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One of the biggest races on the Woodbine racing calendar is the $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1). Celebrating its 21st renewal in 2017, the Mile is run around one turn of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course for older horses under allowance weights. Past winners such as Tepin, 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 (G1) field at Del Mar on November 4th.
Drawing the posts with racing secretary Stuart Slagle, drawmaster Dan Loiselle, and track announcer Robert Geller.
2015 Woodbine Mile winner Mondialiste is back to try again.
Favorite Deauville after winning the 2016 Belmont Derby Invitational
The second choice on the morning line is 7-2 World Approval and drew the rail. He won the Fourstardave Handicap (G1) at Saratoga and the Dixie (G3) at Pimlico, but was 5th in the Manhattan (G1) at Belmont. New rider John Velazquez will be in the irons for trainer Mark Casse. Casse said, “It looks like this race has some speed in it. It looks like there’s some speed in there. He just wants to kind of have something to run at. We’ve got a good rider, and I’m sure he’ll figure it.”
Lancaster Bomber, stablemate of Deauville, is the 9-2 third choice out of post 10. Winless so far in 2017 after finishing second in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), the 3-year-old comes here off a 2nd place finish in the St. James's Palace (G1) at Royal Ascot followed by a 6th place finish in the Sussex (G1) at Goodwood. Wayne Lordan rides for Aidan O'Brien. 2015 winner Mondialiste is back for trainer David O'Meara and is 8-1 morning line out of post 8. Fearghal Davis, assistant to O'Meara said, “He loves this track, the long stretch. He’ll be holding up, and then come on and pick up the pieces. He’s in good form; he looks fantastic.” New rider Jose Ortiz Jr. gets the call Saturday.
World Approval, shown here winning the Longines Dixie Stakes (G2), is the second choice on the morning line for the Woodbine Mile.
Kicking off the stakes action on Mile day is the $120,000 Bold Venture Stakes (G3) for older horses sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on the Tapeta main track, carded as race 6 going to post at 3:27pm. Ontario Jockey Club Stakes winner Circle of Friends drew post 7 and takes on Arlington Park shopper Good Bye Greg, here off a 3 race win streak in allowance company, out of post 4.
The first turf race on Saturday afternoon is the $250,000 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 4:29pm Eastern, as the major local prep for the E.P. Taylor Stakes also on October 15. Locally based Starship Jubilee, winner of the Dance Smartly (G2) for trainer Kevin Attard out of post 3, takes on Quidura, second in both the New York (G2) and Diana (G1), who drew the rail for trainer Graham Motion.
The Woodbine Mile will be on Saturday September 16 at Woodbine, with the first race going to post at 1pm and the Woodbine Mile going off as race 12 at 6:34pm 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 "Tower of Texas." For the Northern Dancer, and Canadian Stakes, search for Messi and Moonlight Sky respectively. For the Bold Venture search for Unbridled Juan.
|The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) $1,000,000|
|1||World Approval||Mark Casse||John Velazquez||7-2|
|2||Tower of Texas||Roger Attfield||Eurico Rosa da Silva||12-1|
|3||Long on Value||Bill Mott||Joel Rosario||15-1|
|4||Best Bard||Norman McKnight||Rafael Hernandez||50-1|
|5||Dragon Bay||Stuart Simon||Gary Boulanger||20-1|
|6||Deauville (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Jamie Spencer||5-2|
|7||Conquest Panthera||Mark Casse||Patrick Husbands||12-1|
|8||Mondialiste||David O'Meara||Jose Ortiz||8-1|
|9||Arod (IRE)||David Simcock||Harry Bentley||20-1|
|10||Lancaster Bomber||Aidan O'Brien||Wayne Lordan||9-2|
|11||Dutch Connection (GB)||Charlie Hills||Mickael Barzalona||6-1|
|12||Glenville Gardens||Sid Attard||Luis Contreras||20-1|
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