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Monday, April 10, 2006

Plate, Oaks journeys underway

The second week of April brought out some Queen's Plate and Woodbine Oaks contenders in both the afternoon and morning.
Eaton Hall Farms' GUMBOOTS, back from a winter of training in California, reached out in the final furlong to win her 2006 debut at Woodbine on Sunday, posting an 85 Beyer Figure for the 5 furlongs.
The diminutive daughter of Storm Boot - Celmis had to hurry to beat some quicker rivals but galloped out well under Patrick Husbands, who leads all Woodbine riders after four cards.
At Keeneland on Saturday, Sam-Som Farms' highly regarded FEATHERED DIAMOND (AP. Indy) led all the way to win her nine-furlong, 3-year-old debut with a 79 Beyer Figure.
Congratulations to all those bet this attractive filly ($26.00) including one reader, R.L. who sent a comment in over the weekend. (Yes, Feathered Diamond was meant to be a 'tout'!).
Stakes-placed CLASSICAL MISS won her maiden for Harlequin Ranches on Saturday, putting up a 68 Beyer Figure.
On the Plate scene, undefeated BAD HAT worked five-furlongs on Sunday morning in 1:01 1/5 for trainer Mike DePaulo.
And several Plate eligibles had some stretch power in Sunday's 9th race, won by Eugene Melnyk's Kentucky-bred ROCKDUNDO (Carson City). The race produced an 80 Beyer Figure and both FOREST LIGHT and IGALI rallied for purse shares.

Meanwhile, Canadian-owned BROTHER DEREK (Benchmark) who competes for Alberta's Cecil Peacock, is a strong favourite for the May 6 Kentucky Derby thanks to a handy score in the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday. The colt is seeking to be just the fourth California-bred to win the Derby.


  • At 11:30 AM, Blogger Milhouse said…


    I am a huge Brother Derek fan. However I still have some concerns about the mile and a quarter distance. Do you think he will be able to stretch out? I did like the fact that he relxed beautifuly in the Santa Anita Derby. As for Woodbine's last weekend, there is no question who had the best performance and that was the old fella Chris's Bad Boy. It will be interesting to see if he is the first supplemented horse into a stakes race with the Jacques Cartier coming up this weekend. Judging by the way he finished up that race on Saturday I don't think it took anything out of him. I'm a little bit surprised with the lowish figure that Gumboots got for her win. The late pace in that race was terrific.


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