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Homeracing

Woodbine's pre World Championships worldwide affair

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Ed DeRosa

October 12th, 2012

To access those free handicapping materials, click here to visit Woodbine's Pattison Canadian International day microsite (PPs & selections are in the middle of page).

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Each sequence includes a pair of stakes races. The early Pick 4 begins with the Durham Cup-Nearctic double, and I hope to kick things off with Vertiformer, who is the only shipper in the six-horse field but who has Polytrack experience by way of an allowance victory at Arlington Park, which is competitive enough with this group. Delegation is an up-and-comer, but I'll let him beat me at a short price.

In the Nearctic, Big Band Sound and Fire Lily both make sense as top choices, but I'll need to use Bear Tough Guy as well, who gets the rail and returns to turf and Woodbine after a nice allowance win at Presque Isle. This is a big jump in class given his previous graded stakes form, but there's a lot to like here third off the layoff.

The E.P. Taylor begins the late Pick 4, and includes the most likely winner of the stakes program for me in Siyouma. Winner of the Group 1 Sun Chariot last out, even more impressive is that this filly was within 1 3/4 lengths of Snow Fairy, who would probably be about 2-to-5 if she were in this race. That's no slight against this group, which is nice, but the top finishers in the Prix Jean Romanet are just on another level.

The Pattison Canadian International also features a Group 1 winner in his/her last start with Imperial Monarch shipping West for Aidan O'Brien following a win in the Grand Prix de Paris. A three-year-old beating older in a Group 1 race in his fourth career start is quite an accomplishment, and this Galileo colt clearly fits with these, but given the three-month layoff and the ship, I'm willing to take a stand at a short price. Instead let's try to other shippers in Joshua Tree (who won this race in 2010) and Reliable Man, who despite not winning in more than 13 months has been close in some good races.

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