Average and median suffer big drops

Topped by a chestnut colt by former Ontario stud Philanthropist that brought $70,000, the first session of the Woodbine yearling sale got off to a rocky (not unexpected start) on Monday night.
Despite a pumped up, large crowd that was certainly in good spirits, the numbers did not hold from last year.
Just as in 2011, 48 yearling were listed as sold but the gross was $1,001,000, down from $1,322,000.
The average price fell to $20,854 from $27,542 last year while the median dropped to $18,000 from $23,000.
Topping the first select session was a colt by former Ontario sire Philanthropist from the mare Loup de Grace , by Explosive Red that sold for $70,000 to trainer Mike DePaulo for Danny Dion’s Bear Stables Ltd. The yearling, a full brother to stakes winner Grace Phil, was sold by Paradox Farms Inc.
Philanthropist, the sire of 2011 three-year-old champion Pender Harbour from his first crop, was recently sold by his syndicate, including Paradox, located in Caledon East, Ontario,  to interests in South Africa.
The second highest price, and the top selling filly,  was hip number 63 who was filly by Yes It’s true out of Quite a Knightmare, by Ascot Knight. The bay filly was bought by Jam Jar Stables of Ontario for $55,000 from Huntington Stud Farm, agent.
Four yearlings sold for $50,000 and they were: hip no, 17, a colt by Corinthian out of stakes placed Mahalo, by Gulch that Reade Baker, agent for Bear Stables Ltd. Bought from Richard Hogan, agent; hip no. 31, a colt from the first crop of Grade 3 stakes winner Giant Gizmo out of the stakes producing mare Muriel (by Bold Executive), sold by Paradox Farm Inc. to Greg de Gannes, as agent for Joe Stritzl; a colt by Kitten’s Joy out of Oh What a Feeling, by Dixieland Band that sold to Biltmore Racing Stable from the consignment of Ballycroy Training Centre and hip no. 51, a colt from the Paul Buttigieg consignment by Where’s the Ring out of Paul’s Girl, by Bianconi that went to John Mattine, agent for RCC Stables and partner.

The CTHS (Ontario) sale continues Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. With a selected session and then on Sept. 8 with a preferred session.

The fastest winner on Sales stakes day at Woodbine – DYNAMIC SKY!






The racing action on Labour day Monday at Woodbine was hot (like the sticky, humid weather) and there were some nice efforts from locally bred horses.

Who was the fastest? That would be the 2yo colt DYNAMIC SKY, who led a parade of 3 Mark Casse trained, Ontario bred 2yos in the Simcoe Stakes. The winner was 6 to 1 and he beat the 1-1 choice HONOURABLE GUEST who was ahead of 4 to 1 STAR CONTENDER.

Dynamic Sky earned an 88  Beyer for 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.70 on a very slow track.

The winner was a $27,000 yearling last season and was bought by John Oxley, who also owns Star Contender. Arosa Farms bred bred the Sky Mesa- Murani, Distorted Humor colt.

WELLOILEDMACHINE ran an 86 in his front running score in the one mile Halton Stakes on the grass. The Mobil fellow, owned by Christine and Dennis Windsor posted an 86 Beyer. He was bred by John Kennedy.

CRYPTIC MESSAGE may not be the most beautiful thoroughbred you have ever seen but this 2yo filly is 4 for 4 after winning the Muskoka Stakes She is a Cryptgraph filly out of Abby O bred by Helen and Barry Irving. Her Beyer was 63.

See the results below with Beyer Figure at far right:

CRYPTIC MESSAGE – photo by Norm Files


1 D TB 1M 70Y Md Sp Wt 67k 67,100 FT 7  16   81
2 D TB 1 1/16M Elgin125k 125,000 FT 5  16   83
3 D TB 1 1/16M Algoma125k 125,000 FT 5 F 16   82
4 D TB 1M Md Sp Wt 50k 50,000 FM 13  16 65
5 D TB 6 1/2F Simcoe200k 200,000 FT 10  20   88
6 D TB 6 1/2F Muskoka200k 200,000 FT 10 F 20   63
7 D TB 1M Halton125k 125,000 FM 9  16   86
8 D TB 1 1/16M Alw 70300N1X 70,300 FT 7 F 16   72
9 D TB 6F Kenora125k 125,000 FT 7  20   81
10 D TB 6F Clm 40000(40-37.5)N3X 47,800 FM 10  9   76

Delaforce wins Puss N Boots

Fort Erie, September 3rd … After a thrilling three horse photo finish to the 2012 Puss n Boots Cup it was announced that Delaforce, under jockey Martin Ramirez was the winner by the slimmest of margins over Flip for the Coin and Fiji Boy.
51 years ago the horse Puss n Boots veered in during the running of a turf race and ended up making a splash into one of the infield lakes. It has become a tradition for the winning connections of this particular event to do the same. For Trainer Daryl Ezra and rider Martin Ramirez it was their first time taking the plunge.
Delaforce is  a 7yo by Porto Foricos bred by Rick Pettifer and Ken Parsley.
Delaforce returned $14.30 to win, $7.00 to place and $4.40 to show. The final running time for the mile and a sixteenth distance on the turf was 1:44.2.


