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Lots of rain already this morning as of 8;20 a.m.

It is likely that the races carded for turf today will be moved to the Tapeta. Not sure about Sunday’s races.

*SKYWIRE tries to solidify his spot as a co-contender for the Queen’s Plate along with Avie’s Flatter int the Marine Stakes today.

Pink Lloyd will likely manhandle Ontario breds later in the day in the Greenwood Stakes.

*LUIS CONTRERAS is out of town riding in Mexico on a big day of racing.

http://www.hipodromo.com.mx/desktop/images/pdf/programas/MEXMexicoPP0525H19.pdf

FRIDAY’S races – the high Beyer Speed Figure horse of the day wad the amazing 8-year-old DRINK IN MY HAND (Giant Gizmo) who won race 2, a starter allowance, with a 78 Beyer – 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17 1/5

It was the first day of grass racing and the turf races were raced on the entire course (started from Lane 1).

LOVE DADDY was a predictable winner of the first turf race, winning a maiden $25,000 race with tons of grass breeding and nice form as a 2yo last season. She is a Sid Attard trainee for Paul Mouttet, who has been buying a lot of 2yos this spring.

GATOR SPY won race 5, also his turf debut, as the son of Pollard’s Vision roared down the middle of the course to win this $15,000 claiming race for Wallace Thoroughbreds and trainer Renee Kierans. It was the 3rd timer Kierans has won with a first time turf starter from just 6 starts in the last 5 years.

GWENDOLINE H continues to amaze as she won for the 11th rime in her 22nd start in a $23,500 turf claiming race. The delicate 6yo mare is currently owned by Bruno Schickedanz.

The last race was a maiden allowance on turf and it went to GREY SEAL, dropping to maiden claiming for the first time for trainer Josie Carroll. The 4yo by Mizzen Mast had been winter raced. Melanie Pinto got a rare ride for the Carroll stable and guided the grey to victory.

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QUEEN’S PLATE – WOODBINE OAKS ACTION HEATING UP

Low horse population has led to small stakes- prep fields

Speedy Soul shown winning the Muskoka Stakes as a juvenile. The Souper Speedy filly won this year’s Fury Stakes and worked fast on May 24 for her date in the Oaks June 8  Michael Burns photo

Tomorrow will mark just two weeks until the biggest Canadian-bred 3-year-old filly race of the year, the $500,000 WOODBINE OAKS at 1 1/8 miles on the Tapeta track.

As tracks of all racing breeds struggle more than ever with horse population (Delaware Park has cancelled two days of racing due to lack of entries and Ontario tracks Ajax Downs and Dresden have had trouble filling races), the stakes races at Woodbine have had very small fields. That includes the stakes events that are traditionally used as stepping stones to the Canadian classics, the Oaks and the June 29 Queen’s Plate.

The Grade 3 Selene Stakes, the 1 1/16 mile open race that tends to serve as an Oaks ‘prep’ had just a field of 5 and only two Oaks nominees.

Saturday’s Grade 3 Marine Stakes, also at 1 1/16 miles and the penultimate major prep for the Plate (before the Plate Trial) also has just five starters and just a single Canadian-bred/Plate nominee.

The Plate Trial, to be held on Oaks day figures to draw a slightly bigger field of Plate hopefuls who have been racing in the US or in local allowance races.

In OAKS NEWS, the sizzling hot MARK CASSE barn has at least four contenders and three of them finished 1-2-3 in the 7 furlong Fury Stakes.

Moving from 7 furlongs to 9 furlongs will be the trick for some of the fillies coming out of the Fury Stakes.

SPEEDY SOUL worked 5 furlongs Friday morning in 59 1/5 at Woodbine won the Fury from just off the pace and has never traveled a route distance. The filly is by Souper Speedy, who did win at a route distance in his racing career and her dam is by long distance specialist Perfect Soul.

Speedy Soul is owned by Joe Guerrieri’s Joey Gee Thoroughbreds and he also owns a share of HASTALAVISTABABY, a Drosselmeyer filly he bought for $9,000 at the CTHS sale. This gal was second in a 1 1/16 mile stakes race last fall and closed fast in the Fury, besting WESTERN CURL, a Curlin filly also trained by Casse for Chiefswood Stables.

Out of town, Sam-Son farms’ DESERT RIDE recently worked 6 furlongs on grass at Churchill Downs in 1:19 and she has won two of three starts for trainer Neil Howard.

PREFERRED GUEST, owned by Nancy Guest, was a good second in the Selene, beating out favoured Bold Script for that placing.

In PLATE NEWS, SKYWIRE will be favoured to take the Marine on Saturday, race 3. The Afleet Alex colt, owned by Loui Tucci and trained by, you guessed it, Mark Casse, won the Wando Stakes with an 88 beyer Speed Figure and is currently a clear second choice in the Plate Top 10 (see below).

AVIE’S FLATTER, the Coronation Futirty- Cup & Saucer winner last year who won the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes on turf at Keeneland and then was sixth in the American Turf at Churhill, continues ot be a strong Plate favourite for owner Ivan dalos.

The Flatter colt, trained by 2-time Plate winner Josie carroll, worked a fabulous 5 furlongs at Woodbine on May 18 in 58 4/5.

KICKIN GRASS: The good news for Woodbine as far as field size is concerned is that TURF RACING returns Friday (today) on the E.P. Taylor turf course and the inner turf course could be open in the next couple of weeks.

Preferred Guest – Woodbine photo

The WOODBINE OAKS looks a bit like this on a very preliminary Thoroughblog Top 10 list:

HASTALAVISTABABY – 2nd Fury Stakes – Mark Casse for team Valor, Gary Barber, Joey Gee
DESERT RIDE – winner – Sam-Son Farms
PREFERRED GUEST – 2nd Selene – Nancy Guest, tr- Mark Casse
BOLD SCRIPT – 3rd Selene – Stuart Simon for Chiefswood
TIZ BREATHTAKING – stakes winner – Windhaven, tr- Mike Doyle
SPEEDY SOUL – Fury Stakes – Mark Casse, Joey Gee
WESTERN CURL – 3rd Fury Mark Casse for Chiefswood
LADY AZALEA – 3rd allowance race Tr- Roger Attfield
NOTICE ME- winner this season Tr- Catherine Day Phillips
CIURI – sprint winner Tr Robert Tiller

The QUEEN’S PLATE TOP 10 (which can be found on the home page of Thoroughblog looks like this:

1. Avie’s Flatter
2. Skywire
3. One Bad Boy
4. Federal Law
5. He’s a Macho Man
6. Jammin Still
7. Tone Broke
8. Dun Drum
9. Hastalavistababy
10. Desert Ride

HASTINGS PARK – SOVEREIGN AWARD NOMINEE ‘HANNAH’ RETURNS

Here’s Hannah, BC’s 2018 Horse of the Year – Four Footed Photos – Hastings Park

Once-beaten HERE’S HANNAH (Numaany – Dreams Start here by A Fleets Dancer) makes her 4-year-old debut Saturday at Hastings Park. The B.C 2018 Horse of the Year was a finalist for the Sovereign Award for Champion 3yo filly.

On Sunday at Hastings,PITCH COUNT (Eskendereya) is a lukewarm favourite for the George Royal Stakes. The 7-time winner was recently claimed for $50,000 by North American Thoroughbred Horse Company and comes off a narrow loss with an 88 Beyer Speed Figure.

SATURDAY – SIXTH RACE Probable Post 4:28 PDT
6 1/2 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds and Up. Fillies and Mares. Vancouver Sun Stakes. Purse: $50,000
PP HORSE PR. RIDER WT. COMMENTS ML.ODDS

1 Here’s Hannah Hamel R 123 5-2
5 Oxhilirating Saunders R 118 3-1
3 Good Luck to You Gonzalez E A 120 7-2
2 Sailingforthesun Perez A 118 4-1
6 Yukon Belle Reyes A A 116 9-2
4 Toni Ann’s Miracle Williams S 120 10-1

SUNDAY – SIXTH RACE Probable Post 4:29 PDT
6 1/2 Furlongs. 3-Year-Olds and Up. George Royal Stakes. Purse: $50,000
PP HORSE PR. RIDER WT. COMMENTS ML.ODDS

3 Pitch Count Velazquez D 121 7-2
6 Weekend Wizard Hamel R 121 4-1
2 Apalachee Bay Perez A 121 9-2
1 Awhitesportscoat Gonzalez E A 119 5-1
4 Driller Reyes A A 124 6-1
7 Highway Boss Velazquez D 117 6-1
5 Pan Handle Williams S 121 8-1

The Voice of Hastings

Congratulations to longtime Hastings Park track announcer and handicapper DAN JUKICH who was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame this week!

ASSINIBOIA DOWNS – SILVA AND CRUZ LEAD TRAINERS AND JOCKEYS

by Ivan Bigg – Insider newsletter

After four days of live racing, the Silva-Cruz duo has emerged as the team to beat (or bet). Juan Pablo Silva leads trainers with seven wins, a 33 per cent win clip and Alex Cruz heads jockeys with five wins, all of them on Silva horses, a 28 per cent win clip.

Silva horses have won both stakes: his Settle Down Eileen at juicy odds of 10-1 won the Preservata (with Richard Mairs aboard) and Hot Rodin the Magic D’ Oro with Cruz.

Silva comes off a good season at ASD last year when his horses won 20 of 90 starts or 22 per cent and he continued to rack up the wins at Turf Paradise with 36 wins from 186 starts or 19 per cent. Cruz, who is new to the Downs, was one of Silva’s go-to riders at Turf Paradise. He had 30 wins from 341 starts, a nine per cent win clip.

Will they continue to dominate as local horses become more fit? Silva has a good-sized stable with 27 horses registered so far. Seven more are on the way and two babies require tattooing before officially joining his stable. So watch out! He’s on track to win one of four starts–or better.

CENTURY MILE – RUFFENUFF BACK IN WINNER’S CIRCLE

Ruffenuff won the $50,000 Jetset Stakes at Century Mile on Victoria Day and is now a stakes winner at age 2 3 and 5. She is a daughter of Dailed In – Horse Racing Alberta Photo – Century Mile

STORY BY CURTIS STOCK  – Now that’s more like it. Ruffenuff hadn’t won a single race in Alberta since the summer of 2017 when she wired the field by the easiest two and three-quarters of a length in the Northlands Oaks. Then nearly two years later came Monday’s holiday card’s $50,000 JetSet Handicap at Century Mile. Laying just off the pace set by stablemate C U At Eau Claire, the real Ruffenuff showed up like a guy with a stetson crashing through the swinging doors of a saloon.

Lapping onto the side of C U at Eau Claire – jockey Dane Nelson curled up on her back like a cat on a sofa – Ruffenuff moved to take the lead at the too of the lane and wasn’t about to relinquish it even if you had built a brick wall in her path.

“It was very easy,” said Nelson. “She’s a very classy filly. I tried to rate her as much as I could. Then she really ran fast the last two furlongs.” Ruffenuff won by a comfortable length. C U at Eau Claire finished second. Raider, also trained by Tracy, ran third giving him the 1-2-3 trifecta.

CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD MEETING TENSION-FILLED

Jockey Norberto Arroyo rankles crowd with comments (see second link below)

JOHN CHERWA – LOS ANGELES TIMES
The agenda of the May meeting of the California Horse Racing Board was generally filled with routine procedural matters, leaving center stage to the heightened, and at times, hyperbolic rhetoric over what should be the future of horse racing in California.

The public comment part of Thursday’s meeting lasted almost 1 hour, 15 minutes with 21 people allowed up to three minutes each to speak their mind. Eleven of the people, including several self-proclaimed animal rights activists, made emotional appeals to end horse racing in the state, citing the 25 deaths that have occurred at Santa Anita since Dec. 26.

Ten speakers spoke on behalf of racing, often citing the care that thoroughbreds receive and newly instituted changes that are making the sport safer.

Watch CBS video coverage of the meeting here.

Undefeated SATURNALIA favoured for 2nd leg of Japanese Triple Crown

Japanese Derby stands out as one of racing’s big events

BY ADRIAN WEBBER
It’s the 86th running of the Japanese Derby (or the Tokyo Yushun as it’s known in Japan) this coming Sunday, and the race will be run at Tokyo Racecourse in Fuchu, just a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, although that hustle and bustle will be shifting to Fuchu, and taking on a different look.

