07/01/2013 5:32PM

Woodbine: Original Script gets setup, runs with it

Michael Burns
Original Script earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 86 for her Bison City win.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The June 9 Woodbine Oaks was the first leg of the triple tiara for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies, a series that continued with the 1 1/16-mile Bison City Stakes here last Sunday and will conclude with the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on the turf here Aug. 4.

But trainer Paul Attard certainly wasn’t looking a gift horse in the mouth after Original Script, who had finished third behind Nipissing and Spring in the Air in the Woodbine Oaks, suddenly became the filly to beat in the Bison City after the Oaks 1-2 opted for the Queen’s Plate.

“I was licking my chops when I heard they were both going to the Plate,” said Attard, who trains the homebred Original Script for the Chiefswood Stable of Robert and Mark Krembil.

As it transpired, Original Script’s path to the Bison City was complicated by the fact that her barn was placed under quarantine because of five positive tests for the equine herpesvirus, which led to the euthanization of one 2-year-old.

Original Script was allowed to return to training last Wednesday, however, and showed no signs of rustiness when she led throughout to became a stakes winner in the $250,000 Bison City under regular rider Jesse Campbell.

“I thought she ran a great race,” said Attard, who had been confident that Original Script would be fit enough after wintering in Florida and running a solid 1 1/8 miles in the Woodbine Oaks.

“She never really missed a work,” added Attard, who had sent out Original Script to breeze four furlongs in 48.20 seconds last Tuesday. “I would only have worked her once, anyway.”

Original Script has not raced on turf, but Attard plans to try the filly in the Wonder Where.

“Going a mile and a quarter, she should get a slow pace,” Attard said. “It’s hard to miss these races. After this, there are no races for Canadian-breds.”

In the meantime, Original Script has earned $372,080 via a record of 4-1-1 from 7 starts, and her Bison City effort yielded a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 86, a one-point improvement over the Woodbine Oaks.

DavidC More than 1 year ago
hey, handicappers get involve with the comments and stay sharp that away !!!!!!
DavidC More than 1 year ago
As I had said prior to the race that Original Script might not be up to the task however, she delivered the goods and I'm happy for her. However, I think that smartyfly ran a pretty good race as well and have nothing to feel bad about. She had a nice regiment of drills that set her up for a good race but she just got beat on the square. No excuses. However, she ran for the place spot so I'm happy with the result, wanted the win but that's history now. she'll come back later and do better. Can't win them all!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey David. The problem is that Woodbine hasn't had a decent colony of horses since the 80's. Small field sizes mean that if you have a front-runner, you have a VERY good shot at going all the way whether it be a claiming race or a stakes. Heck, we've already had TWO stakes races with 4-horse fields. My cat wants me to enter her in a race so she can pick up 5th place money (quite possibly 4th) so she can get some better food and get rid of the grocery store stuff that I give her. When you only have ONE horse fighting for the lead in a (relatively) small field, good things can happen. Here's proof: WO May 12th, 9th race - 8 horse field (that's large for Woodbine) a race full of pressers, Consolidater Joe "goes" for the lead basically unchallenged and goes wire-to-wire and sets a new track record in the process. Yes the track surface/wind had a bit to do with it, but the main reason was the lack of other challengers. Don't you just love it when a "claimer" sets a track record at a "major" racetrack? More Proof: WO just yesterday July 1st, 8th race, Dominion Day Stakes Gr. III (lol) Seven horses entered (!) with only two that will go for the lead. Only one horse did, and that was after a BAD START!! It wins by 9 at 6-5 in track record time for the distance. The race-caller almost soiled himself making the call thru the stretch. At least the winner wasn't a claimer (I think). FWIW....Dan Loiselle IS the best race-caller on the planet for the most part, but he does have some bad habits that keep him from being a "star". Sorry Trev baby. Where was I ? Oh ya......Woodbine needs more horses and bigger field sizes. A 14.95% take in the win pool doesn't mean much with small fields. It is a step in the right direction to help the game though....wtg Woodbine. I think I'm done now. This "soap-box" is a bit shaky anyway. Here kitty. Come eat your saw-dust.