Tuesday, June 12 2012


Prospective victorious in Victoria Park


TORONTO, June 10 – Prospective, who clipped heels in a troubled trip in May's Kentucky Derby, overcame a stumbled start to capture Sunday’s $153,300 Victoria Park Stakes at Woodbine.

The John Oxley colt, trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Luis Contreras, faced three rivals in the mile and one-eighth event over the Polytrack, after the scratch of Malibu Moon.





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Wednesday, May 30 2012


Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, Notes for Tuesday, May 29, 2012


CASSE LOOKS FOR THIRD OAKS WIN

Mark Casse, a four-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada’s outstanding trainer, will saddle three horses for Sunday’s Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser.

In addition to John Oxley’s favoured Dixie Strike, he’ll also put the tack on another key contender, Northern Passion, also an Oxley hopeful, as well as Eugene Melnyk’s Black Bird Rock.





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Monday, May 28 2012


Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, Notes for Monday, May 28, 2012


DIXIE STRIKE LEADS A TRIO OF OAKS RUNNERS FOR CASSE

Trainer Mark Casse is holding a hot hand for Sunday’s $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser.

Already a two-time winner of Canada’s most important race for Canadian-bred three-year-old fillies, Casse will saddle two hopefuls for owner John Oxley, likely favourite Dixie Strike and Northern Passion, and one for Eugene Melnyk, the promising Black Bird Rock.





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Thursday, May 24 2012


The champ is back: Pender Harbour makes four-year-old debut in Eclipse


TORONTO, May 23 – Pender Harbour, who took the final two jewels of the Canadian Triple Crown series in 2011 and went on to cop top honours as the country’s champion three-year-old male, makes his seasonal debut in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Eclipse Stakes, at Woodbine.

Owned by Denny Andrews, Sandra Lazaruk and Rob and Roberta Giffin, Pender Harbour, a chestnut son of Philanthropist, posted nose victories in both the Prince of Wales Stakes (Fort Erie) and the Breeders’ Stakes, at Woodbine, after finishing third to Inglorious in the Queen’s Plate.





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Tuesday, May 22 2012


Gypsy Ring game in New Providence


TORONTO, May 21 - Paul Buttigieg's Gypsy Ring, under a strong ride by Justin Stein, held off a determined Paso Doble to win Monday's $125,000 New Providence Stakes, at Woodbine.

Creeping Barrage, Executive Five and Red Eagle tussled for the early lead in the six furlong Polytrack event as Gypsy Ring and Paso Doble stalked the early pace.





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Monday, May 21 2012


First stakes score for Blues Dancing and Vassilieva in Lady Angela


The Survivalist-La Belle Bleu filly, with Luis Contreras in the irons, set the tempo cutting out a quarter in :22.53 and the half in :45.71 as Miss Scarlett Road tracked from second position.

Blues Dancing opened up a two-length lead at the top of the stretch and had plenty left in the tank to notch a three and three-quarter length score in a final time of 1:24.60 for seven furlongs. Miss Scarlett Road held steady for place, four and a half lengths in front of a closing Memories Last Love.





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Monday, May 14 2012


Dixie Strike dominant in Selene


TORONTO, May 13 - John C. Oxley's Dixie Strike returned to winning form with an impressive rally up the rail to overtake Tu Endie Wei in Sunday's Grade 3 $280,000 Selene Stakes, at Woodbine

The Dixie Union-Noble Strike bay, bred in Ontario at Arosa Farms, raced from off-the-pace in the early going as Tu Endie Wei made the half in :49.29 with Wait Til Dawn on her flank.





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Sunday, May 13 2012


Strait of Dover cruises in Marine


TORONTO, May 12 - Canyon Farm's Strait of Dover cemented his status as a top contender for the Queen's Plate (June 24) with an emphatic victory in Saturday's $156,300 Marine Stakes, at Woodbine.

The English Channel-Bahrain Star colt, with Justin Stein up, pressed the early pace of front-running Incredicat who set moderate fractions of :25.01, :48.95, 1:12.20 in the mile and a sixteenth main track event.





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Friday, May 11 2012


Stern Marine test awaits ‘Dover’


TORONTO, May 10 - Canyon Farms homebred Strait of Dover will look to stay the course in Saturday's $150,000 Marine Stakes, at Woodbine.

The English Channel-Bahrain Star colt's form has improved dramatically since shipping to Woodbine in November, and the care of trainer Dan Vella, from Vancouver, following two lacklustre starts around the Hastings Racecourse bull-ring.





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Monday, May 07 2012


Essence Hit Man fends off Vigil foes


TORONTO, May 6 – Essence Hit Man, with Jesse Campbell in the irons, got off to a fast start and then dug in late for a three-quarter length score in the featured $168,000, Grade 3 Vigil Stakes, Sunday at Woodbine.

Last year’s Canadian champion sprinter, Essence Hit Man, an Ontario-bred five-year-old son of Speightstown, went one better than he did in last year’s Vigil, while running his win streak to three.





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Thursday, May 03 2012


Peyton’s in a good place heading into Queenston


TORONTO, May 2 – Peyton, a dark bay son of Tale of the Cat, named after former Indianapolis Colts’ and current Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning, looks to touch down in the winner’s circle in Saturday’s $150,000 Queenston Stakes, on Kentucky Derby day at Woodbine.

The seven-furlong Queenston for Ontario-foaled three-year-olds is a major stop on the road to the $1-million Queen's Plate on June 24.





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Monday, April 30 2012


‘Passion’ in the Fury


TORONTO, April 29 - John C. Oxley's Northern Passion cemented her status as a top contender for the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, with a rail-skimming run to win the $150,000 Fury Stakes, at Woodbine.

The First Samurai-A Touch of Glory chestnut, bred in Ontario by Mel P. Lawson, settled near the back of the seven-horse field in the early going under jockey Luis Contreras as City Trip set sharp fractions of :23.40 and :46.90 in the seven-furlong 'Poly' sprint.





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