Not exactly, it’s Diane Ladd and John Malkovich in the movie SECRETARIAT. see trailer below.










-Ken and Sarah Ramsey, prominent American owners, won their first race at Woodbine for 2010 when RULES OF HONOR won his maiden in race 1 for $25,000 under apprentice Omar Moreno. The colt, a Canadian homebred for the Ramseys, raced once at Gulfstream to begin his career but he was 7th for $35,000 on the grass. He is by the super synthetic sire Cateinus.-INDIAN APPLE IS is getting to be a very good filly. Not that she wasn`t before but this stakes winner was a speedball last year and now is coming from off the pace. In race 2, her 2nd outing of the season, the Ontario bred by Indian Charlie came from last at the top of the stretch, wove between fillies and then dove inside to grab the win at the wire. The allowance score was her 4th in her 10th race. She is a Frank DiGiulio Jr. homebred and Robert Tiller trains.

-U SO LUCKY was not lucky in race 3. The Bruno Schickedanz beginner bore into and tried to jump the portable rail out of the chute after starting from the rail post  and was eliminated. Jono Jones appeared to stay aboard. The winner was GETTING BOLD, a 4yo by Bold Executive who was dropping to $16,000 claiming for her season debut. She is the 3rd winner for Paul Buttigieg this season.

-AUDRE CAPPUCCITTI`S barn continues to roll. PRINCESS AMDALA, making her 3rd start of the year, held off several closers to win the 4th race for $12,500 claimers, non-winners of 2.  She is a Wild Again mare.

STEVE ASMUSSEN claimed DUMBLEDORE for himself at Keeneland for $16,000 and the former Woodbine gelding came back to his old stomping grounds and galloped away to win the 5th race for $20,000. The grey gelding is not a ripe 9 years old and he was winning for the 7th time in 34 races and for the 4th time at Woodbine. Dumbledore’s former trainer Laurie Silvera then claimed the gelding for owner William Thompson.

In that same race, Janet Black, wife of trainer Ian Black, claimed Knightly Attire, who was recently claimed from the Black team in a previous race. He was 5th.


-In RACE 6, it was bombs away as MOONSHINE AMOUR (Whiskey Wisdom-Fair Amour) led all the way in his first race since his November debut to win a maiden allowance for Ontario sired older guys. The 4yo, owned by Jane Keir and trained by Lyle Morden, simply ran away from the field under Na Somsanith. He was a $19,914 yearling purchase from breeders Don and Joan Palmer, who bred Attitude Included, a stakes winner out of the same mare.

-Padraig, 2nd in the race, was in a world of trouble around the turn and into the stretch on the rail and may have been for trainer Franz Crean and another longshot from the Heste Sport/Ryan Jones team, Bound to Play at 86 to 1 was 3rd.

And GYPSY RING ran an 87 Beyer Figure to win last night in allowance company. The Where’s the Ring – Gypsy Genna fellow exploded to a 5 length score for owner/trainer/breeder Paul Buttigieg who is having an astonishing start to the season.


DAVID BELL won his 2nd race of the season when PORT STANLEY won a 1st level allowance race in his season debut. It was a super training job to get Charles Fipke and Russ and Lois Bennett`s Perfect »Soul gelding primed to win having just won his maiden by only a neck last November. GAIL COX won her first race of the season and is often the case, she did it with a longshot. MISS LOLA upset race 5, a maiden allowance, with an easy romp in the 7 furlong dash. She is by Bernstein and was making her season debut.

MIKE PINO won 2 races and STEVE KLESARIS won one to continue a domination of American trainers, at least in the first few weeks of the meeting. Klesaris sent out GOLD MEDALLION to win the 8th race, an allowance that featured Queen`s Plate hopeful BIG RED MIKE.

it was the 2nd outing for Mike in 2010 as he was 2nd in his opener and jumped a shadow at the wire. In Sunday`s race around 2 turns, Mike was seemingly all in on the turn but he kept plugging away and was not beaten far by Gold Medallion and Captain Carlos.

