Delegation heading to Breeders' Cup
By RICHARD MAUNTAH, QMI Agency
|Jockey Patrick Husbands guides Delegation to victory in the Durham Cup Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 14, 2012.
Two stakes winners from this past Sunday's card at Woodbine are Breeders' Cup bound. Just not the two big ones.
Canadian International winner Joshua Tree is headed to Tokyo for the $6.25-million Japan Cup and E.P. Taylor Stakes winner Siyouma is likely going to Kyoto for the $2 million Mile Championship.
Next Question, the upset winner of the Nearctic, is taking the free trip to California for the Breeders' Cup turf sprint.
And while it wasn't part of the win-and-you're-in proceedings, Delegation's win in the Durham Cup has trainer Mark Casse adding another passenger for his trip out west. The three-year-old is being pointed for the $1 million Dirt Mile.
"He is legit fast leaving the gate and he's not a run off type horse," jockey Patrick Husbands, who rode Delegation on Sunday, told Woodbine Entertainment. "He's a Speightstown, which is speed, speed, but when he's on the lead, he's not going to run off on you."
Casse already has two-year-old fillies Spring Venture and Spring In The Air, two-year-old colt Dynamic Sky, and veteran Pool Play heading to Santa Anita.
There are 145 horses entered for the Breeders Crown races at Woodbine. But only one garnered the majority of the attention as Put On A Show became the first mare to enter the Open Pace. The winner of $2.3 million in her career will be taking an ambitious shot in a field that includes Aracache Hanover, Bettor Sweet, Foiled Again, Up The Credit and We Will See.
The Open Trot will feature a field of six including Chapter Seven, the leader of the division, and Commander Crowe, who raced very well behind San Pail in last year's race. Arch Madness, Hot Shot Blue Chip, Daylon Magician and Mister Herbie complete the field.
Five of the races will go straight to the finals on Oct. 27. Two-year-old eliminations will take place on Friday for three of the divisions. The three-year-old races that require eliminations and the elimination heat for the Open Mare Trot will go off on Saturday night.
FINAL REPORT SUBMITTED
The OMAFRA panel report on the future of the horse racing industry is in the hands of agriculture minister Ted McMeekin and is expected to be released in the next two weeks. The proroguing of the legislature in the wake of premier Dalton McGuinty's resignation should not affect the report. An interim report released in August called for the government to commit more than the $50 million it had for the racing industry to transition out of the Slots at Racetracks program.
The QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot is shaping up to be superb. Of course all of the attention will be on Frankel as he completes his career in the Champion Stakes over 11/4 miles, looking to finish 14 for 14 lifetime and further cement the argument many have that he is the greatest racehorse ever. He will face defending champ Cirrus des Aigles and Nathaniel.
Meanwhile Excelebration, who has raced in Frankel's shadow all year, is favoured to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at a mile. The Long Distance cup features Colour Vision, Fame And Glory and Rite Of Passage, all of whom won the Ascot Gold Cup. The Champions Sprint may have as many as 19 starters and the Fillies and Mares Stakes will be strong as well.
Woodbine's turf gets back to work with nine two-year-old Canadian-breds competing in Saturday's Cup and Saucer Stakes. Sam Son Farms, which has won a whole bunch of these over the years, sends out His Race To Win, who starts from the rail. Turf milers will be squaring off in Sunday's Bunty Lawless Stakes.
OUT OF TOWN
Belmont has a full day of stakes on Saturday for New York breds.