RYAN PACHECO won his first race at Woodbine aboard HONEST AL on Sunday…Norm Files photo







from a Positive comes a …positive

HOLLYWOOD HIT didn’t know he was not allowed to race anymore, once his sensational Kennedy Road Stakes (GII) last season was flagged and then, just recently, taken away.

He minded his own business and waited for the day he could show his stuff again and that day was Sunday at Woodbine in the Jacques Cartier Stakes.

With trainer Terry Jordan and his team of assistants out of the picture for 30 days, Hollywood Hit has been residing in the barn of Danny O’Callaghan and was he ready to go.

Pumped up from the get-go, Hollywood Hit was ‘under a tug’ early in the race before he strolled away in the stretch.

“He’s the fastest horse I’ve ever ridden,” said jockey Jim McAleney. “I just love this horse. He’s brilliant.”

A son of Cactus Ridge, the 4yo is one of 10 foals for the mare Solid Hit and 9 to race have all won. The horse was bred by C.R. Trout who sold his homebred to Redekop last year.

Also on Sunday, BENT ATTORNEY ran like a mare possessed by winning an optional claiming event for $77,500 claiming in race 4. The Crown Attorney mare, owned by Centennial Farms (Niagara) and trained by Don MacRae took off like a shot in the stretch to defeat fellow stakes winner Indian Apple Is in the 5 1/2 furlong dash.

RYAN PACHECO, an apprentice who attended Chris McCarron’s riding school in the Inited States, won his first race at Woodbine (and his first race other than a riding school event) when he guided Frank Lippa and Kieran Naim’s HONEST AL to a front runing score in a maiden $16,000 race.

Pacheco was a groom for trainer READE BAKER for several years before embarking on a riding career.

First time starter OFFICEINTHEVALLEY was let go at 35 to 1 in a maiden allowance in race 9 but he romped by more than 3 lengths and earned a 65 Beyer Figure in his debut. Owned, bred and trained by Paul Buttigieg, the Ontario bred gelding is by Peaks and Valleys out of At the Office by Silver Ghost.


When Hollywood Hit’s win in the Kennedy Road was taken away, so was his track record time of 1:07.38. The record showing in the program is 1:08.31.

So, the horse comes up with a positive and loses the win, and somewhere, powers that be decided that the time of the race is no longer valid.

Deciding whether the positive test actually made the horse run faster is debtable for sure. But when folks who play the races are now trying to calculate their own speed figures or pace numbers, this event is totally wiped off the slate.

Seems a bit misleading – maybe it should be a track record with an asterisk?


Steven M. Asmussen      12      4      1      2      $138,240

Gregory de Gannes     9     3     2     3     $85,051

Laurie Silvera     10     3     1     3     $139,352

Robert P. Tiller     6     3     1     2     $132,095

Mark E. Casse     19     2     4     2     $138,845

Michael V. Pino     5     2     2     1     $83,570

Michael J. Doyle     14     2     1     3     $113,638

Reade Baker     7     2     1     1     $172,311

Donald C. MacRae     3     2     1     0     $81,720

Sam Di Pasquale     4     2     1     0     $37,940

Ralph J. Biamonte     7     2     0     1     $57,099

Larry Rivelli     4     2     0     1     $31,204

Darwin D. Banach     4     2     0     1     $23,309

Mark Fournier     2     2     0     0     $51,660


Eurico Rosa Da Silva      33      11      1      6      $447,690

Emile Ramsammy     38     9     7     6     $355,324

Patrick Husbands     32     6     5     6     $314,930

Omar Moreno     34     5     4     9     $170,549

Justin Stein     12     4     4     1     $150,409

Luis Contreras     12     4     1     2     $138,240

David Clark     13     3     0     2     $44,931

James McAleney     14     2     1     1     $163,987

Richard Anthony Dos Ramos     11     2     0     1     $79,262


Canadian owner Robert Smithen’s Bay to Bay, winner of the Natalma (G3) and runner-up to Biofuel in the Mazarine (G3) at Woodbine last year, will carry top weight of 123 pounds and concede 2-6 pounds to her seven rivals in Thursday’s 22nd running of the $100,000 Appalachian (G3) for 3-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf.


