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While the Woodbine racing community celebrates a huge weekend in racing, it will first honour one of its friends, Darren Fortune, who passed away after a training accident last week.

Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Ceremony 12:45 p.m.
Newediuk Funeral Home
2058 Kipling Ave.
Toronto, ON
M9W 4J9
We are requesting everyone to come between (12-12:45 p.m.) Service starts at 12:45. There is no viewing. Please feel free to add some colour to your attire.

PHOTO – Woodbine outriders bring Darren Fortune’s pony to a ceremony at Woodbine last weekend for the fallen rider.

Photo courtesy of Des McMahon




The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) $1,000,000. Saturday – 12th race, post time 6:34 p.m.

Post       Horse    Trainer  Jockey  Odds  Owner   Notes

1              World Approval Mark Casse         John Velazquez 7-2 Live Oak Plantation                                                       Comes off Grade 1 win, biggest score of his career  

2              Tower of Texas Roger Attfield    Eurico Rosa da Silva         12-1   Scott Dilworth, Tom Van Meter et al;     3rd time in the Mile

3              Long on Value   Bill Mott              Joel Rosario        15-1  Gary Barber, Wachtel, et al –                                  Been sprinting and traveling

4              Best Bard             Norman McKnight           Rafael Hernandez            50-1      B Schickedanz                         Claimed from a win for $40,000 at Woodbine last start

5              Dragon Bay         Stuart Simon      Gary Boulanger 20-1    Brent, Russell McLellan, S Simon – –                Still improving, versatile

6              Deauville (IRE)   Aidan O’Brien    Jamie Spencer   5-2     Magnier, Tabor Hrs. F. Hay – –                        3rd in Arlington Million, looks like a miler

7              Conquest Panthera         Mark Casse         Patrick Husbands             12-1  Gary Barber –                              Won Play the King at 7 furlongs, unproven at distance

8              Mondialiste        David O’Meara  Jose Ortiz             8-1  G and S Turnull                                                         Won 2015 Woodbine Mile

9              Arod (IRE)            David Simcock   Harry Bentley    20-1   Qatar Racing                                                         Unraced since April, first start for new trainer

10           Lancaster Bomber           Aidan O’Brien    Wayne Lordan   9-2   Magnier/Tabor                                            One career win,  competitive in biggest Group 1’s this year

11           Dutch Connection (GB)  Charlie Hills         Mickael Barzalona            6-1

12           Glenville Gardens            Sid Attard            Luis Contreras   20-1




Ontario’s David Anderson sells $1.1 million yearling


Keeneland photo of the Anderson, Ontario bred


David Anderson talks to reporterss at Keeneland following the sale of his first $1 million yearling – photo courtesy Bernard McCormack











A colt from the last crop of SCAT DADDY that born in St. Thomas, ON at Anderson Farms, sold for a whopping $1.1 million on Day 3 of the massive Keeneland sale this week.

The colt, bred by David Anderson, is the first foal of the Tapit mare ORCHARD BEACH, who raced at Woodbine for Anderson and trainer Roger Attfield.

“She had extreme speed,” Anderson told Thoroughblog. “Unfortunately she fractured her tibia. I got her to Scat Daddy when he was $30,000 (fee)”

Orchard Beach was purchased in utero, her dam is Song and Danz by Danzig,by Anderson in 2010 for $400,000. Song and Danz soon after.

“I truly believed he would bring a million,” said Anderson, whose father Bob founded Anderson Farms and was one of the first Canadian breeders to sell horses for $1 million or more at auction.

David Anderson has had a stellar season with horses bred and owned. He is the breeder of Wonder Where Stakes winner Inflexibility and he is the co-breeder of Woodbine Mile starter Tower of Texas and Grade 1 Natalma starter Wonder Gadot.


More Ontario-breds at Keeneland

Hip 130 – Eaton sales , agent sold an Ontario bred by Candy Ride for $350,000 on behalf of co-breeder Anderson Farms.

177 – $120,000 for an Awesome Again out of stakes winner El Prado Essence

188 $120,000 from ROBERT MARZILLI for a Malibu Moon colt from England Swings, bred by Windhaven

308 a colt by Elusive Quality, half brother to Inflexibility, sells for $335,000, consigned by Anderson

547 MIKE DEPAULO purchases this Ontario bred by Street Sense for 90,000

641 Windhaven sells a Ghostzapper for $325,000 to Fox Hill Farm


Keeneland recap of Day 3 – 

Brisk commerce was the hallmark of business on the third day of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, where spirited bidding among the industry’s major buyers drove prices upward, led by the $1.1 million paid by Coolmore’s M. V. Magnier for a colt from the final crop of the globally successful sire Scat Daddy. The session topper was one of three yearlings that brought $1 million or more today, increasing to 11 the number of seven-figure horses sold during sale’s first three days.

Scat Daddy, who died unexpectedly in 2015, stood at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky. The international success of his progeny has made his yearlings highly sought after at this year’s September Sale. A Scat Daddy yearling also topped the Tuesday session of the sale when a colt sold to Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock for $950,000.

Today’s session-topper, the first foal out of the Tapit mare Orchard Beach, is an Ontario-bred consigned by his breeder, Anderson Farms.

“I’m more than thrilled – I mean this is over the top,” David Anderson said. “It’s my first million-dollar horse, and I couldn’t ask for a better home for him. I just hope he goes on and does well for the connections. He’s going to one of the greatest trainers in the world (Aidan O’Brien).

“As the momentum built the last day, a lot of the proper players in the game were looking at the horse,” Anderson added. “I felt like the stars were aligned for a big price, I just didn’t know how much. (Scat Daddy) has been very good to me, and I got on the bandwagon late. He’s just been a tremendous sire and I think it’s evident with the prices of his yearlings.”
“He’s very lovely. Looks like he’s going to be a fast horse, very good mover. He’s all quality,” Magnier said about the colt. “Mr. Anderson said he was the best horse he ever had on the farm, so let’s hope he’s right. It’s a lot of money for a horse. But he’s by the right sire that everybody wants, so I suppose he was entitled to it.”



Hip 3144 – Ontario bred half brother to Lokinforpursemonee

This is a very striking, athletic colt. He has lots of bone and a big walk.

He is by STORMY ATLANTIC (sire of 100+ stakes winners), who has had
a well documented success rate at Woodbine Racetrack. STORMY is a unique
sire that has had graded stakes winners on dirt, turf and poly track from the
ages of 2-8 years old and from sprint to classic distances across North America,
South America, Japan and Europe.

ANNE’S PURSE is a multiple stakes winner of $341,427 and her first foal is
LOKINFORPURSEMONEE who is a 3 YO of 2017 and a triple stakes winner closing
in on $400,000 in earnings. He is had 10 lifetime starts, all in stakes races.

The 2 YO is a full sister to hip 3144 and is named OBAASAN. “OBI” has trained
like a star working in 48 flat breezing from the gate on 8/31, 59.80 on 8/17 and
has 4 other bullet works to her credit.


HAWKBILL, GROUP 1 WINNER, in town for Northern Dancer Stakes

The 4-year-old by Kitten’s Joy figures to be less than even-money in the 1 1/2 mile race which is one of several stakes events on the Saturday card.

On Sunday, the 2yos are the headliners in the Win and You’re In events, the Natalma – Grade 1, and Summer Sgakes, Grade 2.

Photo by Karl Lagerborg