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Saturday, June 24, 2006

'Sheets' say Runner; Plate card strong

There's a little bit of everything on tap for Queen's Plate no. 147 at Woodbine Sunday with the highlight being the 1 1/4 classic for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.
Local breeder Yvonne Schwabe, who bought WANNA RUNNER's dam for just $6,000 will be on pins and needles as her homebred boy starts as the favourite for Mike Pegram and trainer Bob Baffert.
The Thorograph Sheets say the race is already a foregone conclusion. The gelded son of El Corredor is by far the best 'sheet' horse with only Pipers Thunder appearing to have enough improvement in him to be an interesting longshot.
How did the virus that hit Woodbine affect SHILLELAGH SLEW and MALAKOFF and is STERWINS really good enough to win the Plate to lure Johnny V. to ride or is it a slow business day for the world class rider south of the border?
Picketing mutuel clerks may add some tension to the day but once inside, fans will see horses like Horse of the Year SOARING FREE, possible turf star of 2006, JAMBALAYA, and the last race, the Charlie Barley, should not be missed as SEASIDE RETREAT, 10th in the Kentucky Derby, is back at his home track.

Meanwhile, how about a $58,000 carryover in the PICK 7 - don't forget, the PIck 7 begins on Race 4 tomorrow and not Race 2 as usual.
There are 2 Win 4 bets, a slew of Superfectas and Pick 3's and lots of competitive betting races.

Big-time trainers at Woodbine with busy days include Reade Baker and the red-hot Bob Tiller.

The Woodbine main surface played fairly on Saturday, as did the parched grass course.



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