Trainer Charles Lopresti, who won last year’s WOODBINE MILE with TURRALURE, is sending one of the world’s top rated thoroughbreds to Ontario next month – WISE DAN.
The freakishly fast and versatile gelding with the obscure breeding, WISE DAN is considered the best racehorse in training in North American on any surface right now and a couple of Grade 1 wins would go a long way to getting him a nod for Horse of the Year.



 Name (country trained)     Race     Rating

1    Frankel (GB)     Queen Anne Stakes     142T

2    Black Caviar (Aus)     Lightning Stakes     130T
       Cirrus Des Aigles (Fr)     Prix Ganay     130T

4    Hay List (Aus)     Newmarket Handicap     129T
       Orfevre (Jap)     Takarazuka Kinen           129T

6    Camelot (Ire)     Derby     128T
      **Wise Dan (US)     Ben Ali/Stephen Foster      128A/D

8  Excelebration (Ire)     Lockinge Stakes     127T
     I’ll Have Another (US)     Preakness Stakes     127D
     So You Think (Ire)     Tattersalls Gold Cup     127T
     St Nicholas Abbey (Ire)     Coronation Cup     127T
    Nathaniel (GB)     Eclipse/King George     127T
    Moonlight Cloud (Fr)     Prix Maurice de Gheest     127T


 Bad trip costs MARKETING MIX the Grade 1 Bevelry D – Ontario bred was much the best in the event…could EP Taylor be her crowning moment?

Vanessa Ng photo







TAYLOR SAID came back less than 2 weeks after his romp at Hastings Park in the BC Cup Classic and won the prestigious LONGACRES MILE in 1:33.79, good for a 98 Beyer Speed Figure. The 4yo son of Aubrey Minshall-bred stallion Stephanotis (Regal Classic) is certainly one of the best Canadian-bred horses in training for this year, second only to the super filly MARKETING MIX, an unlucky 2nd in the Grade 1 Beverly D last weekend (97 Beyer).

MARKETING MIX, should she make a 3rd start in Canada, is certainly a leading contender for Canadian Horse of the Year honours.

Taylor Said is a remarkable fellow who had a wide, tough trip in the Longacres Mile under Mario Gutierrez (yes, he is still riding, but at Emerald Downs). Let’s hope we see more of this guy, maybe here in the East!


BC bred TAYLOR SAID wins 77th Longacres Mile with 98 Beyer – one of this country’s top horses of 2012! Emerald Downs photo






Yr Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings top Beyer

LIFE 10 7 2 0 277,991   104
2012 7 6 1 0 259,583        104
2011 2 0 1 0 10,383           91
2010 1 1 0 0 8,025            61


ALL LIFE 14 7 3 1 1,149,518 97 ALL

ALL 2012 5 3 1 0 610,692 97 ALL
ALL 2011 9 4 2 1 538,826 95 ALL




Cautious Optimism As Panel Report Is Due Out

Rumours abound right now that the Horse Racing Transition panel is going to release recommendations that will ensure that Ontario horse racing is given the ability to thrive and the $50 million promised to the industry over the next three years is a worst case scenario.

There are some clues out there that the panel of John Snobelen, John Wilkinson, and Elmer Buchanan will come out with the blue print of a plan that will satisfy the industry and also be accepted by the Ontario government.

First, there was Liberal MPP Jeff Leal seemingly breaking ranks with his party in stating a plan that would keep slots at most tracks while allowing for revenue sharing and possible subsidies for tracks that don’t have slots.  Leal could simply be backing OHRIA’s plan or he could have been privy to the final report by the panel.

Then there is John Snobelen’s recent interview in the Flamborough Review:

“First, there’s a big concern about the end of the Slots at Racetracks Program and the significant effect it has on the ability to conduct horse racing in the province,” said the former PC cabinet member.


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3rd Race – ALW F&M NW2/$62,500
#7   Casa Loma – Hip 81 half-brother by Where’s the Ring – SECOND!

7th Race – ALW 3UP NW2X OSS
#6   Mia’s Rocket – Hip 13 half-sister by Giant Gizmo – WON $31,500 PURSE

8th Race – $250k SKY CLASSIC – G3
#5   Pender Harbour – Hip 118 half-brother by Giant Gizmo FOURTH


4th Race – MSW 2YO F
#7   Sure Would – Hip 322 full sister – SECOND IN DEBUT


#6   Good to be Lucky – Hip 117 full sister – THIRD IN DEBUT

#8   I’m a Kittyhawk – Hip 379 half-sister by Alphabet Soup – 2ND IN DEBUT

Race 10 MDNCL $10,000 F&M

#4   Sunny Outlook – Hip 242 half-brother by Vibank – WON MAIDEN




The Vibank 2yo first time starter PARTY LAD romped in his debut on the weekend for Jal Dastur and trainer Mike Pino. Nancy Mitchell bred the local CTHS sales grad. Norm Files photo



The first race was a very exciting baby event and it was won by the big favourite PLATITUDE, a grey son of Yes It’s true owned by Stoneway Farm and trained by Mark Casse. It was a wild finish with 5 colts on the wire and the winner got lucky when Stormin Clooney blew the turn for home and lost the race (wound up 3rd)

