FRIDAY THE 13TH – FEELIN’ LUCKY?
COGNASHENE, horse to beat in Breeders? DAVE LANDRY PHOTO
BREEDERS’ STAKES WEEK
$500,000, 3RD JEWEL CANADIAN TRIPLE CROWN
Entries for the Breeders’ Stakes, first run in 1889 (!!) were taken today and the field is a wild one – not necessarily in a good way, but hey, the bettors will be happ. The possible fave could be the one 4-time winner, STORMY LORD, the Kinghaven Farms and partners chestnut gelding who just won the Toronto Cup.
COGNASHENE, one of 3 for Sam-Son Farms in the race, is the next best runner it appears as he is fresh off a long distance maiden win on the grass.
The winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown are not here – Big Red Mike has just returned from a hiatus at the farm and Golden Moka is headed to the Travers Stakes.
All kinds of bizarre runners came out of the woodwork for this event and why not? Last year, the Breeders was won by trainer Roger Attfield and his former claimer Perfect Shower who was 45 to 1.
There were four late entrants, all supplemented for $12,500, plus a filly who was also supplemented. There are 3 maidens.
The 119th Running of
Breeders’ Stakes $500,000 Guaranteed
Sunday August 15
Approx. Post Time: 5:10
FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS, FOALED IN CANADA.
1 Smart Sky (S) Sutherland, C Doyle, M L 126
2 Miami Deco (S) R. Dos Ramos Lynch, B L 126
3 D’s Wando Jones, J Black, I L 126
4 Abogado Stein, J Delmas, A L 126
5 Stormy Lord McAleney, J Black, I L 126
6 Empire Rising Wilson, E Frostad, M L 126
7 Born to Act Landry, R Frostad, M L 126
8 Spirit Flying Contreras, L Benson, M L 126
9 Alphabet Kid (S) Fraser, C Attfield, R L 126
10 Dynamic Royal Ramsammy, E Carroll, J L 126
11 Vicar Street (S) Husbands, P Day Phillips, C L 126
12 Silent Wisper (S) Moreno, O Keogh, M L 126
13 Cognashene Da Silva, E Pierce, M L 126
WOODBINE WRAP FROM WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
It’s been a steamy week in southern Ontario again. A pair of 8 race cards on Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon kicked off this lead-up to the Breeders’ Stakes on Sunday.
On Wednesday night, notable runs included the 17th career win for KNOCKER, a well named mare who was dropping from $32,000 claiming to just $16,000 by the Very Dry Stable and trainer Robert Tiller. The mare won in that 49th career race and the 7yo has won about $600,000. She was not claimed.
The MIKE MATTINE barn has been on a roll this season. Its GREENAPPLE MARTINI, an Ontario bred, won an allowance race for the JOsham Farms, taking the race by half a length for her 2nd career win. She was bred by Sean Fitzhenry and is a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro.
The Audre Cappuccitti barn worked a miracle with VEGAS VINNY in a maiden $15K claiming race. The gelding by Five Star Day had been 12th, 9th, 12th, 11th etc. in 8 races and had not been close. He suddenly won Wed. night and paid $97.
SIR ANDREW is a nice turf prospect for ace turf trainer Earl Barnett. The son of Ontario sire MOBIL won his maiden by a long margin after drawing in off the also elgible list for HJT Stable. He is out of Gin n Ginger and was bred by William Gierkink.
THURSDAY – started off with TERRY JORDAN TRAINED DAILY DOUBLE. The barn had been quiet for a while but droped BENESTAR in for $32,000 in the first race for 3yos and watched him romp and then another dropper, CRANBERRY CREAM, went from $40L to $16K and won the 2nd.
Both horses were ridden by Jim McAleney.
Robert Harvey and Al Wortzman may have not been lucky this year with the champion 2yo of 2009 HOLLINGER, but STORMY RUSH is their next possible star. A 2yo Kentucky bred by Stormy Atlantic out of Willow Rush, the colt remained unbeaten with his 2nd win yesterday when winning a 6 furlong allowance in the soft time of 1:12.
He had won his maiden on the grass.
LE MIEUX showed the power of the drop from maiden allowance to maiden claiming. He won the 2nd race off a 43 length loss, oh, and his previous 3 races he was beaten 15, 12 and 10 lengths. He added blinkers yesterday and won in a total surprise. He is an Anne and Bill scott homebred by Leroidesanimaux.
