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Guest drawmaster Toronto Maple Leaf goaltender Ed Belfour and race sponsor John Atto at the post position draw. Belfour donated $5000 of his appearance fee to the Barn 7 Recovery Fund.

Dateline: 9/05/02

Results and photos

Some of the best turf milers in the world will compete Sunday at Woodbine in the Grade 1 Atto Mile (formerly the Woodbine Mile). With a purse of $1 million (Canadian) guaranteed, the sixth renewal has attracted a fine field of thirteen turf specialists and some of the top jockeys in North America and Europe.

Several of the entrants are hot prospects for the Breeders' Cup Mile in October at Arlington Park. In 1999 the race yielded its first Breeders' Cup Mile winner when Silic moved forward off a 5th place finish in the Atto Mile while the first two runnings gave a 2nd place finisher (Geri, 1997) and 3rd place finisher (Labeeb, 1998) and 2000 yielded a 4th place finish by Affirmed Success. The race has quickly become a major prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile despite its short history.

Godolphin Racing's Noverre has had a bad case of second-itis this year. Frankie Dettori is flying in from Europe to ride him.
This year's top prospects are Del Mar Show, coming off a win at Saratoga in the Barnard Baruch, Noverre, shipping in from Europe for Godolphin, and Good Journey, winner of the Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs. Ross Campbell, assistant to Saeed bin Suroor, had a lot to say about Noverre. "His only poor run last year would probably be in the Breeders' Cup meet. It's a bad time of year for the English horses really. There's not many of them that come through a campaign in England and go out there (to the BC) and win or run well." When asked about drawing post 13, he said: "Looking at the horses in the race, everybody's telling me there's going to be plenty of pace which suits his style of racing. He needs to come off a strong pace to show his best form. So, I don't think it's going to be a problem being drawn 13. He can go on any ground but his best form is on fast ground so it should be ideal for him."

Strut the Stage and Del Mar Show who finished 1-2 in the Grade 2 Dixie at Pimlico will have a rematch in the Atto Mile.
In with a good chance are the two entrants from local powerhouse Sam-Son Farms: Quiet Resolve and Strut The Stage. Strut The Stage defeated Del Mar Show in the Dixie Handicap at Pimlico and comes of a short freshening after two sub-par efforts. 7-year-old Quiet Resolve is back for his third try at the Atto, having won in 1999 and finishing second in 2001. Trainer Mark Frostad said: "Great draw for both horses, 7 (Quiet Resolve) and 8 (Strut the Stage), we're right in the middle, and we got speed going on the inside of us, and the come from behinders on the outside."

This year the race will only be televised live on SportsNet in Canada from 4:30pm to 5:30-pm EDT Sunday and will also be part of the ESPN2 broadcast of the Woodward Stakes from 4:00-5:00pm EDT. If you can't get that in your area, you can also watch it live online from Woodbine. Past performances will be available free at Equibase and Glenners will have his picks available Saturday.

Post positions were drawn Thursday and here is this year's field:

HorseWeightTrainerJockey M/L 
1 Nuclear Debate121 ViennaStevens15-1
2 Krieger117 OrsenoCoa30-1
3 Dumaani Star117 YuMcAleney50-1
4 Moon Solitaire121 CochranMigliore20-1
5 Good Journey121 DollaseDay4-1
6 Touch of the Blues121 DrysdaleNakatani8-1
7 Quiet Resolve119 FrostadKabel6-1
8 Strut the Stage121 FrostadAlbarado15-1
9 Chopinina114 FehrRamsammy30-1
10 Autonomy117 OliverHusbands30-1
11 Del Mar Show121 MottBailey3-1
12 Regal Mister117 ArmataBahen50-1
13 Noverre121 bin Suroor    Dettori7-2

Quiet Resolve is back for his third try at the Atto Mile. He won in 1999 and was 3rd in 2001. His trainer Mark Frostad said: "We've kept him at home this year deliberately, just to make sure that he is fresh and basically we have been pointing at this race all year."
Please check back on Sunday evening for photos, results, and comments on the race.

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All photos ©2002 Cindy Pierson Dulay.

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