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Honourary Drawmaster Norman Powell of the Toronto Raptors poses with the trophy
One of the biggest races on the Woodbine racing calendar is the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1). Celebrating its 23rdd renewal in 2019, 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 World Approval make up 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 Santa Anita on November 2.
Drawing the posts with racing secretary Scott Lane, drawmaster Norman Powell, and track announcer Robert Geller.
Toronto Raptors player Norman Powell with jockeys Gary Boulanger, Luis Contreras, Eurico Rosa da Silva, and Rafael Hernandez at the post position draw.
Got Stormy, winner of the De La Rose and the Fourstardave (G1) at Saratoga, is the morning line favorite for the Woodbine Mile.
Synchrony, winner of the King Edward Stakes (G2) on Queen's Plate day, is the 6-1 third choice on the morning line.
Synchrony is the 6-1 third choice from post 4 for trainer Mike Stidham and owner-breeder Pin Oak Stable (Josephine Abercrombie). After finishing a close second in the Monmouth Stakes (G2), he came up to Woodbine to win the King Edward (G2) on Queen's Plate day, before shipping back to his home barn at Fair Hill, Maryland. Stidham said, "The one thing we've learned about him is that he's always run bery well off a freshening. That was the idea of not trying to run him between the King Edward and the Woodbine Mile. We're just hoping that the turf is going to be pretty firm." New jockey Flavien Prat comes in from California for the mount.
Nijinsky Stakes (G2) winner Tiz a Slam is the likely favorite for the Northern Dancer Turf.
The undercard feature is the $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf (G1) for older horses going 1 1/2 miles on the turf, the major local prep for the Pattison Canadian International (G1) to be run on October 12, and is scheduled as race 10 at 6:47pm, immediately after the Mile. Local hope Tiz a Slam should be the favorite in the field of 6 off a 3 race win streak including the Louisville (G3) at Churchill followed by the Singspiel (G3) and Nijinsky (G2) at Woodbine, the latter setting a new course record for the distance. Regular rider Steven Bahen gets the call for trainer Roger Attfield and owner-breeder Chiefswood Stables from the outside post 6. The powerful Godolphin team and trainer Charlie Appleby ship in Dubai Sheema Classic (G1) winner Old Persian off his 3rd place finish in the Grosser Preis von Berlin (G1) at Hoppegarten. New jockey Jamie Spencer gets the call on Saturday and drew the rail.
Dance Smartly Stakes (G2) winner Holy Helena is the likely favorite for the Canadian Stakes.
Kicking off the Saturday stakes quartet is the $125,000 Bold Venture Stakes (G3) at 6 1/2 furlongs on the Tapeta. Canada's 2017 Horse of the Year Pink Lloyd should be heavily favored in the field of 7 older horses, coming in off a 5 race winning streak including the Vigil (G3) in July and the Kenora last out. Regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva gets the call for trainer Bob Tiller and owner Entourage Stable from post 2.
The Woodbine Mile will be on Saturday September 14 at Woodbine, with the first race going to post at 1:05pm and the Woodbine Mile going off as race 9 at 5:42pm 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 TSN3 network in Canada from 5:00-6:00pm 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. Free past performances are available from BRISnet for the Woodbine Mile, just search for "Got Stormy" For the Northern Dancer, and Canadian Stakes, search for "Tiz a Slam" and "Dixie Moon" respectively. For the Bold Venture search for "Curlin's Honor".
|The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) $800,000|
|1||El Tormenta||Gail Cox||Eurico Rosa Da Silva||20-1|
|2||Lucullan||Kiaran McLaughlin||Luis Saez||8-1|
|3||Silent Poet||Nicholas Gonzalez||Gary Boulanger||15-1|
|4||Synchrony||Michael Stidham||Flavien Prat||6-1|
|5||Got Stormy||Mark Casse||Tyler Gaffalione||8-5|
|6||Awesometank (GB)||William Haggas||John Egan||8-1|
|7||Raging Bull (FR)||Chad Brown||Joel Rosario||3-1|
|8||American Guru||Michael Doyle||Rafael Hernandez||30-1|
|9||Made You Look||Chad Brown||Luis Contreras||12-1|
|10||Emmaus (IRE)||Conor Murphy||Channing Hill||20-1|
|11||Admiralty Pier||Barbara Minshall||Patrick Husbands||30-1|
Woodbine Mile info online:
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