WOODBINE WEDNESDAY NIGHT RACING IS BACK, Toronto Thoroughbred Racing Club meets tonight at the track…Kentucky Derby week in full force, Canadians in action in Oaks and Derby..let’s go!

Below is yesterday’s Backstretch Buzz at Churchill with Jill Byrne and a funny interview with NFL commentator/player TERRY BRADSHAW:



BODEMEISTER, could be the favourite

Did you see the Arkansas Derby? There is no question that the Empire Maker colt BODEMEISTER (bodee-my ster) is very talented. He’s fast and finishes fast. He has big Beyer Figures, a top trainer and an owner who could be sitting on his first Kentucky Derby win.

But BODEMEISTER did not race at 2 and it has been 130 years since a horse won the Kentucky Derby that did not race at 2. That’s a historical trend that is awfully tough to ignore.


CINDY PIERSON DULAY caught Bodemeister getting a bath yesterday


Bob Baffert on the colt’s name:

“I happened to be at the barn at Del Mar with Bode and his friends and (Zayat) told me he needed some papers and was going to change the name of that horse. I told him, ‘I’ll just call him Bodemeister until the name comes out.’ I didn’t think twice about it. A month and a half later, I saw the papers on the desk and my bookkeeper said, ‘Look at this name, Bodemeister.’ I said, ‘What did he do that for?’ Usually it’s a jinx if you name one for your kid. I said, ‘Well, forget that horse.’



Canadian-bred, owned and trained HARD NOT TO LIKE will contest the $1 million KENTUCKY OAKS ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON. Post time is 5:45 p.m.
The Sovereign Award nominee has never raced on the dirt and appears to be a tad short of the top fillies in the race but the presence of a lot of pace to run at certainly helps this Garland Williamson homebred.

With her Kentucky Oaks filly on her way to Louisville from Woodbine Race Course, trainer Gail Cox was excited to hear about drawing post position five for Friday’s $1 million Oaks at Churchill Downs.
“That’s a pretty good post,” the trainer said by telephone from the track outside of Toronto. “I’m certainly happy with that.”
Hard Not to Like left at 5 a.m. for her 10-hour van ride to Churchill Downs. The trainer will leave for Louisville Wednesday, with an expected arrival time of mid- to late-afternoon.
Churchill Downs veteran jockey Robby Albarado has the call.


138th Kentucky Oaks
1 1/8 miles, all carry 123 pounds
Post time, 5:45 p.m. Eastern
TV: NBC Sports Network

(PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer, CD M/L)

1. On Fire Baby, J. Johnson, G. Hartlage, 4-1

2. Grace Hall, J. Castellano, A. Dutrow, 5-2

3. Summer Applause, G. Gomez, B. Calhoun, 15-1

4. Eden’s Moon, M. Garcia, B. Baffert, 12-1

5. Hard Not to Like, R. Albarado, G. Cox, 20-1

6. Broadway’s Alibi, J. Velazquez, T. Pletcher, 4-1

7. Sacristy, M. Smith, W. Catalano, 50-1

8. Jemima’s Pearl, J. Talamo, B. Baffert, 10-1

9. Believe You Can, R. Napravnik, L. Jones, 10-1

10. And Why Not, J. Leparoux, M. Matz, 15-1

11. Karlovy Vary, J. Graham, R. Arnold, 20-1

12. Colonial Empress, C. Nakatani, D.W. Lukas, 50-1

13. Amie’s Dini, J. Court, R. Moquett, 10-1

14. Yara, J. Castanon, J. Garofollo, 30-1

15..ae-Oaks Lily, R. Bejarano, T. Hill, 50-1

ae – also-eligible; runs only in case of scratches by 9 a.m. Eastern on Friday.


Owner, jockey and chiropractor stem from Canada

I’LL HAVE ANOTHER, Canadian born owner, chiropractor, Vancouver based jock

by Cindy Pierson Dulay (yesterday)





I’LL HAVE ANOTHER is a sleek chestnut colt with a stalking style of running and a low head carriage. He races with a ‘win alot’ bridle (like Sea Hero when he won the Derby) and is trained by a very controversial, by capable trainer.
The colt, a son of Flower Alley (who raced for Canadian Eugene Melnyk) is also from a Canadian-bred 2nd dam (Force Five Gal), who was trained by Jim Day.


UT San Diego feature

“A year ago, Gutierrez was an unknown, riding at obscure Hastings Park in Vancouver after being discovered in Mexico City in 2006 by Canadian horsemen Glen Todd and Troy Taylor” – UT SANDIEGO

Unknown jockey Gutierrez gets Kentucky Derby shot with I’ll Have Another

Written by
Ed Zieralski

Horse racing is packed with rags-to-riches stories, and jockey Mario Gutierrez is the latest, one that will unfold this week at the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Gutierrez, 25, a native of Veracruz, Mexico, will ride I’ll Have Another in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby for owners J. Paul and Zillah Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill. He’ll try and be the 42nd jockey to win the Kentucky Derby riding the race for the first time.

