Canadian-bred QUEEN’SPLATEKITTEN, a 3-year-old Queen’s Plate contender (could you guess by his name) may perhaps be headed to the Kentucky Derby trail instead as he was recently sold by owners and breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey for a hefty sum to Nicholas and James Brady’s Mill House LLC  Stables.

Nicholas Brady is the former Secretary of the Treasury for the U.S. and last year raced the good 3yo Trappe Shot.Steven Young is the agent for the Brady family.

TODD PLETCHER is his new trainer.

Queen’splatekitten (Kitten’s Joy – Iteration, by  Wild Again) was a winner at Woodbine last year in two starts and his maiden win around two turns left some thinking he was a serious factor for the local 3yo events this year.

The dark bay colt was previously trained by Brian Lynch.

Queen’splatekitten has worked twice on the Palm Meadows grass this winter.


to be held March 5, 2011

Canadian representatives SAFETY ZONE and STEWARD HILL are among thee 22 horses nominated for this year’s Sandy Lane Gold Cup, a $200,000 race on the grass that is the biggest event in the Caribbean.

SAFETY ZONE and STEWARD HILL are owned by Eugene Melnyk, who won the race last year with his homebred STERWINS. While Sterins caanot make the race this year, the one he just got up to beat, BRIBON, a Met Mile winner, is also nominated, however he has not worked since he raced in November.

Top Barbados runners such as AREYOUTALKINTOME, JOHN BRIAN and PURE TEMPTATION are back for more Gold Cup action and former Woodbine runner JUST CALL ME ROGER has also been nominated but he has not worked since November at Woodbine.

Intriguing nominees include DANCIN DAVID, owned by Sir David Seale. The son of Omega Code is a half brother to John Brian and debuted at Woodbine in 2009 for trainer Roger Attfield but the horse does not report a race since then.

DANCIN DAVID has been working regularly at Payson Park.(Equibase has mistaken his works and put them under Dancing David (Ire))

And two runners from ST. KITTS, west Indies, AL PORTADOR and BAD ACTION (a former American runner who won the 2009 Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes) are also nominated.

Racing at St. Kitts has been held at the new BEAUMONT PARK in recent months. BAD ACTION (Brahms) is unbeaten in St. Kitts.



APOSTLE (Mr. Elias Haloute & Sir Charles Williams)

AREUTALKINTOME (Mr. Attie Joseph 111 & Mr. Saffie Joseph Jnr.)

BAD ACTION (Ms. Daislyn Sharpe)

BIRD WATCH (Aysha Syndicate)

BRIBON (Mrs. Gay Smith)

CHARGE IT (Aysha Syndicate)

DANCIN DAVID (Sir David Seale)

DUC D FER (Aysha Syndicate)

JAIRZIHNO (N. Callaghan & A. Thompson)


JOHN BRIAN (Sir David Seale)

MINGUN TEMPLE (Amanda Marshall-Way & Helen Spencer)

PREACH TO ME (Sir David Seale)

PURE TEMPTATION (Lord Michael Taylor)

REWARD ME (Sir David Seale)

ROCAMADOUR (Clifton Racing & Melrose Racing)

SPICEY TIGER (Mrs. Gay Smith)

SAFETY ZONE (Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.)

SHOW ME THE MONEY (Lord Michael Taylor)

STEWARD HILL (Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.)

ZOOM (Mrs. Gay Smith)



with notes from Thoroughbred Daily News

Ontario-bed Black n Beauty, a $2,500 yearling purchase owned by Zayat Stables, worked Sunday for the Holy Bull Stakes. The son of Devil His Due breezed an easy four furlongs in :49.15, good for the 30th fastest of 76 drills at the distance. “He started off nice  and even and also finished up well,” said conditioner Dale Romans. The Ontario-bred broke his maiden two back sprinting under the Twin Spires and returned last time to annex an allowance event at the Holy Bull’s track and trip by 2 1/2 lengths Jan. 7.

Story that follows is excerpt from Thoroughbred Daily News:

One of the most interesting things about Black N Beauty is his price tag: $2,500. That=s 100 times less

than the $250,000 Zayat paid for Eskendereya. Zayat’s former racing manager, Sobhy Sonbol, can be credited with the buy. Sonbol was killing time during session 10 of the 2009 Keeneland September Sale when he spotted Black N Beauty from the Adena Springs draft.

Sonbol was at the sale spearheading the Zayat buying team.

“I was waiting to catch a flight back to New York, and I saw this colt when he came in the back ring,@

explained Sonbol. “Compared to the quality of horses selling that late in the sale, you couldn’t but immediately notice him. The pedigree was light at first glance, but he’s bred the same way Roses in May is bred–by

the same sire and out of the immediate female family He was a big, strong colt, but was very light on his

feet. He had a great disposition. You could just tell he had class, and the body and athleticism to go with it.@

Sonbol closed his catalogue and decided to make a go for the colt, whose second dam is a stakes-winning

half-sister to G1 Dubai World Cup winner Roses in May, an earner of over $5.4 million.

“By this time, Mr. Zayat was done buying, but I tried calling to tell him about him,” said Sonbol. “I was unable

to reach him, so I decided to just buy the colt for myself. I kept pacing back and forth as he was walking

in the back ring, trying to find something wrong with him. The only thing I picked up was his ankles looked a

bit immature to me–but not even close enough to turn me off the horse. I kept looking around for the competition, to try to see who else would be bidding on him.

Ironically, I kept on looking to see if Dale Romans was around, since he was the kind of horse that hits him

right between the eyes. I didn’t find anyone around. Indeed, there was almost no competition for the

horse, and Sonbol signed the ticket as Morning Bloodstock, a name under which he sometimes breeds.

