Get a GLIMPSE of the Champions
The grass season and all it’s wonderful stakes events begins in earnest today with the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes, always a good event and this year is no different.
While the turf has been saturated with rain for a couple of days, the turf was short and on the very firm side before the rain.
The showdown today is Horses of the Year CAREN, the 2017 champion, and CATCH A GLIMPSE, the 2015 champ.
Both gals are speedy types, both love a 1 1/16 mile turf race and it should be interesting to see if the latter can get back to winning form, even if she has been running good Beyer Figures in the U.S.
STORMY VICTORIA is the tricky one in the small field as she brings super form in from New York for trainer Christophe Clement. The French bred, who was beaten only 2 lengths by Lexie Lou in this race last year, schooled in the Woodbine paddock on Friday and looks very strong in this spot.
The co featured LADY ANGELA STAKES may be a sprint for Ontario sired gals but a starter in the June 11 Woodbine Oaks could emerge.
The speedster CONQUEST VIVI, unbeaten last year in 3 races for Conquest Stable, is now owned by Stronach Stables and trained by Mark Casse. She had a dull run on turf in the winter and will try to run them off their feet. Plenty of early pace in this race and a wide open event.
REMEMBERING RICK KENNEDY
Owner and breeder RICK KENNEDY, who burst onto the local racing scene, and was taken on a wild international ride by his great AFLEET has passed away. Kennedy’s familiar white, black stripes and pink silks were everywhere in the mid 80s with not only the great Afleet but One from Heaven, Avowal, Storm on the Loose and Matter of Honor.
Kennedy’s horses were trained by Phil England and managed by Reade Baker.
Richard Roy Kennedy
April 12, 1951 – May 22, 2017
Passed away suddenly on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto at the age of 66. Beloved son of the late Roy and Audry Kennedy. Soul mate to Maria. Loving father of Drew and his wife Jessica, A.J., Adrienne and Alysse. Dear brother to Joanne and her husband Andrew, Janet, Patti and her husband Bill, Robert and his wife Susan and Randy. Loved by uncle Ray and aunt Helen, numerous nieces and nephews. Rick will be forever remembered and loved by Andrew Miller. A private service will be held at a later date. You are invited to share in the creation of the memorial site by adding a condolence and any remembrances, photos, and video clips appropriate to the life of Richard Roy Kennedy.
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