TODAY’S NEWS – ZENYATTA will be back! Woodbine Woodbine Woodbine!!!! maybe? Casse wins first of 2010, NYUK NYUK NYUK still winning!
ZENYATTA WILL RACE IN 2010!
Now it’s up to WOODBINE to get her to come to Canada for a visit!
She might be named the Horse of the Year tomorrow night at the ECLIPSE AWARDS, she might not. Either way, the tough, undefeated mare ZENYATTA is going to continue racing in 2010 and what great news that is for horse racing fans.
Let’s face it, the media generated by Zenyatta and the equally brilliant RACHEL ALEXANDRA seemed to come AFTER their big races – who really paid attention (general public wise) when Zenyatta took on boys in the Breeders’ Cup Classic until AFTER she had won the race?
Now is the time to flaunt this gal, get people revved up about horse racing, bring in new folks.
Let’s do a SECRETARIAT and lure her to tracks all over.
WOODBINE should be all over the phones right now – how about the DOMINION DAY at 10 furlongs against the boys on Canada Day? That would be cool.
Okay, it’s not likely to happen but let’s hope the gang at WEG is up and at ’em tomorrow morning following this up.
Woodbine does not offer many Polytrack races for older fillies and mares that would be worth coming up for and there are a few older horse races like the Eclipse etc. (turf racing is the emphasis up here) but no matter, let’s lure the MOSS family into bringing the top mare here!!
STORY EXCERPT FROM THE SARATOGIAN
By NICOLE RUSSO
Thoroughbred owner Jerry Moss, the co-founder of A&M Records, understands show business. And when the brilliant mare Zenyatta, whom he campaigns with his wife Ann, stormed down the stretch to a historic triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last November, capping an undefeated career, it seemed like a show-stopping number.
The owners decided their star ought to call it a career on a high note. But now, the Mosses have decided that the show must go on.
Following weeks of speculation, the Mosses officially confirmed Saturday that they plan to return Zenyatta to competition in 2010.
SUTHERLAND WINS SECOND U.S. GRADED STAKE
and first at Santa Anita
CHANTAL SUTHERLAND, a top five jockey in canada and originally from Ontario, won her second graded stakes race in the United States when she steered the aptly named AMEN HALLELUJAH to victory in the Grade II Santa Ynez yesterday at Santa Anita.
BLOOD HORSE REPORT:
Amen Hallelujah Answers Santa Ynez Call
By Jack Shinar
In a battle of Eastern invaders down the Santa Anita stretch, Amen Hallelujah overpowered Franny Freud in the final strides to win the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) by three-quarters of a length Jan. 16 (VIDEO).
Amen Hallelujah, who broke her maiden at Arlington Park in August, defeated five 3-year-old fillies in the Santa Ynez for her first stakes victory for trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. and owners IEAH Stables and Whizway Farms.
The final time for the seven-furlong test on Pro-Ride was a solid 1:21.39. With Chantal Sutherland aboard, Amen Hallelujah rated off the the rail in fourth as Switch and 3-2 favorite She’s Funomenal
SOVEREIGN NOMINEES WILL BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW
POINTS OF GRACE – FAVORITE TO WIN CHAMPION TURF MARE
Dave Landry photo
The finalists for the SOVEREIGN AWARDS – horses and horsepeople – will be announced tomorrow by the Jockey Club of Canada.
Perhaps the finalists will give us a hint on who may be named Horse of the Year.
In talking with voters, it appears that the turf male category is very close – CHAMPS ELYSEES and RAHY’S
ATTORNEY got plenty of action. One won the Grade I Canadian INternational but it was his only win of the year.
The other won a trio of stakes and two gtaded events and then he was a super 2nd in a Churchill stake.
Horse of the Year votes have gone to one of those 2, El Brujo and Milwaukee Appeal – could EL BRUJO be the
sneaky one and grab 3yo, sprinter and Horse of the Year?
Jan 29 we will find out, get your tickets for the awards night at the ULTRA CLUB in downtown Toronto.
In action today at GULFSTREAM are trainers MARK FROSTAD, READE BAKER, JOSIE CARROLL, BRUCE PAQUETTE, BARB PIRIE, ERIC COATRIEUX, ROGER ATTFIELD and jockey Rob Landry.
LADY SHAKESPEARE and LOMAKI lost the Marshua’s River Stakes in a 5 horse charge to the wire yesterday at
GUlfstream. The winner, Quiet Harbor, won the late-rush war over Lady Shakespear, owned by Canadian Charles Fipke and trained by Roger Attfield. The filly has never lost on Woodbine grass.
LOMAKI, owned by Chiefswood Stable, was fourth beaten three heads.
Nine-year-old NYUK NYK NYUK won a $20,000 claiming race at Philadelphia Park yesterday for $20,000 claiming.
The son of Mutakkdim-May Time by Cure the Blues won the 6 1/2 furlong race by a nose, his second consecutive win at Philly. He is owned by Tucci Syables and trained by Scott Lake.
The old timer won for $8K at Woodbine in the fall but has won two photos at Philly in his last 2 strats.
He ran a 71 Beyer Figure for the 1:17.75 clocking yesterday.
NYUK NYUK NYUK is now 14 for 61 and he has earned over $741,000.
Trainer MARK CASSE won the first race at Tampa Bay Downs yesterday to collect his first score of the year when
CLIFF COTTAGE won her career debut in the $12,500 claiming race. The Florida bred, owned and bred my Eugene Melnyk, is by Carson City out of Sweet Vale.
GULFSTREAM yesterday, RUSSELL TANZ’ UPMARKET GIRL won a 1 mile, $10,000 claiming race for trainer Barb Pirie, who often thrives at this meeting. The New York bred filly by City Place led all the way to win by half a length in her first race since December.
CHARLES TOWN yesterday MARTIN DINKIN’S homebred SEA TO SEA TO SEA won her maiden for $5,000 claiming at 40 cents on the dollar by more than 5 lengths. The D’wildcat – Amazonian Racekey filly is a 4yo and Ronney Brown is the listed trainer. The Ontario bred paid just $2.80 to win.
ALBANY SONG, an Ontario bred by Sultry Song, Czipra by No Louder, won a $5,000 claiming race at Penn National on Friday for Don Brown and Stephanie Beattie.