Five proven graded winners will try for their first top-level victory in North America Sept. 13 in the $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes Presented by HPIBet (Can-IT) at Woodbine.
English invader Sheikhzayedroad made a successful North American debut when he held off Dynamic Sky in a tight finish in the $282,711 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Can-IT) Sept. 14 at Woodbine.
Midway, Ky., farm will add a second synthetic track and seven barns for training, broodmares, and yearlings.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Woodbine Mile, Northern Dancer Turf Stakes, Garden City Stakes and reflects on the history of the Woodbine Mile. watch video
Forte Dei Marmi completed his climb to the top of the stakes ladder Sept. 15 with a victory in the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine, the first grade I score for the veteran turf runner.
Forte Dei Marmi, looking to improve on his third-place effort of a year ago, heads a field of seven entered in the $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Can-IT) Presented by Vtech Sept. 15 at Woodbine.
Since Woodbine Race Course inaugurated the Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) in 2005, the 1 1/2-mile turf event has been dominated by trainer Roger Attfield, who will seek to extend his win total to six July 7 .
Newsdad, Ioya Bigtime, and Twilight Eclipse will shake it up Feb. 16 in the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, while Starformer and Closing Range tangle in the $100,000 Very One (gr. III).
He had one horse beaten in the stretch run, but Mucho Mas Macho kicked into gear when it mattered to upset the $150,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 12 at Gulfstream Park.
Seeking redemption from a lackluster dirt effort last time out, Dominus returns to the lawn in the $150,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (gr. IIT) Jan. 12 at Gulfstream Park.
Favored Fifty Proof, Canada's champion older male of 2011, returned from 16-month layoff to take the $127,321 Sir Barton Stakes in front-running style at Woodbine Dec. 2.
Fifty Proof, idle since a second-place effort in the Nijinsky Stakes (Can-II) in July 2011, returns to action in the $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes Dec. 3 at Woodbine.
Marsh Side, a Canadian grade I winner, sired his first foal when the Compliance mare Kerry Offaly produced a colt Jan. 31.
The Dec. 11 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races have enough subplots to keep any racing fan guessing.
Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms may have taken the worst of things in the Dec. 7 barrier draw for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races.
Redwood has been pegged as the slight 4-1 morning line favorite for the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) at Woodbine Oct. 15 as a record 16 horses were entered.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Woodbine's grade I Northern Dancer Turf Stakes freshly added to his race record, Irish-bred Wigmore Hall adds to a breakout year for the Sadler's Wells stallion High Chaparral.
Fifty Proof, a tough-luck loser in his last two starts on the Woodbine turf course, will try to make amends in the $250,000 Sky Classic (Can-IIT) Aug. 21 in Toronto.
Windward Islands collared odds-on choice Fifty Proof just past mid-stretch and edged away in the closing strides to successfully defend his title in the $329,793 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) on a yielding Woodbine turf course.
Seven-year-old Windward Islands, who recorded his biggest win in the 2010 Nijinsky (Can-IIT), is back for another try when he faces five others in the July 24 race at Woodbine.
Musketier, given a confident ride by John Velazquez, hooked up with Grassy in the final furlong to prevail by a neck for his second win in the $152,984 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) June 26 at Woodbine.
Making his stakes debut, Aurora Meadows and Oxbridge Farm's Court of the Realm held off the determined run of Fifty Proof to win the $269,200 King Edward (Can-IIT) June 25 at Woodbine.
Veteran grass runners take the stage in a pair of stakes earlier on the Queen's Plate card in the $200,000 Highlander (Can-IIT) and the $150,000 Singspiel (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine June 26.
Grand Adventure, who captured the most lucrative win of his career in last year's King Edward Stakes (Can-IIT), is back to defend his title in the one-mile turf event worth $250,000 at Woodbine June 25.
Multiple Eclipse Award winner and $5.3 million earner Gio Ponti heads the field of 10 turf specialists that have been entered for the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on the June 8 Belmont Stakes card.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Expansion||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Fifty Proof||Ian Black||
|Marsh Side||Neil D. Drysdale||
|Memorial Maniac||Brianne A. Slater||
|Perfect Shower||Roger L. Attfield||
|Redwood (GB)||Charles Hills||
|Spice Route (GB)||Roger L. Attfield||
|Windward Islands||Mark R. Frostad||
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