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Saturday, April 15, 2006

'Eggs-cellent' racing

While all the buzz in the United States centred on the settling of Kentucky Derby dust following today's Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby, the Woodbine plant was buzzing with customers who saw some good racing on Friday and Saturday.
Today, the meeting's first stakes race marked the return to top form for JUDITH'S WILD RUSH, last year's champion sprinter, owned by Harvey Tenenbaum. The grey 5-year-old rallied 3 wide off the turn for the wire and wore down a gritty High Volt Jolt, stopping the clock in a sharp 1:09.
Trained by Reade Baker, who may have the favourite in tomorrow's Whimsical Stakes in champion Gold Strike, Judith's Wild Rush figuers to head next to the April 29 Vigil Handicap.

Speaking of Baker, the trainer informed Thoroughblog that he has a pair of 2-year-olds in his barn for American-based Centaur Farms, which won Friday's Shakertown Stakes (Gr. 3) at Keeneland with ATTICUS KRISTY, a Thoroughblog selection.
Centaur raced 2001 Grade 1 winning filly Exogenous and Baker is currently training that star's 2-year-old half-sister, Palhmuhree, a grey filly by Gone West.
Canadian Horse of the Year Soaring Free was a troubled sixth in the Shakertown in his first start since last summer for Sam-Son Farms.

Following his easy romp in Oaklawn's Arkansas Derby, LAWYER RON heads to Louisville and the May 6 Kentucky Derby as the main threat to favoured BROTHER DEREK. Despite an intimidating trip around the first turn and a rank approach into the backstretch, 'Ron' took off from his 12 rivals to win in impressive style. The Blue Grass also featured a speed party as SINISTER MINISTER ran like a wild horse throughout the nine-furlongs and wired a weary field.
The Derby field could be summed up in one word right now - speed. There will be lots of early lick in this year's edition, who is your pick?

Happy Easter!


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