Monday, April 23 2012


Attfield elected to National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame


TORONTO, April 23 - Eight-time Queen’s Plate-winning trainer Roger Attfield, who is based at Woodbine Racetrack, Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year, jockey John Velazquez and conditioner Robert Wheeler, have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.

The class of 2012 will be inducted on Friday, August 10, in Saratoga Springs, New York, at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony is free and open to the public.





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Melnyk’s Roxy Gap ‘Sens-ational’ in Whimsical


TORONTO, April 22 - Eugene Melnyk's homebred Roxy Gap was an impressive off-the-pace winner of Sunday's $181,800 Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes, at Woodbine.

Roxy Gap, trained by 2011 Sovereign Award-winning conditioner Mark Casse, broke sharply in the six-furlong 'Poly' sprint but was quickly settled by jockey Patrick Husbands. Honey Chile led the field through a half in :45.11, as Husbands waited patiently from third-position with the Indian Charlie-Harts Gap filly.





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Monday, April 16 2012


Town Prize impressive in Woodstock


TORONTO, April 15 - William Sorokolit's Town Prize made every call a winning a one in Sunday's $155,800 Woodstock Stakes, at Woodbine.

The three-year-old son of Speightstown-Prized Stamp, trained by Darwin Banach, completed the six-furlong main track sprint in a time of 1:08.22, nearly breaking Essence Hit Man's track record 1:08.16.





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Tu Endie Wei triumphs in Star Shoot


TORONTO, April 14 - Tu Endie Wei, recently crowned Canada's champion two-year-old filly, celebrated the honour in style with a runaway five and a half length score in Saturday's $166,000 Star Shoot Stakes at Woodbine.

The Brereton Jones’ filly, trained by Reade Baker, took to the lead under regular pilot Jim McAleney in the six furlong main track sprint, marking a quarter in :23 with Casa Loma forcing the pace off her right flank.





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Friday, April 13 2012


Town Prize one to catch in Woodstock


TORONTO, April 12 - Town Prize, a speedy three-year-old son of Speightstown-Prized Stamp, will look to capture his first added-money event in Sunday's $150,000 Woodstock Stakes, at a distance of six furlongs over Woodbine's Polytrack.

As a juvenile, the Darwin Banach trainee recorded a third-place effort in the Colin Stakes sandwiched between a pair of wins over the Toronto oval 'Poly.'





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Wednesday, April 11 2012


Rose and Shine shoots for the stars in Star Shoot


TORONTO, April 11 – Rose and Shine, a three-year-old daughter of Mr. Sekiguchi, looks to start her campaign on a winning note when she goes postward against Sovereign Award champion Tu Endie Wei in Saturday’s $150,000 Star Shoot Stakes, at Woodbine.

Owned by James Sabiston and trained by Ralph Biamonte, Rose and Shine won three races, along with one second and one third, from seven starts last year, including victories in the Muskoka and Princess Elizabeth Stakes.





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Tuesday, April 10 2012


Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees


April 10 - The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2012 inductees. This year’s honour roll includes three horses and two people representing the Standardbred industry, as well as three horses and two people from the Thoroughbred ranks.





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Sunday, April 08 2012


Essence Hit Man repeats in Jacques Cartier


TORONTO, April 7 - Essence Hit Man, who was named Canada's champion sprinter at Thursday's Sovereign Awards, captured the $168,300 Jacques Cartier Stakes, for the second year in a row, in familiar front-running fashion.

The Audre Cappuccitti trainee, who established a track record of 1:08.16 while winning the 2011 edition of the event, commanded the lead from the outside stall in the six furlong main track sprint marking a quarter in a reasonable :22.09 as Madman Diaries offered minimal pressure.





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Wednesday, March 28 2012


Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Ballot


TORONTO, March 27 - The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2012 ballot. A total of 30 horses and people, including 15 Thoroughbred racing candidates and 15 Standardbred racing candidates have been selected to appear on the ballot.

The two 20-person Election Committees will declare the winners in the respective categories and they will be announced on Tuesday, April 10.





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Thursday, March 22 2012


Woodbine To Host Six Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races As Part Of 2012 Schedule


LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 22, 2012) -- The Breeders' Cup announced today that the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Challenge series will consist of 73 automatic qualifying races into the Breeders' Cup World Championships. This year’s series has been expanded to 10 countries and will feature 13 new races to the schedule including 52 Grade or Group 1 events. Breeders’ Cup will pay entry fees and provide travel allowances for the connections of the Challenge winners into the Championships. Woodbine will host six races during the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Challenge season beginning on September 15 with the Natalma Stakes. (Complete 2012 schedule is available at https://members.breederscup.com/challenge/schedule.aspx)

Horses around the globe will be qualifying for the 29th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on November 2-3, and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Network. The Breeders’ Cup Classic will be shown live in primetime on NBC from 8-9 p.m. ET on Nov. 3.





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Thursday, March 08 2012


Top filly Dixie Strike named Queen’s Plate Winterbook choice


TORONTO, March 8 - Filly Dixie Strike, trained by champion conditioner Mark Casse and owned by John Oxley, was today installed as the 4-1 favourite for the 153rd edition of the Queen's Plate, following in the footsteps of her half-sister, 2011 Queen's Plate heroine, Inglorious.

Last year, Inglorious, who also captured the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, rallied impressively through the stretch to earn the winner's share of the $1 million purse. The Josie Carroll trainee was also a 4-1 favourite in the Winterbook.





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Thursday, March 01 2012


Derby dreams abound for Woodbine connections


TORONTO, March 1 – In February, some 397 three-year-olds were nominated to the 2012 U.S. Triple Crown, (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes) including seven horses trained by Woodbine’s leading trainer Mark Casse.

The 2012 Kentucky Derby, which will be held on May 5 at Churchill Downs, is limited to 20 starters. Should more than 20 horses enter, the entries will be determined by the amount of graded stakes earnings accumulated by each horse.





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