AOf course, when I bought him for $2,500, I was both ecstatic and worried,” said Sonbol. AThe price just

didn’t make any sense. I thought I was either a genius, or terribly wrong.”

One could understand Sonbol=s concern. To put it into perspective, 256 horses sold for more money than

Black N Beauty during that session alone.

“I had initially bought the horse under Morning Bloodstock for myself, but I worked for Mr. Zayat at the

time, and the reason I was at Keeneland was to buy horses for him and not myself,@ Sonbol added. “I would

have been conflicted not to offer him the horse first. The minute I got a hold of him, I told him the story, and

I told him that I knew we were done buying, but that I bought the horse, and if he didn’t want him, I would

keep him.


Saturday, Gulfstream Park

SUNSHINE MILLIONS CLASSIC, $500,000, (S), 4yo/up,

1 1/8m


1 First Dude Stephen Got Even Desormeaux Romans 120

2 Duke of Mischief Graeme Hall Coa Fawkes 122

3 Tackleberry Montbrook Santiago Olivares 1 2 0

4 Black Hills Judge T C Hernandez Hone 122

5 Birdrun K Birdstone Maragh Mott 122

6 King Ghidorah Black Mambo Alvarez Parboo 122

7 Cigar Man Drewman Leparoux Cerin 122

8 Dry Martini Slew Gin Fizz Castellano Tagg 122

9 Dream Maestro Concerto Leyva Kaplan 122

10 Honour The Deputy Honour and Glory Velazquez Hollendorfer 120


James Perron and family have had great success with their New Orleans based mare CATEGORY SEVEN and the turf ace is headed to Florida this weekend: (James Perron’s son, James, works at Woodbine)

Saturday, Gulfstream Park


$300,000, (S), 4yo/up, f/m, 1 1/8mT


1 Speak Easy Gal West Acre Leparoux Ma. Wolfson 122

2 Trip For A. J. Trippi Velazquez Mi. Wolfson 120

3 Unbridled Essence Essence of Dubai Lopez Sacco 1 2 2

4 Scolara Quiet American Desormeaux Mott 122

5 Askbut I Won’ttell Horse Chstnut (SAf) Bridgmohan Block 122

6 Wild Mia Wildcat Heir Lezcano Proctor 120

7 Granted Tiger Tiger Ridge Sanchez Jerkens 122

8 Omega Cat Omega Code Bravo Ma. Wolfson 122

9 Dynaslew Dynaformer Coa Benzel 122

10 Becky’s Exchange Exchange Rate Trujillo Hartmann 122

11 Romin Robin Pure Precision Prado Kassen 122

12 Bran Jammas In Excess (Ire) Solid Eurton 122

13 Category Seven Gulf Storm Maragh Hargrave 122

14 Honeymoon Girl Sligo Bay (Ire) Castellano Brown 120

AE Jet Blue Girl Gimmeawink Garcia Eurton 120




Find out more about the dream season for ROBERTINO DIODORO (Turf Paradise and Santa Anita) in the MARCH ISSUE OF CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED)

29    Robertino Diodoro    35    8    6    2    $83,300    23%    16    46%

25    Malcolm Pierce    23    5    2    0    $161,600    22%    7    30%

36    Josie Carroll    18    3    2    1    $118,730    17%    6    33%

36    Mark R. Frostad    17    3    1    1    $84,925    18%    5    29%

237    Scott H. Fairlie    18    2    1    4    $70,970    11%    7    39%

237    Mark E. Casse    15    2    1    2    $48,745    13%    5    33%

7    Eurico Rosa Da Silva    31    5    4    2    $114,492    16%    11    35%

Emma-Jayne Wilson          37    


7     9        $157,310 11% 20 54%


Palm Meadows Training Center     1/22/11         Dirt        

3F     35.60     Breezing     Rank 1/11

Career Racing Summary:

Starts     Firsts     Seconds     Thirds     Earnings    

    21         5           7         5     $1,298, 538

STRIKE OIL getting engines going

Palm Meadows Training Center     1/22/11         Dirt        

5F     1:01.00     Breezing     Rank 4/22

Palm Meadows Training Center     1/14/11         Dirt        

5F     1:03.40     Breezing     Rank 8/13

Palm Meadows Training Center     12/20/10         Dirt        

4F     50.50     Breezing     Rank 22/28

Career Racing Summary:

Starts     Firsts     Seconds     Thirds     Earnings    

    3         1           0         0       $ 159,552


A dear friend of the WOODBINE PRESS BOX, TED BEARE passed away recently. I was lucky enough to meet and chat to Ted on big racing days at Woodbine and he was enthusiastic,  bright and very friendly.

Brantford sportswriting legend Ted Beare died Tuesday Jan. 11 after suffering a stroke.

Beare’s wife, Piret, said funeral arrangements are being made today.

Beare, who celebrated his 82nd birthday Jan. 3, wrote a Beare Facts column Monday night that is being published in today’s edition of The Expositor.

He was employed by The Expositor for 42 years. He was sports editor from 1953 to 1992, when he retired.

“I’m just absolutely shell-shocked,” Ron Craig, who worked in the newsroom with Beare for 31 years, said.

Craig spent 10 years working in the sports department.

“He (Beare) had the common touch,” Craig said. “He always stressed to get both sides of the story and be fair and up front.

Ad drew soccer star to the city

(Ted Bear’s final column, written Monday, Jan. 10)



An advertisement in a German newspaper, soliciting soccer players, led Reinhard Schubert to Brantford in 1968 and, for the next 10 years, he became a goal-scoring machine.

Nobody could direct a powerful shot into the net the way Schubert did as he led the crowd-pleasing Brantford Falcons year after year, culminating in an Ontario Cup championship in 1975.

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