The Appalachian will go as the eighth race on Thursday’s nine-race card with a 4:35 p.m. (EDT) post time. First post on Thursday is 1:05 p.m.


Trained by Woodbine conditioner Brian Lynch, Bay to Bay will be making her 2010 debut in the Appalachian and will be ridden for the first time by Javier Castellano. Bay to Bay will break from post position five.


Although Bay to Bay will carry high weight, favoritism likely will go to Paul Pompa Jr.’s Rose Catherine, trained by Todd Pletcher.


Rose Catherine has compiled a record of 3-2-1-0 on the turf with the runner-up finish coming in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in November at Santa Anita. In her lone start of 2010, Rose Catherine won the Sweet Life at Santa Anita.


Garrett Gomez, who rode Rose Catherine to her Sweet Life victory, has the call Thursday and will exit post position one.


Thursday, Keeneland

APPALACHIAN S.-GIII, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1mt


1 Rose Catherine K Speightstown Gomez Pletcher 117

2 All County Medallist De La Cruz Pucek 117

3 Orchestrator K Bernstein Solis McPeek 121

4 Red Hot Buddha Buddha Graham Amoss 117

5 Bay to Bay K Sligo Bay (Ire) Castellano Lynch 123

6 Cactus Cadillac K Cactus Ridge Albarado Pate 119

7 Check the Label Stormin Fever Leparoux Motion 119

8 Go Ask Alex K Afleet Alex Rossi Glenney 117


Trainer Pletcher with 6, WinStar Farm with 4…

If strength in numbers means anything at all then the team of WINSTAR Farm and trainer Todd Pletcher have a strangehold on the Kentucky Derby on May 1.

Pletcher’s main Derbvy hopeful, ESKENDEREYA, is not one of the Winstar dudes, however, and that son of Giant’s Causeway is considered far and away the leading Derby contender.


