01/05/2008 - BEAR NOW IS BACK AT PALM MEADOWS - The filly looks and feels great. She is seen in the photos checking out the activity on the track.
01/02/08 - NOTGIVINMYLOVEAWAY - RUNS SATURDAY JAN. 5TH IN THE HUTCHESON STAKES. - Shannon and Roger Fortier are the owners of Jus Luk Stable. They are in southern Florida this week to watch their now, 3 year old colt by Not For Love, compete on Saturday in the Hutcheson Stakes race at Gulfstream Park. The race is scheduled to go off at 5:00pm. Notgivinmyloveaway is feeling great. He was kicking up his heels while grazing this morning after his morning gallop.
12/26/07 - DIXIE SAVIOR (outside) shown breezing with a stablemate.
12/25/07 - .........A few of our favourite things!
12/21/07 - BOLDCORP - Owned by Jim & Sue Hill, shown here breezing on the turf at Palm Meadows.
12/21/07 - SMART SAMANTHA - Owned by Craig Singer - Breezed 5/8 on the turf at Palm Meadows.
12/21/07 - Edgar Prado with The Bear Stable's - KENTUCKY BEAR at Palm Meadows
12/19/07 - GREETINGS FROM FLORIDA - We currently have 16 horses at the Palm Meadows Training Centre in Florida. We have been allotted more stalls for January and February arrivals. We are thoroughly enjoying the weather. The horses have settled in nicely, and we expect to see our first day of racing on December 29th at Tampa Bay Racetrack. Bear Lahaina will run in a stakes race that day. Here are some photos. More to come as the days progress.
CHIEF BEAR with Cassie Garcea aboard.
FREE CITIZEN with rider Angel Stanley
12/11/07 - DANNY DION'S BEAR STABLES LTD. IS READE'S LEADING OWNER FOR 2007. - In just three years since sending his first horse to Woodbine from Northlands Park, Danny Dion has been recognized by the Sovereign Awards voters and has been nominated for leading owner in 2007. It was a year in which horses trained by Reade saw 21 winners including 5 stakes wins and more the 1.7 million was earned in purses. That was just the horses in Reade's charge. Bear Stables Ltd. also has a string of horses with Alberta trainer Dale Greenwood.
12/10/07 - READE AND JANIS AT BREEDERS' CUP IN MONMOUTH - Photo by Mike Burns.
12/09/07 - EXECUTIVE CHOICE TAKES COMMAND OF THE 10 HORSE FIELD, TO WIN THE $125,000 SIR BARTON STAKES RACE. - Executive Choice is a 6 year old Bay Gelding by Birdonthewire out of Chachagua. He was purchased just prior to his first stakes win in the Steady Growth earlier this year. The owners are Jim Aston, Augi Onesi and Bull Market Stable. Executive Choice was ridden by Jim McAleney in perfect fashion. They went to the lead and set slow early fractions of :24.3, :48.1, 1:11 and finished the 1 1/16 in 1:42.4. The win was by 2 3/4 lengths. The same partnership purchased two Canadian bred colts at the CTHS yearlings sale in September. Executive Choice will have a couple of months to frolick in the snow before going back into training for the 2008 campaign. THIS IS THE 14TH STAKES WIN THIS YEAR FOR READE BAKER. A NEW RECORD!!!
Augi Onesi enjoys a glass of champagne following Executive Choice's Stakes victory.
12/08/07 - TWO MORE DAYS OF RACING - Bear Bullet Too, won the 9th race at Woodbine yesterday under Jim McAleney. We have three horse running today. Executive Choice is running in the feature race, the Sir Barton Stakes. Reade added blinkers today and is expecting positive results.
12/06/07 - SOVEREIGN AWARD NOMINATION - The nominees for Outstanding trainer in 2007 were released by the Jockey Club of Canada on Thursday. Reade was on the list of three finalists. The final days of thoroughbred racing occur this weekend. The stable has scored a record high of 12 stakes winners this year. The wins will be totalled at the end of Sunday's card, but with 4 stakes wins occurring at other racing venues, the Woodbine stats do not represent the entire achievements. Thanks to the 12 stakes winners, our purse earnings are almost identical to the 2006 earnings, however the total wins will be less.
Dany Dion's Bear Stables Ltd. was nominated as Outstanding owner, and two of his horses were nominated for awards as well. Bear Now, winner of the $250,000 Selene Stakes , the Dutchess Stakes, and the $750,000 Fitx Dixon Cotillion at Philadelphia Park was nominated in two categories, Best Spirnter, and Best three year old filly.
Bear Holiday, winner of the Silver Deputy, and the Colin Stakes, was nominated in the Best two year old division. The Sovereign Awards are awarded at the annual event which is being conducted on Friday Dec. 14th.
11/24/07 - NOTGIVINMYLOVEAWAY - WINS THE PENNSYLVANIA NURSERY STAKE RACE IN PHILADELPHIA PARK. - The 2 year old colt by Not For Love scored the 12th stakes victory in 2007 for the barn. He is owned by Roger and Shannon Fortier's Jus Luk Stable based in Bonnyville Alberta. The stable is named after their son's Justin and Luke. The colt won the race by 5 lengths under Jorge Duarte Jr. in 1:23.3. The colt was bred by Margaret Addis in PA. and was purchased at the OBS two year olds in training sale for $50,000.
11/24/07 - BEAR BULLET WINS ALLOWANCE RACE AT WOODBINE - It was especially nice to see Bear Bullet Too in the winners' circle at Woodbine today. Under a confident ride by Jim McAleney, Bear Bullet Too won the 7 furlong race in 1:22.2. The filly is owned by Bear Stables and was bred by Colby Felds Racing Group in KY. The filly had a couple of troubled starts earlier in the year and after some time off and some confidence building, the filly is happy to be racing again. She is a very kind and social filly with loads of personality. One of the favourites in the barn. Congrats!
11/07/07 - ROYAL WINTER FAIR - The poultry exhibit returned to the Royal WInter Fair in Toronto this year for a two day show on Tuesday November 6th and Wednesday November 7th. Reade along with partners Reg Hughes and Frank Goodfellow had a number of champions on display. Below are photos of some of their birds.
10/27/07 - BEAR NOW BLEEDS - Bear Now broke well when the gates opened and Jerry Baird got her into poistion early. The first 1/4 went in :22.3 but then she went the 1/2 in :46.3. Everything was perfect. Then she began to back away, and horses went by her. It was very dissappointing to say the least. When we returned to the barn and had her scoped, we understood why. Bear Now bleed during the race.The scope results showed she bled a 7 out of 10.
Next year the Breeders' Cup is at Santa Anita. We hope that she will get another chance at the Distaff then. The big picture is that she is a great filly and she will race on.
10/26/07 - JAZZ NATION RAN 2ND IN THE $250,000 FAVORITE TRICK STAKES AT MONMOUTH - Jazz Nation in shown in the paddock before the 7th race with groom Wendy Dadswell and rider Kent Desormeaux. What a gutsy performance for the 2 yr old City Zip colt owned by Zayat Stables. It was pouring rain all day and the track was sloppy. Jazz Nation finished second to Margo's Gift in the 6 furlongs event which was clocked in 1:10 and earned a Beyer rating of 86.
Kent Desormeaux after the Favorite Trick stakes race today.
10/26/07 - THERE WAS A BEAR SIGHTING TODAY. - The Bear, his wife Gwen along with guests including Danny's brothers Pierre and Andre are in Oceanport, NY. All are here to cheer on Bear Now in the BC Distaff on Saturday. Bear Now was agressive today as she made an attempt to bite Janis this morning.
10/26/07 - A name from the past is James Walford, (left) a Canadian jockey who rode at Woodbine in the early 70's and who is now the owner of a specialty tack shop at Monmouth Park. He has three locations and a mail order business called Whips International. He ships his products which cater to jockeys and riders, to 28 countries. Contact James at 856-488-5456 or by email: email@example.com. Pictured here with jockey John Murtagh.
