5,4,3,2,1…

The countdown to the start of the Woodbine thoroughbred racing season commenced Saturday under very rainy conditions.

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Jockey Luis Contreras, below, opened the season with a win in Race 1 aboard Brookies Bear and backed that up with another first in Race 7 on Don’t Be So Salty.

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Krista Carignan blurred her way to a win below aboard Adelle’s Princess in the fourth race and returned from the track all smiles.

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Jockey Omar Moreno joined other jockeys prior to the first race to sign some autographs and hand out swag to race fans.

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And Hall of Fame legend Sandy Hawley was present to put an exclamation point on the day’s festivities.

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