Doctor Dino's last visit to North America resulted in a win in the Man o'War (gr.I) at Belmont.

Doctor Dino's last visit to North America resulted in a win in the Man o'War (gr.I) at Belmont.

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Doctor Dino Leads Canadian International

French invader leads strong field of 10 in Woodbine's Breeders' Cup Turf qualifier.

(from Woodbine report)

The much-traveled French-bred Doctor Dino heads a field of 10 evenly-matched turf specialists entered in the $2-million Pattison Canadian International (Can-I) on the Woodbine turf course Oct. 4.

The 1 1/2-mile Canadian International is the main event on the richest non- Breeders' Cup program in Woodine history, a card that also features three other graded turf stakes -- the $1-million E.P. Taylor (Can-I) for fillies and mares, the $500,000 Nearctic (Can-II) for sprinters, and the $300,000 Summer (Can-III) for 2-year-olds. All four events are Breeders’ Cup "Win and You’re In" races, meaning the winners also earn berths into their respective Breeders’ Cup races Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita. The International winner has a guaranteed spot in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

Winner of he Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) last December in Sha Tin and the Man O' War (gr. IT) at Belmont Park more than a year ago, Doctor Dino enters the International as the field's leading money winner with $2,756,980 as an eight-time winner in a 27-race career. Trained by Richard Gibson for Javier Martinez Salmean, the 6-year-old son of Muhtathir has won once in four starts in 2008, that coming in Grand Prix de Chantilly (Fr-II) on a yielding turf June 1.

To be ridden for the first time by Frankie Dettori, who has won two previous Internationals aboard Mutafaweq (2000) and Sulamani (2004), Doctor Dino enters the Pattison off a second-place finish to Getaway in the Grand Prix de Deauville (Fr-II) on Aug. 31. Only two French-breds have won the International, the last being champion All Along in 1983.

Juddmonte Farms’ Champs Elysees, to be ridden by Garrett Gomez, will also attract plenty of support following his thrilling nose triumph in the Northern Dancer (Can-I) at Woodbine on Sept. 7,  pushing him over the $1 million mark in earnings.  Earlier in the year, the British homebred 5-year-old son of Danehill took the San Marcos (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita, also with Gomez aboard.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel, Champs Elysees, out of the dam Hasili, is a full-brother to Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) winners Banks Hill and Intercontinental, and another grade I winner, Cacique. He’s also a half-brother to grade I winner Heat Haze. Juddmonte has won two previous Internationals, with French Glory in 1990 and with stakes record-holder Raintrap in 1994, their last entrant in the turf classic. British-breds have won six Internationals, the latest by Collier Hill in 2006.

German-bred Quijano, trained by Peter Schiergen, makes his second straight start in the International and his third appearance at Woodbine. Last year, Quijano closed well on the outside to finish third, just a length behind Cloudy’s Knight and Ask.

The 6-year-old gelded son of former German star Acatenango won the Gran Premio di Milano (Ity-I) on June 15 prior to his tough defeat to Pattison rival Champs Elysees in the Northern Dancer. The first five finishers in the Northern Dancer were separated by only one length, and all are coming back for another round in the Pattison.

Overall, Quijano has won 13 of 23 career starts and nearly $2 million for his owner-breeder Stiftung Gestuet Fahrhof. Andrasch Starke climbs aboard for the 14th consecutive time.

Gustav Schickedanz’s Ontario homebred Marlang is the only 3-year-old in the Pattison and will carry 119 pounds versus the 126 carried by each of his nine rivals. Trained by Debbie England, Marlang enters off a two-race win streak, having taken the Breeders’ Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown on Aug. 3 at the same distance, and most recently the 1 3/16-mile Saranac (gr. IIIT) at Saratoga on Aug. 31.

Marlang, by Langfuhr , will try to become the first Canadian-bred to win the International since Thornfield in 1999, who, coincidentally, was trained by England’s husband Phil, and ridden by Richard Dos Ramos, who will also be aboard on Saturday.

Augustin Stable’s 4-year-old Lucarno, a Pennsylvania homebred son of Dynaformer, arrives from his base in England for trainer John Gosden. Lucarno enjoyed a banner 3-year-old season, winning the St. Leger (Eng-I) at Doncaster and the Great Voltigeur (Eng-II) at York, en route to earning just over $1 million.

This year, Lucarno has a single win, the Princess of Wales’s Stakes (Eng-II), in five outings. He’ll be ridden by Jimmy Fortune, who finished third to Thornfield while aboard Courteous in the 1999 International.

Seaside Retreat, owned by William Farish Jr., has won three of his seven 2008 outings, including the Nijinsky Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine Aug. 4 in track-record time for the 10-furlong turf event. After making just one start in 2007, the 5-year-old gelded son of King Cugat has seven career wins in 20 starts and is approaching the $1 million mark after his third-place finish in the Northern Dancer.

Trained by the reigning two-time Sovereign Award winner Mark Casse, who will be saddling his first Pattison entrant, Seaside Retreat will be ridden by Patrick Husbands, a five-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada’s outstanding jockey.

Harlequin Ranches’ British-bred Spice Route, to be ridden by Jim McAleney, is trained by the venerable Roger Attfield, who is still seeking his first International win after second-place finishes with Alywow in 1994 and Steady Power in 1989.

Completing the field are Irish-bred Mourilyan, trained by Herman Brown for owner Ramzan Kadyrov, the President of Chechen Republic; German homebred Lauro, trained by Andreas Wohler for Gestut Ittlingen; and Marsh Side, trained by Neil Drysdale for owner-breeder Robert Evans.   

$2 Million Pattison Canadian International Stakes (Can-I, Race 10, 5:48 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 1/2 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Mourilyan (IRE), 126, John F. Egan
2. Marlang (ON), 119, Richard A. Dos Ramos
3. Doctor Dino (FR), 126, Lanfranco Dettori
4. Quijano (GER), 126, Andrasch Starke
5. Champs Elysees (GB), 126, Garrett K. Gomez
6. Marsh Side (KY), 126, Javier Castellano
7. Lauro (GER), 126, Eduardo Pedroza
8. Seaside Retreat (KY), 126, Patrick Husbands
9. Lucarno (PA), 126, Jimmy Fortune
10. Spice Route (GB), 126, James McAleney