Sam-Son Farm

Cleopatra’s Strike Surprises At 9-1 In John Henry Turf Championship

Slam Dunk Racing and Michael Nentwig’s Cleopatra’s Strike got the first graded stakes triumph of his career on Saturday, striding home a determined 3/4-length winner of the G2 John Henry Turf Championship. Sent off at odds of 9-1, the gelded 6-year-old son of Smart Strike ran down frontrunner and 5-2 second choice and stablemate Acclimate […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Different Balance’ Brings Trainer Gail Cox Full Circle

Trainer Gail Cox has always loved horses, and her childhood memories are filled with images of riding for Sam-Son Farm back when the Canadian operation bred and raised hunter/jumper horses. Today, the farm is better known as a power-house Thoroughbred operation, for which Cox saddled the biggest winner of her career in last Saturday’s Grade […]

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44-1 Longshot El Tormenta Out-Finishes Got Stormy In Woodbine Mile

Sam-Son Farm homebred El Tormenta moved up the rail at final odds of 44-1 to defeat the 7-5 favorite in filly Got Stormy by a half-length in Saturday’s Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, earning the first top-level score of his career. The Ontario-bred 4-year-old by Stormy Atlantic was piloted by Eurico Rosa da Silva and […]

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El Tormenta Hopes To Avoid ‘Troubled Trip’ In Woodbine Mile

El Tormenta, whose name translates from Spanish as “The Storm,” has been the victim of poor racing luck in his last three starts after becoming a stakes winner in his local seasonal bow. Now, trainer Gail Cox will be hoping the four-year-old Sam-Son Farm homebred can find smoother currents in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 […]

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Favorite Avie’s Flatter In Outside 14 Post For 160th Running Of Queen’s Plate

Avie’s Flatter, Canada’s champion 2-year-old male, looms as the horse to beat when he faces 13 other Queen’s Plate hopefuls in the $1-million showpiece over 1 1/4 miles on Woodbine’s Tapeta surface this Saturday at Woodbine in Toronto, Ontario. The 160th edition of the Queen’s Plate, North America’s oldest annually run race, is the first leg […]

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The Queen’s Plate News Minute: Inside And Out?

The Paulick Report tandem of Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick have ventured north of the border to cover the 160th running of the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. In today’s News Minute, Scott and Ray report on the results of Wednesday’s post position draw for the 14 horse field. Two of the key […]

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‘Good Demeanor’ A Major Plus As Desert Ride Takes On Boys In Queen’s Plate

Three weeks after a stirring stretch run to take the Woodbine Oaks presented by Budweiser, Sam-Son Farm standout filly Desert Ride looks for another crowning moment, this time in the Queen’s Plate. Tenth and last at the quarter-mile mark in the 1 1/8-mile Oaks, eighth at the half and sixth at the stretch call, jockey […]

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Desert Ride Circles Field For Woodbine Oaks Score

Last of 10 at the quarter-pole, Desert Ride circled the field to win the 64th running of the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser, the first leg of the Triple Tiara for Canada’s finest three-year-old fillies, on Saturday at Woodbine. Steve Bahen worked out the winning trip in the 1-1/8-mile feature aboard the Sam-Son Farm […]

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El Tormenta Storms To Connaught Cup Victory

Sam-Son Farm’s El Tormenta out-finished the favorites to earn his first stakes victory in Saturday’s co-featured $175,000 Connaught Cup (Grade 2) contested over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course at Woodbine. El Tormenta raced between horses stalking the front-runners Shakhimat and Hold’emforransom through the opening fractions in the seven-furlong sprint, which were clocked in :23.29 and […]

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Strike Me Down Gives Sam-Son Big Chance For Fourth Ontario Derby Win

Strike Me Down, an Ontario-bred son of Tapit, will chase his first added-money score in Saturday’s Grade 3, $125,000 Ontario Derby for 3-year-olds, part of Woodbine’s stakes-stacked card that’s headlined by the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International. A Sam-Son farm homebred, Strike Me Down returns to the Toronto oval after two straight starts at Saratoga, […]

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