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In honor of the upcoming stakes weekend at Woodbine, here's a crossword puzzle that I'm sure many of you will have fun with. The first person to solve the puzzle will be invited to write a guest blog here on TrueNicks.com. Post your answers here, or email to me at ian@truenicks.com. The solution will be revealed on Wednesday, September 22. Here's a link to a printable version.

UPDATE: Congrats to mz, who successfully solved the crossword! Stay tuned for mz's blog post coming soon. The puzzle solution is posted below.

Clues in the puzzle pertain to past winners of the following weekend stakes at Woodbine:

  • 9/18, Summer S. (gr. III), 2yo, 8f (turf)
  • 9/18, Natalma S. (gr. III), 2yo f, 8f (turf)
  • 9/19, Woodbine Mile (gr. I), 3&up, 8f (turf)
  • 9/19, Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I), 3&up, 12f (turf)
  • 9/19, Canadian S. (gr. II), 3&up, f/m, 9f (turf)

ACROSS
4   Princess Haya's winning margin.
6   Italian-bred's dam has a 2010 foal by Italian-named Medaglia d'Oro.
8   "Island" word shared by Canadian winner and offspring.
9   Barbadian jock byname.
12   Jock has five wins in the Canadian.
14   Mile record holder dam.
16   Leading sire kin is full of this.
17   Action descriptor for only GSW on the Theatrical/Red Ransom cross.
21   Viceregal's relationship to Summer-winning inaugural BC Juvenile starter.
22   Northern Dancer winner's top Euro sire bro.
24   Pat Day's whip struck Jim and this.
26   Has trained six Northern Dancer winners.
29   Northern Dancer Turf Stakes former title.
30   Malay "Sacred Town" sired a Natalma winner.
32   Brewery started the Mile.
35   Summer started at this Fort.
36   TrueNicks A++ rated Summer winner inbred 3x3 to him.
37   Expat Alan Porter would note this breeding in '97 Summer champ.

DOWN
1   Moniker of briefly-abducted blue hen.
2   Trained the Dancer.
3   Micro-blogging third dam of a Canadian winner.
5   Last winner of Woodbine Million before name and distance change.
7   Northern Dancer sired 23 of these.
10   Type of journey for Nureyev son.
11   Turfy mare named for owner's wife.
13   True to his name, he liked the turf.
15   Just or unjust, being a grade I winner for 9 months was just this.
18   Woodbine Mile formerly known as.
19   His sire's final 2yo SW.
20   Early Canadian-winning Mister could be our poster boy.
23   Juddmonte family member is the king of these.
24   "Generous Gifts" son had a touch of these.
25   Lesser Antilles island and Canadian winner.
27   Aussie suburb-named Canadian winner's city.
28   Summer winner named for jock-turned-"agent" Angel Cordero, Jr.
31   Fairer sex Summer champion.
33   WinStar VP-trainee fruit.
34   Bubble shade of Hotstufanthensome cross-mate.

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