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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Canadians at Keeneland

MILLHOUSE asks about the Keeneland meeting, which begins tomorrow (Friday):

Opening Day for the Spring Meet at Keeneland is Friday. I noticed that Nottawasaga is running for trainer Eric Coatrieux and the Chiefswood Stables. What can you tell us about that horse? Also from your experience with the Spring Keeneland meet, how have Canadian horses done? I Know that during the fall meet they have done pretty well. Is the Spring meet for the Canadian horses more of a stepping stone for races down the line at Woodbine? How do horses who have started at Keeneland traditionally faired when making subsequent starts at Woodbine?

Chiefswood Stables' NOTTAWASAGA, a promising Deputy Minister filly who cost $700,000 as a yearling, competes in Keeneland's fifth race at nine-furlongs on the grass. This is a fast improving and highly regarded miss who fared quite well when in the Tropical Park Oaks at Calder on New Year's Day, her first strat after winning her maiden. Some early trouble in her latest led to a short freshening time and she looms the filly to beat in the comeback.
Canadian horses are often involved in the Keeneland spring meeting because their stables are on their way home from more southern locations. Sam-Son Farms, Roger Attfield and Chiefswood are among the outfits to watch out for this spring. Also, since the Woodbine races are still at short distances for the first few weeks of the meeting, Canadian trainers who want to prepare their horses in longer events can use the Keeneland meeting to get their Oaks, Queen's Plate and grass horses ready.
Because the larger Canadian stables are the ones at Keeneland and its horses are usually of the allowance and stakes calibre, once these runners are back at Woodbine, their success rate is high.
As a side note, Keene;and's first race tomorrow is an intriguing 2-year-old event featuring a colt, ONE GOOD YANK, who sizzled two-furlongs at the Fasig-Tipton Calder sale in February in :21 3/5. He should be well bet to make an impact for trainer Dale Romans.


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