The Derby is one of the greatest races on the Japanese horse racing calendar, and attendance figures on the day invariably top the 100,000 mark. It represents the second leg of the Triple Crown, after the Satsuki-sho (or Japanese 2,000 Guineas) earlier in the spring, and the final race of the series in autumn, the Kikka-sho (or Japanese St. Leger).

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MARK CASSE STABLE WINS ALL 3 STAKES AT WOODBINE

MARK CASSE holds the WOODLAWN VASE, one of the most expensive trophies in sport, as wife Tina looks on following War of Will’s Preakness victory – VANESSA NG PHOTO – HORSE-RACES.NET

Total of 5 stakes won since Friday, 10 wins

The second jewel of the American Triple crown, while not quite as controversial as the Kentucky Derby two weeks earlier, still had its share of drama. With BODEXPRESS running close to the field sans jockey John Velazquez and then turning around and running around again, the Preakness got a little extra attention from media.

WAR OF WILL meanwhile, hugged the rail and this time stayed on that path and darted clear to win the 1 3/16 mile classic, the first Triple Crown race win for trainer MARK CASSE and owner Gary Barber.

Bought by Casse’s brother Justin at a French 2yo in training sale and prepared at Woodbine by David Holmes and his team, WAR OF WILL put it all together with his cleaner trip in the Preakness after his messy Derby outing.

The son of War Front – Vision of Clarity by Sadler’s Wells will now head to the Belmont in less than 3 weeks.

Selene Stakes – Woodbine Oaks candidates 2nd and 3rd

Just before WAR OF WILL paraded to the post for the Preakness, POWER GAL (Jpn) won the Grade 3 Selene Stakes for Barber and Casse with Emma-Jayne Wilson riding.

Casse had three of the five starters in the 1 1/16 mile Selene and it was the Japanese-bred daughter of Empire Maker who had a good trip behind a pace duel that included early Woodbine Oaks favourite Bold Script, the champion 2-year-old filly in Canada in 2018. PREFERRED GUEST (Society’s Chairman) closed well to be 2nd while Bold Script faded to third.

The time of 1:44 translated to a 73 Beyer Figure for the winner over a Woodbine Tapeta surface that was blazing fast on the weekend and through Monday.

The WOODBINE OAKS, which is coming up June 8, looks a bit like this on the Thoroughblog Top 10 list:

  1. HASTALAVISTABABY – 2nd Fury Stakes – Mark Casse for team Valor, Gary Barber, Joey Gee
  2. DESERT RIDE – winner – Sam-Son Farms
  3. PREFERRED GUEST – 2nd Selene – Nancy Guest, tr- Mark Casse
  4. BOLD SCRIPT – 3rd Selene – Stuart Simon for Chiefswood
  5. TIZ BREATHTAKING – stakes winner – Windhaven, tr- Mike Doyle
  6. SPEEDY SOUL – Fury Stakes – Mark Casse, Joey Gee
  7. WESTERN CURL – 3rd Fury  Mark Casse for Chiefswood
  8. LADY AZALEA – 3rd allowance race Tr- Roger Attfield
  9. NOTICE ME- winner this season  Tr- Catherine Day Phillips
  10. CIURI – sprint winner Tr Robert Tiller

Queenston Stakes

FEDERAL LAW, by Scat Daddy, with Wayne Grant before the Queenston Stakes. PHOTO COURTESY OF MR WILL WONG

Sunday’s 7 furlong Queenston Stakes is often the first stepping stone for Queen’s Plate eligible to get rolling for the June 29 race.

Another small field of 4 and Mark Casse had 2 entrants and won it with Qatar Racing’s FEDERAL LAW, bred by Jim Dandy Stable (founded by the late Mel Lawson and the name now owned by Jim Lawson). A son of Scat Daddy from the late Gravelly Bay by Strong Hope, Federal Law was turning back in distance from the Wando Stakes in which he faded to be third behind Skywire.

The gelding was full of run for most of the Queenston, however, and won in 1:23.05 over My Silencer (also trained by Casse).

The Beyer Figure was 73. My Silencer was caught late and might be better in sprints while DUN DRUM, the Kingarvie winner from last season making his 2019 debut, took a while to  get going but did finish well under a hard ride. He should be sharper next time out.

In other QUEEN’S PLATE news, two American-based Plate contenders posted good Beyer Figures in 2nd place finishes over the weekend.

TONE BROKE (Broken Vow – Mendocino Beano) is back from a disastrous trip to Dubai and he finished second in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico with an 81 Beyer Figure. The long striding colt, trained by Steve Asmussen, was second to front running King for a Day in 1:41 2/5.

VISITANT rallied past Queen’s Plate eligible ONE BAD BOY in the Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate

Out at Golden Gate, ONE BAD BOY set the pace in the Alcatraz Stakes which came off the grass and was run on synthetic, and finished second at 4 to 5. The son of Twirling Candy is trained by Richard Baltas and he was supplemented to the Plate at the last payment deadline. He earned a lofty 89 Beyer Figure for his runner-up placing.

HE’S A MACHO MAN won his local return on Monday in a 1 1/16 mile allowance race for trainer Josie Carroll. The son of Mucho Macho Man rallied wide in the small field and won in 1:44 2/5 over a very troubled Jammin Still. He’s a macho Man was bred by Paul Buttigieg and was a CTHS Ontario yearling purchase for $40,000 by Di Scola Boys.

JAMMIN STILL might have won that race had he got clear a bit sooner. Derek Chin’s Take Charge Indy – Cat’s Garden sophomore closed fast and could be improving. He was bred by Bill Graham and is trained by Kevin Attard.

1. Avie’s Flatter
2. Skywire
3. One Bad Boy
4. Federal Law
5. He’s a Macho Man
6. Jammin Still
7. Tone Broke
8. Dun Drum
9. Hastalavistababy
10. Desert Ride

FRIDAY – SUNDAY TOP BEYER FIGURES – Woodbine

92 SPECIAL FORCES
82 RECONFIGURE
77 SPANISH EXPRESS
77 SIR SAHIB
77 GUITAR GEORGE
77 WINGS OF DAWN

The purse money is being spread around quite nicely at Woodbine as 65 different trainers have won at least one race after 15 racing days and 136 races.

Eclipse Stakes (g3)

On Victoria Day Monday, the Grade 3 Eclipse was one of the most exciting races of the year as favoured SOUPER TAPIT from the Live Oak Plantation stable and trainer Mark Casse, dueled MR. RITZ owned by Earle Mack and trained by Josie Carroll, to the wire. The photo below shows Souper Tapit winning by a few inches. The time was 1:42 1/5 on the fast Woodbine surface.

Champion Are You Kidding Me finished third.

TROOPER JOHN WINS JOURNAL ON SIZZLING FAST CENTURY MILE SURFACE

TROOPER JOHN holds off Born in a Breeze to win the $50,000 Journal Handicap at Century Mile on Victoria Day. Century Mile photo

Riversedge Racing Stables Ltd. TROOPER JOHN, at 4 to 5, won the Journal Handicap for the second year in succession on Monday at Century Mile. This was the first edition of the race and first stakes race at the new track and the horses run fast at the Alberta oval. Trooper John rallied from behind a wild pace battle of 21.33 and 43.29, grabbed the lead and held off a charging Born in a Breeze. The final time was a stellar 1:08.31 but on the very fast surface it was awarded a 79 Beyer Speed Figure by Daily Racing Form.

Tim Rycroft trains Trooper John, a son of Colonel John – Shouldn’t We All by Woodman and Wilmer Galviz was the winning rider.

The co-featured Jetset Handicap for fillies and mare sat 6 furlongs went to RUFFENUFF owned by Curtis Landry. Trainer Greg Tracey saddled the first three finishers. Ruffenuff is by Dialed In. She raced her distance in 1:08.49.

A $17,500 maiden claiming race at 6 1/2 furlongs on Monday was won in 1:14.97.

FASIG TIPTON MARYLAND 2-YEAR-OLD SALE CONTINUES TODAY

READE BAKER with the $300,000 Into Mischief colt he purchased for Paul Braverman and partners.

Canadian Hall of Famer READE BAKER signed the ticket for an Into Mischief colt on Monday at the Fasig Tipton 2yo sale in Maryland for US owner Paul Braverman and partners. The colt is from the mare Game Show and was a $300,000 purchase.
Baker, who has set up shop as a bloodstock agent and racing manager has been attending all of the 2yo sales and has been buying horses for clients.

TRACY FARMER, who races some horses at Woodbine with trainer Mark Casse, bought an Ontario bred filly by Sky Mesa from Casey’s Dreamin for $70,000.

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WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY

War of Will gets back on winning track in Preakness

(addition notes from horse-races.net)

It was a bit like the Kentucky Derby except without the sloppy track and that near disastrous event of the turn for home but the Preakness stakes went a whole lot smoother for Gary Barber’s WAR OF WILL as that handsome colt zipped to Preakness glory. It was the first American classic win for trainer Mark Casse who has been a leading trainer at Woodbine for many years.

Ridden by Tyler Gafflione, War of Will had a dream trip along the very firm footing of Pimlico’s rail path and shot clear into the stretch of the 1 3/16 mile dirt event. Following along behind him was last minute entrant Everfast, a 25 to 1 shot.

At the start, 20-1 Bodexpress reared, unseating jockey John Velazquez and then running loose with the field the rest of the way. Jockey Javier Castellano sent 13-1 Warrior’s Charge to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 22.50, 46.16, and 1:10.56 while pressed by 32-1 longest shot Market King and stalked by 14-1 Anothertwistafate and War of Will. Turning for home, Warrior’s Charge tired as jockey Tyler Gaffalione sent War of Will through on the inside to gain a short lead through 1 mile in 1:35.48. 29-1 Everfast, 11th early under Joel Rosario, put in a strong late rally but War of Will easily cruised to a 1 1/4 length win in 1:54.34. It was a nose back to 8-1 Owendale third, while favorite Improbable was 6th early and could not improve, finishing 6th beaten 3 3/4 lengths.
The 144th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) set an all-time total handle record Saturday of $99,852,653.

Saturday’s record handle topped the previous mark of $97,168,658 set in 2017. Attendance was 131,256.

Gary Barber was not at the Preakness.
“He’s in France at the Cannes Film Festival. He has a day job unfortunately. We always kid, he says — I say, Are you going to be there. He says, I don’t want to quit my day job, and I say, Please don’t. Gary Barber is a very hands-on owner, extremely smart and a very good horse person. So there will be lots of conversations. If all goes well – you know us, we like to run – we’ll probably be at the Belmont.”

MARK CASSE holds WAR OF WILL in the Preakness winner’s circle while Belinda Stronach looks on (VANESSA NG PHOTO)

SLAM DUNK

Tiz a Slam, Steve Bahen brighten Chiefswood Stable’s day with Grade 3 win

TIZ A SLAM led all the way to win the $100 Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday, a Grade 3 event. CHURCHILL DOWNS PHOTO

Canadian-invader Tiz a Slam led every step of the way in Saturday’s 82nd running of the $100,000 Louisville Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs and turned back fierce challenges in deep stretch from Shahroze (IRE), Nessy and Vettori Kin (BRZ) to win the 1 ½-mile turf marathon by three-quarters of a length.

Ridden by Steven Bahen, Tiz a Slam dictated the pace from the outset and led the field of seven older horses through splits of :24.91, :50.81, 1:16.81, 1:38.51 and 2:04.43 before stopping the timer in 2:27.41 over the firm going. Inside the final sixteenth of a mile, each of the top four finishers had an opportunity to win but it was a determined Tiz a Slam who held sway in the final stages.

Hall of Famer Roger Attfield trained the winner for Robert and Mark Krembil’s Chiefwood Stables. Attfield also won the 2012 Louisville (then known as the Louisville Handicap) with Simmard, who holds the stakes record of 2:27.16.

The win was worth $60,760 and improved Tiz a Slam’s career earnings to $802,519 with a record of 7-3-1 in 24 starts. It was his fourth graded stakes victory. Previously, he won a trio of stakes at his Woodbine home base: the Ontario Derby (GIII) in 2017 and Dominion Day (GIII) and Nijinsky (GII) last year.

