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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Bettor's Delights - Woodbine Oaks and Belmont

Two of the most prestigious horse racing events in Canada and the United States take place this weekend and ideally, both are super betting events that figure to test handicappers.
Sunday's Labatt Woodbine Oaks, the top race for Canadian-foaled 3-year-old fillies; lost its favourite this week when Eaton Hall Farms' Gumboots was injured but a field of 10 includes some regally bred gals who can boost their value with good efforts.
LIKE A GEM, who has recovered from an illness that caused her to miss the Selene stakes a couple of weeks ago, will vie for favoritism with Kinghaen Farms' SEDUCTIVELY, a front-running winner of the 4-horse Selene.
With speed likely to also come from either 'Gem, LONDON SNOW and perhaps one of the two Sam-Son farms fillies - FEATHERED DIAMOND and STRIKE SOFTLY, Seductively's task will be all that much tougher as she stretches out to 1 1/8 miles.
Bargain yearling purchase SWEET BREANNA will garner a lot of attention thanks to a strong allowance score on May 13 in which she earned an 85 Beyer Figure. The filly is by young sire Sahm, a son of champion European mare Salsabil.

In New York, for the third time in 38 years, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winners are not in the field. BARBARO continues to recover from a scary leg fracture he suffered in the Preakness while BERNARDINI, the Preakness hero, will pass the Belmont.
Derby runner-up BLUEGRASS CAT and his stablemate SUNRIVER will take a lot of action but Bernardini's trainer Tom Albertrani has the improving DEPUTY GLITTERS in the field and don't forget about the fresh SACRED LIGHT, who looked like a Derby contender this winter and appears to be coming up to a big effort.
More on these races in two days.

Thank you to John for his Queen's Plate post (see below) and stay tuned for Plate notes as we get closer to the big race. WANNA RUNNER, the expected heavy favourite, will ship in from New York next week and will be stabled at Mike Doyle's barn.
Speaking of Doyle, while that trainer's Pyramid Park fared poorly in the Plate Trial and is now a Plate longshot, STORMKICK had a sizzling maiden score Wednesday night and could be a Plate starter for the famed Hendrie Stable.


  • At 6:04 AM, Anonymous Tiffany said…

    What a nice little pedigree StormKick has too boot.

    He's a grandson of Deputy Minister on his sire's side, and as for his dam's side.......

    His dam, ONE OVER PRIME, is a daughter of WITH APPROVAL (1989 Canadian Triple Crown winner, and half brother to Touch Gold-'97 Belmont S.winner, as well as Launch Key-3rd Summer S,Cup and Saucer S, Sweeping Change-1st Woodstock S, Bar U Mood-1st Seaway S, and Daijin-1st Selene S,Star Shoot S. Their grandam is 1966 Canadian Oaks winner Cool Mood (by Northern Dancer)

    ONE OVER PRIME is half sister to Whiskey Wisdom (who's no stranger to Canadian breeding/racing, Primaly ('97 Champion 2 Year Old Filly in Canada, 2nd Canadian Oaks,3rd Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies, and Poetically ('00 Champion 2 Year Old Filly in Canada, sold for $2,050,000 at the 2003 Keeneland November mixed sale.

    And speaking of pedigrees, seeing as how THE KINGMAKER: HOW NORTHERN DANCER FOUNDED A RACING DYNASTY was published this year, its a fitting touch that the most of this years plate hopefuls trace back to Northern Dancer.....

    Wanna Runner (Vice Regent)
    Malakoff (Vice Regent)
    Thinking Out Loud (Vice Regent)
    Piper's Thunder (Vice Regent)
    Hot Deputy (Vice Regent)
    Edenwold (Northern Sea)
    Atlas Shrugs (El Gran Senor)
    Ascot Bill (El Gran Senor)
    Pyrmaid Park (his dam is Nijinsky II 4x4)
    Shillelagh Slew (Nureyev)
    Bad Had (Far North-a full brother of The Minstrel)
    Seeking Shelter (Nijinsky II)

  • At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Tiffany said…

    oppsy! I forgot to mention, the 1990 Canadian Triple Crown winner IZVESTIA, is also a grandson of COOL MOOD


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