Yahoo!! Here’s a feisty boy by KENTUCKY BEAR out of Dazzling Countess, by Roman Ruler, foaled at Curraghmore Farm and owned by Bear Stables Ltd. Dave Landry spent a day at the farm and captured this happy fellow.



POOL PLAY, INGLORIOUS and others at Gulfstream Saturday!

Saturday at Gulfstream is yet another packed card of cool races and Canadian fans have a lot to cheer on.

POOL PLAY, born at Windfields Farm 8 years ago, is in the GRADE 1 DONN HANDICAP with a serious shot to be in the top3 – he has to compete against the monster known as FLAT OUT.

INGLORIOUS, Queen’s Plate winner seeking her first win since that big score, and HARD NOT TO LIKE are in the Grade 3 Suawanee River and are both major factors.

Queen’s Plate hopeful PYRITE MOUNTAIN (Silent Name)  is in the 7th race, an allowance for 3yos at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.


(from harnesslink/Standardbred Canada)
Bruce Murray and Andrew MacDonald gone!

FROM Harnesslink

Two long-serving members of the senior management team at Woodbine Entertainment are no longer with Canadian horse racing’s largest operator.

Woodbine CEO Nick Eaves confirmed on Tuesday that WEG has parted ways with Andrew MacDonald, Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives and Bruce Murray, Vice-President of Standardbred Racing.

Eaves told Trot Insider that the move came as a result of the company’s need to adjust to the new reality facing horse racing in Ontario and at Woodbine and Mohawk in line with recent agreements with OMAFRA and OLG.

Murray started with the OJC back in 1989 as the assistant publicist before moving on to become Director of Publicity, Senior Manager of Media & Community Relations and Director of Events & Promotions before taking the role of Vice President of Standardbred Racing in 2006.


A Kentucky Bear colt born at Curraghmore Farm is out of Princess G., a three-quarter sister to champion Bear Now. Bear Stables owns this guy who was born at Vera Simpson and Mike Dube’s Currghamore Farm Dave Landry photo


Woodbine Live! project in Rexdale is dead

reported in Thoroughblog a while back, the papers have caught on

By:Daniel Dale
City Hall Reporter, Published on Tue Feb 05 2013

Councillor Rob Ford said the massive Etobicoke shopping and entertainment complex would “make Rexdale the new Rosedale.” City council, with Mayor David Miller’s strong support, approved an unprecedented tax break worth $120 million. The developer behind the project forecast 9,000 new jobs.

Now Woodbine Live! is dead, though Doug Ford insists it can be resuscitated.
The partnership between Woodbine Entertainment Group and Baltimore-based developer The Cordish Companies has ended, Woodbine spokesperson Jane Holmes said Tuesday. She would not explain what happened.




Canadian-bred Kentucky Derby contender DYNAMIC SKY will have a new rider for the Tampa Bay Derby says Mark Casse to DRF’s Jay privman. Woodbine based LUIS CONTRERAS has been riding the colt. Jay Privman‏@DRFPrivman Dynamic Sky, Sam Davis runner-up, to have new rider for TB Derby, trainer M. Casse told me. Luis Contreras out. No replacement yet. #kyderby

Casse also reported that Canadian-bred UNCAPTURED, playing catch-up to the Derby trail after 2 bruised feet, will have his first workout early next week.


On the Tab..
Hard Not to Like (Hard Spun), 4f, :47.80, 2/24 – graded SW last time out
Inglorious (Hennessy), 5fT, :59.52, 1/27 last raced in California

Tesseron (Tapit), 5fT, :59.67, 2/27 – Donver/Josie Carroll 3yo


Horse racing can still be saved in Ontario, say advocacy groups


By Jeff Doner

The state of horse racing in Ontario is an issue that many have been following closely and some believe there is finally some movement happening to save the industry.

“We’re cautiously optimistic,” said Sue Leslie, president of the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Association (OHRIA).

That seems to be the choice phrase of many in the industry right now as news of a two-year deal to keep horse racing at Woodbine was announced along with Kathleen Wynne being designated as Ontario’s new premier.
The hope among many is that Wynne will overturn the Ontario government’s decision to scrap the Slots at Racetracks program that ensured race track facilities with OLG slots (like Georgian

Downs) a cut of the profits from the slots.