It is the time of year when the winds come howling in, the rain and wet snow follow and, well it seems as if it is dark all the time.
Mother Nature has really taken things out on horse racing as tough gusts led to a cancellation of races a week ago last Friday and then again this past Sunday. The  news release regarding the cancellation on Sunday notes that the jockey’s had decided the riding would be too dangerous. One race was run on Sunday.

For Friday and Saturday –  almost $9 million was bet on those Woodbine cards – wow!

It has been an odd stretch of days in Ontario horse racing with issues with horsemen, riders, etc. and it seems as if the Ontario racing Commission stewards are going to be very busy for a spell…



Saturday’s 9th race at Woodbine, won by I’m A Kittihawk, is under review and will be addressed at a meeting on Wednesday with the Ontario Racing Commission stewards.
The dispute is whether the winner, a filly by Tomahawk, was eligible for the 1 1/16 mile race.

ORC rules note that it is up to the licensee to make sure a horse is eligible for race it is entered in.

The race was a non-winners of 1 other than maiden or claiming or restricted allowance or non-winners of 2. I’m A Kittyhawk had won a maiden race, the Lady Angela Stakes and, most recently, an Ontario sired non-winners of 3 allowance.
Trainer Franz Crean maintained Sunday that the filly was eligible citing that the Lady Angela was restricted to Ontario sired fillies.

“The Lady Angela is restricted,” said Crean. “And (officials) could have called any time before she ran. It’s a complicated issue now, the race has been run, there was parimutuel betting.”
The Lady Angela, however, is not an allowance, but a stakes race worth $125,000.
I’m A Kittyhawk was 5 to 1 in a very contentious six-horse field and she beat 2 to 1 Revenge Is Mine, trained by Catherine Day Phillips.
Those who bet Revenge is Mine to win or in Pick 3’s, Pick 4’s will be out of luck if the winner is disqualified as expected.



Champion older could be on the line (although COMMANDER from out west is a serious and deserving contender) as Alpha Bettor tackles Ultimate Destiny and James Street in the Autumn Stakes, which has been re-scheduled for Friday.



READE BAKER, longtime resident of Etobicoke and top trainer in Canada, was inducted into the Etobicoke Horse racing Hall of Fame last week. A litany of Woodbine people, trainers, jockerys etc. were on hand to congratulate Baker, shown here with ESHOF’s Joanne Noble – Michael Burns photo






Thoroughblog needed a bit of a break after Breeders’ Cup so here are some bits from racing last week:


BOLD EXECUTIVE youngsters are still money in the bank. With the likes of ON RAINBOW BRIDGE continuing her sire’s legacy, the stallion still has lots of good 2yos.

On Friday, SACRED SPACE became the 3rd 2yo winner for trainer John Ross and another by the Executive. He is a January

born colt who cost $20,000 and is owned by Ross and Brian Broughton. The colt was making his 2nd start.

CRYSTA’S COURT, a daughter of Silent Name (Jpn), won her 2nd race of the year in her 5th start and she has been a hard knocker this year for JMCs Stable, Luis Contreras has been a welcome addition to the ‘Court’.

BEAR TOUGH TIGER,one oft he top sprinters on the grounds, won a 6 1/2 furlong allowance in 1:15 2/5, an 88 Beyer Figure, for his 10th career win in 18 races. The gorgeous son of Roar of the Tiger was claimed for $62,500, his 2nd time in for that price this year.

Friday – $3.6 million wagered on the Woodbine card. Nice.


Saturday at Woodbine

BOLD ‘N FLASHY is one of Ontario’s steadiest sires. He is also the sire of a top local 2yo colt, FLASHY MARGARITTA, who won the Frost King Stakes on Saturday at 7 furlongs on the pace. The Ralph Biamonte speedsters is out of Ritta and he is a half brother to Citius., who also won the Frost King.

Bold ‘n Flashy stands at John Carey’s T C WESTMEATH STUD for $2,500 for 2014.

Owner ED LANG and trainer BRUCE POLLOCK suddenly won 2 races and they did in t back-to-back, the Daily Double on Friday. MOBIL MILLIE (Mobil) and SLIGO LILLIE (Sligo Bay) won maiden races for Ontario sired gals.