BELIEVE THE FOX (Foxtrail) was a 6to 1 winner of her 3yo debut in race 5, a maiden allowance. The Foxtrail filly is a homebred for Joe Stritzl and Norm McKnight trains.
TOMORROW – CANADIAN-BRED MARLANG in Sword Dancer..
Gus Schickedanz’s star turfer Marlang, winner of the Breeders’ Stakes two years ago, will try and parlay a rcent stakes win in California into a Grade 1 at Saratoga tomorrow.
Saturday, Saratoga Race Course
SWORD DANCER INVITATIONAL.-GI, $500,000,
3yo/up, 1 1/2mT
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY TRAINER WT
1 Marlang Langfuhr Velazquez Drysdale 116
2 Romp (Arg) Incurable Optimist Maragh Sheppard 116
3 Interpatation K Langfuhr Albarado Barbara 120
4 Expansion K Maria’s Mon Castellano Brown 118
5 Al Khali K Medaglia d’Oro D’meaux Mott 116
6 Bearpath K Dynaformer Borel Wilkes 116
7 Grassy El Prado (Ire) Dominguez Clement 116
8 Telling A.P. Indy Gomez Hobby 120
9 Marsh Side Gone West Nakatani Drysdale 120
10 Grand Couturier (GB) Grand Lodge Garcia Ribaudo 118
CANADIAN DERBY NEWS
The Canadian Derby nominations:
No Hesitation: Local favourite – won both key stake prep races at Northlands Park. Rico Walcott will be the rider.
Professor Pollard: Stablemate of No Hesitation – dark horse who will love the marathon distance. Jockey Anthony Salgado will be aboard.
Gold Winner: Local longshot.
Stachys: Winner of Manitoba Derby – shipping from Minnesota. Serious threat.
Distorted Dave: California invader – was on the American Triple Crown trail earlier this year. Last year’s Derby champion jockey Pedro Alvarado will ride.
(Golden Moka: Won the Prince of Wales Stakes, a leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. The last Prince of Wales runner to come to Edmonton won the 2006 Canadian Derby) (nOTE: HEADING TO TRAVERS STAKES).
Call Shot: Chicago-based runner.
Gold Medallion: Former Toronto runner now based in Edmonton. Steph Heiler will ride.
Kara’s Orientation: Second in the Toronto Cup at Woodbine. Will be a major contender.
Trinity Run: Ontario-based runner.
Dyna Stroll: Stake winner from Vancouver.
Cherokee Notion: Hottest horse in Vancouver – coming off big win on Aug. 2.
Cherokee’s Goal: Top Manitoba-based horse, ran second in Manitoba Derby.
Ranger Heartley: California import – coming off impressive front-running win at Del Mar.
Judge Brew: Just won at Northlands Park in allowance race – will like the extra marathon distance. Ruben Lara will ride.
Coosada: Comes from Kentucky for new Alberta owners.
THIS IS VERY COOL – ARCHIVES OF DAILY RACING FORM…
MORE COOL STUFF FROM WOODBINE SITE..
SEBAGO BAY, others racing today, watch their workouts!
BRUNO SCHICKEDANZ HEARING TUESDAY,
TRAINER DOUG O’NEILL THE TOPIC ON PAULICK REPORT
California trainer DOUG O’NEILL is getting pummelled on the Paulick Report after the story about the filly, Burna Dette, that he dropped in for $2,000 claiming at Los Alamitos and then broke down.
Even Woodbine’s own story of this type of thing – WAKE AT NOON – is referenced during the 175 plus comments to the story.
From WAKE AT NOON, to CHOREOGRAPHY to VERNE’S BABY, VERY PROFESSIONAL and so many, many more in the last couple of years, our hard knocking old timers are being worked, trained, run into the ground until their bodies can’t do it anymore.
The Woodbine overnight entries each day this week has a notice that the hearing requested by BRUNO SCHICKEDANZ is on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Ontario Racing Commission offices downtown in Toronto.
From all reports, the Woodbine community has seemingly backed off of the incident regarding Wake at Noon (Horse of the Year, brought into track to work off a 3 year layoff from racing, was euthanized after a break down) and that goes to prove that much of our community of horsefolks are becoming a callous bunch.
Remember the story about this guy…??
FROM THE PAULICK REPORT…the Doug O’Neill story