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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Woodbine track going out with roar

An 11-year-old track record for 7 furlongs was beaten on Sunday afternoon at Woodbine as the main track, which will be replaced by Polytrack after holiday Monday's card, continues to play hard and fast.
Luna Canyon, a 3-year-old claimer, broke down in an early race on the card.
The track record was set by Financingavailable, who sped to the lead in the Sweet Briar Too Stakes and won in 1:20 1/5. Eeeks.
Maidens were seen racing 6 furlongs in 1:09 later in the card.
Meanwhile, Saturday's card started 24 minutes late because the ambulance driver was stuck in the picket lines of striking mutuel clerks, which continue to make life miserable for race goers and others who have to work at Woodbine.


Thank you to "anonymous" for the note on viewership for the Plate on TSN (see below 0r in Archives). Indeed, the presence of the Plate on a big name network helps racing in this country and following a World Cup soccor game didn't hurt the ratings.
As for the production, the show was quite good in most aspects except for the camera work during the race.
Back and forth from close-ups on horses to pan shots only made a viewer dizzy and whoever was working those cameras, does not have a flair for the focus control. Dreadful coverage of the running of the race but all features and personalities were solid.

Anyone else ready for a week off from racing at Woodbine? (Racing returns Saturday July after tomorrow's card)


  • At 9:52 PM, Anonymous peter PM said…

    From PM - i saw this run on the WO concrete in a bet shop in Calgary - no one was impressed -they see animals go faster when you drop em over a cliff- ah but i was on hand when Fair Juror set what seemed an impossible record for 6 1/2 that blew all my speed figs out for two decades so i know how swift the woody can be-
    sunday i may catch your racing in a shop in either Salmon Arm or Kamloops where serious students will do what they can to improve the breed- all holding the country together exactor by exactor


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