TODAY’S NEWS – One more sleep and then it’s SOVEREIGN AWARDS NIGHT in Toronto! An interesting evening awaits the litany of folks flying in for the party at Ultra Club – noms listed on today’s post and CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED is prominent!! and does CHAMPS ELYSEES’ one win get him the big award?





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Tomorrow night is THE NIGHT!

The champions of CANADIAN RACING 2009 will be announced at the ULTRA CLUB, in downtown Toronto.

This is a step away from the normal Sovereign Award ceremony – no longer a black tie, sit down dinner but a cocktail party, lots of hors d’ouvres and awards and fun until 10 p.m. when the club opens to the public.

About 150 people are alreayd pencilled in to arrive – they are coming from all parts of Canada (Tribal Belle’s connections are headed here with an entourage)..

So who said no one would come at the end of January?

Hey, it’s a great time for a party, good luck to EVERYBODY!!



Champs Elysees’ win the  Canadian International – does that lone score for him make him Horse of the Year and champion turf male? Or just one or none?

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Champion Two Year Old Female

Bay to Bay


Franny Freud


Champion Two Year Old Male

Bear Tough Guy

Ghost Fleet


Champion Three Year Old Female

Hooh Why

Milwaukee Appeal

Tasty Temptation    

Champion Three Year Old Male

Awesome Rhythm

El Brujo

Eye of the Leopard

Champion Older Female

Ginger Brew


Smart Surprise    

Champion Older Male

Ice Bear



Champion Female Turf Horse

Lady Shakespeare

Much Obliged

Points of Grace    

Champion Male Turf Horse

Champs Elysees (GB)


Rahy’s Attorney

Champion Male Sprinter

El Brujo

Field Commission

Hollywood Hit    

Champion Female Sprinter

Carem Crescent

Smart Surprise

Tribal Belle

Outstanding Breeder

Adena Springs

Eugene Melnyk

Minshall Farms

Outstanding Broodmare


Pico Teneriffe

Rahy’s Hope

Outstanding Trainer

Roger Attfield

Malcolm Pierce

Mark Casse    

Outstanding Owner in Canada

Bear Stables, Ltd.

Juddmonte Farms, Inc.

Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc.

Outstanding Jockey

Eurico Rosa DaSilva

Patrick Husbands

Chantal Sutherland    

Outstanding Apprentice Jockey

Omar Moreno

Tyrone Nelson

Melanie Pinto

Outstanding Newspaper Article

Perry Lefko, Fate of the Fort, Down the Stretch, January 2009

Curtis Stock, Edmonton Journal, Lifetime of horse racing brings love, happiness and tragedy

Edmonton Journal, September 2009

Eleanor Yeoman LeBlanc, Racing stars change hats for a good cause, Down the Stretch, September 2009

Keith McCalmont, They’re really at the post, Down the Stretch, July 2009

Outstanding Feature Story

Perry Lefko, Eddie and Jennifer, Down the Stretch, September 2009

Bruce Walker, A Penny for your thoughts, Canadian Thoroughbred magazine, 150th Queen’s Plate Souvenir Edition, June 2009

Jennifer Morrison, Lindros and Impropriety,, September 2009

Outstanding Photograph

Peter Gross, Chantal and the flag, Down the Stretch, April 2009

Michael Burns Photography, A reflection of talent, Canadian Thoroughbred, July 2009

Dave Landry Photography, Alumni Hall enjoying winter, Canadian Thoroughbred, March 2009

Michael Burns Jr., For the birds, Canadian Thoroughbred magazine, October 2009

Outstanding Film/Video Broadcast

Tom Wolski, Episode 357, Sport of Kings, CTV BC, October 2009

Woodbine Entertainment Broadcast Department, The queen’s Plate – History, Heritage and Hope,

CBC Television, June 2009

Horse Racing Alberta & Whiteiron Productions, 80th Anniversary of the Canadian Derby,

TSN Canada, August 2009


Canadian Press report

Dubai set to open a $2 billion horse racing complex amid struggle to pay bills

By Barbara Surk (CP) – 15 hours ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The opening of Dubai’s US$2 billion racetrack is the latest indication that the

indebted Gulf sheikdom has no plans to scale down ambitions to host high profile sports events, particularly

those close to its ruler’s heart.

Despite a struggle to pay the bills for its boom-time excess, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – a long time horse enthusiast and one of the world’s premier endurance riders – is in no mood to save when it comes to horses and racing.

The new Meydan racing facility includes two race tracks, a grandstand for 60,000 spectators, a

290-room-with-a-view luxury hotel, a marina and a racing museum.

Sheik Mohammed is among the biggest spenders on thoroughbreds. He also bankrolls the world’s richest horse race – the Dubai World Cup – and is determined to put the Middle East’s biggest social and sporting event on a par with Royal Ascot and the Kentucky Derby.

“They all have lots of history and have produced many champions,” said Saeed Humaid al-Tayer, the Chairman of Dubai Racing Club and Chief Executive of Meydan, a government-run company spearheading the project.

WATCH THIS VIDEO OF WHAT THE TRACK LOOKS LIKE – “SPACE SHIP”–Dubais-new-multi-million-dollar-racing-jewel-201001270037/


ARC CUP first

Bruce’ set for seasonal bow in ARC Cup

Wednesday, January 27th 2010

Subs were paid at the first nomination stage last Wednesday for the Jamaica-bred roan/grey four-year-old colt, who could make his first start of the new season after counting the Republic Bank Trinidad Derby and First

Citizens Gold Cup among his victories last year.

Also nominated for a possible rematch are Gold Cup runner-up Cactus Amour and unplaced second favourite Blackstone Street, along with shipper Proud Kentuckian, who missed the race because of a tight shoe.

Connections of Bruceontheloose are holding discussions to ship the colt to Woodbine, Canada, but nothing has been agreed to as yet.

Nominations for this week’s 1,800-metre Caribbean Turf Championship were also accepted on Wednesday, with 13 nominees, including last year’s winner Chief Commander.

ARIMA RACE CLUB CUP (GRADE II)–OPEN (14)-1,800 Metres-Agra (USA), Blackstone Street (USA), Brickyard Crossing (USA), Bruceontheloose (Jam), Cactus Amour (USA), Chief Commander, Donut Prince (Jam), Honest Hero (USA), Just In Time, Ksar Ghilane (USA), Proud Kentuckian (USA), Raging Halo (USA), Sonata’s Melody (USA), Windjammer.


FAIR GROUNDS CUTS PURSES, OUCH…from DAILY RACING FORM… Beginning on Sunday, overnight purses will be reduced by 9 percent, according to a Fair Grounds press release.

The purses of 12 stakes races also were cut, with the New Orleans Handicap and the Mervin Muniz Handicap taking the biggest trims, both reduced from $500,000 to $400,000. Four more stakes, the Fair Grounds Handicap, the Mineshaft Handicap, the Bayou Handicap, and the Duncan Kenner Stakes, were cut to $100,000 from $125,000. Six other $75,000 stakes were reduced to $60,000…

Canadian owner JOHN UNGER won a race at PENN NATIONAL last night with his homebred DANCE THE WAY HOME (Cat’s at Home- Bold Courant). The filly won her maiden for $5,00 claiming.