Dave Landry caught  owner Dennis Windsor (left) getting a sponge bath from Jim McAleney after Dennis and Christine’s WELLOILEDMACHINE won the Halton Stakes Wed. night.



Welcome to the middle day of the long weekend, the Labour day weekend that definitely has that feel to it..the backyard dinners and rinks soon to come to an end, the neighbourhoods a lot more busy early in the morning, cool weather to come, blah, you know the rest.

Horse racing never seems to get boring, however.

Great stories and exciting races mixed it with some unsettling or sad news is what our great industry is all about.

And this weekend and through the week is of the utmost importance to local breeders as their yearlings projects for the last couple of years. Prospective buyers are inspecting the yearlings that are now on display at the Woodbine sales pavillion.
The sale is Tuesday (select yearlings)  at 1 p.m.


The first crop of double champion MARCHFIELD are up for grabs and they are lookers. The first photo is a colt out of Brave Diva, by Theatrical. The mare is a full sister to Aldous Snow and Born to Act and this is the family of Strut the Stage. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, Agency. Thanks to Krista Kocot for the photo.

#2 photo –  is a filly by MILWAUKEE BREW – GOLDEN VOW by Bokren Vow, offered by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency , agent for breeder Ericka Rusnak. The filly is a half sister to stakes placed Bold n Golden.

Photo: Canada Premier Yearling Sale colt (Hip 145) by MARCHFIELD ex GOOD RELIGION by GIANTS CAUSEWAY had a busy day today at Mapleshade.  A scope, followed by x-rays followed by grooming and a bath.  The sale must be around the corner.#3 photo is another by MARCHFIELD, this one out of  Good Religion by Giant’s Causeway. Offered by Cara Bloodstock (Barnard McCormack), agent



Some big speed efforts at Woodbine on Saturday with the day starting off with RENEGADE MAN leading all the way through 1 1/2 miles in  a first level allowance race. The Strut the Stage 4yo, bred by Sam-Son Farms and owned by Ballylynch and Mike Doyle, won for the 4th time in 6 races. He is out of Northern Fleet and was a weanling purchase for about $18,000.

Congrats to TIM REGAN who saddled his first winner of the year when OSCULATOR won race 2, a maiden event for $9,500 claiming. The 4yo is by Grand Reward and is a homebred for Marc Berzins.

Tough mare E XENTRIX won race 3, it was the E Dubai 5yo’s 8th win in her 20th race. Ace Racing and Scott Fairlie owner and train the mare.

The 2yo filly LAPSANG upset a 6 to 5 entry in race 6 when she rallied to for a win in a $67,100 maiden allowance; This is a Smoke Glacken filly out local winner Genska, by Appealing Skier. Lapsang was well prepared by Suzy and Tim drake’s Silver Duck Racing who co-own the grey gal with Joseph and Janice Poollard and Phillip Yu.

The Beyer was 62. She was bred by Sedgefield Farm in Ontario.

Florida-bred YOUCAN’TCATCHME held off champion ROXY GAP to win the Grade 3 Seway Stakes for her 2nd stakes win in her 2nd race of the season. This gal got away with a soft early pacein the 7 furlong race and  had something left. She is by The Daddy and was bedf by Murray Stroud, who also owns. Sam Dipasquale trains.


Today is the AVOWAL and the VICE REGENT, turf stakes races that could be run on a course that is a little giving.




Canadian bred CONCAVE, bred by Jeff Begg’s Windways Farm in Ontario, finished third beaten about 2 lengths in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante yesterday at Del Mar. The Colonel John – Galadriel by Ascot Knight fillywas 2 for 2 going into the race and she is now 2 for 3 for Reddam Racing.


Brazen Persuasion,owned by Albertans Darren and Marilyn Pollitt, is going for her second stakes win in the prestigious Spinaway at Saratoga today.


Sunday, Saratoga, post time: 5:45 p.m. EDT
SPINAWAY S.-GI, $300,000, 2yo, f, 7f

1 Brazen Persuasion K Indian Charlie Napravnik Asmussen 5-1
2 Bahnah K Elusive Quality Lanerie Calhoun 6-1
3 Designer Legs Graeme Hall Bridgmohan Stewart 12-1
4 Sweet Reason K Street Sense Solis Gyarmati 8-1
5 Dancing House Tapit Ortiz Jr. McLaughlin 12-1
6 Stopchargingmaria K Tale of the Cat Castellano Pletcher 3-1
7 Art of the Game K Elusive Quality Saez Zito 15-1
8 True Blue Nation Bluegrass Cat Alvarado Albertrani 20-1
9 Sweet Whiskey Old Fashioned Velazquez Pletcher 2-1
FIVE IRON, from Woodbine, at Saratoga
Sunday, Saratoga, post time: 5:12 p.m. EDT
SARANAC S.-GIII, $150,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT

1 Five Iron K Sharp Humor Contreras Lynch 4-1
2 Joha K Johar Maragh Albertrani 8-1
3 Tattenham Rock Hard Ten Alvarado Mott 5-1
4a Notacatbutallama Harlan’s Holiday Velazquez Pletcher 5-2
5 Frac Daddy K Scat Daddy Cohen McPeek 7-2
6 Favor Factor Harlan’s Holiday Castellano Brown 5-1
7 Front K War Front Napravnik Jerkens 15-1
Main Track Only:
8 Battier Tale of the Cat TBA Pletcher 5-1
9 Saint Vigeur K Smart Strike Castellano Brown 2-1
10a Micromanage K Medaglia d’Oro TBA Pletcher 8-1


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Saginaw by Vanessa Ng



By ED McNAMARA  ed.mcnamara@newsday.com
 SARATOGA SPRINGS — He was a New York-bred champion with a blue-collar pedigree, a 7-year-old gelding with heart and class. As Shakespeare put it in “Henry V”, Saginaw was a warrior for the working day, and he won most of his battles.

Saginaw entered the gate for Friday’s third race at Saratoga less than $26,000 short of a million in earnings. The former $25,000 claimer was the odds-on favorite to win for the 13th time in his last 14 races, but he never made it to the finish line.

Saginaw broke down on the far turn, fracturing both sesamoids in his left front leg. His shaken rider, Junior Alvarado, tried to pull him up, but he said Saginaw tried to keep running, as the immortal fillies Ruffian and Go for Wand did after shattering their forelegs. A horse ambulance vanned Saginaw past the grandstand as the teary crowd saluted him with an ovation. An eyewitness said the stricken animal was gazing toward the fans as he heard his last hoorah



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