The race sometimes attracts a world ensemble as a Breeders’ Cup Problem Collection “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile Introduced by PDJF, offering the winner an expenses-paid berth to the race Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
First held in 1988 because the Molson Export Million for 3-year-olds and moved to turf and to its present distance in 1997, the Woodbine Mile has been received by star racehorses comparable to Leroidesanimaux, Shakespeare, Ventura, Sensible Dan (twice), Tepin, World Approval, and Fashionable Video games.
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Learn on for details about the entire Ricoh Woodbine Mile horses. Verify again after the post-position draw Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. ET for an up to date Cheat Sheet with contenders listed in post-position order and with morning-line odds added.
Coach: Mark Casse
Homeowners: Gary Barber, Wachtel Steady, and Peter Deutsch
Profession file: 18 begins – 5 wins – 5 seconds – 2 thirds
Profession earnings: $236,718
Earnings per begin: $13,151
High Equibase Velocity Determine: 113
Pedigree: Goldikovic – Amor Chocolat, by Northern Afleet
Colour: Darkish bay or brown
Operating type: Nearer
Notable achievements and attention-grabbing info: Ice Chocolat enters the Woodbine Mile off a third-place end within the Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap that gives motive for optimism. He’s, nevertheless, winless in six races this yr regardless of posing some strong pace figures alongside the way in which and putting in a pair of graded stakes. This Goldikovic gelding has spent most of his profession sprinting however ran fourth within the Grade 3 Kelso Stakes earlier than ending third within the Fourstardave, each instances when stretching out to a mile, and owns two wins and 5 top-three finishes in six begins on the turf at Woodbine. He’s been double-digit odds for every of his final 4 begins and that is no less than as tough a problem as any of them, so he needs to be an interesting worth however lots would want to go proper, together with a quick tempo, for this deep nearer to have an opportunity to win in deep stretch on Saturday. Coach Mark Casse received this race in 2016 with Tepin and in 2017 with World Approval; co-owner Gary Barber raced 2006 Woodbine Mile winner Becrux in partnership with Crew Valor.
Jockey: Sahin Civaci
Coach: Mark Casse
Homeowners: Pantofel Steady, Wachtel Steady, and Gary Barber
Profession file: 17 begins – 6 wins – 3 seconds – 4 thirds
Profession earnings: $463,666
Earnings per begin: $27,274
High Equibase Velocity Determine: 108
Pedigree: Lookin At Fortunate – Miss Matzo, by Royal Academy
Operating type: Nearer
Notable achievements and attention-grabbing info: Fortunate Rating has emerged this yr as a 5-year-old after incomes his first profession stakes win within the Vigil Stakes final fall at Woodbine. The bay gelding received the Grade 2 Highlander Stakes going three-quarters of a mile on the turf at Woodbine July 1 after which adopted with thirds within the Grade 2 Connaught Cup Stakes Introduced by Bulleit Bourbon and Grade 2 King Edward Stakes, the latter in his first attempt stretching out in distance to a mile. He’s a deep nearer who actually has not run a nasty race since his debut again in September 2020 and nearly all the time is gobbling up floor late. He’s very probably a lower or two under the highest contenders on this Grade 1 race, however he ought to no less than be passing horses within the stretch with a puncher’s likelihood to complete within the trifecta or exacta at interesting odds for coach Mark Casse, who received this race in 2016 with Tepin and in 2017 with World Approval. Co-owner Gary Barber raced 2006 Woodbine Mile winner Becrux in partnership with Crew Valor.
Jockey: William Buick
Coach: Charles Appleby
Profession file: 13 begins – 6 wins – 2 seconds – 2 thirds
Profession earnings: $540,899
Earnings per begin: $41,608
High Equibase Velocity Determine: N/A
Pedigree: Dubawi – Firth of Lorne, by Danehill
Operating type: Stalker
Notable achievements and attention-grabbing info: A yr in the past coach Charles Appleby shipped Fashionable Video games over from Europe to win the Woodbine Mile for owner-breeder Godolphin and he’ll attempt to duplicate the feat in 2023 with Grasp of The Seas. Whereas this 5-year-old Dubawi gelding doesn’t have the credentials of Fashionable Video games, he has received a pair of Group 2 stakes this yr, one in January in Dubai and most just lately the Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer season Mile Stakes July 15 at Ascot. Grasp of The Seas additionally has again class because the runner-up (by a nostril) within the 2021 QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas and he appears best-suited to this one-mile distance for a coach who doesn’t ship throughout the Atlantic until he believes he can win. He needs to be tucked in simply behind Treason and Struggle Bomber and may very well be very robust to beat on this spot because the possible favourite. Jockey William Buick was aboard Fashionable Video games for his win in final yr’s Woodbine Mile.
