Woodbine Daily Results and Activity


Sunday, November 18
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $61,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $45,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Claiming – $5,000 $10,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $25,000 $27,200 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Claiming – $10,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Coronation Futurity $225,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Optional Claiming – $40,000 $34,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 10 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $62,300 Overnight Overnight
Race 11 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $16,600 Overnight Overnight



James R. Brown
November 18 – Turf Paradise

Toccet’s Charm Race 5 Claiming $3,000
Maggie’s Guy Race 7 Claiming $10,000
Donttellmyhusband Race 8 Claiming $6,250
Sandi Gann
November 18 – Turf Paradise

Classncoronas Race 3 Trials
November 19 – Turf Paradise

Appellant Race 2 Claiming $15,000
Khaiky’s Command Race 6 Claiming $3,500
November 20 – Turf Paradise

Dr John H Race 2 Maiden Optional Claiming $30,000
Stormy Teen Race 4 Claiming $3,200

November 17 – Turf Paradise
Addysgoingmobile finished 1st by 3/4 length Race 6 View Chart    
Good Time Dollar finished 5th beaten 3 3/4 lengths Race 6 View Chart    
Robert Gilker
November 22 – Del Mar

Victress Race 6 Red Carpet H. (Gr 3)
Steve Henson
November 18 – Turf Paradise

Beentospain Race 8 Claiming $6,250
November 20 – Turf Paradise

Seven Chances Race 8 Claiming $3,500
Cindy Krasner
November 18 – Turf Paradise

McCallum Race 6 Claiming $3,000
November 20 – Turf Paradise

Royal Briar Race 7 Starter Optional Claiming $12,500


The 2018 Annual General Meeting of The Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association of British Columbia (the “Association”) will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2018 in the George Royal Room at Hastings Racecourse, Vancouver, BC commencing at approximately 11:00 am.

The following matters of business will be brought before the meeting:

Receive the report of the directors to the members;

1: Consider the audited financial statements of the Association for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 and the auditor’s report thereon, copies of which will be available at the meeting;

2: Appoint auditors for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019;

3: Transact such other business as may lawfully come before the meeting or any  adjournment thereof.

4: Other matters and concerns of the Membership will be considered.

All members are urged to attend. A full lunch will be served after the meeting.

Richard Yates


Mario Watch

Mario Gutierrez
November 18 – Del Mar

Feldspar Wgt-120 Race 3 Maiden Special Weight
Hollywood Square Wgt-122 Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming $20,000
Cool Bobby Wgt-120 Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming $40,000
All Out Wgt-120 Race 7 Maiden Special Weight
Ann Arbor Eddie Wgt-122 Race 8 Cary Grant S.
Push Through Wgt-122 Race 9 Maiden Special Weight
November 22 – Del Mar

Whoa Nessie Wgt-122 Race 2 Maiden Special Weight
Kindred Wgt-122 Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming $40,000
Katherine Wgt-118 Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming $40,000

November 17 – Del Mar
Trial by Fire finished 6th beaten 51 1/4 lengths Race 1 Chart
Radish finished 5th beaten 9 1/2 lengths Race 7 Chart
Owning finished 5th beaten 16 1/4 lengths Race 8 Chart

Two Canadian Owned go forward Thursday in the 1 3/8 Miles. Turf. 3-Year-Olds and Up. Fillies and Mares. RedCrptH (Grade 3). Purse: $100,000 at Del Mar

SIXTH RACE Probable Post 1:30 PST 
1 3/8 Miles. Turf. 3-Year-Olds and Up. Fillies and Mares. RedCrptH (Grade 3). Purse: $100,000


 3   Vexatious   Bejarano R    123       7-2 
 9   Escape Clause   Fuentes R    121       4-1 
 2   Pantsonfire   Franco G    120       9-2 
 4   The Tulip   Van Dyke D    118       6-1 
 7   Lucy De   Desormeaux K J    120       6-1 
 6   Siberian Iris   Prat F    117       8-1 
 5   India Mantuana   Baze T C    117       10-1 
 8   So Hi Society   Pereira T J    114       10-1 
 1   Victress   Talamo J    118       15-1 

Del Mar Stable Notes

Escape Clause © Benoit Photo


Escape Clause, the Canadian filly who extended her win streak to nine in the opening day Kathryn Crosby Stakes – albeit via disqualification – has booked a Del Mar return engagement in Thursday’s Grade III, $100,000 Red Carpet Stakes.

Owner/trainer Don Schnell nominated the 4-year-old daughter of Going Commando to both the Red Carpet and the Grade I $300,000 Matriarch on closing day, December 2, but confirmed Sunday that the Red Carpet is the race of choice.

