Another year of excitement has commenced at Woodbine Racetrack with their 2012 Season kicking- off yesterday! Many familiar faces were seen including top Jockeys Emma-Jayne Wilson, Patrick Husbands, just-crowned Sovereign Award Winner Luis Contreras and Eurico Rosa Da Silva making a welcomed return after his 2011 season was cut-short due to an injury.
Racing Fans came-out en masse to show their support, filling-up the Grandstand after a four-month-long Winter break. To engage Racing Fans into this age of Social Media, an Incentive was run giving them a chance to winner a Dinner for Four at the Racetrack simply by Emailing or Tweeting Photos from the Venue on Opening Day.
The Star of the Day was Gypsy Ring, a six-year-old Gelding who was a popular Competitor on the Circuit last year, winning his seventh Victory in the $100k Debut Stakes with Justin Stein aboard. Another Fan Favourite last year, Holy Schneikes showed his true versatility winning a Sprint Race today; he showed his true mettle last year nabbing Races at Marathon distances. Although still not ready, the Turf Course was looking impeccable today and it shouldn't be long before we start seeing some of our local Stars racing again on the grass. Perhaps we'll even see last year's Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Inglorious make her debut on the Turf here after her younger Half-Sister Dixie Strike proved herself on the grass down in Florida over the Winter?
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(Photo credit: Mr. Will-W.)