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.
$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