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Monday, April 02, 2007


As we move towards GOOD FRIDAY and EASTER SUNDAY 2007 here are some added notes in addition to last night's brief posting on the Sunday happenings...

LEGEND and THERESA run fast, split variant?

The track was certainly tighter and quicker yesterday for the second day of racing at Woodbine but still, undefeated NATIVE LEGEND and classy mare FRIENDLY THERESA ran fast in their 5 furlongs dashes (:59 1/5 on Polytrack).
While their races came in succession (3rd and 4th events) the former earned an 84 Beyer while the latter posted an 87 suggesting the variant was changed by the Beyer Figure folks between their races as the track may have sped up during the afternoon.
The former is a bright bay with four little white feet and a Kentucky-bred by Tale of the Cat – Native Rights (too bad she’s not Canadian-bred) and was winning for just the 2nd time in 2 starts for Bill Sorokolit.
Theresa has been a super claim for Julia Carey (co-owner, trainer) as she’s won 6 times since being picked up for $40,000 in Sept. 2005.
SLADE CALLAGHAN, in his 20th year of riding since a doctor told him he’d never ride again, won two races while David Clark and Emile Ramsammy each won one to sit atop the standings after two days.
CONSTANT MONTPELLIER came back to win the last race on the afternoon after a scary fall off of ONE HAPPY CAT well after the finish line of race 8. His mount stumbled and fell, pitching the rider to the Polytrack. The horse race off and appeared unhurt.
The DAILY RACING FORM'S PLAYERS EDITION debuted at Woodbine on the weekend and fans are loving it. The Form is a 'p.m.' edition offering DRF past performances on the late afternoon and evening cards of racing that are simulcast at Woodbine and its teletheatre network.


A reader noted in a comment yesterday (see below) about the information on the sudden scratches of horses of Reade Baker and Jody Hammet yesterday at Woodbine was not made available on the television but that jockey Steve Bahen referred to workouts in the fog recently.
Indeed, on March 25, some 100 horses worked at Woodbine in a dense fog that made timing horses impossible (at least to most people). A tricky situation for sure – there should be a list of horses that came out to work on that morning, a list made available to the public perhaps.


Colebook Farms’ AMYDEED has been barred from racing in Ontario for life after refusing to leave the gate again, this time in Saturday’s 8th race.
The Alydeed – Mysterious Amy, Mystery Storm gelding had been given some freshening time after a winter at Hawthorne where he refused in his last start in December. He had also refused in a race at Woodbine in November.
The ruling on the appeal by Stronach Stables, Brian Lynch and Todd Kabel for the disqualification of MALAKOFF in last year’s Prince of Wales should come soon as proceedings ended on Friday. Shillelagh Slew was placed first in the 2nd leg of Canada’s Triple Crown when Malakoff was demoted for causing interference.


There are many stars to cheer for in racing right now (see Dubai races, Kentucky Derby contenders) and how about MAGNIFICIENCE (what about the spelling of that name?). A strapping, bright chestnut with a perfect white blaze and a giant, giant stride, she zoomed by her rivals yesterday in the stake at Santa Anita and won under a hand ride in just her 2nd career start. Wow. A 96 Beyer first time out in her life but the number for her stakes-record setting score yesterday was not yet available this morning.


HOT SPELL, the Quebec-bred filly who won her career debut at Bay Meadows on March 10 with an 88 Beyer Figure, worked four furlongs Mar. 31 at that track in :49 and should be making her 2nd start soon. The 3-year-old is by Salt Lake.
While Hot Spell could be a Labatt Woodbine Oaks contender, other Oaks players were in action on the worktab at Keeneland on the weekend – stakes winner PALACE PIER, from the Sorokolit gang, worked 5 furlongs in 1:03 1/5 and Sam-Son Farms’ debut winning QUIET JUNGLE worked in 1:01 3/5.


  • At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How about the jockeys breathing it in?

  • At 3:56 PM, Anonymous Cangamble said…

    I'm thinking that horses shouldn't work out in the fog. If it is too foggy to track a horse, it should be too dangerous to work a horse, and even if it isn't, the track should treat a foggy condition the same way it would treat a hurricane workouts, but unlike a hurricane condition, I guess it is OK to let the horse jog. The public needs to be protected as much as possible.

  • At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I agree about the works in the fog not known to the public, but I also think that this might be an isolated incident.

    About those two trainers who had scratches, what happened? Something about not having compensation? Must all trainers be covered? And if so are all the rest of them?

  • At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It's cold
    Too cold
    It's five furlongs
    Too short
    It's speed biased
    Too boring
    It's April
    Too early
    There's more this weekend
    Too bad
    They should start in May
    Too greedy

  • At 12:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jen, the two five-furlong races in question were run 3/4 of a tick apart time-wise, and at 5-furlongs, you can imagine that it is more accurate as figured, and not necessarily indicative of a split variant in this case.

    Beyond that, I am wondering if you are the kind of a girl who watched Avril on TV last night?

  • At 2:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i must agree with anonymous

    Theresa ran a faster time and therefore deserved a better beyer figure.

    I like your website.


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