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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Top U.S owner/trainer talk Plate?

Neil sends in a note from today's El Paso Times regarding Mike Pegram's Canadian-bred gelding Wanna Runner, who won Sunland Park's Winstar Derby on Saturday.
Wanna Runner, bred by Ontario's own Yvonne Schwabe, was the subject of a lot of talk at Woodbine on Sunday. Will the horse come to Woodbine for the June 25 Plate or will his connections race him again to see if he is Kentucky Derby material? Note that Wanna Runner's graded stakes earnings keep him at the bottom rung of Derby hopefuls so if the race is oversubscribed, he might not get into the field.
Here's the note from the El Paso Times:

Talk after each WinStar inevitably turns to the possibility of running in the Kentucky Derby, one of sport's grandest spectacles the first Saturday in May each year.

"It's up to Bobby," Pegram said of what appears to be a very slim possibility of running at Churchill Downs in five weeks. "There's a whole lot of horse racing between now and then.

"Going to the Derby and finishing fifth or sixth doesn't float my boat. There's still the Santa Anita Derby, the Arkansas Derby, the Blue Grass (Stakes)."

Baffert claimed with a goofy smile after the race that he had "Derby" fever. But a more realistic possibility than the Kentucky Derby for the Canadian-bred Wanna Runner might be the Triple Crown north of the border.

The $1 million Queen's Plate, the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown and that country's equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, will be run June 25 at Woodbine in Toronto. In fact, of 191 horses nominated for the Queen's Plate, Wanna Runner is the second-favorite in the Winterbook odds at 6-1, trailing only Unification (4-1).


  • At 8:24 PM, Blogger Milhouse said…

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  • At 8:29 PM, Blogger Milhouse said…

    Opening weekend has come and gone, and there were indeed some surprises and some potential stars of the future that made some noise at Woodbine. Let's first start off with the surprises. It's a tie between Windinthevalley and Cabriolass. Both lit up the tote board, and right now I am still trying to figure out how they both won. Future stars that we saw on Sunday include Chubasco Cat (although the fact that he didn't start his career till he was 4 is a bit of concern) and what did you all think of Drinknwiththedevil and Half Sister? I had a chance to watch that race right at the finish line and I can tell you both those horses were moving pretty good at the end of the race, especially Half Sister. I can't wait to see her next time out. Well Jen as we look ahead to next weekend do you think we will see more of the same....i.e. winter raced horses still having an edge, or will that extra week give the home team enough time to catch up? And what about trainer Mark Casse. He seems to have a lot of Stonerside bullets this year. That's it from this corner. Have a great week...and we will see you all at The Post!


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