LongRun Friday Night Fever party

LongRun Friday Night Fever party


91 Beyer for speedy Grand Slam filly

LEIGH COURT settled on the pace and then took off to win the LA LORGNETTE STAKES for owner/breeder Eugene Melnyk and trainer Josie Carroll yesterday at Woodbine. The fast gal did not mind the torrential rain that was happening during her race (and was off and on all day) as she crushed last year’s champion 2yo Spring in the Air with a big win. She is by Grand Slam out of Padmore by French Deputy.
Gary Boulanger rode this gal who was winning her 2nd straight stakes race and she is not 5 for 8 in her career with earnings of over $310,000.

Melnyk had sponsored the Melnyk Martini Hour at the LongRun Friday Night fever party on Sept. 20 (photo)

Congratulations to the Drake family at SILVER DUCK RACING, the Pollards and Phil Yu for LAPSANG'S big win. Michael Burns photo

Congratulations to the Drake family at SILVER DUCK RACING, the Pollards and Phil Yu for LAPSANG’S big win. Michael Burns photo

How cool was it to see LAPSANG win the DEPUTY JANE WEST STAKES? It may have been a tiny field for this overnight stake named for a top 2 and 3yo filly in Canada from years ago, but LAPSANG ran a 70 Beyer in her win for Suzue Drake and Tim drake, Janice and Joe Pollard and Philip Yu. It was the first stakes win for the Drakes who run Silver Duck Racing.
This is a grey filly by Smoke Glacken out of Gdansk by Appealing Skier, bred by Sedgefield Farm.


MORE FROM SATURDAY – lots of longshots and lots of beunners won – how about a firster winning from the RAIL POST in race 1?

FAST ‘N’ FIRM, bred by the same man that gave up My Conqestadory, Paul Tackett, won her debut for $32,000 claiming under Emma-Jayne Wilson for the Martha and Nick Gonzalez team. The filly is by SW ELITE SQUADRON. She was 19 to 1.

And then it was FOURTEES, also 19 to 1, who won from post 2 in a MSW for Ontario sired gals. This one, bred by the late Herbert Chambers, is by Chambers own stallion Gamblers Slew, from the talented mare Vices n Tabacos and she is owned by Maurice Nicholson and H. Lothian. Natha Squires trains.

How about a $3,500 yearling purchase winning her debut in a $50,000 MSW? MAYTHEBOURTHBWITHU (Silent Name – Cat’s Calling by Caller I.D.) won for Frank DiGiulio Jr and trainer Robert Tiller in race 5 with a 62 Beyer.

Clever name by the way – she was born on MAY 4!!

Congrats to THOROUGHBLOG friend BILL STEWART at Black Canyon Thoroughbreds as his homebred A SONG FOR ARBONNE won an off the turf maiden allowance  in her 4th career race. The Arch filly is out of Sweet Windsong by Aptitude and from the the family of that good filly BRATTOTHECORE.


Take a look at Mel Leonard’s www.dailyracingfunnies.com for tons of great illustrations and funnies for the top stakes winners all over…here is FORTE DEI MARMI after the Northern Dancer win!


courtesy DRF

race Surface Breed dist class purse Track cond. distance Variant Beyer

1 D TB 6F Md 32000 34,400 FT 10 F 12 44
2 D TB 5F Md Sp Wt 50k 50,000 FT 9 F 12 62
3 D TB 6F DptyJaneW100k 100,000 FT 4 F 12 70
4 D TB 6F Clm 40000(40-37.5)N2L 47,800 FT 10  12 76
5 D TB 5F Md Sp Wt 50k 50,000 FT 9 F 12 62
6 D TB 6F Clm 10000(10-9.5)N2L 24,000 FT 13  12 66
7 D TB 1 1/16M Md Sp Wt 67k 67,100 FT 8 F 10 63
8 D TB 1 1/16M LaLorgnett125k 125,000 FT 6 F 10 91
9 D TB 6F Clm 25000(25-23.5) 39,100 FT 8  12 81
10 D TB 1 1/16M Md Sp Wt 67k 67,100 FT 9  10 80



Lots of Canadians bought and sold at big sale that was best in 5 years

More than 70  Ontario-breds were listed as sold by my count including a colt by Medaglia D’oro topped the sixth session of the sale on Sept. 15 at a bid of $385,000 from Lael Stable. Bred by Anderson Farms, the colt is out of the mare Loving Vindication by Vindication.

A new player in Canadian and Ontario racing is Conquest Stable,, owned by Americans Eerniue Semersky and Dory Newell. The couple, who burst onto the thoroughbred scene in the U.S, in 2012 with some big-ticket purchases, have won three stakes races at Woodbine with two-year-olds trained by Mark Casse.

On Sept. 14, Conquest’s My Conquestadory won the Grade II Summer Stakes in her career debut over the colts leading Semersky to exclaim, ‘We love Canada’.

So, Conquest purchased three Ontario-bred yearling colts at Keeneland including a Stormy Atlantic yearling for $330,000 from breeder Ted Burnett.


Also on the buying side, Nat Rea’s Regis Farms had purchases five yearlings for $2.72 million and went in partnership with Stonestreet Stables on a $1.55 million colt by Tapit. Other local buyers included Jim and Susan Hill who had bought 14 for $1.83 million.


The Jockey Club released foal crop statistics in Sept. and the 2013 crop numbers 23,000, down 2.2% from 23m500 in 2012.
The statistics also included a chart of leading stats and provinces with mares bred and live foal numbers:

 2012 Mares Bred     2012 Live Foals     2013 Live Foals     Percent Change

Kentucky     15,569     10,960     10,726     -2.1%
Florida     3,187     1,642     1,751     6.6%
California     2,475     1,600     1,582     -1.1%
Louisiana     2,306     1,344     1,172     -12.8%
New York     1,664     713     971     36.2%
Ontario     1,350     700     684     -2.3%
Pennsylvania     1,124     628     608     -3.2%
New Mexico     1,127     585     503     -14.0%
Oklahoma     1,124     509     470     -7.7%
Texas     1,014     444     417     -6.1%