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2016 Canadian International Entries

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Honorary Drawmaster for the Canadian International retired Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Duane Ward.
Date: 10/13/2016

Results are here!

On Sunday, a classy field of 9 older horses will go to post in the 79th 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 $1 million. Final entries were taken and post positions were drawn at a special lunch event held on Thursday afternoon. Retired Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Duane Ward, who played for the team during their back-to-back World Series victories in 1992 and 1993, was on hand as honorary drawmaster, drawing the entry sheets while racing secretary Stuart Slagle drew the numbered balls, in the traditional double-blind system. Ward was the set-up man for closer Tom Henke in the 1992 season, and then served as the team's full time closer in 1993. He points out a bit of trivia that has mostly been forgotten among baseball fans. Joe Carter hit the historic walk-off home run to win the 1993 World Series in game 6 in Toronto against Philadelphia, however Ward was the winning pitcher of the game, having pitched the 8th and 9th innings, sent out to hold the Phillies lead to 1 run to allow for the comeback.

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Cannock Chase winner of the 2015 Canadian International
Three-year-old Idaho is the 5-2 morning line favorite, with Ryan Moore getting the call for trainer Aidan O'Brien out of post 3. After unseating jockey Seamie Heffernan last out in the St Leger (G1) at Doncaster, he won the Great Voltigeur Stakes (G2) at York and was a close second in the Irish Derby (G1) at the Curragh. In to challenge him include 3-1 second choice Protectionist, winner of the 2014 Melbourne Cup (G1) and here off a three race win streak including the Commerzbank Cup, Grosser Hansa-Preis (G2), and the Grosser Preis von Berlin (G1) in Germany. Regular rider Eduardo Pedroza gets the call from the outside post 9 for trainer Andreas Wohler. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sends out 7-2 third choice Dartmouth out of post 5, with new rider William Buick aboard for trainer Sir Michael Stoute. He won the Hardwicke (G2) at Royal Ascot before finishing 3rd in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (G1) and then a close second in the Legacy Cup (G3) at Newbury. The top North American horse in the morning line is The Pizza Man, winner of the Northern Dancer Turf (G1) last out, the main local prep for this race. Regular rider Flavien Prat will break from post 4 for trainer Roger Brueggemann.

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Curvy winning the 2015 E.P. Taylor Stakes.
The distaff counterpart to the International is the $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1) Presented by HPIbet, featuring a field of 13 older fillies and mares going 1 1/4 miles on the turf and is carded as race 8 at 4:56pm, immediately before the International. Canadian Stakes (G2) winner Rainha da Bateria is back and drew post 5 for trainer Chad Brown and jockey Julien Leparoux. Among the Europeans, Ryan Moore will ride Best in the World for trainer Aidan O'Brien out of post 3. She comes here off a close second in the Blandford (G2) at the Curragh after winning the Give Thanks (G3) at Cork.

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Bye Bye Bernie winning the 2015 Nearctic Stakes
The $500,000 Nearctic Stakes (G1) featuring 8 older horse sprinting 6 furlongs on the turf is carded as race 6 at 3:48pm. Woodbine Mile (G1) fourth place finisher Full Mast is back for trainer Bill Mott, with regular rider Joel Rosario drawing post 2. The lone European shipper in the field is Divine from post 1, winless since the Ballyohan (G3) in June and 5th in the Goldene Peitsche (G2) at Baden-Baden last out. New jockey Alexis Badel gets the call for trainer Mick Channon.

Kicking off the stakes quartet on Sunday is the $150,000 Ontario Fashion Stakes (G3) with a short field of 5 older fillies and mares sprinting 6 furlongs on the Tapeta, carded as race 4 at 2:42pm. Kenora Stakes runner-up River Maid drew post 3 for trainer Bob Tiller and jockey Gary Boulanger, taking on Hendrie (G3) winner Cactus Kris in post 5 with Huber Villa-Gomez abaord for trainer Ryan Walsh.

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. In addition Woodbine put together a "SuperPackage" which includes the BRISnet past performances for all 4 stakes as well as public handicappers' selections and analyses. This is available for download here.

Free past performances are available online for all four stakes races:
Canadian International (search for Danish Dynaformer)
E.P. Taylor Stakes (search for Nezwaah)
Nearctic Stakes (search for Calgary Cat)
Ontario Fashion Stakes (search for Southern Ring)

Here are the entries for the 2016 Pattison Canadian International (G1). All horses will carry 126 pounds except 3-year-old Idaho who gets 123 pounds. The International goes off at 5:40pm ET as the 9th race on Sunday, and will be shown live on TSN1 in Canada from 4:30-6:00pm. The full card at Woodbine will be shown on both HPItv in Canada and TVG in the United States, as well as at simulcast sites across North America, and online via free live streaming.

1Danish DynaformerRoger AttfieldJoel Rosario20-1
2World ApprovalMark CasseJulien Leparoux10-1
3IdahoAidan P. O’BrienRyan Moore5-2
4The Pizza ManRoger BrueggemannFlavien Prat8-1
5DartmouthSir Michael StouteWilliam Buick7-2
6Wake ForestChad BrownJavier Castellano10-1
7TaghleebMichael MakerFlorent Geroux20-1
8EruptFrancis-Henri GraffardStephane Pasquier6-1
9ProtectionistAndreas WoehlerEduardo Pedroza3-1

Canadian International links:
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