10/25/07 - PRESS PARTY - We just returned from the Press Party which is held by Breeders' Cup. Here is a list of Canadians we encountered, Jeff Bratt, John Siscos, Mike Burns, Mike Smith, Catharine O'Sullivan, Steve and Jennifer Lym, Robbie Platts. The best thing about tonight's party is that it was held at our hotel. Free food and drinks will atrac a crowd for sure. We are back in the room and it is only 10:30pm. Congratulations to Feistee Deer and to Jim and Joyce McAlpine, the winning connections for the win today at Woodbine in the 6th race.
10/25/07 - MONMOUTH PARK DAY 4 - It is overcast and rainy here today and the temperature is 54 degrees, (not celcius). JAZZ NATION galloped as usual this morning.
BEAR NOW repeated her routine from yesterday. A nice gallop once around, and then schooling with the pony to the gate and paddock. The track was muddy/sloppy today and the rain intensified later in the morning.
10/25/07 - SIDE BAR - We ran into Colin McKenzie from England in the track kitchen this morning and shared a memory from 1988 when Reade and I went to The Grand National with him and Reade rode ALDANITI on a charity ride/walk that was organized by the English Cancer Society. Colin had been writing for the Racing Post at the time and offered his ride to the highest bidder. Reade subscribed to the paper at that time, and made the highest bid, thereby raising more money for the Cancer Society. Now ALDANITI had won the Grand National twice and as a tribute to his career, his regular rider Bob Champion was there at the Aintree Course to parade him around one last time. Reade rode ALDANITI for one mile, just outside of Liverpool.
10/24/07 - BEAR NOW GALLOPED OVER THE MONMOUTH TRACK AT 8:20AM TODAY - There was a light drizzle on and off this morning but the sun came out when Bear Now went out for her gallop.
Following her gallop Bear Now schooled with a pony to the gate and to the paddock. She continues to do well. Both Jazz Nation and Bear Now walked to the paddock to school again at 11:30am. The paddock was filled with Breeders' Cup contenders including Any Given Saturday, Octave, Corinthian, and about two dozen others. Bear Now and Jazz Nation both looked wonderful and were perfect in the exercise. Bear Now will school again tomorrow in the 2nd race. The rain is intermittant, and the track is muddy.
10/23/07 - BEAR NOW ARRIVES AT MONMOUTH - Bear Now and Jazz Nation arrived at Monmouth Park last evening at about 9:30pm. They both settled in nicely.
Photo - BEAR NOW
It was sunny and unseasonably warm this morning at Monmouth Park. Both Jazz Nation and Bear Now jogged over the Monmouth Park dirt surface.
Photo - Woodbine's Racing Analyst, Jeff Bratt
The Breeders' Cup week is very exciting as it attracts press and media from around the world. When you see them swarm at one end of the backstretch or another you know it must be to catch a photo or interview with a sought after candidate. Reade has not been swarmed by the media although he did get interviewed by Jeff Bratt from Woodbine. Reade watched the horses train and then got licensed, made his entries for Friday and Saturday's races at Monmouth and picked up his Breeders' Cup credentials.
The draw for the Breeders' Cup Distaff occured at about 12:20 pm and Bear Now drew post 6 in a field of 12 runners. Reade was happy with the post position although he said that he would have preferred being closer to the rail. On the other hand he was glad that she did not draw post 12.
Jerry Baird will arrive on Friday and he has the mount on Bear Now.
Jazz Nation is entered to run on Friday in the Favorite Trick stakes race. Jazz Nation is a 2 year old colt by City Zip that won a maiden allowance race at Woodbine at first asking. He is owned by the Zayat Stables.
Photo - JAZZ NATION
We will make daily updates leading up to the Breeders' Cup races.
10/20/07 - MRS. BEGAN WINS $250,000 PRINCESS ELIZABETH STAKES - Under a confident ride by Jim McAleney, Mrs. Began dug in deep in the stretch to make it to the finish line first in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes race for two year old Canadian Bred fillies at Woodbine. While over 90 fillies were still eligible for the event in August, The race went off with a 5 horse field. Mrs. Began is by Jump Start out of Showmethegreencard, by De Niro. She was bred by Mike Carroll and foaled in Ontario. Mrs. Began was purchased by Zayat Stables LLC as a yearling at the CTHS yearling's sale in 2006. This was the 11th stakes victory in 2007 for trainer Reade Baker and the first Princess Elizabeth stakes victory.
10/15/07 - BEAR NOW IS PRE-ENTERED FOR THE BREEDERS' CUP DISTAFF AT MONMOUTH PARK - Saturday October 28th.
10/11/07 - TED LABANOWICH - THE KING - It is a sad day for sure. "The King" as we all knew him is no longer in the building. After a courageous fight with cancer, Ted passed away today. In the photo below, Ted was trying on my reading glasses a couple of years ago and I thought they looked great on him. Ted will be remembered to us as a character of the racing world. He took Spanish lessons and walked around the Woodbine Club with his tape recorder hoping to catch a quote from an owner or trainer in the midst. One funny story I remember was when Reade was being interviewed by Ted and after about 1/2 an hour of conversation Ted asked Reade if he would "repeat that". Reade patiently asked Ted if he wanted the whole sentence repeated? Ted said "no the whole interview, my tape machine did not record the interview." Our condolences to Ted's family and friends. Reade and I will miss you Ted! , Janis.
10/11/07 - WIND IN MY WINGS - WINS AT KEENELAND - The two year old filly by Sligo Bay out of Sly Butterfly, by Pulpit was purchased in March by Reade for Craig Singer at the Adena Springs's sale of two year olds in training in Ocala. She won her maiden allowance race at Woodbine and was the convincing winner today of the $150,000 JP Morgan Jessamine Stakes race at Keeneland. The race was on the turf at 1 1/16 and was run in 1:45.3. It was the first stakes winner at Keeneland for Reade. Wind in my Wings went off at 11 -1, was ridden by Jamie Theriot, and defeated the favourite, Lickety Lemon by a neck.
10/03/07 - READE AND REN - While waiting for the next set of horses to arrive, it looks like both Reade and his pony Ren are having a nap.
10/02/07 - PALM MEADOWS WINTER TRAINING. - We are now accepting horses for winter training at Palm Meadows in Florida. Palm Meadows Training Centre is in close proximity to Calder racecourse, Gulfstream Park and Tampa Bay racetrack. The dirt track is great for training, the barns are safe and well ventilated, and the housing accomodations for staff are excellent. Please contact Reade at (416) 518-1234 ( at your earliest convenience) if you have any questions, or if you would like to send some horses with him this winter.
10/01/07 - HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY - JOAN BACKSHALL. On Saurday September 30th, friends and family of Joan Backshall were invited to attend a dinner party to honour Joan's 80th birthday. Joan is Reade's aunt and lives in St. Catharines, Ontario. For the past 40 years, Joan has been working for Father Fernback and is pictured below.
09/25/07 - BEAR NOW arrived back at Woodbine at 4:00pm on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. Shown here, posing with her flowers which were awarded to her in the winners's circle after winning the $750,000 Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes at Philadephia Park.
Reade, Jerry Baird, and Janis took the 8:30pm flight out of Philadelphia on Saturday night and carried the flowers on the plane so Bear Now could have them to remember her victory.
A PREMONITION ? - A couple of years ago Danny, Reade and Janis were having diner at a restaurant on Hollywood Beach in Florida. It was a popular spot for jockeys, trainers and owners to go. Reade saw Todd Pletcher sitting down for dinner with his family and mentioned the fact to Danny Dion of the Bear Stables. Danny jumped up and went over to Todd Pletcher's table and introduced himself. When he got back to the table with Reade and Janis, Danny ordered a bottle a wine to be sent to Todd Pletcher's table. Danny then went on to tell Reade that Todd Pletcher had to know who the Bear was because one day, he is going to be in a race with him and when he beats him, Todd Pletcher is going to want to know who the Bear is!
LOOKING FOR NEXT YEAR'S TWO YEAR OLD STARS, SEPTEMBER YEARLINGS PURCHASED.
Prior to the Saturday Fitz Dixon race in Philadelphia, Reade was in Lexington at the Keeneland September yearling sale along with clients Jim and Susan Hill, Rob Smithen, and Rick Mah of the Calmar Stable. Absent from the sale, but active in purchasing, was the Bear Stables, Roger Fortier of Jus Luk Stable, and Angelo Lamantia of A & A Stable. Here is just a sample of yearlings which were purchased at the sale.
|Royal Academy - Sheriff's Lap
|Pleasant Tap - Marionette
|Not For Love - Heir to the Queen
|Stormy Atlantic - DooDah Day
|Cuvee - Puddle Jump
|Smart Strike - Charette
|Theatrical - Distinctive R.N.
|Congaree - Milagra, Maria's Mon
|Langfuhr - Debra's Victory
|Yes It's True - Ms Louisett
|Touch Gold - Alpha Heat
|Montbrook - Confidential
|Proud Citizen - Never a Cloudy Day
Philadelphia Park | Posted 9/22/2007, 5:16 pm
Bear Now wins Cotillion with 3-10 Octave second
By STEVE ANDERSEN
Bear Now won her fourth stakes of 2007 in Saturday's $750,000 Fitz Dixon Cotillion Handicap at Philadelphia Park, overcoming a threat in early stretch from the heavily favored Octave to score the most important win of her career.
Ridden by Jerry Baird, Bear Now led throughout the Grade 2 Cotillion, pulling away in midstretch to win by two lengths over Octave.
Bear Now ($18.80) finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.21.
Baird had Bear Now in front shortly after the start, leading by a length over 28-1 shot Exchanging Fire through early fractions of 23.45 and 46.52 seconds.
On the final turn, Bear Now was challenged by Octave to the outside and Talkin About Love on the rail. The three were within a length of each other in early stretch before Bear Now drew off.
Octave, the winner of two Grade 1 stakes earlier this year - the Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park - was third for much of the Cotillion before challenging on the backstretch. She was sent off as the 3-10 favorite in her first start since finishing a troubled third in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 18.
Talkin About Love held third in the field of eight 3-year-old fillies. The Cotillion was Talkin About Love's first loss in six starts this year, a streak that included a win in the Grade 3 Monmouth Breeders' Cup Oaks last month.
Bear Now, by Tiznow, scored her biggest payday in the Cotillion. Owned by Bear Stables and trained by Reade Baker, Bear Now earned $426,000, improving her career record to 6 wins in 12 starts and earnings of $812,414.
She won three stakes at Woodbine earlier this year, including the Grade 3 Selene Stakes in May. The Cotillion was her first stakes win in the United States.
09/22/07 - READE, DANNY (THE BEAR) AND JERRY TOAST BEAR NOW'S VICTORY.
08/27/07 - WE'RE ALL GOING ON A .........../BEAR HOLIDAY - WINS THE SILVER DUPUTY AT WOODBINE YESTERDAY IN ANOTHER HEART STOPPING FINISH. Bear Holiday is the 2 year old star in Reade Baker's stable at the moment. After winning his maiden allowance debut by 6 lengths, Bear Holiday came back to win the Colin Stakes, by a very small nose after chasing down the front running Dancing Allstar. Yesterday, Bear Holiday under his regular rider Jerry Bear'd (Baird) closed late as he did in the Colin and beat the front running Stuck in Traffic in the final stage of the race by a 1/2 length. This son of Harlan's Holliday now has three starts and three wins on the score sheet with two of the wins being stakes races. Danny Dion's Bear Stables Ltd. purchased Bear Holiday as a yearling at the Saratoga Sale in 2006. Following the race Reade was interviewed by Rene Kierans and he said Bear Holiday has done everything perfect so far and that he could be a "good horse". Jockey Jerry Baird said "he (Bear Holiday) is why we get up in the morning". One horseman went up to Reade to offer congratulations and said that he has owned horses for 30 years and would love to have a horse that good.
TWO CANADIAN BRED YEARLINGS FOR SALE AT KEENELAND SEPTEMBER - If you are interested in purchasing a Canadian-Bred yearling this year, have a look at the two filly's we have in the sale at Keeneland.
There is an Indian Charlie filly Hip # 2289 out of Luckierthanuthink, by Mazel Trick, and a Notrthern Afleet filly Hip # 3654 out of Twochindordor, by Vice Regent.
The dam of the Indian Charlie filly is a half sister to stakes winning Elusive Thought and the dam of the Northern Afleet filly has produced the stakes winner Callendars, which raced for Eugene and Laura Melynyk.
They are being sold by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Check the Keeneland website for pedigrees or check back here in a bit for photos and pedigrees.
08/11/07 - BEAR NOW SCORES HER THIRD STAKES VICTORY OF THE 2007 SEASON - Bear Now led all the way in yesterday's 7 furlong, $150,000 Dutchess Stakes at Woodbine. Jerry Baird was aboard for the victory which was timed in 1:22.1. Jerry told Renee of HPiTV that the filly knew where she wanted to be when the gate opened. He did not fight her and she went straight for the lead under a relaxed first quarter in :23 seconds. Bear Now opened up on the field of 7 very good fillies finishing 6 1/2 lengths ahead of the Sam-Son Farms' filly, Speak Wisely. This is the 2nd Dutchess Stakes victory in a row for Reade Baker as he won the race last year with Vestrey Lady.
08/06/07 - VESTREY LADY WINS THE ROYAL NORTH - Vestrey Lady was in championship form today as she ran gate to wire on the E.P. Taylor Turf course to defeat the heavily favourite Financingavailable. Vestrey Lady is a multiple stakes winner on the turf and polytrack at Woodbine. Reade has been training her on the dirt training track and running her on the turf course resulting in two consecutive wins for the filly. Vestrey Lady was runner up in the Sovereign Awards voting last year for champion 3 yr old filly. Vestrey Lady races under the Harlequin Ranches colours.
07/23/07 - JIM MCALENEY WORKS HIS FIRST HORSE FROM THE GATE TODAY! - A very confident Jim McAleney worked his first horse from the gate at Woodbine this morning. For the past two weeks, Jim has been galloping a couple of horses for Reade in the morning. This was the first time he worked a horse since the training accident on March 28th in which he broke the femor bone in his left leg. Jim has an appointment with his doctor on August 16th at which time he believes that he will receive the clearance to resume riding on the 17th.
07/22/07 - RACING FANS VISIT BARN WITH HOST JENNIFER MORRISON -
Reade Baker was pleased to welcome racing fans at the barn on Saturday morning as Jennifer Morrison conducted an informative tour of the stable area. The guests on the tour had an opportunity to see some of the horses in the stable and ask questions pertaining to details of training and racing. Jockey Jim McAleney who has not been riding this year due to a training accident, was at the barn as well. Jim has been galloping a few horses every day on his way to recovery.
07/21/07 - BEAR HOLIDAY GETS UP IN TIME TO WIN THE $125,000 COLIN STAKES RACE. It was a very long time before the win photo was hung and the race was declared official but fortunately for The Bear Stables, Reade Baker, and Jerry Baird the first nose to the finish line was Bear Holiday's. The colt was a $250,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale. Breaking his maiden in an allowance race on June 24th, today's victory makes Bear Holiday undefeated in his two lifetime starts.
06/17/07 - JIM BANNON RECEIVES AWARD OF MERIT FOR CONTRIBUTION TO RACING FROM THE THOROUGHBRED FAN CLUB. Racing Analyst and TV Broadcaster, Jim Bannon is seen here after receiving the award. Congratulations and Happy Father's Day! Seen here with Daughter Rebecca and wife Candy.
