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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Poly makes a landing and other notes

POLYTRACK landed on the Woodbine main track Friday as a quarter-mile of the new surface was dumped on the one-mile track. Reports are that the Aug. 23 opening of Polytrack at Woodbine ("Poly-wood"?) is still attainable.

Meanwhile, handicappers and horsmeen continue to slog their way through the inner-dirt meeting, with a surface that was inrecibly fast on its first weekend and now very slow and sometimes very loose. Finding a horse to bet that handles it makes the task all that much tougher.
The outside paths have been playing better Friday and Saturday.

RED HOT DOT - It is one of the most impressive improvements in a runner so far in the 2006 season. MISS DOROTHY and her best friend, jockey Michelle Rainford, was a high 60's Beyer Figure runner in 2005 and early this year in Oaklawn Park.
Since being claimed by Scott Fairlie for the partnership of Wellwood and Titchner, the filly has won three straight with Beyers in the mid 80s. Turf or dirt, the Kentucky bred by Stormin Fever is a monster now. She won a $62,500 allowance/optional claimer on Saturday at none furlongs on the grass.

TOM SAYS IT WELL - Track announcer Tom Durkin's speech at the Hall of Fame dinner last week at the Spa was on the mark. Check out:


  • At 7:38 PM, Blogger QQ said…

    Thanks for the link to Durkin's remarks. Somehow I missed them -- and oh, does he capture why I love racing.


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