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
The German runners, owned by Gestut Karlshof, for Sunday’s big Pattison Canadian International day card arrived in Toronto from Frankfurt at approximately 8:20 p.m. Monday and were settled into their stalls at Woodbine at about 11 p.m.
Seismos, a German Group 1 winner, was accompanied on the trip by Kevin Gately in preparation for the $1 million, 1 ½-mile feature, while Samba Brazil, who will compete in the $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes for fillies and mares, came with Cilla Riese.
IMPROVING NOW WE CAN TO MAKE NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT
From May 25, 2012 through June 2, 2013, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges’ Now We Can was unbeatable. Perfect in five starts at three French tracks, Saint-Cloud, Chantilly and Longchamp, the four-year-old son of Martillo was a top stayer over both turf and synthetic surfaces.
A slow starter, Now We Can went unraced as a two-year-old making his debut on May 3, 2012, in a one-mile turf maiden at Longchamp, finishing seventh over very soft going.
“He was a backward one,” acknowledged trainer Nicolas Clement, whose brother Christophe is a well-regarded conditioner in North America. “Now We Can made his first start as a three-year-old at Longchamp, but I got the distance wrong and he finished seventh.”
Despite the result, Clement knew he had a talented colt and brought Now We Can back three weeks later at Saint- Cloud at a more comfortable distance of 1 ½-miles and watched as the colt scored a two-length win at odds of 18-1.
Now, the colt will take his first trip abroad to start in Sunday’s $1-million Pattison Canadian International and Clement feels the bay is ready for another breakthrough on a turf course that often favours European form.
“This horse is good mentally so I don't think travelling will take much out of him,” said Clement. “It’s a bit of a gamble to travel so far but we like the track, it's European style and provided he travels well I look forward to a good performance.”
The four-year-old gets regular Thierry Thulliez, who is best known in North America for his ride aboard Domedriver in the 2002 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Arlington.
TEMERAINE MAKES PLANS FOR WOODBINE
Temeraine is another potent member of the U.S. invasion set for Sunday’s Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine.
It almost didn’t come to be.
The four-year-old son of Arch was entered in last Friday’s Grade 3 Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland, but the heavy rains in Lexington rendered the turf unraceable and the $100,000 event was offered over Polytrack.
That’s all trainer Tom Proctor needed to make his decision to run at Woodbine. He scratched out of the Sycamore on the morning of the race. “We were going to run (Temeraine) at Woodbine or (at Keeneland),” he said. “We wanted to kind of come there and (the Sycamore coming of the grass) pushed us in that direction.”
The Kentucky-bred, owned by Niall Racing, has put together three straight strong races, including a win in the Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup after a fifth-place finish in the Grade 1 Arlington Million in August.
“He’s really stepped up,” Proctor said. “He’s run well the last three races. There are some real nice horses in (the International) and he fits in, but he has to keep running well.”
Luis Contreras, who guided Left A Message to victory in the 1 ½-mile Flaming Page Stakes for Proctor in August at Woodbine, picks up the mount.
JAMES HINCHCLIFFE TO DRAW PATTISON ON THURSDAY
James Hinchcliffe, Canada’s IndyCar star, will draw post positions for the Pattison Canadian International at a noon press conference this Thursday, October 24, at Woodbine's east-end VIP tent.
Hinchcliffe, from Oakville, is currently eighth in the IZOD IndyCar series after a fourth-place finish in California this past weekend.
The draw will be streamed live at http://www.canadianinternational.com. Further information and event details for International day are available there. The Twitter hashtag is #WOIntl.
The 76th running of the Pattison Canadian International is on Sunday.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING SCHEDULE
Based at Woodbine
FORTE DEI MARMI
Arrived Monday night
SEISMOS (with E.P. Taylor runner, SAMBA BRAZIL)
Arrives on Tuesday
NOW WE CAN
Arrives on Wednesday
Arrives on Thursday
EARLY LOOK AT THE E.P. TAYLOR (10)
Moment in Time
Moment of Majesty