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On Sunday, a classy field of 10 older horses will go to post in the 80th 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 $800,000. Final entries were taken and post positions were drawn at a special lunch event held on Thursday afternoon. Retired Hall of Fame jockey and local racing ambassador Sandy Hawley was on hand to assist racing secretary Stuart Slagle and track announcer Robert Geller as the honorary drawmaster. Hawley talked about his Canadian International rides, winning 2 (Youth in 1976 and Golden Act in 1979), but he was aboard 4th place finisher Presidial in the 1973 running, the final race of Secretariat's career. he rode in Southern California in the 80's against greats such as Bill Shoemaker and Laffit Pincay Jr., and said he first met future Hall of Famer Mike Smith when the two rode at Canterbury Park in Minnesota. Seeing the young Smith in action he told his agent about this new rider who is headed for greatness.
Woodbine's CEO Jim Lawson gave a "summary" of the year, how the Queen's Plate and Woodbine Mile broke handle records and how plans to redevelop the property are underway now that a gaming operator (Great Canadian) has been decided upon to run the on-site casino. He talked about the new 7 furlong turf course (replacing the harness track, with construction beginning in sprng 2018) will allow Woodbine to card 5 or 6 turf races per day, in hopes of promoting Woodbine as the top turf racing facility on the continent.
Erupt winning of the 2016 Canadian International
Al's Gal winning the 2016 E.P. Taylor Stakes.
Calgary Cat (outside) winning the 2016 Nearctic Stakes
Finally, the $125,000 Ontario Derby (G3) features a field of nine 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the Tapeta main track, the 7th race of the card at 4:21pm ET. The first two finishers in this year's Queen's Plate and the winner of the Prince of Wales are here for the rematch. Woodbine Oaks and Queen's Plate winner Holy Helena is here off her disappointing 8th place finish in the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga. Luis Contreras rides for trainer Jimmy Jerkens out of post 8. Queen's Plate runner-up Tiz a Slam is still winless in 2017, finishing 5th in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie and 4th in the Centaur Stakes at Indiana Downs. Regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva rides out of post 6 for Roger Attfield. In addition, Prince of Wales winner and Breeders' Stakes last place finisher Cool Catomine drew the outside post 9 for jockey Gary Boulanger and owner-trainer John Ross.
The full list of the entries for the day, including the International, the E.P. Taylor Stakes, and the Nearctic Stakes, are available from Equibase. Free past performances are available online from BRISnet here:
Canadian International (search for Erupt)
E.P. Taylor Stakes (search for Quidura)
Nearctic Stakes (search for Yorkton)
Ontario Derby (search for Tiz A Slam)
Here are the entries for the 2017 Pattison Canadian International (G1). All horses will carry 126 pounds (there are no 3-year-olds nor distaffers entered this year). The International goes off at 6:10pm ET as the 10th race on Sunday, and will be shown live on TSN5 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||Oscar Nominated||Michael J. Maker||Julien Leparoux||8-1|
|2||Flamboyant||Patrick Gallagher||Joel Rosario||6-1|
|3||Enterprising||Michael J. Maker||Rafael Hernandez||20-1|
|4||Idaho||Aidan O’Brien||Ryan Moore||5-2|
|5||Johnny Bear||Ashlee Brnjas||Luis Contreras||12-1|
|6||Postulation||Edward L. Graham||Jorge Vargas Jr.||12-1|
|7||Bullards Alley||Tim Glyshaw||Eurico Rosa da Silva||20-1|
|8||Messi||Graham Motion||Jose Ortiz||20-1|
|9||Erupt||Graham Motion||Junior Alvarado||7-2|
|10||Chemical Charge||Ralph Beckett||Oisin Murphy||5-1|
The Canadian International trophy