Saturday, November 15 2008


Sovereign Award Media finalists announced


TORONTO, November 14 - The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce finalists in the 2008 Sovereign Award Media categories. Winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremonies at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Toronto on Friday 14 December 2008.

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P.Taylor to serve as an international representative of Canada's Thoroughbred sport and to promote improvements to Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding both in Canada and internationally. To that end the Jockey Club of Canada organizes and hosts the annual Sovereign Awards to honour outstanding achievements in all areas of Thoroughbred sport - from media coverage to Horse of the Year.





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Wednesday, November 12 2008


‘Glorious’ road trip for Holiday Girl


TORONTO, November 12 - Puglisi Racing's Holiday Girl will travel to Woodbine for the $150,000 Glorious Song Stakes on Saturday.

The daughter of Harlan's Holiday ships into Toronto on Thursday to compete in the seven-furlong event, which has attracted a field of 10 two-year-old fillies

The Steve Klesaris trainee has only raced once, but demonstrated a great deal of potential when defeating her Delaware Park opposition by seven lengths on August 26.





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Monday, November 10 2008


Marchfield takes Autumn despite traffic trouble


TORONTO, November 9 - Melnyk Racing Stables homebred Marchfied weaved his way to victory in an exciting renewal of the $165,250 Autumn Stakes, Sunday at Woodbine.

The Grade 2 event was the first graded stakes victory of the bay colt's career. The Mark Casse trainee's last added-money triumph came in last season's Breeders' Stakes.

The four-year-old colt finished a half-length in front of Stunning Stag, who had circled to the lead approaching the eighth-pole. Ice Bear, who led for most of the race, was a game third in the 1 1/16-mile event.





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Sunday, November 09 2008


Shut It Down turns it on in Frost King Stakes


TORONTO, November 8 * Shut It Down blew by his rivals with ease to capture Saturday's $125,000 Frost King Stakes at Woodbine.

The seven-furlong event for Ontario-sired two-year-olds was the first added-money tally for the Porto Foricos gelding, who is trained by Lorne Richards and owned by K.K. Sangara.

After bobbling just after the start, Shut It Down regrouped and rallied to take the lead a furlong out, going on to a 5 ½ length score. Wildcat Fashion, who lost by a head in the Bull Page Stakes, rallied for second. Vandal Stakes winner Win and Reign was third.





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Friday, November 07 2008


Mega Rush from off the pace suitable for the Frost King


TORONTO, November 6 * T V Stables charge Mega Rush looks to spring an upset in Saturday's $125,000 Frost King at Woodbine.

The two-year-old son of Megas Vukefalos enters the seven-furlong Ontario-sired event as the freshest of the eight juveniles. The Mike DePaulo trainee hasn't raced since he broke his maiden in a maiden dash on September 26.

"We thought we would wait and give him a shot in this race and give him a good chance to run big," said the Toronto native. "We've learned that we don't want to rush him back. He seems to run better when his races were spaced out."





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Sunday, November 02 2008


A good time for Porte Bonheur in Ontario Fashion


TORONTO, November 2 - New York invader Porte Bonheur rallied on the inside to capture Sunday's $163,500 Ontario Fashion Stakes at Woodbine.

The six-furlong event was the daughter of Hennessy's first try over a synthetic surface. She adjusted to the Toronto oval's Polytrack with style, defeating onrushing Ontario-bred Lucas Street by 1 1/2 lengths.

The Chicago-based mare Miss Macy Sue, who set the pace, was third.





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Saturday, November 01 2008


Retraceable hears no footsteps in taking Princess Elizabeth


TORONTO, November 1 * Retraceable, a bay daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, easily took Saturday's $250,000 Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

Confidently ridden by Patrick Husbands, Retraceable watched from mid-pack as first-time starter Sanguine and favourite High Mist, who came into the 1 1/16 mile feature undefeated in three starts, took the seven-horse field through opening splits of :23.35 and :47.14.

Longshot Milwaukee Appeal surged to the front on the far turn, but Retraceable, eight-wide, was waiting to pounce. Down the lane, Retraceable widened her advantage and went on to a 3 ¼ length victory, timed in 1:44.76 on the Polytrack. Milwaukee Appeal held for second, while Flashy Got Even was third.





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Friday, October 31 2008


Is Northern Netti Woodbine’s next top model?


TORONTO, October 31 - Northern Netti could become a diva of Ontario Fashion on Sunday at Woodbine.

So far in her career, the three-year-old is a model of perfection, entering the $150,000 sprint for fillies and mares with a perfect 3-for-3 dance card.

Far from a one-trick pony, the daughter of City Zip is a two-city, duel-surface talent.





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Monday, October 27 2008


Utterly Cool wins Cup & Saucer with chilling ease


TORONTO, October 26 - Utterly Cool turned the $252,800 Cup and Saucer Stakes into a one-horse show, Sunday at Woodbine.

The two-year-old was the first of two Sid Attard-trained Ontario-breds to record added-money victories on the card, which also featured the Labeeb Stakes.

A gelded son of Smoke Glacken, Utterly Cool won the 72nd edition of the Cup & Saucer by 10 1/4 lengths, traveling 1 1/16 miles in a spiffy 1:44.62 over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course's yielding terrain.





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Friday, October 24 2008


Which 2008 Breeders’ Cup horses have competed at Woodbine?


ARCADIA, CA, October 24 - While several 25th Breeders' Cup World Championships horses have some Canadian content, many of them haven't been near north of the 49th parallel.

Other Championship contenders, while having little Canadian content, have stepped hoof in the country, competing at Woodbine in preparation for Friday's and Saturday's races.

The following is a list of Breeders' Cup horses that have competed at Woodbine in their careers:





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FEATURE:  C Karma.  Could it be for the filly?


Occasional horse racing fans are always looking for the horse to root for on the big day. They'll watch the Queen's Plate, the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders' Cup and want to back a horse they can connect with.

This year, in the 25th edition of the Bredeers' Cup World Championships, set for this Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, the romantic horse is one with a decidedly Canadian angle.

Trained by Woodbine-based horseman Greg DeGannes, C Karma, rated 8-1 in the morning line for Friday's Juvenile Fillies Turf event, simply shouldn't be here.





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