Category: Woodbine

ERUPT, AL'S GAL Upset the Woodbine Features

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA — All week, the weather reports threatened rain.  All morning, the skies were grey.  Intermittent rain fell, and puddles dotted the grounds at Woodbine. Through the afternoon, the storms continued to avoid Woodbine Racecourse.  Lovers of firm turf, shippers who came to North America for better ground, got exactly what they wanted.... Read more »

A Quietly Special Morning at Woodbine

In most corners of the Woodbine backside, it’s a normal Sunday morning. Horses are getting tacked up and going out to train. Old warriors stroll confidently there. Ponies calm the nervous. The horses come back from their exercise, get bathed, walked, brushed. They go out into the yard for a few bites of grass, or... Read more »

2016 Canadian International Day Stakes Preview

Once again, Picks and Ponderings hits the road this weekend.  Once again, that road trip takes us north of the border. This piece previews the four stakes on Sunday’s Canadian International Day card at Woodbine.  The day’s feature, the Canadian International, features Illinois-bred THE PIZZA MAN, winner of the local prep, the Northern Dancer (GI... Read more »

At Woodbine, Redemption for THE PIZZA MAN

TORONTO, CANADA — THE PIZZA MAN has reigned supreme among Illinois turf horses for several years now.  Though four off-the-board finishes made many think he had lost a step, he showed in today’s Northern Dancer (GI – CAN) at Woodbine that he still had what it took to get a taste of Grade I glory. ... Read more »

2016 Woodbine Mile Day Stakes Preview

Picks and Ponderings has gone on a few road trips this year.  One or both of us has picked and pondered live from Tampa Bay Downs, Indiana Grand, and Fairmount Park.  This weekend, in a Picks and Ponderings first, we leave the country. That’s right: thanks to the persistent urging of Twitter’s favourite barn cat,... Read more »

2015 Canadian International Day Preview

Sunday’s card at Woodbine features four graded stakes races.  The October 18th card includes a pair of Grade I races: the Canadian International for open-company turf routers, as well as the E. P. Taylor for turf route fillies and mares.  That pair of races are the last two Grade I events this year at Woodbine,... Read more »

2015 Woodbine Mile Day Preview

This week Picks & Ponderings is going green.  We’re not talking ways to help the planet, but instead the greenery of grass. Monday’s (rescheduled from Saturday Sept. 12) program at all-turf Kentucky Downs is previewed by Nicolle Neulist, which is headlined by the G3 Kentucky Turf Cup and three ungraded stakes on their undercard.  This... Read more »

2015 Nassau Stakes Preview

On a weekend with only a sprinkling of graded stakes (even though it is the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend) as opposed to the vast variety for Kentucky Derby Week and Preakness Week, Picks & Ponderings goes with a singleton race from each of its authors.   Nicolle Neulist heads west for the Grade One Gamely Stakes... Read more »

2014 Canadian International Day Stakes Preview

Two weeks from now, a worldwide contingent of horseflesh will descend on southern California for the Breeders’ Cup.  But the program for this week features a quartet of races that, while not with implications for two weeks from now, is still loaded with international flavor.  The card at Woodbine gets the focus this week.  One... Read more »

2014 Woodbine Mile Day Stakes Preview

This Sunday, we meander along to the Great White North for a trio of graded stakes at Woodbine.  The card features a little bit of home shipped up to Ontario, as two Illinois-bred horses race in these stakes.  La Tia makes her fourth appearance at Woodbine, to race in the Canadian Stakes.  She has two... Read more »