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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Woodbine 50th season opens today!

High winds, a drying out track and 5 and 5 1/2 furlong dashes for the opening day card - look for those quick horses as it might be tricky to close ground in the stretch run this afternoon.
In addition to the first day of a new thoroughbred season, Gulfstream's Florida Derby day card (check out longshot Rehoboth as a possible play in the Derby itself) is jam-packed with quality stakes events and post time is a 12 noon.
A Queen's Plate contender worth watching today is Stronach Stables' Malakoff, who competes in a tough maiden race at Gulfstream.
The son of Lemon Drop Kid is listed at 12 to 1 in the Daily Racing Form morning line for the day's 4th event. If this colt can beat Darley Stud's Tall Story, who is coming out of one of the strongest key maiden races of the entire meeting, he could win.
Heads up for readers of the Toronto Star (
Results charts have been shrunk down and some information has been eliminated. Since it won't be until tomorrow's paper that we see the changes, let's reserve judgement until then.


  • At 6:33 PM, Blogger Neil said…

    I, too, liked Rehoboth in the Florida Derby. There's nothing worse than betting on a horse you see nothing of and know nothing of till Vic says 'Rehoboth had better go'. I knew I should have bet Frank Gomez, who is 2-for-90 or something equally awful in 2006. I'm glad the unbeaten grass horse is still unbeaten because that means he'll be a great bet-against on Derby day. Great story on Barbaro's trainer in Louisville paper

  • At 9:59 PM, Blogger Milhouse said…

    An interesting opening day to say the least. We had some favourites and some big prices as well. I think it's safe to say that a majority of the horses just are not ready to run yet. That was especially evident in the first three races where the late pace just colapsed. Good days for Frank The Shank and Emma Wilson. A couple of the allowance races produced some interesting results. Make sure to add Like A Gem to your watch list. Galloped out beautifuly after the race was done. Dave Cotey first time starter One Sweet Ride had a terrible start and finished well as did Runaway Sunshine. Most overbet horse of the day was Judith's Wild Rush. Yes a Champion and winter raced....but had the one hole and going just 5 furlongs. Can't wait to see what day 2 has in store for us. Jen, keep up the great work with the site. It has been a lot of fun to read!


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