This week is another big one at Woodbine, with a Sunday card that features four stakes races including the Grade I, $1 million Canadian International.
Illinois-bred The Pizza Man, winner of last month’s Northern Dancer (GI – CAN), makes his second try for Canadian International glory. He will have to face a tough field, however, including 2014 Melbourne Cup hero Protectionist. The fillies and mares also get the spotlight in the E. P. Taylor (GI), with local prep winner Rainha da Bateria facing an international field of thirteen.
The Nearctic (GII – CAN) and the Ontario Fashion (GIII) round out the day. The Nearctic is a six-furlong turf sprint featuring a pair of horses cutting back from the Woodbine Mile, Full Mast and Passion for Action. In the Ontario Fashion, Cactus Kris will attempt to defend her crown.
Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of the Canadian International day stakes, and get ready for Sunday’s big day at Woodbine!