06/17/07 - BEAR NOW TAKES THE $100,000 HILL 'N DALE STAKES AT WOODBINE - In what was another convincing victory, Bear Now raced agains't older fillies to capture the Hill 'n Dale Stakes by 9 3/4 lengths. The Daily Racing Form gave her a 99 beyer speed rating for the Hill 'n Dale win which equalled the 99 beyer she received for the Selene victory. It was funny too that the time of the races were identical going 1 1/16 in 1:43.3.
Along with the purse money, Dany Dion's Bear Stables, Ltd., receives a free stallion service to El Corredor. The Bear Stables scored earlier in the day with Kuma in the first race. Kuma is by Unbridled's Song out of Karait. His victory was by 6 lengths and earned him an 86 beyer. Both Bear Now and Kuma may be heading south to Delaware Park for stakes races in July.
Photo by Mike Burns Photography
06/09/07 - EXECUTIVE CHOICE WINS THE $125,000 STEADY GROWTH - Less than three weeks ago, three executives purchased privately, the six year old Birdonthewire gelding, appropriately named Executive Choice. On Saturday the gelding won the Steady Growth Stakes race, for Ontario Sired horses, going 1 1/16 in 1:43.3. Jockey Emille Ramsamy guided Executive Choice to the finish line, 7 1/2 lengths ahead of the second place finisher, named Bold Finish. The victory earned Executive Choice a career record high beyer speed rating of 101. The winning owners are Jim Aston, of Sinclair-Cockburn Insurance, Peter Buzzi, and Augi Onesi of the RBC Financial Group. The breeder of Executive Choice is Adena Springs.
Photo by Mike Burns Photography
05/20/07 - BEAR NOW WINS THE SELENE IN RECORD BREAKING TIME - The 3 year old daughter of Tiznow, out of Controlled, won the $250,000 Selene Stakes for Dany Dion's Bear Stables at Woodbine today.
Photo by Mike Burns Photography
Jockey Emile Ramsamy sat just off the pace until Bear Now dragged him to the lead with 2 1/2 furlongs to go, and opened up on the field by 9 lengths to finish in a record setting time of 1:43.73 on the polytrack.
Dany Dion raced the half brother to Bear Now and liked him so much that when he had the opportunity , he purchased the mare Controlled, and also has a two year old by Deputy Commander. Controlled is in foal to Officer, due in 2008.This marks the first stakes score of 2007 for trainer Reade Baker and his second time winning the Selene Stakes having won it in 2005 with Gold Strike who went on to capture the Canadian Oaks and champion three year old honours that year. Very Impressive win for Bear Now!!
The groom for Bear Now is Marge Williams, and this is her first time in the stakes winner's circle with a horse that she grooms. Congratulations and thanks to Dany Dion and the Baker Team.
05/06/07 - TWO MORE WINNERS - We are starting to roll now. On Friday we went to the winners circle with Fire Rock and on Saturday, Bear Dixiecat scored an impressive allowance win to become the 5th winner for the stable this year. Horses that are working very well include Kuma, who breezed 3/4 in 1:14 this morning under Cory Fraser, and Bear Now who breezed 3/4 in 1:15. Vestrey Lady breezed 3/4 in 1:15 under Emma Wilson and Forbidden Bear breezed 3/4 on Saturday in 1:14.4. This should make for some exciting racing action in the next few weeks.
05/03/07 - HORSES ARE RUNNING WELL - We have had our share of seconds and thirds, but it is time to get some more winners. This weekend we will see action on Friday May 4th with Fire Rock, a three year old colt by Langfuhr owned by Shannondoe Farm. On Saturday we send out Bear Dixiecat and Greeley's Truth. On Sunday, Falcon Lake, (by Langfuhr, and owned by Rob Smithen), and Muskwa, owned by Bear Stables will compete for a maiden win. Holy Soul, will make his 2007debut for Waymor Holdings and Cam Allard.
04/09/07 - THREE WINS SO FAR - We are pleased to announce that after just 4 days of racing at Woodbine, we have scored 3 wins. The Bear Stable's colt, Forbidden Bear kicked off the season and then Bear Prayer followed up that victory with a win on Good Friday. Jim McAlpine was in the winner's circle with his filly Awesome Cali on Saturday. Jim did not race Awesome Cali in 2006, and this was her first start in 2007. The filly paid $25.00 to win.
04/02/07 - ONTARIO RACING COMMISSION RULES - For those of you who are wondering why all of our runners were scatched on Sunday, here is the explanation. The ORC requires a Clearance Certificate from the WSIB, on file for all trainers who have horses at Woodbine. This is common at all racetracks. There was no certificate in the office even though I believed that there was one. The certificate is one way to prove to the Association that trainers have coverage. We asked to sign an affidavit to the effect that we are covered and to provide proof by 8:30am on Monday the next business day, as it was 11:00am on Sunday when we got the call. The ORC would not accept any solution other than the certificate. The stewards acknowledged that they did believe that we have coverage (and hard to understand why they did not ask for proof of coverage for the previous two months since we were on the track training since Feb. 1st.), but they would still not permit the horses to race. It is my responsibility for sure, to have checked that the certificate was received in the office for sure. However, I believe that there could have been another way to handle the situation other than scratch the horses. I know that the rule is there for the protection of workers from dishonest trainers however, there was no question of our integrety. We have an annual payroll of $850,000 and we are never late with our payments. I called a representative from WSIB (at home) to try to get the ORC to accept a verbal confirmation and again the answer was negative. I am deeply sorry for the inconvenience this has caused our clients and the emabarrasment this has caused Reade. As of 8:30 this morning the certificate was in the race office and we look forward to another good year of racing. Janis Maine
03/31/07 - OPENING DAY AT WOODBINE - Forbidden Bear won the 2nd race of the day providing Bear Stables and Reade with their first winner of 2007. Gold Quest ran second in her 2007 debut for owner Jim McAlpine. Bear's Swan was fifth, Bearstein and Atlas Shrugs both finished seventh in their openers. We are back in action on Sunday with Holy Soul, Greeley's Truth, Feistee Deer, Major Mousse and Bear Bullet Too.
Most of you know by now that jockey Jim McAleney did not ride opening day because he broke his leg above the knee during a training accident on Thursday morning at Woodbine. We visited with Jimmy at the Etobicoke General after the races and he was in good spirits following surgery earlier in the day. He is expected to be in the hospital for about a week and has been told that he could get back on horses in three months. We missed Jimmy opening day, and we wish him a most speedy recovery.
03/29/07 - BEAR STABLES AND ROGER FORTIER IN BUYING MOOD - OBS on Wednesday, Bear Stables and Roger Fortier departed with more two year olds.
03/27/07 - 12 TWO YEAR OLDS PURCHASED AT ADENA SPRINGS IN OCALA - At the annual sale of two-year-olds in training at Adena Springs last evening, a total of twelve horses were purchased by our clients. Active purchasers included Dany Dion (The Bear Stable), Jim Cullen, Roger Fortier, (Jus Luk Stable), Jim and Susan Hill, Randy and Bonnie McIntosh, Jim McAlpine, and Craig Singer. Half of the purchases are Canadian-Breds. We look forward to seeing them at Woodbine.
03/08/07 - VESTREY LADY DEBUTS WITH 3RD - Vestrey Lady ran at Gulfstream Park yesterday and was an impressive 3rd in her first start this year. "I wish I had a couple of more weeks before her first start, she would have won" said Reade. Vestrey Lady is pointing towards a Stakes race at Woodbine in the 2nd week of April. Friday March 9th, we are back in action with Alittlebitwayward and Bear Now.
03/07/08 - THE BEAR AND EDGAR PRADO - Dany Dion "The Bear" is in Florida this week. Pictured after the races today at Gulfstream with jockey Edgar Prado. Dany was at the Fasig-Tipton Calder two-year-olds in training sale on Tuesday where he picked up a colt by Stormy Atlantic and a New York bred filly by Precise End. With Saratoga racing on the agenda, the New York bred will be pointed in that direction. See you at Saratoga!