And the Hunderup family`s HESTE SPORT celebrated a win in race 9 when 30 to 1 GLORY BAY, by Paynes Bay,won her maiden with ease in a maiden allowance. The filly had broken very slowly in her only other outing of 2010. Ryan Jones trains.

More stuff – BILL MOTT starts his first horse at Woodbine for 2010 with Consulate heading to the gate Friday for $19,000 claiming. Mott has a string of horses here with assistant Rachel Halden. Correction – STEVE ASMUSSEN does not have stalls at Fort Erie this year.



Wando stakes draws only 5

A maiden race, allowance and Wando Stakes has spread out a number of Queen’s Plate hopefuls in races on Saturday at Woodbine. The Wando, an overnight event, just barely went with 5 horses and luckily for Sam-Son Farms, their 2 Plate horses, Giant’s Tomb and Hotep, wound up in the allowance and Wando respectively, so both get a race in.

Next weekend is the 7 furlong Queenston Stakes which will have champion Hollinger, D’s Wando, and Stormy Lord among others.

On Saturday, HOTEP, a full brother to last year’s Plate winner EYE OF THE LEOPARD will meet 4 in the Wando Stakes at 1 1/16 miles and will try to rebound from a couple of drab runs in stakes company in New Orleans. The colt has to meet up with impressive maiden winners ALCOMATCH, from Keeneland, and BEARS FINISH LINE, from Mike DePaulo’s stable. Those 2 are American-breds.

Also on Saturday, GIANT’S TOMB is in an allowance race against older horses and will try to stamp his Plate ticket.

Sam-Son also has the maiden COGNASHENE in a maiden race meeting up with Stronach Stables’ promising MOBILIZER and Earle Mack’s Plate hopeful CAPTAIN CANUCK.

Speaking of GIANT’S TOMB – have you been there? It’s an island near ear Penatanguishene, Ontario…

According to native legend Kitchi-Kiwana, the last of a race of giants, fell with a mountain in his arms which shattered into the 30 000 islands. The indentations of his shoulders can be seen on his favourite island, Beausoleil, where he returned to sleep each night. When he died, the natives covered him with rocks to form what is now called Giant’s Tomb Island. The flickering northern lights can be seen whenever his spirit visits the islands and the Great God Manitou lights fires to guide him.



 GIANT’S TOMB ISLAND – no residents but it has a story to tell.









first major Queen’s Plate prep

Likely starters are in bold.


dk b/.g.3 by Langfuhr(Danzig) – Wood Fern(Woodman)

Gustav Schickedanz Michael Keogh


ch.g.3 by Tenpins(Smart Strike) – Regent n’Flashy(Vice Regent)

Terra Racing Stable Nicholas Gonzalez


b.c.3 by Langfuhr(Danzig) – Show Special(Smarten)

Parklane Racing Stables Norman McKnight


dk b/.g.3 by Pulpit(A.P. Indy) – Magna Cum Laude(Pleasant Tap)

Earl I. Mack LLC and Centennial Farm Josie Carroll


b.g.3 by Woke Up Dreamin(Holy Bull) – Casha Rainbow(Lite the Fuse)

Pat Parente Pat Parente


b.c.3 by Wando(Langfuhr) – Silver Taler(Bold Ruckus)

D’s Stable, Riviera Racing Stable and Yorktech Racing Stable Ian Black


b.g.3 by Wando(Langfuhr) – Dake(Gulch)

Gustav Schickedanz Michael Keogh


dk b/.c.3 by Forest Camp(Deputy Minister) – Regal ‘n Bold(Bold Executive)

Bear Stables, Ltd. Reade Baker


dk b/.c.3 by Arch(Kris S.) – Destroy(Housebuster)

Jim Dandy Stable Sid C. Attard


ch.c.3 by Golden Missile(A.P. Indy) – Sunset Seeker(Seeking the Gold)

Good Friends Stable Brian A. Lynch


ch.c.3 by Bold n’ Flashy(Bold Ruckus) – Miss Independence(Regal Search)

Jam Jar Racing Stable John A. Ross


gr/ro.g.3 by Black Minnaloushe(Storm Cat) – Dynamite Cocktail(Dynaformer)

Robert Harvey and A. Wortzman R. L. Attfield


b.c.3 by A.P. Indy(Seattle Slew) – Eye of the Sphynx(Smart Strike)

Sam-Son Farms Mark R. Frostad


b.g.3 by Mobil(Langfuhr) – Stop Looking(Dr. Adagio)

G. Schickedanz and D. Howard Michael Keogh


dk b/.c.3 by Motivator (GB)(Montjeu (IRE)) – Kris Is It(Kris S.)

