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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

March 29, 2006 Let the Games begin!

Ten races, 89 horses, welcome to the first card of the 50th season of Woodbine this Saturday, April 1.
While the number of horses entered is a bit on the light side (where is everybody?), most of the races are contentious and it is a reasonable starting point for a long, long season.
Rain is in the forecast but that should not hinder the prep for the Jacques Cartier Stakes, the $79,900 feature on the card.
Stonerside Stables' Danieltown is the fleetest entrant in the five-furlong dash and he loves the mud. The chestnut son of Pioneering, a 13-time winner in 37 starts, is now under the care of Mark Casse and is a deadly speedster off the layoff.
Danieltown's main rival is last year's champion sprinter Judith's Wild Rush, who began 2006 with 3rd and 4th place finishes in the Grade 3 Deputy Minister Handicap and Grade 2 Richter Scale Stakes at Gulfstream respectively.
Add Gulfstream shipper Terrific Challenge, a recent winner at 5 furlongs on the grass at Gulfstream, and you have a sizzling feature race.
Opening day's card gets underway at 1:10 p.m. but get there early to meet some of Woodbine's top jockeys, get an autograph and some handicapping tips at Jim Bannon's seminar.
Also, races 3 through 6 can be seen on SUN TV bginning at 2 p.m.


  • At 3:19 PM, Blogger Milhouse said…

    Jen, I was wondering if you could give us a best bet and a longshot for opening day. I have followed your picks closely in The Star throughout the years, and I see that once in a while you hit with a big bomb. Lets get the season off to a good start with a nice priced longshot. Who is it????


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