eyes will be on Toronto’s Woodbine Racecourse this weekend when Canada’s center
of Thoroughbred racing presents six graded stakes with purses totaling just
under $2.5 million. On-site to deliver exclusive, live coverage of all the
action will be TVG, America’s Horseracing Network.
Topping the action will be the 25th
running of the Grade I, $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile, scheduled for Sunday at
5:42 p.m. ET. Saturday’s feature is the Grade II, $250,000 Summer Stakes
Presented by TVG, which has a scheduled post time of 5:21 p.m. ET.
The Woodbine Mile, an event for horses
age three-and-up, will be simulcast on MSG+ and MASN, while the Summer Stakes
Presented by TVG will also air on MSG+.
A field of nine, headed by Wise Dan and Cityscape, is expected for the Woodbine Mile. Wise Dan, trained by
Chuck Lopresti, who won last year’s race with Turallure, is coming off a
smashing win in Saratoga’s Fourstardave. Cityscape, one of three European-based
horses in the race, won the $5 million Dubai Duty Free back in March.
Handling the coverage for TVG will
be Simon Bray and Paul LoDuca.
Also on Saturday’s schedule is the Grade
II, $250,000 Natalma Stakes, a one-mile turf race for two-year-old fillies. Sunday’s
program also features the Grade I, $500,000 Northern Dancer; the Grade II,
$300,000 Canadian Stakes and the Grade III, $150,000 Ontario Derby. The
Northern Dancer is a 1 and ½ mile turf race for horses three-and-up, the
Canadian Stakes features fillies and mares age three-and-up going 1 and 1/8-miles
on the turf and the Ontario Derby presents three-year-olds traveling 1 and 1/8
miles on Woodbine’s synthetic surface.
“We look forward to covering this big
weekend of racing from Woodbine, which, throughout the year, hosts some of
North America’s most important events,” said Tony Allevato, TVG executive vice
president. “With six stakes to be run, there will be lots of excitement and
action for our viewers to enjoy.”
TVG account holders can wager on
all Woodbine races at tvg.com.