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One of the biggest races on the Woodbine racing calendar is the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1). Celebrating its 20th renewal in 2016, the Mile is run around one turn of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course for older horses under allowance weights. Past winners such as Wise Dan, Leroidesanimaux, Labeeb, Geri, and Shakespeare adding to the race's short but already colorful history. Again the Mile is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" program, with the winner earning an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Mile field at Santa Anita on November 5th.
Drawing the posts with racing secretary Stuart Slagle, drawmaster Erica Wiebe, and track announcer Robert Geller.
Woodbine Mile favorite Tepin winning the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)
The second choice on the morning line is 7-2 Mutakayyef making his first North American start, winner of the Summer Mile (G3) at Ascot in July before finishing third in the Juddmonte International (G2) at York. Dane O'Neill, who rode Mutakayyef to victory Ascot, gets the call for trainer William Haggas out of post 2
The three locally-trained horses are all at 20-1 morning line. Glenville Gardens (post 4) is here off a 3 race winning streak including the Play the King (G2) last out. Regular rider Gary Boulanger gets the call for Sid Attard. Mike DePaulo sends out Highlander (G2) winner Passion for Action out of post 6 with regular jockey Luis Contreras aboard, while the always powerful Roger Attfield stable has Tower of Texas breaking from the rail, second in his last 2 starts including the King Edward (G2) and Play the King (G2). Regular rider Eurico da Silva gets the call.
Last year's Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) winner Big Blue Kitten will be in the Northern Dancer Turf
Kicking off the stakes action on Mile day is the $150,000 Ontario Derby (G3) at 1 1/8 miles on the Tapeta all-weather course, carded as race 4 at 2:24pm. Prince of Wales Stakes winner Amis Gizmo leads the field of 8 three-year-olds.
The first turf race on Saturday afternoon is the $300,000 Canadian Stakes (G2) with 7 older fillies and mares going about 1 1/8 miles around one turn of the turf, carded as race 8 at 4:30pm Eastern, as the major local prep for the E.P. Taylor Stakes also on October 16. This is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" qualifier in the Filly and Mare Turf. Chad Brown sends two in this contest, Dacita (post 2, Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard) and Rainha de Bateria (post 5, Julien Leparoux) to take on Graham Motion's Faufiler (poat 2, Edgar Prado) and Roger Attfield's Goodyearforroses (post 7, Alan Garcia).
The Woodbine Mile will be on Saturday September 17 at Woodbine, with the first race going to post at 1pm and the Woodbine Mile going off as race 12 at 6:39pm ET. The full card will be available via simulcast across North America, as well as on HPI-TV in Canada and TVG Network in the USA. In addition, the big race will be shown on TSN2 network in Canada from 6:00-7:00pm Eastern.
Here are the entries with post positions and morning line odds for the Woodbine Mile. Full entries for the day are available from Equibase. Past performances are also available from BRISnet for the Woodbine Mile, just search for "Passion for Action." For the Northern Dancer, and Canadian Stakes, search for Danish Dynaformer and Goodyearforroses respectively. For the Ontario Derby search for Tale of the Nile or Thatlookonyerface.
|The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) $1,000,000|
|3||Arod||Peter Chapple-Hyam||Oisin Murphy||10-1|
|5||Full Mast||Bill Mott||Joel Rosario||12-1|
|4||Glenville Gardens||Sid Attard||Gary Boulanger||20-1|
|7||Mr. Owen||Francois Rohaut||Jamie Spencer||15-1|
|2||Mutakayyef||William J. Haggas||Dane O'Neill||7-2|
|6||Passion for Action||Mike DePaulo||Luis Contreras||20-1|
|8||Tepin||Mark Casse||Julien Leparoux||1-2|
|1||Tower of Texas||Roger Attfield||Eurico Rosa da Silva||20-1|
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Honourary drawmaster Erica Wiebe poses with jockeys Gary Boulanger, Eurico Rosa da Silva, and Luis Contreras after the post position draw.
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