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On Saturday, a classy field of 11 older horses will go to post in the 81st 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 Wednesday afternoon. Retired Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Darcy Tucker was on hand to assist racing secretary Stu Slagle and track announcer Robert Geller with the proceedings.
Drawing the posts with racing secretary Stuart Slagle, drawmaster Darcy Tucker, and track announcer Robert Geller.
Jonathan Zammit, Woodbine's VP of Thoroughbred Racing Operations briefly touched on the renovations, saying the inner turf course is all but complete and we "just have to put up the rails and we'll be ready to run in the spring", pointing out that Secretariat's final race, the 1973 Canadian International, ended on the inner turf course, making a comeback after that area was used for harness racing from New Year's Day 1994 to the end of the 2017-18 winter meet.
Bullards Alley winning the 2017 Canadian International
Blond Me winning the 2017 E.P. Taylor Stakes.
Field of Courage winning the 2017 Nearctic Stakes
Kicking off the stakes quartet on Saturday will be the $125,000 Ontario Derby (G3) featuring a field of six 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the Tapeta main track, the 3rd race of the card at 2:14pm ET. Mark Casse sends out the two inside posts, Woodstock Stakes winner Curlin's Honor with Irad Ortiz Jr. on the rail, and allowance winner Lookin to Strike with Gary Boulanger in the 2.
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 Spring Quality)
E.P. Taylor Stakes (search for Summer Luck)
Nearctic Stakes (search for Lady Alexandra)
Ontario Derby (search for Curlin's Honor)
Here are the entries for the 2018 Pattison Canadian International (G1). All horses will carry 126 pounds except 3-year-old colt Bandua who carries 121. The International goes off at 5:41pm ET as the 9th race on Sunday, and will be shown live on TSN3 in Canada from 5:00-6:00pm. 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||Markitoff||Michael J. Maker||Irad Ortiz Jr.||20-1|
|2||Thundering Blue||David Menuisier||Fran Berry||2-1|
|3||Khan||Hank Grewe||Clement Lecoeuvre||10-1|
|4||Funtastic||Chad C. Brown||John Velazquez||8-1|
|5||Tiz a Slam||Roger L. Attfield||Steve Bahen||20-1|
|6||Spring Quality||H. Graham Motion||Edgar Prado||4-1|
|7||English Illusion||Sylvain Pion||Rafael Hernandez||15-1|
|8||Bandua||Jack Sisterson||Adam Beschizza||20-1|
|9||Johnny Bear||Ashlee Brnjas||Luis Contreras||8-1|
|10||Desert Encounter||David Simcock||Andrea Atzeni||6-1|
|11||Focus Group||Chad Brown||Jose Ortiz||10-1|
Canadian International links:
The Canadian International trophy
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