Happy last day of Summer – rain on the way again, turf racing in Ontario in jeopardy through weekend…


In Memory of ALEZZANDRO – Canadian champion 3 year old of 2007, winner of $767, 919 including his last start, December 2010 at Woodbine. Recently donated to LongRun by Knob Hill Stable. but got ill. Extensive efforts to save the gelding were not successful.
Cindy Pierson Dulay/horse-races.net photo



Big night for Gus Schickedanz and Mike Keogh

The featured Wednesday night event at Woodbine was not much of a race as it was a 4 horse field for the King Corrie stakes and it figured to be a walk in the park for champion HOLLYWOOD HIT, the sprinter of the year last year but, somewhat hard to figure on occasion.
Last night was one of those occasions.
Coming off a freshening, HOLLYWOOD HIT was 1 for 5 in the tiny field but he met his match on the pace with another fresh one, ARTIC FERN, who was pushed to the lead while in tight on the rail by jockey David Clark.
The big guy loved it as he hooked up with the champ and then edged away while the Hit-man lost 2nd late to Signature Red.
Artic Fern paid $15.90 – no place or show betting.
Mike Keogh had the Fern well prepared for his first outing in 3 months; He had won his season opener so impressively but obviously has had plenty of setbacks along the way.
Gus Schickedanz, owner and breeder of the Fern, led his big gelding into the winner’s circle.
The 4yo is by Langfuhr out of Wood Fern.
Sports Select, a stablemate of Hollywood Hit, was supplemented to the race and then scratched.

The Schickedanz and Keogh team were at it again in race 6 as SAY NO MORE won his first try arund 2 turns on Polytrack, leading all the way at 5 to 1. A promising sort, this son of Langfuhr had been wandering lately while trying turf and sprints but he was the boss of this optional claimer. MEDIDOCIHOSPISURG, winner of the recent Elgin Stakes, was 3rd.
Say No More’s 1:43 for 1 1/16 miles came over a very fast Polytrack and his Beyer was 84.


As you read last night’s recaps you will notice a theme – it was a bad night for for many horses who had awful starts.
The worst one came in race 6 when NITA MARU, one of the favourites, acted up in the gate and then reared at the break. The head on reply does not tell us much, it is so far away you can’t see whether the filly got a fair start or not. She somehow rallied for 2nd despite the dreadful beginning.

Race 1 – Trainer Sammy D (DiPasquale) won 19 races at Woodbine in 2009, 21 last year and he is up to 18 this season as of the 1st race on Wed. night.
The 6yo mare GALLOPING D’AMOUR was the easy pick in the race for $16K claiming and she is owned by James Redekop.

Race 3 – UNCOUPLED ENTRY ALERT!! A Pair of Mark Casse trained beginners went in race 3 for $20K claiming and the 2 to 1 fave was his more fancied one, STONEWALLING, by Excluisve Quality with Patrick Husbands up. The fellow zoomed up the 2 path on the turn to battled for the lead but the other Casse runner, BET ON JACK, by With Distinction, came up the rail later and put away this corner’s pick, SLEWMOBIL to win at ..
The winner is a homebred for Gilbert Campbell and the dam of this winner did have a 2yo debut winner from 2 foals to race. Quincy Welch rode the winner.
In that baby race there was a bunch of messy starts – the 1, 2 and 7 all broke slowly and 1 – WESSIE THE CAT had a nice late run.

RACE 4 – WANADAY won her maiden for $16,000 for Dave Cotey and breeder Dave Hagar – she had been 3rd in 4 of her 8 previous races. She rallied to beat Lantana Lady while Silver Hoofbeats, who absolutely dwelt at the start, rallied fast for 3rd. Matt Moore’s 7th win of the Woodbine meeting.

PRAYINGALLTHEWAY won the 6th race for Michael Goubault. The Nancy Mitchell-bred filly is by Compadre and she beat a very unlucky Nita Maru for her maiden score for $25,000. Mark Casse trains.

race 7 – Trainer Terry Jordan may have lost the stake but CLOSING SCENE won for him and owner Canvasback Farms in a $12,500 event. The Vying Victor filly led all the way.

race 8 – CITIUS was extremely impressive  in his win in the Ontario sired allowance co-feature. This son of Old Forester broke a bit slowly and then made a fast move around the turn on his way to running down Gangster Rap for the win. The Ralph Biamonte bred is owned by Biamonte and Danny Lococo.




