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Tuesday, October 16, 2007


(ASK - presence at Woodbine makes Canadian International huge event- photo from

He was originally bought by Patrick Fahey from Mrs.John Magnier and the Duke of Devonshire to be a jumping horse. He's has proven to be a much better runner than that right now.

He also suffered a serious foot injury that caused a lengthy layoff.

But ASK is at Woodbine right now for Sunday’s $2 million CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL, the 1 ½ mile Grade 1 turf test that will wrap up the big races at our track.

Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, ASK is a bay colt by Sadler’s Wells, a 4yo,with a white star and snip on his nose. The 125 Racing Post rating he earned for his Cumberland Lodge Stakes (Gr 3) score on Sept 30 is among the highest in Europe this year – ARC winner Dylan Thomas earned a 127 for his win in that big race.

After 8 races, ASK is a fast improving fellow who was entered in the Arc but the connections came here instead, likely trying to go a bit easier on the fellow after the big comeback races since the foot injury.

QUIJANO earned a 122 Post rating for his Group 1 win last out in Germany.




Ask/Patrick Fahey/Sir Michael Stoute/Ryan Moore

Cloudy's Knight/SJ Stables LLC/Frank Kirby/Ramsey Zimmerman

Fri Guy/Zayat Stables LLC/Dale Romans/John Velazquez

General Jumbo/Thomas Conway Jr./Graham Motion/Jeremy Rose

Honolulu/D. Smith, Michael Tabor & Mrs. J. Magnier/Aidan O'Brien/Mick


Irish Wells/Mr. B. Van Dalfsen/Francois Rohaut/Olivier Peslier

Linda's Lad/Sean Mulryan/Eddie Kenneally/Corey Lanerie

Oracle West/Kenny Geemooi/Michael de Kock/John Murtagh

Quijano/Stiftung Gestut Fahrhof/Peter Schiergen/Andrasch Starke

Sky Conqueror/William Sorokolit/Darwin Banach/Javier Castellano

Sterwins/ Melnyk Racing Stables Inc./Malcolm Pierce/Patrick Husbands

Stream Of Gold/Zabeel/Kiaran McLaughlin/Eddie Castro

Sunriver/Aaron and Marie Jones/Todd Pletcher/Garrett Gomez

Windward Islands/Sam-Son Farm/Mark Frostad/Todd Kabel


The rest of the European contingent for Sunday's Pattison Canadian

International arrived in Toronto at approximately 9:00 p.m. Sunday

Night in preparation for the 70th edition of the Woodbine's $2 million race.

Ask, Honolulu, Irish Wells and Oracle West, all top PCI contenders were

joined on the trip by Four Sins and Mrs. Lindsay, who are prepping for

the $1 million E.P. Taylor, the International's filly and mare

companion, and Dark Missile, who will start in the $500,000 Nearctic

Stakes on the trip.

Ask (trained by Sir Michael Stoute), who has two wins in two 2007

starts, was accompanied by Stuart Messenger and Kevin Bradshaw.

Honolulu (Aidan O'Brien), at Woodbine with Pat Keating and Lynn

McKeown, has two wins overall, and a quality third in the Group 1 St.

Leger in September.

Wilfrid Contrat joined multiple Group 2 winner Irish Wells (Francois

Rohaut) on his trip west.

Oracle West, bred in South Africa, was accompanied by Scott McConnell

for trainer Michael de Kock.

German hero, Quijano, has been readying at Woodbine for the 1 1/2-mile

race since Thursday. Peter Schiergen's duo of Mario Fuchtmann and Ilke

Hildebrand are in tow.

James O'Neill and Grace Conniffe are in Toronto with Four Sins (John

Oxx), while Alban Surrateau accompanied Mrs. Lindsay (Rohaut).

Michael Cheshire and Leanne Masterton are with Dark Missile (Andrew



Woodbine Entertainment Group has received approval to change

thoroughbred post times on both Pattison Canadian International Day

(Sunday, October 21) and Breeders' Cup Day (Saturday, October 27th).

Sunday, October 21

Pattison Canadian International Day

**1st race Post Time from 1:10 pm to 1:00 pm

E.P Taylor Stakes/Post Time: 2:59 pm

Pattison Canadian International/Post Time: 4:05 pm

Nearctic/Post Time: 5:05 pm

* Breeders' Cup Day - 11: 30 a.m.

From Standardbred Canada….COMMON POOLS FOR NEW JERSEY

October 15, 2007

It was announced earlier today that as of October 18, Woodbine Entertainment would begin common pool wagering on racing from the state of New Jersey.

Harness racing from Freehold Raceway will be the first opportunity for fans to take advantage of the common pooling.

Common pool wagering on thoroughbred racing from Monmouth Park will go into effect on October 24, which will give fans a great opportunity to take advantage of wagering directly into this year's Breeders Cup extravaganza on October 26.

The Meadowlands will also offer Canadian fans the opportunity to wager directly into its pools once they resume racing on November 16.


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