04/03/2006 12:00AM

Wilson off to hot Woodbine start


Apprentice Emma-Jayne Wilson, Woodbine's leading rider in 2005, picked up right where she left off last year by bagging a triple Saturday, opening day of the Woodbine meeting.

Wilson took the fourth race Saturday aboard Shes the Real Deal. She also won on If Moma Aint Happy in the sixth and Whirly Carol in the seventh.

Danieltown ($8.90) came from just off the pace under Patrick Husbands to land Saturday's feature, the $80,300 allowance prep for the April 15 Jacques Cartier Stakes. Danieltown scored by a neck, covering five furlongs in 57.36 seconds. Favored Judiths Wild Rush, Canada's reigning champion sprinter, was a nonthreatening third in the six-horse field.

Wilson, who piloted Friendly Theresa ($10.40) to victory in Sunday's feature, is tied atop the rider standings with Husbands, who captured three of the first four races Sunday.

Mark Casse and Frank Passero Jr. lead all trainers after two days of racing, with three winners apiece.

The opening-day handle on live racing was $2.8 million, compared with $2.95 million on the first day last year. Sunday's handle was $2.57 million, compared with $2.66 million on the corresponding day in 2005.