Thumbing through Phil’s dog-eared archives Sal noticed that Phil’s favourite holidays featured roasting turkeys and carving up pumpkins.
Sal says that the happiest of the 150 or so patrons in the 600 seat Colours at Northlands Park on Saturday was Durwood Ashcroft whose Alberta bred All Run finished a very creditable second to the Breeders’ Cup destined Lord Nelson in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship GI with Martin Garcia in the saddle for trainer Richard Baltas. All Run is by Flower Alley, out of the Proud Citizen mare, Proud Runner, who was astutely claimed by Durwood’s Esquire Stables from Bar None Ranches.
Sal says to watch for All Run’s sibling that’s being trained by Carson Frey.
The spineless pussy willows in Ottawa are actually helping to condition the Canadian public to accept the surrender of our country, which American forces were unable to accomplish in 1776 and 1812.
While most Canadians were clearing away their dishes after Thanksgiving dinner, two Grade-A turkeys were going at each other Sunday in the second U.S. presidential debate.
If you were paying attention to Matt Jukich on Saturday you may have heard him mention that Lookin at Lee who charged home late for second in the Clairborne Breeders’ Futurity GI at Keeneland on Saturday is a son of Langara Lass who campaigned in BC, Alberta and Washington winning the 2006 Sonoma Handicap at Northlands Park.
There are few, if any, Canadian men that have never spelled their name in a snow bank.
Sal’s borrowing Phil’s Homer hat to point out that the the first and second finishers in the Champagne GI Stakes at Belmont on Saturday were grandson’s of Harlan’s Holiday whose sire Harlan’s broodmare was Country Romance who was campaigned by Hal Yerxa’s CFCW stables for conditioner Red McKenzie. Couldn’t have been too long ago.
It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.
Sal picked up a Canada Coast to Coast Monopoly board at the local Mickey D’s. They got the board wrong. Sales Tax is between Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and Niagara Falls while all of Canada knows it should be right next to Parliament Hill, sandwiching Parliament Hill between Income Tax and Sales Tax.
The Ascot Graduation Stakes
A dominating performance is the best way to describe Strate Remark’s ($10.40) win in the Ascot. He went to the lead right out of the gate despite being under a hold, pulled jockey Denis Araujo to the lead and kept him there until they were home by 5 ½ lengths after a-mile-and-a-sixteenth that went in 1:45.43. Driller and Igor finished second and third, respectively, a neck apart. Aside from the winner, 4 lengths would have covered the field, but Strate Remark only had his shadow for company as he came home in brilliant sunshine to a glorious conclusion of a two-year-old season that saw him win the Sales Stake and run second in the Jack Diamond before taking down the Ascot.
After getting to the lead with consummate ease, Strate Remark soon found that Slicky Boy had established himself in second on his flank where he stayed to just after three-quarters in 1:13.97, at which point Araujo let out a notch and Strate Remark started opening up on Slicky Boy and everybody else. The gap widened around the final turn to two lengths, then three, then four coming down the lane, then five, and five-and-half lengths at the wire. He covered the last five-sixteenths in 31.46. It was a convincing score in a race that will most likely determine the division champion.
Strate Remark is by Sungold out of the Red Rock 24-year-old mare Remarkable Gal who has now foaled four stakes winners (plus one in Macau) and two stakes-placed horses. Strate Remark is a full brother to the 2011 Sadie Diamond victor Sunnyside Gal and a half to Grade 3 winner Trick of the North and multiple stakes winner Remarkable Miss. Trick of the North took the Premier’s at a mile-and-three-eighths and Remarkable Miss won two route stakes, so distance is in the family. Red Rock Farm bred Strate Remark who sold for $35,000 in the 2015 CTHS Sale.
The winner is owned by Riversedge Racing Stable, Ltd. and trained by Cindy Krasner.
