Arthur, Ont., is a town of 2,450 people. Humble and charming. You can buy a truck there, visit the goat dairy, get uplifted at the York Soaring Association, treat yourself to organic food. Gasoline prices are the best there. There used to be a restaurant in Arthur called Post Time, with photos of all sorts of racehorses on the walls. Sadly, it’s gone now, but not the spirit … [Read more...] about Desperate Man Bursts out of the Shadows
Out of the rain came the sun. And his name was Silent Poet. He was dismissed by punters in the $395,500 Highlander Stakes, run in the shadow of the Queen’s Plate. The Highlander was the next race. The aftermath. The anti-climax race. People were starting to fold up the lawn chairs. Except that Silent Poet would have none of that. With a swish of his black tail, … [Read more...] about An Ode to Silent Poet
Everything seems improbable this year. The 162nd Queen’s Plate is no different. Mitchell Kursner found himself clutching petals and stuffing them into his pockets for a later engagement at a cemetery, after the horse he bred, Safe Conduct, won the Queen’s Plate. He went to the Plate on Sunday, wearing the same shoes he had worn when Neshama, a filly he owned in a … [Read more...] about Safe Conduct Wins an Unusual Queen’s Plate
Believe it or not, Canada’s leading trainer for a dozen years – Mark Casse – does not have a horse entered in the $1-million Queen’s Plate on Sunday. But that doesn’t mean the 60-year-old conditioner, who has been inducted into two Halls of Fame, is sitting idle somewhere. He’s not physically at Woodbine - very rarely indeed is he there any more - but he has a stable of … [Read more...] about The Power of Mark Casse
Why not? Take a chance. Flip a coin. Roll the dice. Listen to your innerds. That’s as good a reason as any to enter a horse in the 162nd Queen’s Plate, to be held at Woodbine, in a year unlike any other year. Thirteen entered the $1-million classic on Wednesday. (We’ll see if this is a lucky number when the race is run on Sunday.) Of this lot, two are maidens, … [Read more...] about Take A Chance. Nuff Said.
There was only one choice: if a Canadian-bred colt is a son of Nyquist, what do you call him? You name him after Wayne Gretzky, the Great One. Side note: Wayne Gretzky was born the same year as Northern Dancer. What could make more sense? Nyquist, the horse, was named after Columbus Blue Jackets player Gustav Nyquist (known most for his days with the Detroit Red Wings.). … [Read more...] about Gretzky the Great: Extra Passion
Who is Avoman? He is NOT a fictional superhero swooping from the skies, delivering avocados. Rather, he’s a 3-year-old gelding destined to take his connections on the ride of a lifetime to the $1-million Queen’s Plate in three weeks. And he put his stamp on the plan by winning the $150,000 Plate Trial on Aug. 1. The Plate Trial was only the second win of his … [Read more...] about A Masked Superhero wins the Plate Trial