Tequesta Racing and Alison crook celebrated a win with ZINNIA who won her maiden at the allowance class for ONtario sired. She is a Red Bullet filly bred by Bru Mel Stables and she was making her 7th career start.

Stretch running BOBCAYGEON took advantage of the outside is and won his 4th career race in the 2nd event Saturday. He took the non-winners of 1 other than in his 6th outing of the year for Goldie and Discovery Stables and trainer Julia Carey. He is a son og Niigon bred by Auchammore Stud.

INCREDICAT, stakes winner but looking for his first win in 2013, finally scored, taking a $20K claiming race in his 10th race of the year. The Kinghaven Farms and partner 4yo gelding was claimed by Ross Armata.

SHE’S AINT BAD won her 2yo debut and became the 3rd winner bred by Ericka Rusnak this year. Rusnak has just a handful of mares and is breeder of PALADIN BAY and stakes placed Bold n Golden. This 2yo winner came from well back to win her opener for 3 Sons Racing and trainer Bob Tiller. She is out of She Ain’t Much (SAM).

BREW ON THE BEACH posted a 67 Beyer Figure as he won his maiden in his debut – a $25K 2yo claiming race at 1 mile and 70 yards. The Milwaukee Brew gelding is the first foal from the undefeated Cawaja Beach. Hard Eight and Ace Racing own and bred the gelding.



Today, ADENA SPRINGS sells some 170 horses from the HORSE RACING LEAGUE, get out your wallets and head to Keeneland quickly – you can buy PYRITE MOUNTAIN and more!

Purchasers in bold

0149 CH.M. Gloat Regis Farms 450,000
Claiborne Farm, Agent
0703 CH.M. Hot Trip Regis Farms 250,000
Lane’s End, Agent for the Complete Dispersal of E.Paul Robsham Stables LLC
0704 CH.F. More Than Ready — Hot Trip Regis Farms 180,000
Lane’s End, Agent for the Complete Dispersal of E.Paul Robsham Stables LLC

0318 B.M. Classira (IRE) Sam-Son Farm 120,000
Sienna Farm
0353 DB/BR.F. Distorted Humor — High Change Winding Oaks Farm 80,000
Four Star Sales, Agent for Nuckols Farm
0385 DB/BR.M. Mazucambera Cara Bloodstock 27,000
Lakland Sales
0395 B.M. Morilles (GB) Sean Fitzhenry 100,000
James B. Keogh (Grovendale), Agent XXX
0486 DB/BR.M. Smooth Performer Windways Farm Limited 120,000
Lane’s End, Agent for Pam and Marty Wygod
0778 DB/BR.M. Miss Norman Steve Kemp 195,000
Lane’s End, Agent
0779 B.C. Awesome Again — Miss Norman Gustav Schickedanz 150,000
Lane’s End, Agent
0780 B.F. Miss Patchouli Austin & Brenda Paul 160,000
VanMeter Sales, Agent VIII

0861 DB/BR.M. Scenic Gulch Buttigieg Training Center 45,000
Hidden Brook, Agent X
1124 GR/RO.M. Halo’s Verse Anderson Farms 155,000
Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, Agent
1430 DB/BR.M. Cumulonimble Ron Clarkson 60,000
Three Chimneys Sales, Agent
1794 CH.F. Bellamy Road — Barton Springs Minshall Farms/Shawn Minshall 16,000
Eaton Sales, Agent

Yesterday at Keeneland

REBECCA’S SONG, mare by Rahy  sold to Bar Nones Ranches $47,000

SILVER SHIMMER, mare by Tale of the Cat, WINDWAYS FARM $35,000

SOUTH PAW JUSTICE, weanling colt by Regal Ransom Bar None Ranches $20,000

weanling filly by FREUD – Doug Reddington $18,000
weanling filly by SUMMER BIRD Doug Reddington  $21,000
weanling colt by Drosselmeyer Wolf Creek Farm $20,000
weanling filly by Giralama Sherry McLean  $15,000
STUDY OF MY CAT weanling colt by MUNNINGS Ericka Rusnak $24,000
EALAAN, mare by Invasor  Sherry McLean $4,000
weanling filly by Temple City Bar None Ranches $22,000



I FEEL GOOD! At Mapleville Farms recently – photo by DAVE LANDRY