Jam-packed racing cards all over today – $300,00 carryover in the High 5, last race at Woodbine..enjoy!



PRINCESS BULLET – star of screen and already on the track (see her on Talkin Horses’ this morning at 9:30 on CTV, 11:30 on CTV two) – is a contender in today’s South Ocean Stakes at Woodbine -Krista Cole trains for Anthony Lewin and Joseph Smith


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Pretty boy ROCKY PALACE won for the first time on Friday and he is a 2-year-old by Silent Name – thank you Mr Will Wong for the nice photo




STARSHIP SABRINA won Friday’s opener at Woodbine, pressing the pace along the inside and drawing off to win for Robyn Lewis and trainer Marty Drexler. Sheena Ryan rode and this mare was winning for the 9th time in her career and first time since she was claimed for $6,250 in July by these interests. This race was for $8,000.
The iron mare, who is now 7, is by Yes It’s True. She went 5 furlongs in 58.09.

In Race 2- an allowance race for 2-year-old fillies, the Jack of Hearts Stable and John Ross’s RAGLAN ROAD, coasted to a clear lead in the 6 furlong race and won by 3 lengths in 1:11.57 under Gary Boulanger. The gail Wood-bred by Victor’s Cry – Glaslyn, a May 6 foal, is 2 for 5 in her career and has won over $138,000.
(Her share of this $58,000 purase was actually $52,000 with Ontario-sired bonuses!)

ROCKY PALACE made an early move in a 2 year old race at 1 1/16 miles and won his maiden for $25,000 in race 3/ It was a 1 1/16 mile race and the Oxney Stone-bred colt colt a shrewd ride by Sunny Singh to get the jump on the other young runners. Owned by Linmac Farm, this $15,000 purchase is trained by Dave Cotey and is a son of Silent Name (Jpn).

Robert Wade Heggie’s KAT’S GOOD SCOUT won his maiden in race 4, an $8,000 claiming race at 5 furlongs. Setting the pace from the inside, the Philanthropist 3yo gelding was ridden by Gerry Olguin and Stuart Simon trains the Heggie-homebred.

On the grass for race 5, a $40,000 claiming race at 1 1/16 miles and Stronach Stables‘ GOLDEN SPEAR was a 3 to 2 winner and very predictable in his 4th local strat of the season; Emma-Jayne Wilson rode the Bluegrass Cat gelding for trainer Dan Vella.

Race 6, a maiden filly and mare dash at 6 furlongs for $12,500 went to LADY BACCARA, who came from last place to win for owner/breeder Clayborn Farm and trained Josie Carroll. The War Cry filly out of a pHone Trick mare had a quick pace to chase and Gary Boulanger guided the 4yo to the win as the pace and 6 furlong distance took its toll on the leaders.

On the grass for race 7, an allowance/optional claiming race, GREEN DOCTOR and Gary Boulanger were the winners for the 2nd straight time and John LeBlanc trains.

Congratulations to trainer Alison Crook who saddled her first winner of the Woodbine meeting with VALID N GOLD, her 13th starter. The dark bay Valid n Bold filly was the last to move in a 1 1/8 mile race, a maiden allowance for ONtario sired gals. It was the filly’s 9th start of her career and 8th this year. Simmmons Ranch bred the filly, Tequesta racing and AAA Racing own and Juan Crawford was the winning rider. The filly paid a surprising $55 despite imrproving form on tapeta and grass.

The last race of the day was a 6 furlong allowance dash for fillies and mares and RUN TO THE BEAT, a Scat Daddy fill;y, won for the 2nd straight time in her 2nd race since March for Sam-Son Farm. The Malcolm Pierce trainee chased the speedy Kasuga and then wore her down to win under Eurico da Silva. The Beyer Figure was 81.

Top beyer Figures for winners on Wednesday and Friday include an 86 for Somebrero de Copa on Wed. and 81 for Golden Spear on the grass on Friday.



DA BIG HOSS, DARTMOUTH among those expected for Canadian International

NOMINEES FOR THE GRADE 1 $1-MILLION Pattison Canadian International

Algometer / Miss K. Rausing / David Simcock
Bigger Picture / Three Diamonds Farm / Michael Maker
Camp Creek / Hillsbrook Farm / Rachel Halden
Da Big Hoss / Skychai Racing / Michael Maker
Danish Dynaformer / Charles Fipke / Roger Attfield
Dartmouth / The Queen / Sir Michael Stoute
Erupt / Flaxman Holdings, Ltd / Francis-Henri Graffard
Fireglow / Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum / Mark Johnston
Greengrassofyoming / Michael M. Hui / Michael Maker
Highland Reel / Mr. Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Mr. Michael Tabor / Aidan P. O’Brien
Idaho / Mr. Michael B. Tabor, Mr. Derrick Smith & Mr. John Magnier / Aidan P. O’Brien
Messi / Gestut Brummerhof / Graham Motion
Money Multiplier / Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence / Chad Brown
Mr. Maybe / M. Dubb, Head of Plains Partners LLC & Highclere America /Chad Brown
Now We Can / Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges / Nicolas Clement
Order of St. George / L.J. Williams, Mrs. John Magnier, Mr. Michael Tabor & Mr. Derrick Smith / Aidan P. O’Brien
Protectionist / Australian Bloodstock / Andreas Woehler
Quarterback / Team MK / Rune Haugen
Sheikhzayedroad / Mohammed Jaber / David Simcock
Success Days / Robert Ng / Ken J. Condon
Taghleeb / Michael M. Hui / Michael Maker
The Pizza Man / Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc. / Roger Brueggemann
Up With the Birds / Sam-Son Farm / Malcolm Pierce
Wake Forest / Sheep Pond Partners LLC, M, Dubb & Bethlehem Stables / Chad Brown
Wings of Desire / Lady Bamford / John Gosden
World Approval / Live Oak Plantation / Mark Casse



Gunpowder Stables’ BREAKING LUCKY, fourth in the Grade 1 Woodward beaten a couple of heads last time out, is a strong factor in the $175,000 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday. A strong effort will give the colt a lead for Sovereign award for Champion Older Horse in Canada.

‘Lucky’, trained by Reade Baker will be ridden by Luis Contreras who won the SEagram Cup (g3) on him. The Ontario bred, foaled at Christine Haden’s farm four years ago, comes a 105 Beyer Figure, his lifetime best, and must avoid too much of a regression off his huge Woodward run. The speed to chase is Bradester and eprhaps Noble Bird, a colt who can be brilliant but is a dicey fellow if he does not get the lead.

Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman’s MELMICH, also a top older horse this year, is competing Sunday at Belmont:



Belmont Park STAKES

Purse $200,000. For Three Year Olds And Upward. By invitation only with no subscription fees. The purse to be divided 60% to the owner of the winner, 20% to second, 10% to third, 5% to fourth, 3% to fifth and 2% divided equally amongst the remaining finishers. Weights, three year olds, 118 Lbs. Older, 124 Lbs. Non-winners of a Graded Sweepstake in 2015-16 allowed 2 Lbs.; of two races other than maiden, claiming, starter or state-bred allowance in 2016, 4 Lbs.; of one such race in 2016, 6 Lbs. Starters to be named at theclosing time of entries. A presentation will be made to the winning owner. One And Five Eighth Miles.

1 Extinct Charm (NY) 3/R L D Davis 112 B R Brown
2 Old Time Hockey (FL) 7/G L J Alvarado 120 G C Contessa
3 Baccelo (BRZ) 6/G L I Ortiz, Jr. 124 D Jacobson
4 Doyouknowsomething (KY) 4/G L J Castellano 122 A C Avila
5 Indycott (KY) 6/G L J Rosario 120 D A Cannizzo
6 Scuba (KY) 5/G L K Carmouche 124 B P Walsh
7 Melmich (ON) 5/G L E R Da Silva 124 K Attard
8 Desvelo (ARG) 7/G L M Franco 118 K Rubley

Breaking Lucky races Saturday:


RACE 10 – POST TIME – 5:20 PM Lukas Classic S.

Churchill Downs STAKES

Purse $175,000. For Three Year Olds And Upward. One And One Eighth Miles.
1  Natchez (KY) 4/C L C H Borel 121 D W Lukas 20/1
2  Honorable Duty (KY) 4/C L R Albarado 121 B P Walsh 12/1
3  Breaking Lucky (ON) 4/C L L Contreras 123 R Baker 5/2
4  Hawaakom (KY) 6/G L M Mena 121 W E Hawley 15/1
5  Rocket Time (KY) 5/G L E S Prado 121 A M Stall, Jr. 12/1
6  Noble Bird (KY) 5/H L J R Leparoux 123 M E Casse 2/1
7  Bradester (KY) 6/H L C J Lanerie 125 E Kenneally 5/2
8  Fear the Cowboy (KY) 4/C L D R Shepherd 121 E Loza, Jr. 20/1
9  Bullards Alley (KY) 4/G L M Pedroza 123 T Glyshaw 12/1






In a year where we have been spoiled with so many amazing performances all over the world, it is the number one rated horse in the world CALIFORNIA CHROME will will continue to keep his unbeaten record this year intact in today’s Awesome Again Stakes. The unfashiomably-bred Taylor Made – Perry Martin horse, who has not shown any signs of slowing down as he gets older, has a serious speed test in front of him today.

Dortmund, with blinkers on and perhaps sitting on a peak race, will put the Chrome to the test today. If the 2 forget about their rivals and go too fast on the pace, anything could happen.


Preview from Los Angeles Times:


“The way he runs, I’d put him in the top five of my era,” Delahoussaye said. “You got Secretariat, you got Seattle Slew, you’ve got Spectacular Bid. And John Henry was a great horse and you’d have to put Cigar in there.” – Eddie Delahoussaye

About 150 years of racing experience sat at the end of the table of a large and boisterous party at the iconic horse racing haunt in Arcadia called The Derby.

Eddie Delahoussaye, 65, a Hall of Fame jockey, was in town to present the trophies in Friday’s two divisions of the Eddie D. Stakes on Santa Anita’s fall opening day.




One of a couple of ‘Super Saturdays’ leading up to the Nov. 4 and 5 Breeders’ Cup occurs today at Belmont and Santa Anita. The latter track showcases California Chrome and Beholder among others and at Belmont, the Joe Hirsch (4 horse field with Flintshire), Gallant Bloom, Pilgrim, Vosburgh and Beldame are all on tap. The prospect of a wet track would mess up things for some horses trying to get their last big efforts in before the Cup.



It has been a long time since Canadian racing fans have been able to watch and wager on the Arc card at Longchamp – tomorrow is Arc day en France.


Preview story from The Guardian:

Postponed, the clear favourite for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday, fared best of the market leaders in Friday’s draw when he was placed in stall seven, in the middle of the 16-strong field. Roger Varian’s five-year-old, who is unbeaten in four races this season including three at Group One level, was cut from 2-1 to a best price of 7-4 as a result, while Japan’s Makahiki, who is drawn wide in stall 14, was pushed out a point to 6-1. Frankie Dettori will also face a challenge aboard Order Of St George, as the Ascot Gold Cup winner will start on the wide outside in stall 16.