The countdown to the start of the Woodbine thoroughbred racing season commenced Saturday under very rainy conditions.
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.
Krista Carignan blurred her way to a win below aboard Adelle’s Princess in the fourth race and returned from the track all smiles.
Jockey Omar Moreno joined other jockeys prior to the first race to sign some autographs and hand out swag to race fans.
And Hall of Fame legend Sandy Hawley was present to put an exclamation point on the day’s festivities.