Tiz a Slam was fourth in his last start, the April 20 Elkhorn (GII) at Keeneland.

Tiz a Slam returned $7, $3.60 and $3.20 as the 5-2 second betting choice. Shahroze (IRE), under Chris Landeros, paid $3.60 and $2.80 as the 2-1 favorite. Nessy, ridden by Julien Leparoux, was another head back in third and paid $3.40. Defending Louisville champ Vettori Kin (BRZ) was another neck back in fourth and was followed by Royal Artillery, Soglio and Strike the Flag.

Tiz a Slam, a 5-year-old son of Tiznow out of the Grand Slam mare Flaming Rose, was bred in Ontario, Canada by his owners.

The result was a good one for Chiefswood as their top 3-year-old filly BOLD SCRIPT failed as the big favourite in Saturday’s Grade 3 Selene at Woodbine.

More Barber-Casse with Power Gal

Emma-Jayne Wilson danced the flossed after guided POWER GAL (JPN) to a 3 to 1 upset win in the Grade 3 Selene Stakes at Woodbine. The filly stalked a pace battle between heavily favoured BOLD SCRIPT and Souper Charlotte (one of three Mark Casse trainees in the five horse field) and then zoomed by for her second stakes win. The daughter of Empire Maker, who went unsold as a weanling in Japan, had won the Martha Washington Stakes earlier this spring and recently was third in the Star Shoot at Woodbine. PREFERRED GUEST, also trained by Casse, was a strong second and this Nancy Guest-owned filly puts herself at the top of the Oaks list with her good run. Bold Scrip faded to third after the pace battle.

Thoroughblog’s Top 10 Woodbine Oaks congtenders

  1. HASTALAVISTABABY
  2. DESERT RIDE
  3. PREFERRED GUEST
  4. BOLD SCRIPT
  5. TIZ BREATHTAKING
  6. SPEEDY SOUL
  7. WESTERN CURL
  8. LADY AZALEA
  9. NOTICE ME
  10. CIURI

Toronto Ont.May 18, 2019.Woodbine Racetrack.Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson guides Power Gal to victory in th $125,000 dollar Selene Stakes for owner Gary Barber and trainer Mark Casse. michael burns photo

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PREAKNESS: VANCOUVER’S PETER REDEKOP HOPE ‘FATE’ IS ON HIS SIDE

He won’t be at the famous PREAKNESS STAKES when his colt ANOTHERTWISTAFATE tries for the second jewel of the American Triple Crown, but PETER REDEKOP will no doubt have eyes on the race while attending his granddaughter’s wedding in Calgary on Saturday.

Anothertwistafate earned an automatic berth into the Preakness for his win in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate earlier this winter. The colt is by Scat Daddy, sire of the great Justify, and Redekop bought his colt for $360,000.

A horse racing lover and philanthropist, Redekop will add $100,000 of his own money to his home city’s big race, the BC Derby 3 year-old race, this year.

More on Peter Redekop from a recent issue of Canadian Thoroughbred Magazine (paywall)

PREAKNESS FIELD and PICKS

IMPROBABLE has not won this year but his trainer Bob Baffert has won 7 Preakness Stakes – CINDY PIERSON DULAY PHOTO from horse-races.net

THOROUGHBLOG is going with:

1 – (2) BOURBON WAR at 12-1 to pull a surprise with his new blinkers on. He is a stretch runner who might be closer to the pace with his new shades. He did not get into the Kentucky Derby field and that makes his a fresh guy.

2 – (1) WAR OF WILL had a well documented rough go of things in the slop in the Derby. This is his chance to shine but how he handles the rail post with other speedy types to his outside is a question.

3 – (4) IMPROBABLE is the favourite but he has yet to win a race this year.

4 – (7) ALWAYSMINING is the Maryland hometown hero who is a monster but the race will go faster early and late than what he is used to.

WAR OF WILL, a.k.a WOW, had that tough trip in the Kentucky Derby. He has the rail post again for the Preakness while back in 2 weeks (as are 3 other Derby starters). Can he strut his stuff? CINDY PIERSON DULAY – horse-races.net

Preakness Posts/Notes:

1. War of Will (4-1)  by War Front
Trainer: Mark Casse
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Last race: seventh in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill Downs)  95, 78, 90

2. Bourbon War (12-1)  – Blinkers ON
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Last race: fourth in Florida Derby (March 30 at Gulfstream) 90, 93, 89

3. Warrior’s Charge (12-1) SUPPLEMENTED $150,000 by Munnings
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Last race: first in allowance optional claiming race (April 12 at Oaklawn)  97, 89, 76

4. Improbable (5-2) by City Zip
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Mike Smith
Last race: fourth in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill Downs) 96, 99, 95

5. Owendale (10-1)  by Into Mischief
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Last race: first in Lexington (April 13 at Keeneland)  98, 74, 91

6. Market King (30-1) by Into Mischief
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Jon Court
Last race: 11th in Blue Grass (April 6 at Keeneland)  39, 93, 77

7. Alwaysmining (8-1) by Stay Thirsty
Trainer: Kelly Rubley
Jockey: Daniel Centeno
Last race: first in Federico Tesio (April 20 at Laurel) 92, 96, 87

8. Signalman (30-1) by General Quarters
Trainer: Kenny McPeek
Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
Last race: third in Blue Grass (April 6 at Keeneland)  88, 83, 84

9. Bodexpress (20-1) by Bodemeister – dam is Ontario bred Pied a Terre
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado
Jockey: John Velazquez
Last race: 13th in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill Downs) 80. 96, 91 (maiden)

10. Everfast (50-1)  by Take Charge Indy
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Last race: fifth in Pat Day Mile (May 4 at Churchill Downs)  74, 79, 65

11. Laughing Fox (20-1) by Union Rags – dam is Ontario bred SASKAWEA (stakes winner by Stormy Atlantic)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
Last race: first in Oaklawn Invitational (May 4 at Oaklawn) 91, 89, 77

12. Anothertwistafate (6-1) by Scat Daddy – CANADIAN OWNED – PETER REDEKOP
Trainer: Blaine Wright
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Last race: second in Lexington (April 13 at Keeneland)  95, 94, 94

13. Win Win Win (15-1)  BLINKERS ON by Hat Trick (Jpn)
Trainer: Michael Trombetta
Jockey: Julian Pimentel
Last race: ninth in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill Downs) 89, 88, 89

WOODBINE: LONG WEEKEND HAS 4 DAYS OF RACING, 3 STAKES

Sunshine Millions Classic winner SOUPER TAPIT, who won the Marine Stakes at Woodbine 2 years ago, is a headliner for the Grade 3 Eclipse Stakes on holiday Monday – GULFSTREAM PARK PHOTO

Four days of racing at Woodbine this weekend will keep the community busy. Plus, we get a look at a few Queen’s Plate hopefuls on Sunday in the Queenston Stakes.

The Queenston will be joined by Saturday’s G3 Selene Stakes (featuring early Woodbine Oaks favourite and Champion 2yo filly Bold Script)and Monday’s G3 Eclipse Stakes for older horses.

Turf racing was expected to start this weekend but the incredible amount of rain in the last few weeks has left the ground soggy and races that were scheduled for grass were carded for the Tapeta.

G3 SELENE STAKES – Just 5 in the field, three from Mark Casse’s stable. BOLD SCRIPT for Chiefswood Stable and trainer Stuart Simon should be the boss as she takes her final step to the June 8 WOODBINE OAKS.

QUEENSTON STAKES – At 7 furlongs, it might not have a big impact on the June 29 Queen’s Plate but we get a look at last year’s route stakes winner DUN DRUM for the first time this year. The Ontario-sired guy is a neat story (make sure you get the June issue of Canadian Thoroughbred soon to read about the combo of co-owner Joan Addison and trainer Ian Black). The race has speedsters Souper Success and Couderoy Road and My Silencer meeting Federal Law who cuts back in distance and Dun Drum.

G3 ECLIPSE STAKES – Expecting another small field with Mark Casse’s barn thankfully entering horses to flesh out the fields. SOUPER TAPIT is coming back to a track he likes and he won the Sunshine Million Classic this winter. WONDER GADOT has also been nominated as she recently returned home.

FEEL GOOD STORY: MARYLAND RETIREMENT HOME RESIDENTS ENJOY RETIRED RACEHORSES

By Tara Bahrampour

A couple years ago, Elaina Thomas, who manages a horse farm north of Baltimore, was on a trail ride passing a nearby retirement community when the residents sitting on their porches waved to her. She could have gone over and let them see her horse up close and been done with it. But she had another idea.

Glen Meadows, the retirement community, sits on 300 acres of rolling Maryland hills that also includes Notchcliff Farm, where Thomas works and where several horses are retired from racing. What if residents of both places could come together on a regular basis?

At the same time, Jennifer Perkovich, fitness director at Glen Meadows, had been looking for a horse farm for the residents to visit because many of them had grown up in the area and been around horses in their younger years (the Pimlico Race Course, home of this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, is just 15 miles away). Looking around, Perkovich realized there was a barn right there on the property. … Read More

ASSINIBOIA DOWNS HAS SUCCESSFUL OPENING

Manitoba’s great mare headed to Belmont

With the great Manitoba-bred mare ESCAPE CLAUSE plying her trade in the U.S., her home track of Assiniboia Downs opened for 2019 last Sunday May 12. Wagering was up 25% over a year ago which sets the table for a solid season at the Winnipeg track. Read more

Last weekend , the CTHS and HBPA Manitoba held its 2018 Awards night and to no surprise ESCAPE CLAUSE was named Horse of the Year and Champion Older Mare. That came a week after she was named Horse of the Year at the Alberta Awards.

At the Manitoba Awards, her breeders Cam Ziprick and Barry Arnason were named Breeders of the Year. Escape Clause’s award haul for 2018 is impressive from her Sovereign Award for Canadian Champion Older Mare, 2 Horse of the Year titles and Older Mare titles in 2 provinces and awards for her breeders and sire Going Commando.

Manitoba Award winners

Alberta Award winners

CENTURY MILE’S STAKES DOUBLEHEADER MONDAY

TROOPER JOHN (Colonel John)

Trooper John and Born in a Breeze renew rivalry

by Curtis Stock:

The Hatfields had the McCoys. Batman had the Joker. Edmonton has Calgary.

And now it looks like Trooper John, trained by Tim Rycroft, has found a nemesis in Born in a Breeze, who is trained by Tim’s father, Tom.

At Century Mile’s opening day two weeks ago Trooper John and Born in a Breeze both lagged behind the rest of the field during the early going. Trooper John moved first sweeping past the front runners to take the lead with about an eighth of a mile to go. But Born in a Breeze had the last laugh storming past Trooper John like he had just robbed a bank late in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length.

Last year, the pair met twice. On June 9 it was Born in a Breeze making an early one and again winning by half a length over Riversedge’s homebred Trooper John, who dead heated for second with Double Bear. On May 19, in The Journal Handicap, it was Trooper John who prevailed holding off Born in a Breeze by a diminishing neck in a swift 1:10 1/5.

Three meetings. Three nail-biting close finishes. Three times they ran first and second.

Now, in Monday’s Journal renewal at Century Mile they meet again. “Two nice horses,” said Tim. “There doesn’t look like there’s a lot of separation between the two. They’ll both try hard. It all depends on how the race shakes out.

“I fully expect Trooper John to be better on Monday than he was in his first start this year,” said Tim. “Born in a Breeze was winter raced while Trooper John was coming off a long layoff.” 

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HORSE RACING WAITS FOR GOVERNING BODY

The aftermath of the Kentucky Derby (G1) continues to to hog headlines with the recent 15 day suspension of jockey Luis Saez who rode Maximum Security to victory only to be disqualified to that colt’s owner/breeders Gary and Mary West appealing the DQ to a high court.

It certainly has been a tough year for horse racing from all points.  The cry for a governing body, a la other sports such as football, baseball, etc. continues. The Louisville Courier-Journal wrote and interesting article on the topic: From Derby DQ to Lasix, horse racing has problems. Could a national set of rules help?

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144th PREAKNESS – WAR OF WILL DRAWS POST 1 (AGAIN)

OWENDALE won the Lexington Stakes and by passed the Kentucky Derby to point for Preakness – KEENELAND PHOTO

The post positions are set for the second jewel of the American Triple Crown, the  PREAKNESS STAKES (G1) and a field of 13 will run for the $1.5 million prize at 1 3/16 miles on the Pimlico dirt Saturday at about 6:50 p.m.

