CORRECTION  – I could blame my bad eyesight, but I won’t. Thoroughblog regrts an error last week when reporting on the losing favourites during a wild week of results. OH CANADA, coming off a short little rest period was NOT wearing front bandages in his return.

CHARGE! Another super Woodbine Mile – the grey is Turallure and the white faced guy is Courageous Cat – photo






Tell me when will you be mine….

uh oh! The Wando theme song is back! No doubt team Wando up at Schonberg Farm is celebrating the stunning victory by his son TURALLURE in the Woodbine Mile – Grade 1, posting a 101 Beyer Figure after a wild joruney/
The grey colt is from a mare by Wekiva Springs (thus the grey colouring) and way back in his breeding is RUMBLING ROMAN, who won the Natalma Stakes on the old Woodbine grass course.
It was a really good race, not world beaters but a solid race and a great finish.
Did anyone see the ridiculous trip DANCE AND DANCE got?

PROUD PAPA! Wando is back in Canada after standing a few years at Lane’s End – he should get really popular now! photo




The Northern Dancer Turf was a good event too as the solid campiagner WIGMORE HALL stormed home up the rail to win the 12 furlong race in 2:30 and change – a 98 Beyer Figure.

Wigmore Hall’s 3rd dam produced Hoh Dear, a Natalma Stakes winner too!

Norm Files caught WIGMORE HALL winning the Northern Dancer





The Canadian Stakes – Grade 2 was won by a gal who seems to be in love with Canada now and her, her sire and grandsire are all CANADIAN BRED!

NEVER RETREAT, by SMART STRIKE – LISIEUX, STEADY GROWTH  has distanc limitations but 1 1/8 miles hits her well and she got the jump on the field in what was kind of a boring edition of the race.

She matched her career top of 97 on the Beyer Figure scale.
LISIEUX raced for Ted Burnett’s Josham farms and was a stakes class gal bred in Kentucky. A 1989 model, she has had a number of foals and sveen winners.

ALEX BROWN was in town and signed copies of his book, GREATNESS and GOODNESS, BARBARO and his Legacy – just started it and it is really good folks..

Norm Files photo


The betting was up again – what else is new at Woodbine these days? – and that was even despite the crowd looking on the sparse side.
The $6,064,189 was better that the $5.6 last year that was wagering on the card.

Not much word came through the in-house TV stuff on what the plans are for NEVER RETREAT next time out (EP Taylor?) or WIGMORE HALL.. (International?) so we will have to wait and see for further news.