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Honourary drawmaster Joannie Rochette the 2010 Olympic bronze medalist for ladies' figure skating.
Now that the American Triple Crown has drawn to a close, we now shift our focus north of the border as the Canadian classics begin. The Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser offers a purse of $500,000 and features some of Canada's finest 3-year-old fillies. Some nice fillies have won the race in the past such as Wonder Where, Laurie's Dancer, Blondeinamotel, Dance Smartly, and Dance Smartly's daughter Dancethruthedawn. At 1 1/8 miles on Polytrack, it is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara which also includes the Bison City Stakes and the Wonder Where Stakes, also at Woodbine. A $350,000 bonus is offered for any horse who can sweep the series, and Sealy Hill became the first and only filly to win the Canadian Triple Tiara in 2007.
Drawing the posts with Racing Secretary Steve Lym, track announcer Dan Loiselle, and honourary drawmaster Joannie Rochette.
Retired NHL goaltender Curtis Joseph, who is one of the owners of Oaks entrant Moment of Majesty, poses with honourary drawmaster Joannie Rochette and Budweiser girls Claudia and Alexandra.
Retired NHL goaltender Curtis Joseph, who was part of Canada's gold medal winning hockey team at the 2002 Olympics, co-owns 10-1 shot Moment of Majesty along with his agent Don Meehan and trainer Sue Leslie. She will break from post 7 with Robert Landry in the irons. Leslie said of the daughter of Saint Liam, "There is no concern at all when it comes to the distance. She’s still learning the game. The biggest improvement would be in her mental attitude. Early on, she was somewhat nervous, a cautious filly. Now, she’s very confident and relaxed. I think Rob (Landry) has done a great job with her. He’s been able to get her to settle in the mornings. I'd love to see her get a nice stalking trip. That’s what she likes to do. She prefers to run at horses, not have them run at her. She hits the ground very light and has a beautiful stride."
The Budweiser Woodbine Oaks is scheduled as the ninth race on an eleven-race card on Sunday at Woodbine, going to post at 5:16 PM EDT. The whole card will be televised on CBC in Canada from 4:30-5:30pm. Free past performances are available from BRISnet.com (Look for Embur's Song for the link). On the undercard of the Oaks is the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings, carded as race 8 at 4:41pm, and the $100,000 Alywow Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf, carded as race 3 at 2:08pm.
|1||Isabeau's Elegance||Mark Casse||Corey Fraser||20-1|
|2||Resentless||Ian Howard||Chantal Sutherland||3-1|
|3||Roan Inish||Carolyn Costigan||Davy Moran||6-1|
|4||Tee Game||Mike Doyle||Slade Callaghan||20-1|
|5||Oil Painting||Josie Carroll||Patrick Husbands||20-1|
|6||Embur's Song||Todd Pletcher||Garrett Gomez||9-5|
|7||Moment of Majesty||Sue Leslie||Rob Landry||10-1|
|8||Ernfold||Roger Attfield||Jim McAleney||5-2|
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