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Friday, April 21, 2006

Did you know... (Woodstock Stakes)

The Woodstock Stakes will be run for the 108th time (!) tomorrow, likely in the slop, and the 6 furlong dash was once a 1 1/8 mile race.
The first running was won by Curtolima in 1885.
So, the last horse to win the Woodstock and the Queen's Plate was Wando in 2003, a colt who went on to win the Canadian Triple Crown. Impressive yes? Well, before that, it was Whistling Sea in 1965.
This year's Woodstock features Plate hopeful VIBANK, who appears to be a pure sprinter, and the one to beat in the dash. Any speedster that tries to go with this son of Silver Deputy may be sorry.
Will this year's Woodstock lead a path to the Plate? It does not look likely.

George Bigliardi's undefeated VERNE'S BABY is going to be very tough to beat in the 5th race on the card - a super allowance/optional claiming event - especially since the giant gelding is training like a bear and loves a wet track.

At Keeneland, GONE PROSPECTING is the choice from this corner in the Lexington Stakes, the last chance for any Kentucky Derby hopefuls. Terrible weather made the track sloppy on Friday but this colt may handle the surface. Woodbine-based BEAR CHARACTER appears to be overmatched and the speedy FAST PARADE could be caught.


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