It has been more than 2 decades since the Kentucky Derby winner missed the Preakness (Grindstone in 1996). This year, MAXIMUM SECURITY the Derby winner who was disqualified, is out and COUNTRY HOUSE, the Derby winner in the history books, is also out.

Preakness Posts/Notes:

1. War of Will (4-1)  by War Front
Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

Last race: seventh in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill Downs)  95, 78, 90

2. Bourbon War (12-1)  – Blinkers ON
Trainer: Mark Hennig

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

Last race: fourth in Florida Derby (March 30 at Gulfstream) 90, 93, 89

3. Warrior’s Charge (12-1) SUPPLEMENTED $150,000 by Munnings
Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Last race: first in allowance optional claiming race (April 12 at Oaklawn)  97, 89, 76

4. Improbable (5-2) by City Zip
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

Last race: fourth in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill Downs) 96, 99, 95

5. Owendale (10-1)  by Into Mischief
Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Florent Geroux

Last race: first in Lexington (April 13 at Keeneland)  98, 74, 91

6. Market King (30-1) by Into Mischief
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas.

Jockey: Jon Court

Last race: 11th in Blue Grass (April 6 at Keeneland)  39, 93, 77

7. Alwaysmining (8-1) by Stay Thirsty
Trainer: Kelly Rubley

Jockey: Daniel Centeno

Last race: first in Federico Tesio (April 20 at Laurel) 92, 96, 87

8. Signalman (30-1) by General Quarters
Trainer: Kenny McPeek

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

Last race: third in Blue Grass (April 6 at Keeneland)  88, 83, 84

9. Bodexpress (20-1) by Bodemeister – dam is Ontario bred Pied a Terre
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado

Jockey: John Velazquez

Last race: 13th in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill Downs) 80. 96, 91 (maiden)

10. Everfast (50-1)  by Take Charge Indy
Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Last race: fifth in Pat Day Mile (May 4 at Churchill Downs)  74, 79, 65

11. Laughing Fox (20-1) by Union Rags – dam is Ontario bred SASKAWEA (stakes winner by Stormy Atlantic)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

Last race: first in Oaklawn Invitational (May 4 at Oaklawn) 91, 89, 77

12. Anothertwistafate (6-1) by Scat Daddy – CANADIAN OWNED – PETER REDEKOP
Trainer: Blaine Wright

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Last race: second in Lexington (April 13 at Keeneland)  95, 94, 94

13. Win Win Win (15-1)  BLINKERS ON by Hat Trick (Jpn)
Trainer: Michael Trombetta

Jockey: Julian Pimentel

Last race: ninth in Kentucky Derby (May 4 at Churchill Downs) 89, 88, 89


WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club International and Starlight Racing, principles in the ownership group of 2018 Triple Crown champion Justify, will once again be represented by a morning-line favorite for the Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday when Improbable is scheduled to take on 12 rivals in the 144th running of the 1 3/16-mile Spring Classic at Pimlico Race Course.

Installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite, Improbable may not be as highly regarded as Justify, who was the 1-2 morning-line favorite and won the Preakness by a half-length as the 2-5 betting choice last year. However, the 3-year-old son of City Zip would appear to have a solid chance to give trainer Bob Baffert back-to-back victories and a record-breaking eighth success in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

Currently tied with Robert Wyndham Walden, who won the Preakness seven times from 1875-1888, Baffert has been victorious with Triple Crown champions Justify (2018) and American Pharoah (2015), as well as Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), War Emblem (2002), Lookin At Lucky (2010) and Point Given (2001).

Improbable had the best finish of the four Preakness entrants that ran in the May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs, finishing fifth before being placed fourth through the disqualification of first-place-finisher Maximum Security.

Mark Casse (trainer, War of Will; PP #1; 4-1): “It is what it is and we’re going to have to deal with it [Post. No. 1]. Do I wish we had drawn farther outside? Of course, but we’re going to have to deal with it. [Jockey] Tyler [Gaffalione] is going to have to play the break and see how it works. I don’t think the ‘1’ hole is quite as tough here, but I’m going to have to go study that. I didn’t study it on purpose because I was hoping not to get it.”

“We have to play the hand we we’re dealt. You never can tell how things can go. All we can hope for is a clean trip and I think if he can get that, he’s going to be tough to beat.”
(On pace) “I thought the pace would be a little slower in the Derby, but they went a half in 46-and-3 [seconds]. So I don’t see it going a whole lot faster than that. We’ll be fairly close and if someone wants the lead really bad I guess they’ll have it.”

“I think he’s doing good. I think he’s doing as well as Classic Empire [second in 2017 Preakness]. This horse has a lot of energy and he’s extremely tough.”

“We definitely know the (‘1’ hole) is not as bad as in the Derby. You have Bourbon War who is going to come from out of it. Warrior’s Charge he’s fast. But I think if he tries to get in front of War of Will – that could be his demise. One thing about it is the ‘1’ hole can be extremely good or extremely bad. In the Derby it was extremely bad, so I’m thinking we’re going to get extremely good this time.”

Blaine Wright (trainer, Anothertwistafate; PP #12; 6-1): “For right now it’s going to have to be our spot. You can’t change things. We’ll take it, move forward and see how good we are.”

“We’ve been covered up a little bit in the Sunland Derby and the Lexington, so maybe he can keep his face clean from out there. Maybe our jockey can adapt to things that are happening in front of him. If we have the lead, well, hey, we have the lead.”

“I’m not going to make that assumption at this point [how the race plays out]. I’ll wait to see it on paper. We just have to hope that our horse comes away from the gate well. It’s a long run to the first turn and we’ll just let the jock do the work.”

VINTAGE PREAKNESS – The foul heard ’round the world

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PREAKNESS STAKES SATURDAY

ANOTHERTWISTAFATE starts in the Preakness for Vancouver’s PETER REDEKOP

Probable field of 12 largest in 8 years

It may not be the exciting Triple Crown series we have seen in recent years (Justify, American Pharoah) but one thing about this year’s PREAKNESS STAKES at Pimlico, it will be a super betting event.

The Kentucky Derby winner(s) COUNTRY HOUSE and MAXIMUM SECURITY are both out of the Preakness, and likely out for extended periods of time, so a mixed bag of sophomores will line up for the 2nd jewel of the Crown on Saturday.

The post position draw is Wednesday.

Canadian owned ANOTHERTWISTAFATE is an interesting candidate.

Peter Redekop B.C. Ltd.’s colt breezed six furlongs in a bullet 1:14.20 Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, his final timed workout prior to the 144th Preakness Stakes (G1).

Trainer Blaine Wright sent Anothertwistafate out to work in company under jockey Juan Hernandez. It was his second breeze over the synthetic surface at the Albany, Calif. track since his second-place finish to Owendale, 1¾ lengths back, in the April 13 Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland.

“It was a good work for us,” Wright said. “We broke him off behind horses, let him just cruise up to them at the quarter pole. He outworked them very easy and galloped out nice and strong. We’re right where we want to be, I hope.

Anothertwistafate earned an automatic berth in the Preakness with his win in the El Camino Real Derby on Feb. 16 at Golden Gate, this third straight victory at the track. He went on to finish second by a neck in the Sunland Derby (G3) on March 24 at Sunland Park before running in the Lexington.

The son of Scat Daddy was 23rd on the points list when entries were taken for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby (G1) field. Wright had already taken the son of Scat Daddy to California to prepare for the Preakness. Wright described Anothertwistafate as being enthusiastic about his training.

“He’s the type of horse that when you work him a half (mile) he works six furlongs,” Wright said. “He always gets a lot out of his breezes and gallops. He’s a big, long-striding horse. This will be five weeks between races, so I sent him out going a mile. We got a pretty good, stout work into him. Now all we have to do hopefully is travel.”

Wright said the colt galloped out the mile in 1:40.

Jockey Jose Ortiz will ride Anothertwistafate in the Preakness. It will be Ortiz’s third start in the Preakness. He was 10th on Term of Art in 2017 and fourth aboard Good Magic in 2018.
Anothertwistafate, who will ship to Pimlico Tuesday, will be the first Triple Crown starter for Wright, 44, a leading trainer at Emerald Downs in his home state of Washington. Wright maintains a year-round stable at Golden Gate Fields.

The Maryland Jockey Club’s racing office confirmed Sunday morning that Market King, trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, will be entered for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course

The addition of Market King pushes the expected field to 12 horses, the largest field since 14 competed in 2011.

Lukas, 83, has saddled a record 43 horses in the Preakness and has won the middle jewel of the Triple Crown six times.

Market King, co-owned by longtime Lukas clients Robert C. Baker and William L. Mack, is a son of Into Mischief. He was third in the Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park March 16 and was 11th in the Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland, in his most recent start April 6.

Here is the prospective PREAKNESS FIELD:

PREAKNESS PROBABLE FIELD

Horse (last 3 Beyer Speed Figures from DRF)
Trainer 
Jockey 
Last Race

Alwaysmining  92, 96, 87
Kelly Rubley
Daniel Centeno
Tesio, 1st

Anothertwistafate  95, 94, 94
Blaine Wright
Jose Ortiz
Lexington, 2nd

Bodexpress  80, 96, 91 
Gustavo Delgado
undecided
Ky. Derby, 13th

Bourbon War  90, 93, 89
Mark Hennig
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Fla. Derby, 4th

Improbable  96 99, 95
Bob Baffert
Mike Smith
Ky. Derby, 4th

Laughing Fox 91, 89, 77
Steve Asmussen
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
OP Invitational, 1st

Market King D. Wayne Lukas  39, 83, 77

#rd Rebel Stakes

Owendale  (Into Mischief)  98, 74, 91
Brad Cox
Florent Geroux
Lexington, 2nd

Signalman  88, 83, 84
Kenny McPeek
Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Blue Grass, 3rd

War of Will 90, 78, 95
Mark Casse
Tyler Gaffalione
Ky. Derby, 7th

Win Win Win  89, 88, 89
Mike Trombetta
Julien Pimentel
Ky. Derby, 9th

LUIS SAEZ SUSPENDED 15 DAYS FOR DERBY RIDE

The drama of the KENTUCKY DERBY continued Monday when jockey Luis Saez, riding winner/but dq’d MAXIMUM SECURITY was suspended 15 days. The colt went out a few paths off the turn, either from a puddle, a photographer, a light, or something. However, the Kentucky Commission believes it was the jockey’s fault for not being able to control the horse.

FURY-OUS FINISH – Woodbine Oaks taking shape

Toronto, ON –  May 12, 2019. Jockey Patrick Husbands guides Speedy Soul to victory in the $125,000 dollar Fury Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. Speedy Soul is owned by Joey Gee Thoroughbreds and trained by Mark Casse. michael burns photo

You could have had SPEEDY SOUL for $10,000 two years ago at the CTHS Ontario yearling sale.

Offered by Joe Guerrieri’s Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, the plain dark bay gal is from the first crop of Ontario sire SOUPER SPEEDY, who was almost everyone’s pick to be a serious stallion influence in Ontario.

The stallion (who is by Indian Charlie) had his first crop well received for the most part but Speedy Soul was bought back by Guerrieri and she went on to win both of her starts as  2yo including the Muskoka Stakes.

SPEEDY SOUL enjoyed a relaxing winter in Caledon East at Winview Farms before a brief stint in Florida and a return home

Trained by Andrew Smith, Speedy Soul was put on the shelf early and she wintered in Ontario until late February when she went to Mark Casse in Ocala. She quickly returned to Canada and started in the Star Shoot Stakes but it was a troubled journey and she wound up 6th.

Patrick Husbands took over and blinkers were added for Sunday’s Fury at 7 furlongs and the trip was perfect.

Covered up and inside of a hotly contested pace battle between Silent Mistake and Intanga Rose, Speedy Soul, darted between fillies turning for home and grabbed the lead. She held off another Joey Gee product, HASTALAVISTABABY (also owned by Gary Barber and Team Valor) to win in 1:22.39 with a 79 Beyer Figure.

