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Saturday, November 18, 2006

He'a true metropolitan guy, Carryover watch!

Aptly named TRUE METROPOLITAN made the top older horses at Woodbine look like backyard sheep Saturday when the impressive looking western Canadian-based gelding swept past the staggering Barracuda Boy (Stronach Stables) and Just Rushing (Tucci Stables) and won by four lengths over Queen’s Plate champion, the 3yo Edenwold.
Predictably, Just Rushing and ‘Cuda’ hooked up early 24.00, and then a much faster :47.00 but both, each of them former claimers riding super winning streaks, packed it by the final turn.
True Metro, who figures to be named champion older horse in Canada now, doesn’t need to take his track with him and was the leading money earner on the year of the older fellows in the race anyway. The time of 1:44.88 for 1 1/16 miles was sparkling.

A PICK 7 carryover of $108,000 plus highlights Sunday’s card. Polytrack appeared to play fair on Saturday after late races on Friday seemed to favour speed. The surface remains confusing for handicappers – bias or no bias? – and the owner of the Poly company, Martin Collins, has been at Woodbine this week to examine the surface and its kickback problems.
Possible horses to key in on in the Pick 7? Stronach entry in race 2, the first leg, Judiths Wild Rush in the Kennedy Road, and maybe, just maybe, Sealy Hill in the Glorious Song. There, now it's a WIN 4..easy right? Chuckle Chuckle.

Pat Husbands and Constant Montpellier, who scrapped in out in the jocks room last Sunday and then took the battle to the track in the next race, were given stiff suspensions and fines by the Ontario Racing Commission. The former received a 60 calendar-day suspension and the latter 150-days. The latter received a higher penalty because he was deemed guilty of taking revenge on Husbands (who hit Montpellier in the head with his helmet) after a race when allegedly trying to use his horse to crowd Husbands.


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