TUESDAYS NEWS – More from the Michael Gill/Penn National fiasco, Palladio is up for a Sovereign on Friday and he’s racing on Saturday!






He’s up for another Sovereign Award this year (FRIDAY IS AWARDS NIGHT!!) and 8-year-old millionaire PALLADIO is not done yet. He’s out at Santa Anita this weekend for the Sunshine Millions for trainer Roger Attfield and owners Haras Santa Maria de Araras.

Saturday, Santa Anita

SUNSHINE MILLIONS CLASSIC, $500,000, (R), 4yo/up,

1 1/8m (AWT)


1 Jeranimo Congaree Blanc Pender

2 Unusual Suspect Unusual Heat Quinonez Abrams

3 Enriched High Brite M Baze O’Neill

4 Palladio Lycius Smith Attfield

5 Unusual Smoke Unusual Heat Garcia Avila

6 Bad Action Brahms Velazquez Pletcher

7 The Usual Q.T. Unusual Heat Espinoza Cassidy

8 Compari Redattore (Brz) Gomez Jones

9 Bold Chieftain Chief Seattle R Baze Morey Jr

10 Wicked Style Macho Uno Bejarano Arnold II

11 Acclamation Unusual Heat Flores Warren

All carry 122 pounds, bar Jeranimo, Bad Action, The

Usual Q.T., Compari, Acclamation at 120.

PALLADIO has never raced at Santa Anita – he’s been to Arlington, Gulfstream, Calder, Keeneland, Monmouth, Thistledown, Saratoga and Suffolk (and Woodbine of course) but he may like the synthetic surface that track has

as he is 4 for 15 on synth.

A 9-time winner in 35 races, Palladio will be ridden by Mike Smith.

SATURDAY at FAIR GROUNDS, James A. Perron’s CATEGORY SEVEN (Gulf Storm) goes for another stakes win in the Marie Krantz. The 5yo mare was placed first in her most recent race – the Furl Sails, giving her Toronto resident owner a big win.

The Perron family has also entered SWEETSOUTHERNDOLL.

Also in the race is Eugene Melnyk’s SILVER SANDS.

Fair Grounds – January 30, 2010

Race 9 – 4:40 PM     Exacta / Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta Pick 3 (Races 9-10-11) / Daily Double



Marie G. Krantz Memorial H.

Purse $60,000. For Fillies And Mares Four Year Olds And Upward. No Nomination Fee; $300 to enter; $300 additional to start. $60,000 Guaranteed of which 60% to the winner, 20% to second, 10% to third, 4% to fourth, 2% to fifth and 1% to sixth through ninth. Weights: Thursday January 21st. Starters to be named through the entry box by the usual time of closing. NOTE: This Stake will be limited to 14 starters. High weights on the scale will be preferred. Different owners have equal draw according to weights. Failure to draw into the race will cancel all fees. THE OWNER OF THE WINNER TO RECEIVE A TROPHY. Closed Saturday, January 16, 2010, with 27 nominations. (If deemed inadvisable by management to run this race over the turf course, it will be run on the main track at One Mile and 1/16.) . About One And One Sixteenth Miles. (Turf) (Rail at 20 Feet)

PP     Horse     Virtual

Stable     A/S     Med     Jockey     Wgt     Trainer

1     Final Refrain (KY)         6/M     L     V Lebron     119     A M Stall, Jr.

2     Category Seven (FL)         5/M     L     R E Eramia     120     K L Hargrave

3     Never Retreat (KY)         5/M     L     J Graham     120     R R Scherer

4     Silver Sands (ON)         5/M     L     C J Lanerie     115     M Pierce

5     Love to Tell (KY)         5/M     L     S Bridgmohan     116     M Burgess

6     Lookalike (KY)         5/M     L     B J Hernandez, Jr.     116     R W Werner

7     Dancin Perfect (KY)         4/F     L     S J Sellers     117     M Burgess

8     More of the Best (KY)         4/F     L     F C Torres     116     B S Flint

9     No Use Denying (KY)         5/M     L     M Mena     116     M Pierce

10     Sweetsouthern Doll (FL)         5/M     L     C C Bourque     114     K L Hargrave

11     Zhou (CHI)         6/M     L*     T Agilar     114     H Pitts

Also Eligibles:

12     Bubbler (KY) (MTO)         4/F     L     E M Martin, Jr.     113     W B Calhoun



MICHAEL GILL denies any wrongdoing, jockeys are afraid to ride in races with horses and still the horses come tumbling down at Penn National, where breakdowns by anyone’s horses seem to be happening a lot anyway.

RAY PAULICK had an interview with Gill, you can read at the www.paulickreport.com.


By Claire Novak

Updated: Monday, January 25, 2010 10:01 PM

Horses entered in the name of Michael Gill, North America’s leading owner by races won and purses earned in 2009, will not be accepted for entry at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course effective immediately.

Chris McErlean, vice president of racing for track owner Penn National Gaming Inc., said Jan. 25 the temporary restriction has been put in place pending a meeting to review the necropsy results of two runners owned by Gill that recently broke down at the Pennsylvania track.

Gill, the leading owner in North America by purses earned and races won in 2003, 2004, and 2009—he led by wins and was second by earnings in 2005, the year he won an Eclipse Award—had taken a break from racing in 2006 but returned in 2008. He has 49 stalls at Penn National and stables the remainder of his 120 horses at his private training center, Elk Creek Ranch in Oxford, Pa.

Last year, 2,247 horses raced under his silks to 370 wins and earnings of $6,670,490.

“To my knowledge, regarding further entries at this point, we are going to wait until we have a scheduled meeting with Mr. Gill and his trainers once we get those reports from the most recent breakdowns,” McErlean said. “We want the ability to speak with him and his trainers to find out what’s going on and get some more information at that time.”

Read the rest:



– Penn National jockeys refuse to ride after Michael Gill-owned horse collapses after race

By DANIEL VICTOR, The Patriot-News

January 25, 2010, 8:52PM

After a horse collapsed 20 yards past the finish line during the fifth race at Penn National Race Course on Saturday night, about 25 jockeys huddled and made an unprecedented decision.

They declared they would no longer ride in any race that included a horse owned by Michael Gill, a New Hampshire man who’s famous in the horse racing industry for both his success and controversy.

The jockeys — and several trainers, owners and outside observers — have accused Gill of dangerous, unethical tactics with his horses, producing what they say is an unusually high rate of horse injuries and deaths. Gill owns hundreds of horses, many of whom he runs at Penn National in Grantville.

Watching third-place finisher Laughing Moon be euthanized after his spill Saturday caused the jockeys to decide they’d no longer chance being behind one of Gill’s horses.



COOL SELECTION, 11-years-old and stakes placed winner of over $684,000 (20 wins) was 9th beaten 14 lengths in a $5,000 claiming race at Oaklawn Park last week. The old timer, bred by Bruno Bros. in Ontario, is currenTly owned by Linda Gaston & Terry Brennan

DRAGOONER, a 7-year-old Canadian bred by Siphon – Dance on Fire, pulled up in a $5,000 claiming race at Oaklawn recently and was vanned off. Owned by Maggi Moss and trained by Steve Asmussen, Dragooner was claimed at Woodbine last fall. Reports say he suffered a broken ankle.

He won $315,000 and was stakes placed.