Northern Dancer Turf

Old Persian Delivers As Heavy Favorite In Northern Dancer Turf

Godolphin homebred Old Persian shipped in to Woodbine to deliver as the 1-2 favorite in Saturday’s Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf, crossing the wire about two lengths the best. The 4-year-old son of Dubawi, ridden by James Doyle for trainer Charlie Appleby, completed 1 1/2 miles over the “good” turf course in 2:27.78. Cooler Mike […]

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Canadian Champion Interpol Joins Team O’Neill As Newest Lead Pony

Grade 1 winner and Sovereign Award champion Interpol has joined the ranks of Doug O’Neill’s racing stable at San Luis Rey Downs as a lead pony, the trainer announced on Facebook this week. An 8-year-old son of English Channel, Interpol won five of his 16 starts to earn just shy of half a million dollars […]

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No ‘Illusion’: Former Claimer Could Provide Owners A Storybook Finish

An Ontario-bred claimer, four local owners, an astute conditioner and a Grade 1 dream – English Illusion and his connections are hoping for a storybook finish in the Pattison Canadian International. Owned by 4U Thoroughbred Racing Stable (Ron McRae, brothers Dave [Ron’s son-in-law] and Steve Robinson, along with Rob Loescher [Dave and Steve’s cousin]), English […]

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Weekend Lineup: Breeders’ Cup Qualifiers Up And Down The Slate

It’s a big weekend of high-class turf racing north of the border and overseas, with eight of those races being “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup. Plus ready or not, it’s time once again to jump on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, as Churchill Downs hosts the Iroquois and Pocahontas […]

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Johnny Bear Noses Out Hawkbill In Northern Dancer Turf

Colebrook Farms and Bear Stables’ Johnny Bear just got his nose in front of 3-5 favorite Hawkbill to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine Racecourse. At odds of 9-1, the 6-year-old son of English Channel covered 12 furlongs over the firm turf in 2:28.34 under jockey Luis Contreras. It was the first […]

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Al Khali To Stud In New York For 2016

Al Khali, the multiple graded stakes winning son of Medaglia d’Oro, has retired to stand at Keene Stud of New York for 2016. According to the Blood Horse, he will stand for an advertised fee of $2,500 at the farm near Amenia. Owned by Brous Stable and Wachtel Stable, Al Khali was trained by Bill […]

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Photos Of The Week: Northern Lights

The eyes of the racing world looked to the North over the weekend, as Woodbine hosted one of its biggest weekends of racing, featuring the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. On Saturday, trainer Mark Casse had a tremendous day, sweeping both juvenile stakes races on the card. After winning the G2 Natalma with Catch a Glimpse, Casse […]

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Forte Dei Marmi All Heart in Northern Dancer

With a gutsy win in the Grade 1 $300,000 Northern Dancer on Sunday at Woodbine, little Forte Dei Marmi is making a case for becoming Horse of the Year in Canada. He’s now scored three consecutive victories at Woodbine, the first in a monsoon in boggy conditions in the Singspiel Stakes the day of the […]

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Globe-trotting Wigmore Hall repeats in Northern Dancer

Mark Hawtin’s Wigmore Hall was full of energy down the lane to take the $500,000, Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf, presented by VTech, Sunday at Woodbine, for the second consecutive year. Wigmore Hall, a son of High Chaparral, outdueled a game Al Khali, third in last year’s race, to post a neck victory (the same […]

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Woodbine Racecourse, in the outskirts of Toronto, is the place to be this weekend, as they run a pair of graded stakes for juveniles on Saturday, and two of their most prestigious stakes on Sunday. First, we’ll take a look at the graded stakes that are scheduled in the States. Turf distaffers are in the […]

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