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MORENO, a grandson of DANCETHRUTHEDAWN, wins the Whitney on the lead. Cindy Pierson Dulay/


MORENO upset the Whitney at Saratoga yesterday, leaving heavily favoured Palace Malice well back in 6th. The winner is an improving Ghostzapper colt who is from Danceinthesunlight, an unraced daughter of Dancethruthedawn. The Sam-Son female family is one of the most powerful in North American racing (No Class, Dance Smartly etc.) and this is the 2nd foal of the mare.

Quite a buzz for Moreno
One year after Travers disappointment, long shot wins $1.5 million Whitney at Spa
By Mark Singelais

There was no catching Moreno this time around, and the only talk of a buzzer was a joke by his garrulous Louisiana trainer, Eric Guillot.

Beaten by a nose in last year’s Travers, 10-1 long shot Moreno redeemed himself on Saturday by setting the pace in a 11/4-length victory in the $1.5 million Whitney before a crowd of 36,318 at Saratoga Race Course.



SWEATER WEATHER wins on a humid sticky day at Woodbine. New stakes winner for Milwaukee Brew and Frank DiGiulio and trainer Robert Tiller. MICHAEL BURNS/WEG PHOTO



Frank DiGiulio Jr.’s SWEATER WEATHER was well ridden by Patrick Husbands to win the Eternal Search Stakes on Saturday, a $1250,000 event for Ontario sired 3-year-old fillies. Bred by Osprey Stable, a group founded by the late Dr. Mike Colterjohn, the daughter of Milwaukee Brew – Susur by Cape Canaveral had just missed winning the Lady Angela Stakes in June by a nose to On Rainbow Bridge and then came in off a sprint loss at 2 to 5. A winner of her only route race, the filly bounced back to her career best 79 Beyer Figure to beat favoured FLIPCUP, who just won the New York Oaks. The runner-up is also by Milwaukee Brew.
The winner was a $30,000 yearling purchase 2 years ago. The dam, Susur, was stakes placed and won over $200,000 for Reade Baker. Baker’s client, Oxney Stone Farm, bought Susur in 2012 for $4,500.


Race 1 – BATHSHEBA STATION won his second consecutive race for Lisa McCallum-Smith and Cindy Cox, coming back to win again for $15,000 claiming. The chestnut 5-year-old by Mutakkdim, bred by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings Inc., rallied up the inside under Emma-Jayne Wilson for his 6th career win. He has won 5 for his current owners since he was claimed for $16,000 in 2011. Greg Cox trains.

Race 2- Maiden allowance for older horses at 6 1/2 furlongs that came off the grass. It did not matter to the fast-working JOLLY DANCER, who had a nice debut for Stronach Stables and trainer Brian Lynch. This son of Singing Saint out of Dancing Cherokee by Yonaguska rallied from just off the pace to win under Luis Contreras. He posted a 70 Beyer Figure.

race 3- KITTEN CANDY fended off all challengers and won in this 3rd start off the layoff for Frank DiGiulio Jr who bred the son of Candy Ride. Robert Tiller trains and Patrick Husbands rode. The allowance win was the 3rd win in 16 races for the 4-year-old and he landed an 84 Beyer Figure.

Race 4- TARTY TO THE PARTY has won 2 races this year, both for $20,000 claiming. The Speightstown mare had a nice trip under Luis Contreras and she is ultra consistent: she has been 1st or 2nd in her  5 straight races. John Terdik owns and Sam DiPasquale trains.

race 5- MIZZEN THE ACTION woke up to the tune of 33 to 1 in a turf-to-Polytrack move for Bonnie Eshelman, moth and agent of Skye Chernetz. Dave Cotey trains this 4-year-old gelding who is now 2 for 15 in his career.

Race 6 – a 2-year-old maiden race that came off the grass and the 6 furlong dash went to the well regarded DON’T LEAVE ME, a Pink Oak homebred by Lemon Drop Kid out of Grade 1 winner See How She Runs. The grey gal is trained by Malcolm Pierce. She held off a rail rallying Reserved (Kitten’s Joy) to win the 6 furlong dash and both gals figure to do better on grass.

Race 7 – Tucci Stables’ WILD N CLEVER, a $25,000  2yo purchase last year, went over $118,000 in earnings with a gate to wire win in this 5 furlong allowance. She is 3 for 10 in her career and she was ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson for trainer Nick Gonzalez.

Race 8 – an off – the- turf allowance, first level, for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles went to PIPERS FUTURE from Chiefswood Stable. She was a main track-only entrant and she was only making her 2nd start of the year for trainer Rachel Halden. Steve Bahen gave the Niigon filly a nice ride from off the pace.

