11/04/2008 12:00AM

Injury forces My List to retire from racing


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Nick Gonzalez stable will be losing one of its most productive and popular members as My List has been injured and forced into retirement.

"She'll stay here a month and then go to Three Chimneys in Kentucky," said Gonzalez, who has trained My List throughout her career.

"She's been entered in the January mixed sale at Keeneland."

My List, bred in Kentucky, was purchased for $1,200 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Sale in October 2005.

"She's been a real rags-to-riches story," said Gonzalez, who bought My List on a whim for his wife and assistant trainer, Martha.

"She's been such a sound horse. She's had really tough campaigns at 2, 3, and 4."

Purchased privately by the Tucci Stable of Carlos and Lou Tucci following her first start, My List did not visit the winner's circle until the eighth and final outing of her juvenile campaign.

But her season was far from disappointing as My List finished second in the five-furlong Ontario Debutante and third in both the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Mazarine and the five-furlong My Dear while banking $144,650.

Last year, My List closed out her 11-start campaign with a flourish by finishing second in the 6 1/2-furlong Ruling Angel and then becoming a stakes winner in the Grade 3, seven-furlong Bessarabian to bring her seasonal earnings to $218,615.

But the best was yet to come as My List opened her 2008 campaign with back-to-back wins in the Grade 3 Whimsical at six furlongs and the Grade 3 Hendrie at 6 1/2 furlongs.

In five subsequent appearances, My List added second-place finishes in the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too and the 1 1/16-mile Hill 'n' Dale. She heads to the breeding shed with a career record of 6-7-5 and earnings of $593,059 from 26 starts.

"Everyone in the barn is a little misty-eyed right now," Gonzalez said. "We feel bad but at the same time relieved, knowing she's going to be a mommy and have a good life."

Gonzalez, Cool Gator to Gulfstream

Gonzalez will be returning to Gulfstream Park this winter, where he expects to begin the meeting with eight horses.

The Florida contingent will include Cool Gator, a 3-year-old colt who was transferred to Gonzalez this summer by owner/breeder Garland Williamson.

Cool Gator, who had finished second here in last year's Grade 3 Grey and in the Coronation Futurity for trainer Danny Vella, had wintered at Gulfstream last year with an eye toward the Queen's Plate but was injured while preparing for the Plate Trial.

"I've had him back here a month and a half," Gonzalez said. "I've breezed him twice on the training track. He's going real good."

Gonzalez loaded for weekend stakes

The Gonzalez outfit plans to be represented in two of the three stakes here this weekend, with Win and Reign and My Bad on tap for Saturday's $125,000 Frost King and Artie Hot eyeing Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 Autumn.

The Frost King, which Gonzalez won last year with Stuck in Traffic, is a seven-furlong race for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds, while the Autumn is a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.

Win and Reign, a Williamson homebred, won the six-furlong Vandal here Aug. 10 and is heading into the Frost King off a sixth-place finish in the Grade 3 Summer, a one-mile turf race on Oct. 4.

My Bad, a Tucci Stable homebred, was a smart maiden winner when making his second career start at six furlongs here Oct. 25.

Artie Hot, a 4-year-old gelding who was claimed for $30,000 at Gulfstream in February 2007, has gone on to be competitive with the best of his class here, upsetting the 1 1/8-mile Ontario Derby last fall and the 1 1/16-mile Seagram Cup this summer.

His victims in the Grade 3 Seagram Cup included True Metropolitan and Palladio, both of whom are expected to be in Sunday's Autumn lineup.

In his last start, on Oct. 11, Artie Hot finished third in the Grade 3 Durham Cup, which was won by Palladio with Marchfield - who also is slated for the Autumn - ending second.

Callwood Dancer sold, stays in training

Callwood Dancer, who was slated to sell as a racing or broodmare prospect at Keeneland on Tuesday, was withdrawn after Three Chimneys LLC purchased a half-interest from Dick Bonnycastle's Harlequin Ranches.

The private sale was good news for trainer Roger Attfield, who had sent out Callwood Dancer to compile a solid record on the turf here this year, including a win in the Grade 2 Nassau and second-place finishes in the Grade 2 Canadian and Grade 1 E.P. Taylor.

Attfield, who had backed off on Callwood Dancer's training in anticipation of the Keeneland sale, sent out the 4-year-old for a four-furlong breeze in 47.40 seconds here last Sunday and plans to run her in the Nov. 15 Cardinal at Churchill Downs.

The Cardinal, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares, offers Grade 3 status and a purse of $100,000.

"From there, she'll go on down to Florida with me," said Attfield, who winters at Payson Park.

Financingavailable fails to meet reserve

Financingavailable, an Ontario-sired 7-year-old mare who was a multiple Canadian champion and winner of more than $1 million, went through the ring at Keeneland on Monday but did not meet her reserve when the bidding stalled at $375,000.

"It's just the way the market's been going for the last couple of months," said Lorne Richards, who trained Financingavailable for owner K.K. Sangara.

Financingavailable, who has been at Lane's End and is in foal to Smart Strike, will have to be back in Ontario by Dec. 1 in order for her foal to meet the Ontario-foaled requirement of the province's mare residency program.

* Sprung, winner of the Grade 3 Natalma in her first career start and second in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly here this summer, sold for $270,000 at Keeneland on Monday.

Trained here by Mark Casse, Sprung was part of Woodford Stable LLC's dispersal of its 4-year-old racehorses.