UPDATE UPDATE – THE ONTARIO RACING COMMISSION HAS DISMISSED BRUNO SCHICKEDANZ`S APPEAL TO HAVE THE BAN ON HIS HORSES RACING AND STABLING AT WOODBINE. the 15 page ruling was issued today to general public and media, yesterday to others. It can be found on the oORC website.






















87 Beyer for one of country’s top older mares

IMPOSSIBLE TIME made it look easy in the Classy ‘n Smart Stakes Wed. night at Woodbine to take her 5th race in 8 starts this year and her  3rd stakes race. The long, may 5yo mare by Not Impossble – Classiest Carat by Pleasant Colony blew by the field while widest and won wrapped up over Selembao in the 1 1/16 mile race for Ontario sired gals.

She is owned and bred by Charles Fipke and trained by Roger Attfield.

The mare has earnings of about $450,000 now from 8 wins in 14 starts.

Lady D’Wildcat broke so slowly in the stake that there was a stewards inquiry. On video it appeared the filly was leaning and restless in the gate and that the handler had to hold her longer when the gates spring open. Surprisingly, there was no refund.

Wednesday night racing featured a quick but fair racetrack alhtough there had been reports there were many biases in place but certainly horses could win from anywhere.

Race 1 went to GOLD DUST LADY for the sizzling Lorne Richards Stable. The 3yo Chapel Royal filly won for $47,500 claiming for her 2nd win this year and she had not raced in 7 weeks. Claimed for $50K from the race was Grade 3 winner RICHEGIRLGONEWILD, by owner/trainer Reade Baker.

Race 2 went to the wide rallying THE BOY’S RING, who had not raced since mid July when he was last. He added blinkers Wed. night and bounced back to win the Ontario sired allowance at 7 to 1. The Where’s the Ring gelding comes out of the red hot Paul Buttigieg barn.

Race 3 was a bombs away event as 18 to 1 shot CELTIC CONVICTION became another winner for his 1st crop sire STRUT THE STAGE. The 2yo colt, bred by Sam-Son Farms and produced from the mare All My Lovin, was dropping from maiden allowance to maiden claiming for Dura Racing and Mike Doyle.

Race 4 marked the second consecutive win for the suddenly hot JOVIAL JILL, owned by Frank Sansano and trained by Kathy Ranford. The Bold Executive mare is 3 for 10 this year now and she led all the way under Omar Moreno.

LAMBEAU is entered in the upcoming Keeneland November sale as part of a huge consignment for WinStar but last night he won his maiden with a wide rally on the drop to $12,500. The 3yo Forest Danger gelding  was favoured and was claimed.

LUCKY MELISSA was favoured to win race 7 and even though she was last at the head of the stretch, she mowed down the field at just 5 furlongs to win for the 2nd time in her 5 races. The Mobil filly won the Ontario sired allowance for Carlo Fuoco who co-owns and trains.   

The last race featured a 20 to 1 winner when Colebrook Farms’ homebred DESTINED TO SHINE rallied in time to win his maiden for $12,500, dropping from $19,000 and coming off a May layoff for trainer Ashlee Brnjas. The Dance to Destiny gelding was making his 3rd career start.


early early list!

AL KHALI (won Bowling Green over Winchester, who came back to win Turf Classic)

ARCTIC COSMOS (won Eng., St Leger)

CHINCHON (Grade 1 United Nations, last in Prix Foy)

FIFTY PROOF (2nd Northern Dancer S.)

JOSHUA TREE (Group winner last year at 2)

MARSH SIDE (won Northern Dancer S. last year)

MORES WELLS (Group 3 winner last time in Sweden)

REDWOOD (won Northern Dancer S.)

SPICE ROUTE (6th in race last year)


ARCTIC COSMOS/REDWOOD tower over field…Cosmos leaves Monday


St Leger winner Arctic Cosmos is set to step back to 1m4f in the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine on October 16.

The progressive North Light colt finished third to Rebel Soldier over the trip in the Group 3 Betfair Gordon Stakes at Goodwood in July, before improving on that effort when beating Midas Touch by a length and three quarters in the Ladbrokes-sponsored Classic at Doncaster last month.

Arctic Cosmos pleased trainer John Gosden with his work under Saleem Golam on Racecourse Side on Wednesday morning and is all set to make the journey to Canada.

Gosden said: “He is in good form and if he goes for the Canadian International he will go on Monday morning via Amsterdam.”

The Canadian International is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series and winners of the Woodbine event qualify automatically for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, for which Arctic Cosmos is a general 10-1 chance with British bookmakers.


 AL KHALI, maybe he comes to Woodbine next week?














$797,000 EARNER DANCER’S BAJAN, a multiple stakes winner for 3 SONS RACING STABLE, WILL DROP OUT OF oNTARIO SIRED STAKES  to run for $32,000 claiming tomorrow at Woodbine…


I may be a fairweather golfer but there was something satisfying to be one of about 30 people who braved torrential rain at Lowville Golf Course near Burlington to celebrate the memory of the late PETER MURRAY, a former Woodbine employee who is still honoured by his friends 20 years later.

Orchestrated by Peter Spoar, a longtime WEG employee,  a good group of folks gathered for a round of golf once again, a dinner and laughs.

It is an honourable and fun event they put on and how nice to be part of a cozy family that these guys have put together.


You would not call it secrecy, since some workout videos are now available on the web site thanks to one employee, but Keeneland is super with its clocker’s comments and info for each racing day. More of this information is needed at all tracks.

