Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Photo Essay: Some Squirrely Moments at Sunday's Woodbine Mile and Much More...

On Sunday, I enjoyed an incredible day of racing at Woodbine topped by Court Vision's spectacular return in the Woodbine Mile. Other big winners on Sunday included Redwood in the Northern Dancer and Miss Keller in the Canadian.

Flower Power! Court Vision and Robby Albarado tiptoe through the tulips

Along the way, I snapped hundreds of photos and particularly enjoyed watching Spice Route challenge patrons making their way to the slots instead of the track and the well-behaved Victor's Cry who made a furry new friend in the walking ring! I hope you enjoy the photos below from Sunday's extraordinary card at Woodbine.

As always, double-left click on the photo to enlarge the picture and use your "Back" button to return to the photo essay.

First stop on this day was the Canadian Stakes.

Backers of Latin Love hoped for a little Carpe Diem

This Greg De Gannes trainee is more than just good

Roger Attfield makes a few last minute adjustments to Miss Keller

Possibly the best looking horse at Woodbine

What's not to like about Latin Love

Chantal Sutherland takes a ride on her Magic Broomstick

Points of Grace is all sorts of graceful

I really did like this one a lot didn't I?

Garret Gomez concentrates on the task at hand

Miss Keller wins the Canadian

The walk to the winners circle

Congratulations to the good folks at Three Chimneys Racing

Miss Keller wins the Canadian Stakes

Up next was the Northern Dancer!

Redwood doesn't normally experience traffic trouble in the walking ring!

Redwood hoped to be the tallest tree in the forest

The connections of Spice Route had a good laugh as their horse stared down all the folks walking towards the casino...

Fifty Proof had a strong shot to win this race

The eyes have it!

For the Perfect Shower...wear goggles

Memorial Maniac (19-1) thought the odds on the tote board were crazy

The experts searched the walking ring for answers

Mike Smith's a diamond jock

Expansion wanted to extend his earnings in this event

The fans were up for this one

Chantal Sutherland absolutely beaming aboard Windward Islands

Up close and personal with Fifty Proof

Jockey James Graham makes a rare Woodbine appearance

And they're off!

The Juddmonte fellow was last early but it was not a sign of things to come

Redwood surges to the lead

At the wire, it's Redwood!

Jockey Justin Stein and exercise rider Tyler Gaskin celebrate Fifty Proof's first stakes effort

The Woodbine faithful salute Redwood

That long Woodbine stretch run is no walk in the garden...

Happy connections pose in the winners circle

Squeaky clean!

Michael Hills signs an autograph for horse racing's latest lifelong fan

Redwood wins the Northern Dancer Stakes

Up next was the Woodbine Mile!

I had a vision...but in mine it was Famous Name. Oops.

Many a bettor though he'd be home soon(er)

Don't you know who I am?

This adventure wasn't so grand, but the multiple stakes winner will be back in the winners circle soon enough

Julien Leparoux looking for an opening...

Edgar Prado surges into the walking ring

The railbirds drink up a little Riviera Cocktail

A pat on the back is better than...Eurico shows a little love to Signature Red

Jono Jones stretches out aboard red hot Smokey Fire

Straight Story might not have liked the bends on Woodbine's turf course

A patient and behaved Victor's Cry kept an eye on the fans around the walking ring, while his wee Canadian friend squirreled in and around his hooves...

Woodbourne found a field he could sink his teeth into

The Usual Q.T gets down to business

Zifzaf ain't no riff raff

Zenyatta even has fans at Woodbine!

Chantal Sutherland and Woodbourne prepare for a big surprise

Mike Smith on tour with Auteur

Court Vision surges to the lead

Court Vision hits the wire first...and look at ex-claimer Woodbourne (yellow cap) getting up for show!

Albarado shows off some new silverware

Court Vision wins the Woodbine Mile

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A little bit of news to report before signing off. In case you missed Tuesday's post, Woodbine-based Stormy Lord and Kara's Orientation are on their way to Delaware Park for the Kent Stakes. Click the link above for more on that race.

The DRF reports that Prince of Wales mystery horse Golden Moka returns in the Louisiana Derby:

In just one start, Golden Moka has placed an ownership group led by retired jockey Rene Douglas in an enviable position. The horse more than paid for himself when he handily knocked off a $500,000 stakes in July. And by virtue of that win, he could go favored Saturday in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs.

Undefeated in three starts in Panama, Golden Moka has been a mystery horse since he arrived in North America. He was 10-1 when he rallied from off the pace to win the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the $500,000 Prince of Wales on July 25. The Prince of Wales was Golden Moka’s first race in eight months and his first test at two turns. Now undefeated in four starts, he has left many curious as to the full scope of his talent.

“The Super Derby is the next step to get a gauge on him,” said Brian Lynch, who trains Golden Moka for Good Friends Stable.

I highly recommend clicking into the link above to read the full story which includes some very kind words regarding Woodbine's Brian Lynch.

Pachattack is on her way to Woodbine for the E.P. Taylor Stakes according tothis Sportinglife.Com report:

Gerard Butler will be on his travels again next month with Dansant and Pachattack booked for overseas dates.

Dansant has already raced in America and Dubai, won a conditions race at Deauville in August and finished fourth in a Group Two race in Turkey a few days ago.

Pachattack, a Listed winner at Newbury during the summer, is an experienced flyer herself having finished sixth in last month's Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park.

"Dansant is going for a race at Dundalk, the Diamond Stakes on October 1 (a Breeders' Cup Challenge race)," said Butler.

"We're going to keep Pachattack back for the EP Taylor at Woodbine on October 16.

"She was very, very unlucky in America but she has come back to me and is in very good form."

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The Track Philosopher said...

Keith, great picture essay of a big day at Woodbine. It was sure a tough card to handicap.....

Ernie said...

Love the pics, Keith. Points of Grace is indeed beautiful.

Thanks for the coverage

Horse-Races.Net said...

Lots more Woodbine Mile pics at these links:

Woodbine Mile (G1) won by Court Vision

Northern Dancer Turf (G1) won  by Redwood, Canadian (G2) won by Miss Keller:

You need to add these two sites to your list of links on the left. Horse-Races.Net has been live since ***1994*** (so, years before Blood-Horse, Thoroughbred Times, DRF, etc), Horseracing.About.Com live since 1997.

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