Despite rain during the evening and early this morning, the Woodbine turf course is currently (1PM EST) listed as 'GOOD'. The big note of the day is that Al Khali is out of the International, with the Daily Racing Form's David Grening reporting the Bill Mott trainee scratched due to the possibility of soft ground.
|Imperial Monarch trains on the Woodbine Polytrack|
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From a personal perspective, this is my favourite racing day of the year. I've been coming to the International since All Along took the 1983 edition of the Rothman's Canadian International.
Speaking of great french fillies...the buzz around the Woodbine backstretch this week has been about the great expectations for French-based fillies Siyouma, Pagera and Trois Lunes in the E.P Taylor Stakes. In particular, note the 20-1 morning line on Pagera...I suspect with Arc winning rider Olivier Peslier aboard, that you won't get 20-1 on Pagera at post time, so consider playing a Pick 3 ending on the EP Taylor to protect the price.
|Is Reliable Man ready?|
POST / HORSE / JOCKEY / WEIGHT / TRAINER / ODDS
1. Lay Time (GB) 4/F J Fortune 123 A Balding 20/1
2. Dandino (GB) 5/H J Crowley 126 J R Fanshawe 8/1
3. Forte Dei Marmi (GB) 6/G L J R Velazquez 126 R L Attfield 15/1
4. Scalo (GB) 5/H L A Starke 126 A Woehler 12/1
5. Prince Will I Am (KY) 5/R L R A Dominguez 126 M Nihei 20/1
6. Wigmore Hall (IRE) 5/G L J P Spencer 126 M L Bell 6/1
7. Reliable Man (GB) 4/C O Peslier 126 A De Royer-Dupre 4/1
8. Joshua Tree (IRE) 5/H L1 L Dettori 126 M Botti 5/1
10. Imperial Monarch (IRE) 3/C L1 R L Moore 119 A P O'Brien 3/1
11. Air Support (KY) 4/C L J Castellano 126 C R McGaughey III 10/1
Reliable Man was freshened following that effort and returned on September 21 to be second in a Group 3 event in France. He likely needed that race and should be primed for a top effort today with Peslier in the irons. Imperial Monarch is definitely a buzz horse around the grounds. He's won three of four starts including a smashing effort in the Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on July 14. He's a three-year-old, but it's late in the year now and he just might be mature enough to defeat an impressive group of older foes. Ryan Moore is here to ride.
|Trainer Michelle Nihei and Prince Will I Am|
As a longshot, I'd suggest German-based Scalo who adds blinkers for this event following a pair of even performances at Woodbine. The dark bay son of Lando has trained well all week and top German rider Andrasch Starke has shipped over to ride.
CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL SELECTIONS:
1. Imperial Monarch
2. Reliable Man
3. Joshua Tree
E.P TAYLOR SELECTIONS
3. Stars to Shine
1. Next Question
2. Artic Fern
3. Grand Adventure
Best of luck with your wagers today and be sure to follow along with all the action via my Twitter account - @TripleDeadHeat