June 19-23


95 TIZ A SLAM – Ontario bred winner of Singspiel Stakes (Grade 3) 1 1/2 miles on turf 2:29.99

93 SABLE ISLAND – Ontario bred won a 6 1/2 furlong allowance race Wed. June 19 1:15.27

88 – HOLLOW POINT  – Kentucky bred won at 6 1/2 FURLONGS ON TURF 1:14.13

86 THE ALL BUTTON – Kentucky bred won 1 1/16 mile dirt race Hastings Park 1:43.83

85 GOT MY MO – won a maiden race at Century Mile, 6 furlongs 1:09.17

83 PERFECT FORESTER – Ontario bred won 6 1/2 furlong turf race in 1:14.89

83 – LYRICAL NOTE – Kentucky bred won a 7 furlong race in 1:23.49

81 – MACHO BOURBON – Kentucky bred filly won a 1/16 mile race 1:45.30

81 – FAT N BITTER – New York bred won a 6 furlong race in 1:10.05




Approx post 5:36 p.m.


The waiting is the hardest part. The 3-year-olds have put in all their preparations for the Queen’s Plate and now it is just a matter of them having good days of galloping, walking and grazing and get to the race happy and healthy.

Thoroughblog has had notes on all the possible entrants for a couple of weeks and here are some more tidbits about the starters and where they came from. Four of the 14 entrants were born at WINDHAVEN, owned by the late Bill Graham.


AVIE’S FLATTER – Owner and breeder Ivan Dalos from Toronto won the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Breeder at the 2018 Sovereign Awards, his first. He has raced champions and has come close to winning the Plate with AMIS GIZMO and AMI’S HOLIDAY.

This guy is his best chance and trainer Josie Carroll has been training him up to the race after two US outings on the turf.

Dalos bred his mare Avie’s Empire to the A.P. Indy stallion FLATTER to get this bay colt who has won 4 of 6 races.

DESERT RIDE – The lone filly is a Sam-Son Farms homebred by Candy Ride (ARG) from the Distorted Humor mare Fun in the Desert, whose half brother EYE OF THE LEOPARD is a Queen’s Plate winner.

FEDERAL LAW – Gelding was bred by Jim Dandy Stable of Jim Lawson and this Scat Daddy gelding from the Strong Hope mare Gravelly Bay was a $220,000 Keeneland yearling. He was also offed as a 2-year-old in training at Goffs UK in April but was bought back for $261,000.

His second dam is Outstanding Broodmare in Canada DESTROY, dam of three stakes winners and daughter of the great Canadian mare ETERNAL SEARCH.

HE’S A MACHO MAN – Longtime owner and breeder and trainer PAUL BUTTIGIEG bred this colt by Mucho Macho Man from the Lemon Drop Kid mare Amelia Go Home. Bought for $47,000 at the CTHS Ontario sale. Buttigieg bought Amelia Go Home as a yearling in 2013 in October in Kentucky for $30,000. She never raced. Her first foal was an Old Forester filly Buttigieg bought back for $12,000. He’s a macho Man is her second foal. The DiScola Boys own this improving colt.

KRACHENWAGEN – Bred by Derek Buntain and raced by the family’s Greenoaks Farm this is an Ontario bred by Ontario sire Head Chopper from the Trajectory mare Plantana who never raced but has produced three useful sprinters.

LUCAS N’ LORI was bred by SILVER SPRINGS STUD, owned by Steve Johnson in Kentucky and Campbellford’s GARRY PARR. This gelding is from the mare HONG KONG DANCER who was 4th in the Woodbine Oaks, 14 lengths behind EYE OF THE SPHYNX, who is the granddam of DESERT RIDE!

HONG KONG DANCER raced for owner Peter Ho and she has had a number of foals and a couple of minor winners. She was bred to EXHI (maria’s Mon) in  2015 and that stallion, who won the Lexington Stakes, Marine and Victoria Park Stakes has been at stud at numerous different farms. He is currently in arkansas.

MOON SWINGS was bred by the late Bill Graham, foaled at Windhaven in caledon East and is by maibu Moon from England swings by Kitten’s Joy. He was a $120,000 yearling at Keeneland Sept. 2017

ONE BAD BOY was bred by Ron Clarkson and is a Twirling Candy ridgling from the Stormy Atlantic mare Cumulonimble. The mare was a multiple stakes winner in Illinois bred races in Chicago and she preferred races up to 1 1/16 miles. She was bought in 2013 for $60,000 by Clarkson at the Keeneland November sale and he sold that first foal, by Majestic Warrior, for $5,500.

The mare has since produced MS BAD BEHAVIOR  – sold b Clarkson for $75,000 and now earner of $320,000 as a miler. He sold a yearling last year at the CTHS sale from this mare to Derek Chin for $90,000.

ONE BAD BOY was a $65,00 (US) Keeneland sept. yearling.

PAY FOR PEACE – Bred by trainer Brian Lynch who trained the dam Dancing Bay, a stakes placed gal owned by Dansanray Stables. Dancing Bay, by Ontario sire Sligo Bay is out of a Bold Executive mare and she has rock solid Ontario breeding. Pay for Peace, a dark bay gelding is owned by Americans Team Penney and Carem Stables and is by Ontario sire SILENT NAME (JPN).

RISING STAR was born at Bill Graham’s Windhaven along with Moon Swings, Skywire and Jammin Still. This guy’s mum, Purple Trillium, a winning daughter of turf champion mare Perfect Sting, was bought by Graham carrying Rising Star,a  son of Ghostzapper, for $100,000. Graham then sold the Ghostzapper guy for $325,000 as a yearling. Quite a score.

Rising Star was claimed for $40,000 in April.

SKYWIRE – one of four raised at Windhaven in Caledon east and he is by Afleet Alex from the Gone West mare Meandering Stream. Graham bought Meandering Stream for $260,000 from none other than SAM-SON FARMS in foal to Giant’s Causeway in 2007. He sold a handful of her foals for not much more than the $260,000. Colebrook Farms in Ontario raced a son of this mare, Conspire.

SKYWIRE was a $47,000 yearling and then bought the next year for $45,000 as a 2-year-old in training.

His 3rd dam is the great Canadian broodmare NO CLASS.

TONE BROKE – Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry (Dixie Moon, Mr. Havercamp) bred this dark bay colt from their mare MENDOCINO BEANO,a daughter of Smart Strike bred by the Fitzhenrys. Mendocino Beano was stakes placed and she is the dam of fast miler STALLION HEIRESS.

JAMMIN STILL is yet another Bill graham creation and he was an $87,000 yearling purchase and by Take Charge Indy from Cat’s Garden by Tale of the Cat. Graham raced Cat’s Garden.

SUITEDCONNECTED is from the first crop of foals by Ontario sire ROOKIE SENSATION who stands at Adena Springs. He is from the mare KALEIDOSCOPE KERRY, owned by the late Domenic Triumbari who was stakes placed and by champion One Way Love. This is a total Ontario bred female family and this 3-year-old has several winning siblings. He is owned by Joe Triumbari.

SUITEDCONNECTED – Michael Burns photo