Indian Charlie colt takes Gold Cup

Champion jockey OMAR MORENO, who is based at Woodbine, took part in the final racing care at Santa Rosa Park in Trinidad yesterday and took away the biggest prize of the day.
Christopher Prime’s five-year-old gelding Boogie Blues gamely held off a determined Montejo with Alan Garcia astride, to win yesterday’s feature Grade One – Republic Bank Gold Cup in front of one of the largest holiday crowds to witness a day’s racing at Santa Rosa Park, Arima. The Dachin Racing Stables Kentucky bred horse got a beautiful run up the inside under Canadian rider Moreno and  landed the $300,000 first prize cheque for Derek Chin, the Trinidad and Tobago Racing Authority boss.

report from Trinidad News:

BOOGIE BLUES held off the wonder horse Bruceontheloose, then had enough to just get home by a short head to lift the feature $500,000 Republic Bank Gold Cup, as the curtain came down on the Arima Race Club 2011 racing season at Santa Rosa Park, Arima, yesterday.

A cheering crowd roared when “Bruce” joined Boogie Blues with 600 metres to run, but Canadian jockey Omar Moreno still had enough to fight him off,

And then came a late challenge by Montejo, and with both jockeys Moreno and Alan Garcia giving their all, it was Boogie Blues who just got there to win the 2000 metres race.

“Bruce” struggled on to finish third for the second year in a row, occupying the same position last time.

The victory gave owner Dachin Stables a remarkable double for the season after Bears And Bulls won the classic Trinidad Derby in September.,152807.html



North American Horse Company’s TAYLORS DEAL, a BC-bred 2yo by BC-sire SECOND IN COMMAND  out of FLEET AMYANNE, by Western Fame, sped to a fast win in the LOST IN THE FOG STAKES yesterday at Turf Paradise. The time for 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:15 1/5.

The youngster won his maiden at Hastings Park for $20K claiming and is owned by a syndicate run by Glenn Todd, who offered the horse for sale as a yearling but ultimately raced him.

Currently trained by Sandi Gann, TAYLORS DEAL is now 2 for 4 in his career.

His dam is from the popular Canadian family of CHEALSEANNA (1976), who raced for A.J.R. May and has produced 10 winners. One of those is Fleet Chelseanna, who is by Afleet.

Interestingly, TAYLORS DEAL has a very strong pedigree that traces back top and bottom to stars raced by Rick Kennedy many years ago at Woodbine.

SECOND IN COMMAND, a son of Silver Deputy, is out of Stormeor (Lypheor-That’s a Kennedy) and was a fast stakes winner on the grass. And with Fleet Chelseanna being by Afleet (Mr Prospector – Polite Lady) – it’s a lot of Kennedy breeding.

LOST IN THE FOG JUVENILE S., $35,000, TUP, 12-26, 2yo, 6 1/2f, 1:15 1/5, ft.

1–TAYLORS DEAL, 118, g, 2, Second in Command– Fleet Amyanne, by Western Fame. (C$21,000 yrl ’10 BRCSEP). O-North American Thoroughbred Horse Company Inc; B-Clive & Linda Lytle & Can-A-Mex Farms (BC); T-Sandi Gann; J-Richard Harvey Hamel; $21,000. Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-0, $35,753.
2–Let’s Get Crackin, 119, g, 2, Eddington– I’maknightschoice, by Knights Choice. ($23,000 yrl ’10 KEESEP). O-Robson Thoroughbreds. $7,000.
3–Born Force, 119, g, 2, Political Force–Born Twice, by Opening Verse. ($1,200 yrl ’10 FTKOCT). O-Deana Jensen. $3,500.
Margins: 2 3/4, 2HF, 2HF. Odds: 3.40, 1.50, 13.80.

also yesterday –

*MIKE AMBLER AND PARTNERS’ Ontario bred TOP THE PODIUM (Meadagli d’Oro – My Vintage Port, by Porto Foricos) won a $25,000 claiming race at Parx Racing by 6 lengths. At 5 to 1, the bay 3yo had not run since a 6th place finish at Woodbine in November. Scott Lake trains.

