It was an ominous beginning for Irish-bred Joshua Tree, who delayed the start of the $2 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) because he lost a shoe in the paddock.
But after he got his equipment
issues figured out the 3-year-old colt was just fine, as he took the
lead in mid-stretch and desperately held off the late charges of Mores Wells and favored Redwood to score by a head for the biggest win of his career Oct. 16 at Woodbine.
Joshua Tree, who was making his
North American debut for trainer Aidan O’Brien, earned an automatic
berth to the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 6 at
Churchill Downs. The son of Montjeu
was winless in two starts this season entering the 12-furlong Canadian
International, but was a group II winner at Ascot as a juvenile. He is
owned by Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Khalifa Bin
Hamad At Attyah.