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Joshua Tree back in form for Canadian International

10/13/2012 11:04 AM
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No stranger to Woodbine, #8 Joshua Tree took the 2010 edition of the Canadian International in what was a dramatic, noses-apart finish.  Just after that race, Joshua Tree spent his 4 year-old racing season searching to regain his 3 year-old glory before flashing his brilliance once again in the 2011 edition of the Canadian International with a sharp 2nd place finish.  After a sluggish start in his races this past Winter and Spring, he appears to have finally found that winning stride and will be a dangerous foe in the Canadian International.  When at his best, Joshua Tree's best weapon is his deadly turn of foot.  Given pace analysis, I expect him to be sitting 4th or 5th early on before unleashing his late fury as he attempts to hold off the advances of #3 Forte Dei Marmi, #6 Wigmore Hall and #7 Reliable Man #3 Forte Dei Marmi is my top North American pick here to hit the board (and possibly an upset win) at generous odds.  #7 Reliable Man appears to be an up and comer and deserves respect.  We all know how successful Irish-breds are on the Woodbine turf and particularly in this race.  He'll lay close to the leaders early and will be well positioned in the stretch.  #10 Imperial Monarch, another Irish bred, is the lone 3 year-old in the field.  Certainly an in-the-money finish is possible but against these, I think he'll need a race.

The Wager:

$1 Superfecta 8 with 3,6,7,10 with 1,3,4,6,7,9,10 with All

$1 Trifecta 3,6,7 with 8 with 1,3,4,6,7,9,10

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Given how much Joshua Tree likes the turf course at Woodbine, and his last 3 races prior to today coming had produced a 2nd in the G2 Princess of Wales Stakes, 1st in the G2 Prix Kergolay, and 3rd in the G2 Prix Foy, it was not think he had a big chance of winning the G1 Canadian International Stakes again. That being said, Dandino ran a monster race in 2nd and was closing down Joshua Tree like a shot through the stretch. Another 10 or 15 yards max in that race and Jim Crowley may have stolen Frankie Dettori's thunder at Woodbine today, IMO.
ILuvTurfRacing | 10/14/2012 8:05 PM |  - Re: Joshua Tree back in form...
Watched the race again, and really Dettori gave him a masterful ride, saving ground, taking advantage of the preserved 1-2-3 lanes. Joshua Tree, though, all class. I love the Montjeu's. My show pick--Air Support--ran respectably to finish 5th...I might point out.
yukichan | 10/14/2012 5:13 PM |  - Re: Joshua Tree back in form...
Also came up that fast rail
travel_vic | 10/14/2012 5:00 PM |  - Re: Joshua Tree back in form...
Irish bred does it again.....Forget the rest, just bet the IRISH
travel_vic | 10/14/2012 4:51 PM |  - Re: Joshua Tree back in form...
Excellent ride to fool the deep movers. Bravo
travel_vic | 10/14/2012 4:50 PM |  - Re: Joshua Tree back in form...
Old seconditis Khali. On paper he should have won several but this one cannot get there
travel_vic | 10/14/2012 12:49 PM |  - Re: Joshua Tree back in form...
Al Khali scratched due to yielding turf...
yukichan | 10/14/2012 12:47 PM |  - Re: Joshua Tree back in form...
8,7,4,3
Mary Z. | 10/14/2012 12:24 PM |  - Re: Joshua Tree back in form...
My vet connection says that all are thriving in the barns. She think Kissable does NOT act like her name and to quote her "is a nasty little BI*CH."
travel_vic | 10/14/2012 9:18 AM |  - Re: Joshua Tree back in form...
My pick.
yukichan | 10/14/2012 8:58 AM |  - Re: Joshua Tree back in form...
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