12/28/08 - FATAL BULLET ARRIVES IN FLORIDA - Here are some photos of Fatal Bullet arriving in Florida. He is on his way to Ocala Stud, along with Kentucky Bear. Chief Bear was on the same plane and he is now at Palm Meadows.


12/27/08 - It is another beautiful warm Florida morning. The track closed on Christmas Day, so all horses walked. Training resumed yesterday and today, Trouble Today worked 1/2 mile in :48.2. The rest of the horses just galloped.

12/25/08 - MERRY CHRISTMAS - Minnie and Ali had fun with their new toys on Christmas morning.

12/23/2008 - PALM MEADOWS - Here are some photos from Palm Meadows.We will have some horses running on opening day at Gulfstream Park, January 3rd, 2009. Check back for the entries. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos. For the interest of our loyal fans of Fatal Bullet and Kentucky Bear, we would like to know that they will arrive in Florida from California on December 28th. They will both head to Ocala Stud Farm in Ocala, for a break. Kentuck Bear will be retired, and we are looking to stand him at stud in Ontario. Fatal Bullet will resume training after about 3 months and his focus will be to get ready for the Breeders' Cup Sprint in 2009.

Bears General gets a bath by Jenson as Josie keeps an eye on them.          

  Bearmysterious walks to track under rider Lesley.

Brave Indy

Find the Wire, with Lesley, at the end of his gallop. 

Pink Stockings breezes 1/2 in :49.3

Saint Reade             


Executive Choice, with Katerina, at the end of his gallop.

12/13/08 - OH WHAT A NIGHT! - Danny Dion, Eurico Da Silva, and Reade are all smiles last night after Bear Stables was named Owner of the Year, Fatal Bullet was awarded Champion Sprinter and Horse of the Year, and Bear Now was awarded Champion filly.

Reade, Gwen and Dany posed for this photo after the awards ceremony. It was a long journey for the two of them to get to Toronto for last night's awards ceremony but it was worth it!

SCOREBOARD  - Reade has run horses out of town more this year than any other. Therefore his Woodbine stats do not show all of the victories ad earnings for the stable. It is interesting to note that the stable has earned another 1 million dollars in purses for the races out of town and include 4 additional stakes wins. Here is how the scoreboard looks. (Data from Eqibase)

Todate Totals:    Starts    Wins     Place    Show      Earnings

                             381        58          55          48         $3,653,148. US $

12/10/08 - FLORIDA BOUND - All horses have now vacated the Woodbine stable area. Some have gone to farms in Ontario, Kentucky, Florida, and some are on route to Palm Meadows for winter training and racing at Gulfstream Park. Assistant trainer, Leroy Trotman will be at Palm Meadows when the horses arrive . He will fly back to Toronto for Christmas with his family and return for the month of January. Leroy will open our Woodbine training division in early February 2009. We will post many photos of horses in training over the winter, so please check back in the forth coming weeks.

11/28/08 - FATAL BULLET PREPS FOR MALIBU STAKES RACE AT SANTA ANITA - On November 24th, Fatal Bullet, Chief Bear and Kentucky Bear flew to California with regular exercise rider Cassie Garcea. Fatal Bullet is going to race in the Malibu Stakes on December 26th.



03/08/08 - STAKES WINNER BOLDEST OF ALL - with her Leap Year foal by Sky Mesa. The filly was born on Friday February 29th. You can see plenty of snow in the background of Curraghmore Farm in Ontario. This is our first foal of the year.

Remember to change your clocks tonight as we move into Daylight savings time. Move your clocks 1 hour ahead before you go to sleep tonight.

03/06/08 - JIM MCALENEY IN FLORIDA - With just one month before the opening of the Woodbine 2008 season, jockey Jim McAleney is working horses in Florida at Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows. Pictured here on Mrs. Began, the winner of the 2007 Princess Elizabeth Stakes.


02/22/08 - BOLDCORP WINS MAIDEN ALLOWANCE AT GULFSTREAM PARK - It was a sloppy racetrack and the race was taken off the turf. In a field of 14, only 4 horses were scratched from the race leaving 10 contenders for the $40,000 purse. Under the guidance of Elvis Trujillo, Boldcorp was the winner. The ride was patient, and the filly was quite interested in holding onto the lead once she gained it at the 16th pole. Boldcorp is owned by Jim and Susan Hill of Calgary. They purchased Boldcorp as a yearling at the CTHS yearling sale at Woodbine in September 2006. Boldcorp is by Bold Executive out of Incorporated by Corporate Report. The race went 5 furlongs in :59.1.


01/22/08 - KENTUCKY BEAR EYES KENTUCKY DERBY - At odds of 10/1 Kentucky Bear under jockey Elvis Trujillo drew away from the field of three year old colts to win a maiden allowance race at Gulfstream Park yesterday. Kentucky Bear is by the very popular sire Mr. Greeley out of Tate, a mare by Afleet. Bred in Kentucky by Alexander Valley Breeders,  the colt was a $42,000 yearling purchase at Keeneland. Danny Dion of the Bear Stables Ltd. is the owner. The race went in 1:36.2 for the mile and Kentucky Bear earned a 93 beyer speed rating for the effort. The early nominations for the Kentucky Derby closed on January 19th and Kentucky Bear is on that list.

