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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Roger's 300th and Bombs Away!

Hall of Fame trainer ROGER ATTFIELD sent out his 300th stakes winner on Saturday at Woodbine when old-timer PELLGRINO upset the Chief Bearhart Stakes, a $100,000 event that was moved off the grass and held on Polytrack.
A humbe Attfield proudly accepted the Chief Bearhart trophy on behalf of owner Gary Tanaka after Pellegrino rallied wide off the last turn of the 1 1/4 mile race, cleared the field and then held off another longshot, Colorful Judgement, to win in 2:06 2/5.
Favoured Seaside Retreat in his first race as a gelding, finished sixth.

The day's first stakes race, the $150,000 Fanfreluche Stakes had another upset as GRANDY'S GLORY, who was going to race in an allowance event for non-winners of 1 race "other than" but went in the Fanfreluche when that race didn't fill, won at 14 to 1. One of the top 2yo fillies on the grounds, Midnight Shadow, finished fourth as the heavy favourite. Grandy's Glory is the newest stakes winner for leading Canadian sire Bold Executive.

And the goofiest result of all (welcome to Woodbine in the fall and Polytrack) was the 42 to 1 score by HALF HEAVEN owned by David Cassidy and Ed Lipton, in the River Memories Stakes, a $100,000 1 mile and 70 yard race also taken off the grass.
Half Heaven raced 7 days ago in New York, finishing ninth in a New York-bred stakes race over yielding turf. The daughter of Regal Classic had never raced on anything but turf before and wore down superstar Financingavailable in deep stretch.
Indeed, grass horses are handling Woodbine's quirky Polytrack very well thank you.


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