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Post Positions for the 79th Prince of Wales Stakes

Post positions were drawn this afternoon for the 79th running of the Prince of Wales Stakes.  The race will be run on Tuesday, July 29th.  It will go as Race 8 on the 9 race card.  Post time for the day is 4:15pm with the $500,000 Prince of Wales scheduled for 7:40pm.

Post     Horse     Trainer     Jockey     Morning Line

1     East Side     Mark Casse     Justin Stein     6-1
2     Ami’s Holiday     Josie Carroll     Luis Contreras     9-5
3     Ascot Martin     Mike Keogh     Jesse Campbell     20-1
4     Matador     Mark Casse     Patrick Husbands     3-1
5     Money Talks     Bill Tharrenos     Gerry Olguin     20-1
6     Coltimus Prime     Justin Nixon     Eurica Rosa da Silva     12-1
7     Smart Spree     Mark Frostad     Emma Wilson     20-1
8     Lynx     Cathal Lynch     Frankie Pennington     5-1
9     Rhythm Blues     Nick Gonzalez     Chantal Sutherland-Kruse     8-1
10     Lions Bay     Jamie Attard     David Moran     5-1

Illinois-bred LA TIA came back to Woodbine for the Ontario Matron on Saturday and led all the way to win in a sharp time of 1:42.70 for 1 1/16 miles (the record is 1:41.22), posting a career best 96 Beyer Figure. Justin Stein slowed the pace down on the American invader and then let her roll to a 6 length win over Royal Fury (a half sister to Coffee Clique) and Northern Passion. The winner had won the La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine in 2012 and recently won the Grade 3 Arlington Matron. By City Place, she is 6 for 9 on synthetic dirt and 8 for 19 in her career. Salvador Hernandez owns and Armando De La Cerda trains.

Toronto Ont.July 26, 2014.Woodbine Racetrack.Ontario Matron Stakes La Tia Jockey Justin Stein.WEG/michael burns photo

FIRST TIME PAST THE STANDS – and Justin Stein and LA TIA are already in control in the Ontario Matron. Michael Burns photo







Unbeaten colt in a virtual workout in Colin


CONQUEST TSUNAMI won the Colin Stakes for 2yos at 6 furlongs as expected but it did not tell us much about the Stormy Atlantic fellow who is now 3 for 3 in his career with 2 stakes wins. Only two rivals stayed in the race so he won by more than 6 lengths under a hold in 1:10.22 – a 77 Beyer Figure. Trained by Mark Casse, the colt was bred by Josham Farms and Yvonne Schwabe. He was a $190,000 yearling purchase. The 3 scratches in the race were all stewards scratches.

Race 1- HOLLYWOOD HALLIE, who had notraced since November, squeezed up the rail to win this 5 furlong maiden race for $8,00 claiming forDennis Morrison and Karin Schmidt,trainer Steve Attard. The Alumni Hall mare was making her 5th career start. Chantal Sutherland Kruse rode the winner, her 5th score of the week.

Race 2- Fillies and mares for $12,500, non-winners of 2, at 1 1/16 miles and ONMYWAYTOTHETOP was up late to beat favoured Flaring Star. The winner has won 2 straight and is a 4yo by My Way Only, owned by Sergio Lescano and trained by Julia Carey. Carey has won 10 races in 2014, 9 at Woodbine. Ske Chernetz rode the filly well with a nicely timed move.

Race 3- This 1 1/4 mile turf race was won by favoured BIG RED BUGSY, a giant chestnut 3yo gelding by Giant Gizmo out of Sorrento Slew by Slew City Slew. Bred by Clarehaven Farm, this guy is owned by a partnership of members of the Beatie and  Carruthers families. Ian Black trains and Emma-Jayne Wilson rode. It was the 3rd career race for the gelding and his time of 2:03.41 was good for a career best 70 Beyer Figure.
Race 4- The Pick 4 began with a $20,00 claiming race and speedy No Look Pass for Christine Tavares led almost all the way but was caught by CONQUEST OUTLAW, owned by Full House Stables LLC. Mark Casse trains the Outlaw, a Northern Afleet colt ridden by Eurico da Silva. The winner added blinkers and was dropping from $40,00 claiming.

race 5 – an exciting allowance race at 1 mile on the grass and IROQUOIS FALLS came from well back, split horses and grabbed the win away from Spin the King, who appeared to be well on his way to victory. The winner, a Chiefswood Stable homebred, was making his 3rd start off the layoff and only 2nd outing on the grass. Patrick Husbands rode the son of Niigon. The time of 1:34.04 was good for a 78 Beyer Figure.

Race 7 – The JOHN MATTINE stable continues its stunning season as UNBRIDLED WAR was very game to win this maiden allowance at 1 1/16 on very firm grass. The 5yo gelding was making hia 10th start and he held off INTERPOL to win in 1:40.06 for 1 1/16 miles. He is by War Front and is owned by RCC Racing Stable. He had been in 2nd in his previous 4 straight races. Sutherland Kruse picks up another win.