*CHARLIE BULL, owned and bred by Hard Eight Racing and Scott Fairlie, won a $5,000 claiming race at Penn National yesterday by a whopping 15 lengths! The 3yo Philanthropist gelding otu of Cosa Rare (Tethra) was 5 to 2 and racing for the first time since he won on Dec 3 at Woodbine. He was not claimed.
* trainer JOSIE CARROLL won race 1 at the Fair Grounds with MISS TAGGART, a Florida bred owned by Steven Organ and Laconian Racing. The race was a $15,000 claiming event.

MONEY SHOT – Barbados hero Show Me the Money takes feature
Show Me The Money canters to victory

The Lord Michael Taylor owned Show Me The Money, yesterday, at the Garrison Savannah, on the final day of the Barbados Turf Club’s final of racing for 2011, literally cantered to victory in the feature Victor Chandler Stakes & Trophy, for 3-year-olds & Over, going 1 570 metres.

This handsome 5-year-old horse, trained by Anderson Ward, and ridden by Rico Walcott, set off from the gate to make it a pole to pole victory.

Stable companion Istanbul and Mingun Temple tracked Show Me The Money in the early stages, but he kept showing them a clear pair of heels.

Turning into the straight, the only one that looked like challenging him was the Gay Smith owned, Zoom, trained by Edward Walcott Jnr, and ridden by Antonio Bishop. But Show Me The Money put more lengths between himself and the field to cruise to victory from Zoom, just like he done earlier in the year in the Sandy Lane Gold Cup Gold Cup, where he was later disqualified.

Kauto Star makes history with fifth King George

By James Pugh

William Hill King George VI Chase (Grade 1) 3m, 4yo+

KAUTO STAR produced another extraordinary performance as he powered up the Kempton straight to notch an unprecedented fifth King George under Ruby Walsh.

Clive Smith’s 11-year-old jumped beautifully throughout and had his main rivals hard at work as he turned into familiar territory but was forced to dig deep to fend off the tenacious challenge from even-money favourite Long Run.

An exemplary leap at the last, one of many throughout his round, regained his crown and he crossed the line with an animated Walsh saluting the crowd.

Betfred responded by cutting Kauto Star to 4-1 (from 10) for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, with Long Run unchanged at 5-2.

Trainer Paul Nicholls said: “I knew he’d run well as he’d been so well at home. He was in fantastic form and it was a great ride.

“I’ll never train another like him and a lot of people wrote him off last year. He wasn’t right at any stage last year and I knew if he ran today like he did at Haydock he’d be there.”



Twenty horses died in as many months at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver due mainly to bone fractures, according to provincial documents released through freedom-of-information legislation.

Thirteen horses were euthanized after leg, shoulder, or pelvis fractures, the documents show. Other deaths related to medical problems such as pulmonary edema and hemorrhage, perforated intestinal ulcers, foot infections, brain disease, and a colon tear.

The documents detail provincial necropsy results from the provincial Animal Health Centre in Abbotsford on horses between Jan. 1, 2010, and Sept. 13, 2011.

Peter Fricker of the Vancouver Humane Society urged the public on Monday to think twice before supporting any event — horse racing or otherwise — that subjects animals to undue risk or stress.

“These statistics are very disturbing,” he said, noting there are also concerns about horses going to auction and slaughter once they can no longer race. “I certainly wouldn’t attend a horse race.”

Peter Hamilton of Lifeforce said the public “would be appalled” if they knew the extent of injuries and deaths of horses in the race industry. He added that too often “any love of horses…ends when the love of money ends.”

Great Canadian Gaming Corporation vice-president Howard Blank agreed that the 20 deaths are unfortunate, but said they must be put in context with the 5,000 to 6,000 horses racing per season at Hastings. (A thoroughbred horse typically races about once every month, he said.)

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