Friday, April 23, 2010

Photo Essay: Graded Winners, Sunshine and Friendly Faces on the Woodbine Backstretch

On Wednesday April 21st I woke up to sun shining through the bedroom window and I immediately hopped from my bed and made ready for a trip to the Woodbine backstretch. My goal for the morning was to catch up with trainers Audre Cappuccitti and Martha Gonzalez and also speak to an apprentice jockey for an upcoming feature in Down The Stretch. You can read my interviews with both conditioners (and a lot more photos) by clicking on this link.

In my travels on this glorious morning I caught up with a few nice people and several nice horses including Field Commission, a G2 Winner of the Nearctic Stakes and 2009 Champion Male Sprinter in Canada; and Tasty Temptation - the gutsy filly who finished second in the Oaks, took on the boys in the Queen's Plate and later in the fall won Woodbine's Wonder Where Stakes.

Those readers more interested in reading about Woodbine's weekend races including D's Wando in the Woodstock Stakes or checking out video of Roger Attfield's stakes win at Keeneland with Lady Sbakespeare should skip to the bottom of the post.

(As always, please double left click the photo to enlarge the photo and then use your "Back" button to return to the blog post. Enjoy!)

Sunshine silhouette

Get up, stand up

This game is all about the angles



Sometimes, mornings are a struggle

Down the garden path

Green with envy

A bit of banter on the way to work

The track is crowded in the mornings...

But it's still beautiful

Malcolm Pierce on the track

A focused trio of riders

The chase is on


A grey horse standing by the edge of the track watching the horses race by caught my attention. As I moved closer, I realized it was Tasty Temptation.

Look at her focus as she enjoys the activity on the track

Tasty Temptation stood for nearly ten minutes soaking in the atmosphere...

But she was soon tempted to run



Big Red Mike is a looker..

But trainer Martha Gonzalez is fond of two year-old Glory Game

I'm pretty fond of Glory Game myself

Gentle giant Glory Game

This horse was standing oh-so-rigid and pointing his nose as if ready to pounce

A closeup shot of the sand ring

Red and ready

Up for it

Sunny smile

Field Commission and his good friend B.I

B.I advised that Field Commission prefers grapes to mints. Next time!

Happy workers

You gotta love what you do

Apprentice Ryan Pacheco looks into a bright future

Thumbs Up! - Tyler Gaskin and (I believe) Stormy Lord

Triple Greys!

Line em up!

Hop hop!

Bath time

Emma-Jayne Wilson sneaks a peek

Audre and Joey's Best

Admiring gaze

One of Audre Cappuccitti's many grey horses

Triple red threat (if you count the vehicle)

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As mentioned in yesterday's post, the Woodstock Stakes goes on Sunday at Woodbine with a pair of Ontario-bred three year-olds - D's Wando and Essence Hit Man - in tough against five American-bred invaders going six furlongs on the polytrack.

The Woodstock Stakes is the eighth race on Sunday's card. Here is the field:

Sunday April 25, Race 8, Woodstock Stakes
PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 Essence Hit Man (ON) 3/G L C Sutherland 117 A Cappuccitti
2 Bear's Hard Ten (KY) 3/C L E R Da Silva 119 R Baker
3 City Trooper (NY) 3/C L E Ramsammy 115 G Weaver
4 Fearless Cowboy (KY) 3/C L A Garcia 119 K P McLaughlin
5 D's Wando (ON) 3/C L E Wilson 117 I Black
6 Gary D (KY) 3/C L L Contreras 115 S M Asmussen
7 Wildcat Frankie (FL) 3/G L P Husbands 117 J Hatchett

Immediately after the Woodstock is an allowance event for Ontario Sired Three Year Olds And Upward Which Have Never Won Three Races. This race also goes six furlongs on the poly and features Bob Tiller's Race for Gold and Mark Casse's Legal Review taking on eight older horses. You can read about Race for Gold, including photos and an interview with Bob Tiller, in my recent Queen's Plate Profiler.

Here is the field for the allowance tilt:

Woodbine - Sunday April 25, Race 9
PP Horse A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer
1 D'wild Man (ON) 4/G L J Stein 121 G H Rowntree
2 Montrose Avenue (ON) 4/G L E R Da Silva 121 N Gonzalez
3 American Scout (ON) 4/G L C Sutherland 121 A Cameron
4 The Boy's Ring (ON) 4/G L R A Dos Ramos 121 P M Buttigieg
5 Bug's Boy (ON) 7/G L S R Bahen 121 J P Le Blanc, Jr.
6 Bob's Ring (ON) 4/C L E Ramsammy 123 L Silvera
7 Race for Gold (ON) 3/C L E Wilson 116 R P Tiller
8 Mega Rush (ON) 4/G L O Moreno 1165 M P De Paulo
9 Legal Review (ON) 3/C L P Husbands 116 M E Casse
10 Gas N Dash (ON) 4/G L T Pizarro 121 S Di Pasquale

Canada's Champion Two-year-old Hollinger, trained by Roger Attfield, put in a nice breeze at Keeneland this morning hitting four furlongs in 49 flat. The work ranked 19th out of 42. Attfield's other top three year-old, Mobilizer, was a late trainer scratch on Thursday at Keeeneland.

Regardless, Attfield still enjoyed an excellent Thursday at the races as Lady Shakespeare captured the Bewitch Stakes. The Thoroughbred Times reports:

Charles Fipke’s homebred Lady Shakespeare chased the pace before taking over in the final sixteenth on Thursday to capture the $150,000 Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes (G3) on the turf at Keeneland Race Course.

The four-year-old Theatrical (Ire) filly picked up the second stakes victory of her career and first graded stakes triumph following a win in last year’s Ontario Colleen Stakes at Woodbine for trainer Roger Attfield.

Lady Shakespeare captures the Bewitch Stakes

As always, you can catch up on all the latest goings on in my Woodbine News page and read all about the latest entries, results and works of the top Canadian three year-olds in my 2010 Queen's Plate contender page.

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Local horsefolks in need of some new equipment should check out the Greenhawk Harness and Equestrian Supplies Spring Sale, taking place until Saturday. Look for deals on all sorts of riding apparel, horse supplies and more with name brands that include Elation, Charles Owen, Weaver, Ariat and Shedrow. This is considered one of the largest sales of riding apparel in Canada and savings are traditionally from 15% to 80%.

GREENHAWK HARNESS AND EQUESTRIAN SUPPLIES SALE, April 22 to 24, 5665 McLaughlin Rd., Mississauga (off Matheson Blvd.), 905-238-5502, Thurs-Fri, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 905 238-8507,

TGIF good readers and happy shopping!

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