A week into the New Year of 2012 (anyone see that movie again last night? 2012? (eeks)) and there are some exciting dudes in horse racing.

Don’t forget to check the Jan. 7 blog post to Vote on who you would like to be CANADIAN HORSE OF THE YEAR! I will change up the poll in a couple of days!


DISCREET DANCER, 2 FOR 2, 96 Beyer Speed Figure
big day for stallion Discreet Cat

DISCREET DANCER, a photo from his FACEBOOK page (remember when just writing a newsletter about one of your horses was considering taboo by some? Now horses have their websites and pages!)



“He’s a very big horse, but he’s a gentle giant” – Eoin Harty, trainer

He dwarfed Secret Circle as he lumbered alongside and passed that rival on his way to his win. Yes, OUT OF BOUNDS was definitely in play in the Sham Stakes yesterday at Santa Anita, getting out of a nice, tucked in spot to win the stake with giant, loping strides. He is regally bred for Darley – by Discreet Cat, the young stallion sensation, and out of Breeders Cup Distaff winner Unbridled Elaine.


Godolphin had a big day at Aqueduct with wins by its 3yos in the Count Fleet Stakes and Busanda Stakes.
ALPHA won the Count Fleet at 1 mile and 70 yards and is headed along the Derby trail in New York.
This colt is out of Munnaya (Nijisnky II), a daughter of Hiaam who is a daughter of Canadian champ KAMAR.
Once again, the SQUARE ANGEL pedigree line from Canada hits with a big one.
Alpha posted an 85 Beyer Figure.


SPEED RING (A.P. INdy – Catch the Ring), the regally bred gelding who was recently claimed from Sam-Son Farm for $10,000, won for $8,000 claiming at Tampa Bay Downs yesterday by 9 lengths under a hold. The 4yo earned a 62 Beyer Figure. Bought back for $325,000 as a yearling, the gelding won his maiden for $47,500 this season at Woodbine

MOLINARO PADRINO won his 2nd conseucitve race at Charles Town when he took a $5,000 claiming event yesterday at 1 1/16 miles. The Compadre 4yo is a homebred for Molinaro  Stable and he is trained by Les Frost.

STAY CLEAR, by Dance to Destiny – Keys to Heaven, bred by Sam-Son farms, won a non-winners of 3 for $5,000 claiming at Penn National yesterday at 73 to 1! The 4yo filly left Woodbine last May when doing little for Dave Cotey and partners at higher levels. She won for Stephanie Beattie at Penn National in the summer and recently changed hands to owner/trainer Erin MacLellan.

GOLD CASTLE, an Ontario bred by Malabar Gold, bred by Ivan Dalos, won for $12,500 at Tampa Bay Downs yesterday. The 4yo was odds-on for Midwest Thoroughbreds.

RECORD HIGH won a $5,000 claiming race at Parx Racing yesterday and she is a 6yo Ontario bred mare by Touch Gold out of Slumber Party, by Smart Strike. She is owned by Equus Farms.


Meydan beckons for top Uruguayan Alcazar
 By Michael Burns 6:52PM 7 JAN 2012

Race: Maroñas: Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez (Group 1) 1m4f, dirt, 3yo+

URUGUAY’s top stayer Alcazar (Elio Umpierrez/Roni Von Souza) may have sealed a place in the Dubai World Cup with a smashing victory in South America’s prestigious Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez.

The peaking six-year-old Uruguayan-bred son of British Listed stakes winning Aramram, dominated his 13 opponents at the top of the stretch and gallantly galloped home under confident handling from Brazilian Roni Von Souza to score easily by three-and-half-lengths as the 1-2 favourite.

Chilean-bred Cacao, edged stablemate Ares for second, chased home by 2010 Ramirez winner Sing-A-Song, while Derby hero Dopplavu checked-in tenth.

Fifth in last year’s renewal, Alcazar covered the 2,400 metres in 2m30.28 on fast ground to streak to his third consecutive Group stakes victory and 11th win in 19 starts for 2011 leading owner Stud Villa Nueva and prominent breeder Haras Don Alfredo.