Race 10 – a maiden claiming race for fillies and mares was won by GUCHI GOLD, the second win on the day for trainer Nick Gonzalez. This filly wore down favoured Harbour Beach to win in her 6th career race under Jesse Campbell. She is a Florida-bred owned by Lorna Possler.




SILENT STAR (middle, yellow cap) holds off Strut the Course (orange cap) to win the Victoriana Stakes. Michael Bruns/WEG photo



SILENT STAR, owned and bred by Kevin Beswick’s CEC Stables Inc. rallied from just off the pace with Justin Stein and then held off the chargers to win the 1 1/16 mile turf race for her first added-money score. The daughter of Silent Name (Jpn) is out of Quppy by Not for Love. She is a 4-year-old who has been improving for trainer David Bell. Se was stakes placed in 2013 and was coming off her 3rd career win in an optional claiming race on turf. Silent Star has won over $250,000. Quppy has had 5 named foals including this year’s winner Wakeboarder.
The winning Beyer of 77 was the top Beyer of the night

Race 1- DELAYED ENGAGEMENT, a homebred for Edenvale Stable, won his maiden at 5 furlongs in this maiden allowance. He is by Where’s the Ring out of the good winner Norbrook by Montbrook. Robert Tiller trains and Patrick Husbands rode.

Race 2- First winner of the year for trainer ROBERT GERL as jean’s a Lady upset this $20,000 claiming race for non-winners of 2. She is a War Cry filly bred by owners John Curits and Gin Panza. She is 2 for 14 in her career. Justin Stein rode the 4-year-old.

Race 3- HOLY WHIRL WIND won his grass debut and as a son of turf champion Chopinina, it was not unexpected. The 4-year-old led most of the way and held on to win by a nose under David Moran. Jim and Susan Hill owned the gelding and Reade Baker trains. He was dropping to $40,000 claiming and was off a May- July layoff.

race 5- KISSED BY A GHOST rallied in time under Skye Chernetz to win this $62,50 claiming race and it was the first win for trainer Larry Cappuccitti and A & G Racing Stable. The Ghostzapper horse is 11 for 31 in his career and it was his 2nd start fo 2014.

Race 6 – TOO MANY EGBERT’S, by Laura’s Lucky Boy, came off a 6 week layoff to win this allowance race from off the pace for Buttigieg Training Stable and partner. David Moran rode the gelding who was coming out of the Bold Ruckus Stakes where he was 4th.

Race 7 – CANNA RED rallied up the rail and won easily for Tom O’Keefe. Ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson, this $7,000 purchase is 2 for 10 in her career and she is by D’Wildcat. The race was for $12,500.

Race 8 – a maiden $8,00 claiming race went to  DON’T SHUSH ME, by Silent Name (Jpn), owned by Sheldon Pettle and trained by Steve Attard. The filly was down to this low level for the first time and Jesse Campbell rode.


FRIDAY WOODBINE NOTES – CEC Farms (Eugene George, not to be confused with CEC Stables of Kevin Beswick) won the Daily Double with NORTH GEORGIA, a filly by North Light (GB) won won her maiden and was claimed by Robert Marzill, and the super dude VALID’S BEST, who rallied wide to win for the 2nd time this year. He was claimed for $10,000 by Cristina Attard. Omar Moreno rode both winners.

NO RISK NO REWARD won a maiden allowance on the grass and was the first winner for trainer Lorna Carston, who took over from John MacKenzie this year. The winner is by local sire Atlas Shrugs out of Miss Jordan by Regal Intention and he was bred by darlene Seligman and Mel Russell in British Columbia. Tommy Wong rode this 13 to 1 winner.

Trainer PHIL GRACEY has won 3 consecutive races and 6 on the year as ADORABOLD won an allowance race for Gail Wood and Bill Diamant. The Bold Executive filly is 2 for 3 in her career and she was ridden by Gary Boulanger.

TOP BEYERS at WOODBINE from July 27 (Sunday)

REPORTING STAR – 93  (allowance)
AGELESS –                      92  (Royal North Stakes, turf)
MONEY TALKER      90 ($62,500 claiming, turf)
KITTEN CANDY        84 (allowance)
WILD N CLEVER       84 (allowance)
SPEIGHTSLAND       82 (allowance, turf)



MOUNTAINEER hosts big card



TAPITURE, by Tapit, wins the $750,000 West Virginia Derby by inches over Candy Boy (9). Norm Files photo




Mountaineer – photo by Norm Files