02/25/07 - GOLDEN GLADE RAN WELL - In his career debut, Golden Glade had a very positive first race finishing 5th at Gulfstream Park. This horse has a great presence and style of running. Watch for him in future races, it will not be long before he is a winner.
02/21/07 - VESTREY LADY BREEZES UNDER JIM MCALENEY - Jockey Jim McAleney was aboard Vestrey Lady this morning as she breezed a good 1/2 mile in :48. As for racing activities, watch for Golden Glade to make his Gulfstream Park debut on February 24th. Golden Glade is a 3 year old Canadian-bred owned by Harlequin Ranches and is eligible for the Queen's Plate.
02/10/07 - We head to Ocala on Sunday for the OBS two-year-olds in training sale which will be conducted on February 13th. If you are interested in getting a two year old, there are many opportunities. Along with this sale, there is another one at the end of February in Miami, 2 more sales in Ocala at the end of March and then one at Keeneland in April. Give us a shout.
01/29/07 - WOODBINE TRAINING OPENS - February 1st marks the opening of training at Woodbine. We have 45 stalls again this year at Woodbine (maximum stalls per trainer at the track) with another 20 stalls at the training centre staffed by our employees. This program proved successfull in 2006 and we plan to continue with it this year.
Please contact Reade at 416 518-1234 if you would like him to train your horse(s).
Multiple stakes winner Vestrey Lady is at Palm Meadows and is getting ready for her 2007 debut.
01/11/2007 - HAPPY NEW YEAR - Photo of Bearstein breezing at Palm Meadows under Rhiannan Vitiello. Watch for Bearstein and Bear's Kid at Gulfstream Park on January 14th. This will be the stable's first runners at Gulfstream Park, and this year!
12/10/06 - 77 WINS and MORE THAN 4 MILLION DOLLARS IN PURSES
12/01/06 - BEAR INVASION RESULTS IN TWO MORE WINNERS. - BEAR'S KID and FORBIDDEN BEAR provided Dany Dion of Bear Stables Ltd., with 2 additional wins to add to his portfolio. On what was a grey, and rainy day at Woodbine, a little sunshine was delivered by Bear's Kid in the first race of the 10 race card day and by Forbidden Bear in winning the final race of the day. Bear's Kid, by Lemon Drop Kid, won the Gr 2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine in 2005. Forbidden Bear, by Forbidden Apple, is a 2 year old colt, and that was his first lifetime start. Forbidden Bear is the first winner for Arthur Appleton's stallion Forbidden Apple.
11/28/06 - TWO WEEKS LEFT AND MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO WIN. - As we head into the final two weeks of racing at Woodbine, the prospects remain high. We continue to make entries, and look forward to a strong finish to what has been another outstanding year. Horses to watch this week include Bear's Kid, Bear Inheritance, Fire Rock, River Heights, Bear Soldier, River Lee, Bear's Swan, Forbidden Bear, Ruckus in the Bay, Race to Arms and Falcon Lake.
11/22/06 - LEROY TROTMAN NAMED ASSISTANT TRAINER OF THE YEAR FOR 2006 - We are proud to announce that our assistant trainer Leroy Trotman was awarded top honours, Assistant Trainer of the year, at the HBPA annual awards night. Leroy is definitely an asset, and we are pleased that he is on our team. Leroy leads a wonderful group of individuals who give endless attention to detail, and we thank them all for their dedication to the horses.
11/12/06 - FOR SALE - ALPHABET'S SOUP COLT OUT OF VICTORIOUS ANN - Here is an opportunity to purchase a two year old unraced colt by Alphabet's Soup. We own the colt for paying the board bills. We are selling the colt for the the amount that we have paid to keep him. If you are interested in seeing this colt he is in our barn at Woodbine. Asking price is $10,000. He is in training and is unraced. Please contact Reade or stop by the barn.
11/09/06 - FOR SALE - STAKES WINNING MARE, BY ELUSIVE QUALITY - Elusive Thought is being offered for private sale at the price of $275,000.00 US. With earnings of $179,754, Elusive Thought won the $125,000 Fury Stakes as a three year old. She is in foal to Forest Wildcat on an early cover. Please contact Reade at 416 518-1234.
11/08/06 - ANOTHER BEAR SIGHTING IN THE WINNERS' CIRCLE AT WOODBINE - The majority of the Bear Stables' horses are named with a Bear attachment and it is fun when the winners make their way to the winners' circle. Last night it was BEAR NOW who romped the field of 2 year old allowance fillies. A daughter of TIZNOW out of CONTROLLED won under jockey Corey Fraser. This is win number 65 for Reade as he continues to lead the trainer standings at Woodbine.
11/03/06 - BEAR BULLET TOO FIRES OFF A BIG WIN - With owner Dany Dion of Bear Stables Ltd. in attendance, Bear Bullet Too scored a 2 1/2 length victory in the maiden allowance 2 year old filly race at Woodbine today. A daughter of Red Bullet, Bear Bullet Too was purchased as a two year old in training.
11/01/06 - BREEDERS' CUP AT CHURCHILL - For the serious racing fans who have the opportunity, it is time for the annual pilgrimage to the Breeders' Cup day of racing. This year it is being held at Churchill Downs race track in Louisville, KY, on Saturday November 4th. On Sunday we are back to Woodbine to watch one of our favourite colts named Mike Fox, run in the Coronation Stakes for two year old Canadian-Breds. Mike Fox is by Giant's Causeway out of Alexis. He is owned by Morgan Firestone who is also the breeder. In the next few weeks, horses to watch include Bosskiri in the Ontario Fashion Stakes on Saturday Nov. 4th, Coy Coyote, in the Glorious Song Stakes on November 19th.
||TORONTO, September 30 - Harlequin Ranches' Coy Coyote rallied from mid-pack to win Saturday's Grade 3, $250,000 Mazarine Breeders' Cup Stakes at Woodbine.|
The bay daughter of Honour and Glory, dismissed at odds of 13-1, was ridden by Corey Fraser for trainer Reade Baker, who also saddled the second-place finisher, A.P. Reality.
Ontario Debutante champion Stillistillmovin and slight favourite Changeisgonnacome slugged it out through brisk early fractions of :22.87 and :46.79, with Coy Coyote sitting in fifth, five lengths back.
After three-quarters in 1:12.87, the Kentucky-bred Coy Coyote, runner-up in the My Dear Stakes on July 2, began to close on the outside of A.P. Reality going on to a 1 1/2-length win.
A.P. Reality, who finished third in the Grade 3 Natalma on September 10, was a half-length in front of My List in a race run in 1:47.30 for 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack.
Jockey Jim McAleney, regular rider of both A.P. Reality and Coy Coyote, thought he had the race won before his A.P. Reality ran greenly down the lane. "She's a lovely, lovely filly. She made a tremendous run and made the lead. It's just inexperience. She looked at the grandstand, she ducked out and pulled herself up. But she almost caught them again."
The Mazarine was the first trip around two turns for Coy Coyote, who won her maiden at 4 1/2 furlongs in her career bow, on May 27 at the Toronto oval.
In her last start, over six furlongs on the Polytrack, she eked out a head win as the mutual favourite. That came on the heels of her only disappointing performance, a tenth-place finish on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course on August 20, her only try on the grass to date.
"She (A.P. Reality) blew away from me on the turn and I thought it was a fight for second," said Fraser. "She hit a brick wall and I saw it was open game."
The victory gave Baker his first Mazarine crown and his Woodbine-leading tenth stakes score of the year.
"She's very kind, she can do anything you want," said Baker, of Coy Coyote, a lifetime winner of three races from five starts. "Corey fits a horse like that, so it worked out perfectly."
09/29/06 - OVER 3 MILLION IN PURSES - Reade Baker continues to lead the trainer standings at Woodbine with over $3,000,000 in purse earnings, 53 wins, and 9 stakes victories. A comanding victory by WOODLAND for owner Cam Allard was the one that put the earnings over the mark on Thursday 09/28. Watch for stakes action on both Saturday and Sunday as Reade sends out COY COYOTE for Harlequin Ranches, and A.P. REALITY for Centaur Farm in the Mazzarine Stakes. On Sunday, the first day of October, STORM CALLER will compete in the colours of Jim and Sue Hill, in the Ontario Derby over Woodbine's polytrack.
