Saturday, September 4, 2010

Woodbine's September Turf Tilts - And the nominees are...

The long weekend is upon us but the news keeps on coming as nominations for five of Woodbine's stellar September turf events were made public. The big news is that both Gio Ponti and The Usual Q.T are on the list for the Woodbine Mile.

2009 Woodbine Mile winner Ventura

You can read the full announcement, on the Woodbine website:

A total of 30 horses were nominated to the Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile, which takes place over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course on September 19.

Among the top American-based runners on the list are multiple Grade 1 winner Gio Ponti and turf phenom The Usual Q. T. Possibly defending home turf in the one mile event are Play the King hero Smokey Fire, Charles Fipke homebred Society's Chairman and Sam-Son Farm charge Grand Adventure.

The nomination box closed on September 1, 2010. An owner may supplement a horse to the Woodbine Mile at a cost of $20,000 at the time of final entry.

Grand Adventure will try and clean up in the 2010 Woodbine Mile


Alexandros (GB)
Audacity of Hope (GB)
Boots Ahead
Courageous Cat
Court Vision
Emerald Commander (IRE)
Famous Name (GB)
Fifty Proof
Gio Ponti
Grand Adventure
Invisible Man (GB)
Jimmy Sims
Jungle Wave
Poet’s Voice (GB)
Proviso (GB)
Rahy’s Attorney
Riviera Cocktail
Secrecy (GB)
Signature Red
Skysurfers (GB)
Smokey Fire
Society’s Chairman
Straight Story
The Usual Q.T.
Victor’s Cry
Violon Sacre

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Also posted on the Woodbine Stakes Nominations page are the lists for the G2 Canadian Stakes, the G1 Northern Dancer Turf, the G3 Natalma Stakes and the G3 Summer Stakes.

Key nominees in these events are:

September 19, 2010 G2 Canadian Stakes - ONE MILE AND ONE EIGHTH(TURF) TO BE RUN SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010
Ave, Mekong Melody and Miss Keller - Roger Attfield's travelling turf trio
Forever Together - Multiple G1 winner is entered in the Glens Falls at Saratoga on Monday September 6th.
Gypsy's Warning - 3rd in the Beverly D.
Latin Love (IRE) - Recent stake winner at the Curragh for trainer David Wachman
Points of Grace
Queen Martha
Unbridled Essence - G3 Matchmaker winner

Will Ave wake up in the Canadian Stakes?

Northern Dancer Turf - Presented by Vtech (Grade I) ONE MILE AND ONE HALF(TURF) TO BE RUN SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

Al Khali - 3rd in the Sword Dancer for Bill Mott
Bourbon Bay - has won three G2 turf events on the trot at Santa Anita for Neil Drysdale
Campanologist - Runaway Group 1 stake winner in Germany for Godolphin
Cavalryman, Holberg, Kitewood and Cutlass Bay - four more Godolphin nominees with Group victories in europe
Grand Couturier - winner of nearly $1;5M lifetime
Just as Well
Marsh Side - the returning champ
Musketier, Simmard, Spice Route - another trio of Attfield turfers
Telling - the G1 Sword Dancer winner
Treat Gently
Windward Islands

Marsh Side loves the E.P Taylor Turf Course


A Brilliant Idea - Stake winner at Monmouth
After Later - Big Biancone winner by Orientate
Cambina - Irish turf winner trained by Tommy Stack
Charismatically - Improving Ian Black turfer
Chinook Wind - Raced twice in Ireland now trained by Roger Attfield for Harlequin Ranches
Excited - Saratoga turf winner for Pletcher
Ghost Mistress - Vella trainee ran away and hid by seven last out
Kitten Love - purred to two victories at Arlington Park
Master Shade (ITY) - Shipper from Italy for trainer Peter Schiergen
More Than Real = Bobby Flay owned Saratoga turf winner
Roxy Gap - Three starts, three wins for Casse trained Melnyk prodigy
So Belle - Ben D.A Cecil graduated last out at Leicester
Street Chimes - Street Cry filly won only start on slop at Saratoga for Pletcher

2009 Natalma victor Bay to Bay

Summer Stakes Presented by TVG (Grade III) ONE MILE (TURF) TO BE RUN SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010

Forum - two turf starts at Saratoga, won one and lost the other by a nose for George Weaver
Machisa - Won the Fasig-Tipton Dash at Calder
Pluck - Finished second in a Monmouth Stake last out; was disqualified and placed fourth
Powhatan Country - Moved up from 4th to 3rd in same Monmouth stake as Pluck
Ronin Dax - Maiden breaker first out at Del Mar
Running Tap = A third Weaver trainee and one who broke maiden in good time at Saratoga
Sensational Slam - Vandal winner
Silverleo - two turf starts resulted in wins for Greg de Gannes trainee
Stormy Rush - another solid Attfield starter
Typhoon Slew - Maker charge broke maiden by ten...but who did he beat?
Wide Reciever - Presque Isle shipper could not be caught in first start.

Stormy Rush will be in a hurry to win the Summer Stakes

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One of my favourite Woobine runners, Bogue Chitto goes to post on Monday in the Turf Monster Handicap at Parx - formerly Philly Park:

Race 10 - 5F (Turf) - Turf Monster Handicap
PP Horse Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Wild Geese (FL) 9/G L F Pennington 114 J C Guerrero 10/1
2 Towzee (NZ) 8/G L J Bisono 115 R Allen 20/1
3 Yield Bogey (KY) 6/G L J Samyn 117 P J Kelly 12/1
4 Chamberlain Bridge (KY) 6/G L J Theriot 123 W B Calhoun 3/1
5 Stradivinsky (FL) 7/G L C C Lopez 119 R E Dutrow, Jr. 9/2
6 A Unique Treasure (FL) 5/G L E Coa 117 J Cibelli 6/1
7 True to Tradition (KY) 8/G L K Carmouche 116 S A Lake 12/1
8 Hold the Salt (KY) 8/G L R Alvarado, Jr. 116 J A Dodgen 20/1
9 Bogue Chitto (FL) 6/G L G K Gomez 116 P Shavelson 15/1
10 Elusive Gift (VA) 5/G L H Karamanos 116 A W Dutrow 5/1
11 General Perfect (NJ) 7/G L S Elliott 118 F Costa 10/1
12 My Summer Slew (CA) 5/G L* A Quinonez 117 C Dollase 12/1

You can read more about Bogue Chitto in a profile I penned last year entitled, The Remarkable Climb of Bogue Chitto

Multi-surface monster Bogue Chitto!

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There are a few familiar faces on the nominees list for the $250K Presque Isle Mile raced at ONE MILE (ALL WEATHER) TO BE RUN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2010. To see the full list of nominees click here:

EYE OF THE LEOPARD b.c.4 Sam-Son Farms Neil J. Howard
FORGETTHESTORM dk b/.g.3 Donver Stable Josie Carroll
GOLDEN MOKA ch.c.3 Good Friends Stable Brian A. Lynch
STUNNING STAG dk b/.g.6 Janice Attard Sid C. Attard

2009 Queen's Plate winner Eye of the Leopard

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