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Thoroughly Woodbine

Better to say 'Never' on Woodbine turf!

Never Retreat tossed her name into the Canadian Horse of the Year ring with her second graded stakes victory in as many Woodbine starts, taking the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes in emphatic fashion under Julien Leparoux.
Earlier this year, the Team Block mare captured the Grade 2 Dance Smartly by 1 ¼ lengths over Bay to Bay, who also raced in the Canadian but failed to hit the board.
The Chris Block trainee Never Retreat stalked the pace from second at odds of 6-1 before taking over from pacesetter Wooly Bear late on the turn. She opened up in the stretch and held off fast-closing longshot Perfect Shirl. Stars to Shine, a Mark Frostad trainee, was third.
Among the runners in the field was last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf heroine Shared Account.
Never Retreat, a six-year-old daughter of Smart Strike is now 10-for-30 lifetime with over $1.8 million in earnings.
The 1 1/8-mile Canadian was her fourth graded stakes win of 2011, including the Grade 3 Honey Fox and Grade 2 Jenny Wiley.
Never Retreat returned $15.50.
Still to come, the $500,000 Northern Dancer and the $1 million Woodbine Mile.

 

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Big day for grays yesterday! Big ups to Team Block, Julien (nice day!) and the classiest runner in the Block stable (ya hear that, Giant Oaf?)...
Big day for grays yesterday! Big ups to Team Block, Julien (nice day!) and the classiest runner in the Block stable (ya hear that, Giant Oaf?)...
She was very impressive. It's not easy to fend them off when the rail is down. She moved pretty early. Classy filly. Easily front-runner for Canada's Horse of the Year! Two graded North of border and two graded south of the border!
@BrianZipse, I was very impressed with this filly at Woodbine today!! The way she stormed out to the lead, and held off some very good turf fillies and mares in behind her, to win convincingly, was very impressive!!
Team Block strikes again!

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I join the Horse Racing Nation team as a longtime fan and enthusiastic student of Canadian thoroughbred racing. With 22 years of race-watching and form-studying under my belt, I’m a graduate of an era that brought stars like With Approval, Izvestia, Dance Smartly and Peteski. I spent the better part of the 1990s as a casual fan, attending races on weekends. I had the privilege of being in the grandstand on one of the premiere days in Woodbine lore – the 1996 Breeders’ Cup, the one and only time the Stanley Cup of thoroughbred racing was held outside of the United States.
 
In 2000, about two years after graduating from Carleton University with a Journalism degree, I crossed the apron and joined the employee ranks at the Woodbine Entertainment Group, taking a position as a field camera operator that eventually led to an Associate Producer’s role in the Woodbine Broadcast Department. I developed and produced several regular segments that have aired over Woodbine’s simulcast network as well as on the national network broadcasts.  In 2005, I moved to the Woodbine Publicity Office to perform various media relations duties and write for WoodbineEntertainment.com.
 
If there’s a thread that defined my 11-year tenure during all three WEG positions, it’s that I engineered my contribution around bridging the information gap between fan and horse.  One such initiative came in 2010, when I endeavored to bring fans regular morning Woodbine workout coverage, shooting and uploading close to 500 videos over the season. While I have moved on from my communications coordinator position to pursue different freelance opportunities, my dedication to providing fans with relevant insight and unique information won’t ever cease to be a part of my ongoing adventures in horse racing.