09/24/06 - SCOREBOARD - Reade Baker leads Woodbine trainers in all catagories. Reade scored his 9th stakes win on Saturday Sept. 23rd with Vestrey Lady for Harlequin Stable. This is the most stakes wins for any trainer so far in 2006. Reade continues to lead in the Wins catagory with 52, and in the Earnings division with $2,966,420 in purses.
Vestrey Lady wires La Lorgnette field
||TORONTO, September 23..Harlequin Ranches' Vestrey Lady, ridden by Jim McAleney, made every pole a winning one in Saturday's featured $134,400 La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine.|
Breaking from the eight-hole in the field of 11 three-year-old fillies, Vestrey Lady repulsed several challengers during the mile and one-sixteenth test, then held off a surging Gold Fish near the wire to win by a half-length, in 1:44.91. Hard-knocking Sweet Breanna, runner-up in both the Labatt Woodbine Oaks and Bison City Stakes earlier this year, faded late in the stretch to finish third as the lukewarm race favourite.
It was the third win, along with four seconds, in eight starts this year for the remarkably consistent Kentucky-bred daughter of Vicar, who was only a $6,000 (US$) Keeneland yearling purchase in 2004.
"I thought if that horse on the outside, Grain of Truth, was going to show a tonne of speed, I thought we'd be able to sit back off," said McAleney. "But we had a very comfortable lead and this filly is just so talented. Any time you get a half (mile) that easy (:47.32), she ran all the way to the quarter-pole with her ears pricked and was real comfortable. I can always count that (trainer) Reade's (Baker) got them 100%. They're there and they've been firing all year long."
Baker, Woodbine's leading trainer in wins and purse money, celebrated his ninth stakes win of the season. “She did it well. I was just worried about somebody chasing her early. I thought if nobody chased her, she could win it. Maybe now we'll take her out of town and make the Sovereign Award voters think about Kimchi, who I wish was here today."
The morning line favourite, Kimchi, currently the top three-year-old filly in the country, after winning the first two gems of the Triple Tiara, the Labatt Woodbine Oaks and Bison City Stakes, was a morning scratch.
Vestrey Lady, the 7-2 second choice, opened a length and one-half on her rivals after a quarter, and essentially maintained that margin throughout. Sweet Breanna took a shot at the leader coming into the stretch, but couldn't get any closer. Then, 23-1 longshot Gold Fish made a belated attempt to reel in the pacesetter deep in the lane but came up short.
The win was worth $75,000, as Vestrey Lady pushed her career bankroll to $286,300. She paid $9.50, $6.50 and $5.10, combining with Gold Fish ($15.70, $8.50) for a $285.00 (9-2) exactor. A 9-2-8 (Sweet Breanna, $4.00 to show) tri was worth $1,395.90, while a $1 9-2-8-3 (Rolling Sea) Superfecta returned a healthy $4,038.45.
08/12/06 - VESTREY LADY WINS THE $150,000 DUTCHESS AT WOODBINE. - Owned by Harlequin Ranches, and ridden to victory by Jim McAlaney, Vestrey Lady took the Dutchess with a gate to wire trip. This is the eigth stakes win for Reade Baker.
08/12/06 - JUDITH'S WILD RUSH TAKES SECOND PRIZE IN THE VANDERBUILT AT SARATOGA. Owner Harvey Tenenbaum was at the Spa track to witness a gallant effort by his colt to finish second in the $200,000 grade 2 event. War Front won the race for trainer Allen Jerkins and Mass Media finished third.
07/22/06 - BEARSLITTLEWHISPER WINS HER DEBUT RACE. Owned by the Bear Stables Ltd., the Alphabets Soup filly out of Aspen Whisper was bred by Adena Springs and purchased in Kentucky at the Keeneland 2 year olds in training sale for $60,000.
07/22/06 - STORM CALLER WINS FOR OWNERS JIM & SUSAN HILL. Until June 2006, Storm Caller was owned by Uphill Stable, which consisted of Jim Hill and Leonard Zenith. In June this year, the partnership was dissolved and Jim along with his wife Susan, became full owners of the Stormy Atlantic gelding. The race was originally scheduled for the turf, however after rain soaked the Woodbine course, the race was moved to the inner dirt track. Storm Caller managed to handle it with winning fashion.
TOTHEMOONANDBACK - WINS HIS SECOND STAKES RACE IN 2006.
$150,000 - ACHIEVEMENT STAKES, July 1, 2006 – Tothemoonandback rocketed to the front around the turn and landed his owner’s blue maple leaf silks in the winner’s circle in Saturday’s $125,000 Achievement Stakes, one of two Canada Day stakes at Woodbine.
The Reade Baker trained Ontario-bred sizzled six furlongs in 1:08.33, eclipsing a stakes record set by Twisted Wit (1:08.99) in 2004. Tothemoonandback’s time was just 28/100ths of a second off the track record set by Chris’s Bad Boy in 2003.
The victory was the son of Perigee Moon’s second straight stakes score and his fourth career win from five starts. He is unbeaten so far in 2006.
Jockey Jim McAleney settled his chestnut a few lengths off the snappy early pace of :21.90 and :43.78. He guided him to the outside on the turn and opened up in the stretch to win by 3 ¼ lengths.
“The horse ran brilliantly. He has such a quick turn of foot and accelerated at the head of the stretch,” said McAleney. “I had a lot of confidence pretty much however the race unfolded. Wherever I positioned him, I knew there was going to be horse at the end.”
For Baker, the added-money score was his meet-leading seventh stakes win of the season.
”He’s getting more experienced,” said Baker of the three-year-old, who is now a stakes winner on the turf (Bold Ruckus Stakes) and dirt. “He’s a nice horse on a hard track. If he comes out of this alright, we’ll wheel him right back in the Deputy Minister Stakes (July 19) going seven-eighths of a mile. I think he’s quite capable of that.”
Tothemoonandback is owned by Reade Baker Racing Stable, Mobile Stable, Jim Aston and Robert Smithen.
TORONTO, June 14 - TOTHEMOONANDBACK WINS $125,000 BOLD RUCKUS STAKES - Trainer Reade Baker tallied his sixth stakes win of the Woodbine season on Wednesday night when Tothemoonandback rallied from just off the pace to win the $125,000 Bold Ruckus Stakes over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
The one-length victory was the chestnut gelding's first stakes triumph and his third victory from four career starts. The son of Perigee Moon recorded a time of 1:09.28 for six furlongs and increased his earnings to $149,080 (Cdn).
Owned in partnership by Reade Baker Racing Stable, Mobile Stable, J. Aston and Robert Smithen, Tothemoonandback defeated front-runner Initforthemoney, who stayed on stubbornly for second, and Bold Comment, who closed along the rail for third.
So far in his young career, Tothemoonandback's success has come from winning early battles for the lead. In the Bold Ruckus, a stakes race for Ontario-sired three-year-olds, jockey Jim McAleney was able to settle his charge off the early pace (:22.78 and :45.72) and conserve energy for the stretch.
"I didn't get into a wrestling match with him," said McAleney. "He's such a professional this horse. I was confident he would rate and that I would be able to put him wherever I wanted to. He did so as I asked."
As the field swept into the long stretch of the E.P. Taylor Course, McAleney gave Tothemoonandback his cue and he responded, quickening nicely on the outside in his first attempt on the turf.
While many conditioners train their new turf hopefuls over Woodbine's training turf course for an initial read, Baker prefers to see his pupils show their aptitude for the surface during racing conditions.
"It's really a different course," explained Baker. "They all work fast and they all look great. What matters is what they do in a race. I just bring them over here and run them. He's a pretty nice horse. He'll like the dirt or the turf. He likes to run."
