The wild finish to the Mile – COURT VISION (9) surges, TURALLURE (grey) was one jump from winning and GOLDIKOKA ran bravely (far right), but wiped out horses in the stretch. Renee Kierans photo



and a HUGE weekend for Ontario sires!!

**”He’s going to Canada now, that’s where all the good stallions go,” – B. Wayne Hughes in winner’s circle after Court Vision won the Breeders’ Cup Mile at 64 to 1

**”The race set up just the way we planned.” “Sometimes, it does not do that, but today it did. He is a raw talent and been a good pupil, and learned his lessons well. (Trainer) Ian (Black) had been down here all week and he said the turf was a little softer down on the inside, so I kept him off the rail. He ran great, and only one horse beat us.” – Emma-Jayne Wilson, rider of Excaper

**For strictly the 15 Breeders’ Cup races, all-sources handle experienced a 5.1% decline from $147,524,454 last year to $140,070,365, with one additional race run in 2011—the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. – THOR. TIMES

Canadian ridden and trained EXCAPER (2nd from right) had a mini fan club at the Cup and the group captured his brave sharge to the wire when he just about held on – Renee Kierans photo




This is what we learned. Betting on the Breeders’ Cup races takes great courage and a heck of a lot of money. ‘Cause as soon as AFLEET AGAIN won the Marathon, how many of us out there were not scrambling already?

WOODBINE had a great Breeders’ Cup – the Woodbine Mile and Nearctic Stakes produced 2 winners and a few of the local runners fared well.

COURT VISION and TURALLURE ran 1-2 in the MILE and they won the last 2 Woodbine Miles, very cool. Jockey Julien Leparoux went crazy celebrating about Turallure after the finish, too bad he didn’t win.

COURT VISION is headed to Ontario to stand at stud at Park Stud and TURALLURE is by Ontario sire WANDO.
On Friday, PERFECT SOUL, now an Ontario sire, had PERFECT SHIRL win the Filly & Mare Turf.

GOLDIKOVA ran hard in her 3rd place finish – it was ridiculous that she was not disqualified, however. She was moved out sharply in the stretch and she wiped out several horses. Atrocity by the stewards.

EXCAPER, the American owned and bred 2yo colt who ran so hard in the Juvenile Turf, should win champion 2yo in Canada with his run. Colt pursued a hot, hot pace and held well for trainer Black, the Kaster family and jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson.





Court Vision pulls biggest upset in Mile history; Goldikova third

When Goldikova muscled out for room in the stretch and strode to the lead in Saturday’s $1,818,000 Breeders’ Cup Mile, an unprecedented fourth straight title appeared to be within her grasp. But the dream was soon shattered. Court Vision, unplaced in the past two runnings of the Mile for former connections, made it third time lucky to cause the biggest upset in the race’s 28-year history. Ignored as the 64-1 longest shot on the board in his second time out for Dale Romans, the Spendthrift Farm color-bearer rallied from near the tail of the field to pass Goldikova, then just lasted by a nostril from the frantic late charge of Turallure.

Court Vision furnished record Mile payouts of $131.60, $48.60 and $21.40. He surpassed the old Mile mark set by 35-1 shot Last Tycoon, who paid $73.80 to win in 1986. Court Vision’s mutuels were the second biggest in the history of the entire Breeders’ Cup, behind only the 133-1 Arcangues in the 1993 Classic.

The objection sign flashed shortly after the race, fingering Goldikova. The transatlantic champion hadn’t been too punctilious when angling out down the lane, and a chain reaction of bumping and colliding ensued. The stewards reviewed the film, but decided to let the order of finish stand. Goldikova’s sparkling career thus ended with a third in the race that she had owned…
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THE WINNERS, THEIR BEYER FIGURES (yesterday’s Beyers not available yet), SOME NOTES:

DROSSELMEYER – cost $600,000, out of a Grade 1 winning mare

COURT VISION – led 1-2 Mile finish for last 2 winners of WOODBINE MILE, entering stud at Michael Byrne’s Park Stud in Orangeville next season

AFLEET AGAIN – had not won a race all year, the favouruite A.U. MINER suffered fractures seasamoids and will have surgery in a day or 2.

WROTE – by High Chapparal, Euro colt with 1st Lasix
AMAZOMBIE – too the Sprint while horses like EUROEARS, GIANT RYAN and BIGG DRAMA all flopped

REGALLY READY – won Woodbine’s Nearctic – he also raced at Woodbine last year on Polytrack with modest success

CALEB’S POSSE – Posse 3yo colt won DIRT MILE, a dull field

ST. NICHOLAS ABBEY – Montjeu, his sire, having a big year, jock is 18yo son of Aidan O’Brien, kid is 5 ‘ 11″ and 122 pounds already, eeks!

HANSEN – almost white 2yo is unbeaten, he led all the way but crossed finish line bleeding from the mouth

SECRET CIRCLE – 95 2yo Juv. Sprint winner has a full brother (Eddington – Ragtime Hope) racing at Woodbine for $20K claiming for trainer Marty Drexler.

STEPHANIE’S KITTEN – 87, was 3rd in Woodbine’s Natalma S.

MY MISS AURELIA – 89 – by Canadian-bred Smart Strike



Mike Smith – revenge from last year’s Classic loss and revenge on the ‘ex’ – he beats Sutherland on the wire with DROSSELMEYER – CINDY PIERSON DULAY PHOTO






Uncoupled entry alert!! Trainer Mark Cassse sent out INDIAN POND, 3 to 1, and MASKED MAIDEN, 5 to 1 in the Maple Leaf Stakes and it was the latter who won the 1 1/4 mile race over big favourite La Gran Bailadora. The 5-horse field did not offer much drama but the white faced daughter of Sky Mesa was the record breaking filly for trainer Casse’s wins on a year earlier in the fall.

First winner alert! Pine Valley Training Centre (Pail Cain) had it’s first winner as owner when the giant HEMLOCK CHANNEL chugged along to his debut win for $50K claiming yesterday. The son of E Dubai – Royal Diamond, trained by David Bell, was bred by Paul and Mary Little in Ontario. T-blog fan Janice (no M) Zealand also has a lot to do with the big boy, who has overcome his share of troubles to make it to the races.

EIN-STEIN – JUSTIN STEIN won 4 races and is seriously looking like he’s a magician on these horses.

CRYPTOGRAPH sired his first winner when LAEDA won the 2yo maiden allowance, 1st race at 1 mile and 70 yards.


It is one of the country’s most prestigious and longest running stakes races – the CORONATION FUTURITY. It has seen better days, however.
The 9 furlong event is somewhat of a voodoo race since the winner has not come back to win the Plate since 1976.
This year’s field is modest at very best – 2 Sam-Son colts look tough with DEAD ON being a slight choice from this corner.

Sunday, Woodbine, post time: 4:26 p.m. EST
CORONATION FUTURITY S., $250,000, 2yo, (R), 1m (AWT)

1 Dead On Awesome Again Wilson Pierce 8-1
2 Quaesitor Friends Lake Stein Howard 12-1
3 Aldous Snow Theatrical (Ire) Wilson Pierce 5-2
4 Maritimer Stormy Atlantic Contreras Attard 3-1
5 Rockinmebaby Rockport Harbor Welch Black 20-1
6 Solo Player Cuvee Pizarro Cardella 15-1
7 Hampstead Heath Macho Uno Clark Lynch 4-1
8 Menlo Castle Forest Danger Husbands Biamonte 6-1
9 Campitello Stephen Got Even Campbell DePaulo 20-1
10 Classic Bryce Grand Slam Ramsammy Banach 15-1