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Wednesday, March 28, 2007


(Right) Horse of the Year INVASOR trianing at Dubai. Photo by Vanessa Ng for See link for many more workout photos on Cindy Pierson Dulay's site or scroll down to a comment from yesterday for the link.


Stay tuned for a preview of opening day at Woodbine (Saturday) soon after entries are drawn and released early this afternoon.
A super Saturday starts at 9:40 a.m. EST with the first race to be shown at Woodbine and through its networks from DUBAI (World Cup card). Woodbine’s post time is 1:10 p.m. and then the Florida Derby will be the focus later in the afternoon as Kentucky Derby hopefuls square off at Gulfstream Park.
The Daily Racing Form will print a Player’s Edition form for later-starting cards of racing on the simulcast network at Woodbine. The edition will replace the litany of hard-to-read programs that Woodbine was selling for tracks such as Mountaineer, Sam Houston, etc.
Charts for Woodbine races are still alive, too, as the Friday chart re-cap section will continue to be printed.


Don’t forget to enter the Queen’s Plate Fantasy Challenge (Woodbine Link on right side of page) to win a great prize. Pick a team of horses and trainers and jockeys from a list of Plate eligibles and collect points as your teams races in events leading up to the June 24 Plate.
The ‘pro’ division of the Challenge closes tomorrow and their picks will soon be viewed on the Fantasy Challenge site.


Trainer MARK CASSE said yesterday that Bourbonbette Stakes winner SEALY HILL, one of a trio of Canadian-bred graded stakes winners in 2007, will ship to Churchill Downs soon to prepare for the Kentucky Oaks.
Casse said he thinks the filly tried to pull herself up in the late stages of the race that she won by a head. He also said the filly is capable of a lot better, citing the rather modest 87 Beyer Figure she earned in the win. It was the 5th Bourbonette win for Casse who will start TOP NOTCH LADY in a stakes race at Turfway this coming Saturday.
Casse said that Sealy Hill could also be a Queen’s Plate contender.


Danny Dion’s Bear Stables bought three more juveniles to go with the bunch it bought at the Adena Springs sale at yesterday’s Ocala Breeders’ Sale, which realized an increase in average price.
Dion bought three American-breds: a Silver Deputy filly for $100,000, a Zavata colt for $140,000 and a Harlan’s Holiday filly named Golden Tap for $130,000.
There were not any other evident Canadian purchases during the first session.
George Bigliardi’s homebred Dance to Market sells today – a Yonaguska colt and a half-brother to Verne’s Baby and Victoria’s Boy. Bigliardi sold the colt as a yearling last year for $110,000.

(Right) Woodbine allowance winner VAGANOVA

produced her first foal recently, a filly by Quiet

American, for Bill Diamant at Woodlands Farm.

CORRECTION: Bob Costigan informed THOROUGHBLOG that his champion mare INISH GLORA was foaled her second offspring the other day, not her first as reported here. The mare has a Gone West yearling.
*Readers wanting to know about the Dubai wagering menu can check back later today on this site or contact their local racetrack. There has been multi-leg bets offered on the races in the past. I will investigate!
*Thanks to friends over at who sent the workout pictures from Dubai – if you can’t click on the link, just highlight it, copy and then paste it into your navigation bar!


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