july21bullet1t1.jpgFATAL BULLET – at right, RUNS” 100 MILES AN HOUR” to win Bold Venture (quote from trainer Reade Baker, photo by Terence Dulay.


 FATAL BULLET is back!

And now he’s probably gone again as the Horse of the Year in Canada is headed on the road in his quest to take the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in the the fall.

With few opportunites here, the handsome bay son of Red Bullet, fresh off a 109 Beyer Figure (career best) in Sunday’s Bold Venture is hadedd to parts unknow.

According to trainer Reade Baker, the gelding may be sent to California for the Bing Crosby at Del Mar or th emore reasonable/interesting plan would be to send the horse to Sartoga and try some good ones on traditional dirt.



Owner DANNY DION says thumbs up for his champion horse. Trainer Reade Baker and his team did an amazing job with this freakish fellow in his return to the races. Terence Dulay photo.






Sid C. Attard      108      25      14      15      $1,083,533

Mark E. Casse     148     24     22     20     $1,803,445

Terry Jordan     48     22     5     10     $820,754

Nicholas Gonzalez     114     20     16     12     $1,040,034

Robert P. Tiller     145     19     26     19     $955,890

Scott H. Fairlie     125     19     22     21     $1,377,314

Steven M. Asmussen     98     19     19     15     $864,668

Malcolm Pierce     88     19     9     10     $1,482,784

Josie Carroll     77     18     11     16     $1,167,307

Reade Baker     139     16     22     24     $1,097,824

Roger L. Attfield     68     16     14     7     $990,556

Sam Di Pasquale     52     12     10     6     $357,453

John A. Ross     35     11     5     4     $675,154

David R. Bell     71     10     9     11     $631,721


Patrick Husbands      407      83      70      66      $4,797,508

Chantal Sutherland     396     59     66     59     $3,411,182

James McAleney     269     54     35     41     $2,662,744

Emile Ramsammy     347     49     42     43     $2,316,089

Eurico Rosa Da Silva     304     48     48     39     $3,468,727

Tyler Pizarro     310     47     44     37     $2,305,247

Emma-Jayne Wilson     371     39     51     44     $2,396,566

Luis Contreras     119     26     21     17     $1,181,837

Justin Stein     291     24     34     28     $1,186,564

Jono C. Jones     211     18     19     25     $1,249,764

Gerry Olguin     217     15     20     27     $828,489

Richard Anthony Dos Ramos     130     14     12     15     $696,945

Todd Kabel     102     14     10     9     $721,629

Constant Montpellier     153     13     15     14     $614,114


july21jewelt1.jpgKRISTEN HRDLICKA PHOTO from www.flickr.com

DONVER STABLES’ CARELESS JEWEL ran a 104 Beyer Figure in an eyepopping 7 plus length score in the DELAWARE OAKS on the weekend and the Canadian owned and trained gal is heading to Saratoga.

The grey Tapit filly, bred in Kentucky, began her career this spring at Woodbine and has been unbeatable for trainer JOsie Carroll and her rider Rob Landry.


On Sunday, Carroll was back home saddling Smart Surprise for an emphatic four-length score under her regular rider, Patrick Husbands, in the $160,800 Ontario Matron.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Carroll said after she had watched both horses record their third straight wins in their respective 1 1/16-mile stakes.

But it might, in fact.

Careless Jewel was making just her fourth career start, her stakes debut, and her first appearance on dirt in the Delaware Oaks.

“We’ll certainly take the Alabama into consideration now,” said Carroll, with reference to the Gradeo1, $600,000 stakes race for 3-year-old fillies that will be run at Saratoga over 1 1/4 miles on Aug. 22.

“She’s just a very good horse.”


As expected, the first yearling sale of the season was on the ugly side, the numbers plunged and there simply were not any fireworks.

Canadians stayed clear and only 2 Canadian-breds were sold:

$20,000 65 Ghostzapper – A.. Andie colt, Adena Springs

$75,000 122 Ghostzapper – French Park colt, Adena Springs

NOT SOLD  131 Henny Hughes Gold Crystal colt, Taylor Made

NOT SOLD 208 Roman Ruler- Rare Passion colt, Hidden Brook

NOT SOLD ($57k) 216 Posse – Sandhill Charm filly, Three Chimneys

Selling today:

 298 El Prado – Blue Sky High filly, Bluegrass Stable

 305 Awesome Again – Calico Flower colt, Adena Springs

 352 El Prado – Dress to Impress filly, Adena Springs

 370 Holy Bull – Flows Like Wine colt – Elm Tree

 404 Touch Gold- Indy Gold colt, Adena Springs

 416 Street Cry – La Rein colt, Anderson


FORT ERIE, July 19 – Chocolateforlunch remains undefeated in 6 lifetime starts at the Border Oval. The five-year-old daughter of Bold Executive scored a one length win over five rivals in Sunday’s Fort Erie Slots Cup.

With Rui Pimintel in the saddle, Chocolateforlunch sat just of the early pace and made a solid run through the stretch to get the victory.

“She’s just a real nice horse,” said Pimintel after the race. “I had to ask her a bit around the turn. I didn’t want the leader to get away.”

Chocolateforlunch, winner of two races here last year, and her last four in 09 covered the six furlong distance in 1:11.2.

Sent to post as the even money favorite the Lyle Morden trained runner paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.10. Longshot Snow Rite, the early leader, held on for second returning $12.80 and $4.00 and set up a $31.50 exactor. Rosie Regent finished third returning $2.50, the triactor paid $131.80.

The Fort Erie Slots Cup is the first of a series of eight scheduled at Fort Erie this season. Up next is the Don Valliere Memorial Cup, one week from today, Sunday, July 26.


A new program, Horse Protection Initiatives, has been launched by TRACS (The Responsible Animal Care Society).


We’d like to increase your adoptive rate by offering a $50 rebate to anyone adopting a horse or other equine from your rescue facility.  We hope that this will provide an incentive for more adoptions that will save more animals.


Please read further about our program here: http://www.tracs-bc.ca/horseprotection.html .  Feel free to spread the word amongst your contacts and to link to this page on your website.  We also offer euthanasia assistance in cases of intractable illness or infirmity.


On behalf of TRACS, we hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity.  I look forward to hearing from you!


Thanks for everything you do for equines,

Sinikka Crosland, President

TRACS (The Responsible Animal Care Society)

P.O. Box 26097

Westbank, B.C.

V4T 2G3

Ph/fax: 250-768-4803


e-mail: tracs@shaw.ca


This initiative has been made possible through a generous grant from The Vancouver Foundation.  It is our hope that ongoing donations will keep the fund alive and that we may continue to assist horses in need for years to come.



-Thoroughblog wrote about TOUR OF THE CAT being claimed and retired by rescue groups last week and mentioned RARE FRIENDS. That champion was not claimed and rescued by LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation but instead by owner Mike Ambler and friends.

There are still more wonderful stakes winners and big earners out there racing for low claiming, do the right thing and find a good home for these friends of ours.