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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Gate woes at Woodbine

Not sure if it's the horses, the horsepeople or the gate crew or all of the above but a 20 minute delay in loading the 2-year-old fillies for Sunday's 7th race is just another example of how painful it has been to watch horses go into the gate at Woodbine.
Since the beginning of the year, loose horses, vet scratches and reluctant horses have plagued the starting gate procedure at Woodbine. in Sunday's baby race, one filly got loose and ran around for several minutes and two were scratched while in the gate after being fractious.
It was many more minutes before the remaining gals were coerced into the gate.
Betting on racehorses and on Woodbine's inner dirt track is hard enough and our track makes it even tougher with these continued problems with loading horse sinto the gate.


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