A VALENTINE’S DAY gift at Chiefswood Stable near Nobleton, ON,  is a filly by Niigon out of Eclipse Bay, born Feb. 14.

Photo by Stacey Krembil.

 

 

 

BLACK CAVIAR IS BACK – wins Lightning Stakes in a gallop

 

55.42, 1000 metres, course record, under a hold.

Yep, BLACK CAVIAR is back and she is our bright light in horse racing these days (at least until the Kentucky Derby trail heats up!).

 

CANADIAN-BREDS ON THE GRASS IN FLORIDA

A couple of Queen’s Plate eligibles, BAY KING and MIDNIGHT ARIA, will try to win the maiden today in race 5 at Gulfstream. The former is owned by Doug Dawn and the latter is a Tucci Stables claim. The race is 9 furlongs on the grass.

Lots of rain in Florida on Friday will ensure a giving grass course today. Canadian-breds FIFTY PROOF and HOLLINGER are in grass stakes races in two different parts of Florida.

The former, a Canadian champion, faded in his latest when the pace was far too hot, He likes a giving grass but this field is loaded with front running types. He may not be a need to lead type all the time and at 12 to 1, he could be an interesting longshot play.

As for HOLLINGER, well, he has not won in 11 straight races and is often thereabouts but has had trouble winning.

 

Saturday, Gulfstream Park, post time: 5:05 p.m. EST
MAC DIARMIDA S.-GII, $150,000, 4yo/up, 1 3/8mT
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY TRAINER WT
1 Twilight Eclipse K Purim Saez Albertrani 123
2 Newsdad K Arch Lezcano Mott 121
3 Lucky Chappy (Ire) High Chaparral (Ire) Garcia Motion 117
4 Teaks North Northern Afleet Prado Nevin 119
5 Belo Acteon (Brz) Acteon Man (Brz) Rosario Clement 117
6 Nikki’s Sandcastle Castledale (Ire) Lanerie Kassen 117
7 Fifty Proof Whiskey Wisdom Trujillo Black 117
8 Ioya Bigtime Dynaformer Sanchez Block 121
9 Amira’s Prince (Ire) Teofilo (Ire) Velazquez Mott 119
10 Shkspeare Shaliyah Shakespeare Castellano Shivmangal 117

Saturday, Tampa Bay Downs, post time: 4:25 p.m. EST
TAMPA BAY S.-GIII, $150,000, 4yo/up, 1 1/16mT
PP HORSE SIRE JOCKEY TRAINER WT

1 Big Blue Kitten Kitten’s Joy Castanon Brown 124
2 Allie’s Event Wild Event De La Cruz Smock 118
3 Swift Warrior K First Samurai Espinoza Terranova 122
4 Tiz Sardonic Joe Tiznow Curatolo Kenneally 118
5 Hollinger Black Minnaloushe Husbands Attfield 118
6a Argentine Tango Black Mambo Martinez Gold 118
7 El Commodore El Prado (Ire) Serpa Griffith 118
8 Doubles Partner Rock Hard Ten DeCarlo Pletcher 124
9 Roman Tiger Tiger Ridge Spieth Manning 122
10 Za Approval Ghostzapper Bravo Clement 118
11a Alley Oop Oop Monsieur Cat Jara Gold 120
12 Cash Rules Peace Rules No rider Fawkes 118
AE San Antone Offlee Wild No rider Arnold 118

Standardbred cCanada/TORONTO STAR Perkins: “Elected Assassins” Killing Horse Racing

If you want to kill a sport once and for all, take a lesson from the Ontario Government. What our elected assassins have done to horse racing is the new template for sport execution.”

Following mass layoffs by Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) this week, Toronto Star sports columnist Dave Perkins offered up his take on the Ontario Government’s dealings with the horse racing industry in a Friday column, strongly criticizing former premier Dalton McGuinty and former finance minister Dwight Duncan for the decisions they made that have wreaked havoc within the sport and spin-off industries since.

“No one is saying there wasn’t some excess that could have been trimmed here and there, as it could in any industry, but the axings went way past that point,” wrote Perkins of the 109 salaried positions and a significant number of hourly positions cut by Canada’s largest racetrack operator. “Across Ontario, it continues the trend.”

http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/news/2-15-13/perkins-elected-assassins-killing-horse-racing.html

 

INSIDE TORONO – WYNNE URGED TO HELP

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/2076194-wynne-urged-to-save-horse-racing-jobs-at-woodbine-across-ontario/

TORONTO SUN – ROB LONGLEY

A one-time leader in an industry based on making and taking a bet, the Woodbine Entertainment Group now faces its biggest gamble yet.

In shredding a company that had grown to be one of the most lucrative and progressive in North American horse racing — both thoroughbred and standardbred — it is now in a fight for its survival.

And by getting lean in a purge of its workforce this week, management believes it has taken the first, necessary step to meet the future. If it is to get another deal with the devil — namely lucrative alternative gaming in quasi-partnership with the provincial government — it will be under dramatically different terms, which no doubt led to the cuts.

Few would argue that there was some fat in the Woodbine operation, a not-for-profit company that had reaped huge rewards from the slots at racetracks program which is being terminated at the end of March.

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/02/14/woodbines-layoffs-a-sad-sign-of-the-times

LOTS OF BAD NEWS BUT…

For those lucky enough to be surrounded by our beautiful athletes, this is THE best time of year..

