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Top 5 races of the week (April 2-3)

April 8, 2011

This weekly feature offers a look back at the best Thoroughbred races and/or performances of the week at Woodbine.

#5 – Saturday, April 2; Race 9 – Trainer Wesley Ward had already won four races on the card and many anticipated a fifth as Magoo, a Ward trainee, was sent off a 7-5 favourite. He dueled with Guitar Solo, putting that one away and held off late closers Bijoux Bon and Ocho Caballero. The foursome finished two lengths of one another.

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#4 – Saturday, April 2; Race 5 – The only photo finish on the Opening Day card, and one of only two on the weekend (Sunday, April 3; Race 4) featured a late stretch duel between Miss Lulu Belle and Goodeveningofficer, in which the former, the early pacesetter prevailed by a head. It was five back to the third place horse.

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#3 – Sunday, April 3; Race 7 – There were no monster blowouts on the weekend but Speightstown Lady was very impressive in breaking her maiden, winning by 4 ½-lengths in her debut, and is likely on to bigger and better things for the jockey-trainer brother combo, Chris Griffith and Ricky Griffith.

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#2 – Sunday, April 3; Race 9 – An $8,000 claiming event featured the fastest winner of the weekend as the odds-on Mymissjuliac, a six-year-old mare, covered five furlongs in :56.81 for an excellent Beyer Speed figure of 84.

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#1 – Saturday, April 2; Race 8; Debut Stakes – Many winners were near the lead early on in the Opening Day card, with the exception of Don’s Folly, who streaked down the center of the track after coming from near last early to score a ¾-length victory in the richest race of the weekend, the $100,000 Debut Stakes.

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