“She came back so good (from the Kathryn Crosby) that I’m going to give her a shot in the Red Carpet,” Schnell said from his Phoenix base. “I looked at the Matriarch, but there’s too many bears in there.

“She showed she can compete with those (stakes level) horses there and can run on the turf. Now we’ll see if she can go the mile and three-eighths.”

Escape Clause brought an eight-race winning streak, forged mainly at tracks in Manitoba and Alberta, Canada, into the one-mile Kathryn Crosby and ran on turf for the first time in a 25-race career. Ridden by Ruben Fuentes, Escape Clause finished a half-length behind Excellent Sunset, but was moved up to first after stewards ruled a bumping incident in the stretch had cost her a placing.

So the filly that Schnell purchased for $3,200 at a sale in Manitoba extended the winning streak and increased her career earnings to $345,500.

The Red Carpet comes up only 13 days after the Crosby and at a distance that’s a quarter-mile farther than she has raced before, but Schnell said he believes Escape Clause can be up to the task.

“I think so,” Schnell said, “she’s learned to relax and that’s really important at longer distances.”

Fuentes, who picked up the mount on Escape Clause just before the post position draw for the Kathryn Crosby, will be back in the saddle.

“Ruben is a good kid and a good rider,” Schnell said.

Despite the winning streak, Escape Clause was largely overlooked in the betting and returned $39.40 for a $2 win bet in the Kathryn Crosby. “I don’t think you’ll get that this time,” Schnell said.

The field from the rail: Victress (Joe Talamo), Pantsonfire (Geovanni Franco), Vexatious (Rafael Bejarano), The Tulip (Drayden Van Dyke), India Mantuana (Tyler Baze), Siberian Iris (Flavien Prat), Lucy De (Kent Desormeaux), So Hi Society (Tiago Pereira) and Escape Clause (Ruben Fuentes).

The Red Carpet will be the featured event, the sixth on an eight-race Thanksgiving Day card that will have an early first post of 11 a.m.


Edwards Going Left is the horse to beat in Sunday’s $100,000 Cary Grant Stakes. And if you’re in need of reasons why that’s the case, trainer John Sadler has them.

“He won it last year. It’s a good distance for him. And he’s going against California-breds rather than open company,” Sadler said Saturday morning from Santa Anita. “He’s a legitimate favorite who has trained well for the race.”

A 4-year-old gelded son of Midnight Lute, Edwards Going Left prevailed by a half-length over Solid Wager in the 2017 running of the seven-furlong main track test for state breds. In six starts since then, the Hronis Racing Inc. colorbearer has one win and has been off the board only twice – fourth place efforts against world class sprinters Ransom the Moon in the Grade I Bing Crosby here July 28 and Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Roy H in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship last month.

“He’s well spotted,” Sadler said. “There are some good horses, but no Roy H or Ransom the Moon.”

The field from the rail: Tough But Nice (Geovanni Franco, 12-1), Touching Rainbows (Flavien Prat, 5-2), Edwards Going Left (Tyler Baze, 2-1), Solid Wager (Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1), Brandothebartender (Joe Talamo, 20-1), Minoso (Gary Stevens, 30-1), Shades of Victory (Martin Pedroza, 12-1), Ann Arbor Eddie (Mario Gutierrez, 5-1) and Grecian Fire (Rafael Bejarano, 10-1).

The Red Carpet will be the featured event on an eight-race Thanksgiving Day card that will have an early first post of 11 a.m.

Sadler provided an update on his three divisional champions from the summer meeting – Horse of the Meeting Accelerate, top sprinter Catalina Cruiser and top grass horse Catapult:

Accelerate will begin light training and eventually breezing at Santa Anita in December for his final race, the $9 million Pegasus World Cup on January 26 at Gulfstream Park in Florida. Catapult will be on a similar schedule targeting the inaugural $7 million turf race on Pegasus World Cup Day.

Catalina Cruiser is being given time off for a planned return to racing in the spring. There is “an excellent chance” Sadler said that Catalina Cruiser and Catapult will race at Del Mar in the summer of  2019.


Trainer Peter Miller notched win No. 1,000 in his 31-year career on Friday when Drayden Van Dyke guided Haydens Havoc to a 1 ½-length victory in the third race.

The victory touched off a winner’s circle celebration in which Miller was joined by his wife Lani and sons Jacob, 6, and Seth, 4, initially and later by Del Mar officials who  presented him with a sign commemorating the event.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Miller said. “It took a lot of years to get there and a lot of hard work. I’ve got a great team behind me, from my family to the people who work for me in the stable, to the owners. I’m thankful to them all.

“Lets see if we can get another 1,000.”

