LongRun’s Legends Gala at Woodbine Race Track on Friday, September 30th

The Legends Gala being held at Woodbine Race Track on Friday, September 30th promises to be another exciting evening benefiting LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society.   LongRun’s sponsors have once again given generously to this worthwhile cause and in advance of the evening we would like to acknowledge their support; Diamond Sponsors – The Krembil Foundation, Gold Sponsors – Adena Springs, Novartis and Park Lane Stables, Silver Sponsors – Colio Estate Wines, Old Forester & Philanthropist, Mr. & Mrs. Gus Schickedanz, Bronze Sponsors – Mr. & Mrs. Brereton C. Jones, Bug’s Boy & Family, Galileo Equine Insurance, Ben Hutzel and Merck Animal Health.

During the evening, six special items will be sold via live auction.  Gus Vlahos has kindly donated a ski weekend for two in Jasper, including ski lift tickets for the snowy slopes of Jasper and accommodations at the boutique Park Place Inn, plus a $1,000 travel certificate.   

Bill Graham has kindly donated an Air Canada Box which accommodates 12 guests in luxury for a birds’ eye view of a Toronto Raptors Game. 

Artisan Jane Staples has donated a one-of-a-kind hand crafted doll house with an equine and Noah’s Ark theme already wired for lighting.   

Gemini Award winner, Jim Bannon has donated a handicapping session for two at Woodbine, which includes a morning workout session, handicapping the day’s card and lunch at Woodbine.

Canadian equestrian artist, Myfanwy (Van) MacDonald who has helped preserve Canada’s equine heritage for over 50 years, has thought “outside the box” on the painting she donated.   The confines of a canvas didn’t suit MacDonald’s vision of the legendary Northern Dancer, nor his one of a kind stature.  Instead, she captured the famous thoroughbred’s likeness, painting him onto a massive, 3’ x 4’ wood panel “so his presence could literally be felt and not just seen”. The portrait is on display in the Woodbine Club until Friday.  

LongRun will offer over 50 silent auction items for attendees to bid on during the evening, including tickets to the Breeders’ Cup in November 2012, two tickets to the Tony Award winning play “War Horse” starting in February 2012 at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto and E.P. Taylor’s riding boots.   A full list of the items can be viewed at www.longrunretirement.com

If you wish to purchase tickets to the Gala, please contact the LongRun office at 416-675-3993 extension 3440 or info@longrunretirement.com 

Please buy a a ticket or 2 and join us, or give them to a friend – the horses need our help for a wonderful post-race life!











(photo taken Jan 2010 – Dave Landry)


Mike Colterjohn reports that Canadian stallion hero BOLD EXECUTIVE has passed away.

The 27-year-old son of Bold Ruckus – Arctic Vixen, by Victoria Park had left his paddock late yesterday afternoon but was in some breathing discomfort, was found to have a leaking artery and he was euthanized.

“He didn’t suffer at all,” said Colterjohn. The stallion, coming off another big year at the yearling sales, still the top Canadian sire ( as of today) for the year, and the oldest active sire on the General Sire list in North America, has been buried next to Gardiner Farms’ heroes such as Carney’s Point, Briartic and Briartic.

Sherry McLean has been Bold Executive’s handler during breeding session for 23 years. McLean and Colterjohn operate Gardiner now as Paradox Farm, since Gardiner has closed its operations.

BOLD EXECUTIVE has sired 20 crops (he has 2 more to come, and bred 40 mares this year!) over 420 winners, the earners of over $44 million and through last year, he had 40 black type winners, 83 black type horses.

He has 2 stakes winners this year and his horses have earned $2.1 million.

His top horses include champions Blonde Executive and Simply Lovely, plus stars such as Sand Cove, Main Executive, Top Ten List, Timely Ruckus, Rushiscomingup and so many more.

He stood for a fee of $15,000 this season.


With only 5 days left until the LongRun Legends Gala, all of us here at LongRun are excited to show you what you could be bidding on at our Live Auction during the course of the evening!

This stunning painting of Northern Dancer, a “Legend” unto himself, is by noted artist Myfanwy MacDonald, and will be featured during the course of the evening.

The painting measures 3 feet by 4 feet and is sure to be a fantastic addition to any horse racing or artwork enthusiasts’ collection!

Should you not be able to attend or have any further questions in regards to the painting, please contact Bridget Bimm at 416-578-2653 with your concerns or interest.

If you wish to purchase tickets in order to bid on this piece in person, please contact the LongRun office at 416-675-3993 x.3440 or info@longrunretirement.com!





PENDER HARBOUR seemed mad, INGLORIOUS was had, and now the title for Canadian Horse of the Year is wide open – and we hope for a big effort from someone before the end of the year.

PENDER HARBOUR acted up in the gate before the Pennsylvania Derby and then bobbled. He was beaten about 8 lengths by TO HONOR AND SERVE and ran an 83 Beyer Figure, his first race since his Breeders’ win.

You can watch his replay below.

On Sunday, INGLORIOUS just could not get past Smart Sting, who had the jump on her in the Selene – Grade3  and it didn’t help that Anne’s Beauty was leaning all over her in the stretch run.
Okay it was a bit of a tough trip in the late stages for the Queen’s Plate/Oaks winner, she ran an 83 Beyer Figure, but essentially, no excuses

And Saturday’s ONTARIO DERBY went to American invader DERBY KITTEN who rallied in time under Mike Smith, who comes back this weekend to ride Stately Victor in the Durham Cup.


FAST RACE ON SUNDAY – – Unbridled Kimanchi (as in Commanche)

The first foal of Canadian champion Kimchi looks like a good one. UNBRIDLED KIMANCHI might have been 8 to 1 in the morning line odds in the first race Sunday, but he was an overwheling selection by punters and fans and he won his maiden with a whoping 93 Beyer Figure. His time for 1 1/16 miles of 1:43 1/5 was one of the fastest for the distance all season.
The colt had not raced since May when he was at Hollywood Park. He had only raced 3 times, a sprint and 2 grass races but his Polytrack workout times were stunning.

He was a $400,000 buy back and is owned by Terra de Sienna.
The bizarre results continued later on the card when 50 to 1 shot TRAJECTORY’S DREAM  led all the way in race 6, even blowing the turn somewhat and still hangin on for Ram Pearlman’s Pearlrock Stables.
The race was filled with ONtario sired runners dropping from allowances to $12,500 – a move this guy made 2 strats ago but he has not done anything.
Impossible to even think this horse had any chance to winning this race.


PASO DOBLE could be an important horse..after tomorrow.

He will be heavily favoured in the OVERSKATE STAKES tomorrow night at Woodbine but not only that, he is the only starter tomorrow for trainer MARK CASSE who is a win away from 90 scores this season, a record for a Woodbine meeting.

Frank Passero had 413 starters in 1995 and won 89 races.
Paso Doble will be Casse’s 386th starter.

Most wins by a trainer in one Woodbine meet

Frank Passero 89        1995
Mark Casse 89        2011 (through September 25)
Mark Casse 87        2010
Mark Casse 85        2007
Frank Passero 84        1992
Sid Attard 78        2006
Reade Baker 76        2006 (finished second)
Mark Casse 75        2008
Sid Attard 73        2004
Michael Wright Jr. 74    1998
Sid Attard 72        1996
Robert Tiller 71        2003
Mark Casse 71        2009

WATCH THE Mighty FRANKEL in a recent gallop – getting ready for his big race


what do you think??