Sam-Son Farm's homebred Southern Ring, back home at Woodbine after a winter at Tampa Bay Downs, dug in to win the $125,000 Whimsical Stakes (G3) April 23 and spoiled the seasonal debut of 2016 Canadian Horse of the Year Caren.
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Robert Marzilli's Caren, recently honored as Canada's Horse of the Year, will make her return to the races in the $125,000 Whimsical Stakes (G3) at Woodbine April 23.
Speedway Stables' Leigh Court led the way and won the $150,000 Whimsical Stakes (Can-III) by two lengths April 10 at Woodbine.
Her first effort this year was a winning one, making her appear to be the one to beat. Her five rivals mostly have also had winning form at Woodbine in stakes events but she is the most accomplished of the field.
- By Ian Tapp
Ian Tapp reviews session 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Hear from Gary Bush of Denali Stud, Goncalo Torrealba of Three Chimneys, and Hugo Merry of Nawara Stud. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency watch video
Keeneland's 12-day November breeding stock auction's opening session, topped by DATTT Farm's $2.2 million purchase of Hard Not to Like, saw across-the-board increases Nov. 2 but also a higher buyback rate.
Spring in the Air, a Canadian champion in foal to War Front, was acquired by Nawara Stud, for $1.65 million as the bidding picked up late in the first session of Keeneland's November breeding stock sale.
A selection of notable yearlings to watch at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select sale's Aug. 11 session, which closes out two days of selling.
Despite not having started since Nov. 8, Christine Hayden's Unspurned finished full of run to take the $146,287 Whimsical Stakes from Woodbine Race Course on April 18.
An evenly-matched group of eight fillies and mares will go to post in the $150,000 Whimsical Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine April 18.
Trainer Tevis McCauley will have to answer to multiple charges, including allegations of "milkshaking" and medication rule violations, following an investigation by Kentucky Horse Racing Commission staff.
Spring in the Air, a grade I winner at 2 and a consistent player in graded stakes events in her two subsequent seasons of racing, will bid for millionaire status against nine rivals in Churchill Downs' Chilukki Stakes.
Six furlongs looks to be right in the wheelhouse of Silent Treat as the two-time stakes winners looks to add the Ontario Fashion Stakes to her portfolio in a 10-horse field.
A deep field of a dozen distaffers will sprint 6 1/2 furlongs for a $400,000 pot in the Sept. 8 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes (gr. II).
Melnyk Racing Stable's Canadian champion filly Leigh Court led at every point of call as the 13-10 favorite and coasted to a comfortable win the $142,172 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 24 at Woodbine.
A well-balanced field of 10 fillies and mares, including 2013 winner Youcan'tcatchme, are set to contest the $150,000 Seaway Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 24 at Woodbine.
Lael Stables' Ageless showed her sprinting prowess on turf for the third straight time this season when taking the $142,111 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) in a course-record equaling time on the turf July 27 at Woodbine.
With half the field likely to be gunning for the lead, the set-up seems ideal for the confirmed closing mare Ageless in the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) on the Woodbine turf July 27.
A competitve field of nine fillies will face off in the two-turn Ontario Matron over Woodbine's Polytrack July 26, including a pack of stakes winners at Arlington and over the home track outside Toronto.
Grade I winner Spring in the Air returned her winning ways with an off-the-pace charge in the $162,891 Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) May 24 at Woodbine, handing trainer Mark Casse his third consecutive win in the Polytrack event.
Fresh off her first stakes tally in the Whimsical (Can-III) at Woodbine in April, former claimer Purely Hot returns to the Polytrack in the $150,000 Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) May 24.
Photos from the Derby Trial Stakes, QEII Cup, Chantal Sutherland winning aboard Purely Hot, and more! view slideshow
Purely Hot, a former claimer who once dared to look champion Groupie Doll in the eye, earned her first graded stakes victory and continued success for her new connections April 26 at Woodbine.
The last time John Oxley's Spring in the Air dropped back to a sprint after a series of two-turn races, she won the seven-furlong Fury Stakes at Woodbine. She'll make her 2014 debut in the six-furlong Whimsical April 26.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Goldstryke Glory||Kelly L. Callaghan||
|Mekong Delta||Michael Mattine||
|Purely Hot||Tevis Q. McCauley||
|Sounds of the City||Alan E. Goldberg||
|Spring in the Air||Mark E. Casse||
|Youcan'tcatchme||Sam Di Pasquale||
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