TOP OF THE MORNIN’ TO YOU! This little one was born on St. Patrick’s day (let the names game begin!). This filly is by Vibank (who had a winner at Aiken from his first crop of foals) out of Psychedelia  – foaled at Woodlands Farm.

Vision of Luck?







QUEEN’S PLATE HOPEFULS were in action on the weekend (see yesterday’s post also) but not a lot happened. Next weekend should shed some light on some things anyway.

BOWMAN’S CAUSEWAY was  a flat 3rd in an allowance race around one-turn in a one-mile race at Gulfstream but it was an okay effort. His Beyer of 75 was modest but he still looks like a 10 furlong, Polytrack runner against Canadian-breds.

BEAR’S CHILL (Artie Schiller), from the Bear Stable, made his 3yo debut yesterday at 1 1/16 miles on the GUlfstream grass but the colt was caught up in a strong pace and all the speed faded. The Reade Baker trainee wound up 4th beaten 4 lengths with a 71 Beyer Figure.

BLACK N BEAUTY (Devil His Due) is training again after he was pulled up in the Hutcheson Stakes. The Canadian-bred Plate hopeful may still run in a Kentucky Derby prep for Zayat Stables.

BLACKSTONE BAY (Stormy Atlantic), a full brother to Leonnatus Anteas, makes his debut for trainer Mark Casse tomorrow at GUlfstream. IMHOTEP (Yes, almost like Sam-Son’s Hotep last year who ran in the Plate) had a quick Palm Meadows breeze yesterday and is getting close to his 2nd career start. The Todd Pletcher trainee was 2nd in his career debut with a 78 Beyer in a 2 turn grass race.

He is by Giant’s Causeway and is a Zayat homebred.

In other news, QUIETDETERMINATION (El Prado) won his maiden for Sam-Son Farms’ at Fair Grounds Monday in a $30,000 claiming event. He is out of the top mare Quiet Cleo and is a 5yo trained by Mark Frostad.

MIAMI DECO, last year’s Breeders’ Stakes winner, came off a long layoff and was 8th beaten 5 lengths in a turf allowance Monday at Gulfstream. He is owned by Jim and Susan Hill of Dewinton, Alberta.



Canadian-bred 3yo takes next step to Kentucky Derby

The 98th Louisiana Derby               

Grade II — Purse $1,000,000 — 3-Year-Olds — 1 1/8 miles               

Saturday, March 26, 2011 — Race 10 — Approx. Post 4:55 p.m. CDT               


Post. Horse (Owner, Trainer, Jockey), Morning Line Odds


1. Nacho Business (Goeorge & Lori Hall, Kelly Breen, Joe Bravo), 10-1*


2. Pants On Fire (George & Lori Hall, Kelly Breen, Rosie Napravnik), 10-1*


3. Nehro (Michael Baze, Zayat Stables LLC, Steve Asmussen), 30-1


4. Mavericking (Team Block, Neil Pessin, Shaun Bridgmohan), 20-1


5. Mucho Macho Man (Reeves Thoroughbred Racing & Dream Team 1 Racing, Kathy Ritvo, Rajiv Maragh), 9-5


6. Liondrive (Thomas Amenta & Tom Amenta II, Tim Ice, James Graham), 50-1


7. Machen (Courtlandt Farms, Neil Howard, Edgar Prado), 7-2


8. Majestic Harbor (Gallant Stable, Paul McGee, Corey Lanerie), 12-1


9. Le Mans (Padua Stables, Steve Asmussen, Robby Albarado), 20-1  


10. Wilkinson (Gallardia Racing LLC, Neil Howard, Garrett Gomez), 8-1  


11. Left (Adele B. Dilschneider & Claiborne Farm, Al Stall Jr., Jesse Campbell), 10-1      


12. Elite Alex (Elite Alex LLC, Tim Ritchey, Calvin Borel), 6-1      


13. Populist Politics (Klaravich Stables Inc., Tom Amoss, Richard Eramia), 30-1      

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KARDASHIAN (inside) is an Ontario bred and sired gal by Vibank who won a trial race at Aiken in South Carolina on the weekend. She is headed to Woodbine to race and will be be stabled with Barb Minshall.

