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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Skip Code works, HPI under fire

Sovereign Award-nominated 2yo colt SKIP CODE worked four furlongs in :49 1/5 in Florida yesterday as trainer Mark Casse prepares him for a spring sophomore campaign. The grey son of Skip Away was one of the better juveniles in Canada in 2006 but he's not Canadian-bred, so we may not see him much in 2007.
Incidentally, Skip Code and MARCHFIELD, owned by Eugene Melnyk, are nominated to the Florida and Louisiana Derbies. The latter is a Canadian-bred maiden.
One to watch for at Fair Grounds is Sam-Son's WRITTEN IN STONE, a gelding who is nominated to the Louisiana Derby.

Fort Erie-based trainer MARK FOURNIER is 6 for 16 at Sam Houston Race Park in Texas.

LET IT RIDE.COM, an interesting forum site for racing fans, is the site of a thread trashing Woodbine Entertainment's Horseplayer Interactive betting system. Thirty-three posts were on there this morning from a few people who truly aren't happy with the betting system, rewards program, rebates, etc. The thread is found under the "General Racing Discussion" topic.
Personally, I enjoy watching the TV channel all winter and wagering on races and don't really have any major complaints. Talk to those in the U.S. who are stuck watching silly channels like TVG where they show the occasional race from here, and then there. I've seen it, it's brutal. With HPI TV, every race can be seen at some point. They do an excellent job organizing the feeds.


  • At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yes, TVG is horrible. The hosts are annoying, that background "music" they play in the evenings sucks, their graphics shrink the video so bad you can't see the horses anymore... need I go on? Nice to know that in Canada the TVG exclusivity deals don't apply and HPI can show tracks owned by both Magna AND Churchill Downs.

    As for complaining about Woodbine, let's face it, if NYRA had what Woodbine has, they wouldn't be bankrupt... and I don't just mean the slots.


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