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: