Thursday, August 02 2012


Breeders’ Stakes Notes for Wednesday, August 1, 2012


CAN DUO GIVE KEOGH MORE WANDO-FUL BREEDERS' MEMORIES?

It was nine years ago this week that trainer Mike Keogh was getting a horse ready for a critical start in the Breeders' Stakes, third jewel in Canada's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, at Woodbine.

That horse's name was Wando. And it was Wandomania running wild in 2003.





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Wednesday, August 01 2012


Breeders` Stakes Notes for Tuesday, July 31, 2012


Horse/Trainer/Owner/Jockey

Aldous Snow/Malcolm Pierce/Sam-Son Farm/Eurico Rosa da Silva

Big Kick/Jose Corrales/Stronach Stables/Kieren Fallon





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Monday, July 30 2012


Queen’s Plate champion Strait of Dover out of Breeders’ Stakes


TORONTO, July 30 - Queen's Plate champion, Strait of Dover, who would have been the likely favourite for Sunday's Breeders' Stakes, third and turf jewel of Canada's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, has suffered a leg injury and is out for the season.

"He has a small tear in the suspensory (ligament)," said trainer Dan Vella, who trains the son of English Channel for Wally and Terry Leong’s British Columbia-based Canyon Farms. "We discovered it a couple of days ago. The long-term prognosis is very good, but he's out for the year."





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Saturday, July 28 2012


Chantal hoping for an ‘Awesome’ effort in Wonder Where


TORONTO, July 27 – Chantal Sutherland, who took the lid lifter at Del Mar a week ago, ships in to Woodbine on Sunday to ride Awesome Fire in the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes, third leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara Series.

Nine fillies, including stakes winners Dene Court, Blue Heart and Rose and Shine, along with Woodbine Oaks third-place finisher Awesome Fire, will contest the 1 1/4-mile event over the E.P Taylor Turf Course.





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Thursday, July 26 2012


Duchess Stakes Preview: Griffith so ‘Excited’…and he just can’t hide it


TORONTO, July 25 – Katie Get Excited, a three-year-old daughter of Stevie Wonderboy, trained by Ricky Griffith, goes after her first added-money win and third overall score in Saturday’s $150,000 Duchess Stakes, at Woodbine.

Sporting a record of two wins, two seconds and one third from six starts, Katie Get Excited heads into the seven-furlong event off a second-place finish as the 4-5 favourite in a 1 1/16-mile Polytrack race on July 7.





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Tuesday, July 24 2012


Jenna’s Wabbit to complete the hat Trix in Deputy Minister?


TORONTO, July 23 – Jenna's Wabbit will seek his third win on the hop in Wednesday's $125,000 Deputy Minister Stakes, at Woodbine.

The dark bay son of Old Forester-In the Buff, trained by Ralph Biamonte and ridden by Eurico Rosa da Silva, enters the seven-furlong 'Poly' tilt off driving scores in the turf Bold Ruckus and main track Achievement Stakes, both contested at six furlongs.





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Monday, July 23 2012


Riding the River storms to victory in Nijinsky


TORONTO, July 22- Riding the River, under a masterful ride by Todd Kabel, was steered through a traffic jam at the quarter-pole before powering home a neck winner in Sunday's Grade 2 $322,200 Nijinsky Stakes, at Woodbine.

The five-year-old bay gelding, blocked behind the trio of Kara's Orientation, Pender Harbour and Imagining in the stretch run, was neatly nipped to the rail en route to a second graded score on the trot.





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Monday, July 16 2012


Cryptic Message clear in Shady Well


TORONTO, July 15 - CEC Farms' Cryptic Message made every pole a winning one in Sunday's $150,800 Shady Well Stakes, at Woodbine.

The bay daughter of Cryptograph-Abby O, trained by Ralph Biamonte and ridden Emma-Jayne Wilson, remained unbeaten while notching her first added-money score in the five and a half furlong 'Poly' sprint.





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Thursday, July 05 2012


Gravelly Bay looks to rock her rivals in Ontario Damsel


TORONTO, July 4 – Gravelly Bay, an improving daughter of Strong Hope, seeks her first stakes win in her first-added money test, Saturday’s $150,000 Ontario Damsel, set for one mile on Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor Turf Course.

Owned by Jim Lawson and trained by Sid Attard, Gravelly Bay, which was the original name of the settlement now known as Port Colborne, Ontario, heads into the Ontario Damsel off a strong third-place finish in a June 8 allowance race on the Toronto oval turf, just one length back of winner Part the Seas.





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Wednesday, June 20 2012


Queen’s Plate Notes for Wednesday, June 20, 2012


PIZARRO TO RIDE WILCOX

Trainer Josie Carroll, the only female trainer to win the Queen's Plate, will be gunning for a third victory in the 'Gallop for the Guineas' when she saddles Melnyk Racing Stables' lightly-raced Wilcox on Sunday.

She announced on Wednesday morning that her bay colt will be ridden by Tyler Pizarro.





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Monday, June 18 2012


Pender Harbour surpasses $1-million mark with Steady Growth score


TORONTO, June 17 - Pender Harbour, who captured the Prince of Wales and Breeders' Stakes last year en route to being named Canada's champion three-year-old male, was an impressive winner of Sunday's $125,000 Steady Growth Stakes, at Woodbine.

With the $75,000 first-place pot, Pender Harbour pushed his career earnings over the $1-million mark.





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Queen’s Plate Notes for Sunday, June 17, 2012


Trainer Roger Attfield, with eight Queen's Plate wins, is tied with Harry Giddings Jr. for most visits to the winner’s circle in the 'Gallop for the Guineas' and the conditioner is hopeful that Colleen's Sailor can break the deadlock.

"It would mean a whole lot," said Attfield, of the opportunity to hold the record outright. "I hold the record for (winning) the most Prince of Wales and the Breeders' and I've equaled the one for the Queen's Plate. I've won three Triple Crowns', which is a record also, so this would put the icing on the cake and make me champion of all of it."





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