87 – BELICHICK (turf)

87 – MERVEILLEUX (turf)

87 – STORMFUHR (turf)

87 – HELL N WILD (turf)

83 – DESOLATOR (turf)

83 – JEANIE B (turf)



AMALFI COAST (Tapizar – Include Katherine, by Include), three times nominated for Sovereign Awards in 2019 but slow to get into top form in 2020, woke up with an explosive effort in Friday’s $100,000 Sweet Briar Too Stakes at Woodbine.

Overlooked at odds of 10-1 after a disappointing eighth-place finish last time out in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes, Amalfi Coast zoomed up the rail in the stretch of the 6 1/2 furlong Tapeta stakes race to win by 4 1/2 lengths and returned $22.20 to her backers for a $2 win ticket and paid $8.80 to place and $4.20 to show.

The 4-year-old filly is owned and was bred by Dom and Frank Romeo’s Terra Racing and was ridden by leading rider Justin Stein.

“Her last race was a little disappointing, but if you look back to her form sprinting on the synthetic, she’s been pretty consistent and ran against the best fillies around,” said trainer Kevin Attard. “Rightfully so, she kind of deserved to be 10-1 today, but she showed that she’s a serious contender.”

Second-place went to Souper Escape, with Emma-Jayne Wilson, who finished a half-length in front of 8-5 favourite Painting and Patrick Husbands, while Victory Kingdom, Magic Spell, O’Keeffe and Summer Sunday completed the order of finish. Fair Maiden and Nantucket Red were scratched.

The victory was the first in five seasonal starts for Amalfi Coast, whose previous best effort this year was a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes on August 16 behind Painting and the winner, Souper Escape.


TONY GATTELLARO AND BRIAN O’LEARY WIN THREE – It is always great to see horsepeople with smaller-sized barns collect wins and for Brian O’Leary’s Polo Management and Tony Gattellaro it was a huge week. The pair won three races, including two on Sunday.

PIQUET got the ball rolling on Oct. 22 when she won an off-the-turf 7 furlong race for $9,500 claiming. The New York-bred mare is owned by both O’Leary and Gattellaro.

On Sunday, VICTOR’S DYNASTY, by Victor’s Cry and co-bred by O’Leary, won a 6 1/2 furlong turf race for $25,000 claiming with a strong rally under Sunny Singh.

The big one came in race 7, a $102,000 allowance race, as DESOLATOR (Court Vision – Flashy Episode) came from miles behind to win a 7 1/2 furlong inner turf race as the longest shot on the board, 21 to 1. Co-bred by O’Leary with Jamie Begg, Desolator collected some $60,000 for the win, his 4th in 22 races.

Sunny Singh rode that guy, too.

Gattellaro, in his 6th full season of training, has 10 wins this year and is just 1 away from matching his previous career best total earned in 2019.

DESOLATOR earlier this year – photo courtesy Mr Will Wong











TURF ENDURANCE SERIES WRAPS UP –  THEREGOESJOJO (English Channel – Operetta by Ascot Knight) , trained by Mike De Paulo and owned by Samotowka Stables, earned this year’s Turf Endurance title and $25,000 in bonuses for his connections after putting forth a pair of commanding performances in the Woodbine series. He was bred by Liam Gannon and was a $75,000 Keeneland September sale yearling.

Theregoesjojo earned 27 points to top the standings through the first three legs of the series. The five-year-old English Channel gelding, who was second to Artistico in the 1-3/8-mile opening leg at the beginning of August, won the 1-1/2-mile second round on August 29 and the 1-5/8-mile marathon on October 8 by a combined 6-1/2 lengths in rein to Kazushi Kimura.

A total of $40,000 in bonuses were awarded to the top three finishers, with the winning connections receiving $25,000.

Artistico, trained by Sylvain Pion for 4U Thoroughbred Racing Stable, was second in the point standings with 16 and Peace of Ekati accumulated 12 points to place third for trainer Ashlee Brnjas and Colebrook Farms.

The fourth leg of the series, which was scheduled for this weekend, was cancelled due to lack of entries, therefore concluding the series for 2020.

COMMON KNOWLEDGE WINS $50,000 CTHS SALES STAKES FOR DANARD – FIRST WINNER/STAKES WINNER FOR STALLION MANK – Don Danard’s Common Knowledge was an impressive winner of Sunday’s CTHS Sales Stakes, colt and gelding division, at Century Mile at 7 furlongs. The 2-year-old won by 5 1/2 lengths in 1:23.78 for his second win in 5 races. He is trained by Karline Kingston.

Common Knowledge is the first winner and stakes winner from just a few starters for the stallion MANK, a son of Pulpit – Stirring by Seeking the Gold. Mank’s second dam is DAIIJIN, the stakes winner and stakes-producing daughter of Passing Mood, dam of With Approval.

Mank stands at Diamond S Performance Horses.



1 Gary Barber –98– 15 –26– 11– $1,052,681
2 Stronach Stables– 78– 10– 14 –9 –$856,416
3 Live Oak Plantation– 38– 13– 8 –2– $799,983
4 Sam-Son Farm –53– 7– 7– 7– $726,852
5 Ivan Dalos– 52– 8— 7– 7—- $542,305


1 Justin Stein                         548 –110- 75– 71– $4,654,926– 20%
2 Rafael Hernandez           538– 104– 88– 65 –$4,568,243 –19%
3 Kazushi Kimura                506– 73– 92– 68 –$3,443,476– 14%
4 Luis Contreras                  493– 67 -63– 65 –$3,181,830– 14%
5 Emma-Jayne Wilson        497- 72 –52 –63– $3,092,916 –14%



1 Mark E. Casse           413 — 82 76 45 $4,714,435 20% 203 — —
2 Norman McKnight  184 — 38 27 21 $764,353 21% 86 — —
3 Robert P. Tiller         172 — 33 22 20 $1,578,372 19% 75 — —
4 Kevin Attard             204 — 32 36 23 $2,215,269 16% 91 — —
5 Josie Carrol             l 126 — 27 15 18 $2,413,561 21%