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Monday, July 17, 2006

No Triple Crown winner '06

Edenwold put up a brave fight in yesterday's Prince of Wales Stakes but the Queen's Plate winner could not duplicate his Woodbine heroics at Fort Erie, where many a favourite has met with defeat.
The Plate form slid in the 'Wales as Edenwold's winning Plate Beyer Figure of 94 was better than the disqualified Malakoff's 'Wales-winning Beyer of 91.
The ultimate 'Wales winner Shillelagh Slew's 90 Beyer was the best of his career.
The colt is the best offspring of his sire, Chief Seattle, a son of Seattle Slew who was graded stakes placed and now stands in New York State.
It was a rough day for Ontario Racing Commission stewards at Fort Erie and at Woodbine.
Malakoff, who arguably was always going to win the 'Wales, did cause some crowding and while Shillelagh Slew and Pipers Thunder steadied, it was Edenwold who took the worst of the stretch battle.
Todd Kabel, who appeared to have won his 4th stakes race in 24 hours, worked hard to win the race on Malakoff and was trying to keep the colt straight by whipping him left-handed but the colt drifted into the whip.
At Woodbine, a messy first-race saw the fading juvenile Spike C.C. come over and cause crowding in the stretch but the colt finished 5th and behind the ones he interfered with. Surprisingly, Devoy, ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson, was disqualified even though that one was interfered with and could not avoid squeezing out Gamble on Love on the rail.
Later in the day, a troubled Bold n' Classic was in an incident with a fading Maria Bonita in the 5th race and while it appeared that the ofrmer's rider inadvertently hit that rival over the head with the whip, the result was not touched.

TRAJECTORY RED-HOT - Ontario stallion Trajectory sired another stakes winner in 2006 when the very promising MIDNIGHT SHADOW held on to win the Shady Well Stakes under Ray Sabourin. The filly's Beyer Figure was a smart 82. Trajectory is also the sire of impressive 2yo winner Dancer's Bajan and 3yo stakes winner London Snow.

MARTY - FRIEND OF BLOG FRIENDS - Thoroughblog's favourite Winnipeg horseman MARTIN DREXLER took Saturday's Debutante Stakes at Assiniboia Downs with former Woodbine 2yo EMMA'S TOUCH, an Ontario-bred daughter of Touch Gold. Drexler, who visits Woodbine each fall, is now 13 for 53 at the meeting and 5th in the trainer's standings.


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