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Nominations released for Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile

September 1, 2023

TORONTO, September 1, 2023 – Woodbine Entertainment today released the list of nominees for its upcoming Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” races on Saturday, September 16 at Woodbine Racetrack.

The Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, Grade 1 Johnnie Walker Natalma Stakes and Grade 1 bet365 Summer Stakes will put the spotlight on Woodbine’s world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course.

The 27th edition of the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile has attracted 18 nominees.

Chad Brown leads all trainers with seven nominees to the Mile.

The Brown group is led by star mare In Italian (four-time Grade 1 winner), undefeated three-year-old Program Trading (winner of the Grade 1 Saratoga Derby Invitational) and multiple graded-stakes winning filly Whitebeam (winner of the Grade 1 Diana Stakes).

Godolphin, who won last year’s Mile with Modern Games, has nominated multiple stakes winning five-year-old Master of The Seas (IRE).

Also on the list of nominees is Set Piece (GB), winner of this year’s Grade 1 Arlington Million, for trainer Brad Cox.

The Woodbine-based nominees to this year’s Mile are highlighted by multiple graded stakes winners Shirl’s Speight for trainer Roger Attfield and War Bomber, winner of the recent Grade 2 King Edward, for trainer Norm McKnight.

To view the entire list of nominees to this year’s Ricoh Woodbine Mile, click here.

The Grade 1 Johnnie Walker Natalma Stakes for two-year-old fillies and the Grade 1 bet365 Summer Stakes for two-year-olds will display top young talent, racing at a mile on the E.P. Taylor Turf.

Both events have 38 two-year-olds nominated and will go for a purse of $500,000.

To view the nominees for the Grade 1 Johnnie Walker Natalma Stakes, click here.

To view the nominees for the Grade 1 bet365 Summer Stakes, click here.

Woodbine’s trio of Grade 1 turf events will take place on Saturday, September 16. Post time will be 1:15 p.m.

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