TORONTO, March 20 – Woodbine’s main track opened for training on Wednesday, a key sign that the start of the 2013 thoroughbred season is just around the corner.
The 133-day meet opens on Saturday, April 20, highlighted by the $150,000 Star Shoot Stakes.
Since the backstretch opened on March 1, training has taken place on the quarter-mile sand ring and the one-mile dirt training track.
The opening of the main track provides conditioners with the important option of training over the surface on which they will race.
Jeff ‘Skippy’ Bowen, assistant to conditioner Ian Black, trained 16 horses over the Woodbine ‘Poly’ this morning.
“It’s great to have the Polytrack open for training again. It’s a sure sign that the racing season is just around the corner,” said Bowen. “Consecutive and Niigon’s Princess, who ended the year off strongly on the Poly, were both happy to get back out on the main track again.”
For more photos from this morning’s training, visit Woodbine’s Facebook page.