 

A Mineshaft colt out of Nottawasaga is a cuddler. Stacy Krembil (pictured) provided us with these photos.

 

 

TRINIDAD RACING CONTINUES
Ramsammy named on 6


HORSE racing returns to Santa Rosa Park, Arima tomorrow, after a one week break for the Carnival festival.

And turfites have been greeted with an eight-race programme timed to begin from 12.45 pm.

Four of the races have been set aside for Hi5 betting – the second, fourth, sixth and eighth, with a carryover prize of $61,629.00 at stake.

“Feature” of the day will be the seventh over 1200 metres for horses rated 70-50 in which from the looks of things, The Right Time, A Great Millennium and Believe It Or Not will go to post with most money.

Veteran rider Emile Ramsammy who has dominated the jockeys to date with 11 winning rides, has been booked for six mounts, same as apprentice champion Dillon Khelawan.

http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,173485.html

CANADIAN-BREDS ELSEWHERE

 

Lady Banks at Palm Meadows for Davona Dale

George and Stephanie Autry’s 3-year-old Lady Banks, winner of the Ruthless Stakes at Aqueduct last out on Jan. 12, shipped into Palm Meadows after a van trip from Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland earlier this week as she prepares for a start in the $250,000 Davona Dales Stakes (G2) going 1 1/16 miles next Saturday (Feb. 23) at Gulfstream Park.

“We left Fair Hill Tuesday and got here early Wednesday morning,” said trainer James L. ‘Chuck’ Lawrence Friday morning. “Graham Motion was kind enough to get us into his barn and she’s settled in nicely. I’ve galloped her myself the last couple of mornings. Joe Rocco (Jr.) will ride her and probably work her here on Monday morning.
“I think she’ll get the distance because she doesn’t run until you ask her to. I’ve thought from the beginning that she was very classy. She came out of the Ruthless with a little piece of gravel in a foot from that ‘muddy’ track, but she’s over that and everything has gone right since then.”

A $130,000 OBS March 2-year-old purchase, Lady Banks is a Canadian-bred daughter of Successful Appeal with three starts, beginning with a close-up second in her debut at Aqueduct on Nov. 23. She came back to break her maiden there on Dec. 14 before a two-length score in the $75,000 Ruthless Stakes at six furlongs on Jan. 12.
Lisa Guaraldi’s PIRATE’S LEGEND won through disqualification at Tampa  Bay Downs on Friday. The 9yo by Perigee Moon was 2nd beaten 6 lengths but the winner bumped him at the start of the $12,500 claiming race.

DEAD ON, a former Sam-Son Farm runner, won for $30,000 claiming at Fair Grounds in Friday. The 4yo is by Awesome Again and is owned by Louie Roussell.
ESPORON (Officer – Regently Bold, by Awesome Again), bred by Michael C Byrne, won for $12,500 at Charles Town on Thursday. He is owned by Marshall Gramm.
STONEWALLING (Exclusive Quality – Sweet Hailey Jo, by Slew Gin Fizz), bred by Beclawat Stable, won the next race at Charles Town for $5,000 claiming for Richard Butts Jr.
and from THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS..

8th-LRL, $38,000, NW1X, 4yo/up, a1 1/16m, 1:48, gd.
NEVER STOP LOOKING (g, 4, Langfuhr–Stop Looking {SP, $158,060}, by Dr. Adagio) Lifetime Record:
16-3-2-3, $71,491. O-Somraj Singh. B-Gustav Schickedanz (ON). T-Claudio A Gonzalez. *C$59,000
RNA yrl ’10 ONTSEP. **1/2 to Mobil Unit (Mobil),
MSP, $380,199.

 

ON THE TAB

Sam-Son colts prep

His Race to Win (ON)     Colt     3     1:01.20     b     11/29
Up With the Birds (ON)     Colt     3     1:01.20     b     11/29

MARCH OBS 2YO SALE
Ocala
Ontario-breds in the catalogue

HIP                  COLOR       YEAR                               
NO.      NAME         SEX        FOALED     SIRE                 DAM
2      …………………….CH C………11  Kitten’s Joy………….Oh What a Feeling
33     …………………….B C……….11  Street Sense………….Rare Opportunity
70     …………………….B C……….11  Giant’s Causeway………Sheer Enchantment
79     …………………….DB/BR F……11  Dixie Union…………..Sky Select
88     …………………….CH C………11  Belong to Me………….Staid
134    Wanstead Gardens………CH C………11  Flower Alley………….Vaulcluse
147    Wild Cal……………..DB/BR C……11  Cowboy Cal……………Wild and Wonderful
221    …………………….B C……….11  Put It Back…………..De’jade
231    …………………….B C……….11  Ghostzapper…………..Dynamite Dancer
255    …………………….B F……….11  Colonel John………….Galadriel
279    …………………….CH F………11  Northern Afleet……….Hold the Sugar
324    …………………….B C……….11  Tale of the Cat……….Meandering Stream
340    …………………….CH F………11  Ghostzapper…………..Morning Chatter

FASIG TIPTON 2YO SALE AT PALM MEADOWS
Two Ontario breds in book:

62     C     ZENSATIONAL     STORMING STARLET     STORM BOOT     ONTARIO     29     PAUL SHARP AGENT
120     C     ROMAN RULER     FANCY DEED     ALYDEED     ONTARIO     29     SGV THOROUGHBREDS (STEVEN VENOSA) AGENT