Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Photo Essay: Bridgetown and Bay to Bay Win Their Way In to the Breeders' Cup

Forgive me for looking ahead at the Woodbine Stakes schedule. It's just that after being treated to a weekend of turf royalty this past weekend, I cannot help but sneak a peak towards the contenders for the Pattison Canadian International.

Less than a month away on SATURDAY October 17th, Woodbine patrons will be treated to three Breeders' Cup Win & You're In races.

$500,000 NEARCTIC STAKES - Saturday, October 17 (Gr. 2, Turf) WAYI

$1,000,000 E.P. TAYLOR STAKES - Saturday, October 17 (Gr. 1, Turf)WAYI

$2,000,000 PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL - Saturday, October 17 (Gr. 1, Turf) WAYI

Google Alerts have been filling up my email Inbox with a variety of potential contenders for the Grade One turf event that always draws a talented group of horses from across the world. Below you'll find a few links to stories of some of the horses likely to be at Woodbine next month.

Jukebox Jury could be on his way to the Canadian International according to Sep. 20 Racing Post article.

Trainer Mark Casse states Marchfield to run in Canadian International according to Sep. 22nd Bill Tallon article.

Buccellati pointed at Canadian International states Sep. 19 UKPA story.

Jambalaya, who won the 2007 Arlington Million last out, made a victorious return to racing at Woodbine on Fri. Sep 18th.

Racing Post reported on Sep. 16th that Ask will be asked to skip the Arc de Triomphe and win the Canadian International.

Sep. 9 Irish Times article reports Casual Conquest MIGHT be headed to Canadian International.

Locals Musketier and Spice Route also pointed to the Canadian International by trainer Roger Attfield.

No doubt even more contenders will be discussed over the coming weeks. I'll do my best to keep you posted - not only for the International, but also for the Nearctic and the E.P Taylor Stakes.

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While Ventura, Just as Well, Princess Haya, Bridgetown and Bay to Bay were the big winners this weekend, I did snap quite a few photos of other talented individuals as well.

Michelle Rainford guided Scott Fairlie's Put Upon to a neat win on the undercard

Saratoga maiden breaker Gitchee Goomie makes her way to the paddock for the Natalama Stakes

Biofuel stares down the camera

Julien Leparoux strolls through the garden to Gitchee Goomie

Rafael Bejerano gets some last minute instructions about shipper Elusive Galaxy

Elusive Galaxy gets some last minute instructions about shipper Rafael Bejerano

Trainer Brian Lynch advises David Clark to lean in during the stretch run

Jono Jones guides Redverse to the track

Everyone is smiling in this photo as Luis Contreras prepares Jungle Tale for battle

Bejerano and Elusive Galaxy parade for the Woodbine patrons

A victorious Bay to Bay bathes by the by

Benestar looked gorgeous in the walking ring ahead of the Summer Stakes

Bridgetown believes he's even more beautiful than Benestar

Assistant trainer Skip Bowen takes Stormy Lord for a walk

Fantastico Roberto gets low to the ground like a middle linebacker preparing to tackle some tough two-year-olds

So fanstico let's take another look!

Do not adjust your sets. Yes, that's Todd Kabel in the tartan silks of Eastland Partners 2008.

Jimmy Mac aboard the super fast Korvette Kid

Jockey Ariel Smith makes a rare Woodbine appearance aboard Yesnabay

Chris DeCarlo was in town to ride Fantastico Roberto. If you squint, you can just make out Becky's Kitten sticking her tongue out at her competitor. Talk about gamesmanship.

Julien Leparoux sitting tall aboard the cheeky Becky's Kitten

A fantastic ride by Rob Landry as Bridgetown wins the Summer Stakes. Becky's Kitten sneaks in along the rail...

The lovely Elissa Blowe gets the details from Landry

Bridgetown shows off his snazzy new blanket

It was a tremendous Win and You're In weekend at Woodbine. Absolutely incredible to see so many current and future stars of racing grace the backstretch dazzling us with their morning gallops.

Thanks for the memories Ventura. Good luck in the Filly and Mare Sprint

Catch her if you can...Ventura out for a gallop on a gloomy morning

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This Sunday Woodbine will see the return of Queen's Plate winner Eye of the Leopard in the Ontario Derby

More on the Ontario Derby and other Woodbine news later this week.

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