Jockey Todd Kabel (left) and honourary drawmaster race car driver Patrick Carpentier pose with the Canadian International trophy after the post position draw.
Results and photos
This weekend will be one of the last chances for a major turf prep race prior to the Breeders' Cup with the Canadian International for the males and the E.P. Taylor Stakes for the distaff. Both races are Grade 1 events to be run this Sunday at Woodbine. The Canadian International at 12 furlongs on the turf and a $1.5 million (Canadian) purse is the next race in the World Series Racing Championship and will feature turf specialists from the US, Canada, and Europe. The E.P. Taylor Stakes for the fillies and mares will be 10 furlongs on the turf for a purse of $750,000 (Canadian).
The Canadian International was first run in 1938 but didn't really become an important race until 1973 when Secretariat made the final start of his career in it. Since then the purse has risen along with the quality of the fields. Other notable runners who have won are Dahlia, Exceller, All Along, Sky Classic, Singspiel, and Chief Bearhart. Several of these finished either second or won the Breeders' Cup Turf.
German bred and based Paolini finished second last year to Mutamam.
Post time for the Canadian International is 5:12pm EDT and it will be broadcast on NBC from 4:30-6:00pm EDT. Free past performances are available from Equibase and Daily Racing Form. Below is the field for the International. All horses carry 126 lbs. except Ballingarry and Portcullis who carry 118 because they are 3-year-olds.
The Canadian International|
Purse: $1,500,000 Distance: 1 1/2 miles Turf
Choc Ice winner of the 2001 E.P. Taylor Stakes
Last year's top two finishers, Choc Ice and Volga, are back to renew their rivalry. The Christophe Clement-trained Volga is the 9-5 favourite with Jerry Bailey named to ride. Defending champion Choc Ice, with Davy Bonilla up, is pegged at 5-2, while the Neil Drysdale-conditioned Nadia, to be handled by Corey Nakatani, is the 7-2 third choice.
Here is this year's E.P. Taylor Stakes field. All horses carry 123 pounds except Fraulein and Alasha who, as three-year-olds, get a weight break and carry 117.
|The E.P. Taylor Stakes|
Purse: $750,000 Distance: 1 1/4 miles Turf Fillies & Mares
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Check back for results late Sunday evening.
All photos ©2002 Cindy Pierson Dulay
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