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Monday, September 18, 2006

The Crux of the Matter

Posting a career best 104 Beyer Figure, Becrux and substitute rider Pat Valenzuela won a chaotic battle down the Woodbine E.P. Taylor turf course stretch to take the Woodbine Mile (Can-I).
Hard to believer any of those ones could get close to Aragorn and the winner is definitely not going to the Breeders' Cup, according to owner Barry Irwin.

Second-place finisher Rebel Rebel came back to his Poker Handicap run but stalled a bit late after a wide trip.

Ad Valorem finished third after a troubled trip and some testing times early in the race when he couldn't handle the soft, older part of the grass course. May have been best.

The Woodbine crowd, which bet some $4.5 million, was abuzz earlier in the day with the win by the filly Dreaming of Anna over the boys in the Grade III Summer Stakes. The filly earned a 93 Beyer Figure and romped under very little urging from Rene Douglas. She could be the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner.

From around the racing forums (Let It Ride and trackchampion), reviews were mixed on the quality of the race but the multi-horse finish certainly made up for that.
Forum writers also commented on Woodbine's Polytrack and its new Trakus system, which is on all simulcast channels and must be viewed no matter where you are.

Ready's Gal benefitted by a shrewd ride by Ramon Dominguez in the Canadian Stakes to win that $300,000 race. Poor rides by the other 5 jocks helped too as the winner got away with a slow pace and a clear lead from the start.


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