International Field Set for Woodbine on Sunday

Here is a video preview of the 2016 Pattison Canadian International contenders, including several runners from overseas.  The race is the 79th renewal and it is Sunday, October 16th at Woodbine Racetrack.

There is also a mandatory payout of the Super Hi-5 Jackpot, the last race of the day at Woodbine.  The pool begins with over a $400,000 carryover.

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Mandatory Payout for the Jackpot Hi-5 – Sunday, Oct. 16 at Woodbine

Wager on WoodbineWoodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced that a mandatory payout for the Thoroughbred Jackpot Hi-5 is slated for Sunday, October 16, which is Patterson Canadian International day.

The final opportunity to wager on the Jackpot Hi-5 before the mandatory payout date will be Sunday, October 9.

The carryover will continue to build through that date, provided there is not a single winner. The wager will then be suspended for the Holiday Monday, October 10; Wednesday, October 12; Friday, October 14; and Saturday, October 15 cards of racing, allowing customers to prepare for the mandatory payout prize.

The Jackpot Hi 5, which currently boasts a carryover of $365,996.78 requires horseplayers to select the first five finishers in exact order on the last race of the programme. The Jackpot proviso means that the entire pool pays out only when there is one winning ticket sold that correctly selects the first five finishers in exact order.

On a card where there is not a mandatory Jackpot Hi-5 payout, and not just one winning ticket, half of the wagering pool is carried over and offered on the next racing card. The other half is paid out in consolation payouts to those Jackpot Hi 5 tickets which have the correct order of finish. If there are no winners of the wager, the entire pool, minus takeout, carries over.

The Jackpot Hi-5, which has not been won since August 6th, has become a popular part of the WEG wagering profile. The wager, which offers a 20-cent minimum and a takeout of 15%, debuted in 2013.

For fans and horseplayers wanting further information on WEG’s Jackpot Hi 5, including details, strategy and carryover info visit www.WoodbineEntertainment.com/JackpotHi5

 

AGOS Claimer of the Week: Woodbine 9yo

Wager on Woodbine An old gent wins in Toronto

Gentleman Jackson teased his competition and led almost every stride to win the opening race at Woodbine last Friday afternoon. Gentleman Jackson has been named the agameofskill.com Claimer of the Week. In the race for $10,000 claimers, the 9 year old stopped the timer at 1:23.51 for the 7 furlongs and was ridden by Alan Garcia. The son of Alert returned $4.90 to his backers as he collected the 14th victory of his career. The bay gelding is trained by Jim Ensom and owned by Lee, Mitchell and others. The grandson of Kentucky Derby winner Unbridled has finished in the money an impressive 32 times from 54 lifetime starts and has earned $362,000.

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Controversy Around CEO entrusted to reinvent Canada’s largest track

Wager on Woodbine On an overcast Sunday at the Woodbine horse race track in northwest Toronto, a smattering of guests sit in the chipped blue folding seats. Gulls fight over chicken bones. Jets from the nearby airport rumble overhead.
On a screen near the entrance the “Events for today” are advertised: “Dennis Carelli’s stag. Happy 80th birthday, Joe Mitchell.… [Read more…]

Interpol Seeks Home Win in Canadian International

Wager on WoodbineThe Canadian International has had many more international winners than Canadian in its impressive 77-year history and the local drought is currently at 16 years in Woodbine’s $1 million horse race. American owner Dennis Narlinger and his family would dearly love it if their Canadian-bred colt Interpol could end that streak Sunday in the 1 ½… [Read more…]

Expanded Gaming Approved for Woodbine Race Track

Wager on Woodbine After an all-day debate, city council has voted 25-19 to support expanded gaming at Woodbine Race Track in the northwest part of the city.
Mayor John Tory (open John Tory’s policard), a strong proponent of the plan, said he doesn’t diminish opponents on council who are concerned about problems created by gambling. “My support for taking… [Read more…]

2015 Queen’s Plate: Who’ll Win, Place & Show

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A big field of the best Canadian-bred three-year-olds goes to post at about 5:38 p.m. ET on Sunday for the 156th Plate, the oldest continuous horse race in North America, and about half of the entrants have a realistic chance of winning.

WIN: Danish Dynaformer has not done much wrong and, while his running time in the Plate Trial was not overly impressive, his manner… [Read more…]

Expanded Gaming at Woodbine Racetrack?

