Stylish Citizen 8 to 5 (!!)


WOODBINE SHIPPER STYLISH CITIZEN is 8 to 5 for the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park on Saturday.

The Proud Citizen fellow, winner of the Charlie Barley Stakes on the Polytrack, will be ridden by Jim McAleney for owners Max Berketa and Joe Boughton, trainer John Ross.

The draw  was live on the NORTHLANDS PARK website today…

QUOTES FROM THE DRAW (as I heard them)

SCOREWITHCATER – 3rd Swaps Stakes in California:

“He trained very well this morning,” said Jim Maayard, trainer of Scorewithcater.

“Felipe the groom said he thought it was the best the horse has trained in a long time. Doug told me one thing, the horse is a warrior.

“He looks like he lays 4 or 5 off them so the post should be okay.”

    1 Mr. Shadar

    2 Theglow

    3 It Happened Again

    4 Tease The Tiger

    5 Stylish Citizen

    6 Tommy Danzigger

    7 Scorewithcater

    8 Quiet Approach

    9 Cool Diablo

    10 Almost Time

    11 Bronze Barbarian

    12 Crowned Royal



Sid C. Attard      142      33      21      18      $1,494,522

Mark E. Casse     199     31     34     25     $2,423,968

Steve Asmussen     133     29     21     17     $1,149,367

Malcolm Pierce     120     27     14     15     $2,048,938

Robert. Tiller     189     26     35     24     $1,230,313

Terry Jordan     59     26     7     10     $998,054

Nick Gonzalez     150     23     18     18     $1,202,721

Roger Attfield     93     23     16     10     $1,699,443

Josie Carroll     101     23     15     21     $1,482,351

Reade Baker     173     21     26     28     $1,293,563

Scott Fairlie     163     20     24     29     $1,500,766


Patrick Husbands      524      97      92      84      $5,976,542

Chantal Sutherland     496     73     78     77     $4,114,559

James McAleney     335     67     43     51     $3,378,273

Emile Ramsammy     430     65     51     53     $2,905,392

Eurico Rosa Da Silva     373     61     58     44     $4,156,546

Tyler Pizarro     397     57     61     51     $3,022,840

Emma-Jayne Wilson     479     53     71     61     $3,213,583

Luis Contreras     166     36     26     21     $1,521,916

Todd Kabel     195     34     20     13     $1,580,135

Justin Stein     354     32     40     34     $1,539,795

Jono C. Jones     268     22     26     32     $1,829,235


Trainer Nick Gonzalez won 6 races in the last 2 cards at Fort Erie.

Nick Gonzalez      110      32      21      20      $296,888

Michael Newell     175     23     22     28     $254,643

John Simms     90     23     18     17     $234,732

Lyle Morden     53     17     6     8     $156,866

Daryl G. Ezra     67     16     6     11     $158,723

W. V. Armata     99     14     12     10     $139,229

Robert J.W. Johnston     63     11     12     7     $113,407

Daniel Wills     52     11     5     12     $98,459

Howard Keen     87     9     10     13     $118,421

Winston Wilkinson     69     8     9     7     $90,975


Rui M. Pimentel      304      78      51      43      $751,940

Melanie Pinto     214     34     38     36     $385,699

Anthony Stephen     181     31     31     25     $357,759

Christopher Griffith     166     26     24     14     $265,677

Sunny Singh     133     21     21     17     $235,159

David Garcia     130     21     17     16     $232,685

Edward Keith Robinson     193     21     16     14     $220,873

Kristopher Robinson     171     19     13     28     $212,535

Mike Mehak     216     17     21     31     $228,564

Kirk Johnson     162     15     19     17     $179,934


CANADIAN DERBY brings them in from everywhere

GALLANT and COFFEE BAR, from the Mark Casse barn at Woodbine are out of the Canadian Derby leaving just STYLISH CITIZEN as the Woodbine hopeful.

Owned by Casanova Stable of Max Berketa and Joe Boughton. STYLISH CITIZEN has won two straight races and is trained by John Ross.

JIM MCALENEY is headed west to ride the colt.

Jonathon Huntington at Northlands Park has a Canadian Derby blog with news and photos – here is his projected field and some notes:

Almost Time

Cool Diablo: Worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 on Thursday morning, top clocking out of 18.

Crowned Royal: Stavropoulos finally found a Derby horse for this year after much searching.

