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2013 Ricoh Woodbine Mile; Can Wise Dan Be Beat?

2013 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (GI);Can Wise Dan Be Beat?

The 2013 Woodbine Mile is this Sunday, September 15, 2013 and is a Grade I stakes race for 3 year-olds and up held annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. The Woodbine Mile carries a purse of $1 million and is run on the turf at 1 1/8 mile (9 furlongs). This race is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series “Win and You’re In” with the winner of the 2013 Woodbine Mile automatically qualifying for the 2013 Breeder’s Cup Mile.

The inaugural race in 1988 was sponsored by Molson Breweries with a purse of $750,000 and run as the Molson Export Challenge, reflecting the name of the company’s flagship beer. It was changed to the Molson Export Million when the purse was increased to $1 million and the name soon changed. In 2009, Ventura became the first female to win this race in 13 years and in the process set the record time of 1:32.04. In 2005, the Brazilian horse, Leroidesanimaux, the sire of Animal Kingdom, set the record for the largest margin of victory at seven and three-quarter lengths while carrying the highest weight of any winner in the race’s history at 124 pounds.

Wise Dan, the Charles LoPresti trained reigning Horse of the Year, will arrive at Woodbine on Friday morning to defend his title in Sunday’s $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile. Wise Dan, seems to be relishing the track in his first workout after winning the (GII) Fourstardave at Saratoga on August 10th, his eighth consecutive victory. Wise Dan blew out a half-mile move in 47.49 seconds on August 24th at Saratoga and galloped out 5F in 100.20 and 6F in 1:14.60. This horse is so dominant and strong right now, it’s hard to imagine anyone beating him. He’s a fierce competitor and you can be rest assured he’ll be bringing his A game to the track on Saturday. Wise Dan gets hole #4 with his usual rider J. Velazquez in the irons.

The five-year-old son of Ghostzapper, Za Approval, trained by Christophe Clement, enters off a second place finish to highly-regarded Obviously in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile, June 29 at Betfair Hollywood Park. This will be his first outing in over two months. After exiting that last race, as he was scratched from Saratoga’s Fourstardave and Bernard Baruch in August because of soft turf conditions. Za Approval has won six of 14 career starts and will be ridden for the first time by jockey Garrett Gomez, aka “Go-Go”, who has won the Woodbine Mile twice in 2007 & 2009 and exits post #6.

Longshot local Canadian Excaper enters the 2013 Ricoh Woodbine Mile with 12-1 odds.

Longshot local Canadian Excaper enters the 2013 Ricoh Woodbine Mile with 12-1 odds.
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I’m digging the longshot local Canadian here in Excaper. Last out, the four-year-old Ian Black trained son of Exchange Rate finished second to the Woodbine Mile rival Dimension in the (GII) Play the King Stakes. Excaper was expected to dictate the pace, but instead Dimension, normally a stalker, blew out a blistering pace to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Excaper scored his best beyer to date of 96. Excaper enjoyed a favorable sophomore year finishing fifth, defeated less than two lengths in the (GIII) Saranac at Saratoga as well as a strong second in the (GIII) Kent Stakes at Delaware Park on in September 2012. As a two-year-old, Excaper finished second in both the Grade 3 Summer Stakes and Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and is looking to score big in Sunday’s $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile. I hope to see this beautiful gray boy hit the board on Sunday leaving from post #2 with local top rider L. Contreras up to ride.

The 2013 Woodbine Mile will be a fantastic race to watch and very exciting. It’s a small field here so I’m wondering if they shy away because of Wise Dan. Kudos to the gentlemen here willing to take on the task of beating him at the finish line. I’m going with Za Approval here since he was my pick in the last two races he was scratched from and I’m banking on this guy to hit the board. He needs a solid front-end pace to run at and I’m hoping with Dimension in here, he will get that. Last out for Excaper the pacesetter was Dimension so if he can sit closer to the pace this time, maybe he’ll hit the board. Wise Dan is the man, and he will be super tough here. Can Wise Dan be beat? Any given Sunday, probably not. This Sunday, stranger things have happened so we’ll have to wait and find out. It all comes down to the right time, track, horse and pure luck. So, good luck to all of the competitors, their connections and may the best horse of the day win. Safe run!

The 2013 Woodbine Mile is the 10th race of the day set to start at 5:38 pm ET.

2013 Woodbine Mile Odds & Post Positions
1. Riding the River 15-1 T.Kabel/D.Cotey
2. Excaper 12-1 L. Contreras/I.Black
3. Trade Storm 8-1 G. Stevens/D.Simcock
4. Wise Dan 2-5 J. Velazquez/C.LoPresti
5. Dimension 10-1 D. Moran/C.Murphy
6. Za Approval 4-1 G.Gomez/C.Clement
4, 6, 3, 5, 1, 2

What to Wear to the Ricoh Woodbine Mile