Woodbine

Aug. 9 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency DAUGHTER OF WINTER MEMORIES DEBUTS AT THE SPA 2nd-SAR, $72K, Msw, 2yo, f, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 p.m. Jimmy Toner unveils the latest daughter out of his MGISW pupil Winter Memories (El Prado {Ire}) Sunday in SEASONS (Tapit). A dual Grade I winner in New York, including this venue's Diana S., millionaire Winter Memories is a daughter of MGISW Memories of Silver (Silver Hawk) and a half-sister to GSW La Cloche (Ghostzapper), who in turn produced GSW Bellavais (Tapit). Winter Memories is also the dam of...

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Woodbine Jockeys, Drivers Team for Charity Challenge

Woodbine Entertainment, in conjunction with Kraft-Heinz Canada, have announced the launch of the Heinz Challenge, six-week series during which a Thoroughbred jockey from Woodbine will be paired with a harness driver from Woodbine Mohawk Park to compete for a charitable donation of $5,000 from Woodbine. The series will be broadcast live during 'Racing Night Live' on TSN. The four competing jockeys are Rafael Hernandez, Kazushi Kimura, Justin Stein and Emma-Jayne Wilson, while the participating drivers are Jody Jamieson, Bob McClure, Doug McNair and Louis-Philippe Roy, who replaces the injured James...

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NYRA Partners With Woodbine on Cross Country Pick 5

The New York Racing Association will host a Cross Country Pick 5 with graded stakes action from Saratoga and three races at Woodbine Saturday. Live coverage of all the sequence's races will be available with Saratoga Live on FOX Sports and MSG Networks. Woodbine will start the sequence in race eight. Stakes action starts next at the Spa with the GIII Waya S. Action returns to Woodbine for races nine and 10. The final leg is the GI Runhappy Travers S. The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is...

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Zammit Named ORM Executive Director

Jonathan Zammit has been named Ontario Racing Management's new Executive Director. Zammit, the former Vice President of Thoroughbred Racing for Woodbine Entertainment, succeeds Katherine Curry who held the position since the formation of Ontario Racing in 2018. "We are excited to welcome Jonathan's leadership, experience and financial acumen as we work with all stakeholders to further advance our efforts in sustaining a vibrant and financially sound horse racing industry for decades to come," said John Hayes, Independent Chair of Ontario Racing's Board of Directors. "On behalf of Ontario Racing, I...

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Nyquist Colt Posts Easy Win at Woodbine

6th-Woodbine, C$108,646, Msw, 8-2, 2yo, 6f (AWT) (off turf), 1:09.84, ft. GRETZKY THE GREAT (c, 2, Nyquist--Pearl Turn {MSP, $182,560}, by Bernardini), sent off the hot 1-2 choice, jumped out to an early advantage, led through splits of :22.77 and :45.09 and turned on all boosters late, crossing the wire 4 1/2 lengths ahead of Liars Club (Broken Vow). The Ontario bred kicked off his career for Mark Casse with a second-place effort sprinting five panels over the local turf July 12 behind Ready to Repeat (More Than Ready), who...

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NYRA Launches Cross Country Pick 5

The New York Racing Association, Inc., in conjunction with Monmouth Park and Woodbine Racetrack, kicks off the 'Cross Country Pick 5' Saturday--GI Whitney Day--at Saratoga Race Course. The minimum bet for the multi-track, multi-race wager is 50 cents. The Cross Country Pick 5, which will run every Saturday through the remainder of 2020, will feature a mandatory payout of the net pool. Cross Country Pick 5 Races - Saturday, Aug. 1: Leg 1 - Woodbine, Race 9: (5:26 p.m.) Leg 2 - Monmouth, Race 11: (5:31 p.m.) Leg 3 -...

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Now 8, Pink Lloyd is ‘Better Than Ever’

When Pink Lloyd (Old Forester) ended his 2019 campaign with a perfect six-for-six record it seemed almost inconceivable that the he could do any better this year. He would be eight in 2020 and, perhaps, the aging process would do what very few competitors had been able to accomplish over  the years--give him a problem. Not that trainer Bob Tiller was worried. "Age doesn't matter," Tiller said. "It's just a number." That's not always the case, but the popular Canadian sprinter may be about to add another remarkable chapter onto...

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Woodbine’s Minimum Weight Raised to 118

The minimum weight for jockeys will be raised to 118 pounds at Canada's Woodbine Racetrack, effective Thursday, Aug. 6, in conjunction with Condition Book 4. Woodbine Entertainment made the announcement Saturday in consultation with the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario (HBPA) with a statement that "the health and welfare of our jockeys was the driving factor for this decision, and the new base weight aligns with racing jurisdictions in Kentucky, Florida, and New York." Depending on conditions and age, top weights will be up to 125 pounds. Stakes...

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Speightstown ‘Rising Star’ Runs Back to Debut to Dominate Marine

Well-bred Shirl's Speight turned in one of the more impressive debuts of 2020 when he demolished nine rivals in front-running fashion over seven grassy furlongs here July 4, and the 'TDN Rising Star' handled two turns and Tapeta just as well Saturday to make the grade in Woodbine's GIII Marine S. Away well from the outside seven post, the favorite was content to sit second locked on to frontrunner Untitled (Khozan)'s right hip through splits of :24.59 and :48.68. He was asked for more by Rafael Hernandez heading into the...

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Owlette Eyes Woodbine’s Selene

Ten Broeck Farm's Owlette (Frac Daddy) looks to record her fourth stakes win in Saturday's GIII Selene S. at Woodbine. Conditioned by Wesley Ward, the Ontario-bred filly took last year's Shady Well S. and Victorian Queen S. and subsequently won the June 13 Star Shoot S. in her 2020 bow. Never worse than second in six career starts, including four wins over Woodbine's Tapeta, Owlette will be joined for the first time by Luis Contreras. Always armed and dangerous at Woodbine, Mark Casse saddles a pair of fillies for Gary...

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TDN Rising Star Shirl’s Speight Heads Marine

Despite facing more seasoned rivals in Saturday's GIII Marine S. at Woodbine, Shirl's Speight (Speightstown) looms large in the traditional primer for the Queen's Plate, scheduled for Sept. 12. Sent off at 3-1 for a trainer not typically known for his first-time starters, the Roger Attfield trainee took control in the early going of the seven-furlong turf test July 4 and rolled home an emphatic eight-length winner under Rafael Hernandez, becoming a TDN Rising Star in the process. The Charles Fipke hombred is out of Perfect Shirl (Perfect Soul {Ire})--a...

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New Post Time For Woodbine’s Thursday Cards

Post time for live Thoroughbred racing on Thursdays at Woodbine Racetrack will shift to 3:20 p.m. ET, effective next week July 16. The schedule change, which means live racing will begin 25 minutes earlier than the original post time, is expected to remain in effect for Thursdays through early September.

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