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SOVEREIGN AWARD voting closes on FRIDAY!! Guess I better get going on that…Canadians buying, racing, winning, good stuff gang!

DEACONS FARM (Dixie Union) dies on track at Parx Racing for trainer Fairlie





In case you have not been reviewing all the cool aspects of THOROUGHBLOG (Top horse and Book lists on main page at bottom!), we get lots of interesting comments from folks – here is one from the posting, “WINDS”

Rob Landry is now destined for the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. He was a credit to Thoroughbred racing. He was one of the hardest working young riders I ever encountered and it earned him everything he achieved. Good luck Rob in your new career.


Anderson Farms is listed as having bought 2 mares from yesterday’s opening session of the Keeneland January sale. The farm, owned by the late Bob Anderson, is also run by son David Anderson.

David Anderson has vowed to continue on his father’s legacy.

THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS reported on David Anderson’s purchase of the mare,

“She’s just the kind of mare we’re looking for,” said Anderson. “I wouldn’t say it was a bargain, but it was good value.

“I grew up on the farm, I grew up in the business,” he said. “It’s in my blood, whether I like it or not. I’ve spent

the last 10 years working with the Standardbreds, but now I’m focusing on this, too.”

SONG AND DANZ, by Unbrdiled’s Song out of a Danzig mare, was unplaned but her first foal is the stakes winner NECESSARY EVIL, by Harlan’s Holiday.

The mare was bought in foal to TAPIT.

The farm paid $570,000 for the two mares:   

0200     B.M. Song and Danz    Anderson Farms    400,000

    Allied Bloodstock, Agent for Don Ameche III

0061     B.M. Lady Charade    Anderson Farms    170,000

    Calumet Farm, Agent for ADK Racing LLC

ANDREWS BUSY..Alberta owner and breeder is part of the OLD FORESTER SYNDICATE..

0029     B.F. Hen Reception    Denny Andrews    7,500

0044     CH.F. Indypendent Means    Denny Andrews    16,000

    Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent L

0076     CH.F. Loire Valley    Denny Andrews    14,000

    Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent XXXII

0307     B.M. Chartreux    Denny Andrews    35,000

    Denali Stud (Craig and Holly Bandoroff), Agent XX

0318     B.M. Colina Verde (BRZ)    Adena Springs Farm    100,000

    Denali Stud (Craig and Holly Bandoroff), Agent X


Donver filly getting ready for Jan. 22

Canadian trainer Josie Carroll is also thinking about the Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds on Jan. 22 with two of her trainees. “Right now I’m planning on the Silverbulletday for a filly I have named Inglorious (owned by Donver Stable),” she said, “but I’m also thinking about running another filly I have named Achieving (owned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings and James and Alice Sapara) in there.”

Inglorious is undefeated after two starts over Woodbine’s Polytrack course, breaking her maiden at first asking in Woodbine’s $150,000 Fanfreluche at six furlongs and winning again in the $150,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes Dec. 4 at 1 1/16-miles. The daughter of Hennessy breezed a bullet half in 48 on Jan. 4 here.

Achieving, a daughter of Bernadini out of a Storm Cat mare, finished fourth in her career debut here Jan. 2.



Local horsemen who didn’t take a vacation and continued to plow away at the races all winter are reaping rewards.

Very busy is SCOTT FAIRLIE (at right in photo) who has a string of horses at Parx Racing and many are rideen by champion Woodbine jock Emma-Jaybe Wilson.

Fairlie is 2 for 12 right now at the meeting with 6 top three placings.

It was a good news/bad news day yesterday for Fairlie and Wilson as DEACONS FARM broke down and was euthanized in his $22,000 claiming race. A race later, the pair teamed up to win with SKOOTIN.

Emma-Jayne Wilson, in her first season riding at Parx, was in eighth place with three wins from 20 mounts with 12 top 3 placings.

At Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana, trainer Malcolm Pierce had four wins from his first 15 runners, Mark Frostad had three victories from his first 13 starters and Josie Carroll’s three wins from her first 14 runners included the Furl Sail Stakes with Avie’s Tale, owned by Canadian Ivan Dalos.

Yesterday, Carroll won with 20 to 1 shot GEORGIA SONG, owned by Donver Stables.

Other Canadian trainers with wins early in 2011 included Ian Black, Mike DePaulo, Richard Morden, Mike Blake and Mark Casse.

At Aqueduct, EURICO ROSA DA SILVA is     18-3- -1- 2    in his first meeting since joining the Woodbine team. Da Silva dislodged



 GEORGIA SONG (at left) won yesterday at Fair Grounds, Norm Files photo




“It was reported that I did (break the rules), and the public got angry with that because they thought I did break rules.” BRUNO SCHICKEDANZ IN DAILY RACING FORM

Gosh, while I certainly will not make any comments about the latest rulings/news to come from the ONTARIO RACING COMMISSION regarding this issue (WAKE AT NOON’S DEATH) for fear of setting forth actions that are similar to that of a baby crying, I am sad that Bruno Schickedanz really believes what he is quoted as saying above.

  The public did not care AT ALL, if any rules were broken, that was not the point.

The point was that a 13-year-old horse who had not raced since he was vanned off with a leg injury three years earlier was sent to the track to work and then he had to be put down. The public was mad that a hero like this horse did not deserve to die.

It is as simple as that. And it is very, very sad that this is not taken more seriously.

Read on:

Ontario commission stays suspension of Schickedanz’s license

By Bill Tallon

The Ontario Racing Commission has granted Bruno Schickedanz a stay of a one-year suspension of his owner’s license that was handed down on Dec. 20. The ban had begun on Jan. 1.

The suspension followed an investigation into the death of the 13-year-old Wake At Noon after he took a bad step during a workout at Woodbine Racetrack last June 29.

Wake At Noon, owned and bred by Schickedanz, had been training at Schickedanz’s nearby farm and had not raced in more than 18 months when he broke down. A few days later, Woodbine banned Schickedanz from stabling or racing his horses on its property.

In August, Schickedanz petitioned the ORC to stay the racetrack’s decision to ban him, but the commission upheld Woodbine’s right to ban him.

The ORC suspended Schickedanz’s owner’s license in a ruling dated Dec. 20. According to the ruling, the last six months of the one-year suspension was to be stayed under several conditions, including allowing ORC investigators access to his stable at any time.

John Blakney, the ORC’s executive director, said that there had been no additional hearing prior to the ruling to suspend Schickedanz’s license, and that a hearing on the matter must be held no later than March 4.

“The whole matter is under appeal now,” said Blakney…

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from bbc.co.uk

Kauto Star is ‘almost unbeatable’ in King George

Kauto Star is the horse to beat in Saturday’s rearranged King George VI Chase, according to Sam Waley-Cohen, the rider of second favourite Long Run.

“If Kauto’s on his best form then he’s going to take a hell of a lot of beating,” the amateur jockey said.

All 11 from the original 48-hour declaration stage remain possible runners at Kempton.

Injured Tom Scudamore has been ruled out meaning the ride on David Pipe’s Madison du Berlais is up for grabs.

Pipe stated: “A decision regarding Madison Du Berlais will be made later in the week, when the owners return from holiday.”

Kauto Star, trained by Paul Nicholls, will only have The Nightingale as a stablemate in the race as he goes for a historic fifth win in the prestigious race – originally scheduled for Boxing Day.