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Top 5 races of the week (May 11-May 15)

May 20, 2011

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

#5 – Sunday, May 15; Race 10 – Wildest, closest finish of the meet as four horses were separated by a half-length at the wire in this $12.5K claiming event. Blushing Brat held the lead late, but finished fourth, a head behind Molinaro Fort, who was a nose behind Occasio, a neck loser to Bears Redneck (ridden by Luis Contreras and trained by Read Baker).

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#4 – Wednesday, May 11; Race 5 – The chart of the race tells the story. 10,10,10,9,3,1 for Dominating Force. Seemingly languishing at the back of the pack early in this 25K maiden claiming event, the Woodbine Oaks nominee was excellent in stretch, splitting horses to get up in the final jumps for Emile Ramsammy and Mike Doyle.

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#3 – Wednesday, May 11; Race 2 – The largest margin of the Woodbine meet so far came in Wednesday’s 16k claimer as Major Marvel dominated seven rivals, winning by 9 ¾ lengths, recording a big Beyer number of 94, second highest of the week, for Emile Ramsammy and Laurie Silvera.

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#2 – Sunday, May 15; Race 8; La Lorgnette Stakes – Inglorious stamped herself as the likely favourite for the Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, in the La Lorgnette, coming from off the pace against open company for Luis Contreras and Josie Carroll.

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#1 – Saturday, May 14; Race 8; Grade 3 Hendrie Stakes – Embur’s Song was stunning in her 3 1/2-length victory on Saturday against older fillies and mares in the Hendrie, ringing up a 101 Beyer figure, the highest of the 22-day meet for Patrick Husbands and Todd Pletcher.

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