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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Edenwold - 94 Beyer in Plate

Jim and Alice Sapara's very gritty Edenwold, the 147th Queen's Plate winner (the first to win the Plate the year after being named champion 2-year-old colt in 30 years) earned a career best 94 Beyer Figure in his Plate score.
While the time of the race was on the slow side (and the last two furlongs posted in a slow :27 2/5), a somewhat dead main track led to the sluggish clocking.
Edenwold - a generous 16 to 1 on the odds board - upheld the faith given him by his connections and jockey Emile Ramsammy despite off-season surgery and a late start to training in 2006.
Josie Carroll, often reserved in her demeanor, was visibly moved after her first Plate win. She became the first woman to train a winner of the Canadian classic.


- Wanna Runner was easily the most unattractive horse in the paddock for the Plate as he appearedd to be a bit dull in his coat and unenthused.
- Shillelagh Slew was one of several who looked very well and happy.
- Mutuel clerk picketers made life miserable for some Woodbine employees but since the first couple of floors of the grandstand were full, they had little effect on customers wanting to be a part of the day.
- John Ross has transformed Marco Be Good (Highlander Stakes-G3) winner into a superstar while Seaside Retreat (Charlie Barley Stakes) is a monster sophomore on the grass.
- Post time of the Plate of 6:07 is truly painful - it makes for a very long day. Let's hope the TSN television ratings help the sport enough to make it worth it.
- The best part of Plate day is the after-parties on the backstretch. Dozens of barns had get-togethers, barbecues and celebrations. Pigs and lambs were cooked at barns like that of Dave Bell, Sam-Son and John Ross had parties while there was a small gathering at Josie Carroll's stable.
Later at the Woodbine Centre's J J Muggs, most of the Plate parties crammed the bar and dance floor to celebrate Woodbine's biggest day.


The Woodbine main track is down to its waning days and is now closed for training. The track seemed to favour inside runners on Plate day but when Polytrack is laid down during the next 6-8 weeks, soon there will be no bias, no sloppy surfaces....hmmmm.
The first day of racing on the inner dirt (harness track) will be Saturday July 8 - should be wild!


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