Picks and Ponderings: 2017 Canadian International Day Stakes Preview

For the second year in a row, Picks and Ponderings is on site at the Canadian International, so make sure to follow us on Twitter for live news and notes from Woodbine!

Sunday’s card at Woodbine features four graded stakes races, anchored by the Grade 1, mile and a half Canadian International, one of Woodbine’s three flagship races.  Put the mphasis on the flag part, as ERUPT’s victory last year means a banner of his Flaxman Holdings silks flies alongside ones representing the Queen’s Plate winner HOLY HELENA (a competitor in Sunday’s Ontario Derby) and Woodbine Mile winner World Approval.

The card also features another Grade 1 race, the E. P. Taylor, for older turf route fillies and mares going a mile and a quarter.  Turf sprinters get their due in the six-furlong Nearctic (G2).  Finally, one Tapeta-track race completes the stakes portion of the card: the Ontario Derby (G3), which features sophomores going a mile and an eighth on the main.

Head over to Picks and Ponderings, read my preview of the four graded stakes on Canadian International Day, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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