Vanessa Ng’s image of SONGBIRD


As we still revel in the Tepin moments at Woodbine last weekend at Woodbine it is time to  gear up for some more great racehorses.

We are spoiled this year to be sure.

SONGBIRD – undefeated American champion could meet her biggest test at Parx (appears as if she will win, however)

Later, the Kentucky Derby winner NYQUIST takes on arch nemesis EXAGGERATOR..this corner says Nyquist and Gun Runner fight it out

Meanwhile, Woodbine Based colt NOHOLDINGBACK BEAR is a serious factor in the Gallant Bob Stakes – Grade 3, worth $300,000.

Owned by Canadian Danny Dion of Bear Stables and trained by Mike DePaulo, this handsome colt has a big chance to get his first graded stakes win in this large field, cutting back from 7 furlongs off a huge run in the Grade 1 at Saratoga last time.

At Woodbine – four stakes this weekend get started in race 3 today – the Grade 3 DURHAM CUP, a tiny filed that looks to be a romp in the park for ARE YOU KIDDING ME, last year’s champion older male. (Another top older horse, Melmich, is to race out of town next week)

The Ontario Colleeen (G3) is a good 1 mile grass race on the other hand. The 8th race features the unbeaten ANCIENT SECRET, in town for the mighty Chad brown stable. She looks like the boss but has ot get past top 3-year-old filly locally, CAREN .


Saturday, Parx Racing, post time: 4:55 p.m. EDT
COTILLION S.-GI, $1,000,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m

1 Carina Mia K Malibu Moon Leparoux Mott 5-1
2 Cathryn Sophia Street Boss Castellano Servis 5-2
3 Disco Rose Weigelia Rivera Reid, Jr. 20-1
4 Land Over Sea K Bellamy Road Gutierrez O’Neill 10-1
5 Songbird Medaglia d’Oro Smith Hollendorfer 1-2
6 Queena Esther K Roman Ruler Cedeno Vazquez 30-1

Saturday, Parx Racing, post time: 5:45 p.m. EDT
PENNSYLVANIA DERBY-GII, $1,250,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m

1 Awesome Slew Awesome Again Lopez Plesa, Jr. 10-1
2 Exaggerator K Curlin Desormeaux D’meaux 9-2
3 Summer RevolutionK Summer Bird Smith Rodriguez 8-1
4 Connect Curlin Castellano Brown 12-1
5 Cupid K Tapit Bejarano Baffert 5-1
6 Wild About Deb K Eskendereya Pereira Preciado 20-1
7 Gun Runner Candy Ride (Arg) Geroux Asmussen 6-1
8 My Man Sam Trappe Shot Leparoux Brown 20-1
9 Nyquist K Uncle Mo Gutierrez O’Neill 5-2
10 Sunny Ridge Holy Bull Bravo Servis 12-1
11 Discreet Lover Repent Flores St. Lewis 30-1
12 Hit It Once More Hard Spun Carmouche Sciacca 20-1

Saturday, Parx Racing, post time: 3:41 p.m. EDT
GALLANT BOB S.-GIII, $300,000, 3yo, 6f

1 Mind Your Biscuits  Posse – Falcone 9-2
2 Threefiveindia Street Hero Castellano Brown 7-2
3 Navy Hymn K Songandaprayer Bejarano Baltas 5-1
4 Noholdingback BearK Put It Back Da Silva De Paulo 5-2
5 Counterforce K Smart Strike Geroux Asmussen 8-1
6 Full Salute K Speightstown Pennington Plesa Jr 15-1
7 Awesome Speed K Awesome Again Lopez Goldberg 12-1
8 Cocked and LoadedK Colonel John Silvera Pino 20-1
9 Yellow Chips Majesticprfction Bravo Plesa Jr 15-1
10 Cardio Cowboy Petionville Carmouche Coletti Jr 20-1
11 Klingon Warrior First Dude Lopez Demasi 20-1
12 Who’s Out K Tale of Ekati Smith Hollndrfer 12-1


LEXIE LOU  future up in air

Lexie Lou won’t run again this year and the 2014 Canadian horse of the year’s racing career could be over.

Trainer Mark Casse, who earned his first career Plate win with Lexie Lou in ’14, said the five-year-old champion filly’s season is done and a decision on her future will be announced shortly…read more:



A Thoroughbred owner and breeder who is a vet wins a big race at Ajax Downs…a Quarter Horse owner who got his big break with a Standardbred..all the stories are at: