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JESSE CAMPBELL is ecstatic as he guided ORIGINAL SCRIPT to the Bison City win Michael Burns photo



Gosh, it was a super run by the big grey gal ORIGINAL SCRIPT in yesterday’s $250,000 Bison City Stakes at Woodbine, the 2nd leg of the Triple Tiara, but she sure got away with murder.
The Chiefswood Stable homebred, by the red-hot Malibu Moon out of Seanachai by  El Prado (Ire) got away with 25, 50 1/5, 1:115 fractions on the pace and when the sprint began off the turn for home, the race was done.

Jockey Jesse Campbell, who  is very tough on a pace runner, was gracious in the winner’s circle and had high praise for the filly.

“She has grown up mentally,: said Campbell. “This is a big win for all of us.”

Indeed, it was the biggest win for trainer PAUL ATTARD, who had won about half a dozen stakes races in the last 5 years but none worth $250,000. The Bison City is a well known event, formerly a Fort Erie race, and it carries a lot of history and prestige.

The winning Beyer was 85, the best for Original Script.

Original Script’s dam, SEANACHAI was a winner who was bought for $650,000 as a yearling by Chiefswood in 2002 as a yearling.

The mare has a 2yo by lemon Drop Kid named KID THE POET.



Wild day for longshots!  FIGY’S MOBIL PRIDE, a 2yo by Mobil – Tomorrow’s Honey, by Fusaichi Pegasus, owned by Domenic Figliano and bred by Gus Schickedanz, won his debut at 70 to 1. The $5,500 purchase stormed down the track for the upset win over a field that included much hyped colts STAND EM UP (Ralph Biamont barn) and EIGHTY NINE RED (Mike DePaulo). The latter broke badly to the outside from the gate, trailed but finished well and does appear to have some promise.

The winner was the first winner for trainer VITO ARMATA at the meeting after some 26 runners.

Another nice looking 2yo winner was IRON WOLF, a Marcavelly – Iron Feather beginner bred by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms, who took race 2. Pat Parente trains the 2yo for Winview Farms.

His Beyer was 68.

Trainer CLAUDIA RABSTEIN and owner TIP SAMPLINSKI got their first win of the meeting when BOSS TWEED won race 1 for $9,500 claiming. The homebred is by Bold Executive and he is 3 for 28 in his career.

A fast race on the day was the 3rd race, an allowance for 3yo fillies and it was won by SKY TREASURE, a John oxley filly by Sky Mesa who is 2 for 3 in her career. She ran an 82 Beyer in her win at 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15 3/5.

Race 4 went to  AIR BLADE, who edged Holy Whirl Wind in the 1 1/16 mile maiden allowance. The winner is a 4yo by Ghostzapper who was making his 10th career start for James Redekop but onyl his first at the distance on polytrack.

Race 5 – a maiden allowance on the grass for Ontario sired guys was another win for Chiefswood Stable and trainer Rachel Halden. The 3yo by Niigon was up in time to beat longshot GOODNIGHT HAWK at the end of 7 furlongs.

It was a 2-win day for trainer ROBERT TILLER who watched LEMON SPLASH end a long winless streak and win race 7 from way off the pace. The Lemon Drop Kid 5yo mare is owned by Copper Penny Stables, In the 9th race, Rolph Davis’s lovely homebred filly LAUGHING FALCON is now 2 for 2 with an allowance win on the grass and a 67 Beyer. She is by Aljabr.

The last race wet to favoured TOP MARC IN CLASS, a Marcavelly 3yo who was winning his maiden in his 4th race for owner/breeder Craig Cameron and trainer Gail Cox.




Plate 154 is set for next Sunday on a blockbuster card of racing at Woodbine. There will be the big paddock-side party called HATS & HORSESHOES and fun, festivities, food and hopefully your favourite wins!

Who do you like in the Plate? Does it come down to a showdown again between SAM-SON and CHIEFSWOOD? Or will it be JOHN OXLEY and MARK CASSE’S first Plate win?

Or will Frank Stronach’s new syndicate, AWESOME AGAIN PARTNERSHIP, one of 6 syndicates in the Horse Racing League celebrate a win by the little guy, PYRITE MOUTNAIN?

Read about Pyrite Mountain’s breeder, SEAN HALL:




NIPISSING likes to stick out her tongue. Will she do that to the boys on Sunday?

Norm Files photo





COUNTY LINEMAN/Ginger Punch Racing/Mark Frostad/Alex Solis

*Bred by Gail Wood, he was a $30,000 yearling purchase by Ginger Punch Racing syndicate, He is a 2-time winner who ran a top 67 Beyer last time.

DYNAMIC SKY/John Oxley/Mark Casse/Joel Rosario

*Bred by the now defunct AROSA FARMS, he was a $25,000 yearling and he is 3 for 10 with a pair of 85 Beyers in last 2 starts.

HIS RACE TO WIN/Sam-Son Farms/Malcolm Pierce/John Velazquez

*Led late in the Plate Trial (would love to see blinkers off!) and posted new top of 85 Beyer. A homebred and one of 2 y Stormy Atlantic.

