UPDATE FRIDAY P.M. WOODBINE MILE NOMINATIONS
22 INCLUDE WISE DAN
dk b/.g.5 by Langfuhr(Danzig) – Wood Fern(Woodman)
Gustav Schickedanz Michael Keogh
BIG BAND SOUND
b.h.5 by Bernstein(Storm Cat) – Ensnare(Seeking the Gold)
Kendel D. Standlee Daniel J. Vella
ch.h.6 by Selkirk(Sharpen Up (GB)) – Tantina(Distant View)
Juddmonte Farms Roger J. Charlton
dk b/.c.4 by Giant’s Causeway(Storm Cat) – Lady Carson(Carson City)
Mary & Gary West Stables Chad C. Brown
DANCE AND DANCE (IRE)»
b.g.6 by Royal Applause (GB)(Waajib (IRE)) – Caldy Dancer (IRE)(Soviet Star)
Mohammed Rashid Edward Vaughan
b.g.3 by Speightstown(Gone West) – Cindy’s Hero(Sea Hero)
Gary Barber Mark E. Casse
dk b/.r.4 by Smart Strike(Mr. Prospector) – Cuando(Lord At War (ARG))
Bolton, George, Stonestreet Stables and Spendthrift Farm Todd A. Pletcher
FORTE DEI MARMI (GB)
b.g.6 by Selkirk(Sharpen Up (GB)) – Frangy (GB)(Sadler’s Wells)
Stella Perdomo Roger L. Attfield
dk b/.c.3 by Artie Schiller(El Prado (IRE)) – Sister Baby(Lord Avie)
Terry Hamilton Michael Stidham
dk b/.c.3 by Scat Daddy(Johannesburg) – Classic Strike(Smart Strike)
Reddam Racing LLC Leandro Mora
gr/ro.g.5 by Black Minnaloushe(Storm Cat) – Dynamite Cocktail(Dynaformer)
Robert Harvey and A. Wortzman Roger L. Attfield
b.h.5 by Ghostzapper(Awesome Again) – Smok’n Frolic(Smoke Glacken)
Stronach Stables Reade Baker
KING AIR (FR)
b.g.5 by Kingsalsa(Kingmambo) – Haine Amour (FR)(Mtoto (GB))
Pearl Bloodstock, Ltd. Rupert Pritchard-Gordon
MOMENT OF MAJESTY»
b.m.5 by Saint Liam(Saint Ballado) – Lady Indy(A.P. Indy)
D. Meehan, S. Leslie & C. Joseph Sue Leslie
MOST IMPROVED (IRE)»
b.c.3 by Lawman (FR)(Invincible Spirit (IRE)) – Tonnara (IRE)(Linamix (FR))
Iraj Parvizi Brian Meehan
b.c.3 by Oasis Dream (GB)(Green Desert) – Frappe (IRE)(Inchinor (GB))
Mr. Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Mr. Derrick Smith Aidan P. O’Brien
b.c.3 by Oasis Dream (GB)(Green Desert) – Cap Coz (IRE)(Indian Ridge (IRE))
Mrs. John Magnier, Mr. Michael Tabor, Mr. Derrick Smith and Mr. Eduard Mordukhovitch Aidan P. O’Brien
RIDING THE RIVER
b.g.5 by Wiseman’s Ferry(Hennessy) – Glow Ruby Go(Rubiano)
Dominion Bloodstock, HGHR Inc & Linmac Farm Peter Berringer
gr/ro.g.7 by Smoke Glacken(Two Punch) – Destroy(Housebuster)
Jim Dandy Stable Sid C. Attard
SOVEREIGN DEBT (IRE)
br.c.3 by Dark Angel (IRE)(Acclamation (GB)) – Kelsey Rose (GB)(Most Welcome (GB))
Lawrie Inman Michael L. W. Bell
ch.g.5 by Wiseman’s Ferry(Hennessy) – Lisa Danielle(Wolf Power (SAF))
Morton Fink Charles Lopresti
b.h.5 by Dubawi (IRE)(Dubai Millennium (GB)) – Wigman(Rahy)
Diego Romeo Sir Mark Prescott
Once in a blue moon…..check out the Blue Moon tonight as it leads us into the long weekend, the last one of the summer
It’s a pins and needles weekend for the Ontario horse racing industry, thoroughbred side, as the yearlings have shipped in for the sale oMONDAY AND TUESDAY
Tuesday and Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon, Sept. 8.
Over 380 Canadian-breds have been catalogued and the question of course is, who is going to buy them?