06/07/06 - BOSSKIRI BOSSES OTHER FILLIES AND WINS THE $125,000 BALLADE STAKES- How about that! Bosskiri wore down her competitors in the Ballade Stakes to win by just a neck over a keen performance by Financingavailable who finished second. The 6 furlongs was run in 1:09.3 on a fast Woodbine track. Jono Jones was aboard for the win after regular rider Jim McAleney had committed to ride Financingavailable for trainer Lorne Richards. This was the third stakes race victory in Bosskiri's career and her 5th win in 8 lifetime starts. Bosskiri is owned by the partnership of Harlequin Ranches, Park Stud and D. Morgan Firestone.
05/06/06 - ATLAS SHRUGS- Shows true grit in winning the $150,000 Queenston Stakes at Woodbine in a perfornmance where it could have been any horse's race. Atlas Shrugs proved to be the gritiest of competitors as he rallied from off the pace to win. Owners Bud Roberts and John Pepper were on track to accept the winning trophy.for the second consecutive wins in as many starts, with both starts being stakes wins.
04/29/06 - JUDITH'S WILD RUSH - Captures his second consecutive VIGIL STAKES with a purse of $150,000. This is the second stakes win this year for the 2005 Champion Sprinter in Canada. He ran the 7 furlongs in 1:22.3 over a fast track at Woodbine. Jockey Jim McAleney rode a confident ride and looks forward to bigger and better things from this horse in 2006 for owners Judith and Harvey Tenenbaum.
04/22/06 - ATLAS SHRUGS - Jockey Corey Fraser
04/22/06 - ATLAS SHRUGS WINS $125,000 WOODSTOCK STAKES - A $50,000 claim as a two year old at the end of the 2005 racing season turned into a $125,000 purse win for owners John Pepper and Bud Roberts. This determined colt by Compadre is an Ontario sired, registered canadian-bred. His first win for the stable came over a sloppy track and we know that he likes a fast track. Atlas Shrugs won three races as a two-year-old with this being his first stakes victory.
04/15/06 - JUDITH'S WILD RUSH WINS THE JACQUES CARTIER STAKES- Canada's 2005 Sprint Champion, Judith's WIld Rush won the first stakes of 2006 for owner Harvey Tenenbaum at Woodbine today. The five year old horse was ridden by Jim McAleney to victory by 2 1/4 lengths in a fast time of 1:09 for six furlongs. Judith's Wild Rush returned from Florida where he competed in stakes company and earned a third and fourth place finish in two events. His first start at Woodbine in the prep on April 1st was not the best example of what the horse can do. According to Reade, Judith's Wild Rush did not travel back from Florida well. He wasn't eating and was dull for the first week at Woodbine. A week before the prep, a decision was made to run when Judith's Wild Rush showed an improvement and he appeared to be his old self. Apparently not. He finished fourth in the prep. Today was a different story. The colt won easily. Next start will likely be the Vigil Stakes on April 29th.
04/09/06 - CLASSICAL MISS WINS- April 08th, the third day of racing at Woodbine and Reade scores his third victory of the season with Classical Miss. Oned by Harlequin Ranches, This three year old filly by Stravinsky, was prepped at Harlequin Ranches South in Ocala during the winter months by Tony Goswell.
04/02/06 - DAY TWO AT WOODBINE - Reade and Jim teamed up to score another victory today with the maiden three year old full brother to Bosskiri, named Hubbert's Peak. He is owned by Morgan Firestone. Morgan Firestone is a partner in Bosskiri and Perigee Girl, both stakes winners at Woodbine in 2005.
04/01/06 - OPENING DAY AT WOODBINE - Saturday April 1st was the first day of the Woodbine live thoroughbred racing meet. By the time the first race was official, so was the fact that Reade register ed his first winner for the season. The winner was Fire Power, owned by Frank Romano. Ridden to victory by Jim McAleney.
03/28/06 - READE,.. BUSY AT WORK IN FLORIDA. - On Tuesday March 28, Reade took a few hours out of his daily training schedule to try his luck fishing off Miami Beach. The trip was a success with not one but two catches of Sailfish. Of course, the fish were released after the photographs. Captain Dennis Forgione (305) 582-5445.
03/11/06 - HORSES ARE GETTING READY FOR OPENING DAY AT WOODBINE- On Saturday April 1st, after almost four months without any live thoroughbred racing at Woodbine, the horses will be in action. Training all winter, the horses stabled at Gulfstream will travel to Woodbine on March 24th. In the meantime, 35 horses have been prepping at Woodbine for opening day. Watch for favourites returning and some new horses in the stable as well.
03/02/06 - JUDITH'S WILD RUSH AND BEAR CHARACTER SEE STAKES ACTION ON MARCH 4TH - Judith's Wild Rush and Bear Character both breezed 5/8 last Sunday under jockey Jim McAleney in preparation for separate stakes events this Saturday March 4th at Gulfstream Park. Bear Character, entered in the Swale Stakes race, will be making his first start since a stakes race in New York on October 28th. Judith's Wild Rush, entered in the Richter Scale Stakes race, is coming off a 3rd place finish in the Deputy Minister Handicap at Gulfstream Park on February 3rd. Both horses are training very well leading up to their races.
GIANT ACT - Gets ready to breeze 5/8 at Gulfstream Park under Jim McAleney. Giant Act is by Giants Causeway and owned by Cam Allard.
03/01/06 - BEAR STABLES, ACTIVE AT SALE - The Bear Stables hunted down another two-year-old for the racing stable on Tuesday 02/28 at the Fasig-Tipton sale at Calder. Purchased is a two-year-old colt by Indian Charlie, hip #294. Reade shipped the colt to Larry Lay in Kentucky where he will train on the Polytrack along with the rest of the BEAR STABLES' two-year-olds.
01/22/06 - NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON-LINE- The latest Reade Baker Racing Stable newsletter is now available on line. To view the newsletter, go to the newsletter tab and click on December 2005. Included in this issue are the stakes winning highlights, facts & arguments, a scoreboard of winning owners, breeding and sales results, and the year in review on a month by month recollection of winners. The printed version is being mailed to those of you who are on our mailing list. Please let us know if you would like to have your name added to the list . If you would prefer to view the newsletter online contact us if you would like us to remove you from the mailing list. However you prefer to view the newsletter, we hope you continue to enjoy reading it!
12/17/05 - SOVEREIGN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TRAINER, THREE YEAR OLD FILLY, AND SPRINTER. - The Sovereign Award for Outstanding Trainer was awarded to Reade Baker for his brillant year in 2005 with purse earnings of over $4 million, and 10 stakes wins. Two of the Baker trainees also picked up awards. The Labatt Woodbine Oaks winner Gold Strike won the three year old filly championship, and Judith's Wild Rush was named champion sprinter. The evening was dazzling for the winning connections. Reade who escorted his wife along side of him to the podium, was truly touched. Reade is rarely at a loss for words, but the emotion in his voice was obvious when he told the audience that he had prepared a speech but could not thank anyone more than his wife Janis.
12/08/05 - SOVEREIGN AWARD NOMINATIONS ALL AROUND - The Jockey Club of Canada just released the names of the top three nominees in each category for the Sovereign Awards. READE is nominated for outstanding trainer, JIM MCALENEY is nominated for outstanding jockey, HARLEQUIN RANCHES is nominated for outstanding owner, GOLD STRIKE is nominated for the best three year old filly, JUDITH'S WILD RUSH owned by Harvey Tenenbaum, is nominated as top sprinter. It is a great honour to be nominated, and we look forward to attending the Sovereign Awards on December 16th when the winners in each category will be announced.
12/05/05- GROOM OF THE YEAR - The HBPA has selected Jenson Moore of Barbados for the Groom Of The Year. Jenson has worked in our stable for the past 4 years and we are proud of his acheivement. He is an asset to our team. This is the second time one of our grooms have won the award. In 2002 Sylvie Rogers was the proud recipient. Congratulations!
