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Friday, April 28, 2006

Baker 'Hard' to beat

Two starters and two winners on Friday for last year's Sovereign Award winning trainer Reade Baker and there seems to be no stopping the Baker barn as Woodbine gets set to begin a five-day racing schedule next week.
Of course, both winners were taking significant drops in class and edges over their fields. Paula McCartney, owned by Park Stud, dropped in for $10,000 maiden claiming from $25,000 and won handily.
Most impressive on Friday's card was Baker's newly acquired Doubly Hard, claimed at Gulfstream Park for newcomers to Woodbine - Castle Village Stable. Doubly Hard, picked up for $14,000, won for $12,500 yesterday by 4 1/2 lengths but could have won by much more. The bay 5-year-old gelding was geared down by jockey Jim McAleney and scorched five-furlongs in :57 2/5. Doubly Hard was claimed by trainer Noel Randall for owner Albert Sanges.
Baker's pair gives him 10 scores on the meeting.


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