Unbelievable Run Made By Sarah Lynx At Woodbine; Lone Filly In Field Blows 15 Male Rivals Away At 22-1
By Warren Eves
All anyone can say is wow!
A filly named Sarah Lynx blew up the rail to win the fixtured Canadian International October 16 at Woodbine. She trounced 15 male rivals, capping off one of the better days of racing you will ever see. With the victory comes an automatic spot in the Breeders Cup Turf on November 6th.
Sarah Lynx made her awesome winning run under Christophe Soumillion who only one day earlier felt the wrath of Ascot stewards. He was handed a five-day suspension and forced to forfeit his share of a winning ride aboard Cirrus des Aigles in the Champion Stakes. It was for excessive use of the whip. So…….in winning the $1.4 million dollar Pattison Canadien International Soumillion won’t really miss that lost revenue.
The question is will trainer John Hammond and owner Mrs. Robert G. Ehrnooth bring her back in 3 weeks at Churchill Downs?
Notes scribbled across my official program–It was nice to see our friend Jon Lindo do so well in the Orleans handicapping contest in Las Vegas over the weekend. Lindo actually finished 10th and 11th. “If my filly Huntington Harbor wins on “Friday or a 19-1 shot I had at Keeneland on Friday’s eighth, I finish one-two,” Lindo said via e-mail on Sunday, October 16. Lindo does a great job with his sheet and keeps his readers well informed as well………………..Lady of the Forest with Joe Bravo ran too good to lose the opener at Belmont on Sunday, October 16. The $7,500 claimer saw three horses ding-dong it early. Despite the brisk early-on effort Lady of the Forest nearly held off eventual winner Say Toba Sandy. Next time to the post with a kinder race shape Lady of the Forest could get all the money for Chris Englehart………………Leander sure looked good winning the first at Keeneland on October 16. Wayne Catalano dropped Leader from out of a maiden $25K claimer down to a maiden $15K and the graduation run was positive with Kent Desormeaux aboard………………..Joel Rosario, who has had quite a year again, didn’t fare well at Woodbine on Canadien International Day. He finished out of the money with Kara’s Orientation…………………When Sarah Lynx blew her rivals away in the International she was making her third start in blinkers. Let’s just say she is no longer “a bit lazy” as her connections said was the case before she was fitted with the hood. Sarah Lynx was coming off a fourth place finish to Golikova in the Qatar Prix Vermeille at Longchamp…………..We liked the way Miss Keller responded to hand scrubbing in winning the E.P. Taylor, the first of three stakes at Woodbine on Sunday. Video review showed John Velasquez merely scrubbing on her to win the driving finish. Rosario finished out of the money aboard Laughing in the same race……………….We’re sorry to report our longtime friend Stan Bergstein is flat on his back in the hospital. We tried to get Bergstein’s view on where Rick Dutrow might land when and if he begins to serve what ever suspension he is handed in New York. Could he wind up racing here in Louisiana? They allowed the biggest rule breaker in the history of the sport to ride in Louisiana. That would be Pat “The Violator” Valenzuela, who should have been banned for life and now riding in California where anything goes. Dutrow was going to have to turn over his license for 10 years effective October 18 until a 30-day stay was granted. The state’s court system will now decide the matter. By the way, what case history prompted New York officials to pick out the 10 year sentence. This is the very reason we have been crying for statutes, particularly in California, to be re-written. Racing regulators need to draw a line in the sand, stating exactly what the penalties will be for one, two or 60 violations, and the degree of those very violations………..Over the last weekend we continued to hear mumblings of thoroughbred handicapping contests. Some are threatening to quit the tour because it’s become too watered down…………It was a very good weekend for “Horses To Watch” subscribers. Things were topped off on Sunday when Orbach won the second and paid $21………………..Horse racing is alive and well in Keeneland. Like that synthetic surface or not, and we don’t, they do things right at that oval. Last Saturday 27,712 were on hand. It marked the highest attendance for the date………….Michael Pender has been doing right well in California over the past two months. He’s sent out 7 winner in 16 chances.