Soaring Free wins the 2004 Atto Mile over Perfect Soul and Royal Regalia.
On Thursday afternoon, entries were taken and post positions were drawn for the ninth running of the Grade 1 Atto Mile, a major prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park in October. Nine older horses will enter the gate on Sunday afternoon looking for the winner's share of the $1 million purse, traveling 1 mile around one turn of Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
Guest drawmaster Darrell Fox (center) assists racing secretary Steve Lym (right) and track announcer Dan Loiselle (left) with drawing the numbers.
The second choice at 3-1 is King of Happiness, owned by Gainsborough Farm, who will break just outside the favorite in post 2. Drysdale said, "We anticipated that he was going to be a better horse this year. The race record speaks for itself. He warrants a crack at the Atto Mile. Obviously our competition is going to be tough with Bobby Frankel's horse (Leroidesanimaux) in there." Drysdale and Gainsborough have won the Atto twice already, with Labeeb in 1998 and Touch of the Blues in 2003.
Jockey Robert Landry who will ride Awesome Action and guest drawmaster Darrell Fox head of the Terry Fox Foundation and Terry's younger brother.
Local jockey Robert Landry has his work cut out for him with Awesome Action, a 20-1 outsider coming out of post 6. He said, "He's a closer, so pretty much any post would be okay. A lot more have early foot, so they'll clear him and I'll be able to pick my path, hopefully. There's a lot of things that you aren't able to control. But for my horse to perform his best, I think there's going to have to be a pretty good pace. If not, we'll have go to 'Plan B.' But he's in good order and the best shape he can be in. It's a tough race. If he shows up and runs his best, that's all we can ask for. He's getting better. He's kind of like his rider. The older he gets, the better he gets. I'd like to think that anyway."
Post time will be 5:06 pm ET on Sunday. The race can be seen at simulcast locations across North America, with The Score carrying a special one-hour live telecast across Canada from 4:30 to 5:30 pm ET.
Here are the entries with post positions and morning line odds followed by a brief description and photograph of each. Free past performances are available from Daily Racing Form.
|1||Leroidesanimaux||Robert Frankel||John Velazquez||9-5|
|2||King of Happiness||Neil Drysdale||Pat Valenzuela||3-1|
|3||Vanderlin||Andrew Balding||Martin Dwyer||8-1|
|4||A to the Z||Paula Capestro||Todd Kabel||8-1|
|5||Royal Regalia||Justin Nixon||Jono Jones||6-1|
|6||Awesome Action||Sue Leslie||Robert Landry||20-1|
|7||Sophia's Prince||John LeBlanc, Jr.||Simon Husbands||20-1|
|8||Le Cinquieme Essai||Paul Nielsen||Steven Bahen||10-1|
|9||Mobil||Mike Keogh||Patrick Husbands||15-1|
Atto Mile info online:
The Atto Mile Trophy
Back to Horse-Races.Net main page
|Want to keep up with what's new on this site?|
Sign up for my weekly newsletter here.
On the Forum: