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.

CLASSY KID puts on a show at LongRun, demonstrating how well Thoroughbreds transition to riding horses.





















The gorgeous LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society’s farm was formerly Hindmarsh Farms and then Woodlands Farm.













Bags of carrots were given to the numerous residents at LongRun on Monday
























Some 26 people taken off Hastings Park racetrack Monday Monday, 15 later released.

CBSA makes multiple arrests at Hastings Racecourse




Explode one of Canada’s top 3-year-olds, 84 Beyer Figure

EXPLODE, a three quarter brother to Epsom Oaks winner Light Shift, bred by Flaxman Holdings and owned by Ole A. Nielsen. – photo courtesy Alberta Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders














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:




Bill Werner’s 2-year-old undefeated

MR. HUSTLE, by Declaration of War, won the Soaring Free Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday – Woodbine photo













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.