Hot trainers from the last 10 days include Brian Lynch (5/13), Nick Gonzalez (3/9), Reade Baker (4/11) and Darren Glennon (2/3).

LEADING JOCKS (before Wed. night)

Contreras L    726    155    129    104    0.21
Husbands P    561    130    83    80    0.23
Da Silva E    611    108    98    95    0.18
Wilson E    540    81    84    62    0.15
Stein J    428    61    68    54    0.14
Pizarro T    400    53    44    49    0.13
Moreno O    408    42    53    49    0.1
Ramsammy E    418    42    40    42    0.1
McAleney J S    298    39    28    35    0.13
Olguin G L    318    36    33    48    0.11
Clark D    257    35    34    33    0.14
Campbell J M    350    34    44    42    0.1
Welch Q K    292    27    24    33    0.09
Callaghan S    244    25    29    24    0.1
Pacheco R    262    23    11    24    0.09

Casse Mark    365    80    60    47    0.22
Baker Reade    183    39    28    22    0.21
Asmussen Steven M    158    32    32    22    0.2
Attard Sid C    187    28    37    34    0.15
Carroll Josie    110    26    8    10    0.24
Tiller Robert P    194    26    31    27    0.13
Attfield Roger L    125    23    23    23    0.18
Lynch Brian A    109    21    15    22    0.19
Fairlie Scott H    156    21    20    29    0.13
Attard Steve    133    20    20    15    0.15
DePaulo Michael P    164    20    13    23    0.12
Doyle Michael J    187    20    21    17    0.11



Two very big races at Woodbine this weekend – the ONTARIO DERBY on Saturday could pit MOONSHINE MULLIN/PNDER HARBOUR and BOWMAN’S CAUSEWAY  in a battle for 3yo male champ. PENDER HARBOUR may, however, go to Pennsylvania for the Penn Derby instead..stay tuned.

ON Sunday, INGLORIOUS could be in the SELENE STAKES – she is the top 3yo filly in canada and in the hunt for HORSE OF THE YEAR too along with the boys and NEVER RETREAT, who is a very tough customer for a Sovereign Award this year too…


KEENELAND CANADIANS BUYING,  Sept 14 through Tues. 20th

0577     DB/BR.F. Candy Ride (ARG) — Bajan Princess    Mike Doyle, Agent    25,000
Shannondoe Farm (James and Janeane Everatt), Agent
0586     DB/BR.F. Distorted Humor — Beautiful Daniele    Mark Casse, Agent    175,000
Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent for Siena Farm LLC
0597     DB/BR.F. Dynaformer — Black Escort    Sean Fitzhenry    165,000
Vinery Sales, Agent
0631     DB/BR.C. Lion Heart — Captivating    Mark Casse, Agent    290,000
Four Star Sales, Agent
0662     B.C. Pulpit — Chopinina    Jim & Susan Hill    195,000
Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, Agent
0688     DB/BR.F. Lemon Drop Kid — Costume Designer    Jim & Susan Hill    110,000
Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, Agent
0771     DB/BR.F. Stormy Atlantic — Excellentadventure    Jim & Susan Hill    135,000
Warrendale Sales, Agent for Whitechurch Bloodstock LLC
0782     DB/BR.F. Malibu Moon — Favorite Times    Jim & Susan Hill    135,000
Select Sales, Agent
1187     B.F. Dixie Union — Silky Noon    Riversedge Racing Stables    17,000
Lane’s End, Agent for Fares Farm LLC
1279     CH.C. Sky Mesa — Anchors Away    Mark Casse, Agent    210,000
Three Chimneys Sales, Agent
1289     BLK.F. First Samurai — A Touch of Glory    Windhaven    75,000
Claiborne Farm, Agent
1360     DB/BR.C. Lion Heart — Dreamingatdaybreak    Jim & Susan Hill    170,000
Eaton Sales, Agent
1376     B.F. Corinthian — Ethan’s Car    Mark Casse, Agent    60,000
Denali Stud (Craig and Holly Bandoroff), Agent I
1420     B.C. Candy Ride (ARG) — Heatherdoesntbluff    Mark Casse, Agent    260,000
1421     DB/BR.C. Sky Mesa — Hello Barbara Sue    Jim Hill & Susan Hill    60,000
    Gainesway, Agent XI
1423     B.C. El Prado (IRE) — Ho Joy    Adena Springs    100,000
Denali Stud (Craig and Holly Bandoroff), Agent XXVIII
1519     B.C. Birdstone — Nushka    Adena Springs    135,000
    Columbiana Farm
1537     DB/BR.C. Street Sense — Penny Perfect    Adena Springs    195,000
Anderson Farms, Agent
1542     B.C. Elusive Quality — Pinafores Pride    Stonestreet Stables LLC    425,000
Anderson Farms, Agent for Rod Ferguson
1543     B.C. Elusive Quality — Plenty of Light    Jim & Susan Hill    210,000
Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent CLXXII
1560     B.C. Lawyer Ron — Queens Plaza    Adena Springs    150,000
Three Chimneys Sales, Agent
1587     GR/RO.F. Macho Uno — Sanibel Island    Riversedge Racing Stables    30,000
Warrendale Sales, Agent for Hargus and SandraSexton and Silver Fern Farm LLC
1592     B.C. Lawyer Ron — Savannah Sunrise    RCC Stable, Gus or Jim Vlahos    35,000
Brandywine Farm (Jim & Pam Robinson), Agent forLiberation Farm and Brandywine
1612     GR/RO.C. Smart Strike — Silver Bird    Ciaran Dunne, Agent for Park Lane Stable    40,000
Hidden Brook, Agent XV
1694     B.F. Malibu Moon — Yo Ali    Mark Casse, Agent    140,000
Blackburn Farm (Michael T. Barnett), Agent
1837     B.F. Empire Maker — Go First Class   Kelynack Racing and Steve Duffield    40,000
Lane’s End, Agent for Sam-Son Farm
1890     DB/BR.C. Birdstone — Light From Above    Mark Casse, Agent    220,000
Pauls Mill Bloodstock, Agent for Hargus and SandraSexton
2020     CH.C. Big Brown — Shedoesrock    Riversedge Racing Stables    35,000
Three Chimneys Sales, Agent
2030     B.C. Stormy Atlantic — Silent Beauty    Donver Stables    37,000
Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, Agent
2039     DB/BR.C. E Dubai — Snow Lady    Jim & Susan Hill    125,000
Cara Bloodstock (Bernard McCormack), Agent III
2052     B.C. Arch — Stormy Blast    Kelynack Racing and Steve Duffield    65,000
    Claiborne Farm, Agent
2058     CH.F. Speightstown — Sunny’s Freckles    Gail Cox, Agent    60,000
Top Line Sales LLC, Agent IV
2085     CH.C. Holy Bull — Tudor Queen    Donver Stables    85,000
Top Line Sales LLC, Agent II
2149     B.C. Midnight Lute — Blazing Cat    Michael Puhich, Agent for Glen Todd    30,000
Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, Agent
2705     B.C. Indian Charlie — Kettleoneup    Gail Cox, Agent    60,000
VanMeter Sales, Agent I

Website from the Stronachs for taking care of the horse

Frank Stronach and his team have launched the website for his After Care program – super stuff.



This morning on the racing site THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONS, the lead off forum topic was about Square Eddie and his recent return from his 2nd retirement…he’s in the news again today:

(Thoroughbred Times_

by Frank Angst

After returning from a second retirement earlier this year, J. Paul Reddam’s Square Eddie is being considered for a start in the Ancient Title Stakes (G1) on October 8 at Santa Anita Park.

Square Eddie, who won the 2008 Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland Race Course, won in his return to racing this year, taking an allowance race on January 14 at Santa Anita. Since that effort he has finished off the board in three stakes races, a pair of Grade 1 tests followed by the Pirate’s Bounty Stakes on September 7 at Del Mar.

The five-year-old Smart Strike horse seems to have an affinity for Santa Anita, where he worked three furlongs in :35.60 on September 18.

“It’s exactly what we wanted from him,” trainer Doug O’Neill said.