A year ago, Gutierrez was an unknown, riding at obscure Hastings Park in Vancouver after being discovered in Mexico City in 2006 by Canadian horsemen Glen Todd and Troy Taylor. The Canadians offered Gutierrez a job riding at Hastings in 2006, and Gutierrez jumped at the chance. Gutierrez said he comes from a very poor Mexican family, but this Saturday he has a chance to change his life forever…

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born in Windsor, Ontario, started in standardbreds

feature story by Mary Forney:



Transplanted Canadian is a chiropractor to the stars

Backstretch buzz: From hockey to horse chiropractor
By Jessie Halladay, USA TODAY

LOUISVILLE – Larry “Thumper” Jones had planned on a long career as a hockey player, winning the Memorial Cup playing for the Canadian New Westminster junior hockey team.

By Garry Jones, AP

Kentucky Derby hopeful I’ll Have Another is bathed by groom Inocencio Diaz at Churchill Downs on Monday. Larry “Thumper” Jones (not pictured) is working on the horse’s back.
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But after a slip over a broken hockey stick during a game, Jones had back surgery that eventually forced him out of the sport. After unsuccessful rehabilitation, Jones said he met a Calgary doctor who had him fixed up in less than two weeks thanks to chiropractic work.

The experience transformed his career path. He took that, along with his upbringing in the horse country of Vancouver, and set his sights on equine care. “I transferred all that energy into helping horses,” he said.

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more on Larry Jones:


entries taken tomorrow

In the midst of more uncertainty, FORT ERIE RACETRACK, one of the darlings of North American tracks, gets rolling with its first day of entries tomorrow!

There is a ton of super event-days planned for the season and lots of chances to bet on good racing and see lots of cool stuff.

BREAKING NEWS: No commitment from OLG on Fort Erie’s plan for local takeover of slots facility

Slots at Fort Erie Race Track. Photo: Special to Bullet News


FORT ERIE – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. executuves met with representatives from the Town of Fort Erie and the Fort Erie Race Track this afternoon to discuss the town’s plan for a local takeover of the slots facility, which was closed down on Monday.

But OLG officials still have no authority to support or reject Fort Erie’s plan, which some say is the best hope of returning at least some of the laid off slots employees to their jobs and securing the future of the Fort Erie Race Track, which is partially funded by slots revenues.





Night racing is back at Woodbine as we move to a 4-day a week schedule for the month of May. Post time is 6:45.

Also, BET NIGHT LIVE, the racing show on THE SCORE is back so you can play along, bet the races and win some contest money!

Friday, post time is now 1:05 p.m. at Woodbine (10 races) and an expanded card is expected for Kentucky Derby day on Saturday.

Saturday is also the QUEENSTON STAKES, the first noted Queen’s Plate prep race and some of the contestants include FASTESTWHOGETSPAID, MENLO CASTLE, BEEKER STREET, DEAD ON and PEYTON.

The 7 furlong dash will feature some very nice middle distance runners looking to build on their foundation. So far, the Plate contenders look pretty good.



1    Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc.    7    3    1    0    $238,439    43%    4    57%
2    Bear Stables, Ltd.    21    5    5    1    $205,795    24%    11    52%
3    John C. Oxley    9    2    2    2    $163,103    22%    6    67%
4    William A. Sorokolit, Sr.    11    2    1    2    $154,986    18%    5    45%
5    Paul M. Buttigieg    9    3    3    0    $128,837    33%    6    67%
6    Cappuccitti, Audre and Gordon    10    1    1    0    $120,437    10%    2    20%
7    Frank D. Di Giulio, Jr.    8    2    3    1    $106,492    25%    6    75%
8    Sam-Son Farms    5    2    1    0    $102,871    40%    3    60%
9    Chiefswood Stable    5    2    2    0    $100,161    40%    4    80%


1    Robert P. Tiller    36    10    7    8    $463,218    28%    25    69%
2    Mark E. Casse    37    8    7    6    $551,390    22%    21    57%
2    Reade Baker    22    8    7    1    $407,130    36%    16    73%
4    Josie Carroll    17    5    1    2    $205,839    29%    8    47%
4    Michael J. Doyle    21    5    2    4    $162,358    24%    11    52%
4    Wesley A. Ward    13    5    1    1    $105,887    38%    7    54%
4    Scott H. Fairlie    19    5    3    1    $102,737    26%    9    47%
8    Jim Ensom    4    4    0    0    $69,656    100%    4    100%


1    Luis Contreras    74    15    13    11    $765,817    20%    39    53%
2    Patrick Husbands    59    13    9    6    $639,606    22%    28    47%
3    Emma-Jayne Wilson    68    11    15    14    $552,469    16%    40    59%
4    Eurico Rosa Da Silva    64    10    9    10    $508,550    16%    29    45%
5    Justin Stein    71    9    10    9    $434,322    13%    28    39%
6    Gerry Olguin    43    8    5    3    $261,522    19%    16    37%
7    Jesse M. Campbell    40    5    4    5    $333,827    13%    14    35%
7    David Moran    58    5    3    4    $189,190    9%    12    21%
7    Jesus M. Rios    13    5    1    1    $105,887    38%    7    54%