SWEET REDEMPTION (D’Wildcat), a daughter of a 2yo debut winning mare and a half sister to 2 juvenile debut winners, worked in 21 1/5 for a 2yo sale this spring. She won her debut in the Ontario Debutante Stakes at Woodbine for Southern Chase Farm and trainer Greg de Gannes.

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There was not a lot of star power on display at Woodbine on Saturday as the meeting switches from the high profile 3yo  campaigns into the international older horse/grass session.

(As a sidenote – SCALO, the GERMAN HORSE OF THE YEAR in 2010, is headed to Ontario as he has been nominated to the Sky Classic Stakes)

This time of year is often called the ugly season as the races are on the weak side.
On Saturday, the highest Beyer Figure for a winner was earned in the first race of the day, an allowance for Ontario sired older horses. SODA ON THE SIDE, making his first start at 1 1/16 miles, romped for 3 Sons Racing and trainer Robert Tiller. The son of Whiskey Wisdom – Matching Sox was bred by Mike Ambler. A bay 3yo, Soda On the Side is 3 for 6 in his career. His winning Beyer was 73.

Race 2, a maiden allowance for 2yo’s, Ontario sired, went to TOP ROD, who was making his 2nd career start. This dark bay gelding, a $21,000 yearling purchase by the partnership of Sheldon Pettle, S and S Herzog et al, helped HIP no. 74 in the upcoming CTHS select sale. That is a full brother to TOP ROD, offered by Paradox Farm Inc. Top Rod was bred by Osprey Stables. Top Rod was dull in his debut with an 18 Beyer and a 7th place finish. Yesterday he was not the same horse for trainer Steve Attard.

Classy old timer TIMELESS FASHION, an 8-year-old stakes winner, won a starter allowance in race 3 for trainer Mark Frostad. The Sky Classic gelding had lost his rider on July 5 for $19,00 claiming, his first local Polytrack outing. He had not been a threat in a race since 2010 but was looking healthy and sharp in his win yesterday, his 11th in his 29th start.

8-year-old TIMELESS FASHION looked super winning a starter allowance ($20K) at Woodbine on Saturday. He is a classy guy trained by Mark Frostad. Norm Files photo


Race 4, another maiden allowance for 2yos, was faster than the 2nd race. This winner was HONORABLE GUEST, who crushed in his 4th career start. He was 2nd in all 3 of his previous races, twice in stakes (he was dq’d to 5th in his latest).
He is a homebred for Nancy Guest and by Old Forester out of Whoda Guest by Kinshasa. The chestnut is trained by Mark Casse. Guest was one of the owners who lost horses years ago in the Woodbine fire. She has had several good runners as an owner/breeder but this guy could be one of her best ever.

Camen Attard’s FLASHING HONOR pulled up off a big upset at 40 to 1 in race 7 to start the 2nd Pick 4. The Bold n Flashy mare hasd not win a race since she was a 3yo in a 9 furlong grass race. IN fact, she had not been in the top 3 in her last 8 races


1  1 1/16M Alw 56000N3L 56,000 FT 6  20 73
2  6F Md Sp Wt 50k 50,000 FT 9  20 57
3  1 1/16M Alw 20000s 39,100 FT 6  20 72
4  6F Md Sp Wt 50k 50,000 FT 9  20 70
5  1 1/4M Md 12500(12.5-11.5) 24,000 FT 10  20 70
6  1 1/16M Clm 12500(12.5-11.5) 26,400 FT 7 F 20 70
7  1 1/16M Alw 52500N2L 52,500 FT 10 F 20 61
8 6F OntarioDeb150k 150,000 FT 6 F 20 66
9  7F Md Sp Wt 50k 50,000 FT 9  20 68
10 7F Md Sp Wt 50k 50,000 FT 9  20 65


Previous day’s results for siblings to yearlings offered in the September sale!

Saturday, August 11
Race 1 – ALW NW3L OSS
#5   Soda On the SideHip 19 Half-sister by Milwaukee Brew – SODA ON THE SIDE, WINNER

Race 2 – MSW 2YO OSS
#4   Top Rod – Hip 74 Full brother by Trajectory TOP ROD, WINNER

Race 4 – MSW 2YO OSS
#1   River One – Hip 63 Half-sister by Yes It’s True – 3RD IN DEBUT

Race 10 – MSW 3UP OSS

#3   Western Tune – Hip 349 Full brother – 3RD




Rank    Trainer Name    Sts    1st    2nd    3rd    Total $    Win%    Top3    Top3%