TU ENDIE WEI won her 2nd stakes race of 2012 when she held off a persistent ROXY GAP to win the Grade 2 Seaway Stakes yesterday at Woodbine. The bay 3yo by Johar – Ms Cornstalk, owned and bred by Brereton Jones, has not been very lucky this year
More Saturday – Notable races from Saturday at Woodbine are plentiful…
Two yearling sales relatives won, GOLDEN GIRL SUE in race 1 took the $12,500 claiming event for owner Brenda Goodlet and trainer Tino Attard, jockey Patrick Husbands.
Two claims in the race – Nicola’s Nickers and the winner by Martha Gonzalez and Scott Fairlie, respectively.
Trainer MARK CASSE and the Spirit Winds Stables Inc. combined forces to have BEST GIFT OF ALL ready to win her 4yo debut in the finale, a maiden allowance on grass. It was the Best of the Bests (Ire) filly’s first race in 13 months!
In that race, the winner veered in late and interfered with Bear’s Gem who was 3rd but the claim of foul was disallowed.
The 2nd fastest race of the day was BEAR’S FUTURE,  Winning a $10k claiming race with an 80 beyer. iT was a miraculous win as the greay gelding broke horribly, trailed, rallied wide under a drive and was up to win for the bear stables. it was emma-jayne wilson’s 995th career win. the winner was claimed by stacey van camp.
PECHE MOBILEE (Mobil – Ma Peche) is a homebred for Dr. Judy Pottins  and the Short Stop Stable. This gal won an allowance race, the 7th event, for ONtario sired gals under a shrewd ride by Quincey Welch. Peche Mobilee has a half sibling in the sale tomorrow.
Trainer BARB MINSHALL had the well regarded VALENTINE BEAUTY ready for his debut. He won a maiden $47,500 claiming race at 1 mile on the turf in race 5 at 10 to 1 and is a homebred by Vindication for Bruce Lunsford.
That was one of THREE WINS for jockey JIM MCALENEY on the card.


MECHAYA, a Canadian bred 2yo filly by CITY ZIP – Sago, bred by James and Janeane Everatt and Arika Everatt Meeuse, was 3rd beaten about 4 1/2 lengths in yesterday’s DEL MAR DEBUTANTE at Del Mar. The filly was a $32,000 RNA as a short yearling, a $35,000 Woodbine sale yearling and a $240,000 2yo in training.
* Canadian-bred POOL PLAY (Silver Deputy – Zuri Ridge, was 3rd in the Grade 3 Washington Park Handicap at Arlington yesterday. The 7yo horse was beaten about 6 lengths.
*Big day at NORTHLANDS PARK yesterday for owner trainer DALE SAUNDERS, stakes results courtesy Thoroughbred Daily News:

BIRDCATCHER S., $50,696, NPX, 9-1, 2yo, c/g,
6 1/2f, 1:20, ft.
1–HOLLYWOOD DRAMA, 118, g, 2, by Ministers Wild Cat
1st Dam: Modern Drama, by Seattle Slew
2nd Dam: American Drama, by Danzig
3rd Dam: Trust Account, by Bold Reason
(C$11,000 yrl ’11 ALBSEP). O- Dale L Saunders,
M & P Equipment Inc & Met Set Consulting Ltd;
B-Ken Anderson (AB); T-Dale L Saunders; J-Kyle
Carter. $30,417. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $60,750.
2–Just Gone, 118, g, 2, Spring At Last–Scarlettotara,
by Broad Brush. ($20,000 yrl ’11 OBSAUG).
O-Esquire Stables 1990 Ltd. $10,139.
3yo/up, 6 1/2f, 1:16 4/5, ft.
1–#READY RACER, 120, g, 6, More Than Ready–
Freefourracing (GSW-Eng, SW & GSP-US, $223,712),
by French Deputy. O-Dale L Saunders, M & P
Equipment Inc & Met Set Consulting Ltd;
B-Stonerside Stables LLC (KY); T-Dale L Saunders;
J-Fernando Hernandez Perez. $30,417. Lifetime
Record: 32-12-5-3, $199,183. *1/2 to Speedway
(Forest Wildcat), MSW, $171,757; Freebrave
(Cherokee Run), SP,$289,071.
2–Gone In A Flash, 119, h, 5, El Corredor–Excitabull
Trick, by Clever Trick. O-Bar None Ranches Ltd.
3–Tiny Giant, 120, h, 5, Lost Canyon (GB)–Alta Aire,
by Slew City Slew. O-Mickey Demers, Gary Mailloux
& Viking Stable. $5,070.
Margins: 9 1/4, 2 1/4, NO. Odds: 3.30, 1.70, 2.80


The same story about the possible death of many unwanted racehorses appeared in both the TORONTO STAR and NATIONAL POST   last week. The comment section from the Star piece shows that there is not much sympathy of our industry out there form the public, that’s a bit worrisome.
Perhaps another reason why the sport of racing really needs to promote, dare I say, market, the horses, the personalities of the horses, in order to get the public to fall in love with horse racing. It’s historical, it’s beautiful, it’s magical.
The public needs to be swayed too.




CNN’s cool feature on grey horses and the all-grey horse race in England
Would love to see an all grey race at Woodbine!
“Fans gravitate to gray horses because they are rare and it’s easy to spot them,” – Brian Zipse.