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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Wanna Runner arrives at Woodbine!

(courtesy Woodbine Entertainment)

TORONTO, June 15 - Mike Pegram's Wanna Runner, the likely favourite for
the $1 million Queen's Plate, next Sunday, June 25, arrived at Woodbine
Thursday morning at 4:00 am, after a van ride from New York.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Wanna Runner, a three-year-old son of El
Corredor, comes into Canada's most famous horse race fresh from two
scintillating scores, a five and one-quarter length romp in the Grade 3,
mile and one-sixteenth Lone Star Derby, May 13 in Texas and a four and
three-quarter length gallop in the mile and one-eighth WinStar Derby,
April 1 at Sunland Park in New Mexico.

"I just hope he runs like he's been running," said California-based
Baffert, of the Ontario-bred gelding. "So far, he looks good. He's been
working great."

Wanna Runner had his final major tune-up for the 'Gallop for the
Guineas' yesterday at Belmont Park, breezing six furlongs in a nifty

"He's a nice-looking horse, probably the best (offspring of) El
Corredor," said Baffert. "He can go a distance, so that's good. The
Plate's been the main objective all along."

He was accompanied to Woodbine by Baffert stablehand, Roberto Luna.


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