Eyes on 2019 Queen’s Plate


COME ON GERRY, Ontario bred maiden allowance winner in Florida is a Queen’s Plate prospect – GULFSTREAM PARK PHOTO














Albaugh Family’s 2-year-old (soon to be 3) COME ON GERRY led from start to finish to win his maiden at Gulfstream Park on Friday and jump into the picture for the coming year’s Queen’s Plate.
Bred in Ontario by David Anderson’s Anderson Farms, the $335,000 yearling purchase was making his 2nd start in the 1 1/16 mile dirt race and won by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:44.12 for a 77 Beyer Speed Figure according to Daily Racing Form.

Come on Gerry is by Elusive Quality from the mare Halo’s Verse (by Unbridled’s Song) and is the 4th foal of the mare. He is a half brother to grass stakes winner Inflexibility, who won the Wonder Where Stakes and Carotene Stakes.

In just a few days, it will be the birthday for all Northern Hemisphere racehorses and our Canadian 2-year-olds turn 3 and dreams of the Plate will heighten for owners, trainers and breeders.

Of course, it is still early to think about who are the best 10 Canadian-breds for this year’s Plate but we got to see quite a few on the track in 2018 who are the current top contenders.

Those include AMI’S FLATTER, winner of the Cup & Saucer and Coronation Futurity, the two biggest races for Canadian-bred juveniles in the year. The son of Flatter is a homebred for Ivan Dalos who seeks his first Plate win.
Josie Carroll trains the colt and Carroll, a 2-time Plate winning trainer also has a nice prospect in HE’S A MACHO MAN, who won his career debut near the end of the Woodbine season with a 62 Beyer Figure, taking a 1 1/16 mile maiden allowance in 1:46.20 with an exciting stretch rally. He’s a Macho Man was bred by Paul Buttigieg and was a $47,000 CTHS Ontario yearling purchase in 2017 by John, Joey and Mark DiScola.

The filly BOLD SCRIPT posted an 83 Beyer Figure when she won the Princess Elizabeth Stakes for owner/breeder Chiefswood Stable and was one of the fastest 2-year-olds of the year. She is by Speightstown from Original Scrip and is trained by Stuart Simon.
TIZ BREATHTAKING, one of the leaders of the 2yo filly division in Canada, was a multiple stakes winner before she went on the sidelines, She is owned by Bill Graham

Plenty of other fillies posted Beyer Figures in the mid to high 70s including ARTILENA (Artie Schiller), a stakes winner for George Ledson, Kingfield, Anderson Farms and Braconcrest Farm and WESTERN CURL, a Chiefswood filly by Curlin.

HASTLAVISTABABY, bought for just $8,000 from Charles Hayden by Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, was 2nd to Artilena in the Ontario Lassie after being purchased in part by Gary Barber and Team Valor. She is a daughter of Drosselmeyer, a Belmont Stakes winner.
SOUCIOLOGIST posted a 69 Beyer Figure when she won her maiden for Bill and Al Ulwelling late in the seaosn and this filly is by Gemologist and is trained by Kevin Attard. She was bred by Bill Graham.

Conrad Stables’ MUSKOKA WONDER (Into Mischief), trained by Mark Casse, won the Clarendon Stakes and FEDERAL LAW, 2nd to Avie’s Flatter in the Coronation Futurity, was an exciting arrival for Qatar Racing. He is a Scat Daddy gelding bred by the Jim Lawson family’s Jim Dandy Stable.

TONE BROKE, a son of Broken Vow – Mendocino Beano, was an allowance winner at Remington Park for trainer Steve Asmussen and L and N racing and he was bred by Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry.

Ontario sired guys DUN DRUM and MY SILENCER were both nifty stakes winners at 2 this past autumn. The former is by Silent Name (Jpn) and races for breeder Heste Sport and trainer Bill Tharrenos while the latter is a Bold n’ Flashy guy trained by Ian Black for Janet Black and Joan Addison and Barbara Brown.

And MOON SWINGS and TRIPWIRE were stakes placed Canadian breds for Zilli Racing and Ken and Sarah Ramsay, respectively.

Keep up with entries and results throughout the winter here on Thoroughblog to follow your favourite Canadian breds.


One of the most brilliant Canadian-bred racehorses of 2018 is ESCAPE CLAUSE, the Manitoba-bred filly, tough as nails, who competes at Santa Anita today in the Grade 3 Robert Frankel.

Don Schnell’s amazing 4-year-old, who figures to be voted Canada’s Champion Older Mare and has to be considered in the voting for Female Sprinter and Horse of the Year has battled hard in 2 previous turf races in California, being placed first in one stakes and finishing third in another.

She is 7 to 2 in the Grade 3 Frankel today, her 13th start of the year. She has won 9 times this year and has taken stakes at distances from 6 furongs to 9 furlongs.

Saturday, Santa Anita, post time: 4:30 p.m. EST
ROBERT J. FRANKEL S.-GIII, $150,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 1 1/8mT

1 Lucy De Decarchy GGG Stables Baltas Prat 8-1
2 Escape Clause Going Commando Don Schnell Schnell Fuentes 7-2
3 Quebec Into Mischief Ackerman Racing, LLC, Bond, Catherine E., Baltas Rosario 8-1
Marasa, William and Robershaw, Ritchie
4 Fahan Mura K English Channel Bran Jam Stable and Clark, David W. Cerin Maldonado 5-2
5 Sweet Charity (Fr) Myboycharlie (Ire) Hronis Racing LLC Sadler Baze 5-1
6 Gliding By K Artie Schiller Bederian, Harry, Kamberian, Harout and Baltas Van Dyke 12-1
Nakkashian, Hagop
7 Amboseli Medaglia d’Oro D P Racing LLC Cassidy Desormeaux 8-1
8 Excellent Sunset (Ire) Exceed And Excel (Aus) Dunn, Christopher T., Abbondanza Racing LLC, Meah Bejarano 7-2
Taylor, Mark and Johnson, Chris

Breeders: 1-GGG Stables and Magali Farms, LLC, 2-Cam Ziprick & Arnason Farms, 3-Preston Madden, 4-Michael J. Moran, 5-Hubert Honore,
6-Greenwood Lodge Farm, Inc., 7-Dayton Investments LTD., 8-Rabbah Bloodstock Limited


CODE WARRIOR tries for another ABUNDNTIA, HELENA in action


Robert Marzilli’s graded stakes winning mare CODE WARRIOR, on the short list for top female sprinter in Canada this year, is 15 to 1 for the Abundntia Stakes at Gulfstream today. The mare won the 5 furlong turf dash last winter for trainer Mke DePaulo.

Queen’s Plate winner HOLY HELENA, a Grade 2 stakes winner on the grass for Stronach Stables, is 1st time Lasix in the Via Borghese Stakes at Gulfstream today. The 4yo filly is looking to get back to top form for trainer James Jerkens.

The Marzilli – DePaulo team will start SEEKING ALBERT in the 2 mile All Jerken stakes on turf, also at Gulfstream. The Ontario bred meets up with Breeders’ Stakes winner CAMP CREEK, who competes for Hillsbrook Farm and trainer Kevin Attard.

And Woodbine stakes winner LOOKIN TO STRIKE,  a top 3yo of the year with a win in the Grade 3 Ontario Derby and recently the OBS Sprint Stakes, and ROSE’S VISION, an Ontario bred for Chiefswood are in the Tropical Park Derby.




The voting for the 2018 Sovereign Award Champions is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 with the completed online ballot due no later than 5:00 pm (EST) on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Voters will receive a voting package via email by Friday, January 4, 2019 along with a personal pass code to access the online ballot via the Jockey Club of Canada website at

The top three nominees for each category will be sent out in a press release in the beginning of February. The winner of each category will then be announced on stage during the 2018 Sovereign Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Chateau Le Jardin.

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The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is now accepting public nominations to be considered for the CHRHF Class of 2019.

The public is invited to participate in the nomination of horses and people who have made a significant contribution to Canadian Standardbred and Thoroughbred horse racing, for induction to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2019.

Nominations for the following will be considered:

MALE HORSE:Stallions or geldings whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years.
FEMALE HORSE:Mares whose contribution to Canadian racing occurred in the past 20 years.
VETERAN HORSE:Horses whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.
PERSON:Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys
BUILDERS:Includes, but not limited to Breeders, Owners, Officials, and others.
COMMUNICATORS:Includes, but not limited to writers, broadcasters, photographers, announcers.
VETERAN PERSON:Trainers, Drivers, Jockeys whose careers have been concluded for 20 years, but less than 50 years.

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