Field for the 12th running of the Woodbine Mile
to be run Sunday, September 7, 2008
For three-year-olds and up
One Mile; Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Turf Course
(Photo top right, track announcer DAN LOISELLE, Toronto Maple Leafs hockey coach RON WILSON and Racing secretary STEVE LYM conduct the Woodbine Mile post position draw...Terence Dulay photo, see www.hohrse-races.net)
Horse Owner Trainer Jockey M-L odds
1 Mulmur Sam-Son Farm Mark Frostad Eurico Rosa da Silva 10-1
2 Rahy's Attorney Ellie Boje Farm, Mitch Peters, Dean Read & Jim and
Jean MacLellan Ian Black Slade Callaghan 12-1
3 Just Rushing Tucci Stables Sid Attard Jim McAleney 5-1
4 Kip Deville IEAH Stables, Pegasus, Roberts & Cohen Richard Dutrow
Jr. Cornelio Velasquez 6-5
5 Wollemi Pine Kinghaven Farms, Harvey Clarke & Greg Thompson Ian
Black Emma-Jayne Wilson 6-1
6 Ice Bear Augustin Stable Mac Benson Chantal Sutherland 15-1
7 Palladio Haras Santa Maria de Araras Roger Attfield Richard Dos
8 Ventura Juddmonte Farms Inc. Robert Frankel Garrett Gomez 4-1
Probable Favourites: Kip Deville - Ventura - Just Rushing
Total Purse $1,000,000
Winner to receive $600,000
Post-time: 5:35 p.m.
TV: The Score (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
DON'T FORGET TO ENTER THE MEGAPICK CONTEST!!
The trophies for the NORTHERN DANCER STAKES and the WOODBINE MILE...
FROM THE TORONTO STAR
Kip Deville overwhelming favourite
The big grey using race as prep to defend title in Breeders' Cup Mile Oct. 25 at Santa Anita
Not long after Kip Deville won the $2 million (U.S.) Breeders' Cup Mile at Monmouth Park last fall, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. made plans for the big grey horse to defend his Cup title in 2008 and use the Woodbine Mile as his springboard.
Kip Deville, an Oklahoma-bred owned by Mike Iavarone's IEAH Stables and Pegasus Holdings Group, used Woodbine's first big fall event in 2007, where he finished second, as his final prep for the Mile.
This year, Kip Deville is the overwhelming favourite for the Woodbine Mile, which, for the first time, is part of the "Win and You're In" Breeders' Cup program. It grants an automatic berth to the winner into the Breeders' Cup Mile on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park in California.
Kip Deville will face just seven rivals, including five Woodbine regulars, in the Mile that had its post position draw yesterday.
The Woodbine Mile will be the third start in 2008 for Kip Deville, who won the July 13 Poker Handicap at Belmont Park.
"His light campaign was all by design with Rick from very beginning," said Mike Sherack, vice-president of IEAH's investor holdings. "This race has been on our minds since the end of last year."
What is good news for the New York-based Kip Deville camp – a small field and 6-5 morning line odds, is not great news for his rivals.
Only one other shipper, the filly Ventura, for trainer Bobby Frankel, a two-time winner of the Woodbine Mile, is in town for the race.
Ventura is the 4-1 second favourite and is a Grade 1 winner against her own sex.
Dutrow, who also trains Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown and has had a love-hate relationship with the media this year, is bullish about Kip Deville's training.
"He's been in Kip Deville zone," said Dutrow. "It looks like that time off really did the horse good."
Three local horses appear to have the same chance at a piece of the purse. Two of them only ran two weeks ago.
Just Rushing, owned by Tucci Stable, held off Kinghaven Farms and partners' Wollemi Pine to win the Play the King Stakes on Aug. 23.
Rahy's Attorney, like Wollemi Pine, is trained by Ian Black, and is the freshest of the locals and returning to his favourite distance.
Racing Coverage in the Star is at:
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BLACKIE COMIN TO TOWN
9-year-old is one of those rare gems
Champion BETTER TALK NOW is expected to race Sunday in the Grade 1 NORTHERN DANCER STAKES at 1 1/2 miles turf against a pretty good field.
The 10-horse line-up include multiple Grade 1 winner QUIJANO, who figures to battle for favoritism with BETTER TALK NOW.
