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.
|Eurico Rosa Da Silva||661||115||103||78||$6,902,516|
|Robert C. Landry||398||44||40||48||$2,752,064|
|Jono C. Jones||447||36||46||65||$2,947,925|
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||414||67||61||64||$4,601,478|
|Sid C. Attard||267||52||35||36||$2,831,947|
|Roger L. Attfield||186||51||23||23||$3,558,671|
|Steven M. Asmussen||254||49||35||32||$1,798,298|
|Robert P. Tiller||316||44||54||51||$2,246,065|
|Scott H. Fairlie||279||40||39||42||$2,201,077|
|Brian A. Lynch||120||26||21||13||$1,491,262|
|Daniel J. Vella||193||23||22||31||$1,727,041|
|Michael P. De Paulo||173||20||22||18||$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||10||5||2||1||$147,628|
| Six Pack Sammy||10||5||2||0||$100,938|
| Spider Rock||9||5||1||0||$86,286|
| Tribal Belle||6||5||0||1||$360,703|
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...