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2006 Canadian International

Honourary Drawmaster for the Canadian International was Brian Colangelo, president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors.
Date: 10/19/06

Results are here!

On Sunday, a classy field of ten will go to post in the 69th running of the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International, a 1 1/2 mile trip around the E.P. Taylor Turf Course for a purse of $2 million (Canadian), or about $1.8 million U.S. For a full list of the entries for the day, including the International, check here. Daily Racing Form has free past performances for the Canadian International.

Go Deputy is the morning line favorite for the 2006 Canadian International.
Go Deputy, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, is the morning line favorite and enters the International off a solid second-place finish to Breeders’ Cup Turf-bound Cacique in the Man O’ War Stakes, September 9 at Belmont Park. Go Deputy has won three of eight starts this year, including the Grade 1 Sword Dancer, August 12 at Saratoga. He will be the first International start for trainer Todd Pletcher, who last Saturday established a seasonal record with his 93rd stakes win of the year.

Irish-bred mare Kastoria will try to become just the sixth filly or mare to win the International since 1958. Trained by John Oxx, who last visited Woodbine in 1995 when he won the E.P. Taylor Stakes with Timarida for owner H.H. Aga Khan, the five-year-old daughter of Selkirk arrives from Ireland after defeating heavily-favoured Yeats in the Group 1, Irish St. Leger Stakes, September 16 at The Curragh, over one and three-quarter miles. Kastoria has won six of 11 career starts, with four seconds. She will be ridden by Mick Kinane, who scored with Ballingarry in the 2002 International.

Relaxed Gesture winning last year's Canadian International. He is back to defend his title this year.
Relaxed Gesture, who won last year’s Pattison over a yielding turf course as an 11-1 outsider, returns to defend his title and is trained by Christophe Clement and will be ridden by Garrett Gomez. He is seeking to become just the second horse to win back-to-back Internationals since it became a turf race in 1958. George Royal accomplished the feat in 1965-66. The only other horse to win consecutive Internationals was Shepperton, in 1942-43, when the race was conducted at one and one-sixteenth miles on the dirt.

Arravale will be one of the favorites in the E.P. Taylor Stakes.
In addition to the International, the Grade 1 $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes and the Grade 2 $500,000 Nearctic Stakes will also be contested on Sunday, bringing the total purse value for the day's 11 races to over $3.9 million, making it the second richest day in Canadian thoroughbred racing history, behind only the 1996 Breeders' Cup.

Heading the 11-horse E.P. Taylor (at 3:00pm), for fillies and mares, at 1 1/4 miles on the turf is Red Bloom, winner of the Blandford Stakes (G2) at the Curragh in Ireland last out. Ready's Gal and Arravale, who were 1-2 in the Canadian Handicap at Woodbine last out, are also favored as is Angara, winner of the Diana Handicap (G1) at Saratoga in July. Free past performances from BRISnet are available here. The Nearctic (at 5:08pm), at 6 furlongs on the turf, has drawn a field of 13, with Atticus Kristie the likely favourites.

The International will go to post at 4:05pm ET. The Score will televise a special two-hour live presentation across Canada from 2:30 - 4:30pm, and the race will be available via simulcast across North America. Daily Racing Form has free past performances available for the Canadian International and free past performances from BRISnet are available here.

Here are the entries for the 2006 Canadian International with thier connections and odds:

PostHorse (Weight)TrainerJockeyOdds
1Sky Conqueror (126 lbs.)Darwin BanachTodd Kabel4-1
2Kastoria (123 lbs.)John OxxMichael Kinane9-2
3Blue Monday (126 lbs.)Roger CharltonSteve Drowne6-1
4Jambalaya (126 lbs.)Catherine Day PhillipsJono Jones10-1
5Last Answer (126 lbs.)Michael KeoghEmile Ramsammy15-1
6Meteor Storm (126 lbs.)Wally DollaseJavier Castellano12-1
7Go Deputy (126 lbs.)Todd PletcherJohn Velazquez5-2
8Collier Hill (126 lbs.)Alan SwinbankDean McKeown12-1
9The Last Drop (119 lbs.)Barry HillsRichard Hills20-1
10Relaxed Gesture (126 lbs.)Christophe ClementGarrett Gomez10-1

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