IT’S MILLER TIME!  Late Pick 4 wager for CANADIAN INTERNATIONALL Sunday offers $250K guarantee


Ace handicapper Jordan Miller has outlined a LATE PICK 4 wager for Thoroughblog for Sunday’s racing. The guaranteed pool for the bet is $250,000 and will be much higher.

Jordan, who has been handicapping races for about 20 years and is a horseowner and jockey agent for Ismael Mosquiera and Chris Husbands, is a shrewd selector and the Pick 4 wager is one of his specialties.

“On a big day like Sunday, with big fields, the possibility of a wet turf, this is a good time to play the Pick 4 and spread your horses out over the 4 races,” said Miller.

“The average Pick 4 payoff is about $3,000 for $1 so the average payoff for a 20 cent bet is about $600. You are better off playing a 20 cent ticket and have lots of horses, then you can cheer for the longshots. With the big guarantee and big crowd and large fields, it will pay well.”

Miller has mapped out a ticket for the bet which encompasses races 9 through 12. The cost is $117.60.

Race 9 –  Grade 1 E P Taylor

1-2-3-4-6-7-8 (Kitten’s Roar, Fourstar Crook, Quidura Rainha de Bateria, Nezwaah, Rain Goddess, Blond Me)

Race 10 Grade 1 Canadian International

1-2-4-5-6-9-10  (Oscar Nominated – Flamboyant –  Idaho – Postulation  – JOhnny Bear – Erupt – Chemical Charge)

Race 11 – 

1-7-8-10  (Discreet Dan – Teiaiagon – D’s Duble Eagle –  Sevencomingout)

Race 12

3-8-12  (Tinker Ring –  Incredible Dee – Remembering Mickey)


Thank you Jordan for your insights.



As we draw closer to one of the most memorable races on the Woodbine calendar the sudden death of one of this country’s most memorable Mums brings back memories of perhaps the most memorable race at Woodbine in the last decade….




Ch.m. Woodman – Royal Colleen by Viceregal.

Owner/breeder: Gus Schickedanz. Trainer: Mike Keogh

Grade 2 Monmouth Oaks; dam of Triple Crown winner Wando; Outstanding Broodmare  in Canada in 2008


Remember that August afternoon at Woodbine in 2003?

If you were anywhere near Woodbine racetrack in the days leading up to the Breeders’ Stakes, the 3rd jewel of Canada’s horse racing Triple Crown, you knew what was coming. A chance for a horse to win the coveted Crown for the first time in 10 years and only the 7th time since the series officially began in 1959.

Wando, the handsome, personable and brilliant colt owned and bred by Schomberg’s Gus Schickedanz and trained by Mike Keogh,  brought the huge Woodbine stands tot he ground with his romping win that day and thousands of fans, from as far away as Barbados where jockey Patrick Husbands was born, screamed and cheered. It is still so much fun to watch the video.

Wando’s dam, Kathie’s Colleen passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 10 at her home at Longleaf Plantation in South Carolina at the age of  25.

The influence that Kathie’s Colleen (Pronounced ‘Katy) had on Schickedanz and Keogh and Canadian racing  goes deep.

An exceptional racehorse, Kathie’s Colleen won her 2nd career race, May, 1995, with an 89 Beyer Figure. She had somewhat of a hurried campaign early in her 3yo season since she did not debut until 10 days earlier but 2 starts later was 2nd in the Canadian Oaks to a fellow paddock mate, Gal in a Ruckus, that year’s Kentucky Oaks winner.

The gorgeous mare would get her revenge, however. Following a 10 length win in an allowance race at Woodbine on the dirt, Kathie’s Colleen defeated Gal in a Ruckus in the Grade 2 Mnmouth Oaks in New Jersey with a 96 Beyer Figure. Ridden by Jim McAleney, Kathie’s Colleen bested the ‘Gal’ by 2 lengths in that huge victory.

Kathie’s Colleen would go on to win once more and she was retired to the breeding shed in the spring of 1996.

With impeccable bloodlines (her dam Royal Colleen, who was bought in 1998 by Schickedanz and produced millionaire Beau Genius) Kathie’s Colleen was bred to the world class stud Danzig in her first year and produced the winner OLiva.

Wando, a son of Schickedanz’s owner wonder-horse Langfuhr, a Grade 1 winner in the U.S.), was her second foal to race. Wando’s exploits captured the hearts of Canadian racing with his Triple Crown sweep and a career that saw him earn over $2.5 million. He went to stud in Kentucky and then at his birthplace before his sudden passing at the age of 14.

Kathie’s Colleen also produced stakes winner Six Sexy Sisters (dam of this year’s graded stakes winner Go Bro) and stakes placed Half Sister from her 7 foals to race.

Not only did Kathie’s Colleen pass on her brilliance on the track but as Schickedanz farm manager Lauri Kenny said “Her foals will like in your pocket. They are always the first ones up to the fence to visit with you.”

And Kathie’s Colleen is a special horse for Keogh.

“She was a class act from day one and an absolute sweetheart to be around.  She was a very caring mother when she became a broodmare.

She will be forever in our hearts.”






Wind  in Toronto area could play havoc with racing


Keith McCalmont of Woodbine got this image of ERUPT on Friday – he is trying to win back to back Canadian Internationals!

**Environment Canada – “A sharp cold front associated with this low pressure area will blast across Southern Ontario Sunday.

” Wind gusts of 70 to 80 km/h will be likely. “Occasional gusts to 90 km/h are not completely out of the question, especially in exposed areas near the Great Lakes.”

The agency warns the winds may be strong enough to cause some tree damage that could lead to isolated power outages.


Racing fans and horsepeople awaiting for the big day of Grade 1 races on Sunday at Woodbine will have their figures crossed that the weather forecast is not going to be right. Just don’t wear a hat!

High winds and wind gusts are currently being forecasted.  One of the more recent days of racing that was cancelled due to winds was last November when 40 km winds, with gusts up to 60 casued four races to be cancelled.

The blockbuster 12-race card at Woodbine not only includes the Grade 1 International at 1 1/2 miles on grass, but the Grade 1 E P Taylor at 1 1/4 miles on turf for the fillies and mares, the Grade 1 Nearctic, a 6 furlong sprint and the Grade 3 Ontario Derby on Tapeta, featuring Queen’s Plate winner Holy Helena.






Apprentice jockey Daisuke Fukumoto celebrated his first career win sending Raglan Road down the road in the afternoon’s sixth race as Canadian International weekend kicked off on Friday at Woodbine Racetrack.

The victory was a perfect birthday present for the Japanese-born jockey, who turned 20 years old on Friday.

Fukumoto earned his first victory on Friday aboard Raglan Road for trainer John Ross and co-owner Jack of Hearts Racing.

The young reinsman sent Raglan Road to the lead between horses early on and never looked back, with the three-year-old Victor’s Cry filly clocking fractions of :23.96 and :47.91 and turning back a challenge from 3-2 favourite Southern Puzzle en route to the 1-3/4 length victory in 1:18.01 over 6-1/2 furlongs on the Tapeta track.
Starting from the age of 13, Fukumoto rode in 200 amateur races in his native country where he earned 50 wins. After attending the Japan Racing Academy, he arrived in North America last year to pursue a career as a jockey and began working for trainer Reade Baker as a groom. He then went to work for Roger Attfield, Denyse McClachrie, Paul Buttigieg and Mike DePaulo galloping horses at Woodbine. The apprentice jockey debuted at Woodbine on July 26 and hit the board seven times in his first 44 starts before scoring his maiden-breaking victory.