Race 9 – the second highest Beyer Figure race of the day was this 6 furlong turf dash and the suddenly hot ANGRY MOON battled hard on the pace and then edged away to win for Silverton Hill LLLC and trainer Brian Lynch. This colt just won for $40K claiming on Polytrack and he won this allowance race in 1:08.01, posting an 87 Beyer Figure. He is an Ontario bred by Langfuhr out of Half Sister by More Than Ready and was bred by Gus Schickedanz. Luis Contreras rode the colt who was a $285,000 yearling purchase.

race 10 – an $8,000 claiming race went to SHOGUN RUA, a One Way Love 4yo gelding ridden by Katy Morrison. Norm McKnight trains this speedy fellow who is 2 for 6 in his career.




The big Beyer race of the day was a fancy maiden allowance race at 1 1/16 miles won by Ontario bred BANGKOK, in the turf to Polytrack move. This Street Hero gelding, owned and bred by Gail Wood and Dr Ruth Barbour, swept past rivals from far back and won by 6 1/2 lengths in 1:44.72, good for an 85 Beyer Figure.
The Phil Gracey trainee will now point to the Breeders’ Stakes next month.

Race 1- GAGAOVERYOU won for Hill n Dale Equine Holdings in her 4th career race. This was a maiden allowance and the blinkers were off for her 2nd race since the summer of 2013. She is by Zensational and John Mattine trains. Chantal Sutherland Kruse rode.

Race 3- a starter allowance at 1 1/2 miles on grass and SOMBRERO DE COPA won his 3rd straight race for Stronach Stables and trainer Mark Frostad. This is a 4yo by El Prado, bred in Kentucky, and he is virtually unbeatble at Woodbine. He had to work hard to get past Who’s Mr Hughes but did get by for the win at 35 cents on the dollar. He had the day’s second best Beyer Figure of 78.

race 4 – CAP IN HAND came out of the Queen’s Plate and won this 7 furlong allowance race under Steve Bahen for Tucci Stables and trainer Sid Attard. The Midnight Lute colt was 11th beaten 39 lengths in the Plate but was a handy winner of this race in 1:23.70.

race 5 – Phil Lanning’s homebred 4yo gelding CSONKA won this maiden allowance for Ontario sired runners with a front running style under Gary Boulanger. The Old Forester fellow is out of Miners Bay by Geiger Counter and he was making his 11th career start. He was 9 to 1 and upset several logical runners who did not fare well such as 2 to 1 favourite El Ceebeo (5th) and 4 to 1 Young Forester (12th). Csonka was the first winner for trainer Ron Sadler this year.

Race 6 – a 6 furlong turf race for $40,00 claiming went to 4 to 5 shot INDIANO JONES, turning back from 1 1/8 miles for John oxley and trainer Mark Casse. This is an A.P. Indy gelding who cost $425,000 at auction and he is 2 for 2 sprinting on turf. Patrick Husbands rode.

Race 7 – Joshua Attard’s SLICKORREGO, by Borrego, won this maiden $10,000 race by 4 lengths unde rEurico da Silva. The 3yo grey gelding was a $16,000 claiming in Florida and he has been picking up shares in every outing since arriving at Woodbine. Tino Attard trains.

Race 8 – GINGER SWIRL, owned by James Perron Racing, won this 6 furlong turf sprint in her first race since December. Ridden by David Moran, this gal was also making her grass debut and she is by Hard Spun. Danny Vella trains the filly who was trained by Brian Lynch in 2013 when she won 1 of 4 races.

Race 9 – MR GRUMPY made his connections happy with s maiden win in his 4th career start. This Sligo Bay (Ire) gelding is owned and bred by Daryl Hasmatali and co-owned by Carlo Casucci. He had blinkers on and was turf to Polytrack in this $16,00 claiming event. Sheena Ryan rode.



Blinkers on WICKED STRONG and this colt finally got a big win against his peers as he beat Tonalist in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on Saturday. Thanks to Vanessa Ng for the photos..



WICKED STRONG powers away to a Jim Dandy win – he has With Approval in his female pedigree. VANESSA NG photo

















The jocks sprung from the gate in a charity running race – Vanessa Ng photo













Tendon tear puts beaten Plate fave on hiatus

story from Thisishorseracing.com…
We Miss Artie, beaten favorite in the July 6 Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, won’t run in next week’s Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie and could miss the remainder of his 3-year-old season after suffering an injury in the opening jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.

Owner Ken Ramsey said the Artie Schiller colt suffered a small tear in a tendon in his left front leg and was sent to his Ramsey Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky, last week for further evaluation and treatment.

“He wasn’t lame when he came out of the race and he wasn’t lame the next couple days, but he was not right,” Ramsey said. “So Todd [Pletcher] had him x-rayed and he has a small tear in his left front tendon up high. I don’t know if he got hurt in the starting gate or the race, but at some point in the Queen’s Plate he tore his tendon a little bit.”





Ace photographer Norm Files spent at day at Clinton on Saturday to take in the Racing Under Saddle events…