Race 3 – SWIFT ARTIST was the 3rd winner for Stoneway Farm of Kentucky when Swift Artist beat an unlucky CASA LOMA in an allowance/optional claiming race. There was a claim of foul as Swift Artist came out and knocked Casa Loma but surprisingly, the result stood.  The runner-up has a sibling in the upcoming yearling sale.

race 4 – Maiden allowance 2yo’s and the winner  was yet another Mark Casse/Pat Husbands project (they won 3 of the first 4 races). The impeccably bred INDIANO JONES (A.P. Indy) cost $425,000 as a yearling by John Oxley and had fared poorly in his debut on Polytrack. The switch to grass was the right medicine, however, and that was the surface his mum Sharp Susan loved (she was a Grade 3 winner on turf).

MOMENT OF MAJESTY stamped herself as a contender for champion older mare in canada with a win in the Belle Mahone Stakes. The 5yo mare is 2 for 4 this year with 2 stakes winers and a 2nd in the Grade 2 dance Smartly. She is owned by Don Meehan, Sue Leslie and Curtis Joseph and she posted an 81 Beyer for his win on Sunday in the Belle Mahone. That was quite the run from her (note she is now on the Hot Canadian-breds List on Thoroughblog’s main page) as she rallied from well behind a slow pace set by overbet favourite Juanita, an American invader making her Polytrack/Canadian debut.
Moment of Majesty is 4 for 19 in her career with earnings of over $520,000.

FORTE DE MARMI came from far behind a very slow pace set by Stormy Lord to win the Grade 2 Sky Classic Stakes, which featured quite a few oddly, soft performances by decent older horses. the winner, yet another Roger Attfield turf star in the making, is a stablemate of Musketier, who will run next in the Northern Dancer Stakes. The winner, who was 10th in last year’s Woodbine Mile, was an allowance winner in the spring at Keeneland. He is a selkirk 6yo and he ran a 92 Beyer Figure. He is 7 for 23 in his career.


Oh Baby! Look at all these colts at the wire of Sunday’s 1st race at Woodbine. Stoneway Farms’ Platitude (grey colt, green silks) beat Sneakin Freud and Stormin Clooney, Discreet Glen (1a) and a fast closing My Name is Michael




Yvonne Schwabe’s homebred filly SURTSEY became the first winner for the stallion HEATSEEKER (HE HAS HIP 132 IN THE SELECT SALE ON sEPT 4) when she won the 2nd race for $32,000 claiming. The 2yo out of Kick Em Jenny was making her 4th career start. Kevin Attard trains and Patrick Husbands rode the filly. Troubled outings in the race included BEAR’S MOLLY, who was squeezed out in late stretch and lost all chance. Heatseeker (Ire) won the Santa Anita Handicap and is by Giant’s Causeway.

STEVE OWENS won his first race of the season when DULCE ESPERANZE got up to win the 3rd race for $10,000 claiming. The owner/trainer also bred by the Survivalist filly who has won over $175,000 in her career. The filly inherited the lead late in the race when the front running SPANISH POST suddenly stopped just a furlong from winning the race. Emma-Jayne Wilson rode the winner.

SPRING VENTURE scored one of the most impressive wins by any 2yo filly this season at Woodbine when she galloped under a hand ride to win the 4th race, a maiden allowance grass, by 8 lengths. She earned a 69 Beyer Figure and was barely asked to run. This is a Gary Barber/Steonway Farm owned filly, trained by Mark Casse, who was making her debut from the widest post in the 12 horse field. She is by hot, young sire Spring at Last  was a $320,000 2yo purchase

MOONLIT BEAUTY went gate to wire on the lead and just held off a fast closing Reconnect to win the Ontario sired Victoriana Stakes. The winner is a homebred for William Gierkink.

KAWAGUCHI joined three other Woodbine horses as 4-race winners this year. The Fusaichi Pegasus filly, a 4yo, won the 1st race friday for $9,500 claiming for owner Frank Cirillo and trainer Marty Drexler.
The Florida bred won her first 2 races of the year for owner/trainer Jim Ensom, who has not been racing horses at Woodbine since the spring.

ALTIUS was the fastest guy of the day with an 81 Beyer Figure for his 3rd win in 4 races in 2012. The Old Forester gelding keeps winning and keeps dropping in class. He just won for $12,500 and on Friday won for $10,000 for Danny Lococo and Mary Biamonte. The Stakes placed gelding is a homebred for Ralph Biamonte and a winner of over $270,000.

RUN TO THE BANK became yet another 4-time winner at Woodbine for 2012 when he took a strater allowance, race 7, for owner/trainer Nick Nosowenko. The lovely Wando gelding is a 4yo who is 4 for 7 this year and now with earnings of over $90,000 this year. He is a Kentucky bred. His Beyer was an 80.

A nice 2yo debut winner came in race 8 – CARELESS WORD won by a long margin for owner/breeders William and Anne SCott. The daughter of Bold Executive is out of Miss Filibuster (Numerous) and she is trained by Stuart Simon. The filly is a half sister to recent winner La Reine de Mots.




