Racing Update - May 2004

Reade is sitting in the number two spot on the trainer standings at Woodbine with 10 wins at Woodbine including 2 stakes winners and purse earnings of $650,802. In addition to the Woodbine victories, Reade has won 2 races at the border oval, Fort Erie.

Kicking off the start of the meet was a victory by Candy Haze in the first race on opening day of the Woodbine season. Ontheqt won the Star Shoot Stake over Nashinda for us on April 25th . On May 1st we scored two wins, Skip n Fool and Hong Kong Dancer. Touchnow won on May 8th, Rockin Again on May 9th, Regal ‘n Bold on May 16th, One to Celebrate on May 20th, Hong Kong Dancer again on May 22nd, Luckierthanuthink on May 26th, Slew Valley on May 30th and Thunder ‘n Bolts on May 31st.

Congratulations to winning owners Richard Englander with two winners, James and Jeaneane Everatt, Peter Ho with two wins, George Farr with two winners, Earle Mack, Curraghmore Farm, Formal Racing Stable, and Rich Meadow Thoroughbreds.

Slew Valley captures the $150,000 Grade 3 Connaught Cup on May 30th.

Under a patient ride by Jim McAleney this 7 year old son of Valley Crossing out of Slewway knew just where the finish line was as he charged forward for the victory. The 1 1/16 race was run in 1:40.2. Owner Jim Hindman of Rich Meadow Thoroughbreds from Westminster, MD bred Slew Valley in Maryland. Joining Mr. Hindman for the festivities were his wife Dixie, good friends Mr. and Mrs. Scott Walsh, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Pearce, and the racing manager Marc Wampler of Kentucky. This is the second stakes winner in May for trainer Reade Baker.


Jim McAlpine with Silver Bird

We have a lot to look forward to in June including the Labatt Woodbine Oaks on Sunday, June 13th. Heading the list of competitors for our stable is the Glorious Song Stakes winner, Silver Bird. Owned by Jim McAlpine, Silver Bird ran twice this season finishing second in the Fury Stakes and Selene Stakes both times to Eye of the Sphynx. She is ready to take that one on again in the Oaks.

Peter Ho has an undefeated filly by Tejano Run out of Token Gift by Lyphard, named Hong Kong Dancer. Victorious in both of her career starts, this three year old was purchased as a yearling at the select sale of Canadian-Bred yearlings at Woodbine. Although she did not race at two, Hong Kong Dancer has proved to her owner that it has been worth the wait.

Touchnow won her maiden race against winners at Woodbine on May 8th at a distance of 7 furlongs. She is by Pleasant Tap out of Nowdance and is bred to go two turns. Owner George Farr is anticipating a winner effort by Touchnow in the Oaks.


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