Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Photo Essay: Woodbine Backstretch Warming Up

With only ten days remaining until the start of the Woodbine meet, I enjoyed an early Tuesday morning on the backstretch getting caught up with some of the returning athletes and their handlers. It was a beautiful morning and the sun was shining - - which means these photos will likely be in stark contrast to the snowy weather expected to hit Woodbine on Wednesday.

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A brisk, but sunny, Woodbine backstretch shortly after 7AM

Gather 'round everyone...

Just another beautiful backstretch morning

A close shave!

It's a Kevin Attard stable exactor by a neck...

I got your back...

I feel a growing distance between us

Here's Kara's Orientation - one of the top claims of 2010 he went on to finish second in the Canadian Derby and Toronto Cup

The chase is on...

Outrider Rob Love and the speedy Grouch oversee the action

Time to head inside and make some new friends

And also say hello to old friends like Skippy

Say hello to Incredicat!

He's by Discreet Cat from the same dam (Lady Auchamore) as Toronto Cup winner Stormy Lord. See the resemblance?

Here's a shot of Stormy Lord aka Chihuahua in his stall last year

Tall in the saddle on a half to Twisted Wit

Are you ready to rock? Here's a Rockport Harbour two-year-old to be named Rockmebaby

It was an abbreviated mid-week visit but a much needed day around the horses. With only ten days remaining until the Woodbine meet begins, you can keep track of all the latest workouts by clicking this link.

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