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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Jody Hammet tied at Gulfstream

Woodbine-based trainer JODY HAMMETT (check his website listed on my links section) is atop of the Gulfstream Park standings - okay, after one day and tied with Anthony Scaimetta - thanks to a pair of wins on the first day of the 88-day season yesterday.
Hammett, who hails from Toronto and is considered an up-and-comer locally, won with Cup Fever (co-bred by National Hockey League goaltender Curtis Joseph) and the class-plunging Draw Fire, both horses owned by Toronto owner Herbert Chambers.
And the runner-ups to both horses were Woodbine dudes - Flashy n Bold was 2nd to Cup Fever for trainer Bard Baird and the Frank Passero trained Believer's War was 2nd to Draw Fire.
Also on the card, Ontario-bred Oracle of Omaha was a predictable winner of the 5th race on turf, a race that was messed up badly by a fallen horse on the first turn.
The main track appeared to play fairly on opening day (might want to check out how horses did on the rail, perhaps not the best part of the track?) and the grass was fair, although a bit on the yielding side with quite a bit of water in it from jockey accounts.

Sad to see SHAKE YOU DOWN falter in the stretch in the 2nd at Laurel Park yesterday. The classy stakes winner of $1.4 million was under a heavy whip while fading to 3rd in that $14,000 claiming race. He is 9-years-old now.

One of 2006's winningest horses, STRINGTOWN WONDER, was the victim of a brutal trip at Philly Park yesterday (8th race). A winner of 12 of 15 starts last year, the Wild Wonder 6yo broke slowly and was hustled pretty much the rest of the way, under pressure along the inside and he still managed to get a short lead outside of the eighth-pole. Alas, he finally wilted to 3rd ending his 8-race winning streak. A very brave soul for sure.

Canada's champion 3-year-old filly of 2006, KIMCHI, makes her 4yo debut at Aqueduct today following some sharp workout times. The filly popped a splint in September, soon after curiously being moved from the barn of her trainer Mark Casse. She is now trained by Gary Contessa.


  • At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jody Hammett is sure making his mark wherever he goes...

    Congrats to Jody on a great opener in 2007, looking forward to seeing him have a great woodbine meet.


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