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Honourary Drawmaster for the Canadian International was Patrick Chan, Canadian Champion figure skater and a top gold medal hopeful for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

2009 Canadian International

Date: 10/14/2009


On Saturday, a classy field of 8 will go to post in the 72nd running of the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International, a 1 1/2 mile trip around Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course for a guaranteed purse of $2 million, with the winner earning a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf. It is one of three Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" races to be run over the turf at Woodbine that afternoon.

Track announcer Dan Loiselle, Patrick Chan, and racing secretary 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. Canadian men's singles figure skating champion Patrick Chan, looking to win gold on home ice in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February, was the honorary drawmaster assisting racing secretary Steve Lym and track announcer Dan Loiselle with the proceedings.

The full list of the entries for the day, including the International, the E.P. Taylor Stakes, the Nearctic Stakes, and the Summer Stakes is available from Equibase. Free past performances are available for the Canadian International here from Woodbine. These are for the nominations, so there will be extra horses included who did not enter.

Marsh Side winning the 2008 Canadian International
The International will truly live up to its name this year, with 3 entrants bred in England, 2 bred in Ireland, 2 American-breds, and one from Germany. Shipping in from England is Irish-bred 5-2 morning line favorite Jukebox Jury for trainer Mark Johnston and owner Alan Spence, out of post 7. He comes to Woodbine off two straight victories, the Grand Prix de Deauville (G2) followed by the Preis von Europa (G1) at Cologne. Johnston's assistant Jock Bennett said, "We always knew he was an above-average horse. I believe he will appreciate the course itself and the long stretch. He is getting better as he goes along and is coming into the race in good order. As a 2-year-old he ran very greenly and showed a lack of concentration. That is by no means the case anymore." Regular rider Royston Ffrench gets the call again on Saturday aboard the 3-year-old son of Montjeu.

Defending champion Marsh Side is back as the 7-2 second choice out of post 5. He has not won since pulling off that upset a year ago, but did finish in front in the Northern Dancer (G1) last out, only to be disqualified to fourth for interference. Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, racing manager for owner Robert Evans said the Northern Dancer "was one of his best performances and we're hoping he can duplicate it. Every time he comes to Toronto he seems to run a bang-up race. He's a big horse but not heavy. " Regular rider Javier Castellano will be in the irons for trainer Neil Drysdale on Saturday.

Folk Opera winning the 2008 E.P. Taylor Stakes.
The distaff counterpart to the International is the $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1), presented by Emirates Airline, featuring a field of 8 older fillies and mares going 1 1/4 miles on the turf. The winner earns an automatic entry to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. John Gosden trainee Rainbow View ships in from England and is the 8-5 morning line favorite in post 2, exiting a win in the Matron (G1) at Leopardstown after finishing 2nd in the Nassau (G1) at Goodwood. The 3-year-old daughter of Dynaformer will have new jockey Javier Castellano in the irons. In to challenge her include Look Here at 3-1 out of post 6, second by a nose against males in the Arc Trial (G3) at Newbury last out. Jim Crowley gets the call for trainer Ralph Beckett. The top North American hope is 7-2 third choice Princess Haya in post 5, an upset winner of the Canadian (G2) last out for trainer Michael Matz and jockey Rafael Bejarano.

Free past performances for the E.P. Taylor Stakes are available here from BRISnet.

True to Tradition (inside) winning the 2008 Nearctic Stakes in a 3-horse photo.
Kicking off the stakes action on Saturday will be the $500,000 Nearctic Stakes (G2), featuring 11 older horses sprinting 6 furlongs on the turf looking for a trip to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Heros Reward, who won this race in 2007 but was 4th last year, is back as the 7-2 morning line choice exiting a third place finish in the Maryland Million Turf Sprint at Laurel. Javier Castellano will be aboard for trainer Dale Capuano out of post 9. In to challenge him include 4-1 second choice Chamberlain Bridge, winner of the Turf Monster at Philadelphia Park last out. Jockey Garrett Gomez gets the call for trainer Bret Calhoun out of the 7 hole.

Free past performances for the Nearctic Stakes are available here from Woodbine. These are for the nominations, so there will be extra horses included who did not enter.

The Pattison Canadian International is the 10th race in an 11-race card at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday, going to post at 5:40pm Eastern. ESPN2 will broadcast all three Woodbine stakes races live in high definition in a 2-hour telecast from 4-6PM ET, including the Emirates Champion Stakes (G1) on tape delay from Newmarket, England. Canadian viewers will be able to watch the ESPN feed on TSN2 at the same time. As always, the races will be available at simulcast outlets across North America as well as on TVG Network in the U.S. and HPI-TV in Canada. The Nearctic is race 8 with a 4:23PM post time, followed by the E.P. Taylor as race 9 at 5:03pm.

Here are the entries for the 2009 Canadian International. All horses will carry 126 pounds except Jukebox Jury who is assigned 119 pounds as the only 3-year-old in the field.

The Canadian International Trophy
1Champs ElyseesBobby Frankel Garrett Gomez 4-1
2Allied PowersMichael Bell Jim Crowley 15-1
3QuijanoPeter Schiergen Andrasch Starke 6-1
4Just as WellJonathan Sheppard Julien Leparoux 6-1
5Marsh SideNeil Drysdale Javier Castellano 7-2
6BuccellatiAndrew Balding William Buick 10-1
7Jukebox JuryMark Johnston Royston Ffrench 5-2
8Spice RouteRoger Attfield Jim McAleney 8-1

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