LONGRUN THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT SOCIETY welcomes MELMICH
Millionaire and multiple graded stakes winner MELMICH, recently retired by owners Cory Hoffman and Stephen Chesney, was presented to some visitors and media at an event at the LONGRUN THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT SOCIETY’s farm in Hillsburgh on Monday.
(for a story on Melmich, please visit – http://www.cthsont.com/articles/the-amazing-rise-of-melmich.html)
MELMICH at LongRun – Photo courtesy of Woodbine
MELMICH raced 46 times and had a record of 17-16-5 with earnings of $1,117,814. He won or placed in 21 stakes races, won 8 stakes including two Dominion Day Handicaps (Grade 3).
Trained by Kevin Attard, Melmich posed for Woodbine TV cameras on Monday. He will transition to life as a riding horse and will be available for adoption.
LongRun’s Hillsburgh farm is home to more than 50 horses including some 20 who live their permanently. Other stars at the farm include millionaire SOMETHING EXTRA, champion FIFTY PROOF and graded stakes winner STACKED DECK.
The Monday event also featured a demonstration in the outdoor riding ring by multiple winner CLASSY KID, a son of Lemon Drop Kid, who was flawless in his performance.
CANADIAN BORDER SERVICES RAIDS HASTINGS PARK
Some 26 people taken off Hastings Park racetrack Monday Monday, 15 later released.
MORE FROM CENTURY MILE – CANADIAN DERBY
Explode one of Canada’s top 3-year-olds, 84 Beyer Figure
EXPLODE, placed first in the Canadian Derby – Grade 3, earned an 84 Beyer Speed |Figure for his win in the 1 1/4 mile classic. He raced the distance in 2:01.52.
EXPLODE, now with four consecutive wins, three of them stakes races, moves near the top of the 3-year-old ranks in canada along with Tone Broke and Avie’s Flatter.
He is a son of Trappe Shot – Light Blow by Kingmambo and was a $2,500 weanling purchase at the Keeneland November sale. He was bought back by owner Ole A Nielsen for $15,000.
His dam, a winner, has had three other foals, two to race. The second dam, Lingerie, is the dam of Epsom Oaks winner LIGHT SHIFT (by Kingmambo, thus a three-quarter dister to Explode). Light Shift is the dam of Eclipse Stakes (Group 1) winner ULYSSES.
Check out Explose’s rich pedigree here:
MR HUSTLE WINS AGAIN
Bill Werner’s 2-year-old undefeated
MR. HUSTLE, owned by Bill Werner and trained by Roger Attfield, remained unbeaten when he won the Soaring Free Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday on yielding grass. The son of Declaration of War – Ready Ready Ready by More Than Ready earned a 77 Beyer Figure for his Soaring Free win over Werner’s Pleasecallmeback, a son of Hard Spun.
Mr. Hustle cost $235,000 as a yearling at Keeneland and he is 3 for 3 as he also won the Victoria Stakes.
This could set up a fascinating Grade 1 Summer Stakes next month between Mr.Hustle and another unbeaten juvenile, KEEP ON TRUCKIN, the Ontario-sired and bred colt who won the Clarenson Stakes with a 92 Beyer Figure.