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On Tuesday, Buttigieg Training Centre picked up Tiz Stormy Now, a five-year-old Tiznow mare in foal to Old Forester, for $10,000 and paid out a further $20,000 for Don’t Cry, an unraced three-year-old Broken Vow-Canopy filly, as a racing prospect.
Dr. John Brown’s Spring Farm paid $1,500 for Wonder of It All, a mare in foal on the southern hemisphere schedule to Bellamy Road.and Alberta’s Highfield Stock Farm bought Expresso Cat, by Storm Car, for $26,000 in foal to Leroidesanimeaux.
Manitoba trainer Lorna Gray bought the three-year-old colt Orchestration (Cherokee Run) for $16,000 as a racing prospect Anderson Farms and Rod Ferguson sold a Canadian bred short yearling by Street Sense – Rare Opportunity,
by Danzig Connection for $195,000 to Scott and Even Dilworth.

The following is a report from THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS

The colt is the latest in line of hugely profitable transactions from the 20-year-old Rare Opportunity, whom Anderson Farms and partner Rod Ferguson acquired as an unraced juvenile for a scant $5,400 at the 1994 Keeneland January Sale. Rare Opportunity made only three lifetime starts, but showed plenty of ability. She won her lone juvenile effort at Woodbine, then aired by six lengths in her 3-year-old debut at Keeneland, earning a 101 BRIS figure. In her third and final start, she finished third to Serena=s Song (Rahy) in the GII Black-Eyed Susan S. in 1995. If her $55,000 in earnings paid for her original cost and training expenses, she far outpaced that figure in the breeding shed. Her first foal, Catvantageous (Tabasco Cat), sold for $300,000 as a yearling. Three years later, her son Astral Plane (Tabasco Cat) made $250,000 at auction. Street Sounds, a Keeneland September yearling in 2005, sold to Hidden Creek Farm for $400,000, and in 2008, John Ferguson paid $350,000 for the colt Bursary (Elusive Quality). Keeping with the Street Cry theme, the mare is currently in foal to his Grade I-winning son Street Boss, and is booked back to Street Boss, who stands alongside his sire at Darley.



Canadian buyers:

BAR NONE RANCHES (Alberta)  MISTY GALLOP, a Victory Gallop mare in foal to Silver Train, bought for $10,000
DOMINION BLOODSTOCK – bought an Ontario-bred 4yo unraced Hennessy filly out of Stutz Classic, well bred, for $1,200 as racing or broodmare prospect.
CARA BLOODSTOCK (Bernard McCormack) bought a colt from the first crop of REBELLION for $8,500. The Ontario bred is out of a winning Pulpit mare. REBELLION, an Ontario sire at Norse Ridge Farm, won the Grade 2 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland and is an intriguing young sire for the province.
DENNIS EJACK, AGENT FOR TRUE NORTH STABLE – paid $40,000 for the stakes winning mare EXPECT THE END, by Precise End, in foal to BIG BROWN.
CAM ZIPRICK paid $1,200 for a short yearling by Grade 1 winner KELA out of stakes winner Jessica and then $10,000 for the mare JUNGLE STORM, a Storm Boot mare in foal to Concord Point.
DR. BETTY HUGHES (Manitoba) paid $2,200 for the stallion prospect VENGEFUL WIDLCAT, a stakes winner by Vindication – the colt was a stakes winner at 2 and graded stakes placed at 3.



