09/05/2012 1:47PM

Woodbine: Fatal Bullet runs for $80,000 tag in Friday sprint

Barbara D. Livingston
Fatal Bullet is entered with an $80,000 claiming tag in a sprint Friday at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Fatal Bullet, the 2008 Canadian Horse of the Year, will run with an $80,000 claiming tag in the featured eighth race Friday at Woodbine, a third-level optional claimer at six furlongs. Post time for the first of nine races is 1:05 p.m.

Fatal Bullet, 7, finished second to Midnight Lute in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in 2008 after taking the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Sprint Stakes with a 108 Beyer Speed Figure. The highlights of his 2009 campaign were victories in the Bold Venture Stakes (109 Beyer) and the Grade 3 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland.

The last few years have been lean for Fatal Bullet, but he captured an optional claimer following a winter layoff April 14. He subsequently finished third in an open allowance and has been idle since running seventh behind the likes of Smokey Fire and reigning champion sprinter Essence Hit Man on the grass in the Grade 2 Highlander Stakes on June 24.

Reade Baker trains the Bear Stable-owned Fatal Bullet, who will be ridden by Emma Wilson.

Quincy Welch was named on the other half of the Bear Stable entry, Bear Tough Tiger, who won his last start July 11 in a $40,000 starter allowance, earning a 93 Beyer. He looks to be the “now” horse in the six-horse field.

Hollywood Hit, Canada’s champion sprinter in 2010, also has seen better days. The 6-year-old has been sidelined since last winter, when he finished 10th in back-to-back stakes at Turfway Park.

Hollywood Hit has been working bullets for trainer Terry Jordan, who will give the red-hot journeyman Jim McAleney a leg up.

Exfactor, the lone 3-year-old in the lineup, is making his first start for leading trainer Mark Casse.

Exfactor won the Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill last year, when he was trained by Bernie Flint. He subsequently took the Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds before ending 11th there in the Grade 3 Lecomte. He has been laid up since a wide seventh-place finish in the March 3 Gazebo Stakes at Oaklawn.

Court of the Realm has struggled since early last year, when he capped a five-race win streak with a victory in the Grade 2 King Edward Stakes on the grass. He is looking to regroup following a layoff, during which he worked quickly for trainer Peter Berringer.

Rounding out the field is Executive Five, who hit the board in three Ontario-sired stakes at the meet, including a second to Royal Egbert in the Aug. 6 Shepperton.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RETIREMENT is not a dirty word and Fatal Bullet has earned his reward. Do what's best for the horse and don't try to get blood from a turnip. This is the modus operandi of owners and turns the fans off. Remember, some of them never come back.
go4gin More than 1 year ago
don't bother trying to contact Reade Baker at the link I posted, it's not good anymore
go4gin More than 1 year ago
I am TOTALLY ashamed of Danny Dion and Bear Stables! This horse brought recognition to his stable, and this is what he gets in the end of his career? Danny Dion OWNS the largest mulching business in the world in Alberta. He SHOULD donate Fatal Bullet to Old Friends ot the Kentucky Horse Park, where he would get the royal treatment he deserves! SHAME ON YOU ! I don't know how to get in touch with Danny Dion, but you can contact Reade Baker the Trainer here: http://www.readebaker.com/contact.shtml
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
oh ,and Ive followed Fatal Bulletfrom the bebinning cause he ran here in pa.
Karen Suttle More than 1 year ago
He's been in the money 21 of 31 of his races, he's earned almost 1.3 million dollars and he's 7 years old. If he hasn't earned his retirement yet, what would he have to do to do that? The owners should be ashamed.
Jay Romig More than 1 year ago
he should be grazing in a lush pasture,I retired all of mine by age 8 and everyone was sound, and they didn't make more than 300k, not any of them,the 2 best ones made about 270k each, and thats no slot money, the other 2 made just over 100k.I have all of them at home with our family, except the one is a broodmare in Kentucky
Ange More than 1 year ago
Well isn't that a nice reward for all of his hard work over the years... we're going to run you for a price now. How about retirement?
YYZGUY1 More than 1 year ago
How about you pay the bills Ange? He's a fun horse to watch run and if he's healthy that's up to the owner to decide where to run him. DO you complain when all those 3 yr olds retire after winning a stakes a race or two? Can't have it both ways.
Ange More than 1 year ago
Actually no, I don't complain after all the 3 year olds break down and have to be retired. But when you have a classy old horse you don't demean him by running him for a tag. I guess you've never had one of those in YOUR barn, have you.
Ange More than 1 year ago
And you're worried how they're paying the bills? Bear Stables? This horse alone has made $1.2 (almost $1.3) Million in his life. Do you think they're going broke? Ha ha ha!! That's funny!
richard montgomery More than 1 year ago
He' s only running cause he is a gelding.