WHO ARE THE WISE GUY HORSES IN THE WOODBINE MILE?
A perusal of the social media networks of various horseplayers and racing outlets suggest that a few price horses are getting a lot of extra attention for tomorrow’s big race.
LANCASTER BOMBER has just a single career win but is a popular pick. The white-faced colt, who carries 12 pounds less than one of the favourites, World Approval, is in search of firm turf, which he will get.
The weather is expected to be very hot and the grass will be sizzling.
There is one Lancaster Bomber in Canada that is still in flying form, located in Hamilton, ON.
DUTCH CONNECTION, from the Godolphin team, is getting some respect on the overseas betting lines and DEAUVILLE is currently a formidable favourite.
BELMONT – WOODBINE PICK 5 BET
The New York Racing Association, Inc. announced today a Belmont-Woodbine Pick 5 wager for Woodbine Mile Day this Saturday, September 16.
The multi-race wager will include four graded stakes overall, including the Grade 1, $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, the Grade 2 Canadian and the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf – at Woodbine – as well as the Grade 2, $400,000 Sands Points at Belmont Park.
The sequence will start with the Canadian, which has an approximate post time of 4:30 p.m., followed by Race 7 at Belmont with a projected 4:41 p.m. post, the Northern Dancer at 5:34 p.m., the Sands Point at 5:45 p.m. and culminating with the Woodbine Mile and an expected post time of 6:39 p.m.
Belmont Park Live airs on Saturday from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET providing live coverage and analysis of the Grade 2 Sands Point from Belmont Park as well as special coverage of the Grade 2 Canadian and Grade 1 Northern Dancer from Woodbine. Saturday’s show will be broadcast on MSG+ as well as regional FOX Sports networks including FOX Sports Prime Ticket and FOX Sports San Diego.
The pool will be hosted by Woodbine and will feature a low takeout rate of 15 percent and a minimum wager of 20 cents. The wager will be listed as “XC Pick 5.”
WOODBINE MILE FIELD IS SET, AIDAN O’BRIEN PAIR FANCIED
The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) $1,000,000. Saturday – 12th race, post time 6:34 p.m.
Post Horse Trainer Jockey Odds Owner Notes
1 World Approval Mark Casse John Velazquez 7-2 Live Oak Plantation Comes off Grade 1 win, biggest score of his career
2 Tower of Texas Roger Attfield Eurico Rosa da Silva 12-1 Scott Dilworth, Tom Van Meter et al; 3rd time in the Mile
3 Long on Value Bill Mott Joel Rosario 15-1 Gary Barber, Wachtel, et al – Been sprinting and traveling
4 Best Bard Norman McKnight Rafael Hernandez 50-1 B Schickedanz Claimed from a win for $40,000 at Woodbine last start
5 Dragon Bay Stuart Simon Gary Boulanger 20-1 Brent, Russell McLellan, S Simon – – Still improving, versatile
6 Deauville (IRE) Aidan O’Brien Jamie Spencer 5-2 Magnier, Tabor Hrs. F. Hay – – 3rd in Arlington Million, looks like a miler
7 Conquest Panthera Mark Casse Patrick Husbands 12-1 Gary Barber – Won Play the King at 7 furlongs, unproven at distance
8 Mondialiste David O’Meara Jose Ortiz 8-1 G and S Turnull Won 2015 Woodbine Mile
9 Arod (IRE) David Simcock Harry Bentley 20-1 Qatar Racing Unraced since April, first start for new trainer
10 Lancaster Bomber Aidan O’Brien Wayne Lordan 9-2 Magnier/Tabor One career win, competitive in biggest Group 1’s this year
11 Dutch Connection (GB) Charlie Hills Mickael Barzalona 6-1 Godolphin fellow stretches out from sprints
12 Glenville Gardens Sid Attard Luis Contreras 20-1 In top form again for Janice Attard
MANDATORY HIGH 5 JACKPOT PAYOUT – Race 13 Woodbine
The excitement at Woodbine on Saturday does not end with the 21st WOODBINE MILE, race 12.
The final race of the day, a turf sprint for claiming fillies and mares, offeres the HI 5 Jackpot bet which will be paid out no matter how many winning tickets there are. The carryover is $1.3 million and the pool could grow to over $3 million.
The race, of course, is a tough handicapping puzzle so get working on it!
CLEARING OFF THE DESK
NESHAMA, the 2016 Woodbine Oaks winner, has been retired from racing and is currently at David Anderson’s Anderson Farms enjoying some grass. The daughter of Sligo Bay raced for Anderson, JOhn Fielding and Carnegie Hill Stable.
SUMMER SUNDAY, the undefeated 2-year-old filly of Bill and Anne Scott, has been put away for the remainder of the 2017 season, according to trainer Stuart Simon.
The daughter of Silent Name (Jpn) has won two stakes races in her three starts including the Muskoka Stakes last month. Simon said the filly had some niggling ‘2-year-old issues’ and will be rested and prepared for her 3-year-old campaign.
PINK LLOYD, the leading sprinter in the province, by-passed tomorrow’s Bold Venture Stakes following a rocky journey in the Kenora Stakes last month. The big 5-year-old lost a shoe in his victory and is recovering.
DON’T FORGET to get your tickets to the LONGRUN THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT SOCIETY GALA – next Friday at Woodbine. “CELEBRATE is s great evening of friends, fun, food and entertainment to celebrate 250 years of racing in Canada and the horses who made it happen. Wear your best red and white outfit to show how much you love this country – think lots of maple leafs and Don Cherry. Tickets $150.00 p.p. including open bar, plated meal, silent auction, entertainment and prizes!
If you work in the horse racing industry, say thank you to the horses and buy a ticket to a great night out!
BRITISH COLUMBIA YEARLING SALE
Average price increases 26%
A otal of 72 yearlings sold for $1,317,100 at the CTHS BC yearling sale earlier this week, marking a strong increase in average price and gross.
Median price rose from $8,000 to $9,000 fron one year ago.
A filly by ORB – JOURNEYOFALIFETIME sold for $108,000 to top the sale. The filly was sold by Whitewood Farm, agent to Mike Whieldon.
Whitewood, agent also sold the top colt, a $100,000 Midnite Lute, to David Forester agent.
The only other six figure yearling was a $100,000 filly by Graydar sold to Glen Todd by Klimes Farm, agent.
JAMIE MARTIN TO GRAND RIVER RACEWAY
DAY 4 KEENELAND SEPTEMBER
CARNEGIE HILL STABLE of Mitchell Kursner, went to $95,000 to buy a Canadian bred filly from the first crop of Will Take Charge (Unbridled’s Song) from the Mineshaft mare Dance Thewayyouare, bred by Track West Farm.
The bullish market at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale continued to generate strong trade among a global contingent of buyers on Thursday, producing healthy results and the sale of two fillies for $1 million each.
Keeneland sold 198 yearlings for a total of $47,231,000, an average of $238,540 and a median of $175,000 on Thursday, which marked the final day of the premier Week 1 portion of the September Sale. Through the first four days, Keeneland has sold 681 horses for gross sales of $196,645,000, for an average of $288,759 and a median of $200,000. Thirteen horses have sold for $1 million or more thus far compared to nine during last year’s entire September Sale.