With racing dates/purses possibly going to be cut, there is plenty of uncertainty as to what kind of race meeting we will have come 2013. The good news is, the buyers will be around, it is reported that Bear Stables, will be in the house and plenty of US pinhookers will be in attendance.
As for the rally, owner/breeder/consignor Glenn Sikura was on hand at the rally and said seeing the PC and NDP parties together on the horse racing industry’s side was very encouraging.
“The parties said they are far apart on many issues but not this one,” said Sikura. Sikura added, “We have to acknowledge MPP’s Monte McNaughton, he has done ton a huge amount of work on the industry’s behalf, PC MPP Lisa MacLeod who presented the bill yesterday that passed and Taras Natyshak, who has been a huge supporter and very vocal.”
Sikura said some 200 rally members were allowed into the legislature for the presenting of the bill (for the Auditor General to review the slots program cancellation) and that the boisterous group were certainly noticeable, and heard.
“There is more positive news now than there was a couple of months ago. The Panel report made some good recommendations and the industry is certainly ready to work with the government on them,” said Sikura.
RALLY AROUND OUR SPORT
Standardbred Canada reports on the Queen’s Park rally
The Thursday, August 30 Queen’s Park rally in support of Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod’s private members bill was the scene of something rare. The rally laid the groundwork for Ontario PC and NDP representatives in attendance to agree that they are on the same page against the Ontario Liberal Party’s controversial decision to decimate the provincial horse-racing industry.
After converging on Queen’s Park from all over Ontario, supporters of MacLeod’s private members bill — which calls on the Auditor General to review the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation’s new gaming plans — hundreds of supports flooded the front yard, where they heard multiple speeches by members of the PC Party. Leader Tim Hudak, flanked by MPP Monte McNaughton, horseman Anthony MacDonald and many others, addressed the crowd, one which has been waiting to hear him speak live on the subject.
Acknowledging the horse-racing supporters that have taken their time away as their livelihoods crumble around them, Hudak said, “I know the folks in this sector. I know you don’t make a lot of money… You made a sacrifice to be here and I appreciate that.”
When it was time to move inside to the Legislature and introduce her private members bill (Ballot Item No. 50), MacLeod called on the Auditor General to review the OLG’s gaming modernization plan, including its revenue and expenditure projections, it’s impact on the horse-racing industry, and assess the risks in terms of mental health and addiction
read more at Standardbred Canada:
EXCERPT FROM THE REPORT, SLOTS – HAS IT BEEN GOOD OR BAD?
“The [slots] program has contributed to a fractious industry that has lacked accountability, transparency, a common vision and a proper focus on the consumer. It would be possible for the government to simply reduce the share of slots revenue going to the industry, but this would not solve the underlying problems. Further investment in this program would not be a wise use of public funds, and in the long run would not benefit the industry. Continuation of SARP would allow the industry to keep evading the competitive challenges of today’s entertainment marketplace.”
– OMAFRA Report submitted to government
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WEG SEEKS CUT OF THOROUGHBRED DATES FOR REMAINDER OF 2012
Send in your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Implementation and Monitoring (IM) Group of the Ontario Racing Program (ORP) has received an application from Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) to vary their approved 2012 Thoroughbred Race Date Schedule, cancelling Thursdays from September 7 to the end of the meet.
The decision on this application will be made by the Director. Before formulating its recommendation to the Director, the IM Group is seeking public input regarding this proposed change to the approved Thoroughbred race dates at Woodbine Racetrack. For a copy of the application, click here.
Input, comments or concerns regarding this request must be received by 12 noon on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 to be considered. Your submissions should be forwarded to the attention of the IM Group, as follows:
Attention: Public Comment – WEG application to vary 2012 Thoroughbred Race Dates
Facsimile: (416) 213-7827
To read WOODBINE’S APPLICATION:
LOUD AND CLEAR, BIG BAND SOUND
KENDEL STANDLEE, who works in equine insurance in Florida, obtained BIG BAND SOUND privately from breeder Richard Schultz in the summer of 2011. At the time, the colt had just finished 9th in a $37,500 claiming race at Woodbine in his first start of the year.
The son of Bernstein – Ensnare, by Seeking the Gold was moving to trainer Danny Vella and, off a 5 month layoff, came out and won at 26 to 1 for $37,500 claiming.
The horse has gradually progressed into a very good sprinter for the owner and trainer. He won an allowance race last fall, won a turf allowance at Tampa and then was 2nd in four straight stakes races to begin 2012.
He is no doubt a superb turf sprinter but the 5yo’s win in the Grade 2 Play the King Stakes on Sunday at Woodbine served the fellow a good prep for the WOODBINE MILE on Sept. 16.
