were Cloud Ten (a 6 year old stallion) and White Pharaoh (a 4 year old gelding).

” They were the bigger, more athletic horses that they used for Silver so they were used in the stunts.  For galloping, jumping, shooting off of, rearing etc…   “, said Wayenberg.

A total of 4 white horses were used during production of The Lone Ranger, including the two Canadian-bred horses from Ontario. Both horses were born and raised at Blazing Colours Farm and sired by the stallion Sato, who is also owned by Blazing Colours.   Sato is famous in his own right, as he was immortalized as a Breyer horse model in 2010 due to the fact that he is a
rare Palomino Pinto Thoroughbred and the first one ever born in the world. Both Sato and Cloud Ten were also photographed and featured in “Horses in Living Color”, a book published in 2010 by  renowned equine photographer Barbara Livingston

Cloud Ten made headlines in several newspapers when he was born in  2005 because he was the FIRST white Thoroughbred to ever be foaled on Canadian soil. At that time there were only about 20 white Thoroughbreds every registered by The Jockey Club out of a total of nearly 2.5 million Thoroughbreds on record, which made Cloud Ten quite a rarity.

The white horses are from the sire SATO, who is a grandson of NATIVE ROYALTY and from a mare by Winged T, who is by TOM FOOL.

photo – CLOUD TEN and WHITE PHAROAH , sorry, don’t know which one is which LOL. Ontario born half TB’s in the Lone Range movie!



Just 13 days until Queen’s Plate 154 and the players are getting in their last big workouts and the riding assignments are getting in order.
American jockeys are once again being brought in for our biggest race – the DRF reports that JOHN VELAZQUEZ is going to be around on Plate day so he’s picked up the mount on Sam-Son Farms’ HIS RACE TO WIN.
Woodbine rider EURICO DA SILVA rides UP WITH THE BIRDS, the likely favourite so that’s one for the home team.
LUIS CONTRERAS is the man aboard PYRITE MOUNTAIN, the 2nd or 3rd favourite.
JOEL ROSARIO will have his pick of DYNAMIC SKY and the filly SPRING IN THE AIR, seems  likely he will take ‘Sky, the Plate Trial winner.
The Mark Casse stable has intimated that JAGGER M and KAIGUN could still compete in the Plate also.
That’s 2 Sam-Sons with 4 Casses and then possibly 2 from trainer Mark Frostad (Pyrite and County Lineman) and maybe 2 from Chiefswood Stable : NIPISSING and NIIGON’S HONOUR.
There is also a pair from Tucci Stables‘: RIVER SEVEN and MIDNIGHT ARIA.
POWER PHIL is undecided at this time – owner Frank DiGiulio and trainer Bob Tiller will decide towards entry day.
Nick and Mike Nosowenko may run maiden winner RACKMAN
So the field should be in the 11-14 range with estimated odds of the major players looking like this:

UP WITH THE BIRDS, by Stormy Atlantic from  a Seeking the Gold mare  9-5

NIPISSING by Niigon from Dixieland band mare 5-2

PYRITE MOUNTAIN by Silent Name (Jpn) out of Numerous mare 7-2

DYNAMIC SKY by Sky Mesa  out of Distored Humor mare  4-1

HIS RACE TO WIN by Stormy Atlantic out of Gone West mare 6-1

SPRING IN THE AIR by Spring At Last out of Unbridled mare  8-1

RIVER SEVEN by Johannesburg out of Chester House mare 8-1

MIDNIGHT ARIA by  Midnight Lute out of Mt. Magazine mare 10-1

JAGGER M by Harlan’s Holiday out of Wolf Power mare 15

POWER PHIL by Philanthropist out of Peteski mare 15

COUNTY LINEMAN by Silent Name (Jpn) out of Caller I D mare  20

KAIGUN by Northern Afkeet out of Kris S mare 20

NIIGON’S GLORY by Niigon out of Honour and Glory mare 20

RACKMAN by  Niigon out of Bold Executive mare 20





GLORY DAYS – Verne and Donna Dubinsky (at right) with trainer Josie Carroll after the QUEEN’S PLATE in 2011.


