Monday, November 23, 2009

Woodbine Leaderboard: Just Ten Days Remaining in the 2009 Meet

The thoroughbred racing season is winding down at Woodbine but there are still plenty of races to be won for jockeys, trainers and horses alike. With just ten racing days remaining in a meet that will end on Sunday December 6th, let's take a look at the current standings.

With 173 wins, Patrick Husbands has easily wrapped up the top spot in the jockey standings over Chantal Sutherland who has notched 128 victories. However, there is a battle on for third place between Eurico Rosa da Silva (115), Jim McAleney (114) and Emile Ramsammy (113). Emma-Jayne Wilson, a fierce competitor who notched a natural hat trick on Thursday's card, is now up to 103 wins on the year and can't be counted out with a strong finish.

Patrick Husbands 921173153140$10,295,840
Chantal Sutherland 917128121138$7,153,698
Eurico Rosa Da Silva 66111510378$6,902,516
James McAleney 6271148184$6,050,894
Emile Ramsammy 82911310298$5,214,898
Emma-Jayne Wilson 861103126114$5,729,375
Tyler Pizarro 623909481$4,932,331
Luis Contreras 350644845$2,654,390
Justin Stein 654627558$2,762,745
Todd Kabel 405594140$3,139,798
Robert C. Landry 398444048$2,752,064
Corey Fraser 392435546$2,309,214
Jono C. Jones 447364665$2,947,925
Gerry Olguin 419354346$2,091,017

Mark Casse tops the trainer standings with 67 wins from 414 starts. Sid Attard (52 wins from 267 starts), Roger Attfield (51 wins from 186 starts) and Steve Asmussen (49 wins from 254 starts) are neck and neck and neck for second place.

Attfield has won 14 Stakes events this season which is one better than Malcolm Pierce. However, that race is all but over as Attfield has Sand Cove and Society's Chairman lined up for the Sir Barton Stakes while Pierce does not appear to have any future Stakes entrants this meet.

*A note of congratulations to Steve Attard who went over the million-dollar mark in earnings for the first time in his career this weekend thanks to wins by Money Shaker and the impressive Kid Canuck.

Mark E. Casse 414676164$4,601,478
Sid C. Attard 267523536$2,831,947
Roger L. Attfield 186512323$3,558,671
Steven M. Asmussen 254493532$1,798,298
Robert P. Tiller 316445451$2,246,065
Reade Baker 291423942$2,551,217
Terry Jordan 9342914$1,663,016
Scott H. Fairlie 279403942$2,201,077
Nicholas Gonzalez 262393531$1,915,940
Malcolm Pierce 191392225$3,030,525
Josie Carroll 181303137$2,247,451
Brian A. Lynch 120262113$1,491,262
Ian Black 214243826$2,312,314
Daniel J. Vella 193232231$1,727,041
Steve Attard 161221610$1,014,547
Michael P. De Paulo 173202218$1,182,567

Another intriguing battle is for the top Woodbine winner of 2008. There are a handful of horses with five wins each to their name. The most recent horse to join the list is Terry Jordan's Tribal Belle who won the Bessarabian Stakes on Sunday which should lock up the Sovereign Award for Champion Female Sprinter. Tribal Belle is one of several Woodbine runners to make a climb from the claiming ranks to Stakes races this past season including Jungle Wave and Bogue Chitto to name a couple.
Step On Up
Six Pack Sammy
Spider Rock
Tribal Belle

It's been a brilliant 2009 season at Woodbine but I'm sure many of the locals are looking forward to packing up and making their way south for a bit of Florida sun. Personally, I'm looking forward to the mile and three quarter Valedictory Stakes that marks the end of each Woodbine racing season. How fitting for a marathon of a season to end with a marathon of a race. Let's just hope the weather holds this time around as last year's event was cancelled due to extreme cold.

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Woodbine Entertainment Group has launched an extremely helpful race replay channel on Youtube. To view the new channel, check out WEGReplays. (Woodbine racing fans might also be interested in the small smattering of videos located on the TripleDeadHeatRacing Youtube channel which I hope to grow over the winter.

Tribal Belle wins the Bessarabian Stakes

WEG's channel will help provide more exposure to the Woodbine product as media outlets and bloggers may readily grab race replays. As well, handicappers now have a useful tool to find out what went right or wrong with their wagers.

Smokey Fire wins the Kennedy Road Stakes

Triple Dead Heat will look to incorporate these race replays into future posts.

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It's hard to believe another Woodbine thoroughbred season is coming to a close. I'll do my best to keep track of the travelling locals and report on their (Florida, Louisiana, California etc) successes through the dark winter months. As well, I will continue to post ongoing features on a variety of thoroughbred subjects.

For Standardbred racing fans, it's business as usual as the hearty harness heroes continue to battle the elements all Winter long. Brrr...

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