It Happened Again: Scheduled to arrive on Thursday morning on a flight from Toronto. Trainer Terry Jordan will also arrive Thursday to prepare. “We’ve had him for a week. I don’t know much about him. But I’m sure he can go the distance (of one mile and three-eighths),” said Jordan tonight.

Mr. Shadar: Gets in the Derby field with the scratches of Gallant and Coffee Bar.

Scorewithcater: Arrived in Edmonton today. “He’s relaxed, happy and eating,” said trainer Jim Meyaard. California-based owner Robert Master will fly to Edmonton three hours in advance of post time for next Saturday’s Derby. And regular trainer Doug O’Neill – a multiple Breeders’ Cup winner – is also scheduled to fly to Edmonton, according to Master.

Stylish Citizen: Part of his caretaker crew will arrive in Edmonton tomorrow.

Theglow: Appears to get in the $300,000 race with the defections today – moving up from 15th on the preference list.


by Jonathan Huntington


 While imports are scheduled to arrive throughout this week for the 80th Canadian Derby on Saturday at Northlands Park, Scorewithcater has passed his first Edmonton test on the road to the $300,000 race.

The California import from trainer Doug O’Neill’s stable galloped on the Northlands surface this morning – handling it just fine. “I trained him two rounds and he felt good,” said Edmonton-based trainer Jim Meyaard, who is handling the colt at Northlands leading up to the marathon tilt. “He came here (to Northlands) like it was his old home.”

Scorewithcater is stabled in the front stall in Meyaard’s indoor stable – giving him fresh air. He also has new shoes after Meyaard and O’Neill consulted about changing from a synthetic surface shoe.

Scorewithcater will likely enter Saturday’s Canadian Derby as one of the key favourites after finishing third in the Grade II Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park last month.



Queen’s Plate winner NOT BOURBON will not race this year according to a story in Daily Racing Form, and perhaps the Not Impossible colt will be retired to stud.





His body and career shattered by a nasty race spill, jockey Chad Beckon is working to reclaim his life

Chad Beckon remembers little about that cool, rainy night.

It was June 17 and the evening started out no different than any other for Beckon, 28, who this spring moved his jockey tack from Fort Erie to the big leagues at Woodbine racetrack.

His first ride of the night was on Oliver’s Strike, a colt from the high-profile stable of Gustav Schickedanz and trainer Mike Keogh.

At 6-1 odds, the 3-year-old son of Smart Strike was a contender in the one-mile-and-70-yard maiden event and was in position to win around the last turn.




 Chad Beckon, photo by Norm Files.










The Jockey Club of Canada announced today that the 35th Annual Sovereign Awards will take place at Roy Thomson Hall, in Toronto, Ontario on Friday, January 29th, 2010.

A champagne cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres will be followed by the presentation of Sovereign Awards.

The Jockey Club of Canada Board of Stewards opted for less formal attire rather than the traditional black tie this year, and gentlemen need only wear a jacket and tie. The cost of a ticket is anticipated to be $125 per person.

Commencing with the 35th Annual Awards, one additional award will be handed out for the Champion Female Sprinter category.

Based on their age, horses must have made the required number of starts in Canada (two starts for 2-year-olds / three starts for all other equine candidates) by December 31st, 2009.

Eligible Sovereign Award voters will have access to the voting application on Thursday, January 7, 2010 and must cast their ballots online by Tuesday, January 12th, 2010. The three finalists in each category will be formally announced on Monday, January 18th, 2010.

The deadline for Media Awards – Newspaper, Feature, Photo and Film/Video Broadcast – will be October 31, 2009. Entries must be received in the offices of The Jockey Club of Canada no later than 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 3, 2009 and will be distributed to the judging panel by Tuesday, November 10, 2009. Judges will be asked to complete their ballots by Tuesday, November 17, 2009 and the finalists in each category will be released on Tuesday, November 24, 2009.



 Hill ‘n’ Dale (see ad this page) offers a smart group of youngsters for the upcoming Woodbine sale including this MEDAGLIA D’ORO – MY VINTAGE PORT COLT.


more photos and previews to come!















 FACEBOOK is the fastest-growing social networking site in the world today with more than 250 million active members worldwide.

This week I discovered that trainers and jockeys are into the craze. A couple of them used Facebook to put “thumbs down” on my column three weeks ago, when I complained that American stewards refuse to monitor the way jockeys ride horses