1    Mark E. Casse    241    47    50    37    $3,715,442    20%    134    56%
2    Robert P. Tiller    172    32    25    32    $1,542,457    19%    89    52%
3    Reade Baker    174    31    33    25    $1,821,690    18%    89    51%
4    Scott H. Fairlie    120    29    28    13    $823,287    24%    70    58%
5    Sid C. Attard    129    26    23    14    $1,351,211    20%    63    49%
6    Nicholas Gonzalez    113    20    17    21    $1,026,410    18%    58    51%
7    Ricky Griffith    74    16    10    13    $707,466    22%    39    53%
8    Paul M. Buttigieg    66    15    11    6    $737,084    23%    32    48%
9    Daniel J. Vella    118    14    17    15    $1,484,023    12%    46    39%
9    Malcolm Pierce    71    14    13    9    $1,025,306    20%    36    51%




PATRICK HUSBANDS – on top of the Woodbine jockey standings – he won big on HONORABLE GUEST yesterday at Woodbine – a handsome 2yo by Old Forester

Norm Files photo


1    Patrick Husbands    398    86    75    51    $4,883,701    22%    212    53%
2    Luis Contreras    483    82    87    69    $4,254,972    17%    238    49%
3    Eurico Rosa Da Silva    377    76    52    55    $3,943,482    20%    183    49%
4    Justin Stein    453    71    54    77    $3,825,653    16%    202    45%
5    Emma-Jayne Wilson    400    61    72    66    $3,175,531    15%    199    50%
6    Jesse M. Campbell    271    37    30    30    $1,847,127    14%    97    36%
7    Tyler Pizarro    267    31    34    32    $1,626,103    12%    97    36%
8    Steven Ronald Bahen    261    28    28    37    $1,311,606    11%    93    36%
9    Gerry Olguin    247    26    32    28    $1,256,187    11%    86    35%
10    Omar Moreno    216    24    19    32    $957,892    11%    75    35%


From NYRA press notes
By Jon Forbes

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – One day after joining gelding Fourstardave in the Hall of Fame, jockey John Velazquez piloted Wise Dan to an electrifying victory in the 28th running of the Grade 2, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
Wise Dan, who gave Velazquez his eighth win in the turf race for 3-year-olds and up, settled in third along the rail after lunging at the start, with pacesetter Get Stormy dictating fractions of 23.88 and 48.64 seconds.
Shuffled back on the far turn as he waited for an opening, Wise Dan found a seam between Get Stormy and the rail with a furlong to travel, quickly seized command and powered away to a five-length victory. Corporate Jungle was two lengths clear of third-place finisher Get Stormy.
Wise Dan, a 5-year-old gelding making his first start on yielding ground, completed one mile on the inner turf course in 1:37.30. He paid $5 for a $2 win wager as the 3-2 favorite in the field of seven.
“This horse is doing incredible,” said Velazquez, whose father-in-law, Leo O’Brien, trained Fourstardave, a beloved winner at Saratoga for eight straight years. “I was not surprised with the way he ran in the stretch. He was going so well. As soon as I let his head go, he responded really well and took off.”
The Fourstardave was the sixth graded stakes win for Wise Dan, who captured the 2011 Grade 1 Clark Handicap on dirt and established a course record when running away to a 10 ½-length score in the Grade 3 Ben Ali on Keeneland’s Polytrack in April. He entered the Fourstardave off a second, beaten a head by Ron the Greek, in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 16 at Churchill Downs.
After the Stephen Foster, Lopresti decided to send Wise Dan to the Fourstardave and stablemate Successful Dan to the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap on August 4. A filling in Succesful Dan’s left-front pastern forced that runner to miss the Whitney, but Lopresti decided to stick to his plan to run Wise Dan in the Fourstardave.
“I was trying to keep Successful Dan and Wise Dan apart,” said Lopresti. “I knew Wise Dan was better on synthetic and I knew he liked the grass. [Wise Dan] really didn’t handle the dirt track here, but in the last 10 days he’s really started to handle it well. But it was too late. I wasn’t going to change gears with a horse who never even breezed on the dirt [here].”
With Wise Dan being so versatile, Lopresti and owner Morton Fink have many options to choose from for the gelding’s next start.
“I know he likes this dirt track now,” said Lopresti. “So maybe, 10 days, we may breeze him over it, and maybe [look at the] Woodward [Grade 1, September 3] or the Woodbine Mile [September 16].”
Fink bred Wise Dan, a son of Wiseman’s Ferry, in Kentucky .


DEL MAR: Eighth horse dies at meet
By JEFF NAHILL jnahill@nctimes.com

DEL MAR —- Bandolim, a 3-year-old colt, became the eighth thoroughbred to die at the current Del Mar meet.

According to track officials, Bandolim suffered fractured sesamoids to his left hind leg after finishing second in Saturday’s fifth race. The son of Dynaformer was in a three-horse driving finish on the turf course and was pulled up after the race by jockey Alonso Quinonez.

Bandolim is the first horse to be euthanized after an injury on the grass. The other fatal injuries occurred on the Polytrack.

Bandolim, trained by A.C. Avila, was making only his second career start and was the favorite of many bettors after several strong morning workouts since a fifth-place finish in a maiden race on July 21.