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Monday, April 24, 2006

Woodbine Wash Out and Weekend Winners

It just didn't stop raining.
Woodbine got through six races on Sunday but when Great Auntee wobbled and bobbled along the treacherous inside path in the sixth race and almost fell down, the decision to cancel the remainder of the races was easy.
The Star Shoot Stakes, an important 3-year-old filly race has been re-scheduled for next Sunday April 30 and is now only a week before the Fury Stakes, another 3-year-old filly event.

From 25 races run at Woodbine since Friday, most of which took place in deep slop, 14 were making their second starts of the meeting or were wintered raced. The fact that 11 of the winners were making their seaon debuts or were first-time starters, says a lot about the preparation these horses are undergoing with the trainers.

The Baker steamship continues to power along with three more winners including Queen's Plate hopeful ATLAS SHRUGS (Woodstock Stakes, lifetime best 79 Beyer Figure). Scott Fairlie has been impressive with his starters this spring and added two more winners on the weekend while Laurie Silvera, Jody Hammett and Mike DePaulo also clip along nicely.

Speaking of Atlas Shrugs, his name appears on the list of eligibles for the Queenston Stakes on May 6, a seven-furlong race that is essentially the first important prep for the Plate.
It's a healthy list of 28 Ontario-breds but to this point, the quality of runners is lacking.
Yes, Canada's champion 2-year-old of last year, EDENWOLD (Southern Halo), is scheduled to race but he's in a bit of a hurried schedule and might not be at his top form for the race. THINKING OUT LOUD (Regal Classic), who would have been one of the Plate winterbook favourites had he been originally kept eligible for the race (he will be supplemented by the May 15 deadline) is on schedule and is a a pretty good runner having won the Coronation Futurity last fall.
After those sophomores, there are many 3-year-olds with lots of proving to do. Indeed, the most impressive colt on the page as far as Beyer Figures are concerned is the California maiden TOWN THIEF (Cape Town), who appears to be close to a race.


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