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DESTINATION LOUISVILLE: A CANADIAN PATH TO THE CUP, EH?

Woodbine racetrack rolled out the green carpet this weekend, putting up $2.5 million for five Canadian graded stakes on grass, led by Sunday’s $1-million Woodbine Mile Stakes, a Grade 1 Win and You’re In event that guaranteed winner Court Vision a starting berth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs Nov. 6.

Two of the other races, the $200,000 Natalma Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and $250,000 Summer Stakes presented by TVG for 2-year-old males, also were part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series . The winners, New Normal in the Natalma and Pluck in the Summer Stakes, earned spots in the starting gate for their corresponding Breeders’ Cup races, the Juvenile Fillies Turf and Juvenile Turf.


The Grade 1 Northern Dancer, a $750,000 stakes at a mile and a half, was won by European invader Redwood, whose previous best was a Grade 3 victory at Goodwood in July. The victory doesn’t guarantee him a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, but he was an impressive winner, and if trainer Barry Hills and the Juddmonte Farms braintrust opt to bring him back for the Breeders’ Cup, his Northern Dancer performance should leave a very good impression on the field selection panel. Right now, though, it looks more likely the 4-year-old by High Chaparral will return to Woodbine next month for the Canadian International.

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