*Queen’s Plate winner INGLORIOUS will be paraded at the post position draw on July 6 at Woodbine. The Hennessy gal was recently retired and Donver Stables and Josie Carroll have agreed to celebrate her during Plate week!

The award winning story of Inglorious is here:



* Buy tickets online or you won’t have anywhere to sit for the big day. Ticketmaster is handling  the seat sales.

*HorsePlayer Now’s Night School will be part of the Hats & Horseshoes Party at the Walking Ring during the 2013 Queen’s Plate.  If you are new to horseracing and placing a bet the team will show you what to look for when you make your picks, how to understand the racing program and make the most of your Queen’s Plate experience.

Be part of the Hats & Horseshoes Party on July 7th.  Walk the red carpet in style, sample the delicious food and the latest music, then cheer on your favourite horse on our 20 foot high definition screen.  As always, admission and parking are free at Woodbine Racetrack.



Canada’s champion turf male of 2012,  RIDING THE RIVER, may have had to leave racing early  last season because of unsoundness, but the son of Wiseman’s Ferry is back with a vengeance.
Ridden by his new pal, TODD KABEL, RIDING THE RIVER edged VALENTINO BEAUTYin the  Grade 2 King Edward Stakes on Sunday for his 9th win in 22 races. His earnings are now at $840,000 – not bad for a $3,500 yearling purchase (to read about why Dave Cotey bought this guy, check out the Sovereign awards issue of CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED magazine for the cute story).

“He hasn’t had any respect in the past,” said Cotey, of the star gelding who went to post as the even-money favourite. “When I saw 6-5, I thought, ‘Oh no,’ but the old guy took care of him there and bailed us out. I was almost under the table with my eyes shut the last few yards.




CONQUEST WHIPLASH won her career debut in the Victoria Stakes for 2yo’s on Saturday as  most predicted. This fast gal by Hear No Evil was a $370,000 2yo purchase after working in 20  2/5 for 2 furlongs at the April sale. She had been only a $15,000 yearling buy.
Owners Conquest Stable are Americans who have stepped up to buy some big ticket items and  it’s cool to see the big stables race at Woodbine.

The filly went fast but the final time of :58  did not yield a big Beyer – it was just a 59.

More Staurday

WOODY G is a 4yo this year and the Gus Schickedanz homebred ran the highest Beyer Figure of his career on Saturday when he gamely won a 1 3/8 mile grass race for $37m500 claiming, He posted an 86 with his front running score – his 3rd of his career. He is a Langfuhr gelding trained by Mike Keogh.

Eaton Hall Farms has been a player in racing for decades and it celebrated a win for 2013 with the 2yo ALOVELYBUNCH won her debut at the maiden allowance level. She is an Adena Springs bred daughter of young sire SHOWING UP out of Coconut Cream, by Touch Gold.
She cost $17,000 as a yearling at Fasig Tipton October and is trained by Mike Doyle.

TURKISH, a 4yo by Istan, won his maiden in race 3 by 6 lengths for Brereton Jones, who bred the gelding. This long, smooth striding fellow was making his 10th start and he won the 1 1/4 mile turf race under Emma-Jayne Wilson with a 78 Beyer.

MAKING AMENDS was racing in his first 2 turn Polytrack race that was not the Plate or Plate Trial on Saturday – and he won! With an 81 Beyer. The Ontario bred by Repent won a stakes race first time out as a 2yo and had not win since then. He had been overmatched and going too short in his races since then but made amends for Richard Lederman and Quintessential Racing.

Zelko Krcmar won his first race of the year when John Irvine and Gail Luman’s SILO RIDGE won for $9,500 claiming, He is by legal Jousting (Ire) and was bred by Cedarcrest Farms.

EAGLE HALL won the 6th race, which was taken off the grass after the 4th race had been run. Heavy rain forced the move. That was no matter to to EAGLE, who landed her 6th career win in the $62,500 race for owner and breed Eugene Melnyk.

**Thoroughblog, like most horseplayers, were not aware that the new CPMA rule for Pick 4 wagers says that if a race’s surface is changed in mid Pick 4 bet, the player will receive an ‘all’ on the ticketfor the race in question (I had already ripped mine up , LOL).

Race 7 when to favoured IT’S SURREAL, who won for $25,000 to take his maiden for Mary Biamonte and C. DeMizio. Race 9 went to BIG TIME, making his 2nd start of the year for Ken Lee, Gaye and Don Mitchell and trainer Mary Drexler. He won for $19,000 claiming. The last race  was won by HIGH TEE, trained by John Mattine, who had the grey 5yo in for $15,00 claiming.



1    John C. Oxley    41    10    6    8    $820,489    24%     24    59%
2    Chiefswood Stable    26    7    3    5    $666,907    27% 15    58%
3    Sam-Son Farms    28    6    3    3    $474,841    21%    12    43%
4    Hill, Jim and Susan    20    6    1    2    $336,968    30%    9 45%
5    Bear Stables, Ltd.    39    7    2    2    $298,555    18%    11    28%
6    Debmar Stables    29    2    7    6    $262,548    7%    15    52%
7    Frank D. Di Giulio, Jr.    25    4    6    3    $232,349  16%    13    52%
8    Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc.    20    4    4    2    $230,141 20%    10    50%
9    Gary Barber    12    3    2    0    $213,907    25%    5    42%
10    Rolph A. Davis    11    6    0    0    $212,124    55%    6 55%


1    Mark E. Casse    122    31    18    14    $1,894,101    25%    63    52%
2    Robert P. Tiller    88    20    18    10    $883,142    23% 48    55%
3    Michael J. Doyle    61    14    8    7    $461,414    23%    29    48%
4    Reade Baker    64    10    7    10    $667,186    16%    27    42%
5    David Cotey    82    9    7    7    $411,686    11%    23    28%
5    Scott H. Fairlie    47    9    12    8    $324,982    19% 29    62%
5    Darwin D. Banach    28    9    5    4    $227,989    32% 18    64%
8    Malcolm Pierce    41    8    3    7    $611,997    20%    18    44%
8    Sam Di Pasquale    42    8    6    8    $377,702    19%    22    52%
10    Paul Attard    20    7    1    3    $320,674    35% 11    55%
10    Ralph J. Biamonte    27    7    5    3    $251,975    26%    15    56%
10    Nickolas De Toro    25    7    3    2    $116,583    28%    12    48%


1    Luis Contreras    242    47    36    38    $2,393,115    19%    121    50%
2    Eurico Rosa Da Silva    176    44    32    18    $2,183,573  25%    94    53%
3    Justin Stein    162    27    18    15    $1,402,590    17%    60    37%
4    Todd Kabel    158    22    18    22    $923,636    14% 62    39%
5    Jesse M. Campbell    166    19    20    27    $1,264,598    11%    66    40%
5    Emma-Jayne Wilson    157    19    26    21    $1,072,992   12%    66    42%
7    Patrick Husbands    72    18    11    13    $1,019,125    25%    42    58%
7    Gary Boulanger    157    18    23    20    $844,841    11%    61    39%
9    Tyler Pizarro    110    13    14    17    $605,207    12%    44    40%
10    Skye Chernetz    123    12    15    14    $459,560    10%    41    33%
10    Omar Moreno    94    12    11    11    $454,731    13%    34    36%

PUBLIC MEETINGS : Ontario’s Horse Racing Industry

Ontario has asked the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel for a plan that sets a clear path  forward on:

–    growing the fan base and enhancing wagering revenues
–    improving the governance and regulation of the horse racing industry
–    developing a sustainable funding model, and
–    promoting excellence in racehorse management and breeding.

The Panel is required to submit its final plan by October 2013 to allow for implementation on April 1, 2014.

Public meetings are open to all interested parties and will take place as follows:

Monday, July 8, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Western Fair District Raceway
900 King Street
Carousel Room
London ON

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Woodbine Raceway
555 Rexdale Boulevard
Toronto ON
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ajax Downs
50 Alexander’s Crossing
Ajax ON




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