He was 2nd in the 1 mile King Edward (grade 2) in June), his previous outing before the Play the King.
Big Band Sound, a $60,000 buy back as a 2yo in training, is the 4th foal to race for the mare, who was a 2-time winner. The female family is that of I PASS (by Buckpasser), dam of star sprinter MINING.
Tyler Pizarro had the horse covered up nicely in the Play the King and then tipped him out for a strong win with a 98 Beyer Figure.
More Sunday bits: The prep for the ONTARIO DERBY was just a 5 horse field and it was won by ANY GIVEN ROYAL. This is yet another winner for the hot Jim and Susan Hill barn. He is a 3yo gelding by Any Given Saturday who took several tries to win his maiden but he finally did in his most recent race has figured out his winning ways now. His winning Beyer Figure of 92 was very strong.
Richard Lister’s homebred filly QUEEN OF THE WAVES won the first race of the early PIck 4 as she led all the way in the maiden turf jaunt at 1 1/16 miles. The English Channel gal was making her first start since December.
Trainer READE BAKER won 2 races on the card (he’s 5 for his last 15 starters): LODE LADY, owned by Dick Bonnycastle, won a turf allowance for her 3rd win in 11 races (83 beyer) and OLIVIER, a local sale yearling, won his 2nd career race as a 2yo (63 Beyer). Olivier is by Strut the Stage out of Silken Princess by Iskandar Elakbar. He led all the way under Emma-Jayne Wilson and was a $35,000 yearling purchase. His breeder was Huntington Stud Farms.
Wilson, who continues to get closer to her 1,000th win, won again in race 7 on STREET PRIZE for Bill Sorokolit in a $40K claiming race.
NIKKIS SMARTYPANTS, owned by Ben Hutzel and a $47,000 yearling purchase, is 2 for 3 in her career after a handy allowance score, The Smarty Jones gal was bred by Gardiner Farms and Whodat Racing. Her winning Beyer was 73.
Speaking of NIKKIS SMARTYPANTS…..
CTHS WOODBINE SALE SEPT 3, 4 AND 8
from SUNDAY, AUGUST 26
1st Race MSW 2YO
#6 Native Gold Hip 265 full sister 2ND IN CAREER DEBUT
5th Race MSW 2YO OSS
#10 River One Hip 63 half-sister by Yes It’s True – SECOND
7th Race – Clm $40,000 F&M NW3
#4 Bobby Jo Hip 60 half-sister by Giant Gizmo FINISHED THIRD
8th Race – $200K Play the King S.
#3 Artic Fern Hip 322 ¾ sister by Wando FINISHED FOURTH, GRADE 2
9th Race – ALW F7M N1X
#6 Nikkis Smartypants Hip 80 half-sister by Milwaukee Brew, WON, 2ND WIN IN 3 RACES
10th Race – MSW 3UP OSS
#3 Bestocats Hip 156 half-brother by Pollard’s Vision FINISHED THIRD
FUN STUFF FROM THE PROVINCE NEWSPAPER..
Marriage survives purchase of ‘divorce horse’
By Tom Wolski, The Province August 31, 2012 2:05 AM
This is the unique story of Tempered Steel, a young horse who, after being purchased for $500 at the 2011 CTHS Yearling Sale, has become one of the best feel-good stories in horse racing.
Despite accomplishing a near-impossible dream by winning last Friday’s $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes at Hasting Racecourse, Tempered Steel still is being referred to as the “divorce horse” in the local stable area.
Tempered Steel is owned and trained by veteran trainer Brian “Spud” O’Connell and wife Joanne Todd.
They are two hard-working people and, in order to operate their small stable, Brian works as a longshoreman while Joanne runs the racetrack tack shop.
For years, O’Connell always has attended the annual CTHS horse sale and usually asks Joanne along for some advice.
SHOW OFF! SHOWING UP HAS FIRST WINNER
Showing Up , a leading turf runner as a 3-year-old, was represented by his first winner when his 2-year-old daughter Number One Dancer won at Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico Aug. 22 in her first start. Owned by Establo Galeno, Number One Dancer took the 6 1/2-furlong race in 1:20.03.
Bred in Kentucky by Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs, Number One Dancer is the second foal and first winner out of the winning El Prado mare Feisty Woman, who is a half sister to two stakes winners including grade II winner Mr. Commons.
Showing Up (Strategic Mission—Miss Alethia, by T. V. Commercial) won five stakes at 3 in 2006 including the Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) and the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT). He stands at Adena Springs Canada near Aurora, Ontario. His 2012 fee was $5,000 (Canadian funds).