→ Photo – MIRROR, MIRROR…Woodbine Mile entrant Stormy Antarctic had plane pain shipping from England to Toronto with fellow Euro, Lord Glitters. They stayed in Amsterdam for a couple of days where they still got in some exercise and a chance to admire themselves. Photo courtesy Ed Walker, trained Stormy Antarctic
WOODBINE MILE SATURDAY, WIN AND YOU’RE IN 2-YEAR-OLD RACES SUNDAY
Blockbuster 2 days of racing at Woodbine
some files from www.horse-races.net; One of the biggest races on the Woodbine racing calendar is the $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1). Celebrating its 22nd renewal in 2018, 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 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 Churchill Downs on November 3.
Here are the bullet points to consider for 2 days of star-studded racing at Woodbine – 23 races, 8 stakes.
- 4 Canadian breds have won in 21 runnings, there are 2 entered this year (Mr Havercamp, Vanish)
- Post time for the Woodbine Mile is 4:48 p.m.; turf expected to be firm
- European invaders Lord Glitters and Stormy Antarctic were delayed in Amsterdam en route; arrived very late Thursday night
- Searing heat and humidity on tap for the weekend
- OSCAR PERFORMANCE has run the fastest 1 mile on turf of any in the field, 1:31 1/5; 3 workouts since he ran out of gas and pulled up in the 10 furlong Arlington Million
- Morning line fave DELTA PRINCE won his return off a long layoff in Woodbine’s Grade 2 King Edward, strong 2nd at Saratoga last time out; owned by Frank Stronach and family
- Saturday’s huge card includes the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes with the Euro HAWKBILL trying to turn the tables on Canadian champ JOHNNY BEAR… PINK LLOYD has a huge test in the Bold Venture; the Canadian Stakes and Sweet Briar Too also on tap
- Mandatory payout on the HIGH 5, race 12..every winning ticket gets a share of what is sure to be over $1 million…
The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) $800,000
Post Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
1 Good Samaritan Bill Mott Joel Rosario 10-1
2 La Sardane Neil Drysdale Rafael Bejarano 15-1
3 Delta Prince James Jerkens Javier Castellano 5-2
4 Vanish Vito Armata Ademar Santos 20-1
5 Mr Havercamp Catherine Day Phillips Eurico Rosa Da Silva 6-1
6 Lord Glitters David O’Meara Jamie Spencer 4-1
7 Oscar Performance Brian Lynch Jose Ortiz 7-2
8 Divisidero Kelly Rubley Jevian Toledo 8-1
9 Stormy Antarctic Ed Walker Gerald Mosse 8-1
*Be sure to check Woodbine selections on the ‘Blog Saturday morning!
RACING POST PREVIEWS THE EUROPEANS
Trainer David O’Meara has brought a horse from overseas to win the Mile (Mondialiste) – brings the grey LORD GLITTERS,
“He’s got a huge engine in him and he’s well able to quicken up in his races – he’s got a really, really good turn of foot.”
XBTV SHOWS SOME KEY WORKOUTS FOR WOODBINE MILE
2000 WINS IN NORTH AMERICA FOR EURICO
files from Woodbine.com – Eurico Rosa Da Silva, Woodbine’s leading jockey for the past four straight seasons, reached the 2,000th career win mark in North America with his first mount on the Friday afternoon program.
Da Silva earned the milestone victory in the second race aboard favourite Intanga Rose, who won the allowance optional claiming race for two-year-old fillies over six furlongs on the main track in 1:11.48. The Stronach Stables’ homebred Animal Kingdom filly is now undefeated in two starts at Woodbine. She is trained by Hall of Famer Sid Attard, who also recently celebrated his own 2,000th career win in late-July.
Sent postward as the 2-5 favourite, Intanga Rose and Da Silva trailed the five-horse field early on then changed up wide on the outside down the backside before running on past the front-striding Si Si Tequila in the stretch to score by more than two lengths. Intanga Rosa returned $2.80 to win.
Da Silva admitted to being on pins and needles ahead of the landmark victory.
“Before the race I was very nervous,” said Da Silva. “I told Rafael [Hernandez] my stomach was very nervous, tingling. I wanted to get the 2,000 so badly.
“The filly ran a good race,” continued Da Silva. “She made me relax because I had so much horse in the turn, I knew it was over. When I moved, she just opened up.”
Da Silva, who noted his appreciation for all the trainers and owners that offered him a leg up through the years, struggled to identify just one special horse amongst the 2,000 winners.
“Every single horse I rode is special for me. I have so many good horses and they all try so hard, from stakes horses to cheap horses,” said an emotional Da Silva. “I ride a lot of horses that run for $8,000 or $10,000 and they are in my mind right now and I want to thank them all so much. I cannot say any names, I’m so grateful for all my horses.”
A 43-year-old Sao Paulo, Brazil native, Da Silva came to Woodbine in 2004 and has enjoyed tremendous success since. He was a part of Horse of the Year campaigns by Pink Lloyd (2017), Up With the Birds (2013), Biofuel (2010) and Fatal Bullet (2008), and himself was named Canada’s Outstanding Jockey five times.
DAVID ANDERSON CRUSHING KEENELAND
Canadian breeder sells $950,000 Hard Spun filly
A year after selling a $1 million plus yearling at auction, David Anderson was back in the news early in the Keeenland September sale last week. Anderson, of St. Thomas, sold a $950,000 filly by Hard Spun out of Orchard beach, a half sister to the colt last year (Sergei Prokofiev). He also sold a $600,000 Speightstown colt out of Halo’s Verse.
IVAN DALOS sold a City Zip colt from Forest Gamble for $500,000 to Godolphin and Bill Graham, Josham Farms and Sean Fitzhenry also had big sellers.
WILLIAM K WERNER, from Florida, races horses at Woodbine in partnership with Roger Attfield and others. Werner and his wife Betty currently race the top 2yo filly in canada, MY GAL BETTY, a favourite for the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes on Sunday.
Werner has bought four horses through Book 1 for $$725,000, two of which are Canadian-bred (see below).
Jim and Susan Hill from Alberta no longer race horses in Ontario but purchased four yearlings for $1,465,000.
On Saturday, WOODBINE MILE day, many Canadians will be at Keeenland for the start of Book 2. Mitch Kursner, who only recently dipped his toe into the breeding game, has his fingers crossed for his Verrazano colt from the mare Aline’s Secret who sells as hip number 1269 through Eaton Sales. Kursner also sells a Carpe Diem yearling on Tuesday. Other breeders with Canadian breds on Saturday include Susan Foreman, Bill Graham, Hill ‘n’ Dale Canada and Josham Farms.
Ontario-breds that have sold through Book 1
Hip Price Sire Seller or Breeder
3 $600,000 Speightstown colt Anderson Farms, agent
4 $70,000 Disorted Humor colt South Point Sales Agency (Arika Everatt-Meeuse)
34 $130,000 Ghostzapper colt
36 $400,000 Honor Code colt Bill Graham
58 RNa 45,000 Union Rags colt
105 rna 625,000 Galileo filly
161 185,000 Violence colt
268 $950,00 Hard Spun filly Anderson Farms
331 $225,00 Uncle Mo colt Michael Byrne
403 rna 17,000 Palace Malice colt
629 150,000 Daredevil colt
759 rna 140,00 Union rags colt
780 460,000 Honor Code colt Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency for Josham Farms
797 375,000 Daredevil colt
803 190,000 Into Mischief filly bought by William K Werner
835 rna 65,000 Bernardini colt
848 200,000 Hard Spun colt – Dixie Chicken Sean Fitzhenry bred sold by Keith lancaster
872 200,00 Quality Road – El Prado Essence colt – L. Cappuccitti
887 100,000 Lemon Drop Kid colt bought by William Werner
932 500,000 City Zip – Forest Gamble colt bred by Ivan Dalos, sold by Warrendale to Godolphin
944 300,000 Lemon Drop Kid colt Sean Fitzhenry
Book Two Canadian-breds:
ONTARIO 1027 1063 1114 1147 1154 1204 1243
1269 1274 1293 1316 1361 1371 1390
1397 1412 1416 1445 1479 1568 1605
1635 1640 1718 1731 1769 1801
WHAT’S NEXT FOR WINDFIELDS?