Thanks to Travis Durr – owner/trainer – for photo



Saturday, Fair Grounds, post time: 4:50 p.m. EDT

FAIR GROUNDS OAKS-GII, $500,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m


1 Grandacious K Grand Slam Campbell Calhoun

2 Little Miss Holly K Maria’s Mon Prado Margolis

3 Switching Gears K Tapit Bridgmohan Margolis

4 Tapit Dancer Tapit Baze Asmussen

5 Daisy Devine K Kafwain Graham McKeever

6 Snow Fall War Front Napravnik Stidham

7 Tourmaline K Kafwain Mena Wiggins

8 St. John’s River Include Desormeaux Leggio Jr

9 Niji’s Grand Girl K Candy Ride (Arg) Gomez McPeek

10 Inglorious Hennessy Sutherland Carroll

All carry 121 pounds.


Saturday, Fair Grounds, post time: 5:23 p.m. EDT


4yo/up, 1 1/8mT


1 Southern Anthem K Royal Anthem Graham Thornbury 114

2 Sleepless Knight K War Chant Bravo Breen 115

3 Smart Bid Smart Strike Prado Motion 118

4 Expansion K Maria’s Mon Melancon Asmussen 117

5 Workin for Hops City Zip Napravnik Stidham 116

6 Battle of Hastings (GB) Royal Applause (GB) Albarado Fox 121

7 Giant’s Tomb Awesome Again Lanerie Frostad 114

8 Joinem Johar Bridgmohan Carroll 113

9 Moryba (Brz) Hard Buck (Brz) Desormeaux Mott 119



By Bob Fortus, The Times-Picayune

Fair Grounds racing secretary Jason Boulet said he always expected at least 10 entrants for the Louisiana Derby, though by the middle of last week, there hadn’t been that many commitments.

Mucho-Macho-Man-topstory.jpegThe Associated PressRisen Star winner Mucho Macho Man will run the Louisiana Derby.

But the phone in the racing office was ringing frequently in the past few days. On Sunday, 13 horses, headed by Risen Star winner Mucho Macho Man, were entered for the $1 million, Grade II race.

The Louisiana Derby on Saturday will be the first $1 million race in New Orleans. The race will be the 10th on a 14-race card that will start at 12:10 p.m. Post time for the Louisiana Derby will be 4:55 p.m.



 MUCHO MACHO MAN  by Steve Queen











ARTIC FERN, SCHICKEDANZ HORSES getting ready for Woodbine

Veteran horseman excited about horses conditioned in Aiken

TripleCrown By BEN BAUGH Staff writer

Mike Keogh was among the Thoroughbred trainers conditioning horses this winter at the Aiken Training Track.

The veteran horseman was the trainer of the 1996 Sovereign Award winning Sprinter and Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer Langfuhr and the 2003 Canadian Triple Crown winner and Aiken Trained Horse of the Year Wando. Both horses were owned by Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Gustav Schickedanz.

Among the horses that Keogh has been training this season include Mobil Unit, a bay gelded son of the multiple stakes winner Mobil. Mobil Unit is owned by Gustav Schickedanz and Don Howard.

The 4-year-old gelding broke his maiden in a 6-furlong race at Woodbine over turf course listed as firm on Aug. 3, 2009, winning by 33âÑ4 lengths during his juvenile campaign. He placed third in the 11âÑ16-mile Cup and Saucer Stakes on the turf at Woodbine on Oct. 18, 2009 to close out his 2-year-old year



Spiral Stakes on Saturday

FLORENCE, Ky. – The field for the Grade III Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday has attracted an overflow crowd of hopefuls.

Preference to run is determined first by graded stakes wins, then by stakes wins, and then by career earnings. Eighteen are reported to be pointing toward the race but only a dozen can start. Entries will be drawn Wednesday, March 23, at a cocktail reception in the Maker’s Mark VIP Tent at Turfway, 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Trainer Billy Morey flew Positive Response…|head




