SIBLINGS TO CANADIAN MILLIONS STAKES WINNERS FROM WEDNESDAY in Thursday’s Yearling Sale!
RACE 2 HALTON
#4 Cooler Mike Hip 85 1/2 bro by Big Screen
RACE 3 KENORA
#3 Pink Lloyd Hip 103 full bro
RACE 5 SIMCOE
#6 Rockcrest Hip 205 1/2 bro by Souper Speedy
Cooler Mike puts Halton stakes on ice
Trainer Nick Nosowenko and the homebred gelding he owns with father Mike, won their first stakes race Wed. night to begin the Canadian Million Yearling Sales Stakes night at Woodbine. The $58,000 buy-back from the CTHS Ontario yearling sale three years ago led all the way through 1 1/2 miles of turf and became the newest stakes winner for his sire Giant Gizmo.
Cooler Mike was cross-entered in the Elgin Stakes, but his connections ultimately opted for the E.P. Taylor Turf test tonight and that decision proved to be a winning one.
“We changed our mind about 50 times in the last week,” said Nosowenko. “It really came down to if we got rain last night. It’s been so hard and I wasn’t going to run him if it was very hard like it’s been all week so I think we got lucky and he ran a huge race. He loved it out there.”
Sent postward as the 2-1 second choice, Cooler Mike paid $6.70 to his backers while winning for the fourth time in 16 career starts. Full Extreme and Prideofdistinction came on to finish second and third, respectively. Defending champion English Illusion, the 8-5 favourite, finished fifth in his season’s debut behind Eskiminzin.
There is a Spring Farm-bred half brother to Cooler Mike in today’s sale, by Big Screen.
Pink Lloyd wins third straight Kenora
As expected, Pink Lloyd went for a romp in the 6 furlong Kenora for $100,000. The Horse of the Year from 2017 and 2-time champion sprinter took this race for the third year in a row, beating one his regular victims, stablemate Circle of Friends. Entourage Stable bought Pinkie for $30,000 six years ago and the Old Forester – Gladiator Queen, by Great Gladiator chestnut is 5 for 5 this year and has 21 wins in his remarkable 26 race race career.
“That is his 18th stakes win, his 21st win of his career, he’s better than ever,” said Hall of Famer trainer Tiller, describing the seven-year-old son of Old Forester out of Gladiator Queen as the greatest horse he’s ever trained. “He’s won multiple stakes multiple times. If this is not the greatest sprinter there ever was in Canada and if this is not the next Horse of the Year twice in the last three years… I believe he will be. Watch out.”
His earnings are now over $1,246,000. John Carey bred Pink Lloyd and Eurico Rosa da Silva rode as usual.
A grey full brother to the champ is in today’s sale for John Carey.
Red Cabernet takes the $100,000 Algoma Stakes
The 5-year-old mare by Signature Red – Gold Leaf Rose by Deputy Commander was bred and sold by Paul Buttigieg and was one of the first purchases by Jim Menzies and his Piano Bar Stable syndicate.
Ian Black trains.
This gritty chestnut mare has been a steady performer for her entire career and just two weeks ago won the Eternal Search Stakes on the inner turf.
Her record is now 24 – 7 – 2- 2 with earnings of over $327,000.
Rockcrest gives trainer Nigel Burke first stakes win in Simcoe
$17,000 yearling purchase ROCKCREST, by Old Forester – Saint Judy by Mineshaft remained unbeaten in two starts with his win in the Simcoe Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs for 2-year-old colts and gelding.
The race, as well as the Muskoka, was worth a whopping $175,000, with $105,000 going to the winner.
Paul Mouttet bought this grey colt (who has a half sibling by Souper Speedy in the sale on Thursday) from breeder/consignor Northern Dawn Stables of Sherry McLean.
The buzz had started about the 2-year-old filly Blessed Truly a few months ago, even before her half brother One Bad Boy won the Queen’s Plate. The $90,000 yearling purchase had shown pizzazz in the mornings for trainer Kevin Attard and owner Derek Chin.
And while her career got off to a near-disastrous beginning when, well bet by the fans, she nearly crashed into the inner railing when in traffic trouble, she was long gone in the Muskoka Stakes on Yearling Sales Stakes night at Woodbine.
Speeding nearly two seconds faster for 6 1/2 furlongs than the colts did in the Simcoe Stakes, Blessed Truly became the newest stakes winner for hotshot sire Souper Speedy.
Bred by Ron Clarkson., Blessed Truly was the third stakes winner in the last 2 editions of this stakes night for owner Chin.
“It looks like somehow I am blessed on this particular night and I want it to continue so that means I’ll have to buy another horse tomorrow,” said Chin, who won last year’s Simcoe with Blessed Two and the Algoma courtesy of Trini Brewnette. “It’s very enjoyable, and a very beautiful night.”
KING OF THE ELGIN
Goldmart and Royal Laser Farms’ 7-year-old entire horse KINGSPORT won a thrilling Elgin Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. While there were only three horses in the race (just as there was in last year’s Elgin, won by Kingsport), the trio were all battling in deep stretch.
Kingsport, originally a $10,000 CTHS sale buy-back, was bred by Richard Moylam. Goldmart bought the son of Milwaukee Brew as a 2-year-old in Training in Florida.
After the race Kingsport was vanned off but he was reported okay by his team later in the evning.