BORN TO BOOGIE DANCED HIS WAY TO THE WINNER’S CIRCLE IN HIS VERY FIRST START ON SATURDAY AT WOODBINE. The colt is by Strut the Stage, the first year sire who was getting his first winner. Born to Boogie won for Rocco d’Alimonte and Frank Annechini and trainer Catherine Day Phillips. NORM FILES PHOTO



update from trainer Carolyn Costigan on

Roan Inish will miss the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga as a result of soft tissue injury.  The extent of the injury and length of time required to recover to full training has yet to be established.

This morning a very subtle amount of swelling could be felt over the superficial digital flexor tendon.  An ultra-sound image revealed a small hole within the tendon.      

Naturally we will proceed with extreme caution and, as always, with the best interests of the horse in mind.  


Tree Pose gets 75 Beyer in Nandi win

TREE POaug9tree.jpgSE cost just $9,000 at the local yearling sale but won her first stakes race on the weekend in the Nandi Stakes for Ontario sired gals. The 2yo became the first stakes winner for 1st year sire OLD FORESTER and the first stakes winner for trainer BILLY THARRENOS.

Tharrenos trains the filly for Six Brothers Stable that has raced horses at Woodbine for a quarter of a century.

Tree Pose had looked very good heading into the Nandi as she had been 2nd to ROXY GAP, the top local 2yo filly currently, in a previous stakes run.

Tree Pose was bred by GARDINER FARMS Ltd, which no longer exists.

You can bid on a half brother to TREE POSE at the sale next month hip no. 230 is a Philanthropist colt out of Alpha Angel, offered by Paradoz Farm Inc, which is former Gardiner boss Dr. Mike Colterjohn.

SAND COVE, a son of Bold Executive – Mythicall Status, won his first graded stakes race in the Seagram Cup, a Grade 3 that had just 4 horses in it. The grey 4yo had a pace advantage in the race and ran a 99 Beyer Figure in his score at 1 1/16 miles, 1:43 2/5.

Owned by Ralph Johnson, Sand Cove was the 348th stakes win for trainer ROGER ATTFIELD.

There are about 20 Bold Executive yearlings in the SELECT SESSION of the sale on Sept.  7. Sand Cove was bred by the Everett family’s Shannondoe Farm.

Some other nice winners on the weekend at Woodbine included the $1,100 purchase SHARP SECRETARY, who won the Duchess Stakes over a decent field. The bay gal is by Cactus Ridge – the sire of super sprinter HOLLYWOOD HIT.

DELIGHTFUL MARY likely caused some nail chewing when she debuted on the weekend, The Limehouse filly, a half sister to millionaire Delightful Kiss, was a whopping $500,000 2yo purchase thanks to a 20 2/5 workout at the April Ocala sale. She won her debut with a 75 Beyer Figure on Sunday.

On Friday, John Staples’ homebred DREAMY MOOLIGHT won her debut as an international good thing (she paid 4 to 1) in an Ontario sired maiden allowance. The filly became the first 2yo debut winner for the sire Dance to Destiny.


 LANSDOWNE FARM own SHARP SECRETARY winner of the Duchess at Woodbine on Saturday NORM FILES PHOTO







 SEEN AT THE TRACK – at Hastings Park in Vancouver, the B C Cup races attracted big racing fan STEVEN SEAGAL, Jim Reynolds poto






It might not get much attention since once again, there is no horse going for the Canadian Triple Crown (and gosh, it’s mid August already, let’s push these races a bit closer together!).

But the Breeders’ is a good race, 1 1/2 miles on the grass for 3yos who are turf specialists. There have been very few long grass races this season, rarely do turf races get past 1 mile before the fall which is something strange.

The list of candidates for the Breeders’ (to be run on Sunday) looks   nothing like the Plate (Big Red Mike won it) or Prince of

Wales (Golden Moka is headed to Saratoga).

Probable starters for Sunday’s race are:


dk b/.c.3 by Theatrical (IRE)(Nureyev) – Brave Destiny(Quiet American)

Sam-Son Farms Mark R. Frostad


dk b/.g.3 by Pulpit(A.P. Indy) – Magna Cum Laude(Pleasant Tap)

Earle I. Mack Josie Carroll


dk b/.g.3 by Dynaformer(Roberto) – Catch the Ring(Seeking the Gold)

Sam-Son Farms Malcolm Pierce


b.c.3 by Wando(Langfuhr) – Silver Taler(Bold Ruckus)

D’s Stable, Riviera Racing Stable and Yorktech Racing Stable Ian Black


dk b/.c.3 by Chapel Royal(Montbrook) – Dynaco(Dynaformer)

Ivan Dalos Josie Carroll


b.g.3 by Empire Maker(Unbridled) – Seeking the Ring(Seeking the Gold)

Sam-Son Farms Mark R. Frostad


dk b/.c.3 by Motivator (GB)(Montjeu (IRE)) – Kris Is It(Kris S.)

