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Woodbine Mile: Court Vision Set to Defend Title

Six-year-old Court Vision will try to defend his crown when the Grade 1, $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile field goes to the post on Sunday.


He'll be racing for a new owner, Spendthrift Farm, who purchased him last month, and a new trainer, Dale Romans.  But he'll have the same rider, Robby Albarado, who was aboard for the impressive score last year, when, coming off a three-month layoff, Court Vision rallied in mid-stretch to win by one and one-quarter lengths over The Usual Q.T.  


"He came to me in very good shape," said Romans, who has enjoyed great success this year in the United States, with Preakness winner Shackleford leading the way.  "Rick (trainer Dutrow Jr.) had him in good condition, especially for a horse his age.  And, considering the campaign he's had over his life, he's unbelievably sound and in good health."


The son of Gulch is the field's leading money winner, with over $2.6 million from 29 starts, but will not be favoured, as Courageous Cat will likely inherit that role.   Court Vision hasn't won in five races since last year's Mile, but is coming up to the race well (off another three-month layoff), after a solid five-furlong breeze Monday in 1:02 over the main track at Churchill Downs.  


"I liked the way he worked," said Romans.  "He's fresh, he's coming up to it excellent and we're hoping he can do it again."

 

 

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Right One with G. Gomez looks solid.
Court Vision beat a better field than this last year. The Usual QT, who should have won last year, is days better than most of this unheralded bunch. Court Vision's lack of recent form is the problem Sunday.
medlocke, I agree with you on Side Glance...very dangerous here, as is Courageous Cat. This race always draws a high caliber field, which IMO makes a repeat by Court Vision unlikely.
There's a few horses coming to Woodbine from the UK for this year's Woodbine Mile. But the best of the lot will definitely be Side Glance, IMO. Side Glance has been on a bit of roll in the UK of late in mile turf races. He won the listed Paradise Stakes at Ascot and the listed Royal Windsor Stakes at Windsor over a mile. Went back to Ascot and finished 3rd behind Dick Turpin in the G2 Summer Mile Stakes. And most recently, Side Glance just defeated Dance and Dance at Salisbury in the G3 Sovereign Stakes over a mile. Dance and Dance will also be in the Woodbine Mile field as well.

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