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Hail to the “War Horses”

The winter weather, both bitter and cold quickly descended on the last day of Woodbine’s 2017 racing meet. While horses were hastened to the saddling enclosure for the seventh race, a $12.5k claimer, the bettors were huddled in groups, dissecting the form and seizing warmth through winning picks. In this race, the past performances — the pp’s — of each horse differed drastically, just as the shaggy winter coats are strikingly longer on some horses compared to the short and sleek summer coats worn by others. Several older horses, including Kitten Candy, Spanish River, Bet On Jack and War Fan have come out to challenge today’s betting favourite, Gentleman Jackson. Trained by Martin Drexler, the bay gelding is a seasoned staple in the game, running over 70 times in the last eight years. A small crowd of bettors and maybe some fans fastened themselves to the rail across from where…

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