Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Breeders` Stakes Notes for Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Aldous Snow/Malcolm Pierce/Sam-Son Farm/Eurico Rosa da Silva
Big Kick/Jose Corrales/Stronach Stables/Kieren Fallon
Dragon Tail/Roger Attfield/Alchemy Stable/Richard Dos Ramos
Irish Mission/Mark Frostad/Robert Evans/Alex Solis
Quaesitor/Ian Howard/Wayward Stables/Emma-Jayne Wilson
Sammy Maudlin/Catherine Day Phillips/Sean & Dorothy Fitzhenry/Jesse Campbell
Seen It All Before/Ashlee Brnjas/Colebrook Farms/Luis Contreras
Street Fight/Michael Keogh/Dogwood Stable/Jermaine Bridgmohan
Ultimate Destiny/Michael Keogh/Brenda Selwyn-Waxman/Steven Bahen
Wilcox/Josie Carroll/Melnyk Racing Stables Inc./Justin Stein
FALLON TO RIDE BIG KICK IN BREEDERS' STAKES
Top European rider, Kieren Fallon, will add a dash of spice to Sunday's Breeders' Stakes proceedings
The 47-year-old has been named to ride Stronach Stables' Big Kick in the 1 1/2-mile turf jewel of Canada's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing at Woodbine.
"The trainer (Jose Corrales) and Kieren are friends," said Julie Bell, Woodbine Entertainment Group's Stakes Manager. "Jose asked him to come ride this horse and he is interested."
Big Kick, a bay son of Tiznow, is a maiden from four starts.
Fallon has won many of the world's biggest races and ridden some of the highest profile horses in his three-decade career, including recently with Ouija Board, Islington, Dylan Thomas, Hurricane Run and Golan.
Fallon has competed at Woodbine several times with his best finishes coming in 1999 (second in the Pattison Canadian International with Fruits of Love) and in 2004 (also second in the Pattison Canadian International with Simonas).
BREEDERS' STAKES CALLING FOR 'SNOW' THIS SUNDAY?
Bred and owned by Sam-Son Farm, Aldous Snow, a three-year-old son of Theatrical, goes after his third turf win in fifth try over the surface, in Sunday's $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown, at Woodbine.
Trained by Malcolm Pierce, Aldous Snow boasts two wins and one third on the grass, contesting three races over Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course and one at Keeneland.
His lone off-the-board finish on the grass came in an unfortunate incident in last October's Cup & Saucer Stakes. Sent off as the 2-1 mutuel favourite, Aldous Snow was pulled up by Eurico Rosa da Silva after the jockey was kicked in the leg by another horse.
"Life got pretty crazy...we didn't know what had happened," said Pierce. "Obviously, we were concerned about all involved. Then, after we jumped in the truck to go see the horse, we found Eurico, who was in a lot of pain. He suffered a slight fracture, but the horse was okay."
Aldous Snow returned to finish fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Coronation Futurity Stakes on November 6, showing a strong turn of foot to finish fourth, 4 1/2 lengths behind the winner, Maritimer.
The colt launched his three-year-old campaign at the Fair Grounds on March 25, finishing eighth in a 1 1/16-mile main track race originally slated for the grass.
After a third-place effort in a 1 1/8-mile turf race at Keeneland on April 22, Aldous Snow (the name of the character actor Russell Brand played in the movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek) finished fourth at the same distance on the Toronto oval 'Poly' on May 27.
He comes into the 1 1/2-mile Breeders' off a smart 2 1/2-length win in a 1 1/16-mile grass race at the Toronto oval on June 24, Queen's Plate day, earning a career-best 82 Beyer for the effort.
Pierce's pre-race forecast calls for a confident contender to enter the gate on Sunday.
"We always knew his best surface would be the grass, so that's why the decision was made not to go to the Queen's Plate," offered Pierce. "These days, he has a ton of confidence. They seem to know when they win. Maybe it's the reaction they get from everyone afterwards...who knows? But I wouldn't trade places with anyone. The question mark is who will get the 1 1/2 miles."
In seven career starts, Aldous Snow has $104,518 in purse earnings.
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