Alan Garcia

Shakopee Town Gives Attard First Stakes Win Of Woodbine Season In Whimsical

And they’re off… The 2019 Thoroughbred meet kicked off on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack and trainer Kevin Attard picked up where he left off as Shakopee Town was victorious in the first stakes event of the season. Attard, who won the final stakes of the 2018 meet with Al and Bill Ulwelling’s Valedictory champion […]

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Thor’s Rocket Launches To Overskate Victory; Pink Lloyd Fourth

Thor’s Rocket launched his attack in the stretch and blasted from last to first for the mild upset in the $100,000 Overskate Stakes featured on Saturday’s program at Woodbine. Alan Garcia worked out the five-year-old gelding’s first winning trip in two years for trainer/breeder Paul Buttigieg, who also co-owns under Buttigieg Training Centre with Gus […]

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Utmost Denies Tiz A Slam In Sunday’s Sky Classic

Augustin Stable’s Utmost denied Tiz a Slam another graded stakes win as he out-finished the favourite in the $175,000 Sky Classic Stakes (Grade 2) on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack. With the victory, trainer Graham Motion ran his Sky Classic win streak to three and overall total to four. His prior wins in the Grade 2 […]

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Shahroze Takes Stakes Debut In Woodbine’s Singspiel

Shahroze, invading from Maryland and making his stakes debut for trainer Graham Motion, rallied from last place in the field of eight for a powerful two-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 $125,000 Singspiel Stakes, at Woodbine. Locally-based Alan Garcia rode Shahroze for the first time in the Singspiel, a 1 ½ mile race for 3-year-olds […]

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Jockey Alan Garcia Heading To Oaklawn Park; Donnie Richardson To Handle Book

Jockey Alan Garcia, a mainstay at Woodbine in Toronto the last three years, will be wintering at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., for the first time. Donnie Richardson, the longtime Churchill Downs racing executive who left the Louisville, Ky., track in 2012, will handle his book. Richardson and Garcia worked together previously in 2014 […]

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Arthur’s Pass By A Nose In Inaugural Color-Restricted Grey Handicap

The sun was out for Grey Day at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday creating a dazzling sight in the first ever all-grey race on the Toronto turf course. The aptly named Gray Phantom and Arthur’s Pass emerged from the cloud of runners in the stretch with the latter ultimately edging out the former in a photo finish to […]

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Undulated Last-To-First In Swynford

M M G Stables’ Undulated rallied last to first under patient handling by Alan Garcia to capture Sunday’s $128,500 Swynford Stakes, a six furlong Tapeta sprint for two-year-olds, at Woodbine. Trained by Cathal Lynch, Undulated was last of five at the top of the lane but closed resolutely into too fast splits set by a […]

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Freitag Sets Track Record In Woodbine’s Sir Barton Stakes

Earle I. Mack’s Freitag unleashed an impressive turn of foot to get up in the final stride and win Saturday’s $125,400 Sir Barton Stakes, at Woodbine. Conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Mark Frostad, the 17.1 hands tall Giant Gizmo chestnut was next to last as the field turned for home but made up ground […]

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Are You Kidding Me Geared Down In Autumn Stakes Victory

Are You Kidding Me, confidently handled by Alan Garcia, took Sunday’s co-featured $200,000 Grade 2 Autumn Stakes, at Woodbine. Trained by Roger Attfield for owners Ronald K. Kirk, John C. Bates, and Michael Riordan, the defending Autumn champ glided to the lead as the field straightened for home in the 1 1/16-mile main track event, and then was […]

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Are You Kidding Me Easily Brings Home The Durham Cup

Ronald Kirk, John Bates and Michael Riordan’s homebred Are You Kidding Me was the easy winner of Saturday’s Grade 3 Durham Cup at Woodbine, scoring by 2 1/4 lengths under Alan Garcia. The 6-year-old son of Run Away and Hide covered nine furlongs over the Tapeta in 1:49.10 for trainer Roger Attfield. Garcia had a […]

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