That lost in the shuffle of YEARLING SALES STAKES DAY was the wild SUPERFECTA FINISH of 4 juveneile by OLD FORESTER?

 CALIUS, CITIUS, URBAN FORESTER AND NEAR EXPECTATIONS combined for an $1,800 superfecta payoff in the 3rd race on Monday and all 4 boys are by the 1st crop sire.

The winner had raced while the 2nd and 3rd place finishers were making their debuts.

 OLD FORESTER stands at T C Westmeath Stud.


VICTOR’S CRY AND VIOLON SACRE are two notable Americans coming in for the WOODBINE MILE, next Sunday’s big event.

There are a bunch of locals who are going in the race such as SMOKEY FIRE, GRAND ADVENTURE AND AUTEUR and interestingly, other than the Europeans nominated, SMOKEY FIRE will be the highest last-race Beyer Figure horse in the race!

JUNGLE WAVE has reportedly been injured according to BILL TALLON IN DAILY RACING FORM, so he is out.

The coming days will give us a better idea of if the race will shape up as a truly Grade 1 Mile event.


One of Woodbine’s most gorgeous horses, STUNNING STAG, is at Presque Isle this weekend…

Cherokee Artist, the 2009 winner, and Gayego, a Grade 1 stakes winner who has more than $1.5 million in earnings, head the 12-horse field for Friday’s $250,000 Presque Isle Downs Mile.

Also entered are graded stakes winners Successful Dan and Mambo Meister, along with Black Belt, Rockin’ Rockstar, Stunning Stag and Ryan’s Gift, who all have won stakes races or placed in graded races.

The H. Graham Motion-trained Cherokee Artist, who won the Presque Isle Mile by 23/4 lengths in 2009, will again be ridden by Jeremy Rose. The 5-year-old horse has six wins and has earned more than $600,000 in purse money.

Cherokee Artist drew the 11th post position.

Gayego, from the internationally powerful Godolphin Racing stable, ran out of the money in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. Gayego is trained by Saeed bin Suroor and will be ridden by Alan Garcia.

Mambo Meister, a 5-year-old gelding and winner of two Grade 3 races this spring, is trained by Philip Gleaves and will be ridden by Dale Beckner.

Lightly-raced Successful Dan, a 2009 Grade 3 winner trained by Charlie Lopresti, has 2009 Eclipse Award-winning rider Julien Leparoux aboard for his second race in 2010.

Rockin’ Rockstar (rider Willie Martinez) won the $100,000 Tom Ridge Stakes at PID on May 12, while Ryan’s Gift (Phil Teator) won the Pennsylvania-bred state-restricted $75,000 Lil E. Tee Stakes on Aug. 19.

Stunning Stag (Gerry Olguin) has raced 22 times, all at Toronto’s Woodbine, and has placed in three of four graded stakes races.


Stakes fuel some, others stay away

The YEARLING SALES STAKES day at Woodbine was a smorgasbord for horseplayers and fans as the locally bred stars came out for various divisions. There were lots of big favourites on the day, SOCIETY’S CHAIRMAN, SAND COVE and others but it was a day of longshots and big wins for the smaller stables.

Bargain purchases was also the theme and  many of the winenrs were picked up for a pittance at auction but collected big money.

Next year, the YEARLING SALES STAKES will be worth $200,000 and the 2yo races will cut back from 7 furlongs to 6 1/2 furlongs.



IT WAS LUCKY BE ME IN THE MUSKOKA STAKES (68 Beyer), a daughter of Peaks and Valleys

Norm Files photo







Harlequin Ranches Mesa Cielo ($14.50) upset heavily favored Sand Cove in the $125,000 Elgin Stakes. The son of Sky Mesa led at every call, under Jim McAleney, and finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of Mobthewarrior. Sand Cove was third. The Reade Baker trainee stopped the teletimer in 1:43.98.

A slow pace and a shrewd ride was the winning ticket for Mesa Cielo, a son of good local stakes mare Miss Crissy,. Bred by Harlequin (Dick Bonnycastle), the gelding has a half-sibling in the preferred sale coming up tomorrow.


