PREMIER KATHLEEN WYNNE has looked at transitional panel’s horse racing Ontario plan, may announce it tomorrow!


Trot Insider has learned that Premier Kathleen Wynne will be at Grand River Raceway in Elora, Ont., on Friday, October 11 to release the long-awaited plan for Ontario’s horse racing industry.

The press conference, open to accredited media, will reportedly start at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning.

Nearly one month ago, Premier Wynne issued a letter to the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel — Elmer Buchanan, John Snobelen and John Wilkinson — asking for a five-year-plan for Ontario’s horse racing industry for release this month. That plan, which in the words of Wynne required “specific recommendations on how to best achieve the integration of gaming and horse racing in Ontario” was reportedly delivered to government last Friday.

Trot Insider will provide more information as this story develops.



It was a good night for favorites at Woodbine and the tracks new bet, the JACKPOT HIGH 5, lured $13,000 worth of bets. No ONE person picked the winning combo but the consolation was worth just over $100 for 20 cents. The carryover to Friday is just over $5,400.

Winners on the night included:

MIYOSHI’S SAHARA, owned by Candice Rahey and trained by Liz Charalambous, won the speed battle and the war to take her maiden at 5 furlongs under Todd Kabel. She is a Union Place filly bred by Bill Sorokolit.

SHOP GAL took a lot of betting support in race 2, a maiden allowance for open fillies, and she won for her fans to the tune of 4 to 1. She is a grey gal by Exchange Rate, born in Ontario and bred by Ron Clarkson. She is owned by Ghostzapper racing Limited Partnership from the Horse Racing League. Like the other horses in those syndicates (some 170 horses), she will sell at Keeneland in November.

Another Horse racing League team, the GINGER PUNCH TEAM, won the featured race with COUNTY LINEMAN, a Silent Name (Jpn) colt bred by Gail Wood.

Favoured SOTIQUE won race 3 for Gary McMaster who had claimed the Hennessy mare for $12,500 in August, She won last night for $8,000 and was re-claimed by  Mike Wright, who won 3 races with the 6yo this year. The mare has won 4 races in 2013.

The 2yo filly BILKY BLUZ, by Mobil,  won her maiden in race 4 in her first 2 turn test. She dam Ky Bluz Girl won 5 route races. Birthday boy JESSE CAMPBELL rode the winner for breeder Andrew Fredericks.

SEETHING won the 5th race, his first win of 2013 after wining 4 races last year. He is owned by Wosley Finch and trained by Abraham Katyran, who claimed him for $16,00 in August, He won for $20K last night.

Tom McCrocklin and Discovery Racing’s I’M NOT AFRAID won the 6th race for $9,500 claiming. She is trained by Julia Carey.

The finale went to SHANNON’S POSSE, a popular winner since he keyed the Jackpot High 5 and was a very predictable winner. The winner is trained by Sam Dipasquale.


Shippers will spice up Nearctic Stakes on Sunday



STRONG IMPACT, an improving turfer, is expected to be one of a few shippers for the Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. CINDYPIERSON DULAY/HORSE-RACES.NET


He does not have a Kitten name but LONGHUNTER is from the Ken and Sarah Ramsey army and is scheduled to invade Woodbine for Sunday’s NEARCTIC STAKES – Grade 2, a Win and You’re In race at Woodbine. The six furlong turf dash has always been held on a big day of racing, such as Canadian International day, but it goes alone this year in the midst of a Thanksgiving long weekend.

LONGHUNTER, trained by Mike Maker, was claimed by the Ramseys for just $16,000 and he has won 3 races since then including the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash. He is a son of Halling.

The Ramseys are winning almost every race in sight these days, many on the grass, and they own Canadian-bred 2yo WEE MISS ARTIE, winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity last weekend at Keeneland.


Jockey GARY BOULANGER is riding for Eugene Melnyk tomorrow and Saturday at Keeneland. He is on DENE COURT in a turf stake tomorrow as well as INDIAN POND in an allowance race. Saturday, LEIGH COURT goes for the gusto in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth.

1 1/8mT

1 Sarach Arch Garcia Mandella 121
2 Say (Ire) Galileo (Ire) Graham O’Brien 121
3 Caroline Thomas Giant’s Causeway Napravnik Tagg 121
4 Alterite (Fr) Literato (Fr) Velazquez Brown 121
5 Emotional Kitten Kitten’s Joy Gomez Ward 121
6 Concise (GB) Lemon Drop Kid Prado Motion 121
7 Kitten’s Dumplings Kitten’s Joy Leparoux Maker 121
8 Leigh Court Grand Slam Boulanger Carroll 121
9 I’m Already Sexy Ready’s Image Geroux Catalano 121

ATHENIA S.-GIII, $200,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/16mT

1 Embarr Royal Academy Morales Cooney 120
2 My Perfect Ten Perfect Soul (Ire) Alvarado Lyster 120
3 Samitar (GB) Rock of Gibraltar (Ire) Castellano Brown 120
4 Abaco Giant’s Causeway Rosario McGaghy III 116
5 Pianist K More Than Ready Ortiz Brown 123
6 Ruthenia K Pulpit Lezcano Clement 120
7 Assateague Stormy Atlantic Saez Matz 120
8 Royal Lahaina K Chapel Royal Ortiz Pletcher 120
9 Lady Cohiba K Broken Vow Alvarado Clement 120
10 Moment in Dixie Dixieland Band no rider Toner 118



A ONE-YEAR OLD filly has today become the most expensive horse in history after fetching 5m Guineas (£5.25m) at auction in Newmarket.
By: Ben Jefferson

The as-yet-unnamed filly is the daughter of the most sought-after stallion on the planet, Galileo, who enjoyed a highly successful track career before being retired to stud.