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Will Opposite Attract?

Early last fall, Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield was asked by Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) to participate in an interesting experiment — to work three horses clockwise on the famed E.P. Taylor Turf Course at Woodbine Racetrack. The idea was to explore whether WEG could better utilize one of its most prized assets by regularly carding races going the opposite direction. The eight-time Queen’s Plate winner even took his own horse for a spin going the opposite direction and was impressed with what he saw and heard. “The horses did beautifully,” Attfield said. “The grading on that top turn is very, very good. It carries them around that turn really well. I was surprised, actually. I didn’t realize — and the jockeys didn’t realize — the grading on that turn was so good.” Attfield said jockeys Emma-Jayne Wilson, Patrick Husbands and David Moran raved about it, in fact. “They…

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