Local Horses Get to Shine in Northern Dancer Turf
Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire
By Emily Shields for TVG
The $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf (G1) is slated as Race 5 on an 11-race program at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday, October 18. The 1 ½ mile race is taking the place of the Pattison Canadian International (G1), which usually is run this weekend but has been canceled for 2020 due to the pandemic.The card is still rich with stakes action, as the $600,000 E. P. Taylor Stakes (G1), the $250,000 Nearctic (G2), and the $100,000 Display Stakes also highlight the day.
Without the presence of the usual international stars shipping over to Toronto for the race due to border restrictions, local runners have a chance to shine on the Grade 1 stage. Count Again leads a charge of six who used the Singspiel Stakes (G3) on September 19 as a springboard to this spot. Count Again outran them all, winning by a length and a quarter at 9-1 odds. The lightly-raced five-year-old son of Awesome Again is a Sam-Son Farm runner who has never been worse than third in his career. Luis Contreras will ride for trainer Gail Cox.
Directly to his inside is Admiralty Pier, who takes the blinkers off. The winner of the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Stakes in February, the Barbara Minshall-trainee was second in the Grade 2 King Edward here in August before running sixth, beaten less than four lengths, in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.
Behind Count Again in the Singspiel, in order, were Sir Sahib, Say the Word, Nakamura, and then Jungle Fighter, all who have returned for this. Sir Sahib has run well at the meet without winning, finishing second twice and third once, beaten just a neck. Kevin Attard trains the son of Fort Larned. On the rail is Say the Word, who is Cox’s second runner. He was a sharp allowance winner at Saratoga in August, scoring by a head as a 51-1 shot going 1 3/16 miles. Emma Jayne Wilson will ride.
Trainer Graham Motion, who has had considerable success at Woodbine, ships in Nakamura. Third in the Grade 2 Elkhorn at Keeneland in July, the son of Animal Kingdom son was fourth in the Singspiel last out. The game gelding has been top three in 11 of 17 tries.
The supporting featuring is the E. P. Taylor, a 1 ¼ mile race for fillies and mares with Sam-Son Farm’sRideforthecause coming in off a two-race win streak, including the Grade 2 Canadian here at 22-1. She faces Santa Anita shipper Pretty Point, Chad Brown-trainee Etoile (Fr), and Theodora B., who won the rich TVG Stakes at Kentucky Downs last out. Secret Message and Elizabeth Way round out the superb field.
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