Thursday, February 18, 2010

Upcoming Stakes Weekend To Feature Plenty of Woodbine Talent

Rahy's Attorney, winner of the G1 Woodbine Mile in 2008, takes on a tough field of turf veterans on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Jockey Rob Landry gets the call on the now six-year-old Crown Attorney gelding.

Rahy's Attorney represents Canada in the Canadian Turf S. on Saturday

Courageous Cat and Le Grand Cru will offer stiff competition in the Canadian Stakes. Racing fans will remember Courageous Cat nearly defeating Goldikova in the Breeders's Cup Turf Mile last November.

Courageous Cat nearly nips Goldikova

Landry has several mounts on the card including Chiefswood Stables Macallan for an MSW and will also ride Meadow Saffron in the Honey Stakes.

Jockey Rob Landry at windy Woodbine

STAKES Canadian Turf S. (Grade III)
Purse $150,000. For Four Year Olds And Upward. One Mile. (Turf) (Rail at 72 Feet)

P# PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Le Grand Cru (KY) 5 L J Lezcano 120 H A Jerkens 5/1
2 2 Mambo Meister (KY) 5 J R Velazquez 122 P A Gleaves 6/1
3 3 Pickapocket (FL) 6 E Trujillo 118 M D Wolfson 8/1
4 4 Jet Propulsion (FL) 7 J R Leparoux 122 M D Wolfson 4/1
5 5 Cherokee Artist (KY) 5 J Rose 120 H G Motion 8/1
6 6 Vanquisher (FL) 6 Garcia 118 G A Griffith 20/1
7 7 Courageous Cat (KY) 4 G K Gomez 124 W I Mott 5/2
8 8 Rahy's Attorney (ON) 6 R C Landry 124 I Black 6/1
9 9 Star Plus (ARG) 7 R Maragh 118 A J Penna, Jr. 10/1
Also Eligibles:
10 10 Dream Maestro (FL) (MTO) 5 M R Cruz 118 W A Kaplan 6/1

Saturday's Gulfstream Card has multiple features including the Hutcheson Stakes where three-year-olds D'Funnybone and Radiohead will sprint seven furlongs with the winner being considered for the Derby.

The headliner Fountain of Youth Stakes features established Derby contenders Aikenite, Buddy's Saint, Jackson Bend and Eskerendaya. (I put a small wager on Aikenite and Jackson Bend in the Derby Futures pool and will be following this event closely.)

It's a great card for serious handicappers. Best of luck to Ian Black and the Rahy's Attorney crew in the Canadian Turf Stakes.


Woodbine-based Josie Carroll sends out Good and Lucky in the Mineshaft Handicap at the Fair Grounds on Saturday.

Trainer Josie Carroll on a Woodbine Wednesday night

STAKES Mineshaft H. (Grade III)
Purse $100,000. For Four Year Olds And Upward. One And One Sixteenth Miles.
P# PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 General Quarters (KY) 4/C L R Albarado 121 T R McCarthy 2/1
2 2 Friesan Fire (KY) 4/C L S Bridgmohan 122 S M Asmussen 7/5
3 3 Country Flavor (KY) 4/G L D Cohen 114 G Geier 20/1
4 4 Stonehouse (IL) 6/H L M Mena 116 J E Broussard 12/1
5 5 Giant Oak (IL) 4/C L* J Graham 121 N L Pessin 3/1
6 6 Good and Lucky (FL) 7/G L S J Sellers 118 J Carroll 8/1

Mark Frostad trainee Written in Stone, an Ontario-bred owned by Sam-Son Farms, will contest the Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds this Saturday against the very good Chamberlain Bridge amongst others.

Hotep tries his luck in the Risen Star Stakes on Saturday

As well, Saturday brings the G2 Risen Star Stakes which will feature Kentucky Derby and Queen's Plate hopeful Hotep. Please see Wednesday's post for a full preview of the Risen Star Stakes.

Interested readers can find more info about entries of Woodbine-based trainers on the SnowBirds tab underneath the Triple Dead Heat logo at the top of the page. For more info on Rahy's Attorney and the Canadian Turf Stakes, check out the Woodbine News tab.

Queen's Plate contender Big Red Mike worked 3F in 36.90 on dirt at Palm Meadows on Feb 18/10. I have been busy updating the Queen's Plate contenders page with all the recent workouts and results and will update the standings on Monday.

D's Wando is one of several 2010 Queen's Plate contenders

Lentenor, brother to Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, finished second as the odds-on favourite in an allowance turf race at Gulfstream on Wednesday.

Lenenor pressed a slow pace throughout the 1M1/8 race and appeared to do enough to win only for Doubles Partner to squeeze through along the rail in the final strides to take the prize.

Lentenor holds on for place

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More updates to come in Friday's post. Till then...


Ernie said...

Keith, did you speak to Josie about Careless Jewel? Any clue what's on her agenda?

Valerie said...

Keith, I didn't know if you knew this, but 3yo colt Odysseus who posted an excellent 15-length (near track record) allowance win at Tampa Bay on Wednesday (and is on my top 10 Derby contenders list) has a connection to a horse I remember you liked last year: Keino West. Odysseus' 1/2 sister is Vanetta Hill, Keino West's dam. Frankly, that's one element that fascinated me about him early on.