MARKETING MIX (shown on Woodbine Oaks day) collected a big prize yesterday at Woodbine, the Wonder Where Stakes, 1 1/4 miles on turf – 84 Beyer Speed Figure.

Terence Dulay photo












The two big events on yesterday’s super Woodbine card were the third jewel of the TRIPLE TIARA for 3yo Canadian-bred fillies and the VANDAL STAKES for ONtario foaled 2yo colts and geldings.

MARKETING MIX, bred by SEan and Dorothy Fitzhenry, won the Wonder Where thanks to a dream ride on the rail by Patrick Husbands, who has won 4 of the last 5 stakes races at Woodbine. The dark bay filly is evolving nicely and ettling down after being a bit tougher to handle as she made her way through the earlier races of the Tiara. She is by Medaglia d’Oro and out of Instant Thought and she was bougth by Glen HIll Farm for $150,000 at the Keeneland September sale 2 years ago.

Earlier, Howie Walton celebrated a one-two finish with his homebreds in the Vandal. It was the maiden, however, BUORNGIORNO JOHNNY who held off winner MARITIMER to win the 6 furlong dash. Tylzer Pizarro rode the winner, a son of Mr. Greeley – Mycupoftea, a half brother to stakes winner LIKE MOM LIKE SONS.


Fillies and mares will sprint on the grass for $150,000 today at Woodbine. The grass course has been kind to speed but it is safe to say that a speed horse will be hard pressed to win this year’s edition of the 6 furlong event, a Grade 3 race.

Speightstown Lady, Wildcat Marie, D’wild Beach, Waccamaw are all possible front running types and that should set tings up for WILD ABOUT MARIE, who is a fat 8 to 1 in the morning line odds.

The 4yo filly is invading for Jeff Thornbury and Slade Callaghan gets the mount. Invaders SUPREME and MUCH REJOICING are also serious contenders.

YESTERDAY at Woodbine, the speedy filly ATLANTIC HURRICANE could have by-passed that allowance/optional claiming race and perhaps had a shot in the Royal North. This recent claim by Stuart Simon and partners, won her 3rd straught race and scorched 6 1/2 furlongs on baked grass in 1:15.11.

Speaking of SLADE CALLAGHAN, he rode 25 to 1 shot SALVATORE G to a maisden win in a 6 furlong grass race. The Kentucky bred by Macho Uno, is out of a Lemon Drop Kid mare and the 2nd dam is rom an all french, turf family. James Hatchett co-owns ands trains.

BOBCAYGEON won his career debut in a 1 1/16 miles race for Ontario sired guys in race 3. This was a well prepared gelding, a long sort who was at one time a Queen’s Plate eligble, The son of Niigon – Bob’s Choice by French Deputy is owned by Discovery Racing and trained by Jula Carey.

Congrats to GIL ROWNTREE won trained his first winner of the meeting when VIRGINIA LOVE was up in the final strides to win the 5th race for maiden fillies, $25,000. The One Way Love gal is owned by Terry Elah.


“what happened saturday at woodbine with mark casse’s winner. apparently the horse was not made to wear the heart rate monitor, although the rest of the field was. i heard rumblings that it weighs at least 2 pounds. that means that the winners carried less weight than he was supposed to. this is not fair to gamblers. weights are supposed to be strictly enforced. jenn any details on this?” – an angry fan

THOROUGHBLOG had a discussion with ORC stewards today and said that one horseperson had complained about the fact that EAST POINT, who won a race on Friday, was the only horse who did not wear the heart rate monitor equipment in that maiden event at 1 1/16 miles.

The big fellow was delayed in the paddock while the equipment, which sits under the saddle like a little pillow, was trying to be affixed. The stewards were told that the rider was not happy with the the way it was sitting on the horse and so East POint came out of the paddock, straight to the track, sans monitor stuff, into gate and into winner’s circle.

Indeed there was quite a brouha-ha after, but apparently, a brouhaha is the extent of it. Fans were left in the dark, ho-hum, again.

The horse did carry his correct weight as per race conditions, it’s just that he did not have the added equiopment, not sure if it is actually 2 pounds or not.


DICK JOHNSON’S MOONSHINE MULLIN, trained at Woodbine by Reade Baker and ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson (far left) finishes a good 2nd to STAY THIRSTY in the Grade 2 JIM DANDY at Saratoga.

The Beyer Figure for Moony was 99. The Travers Stakes or Pennsylvania Derby is next for the Albert the Great colt.



There will be lots of spa treatments available for the ladies to try today at Fort Erie, which also hosts the BOB SUMMERS MEMORIAL STAKES for $30,000.

Join us at the FORT today!!


At the risk of writing about an undesirable, it has to be reported that YUMMY WITH BUTTER, a 7-year-old gelding, won the Grade 3 Oceanport Stakes at Monmouth yesterday. The Ontario bred is owned by Bruno Schickedanz, currently banned from racing horses at Woodbine.

While Monmouth allows the owner to race there, it gave him an opportunity to run ‘Butter’ in the 1 1/16 miles turf race under trainer Yvon Belsoeur. The son of Silvador – Sophisticatedbagel was bred by Richard Lister.

Sunday, Monmouth Park

OCEANPORT S.-GIII, $200,000, MTH, 7-31, 3yo/up,

1 1/16mT, 1:40 4/5, fm.

1–@YUMMY WITH BUTTER, 116, g, 7, by Silvador 1st Dam: Sophisticatedbagel (SP), by Kris S.