Hastalavistababy, by Drosslmeyer, was an $8,000 purchase by Joey Gee at the 2017 yearling sale from breeder Charles Hayden and Mark Casse also trains this late running filly. Another Casse student, WESTERN CURL, from the Chiefswood Stables was third.

Whether the 7 furlong Fury will have any bearing on the 9 furlong Woodbine Oaks is a question but certainly HASTALAVISTABABY looks like the one most likely to be a force at the distance.

But SOUPER SPEEDY has been a marvel at stud with his first crop. He is 5th currently in Canada on the leading sire list by progeny earnings and has 4 winners. Souper Speedy’s victories all came at 7 furlongs but he was 2nd in the 9 furlong Remsen Stakes as a 2yo.

The Woodbine Oaks on June 8 is coming up quickly and next week’s SELENE STAKES will be an important event for the Champion 2-year-old filly in Canada of 2018, BOLD SCRIPT.

In more SOUPER SPEEDY news, his cousin, THE 3YO FILLY PAINTING, won her career debut impressively at Woodbine on Sunday for Hill ‘n; Dale Equine Holdings, Glenn Sikura and Windsor Boys Racing. Painting is from the mare Handpainted who is a half sister to Souper Speedy’s mum Speed Succeeds.

Thoroughblog’s Top 10 Woodbine Oaks contenders:

  1. BOLD SCRIPT
  2. HASTALAVISTABABY
  3. DESERT RIDE
  4. TIZ BREATHTAKING
  5. SPEEDY SOUL
  6. PREFERRED GUEST
  7. WESTERN CURL
  8. CIURI
  9. NOTICE ME
  10. KITTEN’S GIRL
WOODBINE SATURDAY RE-CAP

87 Beyer Figure for Summer Sunday on Saturday

WILLIAM and ANNE SCOTT, keen members of the horse racing community in Ontario and dedicated yearling buyers, were beaming Saturday when their filly SUMMER SUNDAY won the BALLADE STAKES for Ontario sired fillies mares.

The $95,000 yearling purchase three years ago (co top price) is at home at Woodbine where she is now 5 for 5 after her victory Saturday. trained by Stuart Simon, the Silent Name (Jpn) – Dancing Allstar by Millenium Allstar speedster was touted by trainer Simon before the race and was bet hard by the fans who made her 5 to 2.

Back racing at Woodbine for the first time since winning last year’s Fury Stakes in late-April, Summer Sunday pressed the pace through a :22.89 quarter before taking over command from early leader Without a Doubt approaching the half-mile mark in :45.65. She then rebuffed the challenge of defending Ballade Stakes champion Scotty’s Model down the stretch to score by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:08.57, an 87 Beyer Figure.

Summer Sunday paid $7.80 to win as the slight 5-2 second choice to Silent Sonet, who stalked the pace and edged out Scotty’s Model by a neck to take second-place honours.

Summer Sunday previously earned stakes wins in the Nandi and Muskoka during a perfect three-race juvenile campaign at Woodbine. The promising miss, whose sophomore season was cut short after the Fury, returned to action last month at Keeneland before adding to her perfect local record today.

“She had a lower body injury that kept her out as we were preparing for the Oaks,” said Simon, explaining the layoff. “It was disappointing. The vets thought we should give her two to three months and with Mr. and Mrs. Scott’s patience, we said let’s give her six months and really make sure and I am glad we did. We have our horse back and she’s just been a real gift.

“I said she’s never been better and I think she proved me right now. She’s just a dream because she’ll run on, and she’ll run on different surfaces too so it’s pretty nice.”

TOP BEYER FIGURES FROM SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT WOODBINE

All but Don’t Be So Salty are Ontario sired and/or BRED

87 SUMMER SUNDAY

84  DON’T BE SO SALTY

83 H IS JUST A NUMBER

83 SAILING HOME

DIALED IN: CHANNEL MAKER WINS ANOTHER G1

CHANNEL MAKER (second from right) goes clear in the Grade 1 Man ‘o War – VANESSA NG PHOTO – HORSE-RACES.NET

Canadian-bred CHANNEL MAKER earned a 106 Beyer Speed Figure for his winning effort in Saturday’s Grade 1, $700,000 Man o’ War at Belmont Park.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott for owners Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Gary Barber, R.A. Hill Stable and Wachtel Stable, it was the third graded stakes win and second Grade 1 to go along with his front-running score in last year’s Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.

Assistant trainer Leana Willaford said the 5-year-old English Channel gelding was in good order on a rainy Sunday morning at Belmont.

“He’s great. He jogged sound on the shank and cleaned up his dinner last night, so everything looks good,” said Willaford.

Channel Maker was making his third start of the campaign after finishing off the board in the Grade 2 MacDiarmida and the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational.

Willaford said she was expecting a big effort from the classy chestnut.

“He ran excellent. The horse has been doing quite well. He looks good, he was working good and we expected a big effort from him,” said Willaford. “Sometimes, it takes them a little bit to get under way. We’re really happy with him.”

Winning co-owner Randy Hill said, “I always thought the horse could go to the front or lay off it. He has tactical speed and there was speed in the race today. Joel rode a perfect race and was right where he needed to be. The horse bounced back off of two sub-par performances. At the end of 2018 he was probably one of the fastest turf horses in America and that’s when I bought into him. I think he’s back. He ran a perfect race today. What can you say? It’s my first Grade 1 after 22 years.

Bred in Ontario by Ivan Dalos’ Tall Oaks Farm, Channel Maker is out of the stakes-winning dam In Return, a Sovereign Award-winning broodmare who also produced multiple Grade 1-winning Canadian-bred turf champion Johnny Bear.

Channel Maker competed in two-thirds on the Canadian Triple Crown at Woodbine in 2017 finishing fourth in the Queen’s Plate ahead of a narrow nose win in the 1 1/12-mile turf Breeders’.

Blossoming with age, Channel Maker has increased his annual earnings in successive seasons having banked $105,037 as a 2-year-old; $340,047 as a 3-year-old; $644,880 as a 4-year-old; and has already garnered $827,108 early into his 5-year-old campaign.

He is expected to make his next start in the Grade 1, $1 million Woodford Reserve Manhattan on Belmont Stakes Day, June 8.

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FILLIES AND MARES DAY AT WOODBINE SUNDAY

ARTILENA stole the Ontario Lassie Stakes last fall over Hastalavistababy and both sprint in the 7 furlong Fury Stakes Sunday on Fillies and Mares day at Woodbine – MICHAEL BURNS PHOTO

Gals are featured in both stakes races

Sunday at Woodbine is “Fillies and Mares” day for Mother’s Day and all 10 races are for the gals.

Some fillies are getting ready for the Woodbine Oaks in the Fury Stakes, a $125,000 dash at 7 seven furlongs. While a win in this race does not make a filly an oaks winner (since the Oaks is at 9 furlongs), there are a couple of fillies in the race who could race well on Sunday and enjoy the longer Oaks distance.

Three of the seven horses in the race are trained by Mark Casse and one of them HASTALAVISTABABY, purchased privately last year by Team Valor and Gary Barber from Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, is one to watch.

This daughter of Belmont Stakes winner Drosselmeyer was purchased by Joe Guerrieri for just $8,000 at the CTHS Ontario yearling sale in 2017. She won a turf maiden allowance and then missed the Ontario lassie first prize by a head after trailing a slow pace.

Interestingly, Casse trains Joey Gee’s SPEEDY SOUL now and she will add blinkers for the Fury after a bit of a troubled return to action in the Star Shoot (an open race). Speedy Soul was unbeaten in 2 races at 2 for trainer Andrew Smith.

Another Casse trainee, WESTERN CURL, for Sovereign Award winning owners Chiefswood Stable, will try and get back on track after an unsuccessful tour of tracks in Florida and New York in the winter. She was 3rd in the Lassie Stakes last fall to Artilena, who is also in the Fury field.

INTANGA ROSE figures to be favoured for Stronach Stables since she had a very messy trip in the Star Shoot. She broke slowly and then rushed up the inside and lacked room while rank and she stalled when fourth. The daughter of Animal Kingdom has the breeding to be an oaks player although so far she appears to be a sprinter.

SATURDAY’S featured race is the Ontario-sired BALLADE STAKES and the leading players in that 6 furlong dash are graded stakes winning sprinter SILENT SONET for Ivan Dalos, ZESTINA for Stronach Stables,  SUMMER SUNDAY for Anne and William Scott and RED CABERNET for Piano Bar Stable.

JOIN THE EXCITEMENT – SYNDICATES AVAILABLE IN HORSE OWNERSHIP

Ownership Information Day 12-6pm on May 11 at Woodbine

The Munnings Room will bring together new faces with a variety of trainers who have already set up syndicates for people to get involved in ownership on a smaller scale. Some shares in horses go for $2,500 which includes all bills for the year.

Get your co-workers, golf friends and anyone you can think of to come and visit Saturday and learn about the thrill of racehorse ownership.

ASSINIBOIA DOWNS opens Sunday

Searching for the Next Escape Clause at Assiniboia Downs

It’s not going to be easy for any Assiniboia Downs horse to duplicate the incredible run of success five-year-old bay mare Escape Clause has had over the last year.

“The door’s wide open for someone else to step up and wear the crown,” Downs CEO Darren Dunn said ahead of the 2019 season-opening races on Mothers’ Day.

PREAKNESS STAKES WILL NOT HAVE EITHER DERBY ‘WINNER’

Owners of Warrior’s Charge may pay $150,000 to supplement

The brilliant ALWAYSMINNG is going to be a bear in the PREAKNESS – Maryland Jockey Club photo

While the videos and slo-mo’s and freeze frames of the Kentucky Derby 145 continue to fly around mainstream and social media, the second jewel of the American Triple Crown, the Preakness, is a week from this Saturday at Old Hilltop, Pimlico racecourse.

For only the 5th time in 60 years, the Kentucky Derby winner will not be in the Preakness (last time, 1996 Grindstone). COUNTRY HOUSE, placed first in the Derby in the slop, came out of the race coughing and is resting. Meanwhile, the amazing colt who led all the way in the Derby before being disqualified, MAXIMUM SECURITY, is also being rested for a summer campaign.

One of the horses in the centre of the entire disqualification drama, WAR OF WILL, is expected to come right back in the Preakness. Gary Barber’s impressive colt, trained by Mark Casse, did appear to be poised to make a move in the race when he was crowded and pushed wide although a long stretch run when clear saw the colt fade to 7th.

Trainer Brad Cox said early Thursday afternoon that owners Ten Strike Racing and Madaket Racing will supplement Oaklawn Park allowance winner Warrior’s Charge for the May 18 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico. Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has the mount. Castellano won the 2006 Preakness on Bernardini and in 2017 with Cloud Computing.

The cost of making a horse who wasn’t nominated to the Triple Crown eligible to run in the Preakness Stakes is $150,000.

“The owners got together and thought with some of the [Derby] horses not going back in the Preakness – I don’t want to use the word short field but not a full field yet – they’re definitely going to entertain it,” Cox said. “But we’re pointing to it, and as of right now, we would enter in the race.”

Warrior’s Charge started his career with a trio of thirds before stretching out to 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park. The son of Munnings promptly won a maiden race by six lengths in front-running fashion and came right back with an allowance victory by 6 1/2 lengths at the same distance.

Meanwhile, Maximum Security is at Monmouth Park and that is where trainer Jason Servis received some roses from a fan this week:

JASON SERVIS “still has questions about DQ” – Associated Press

Jason Servis has slowly come to terms with Maximum Security’s disqualification after winning the Kentucky Derby but he still has questions about what he said was “a bad call.”

The Derby was the biggest race in the life of the 62-year-old trainer, who runs his 75-horse stable out of Monmouth Park on the Jersey Shore with his wife handling payroll and one of his sons assisting him.

His younger brother, John, won the Derby in 2004 with Smarty Jones, and Servis thought they’d made history last weekend. He did, only as the trainer of the first winner to be disqualified for interference in 145 years.

