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Turallure’s Scintillating Late Speed Decides Woodbine Mile

Charles Lopresti trainee Turallure stormed down the grandstand side of the E.P. Taylor Turf Course to win the 15th edition of the $1 million Woodbine Mile, which was sponsored by Ricoh.
On the inside and in ninth early, jockey Julien Leparoux timed the flashy four-year-old gray’s move to perfection, angling out in mid-stretch and reeling in rivals one by one.
Even though Turallure only finished a neck in front of odds-on favorite Courageous Cat, from inside the eighth pole it was clear he was travelling best and would be hard to stave off. Right One was another nose back in third.
The victory is the second consecutive victory for the son of Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando, who competed in the Atto Mile in 2003.
Before the Woodbine Mile, the Four D Stables homebred won the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch by 2 ½ lengths over Get Stormy, himself a Grade 1 winner.
Turallure is now 6-for-15 lifetime with close to $900,000 in earnings.
With the victory, the Kentucky-bred is guaranteed a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs, where he has a first, a second and two thirds in his past four starts over the Louisville track’s turf course.
Turallure returned $14.90 to win.
Two races earlier on the card, Irish-bred four-year-old Wigmore Hall rallied up the inside to collar Simmard in the $500,000 Northern Dancer Turf at 1 ½ miles.
Wigmore Hall entered the Northern Dancer on the strength of a troubled fourth-place finish to Cape Blanco in the Grade 1 Arlington Million.
Finishing third was Al Khali, who was fourth in last year’s Pattison Canadian International.
Off as the 7-5 favorite, Wigmore Hall was guided by Jamie Spencer. He is trained by Michael Bell.

 

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I join the Horse Racing Nation team as a longtime fan and enthusiastic student of Canadian thoroughbred racing. With 22 years of race-watching and form-studying under my belt, I’m a graduate of an era that brought stars like With Approval, Izvestia, Dance Smartly and Peteski. I spent the better part of the 1990s as a casual fan, attending races on weekends. I had the privilege of being in the grandstand on one of the premiere days in Woodbine lore – the 1996 Breeders’ Cup, the one and only time the Stanley Cup of thoroughbred racing was held outside of the United States.
 
In 2000, about two years after graduating from Carleton University with a Journalism degree, I crossed the apron and joined the employee ranks at the Woodbine Entertainment Group, taking a position as a field camera operator that eventually led to an Associate Producer’s role in the Woodbine Broadcast Department. I developed and produced several regular segments that have aired over Woodbine’s simulcast network as well as on the national network broadcasts.  In 2005, I moved to the Woodbine Publicity Office to perform various media relations duties and write for WoodbineEntertainment.com.
 
If there’s a thread that defined my 11-year tenure during all three WEG positions, it’s that I engineered my contribution around bridging the information gap between fan and horse.  One such initiative came in 2010, when I endeavored to bring fans regular morning Woodbine workout coverage, shooting and uploading close to 500 videos over the season. While I have moved on from my communications coordinator position to pursue different freelance opportunities, my dedication to providing fans with relevant insight and unique information won’t ever cease to be a part of my ongoing adventures in horse racing.