To that end, Miller has five entered on the eight-race Saturday card.


The wave of eight graded stakes over the final eight days of the meeting and while nominations aren’t commitments to run, even a glance at the ones scheduled next week triggers thoughts of intriguing possibilities.

Grade III $100,000 Red Carpet, Handicap, Thursday, November 22 – Escape Clause tries to extend her winning streak to 10.

Grade II $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup,  Friday, November 23 – Beach View, last seen winning the 1 1/2 –mile Cougar II Handicap here on dirt in July, tries the distance on the turf.

Grade III $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes, Saturday, November 24 – Doug O’Neill has three nominated the most interesting, at least on paper, being Irish-bred Cedars of Lebanon, making her U.S. debut after wins in her native land in September and October.

Grade II $200,000 Seabiscuit Handicap, Saturday, November 24 – Hunt, recovered from a minor illness that kept him out of the Breeders’ Cup returns to battle invaders from the East and overseas.

Grade III $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes, Sunday, November 25 – Trainer Geoge Weaver and owners Jim and Susan Hill, who shipped in to win the Jimmy Durante last year with Daddy Is a Legend, try to do it again with maiden Noble Nebraskan.

Grade III $100,000 Native Diver, Sunday, November 25 – Battle of Midway. Enough said.

Odds-On Mucho Gusto Best in Del Mar’s Bob Hope Saturday

Mucho Gusto | Benoit Photo

Mucho Gusto © Benoit Photo

Heavily favored Mucho Gusto showed speed from the gate, repelled several challenges along the way and reported home a length and a half winner of the $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday at Del Mar.

The flashy chestnut colt by Mucho Macho Man, a $625,000 sale purchase who races out of the powerful barn of trainer Bob Baffert, had Joe Talamo up as he registered his second win in his second start.  He’s owned by Michael Lund Petersen of Reisterstown, MD.

The 4-5 favorite, Mucho Gusto paid $3.60, $3.00 and $2.10 across the board after covering the seven-furlong distance in 1:23.51.

Finishing second was Rockingham Ranch’s Savagery ($6.20, $3.20) and third, a head back, was Del Secco DCS Racing’s Sparky Ville ($2.20).

Mucho Gusto, a Kentucky-bred, picked up $60,000 for his Bob Hope tally and now sports a bankroll of $84,000. He is the first stakes winner for his sire, who won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2013 and has his first crop at the races this year.

Cajun rider Talamo also clicked on a sharp 2-year-old for Baffert earlier on the card when he steered the gray Tapit colt Coliseum to a six and three-quarter length victory in the homebred Godolphin runner’s racing debut.

The track’s Pick Six wager was correctly selected by 21 ticket holders Saturday and they each earned $7,698.  The Jackpot Pick Six carryover grew to $62,637.

Saturday’s crowd at the seaside oval was 6,325.

JOE TALAMO (Mucho Gusto, winner) – “I’ve been very excited to ride this horse. And after this race, I’d say I’m really impressed with him. We got sandwiched coming away from there, but he went on about his business. He ran well throughout; he was well within himself, with his ears up. When a horse would come to him, he’d pick it back up again. He’s trained well right from the start and he’s showing his stuff in the afternoons.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO (Savagery, second) – “He broke well, but I saw the winner go right to the front, so I just sat off him. When it came time, I asked my horse and he gave it a good try. He’s a good young horse and he’s still learning. He’ll be better for this.”

GARY STEVENS (Sparky Ville, third) – “He ran well. He got a bit too wound up in the post parade and that didn’t help. But he ran a good race.”

BOB BAFFERT (Mucho Gusto, winner) – “I lost time when he got sick and this was a good race for him. He’s a pretty cool horse; there’s nothing flashy about him but he gets the job done. They went fast early but when they came to him, he rebroke like the good ones do. I was with my assistant and I said ‘Here’s when you find out what they’re made of.’ ”

FRACTIONS:  :22.36  :45.36  1:10.32  1:23.51

The stakes win was the second of the meet for rider Talamo, but his first in the Bob Hope. He now has 52 stakes wins at Del Mar.

The stakes win was second of the meet for trainer Baffert and his third in the Bob Hope (Toews On Ice, 2015; Mastery, 2016). He now has 128 stakes wins at Del Mar, far and away the most of any conditioner.

The winning owner is Michael Lund Petersen of Reisterstown, MD.

Woodbine Cancels Turf Racing for the Year

Turf racing at Woodbine

Woodbine Cancels Turf Racing for the Year

A week after jockeys first expressed concerns with the Woodbine turf course, management at the Toronto track decided to cancel grass racing for the rest of its meet.

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