The grass course has been rock hard in recent days but perhaps some rain today will give it a much needed drink.
Last year's Canadian champion turf male CLOUDY'S KNIGHT, winner of the Canadian International, is far below his best form as he returns to Canada.
Canadian hopefuls include French Beret and Seaside Retreat.
Northern Dancer Turf S. Presented by Vtech S. (G1)
1 1/2 Miles (Turf) | Open | 3 Year Olds And Up Stakes | Purse: $750,000
Post # Horse Jockey Weight Claim Price Equip. Med.
1 Cloudy's Knight Graham J 121 L 12-1
2 Quijano (GER) Starke A 124 3-1
3 Frost Giant Rodriguez R R 124 L 6-1
4 Champs Elysees (GB) Gomez G K 121 L 8-1
5 Better Talk Now Dominguez R A 121 L 5-2
6 Strike a Deal Maragh R 117 L 12-1
7 Spice Route (GB) McAleney J S 117 L 15-1
8 Marsh Side Smith M E 117 L 20-1
9 French Beret Da Silva E R 119 L 12-1
10 Seaside Retreat Husbands P 121 L 10-1
CANADIAN STAKES is a doozy too!
Canadian S. (G2)
1 1/8 Miles (Turf) | Fillies and Mares | 3 Year Olds And Up Stakes | Purse: $300,000
Post # Horse Jockey Weight Claim Price Equip. Med.
1 Social Queen Maragh R 119 L
2 J'ray Bravo J 119 L
3 Forever Together Leparoux J R 124 L
4 Stroke the Tiger Landry R C 113 L
5 Sealy Hill Husbands P 117 L
6 Quiet Jungle Ramsammy E 113 Blk-On L
7 Callwood Dancer (IRE) Da Silva E R 121 L
8 Ciao Graham J 113 L
9 Tell It as It Is Wilson E 115 L
10 The Niagara Queen McAleney J S 121 L
11 Danzon Gomez G K 117 L
(ISN'T SHE LOVELY? The big favourite in the Canadian Stakes will be George strawbridge's FOREVER TOGETHER, winner of the Diana 'Cap last time out, photo from www.horse-races.net)
SAM-SON IN ACTION AT TURFWAY ON SATURDAY
It's a Win and You're In race
Turfway Park Fall Championship S. (G3)
September 6, $100,000, 3yo & up, 11⁄2m, Turfway Park, 4:57 PM ET
PP Horse Sire Jockey Wt. Trainer
1. Jade’s Revenge Quiet American Jesus Lopez Castanon 120 H. Graham Motion
2. Delightful Kiss Kissin Kris Calvin Borel 118 Pete Anderson
3. Star Plus (Arg) Alpha Plus Corey Lanerie 116 Kenneth McPeek
4. Telling A.P. Indy Eusebio Razo Jr. 116 Steve Hobby
5. Canela El Corredor Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr. 116 Michael J. Maker
6. A. P. Xcellent A.P. Indy Larry Melancon 116 Niall O’Callaghan
7. Storm the Castle Smart Strike Chantal Sutherland 116 Mark Frostad
8. Taconeo (Ven) Water Poet (Ire) Tracy Hebert 118 Kiaran McLaughlin
9. Tres Copas Northern Spur (Ire) Jose Vega 112 Tommy Ray Mills
10. Dominican El Corredor Miguel Mena 116 Darrin Miller
Slow Polytrack, firm, firm turf
The beautiful A.P. INDY colt TIMELY ADVICE won his maiden in only his 2nd career start yesterday at Woodbine on a day when most horsefolks were wrapped up in the post position draw for the WOODBINE MILE.
A son of stakes winner Confessional, the Pin Oak homebred is trained by Malcom Pierce and he was a workmanlike winner in 1:23.25 for 7 furlongs under Woodbine's leading rider Jim McAleney.
The Beyer was 89.
GHOST HOUR won an allowance/optional claimer with an inside rally at 1 1/16 miles for Sontrach Stables. The Awesome Again fellow, out of multiple stakes winner Dark Hours, is a Florida bred. His time of 1:44.66 yielded a 90 Beyer.
Later in the card, an entry level allowance race on grass was won by Chiefswood Farms' KNIGHT'S CAUSE (Ascot Knight—Last Cause, by Caucasus, his 2nd win in succession in his 8th race.