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Friday, March 02, 2007


Okaaaayy, the weather in southern Ontario continues to amaze - thunder and lightning and a huge snowstorm yesterday and now icy rain that has left power lines limping all over the place.

Training continues to bubble along at Woodbine and times were quick yesterday morning. Returning to the worktab was graded stakes winner SEDUCTIVELY (3 fur., :37) who is owned by Kinghaven Farms. Racing returns to Woodbine on a 3-day a week basis to start, on Mar. 31.


Eugene Melnyk's impeccably bred MARCHFIELD (A.P. Indy - Pico Teneriffe, by Red Ransom) has had 3 starts, all 2nd place finishes and tomorrow (at Gulfstream) is the day the 3yo colt needs to win his maiden to get into the Queen's Plate picture. Trainer Mark Casse said he hopes the colt is "more" than a Plate horse but right now, he's a well bred maiden. In his season debut on Feb. 10 at Gulfstream, the colt was egged along to get a clear lead into the stretch only to be caught by longshot Optimistic Steve.
Cornelio Velasquez, who rides NOBIZ LIKE SHOBIZ in the Fountain of Youth later in the card, is aboard Marchfield.
The Gulfstream card, a doozy, has a litany of well bred and promising young horses. Other Canadian-bred notables in the entries include EASTERMAN (see yesterday's note) and HIGH ACT, both Plate contenders.


One of the top 10 Plate hopefuls, COBRADOR, is in action in the Battaglia tomorrow. The grey colt is by El Prado (also the sire of High Act) and is out of Dynamite Diablo, by Diablo and he was bred by Adena Springs. A $40,000 yearling purchase, Cobrador won his maiden on grass at Arlington Park last fall but flopped in the Coronation Futurity in November when 8th behind Leonnatus Anteas. The colt's 2007 debut saw him rally wide to be 2nd to Joe Got Even (a Battaglia starter) in the WEBN Stakes on Feb. 10 at Turfway with a 77 Beyer Figure.
The winner of this race could be RUTLEDGE CAT.


Fiesty Woman, Jive and Vibank, three of the notable Canadian-breds in action yesterday at Gulfstream and Fair Grounds respectively, were all well beaten. The former was in touch for much of the 1 1/2 miles on grass but faded through the stretch, dropping her down the HOT CANADIAN-BRED list on THOROUGHBLOG.


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