Private Zone in Dubai. An Ontario bred (foaled at ADENA SPRINGS) by Macho Uno -Auburn Beauty by Siphon is from the immediate family of champion CHIEF BEARHART. The speedster is in Dubai and so are most of his owners including former rider Rene Douglas and NHL Hall of Famer DENIS SAVARD.
FORT ERIE SEASON BEGINS MAY 26! Press conference tomorrow
track opens for training April 26
NIAGARA FALLS REVIEW – FORT ERIE – Fort Erie Race Track is now on the list.
Premier Kathleen Wynne, who is serving as her own minister of agriculture and food, announced the new Ontario government has reached tentative transition funding agreements with three race tracks – Georgian Downs, Flamboro Downs and Fort Erie Race Track – the latest step in ensuring race dates for the 2013 season.
They join six other race tracks that have also reached agreements-in-principle for transition funding. Western Fair, Clinton, Hanover and Elora also signed agreements in principle with the province earlier this month, while Woodbine and Mohawk race tracks signed on Jan. 23, 2013.
The provincial government says it will continue to negotiate agreements with other interested race tracks to provide transition funding for the next three years in order to ensure a strong future for horse racing in the province.
Wynne said Ontario’s horse racing and breeding industries are an important part of a healthy economy in Ontario.
“We will continue to work in consultation with the industry partners for the long-term good of the industry and the province,” she said.
Jim Thibert, chief executive officer of the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium, said more details will be released at a press conference at 11 a.m. Thursday at the track.
Thibert said he wished the announcement could have been made earlier, but it took some time to work out all the details with all the different parties that were involved.
“Everybody’s mission was to get it done before April 1,” said Thibert. “I would have liked to see it done a couple of months ago, but that just wasn’t possible. Everybody from the (transition) panel on down to staff worked long nights and early mornings and we were able to get this announced by the premier today
PRIVATE ZONE FINALLY GETTING SOME INK
He has been on the pages of THOROUGHBLOG for almost one year, even though he has not won a race since he came from Panama.
He is an Ontario bred, born right near here in Aurora, Ontario at Adena Springs.
He is owned by the same group of people that owned Prince of Wales winner, the late GOLDEN MOKA, a group that includeds DENIS SAVARD
ARE THESE PEOPLE FOR REAL?
Wild Wild Posse returns from 5 years layoff at Tampa today
Take a look at the horse WILD WILD POSSE racing at Tampa Bay Downs today (link is courtesy of The Knight Sky blog)
Apparently, this 7yo horse is working in 1:11 at Classic Mile and, well, whatever he has been doing for 5 years, is now up for sale for a pittance of his $210,000 yearling price.
*Note – STUCK IN TRAFFIC, the multiple stakes winner and Ontario bred, competes for $4,500 claiming tonight 8:30 p.m. for $4,500 claiming.
CITYTV NEWS REPORT:
OLG WORKERS AT WOODBINE SLOTS SET TO STRIKE
by Michael Talbot
About 300 Woodbine slots employees have voted for strike action and could walk off the job in mid-April if ongoing negotiations with the OLG fail to bring them more job security, their union told CityNews.ca on Tuesday.
Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) vice-president Sharon DeSousa said talks are taking place Tuesday, and will continue on Wednesday before a conciliation meeting on Thursday.
DeSousa says the OLG’s modernization plan, which includes a looming GTA casino decision, has led to increased insecurity for Slots at Woodbine workers.
SIMMONS RANCH and trainer LES FROST hooked up for a win with SCARLET HALL yesterday at Charles Town. The Graeme Hall filly, a 3yo bred in Florida, was 40 cents on the dollar, and won by 3 1/2 lengths in the 4 1/2 furlong race. Simmons Ranch stands three stallions in Essex Ontario – Rule by Night (by Malibu Moon), Thunderello and Valid n Bold. The farm has a nice website too:
Race 2 at Charles Town went to Ontario bred DUBLIN NIGHTS, by Vibank. The 3yo gelding, bred by Mike Byrne, has won 2 straight races and he was 90 cents on the dollar in yesterday’s score for $5,000 claiming.
At Mountaineer yesterday, COASTAL RIDE, bred in Ontario by Richard Lister, won for $15,00 claiming in a 6 furlong dirt race. The bay mare is by Stormy Atlantic out of Coming Out by Mt Livermore.
JAMIE NESS fined $2,000 for TCO2
Where there’s smoke, there is fire? Innocent or guilty, we need to get these headlines out of the business….