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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Running in Texas, Queenston quotes

Those Woodbine horsepeople with Queen’s Plate contenders and racing fans across the country might be interested in tuning into HPITV on Saturday night to watch the Walmac Lne Star Derby from Texas.
The Lone Star Derby, a $300,000 race at 1 1/16 miles, features Ontario-bred WANNA RUNNER, an early favourite for the Plate who has yet to race in Canada. The race will be shown on the cable channel but wagering will not be permitted. Wanna Runner is owned by high profile American owner Mike Pegram and trained by Bob Baffert. Baffert told Lone Star Park officials that the gelding could have raced in the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the American Triple Crown, but instead will head to the $1 million Plate on June 25 after the Lone Star race.

From last Saturday’s Queenston Stakes, Woodbine’s first prep event for the Plate, here are some quotes from participants:

Reade Baker (trains winner, Atlas Shrugs, 4th place finisher Hubberts Peak)
“I actually thought down the backstretch that Hubberts Peak was going to win. He’s been battling shins but he’s going to be a nice horse.
Atlas Shrugs has had a bad habit of bolting at every turn at every track (After the Queenston, Atlas Shrugs made a beeline for the on-gap on the clubhouse turn, causing Fraser to fall off.

Emma-Jayne Wilson (rider of 3rd-place finisher Town Thief)
“I had watched some of his races from Santa Anita and I knew he lugged in. I wasn’t sure with those fractions he set at Santa Anita how he would do here but I had a beautiful trip behind the pace.
When we straightened out, he started to race greenly and got to lugging in but he ran a really good race and I was happy with him


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