TODAY’S NEWS – MONDAY – INDEPENDENCE DAY IN THE U.S. 0  horses that cost $6,500 and $14,000 and $5,200 win nice races Sunday at Woodbine…!!…FORT ERIE packed with good races all weekend and again today!


 BEAR IT’S TIME, last jump, gets 2nd leg of Triple Tiara over NIIGON’S TOUCH and SPOOKY KITTEN, Terence Dulay photo








4 hours left in auction for all Plate horses!!











BEAR IS… ON TIME, to win 2nd jewel of Triple Tiara!

oh, and she cost $6,500 at auction

With his family and friends in town from Quebec this holiday weekend, Danny Dion celebrated his boggest win of the year when BEAR IT’S TIME rumbled up in time to win the $250,000 Bison City Stakes at Woodbine yesterday.

The Canadian classic – which is actually a Fort Erie race – is the 2nd leg of the Triple Tiara – but the first leg winner, Inglorious, just won the Plate and is headed to the United States now.

So, gals who finished behind Inglorious in the Oaks took it to each other at 1 1/16 miles and it was expected by some to be a race for Spooky Kitten to take.

But there is a big difference between getting away with a soft pace at 9 furlongs and then hooking up at 1 1/16 miles and when Pleasantfriday dueled with Spooky Kitten early, that made things nice for the stalkers.

The first to look good in her bid was the lightly raced NIIGON’S TOUCH, a Chiefswood Stable homebred by Niigon who had a maiden win and an allowance win to her credit. Patiently handled by Paul Attard, the filly had not raced since May 29 but was very ready for her first big challenge and she led very late under Tyler Pizarro.

Spooky Kitten was trying to hold on too and then BEAR IT’S TIME, by young sire Philanthropist, lumbered down the middle and put her large head down in time. She earned an 85 Beyer Figure for her victory in 1:44 3/5.

Luis Contreras rode the filly. bear It’s Time had won the Lady Angela Stakes off the layoff in May with an 84 Beyer and Contreras, and then bounced in the Oaks when she was up on the pace and faded to 6th.

The winner is out of Time Allowed, a Missionary Ridge mare who raced for many stables at Woodbine including Laurie Silvera, Jake Nemett, Sam DiPasquale and Danny O’Callaghan. The mare made a good living in various allowance and claiming races. She has produced 2 stakes winners now for Gardiner Farms (which bred Bear It’s Time) – the other is It’s Time Beatr

The filly was up for sale at the 2009 OPEN YEARLING SALE – which is a treasure trove of money makers – soon it will be shopping time again!





DANNY DION leads in his $6,500 purchase, BEAR IT’S TIME after she won the Bison City worth $250,000. The owner’s family was in town from Quebec for the long weekend.






MAKING AMENDS won his career debut in the Clarendon Stakes, a Canadian foaled event for 2yos. The Ontario bred son of Repent – Primary Motive – Prime Timber, ralleid in time to win the 5 1/2 furlong race with a 76 Beyer Figure.

Bred by Sienna Farms LLC, the big bay colt was a $14,000 yearling in Ocala, bought by Lucky Strike Stable. Then this season, the colt was offered by Casse Sales and was bought by ichard Lederman, a partner in the colt with Haryvey Swartz and Mark Casse. He cost $90,000 as a 2yo and he had worked 2 furlongs in a sharp 21 2/5 for that sale – interesting that he was one of the last horses to sell at the auction of some 1300 offerings.

PALMETTO MOON was an impressive 2yo debut winner for WEBB CARROLL TRAINING CENTRE yesterday. The Tomhawk colt, trained by Barb Minshall, won with his ears pricked and earned a 60 Beyer Figure. He was a $5,200 OPEN YEARLING YEARLING LAST FALL. He was bred by Mike Byrne.

and JOLSON finally won his maiden for Phil Gracy and Tom Keenan. The 4yo by Theatrical had been 2nd or 3rd in 5 races this season. He didn’t actually ‘win’ yesterday but missed by a nose and then was placed first as favoured RED CENT wiped out Jeffrey Armin late int he race:

The infraction ensures leading rider LUIS CONTRERAS goes on vacation for at least 3 days……





MAKING AMENDS (6) wears down JENNA’S WABBIT to win the Clarendon Stakes yesterday at Woodbine

 The winner had sparkled in a 2yo sale workout in April (21 2.5) and was an easy pick in the race.

Terence Dulay photo







WAYMAN WINS – “my first stakes win in 32 years as an owner” – Mike Annechino

The Battle of the Breeds Produces Exciting Finishes

Fort Erie, July 3… The second day of the Fort Erie Friendship Festival of Racing got off to a blazing start with three Quarter Horse races on the mixed breed card. Racing highlights included the $35,000 added Battle of the Breeds, two races matching Quarter Horses against Thoroughbreds at 870 yards and 440 yards.

Oklahoma based trainer Clint Crawford attempted to win both races, sending out Shesa Gottum Beat in the Battle of the Breeds Distance Challenge against a tough field of speedy Thoroughbreds. Opening up by more than 3 1/2 lengths, the striking gray mare was run down by four of the Thoroughbred competitors. The Mike Newell trained sprinter Wayman prevailed for owner Michael Annechino of Rochester, New York. “It was my first stakes win in 32 years as an owner,” he said. Wayman is on his way to being Fort Erie’s sprinter of the year, with two wins and a second in his last three starts.

