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Twenty-three nominated to Ricoh Woodbine Mile

September 3, 2021

Twenty-three nominated to Ricoh Woodbine Mile
Nominations for Mile, International, Summer and Natalma released

TORONTO, September 3, 2021 – Woodbine Entertainment today released the list of nominated horses for the upcoming Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International, Grade 1 Natalma Stakes and Grade 1 Summer Stakes, all to be contested over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course between Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19.

The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade 1), Natalma (Grade 1) and Summer Stakes (Grade 1) are all part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series.

A total of 23 horses have been nominated to the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade 1).

Chad Brown leads all trainers with four horses nominated to the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade 1), including multiple Grade 1 winner Raging Bull (FR) and graded stakes winner Blowout (GB), both for owner Peter Brant.

Mark Casse and Michael Maker each have three trainees nominated to the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade 1).

Gary Barber’s Olympic Runner captured the Grade 2 King Edward on August 15 at Woodbine in dazzling fashion for trainer Casse. Live Oak Plantation’s March to the Arch, who was second in last year’s Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade 1), and multiple graded stakes winner Ride a Comet for owners John Oxley and My Meadowview Farm complete Casse’s trio.

Olympic Runner winning the Grade 2 King Edward on August 15, 2021 at Woodbine. (Michael Burns photo)

Maker’s trio includes last year’s Ontario Derby (Grade 3) winner Field Pass for Three Diamonds Farm and multiple graded stakes winner Somelikeithotbrown for Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable.

Stronach Stables Silent Poet, the recent winner of the Grade 1 Highlander at Woodbine on August 22, is nominated again to the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade 1). The multiple graded stakes winner could deliver more magic for trainer Nick Gonzalez.

This season’s Connaught Cup (Grade 2) winner Avie’s Flatter for owner Ivan Dalos and trainer Josie Carroll is nominated. Carroll also has Nassau Stakes (Grade 2) winner Jolie Olimpica nominated for Fox Hill Farms.

The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade 1) will be contested for a purse of $1 million on Saturday, September 18.

After a year hiatus, the Pattison Canadian International (Grade 1) returns in 2021.

A total of 13 horses have been nominated to the legendary mile and a half turf contest. Michael Maker is the only trainer with multiple horses nominated (Dynadrive, Glynn County) out of the group of 13.

Queen’s Plate runner-up Riptide Rock is notably nominated to the Pattison Canadian International (Grade 1) for Stronach Stables. The Sid Attard trainee rallied from well back to narrowly miss in the $1 million Queen’s Plate on August 22 and is the lone three-year-old nominated to the International.

Josie Carroll trainee Belichick, who won last year’s Breeders’ Stakes winner at a mile and a half over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course, is nominated for NK Racing and LNJ Foxwoods.

Recent Singspiel Stakes (Grade 3) winner Corelli for Augustin Stable and trainer Jonathan Thomas is among the group of 13.

The $600,000 Pattison Canadian International (Grade 1) will also be contested on Saturday, September 18.

The Grade 1 stakes action will continue Sunday, September 19 with the $400,000 Summer Stakes (Grade 1) for two-year-olds and the $400,000 Natalma (Grade 1) for two-year-old fillies. Both races, part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series, will be contested a mile on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course

The Summer Stakes (Grade 1) received 21 nominations, while the Natalma (Grade 1) received 23 nominations.

To full list of nominated horses for the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade 1), Pattison Canadian International (Grade 1), Summer Stakes (Grade 1) and Natalma (Grade 1) can be viewed at the links below:

Ricoh Woodbine Mile
Pattison Canadian International
Summer Stakes
Natalma Stakes

To view the full list of nominated horses to all Woodbine stakes races, visit www.Woodbine.com/Horsepeople/.

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