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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Canadian-bred 'Hall' stays south

On a wet Wednesday in Toronto, entries will be drawn for the first stakes race of the Woodbine meeting - the $125,000 Jacques Cartier Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for the older guys on the grounds.
Meanwhile, perhaps one of Canada's top older horses for 2006 is Eugene Melnyk's Arch Hall, who has improved dramatically since he returned to racing action last summer for trainer Mark Casse.
The Ontario-sired 5-year-old by Archers Bay was recently a strong second in the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park for trainer Tony Reinstedler and that's where the horse competes today.
The Grade 3 Fifth Season Stakes is a 1 1/16 mile race is worth $100,000.
Arch Hall will likely be favoured but may have a tough time running down the speedy PROSPECTIVE KISS.
Arch Hall won the restricted Sir Barton Stakes at Woodbine last fall but for now, is doing well against American company. Could we see him for the May 22 Eclipse Handicap back at Woodbine?
TWO-YEAR-OLD ALERT: Some 2-year-old action on Wednesday includes a group at Keeneland for the 2nd race of the afternoon. While the Steve Asmussen trainee Datrick is sure to get betting support (barn won a 2yo race on Sunday), don't overlook MISTYCAL LIGHT, who may offer some value on the board. Comes from a family of 2-year-old debut winners and his trainer has had 17% juvenile winners from almost 50 starters in recent years.


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