Alan Garcia

Thor’s Rocket zooms from last to first in Overskate Stakes

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 […]

Are You Kidding Me Impresses in Nijinsky Score

Are You Kidding Me, confidently ridden by Alan Garcia, won his second graded stakes in succession with a brilliant stretch run to capture Sunday’s Grade 2 $209,600 Nijinsky Stakes, at Woodbine. Trained by Roger Attfield for owners and co-breeders Michael Riordan, Ron Kirk and John Bates, Are You Kidding Me arrived at the 1 1/8-mile […]

Red Rifle fires in Dominion Day

Favoured Red Rifle and jockey Alan Garcia held Florida Won safe in a late stretch duel, then had to withstand a steward’s inquiry before officially being declared the winner of the featured $150,000, Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes on Canada Day at Woodbine. Placed in sixth for most of the mile and one-quarter contest, while […]

London Tower Heads Ultra-competitive Woodbine Oaks

London Tower, Leading Edge and Brooklynsway head an extremely competitive 60th edition of the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, Sunday at Woodbine. The filly classic, which attracted 10 Canadian-foaled three-year-old fillies carrying 121 pounds over one mile and one-eighth on the Polytrack, will go postward at 5:45 p.m. and will be televised live on […]

Are You Kidding Me takes Eclipse

The Roger Attfield-trained Are You Kidding Me, ridden by Alan Garcia, charged through the stretch to overtake pacesetting Midnight Aria and win the featured $201,200 Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes, Sunday at Woodbine. Sitting a patient third in a tightly-compacted five-horse field for most of the mile and one-sixteenth Polytrack contest, Are You Kidding Me was […]

Galina Point Wins the Lady Angela

Track announcer Dan Loiselle, the voice of Canadian horse racing, brought his 29-year career as thoroughbred race caller to a close with a stirring stretch call as Galina Point stormed home victorious in Sunday’s $125,400 Lady Angela Stakes, at Woodbine. Trained by Mark Casse for owner Gary Barber, Galina Point arrived at the seven furlong […]

Ol’ Fashion Gal by a Head in Selene

Bill and Vicki Poston’s Ol’ Fashion Gal put in a determined drive to stay off the rallying favourite Don’t Leave Me and capture Sunday’s $154,800 Grade 3 Selene Stakes, at Woodbine. Trained by Mark Casse, the Sky Mesa chestnut arrived at the 1 1/16-miles tilt for sophomore fillies from three consecutive efforts in Grade 3 […]

London Tower Bridges Gap to Win Fury

London Tower overcame a slow start to capture Sunday’s $150,000 Fury Stakes, at Woodbine. Owned and trained by Steve Owens, London Tower, with Alan Garcia up, was forced to race from off the pace for the first time in her career after leaving the gate a step slow in the seven furlong Fury Stakes for […]

Unspurned Makes the Grade in Whimsical

Christine Hayden’s Unspurned rallied determinedly down the lane to reel in Skylander Girl for a length score in Saturday’s $179,100 Grade 3 Whimsical Stakes, at Woodbine. Trained by Roger Attfield, the four-year-old Lemon Drop Kid-Banga Ridge chestnut was making her seasonal debut off a pair of works at Keeneland and a good winter foundation at […]