IT’S A TIE! Woodbine based jock LUIS CONTRERAS was on board a rallying DELIGHTFUL MARY (#3), a $500,000 2yo purchase, and the pair dead-heated for a win in the $60,000 Ocala Stakes with R Holiday Mood. Delightful Mary is trained by Mark Casse, Woodbine’s leading trainer last year.



Not sold’s were down, the average and gross numbers were up and, well the median more than doubled from $32,000 to $60,000.

DEVASTATING DIVA, bought by Paradox Farm Inc. for $6,000. More Than Ready mare, 5yo winner, half sister to 2 stakes winners. Sold as broodmare prospect.

GAL’S VICTORY, bought by James Everatt (get ready for a colour spread/story on Everatt’s Shannondoe Farm in St. Thomas, Ontario in the upcoming Canadian Thoroughbred magazine!), for $2,500. Half sister to 3 stakes horses in foal to Discreetly Mine.

ISLAND HOP, bought by Sean Fitzhenry for $80,000. Stakes placed Dynaformer mare in foal to Hard Spun

JILLI’S CAPE, bought for $18,000 by Jim Terdick. Stakes placed Cape Canaveral mare in foal to Discreet Cat




on Thoroughblog:

Will winning the QUEEN’S PLATE be more powerful for the filly Inglorious than NEVER RETREAT winning multiple graded stakes races all over North America including a Grade I?? Voting for Sovereigns Friday.

“GRANNY’ – Here’s a lovely shot of MYTHICAL STATUS, the dam of champion SAND COVE. Her son recently joined her at Shannondoe Farm in St. Thomas, Ontario

Dave Landry photo




and elsewhere yesterday…

SCOTT FAIRLIE and his ACE RACING STABLE INC. won a $10,000 claiming event at Parx Racing with the Kentucky bred gal FRENCH FITZ. She was claimed from the race.

British Columbia horsepeople are doing very well at TURF PARADISE this winter. Yesterday, LASTING CASH won the first race for owner/trainer Jared Brown and the winning fill is a B C bred by Quiet Cash and she was 20 cents on the dollar in the maiden $5,000 claiming race.
BC folks have won a litany of races already at the meeting plus a stakes race – Taylors Deal won the Lost in the Fog Stakes for Northern American Thoroughbred Horse Company.


Many local owners and trainers still have several horses at other tracks.  Mike Anderson, Robbie Anderson, Barb Heads, Charlene Miller, Frank Barroby, Craig MacPherson, Monica Russell, Robbie Henson and Phil Hall all have horses at Turf Paradise. That total is estimated at approximately 100 horses.

Mel Beveridge is at Portland Meadows and he has 12 horses there still for NATHC.

Owner Peter Redekop has several horses at the Fair Grounds with Michael Stidham, a few at Golden Gate with Sergio Ledezma, some at Santa Anita with Ted West and some at Turfway Park including Hollywood Hit, Inhisglory and LaRocca.

At Santa Anita Rob Gilker has about a dozen horses in training and just claimed one on Saturday.  Troy Taylor has 30 head at Santa Anita for NATHC and veteran trainer Alan May will have 10 of  NATHC’s at Golden Gate shortly. Mike Anderson has moved six of his horses from Turf Paradise to Santa Anita for the winter meet.



from – Horses finish in dead heat in Ocala Stakes

By Carlos E. Medina

In most sports, ties are not allowed or are counted as something less than a win, but not in horse racing.

Sunday, two horses finished in a dead heat in the Ocala Stakes at Gulfstream Park in South Florida. Both won.

Delightful Mary and R Holiday Mood, both Florida-bred fillies, crossed the finish line of the 1-mile dirt race at the same time according to a photo of the finish.

“I actually thought we won, but I was happy with the dead heat,” said Mark Casse, trainer of Delightful Mary.

While dead heats are not common they do occur several times every year. More rare are dead heats in stakes races.

“This was my first dead heat in a stakes race,” Casse said. “I race a lot of horses. I probably have 600 to 650 starts every year and I get a dead heat once every couple of years. It’s not that common…



They may have missed CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED’S super SIRE BOOK but there are a few new stallions in Canada to add to the large list we have already covered.

EXHI, a descendent of FANFRELUCHE and a graded stakes winner in Kentucky and Woodbine, will stand 2012 at John Carey’s T C WEATMEATH STUD for a fee of $3,500. The handsome dark bay raced for Wertheimer et Ferer and trainer Todd Pletcher.

SCHRAMSBERG, by Storm Cat out of champion Serena’s Song, is at Bar None Ranches in Alberta. He was a solid racehorse.

MIKE FOX, the Queen’s Plate winner for a few years ago, is at stud at FIRESTONE FARMS (see ad this page). He’s a big, good looking dude by Giant’s Causeway.


FIRST NOMS IN FOR…BARBADOS GOLD CUP (GR.1. – INT. – BAR) scheduled to be held on Saturday 3 March, 2012.
Woodbine based runners DANCIN DAVID (Omega Code, 3rd in a turf allowance to SW Clement Rock) and claimer CAVIACHI are among 20 early nominations for the Barbados Gold Cup in 2 months:

APOSTLE (Mr. Elias Haloute & Sir Charles Williams)
BIPIN (The Estate Of Yusuf Mongroo)
CAVAICHI (Senator Gefforey Cave & Mr. Bill Blevins & Sir Martyn Arbib) (Canada)
CHARGE IT (Aysha Syndicate)
DAGA (Lord Michael Taylor)
DANCIN DAVID (Sir David Seale) (Canada)
FUSAICHI RIDGE (Aysha Syndicate)
GIOVEDI (Bill & Hayley Blevins)
GRAEME HILL (Bill & Hayley Blevins)
INDANGER (Messrs. Dan & Martin Raizman)
JUST CALL ME ROGER (Two Amigos) (Trinidad)
JOHN BRIAN (Sir David Seale)
JOEZL (Mr. Paul Mouttet) (Trinidad)
KENDAL MOON (Sir Charles Williams)
LITTLE MAN ARRAN (Bill & Hayley Blevins)
MINGUN TEMPLE (Ms. Amanda Marshall-Way & Ms. Helen Spencer)
REWARD ME (Sir David Seale)
RING TIME (Mr. Christopher Gibbs)
SHOW ME THE MONEY (Lord Michael Taylor)
ZOOM (Mrs. Gay Smith)
1st sub 20 @ $250.00 = $ 5,000.00
The 2nd Subscription of $1,000.00 is due and payable on or before Friday 27th January, 2012 at 4PM.


At the closing of the first nominations for the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup 2012, scheduled to be run on Saturday, March 3, the Barbados Turf Club has announced that 20 horses have been nominated.

Heading the list, is the creole, Show Me The Money, who cantered to victory in the 2011 Gold Cup, only to loose the race in the Stewards room afterward.

On Boxing day this outstanding creole again cantered to victory in the second most prestigious race for the top class animals, the Victor Chandler Stakes and Trophy.

Also nominated is another creole, Zoom, who finished second to Show Me The Money in the 2011 Gold Cup, and was awarded the race in the Stewards room. She again finished second to Show Me The Money, in the Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy.
read more at: horses nominated for Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup

200 TO 1 WINNER at Taunton

Shock as 200-1 winner strikes at Taunton
 By Laura-Jayne Roberts 2:06PM 9 JAN 2012

THERE was a 200-1 shock at Taunton on Monday when Lights Of Broadway became the first horse to win a race in Britain at that price for two years.

The Jo Hughes-trained six-year-old led home 50-1 shot Wishes And Stars and Fortuna Rose, sent off at 33-1, who finished third in the mares’ novices’ hurdle.

Lights Of Broadway, who won the 2m3f contest by three quarters of a length, is the biggest-priced winner since the Jennie Candlish-trained 200-1 shot Maoi Chinn Tire won a juvenile hurdle at Wetherby on October 29 2010.

Hughes said: “She has been working well and I always thought a lot of her. Better ground has helped her and the horses are all running well. I don’t gamble anyway. I thought she would run well but not necessarily win.”