1    John C. Oxley    58    17    15    9    $1,525,799    29%    41    71%
2    Melnyk Rng StblsInc    54    13    9    6    $1,267,276    24%    28    52%
3    Bear Stables, Ltd.    133    25    25    26    $1,076,343    19%    76    57%
4    Sam-Son Farms    49    12    8    6    $891,086    24%    26    53%
5    Robert S. Evans    12    4    2    2    $861,799    33%    8    67%
6    Canyon Farms    3    3    0    0    $710,977    100%    3    100%
7    Paul M. Buttigieg    53    15    10    4    $698,167    28%    29    55%
8    Debmar Stables    58    14    7    9    $641,765    24%    30    52%
9    Stronach Stables    41    8    7    2    $630,224    20%    17    41%
10    Colebrook Farms    91    10    11    12    $556,137    11%    33    36%


1    Mark E. Casse    254    53    53    38    $3,987,178    21%    144    57%
2    Robert P. Tiller    182    34    26    33    $1,692,721    19%    93    51%
3    Reade Baker    183    33    33    26    $1,873,624    18%    92    50%
4    Scott H. Fairlie    130    29    30    16    $856,978    22%    75    58%
5    Sid C. Attard    137    28    23    15    $1,428,768    20%    66    48%
6    Nicholas Gonzalez    118    21    17    21    $1,049,905    18%    59    50%
7    Paul M. Buttigieg    71    16    12    6    $776,112    23%    34    48%
7    Ricky Griffith    78    16    10    13    $711,909    21%    39    50%
9    Ralph J. Biamonte    75    15    13    11    $891,587    20%    39    52%
9    Brian A. Lynch    74    15    9    16    $687,752    20%    40    54%


1    Patrick Husbands    422    94    79    52    $5,206,480    22%    225    53%
2    Luis Contreras    521    87    94    75    $4,611,147    17%    256    49%
3    Eurico Rosa Da Silva    400    83    56    59    $4,219,649    21%    198    50%
4    Justin Stein    482    77    61    82    $4,122,949    16%    220    46%
5    Emma-Jayne Wilson    422    64    75    68    $3,292,561    15%    207    49%
6    Jesse M. Campbell    301    41    32    33    $2,010,578    14%    106    35%
7    Tyler Pizarro    275    32    35    33    $1,649,194    12%    100    36%
8    Gerry Olguin    267    30    34    29    $1,397,239    11%    93    35%
8    Steven  Bahen    278    30    28    38    $1,356,536    11%    96    35%
10    Omar Moreno    230    25    19    35    $1,001,548    11%    79    34%


1    Run to the Bank    7    4    2    0    $92,211    57%    6    86%    104
1    Vino Del Toro    5    4    0    0    $87,075    80%    4    80%    98
1    Kawaguchi    6    4    1    0    $54,640    67%    5    83%    82
1    Absoulute Heaven    5    4    0    0    $52,240    80%    4    80%    97


The Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium is offering an extremely unique event that has never been held at Fort Erie Race Track in its 115 years of operation.
On Sunday, September 23rd the community of Fort Erie and friends of the historic “Border Oval” are invited to ‘Circle the Course for Cancer and COPE.’
There are two ways for people to get involved in this local charity event.
Participates who make a minimum donation of $10.00 to Cancer research will receive a limited edition commemorative Fort Erie Race Track lapel pin which will allow them access to the racetrack after the final race on September 23rd to walk the one mile oval for a good cause.

Participates who donate a non perishable food item to COPE, Community Outreach Program Erie, will receive a limited edition Fort Erie Race Track wristband which will also allow them access to walk the course.
Donations will be accepted only on September 23rd and will be received at several booths located at the track beginning at 11:00 am.
A celebration will take place at the Tiki Bar Patio after the event has been successfully completed.
“With so many of our racing people and employees being directly and indirectly affected by cancer and limited financial resources, we thought it would be appropriate to give back to the two charities in a way that recognizes the efforts of everyone who has an affiliation with the Fort Erie Race Track.   In such a small community efforts like this have profound impacts on those that need help the most and at a time when it is much appreciated,” said Rick Cowan, COO of FELRC.
“We have so many people who turn to COPE each month and we can only meet that need through events such as this,” said Barb Volzke, Manager of COPE.
This event gives everyone involved a chance to make a difference while experiencing the race track from a very unique perspective.





Horse previously given painkiller dies on track in New Mexico


A horse that recently tested positive for a supercharged painkiller drawn from a type of South American frog broke down and was euthanized Thursday at a New Mexico racetrack after winning a trial heat for the coming All American Futurity, one of the world’s richest horse races.

The horse, Jess A Zoomin, was one of eight New Mexico quarter horses that tested positive for the painkiller dermorphin on the same day in late May. All were running in an earlier round of trial heats to earn the right to advance to the Futurity, which has a purse of more than $2 million.

The dead horse’s trainer, Jeffrey Heath Reed, is accused of doping five of those horses. But he has been allowed to continue training — and vying to win the Futurity on Labor Day — after exercising his right to verify the state’s positive tests at a second laboratory.