Stronach Stables R. L. Attfield


dk b/.g.3 by Mobil(Langfuhr) – Little Warrior(Woodman)

Andrew V. Fredericks Gregory de Gannes


dk b/.c.3 by Where’s the Ring(Seeking the Gold) – Rivermaid Dancing(Riverman)

The Very Dry Stable Robert P. Tiller


ch.g.3 by Stormy Atlantic(Storm Cat) – Lady Auchamore(Meadowlake)

Hat Trick Stable and Kinghaven Farms Ian Black


dk b/.g.3 by Where’s the Ring(Seeking the Gold) – Cosa Rara(Tethra)

Hard Eight Stables Inc., Fairlie, R. and Ace Racing Stable Inc. Scott H. Fairlie


 Horse of the Year FATAL BULLET is back for a 5yo campaign and he meets a tough little group in Sunday’s 7 furlong VIGIL STAKES. The BUllet, who has not raced since last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, will tackled HOLLYWOOD HIT, FIELD COMMISSION, last year’s champion sprinter, GRAZETTES LANDING plys SIGNATIRE RED, AWESOME RHYTHM and TOGETHER INDY, a shipper for George Weaver who just won the Grade 2 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland.



SUPER SAVER plus the 3rd through 6th place finishers in the Kentucky Derby, are headed to Pimlico plus a bunch of new shooters.

Horse    Trainer    Dosage    Jockey

A Little Warm    Anthony Dutrow     2.43     David Cohen

Aikenite    Todd Pletcher     2.60     Alan Garcia

Bushwhacked    Jonathan Sheppard     0.91     Rajiv Maragh

Caracortado    Mike Machowsky     2.11     Paul Atkinson

Conveyance    Bob Baffert     4.33    Garrett Gomez

Dublin    D. Wayne Lukas     2.33     Rajiv Maragh

First Dude    Dale Romans     3.00     Ramon Dominguez

Hurricane Ike    John Sadler     1.00     Robby Albarado

Jackson Bend    Nick Zito     6.20     Jeremy Rose

Lookin at Lucky    Bob Baffert     3.33     Garrett Gomez

Make Music for Me    Alexis Barba     3.31     Joel Rosario

Noble’s Promise    Ken McPeek     3.36     Rafael Bejarano

Paddy O’Prado    Dale Romans     1.20     Kent Desormeaux

Pleasant Prince    Wesley Ward     2.40     Julien Leparoux

Schoolyard Dreams    Derek Ryan     2.71     Jeremy Rose

Super Saver    Todd Pletcher     3.00     Calvin Borel

Turf Melody    Graham Motion     2.43     Ramon Dominguez



 Lost in the shuffle of Kentucky Derby weekend was the opening of FORT ERIE, alive for at least 3 more years under the umbrella of the Fort Erie Consortium.

Wagering was a little over $300,000 for opening day but there were some good performances and lots of colourful horses and folks.

Thanks to Norm Files for some photos:



 CACOUNA, the winning machine, set a track record on opening day of FORT ERIE, 4 1/2 furlongs in :51.46 for HIllsbrook Farm and trainer Nick Gonzalez.








 PRETTY IN PINK – Former jockey now trainer Lisa Cadeddu saddled her first winner, My Name is Rachael in a maiden allowance. The filly is by Bowman’s Band and she beat a beginner in Wando Attraction.





(if you haven’t seen it already)




 Cool story from New Brunswick on a couple of LongRun retirees that have arrived on the east coast: