Happy Friday ! Did you watch the great mare BLACK CAVIAR this morning?
Gorgeous photo of a newborn colt by STRUT THE STAGE out of CHEROKEE LYNN, by CHEROKEE RUN, foaled at Kingsgate Stud in the Niagara Region. Kingsgate (http://www.kingsgatestud.com) is home to one of Ontario’s most underrated stallions, LEGAL JOUSTING, who crosses so very well with BOLD EXECUTIVE line mares. Thanks to Krista Kocot for this groovy photo.
BLACK CAVIAR WINS 24TH STRAIGHT
Fireworks at the track as Caviar gets no. 24 this morning
Breathtaking. Easy. Canter.
Whatever word you use, watching Black Caviar this morning (hope all you racing fans were watching!) at 6:58 a.m. EST gave us goosebumps. The crowd at Moonee Valley was incredible, it was monstrous and boisterous. Even the commentators for the track were wearing ties in the colours of her salmon pink and black dotted silks.
She won in a canter and didn’t have to run fast to do it.
The question is, what will she do next? Will she race again or will she be bred?
Sounds like she is off to Sydney for her next race!
*Today’s funny, interview (watched on HPI) after the Moonee Valley with Alicia Nolem, wife of jockey Luke Nolen…
Commentator: How has your husband been this week leading to the race”
A. Nolen: I don’t know if I can say it, but ‘a prick’
WOODBINE’S POLYTRACK OPENS
There has only been 15 workers at Woodbine in each of the last 2 days, training track mostly, since the weather has been tough. It is very cold, windy and icy. The temps are expected to sneak up a bit this weekend.
The only horse to work on the Polytrack is Java King, who went 2 furlongs for Darren Glennon on Wednesday.
Thanks to Frank, a devoted reader, who informed us that WHY KATHERINE was a winner again for Terra Farm and trainer Tino Attard at Gulfstream recently. The Whywhywhy filly won for $50,000 claiming on March 14 and was the 2nd winner for Attard in 2013.
PLAY MY SONG, bred by Josham Farms, won her maiden in a MSW at Charles Town yesterday. The 4yo by Songandaprayer out of Madeira by Silver Deputy won the 4 1/2 furlong race in 53.23 by 3 lengths. She was 10 to 1 and is owned by Tim Collins.
In the next race at Charles Town, WHO’S BIG DADDY won for $5,000 claiming and was claimed. The Ontario bred by Where’s the Ring – Cosa Rara by Tethra was bred by Scott and Robert Fairlie and Hard Eight Stable and she was owned by Mark Moshe. His new owner is Sanjeev Tewari.
Race 3 at Charles Town also went to an Ontario bred – VAL’S HEART, at 3- cents on the dollar, won by 10 lengths in a $5,000 claiming race for fillies and mares. The Champali – Heart Beat,. by Apalachee 4yo is owned by LawLegacy Stables LLC.
A horse broke down in the race, Girl Prize.
And then in race 7 THATBOATHASSAILED won an allowance race at 1 1/16 miles for TDCBE Stable. The Where’s the Ring – River Nymph, by Ascot Knight 4yo won by 1 3/4 lengths as the odds-on choice in 1:47.57.
He was bred by Osprey Stable.
At Gulfstream, TUCCI STABLES and trainer Nick Gonzalez claimed the winner of the 1st race, STARSHIP UNIVERSE for $30,000. The 4yo filly by Mineshaft – Sir Harriett by Sir Harry Lewis won the 5 furlong turf dash in 55.69 at 6 to 1.
Canadian-breds in action, former Woodbine runner My Name is Michael too
Hall of Famer Bill Mott to Send My Name is Michael in Spiral
Running for the first time under the care of Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott, My Name is Michael was sent off the 8-5 favorite in his 2013 debut, the Feb. 2 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. The son of Macho Uno didn’t get the job done that day, but he caught many an eye with his powerful late rush to secure a third-place finish.
“I thought it was a good race,” Mott said. “The dirt hit him in the face with all the spray from the kickback there, but I thought he was finishing as well as anyone in the race.”
My Name is Michael developed “a little fever” after the race and missed a few days of training, according to Mott. “We had been considering the Fountain of Youth, but we had to miss that one,” he said.
Mott’s charge is feeling much better now, and another come-from-behind effort under Joel Rosario is anticipated.
“It’s not very easy to change a horse’s running style,” said Mott.
A 10-1 proposition on Mike Battaglia’s morning-line, My Name is Michael will break from post 5 in the full field of 12. The colt shipped to Turfway from South Florida today and will gallop over the Turfway strip Friday morning.
$75,000 RUSHAWAY STAKES
1 1 Red Wings (KY) 3/C L J K Court 118 D W Lukas 8/1
2 2 Divine Ambition (KY) 3/C L C J Lanerie 118 D Miller 9/2
3 3 Takin the Sloroad (KY) 3/G L T L Pompell 118 G S Bush 12/1
4 4 Honorable Guest (ON) 3/C L N Arroyo, Jr. 122 M E Casse 4/1
5 5 J. J. Got Even (KY) 3/G L R Napravnik 120 M J Maker 8/1
6 6 Star Contender (ON) 3/C L M Mena 124 M E Casse 5/2
7 7 Stormin Monarcho (KY) 3/C L S B Martinez 118 J Berndt 10/1
8 8 Bet a Bundle (KY) 3/G L A T Tamburello 118 K Jarvis 30/1
9 9 Crop Report (KY) 3/C L J Rosario 118 H G Motion 4/1
PALM MEADOWS – QUEEN’S PLATE HOPEFULS WORK
Pyrite Mountain (ON) Colt 3 1:02.92 b 12/15
Silent Admirer (ON) Colt 3 1:02.98 b 14/15
PAYSON PARK – CHIEFSWOOD POISED FOR BIG YEAR..
Niigon’s Glory (ON) Colt 3 1:04.00 b 10/11
Nipissing (ON) Filly 3 1:03.10 b 7/11
Port Severn (ON) Gelding 3 1:04.00 b 10/11
TWO ONTARIO-BREDS ENTERED –
FASIG TIPTON 2YO SALE MARCH 25
(was a $120,000 yearling purchase) 62 C ZENSATIONAL STORMING STARLET STORM BOOT ONTARIO 29 PAUL SHARP AGENT
“CAB RIDE”, $150,000 KeeSept yearling 120 C ROMAN RULER FANCY DEED ALYDEED ONTARIO 29 SGV THOROUGHBREDS (STEVEN VENOSA) AGENT
OH NO – FEDERAL BUDGET HAS SOME FINE PRINT..
MANITOBA CO-OPERATOR REPORT:
Federal budget boosts tax breaks to farmers
Reforms eyed for foreign temp worker program, tariffs
BUT…(thanks to RD for tipping us on this little nugget..)
“Flaherty also plans to amend related tax rules to clarify that a taxpayer’s other sources of income must be “subordinate to farming” in order for farming losses to be fully deductible against income from other sources — that is, not limited by the RFL rule.
That proposed amendment would shut a tax loophole that turned up in a Supreme Court ruling last year (Queen v. Craig, 2012), allowing a lawyer to claim full deduction of losses from a racehorse farming operation.”
DUBAI PROBABLE FIELDS RELEASED
RACES ARE NEXT SATURDAY!
DUBAI WORLD CUP-G1, $10,000,000, NH4yo/up, SH3yo/up, 2000m
(AWT)–post time: 2:05 p.m. EDT
Horse Sire Trainer Country
Monterosso (GB) Dubawi (Ire) al Zarooni UAE
Royal Delta K Empire Maker Mott USA
Animal Kingdom Leroidesanimaux (Brz) Motion USA
Dullahan K Even the Score Romans USA
Meandre (Fr) Slickly (Fr) Fabre FR
Capponi (Ire) Medicean (GB) al Zarooni UAE
Planteur (Ire) Danehill Dancer (Ire) Botti GB
African Story (GB) Pivotal (GB) bin Suroor UAE
Hunter’s Light (Ire) Dubawi (Ire) bin Suroor UAE
Red Cadeaux (GB) Cadeaux Genereux (GB) Dunlop GB
Kassiano (Ger) Soldier Hollow (GB) bin Suroor UAE
Treasure Beach (Ire) Galileo (Ire) de Kock SAF
Side Glance (GB) Passing Glance (GB) Balding GB
CANADIAN BRED PRIVATE ZONE ENTERED IN GOLDEN SHAHEEN
DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN-G1, $2,000,000, NH/SH3yo/up, 1200m
(AWT)–post time: 11:45 a.m. EDT
Horse Sire Trainer Country
Krypton Factor (GB) Kyllachy (GB) Nass BAH
Mental (Aus) Lonhro (Aus) al Zarooni UAE
Gordon Lord Byron (GB) Byron (GB) Hogan GB
Trinniberg Teuflesberg Parbhoo USA
Kavanagh (SAf) Tiger Ridge de Kock SAF
Emcee Unbridled’s Song al Zarooni UAE
Tamaathul (GB) Tiger Hill (Ire) al Raihe UAE
Private Zone K Macho Uno O’Neill USA
Frederick Engels (GB) Iceman (GB) Moore HK
Taisei Legend (Jpn) King Kamehameha (Jpn) Yahagi JPN
Reynaldothewizard Speightstown Seemar UAE
United Color K Ghostzapper D Slvrtmam UAE
Balmont Mast (Ire) Balmont Lynam IRE
Reply (Ire) Oasis Dream (GB) O’Brien IRE