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JACQUES DUMAS will be missed.





In Paris, France – oui oui!







JACQUES DUMAS –  1939-2014

From the Montreal Gazette, OCT. 1 1968

…[Blue Bonnets] track president Jean Louis Levesque recognizes the knowledge and ability of the young Montreal horseman and has signed [Jacques] Dumas as contract trainer of the thoroughbreds on his beautiful farm at Ste. Genevieve..

.The 29-year-old Dumas has had plenty of experience in the wintering of horses and had charge of some 25 thoroughbreds for local owners at the Angus Farm in Bedford QC for the seasons…meanwhile trainer Dumas will be shooting for his 11th winner of the meeting tonight….


Canada has lost another successful, personable and popular horseperson.

JACQUES DUMAS was one of the kings of Blue Bonnets in Montreal in the mid 1960s, building his reputation before that wonderful autumn of 1968 when he was hired by Jean Louis Levesque, Blue Bonnets president.
Levesque’s expansive operation was also prominent in Ontario at Woodbine and it was there that Dumas made a name for himself as one of Canada’s top trainers of the 1970s and 80s.

Certainly one of his best students was GIBOULEE , winner of the  Coronation Futurity as a 2-year-old and then second to the mighty Seattle Slew in the Flamingo Stakes (Grade 1) in the winter of his 3yo season. Giboulee, by Northern Dancer went on to win the Plate Trial, finish 3rd in the Plate (he hated the slop) and Prince of Wales.
As a handicap horse, he won the Dominion Day Handicap, Vigil, and was second in the  Massachusetts H.-G2.
Giboulee was named Champion handicap horse in Canada in 1978.

Dumas trained PAR EXCELLENCE, the champion 2-year-old filly of 1979 and the Canadian Oaks winner in 1980; champion sprinter DIAPASON, champion 3-year-old and turfer BEN FAB plus stakes winners such as Gone to Royalty and Cool Northerner.

In 1982, when this writer went to her first Queen’s Plate, it was a Dumas trained colt who was the star of Canadian racing. LE DANSEUR.
This son of Lord Durham was the  big 2yo if 191 winning the Cup and Saucer, Summer and Coronation Futurity, Like Giboulee, Le Dansuer was in Florida with Dumas and tackled the best 3yos in the Flamingo Stakes, finishing 3rd. He by-passed Kentucky Derby stuff to come home where he won the Plate Trial, setting him up for a run in the Plate at low odds.
The bad news was, Dumas had been trying to control a bum tendon on Le Danseur’s leg, an injury that continued to flare up as he made his way to the big race. No matter how much tender loving care Dumas applied, Le Danseur came up a bit short in the Plate – 3rd to Son of Briartic. The colt was soon retired.
Dumas won over 300 races and when he retired from training, did stints as a top assistant trainer and then worked as a jockey agent briefly.
Dumas, who had been in ill health for some time, has one child, Jean-Marc (Marc), who is heavily involved in the local racing industry. Marc sends out his first starter of 2014, Tomtom Drum, at Woodbine today.
Perhaps Dad will have a little influence on that horse?

(A memorial will be held for Jacques on the Woodbine backstretch on July 8. A memorial will be held this Monday for exercise rider Mourad Bourdaa).

JACQUES DUMAS – Career Statistics:

Starts: 2,380
Firsts: 345
Seconds: 338
Thirds: 284
Earnings: $5,945,304

1998     2     0     0     0     $0
1997     37     0     3     5     $12,393
1996     30     1     1     2     $17,478
1995     15     1     4     2     $22,932
1994     26     2     3     2     $33,623
1993     37     6     6     4     $175,079
1992     37     2     2     4     $70,714
1991     112     11     11     10     $133,273
1990     137     18     10     24     $257,965
1989     118     12     9     16     $237,530
1988     135     19     18     15     $335,220
1987     129     12     20     16     $209,713
1986     174     21     19     21     $389,499
1985     158     30     25     19     $481,423
1984     178     34     34     24     $568,663
1983     151     20     29     19     $510,687
1982     119     21     21     9     $401,239
1981     127     22     22     7     $462,228
1980     166     29     31     17     $587,991
1979     139     20     24     17     $260,957
1978     114     25     16     15     $234,885
1977     129     18     11     20     $227,961
1976     110     21     19     16     $313,851


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Queen’s Plate Contenders by Lifetime Earnings

The buzz is loud and wide as to who is in the Plate, who is not, who is riding this horse, or that horse. It’s a fun ride as those with horses in the running for a spot in the race monitor their horses, as well as other people’s horses too.
The list of 18 seems to be complete – excluding FREITAG and PALADIN BAY: the former who may by-pass the Plate if owner Earle Mack deems his big gelding a non-competitor. The filly Paladin Bay surely will go in the Bison City Stakes where she would have a much better chance to win.

THOROUGHBLOG talked a litany of owners and trainers in the last couple of days.


The TORONTO STAR featured one of the longer shots in the Plate line-up who is hoping to get in…ATHENIAN GUARD. This gelding’s journey illustrates how tough it is for everything to go right on the way to the Plate (or any race for that matter). He was slow to come around at 2 but won his maiden with flair late last year. He was gelded and was in Florida. He  was all set for his 2nd start of 2014 (he had been a bit behind in training this year) and appeared to be well on his way to win that 1 1/8 mile race until…


Not exactly the way you want to come into the Plate. Same can be said for the others in the race who also are hooping for a Plate start.

WE MISS ARTIE is cozy at Saratoga these days under the care of assistant to Todd Pletcher Tristan Barry. Todd Pletcher was pleased with the colt’s Plate Trial outing:

“We were very happy to have a run over the surface and to not overdo it,” Pletcher told Thorougblog. “I think Javier rode a smart race and saved a little.”

Pletcher and the Ramsays are expected in Toronto for the Plate.


LEADING QP CONTENDERS by Lifetime Earnings

We Miss Artie  $699,000?
Lexie Lou $649,250
Asserting Bear  $295,827
Matador  $268.447
Ami’s Holiday  $223,460
Coltimus Prime  $120,900
Majestic Sunset $116,646
Tower of Texas  $115,196
Heart to Heart  $113,670
Man o’ Bear $110,760
Niigon Express  $93,593
Lions Bay $65,500
Rhythm Blues 63,705
East Side $55,693
Cap in Hand  $51,566
Athenian Guard $44,610
Alpha High  $39,790
*One Destiny $37,715

(*number 18 on the list)