The Woodbine Mile is coming up on Saturday, September 18! The race drew a field of ten of the top turf milers in North America to run a mile over Woodbine’s sweeping E. P. Taylor Turf Course.
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It took Up the Hill Farm’s So Long George until the middle of his three-year-old campaign to start showing he could be a consistent contender in the middle claiming ranks. Now in his four-year-old season he’s starting to show that he could be a good middle stakes horse, as well. Coming off a just-missed fourth place showing in the Grade II TVG King Edward Stakes at Woodbine in late June, the Kentucky-bred son of Arch made it to the graded-stakes winners’ circle by wining the $200,000 Grade II Nijinsky on Sunday.
With Emma Jayne-Wilson up, So Long George tracked the dueling pacesetter Arctic Fern, and race favorite Grand Arch, in fourth, just a length off the lead through a quick 47.67 half-mile. Driven up the rail, he poked his head in front coming to the top of the stretch, and held on for a ¾ length win over 23-1 longshot Hampstead Heath in the 1 1/8 miles turf event. The winning 4-6 exacta paid $423.40, and with 40-1 Classic Bryce getting up for fourth, the $1 Superfecta returned $10,465.65. So Long George is now two-for-three in 2013.
Another horse claiming her a first career lifetime stakes win on Sunday was Leigh Court, who took the $125,000 Duchess Stakes, for three-year-old fillies over seven furlongs on the Polytrack. Racing in the lead throughout, Leigh Court pulled away convincingly to win by 5 ½ lengths over Captivating Dancer, with race favorite Sky Treasure third. The race was significant for popular veteran jockey Gary Boulanger, as it was his first stakes win at Woodbine in eight years, following a lengthy time away from riding as he recovered from serious injury suffered in a spill in 2005.
Sunday, August 22 is the most exciting race day in Canada: the day of the 2021 Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack! The race drew a field of 13 Canadian-bred three-year-olds to go a mile and a quarter on Woodbine’s Tapeta main track. They are fighting for a $1,000,000 purse, a place in Canadian horse racing history, and the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown.
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