Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Pattison Canadian International Notes for Wednesday, October 23


EARLY LOOK AT SUNDAY’S PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (12)
Horse/Owner/Trainer/Jockey
Forte Dei Marmi/Stella Perdomo/Roger Attfield/Eurico Rosa da Silva
Hyper/Ken & Sarah Ramsey/Chad Brown/Joel Rosario
Irish Mission/Robert Evans/Mark Frostad/Gary Boulanger
Joshua Tree/K. K. Al Nabooda & K. Albahou/Ed Dunlop/Ryan Moore
Lucayan/Pandora Stud/Neil Drysdale/Stephane Pasquier
Now We Can/W. Englebrecht-Bresges/ Nicolas Clement/Thierry Thulliez
Perfect Timber/Charles Fipke/Roger Attfield/John Velazquez
Seismos/Gestut Karlshof/Andreas Wohler/Andrea Atzeni
Slumber/Juddmonte Farms/Bill Mott/Mike Smith
Stormy Len/Leonard Leveen & Mike Shanley/David Donk/Edgar Prado
Temeraine/Niall Racing/Tom Proctor/Luis Contreras
Twilight Eclipse/West Point Thoroughbreds/Tom Albertrani/Julien Leparoux


REST OF EXPECTED EUROS MAKE IT TO WOODBINE
Temeraine and four members of the European contingent expected for Sunday’s Pattison Canadian International card have arrived at Woodbine.

Temeraine was vanned up from Lexington and arrived at 5:20 a.m. Wednesday morning with Lindsay Schultz, trainer Tom Proctor’s assistant.

The Euros, which include two each for the feature race and the filly and mare companion, arrived in Toronto at approximately 8:40 p.m.

Now We Can, with John Donguy (a travelling head lad for trainer Nicolas Clement) and Joshua Tree with Ed Dunlop’s assistant trainer Andrew Stringer and exercise rider Jason Tate arrived at Woodbine about 10:00 p.m. for the International.

Fitful Skies (with Joeline Guillerm) and Moment in Time (with Ian Russell) have also settled into their Woodbine surroundings

JOSHUA TREE SETTLING IN AT WOODBINE
Joshua Tree arrived in Canada late Tuesday evening set to make his fourth appearance in Sunday's $1-million Pattison Canadian International, at Woodbine.
The now six-year-old bay son of Montjeu is settling in well at Woodbine.

"He had a good trip over and has settled in," said Andrew Stringer, assistant to trainer Ed Dunlop. "He's drinking and eating well."

Joshua Tree arrives at the 1 1/2-mile Canadian turf classic off a pacesetting trip over soft ground at Longchamp in the Group 1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in which the venerable horse, who has banked in excess of $3-million in purse money, finished well back of the impressive Treve.

"He came out of the Arc very well. The jockey wasn't overly hard on him and once all win positions were out of the way, he was good to travel back to England and that's why the decision was made to come out here," said Stringer.

Winless in five starts this season, Joshua Tree, with regular rider Ryan Moore up, showed signs of his trademark stubbornness prior to the Arc in Deauville's Group 2 Prix Kergolay when second, defeated in the final jump, to Verema, a multiple group winner.

"He was able to go out and dictate the race," said Stringer. "Ryan gave him a really good ride from the front. We thought he'd nicked the race really but he just got chinned on the line by a French horse (Verema). We didn't get a chance to battle back which is what is what his great quality is, battling, he loves a fight and lays it down in the stretch and sticks his neck out really good."

Joshua Tree has become a welcome fixture at the Canadian International over recent years winning the 2010 and 2012 editions, along with a second-place run to the good filly Sarah Lynx in 2011. A versatile type, Joshua Tree settled in fifth position before launching his winning bid in 2010, while last year the bay set a measured pace with plenty in reserve to turn back Dandino at the wire.

SLUMBER NO SLEEPER IN PATTISON
Juddmonte Farms’ Slumber, a lightly-raced five-year-old British-bred son of Cacique-Sound Asleep, will be one of the favourites for Sunday’s $1 million Pattison Canadian International, despite the fact he’ll be making just his fourth start in two years and only his 12th career outing.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, who won the 1995 International with Lassigny and ridden by another Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Slumber enters off a solid fourth place finish in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park on September 28, just one and one-quarter lengths behind Breeders’ Cup Turf-bound defending champion Little Mike, two-time Grade 1 winner Big Blue Kitten and Arlington Million winner Real Solution.

“He kind of had to wait to make his run. Maybe if he had got clear a little earlier he could have benefitted and been a little closer,” Mott said, of the Turf Classic.

Slumber, who will try to give Juddmonte a record fourth International win (since the race became a turf classic in 1958) after victories with French Glory in 1990, track record-holder Raintrap in 1994 and Champs Elysees (Canada’s Horse of the Year) in 2009, first arrived in North America from England in November of 2011 and finished a closing fourth in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby.

He was off nine months before resurfacing at Saratoga, promptly winning an optional claimer, then was off for just over a year before returning this past August at Saratoga, winning another optional claimer before his Turf Classic run.

About the two long layoffs for Slumber, Mott said, “Just had to give him a lot of time. It seemed like he wasn’t right. No surgery was needed. He might be one of those horses who likes a lot of time between races.”

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING SCHEDULE
Based at Woodbine
FORTE DEI MARMI
IRISH MISSION
PERFECT TIMBER

Arrived Monday night
SEISMOS (with E.P. Taylor runner, SAMBA BRAZIL)

Arrived Tuesday night
JOSHUA TREE (with E.P. Taylor runner, MOMENT IN TIME)
NOW WE CAN (with E.P. Taylor runner, FITFUL SKIES)

Arrived Wednesday morning
TEMERAINE

Arrives on Wednesday
HYPER
LUCAYAN

Arrives on Thursday
SLUMBER
STORMY LEN
TWILIGHT ECLIPSE

EARLY LOOK AT THE E.P. TAYLOR (10)
Horse/Trainer/Jockey
Colonial Flag
Fitful Skies
Minakshi
Moment in Time
Moment of Majesty
Nancy O
No Explaining
Samba Brazil
Strathnaver
Tannery



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