Sue Leslie, President of the HBPA - Ontario said this afternoon that negotiations have
been made today with the Canadian Auto Workers Union to allow Owners, Trainers and those with a valid ORC license to use the Goreway Drive entrance to the track on Queen's Plate Day (Sunday, June 22, 2008).
(photos above by Eric Chartier)
Jockey ROB LANDRY (above left) and trainer JIM BOND (above right) talk the QUEEN'S PLATE this morning trackside at the Early Morning Workouts seminar put on by Woodbine, Horseplayer Interactive and the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. MIKE DEPAULO, traineer of Plate entrant Deputiformer, was also a guest.
QUEEN'S PLATE NEWS
Jockey Eibar Coa, who suffered a rib injury on Friday at Belmont Park, will be replaced by Jim McAleney on Stronach Stables' Jungle Brew in Sunday's Queen's Plate, at Woodbine.
Coa fell off Canadian-owned STORM CALLER at the start of the Yankee Victor Stakes when that colt stumbled and then was reportedly kicked by the colt as the horse ran away.
Coa booked of his mounts for the remainder of the day. He was the rider for Harlem Rocker when that colt raced in the Plate Trial and had picked up Stronach's other colt, Jungle Brew for tommorrow's race.
Jungle Brew, a chestnut son of Milwaukee Brew, has two runner-up
finishes in as many starts. He is listed at 8-1 in the morning line.
"I'm extremely grateful to (trainer) Brian (Lynch) and Team Stronach
for this opportunity," said McAleney, who finished second in the Plate
with I And I (2000) and Anglian Prince (2002). "Brian has done a
wonderful job with this horse and I believe we have as good a chance as
anyone to win the race."
McAleney currently leads the standings at Woodbine with 35 wins.
JIM BOND races HOSTESS today in the Grade 2 NEW YORK HANDICAP and likes her a lot.
In fact, he was close to zipping down from Toronto to saddle her today but "Solitaire needs my attention right now."
Bond and jockey Rob Landry discussed the quirky SOLITAIRE this morning with fans at Early Morning Workouts.
"If you saw him in January you would never think he would be there tomorrow,"said Bond. "We would take him for trail rides in Florida and he would come back all washy."
Bond has had to employ a whole lot of extra patience with Solitaire, who comes from the Plate breeding machine know as WINDWAYS FARM of Jeff Begg and family.
Gelded at 2 but unraced since he was a handful of horse, Bond describes the gelding's maturation in the last 3 months as rapid, and daily.
As a note of comparison, Bond is high on his trainee TIZWAY, a maiden winner over Jungle Brew, D.Flutie and Harvest Home earlier this month. He guaranteed JUNGLE BREW would be in the top 4.
Landry likes SOLITAIRE a lot too, saying he's a "cheeky little guy" and one who has room for more improvement.
Three years ago, Landry had a speedy type of Plate starter in NIIGON, who held off Jono Jones and his mount A BIT O' GOLD. Now Landry will be trying to catch up to NOT BOURBON and Jones.
Woodbine wraps for Friday (yesterday) and today will come along later today...
As reported yesterday, Woodbine has an agreement with Woodbine shopping centre that will allow fans to park across the street from the track in an attempt to avoid the picketing strikers from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming casino.
The strikers are NOT Woodbine employees, the press release issued was mistaken or just did not read properly.
Commentors to THOROUGHBLOG MUST REFRAIN FROM NAME-CALLING. Surely comments can be made without these remarks. I have deleted one in particular and thus the ones after may sound a bit out of place...