Leaf Pile


The country’s ‘other’ top filly, Careless Jewel,to run at Philadelphia Park


Philadelphia Daily News


The best horse in the country is a 3-year-old filly. She won’t be racing anywhere the rest of 2009. The second-best horse in the country might also be a 3-year-old filly. She will be racing tomorrow at Philadelphia Park.

Rachel Alexandra’s brilliant season is over. Careless Jewel, winner of the Delaware Oaks and Grade I Alabama Stakes by a combined 18 1/4 lengths, will be a heavy favorite in the $750,000 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at the Pha. But she won’t be racing alone.

Cat Moves, winner of the Grade I Prioress Stakes and trained by Newtown-based Tony Dutrow, offers serious competition on what the track is calling Ladies Day. Jeremy Rose will be in to ride.

All 11 races on the card will be for fillies and mares. Races 1, 2, 4 and 8 will feature only female riders in a jockeys challenge. The track will donate $25,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a breast-cancer awareness organization.

The Cotillion includes multiple-stakes winner Just Jenda from Larry Jones’ strong barn and Bon Jovi Girl, so impressive for trainer Tim Ritchey in winning the Susan’s Girl at Delaware Park on June 20.

The Dee Curry-trained Key Lime Baby will represent the locals. Jose Flores has the mount. Tony Dutrow’s brother, Rick, trainer of 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, has the super consistent Mary’s Follies. Stewart Elliott rides Careless Jewel, who lost her first career race in April and has not come close to losing since. Her four wins have been by a Rachel-like 29 lengths. Based at Woodbine outside Toronto and trained there by Josie Carroll, Careless Jewel will be ridden by Canadian-based jockey Robert Landry.



Daily Racing Form reports…

 Three fined for whip violations

Chantal Sutherland, Todd Kabel, and Martin Ramirez each has been fined $200 in the first violations cited by the stewards under the new rulings regarded use of the whip.

Sutherland was cited for striking Little Red Chris more than three times in succession during last Saturday’s 10th race while Kabel was tagged for the same offense with Jungle Wave in the Sept. 10 Woodbine Mile.





MILWAUKEE BREW, sire of champions, is coming to stand at stud in Canada according to sources contacted by Thoroughblog.

The 2-time SANTA ANITA HANDICAP winner is reported to be one of 4 stallions coming from Adena Springs to GARDINER FARMS in Caledon East, which already stands 2 Adena stallions (Sligo Bay and Silent Name) as part of its huge 11-stallion strong group.

MILWAUKEE BREW’s offspring have done extremely well on Woodbine’s Polytrack and grass.

Here are some stats for the son of WILD AGAIN:

# Florida’s #1 third crop sire in 2009; among the top five in North America

# Florida’s #2 sire in 2009

# Sire of the past two winners of the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks – Champion Ginger Brew in 2008 & Milwaukee Appeal in 2009

# Sire of 10 stakes horses in 2009 including the Grade 3 winner Peach Brew & the multiple stakes winners Milwaukee Miracle & Milwaukee Appeal (G1SP)

# Sire of the 2009 2yo stakes winner Gator Brew

# Wild Again’s most accomplished racing son

# Multiple Grade I winner of $2,879,612

# One of only three horses ever to win the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) in consecutive years

And guess who is coming back to the site of his biggest career win? ALPHABET SOUP!

Who can forget the ‘Soup’s stunning score at Woodbine in the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Classic over Cigar et al?

You see a lot his offspring up here, they are fast, steady, like turf, anything.

OLMODAVOR, by A.P. Indy, is alsocoming to Gardiner according to reports. He is the sire of Woodbine stakes winner HIGH MIST.

And the recently retired GIANT GIZMO (Giant’s Causeway) is also on the way. He won 6 off 11 races, $508,685 and the  Alysheba S. (G3,8.5F) and Lone Star Park H. (G3,8.5F).

From the BLOOD-HORSE…SWAIN is headed to the Blake brother’s Ascot Stud (see ad above):

English and Irish champion Swain will stand in 2010 at Chris Blake’s Ascot Stud near Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. He formerly stood at Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Farm near Lexington.

Seventeen-year-old Swain (Nashwan–Love Smitten, by Key to the Mint) has sired a dozen stakes winners, including grade I winner Dimitrova, grade II winner Stanley Park, and several overseas group winners. His progeny earnings are $11.3 million.

“Since his runners have excelled on turf, we feel they should do well racing over the synthetic surface at Woodbine,” Blake said.

Swain, a two-time winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I), finished third in two runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT). He earned a career total of $3,797,566.

Swain will remain the property of Shadwell. His 2010 fee is $3,500 (Canadian funds).

And... SEEKING THE BEST, a graded stakes winner and million-dollar Keeneland sales graduate (Seeking

the Gold–Mackie, by Summer Squall) is moving to Colebrook Farms Stallion Station in Ontario, Canada.


(but Breeders’ Cup on Polytrack  seems to put a damper on things)


Big day may mean little to Cup races

By Steven Crist

NEW YORK – For most of the last 25 years, the Saturday that Belmont Park presented the Jockey Club Gold Cup and several other major stakes was billed and known as “Breeders’ Cup Preview Day.” There was a Grade 1 race that corresponded to each of the biggest Breeders’ Cup events, and the Belmont races produced most of the favorites and many of the winners of the Cup races.

It was only two years ago that the winners of the Belmont races dominated the Breeders’ Cup. Seven of the eight Cup races run on Oct. 27, 2007, at Monmouth were won by horses who had made their last start in New York. (The lone exception was New York-based Kip Deville, who had his final prep in Canada.) Six of them proceeded directly from winning a Grade 1 prep in New York to a Cup victory and an Eclipse Award: War Pass (Champagne/Juvenile), Indian Blessing (Frizette/Juvenile Fillies), Midnight Lute (Forego/Sprint), Lahudood (Flower Bowl/Filly and Mare Turf), English Channel (Turf Classic/Turf), and Curlin (Gold Cup/Classic).

