Top 5 races of the week (May 4-May 8)

May 10, 2011

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

#5 – Saturday, May 7; Race 5 – Wild, wide-open race both on paper and reality as the top 10 finishers were separated by five lengths in the 14-horse field. Shades of Gold held off The Bull Got Shot and Pleasure Peaks for jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva and trainer Steve Attard.

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#4 – Saturday, May 7; Race 1 – The first two-year-old race of the meet was a roughly ridden affair, but Painted Woman, by Forest Wildcat, was much the best, scoring a 5 ¾-length winner for Eurico Rosa da Silva and Steve Asmussen.

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#3 – Sunday, May 8; Race 9 – There had been no three-horse photo finishes to win until this Mother’s Day card when there were two. Race 4 and this allowance race in which Alpha Bettor, Sandy Gully and Moonshine Mullin hit the wire together a head and a nose apart. Alpha Bettor got up for Tyler Pizarro and Dan Vella.

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#2 – Sunday, May 8; Race 6; Grade 3 Vigil Stakes – Woodbine’s quickest sprinters gathered for the seven-furlong Vigil and it was last-out-of-the-gate-under-the-wire-first Stunning Stag, who scored a three-length victory for Gerry Olguin and Sid Attard. He recorded the highest DRF Beyer figure of the meet so far at 100.

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#1 – Saturday, May 7; Race 8; Queenston Stakes – Little doubt here as Bear’s Chill stamped himself a key favourite for the 152nd Queen’s Plate on June 26 with a fast (97 Beyer) 2 1/2-length victory for Emile Ramsammy and Reade Baker in front of a large Kentucky Derby day crowd.

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