Saturday, Gulfstream Park, post time: 4:45 p.m. EST
FT. LAUDERDALE S.-GIII, $100,000, 4yo/up, 1 1/16mT

1 Uptowncharlybrown K Limehouse Maragh Coletti Sr 117
2 Santiva Giant’s Causeway Castanon Walsh 117
3 Guys Reward K Grand Reward Centeno Romans 117
4 Yummy With Butter Silvador Lopez Belsoeur 121
5 Mutual Trust (GB) Cacique (Ire) Lezcano Mott 123
6 Mambo Meister King Cugat Bravo Gleaves 117
7 Teaks North Northern Afleet Leyva Sallusto 123
8 Flat Out Flatter Solis Dickey 119
9 Hollinger Black Minnaloushe Velazquez Attfield 117
10 Silver Medallion K Badge of Silver Castellano Pletcher 121
11 Hoofit (NZ) Mossman (Aus) Prado Motion 117
12 Kindergarden Kid K Dynaformer Leparoux Tagg 121
13 Cool Blue Red Hot Harlan’s Holiday Cruz Penna Jr 117
14 Flatter This Flatter Jurado O’Connell 119



A blog post by Jennie Rees of the Louisville Courier-Journal includes an interview with Howard Walton of

Norseman Racing Stable.  Not sure if Ms. Rees called up the owner to actually ask about the Canadian-bred son

of Stormy Atlantic, but the report is, he could be headed to the Derby trail.
The dark bay earned a hefty 91 Beyer Figure when he won the Display Stakes – although his races have been on

Polytrack and turf – no dirt.
Sid Attard, who has had major  Queen’s Plate favourites such as Jiggs Coz etc., trains Martimer, who will begin

training at Palm Meadows soon.


Canadian-bred tries grass

John Wieczorek’s Instant Style (Forestry), unhurried early, rallied boldly when set down for the drive and was up to best Fox Hill Farm’s favored Joyful Victory (Tapit) by three-quarters of a length in Wednesday’s featured race at Fair Grounds, a $45,000 allowance/optional claimer for fillies and mares going about one mile over the Stall-Wilson turf course. The winner, trained by Bobby Springer and ridden by James Graham, toured the distance over the firm going in 1:40 4/5 as the 9-1 fifth choice. Joyful Victory, favored in last year’s Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks after romping in Oaklawn Park’s Grade 2 Fantasy and Grade 3 Honeybee Stakes, was always well placed but could not withstand the winner late while holding the place by a head. Making her turf debut and away from competition since a fifth-place run in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga on July 23, Joyful Victory was the even-money choice in the seven-filly field for trainer Larry Jones and jockey Robby Albarado.


Coronation Futurity winner THINKING OUT LOUD, has not raced since he was beaten some 32 lengths for $5,000 claiming in December at Penn National. The son of Regal Classic is of interest to this website and other Canadian racing fans and horse lovers – if you know about this horse, please conttact Thoroughblog.

More local stuff, BEDARRA won for $8,000 claiming at Gulfstream yesterday for Tucci Stables and trainer Nick Gonzalez. The well bred Came Home mare has won over $350,000 in her career and she is 7-years-old.

BRUNO SHICKEDANZ’s homebred 4yo DAZZLE ME DANNY won his maiden for $8,000 claiming at Tampa Bay yesterday at 1-1. Yvon Belsoeur trains.

No more horsing around

Spotlight story Former jockey Montpellier, 50, has taken to speedskating – and he’s excelling at it

By PAUL DELEAN, The Gazette January 12, 2012 5:14 AM

In 18 years riding high-strung and unpredictable thoroughbred racehorses for a living, Constant Montpellier

never suffered an injury as serious as the one he got practising his retirement hobby, short-track


“It happened just over a year ago, at the Gadbois arena in Montreal, where I practised with teenagers,” the

50-year-old former jockey from Dorion recalled in an interview. “It was the day after my first competition at

the Espoirs level (one rung below Elite). We were practising passing and I hit a block, lost my balance, and a

kid hit me from the back. I went into the boards headfirst. Broke two ribs, five teeth and three vertebrae in my

back. I was in the hospital about a week. Worst injury of my life.”

If you thought that might end Montpellier’s dalliance with speedskating, you’re not familiar with his

competitive nature.

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It’s not a new subject, indeed it has been written about on this space many times and mentioned on the

Woodbine television broadcasts a lot, and now respected blogger PULL THE POCKET has entered the ring: