Woodbine Mile 2019: Post positions, odds and more

September 14, 2019 08:51am
Woodbine Mile 2019: Post positions, odds and more
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Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile appears to come down to two questions: Is Got Stormy the next Tepin, or is another in this field of 11 poised to upset the Mark Casse trainee?

The winner here scores a free trip to the Breeders’ Cup Mile — remember, that’s the turf race — with, accordingly, the Chad Brown-trained Raging Bull second on the morning line.

As for Got Stormy, a 4-year-old by Get Stormy, she enters off a huge week at Saratoga. On Aug. 3, she won the De La Rose Stakes, then turned around Aug. 10 to take a major step up, winning the Fourstardave (G1) over open company.

Casse has already likened him to his former Eclipse Award-winning mare who won the 2016 Woodbine Mile. We’ll see if Got Stormy pulls through with a victory of her own when they go postward at 5:42 p.m. ET.

Here’s a full look at the field:

TimeformUS’ Pace Projector sees the duo of Awesometank and American Guru on the lead. The former just finished second, by the way, to top turf mare Sistercharlie in Arlington Park’s Beverly D. (G1) in what was her North American debut.

The favorite is expected to come from mid-pack, while Raging Bull is more of a closer.

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Woodbine Mile undercard

Four stakes, all graded, run on Saturday at the Toronto oval, where first post time is 1:05 p.m. ET and 12 races run in all. Get a closer look at the stakes…

Race 3: Grade 3 Bold Venture (2:14 p.m.)

Race 7: Grade 2 Canadian Stakes (4:30 p.m.)

Race 9: Grade 1 Woodbine Mile (5:42 p.m.)

Race 10: Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf (6:17 p.m.)

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 Stormy, coming off an impressive win over males in Saratoga’s Fourstardave, will be looking to replicate that feat when she goes postward as the one to beat in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile.

The Woodbine Mile winner will be entitled to a fees-paid berth in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile, which will be run at Santa Anita Park on November 2.

The 4-year-old
 Got Stormy, owned by Gary Barber and Southern Equine Stable, was taking a sharp step upward in the one-mile Fourstardave and doubling up on the Saratoga turf course after capturing the restricted De La Rose Stakes over fellow distaffers a scant week earlier.

Her trainer, Mark Casse, will be looking for his third win in the Woodbine Mile after scoring back-to-back with the supermare Tepin in 2016 and World Approval the following year.

 Stormy also has experience over the Woodbine Mile course and distance, having become a graded stakes winner last year in the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen.

Tyler Gaffalione, who had been the Kentucky-bred’s regular rider but had the Fourstardave mount on the Casse-conditioned March to the Arch, will be back in the saddle as he competes in Canada for the first time.

Raging Bull was the second choice in the Fourstardave but, like Got Stormy, the four-year-old French-bred colt found himself well off the pace when runaway leader Gidu opened up by double digits. Rallying
wide from last in the field of 10, Raging Bull was beaten 2 ½ lengths but won the battle for second money over favored stablemate Uni and March to the Arch.

Joel Rosario, who piloted Raging Bull to victory in Del Mar’s Grade 1 Hollywood Derby and Saratoga’s Grade 2 Hall of Fame and Grade 3 Saranac last year, regains the mount. 
His trainer, Chad Brown, is riding the crest of three straight Eclipse Awards and a second consecutive Saratoga training title.

Lucullan is conditioned by Kiaran McLaughlin, who won the 2007 Woodbine Mile with Shakespeare, and races for the international powerhouse Godolphin.

A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred, Lucullan showed ability last year and finished second in Belmont’s Grade 3 Hill Prince over 1 1/8 miles of turf, splitting subsequent multiple Grade 1 winners Yoshida and Bricks and Mortar.

The turf specialist is 2-for-2 this year with those victories coming at 1 1/16 miles in an allowance race at Belmont and Saratoga’s Lure for non-winners of a stakes race this season.