01/18/08 - IT IS MINNIE'S 10TH BIRTHDAY TODAY !! Isn't she cute?!!!



01/18/08 - SPECIAL WISHES ARE EXTENDED TO LOUIS AND JOANNE BONOMI  - as they are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary at a party tonight being given by their children and grandchildren.

THE ACTUAL WEDDING DATE WAS DECEMBER 30TH. - We wish them 50 mores years together.

Courtesy of the TND- JANUARY 4th 2008

Woodbine-based Reade Baker earned a Sovereign Award as Canada's leading trainer in 2005, when his charges Gold Strike and Judith's Wild Rush were honored with championships as top three-year-old filly and top sprinter, respectively. Judith's Wild Rush successfully defended his title in 2006, while Baker was a finalist in the training category.

In 2007, Baker was a finalist once again, but made a couple of raids south of the border and could be poised to make a bigger impact in 2008. Bear Now (Tiznow) captured three stakes by big margins at Woodbine in 2007, including the GIII Selene S., but posted her biggest tally by toppling Octave in the $750,000 GII Fitz Dixon Cotillion H. at Philadelphia Park in September. Though she faded to eighth in the sloppy going in the GI Breeders' Cup Distaff a month later, Bear Now was a Sovereign Award finalist in the sophomore filly category. After getting some time off, she is set to rejoin Baker's string at Palm Meadows at any moment. "She'll ship in from Ocala," Baker said. "She hasn't done a thing since the Breeders' Cup, but she should be ready to run by the end of Gulfstream."

Baker campaigned another Sovereign Award finalist last year, the unbeaten two-year-old colt Bear Holiday (Harlan's Holiday). The grey colt captured the Colin S. in July and added the Silver Deputy S. in August over Woodbine's Polytrack, but was scratched on the eve of the Swynford S. Sept. 15. Danny Dion's colt has been sidelined since. "Bear Holiday has not recovered yet," said Baker. "He had a stress fracture to his femur, which is a Poly injury." When asked if more hind-end problems were seen on the all-weather surfaces, Baker replied, "You see more in a year than you would have in an entire career."

While it remains to be seen whether Bear Holiday will recapture his sparkling juvenile form, Baker does have some promising newly turned three-year-olds among his 15-horse string at Palm Meadows. Among them is Notgivinmyloveaway (Not for Love), who faces a class test in the GII Hutcheson S. on Saturday. After winning first time out at Woodbine Sept. 14, the chestnut ran in a pair of allowance contests at that track, finishing third by a half-length Nov. 8. He then shipped down to Philadelphia and dusted his foes by five lengths in the Pennsylvania Nursery S. Nov. 24.

"We sent him there because he's a Pennsylvania-bred," Baker noted, "but part of the reason...we sent him to Philadelphia was to see if he could be as good a dirt horse as he is on Polytrack." Baker added, AHe got a 7 on the Ragozin sheets. It's a big number, but he'll face a different kind of beast in the Hutcheson. We'll see if he can maintain that kind of number." The Pennsylvania Nursery has some distinguished alumni in recent years, with Smarty Jones winning in 2003 and Hard Spun taking the honors last year. AWe think he'll be a twoturn horse, but I don't know if he'll be up to those kind of horses," said Baker.

Notgivinmyloveaway shipped back to Woodbine after his victorious stakes bow, then came down to Florida in mid-December. Baker commented, AHe's doing fine. He worked a minute the other day [five-eighths in 1:00.60 Dec. 30]." Should the Jus Luk Stable colorbearer pass his class test in the Hutcheson, Baker will look to stretch him out. "If he runs well, then we'll take a look at races like the [GI] Florida Derby [Mar. 29]...or the [GIII] Holy Bull [Apr. 12]. We'll take it one step at a time."

Baker, who grew up with horses, has been on the racetrack since 1965. "I've galloped horses, was a jock's agent and managed Afleet," the Ontario native recalled. Baker served as a racing manager for Richard Kennedy from 1985-1990, whose stable during that time included the likes of Canadian Horse of the Year Afleet (Mr. Prospector), Canadian champion One From Heaven (Affirmed) and MGSW Storm on the Loose (Lyphard). |

Of all the hats he's worn in the business, Baker said, "[Being a] jock's agent might be my first choice." He quipped, "I love being with horses every day, and training horses, but don't like being a trainer." Baker and his wife, Janis Maine, have enjoyed success with a small broodmare band, campaigning homebred stakes winners Elusive Thought (Elusive Quality) and Ontheqt (Mazel Trick). But he also has an interesting hobby, namely, of showing birds--chickens and ducks. "My dad gave me birds when I was little," said Baker. He's shown a few champions with partner Frank Goodfellow, including several waterfowl at the 2007 Royal Winter Fair.


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