2nd Dam: Settle It, by Judgable 3rd Dam: Windy Stage, by Stage Director

O-Bruno Schickedanz; B-Richard L Lister (ON); T-Yvon Belsoeur; J-Paco Lopez; $120,000. Lifetime Record:

31-6-7-8, $516,824.


7-year-old YUMMY WITH BUTTER wins Grade 3 at Monmouth – bred by Richard Lister







by Alan Besson

Are you the kind of person who loves to back a long shot?

If so, do I have a horse for you in Monday’s $75,000, mile-and-one-eighth Manitoba Lotteries Derby.

Listed at a probable 10-1 odds (official morning line comes out on race day), OK Indy, a chestnut gelding broke his maiden over six furlongs back on June 11 in spectacular fashion.

When the gates opened that day, OK Indy, with Janine Stianson in the saddle, simply stood there until he had given up close to 20 lengths to the rest of the field before swinging into action.

Jaws began to drop when the OK Indy began to close the gap, taking the clear outside path, and finally take over on the home stretch to win by a neck over Stick Em Up and Imironhide.

The $5,000 claimer, owned and trained by Bert Blake, was sold immediately after the race to Riley Kling for an undisclosed price and since has shown promise.

On June 29 OK Indy moved up to the mile, and with nine-time Alberta leading jockey Perry Winters in the saddle, he finished third. Then, on July 13, Winters rode him a mile again, this time into the winners circle.

OK Indy is in the company of some other pretty good three-year-olds, led by El Grayling (2-1), a dappled grey colt, trained by Emile Corbel and ridden by Downs’ leading rider David Lopez, and Hammers Bullet (3-1), a bay gelding, trained by Clay Brinson with Mark Anderson in the saddle. Next comes the grey/roan gelding Gotatigerbythetail (5-1) who is trained by nine-time Downs leading trainer Ardell Sayler, at 5-1, with Rohan Singh up.


BC Cup Day Promises a Party Atmosphere

July 28, 2011

If the BC Derby is the biggest race of the year, BC Cup is the biggest day of the Hastings Racecourse season.

It is the celebration of the thoroughbred breeding industry in the province and it provides the opportunity for the very best of the British Columbia breds to strut their stuff in competition with each other in seven races throughout the day from sprints to 1 1/8-mile races restricted only by age and sex. The only provision is they have to be bred within the boundaries of the province.

Of course, it is held on BC Day or this holiday Monday every year. Expect a party atmosphere because that’s what it is going to be. Dr. Strangelove will entertain between races. The beer garden will be going full blast. But the racing and breeding are the real reasons to go.

Racing General Manager Raj Mutti pointed out: “without the breeding industry in this province there is no horse racing.”

A record number of 96 horses in the seven B.C.-bred races had been nominated by last Saturday night’s closing. The highlight is 9-year-old Spaghetti Mouse expected to run in the $50,000 Redekop Classic. Ten horses were nominated for the Classic, but Almost Time and Cherokee Notion were also nominated for the sprint, which had nine nominations.

All five other races—the Debutante (2-year-old fillies), Nursery (2-year-old colts and geldings), Dogwood (3-year-old fillies), Stellar’s Jay (3-year-old colts and geldings) and the Distaff (fillies and mares)–were all over subscribed. That’s an encouraging development. Of course they all can’t run because there are only 12 post positions. Almost half of the 20 nominated for the Stellar’s Jay will be left in their stalls.

Don’t be surprised if Spaghetti Mouse is bet like the favourite in the Redekop Classic. He’s the star of Hastings and has been for sometime. He hasn’t won this year, but he was second to last year’s horse of the year Senor Rojo two back and the 1 1/8-mile distance should be to his liking. Looking for a price? Tommy Danzigger has two bullet works in July so he seems to be feeling frisky. But Majesticality won the BC Derby last year at the distance and is coming off a second-place finish in a $35,000 optional claimer July 8.

“I have always supported BC Cup day,” said patron saint Peter Redekop, “because the breeding industry is so important to the health of the industry. The numbers have been down lately so it’s vital to have something like BC Cup day to promote it.

“There are a lot of people employed in the breeding end of the business.”

The card will have 10 races just like the good old days and more than $400,000 will be offered in purses.



Saturday and Sunday start times are the regular 1:50 p.m. but with such a big card on BC Cup Day, start time is 12:20 p.m.


by Tom Wolski

Since its inception in 1995 as a way to promote the B.C. breeding industry, BC Cup Day at Hastings Racecourse has become an afternoon where even those who have never watched a live horse race can expect tons of fun and excitement.

And you needn’t spend hours studying charts and graphs, or be a rocket scientist, to pick a winner.

What it really takes to walk home with more in your pockets then when you arrived is just some help from Lady Luck.

Did you know that horses who go off favoured only win 33 per cent of the time? It’s a figure that has not changed since wagering began on horse racing in 1889.

With that in mind, there is nothing wrong with betting on a horse because he or she winked at you in the paddock. There is nothing wrong with betting on a horse because you like the name. Owners make that easy part easy when it comes to naming their horses.

But there is something wrong if you didn’t bet and it was your lucky day.

On BC Cup Day – Monday – there are 10 races scheduled, with seven deemed B C Cup races worth a total $400,000 in purses.

Horses looking for repeats on BC Cup Day include one of the most popular horses bred in this province. A win would put Spaghetti Mouse, who already has earned $948,488, all of it at

Hastings, a step closer to becoming the only B.C.-bred to win $1 millio

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