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Honourary Drawmaster for the Canadian International was Eric Lamaze, individual show jumping gold medal winner and part of the silver medal winning Canadian equestrian jumping team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
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On Saturday, a classy field of 10 will go to post in the 71st running of the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International, a 1 1/2 mile trip around Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course for a purse of $2 million with the winner earning a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf. It is one of four Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" races to be run over the turf that afternoon. Not counting the 1996 Breeders' Cup Championships, it will be the richest card of Thoroughbred racing in Canadian history.
Track announcer Dan Loiselle, Eric Lamaze, and Steve Lym draw the entries for the Canadian International
On Wednesday, entries were taken and post positions were drawn for this historic race, made famous in 1973 by the legendary Secretariat. Eric Lamaze, Olympic gold and silver medal winner for Canada in the equestrian competition at the 2008 Games in Beijing, was the honorary drawmaster assisting racing secretary Steve Lym with the proceedings.
For a full list of the entries for the day, including the International, the E.P. Taylor Stakes, the Nearctic Stakes, and the Summer Stakes check here. The Daily Racing Form has free past performances for the Canadian International as does BRISnet.
Doctor Dino winning the 2007 Hong Kong Vase
Champs Elysees after winning the 2008 Northern Dancer Turf
J'Ray in the winner's circle after the 2008 Canadian Stakes.
Free past performances for the E.P. Taylor Stakes are available here from BRISnet.
Heros Reward winning the 2007 Nearctic Stakes.
Kicking off the stakes action on Saturday is the $300,000 Summer Stakes (G3) at 1 mile for 2-year-olds, with the winner earning a spot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Utterly Cool, undefeated in 2 starts for trainer Sid Attard, is the 7-5 morning line choice. Regular rider Richard Dos Ramos will be aboard the son of Smoke Glacken. Mark Casse trainee Skipadate is the 5-2 second choice, exiting a runner-up finish in the With Anticipation after winning his debut, both at Saratoga. New jockey Patrick Husbands will be aboard the grey son of Skip Away. Free past performances for the Summer Stakes are available here from BRISnet.
The Canadian International is the 10th race in an 11-race card at Woodbine on Saturday, going to post at 5:48 PM EDT. ESPN will be broadcasting all four Woodbine stakes races live, along with the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity and the Shadwell Mile from Keeneland, in a special 2 hour telecast from 4:00 - 6:00 PM ET, in High Definition. The Score sports network will carry the ESPN feed for Canadian viewers, also in HD. As always, the race will be available at simulcast outlets across North America. The Summer is race 7 with a 4:04 PM post time, followed by the Nearctic, race 8 at 4:35 PM, and the E.P. Taylor, race 9 at 5:16 PM.
Here are the entries for the 2008 Canadian International with their connections and odds. All horses will carry 126 pounds except Marlang who will carry 119 pounds because he is a 3-year-old.
The Canadian International Trophy
|1||Mourilyan||Ramzan Kadyrov||Herman Brown||John Egan||15-1|
|2||Marlang||Gus Schickedanz||Debbie England||Richard Dos Ramos||15-1|
|3||Doctor Dino||Javier Martinez Salmean||Richard Gibson||Frankie Dettori||2-1|
|4||Quijano||Gestuet Fahrhof||Peter Schiergen||Andrasch Starke||4-1|
|5||Champs Elysees||Juddmonte Farms||Robert Frankel||Garrett Gomez||7-1|
|6||Marsh Side||Robert Evans||Neil Drysdale||Javier Castellano||15-1|
|7||Lauro||Gestuet Ittlingen||Andreas Wohler||Eduardo Pedroza||20-1|
|8||Seaside Retreat||William Farish Jr.||Mark Casse||Patrick Husbands||10-1|
|9||Lucarno||Augustin Stable||John Gosden||Jimmy Fortune||8-1|
|10||Spice Route||Harlequin Ranches||Roger Attfield||Jim McAleney||20-1|
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