Woodbine video of the arrival of the Queen of the Turf!
Hey, there is no question this year’s Woodbine Mile is all about TEPIN, much like the years when WISE DAN came to town and romped.
She has won 7 graded stakes race in succession and was incredible winning at Royal ascot on soft turf sans Lasix.
So are there chinks in her seemingly flawless armour?
The 3 months off could be a reason to think she might be a bit soft in the late stages of tomorrow’s race. It will be hot and rainy. She’s never raced on a one turn course.
Here average Beyer FIgure for her last 8 North American starts is 105 – solid, and she has run as high as 110.
Trainer Mark Casse is feeling a bit more pressure sending Tepin to Woodbine than when they traveled to England. This is his home track, in essence. This is his superstar.
A loss by Tepin would be one of the biggest upsets since..well, Gentleman. (read more about this on today’s TORONTO STAR newspaper).
If you pegged Tepin at a 105 then the only 2 North American runners who would have a chance to beat her would be Full Mast and Passion for Action – and only if they cycle up to a new top – which both appear to be able to do.
MUTAKKAYEF is a popular pick as he is a very good one from Europe, a big guy with a big stride but he would have to get going in a hurry.
But the story of the race begins and ends with TEPIN, who has looked a picture since she arrived with all the fanfare on Wed. evening.
The forecast is not great for Saturday but if it is just a light rain all day, that should be okay for the turf course.
PICKS AND STORIES AND MORE FROM WOODBINE MILE WEEK:
SHERI RIDDOCH, @gofilly, gives out a detailed analysis of the entire card at Woodbine tomorrow:
STEVE BUFFERY has a fun piece on Sid Attard and GLENVILLE GARDENS…
TRAINER WILLIAM HAGGAS HOPES TO KNOCK OFF TEPIN
Mutafayyek looking for firm turf
“Tepin is a champion and a very likely winner but he Mutakayyef is in good shape and I am hoping that this will be Tepin’s prep race for the Breeders’ Cup and she might not be absolutely top hole like she was at Ascot,” – William Haggis, trainer
ANDERSON FARMS, IVAN DALOS SELL ONTARIO-BREDS FOR BIG MONEY!
KEENELAND SEPTEMBER UNDERWAY – BOOK TWO, 4TH DAY
Session 4 is underway today and already in the 13-session Keeneland sale, Ontario breds have made some noise.
Before the Scat Daddy half to Beholder sold for $3 million on Wednesday, a few Ontario breds sold well on Tuesday.
David Anderson sold 2 on the first 3 days for $750,000 while Dalos solf a $300,000 City Zip.
BOOK TWO LINK
Ontario-breds selling in Book 2:
613 620 635 737 738 783 817
871 901 926 929 936 1048 1122
1136 1142 1152 1154 1170 1181 1183
1200 1260 1267 1269 1299 1364 1368
1369 1391 1395
BOOK ONE LINK
ONTARIO -BREDS IN BOOK 1
RNA – 120,000 33 c. by Bernardini – Smart Believer by Smart Strike – Anderson Farms, agent
OUT 96 c. Redoute’s Choice – Thislillighotofmine by Kingmambo Four Star Sales, agent
OUT – 311 c. More Than ready – Down, by Mr. Greeley Taylor Made Sales
$250,000 LIVE OAK PLANTATION 327 f. Ghostzapper – Emanating by Cox’s Rdige – Eaton sales for William Graham
RNA 150,000 -328 f. Distorted Humpr – England Swings by Kitten’s Joy – Eaton Sales for William Graham
$300,000 FOX HILL 348 c. City Zip – Forest Gamble by Forest Wildcat – Warendale Sales for Tall Oaks
450,00 355 LIEBLONGS c. Scat Daddy – Gauze by Saint Ballado Anderson Farms, agent
70,000 Phadrus Farm 526 c. Tale of the Cat – My Sister Sandy by Montbrook Taylor Made Sales
300,000 Tommy Town 531 f. Malibu Moon – Nadishiko by Honour and GLory Anderson Farms, agent