Welcome to MARCH (already??) Gadzooks, exactly 30 days until the SOVEREIGN AWARDS, plus one more until OPENING DAY at Woodbine!!
Check in later week and weekend for updates on the goings-on in BARBADOS, the $200,000 (BAR) Gold Cup is on Saturday – it’s one hour later there I believe. Canadian rep SAFETY ZONE meets American dude GRAND CASH and Trinidadian JUST CALL ME ROGER and a slew of others in the about 1 1/8 mile turf tilt.
Safety Zone looking good for competition
By Petra Harvey
Will Safety Zone make it three wins for owner Eugene Melnyk in the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup?
That is the question on many a race fan’s mind, but what is certain is that Melnyk et al have brought another top class contender for the race. Last year Melnyk took the Cup with Stewins, in an exciting come from behind win with Patrick Husbands in the saddle. He also won in 2004 with Kathir.
The Barbados Advocate caught up with assistant trainer Kathryn Sullivan at the Garrison Savannah where she and her staff were working out Safety Zone and another of the Melnyk horses, Emerald Cresent. She noted that Safety Zone is a completely different horse to Sterwins and his versatility could see him winning the Gold Cup, despite him pulling post position 12.
“We would have preferred to be a little closer to the inside but this horse is so versatile that we are really okay. He can be close to the pace or come from off the pace. Either way he is a very versatile runner.
ST. KITTS HORSES UNDER SCRUTINY
By Chris Gollop | Tue, March 01, 2011 – 12:12 AM
CONTROVERSY HAS HIT the Caribbean’s richest horse racing event days before it runs off.
That’s because Sir David Seale, president of the Barbados Turf Club (BTC), horse trainer Stephen Bynoe and Canadian millionaire Eugene Melnyck have objected to the entry of Kittitian horses in the prestigious annual Sandy Lane Gold Cup.
But lawyers representing Kittitian owner Arthur Sharpe have warned of legal action should stewards of the BTC not allow the horses to compete on the grounds that St Kitts is not a recognised racing jurisdiction.
DAILY NATION investigations have, however, revealed that the BTC board met on February 15 and it was unaminously agreed to approve the entry of the St Kitts-owned horses in a race with total prize money of $200 000.
FASIG TIPTON 2YO SALE BREEZE SHOW
ONtario breds entered for March 3 sale (with their times)
10 3/5 25 C STREET SENSE REPORTEDLY SILVER DEPUTY ONTARIO 40 BREAKING POINT FARM
10 2/5 85 C SHAKESPEARE VIOLENT BEAUTY GONE WEST ONTARIO 20 WAVERTREE STABLES INC. (CIARAN DUNNE) AGENT
OUT 105 F HARLAN’S HOLIDAY ALLISON’S PRIDE DIXIELAND BAND ONTARIO 9 M. W. MILLER III AGENT
11.0 115 F WAR FRONT ATTACHE SEEKING THE GOLD ONTARIO 20 WAVERTREE STABLES INC. (CIARAN DUNNE) AGENT V
10.0 136 C MACHO UNO CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL RED RANSOM ONTARIO 9 CRUPI’S NEW CASTLE FARM
10.3 220 C INDIAN CHARLIE MAJOR IDEA CHEROKEE RUN ONTARIO 20 WAVERTREE STABLES INC. (CIARAN DUNNE) AGENT III
HARVEY’S KELYNACK HAS 2 consigned, #73 SIZZLES
CASSE SALES, AGENT—Barn 19
FOR KELYNACK FARM
A filly by STEVIE WONDERBOY worked in 21 3/5 at the 2yo gallop show at Palm Meadows yesterday for owner Glenn Harvey who has Kelynack Farm in Ontario.
The filly, out of Tina Fleet, a stakes winner, was a $40,000 yearling purchase last fall from Brereton Jones. She is a Kentucky bred.
Kelynack is relatively new in racing and breeding in Ontario as well as pinhooking.
2009 ch.c by Lion Heart–Short Shadow 39
2009 ch.f by Stevie Wonderboy–Tina Fleet 73
OUT 2009 b.c by Afleet Alex–Doctoressa 157
WATCH VIDEOS: http://www.fasigtipton.com/fasig-tiptontv/index.asp?t=1
D’awesome Cat and Emma-Jayne Wilson showed true grit to win at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, battling on the lead all the way to win a $15,000 claiming event with a 75 Beyer Figure.
The ONtario bred by D’wildcat, claimed by owner/trainer Scott Fairlie for $20K three races ago was coming off a dreadful run at GUlfstream for $20K but was a different horse on Sunday.
CONGRATS to 8yo SOCIETY’S CHAIRMAN, who posted a 98 Beyer Figure in his 2nd place finish in the Canadian Turf Handicap on Sunday to speedball Little Mike. The son of Not impossible continues to motor on despite hisyears but look, he’s only raced 26 times!:
LIFE 26 7 6 5 683,033 100 ALL
2011 1 0 1 0 30,000 98 ALL
2010 6 1 2 1 242,738 98 ALL
2009 10 2 1 4 201,821 100 ALL
2008 9 4 2 0 208,474 100 ALL
And Canadians CATEGORY SEVEN and FOREST UPROAR were 2nd and 3rd in the LaCombe Stakes at FairGrounds on Sunday.
LOCAL JOCKS ELSEWHERE:
136 Eurico Rosa Da Silva 64 7 16 6 $248,281 11% 29 45%
183 Emma-Jayne Wilson 44 5 8 10 $177,285 11% 23 52%
128 Robertino Diodoro 91 22 14 8 $199,131 24% 44 48%
157 Josie Carroll 25 4 5 2 $175,580 16% 11 44%
179 Mark E. Casse 41 7 1 4 $147,707 17% 12 29%
196 Malcolm Pierce 29 3 4 3 $137,480 10% 10 34%
192 Scott H. Fairlie 32 5 3 6 $140,620 16% 14 44%
1,058 Rodney J. Cone 18 1 4 1 $21,054 6% 6 33%
VICTOIRE PISA, a serious horse headed to Dubai World Cup
Victoire Pisa nails Nakayama Kinen
By Alan Shuback
Victoire Pisa’s Dubai World Cup audition went according to plan on Sunday, as he romped to a 2 1/2-length victory in the Grade 2, $1.5 million Nakayama Kinen at Nakayama Racecourse.
Settled toward the rear of the 12-runner field by his Italian rider, Mirco Demuro, the 2-5 Victoire Pisa unleashed his attack at the quarter pole just before entering the stretch and galloped clear of the pacesetting runner-up, Captain Thule, who held on for second by a nose from Reach the Crown. The winning time for the 1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course was a very good 1:46.00, or 1.1 seconds off the track record