Canadian International Preview
There are some familiar names to international turf racing fans among the expected starters for the Canadian International, although most of the top runners come with questions about their recent form that makes it very tempting to play long shots in a race where last year's winner was at 12-1.
Among the morning line favorites, Irish-bred Idaho (5-2) gets the slight edge. He has been racing with the very best in Group 1 company across the pond, but ended what had been a very successful campaign by running fifth in this race last in 2016. He's finished off the board in three of six since then, with one win, including his second trip to North America when he was sixth in the (G1) Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga.
The defending Canadian International winner is back this year, with Erupt (7-2), who breaks from gate 9 for trainer Graham Motion. After taking the race at odds of 12-1, he's tried Group 1 company in Japan and France with little to show for it, and last out finished fifth, one spot ahead of Idaho in the Sword Dancer.
Outsiders Look to be in Top Form
In contrast to the top two, Chemical Charge (5-1) comes in off two consecutive wins in the UK, and has won three of his last six all going 1 1/2 miles, the last of those for his first lifetime stakes win. Overall he's been in the money in 12 of 13 lifetime races, and although he drew the outside post, a decent break will put him in position for the type of stalking trip that has served him well lately
Another outsider who has been on the upswing recently is Postulation (12-1) who comes in with a pair of wins and a second-place effort in his last three tries, missing just by a head last out at 1 1/2 miles in the (G3) Kentucky Turf Cup. Prior to that he enjoyed a perfect rail trip to draw off and win the (G3) American St. Leger over a good field at Arlington Race Course.
The horse that beat him in Kentucky is in the field here in the form of Oscar Nominated (8-1) who will break from the inside post for trainer Michael Maker. He'll be making his eighth start of the year, and his connections are hoping that the win last out shows a return to the early season form that saw him finish second or third in four consecutive graded-stakes tries.
The Pattison Canadian International goes Sunday, October 15 from Woodbine Race Track in Toronto. It's race #10 of 12 on the Woodbine Sunday card that features four graded-stakes races, and immediately follows the (G1) E.P. Taylor Stakes for fillies and mares.
You can bet either of these races or the full day Woodbine card through the Today's Tracks link at your preferred online racebook.
Canadian International Entries
- Oscar Nominated (8-1)
- Flamboyant (6-1)
- Enterprising (20-1)
- Idaho (5-2)
- Johnny Bear (12-1)
- Postulation (12-1)
- Bullards Alley (20-1)
- Messi (8-1)
- Erupt (7-2)
- Chemical Charge (5-1)
Canadian International Picks
- #10 - Chemical Charge
- #6 - Postulation
- #4 - Idaho
- #1 - Oscar Nominated
Category : Betting Picks
Tag : Horse Racing
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