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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Christmas Money!

A $55,000 carryover for the Pick 7 heading into this afternoon’s races at Woodbine. Heavy rain should not impact Polytrack, except to alleviate the goofy kickback that plagued the track in the first 2 weeks of this month.
Last night, the track seemed to play fairly although speed runners did not win, the stalkers and closers did better.
Expect that the Pick 7 will carry over after today too, the card this afternoon is a tough mixture of maidens and claiming types and big fields.

Voting for the year-end Sovereign Awards will take place in a week and what a way to cap off a season of championship horses and horsemen with the Woodbine Slots Cup (Grade 3) on Saturday.
Older male horse of the year is up for grabs between Stronach Stable’s undefeated and freakish BARRACUDA BOY, The Stronach Stable’s cast-off JUST RUSHING, who was won seven consecutive races including two stakes and Western Canada’s superstar TRUE METROPOLITAN, a Florida bred who has won six (yes, six) stakes races this year and more money than both of those Ontario dudes.
Just Rushing’s trainer, Sid Attard, is also in a real fight for top trainer by number of wins with Reade Baker, last year’s Sovereign Award winner. Attard, long overdue for a Sovereign himself, has nine stakes wins heading into this season and has done a miraculous job with Just Rushing, claimed for $40K last November.
Leading rider Emma Jayne Wilson rides both the Boy and Rushing and will take the former for the 1 1/16 mile Slots Cup, with the distance of the race being the deciding factor.

Promising young Ontario stallion TRAJECTORY had his third stakes winner of the season when Dancer’s Bajan won a close photo over the streaking juvenile colt Legal Move in last night’s Frost King Stakes, named for a Canadian champion racehorse.
Dancer’s Bajan is owned by Frank DiGiulio and trained by Bob Tiller.
It’s been a good year in Ontario for 2-year-old colts with the latter pair doing well plus superstar Leonnatus Anteas (Stormy Atlantic), Skip Code (Skip Away), Barilko (E Dubai) and the promising Marchfield (A.P. Indy).

Word from the backstretch on Wed. morning says that Constant Montpellier will not ride for the remainder of the 2006 season due to a concussion. Montpellier was involved in an altercation with fellow jockey Patrick Husbands on Sunday afternoon during the races.


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