PREAKNESS PROBABLE FIELD

Horse (last 3 Beyer Speed Figures from DRF)
Trainer 
Jockey 
Last Race

Alwaysmining  92, 96, 87
Kelly Rubley
Daniel Centeno
Tesio, 1st

Anothertwistafate  95, 94, 94  Canadian owned by Peter Redekop
Blaine Wright
Jose Ortiz
Lexington, 2nd

Bodexpress  80, 96, 91 
Gustavo Delgado
undecided
Ky. Derby, 13th

Bourbon War  90, 93, 89
Mark Hennig
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Fla. Derby, 4th

Improbable  96 99, 95
Bob Baffert
Mike Smith
Ky. Derby, 4th

Laughing Fox 91, 89, 77
Steve Asmussen
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
OP Invitational, 1st

Owendale  (Into Mischief)  98, 74, 91
Brad Cox
Florent Geroux
Lexington, 2nd

Signalman  88, 83, 84
Kenny McPeek
Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Blue Grass, 3rd

War of Will 90, 78, 95
Mark Casse
Tyler Gaffalione
Ky. Derby, 7th

Warrior’s Charge (sup) 97, 89 , 76
Brad Cox
Javier Castellano
$91,000 Allowance Optional Claiming – 1st

Win Win Win  89, 88, 89
Mike Trombetta
Julien Pimentel
Ky. Derby, 9th

QUEEN’S PLATE NEWS – 160TH CLASSIC JUNE 29

ONE BAD BOY at Santa Anita following his maiden win on the grass – photo courtesy of Steve Byk/Twitter

52 horses remain eligible to the Queen’s Plate following the most recent nomination payment (horses can still be supplemented for a fee) and AVIE’S FLATTER currently remains the strong favourite.

The colt posted an 86 Beyer Speed Figure according to Daily Racing Form in his 6th place finish in the Grade 2 American Turf at Churchill Downs last Saturday and he was beaten just two lengths.

Champion 2yo filly BOLD SCRIPT will no doubt be targeting the Woodbine Oaks first with a possible stepping stone to that event in the upcoming Selene Stakes.

MY SILENCER, who won his local return for new trainer Mark Casse last weekend, sizzled on the pace that day but finished with a reported time of 1:23.22 for seven furlongs which was a 70 Beyer Speed Figure, on the low side.

Stakes winning 2yo DUN DRUM is back at Woodbine and preparing for his season debut with trainer Ian Black while Wando Stakes winner SKYWIRE posted an 88 Beyer Figure in that win for Lou Tucci and Gary barber and is very much in the Plate hunt.

One of the four newest nominees, supplemented during the May payment, was ONE BAD BOY, a Twirling Candy ridgling bred by Ron Clarkson. The fast bay won a 1 mile turf maiden race at Santa Anita recently with an 85 beyer Figure setting scorching pace fractions on this way to victory.

One Bay Boy is out of Cumulonimble by Stormy Atlantic.

Queen’s Plate nominees

to be run Saturday, June 29, 2019
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
ARI GOLD SPEEDWAGN
gr/ro.g.3 by Souper Speedy(Indian Charlie) – Gladiator Queen(Great Gladiator)
Entourage Stable Robert P. Tiller
AVIE’S FLATTER
b.c.3 by Flatter(A.P. Indy) – Avie’s Empire(Empire Maker)
Ivan Dalos Josie Carroll
AWESOME WOK N ROLL
ch.c.3 by Awesome Again(Deputy Minister) – El Prado Essence(El Prado (IRE))
Live Oak Plantation Mark E. Casse
BALA FALLS
ch.g.3 by Not Bourbon(Not Impossible (IRE)) – Deli Cat(Bold Ruckus)
Cudney Stables Elizabeth R. Elder
BIG CLASSIC
gr/ro.g.3 by Big Screen(Speightstown) – Genuine Faith(Regal Classic)
Annecchini & D’Alimonte Holdings Inc. Michael P. De Paulo
BITETHEBULLETBRO
ch.g.3 by Gio Ponti(Tale of the Cat) – Floating Sky(Malibu Moon)
Centennial Farms (Niagara) Inc. Ravendra B. Raghunath
BOLD SCRIPT
gr/ro.f.3 by Speightstown(Gone West) – Original Script(Malibu Moon)
Chiefswood Stable Stuart C. Simon
BRUTUS
dk b/.c.3 by Ghostzapper(Awesome Again) – Back to Class(Montbrook)
Stronach Stables Sid C. Attard
CAMP NARDO
dk b/.c.3 by Milwaukee Brew(Wild Again) – How Far Is Heaven(Chapel Royal)
Goldie Stables & Discovery Racing Julia Carey
CORDUROY ROAD
b.g.3 by Souper Speedy(Indian Charlie) – Noir Velours(Tunerup)
Frank D. Di Giulio Jr. Robert P. Tiller
DESERT RIDE
b.f.3 by Candy Ride (ARG)(Ride the Rails) – Fun in the Desert(Distorted Humor)
Sam-Son Farm Neil J. Howard
DUN DRUM
dk b/.g.3 by Bold n’ Flashy(Bold Ruckus) – Lea’s Moon(Perigee Moon)
Joan H. Addison, Janet Black and Barbara Brown Ian Black
ENCIERRO
dk b/.c.3 by Pioneerof the Nile(Empire Maker) – Holy Eclair(Holy Bull)
George P. Ledson, Willow Pond Stable and Anderson Farms Ontario Inc. Catherine Day Phillips
FEDERAL LAW
b.g.3 by Scat Daddy(Johannesburg) – Gravelly Bay(Strong Hope)
Qatar Racing Limited Mark E. Casse
FLAME ZAPPER
b.c.3 by Ghostzapper(Awesome Again) – Flaming Rose(Grand Slam)
Chiefswood Stable Mark E. Casse
FLASHYMEISTER
b.g.3 by Bodemeister(Empire Maker) – Flashy Got Even(Stephen Got Even)
Terra Racing Stable and Rocco Marcello Kevin Attard
FLAWLESS BOURBON
ch.c.3 by Not Bourbon(Not Impossible (IRE)) – Internallyflawless(Giant’s Causeway)
Charles E. Fipke Roger L. Attfield
FRANKIE BARONE
ch.g.3 by Trappe Shot(Tapit) – Shukriya(Grand Reward)
Pinkston Racing Kevin Attard
GREEN FLEET
b.c.3 by Afleet Alex(Northern Afleet) – Woods Bay(Mr. Greeley)
Donegal Racing Brad H. Cox
HE’S A MACHO MAN
ch.c.3 by Mucho Macho Man(Macho Uno) – Amelia Go Home(Lemon Drop Kid)
Di Scola Boys Stable Josie Carroll
HESATHRILLER
dk b/.c.3 by Flat Out(Flatter) – Archerette(Arch)
JC Stable and Cheryl Smith John A. Ross
INTANGA ROSE
dk b/.f.3 by Animal Kingdom(Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)) – Intangaroo(Orientate)
Stronach Stables Sid C. Attard
INTO TEMPTATION
b.c.3 by Into Mischief(Harlan’s Holiday) – Victorious Ami(Victory Gallop)
Lael Stable Arnaud Delacour
JAMMIN STILL
dk b/.c.3 by Take Charge Indy(A.P. Indy) – Cat’s Garden(Tale of the Cat)
Derek A. Chin Kevin Attard
JUST LIKE LARRY
b.g.3 by Langfuhr(Danzig) – Forest Flute(Woodman)
G. Schickedanz and D. Howard Michael Keogh
KRACHENWAGEN
ch.g.3 by Head Chopper(Mutakddim) – Plantana(Trajectory)
Greenoaks Farm Angus Buntain
LEAVE IT TO KITTEN
b.g.3 by Kitten’s Joy(El Prado (IRE)) – Consign(Dynaformer)
Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey Wesley A. Ward
LUCAS N’ LORI
ch.g.3 by Exhi(Maria’s Mon) – Hong Kong Dancer(Tejano Run)
Frank Cirillo Kevin Attard
MAYAN GHOST
b.c.3 by Ghostzapper(Awesome Again) – Honey Hues(Henny Hughes)
Stronach Stables Kevin Attard
MIND THE GAP
dk b/.c.3 by Street Sense(Street Cry (IRE)) – Safe Haven(A.P. Indy)
JMJ Racing Stables LLC Arnaud Delacour
MOON SWINGS
ch.c.3 by Malibu Moon(A.P. Indy) – England Swings(Kitten’s Joy)
Zilli Racing Stables Michael P. De Paulo
MUSKOKA SON
b.g.3 by Hard Spun(Danzig) – State Cup(Elusive Quality)
Conrad Farms Mark E. Casse
MY SILENCER
b.g.3 by Silent Name (JPN)(Sunday Silence) – Serena’s Rose(My Way Only)
Heste Sport Inc. Mark E. Casse
NORTHERN HAZE
b.c.3 by Orb(Malibu Moon) – Designer Legs(Graeme Hall)
Curragh Stables John P. Terranova II
ONE BAD BOY
dk b/.r.3 by Twirling Candy(Candy Ride (ARG)) – Cumulonimble(Stormy Atlantic)
Sayjay Racing LLC Richard Baltas
PAY FOR PEACE
dk b/.g.3 by Silent Name (JPN)(Sunday Silence) – Dancing Bay(Sligo Bay (IRE))
Team Penney Racing and Lisa Moser Rachel Halden
PREFERRED GUEST
b.f.3 by Society’s Chairman(Not Impossible (IRE)) – For Gillian(Gold Fever)
G. G. Racing Stables Mark E. Casse
RISING STAR
b.c.3 by Ghostzapper(Awesome Again) – Purple Trillium(Seeking the Gold)
Mike Campbell Racing Stable, Inc. Michael P. De Paulo
RUGGERO
b.c.3 by Giant Gizmo(Giant’s Causeway) – Miss Meggie(Albert the Great)
Michael Loughry Donald C. MacRae
SAILIN STREET
ch.c.3 by Big Screen(Speightstown) – Sailin Cailin(Street Cry (IRE))
Paul Mouttet Nigel R. Burke
SCATTERED STRIKES
dk b/.g.3 by Scat Daddy(Johannesburg) – Strike Red(Smart Strike)
Sam-Son Farm H. Graham Motion
SEGUIMI
b.g.3 by Victor’s Cry(Street Cry (IRE)) – Vulcan Rose(Fusaichi Pegasus)
Anne & William Scott Stuart C. Simon
SKYNYRD
dk b/.g.3 by Victor’s Cry(Street Cry (IRE)) – Victoria Bay(Northern Afleet)
Goldie Stables & Discovery Racing Julia Carey
SKYWIRE
b.c.3 by Afleet Alex(Northern Afleet) – Meandering Stream(Gone West)
Gary Barber and Lou Tucci Mark E. Casse
SOUCIOLOGIST
b.f.3 by Gemologist(Tiznow) – Souci Girl(Bluegrass Cat)
Al and Bill Ulwelling Kevin Attard
SOUPER SUCCESS
dk b/.g.3 by Souper Speedy(Indian Charlie) – My Sweet Tooch(Tejabo)
Mickey Demers Michael P. De Paulo
SUITEDCONNECTED
gr/ro.g.3 by Rookie Sensation(Unbridled’s Song) – Kaleidoscope Kerry(One Way Love)
Joe Triumbari Robert Earl Barnett
THE NEWFIE EXPRESS
ch.g.3 by Victor’s Cry(Street Cry (IRE)) – Tour d’Star(Tour d’Or)
Alexander P. Patykewich Alexander P. Patykewich
TIZ BREATHTAKING
b.f.3 by Tiznow(Cee’s Tizzy) – I’m Breathtaking(Elusive Quality)
Windhaven Farms Inc. Michael J. Doyle

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*Have you visited BETTOR’S CORNER? The new Ontario Racing site has race analysis and selections for various Ontario tracks each racing day.

Not just picks but reasons why the picks are made!

https://ontarioracing.com/Learn-To-Bet/Bettors-Corner

SHARE THE EXCITEMENT – SYNDICATES AVAILABLE IN HORSE OWNERSHIP

Ownership Information Day by HBPA Ontario Saturday at Woodbine

While winning the Kentucky Derby with your horse and then having the poor guy disqualified and placed 17th is perhaps a bit TOO much excitement for a Thoroughbred owner, the HBPA of Ontario has some information and ideas for new owners to consider at an even this Saturday.

OWNERSHIP INFORMATION DAY, 12 – 6 p.m. Munnings Room, Woodbine will bring together new faces with a variety of trainers who have already set up syndicates for people to get involved in ownership on a smaller scale. Some shares in horses go for $2,500 which includes all bills for the year.

Get your co-workers, golf friends and anyone you can think of to come and visit Saturday and learn about the thrill of racehorse ownership.


 

PREAKNESS STAKES WILL NOT HAVE EITHER DERBY ‘WINNER’

The brilliant ALWAYSMINNG is going to be a bear in the Preakness – Maryland Jockey Club photo

While the videos and slo-mo’s and freeze frames of the Kentucky Derby 145 continue to fly around mainstream and social media, the second jewel of the American Triple Crown, the Preakness, is a week from this Saturday at Old Hilltop, Pimlico racecourse.

For only the 5th time in 60 years, the Kentucky Derby winner will not be in the Preakness (last time, 1996 Grindstone). COUNTRY HOUSE, placed first in the Derby in the slop, came out of the race coughing and is resting. Meanwhile, the amazing colt who led all the way in the Derby before being disqualified, MAXIMUM SECURITY, is also being rested for a summer campaign.

One of the horses in the centre of the entire disqualification drama, WAR OF WILL, is expected to come right back in the Preakness. Gary barber’s impressive colt, trained by Mark Casse, did appear to be poised to make a move in the race when he was crowded and pushed wide although a long stretch run when clear saw the colt fade to 7th.

PREAKNESS PROBABLE FIELD

Horse (last 3 Beyer Speed Figures from DRF)
Trainer
Jockey
Last Race

Alwaysmining  92, 96, 87
Kelly Rubley
Daniel Centeno
Tesio, 1st

Anothertwistafate  95, 94, 94
Blaine Wright
Jose Ortiz
Lexington, 2nd

Bodexpress  80, 96, 91 
Gustavo Delgado
undecided
Ky. Derby, 13th

Bourbon War  90, 93, 89
Mark Hennig
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Fla. Derby, 4th

Improbable  96 99, 95
Bob Baffert
Mike Smith
Ky. Derby, 4th

Laughing Fox 91, 89, 77
Steve Asmussen
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
OP Invitational, 1st

Owendale  (Into Mischief)  98, 74, 91
Brad Cox
Florent Geroux
Lexington, 2nd

Signalman  88, 83, 84
Kenny McPeek
Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Blue Grass, 3rd

War of Will 90, 78, 95
Mark Casse
Tyler Gaffalione
Ky. Derby, 7th

Win Win Win  89, 88, 89
Mike Trombetta
Julien Pimentel
Ky. Derby, 9th

QUEEN’S PLATE NEWS – 160TH CLASSIC JUNE 29

52 horses remain eligible to the Queen’s Plate following the most recent nomination payment (horses can still be supplemented for a fee) and AVIE’S FLATTER currently remains the strong favourite.

Behind Ivan Dalos’ colt, who came up a bit short in the American Turf at Churchill Downs on Derby day following a big race when winning the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland in his season debut, include an assortment of fillies and boys.

Champion 2yo filly BOLD SCRIPT will no doubt be targeting the Woodbine Oaks first with a possible stepping stone to that event in the upcoming Selene Stakes.

MY SILENCER, who won his local return for new trainer Mark Casse last weekend, sizzled on the pace that day but finished with a reported time of 1:23.22 for seven furlongs which was a 70 Beyer Speed Figure, on the low side.

Stakes winning 2yo DUN DRUM is back at Woodbine and preparing for his season debut with trainer Ian Black while Wando Stakes winner SKYWIRE posted an 88 Beyer Figure in that win for Lou Tucci and Gary barber and is very much in the Plate hunt.

One of the four newest nominees, supplemented during the May payment, was ONE BAD BOY, a Twirling Candy ridgling bred by Ron Clarkson. The fast bay won a 1 mile turf maiden race at Santa Anita recently with an 85 beyer Figure setting scorching pace fractions on this way to victory.

One Bay Boy is out of Cumulonimble by Stormy Atlantic.

ONE BAD BOY at Santa Anita following his maiden win on the grass – photo courtesy of Steve Byk/Twitter

Queen’s Plate nominees

TO BE RUN SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
ARI GOLD SPEEDWAGN
gr/ro.g.3 by Souper Speedy(Indian Charlie) – Gladiator Queen(Great Gladiator)
Entourage Stable Robert P. Tiller
AVIE’S FLATTER
b.c.3 by Flatter(A.P. Indy) – Avie’s Empire(Empire Maker)
Ivan Dalos Josie Carroll
AWESOME WOK N ROLL
ch.c.3 by Awesome Again(Deputy Minister) – El Prado Essence(El Prado (IRE))
Live Oak Plantation Mark E. Casse
BALA FALLS
ch.g.3 by Not Bourbon(Not Impossible (IRE)) – Deli Cat(Bold Ruckus)
Cudney Stables Elizabeth R. Elder
BIG CLASSIC
gr/ro.g.3 by Big Screen(Speightstown) – Genuine Faith(Regal Classic)
Annecchini & D’Alimonte Holdings Inc. Michael P. De Paulo
BITETHEBULLETBRO
ch.g.3 by Gio Ponti(Tale of the Cat) – Floating Sky(Malibu Moon)
Centennial Farms (Niagara) Inc. Ravendra B. Raghunath
BOLD SCRIPT
gr/ro.f.3 by Speightstown(Gone West) – Original Script(Malibu Moon)
Chiefswood Stable Stuart C. Simon
BRUTUS
dk b/.c.3 by Ghostzapper(Awesome Again) – Back to Class(Montbrook)
Stronach Stables Sid C. Attard
CAMP NARDO
dk b/.c.3 by Milwaukee Brew(Wild Again) – How Far Is Heaven(Chapel Royal)
Goldie Stables & Discovery Racing Julia Carey
CORDUROY ROAD
b.g.3 by Souper Speedy(Indian Charlie) – Noir Velours(Tunerup)
Frank D. Di Giulio Jr. Robert P. Tiller
DESERT RIDE
b.f.3 by Candy Ride (ARG)(Ride the Rails) – Fun in the Desert(Distorted Humor)
Sam-Son Farm Neil J. Howard
DUN DRUM
dk b/.g.3 by Bold n’ Flashy(Bold Ruckus) – Lea’s Moon(Perigee Moon)
Joan H. Addison, Janet Black and Barbara Brown Ian Black
ENCIERRO
dk b/.c.3 by Pioneerof the Nile(Empire Maker) – Holy Eclair(Holy Bull)
George P. Ledson, Willow Pond Stable and Anderson Farms Ontario Inc. Catherine Day Phillips
FEDERAL LAW
b.g.3 by Scat Daddy(Johannesburg) – Gravelly Bay(Strong Hope)
Qatar Racing Limited Mark E. Casse
FLAME ZAPPER
b.c.3 by Ghostzapper(Awesome Again) – Flaming Rose(Grand Slam)
Chiefswood Stable Mark E. Casse
FLASHYMEISTER
b.g.3 by Bodemeister(Empire Maker) – Flashy Got Even(Stephen Got Even)
Terra Racing Stable and Rocco Marcello Kevin Attard
FLAWLESS BOURBON
ch.c.3 by Not Bourbon(Not Impossible (IRE)) – Internallyflawless(Giant’s Causeway)
Charles E. Fipke Roger L. Attfield
FRANKIE BARONE
ch.g.3 by Trappe Shot(Tapit) – Shukriya(Grand Reward)
Pinkston Racing Kevin Attard
GREEN FLEET
b.c.3 by Afleet Alex(Northern Afleet) – Woods Bay(Mr. Greeley)
Donegal Racing Brad H. Cox
HE’S A MACHO MAN
ch.c.3 by Mucho Macho Man(Macho Uno) – Amelia Go Home(Lemon Drop Kid)
Di Scola Boys Stable Josie Carroll
HESATHRILLER
dk b/.c.3 by Flat Out(Flatter) – Archerette(Arch)
JC Stable and Cheryl Smith John A. Ross
INTANGA ROSE
dk b/.f.3 by Animal Kingdom(Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)) – Intangaroo(Orientate)
Stronach Stables Sid C. Attard
INTO TEMPTATION
b.c.3 by Into Mischief(Harlan’s Holiday) – Victorious Ami(Victory Gallop)
Lael Stable Arnaud Delacour
JAMMIN STILL
dk b/.c.3 by Take Charge Indy(A.P. Indy) – Cat’s Garden(Tale of the Cat)
Derek A. Chin Kevin Attard
JUST LIKE LARRY
b.g.3 by Langfuhr(Danzig) – Forest Flute(Woodman)
G. Schickedanz and D. Howard Michael Keogh
KRACHENWAGEN
ch.g.3 by Head Chopper(Mutakddim) – Plantana(Trajectory)
Greenoaks Farm Angus Buntain
LEAVE IT TO KITTEN
b.g.3 by Kitten’s Joy(El Prado (IRE)) – Consign(Dynaformer)
Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey Wesley A. Ward
LUCAS N’ LORI
ch.g.3 by Exhi(Maria’s Mon) – Hong Kong Dancer(Tejano Run)
Frank Cirillo Kevin Attard
MAYAN GHOST
b.c.3 by Ghostzapper(Awesome Again) – Honey Hues(Henny Hughes)
Stronach Stables Kevin Attard
MIND THE GAP
dk b/.c.3 by Street Sense(Street Cry (IRE)) – Safe Haven(A.P. Indy)
JMJ Racing Stables LLC Arnaud Delacour
MOON SWINGS
ch.c.3 by Malibu Moon(A.P. Indy) – England Swings(Kitten’s Joy)
Zilli Racing Stables Michael P. De Paulo
MUSKOKA SON
b.g.3 by Hard Spun(Danzig) – State Cup(Elusive Quality)
Conrad Farms Mark E. Casse
MY SILENCER
b.g.3 by Silent Name (JPN)(Sunday Silence) – Serena’s Rose(My Way Only)
Heste Sport Inc. Mark E. Casse
NORTHERN HAZE
b.c.3 by Orb(Malibu Moon) – Designer Legs(Graeme Hall)
Curragh Stables John P. Terranova II
ONE BAD BOY
dk b/.r.3 by Twirling Candy(Candy Ride (ARG)) – Cumulonimble(Stormy Atlantic)
Sayjay Racing LLC Richard Baltas
PAY FOR PEACE
dk b/.g.3 by Silent Name (JPN)(Sunday Silence) – Dancing Bay(Sligo Bay (IRE))
Team Penney Racing and Lisa Moser Rachel Halden
PREFERRED GUEST
b.f.3 by Society’s Chairman(Not Impossible (IRE)) – For Gillian(Gold Fever)
G. G. Racing Stables Mark E. Casse
RISING STAR
b.c.3 by Ghostzapper(Awesome Again) – Purple Trillium(Seeking the Gold)
Mike Campbell Racing Stable, Inc. Michael P. De Paulo
RUGGERO
b.c.3 by Giant Gizmo(Giant’s Causeway) – Miss Meggie(Albert the Great)
Michael Loughry Donald C. MacRae
SAILIN STREET
ch.c.3 by Big Screen(Speightstown) – Sailin Cailin(Street Cry (IRE))
Paul Mouttet Nigel R. Burke
SCATTERED STRIKES
dk b/.g.3 by Scat Daddy(Johannesburg) – Strike Red(Smart Strike)
Sam-Son Farm H. Graham Motion
SEGUIMI
b.g.3 by Victor’s Cry(Street Cry (IRE)) – Vulcan Rose(Fusaichi Pegasus)
Anne & William Scott Stuart C. Simon
SKYNYRD
dk b/.g.3 by Victor’s Cry(Street Cry (IRE)) – Victoria Bay(Northern Afleet)
Goldie Stables & Discovery Racing Julia Carey
SKYWIRE
b.c.3 by Afleet Alex(Northern Afleet) – Meandering Stream(Gone West)
Gary Barber and Lou Tucci Mark E. Casse
SOUCIOLOGIST
b.f.3 by Gemologist(Tiznow) – Souci Girl(Bluegrass Cat)
Al and Bill Ulwelling Kevin Attard
SOUPER SUCCESS
dk b/.g.3 by Souper Speedy(Indian Charlie) – My Sweet Tooch(Tejabo)
Mickey Demers Michael P. De Paulo
SUITEDCONNECTED
gr/ro.g.3 by Rookie Sensation(Unbridled’s Song) – Kaleidoscope Kerry(One Way Love)
Joe Triumbari Robert Earl Barnett
THE NEWFIE EXPRESS
ch.g.3 by Victor’s Cry(Street Cry (IRE)) – Tour d’Star(Tour d’Or)
Alexander P. Patykewich Alexander P. Patykewich
TIZ BREATHTAKING
b.f.3 by Tiznow(Cee’s Tizzy) – I’m Breathtaking(Elusive Quality)
Windhaven Farms Inc. Michael J. Doyle
TONE BROKE
dk b/.c.3 by Broken Vow(Unbridled) – Mendocino Beano(Smart Strike)
L & N Racing LLC Steven M. Asmussen
VICTOR’S DYNASTY
dk b/.g.3 by Victor’s Cry(Street Cry (IRE)) – Champagne Dynasty(Pulpit)
Polo Management Services Tony Michael Gattellaro
YZERMAN
gr/ro.c.3 by Fed Biz(Giant’s Causeway) – Higher World(Peaks and Valleys)
Michael Lay, Mike Loughry and D- Mac Racing Stable, Inc. Donald C. MacRae

IN OTHER  CONTROVERSIAL RACE NEWS…

2017 Canadian Derby now being heard in Alberta court

The track the 2017 Canadian Derby was run at is no longer open and the Derby winner, now a 5-year-old, is racing for high claiming in Kentucky.