Clint Crawford was victorious in the Battle of the Breeds Summer Challenge where Quarter Horses’ finished in the top three positions leaving all the Thoroughbreds in their wake. Fast Flung Floyd with rider Tony Bennett in the irons went wire to wire. “He’s finally right,” said Bennett. “When he broke in front I knew he would win.” Crawford feels blessed with Fast Flung Floyd who won this race last October and, under Crawford’s guidance, has lifetime earnings of $235,500. “He sure likes this racetrack,” said Crawford. “He is heading for the Alex Picov Memorial Championship at Ajax Downs on September 6th, and then back here in October.” Runner up, Vital Drive, under jockey Marty Mercieca broke the $200,000 mark in earnings today. “He ran awesome,” said Mercieca. “I have never missed a cheque on him and he always runs his heart out.”

The Friendship Festival of Racing continues on July 4th featuring three stakes events.  Parking and admission are always free.


Tamarind Hall – poo poos Polytrack, comes to life on dirt


FROM BISBET.COM – Life’s no bed of roses, as the saying goes, and 1-5 favorite Hilda’s Passion (Canadian Frontier) learned all about that in Sunday’s $150,000 Bed o’ Roses H. (G3) at Belmont Park. Blown away by 15-1 Finger Lakes shipper TAMARIND HALL (Graeme Hall) turning for home, the odds-on choice struggled down the stretch and wound up beaten more than a dozen lengths in sixth.

The Jeremiah Englehart-trained Tamarind Hall, a reformed claimer making her stakes debut, rolled by 5 1/4 good-looking lengths over two other longshots. The 23-1 Kid Kate (Lemon Drop Kid) was along for second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Spa City Princess (Roaring Fever), the longest shot on the board at 26-1.

As a result of the longshot sweep, and Hilda’s Passion’s running off the board, the mutuels were lively. Tamarind Hall returned $33.80, $13.80 and $53 and keyed the $571 exacta, $3,704 trifecta and $16,755 superfecta (4-1-5-7).

“Honestly, I really thought we’d be running for second,” Englehart admitted. “I didn’t think there was a shot of beating Hilda’s Passion.”

Perhaps the handwriting was on the wall early for the prohibitive favorite and 124-pound highweight, who didn’t blitz to the lead as usual. Tamarind Hall was quickest into stride, but eased back and allowed Curlina (Cuvee) to show the way.

Hilda’s Passion, in a complete role reversal from the June 4 Vagrancy H. (G2), now found herself pressing Curlina through fractions of :22 3/5 and :45 2/5. Bridgejumpers might have felt assured when Hilda’s Passion moved up to engage Curlina on the far turn, but her bid was surprisingly short-lived.

Tamarind Hall suddenly sliced between Hilda’s Passion and the rail-skimming Curlina in a bold stroke by jockey David Cohen. In a few strides, she bounded clear before the rest of the field knew what happened. Tamarind Hall built up a six-length margin through six furlongs in 1:10, and went on to complete seven furlongs in 1:23 4/5 on the fast track.

“In the post parade, she was so strong, on-game,” Cohen said. “Whatever I was, 15-1, she didn’t give me that feeling — really a strong horse.

“I could have moved at any time. There was a nice gap between Javier (Castellano on Hilda’s Passion) and Ramon (Dominguez on Curlina) on the turn, and I kind of got her into that to get her part of the race and put her into position.





GRACE, under pressure. AMIABLE GRACE upsets Friday’s SWEET BRIAR TOO Stakes – Biofuel (jockey Da Silva appears top be looking over at rival rider Contreras in the light blue) charged too late in the 7 furlong dash in her first race since being named HORSE OF THE YEAR IN CANADA….

terence dulay photo




FORT ERIE, Ontario – Bent Attorney won last year’s Rainbow Connection when the race was switched to the main track, and he will be looking to double up in this year’s version at Fort Erie Monday.

The $125,000 Rainbow Connection, a five-furlong turf race for Ontario-sired fillies and mares, headlines an 11-race card, which also includes a pair of stakes races for Quarter Horses.

Four of the nine runners in the Rainbow Connection will be running on grass for the first time, but Bent Attorney has plenty of experience on it. Bent Attorney has tried the turf nine times, hitting the board in six of them, including two wins. Her last turf win came two years ago in the $50,000 Ernie Samuel Memorial over five furlongs on this course.

Bent Attorney has started once this season, finishing fourth for a $40,000 claiming price in a six-furlong race at Woodbine on June 4.

Emile Ramsammy will take the call on Bent Attorney for trainer Allen Desruisseaux, who took over from Don MacRae for owner Centennial Farm this year.

Woodbine shipper Sans Sousi, trained by Mike Doyle and to be ridden by leading rider Luis Contreras, ran second to Bent Attorney in this event last year and is back again.

Sans Sousi lost a six-furlong turf allowance win via a disqualification. In two other starts on grass, her best race was a third in Woodbine’s Passing Mood Stakes.