Canadian International Draws Solid Cast
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Sat 26/10/2013 - 12:43 EDT
A strong field including a two-time past winner and a UK-bred finding his best success most recently on the Woodbine turf is expected to go to the post Sunday for the Grade I $1,000,000 Pattison Canadian International Stakes for three-year-olds and up going 1 1/2 miles on the EP Taylor Turf. The 76th running of the world famous event has drawn a field of 11 with Forte Dei Marmi (3-1 on the morning line) and Joshua Tree (6-1) two of the main contenders.
Forte Dei Marmi has won three in a row
A seven-year-old gelding out of the UK mare Frangy, Forte Dei Marmi is now into his third season of racing in North America, with all of his best efforts coming on the Woodbine grass. Since running third in the International last year, he has tried Grade II company in the US with little success. Returning north of the border in mid-summer, he’s reeled off three straight wins, including most recently a win in the Grade I Northern Dancer Turf Stakes, run at the International distance.
Kentucky shipper never worse than third in 2013
Joshua Tree, meanwhile, has done all of his running overseas, except for three straight years that he’s shipped over for the International, winning in 2010, finishing second in 2011, and then winning again last year. Another in the field expected to attract some interest at the windows is Hyper (5-1) and Chad Brown trained Kentucky-bred, who last time out won the Grade II Bowling Green Handicap at Belmont, and who has been in the money in all seven starts this year. Making his North American debut is Seismos (10-1), a Group I winner in Germany.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.