From first time geldings, to throat surgery to who a horse worked with each day, this should all be made available, and yet, there is resistance.

Here is a page from Keeneland’s site today:



The defection of DISCREETLY MINE from the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 6 is good news for HOLLYWOOD HIT, who takes a big step to that race tomorrow at Keeneland. The whiz kid, Canadian owned and trained, was poopooed for his win in his last start in the King Corie Stakes when he was all out to win but jockey Jim McAleney is quoted as saying he will run the best race of the year tomorrow. (The gelding has already posted a 114 Beyer this year!)

PHOENIX S.-GIII, $175,000, 3yo/up, 6f (AWT)


1 Goldzar Cozar Lebron Wismer 118

2 Greeley’s ConquestK Mr. Greeley Mena Thomas 118

3 Wise Dan Wiseman’s Ferry Bejarano Lopresti 116

4 Wild L Vicar Corbett Matz 118

5 Warrior’s RewardK Medaglia d’Oro Leparoux Wilkes 124

6 MoralistK Talk is Money Sellers Domenosky 118

7 Hollywood Hit Cactus Ridge McAleney Bolton 122

8 Super RobustoK Smoke Glacken M Baze Catalano 118

9 EZ Dreamer In Excess (Ire) Albarado Owens 118

10 Rockin’ Rockstar Congaree Martinez Lauer 116

11 CanonizeK Aldebaran Espinoza Ellis 118


Adena Springs sells over 140 mares, others in action next month

There are some Canadians in the upcoming Keeneland November sale, notably Prince of Wales winner GALLANT (lANES’ ENDS) and DISPLAY STAKES winner PATENA(HILL ‘N’ DALE)

Anderson Farms, Agent

264     Chestnut – Filly, Discreet Cat – Selborne                

285     Storm Tide – Mare, Storm Cat – City Band                

316     Bay – Colt, Bernardini – Wild Lightning                    

390     Bay – Filly, Any Given Saturday – Flawless Diamond                

464     Northern Kraze – Mare, Aljabr – Baraha    

944     Bay – Filly, War Pass – Stella One            

1201     Chestnut – Colt, Discreet Cat – Kirby’s Fuse  

Anderson Farms, Agent for Devonleigh Farm

1024     Chestnut – Filly, Street Boss – Bacall      

1263     Chestnut – Colt, Discreet Cat – Northglen      

Anderson Farms, Agent for Kinghaven Farms Ltd.

419     Lady Auchamore – Mare, Meadowlake – Explosive Kate  

420     Chestnut – Filly, City Zip – Lady Auchamore    

433     Lyrically – Mare, Thunder Gulch – Lover’s Talk                

434     Bay – Colt, Pulpit – Lyrically            

891     Dark Bay or Brown – Colt, Street Boss – Reportedly        

1049     Brandy Lake – Mare, Meadowlake – Star Reputation           

Betz Thoroughbreds, Inc., Agent

(some of these at Chefiswood Farms)

410     Honey Harbour – Mare, Gone West – Alybgood                     

439     Magger Bags – Mare, Indian Charlie – Rhapsody Blues                

924     Sky Copper – Mare, Sky Mesa – Legendary Priness                     

945     Stolen Humor – Mare, Distorted Humor – Clamorosa                     

1154     Gimme Some Love – Mare, Miesque’s Son – Intend                    

1283     Princess Patty B – Mare, Alphabet Soup – Ms. Patty B.                

3049     Winter Dreams – Mare, Distinctive Pro – Final Accord                 

3110     Dance to Reason – Mare, Devil’s Bag – Savethelastdance               

3148     Gata Secreta – Mare, Spinning World – Secret Red               

3191     Dark Bay or Brown – Colt, Lion Heart – Luminous Prize                

3251     Prospectors Band – Mare, Dixieland Band – Winged Prospect    

Elm Tree Farm LLC (Mr. and Mrs. Jody Huckabay), Agent I WINDWAYS FARM

1122     Dark Bay or Brown – Filly, Candy Ride (ARG) – Enchanted Spell       (full sister to EL BRUJO) 

1260     Nite in Rome – Mare, Harlan’s Holiday – Ascot Wedding           

2755     Edamame – Mare, Bold Executive – Native Geisha        

3599     Chestnut – Filly, Broken Vow – Galadriel  

3686     Minstrel Show – Mare, Tale of the Cat – Proud Minstrel        

3687     Gray or Roan – Filly, Exchange Rate – Minstrel Show    

Foreman, Agent Susan Y. –

920     Simply Again – Mare, Dance Brightly – Simply Wild              

921     Bay – Filly, Bluegrass Cat – Simply Again           

1041     Blonde Humor – Mare, Distorted Humor – Classic Olympio       

4130     Quiet Celerity – Mare, Quiet American – Appella    

4218     Zippy Lady – Filly, City Zip – Lucky Minister         

4322     Dark Bay or Brown – Filly, Successful Appeal – House of Soviet’s



If you were old enough to be watching horse racing in 1973 (moi, no), then SECRETARIAT’S victory in the rain and fog at Woodbine on the old grass course was something to behold. It’s sure fun to watch the replay anyway.

(There is virtually nothing the same about the grass course that Secretariat ran on in 1973 when he won the International – today’s E.P. Taylor turf course is on the outside of the track all the way around and the Marshall course is not much like it was back then. – the launching of the movie Secretariat has led some to think that the E P Taylor grass course will be made famous, however, the E P Taylor course was developed long after Secretariat won. In fact, harness horses now trot and pace over the finish like that Secretariat used!)

watch his last race: