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Monday, March 27, 2006

March 27, 2006

The weather is finally beginning to turn in Toronto and what a super morning out on the Woodbine backstretch where horsemen are preparing their runners for Saturday's opening day of the 50th Woodbine season.
Most of the backstretch chatter this morning was about the weather and who was going to be racing on the first weekend. The expected introduction of the new Polytrack surface in July continues to be another hot topic.
What seemed most evident was that every horseperson was excited and eager to talk about what they had the barn - the older horses that were back from four months off and the always evident buzz about the latest crop of 2-year-olds.
Thanks to a reasonable Ontario winter, it was not just the Florida-wintered horses that looked well. So many have already begun to shed the winter coats and it was evident that eager grooms have been busy with the curry comb.
Opening day, 2006, is certainly different than in 1956 when Woodbine was born but the anticipation of getting back to our fast and exciting business never goes away.


  • At 1:01 PM, Blogger Neil said…

    Saw the Turfway polytrack for the first time on Sunday and at first glance I thought I was at Flamboro -- it's so grey. Watched a couple of races down at the rail and I missed the pounding of the hooves, the polytrack seems to dampen the sound.


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