Stronach Stables R. L. Attfield

SILENT WISPER (would have to be supplemented), filly from Gus Schickedanz Stable


b.c.3 by Ghostzapper(Awesome Again) – Adorned(Val de l’Orne (FR))

Augustin Stable MacDonald Benson


ch.g.3 by Stormy Atlantic(Storm Cat) – Lady Auchamore(Meadowlake)

Hat Trick Stable and Kinghaven Farms Ian Black

STORMY LORD is easily the most accomplished as he just won the TORONTO CUP STAKES and if you thought this guy could win at  12 furlongs, he would be 3 to 5 against mostly maiden winners.


Canadian grade II winner Strut the Stage   came through with his first winner when his son Born to Boogiescored Aug. 7 at Woodbine in his initial start. Breaking from the outside 12th post and racing close to the pace, Ontario-bred Born to Boogie got up to win by 1 3/4 lengths for Annecchini and D’Alimonte Holdings and Kingfield Farm. He ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18.72.

Sam-Son Farm is the breeder of Born to Boogie, who is out of the winning Afleet mare Northern Fleet and is a half-brother to graded stakes winner Catboat and two stakes-placed runners.

Strut the Stage (Theatrical—Ruby Ransom, by Red Ransom) stands at Sam-Son Farm near Milton, Ontario, Canada. His 2010 fee was $2,500.

You can bid on a full brother to BORN TO BOOGIE at the upcoming yearling sale at Woodbine.



Give Canadian-based horses another look at the Spa


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Despite all the studying bettors do, they sometimes can miss an angle.

There is no way, however, that they could have missed the fact that Canadian shippers have had a remarkable success rate at

Saratoga Race Course this summer. Through Sunday, five Canadian trainers had accounted for two wins, five seconds and three thirds, with Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer having won the Lake George (with Perfect Shirl) and De La Rose (with Miss Keller).

The success at the Spa is nothing new. Over the years – before and after the 2006 installation of Polytrack at Woodbine Race Course in Toronto – Canadian-based horses have walked away with their share of purse money. Attfield also has won the Schuylerville, Lake Placid and Glens Falls. Three trainers – Mark Frostad, Catherine Day-Phillips and Deborah England – have won

the Saranac



We would like to advise that there have been several reported cases of the West Nile virus (WNv) in Ontario this year.   Equine Guelph reports that West Nile  virus can be a fatal disease in 30% of horses that show neurological signs and up to 40% of survivors an have residual neurological deficits for period of months to permanent disability, it is important to inoculate horses against this



Lisa’s Booby Trap wins at Saratoga

Bob Matthews • Staff writer • August 7, 201 0

The legend of Lisa’s Booby Trap continues to grow.

The 3-year-old filly from Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack made an impressive debut at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, winning  the third race by six lengths going away against four swift rivals in the $70,000 Loudonville Stakes.

“The story hasn’t ended yet,” her ecstatic trainer and owner Tim Snyder said by phone shortly after the race. “We have a long way to go.”

The Florida-bred filly won her first three career races, all at Finger Lakes, by almost 37 combined lengths. She never trailed at very short odds against much slower competition. But in Friday’s race, she started a bit slowly and was last down the backstretch.

“That was our strategy,” Snyder said. “There was a lot of speed in the race. I have a big, long-striding filly and I knew she could run them down.”

A 12-to-1 long shot in the morning line


As the years go by, we become more of a callous industry – horses suffer tragic injuries, deaths and no one wants to talk about and  those in racing, front office folks, TV department folks, don’t want to hear anything about it. Don’t put bad stuff in the paper, put only the good stuff.

When it is starting to be only bad stuff that happens out there, owners and trainers who continually DO NOT CARE about their horses, it’s tough to get up for the nice stories.

Take the story recently of trainer DOUG O’NEILL, who used to train Canadian-bred stakes winner SQUARE EDDIE, but was never in a position to comment about that horse or return calls to Canadian media seeking some insight.

Recently, this guy and his owner, Gregg Guiol, claimed the filly for $25,000, eventually ran her for $2,000 claiming and then watched as she broke down at Los Alamitos. The trainer has dropped a lot of horses down to the bottom claiming level at that track.

The subject has been everywhere on forums and on Ray Paulick’s Paulick Report, but of course, you can’t find out much about this

anywhere else:


WHY does horse racing start to leave pages of the papers?  Locally, the TORONTO STAR has had stories on WAKE AT NOON, EURICO ROSA DA SILVA and a litany of articles during the weeks leading up to big races. But this is not the norm…