TUESDAY’S NEWS – BRIBON headed to Barbados…Eclipse Award voting is underway..locals in action and keep your comments coming!
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BIG COUP FOR BARBADOS GOLD CUP – BRIBON
Met Mile winner BRIBON has been purchased by Derrick Smith and will head to the Barbados Gold Cup in early March for one of his next races.
Now trained by Todd Pletcher, Bribon could race once at GUlfstream.
Bribon also raced in the Woodbine Mile last year and was 5th beaten 4 lengths by Ventura.
ECLIPSE AWARD VOTING HAS BEGUN
ZENYATTA, a Horse of the Year choice. Awards are on Jan. 18.
Voters across the continent have started voting for the ECLIPSE AWARDS (yours truly has submitted her ballot already) and it won’t be long before the heated debate for HORSE OF THE YEAR is completed.
ZENYATTA and RACHEL ALEXANDRA, two of the best female horses to be seen since the days of LADY’S SECRET, RUFFIAN and other notables are tooth and nail with their share of supporters.
ANDY BEYER states his case…
There’s only one choice for Horse of the Year
Saturday, December 26, 2009
A confrontation between Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta would have generated more attention and excitement than any horse race in years. But because the two great females didn’t face each other on the track, their fans are now pouring their passions into the debate over which one deserves to be the horse of the year.
With balloting for the Eclipse Awards underway, some voters wish that they were allowed to designate joint champions. But many people on each side of the debate believe that there is only one rightful winner, and they are vociferous in their opinions. Usually, the key question in such debates is the most basic one: Who was the better horse? Who would have won in a head-to-head showdown? I would normally answer this question by judging which horse ran faster.
BRUCEONTHELOOSE wins in Trinidad
Son of Canadian bred mare Road to Justice (Lit de Justice)
SIMPLE yet profound.
That is how Bruceontheloose made winning look yesterday as he maintained his unbeaten run in Trinidad by taking the marquee event, the 2,000-metre First Citizens Gold Cup, on the ten-race Boxing Day card at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
’Bruce’, trained by John O’Brien for co-owner Gervan Mouttet and ridden by Calder-based Wilmer Galviz, scored by two lengths–his shortest margin of victory in six starts at Santa Rosa–from Cactus Amour, defending champion Chief Commander and Honest Hero in an unofficial time of 2:03.2.
Second favourite Blackstone Street finished a dismal seventh in the eight-horse field.
’It feels real good,’ said Mouttet. ’He came to T&T it’s six for six and it’s simply fantastic. I have owned a lot of horses, but I will settle for him. He is the best.’
When asked about future plans, Mouttet replied: ’I would like to go to Barbados for the Gold Cup, but I will have to discuss it with my partners.’
At Santa Anita, Ontario bred PRETTY KATHERINE won an allowance/optional claiming race for her 3rd win in 14 races. The Vindication filly is out of Indigene by Deputy Minister. She is owned by John Sikura, George Todaro, William DeBuregh & Jerry Hollendorfer, is trained by the latter and was bred by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms. The race was at 1 1/16 miles.
Charles Buscaglia’s SEISMOLOGIST won at Mountaineer Park yesterday under the training eye of LYLE MORDEN. The Florida bred by Richter Scale won by more than 4 lengths at odds-on and was claimed by Craig Cox.
CANADIANS IN ACTION
Kilmoganny big fave tonight
TONIGHT at MOUNTAINEER, a starter allowance at 2 1/16 miles features 4 Ontario breds in the 8 horse field. KILMOGANNY (Tejano Run), trained MARILYN MCMULLEN, IS THE 8 TO 5 FAVOURITE over 5 to 2 shot DANCER’S LEGACY AND 3 TO 1 GALAXY. Also in the race is SPIRITWOOD, at 12 to 1.
Jan 1 at FAIR GROUNDS – trainer JOSIE CARROLL has SOUTHERN LEGEND in a maiden allowance and he is 2 to 1 from the rail for Vinery.
Jan 2 at Fair grounds – MUCH OBLIGED, a contender for the Sovereign award for champion grass mare in canada, is the highweight in the FURL SAIL HANDICAP. She is American owned but trained by Malcolm Pierce.
CATEGORY SEVEN, owned by locals James Perron and family, is also in the race.
In PUERTO RICO Dec. 30, Canadian bred 8-year-old ARCHER FLEET competes for $5,000 claiming. He’s an Archers Bay gelding who raced at Woodbine earlier in his career.
BAD NEWS –
Horses Are Rescued From Alleged Slaughterhouse
Calder Race Course Is Investigating
Two Broward County women say they rescued a racehorse and another horse from an alleged slaughterhouse in Miami-Dade on Christmas Day.
Laurie Goedecke and Karla Wolfson took video of the animals — a gelding and a filly — when they found them. Both horses are about 4-years-old. The gelding — a former racehorse at Calder Race Course named Dancehall Graeme — was emaciated, bleeding from the nose and had ulcers in his mouth. The horse died two days later.
“He didn’t receive food, proper bedding,” Wolfson told CBS4’s Carey Codd. “It received zero and then some. Not one of us could endure that, and those animals think and feel the same way you and I do.”
The filly was also emaciated and is recovering at a farm in Southwest Ranches.
A spokesperson at Calder Race Course, Michele Blanco, told CBS4 News they have an opened an internal investigation to find out if an employee or anyone associated with the course sold or gave the horses to a slaughterhouse. Blanco added that if they determine someone from the course did play a role, they would be banned from the course.
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