|Woodbine: Europeans arriving for Woodbine Mile|
Cityscape, Dance And Dance, and Worthadd checked in from Europe late Saturday night with an eye toward Sunday’s Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile.
Arriving on the same flight were Wigmore Hall, who will be seeking a repeat in Sunday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Northern Dancer; Barefoot Lady, a candidate for Sunday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian; and Fearless Jacq, whose target is Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Natalma for 2-year-old fillies.
Cityscape, trained by Roger Charlton, brings the most impressive credentials for the Woodbine Mile, having captured the Grade 1, $5 million Dubai Duty Free this March and finishing second in the Grade 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville last time out. Regular rider Peter Doyle has the call.
Dance And Dance will be making his second appearance in the Woodbine Mile after finishing a troubled sixth, beaten just 1 3/4 lengths, in last year’s edition.
Garrett Gomez is slated to ride Dance And Dance for trainer Ed Vaughan.
Worthadd, conditioned by Mark Prescott, is coming off a second-place finish in the Group 2 Hanover Meilen Trophy in Germany.
Woodbine-based rider Luis Contreras has picked up the mount on Worthadd.
Wise Dan to arrive Friday
Wise Dan, who will be favored in the Woodbine Mile off his smashing victory in Saratoga’s Fourstardave, has been training at Keeneland and is not expected to arrive until early Friday morning.
Big Band Sound and Riding the River, the 1-2 finishers in the Grade 2 Play the King over seven furlongs on turf here Aug. 26, both tuned up for the Woodbine Mile with five-furlong breezes on the main track here Sunday.
Tyler Pizarro was aboard Big Band Sound, whose 59.20-second clocking was the fastest of 76 works at the distance.
“We wanted a decent work,” trainer Danny Vella said. “We’ve been babying him a little for the last two weeks.”
Riding the River, who had put together back-to-back Grade 2 turf stakes wins in the one-mile King Edward and 1 1/8-mile Nijinsky prior to the Play the King, was clocked in 1:03 under his regular rider Todd Kabel.
Hunter’s Bay to make turf debut
Hunter’s Bay breezed five furlongs in 1:00 on the dirt training track here Sunday with his regular rider, Emma-Jayne Wilson, in the irons. Trained by Reade Baker, Hunter’s Bay would be making his turf debut in the Woodbine Mile and has never worked on the grass.
Rounding out the probable field for the Woodbine Mile will be the locally based Artic Fern and Hollinger.
Artic Fern is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Play the King, while Hollinger ended fourth when making his last start in the King Edward.
|Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 September 2012 21:42 )|