Luis Saez, aboard for those two tallies, again will do the honors.

Awesometank, a five-time listed stakes winner and placed in two Group 3 stakes in England, will be journeying across the pond for the second time this year.

In her first trip, the 4-year-old filly finished second behind Sistercharlie, last year’s Eclipse Award winner as Champion Turf Female, in the Beverly D. over 1 3/16 miles at Arlington for trainer William Haggas.

John Egan will travel over for the mount.

Synchrony, winner of the Grade 2 King Edward over one mile of grass here June 29, has been freshened for a return engagement in the Woodbine Mile.

The 6-year-old Pin Oak Stable homebred, who is based in Maryland with trainer Michael Stidham, was recording his second Grade 2 stakes win to go along with four Grade 3 tallies, all on the turf.

Flavien Prat, winner of this year’s Queen’s Plate aboard One Bad Boy and the Kentucky Derby via disqualification with Country House, will ride Synchrony for the first time.

Trained by Conor Murphy, Emmaus is also returning for his first start since finishing fourth in the King Edward, beaten two lengths by the winner.

A three-time listed stakes winner in England, Emmaus debuted in North America this spring for new owners M and J Thoroughbreds and Riverside Bloodstock and finished second, a neck back, in each of his first two starts. On the second occasion, the 5-year-old Irish-bred was beaten a neck by fellow Woodbine Mile contestant El Tormenta here in the Grade 2 Connaught Cup over seven furlongs of turf.

Channing Hill gets the call.

Also shipping from south of the border will be Made You Look, a second Chad Brown-trained entrant who was supplemented to the race at a cost of $20,000.

Owned by Three Chimneys Farm, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred won the Grade 2 With Anticipation over 1 1/16 miles of turf at Saratoga as a juvenile and the Grade 3 Dania Beach at 7 ½ furlongs on the Gulfstream grass in 2017.

Locally-based rider Luis Contreras picks up the mount.

Silent Poet, a 4-year-old Stronach Stable homebred, is among four local Woodbine Mile entrants with their eyes on the prize and is coming into the race in the best form of his career.

The Ontario-bred gelding had won the restricted Vice Regent at one mile on the grass here last year and is perfect in two 2019 starts with victories in the 6 ½-furlong prep for the Play the King and the Grade 2 Play the King itself over seven furlongs in record-setting fashion.

Regular rider Gary Boulanger will get a leg up from trainer Nick Gonzalez.

El Tormenta won the Connaught Cup in his local bow this spring but then was unlucky in three subsequent tries as he finished fourth in the Grade 1 Highlander at six furlongs on the grass, second in the Play the King prep, and fourth in the Play the King Stakes.

The 4-year-old colt, owned and bred by Sam-Son Farm and conditioned by Gail Cox, will have a new rider in Eurico Rosa da Silva.

Sam-Son Farm won Woodbine Miles with Quiet Resolve (via a disqualification) in 1999 and Soaring Free in 2004.

Admiralty Pier, fifth in the Play the King, was Canada’s Champion Male Juvenile in 2017 after winning the Display at 1 1/16 miles on the Tapeta and finishing a close third here in the Grade 2 Summer Stakes at one mile on the grass.

The Kentucky-bred 4-year-old gelding, trained by Barbara Minshall for Hoolie Racing Stable and Bruce Lunsford, has been lightly raced in subsequent campaigns with his lone success coming under second-level allowance terms over 1 1/16 miles of Tampa turf this winter.

Patrick Husbands, who previously won the Woodbine Mile in rein to 2001 champion Numerous Times, will ride Admiralty Pier for the first time.

American Guru, another Stronach Stable homebred, has shown plenty of promise as a winner of four of six starts but will be making his stakes debut in the Woodbine Mile.

Resurfacing with trainer Michael Doyle here in July after being away from the races for more than a year, the 5-year-old
 got back on target in his second start with an allowance win over one mile on the inner turf course.

Rafael Hernandez retains the mount on the Kentucky-bred.


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