5 to go
WOODBINE'S 2008 racing season winds down but not slowly this week, more like with a bang with 5 large cards of racing, stakes events starting tomorrow night and a super LONGRUN CALENDAR GIVEAWAY on SUNDAY, Dec. 7, the last day of racing.
Adding to the giant fields and numerous betting opportunities is the contentious jockey race between Patrick Husbands and Jim McAleney - currently tied at 157 winners.
Husbands has 7 mounts of 9 races tomorrow night.
McAleney has 5.
This week, the NOMINATIONS FOR THE SOVEREIGN AWARDS will be announced and that is surely to bring some surprises to horse owners, trainers and breeders (perhaps even those who voted!).
There will be 10 races or more each day from Thursday on and Sunday's feature is the 1 3/4 mile VALEDICTORY, a traditional marathon stake.
The HORSEMEN'S BENEVOLENT AND PROTECITVE ASSOCIATION (Ontario) will give away an awesome LongRun calendar to fans coming to the races on SUNDAY.
TUESDAY MORNING SCOREBOARD
|Mark E. Casse||471||74||74||67||$5,604,141|
|Sid C. Attard||315||55||50||39||$3,301,659|
|Roger L. Attfield||236||45||29||35||$4,135,725|
|Scott H. Fairlie||230||44||36||29||$1,827,506|
|Steven M. Asmussen||254||39||27||35||$2,241,568|
|Robert P. Tiller||273||36||36||39||$1,848,226|
|Daniel J. Vella||219||30||39||23||$1,740,531|
|Brian A. Lynch||106||30||17||12||$2,249,204|
|Eurico Rosa Da Silva||707||100||93||83||$5,707,955|
|Jono C. Jones||586||77||69||70||$5,433,773|
|Robert C. Landry||434||54||55||64||$3,436,875|
Ontario owner/trainer DEBRA ROMBIS won the first race last night at Mountaineer Park with DEMARIA, a 3yo Bold Executive filly out of A View Indeed, Distant View.
The filly won the $5,000 claiming race by a neck at 5 to 1 under Jose Davila.
She was bred by Helmut and Nancy Kleinhart and is now 2 for 8 in her career.
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
Thank you to everyone who commented on a THOROUGHBLOG query presented in yesterday's post - a query regarding PERCEPTION.
Why does top jockey EMMA-JAYNE WILSON get fined for excessive use of the whip when she carries the new, shorter, softer cushion whip?
Because if it looks bad(flailing or a perception of hitting hard) the ONTARIO RACING COMMISSION and its stewards has a job to do to enforce rules and regulate the sport.
And that's what it does.
It is not a criticism against Wilson, who has taken the lead in using a more humane whip. The ORC simply deemed that it looked bad.
If it doesn't look right, the fans, the bettors, the folks keeping the game going, are left on their own.
That was the point of yesterday's comment on the 3RD RACE ON SUNDAY (which you can watch below).
It doesn't matter what the instructions were for the rider and horse, it doesn't matter what the reasons/intention were for what simply APPEARED to be somewhat of a soft effort - what matters is, it does not look good and that is not fair to the bettors.
On the LET IT RIDE FORUM and other racing discussion forums, the race has come up many times. Not just on this site.
**And thank you to CATHY R., breeder of RED WITH GUILT, for the note. Cathy, you can get a win photo for the filly from MIKE BURNS PHOTOGRAPHY located on the Woodbine backstretch 416-679-9889.