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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.
Cannock Chase winner of the 2015 Canadian International
Curvy winning the 2015 E.P. Taylor Stakes.
Bye Bye Bernie winning the 2015 Nearctic Stakes
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.
|1||Danish Dynaformer||Roger Attfield||Joel Rosario||20-1|
|2||World Approval||Mark Casse||Julien Leparoux||10-1|
|3||Idaho||Aidan P. O’Brien||Ryan Moore||5-2|
|4||The Pizza Man||Roger Brueggemann||Flavien Prat||8-1|
|5||Dartmouth||Sir Michael Stoute||William Buick||7-2|
|6||Wake Forest||Chad Brown||Javier Castellano||10-1|
|7||Taghleeb||Michael Maker||Florent Geroux||20-1|
|8||Erupt||Francis-Henri Graffard||Stephane Pasquier||6-1|
|9||Protectionist||Andreas Woehler||Eduardo Pedroza||3-1|
Canadian International links:
The Canadian International trophy
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