Monday, August 11 2008
Win and Reign triumphs in Vandal
TORONTO, August 10 - Win and Reign recorded the first stakes victory of his young career in Sunday's $150,000 Vandal Stakes at Woodbine.
The two-year-old son of red-hot freshman Ontario sire Tomahawk desperately staved off a late rush from Clarendon runner-up El Brujo for the neck score. Silver Rocket, who led at the top of the stretch, finished third.
Win and Reign, who is owned by Garland Williamson's Hillsbrook Farms, traveled six furlongs in 1:10.88.
Sunday, August 10 2008
Sugar Bay’s sweet stretch run takes Duchess
TORONTO, August 9 - Sugar Bay closed determinedly in the stretch to capture Saturday's $150,000 Duchess Stakes at Woodbine.
For the Augustin Stable homebred, the seven-furlong event was her first career stakes victory and third victory lifetime from nine starts.
The chesnut three-year-old filly tagged Verdana Bold, who stalked the pace from fourth, in the shadow of the wire for the nose score. Gloriously finished third after prompting the pace.
Friday, August 08 2008
Dancer’s Bajan rallies for Shepperton score
TORONTO, August 6 - Dancer's Bajan captured his second stakes event of the season in Wednesday's $125,000 Shepperton Stakes at Woodbine.
The chestnut son of Trajectory rallied late and drew off in style to capture the 6 1/2-furlong event for Ontario-sired runners in 1:15.29.
Under jockey Corey Fraser, four-year-old Dancer's Bajan finished two lengths in front of Main Executive. No Dilettante was third.
Tuesday, August 05 2008
Seaside Retreat captures Nijinsky Stakes
TORONTO, August 4 - Seaside Retreat carved out a new course record in Monday's Grade 2, $300,000 Nijinksy Stakes at Woodbine.
The Mark Casse trainee zipped 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.68, shaving 0.08 seconds off the mark set by Mrs. Lindsay in last year's E.P. Taylor Stakes.
Seaside Retreat finished one length in front of a game American invader in Strike a Deal, who now has five graded stakes placings in the past two years. French Beret closed to be third.
Monday, August 04 2008
Marlang goes wire-to-wire in Breeders’ Stakes win
TORONTO, August 3 - Gus Schickedanz's Marlang led from gate to wire in Sunday's $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third and turf jewel of Canada's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing, at Woodbine.
The bay son of Langfuhr completed the 1 1/2-mile distance over a "firm" E. P. Taylor Turf Course in 2:28.58, besting Sligovitz by 2 3/4 lengths. Mutuel favourite Solitaire, third in the Queen's Plate, was third, a half-length back.
Sunday, August 03 2008
Akronism comes north, takes Royal North
TORONTO, August 2 * Robert Evans' Akronism won Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Royal North Stakes at Woodbine.
The Timothy Ritchey trainee sat just off a hotly contested pace early pace duel in the six-furlong turf event, then rallied stoutly down the E.P. Taylor Turf Course to win by 3 ¾ lengths. Becky Sharp was second, a neck ahead of mutuel favourite Marina Ballerina.
Saturday, August 02 2008
Breeders’ Stakes Notes for Friday, August 1, 2008
Marlang looks to shake off sub-par showing
Marlang, who looked impressive in taking the Charlie Barley Stakes in June, will try and get back to his winning ways in Sunday's Breeders' Stakes, at Woodbine.
A bay son of Langfuhr, it was splendor in the grass for the bay colt in his first try on the turf, a 2 3/4-length score in the one-mile Charlie Barley.
Thursday, July 31 2008
Breeders’ Stakes Notes for Wednesday, July 30
The 118th running of the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes, the third gem in Canada's Triple Crown for three-year-olds foaled in Canada, is set for Sunday, August 3, at Woodbine.
The race will be contested at 1 ½ miles (one mile and four furlongs) on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
Post time for the Breeders' is 5:08 p.m. The race will air live on The Score in a special presentation from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 30 2008
Breeders’ Stakes Facts
Breeders' Stakes Facts (From 1959, the inception of the Triple Crown)
*2008 edition set for Sunday, August 3 at Woodbine
Monday, July 28 2008
Artie Hot rides rail to Seagram victory
TORONTO, July 27 - Artie Hot bravely held off an all out challenge from True Metropolitan to capture Sunday's Grade 3, $151,200 Chinese Cultural Centre Seagram Cup Stakes at Woodbine.
The four-year-old son of Black Minnaloushe finished a half-length in front of two-time champion older male to give trainer Nick Gonzalez his sixth stakes win of the season at the Toronto oval.
Sunday, July 27 2008
Frostad’s latest turf ‘Kraze’ takes Wonder Where
TORONTO, July 26 - Northern Kraze rallied gamely in the final furlong to capture Saturday's $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes at Woodbine.
The 1 1/4-mile turf event is the third jewel of the Triple Tiara series for three-year-old fillies, foaled in Canada.
Northern Kraze wore down 15-1 shot Roses 'n' Wine in the final 40 yards to tally her first career added-money event by three-quarters of a length. Money My Honey, the 3-1 favorite, finished third, almost 11 lengths behind the runner-up.
Thursday, July 24 2008
Authenicat in the ‘Mood’ for stakes score
TORONTO, July 23 * Authenicat returned to the winner's circle in style, taking Wednesday evening's $125,000 Passing Mood Stakes at Woodbine.
The three-year-old daughter of D'wildcat won by 5 ½ lengths, her first win since taking last year's Victorian Queen Stakes by 5 ¾ lengths.
Originally slated for seven furlongs on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course, heavy rains in the Toronto area over the past few days saw the race contested at seven panels over Woodbine's Polytrack.