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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The madness that is this summer

Monsoon rains, storms, track washouts and continuing gate woes at the Woodbine inner-dirt meeting add to the excitement these days - indeed, the raceing has been pretty good despite all the silliness.
Woodbine made it through the long weekend without bad weather but the troubles at the starting gate came to a head in the Shepperton Stakes on Sunday when heavily favoured MAIN EXECUTIVE wasn't able to come out of the gate as his back door was still open and he was being held. Big time Ooops!
On Monday, more loose horses and horses flipping in the gate.
Can only shake the head now.

ROYAL CHALLENGER put up an 86 Beyer Figure in his Breeders' stakes win, the first classic score in Canada for the Stronach team since Awesome Again's Plate. Stronach was in town and had positive remarks about the installation of Polytrack at Woodbine in a post-race press scrum.

The fastest 2-year-old in Canada? Okay it could be BARILKO, who won the Colin Stakes last month with an 88 Beyer Figure but what about Shyman Farms' FIRST CAVALRY, the Winnipeg Futurity winner who sped over a slow surface as Assinboia Downs to win the 6 furlong test with an 84?
The colt is one of several horses sent to red-hot trainer Martin Drexler by Toronto's Stuart Hyman. First Cavalry began his career at Woodbine and was still a maiden heading to the Futurity. Could this one be headed to California next?

ENOUGH ALREADY! Classy PAROSE, a millionaire who has been through the 'mill' was a non-threatening 4th at Fort Erie for $10,000 claiming on Sunday. The 12-year-old deserves a home away from the races it seems.

UP THIS WEEK - Emma-Jayne Wilson is in England for the Shergar Cup on Saturday at Ascot, a jockey's championship. No racing tonight or tomorrow as Polytrack continues to be installed. The Duchess (3yo fillies) and Vandal (Ontario-foaled 2yo's) on tap for the weekend.




  • At 10:12 AM, Blogger Tote Board Brad said…

    Hey, did you send this out as a press release, too or is that ### 30 ### just for show? Love the old school notation!


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