Wager on WoodbineThe Toronto casino debate is set to reignite, this time focused solely on expanded gaming at Woodbine racetrack, the Star has learned. Woodbine Entertainment Group, the not-for-profit company that operates the northwest Etobicoke track, has in recent months lobbied Mayor John Tory (open John Tory’s policard), councillors and city officials to reconsider council’s May 2013 vote.…

Horse Racing in Canada heads into Next Year with Momentum

Wager on WoodbineThe business of Ontario horse racing heads into 2015 with growth and momentum riding the wave of increased mainstream television exposure, improved Standardbred wagering numbers and steady numbers from Woodbine’s premier Thoroughbred meeting.
Figures released by Woodbine Entertainment Group Thursday on the recently completed 133-day Thoroughbred meeting showed a slight, 2.9% dip in total wagering on… [Read more…]

Trainer Profile: Mark Casse

by Art Parker, author of the bi-annual guide “Keeneland Winning Trainer Patterns”

Few of Casse’s second time starters drop in class, in fact, more will undergo a distance change than a class drop.

Woodbine has been the foundation of Canadian racing for a long time. Each year the track holds a meet that lasts from approximately mid-April to mid-December, roughly eight months of the year.

Woodbine has favorable takeout rates and excellent racing surfaces. The polytrack has remained consistent for a long time and has always seemed to be fair. The turf surface seems to be one of the best in North America and is not overused. The stretch on the turf course is the longest in North America and, since so many turf races have horses bunch up, it allows for more competitors to have the time to have a fair run. The quality of racing may not equal to Saratoga or Keeneland, but it is well above average.

Wager on WoodbineThe Toronto oval offers a special Wednesday night card from May until the end of the meet. Woodbine also offers a 20 cent wager on all exotics other than exactas and doubles. The other thing about Woodbine is its commentary. The track has excellent commentators and analysts that I believe are the best anywhere. I’ve been playing the horses for decades and now almost all of my activity is via Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW), and I don’t hesitate to tell you that I rate Woodbine at the top when it comes to the overall, day to day, experience.

But where Woodbine is no different is when it comes to the winning trainers. Woodbine has many top notch trainers that do well with limited stock, but like most any other track, or circuit, there are a smaller number of trainers that garner a large percentage of the wins.

The top ten trainers at Woodbine in the last 5 plus years (April 2009 to present) based upon the number of wins at the track, which are noted in parenthesis, are: Mark Casse (503), Reade Baker (310), Bob Tiller (263), Sid Attard (234), Nick Gonzalez (196), Scott Fairlie (194), Roger Attfield (164), Josie Carroll (164), Malcolm Pierce (152), Brian Lynch (151). In the same time period, only three additional trainers have accumulated 100 or more wins.

Let’s take a look at the top trainer.

Mark Casse is the King of Canada when it comes to a trainer winning races. His 503 wins are basically at least double all others (except for Reade Baker). Casse needs no introduction to American players that pay attention to major stakes races since he has had several good horses invade the U.S. and perform well over the last few years. Even though Casse has been on top for quite some time he just reached what is perhaps the top milestone for a Canadian trainer when he won his first Queen’s Plate this year with the filly Lexie Lou, which was ridden by Patrick Husbands.

Speaking of Husbands, he has been the pilot for more than fifty percent of all Casse winners in the aforementioned time frame. Whenever I see a Casse entrant with Husbands riding I instantly write “Top Combo” by the name of the horse. From Casse’s 503 wins Husbands has ridden 261 of them. Other jocks you may see ride for Casse, but not all others, and the number of wins are Luis Contreras (64), Gary Boulanger (29), who has only been around Woodbine since April 2013 as far as these numbers are concerned, and Eurico Da Silva (21).

Casse wins most with horses coming off a layoff (at least 45 days away). Over 25% of his wins are first time layoff runners. Compared to other trainers, Casse does well with those that have extended layoffs – off for at least one year. You will rarely see a class jumper win for Casse after a layoff. With his first layoff horses Casse is notably dangerous with surface changes (15% of layoff wins), distance changes (21% of layoff wins) or class droppers (a whopping 64% of layoff wins). And, Casse’s runners shipping in from Keeneland and Gulfstream usually have their guns loaded.

Casse’s work regimen is mostly 6-8 days break in works with the last coming 6-8 days prior to race day. Casse seems to adhere to an equal time lapse before the race day if he works horses 9-12 days apart-those runners will probably have their last work 9-12 days prior to the actual race day.

One area where close attention is needed for Casse is inexperienced horses. Approximately 10% of his wins come from debut runners and about 12% of his wins come from second time starters. Over 3/5 of Casse’s debut winners are two year olds, and 1/3 of the two year old winners are for owner John Oxley. One can tell Casse develops plans for his horses considering that over 20% of his winners are either first or second time starters. Few of Casse’s second time starters drop in class, in fact, more will undergo a distance change than a class drop. When Casse changes distance for a second time starter it has always been from sprint to a route, and that appears to be a move by design.