Horse     Trainer     Graded earnings     Last race

Lookin At Lucky    Bob Baffert    $1,480,000    3rd Santa Anita Derby

Noble’s Promise    Kenny McPeek    $738,000    5th Arkansas Derby

Rule    Todd Pletcher    $645,000    3rd Florida Derby

Sidney’s Candy    John Sadler    $630,000    1st Santa Anita Derby

Eskendereya    Todd Pletcher    $600,00    1st Wood

Line of David    John Sadler    $600,000    1st Arkansas Derby

Mission Impazible    Todd Pletcher    $473,434    1st Louisiana Derby

Ice Box    Nick Zito    $457,500    1st Florida Derby

Stately Victor    Mike Maker    $451,112    1st Blue Grass Stakes

Endorsement    Shannon Ritter    $400,000    1st Sunland Derby

Conveyance    Bob Baffert    $386,000    2nd Sunland Derby

American Lion    Eoin Harty    $378,000    1st Illinois Derby

Dublin    D. Wayne Lukas    $373,208    3rd Arkansas Derby

Super Saver    Todd Pletcher    $363,832    2nd Arkansas Derby

Discreetly Mine    Todd Pletcher    $340,000    4th Louisiana Derby

Dean’s Kitten    Mike Maker    $326,475    1st Lane’s End

Interactif    Todd Pletcher    $307,950    4th Blue Grass

Awesome Act    Jeremy Noseda    $285,000    3rd Wood Memorial

Paddy O’Prado    Dale Romans    $250,950    2nd Blue Grass

Homeboykris    Rick Dutrow    $250,500    2nd allowance race

Uh Oh Bango    Kory Owens    $237,952    4th Arkansas Derby

Jackson Bend    Nick Zito    $230,000    2nd Wood Memorial

Backtalk    Tom Amoss    $225,916    3rd Illinois Derby

Make Music for Me    Alexis Barba    $218,750    6th Blue Grass

A Little Warm    Tony Dutrow    $180,000    2nd Louisiana Derby

Setsuko    Richard Mandella    $180,000    2nd Santa Anita Derby

Pleasant Prince    Wesley Ward    $166,250    7th Blue Grass

Caracortado    Mike Machowsky    $153,000    4th Santa Anita Derby

Yawanna Twist    Rick Dutrow    $147,000    2nd Illinois Derby

L-Connemara    Todd Pletcher    $138,500    3rd Lane’s End

Northern Giant    D. Wayne Lukas    $132,000    9th Arkansas Derby

T-Eightyfiveinafifty    Gary Contessa    $120,000    1st Bay Shore

First Dude    Dale Romans    $97,500    3rd Blue Grass

Drosselmeyer    Bill Mott    $87,000    3rd Louisiana Derby

KEY: L – Running in Saturday’s Coolmore Lexington Stakes.

T – Possible for The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial


and check out EXHI

A win in the Lexington Stakes on Saturday gets one of these guys a ticket to the Kentucky Derby by earnings (see list above for leaders) and one intriguing entrant is EXHI, a Todd Pletcher trainee.

EXHI is a dark bay colt who won the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park last time and his 3rd dam is none other than the famous Canadian mare FANFRELUCHE.

FANFRELUCHE, the dam of La Voyageuse, Medaille d’Or and of course, the infamous SAIN ET SAUF, is in the Canadian Horse racing Hall of Fame.

Saturday, Keeneland


1 1/16m (AWT)


1 Krypton K Rock Hard Ten Garcia McLaughlin 117

2 Uptowncharlybrown K Limehouse Gomez White 117

3 Distorted Dave K Distorted Humor Espinoza Sadler 117

4 Bushwhacked K Posse Maragh Sheppard 117

5 Call Shot K Tale of the Cat Alvarado Catalano 117

6 Prince Will I Am Victory Gallop Borel Nihei 117

7 Lonesome Street Broken Vow Leparoux Maker 117

8 Exhi Maria’s Mon Albarado Pletcher 121

9 Heavenville Offlee Wild B’mohan Asmussen 117

10 Connemara Giant’s Causeway R Baze Pletcher 121

11 Kettle River Congaree Castellano Harty 117

12 Chief Counsel K Officer D’meaux Mott 117 apr15exhi.jpg

  EXHI, great grandson of FANFRELUCHE, is in the Lexington Stakes on Saturday.

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Villeneuve coming home to chase career win # 1,000……

 FORT ERIE , April 13 – Jockey Francine Villenueve is coming home. The veteran rider made it official Monday, she’ll return to the saddle this season in hopes of reaching a milestone, 1,000 career wins.

Since riding her first winner at Woodbine in 1987 the Ottawa native has recorded 934 victories. She is Canada ’s all-time leading female rider ahead of Regina Sealock (742), Emma-Jayne Wilson (710) and Chantal Sutherland (701). (Total wins by a Canadian born rider).

 “One thousand wins is definitely the motivating factor in my decision,” said the 45-year-old rider. “It’s within reach, I’ve been thinking about it for a long time.”

After riding 51 winners at Fort Erie in 2006, Villeneuve decided to take a break from racing. “I never really retired,” she said. “I just took some time off. Now it’s all or nothing, I’m coming back to focus on race-riding and winning races.”

 Villeneuve was the first local female rider to ride in the Queen’s Plate, finishing second aboard Wilderness Song in 1991. Later that year she rode Wilderness Song in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. In 2005 she just missed winning the Prince of Wales Stakes, she finished second aboard Autumn Snow.

 Her proudest moment came in 2004 when she was awarded the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award. “I felt so honoured,” she said. “I felt I got a lot of recognition from people I respected. It really made me feel good.”

The Gomez award is given to a Canadian-born, Canadian-raised or regular rider in the country for more than five years, who has made significant contributions to the sport.

 Live racing returns to Fort Erie on Saturday, May 1. First race at 1:30pm.