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2012 Canadian International Entries

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Honorary Drawmaster for the Canadian International and Paralymic Games gold medalist in swimming Summer Mortimer
Date: 10/11/2012

On Sunday, a field of 11 will go to post in the 75th running of the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International (G1), a 1 1/2 mile trip around Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course. As part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" program, the winner earns a spot 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.

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Track announcer Dan Loiselle, Summer Mortimer, 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. Paralympic gold medalist Summer Mortimer on hand as the honourary drawmaster, drawing the entry sheets out of the box while racing secretary Steve Lym drew the numbered pills in the traditional "double blind" system. Mortimer was interviewed by track announcer Dan Loiselle on stage, and explained how she became a Paralympian. While training on the trampoline at age 15 she landed on a concrete floor shattering both feet and ankles, and there was a possibility amputation would be necessary. However after multiple surgeries, her feet were saved but her trampoline career was over. Switching full-time to her other favorite sport, swimming, she went on to compete in the 2012 London Paralympics, winning gold in 100 meter backstroke and 50 meter freestyle along with silver in the 200 meter individual medley and bronze in the 100 meter freestyle. The 19-year-old will require further surgery while training up to the 2014 world championships and ultimately the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The full list of the entries for the day, including the International, the E.P. Taylor Stakes, and the Nearctic Stakes, is available from Equibase.

Free Brisnet Ultimate past performances for the entire 11-race Woodbine card is available here.

Free past performances are available online for all four stakes races:
Canadian International (search for Forte Dei Marmi)
E.P. Taylor Stakes (search for Kissable)
Nearctic Stakes (search for Hammers Terror)
Durham Cup (search for Vertiformer)

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Sarah Lynx winner of the 2011 Canadian International
The International will truly live up to its name this year, with 3 entrants bred in Ireland, 5 English-breds, and 3 bred in Kentucky. However, unlike past years, only 1 locally-trained horse was entered, Forte del Marmi from the barn of Hall of Famer Roger Attfield. Imperial Monarch is the 3-1 morning line favorite and drew post 10 for trainer Aidan O'Brien, off a win in the Grand Prix de Paris (G1) at Longchamp. Assistant trainer T.J. Comerford said, I think hes had so little racing that hes still learning (about a preferred racing style). The last time, he made it (the pace). It didnt bother him. Hes got a great temperament. I just hope we see him at his best on Sunday. Hes been off (for three months) but at the same time, were getting him here thinking weve got him spot on. Hes got loads of ability. It depends on how competitive a race it is. New jockey Ryan Moore gets the call on Sunday.

Reliable Man, second in La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (G3) last out, is the 4-1 second choice out of post 7. The 2011 French Derby (G1) winner is winless since the 2012 Prix Niel (G2). Regular rider Olivier Peslier will be in the irons for trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre. 2010 Canadian International winner and last year's runner-up Joshua Tree is back for the third year in a row and is the 5-1 third choice out of post 8 for trainer Marco Botti. He was third in the Prix Foy (G2) last out at Longchamp. Jockey Frankie Dettori will be in the irons again Sunday.
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Miss Keller winning the 2011 E.P. Taylor Stakes.

The distaff counterpart to the International is the $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1), featuring a field of 11 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. Sun Chariot (G1) winner Siyouma is the 3-1 morning line favorite out of post 3, with regular rider Gerald Mosse in the irons for trainer Francois Doumen. Top American hope Dream Peace is the 7-2 second choice from post 5, with Ramon Dominguez getting the call for trainer Chad Brown.
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Regally Ready winning the 2011 Nearctic Stakes

The $500,000 Nearctic Stakes (G1) features 11 older horse sprinting 6 furlongs on the turf looking for a trip to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Play the King (G2) winner Big Band Sound will try to earn a trip to California for trainer Dan Vella and jockey Tyler Pizarro, and will face Fire Lily, winner of the Phoenix Sprint (G3) before finishing second in the Flying Five (G3) and third in the Renaissance (G3), all at the Curragh. Wayne Lordan gets the return call for trainer Dave Wachman.

Kicking off the stakes action is the $150,000 Durham Cup (G3) at 1 1/8 miles on the Polytrack. Arlington Million (G1) last place finisher Vertiformer ships in from Chicago for the cutback in distance and a return to synthetics for trainer Wayne Catalano, taking on top local hope Alpha Bettor, winner of the Seagram Cup (G3) two starts back for trainer Dan Vella.

The Pattison Canadian International is the 10th race in an 11-race card at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday, going to post at 5:44pm Eastern. The Durham Cup is race 4 at 2:31pm, the Nearctic is race 5 with a 2:59pm post time with the E.P. Taylor as race 8 at 4:35pm. The Score will broadcast the E.P. Taylor and International live, and the Nearctic on tape delay, in a 2-hour telecast from 4-6PM ET. 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.

Here are the entries for the 2012 Canadian International. All horses will carry 126 pounds except Lay Time who gets 123 pounds as the only filly in the field and 3-year-old Imperial Monarch who will carry 119 pounds.

1Lay TimeAndrew BaldingJimmy Fortune20-1
2DandinoJames FanshaweJim Crowley8-1
3Forte Dei MarmiRoger AttfieldJohn Velazquez15-1
4ScaloAndreas WohlerAndrasch Starke12-1
5Prince Will I AmMichelle NiheiRamon Dominguez20-1
6Wigmore HallMichael BellJamie Spencer6-1
7Reliable ManAlain de Royer-DupreOlivier Peslier4-1
8Joshua TreeMarco BottiFrankie Dettori5-1
9Al KhaliBill MottGarrett Gomez10-1
10Imperial MonarchAidan OBrienRyan Moore3-1
11Air SupportShug McGaugheyJavier Castellano10-1

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