Odds-on favorite London Tower ran away with the $131,385 Ontario Lassie Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 6 1/2 lengths Nov. 30 at Woodbine with Emma-Jayne Wilson aboard.
Prominent U.S. and Canadian owner-breeder Eugene Melnyk announced June 11 his retirement from the sport of horse racing, with his racing and breeding stock to be dispersed July 14 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky.
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society-Ontario Division has cataloged 97 offerings for its inaugural online winter mixed sale that began Nov. 25 and continues to Dec. 9.
Marchfield, 9-year old son of A.P. Indy, will stand in South Africa. He is to leave Park Stud in Ontario, where he has been since his retirement in 2011, for Moutonshoek Stud joining stallion Mambo in Seattle.
The first reported foal by Canadian champion Marchfield was born at Windhaven Farm in Caledon, Ontario. The chestnut filly out of Casey's Irish Pride was born Jan. 25.
Eugene Melnyk's homebred Marchfield, a two-time Canadian champion, will stand the 2011 breeding season at Michael Byrne's Park Stud near Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.
Pool Play and Palladio, the last two winners of the $150,000 Durham Cup (Can-III), are both back for another try in the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack race Oct. 3 at Woodbine.
Seven evenly-matched starters, including Marsh Side, Spice Route, and Windward Islands are set to contest the $250,000 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) Aug. 22 at Woodbine.
Augustin Stable's Ice Bear, winner of the 2009 Eclipse Stakes (Can-III), is back to defend his title against nine older horses in the $150,000 event June 5 at Woodbine.
Just as Well, the lone grade I winner in a field of eight older horses going 1 1/8 miles on the Keeneland Polytrack, has been assigned top weight of 123 pounds for the $150,000 Ben Ali (gr. III) April 18.
Bold Chieftain made a late charge from mid-pack to win the Sunshine Millions Classic. Palladio finished a close second.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Champs Elysees is the first U.S.-based runner to win the Sovereign Award's Horse of the Year title since 1995.
The Usual Q. T., on a six-race winning streak on grass, will stay home for the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic, even though it means switching to Santa Anita's Pro-Ride main track Jan. 30.
Overlooked Palladio swept past Awesome Rhythm approaching the eighth pole en route to a two-length victory at odds of 9-1 in the $147,965 Autumn Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine Nov. 14.
Making his first stakes appearance against older horses, Queen's Plate victor Eye of the Leopard has no easy task, facing several multiple added-money winners in the $150,000 Autumn (Can-II) at Woodbine Nov. 14.
Pool Play, making his stakes debut for trainer Mark Casse, charged late to overtake favored Ice Bear, winning the $156,914 Durham Cup (Can-III) over Woodbine's Polytrack by one length Oct. 4.
Gran Estreno, claimed for $20,000 on two different occasions this year, was installed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the $150,000 Durham Cup (Can-III) Oct. 4 at Woodbine.
Marchfield fractured a hind pastern Sept. 29 and required surgery.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Champs Elysees is back to defend his title in the $750,000 Northern Dancer Turf Presented by Vtech (Can-IT), but will have to take down a deep field of turf routers Sept. 20 at Woodbine, including Melynk Racing Stables' Marchfield, who defeated the 6-year-old horse last month over the same course.
California invader Unusual Suspect heads the field for the $200,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. III), which returns to the Arlington Park stakes schedule Sept. 5 after a one-year hiatus.
Hard-charging Marchfield outfought a game Champs Elysees in a gritty stretch duel to register a half-length win in the $256,100 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) on the Woodbine lawn Aug. 23.
Ellie-Boge Farm's homebred Rahy's Attorney, a grade II winner in Canada twice this season, will shoot for his third straight victory in the $250,000 Sky Classic (Can-IIT) Aug. 23 at Woodbine.
Favored Rahy's Attorney found Woodbine's soft turf course to his liking in the $313,927 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) July 26, holding off his rivals after opening a five-length lead in the lane for his first victory at the 1 1/4-mile distance.
Rahy's Attorney, who got back on track last out with a win in the King Edward Handicap (Can-IIT), will seek his fourth graded stakes score at Woodbine when he faces a tough field in the $300,000 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) July 26 on the turf in Toronto.
Marchfield, named Canada's outstanding older horse last year, found the winner's circle for the first time in 2009 when he rallied from last on the final turn to capture the $190,767 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine July 1.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Artie Hot||Nicholas Gonzalez||
|Can't Beat It||Malcolm Pierce||
|Ghost Hour||Brian A. Lynch||
|Head Chopper||Steve Owens||
|Marchfield||Mark E. Casse||
|Monsoon Rain||Tanya Lindsay||
|Palladio||Roger L. Attfield||
|Royal Challenger||Sylvester Ollivierre||
|Torquay||Nickolas De Toro||
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