But the 2017 Canadian Derby is still in the news in Alberta as the controversial finish is being discussed at an Alberta court. CHIEF KNOW IT ALL fended off two rivals to win the 1 3/8 mile race but had to withstand a claim of foul. The trainer and jockey of third-place finisher DOUBLE BEAR, Rod Cone and Dane Nelson, claimed that Chief Know It All caused interference to Double Bear who was on the rail. Double Bear is seen taking a bad step into the stretch while in tight.

The story and video made the media rounds Wednesday after the first day of a hearing intot he race almost 2 years later.

from Canadian Press/Global News:

With the horse-racing community still buzzing over a controversial disqualification in one of its most well-known races, a fight over which horse won a Canadian Derby race two years ago is being heard in court this week.

Queen’s Bench Justice June Ross started hearing details Wednesday about the results of the Aug. 19, 2017, race at Northlands Park in Edmonton.

Chief Know It All was originally declared the winner despite a complaint from the trainer of Double Bear.

“I thought clearly — and I think that’s apparent in the video — that my horse won the race,” Hal Veale, who owns Double Bear, said outside court. “He didn’t finish first because he was interfered with but, had he not been interfered with by Chief Know It All, he clearly was going to win the race.”

Read more and see some video of race:

Hold your horses: Alberta court hears details of fight over disqualified horse in Canadian Derby

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Horse Canada – ThoroughBlog .. by Horse-canada - 2w ago
DRAMA, TO THE MAX

‘Max’ owner Gary West will file appeal today

The beauty of horse racing is that it writes it own story lines and it does it with flair. Just when you thought you had seen everything…

MAXIMUM SECURITY’s remarkable Kentucky Derby victory, taken away more than 20 minutes after the race when he was deemed to have caused interference, was going to be precedent setting simply because of how he got there.

COUNTRY HOUSE, placed first, was thought to be the lesser of 2 colts trained by Boll Mott. Mott had never won the Derby and Thoroughblog, along others, was fairly sure he would win it this year – with Tacitus (placed 3rd).

From backstretch to grandstand the Derby of 2019 was the topic of discussion. The majority agree that it was the right call even if some (such as this corner) originally thought it was only marginal. If a horse takes away other horses’ paths, that merits a disqualification.

Of course, once the incident occurred and the long stretch run ensued, no one was getting past this amazing colt know as Maximum Security. He is unbeaten for a reason – he has incredible stamina and a huge heart.

It has been 36 hours, here are point form takeaways:

  • Gary and Mary West and trainer Jason Servis started Maximum Security for $16,000 maiden claiming first time out in his career on Dec. 20 at Gulfstream Park. Servis told the media after the colt won the Florida Derby (g1) that the horse ‘had issues’
  • Maximum Security has never been beaten to the finish line in 4 races since then. So he thinks he is unbeaten.
  • Maximum Security’s unique training regime and that of Servis had much of the racing community befuddled; very slow published workout times because his cocked workouts came in the midst of long gallops. He reportedly had a little ‘blowout’ workout on Derby morning.
  • The disqualification from the win is the first ever in the Derby after 145 years for a race infraction. Dancer’s Image was disqualified from his Derby win for a positive Bute test in 1968.
  • COUNTRY HOUSE is the second longest shot to ever win the Derby – he was 65 to 1.
  • Luis Saez, who rode Maximum Security, rode Country House 3 times in the lead up to the Derby.
  • WAR OF WILL, trained by Canada’s reigning Champion conditioner MARK CASSE somehow did not fall down as his legs went between those of Country House. Disaster averted.
  • The Japanese colt MASTER FENCER (#15) ran a great race! Roaring up the rail from miles behind, watch out for this guy.
  • President Donald Trump even tweeted about the race, declaring his dislike for the disqualification of Maximum Security.
  • The 99 Beyer Speed Figure from Daily Racing Form for Maximum Security was average.

So, in case you somehow missed it…starting at 1:54 you can see Maximum Security go from close to the rail and drift out several paths.

Kentucky Derby 2019 (FULL RACE) ends in historic controversial finish | NBC Sports - YouTube

Click here to watch Monday morning’s THE TODAY SHOW interview with Gary West.

COUNTRY HOUSE HAS RICH CANADIAN BLOODLINES

SHOOTING PARTY with her foal BREAKING LUCKY, the 2015 Prince of Wales winner at Fort Erie. Shooting Party’s daughter Quake Lake is the dam of COUNTRY HOUSE – photo courtesy Christine Hayden/Facebook

As a three-quarter brother to Canadian graded stakes winner BREAKING LUCKY, COUNTRY HOUSE has a bunch of relatives born in Ontario since his grandma SHOOTING PARTY lives at Saintsbury Farm of Christine and Jay Hayden in southwestern Ontario.

An orphan, Country House’s dam Quake Lake passed away after producing the Derby winner.

COUNTRY HOUSE has that Sam-Son Farm stamp as a grandson of SMART STRIKE (sire of Lookin at Lucky, the sire of Country House) with SKY CLASS on his dam’s side, the sire of SHOOTING PARTY.

A grey mare who was graded stakes place for the late Joseph Shields, SHOOTING PARTY was bought for $50,000 in 2008 in foal to Langfuhr. Chad Schumer signed the ticket for the Haydens.

The first foal she produced in Ontario was DOUBLE GUNS GIRL who raced for Roger Attfield and Harlequin Ranches after they bought her at the CTHS yearling sale in 2011 for $70,000. A winner, Double Guns Girl has a first foal who is now 2 – Gun Society,  a filly bred by Attfield and a daughter of Society’s Chairman.

Shooting Party’s next foal was born in 2012, a gorgeous Lookin at Lucky colt named BREAKING LUCKY. Sold by the Haydens for $100,000 as a weanling at Keeneland to Gunpowder Stables, Breaking Lucky won the Prince of Wales , the Grade 3 Seagram Cup and he is graded 1 placed. He has earned $1.1 million.

A Bellamy Road filly born in 2016 was a $60,000 auction purchase and she has not raced.

A Palace Malice colt offered at Keeneland last fall was bought back for $17,000.

The Haydens report that Shooting Party is in foal to Accelerate, a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and a son of … Lookin at Lucky.

Pedigree chart courtesy kentuckyderby.com and brisnet.com:

WOODBINE WRAP: FAVOURITES WINNING AT 53%

Pink Lloyd Becomes a Millionaire 

PINK LLOYD’S victory in the Grade 3 Jacques Cartier Stakes was easily the most impressive race of the three-day week of 28 races.

The Horse of the Year of 2017 and Champion Sprinter in 2017 and 2018 blew away a good field in the 6 furlong sprint, striding out through the stretch with smooth power. He earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure and becoming a millionaire. He has won 17 of 22 races and earned $1,016,539.

This was his 3rd Jacques Cartier Stakes. The 7-year-old by Old Forester was well prepared for his return to action after 2018 ended with a couple of dull outings. Pink Lloyd, who is often felled by bleeding, no doubt benefited from his winter vacation.

The Jacques Cartier was the only stakes race of the weekend.

FRIDAY – Ontario stallion FRAC DADDY’S first starter, the sizy 2yo OWLETTE came up from Keeneland off a good debut outing and coasted to her maiden win for trainer Wesley Ward. The 2yo race earned owner David Mowat a whopping $63,000 for the win since the filly is Ontario sired and bred.

Eight different trainers won on Friday and eight different jockeys won.

SATURDAY – With Pink Lloyd sizzling to the Jacques Cartier win in 1:08.55, the Saturday card featured mostly front running winners and several clever trips for horses who got away with setting a slow pace on the lead.

CATHERINE DAY PHILLIPS saddled the winners of the Late Double – SMOOTH TALKER who went gate to wire in a $40,000 claiming/optional race under Emma Jayne Wilson who lulled the others to sleep. Smooth Talker had raced for $6,250 in his finale in 2018.

CHIEFSWOOD STABLES’ won 2 races – with firster PIPER’S SKY (Sky Mesa), trained by Don MacRae and MAD SLAM (Violence) The farm’s star sprinter YORKTON got caught up in a wild pace battle in the Jacques Cartier  faded.

Jockey ISABELLE WENC won her first race of the season when she stole the 6th race on R Rated Breeze for Hopefield Farms and trainer Sandy McPherson. Wenc was the only rider to get her horse going early and the pace was so slow at 7 furlongs she had plenty of horse left for the finish of the maiden race.

SUNDAY – Four wins for Eurico da Silva on a day when 8 favourites won the 10 races and the other 2 winners were 2 to 1 and 3 to 1.

Still, the feat by one of Woodbine’s track handicappers Dawn Lupul, picking all 10 winners on top, is remarkable no matter what the odds. This corner has been trying to pick winners  in newspapers and other places and never swept a card.

So the favourite-fest led to payoffs such as a $28 dollar pick 4 payoff (or $5.00 for a 2o cent bet).

HEYDON’S CASE, bred by Ericka Rusnak, became the first 2-time winner at the meeting with a gritty score in the last race. He also scorched 7 furlongs in 1:22.82, the fastest race of the day and a %7,500 claiming dash. Norm McKnight trains the son of Court Vision.

McKnight, with 2 wins on Sunday is tied with Mark Casse atop the trainer’s standings, Each has 7 wins.

HUGE HANDLE HIKE AT HASTINGS PARK OPENING

HASTINGS PARK IN VANCOUVER- Opening day 2019, photo by PATTI TUBBS

with files by Greg Douglas – Kentucky Derby Day turned into Kentucky Dollar Day in more ways than one at Hastings Racecourse Saturday afternoon.

With the total wagering handle skyrocketing to $810,252 at Hastings – more than double last year’s number on opening day – a mammoth gathering of local racing fans got caught up in the emotion of the historic developments at Churchill Downs when 65-1 longshot Country House was placed first through a disqualification to win the 145thedition of the fabled Run for the Roses.

Deep lineups watched the Derby live on the jumbo screen, then proceeded to turn their attentions to four consecutive $50,000 stake races that closed the curtain on one of the most successful opening day celebrations in Hastings history.

When the out-of-town Derby dust cleared, jockey Enrique Gonzalez won both the Brighouse Belles, aboard George Gilbert’s mare GOOD LUCK TO YOU (Bellamy Road)  and Ross McLeod, with star filly SUMMERLAND (He’s Tops) for trainer Phil Hall while trainer Glen Todd also hit a stakes double with Denny Velazquez winning the Jim Coleman Province on  DR JOHN H (Harbor the Gold) and Scott Williams delivering the biggest upset of the day in the Swift Thoroughbreds Inaugural on PAN HANDLE (Texas Wildcatter).

PAN HANDLE, a BC-bred, posted an 81 Beyer Figure according to Daily Racing Form, the best Beyer of the opening day. He raced 6 1/2 furlongs in a sharp 1:16.97.

“It was a great start to the season,” said Hastings general manager Darren MacDonald.  “The horsemen really came to the party with a quality eight-race card, all with strong fields, and judging by the handle, the fans enjoyed it too.”

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