The Fantasy Stakes
Yukon Belle ($4.20) was no less imposing than the Ascot winner as she wired the Fantasy under jockey Antonio Reyes in a race that saw her go faster at every pole than did Strate Remark in the Ascot. Runner-up Daz Lin Dawn chased her all the way around and Anstrum ran an even third behind those two, but when they hit the head of the lane the Drosselmeyer part of Yukon Belle’s pedigree, the part that won the Belmont and Breeders’ Cup Classic, kicked in and she drew off from her pursuers to finish 2 ½ lengths clear after a mile-and-sixteenth in 1:45.29.
It seemed likely that Yukon Belle was going to like more ground and that proved to be the case. When Reyes asked her for a little more at the top of the stretch she provided it with a minimum of urging while clearly relishing the extra real estate. Both Daz Lin Dawn and Anstrum acquitted themselves well, but they were not about to run down Yukon Belle.
Yukon Belle is owned by R.N.H. Stable and trained by Barbara Heads. She was bred in British Columbia by Bryan and Carol Anderson. As mentioned, Yukon Belle is by the dual Classic winner Drosselmeyer, a son of Distorted Humor who is emerging as a sire-of-sires. Yukon Belle’s dam, Queen On Line, won only 2 of 31 starts but she won 199K, so she must have been keeping decent company. She sold for $35,000 at the Keeneland November Sale in foal to Drosselmeyer and carrying the winner of the 2016 Sales Stake and Fantasy and quite possibly the Champion two-year-old filly. The winner sold in the 2015 CTHS Sale for $51,000.
HOCKEY-PLAYING OWNER WATCHES FROM AFAR
AS YUKON BELLE STORMS TO STAKES VICTORY
One Weekend Remains on Hastings Racing Calendar
Vancouver, B.C. (Oct. 10, 2016) – While her owner was back in Edmonton preparing for a race of another nature, Yukon Belle was in cruise control in winning the $75,000 Fantasy Stakes for two-year-old fillies at Hastings Racecourse on Thanksgiving Monday afternoon.
With the Edmonton Oilers about to launch their 2016-17 NHL season at home against the Calgary Flames this week, Burnaby-born centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was muscling through the final stages of training camp.
“You can rest assured, though, that he was watching Yukon Belle on a television screen somewhere,” his dad Roger said from the winner’s circle.
Trained by Barbara Heads and ridden by Antonio Reyes, Yukon Belle broke sharply from the rail and never looked back in a gate-to-wire finish over 1 1/16 miles in a final time of 1:45.29. “She trained well for this race and looked ready,” Heads said.
Yukon Belle, paying $4.20, $2.50, $2.10, dictated the pace throughout and drew clear with an impressive 2 ½ length victory to end a two-race winning streak by runner-up Daz Lin Dawn. Yukon Belle had earlier won the $50,000 CTHS Sales stakes in her debut on Aug. 26.
There was a mild upset in Monday’s co-feature when Strate Remark, trained by Cindy Krasner and ridden by Denis Araujo went wire-to-wire in the $75,000 Ascot Graduation for two-year-olds. “He settled down right from the start and stayed calm throughout the race,” Araujo said. “I knew he had a lot left in him at the far turn.”
Strate Remark won it comfortably by 5 ½ lengths in a final time of 1:45.43, paying $10.40, $5.40, $4.40.
There is just one weekend of live racing left on the 2016 thoroughbred season at Hastings Racecourse with start times on both Saturday and Sunday at 1:50 p.m. The two remaining stake races of the season are for B.C. and Washington sired or breds: the $50,000 BC Cup Classic for three-year-olds and up as well as the $50,000 BC Cup Distaff for fillies and mares three-years-old and up.
Alice B. Toklas
Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart set the pace in the $200,000 Knickerbocker GIIIT at Belmont Park, Monday October 10, 2016 as he jumped out to the front early and led all the way, easily holding off runner-up Jay Gatsby by a half-length with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard for conditioner Brian Lynch finishing the 1 1/8 miles on yielding turf in 1:50.62.
Down in Newfoundland, we can hardly sleep for wondering when St. Pierre and Miquelon are going to invade.
Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. Ontario and Quebec milk it. And you can well imagine what it’s doing in the Maritimes.
Gentlemen, we all must realize that neither side has any monopoly on sons of bitches.