SARAH LYNX runs one of the fastest races on turf at Woodbine….35 days left of the Woodbine meeting following the biggest day of the season – lots of upsets and longshots and a local gal wins for the Hall of Famer Roger Attfield….

See ya boys!! SARAH LYNX kicked the grass of 15 boys…Cindy Pierson Dulay photo





It may have been a very dark, cold, icky day at Woodbine (a la Secretariat in 1973) but the racing action was hot and furious – so many close finishes  on the day including in two of the 3 Grade 1 events.

SARAH LYNX’S 108 Beyer Figure in the Canadian International tied for the HIGHEST by any grass horse in North American this season.
The 4yo filly, one of 2 winners by the top sire MONTJEU (Ire) on the day, rode the good rail path to her 4 length International romp. Just one person was here with the feisty filly (trainer John Hammond likens her attitude as ‘tricky as a bag of snakes’, assistant Kate Bradley, who galloped the filly and brought her over for the big dance.


Jeranimo           SA     08 Oct    1M    108
Sarah Lynx (IRE) (f)    WO     16 Oct    1 1/2M    108
Acclamation    DMR    23 Jul    1 1/8M    106
Mr. Commons    SA     08 Oct    1M    106
Cape Blanco (IRE)    BEL    09 Jul    1 3/8M    105
Givine (FR) (f)    HOL    29 May    6F    105
Regally Ready    CD     07 May    5F    105
Ryehill Dreamer (IRE)    HOL    28 May    1M    105
Sidney’s Candy    HOL    28 May    1M    105
Treasure Beach (GB)    AP     13 Aug    1 1/4M    105
Ziyarid (IRE)    AP     13 Aug    1 1/4M    105
Cape Blanco (IRE)    BEL    01 Oct    1 1/2M    104
Dean’s Kitten    BEL    01 Oct    1 1/2M    104
Little Mike    GP     27 Feb    1M    104
Mission Approved    BEL    11 Jun    1 1/4M    104
Separate Forest (f)    HOL    29 May    6F    104


Kate Bradley, assistant to John Hammond, accompanied Sarah Lynx as owners Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ehrnrooth were both unable to make it. The filly was the first since 1988 to win the Grade 1 race. Cindy Pierson Dulay photo/






Sarah Lynx earned $900,000 for the win and also lit up the tote board, paying $46.90, $21.40 and $13.80.  Her win price was the third highest since 1958, behind Marsh Side ($61.20) in 2008 and Nassipour ($57.20) in 1985.

She combined with Joshua Tree ($12.30, $8.40) for a $659.50 (1-7) exactor.  A 1-7-13 (Treasure Beach, $4.10 to show) triactor came back $3,699 while a $1 Superfecta [1-7-13-2 (Arctic Cosmos)] returned $16,309.95.

The Pattison Canadian International card produced a record handle for the day of $6,400,112

SARAH LYNX was expected to head to the Japan Cup later in November.

BEFORE HER HUGE WIN – MISS KELLER, dubbed a “notorious b ** ch” by trainer Roger Attfield, kicks up a fuss..Terence Dulay photo




Meanwhile MISS KELLER (Ire) returned to her championship form from last season when named the Sovereign Award winning turf mare. Unplaced in all 5 races this year – she had ‘female problems’ according to trainer Roger Attfield, the mare, who was sold for $700,000 last November and attracted a few other partners for Three Chimneys, won a thrilling finish after a super, pinpointed ride by John Velazquez.
The winning Beyer of 94 was a bit better than the Montjeu (Ire_ has been running this season.
Three Chimneys is expected to announce if the mare will be sold at Tattersalls next month or will head to the Breeders’ Cup.

MISS KELLER (11) splits  a host of Euro gals – I’m a Dreamer (3), Dream Peace (9) and popped at 11 to 1 in the EP Taylor


REGALLY READY led all the way in the Nearctic of the 3 Win and You’re IN races, will indeed go to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. The son of More Than Ready was 9 to 1 from his wide post in the Nearctic but he was never really challenged.
Actually, the main scare were the pylons after the wire and he ducked in and almost lost jockey Corey Nakatani.
His Beyer Figure was  a 94.

The super run by GYPSY RING, owned and bred by Paul Buttigieg, was a local highlight of the Neartic. The Where’s the Ring fellow was a close 3rd at 50 to 1.

REGALLY READY held off BATED BREATH and GYPSY RING (middle) for the Nearctic win





WOODBINE HEADS INTO it’s final 35 days this week sans EURICO ROSA DA SILVA, who broke an ankle in a horrifying accident on Saturday. The rider had to pull up his mount when a broke down rival kicked out a leg and jurt Da Silva in the Cup & Saucer Stakes.

In the news this week will be FORT ERIE’S status for 2012 (there is a meeting today) and WOODBINE’S DATES FOR 2012 – the buzz is that there will be a lot of THURSDAY RACING DATES WIPED OUT in the summer and a number of dates added to the end of the season….say tuned…


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