JAGGER M/Gabe Grossberg/Mark Casse/Shaun Bridgmohan

*Bred by Arika Ervatt Meeuse and her parents Janeane and James Everatt in St. Thomas. He peaked with an 87 in the Queenston and then regressed to a 77 Beyer in the Trial.

KAIGUN/Quintessential Racing, G. Barber, Horse’n Around/Mark Casse/Justin Stein

*Maiden winner ran an 81 when he won by a 76 in the Trial. He was bred by William Sorokolit and was a $37,000 yearling.

MIDNIGHT ARIA/Tucci Stables/Nick Gonzalez/Jesse Campbell

*He was bred by Yvonne Schwabe and was an $80,000 yearling purchase in Kentucky. He was then claimed by Tucci Stables for $35,000 in Florida. Has an 83 and 82 Beyer in last 2 races.

NIPISSING/Chiefswood Stable/Rachel Halden/Steve Bahen

*Homebred is from the late sire Niigon and late dam Kiche but she has an 88 Beyer from her Oaks win.

PYRITE MOUNTAIN/Awesome Again Racing/Mark Frostad/Luis Contreras

*$50,000 yearling purchase by Awesome Again Partnership and bred by Sean Hall who claimed the mare for $12,500.

RIVER SEVEN/Tucci Stables/Nick Gonzalez/Todd Kabel

*Bred by Bill Graham, he was a $60,000 2yo purchase and has an 84 and then a 74 last time when he fell at the start of the Trial

SPRING IN THE AIR/John Oxley/Mark Casse/Gary Boulanger

*Bred by WinStar Farms and foaled at Anderson Farms, she was a $130,000 2yo purchase and she has a pair od 87’s in her last 2 races.

UP WITH THE BIRDS/Sam-Son Farms/Malcolm Pierce/Eurico Rosa da Silva

*Homebred has a 90 Beyer and before that, an 88. He is a neck away from winning his last 5 races.




River Seven falls to to his nose at the start, Midnight Aria pressed early by Holy Whirl Wind (2nd in a maiden race yesterday) and Pyrite Mountain gets going too late…what do you think as they head to the Plate?



WOODBINE OAKS Replay – NIPISSING charges between Original Scrip with Spring inthe Air to her outside to win Oaks



Joseph Hall News reporter, Published on Sun Jun 30 2013

Said the hayseed to His Royal Highness:

“Thanks King, I can use the money.”

That inelegant quote — a thank you from the bumpkin horseman Jim Fair to King George VI upon receipt of the monarch’s 50-guinea cheque — has become a storied part of Queen’s Plate lore.

Toronto Star feature






The traditional pre-Plate Barbecue, presenting the horses to the media, will not be held this year for the first time in decades.

The post position draw/breakfast is still intact, however, there is no guest drawmaster.

The guest for the breakfast will be 2011 Plate winner INGLORIOUS, who will be paraded : she has been retired from racing.

STRAIT OF DOVER, last year’s Plate winner, tried to comeback to the races this year but has since been shelved again.

BIG RED MIKE, the Plate winner in 2010 in front of the Queen, is now learning to be a riding horse, having recently been moved from Regis Farms in King City to Openwood Farms.


RECENT PLATE WINNERS – Sam-Son has won 3 of last 12!

2012     Strait of Dover     Justin Stein     Danny Vella     Canyon Farms     2:01.99 – INJURED
2011     Inglorious     Luis Contreras     Josie Carroll     Donver Stable     2:02.63 RETIRED
2010     Big Red Mike     Eurico Rosa da Silva     Nick Gonzalez     Terra Racing Stable     2:04.89 RETIRED
2009     Eye of the Leopard     Eurico Rosa da Silva     Mark Frostad     Sam-Son Farm     2:03.84 STUD
2008     Not Bourbon     Jono Jones     Roger Attfield     Charles E. Fipke     2:03.59 STUD
2007     Mike Fox     Emma-Jayne Wilson     Ian Black     D. Morgan Firestone     2:05.45 STUD
2006     Edenwold     Emile Ramsammy     Josie Carroll     Jim & Alice Sapara     2:05.30 STUD
2005     Wild Desert     Pat Valenzuela     Robert J. Frankel     Daniel Borislow & Partners     2:07.37 STUD
2004     Niigon     Robert Landry     Eric Coatrieux     Chiefswood Stable     2:04.72 DECEASED
2003     Wando     Patrick Husbands     Michael Keogh     Gus Schickedanz     2:02.48 STUD
2002     T J’s Lucky Moon     Steve Bahen     Vito Armata     Molinaro Stable     2:06.88 DECEASED
2001     Dancethruthedawn     Gary Boulanger     Mark Frostad     Sam-Son Farm     2:03.78 BROODMARE
2000     Scatter The Gold     Todd Kabel     Mark Frostad     Sam-Son Farm     2:05.53 STUD