11/25/05 - LEADING WOODBINE TRAINER IN EARNINGS AND STAKES WINS- Reade is the leading trainer at Woodbine in purse earnings with more than $3,8 million dollars in purse earnings to-date. He is also the leading trainer in stakes victories with 10 stakes wins.
ANOTHER TWO-YEAR-OLD WINS - Two-Year-Olds perform for Reade as well. Elusive Sugar, by Elusive Quality won a maiden allowance race on November 19th for Brereton C, Jones of Airdrie Stud in Kentucky, giving Reade his 15th two year old win this year.
With a total of 52 wins for the year going into the final weeks of the Woodbine race meet, it is the most outstanding year on record for Reade as a trainer.
10/06/05 - PERIGEE GIRL - $125,000 VICTORIAN QUEEN STAKES WINNER
The partnership of Harlequin Ranches, Park Stud, D Morgan Firestone provided Baker with his meet-leading 10th stakes win of the season and the 11th for McAleney.
Perigee Girl became the first stakes winner of freshman sire Perigee Moon, who stands at Byrne?s Park Stud near Orangeville, Ontario.
09/30/05 - TOTHEMOONANDBACK - Purchased in Ocala at the 2 year olds in training sale, Tothemoonand back made his winning debut on Wednesday September 28th in an allowance race at Woodbine in his first start. When the gate opened, he went straight for the lead in :22.1 then made the half in an uncontested time of :44.4 he got his 5/8 in :57.2 and finished the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.4. Reade purchased the colt ( now gelded) for the partnership of Jim Aston, Mobile Stable, Rob Smithen and Reade Baker Racing Stable for $45,000 US$. Bred by Michael Byrne in Ontario, Tothemoonandback is by Perigee Moon out of Katebyrne. Morgan Firestone purchased the full brother to this horse at the CTHS yearlings sale in September at Woodbine.
09/22/05 - READE BAKER RACING STABLE NEWSLETTER IN THE WORKS - We are in the process of publishing our much loved newsletter. A number of people have asked when the next issue will be available and we want you to know that we expect tohave the next issue to you by the end of October.
09/19/05 - BEAR'S KID WINS THE GRADE 2 SUMMER STAKES AT WOODBINE- Bear's Kid wore down his opponents in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at Woodbine on Sunday 09/18. Ridden by Jim McAleney, Bear's Kid glided over the soft turf in 1:40 for the one mile event. This is the first stakes win for the 2 year old son of Tap to Music by Lemon Drop Kid. A $60,000 purchase at the Adena Springs' Two Year Old's in training sale in Ocala, owner Danny Dion of The Bear Stables Ltd was elated. "I'm just a little guy, this is what is great about this sport" Bear's Kid broke his maiden at Northlands Park in Edmonton then was shipped to Woodbine to try the turf. His first start for Reade was a 7 furlong allowance race in which Bear's Kid finished second. He was on lasix for the Summer Stakes. When the doors opened, Bear's Kid went to the lead and never looked back.The dam of Bear's Kid is out of an unraced Nureyev mare named Nuryette who is also the dam of NORTHERN AFLEET. This is the 9th stakes win for Reade Baker todate and the total earnings for the stable are over $3,000,000 (a new record high). There are still three more months of racing before the end of the Woodbine season and still plenty of action to come!
09/16/05 - CHASIN TIGER ROMPS IN HIS MAIDEN ALLOWANCE DEBUT- Cam Allard and Waymore Holdings Ltd.,are the owners of Chasin Tiger, a three year old colt by Jade Hunter out of Eliza Donner. Piloted by Jim McAleney, and winning by 5 1/2 lengths, Chasin Tiger provided the stable with win number 37. Currently Reade is the leading trainer in purse earnings at $2,819,417.,and stakes wins at 8.
09/11/05 - TWO MORE WINNERS - Two Stepper and Bounce Forever are the two latest winners boosting the total number of wins to 35 and purse earnings to $2,709,317. Two Stepper is owned by Harlequin Ranches and Bounce Forever is owned by the partnership of Bud Roberts and John Pepper. SILVER BIRD took home the silver medal (so to speak) as she made a bold effort to run down Fifth Overature in the $150,000 Gr.3 Seaway Stakes yesterday at Woodbine. Owned by Jim McAlpine, Silver Bird is by Lit do Justice, out of Family Enterprise.
09/10/05- YEARLINGS SALE - The CTHS conducted the select portion of their annual sale of Canadian-Bred yearlings at the Woodbine Sales Pavillion on Tuesday September 6th. The sales topper was a colt by Gilded Time which brought $190,000, and was purchased by BBA as agent for Harlequin Ranches.
09/07/05 - DEVIL'S BRIDE wins at first asking this evening in a Maiden Allowance event for two year old fillies at Woodibine. This Devil's Bag, filly out of Carpenter's Lace by Woodman, was bred and is owned by James and Janeane Everatt of St. Thomas, Ontario. Guided to the finish line by Jim McAleney, it was the 33rd win for the stable at Woodbine this year. The total purses earned by horses in the stable is now at $2,643,148.
09/05/05- CLIENT APPRECIATION PARTY JUST DANDY WITH SANDY
It was a perfect late summer evening, guests arrived to the sounds of the classical guitar and flute ensemble of Pat Doherty and Eileen Fawcett. Our 3rd annual client appreciation party was held in the garden of our home in Etobicoke and it was a most enjoyable one. The perfect combination of guests made for good conversation, there was great food catered by Yorkshire Pudding Caterers and legendary jockey Sandy Hawley was in attendance. Guests each took home a personal autographed copy of Sandy Hawley's autobiography.
08/31/05- WHISKEY AND LOW WINS THE ETERNAL SEARCH STAKES - In an all out drive, Whiskey and Low decided it was her turn to win a stakes race as she was a 3/4 length winner of the $125,000 Eternal Search. Jockey Jim McAleney rode her to victory and owner Richard Bonnycastle of Harlequin Ranch was at the track to enjoy the excitement. Whiskey and Low is a three year old filly by Whiskey Wisdom out of Lady Low, by Lyphard. Harlequin Ranch is the 2nd leading owner in the earnings catagory at Woodbine so far this season.
6/26/05 - GOLD STRIKE ran bravely against the colts had the lead by three at the mile and thien tired to third in the stretch of the QUEEN'S PLATE ( G1 Can). We are proud of her.
6/25/05 - Gold Strike goes against the boys in the Queen's Plate
Harlequin Ranches' Gold Strike, winner of the Labatt Woodbine Oaks June 12, is the 3-1 second choice from post seven as she attempts to become only the fifth filly to win both the Oaks and the Plate. She'd also become the 34th filly to win the Plate since 1860.
Trained by Reade Baker and ridden by Jim McAleney, Gold Strike is the field's leading money-winner with $542,242, most ($300,000) of which was banked in the Oaks, which she won by a comfortable 3 1/2 lengths. She's won four of six career starts, including the Selene Stakes (Can-III) on May 22.
"I'm not concerned about the distance," Baker said. "I'm concerned about the time between races. When she came home (winning the Labatt Woodbine Oaks on June 12), it was awful hot that day, but she's galloped great ever since. We're very hopeful."
6//12/05 - Harlequin Ranches' homebred Gold Strike overpowered the field in the $502,000 Labatt Woodbine Oaks Sunday to become the first Manitoba-bred to win Canada's premier event for sophomore fillies since the Oaks began in 1956.
Ridden by Jim McAleney for trainer Reade Baker, the 11-10 favorite Gold Strike hit the front midway on the far turn and drew away in the stretch, holding second choice Ready and Alluring safe by 3 1/2 lengths. She completed the 1 1/8-mile event in 1:51 3/5 on a fast track.
Winner of the Selene (Can-III) by 5 3/4 lengths in her last start at Woodbine last month, Gold Strike improved her record to four wins and two seconds in six starts and earnings of $542,242 (Canadian).
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