Canadian Triple Crown Trifectas

As soon as Wonder Gadot, Aheadbyacentury, and Cooler Mike crossed the wire 1-2-3 in the Prince of Wales, I wondered whether they were the first repeat trifecta in the first two races of the Canadian Triple Crown. They are.  Never before yesterday had the trifecta repeated itself in the Queen's Plate (or the King's Plate,... Continue Reading →

thank you, The Pizza Man

I'm glad The Pizza Man is being honoured at Arlington on Woodbine Mile day.  It fits.  With what turned out to be his final career win, on Mile day last year, the Pizza Man gave me a hug when I needed it most. On one of Woodbine's flagship days of racing, a pair of familiar... Continue Reading →

Picks and Ponderings: back to Woodbine!

This week is another big one at Woodbine, with a Sunday card that features four stakes races including the Grade I, $1 million Canadian International. Illinois-bred The Pizza Man, winner of last month's Northern Dancer (GI - CAN), makes his second try for Canadian International glory.  He will have to face a tough field, however,... Continue Reading →

a long weekend at Woodbine

As silly as it sounds, I would never have gotten on a plane to Toronto for the Woodbine Mile last week if it were not for the insistence of one sassy tweeting barn cat. But, thanks to plenty of tweets threatening whips to anyone who missed the Gator Kitten Mile, I decided I would plan... Continue Reading →

a Grade I, and other glory

This weekend, four Curlin babies found the winners' circle, two in graded stakes company.  Three more rounded out the exacta. In short, it's a good week to be a Curlin baby. Top billing, of course, goes to Exaggerator (Dawn Raid, by Vindication).  After making a bold move in the San Felipe, but then stalling out, one... Continue Reading →

a gutsy run from Copperplate

On April 24, Copperplate (Verdana Bold, by Rahy) posted his last win: an authoritative two-length score in a five and a half furlong dash at Indiana Grand, against $25,000 N2L company.  Since then, he tried allowance-optional company, twice on the dirt and twice on the turf.  After finishing off the board in all four of... Continue Reading →

the luckiest guess

Before today, I had never bet a harness race, and I had never bet a high five. At Hawthorne yesterday, people could not stop talking about the nightcap at Woodbine Harness.  The $0.20 jackpot high five had a $847,458.26 carryover and a mandatory payout. One of the people who told me about the bet pointed... Continue Reading →

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