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TORONTO, April 21, 2021 – Each week, in the lead-up to Opening Day of the 2021 Woodbine Thoroughbred season, we’ll follow some of the top storylines of key horses and horsepeople and also share other important news, notes and highlights.

From horses on the Queen’s Plate trail, to horses to keep tabs on ahead of the upcoming Woodbine season, to catching up with Woodbine trainers, the weekly report keeps racing fans and the racing community in the loop.

In this week’s report, trainer Michelle Love discusses her Plate hopeful Took a Wrong Turn, trainer Nathan Squires talks about his young stars and veteran campaigners, Ones To Watch, the inside track on Ontario stallion Souper Speedy, and more.  

Path to the Plate: Took a Wrong Turn (30-1 in the Queen’s Plate Winterbook)

  • Sire: Souper Speedy
  • Dam: Gerty’s Turn
  • Trainer: Michelle Love
  • Owner: Northern Dawn Stables Inc., Michelle Love, Brian Patterson and Kathleen Biers
  • Breeder: Northern Dawn Stables, Brian Patterson and Kathleen Biers
  • Record: 0-1-2 from 4 starts
Took a Wrong Turn at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. Photo by Will Wong.

On first impressions… “He’s very nice. The first time we worked him, his first quarter-mile, that’s when we thought he was a talented horse. He’s always been very forward and he’s always had a big stride, which is what you’re looking for in a racehorse.”

On being a sound sleeper…. “He sleeps all day. When he races, we have to get him up to go race. It’s amazing. That’s what you want. It’s better than them running their stall or being high-strung. He’s quiet, he sleeps in his stall, and he goes out and trains like a bear. And he comes back in, cools out, and goes back to sleep. He gets up for his lunch and then goes back to sleep.”

On earning rave reviews… “Patrick [jockey, Husbands] started working him really early on. He’s been working him since his first half-mile and loved him. He’ll message me all the time and ask me, ‘How’s the big horse doing?’ At least you know you have something. Patrick knows what he’s talking about.”

On heading down the Plate trail… “Honestly, we are training him for it [Queen’s Plate]. He had a few weeks off in December and he was right back training on the farm. He was supposed to race in December when we got shut down, and he was going to go two turns. That was the next move with him, to go a mile-and-a-sixteenth in a maiden race. That was the plan. He acts like he wants to go two turns in his works, and in his stakes, he’s always galloping out with the winner. He’s a big boy. We’re training him for the Plate. It’s definitely exciting.”

On his big personality… “He is probably one of my strongest horses to gallop. I take him out right before the break on the main track, and I wait until I’m the last horse on the track and then I gallop him. He’s galloping with two or three horses out there. If there’s a horse in front of me, he’s running it down. It’s like pulling on a two-by-four. He’s very competitive. He’s a big, strong boy. He’ll back up to the wire and I can sit there as long as I want. I can watch workers, pretty much do whatever I want. He’s like a pony. When you turn him around, he’s all business. When he’s on his own, he settles, but if he sees a pack of horses, he’s ready to go. He’s a bit of a bully when he’s walking in the barn. He had a history of getting loose at the farm this winter. When he decides he wants to go, he gets going on. He’s so strong. He’s such a neat horse. He can go from the sweetest pony to racehorse in a second.”

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