Defending victor Wigmore Hall and recent grade II winner Forte Dei Marmi are the 123-pound co-highweights in a talented eight-horse field for the $500,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes Presented by Vtech (Can-IT) at Woodbine Sept. 16, one of multiple graded events on the Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) undercard.
Race eight of 11 on Woodbine Mile Day, the Northern Dancer has also drawn the 3-year-old filly Irish Mission, winner of the June 3 Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser and runner-up to Strait of Dover in the Queen's Plate against males June 24. The Northern Dancer is contested over 1 1/2 miles of lawn with an approximate post time of 4:37 p.m. EDT. It will be covered by TVG and MSG+.
Wigmore Hall, a 5-year-old son of High Chaparral, has been quite the jetsetter since making his North American debut with a runner-up finish in the 2010 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington Park for owner Mark Hawtin. But his 2012 season has not shown the same talent of last year, when he took the Northern Dancer after scoring in a group II in Dubai and running third in the 2011 Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I). He has not won since the 2011 Northern Dancer, and comes off a seventh in the Aug. 18 Arlington Million (gr. IT) for trainer Michael Bell.