FRANK STRONACH’S VISION
It seems that every few years for the last many decades there is word that Frank Stronach has a new vision for horse racing.
From racing syndicates at affordable prices to racing channels and websites to his continued support of the Ontario breeding industry with his impressive stallion station in Aurora.
His biggest idea yet comes to fruition Saturday – the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream – a unique race that harkens back to the early days of horse racing; I’ll put up $1 million if you put up $1 million and let’s see whose horse is faster.
In its first year, and Stronach admitted to the Toronto Star that it came about quickly and there is some tweaking to do, the race has attracted the most valuiable horse in the world, Arrogate, and the richest horse int he world, California Chrome.
TORONTO STAR FEATURE
Where are you watching the Pegasus World Cup? (if you are not actually going to it!)
AJAX DOWNS has a Pegasus party at the track with cash prize giveaways throughout the day – doors open at 10:30. Ajax has a cozy race book as well as a wagering and watching area and a VIP room.
The WOODBINE CLUB lounges will be open for members to watch and wager on the Pegasus with a lunch menu and bar service. (The Club bar will be open until 4 p.m. for a private party and then you can move into the Paddock View lounge)
Pegasus World Cup post positions
Here are the post positions with morning-line odds (and jockeys in parentheses):
1. Arrogate (Mike Smith), 7-5 – good post for speed colt, perhaps the most valuable horse in the world
2. Prayer for Relief (Florent Geroux), 50-1 – 9-year-old has not won in a race in 4 years
3. Neolithic (John Velazquez), 30-1 – youngsters won an allowance race on the lead last time out
4. Noble Bird (Julien Leparoux), 25-1 – very fast and needs the lead to have a chance to win
5. War Story (Antonio Gallardo), 50-1 just ran the race of his life in a race-long battle
6. War Envoy (Luis Saez), 50-1 –
7. Shaman Ghost (Jose Oritz), 20-1 – Queen’s Plate winner, Ontario bred, owned by Stronach
8. Semper Fortis (Tyler Gaffalione), 50-1 –
9. Keen Ice (Javier Castellano), 12-1 – good stretch runner comes off big workout
10. Breaking Lucky (Luis Contreras), 25-1 – Ontario-bred is on even terms with Shaman Ghost
11. Eragon (Edgar Prado), 50-1 – Mystery horse from Argentina
12. California Chrome (Victor Espinoza), 6-5 – Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Dubai World Cup…what else do you need to know?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JEAN!
This week, Jean Moorhead celebrated her 96th birthday with family and friend at http://lacapanninarestaurant.ca/home in Brampton.
Jean is betting Gulfstream Park these days and told me that PACO LOPEZ is her favourite rider and she bets him in every race.
Her daughter Gail Tiller and son-in-law Robert Tiller hold a big party for Jean’s birthday each year – Jean is very popular with the racing community.
Jean’s late husband is trainer Larry Moorhead.
OBS WINTER MIXED SALE
Dale Desruisseaux purchased a 3yo unnamed filly by Into Mischief for $6,700 at the first session of the OBC Winter sale on Wednesday. The filly is from the family of Tower of Texas.
Here are the Ontario bred horses in the sale –
2,000 32 10 M Bristol Road Harlington Black Rock Road Line of David Ontario Kayleen Holstein, Agent 11
1,700 185 10 M Rocket Ninety Nine Medaglia d’Oro Tango Prospect Star Guitar Ontario Big Easy, Agent 6
OUT 200 14 G Super Saver American Armada Ontario Niall Brennan Stables, Agent V 13
8,000 210 13 C Gotta Get Away Candy Ride (ARG) Catch the Flag Ontario Sam – Son Farm 14
19,000 213 13 F Run the World Strut the Stage Classic Reign Ontario Sam – Son Farm 14
OUT 214 14 F Tell the Duchess Smart Strike Classira (IRE) Ontario Sam – Son Farm 14
6,500 215 14 C Cleopatra’s Honor To Honor and Serve Cleopatra’s Finest Ontario Sam – Son Farm 14
$15,000 216 12 G Sea to Sea Tiznow Dance to the Sea Ontario Sam – Son Farm 14
OUT 228 13 G Last Class to Go Strut the Stage Go First Class Ontario Sam – Son Farm 14
273 12 G Strut the Ring Strut the Stage Torreadora Ontario Sam – Son Farm 14
464 04 M Opera Smart Strike Capdiva Shackleford Ontario Summerfield (Francis & Barbara Vanlangendonck), Agent CXIII 9
468 10 M Laynes Road Harlington Chancery Lane First Dude Ontario Perrone Sales, Ltd., Agent I 8
528 14 F Spring in the Wind Spring At Last First With Class Ontario Abbie Road Farm (Lisa McGreevy), Agent I 1
558 09 M Ragtime Road Dixieland Band High Arch Ontario Select Sales, Agent I 6
578 06 M Dash It Dreamer Kiridashi Itstartswithadream Danza Ontario Ends Well, Agent I 7
709 09 M Wicked Great Greatness Slightly Wicked Field Commission Ontario Kim Harrison (Top Speed Farm), Agent VI 3
CANADIAN-BRED THISONESFORRON FAVOURED FOR TRINIDAD HORSE OF THE YEAR TITLE
THISONESFORRON, the short-priced favourite for the 2016 Horse of the Year title, has been given a deserving rest. He is expected to return to competitive racing around May 30 – Indian Arrival Day.
The 2016 Horse of the Year will be announced on February 15 at the annual Jetsam Awards ceremony that will be held at Queen’s Park Oval; Thisonesforron won the 2,000-metre Gold Cup last December and followed up with a runner-up slot behind Control Unit in the Sian’s Gold Sprint on New Year’s Day.
Trainer John O’Brien, speaking to the Express yesterday morning at Santa Rosa Park, said the Alberta-bred horse underwent a surgical procedure on its right hind joint to remove a chip (a bony fragment) at the Veterinary Division of the Eric Williams Science Complex two weeks ago.
O’Brien stated that the procedure was successful, and the horse will out of action for close to three-and-a-half months. Thisonesforron, a bay six-year-old son of Gilded Time/Muddy Miss by Ares Vallis has had 39 career starts, consisting of nine on the turf and 30 on the main track. He won nine races on the main track, placed second on 10 occasions and third six times, earning $840,000. He also won four races on the turf and finished second on five occasions, with earnings of $522,853 from his nine starts.
Thisonesforron was bred by Cavendish Investing.
AMERICAN TRIPLE CROWN NOMINEES REACH NEW HIGH AT 418
Here are the Canadian-breds nominated to the American Triple Crown after the first, $600 fee:
BOURBON EXTENSION ch.c. Not Bourbon – Extend Charles Fipke Roger Attfield Bred by Charles Fipke
KING AND HIS COURT, b.g. Court Vision – Pennywhistle Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber Bred by Robert and Patricia Weber
MORE THAN SOUL b.x. More Than Ready – Secretariat’s Soul Charles Fipke Roger Attfield Bred by Charles Fipke
OFF ROAD dk.b.c. Quality Road – Baylor’s Babe Jerry Durant Steve Asmussen -bred by Huntington Stud Farm
STATE OF HONOR b.c. To Honor and Serve – State Cup Conrad Farms Mark casse Bred by Conrad Farms
TIME TO TRAVEL GR.C. Hard Spun – Like a Gem Garland Williamson Rachel Halden – bred by Garland Williamson
TIZ A SLAM b.c. Tiznow – Flaming Rose Cheifswood Stable Roger Attfield bred by Chiefswood Stab;e
VANISH ch.c. Algorithms – Elusive Hope Gary Barber Mark Casse Bred by Hope Stock Farm