Woodbine YSS Doubles for McAleney, Jones, Richards

(from Woodbine report)
Jim McAleney and Jono Jones recorded riding doubles, Lorne Richards had the training double and Barbeau Ruckus was the only repeat winner, during the 2006 edition of Woodbine's Yearling Sales Stakes day on Monday.

Six $125,000 added-money events, spotlighting graduates of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's local yearling sale, are featured annually on Labor Day weekend in advance of the current year's Canadian-bred horse auction.

The 2006 sale will be held Sept. 5 for the Select Session and Sept. 9 for the preferred session at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion.

McAleney kicked his day off in style with a win in the afternoon's first stakes race, the Kenora (for sprinters), aboard Twisted Wit. He followed it up by capturing the Algoma aboard Financingavailable (Distaff).

Jones scored the Halton (turf) aboard the filly Sheer Enchantment and the Muskoka with maiden Only If Split (juvenile fillies). He had four winners overall on the card.

Richards trained both Financingavailable and Only If Split.

Barbeau Ruckus repeated his Elgin Stakes (for older colts and geldings) win from 2005, while Legal Move won the Simcoe (Juvenile).

Kenora Stakes
In what appeared to be the most competitive race top to bottom on Woodbine's 2006 Yearling Sales stakes card, Rolph Davis's Twisted Wit launched the day with a gutsy win in the Kenora Stakes.

McAleney guided the 5-year-old Distorted Humor  chestnut to the neck victory over Dave the Knave. Crease Infraction was another neck back in third.

Twisted Wit, who emerged from a heavy early speed duel to win, covered the six-furlongs of Polytrack in 1:10.43.

Robert Tiller saddled three of the seven in the Kenora, including the top two.

It was his first win of the year from four starts for Twisted Wit. The now eight-time winner has career purse earnings of $710,287 (C$).

He paid $16.90, $7 and $5.50 and combined with Dave the Knave ($3.30, $2.90) for a $56 exacta. The trifecta, with Crease Infraction, returned $504.20.

Simcoe Stakes
Woodford Stable's Legal Move deployed a decisive move on the far turn and galloped by pacesetter Mutakinmove to win the Simcoe Stakes.

With Patrick Husbands along, the two-year-old son of Bold Executive won by a margin of 5 ¼ lengths in a time for 6 ½ furlongs of 1:17.76. Backgammon was rolling late for third.

The victory was the first in four starts for Legal Move, who was bred by Gardiner Farms Ltd. and is trained by Mark Casse.

Legal Move returned $5.90, $5.20, and $2.90, combining with Mutakinmove ($6, $3.90) for an exacta of $40.70. Backgammon ($3.20) completed a trifecta of $110.60.

Algoma Stakes
Financingavailable took the early lead and withstood a mid-race challenge to emerge much the best in the Algoma Stakes for older fillies and mares.

The 5-year-old gray mare gave McAleney his second win of the stakes card. Lorne Richards trained the Kiridashi Ontario-bred to the 3 1/4-length tally for owner K.K. Sangara.

Financingavailable went the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:45.04.

Both Sweet Breanna and Silver Impulse made bids for the lead at the top of the stretch, but were no match for the wire-to-wire winner, finishing second and third, respectively.

She paid $3.80, $2.30, $2.10 and combined with Sweet Breanna ($2.90, $2.30) for an $8.20 exacta. Silver Impulse ($2.60) wrapped up the $25.80 trifecta.

Free and Even and Archie's Gal were scratched.

Halton Stakes
Kelynack Racing Stables' Sheer Enchantment closed strongly down the lane to win the Halton Stakes on the turf at Woodbine by a length.

The one-mile event was dominated by distaffers. Sheer Enchantment, a 5-year-old mare, passed 4-year-old filly Top Ten List in deep stretch for the three-quarter length score in a time of 1:37.88. Sextet finished third.

The Halton was the first stakes win for the daughter of Archers Bay, as well as her trainer, Paul Attard.

Jockey Jono Jones had the mare's patented late move timed to perfection.

Sheer Enchantment returned $8.90, $4.10, $3.20, combining with Top Ten List ($5.40 $4.30) for a $39.60 exacta. Sextet ($2.60) completed a $109 trifecta.

Elgin Stakes
The Elgin, for older colts and geldings, offered the only repeat winner of the afternoon as Barbeau Ruckus came from third to make it back-to-back victories in the race.

Todd Kabel gave the 7-year-old a patient stalking ride to get the 2 ¼-length tally over Headchopper for trainer George Newland and owner Thavamalar Thayalan. Moonshine Justice was third.

The Barbeau gelding stopped the clock in 1:45.14 for 1 1/16 miles.

It was 13th career win for Barbeau Ruckus, who now has a career earnings total of $1,142,709 (C$).

Barbeau Ruckus was a one-length winner of the Elgin in 2005 for trainer Ross Armata.

He paid $5.20, $4.10, and $3 as the second choice. Head Chopper was second and paid $5.20 and $3.90 and completed a $27.60 exacta. Moonshine Justice ($3.70) wrapped the $85 trifecta.

Ever So Free was fourth as the near 3-2 choice.

Muskoka Stakes
The team of owner K. K. Sangara and trainer Lorne Richards notched a second stakes tally of the day when new acquisition Only If Split captured the $125,000 Muskoka Stakes for 2-year-old fillies sold at the 2005 Canadian-bred Yearling Sale.

The chestnut daughter of One Way Love held off a deep-stretch challenge from Simply Stylish to win the 6 1/2-furlong race by one length in a time of 1:18.99. The 3-5 favorite Midnight Shadow finished third.

Only If Split, who was ridden by Jones, pressed Bold Isabella through a quarter in :22.44, took over on the far turn (half in :46.05), and widened her lead to 2 ½ lengths at the eighth pole.

Sangara purchased Only If Split from Takes to Make Stable and Partner, who are clients of trainer Mark Casse.

Sangara and Richards also won the Algoma Stakes with Financingavailable, a mare they purchased from Casse in 2004.

The Muskoka was also the second stakes score of the day for Jones, who won the Halton with Sheer Enchantment.

Only If Split returned $12.90, $6.90, and $4, and combined with Simply Stylish ($10.10, $5.60) for a $132 exacta. Midnight Shadow ($2.40) completed a $407.70 trifecta.

(Chart, Equibase)