|PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL S.|
Won at 5PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL S.
(CAN-I , 12f , defeating Spice Route (GB), Champs Elysees (GB), Seaside Retreat, Doctor Dino (FR), Mourilyan (IRE), Lauro (GER), Lucarno, Quijano (GER), Marlang ).
Marsh Side, 12th and last in the 2007 Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT), stormed home a 13Ú4-length winner in the 2008 edition. The 11Ú2-mile distance of one of WoodbineÕs signature races didnÕt phase the son of Gone West, who was winning the second 12-furlong race of his career and holds the Polytrack record at Woodbine for 13Ú4 miles.
The Canadian International snapped a long dry spell for Marsh Side. The 5-year-old was last on the board 141Ú2 months ago when placing in the 2007 Northern Dancer BreedersÕ Cup Turf Stakes (Can-IIT) and last won in December of 2006 when taking the Valedictory Stakes. He had knocked on the door a few times, however, most notably when a very close fourth in last monthÕs Northern Dancer.
Ò(Marsh Side) knows the track and heÕs done so well here; we knew we were on a winner,Ó said Patrick Lawley-Wakelin, who serves as racing manager for owner-breeder Robert S. ÒShelÓ Evans. ÒHe ran in the Northern Dancer and was just three-quarters of a length off winner Champs Elysees, so we all decided to come back and give it another try.Ó
Evans has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with the Sport of Kings. Among the top horses he has bred are BreedersÕ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Cash Run and her grade I-winning half-brother Forestry. His brother, Edward, bred 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam. His father, Thomas, bred and raced 1981 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner champion Pleasant Colony. Evans himself bought his first horse at age 21 at KeenelandÕs July yearling sale in 1965.
Marsh Side was produced by the Pleasant Colony mare Colonial Play. Winner of the 1998 Orchid Handicap (gr. IIT), Colonial Play is out of Meteor Stage, whose four graded/group stakes winners included Eclipse champion 2-year-old filly Pleasant Stage.
Meteor Stage herself is a half-sibling to grade I winners A Phenomenon and Seattle Meteor. Marsh SideÕs first three dams, all major producers, were bred by EvansÕ father. The family is thick with high-quality black-type.
ÒCalifornia, here we come,Ó said Lawley-Wakelin, referring to the Oct. 25 Emirates Airline BreedersÕ Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. Marsh Side is trained by California-based Neil Drysdale and has run at Del Mar, Hollywood Park, and Golden Gate Fields this year.
Gone West has three champions among his 94 career stakes winners. His five added-money winners this year include Acorn (gr. I) winner Zaftig and Cinema (gr. IIIT) winner Tiz West. The 24-year-old son of Mr. Prospector stands at Dr. John and Alice ChandlerÕs Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, where his 2008 fee was $85,000.ÑJ.W.
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