Don Cole’s Don’s Folly ($9.70) rallied from well back to finish a neck in front of Drunken Love to win the $125,000 Kenora Stakes. For the Ian Black-trained five-year-old son of Tethra, the Kenora was his fourth career tally and his first added-money score since the 2007 Simcoe Stakes. Under jockey Slade Callaghan, Don’s Folly covered six furlongs

in 1:09.39.


Fieldstone Farms charge Guipago ($19) snatched victory away from 1-2  shot Society’s Chairman in the $126,600 Halton Stakes. A winner by a half-length, Guipago covered one mile over a ‘good’ turf course in 1:37.03. He is trained by Analisa Delmas and was ridden to victory by Justin Stein.

A liver chestnut, the gelding is by My Way Only out of Cherokee Chcik by  Cherokee Fellow and he cost just $1,200, a shrewd buy by Ron Delmas.


Dave Cotey trainee Invitation Only ($43.80) was a dominant 1 ¾-length winner of the $127,800 Simcoe Stakes. The seven-furlong contest was the first career added-money score for winning apprentice jockey Omar Moreno. A maiden no longer, Invitation Only is owned by Dominion Bloodstock, Derek Ball and HGHR Inc. Top Pit Boss rallied for second.

Wonder Phil was third.

The winner is by One Way Love out of Star Guest and is interestingly, a half brother to champion INISH GLORA, a turf star locally and dam of this year’s Oaks winner Roan Inish.

Bred by John Carey, the dark bay gelding was bought for just $5,500 by Cotey.


Cudney Stables charge Secret Wish ($28) rallied from well off the pace to capture the $127,000 Algoma Stakes. Under jockey Jim McAleney, Secret Wish was the first career stakes win for trainer Elizabeth Charalambous.

The four-year-old daughter of Street Cry travelled 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.66.

In the race, one of the favourites, Selembao, made a very early rush to the lead into the far turn and looked like a winner until she ran out of gas.

The winner is a Spring Farm, in partnership with Darley bred gal and she posted a 68 Beyer Figure for the win.


Lucky Be Me ($12.70), owned by A. Alber and Natural Eight Stable, fought off her favored stablemate Tree Pose to take the $127,400 Muskoka Stakes by a nose. Both stakes-winning fillies are trained by Bill Tharrenos. Lucky Be Me was ridden by Richard Dos Ramos. The daughter of Peaks and Valleys is out of Timely Search (Regal Search) stopped the teletimer in 1:23.78.

Lucky Be Me was bred by Wanda and Lester Pikulski and Gardiner Farms and she was a $7,000 (Can) yearling purchase last year by Tharrenos.

The Beyer Figure for the filly was 68.



Stormy Atlantic Filly Tops Canadian Sale


The cream of the Canadian-bred sales yearling crop rose to the top at the selected session of the annual sale held by the Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society on Sept. 7 at Woodbine.

The most attractive youngsters, physically and on paper, brought the top prices while offerings at the middle and lower end struggled to get sold.

A fancy dark bay daughter of Stormy Atlantic   topped the sale at (CAN)$130,000, paid by agent Anthony Goswell for Dick Bonnycastle`s Harlequin Ranches.

The filly, sold by Richard Hogan, as agent, is the first foal of the Theatrical mare Theatre Fan, a half sister to the dam of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Big Brown.

The sale-topper sold deep into the session, and two hip numbers later the second highest priced yearling, and top colt, went through the ring for Bernard McCormack`s Cara Bloodstock, selling as agent.


Racing industry asks for help to get back on track

By Anne Patterson – Langley Times

Published: September 09, 2010 3:00 PM

Updated: September 09, 2010 3:00 PM

In the absence of a government-made miracle, the industry that produced the legendary Thoroughbred Man o’ War may become a distant memory, at least in this province.

“The racing industry needs government help to keep going. We’ve gone as far as we can go. Things have to change,” said Aldergrove resident Mike Heads.

A TB racing enthusiast and media specialist, Heads has worked in the industry for over 20 years.

According to Mike, the arrival of slot machines at Hastings track, owned by the Great Canadian Gaming Corp. (GCGC), around four years ago did nothing to reverse the decline in racing revenues.