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2007 Canadian International

Honourary Drawmaster for the Canadian International was Brian Colangelo, president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors.
Date: 10/18/07

Results are here!

On Sunday, a classy field of twelve will go to post in the 70th 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 (just over $2 million US.) 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.

2006 Canadian International winner Collier Hill
German-bred invader Quijano is the 3-1 favorite on the morning line and will break from the outside 12 post. So far this year he has 5 wins in 7 starts, including victories in the Grosser Preis von Baden (G1) at Baden-Baden and the Dubai City of Gold (G3) at Nad al Sheba. Trainer Peter Schiergen said, “I've had him since he was a yearling. He was a very good 4-year-old (last year) and is even better this year. He comes from the back so he needs a fast pace.” Regular rider Andrasch Starke will be in the irons again in the International.

Top local hope Sky Conqueror is the 4-1 second choice and drew post 4. The son of Sky Classic has 2 wins in 6 starts this year, including the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs and the Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Turf (G2) at home at Woodbine. Jockey Javier Castellano, who was aboard for the win on Kentucky Derby day, gets the call. Trainer Darwin Banach said, “We might be in a position where he will be overlooked after finishing third in the Nijinsky (G2) and then 8th (in the Woodbine Mile). It's a different role for him to be in. Usually everyone is thinking about his late jock and when he'll come charging. But he's not the type to overlook for a minute.”

Sky Conqueror, winner of the Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup will be one of the favorites
Leading the American contingent is Todd Pletcher trainee Sunriver at 8-1 from post 11. He finished second by a head in the Man o'War last time out at Belmont Park, after finishing a close fourth beaten just 1 length in the Arlington Million. Pletcher said, “I would think he would be prominently placed. He doesn't have to be on the lead. The distance shouldn't be a problem at all, he'll run 5 miles. Depending on how the ground comes up, we're pretty happy with him. He prefers a firmer course and he's an easy horse to train, very straightforward, professional, and sound.” Regular rider Garrett Gomez gets the call again on Sunday.

Safari Queen will be one of the favorites in the E.P. Taylor Stakes.
There are two other graded stakes on the undercard, both on the turf course. The distaff counterpart to the Canadian International is the $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes(G1), with a field of ten fillies and mares going 1 1/4 miles. Todd Pletcher will have 9-2 third choice Safari Queen, winner of the Bewitch(G3) at Keeneland in April, taking on European invaders Mrs. Lindsay at 2-1, winner of the Prix Vermeille(G1) at Longchamp, and Four Sins at 4-1, coming off a win in the Blandford Stakes (G2) at the Curragh. Mark Casse trainee and Canadian Triple Tiara winner Sealy Hill leads the local contingent at 6-1.

Closing out the stakes action on Sunday will be the $500,000 Nearctic Stakes (G2) for older horses sprinting 6 furlongs on the turf. Castle Heights is the lone local hope in the field of 8, taking on Baltimore Turf Sprint winner Heros Reward and Jaipur Stakes(G3) winner Ecclesiastic.

The Canadian International is the 7th race in an 11-race card at Woodbine on Sunday, going to post at 4:05 PM ET. The Score sports network in Canada will have a special 2 hour telecast from 2:30-4:30 PM, and the race will be available at simulcast outlets across North America. The E.P. Taylor Stakes is the 5th race with a 2:59 PM post time, while the Nearctic goes off at 5:05 PM as the 9th race.

Here are the entries for the 2007 Canadian International with thier connections and odds:

PostHorse (Weight)TrainerJockeyOdds
1Marsh Side (126 lbs.)Michael DickinsonEmma-Jayne Wilson30-1
2Oracle West (126 lbs.)Michael de KockJohn Murtagh10-1
3Windward Islands (119 lbs.)Mark Frostad Todd Kabel20-1
4Sky Conqueror (126 lbs.)Darwin BanachJavier Castellano4-1
5Stream Of Gold (126 lbs.)Kiaran McLaughlinEddie Castro15-1
6Irish Wells (126 lbs.)Francois RohautOlivier Peslier8-1
7Honolulu (119 lbs.)Aidan O'BrienMick Kinane10-1
8Cloudy's Knight (126 lbs.)Frank KirbyRamsey Zimmerman12-1
9Ask (126 lbs.)Sir Michael StouteRyan Moore6-1
10Linda's Lad (126 lbs.)Eddie KenneallyJohn Velazquez30-1
11Sunriver (126 lbs.)Todd PletcherGarrett Gomez8-1
12Quijano (126 lbs.)Peter SchiergenAndrasch Starke3-1

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