Last year, things could not have been more different. The horses who won the five Grade 1 stakes that will be run at Belmont on Saturday were 0 for 5 at Santa Anita,

read more at www.drf.com

Saturday, Belmont Park

JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP S.-GI, $750,000, 3yo/up,

1 1/4m


1 Sette E Mezzo Dynaformer Dominguez Mott

2 Macho Again Macho Uno Albarado Stewart

3 Summer Bird Birdstone Desormeaux. Ice

4 Tizway Tiznow Maragh Bond

5 Asiatic Boy (Arg) Not for Sale (Arg) Garcia McLaughlin

6 Dry Martini Slew Gin Fizz Prado Tagg

7 Quality Road Elusive Quality Velazquez Pletcher

All carry 126 pounds, bar Summer Bird & Quality Road, 122.

Saturday, Belmont Park


$600,000, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT


1 Interpatation Langfuhr Albarado Barbara

2 Al Khali Medaglia d’Oro Desormeaux Mott

3 Telling A.P. Indy Castellano Hobby

4 Musketier (Ger) Acatenango (Ger) Prado Attfield

5a Gio Ponti Tale of the Cat Dominguez Clement

6a Winchester Theatrical (Ire) Dominguez Clement

7 Ready’s Echo More Than Ready Velazquez Pletcher

8 Presious Passion Royal Anthem Trujillo Hartmann

9 Grand Couturier (GB) Grand Lodge Garcia Ribaudo

All carry 126 pounds, bar Al Kahli, 121.


(Chapter 11 in Second Chance Horses,published by Eclipse Press)

(Part 1 and 2 can be read in the last 2 days of posts on THOROUGHBLOG)



Today is part 3 of the story of Lindros and Impropriety, racehorses – turned- therapeutic riding horses…




But White Sands went out of business in 2005 and Paulischta,

despite having her own horse to take care of, felt obligated to take

over the adoption of Lindros. She didn’t do much with Lindros for

the next two years, and that quiet life seemed to help him calm

down. Soon, Paulischta was able to put some of her friends who

wanted to learn to ride on the gelding’s back.

“He lived a very quiet, very boring life,” said Paulischta. “Both of

my horses were just pets; they got ridden a bit, but most of the time

I just fed them carrots.”

In the summer of 2008, Paulischta, firmly in her new job as manager

of a growing Thoroughbred farm in Orangeville, Ontario,

made the tough decision that she could no longer afford to keep


LongRun’s policy is that adopters must keep a horse for two

years without selling it and give LongRun the guardian rights. As

Paulischta had had Lindros for more than two years, the agency

was no longer responsible for him.

Paulischta contacted LongRun, hoping she could get help placing

Lindros in a new home.

LongRun contacted WindReach’s Laura Ireland, who had already

been working with Impropriety, another LongRun graduate. After

giving the horse a test ride, she liked him immediately.

“He was so calm; it was pretty neat,” said Ireland, who put Lindros,

re-named Bear, in lead-around lessons for her special needs

students just one week after he arrived at WindReach.

“It’s just amazing. It didn’t take him long to be comfortable with

group lessons, private lessons, grooming seminars, and being ridden

western and bareback. He doesn’t do anything wrong.”

And Ireland found it hard to believe he was the same horse she had

seen in a LongRun promotional video, running in one of his nine winning

races and bouncing around headstrong on and off the track.

While Lindros was an instant hit, Ireland’s other reclamation

project, Impropriety, had needed several months after his arrival

at WindReach in January 2008 to put on weight and acclimate to

his new home.

A tall, leggy chestnut to Lindros’ shorter bay guise, Impropriety

raced for Edward Freeman, a LongRun board member who

bought the gelding for $5,000 from breeders Gail Wood and Dr.

Ruth Barbour.

He won his fifth career start in a $32,000 claiming race at Woodbine

and raced in California and Fort Erie before chips in his knees

curtailed his racing career.

Impropriety was retrained by Fenella Semple-Braun, a British

horsewoman with five years of training horses for LongRun on her


He was adopted as a riding horse by a neighbor of Semple-

Braun’s but returned to her farm a year later when the owner‘s

circumstances changed.

Skinny and subdued, Impropriety was brought back to Semple-

Braun’s, who invited Ireland to look at the horse.

“He was very sweet. He would just put his head on your shoulder;

he loves all the attention. You actually feel like he is hugging


Ireland’s students had a contest to re-name Impropriety and the

name Chance was selected “because we all thought he had been

given another chance at life after racing.”

Both Bear and Chance have adapted well to the quiet life at


“It’s funny; I think they know when there are children or inexperienced

riders on them,” said Ireland about her two ex-racehorse stars.

“When I get on them, they might try to canter and have some fun.”

For the special needs students of WindReach, not only is riding

Bear and Chance exciting because they were once racehorses, but

it is also invaluable for their physical and emotional development.

“The movement of a horse when he walks mimics that of a person’s

hips,” said Ireland. “It gives our students so much strength in

their lower body.

“They gain so much confidence high up on the horses too, they

feel like they are in control of this huge animal, like they are on top

of the world.”

Today, Bear and Chance are inseparable when turned out in the

paddock together. Healthy and happy themselves, they provide the

same health and happiness to their horse-loving students.

Freeman summed it up best when he said, “If you treat them

well, with love and faith, they will give back.”

And giving back is what Bear and Chance do best.