Jockey: Emma-Jayne Wilson
Coach: Roger L. Attfield
Proprietor: Charles Fipke
Profession file: 17 begins – 5 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds
Profession earnings: $1,267,451
Earnings per begin: $74,556
High Equibase Velocity Determine: 119
Pedigree: Speightstown – Excellent Shirl, by Excellent Soul
Operating type: Stalker
Notable achievements and attention-grabbing info: Shirl’s Speight proved able to an enormous efficiency towards prime competitors final November at Keeneland when he was runner-up to Fashionable Video games within the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile Introduced by PDJF. Overwhelmed by lower than a size in that race, Shirl’s Speight earned a career-top 119 Equibase Velocity Determine that stamps him a win contender towards this discipline. Since that race, nevertheless, the 6-year-old by Speightstown is unplaced in three begins in 2023, albeit towards high quality opposition. Shirl’s Speight additionally has not received a race on the grass at Woodbine since his profession debut in July 2020. In truth, he’s unplaced in his final three races on the Woodbine turf, together with a fourth-place end wherein he was overwhelmed by seven lengths in final yr’s Woodbine Mile and most just lately a fourth within the Grade 2 King Edward Stakes Aug. 19 at this one-mile distance. A win candidate with some questions for Corridor of Fame coach Roger Attfield, who received this race in 1990 with Izvestia and in 1993 with Peteski when the race was a 1 1/8-mile dust race for 3-year-olds referred to as the Molson Export Million.
Jockey: Kazushi Kimura
Coach: Josie Carroll
Homeowners: LNJ Foxwoods and MSK Racing Ventures
Profession file: 9 begins – 3 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds
Profession earnings: $225,791
Earnings per begin: $25,088
High Equibase Velocity Determine: 116
Pedigree: Structure – Cougarstown, by Speightstown
Operating type: Pacesetter/press the tempo
Notable achievements and attention-grabbing info: Late in 2022, Treason appeared to determine issues out with the assistance of a tweak in operating type. Setting or urgent the tempo led to a 16 ½-length allowance win and an in depth fourth-place end within the Grade 2 Autumn Stakes in his remaining two begins of the yr after which a 1 ½-length rating within the Grade 2 Eclipse Stakes Introduced by Don Julio in June in his 4-year-old debut. He most just lately returned to turf after 5 races on the primary observe and completed second by a neck to Struggle Bomber within the Grade 2 King Edward Stakes Sept. 19. He’s been fairly constant in his final 5 begins when exhibiting extra early pace, with pace figures starting from 107 to 116, and 108 is his greatest Equibase Velocity Determine on the grass. An intriguing upset candidate who figures to set the tempo and could lead on this discipline a great distance on Saturday.
Jockey: Rico Walcott
Coach: Norman McKnight
Proprietor: Bruno Schickedanz
Profession file: 19 begins – 7 wins – 2 seconds – 2 thirds
Profession earnings: $396,230
Earnings per begin: $20,854
High Equibase Velocity Determine: 112
Pedigree: Struggle Entrance – Solar Bathe, by Indian Ridge
Operating type: Press the tempo
Notable achievements and attention-grabbing info: A yr in the past Struggle Bomber completed ninth, overwhelmed by 15 ¾ lengths, within the Woodbine Mile after making his earlier 5 begins on the artificial major observe at Woodbine. He had earlier expertise and success on the grass at Woodbine in 2021, however had been constantly competing on the primary observe, and after the Woodbine Mile he made his remaining three begins of 2022 on the artificial floor there. After struggling on artificial in his first two races this yr, Struggle Bomber has proven enchancment on grass with a second-place end by a size to Dream Shake within the Grade 2 Connaught Cup Stakes Introduced by Bulleit Bourbon and a win by a neck over Treason within the Grade 2 King Edward Stakes Aug. 19 at this one-mile distance. Struggle Bomber would want to take a small step ahead by way of pace figures to be a viable win candidate, however current success on this turf course presents extra motive for optimism than a yr in the past when he was a nonfactor at 51.20-1 odds. A full-brother to Group 1 winner Lancaster Bomber, runner-up within the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Mile, Struggle Bomber ought to profit from a clear journey tucked in simply behind Treason.