This coming weekend is going to be super exciting for horse racing fans with Kentucky Derby preps in Florida and at Fair Grounds..this will be serious time for a lot of runners and their future plans.

Meanwhile, keep those foals pics coming and enjoy this special (and tiring) time of year!)


A colt by U.S. Ranger (Danzig) out of Mehndi by Pulpit plays in the snow at Mapleshade Farm (Bernard and Karen McCormack)


photos courtesy of Bernard McCormack



The unbeaten Violence heads first big Ky. Derby prep

John Oxley’s SKY CAPTAIN (Sky Mesa) could sneak into the Derby picture for trainer Mark Casse should he run well on Saturday. Patrick Husbands gets a shot to ride the big race.

Saturday, Gulfstream Park, post time: 5:35 p.m.EST
FASIG-TIPTON FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH S.-GII, $400,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m

1 Orb Malibu Moon Velazquez McGaughey 116
2 Joshua’s Comprise Comprise Prado Rose 116
3 Violence K Medaglia d’Oro Castellano Pletcher 122
4 Majestic Hussar Majestic Warrior Saez Kenneally 116
5 Elmutahid Street Cry (Ire) Bravo McLaughlin 116
6 Cerro (Ire) Mr. Greeley Rocco Motion 116
7 Sky Captain K Sky Mesa Husbands Casse 116
8 Speak Logistics High Cotton Rosario Plesa 116
9 He’s Had Enough KTapit Gutierrez O’Neill 116
10 Falling Sky K Lion Heart Espinoza Terranova 120
11 Sr. Quisqueyano Exclusive Quality Olivero Olivares 118
The only Canadian (sort of) connected colt at Fair Grounds would be HE’S HAD ENOUGH (owned by Paul Reddam) but that colt may go in the FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH instead.


Saturday, Fair Grounds, post time: 5:57 p.m.EST
RISEN STAR S.-GII, $400,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m
1 Proud Strike K Smart Strike Stevens Asmussen 116
2 Code West K Lemon Drop Kid Garcia Baffert 116
3 Agent Dehere Eramia McAnally 116
4 Golden Soul Perfect Soul (Ire) Mena Stewart 116
5 Mylute Midnight Lute Bridgmohan Amoss 116
6 Palace Malice K Curlin Napravnik Pletcher 116
7 Hardrock Eleven K Rock Hard Ten Theriot Banks 116
8 Ive Struck a Nerve K Yankee Gentleman Graham Desormeaux 116
9 Normandy Invasion K Tapit Lezcano Brown 116
10 Oxbow K Awesome Again Court Lukas 120
11 Bethel Pulpit Diego Dorochenko116
12 He’s Had Enough K Tapit Gutierrez O’Neill 116
13 Circle Unbroken K Broken Vow Goncalves Simms 116
14 Departing War Front Hernandez Stall 116
15 Sunbean Brahms Hernandez Stall 116




Canadian bred LADY BANKS (Successful Appeal) won the Ruthless at 6 furlongs at Aqueduct last time and now is in the south for her first route test. She was bred by Sue Foreman in Ontario.

Saturday, Gulfstream Park, post time: 4:35 p.m.EST
DAVONA DALE S.-GII, $250,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m
1 Private Ensign A.P. Indy Castellano Romans 116
2 Lady Banks K Successful Appeal Rocco Lawrence 116
3 Dreaming of Julia A.P. Indy Velazquez Pletcher 122
4 Live Lively K Medaglia d’Oro Rosario Hennig 116
5 Twice Told Tale Tale of the Cat Prado Nicks 116



TRUDELL, Albert Charles – Peacefully at Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday, February 17, 2013. Albert Trudell, dearly beloved husband of Mary Ann. Dear father of Caroline, Matthew and the late Albert Jr. Loving grandfather of Adam, Charmaine, Nicholas and Emily. Sadly missed by his sister Virginia and her husband John Bell, niece Julia, nephew Joseph and many family and friends. Resting at the NEWEDIUK FUNERAL HOME, KIPLING CHAPEL, 2058 Kipling Ave. (north of Rexdale Blvd.) from Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated from St. Benedict’s Church, 2194 Kipling Ave., Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. Online condolences at




Dreams of a big win with a homebred 3yo.
Yep, Robert S. Evans, who was interviewed in the latest CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED MAGAZINE (March issue, out soon), has his first homebred, Canadian-bred winner in KID DREAMS, who sparkled in a maiden win at Santa Anita last weekend. He posted a 78 Beyer Figure and quickly jumped on to the list of Queen’s Plate hopefuls. The colt was born at Anderson Farms in St. Thomas, Ontario.

The 3yo is trained by Neil Drysdale and is by Lemon Drop Kid, chart from Thoroughbred Daily News

3rd-SAX, $56,750, Msw, 3yo, 1m, 1:37 3/5, ft.
KID DREAMS (c, 3, Lemon Drop Kid–Dreams, by Silver Hawk), a full-brother to these connections= Dreamy Kid,
GSW, $144,130; and a half to Elysium Fields (El Prado {Ire}), GSP, $154,920, was fifth behind subsequent
GII Robert B. Lewis S. romper Flashback (Tapit) going seven panels at Betfair Hollywood Park Dec. 8. Let go
at 14-1 here while getting first-time Lasix, the homebred broke on the lead, but was reined in by Kevin
Krigger to stalk a pair of dueling leaders. Moving in concert with favored Aleander (Smart Strike)
approaching the straight, Kid Dreams proved clearly best as he kicked home to a 3 1/4-length victory over
the chalk. Pacesetting Wine List (Giant=s Causeway) stayed on for third. Lifetime Record: 2-1-0-0, $34,500.
O/B-Robert S Evans (ON). T-Neil D Drysdale.



Goldmart Farms welcomed a sizy girl on Sunday night – by Philanthropist. Liz Pathak photo




It was only a $10,000 claiming race but trainer JOHN MATTINE and jockey LUIS CONTRERAS got a welcomed win at Gulfstream Park yesterday (Monday) when BOBBY JO won by more than 5 lengths at odds-on. The 4-year-old filly by Bob and John out of Pyrenee, by Mt. Livermore was bred by Gardiner Farms.
RAMSAMMY WINS 3 IN TRINIDAD – – rides in Trinidad until Easter Monday

Ramsammy shines once again
By Glen Mohammed

BUFFALO SOLDIER made every step of yesterday’s 1,750-metre opener for horses rated 85-65 a winning one under multiple Canadian-based champion jockey Emile Ramsammy, to start Day six proceedings at Santa Rosa Park.

The four-year-old dark/bay son of Sharp Humor/Quarteria, owned by Merlin Samlalsingh and trained by Derick Mosca, scored by 4 ¾ lengths from Pistons And Rings, Wild Shuffle and Becquerel in a good 1:53.3.

With none of the other runners choosing to make the running, Ramsammy sent the 1/5 favourite to the front from his one-gate draw, dictating the pace tracked by Oasis and Becquerel, with Pistons And Rings and Wild Shuffle completing the field. Onefortheroad did not take part.

Positions up front remained unchanged, but at the back, Pistons And Rings started closing in on the leaders as they headed towards the 1,000-metre pole. Ramsammy quickened the pace a bit, dropping Oasis, but did not allow his mount to move too early, restraining him for any challenge up the homestretch. While none came, he kept the gelding up to his work to score unchallenged in the end.