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In Pictures: Prepping for ‘International’ weekend

October 13, 2017

​TORONTO, October 13 – Woodbine’s award-winning track photographer Michael Burns checked in with some of the contenders leading up to Pattison Canadian International day.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at some of the stakes contenders heading into the weekend. The 80th running of the $800,000 Pattison Canadian International (Grade 1) headlines Sunday’s action-packed program, which also features the $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (Grade 1) along with the $250,000 Nearctic Stakes (Grade 2) and $125,000 Ontario Derby (Grade 3).

Pattison Canadian International contender Chemical Charge:

Defending champion Erupt arrives at Woodbine with assistant Joy Cooper:

Erupt with Joy Cooper (L) and exercise rider Mary Motion:

Flamboyant and exercise rider Calvin Giles:

Pattison Canadian International morning line favourite Idaho:

Johnny Bear and exercise rider Niketo Griffiths:

Local contender Johnny Bear:

Messi arrives at Woodbine:

Messi poses for his glamour shot:

Messi gallops under exercise rider Alice Clapham:

Postulation with his travelling companion Pepper:

E.P. Taylor Stakes contender Quidura arrives at Woodbine with groom Lisa Conway:

Quidura aims for back-to-back Canadian stakes wins on the International undercard:

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