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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Space Invasion: Woodbine Pattison International Day

I was fortunate enough to wander up north to the Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday afternoon to take in the day's races. My host was Woodbine Entertainment's media maven Keith McCalmont of Triple Dead Heat fame. The day included three Breeders' Cup Win and You're In Grade 1 races, all resulting in double digit winners.

Mike MacAdam from the Schenectady Daily-Gazette   was part of our posse during the day and the three of us competed in a handicapping contest of the Woodbine card and the 1pm NFL contests.  The contest came down to the International and with yours truly holding a slim $6.50 lead over the home track Canadian. While I upheld the bragging rights, it certainly wasn't for my WO handicapping. I ended up hitting six of seven NFL games against the spread. Maybe I should start a football blog?

It was an overcast day, although the wind wasn't as brisk as it was on Saturday. The big story was the 22-1 filly Sarah Lynx becoming the first filly since Infamy in 1988 to win the $1.5M International. It doesn't sound like her connections plan on heading to the Breeders' Cup, however.

Miss Keller, the big winner for Keith on the day, captured the $1M E.P. Taylor Stakes and had our joint Pick-4 to a great start, which was quickly ruined by Don Dulce ($29.50) and Sarah Lynx ($46.90) in the next two legs. I've never had great success at Woodbine, that trend continues through Sunday.

Here are some pictures for the big day north of the border:

With the brisk weather most Woodbine patrons remained indoors

They're off in the International!

Bated Breath before the Nearctic

Gomez on Bated Breath

Hitchens before the Nearctic

Tote Board/Finish Line

Miss Keller wins E.P. Taylor

Jockey Conference

Gomez weaves through Woodbine crowd

Musical interlude

Johnny V in winners' circle on Miss Keller

The excellent tweeter @tripledeadheat



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