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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.
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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
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.
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.
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
|1||Champs Elysees||Bobby Frankel||Garrett Gomez||4-1|
|2||Allied Powers||Michael Bell||Jim Crowley||15-1|
|3||Quijano||Peter Schiergen||Andrasch Starke||6-1|
|4||Just as Well||Jonathan Sheppard||Julien Leparoux||6-1|
|5||Marsh Side||Neil Drysdale||Javier Castellano||7-2|
|6||Buccellati||Andrew Balding||William Buick||10-1|
|7||Jukebox Jury||Mark Johnston||Royston Ffrench||5-2|
|8||Spice Route||Roger Attfield||Jim McAleney||8-1|
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