Horse    Trainer    Dosage    Jockey

Alternation    Donnie Von Hemel     2.20      Luis Quinonez

Anthony’s Cross    Eoin Harty     3.36      Joel Rosario

Archarcharch    William H. Fires     1.73      Jon Court

Astrology    Steve Asmussen     3.42      Garrett Gomez

Brethren    Todd Pletcher     3.00      Garrett Gomez

Comma to the Top    Peter Miller     2.20 *     Corey Nakatani

Dialed In    Nick Zito     3.62      Julien Leparoux

Flashpoint    Richard E. Dutrow, Jr     4.33      Cornelio Velasquez

Gourmet Dinner    Steven Standridge     3.00      Sebastian Madrid

J P’s Gusto    Joseph Petalino     2.20 *     Joe Talamo

Jaycito    Bob Baffert     3.00 *    Mike Smith

Machen    Neil Howard     2.56      Jamie Theriot

Mucho Macho Man    Katherine Ritvo     2.43      Eibar Coa

Positive Response    William Morey     3.80      Julien Couton

Premier Pegasus    Myung Kwon Cho     3.62      Alonso Quinonez

Santiva    Eddie Kenneally     1.67      Shaun Bridgmohan

Silver Medallion    Steve Asmussen     2.33      Russell Baze

Soldat    Kiaran McLaughlin     2.47 *    Alan Garcia

Stay Thirsty    Todd Pletcher     2.25      Ramon Dominguez

Sway Away    Jeff Bonde     2.50      Garrett Gomez

The Factor    Bob Baffert     2.73      Martin Garcia

To Honor and Serve    Bill Mott     2.38 *     John Velazquez

Toby’s Corner    Graham Motion     1.86      Eddie Castro

Uncle Mo    Todd Pletcher     2.20 *    John Velazquez

Watch Me Go    Kathleen O’Connell     2.56      Luis Garcia

Wilkinson    Neil Howard     1.18      Garrett Gomez


Cross-Canada horseback ride to help raise funds and awareness for LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society


In the spring of 2012, Amanda Cryer, Debby Jobin, and possibly up to two other riders will be setting out on horseback in an attempt to ride from the East Coast of Canada to the West Coast. Starting off in Nova Scotia, the girls are out to raise money and awareness for LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society. This trip will take about 6 months, and the girls will be relying on the close-knit Canadian community and the Canadian world-renowned generous spirit to help along the way.

Our mission is to raise funds and awareness for LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society through a cross-Canada ride on horseback. This ride is also dedicated to the memory of Ken Thornhill.

for more information, check out Long Ride for LongRun on FACEBOOK. or





Square Eddie returns to the breeding shed

 By Bloodstock WorldStaff 8:40AM 20 MAR 2011

SQUARE EDDIE, the former British-trained son of Smart Strike who set a new 6½f track record at Santa Anita in January, has resumed stud duty.

The five-year-old retired to stand at Vessels Stallion Farm in California last year and covered 34 mares before returning to training with Doug O’Neill.

Square Eddie turned heads by breaking the Santa Anita course record on his comeback in January, but failed to build upon that in two subsequent starts, finishing last in the Donn Handicap in February and beating just one horse home in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile this month.

Owner Paul Reddam told the Daily Racing Form that he plans to send Square Eddie between 20 and 30 mares of his own. “I know everyone says this, but his foals really do look fantastic,” he added.

Square Eddie’s stud fee is $5,000, with deals available.



The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, which represents both standardbreds and thoroughbreds, is seeking public nominations for both horses and people to be considered for induction in 2011.

Public nominations close on Wednesday, April 13.

Following the nomination and election process, the 2011Hall of Fame Inductees will be announced on Tuesday, May 17.

Inductees will be honoured at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Dinner, held at the Mississauga Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ontario on Thursday, August 18.

There are five categories of inductees in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame as follows:

Male Horses: ‘Canadian-bred’ or horses ‘foreign-bred’ who have distinguished themselves while racing for Canadian interests and have raced at least once in Canada, or who have had an exceptional influence on Canadian horse breeding as sires.

Female Horses: ‘Canadian-bred’ or horses ‘foreign-bred’ who have distinguished themselves while racing for Canadian interests and have raced at least once in Canada, or who have had an exceptional influence on Canadian horse breeding as broodmares.

Jockeys, Drivers and Trainers. Candidates nominated as jockeys or drivers shall have been ‘retired’ for at least two consecutive calendar years; or if they are ‘still active,’ must have obtained their driver’s or jockey’s license at least 20 years prior to the year in which they are considered for nomination and be in at least their 50th year. Candidates nominated as trainers shall have been ‘retired’ for at least two consecutive calendar years; or, if they are ‘still active’ must have obtained their trainers’ license at least 20 years prior to the year in which they are considered for nomination and be in at least their 55th year.

Builders are persons who include, but not limited to Breeders, Owners, Media and others who meet the eligibility of Article Four of the Rules & Regulations governing Nomination & Election to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Veterans: Veterans are horses, whether alive or deceased, whose careers concluded at least 20 years prior to the year in which they are nominated.

All nominations must be made in writing, accompanied by detailed documentation that would support the nomination, and submitted to the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, 1-2150 Meadowvale Blvd., Mississauga, Ontario. L5N 6R6, by fax to 905-858-2442 or by email to

Deadline for 2011 public nominations is Wednesday, April 13.