Guest drawmaster Toronto Maple Leaf Tie Domi horses around with race sponsor John Atto at the post position draw.
|2001 Atto Mile|
Movie stars at the Toronto International Film Festival aren't the only international celebrities in Toronto this weekend. Turf stars from North and South America will be at Woodbine Sunday for the running of the Grade 1 Atto Mile (formerly the Woodbine Mile). With a purse of $1 million (Canadian) guaranteed, the fifth renewal has attracted a fine field of turf specialists and some of the top jockeys in North America.
1999 Atto Mile winner Quiet Resolve is back after finishing 2nd last year in the Breeders' Cup Turf and winning the Sovereign Award for Horse of the Year in Canada.
This year the race will only be televised live on SportsNet in Canada from 4pm to 5pm EDT Sunday. If you can't get that in your area, you can also watch it live online from Woodbine. Past performances are available free at the Daily Racing Form and Glenners will have his picks available Saturday.
Post positions were drawn Thursday and here is this year's field:
|1||Kimberlite Pipe||117||Wright Jr.||Dominguez||15-1|
|8||Alea Iacta Est||117||MacKenzie||McKnight||30-1|
|10||Blast of Storm||117||Marshall||Jones||30-1|
|12||Wake at Noon||117||Katryan||Clark||12-1|
|13||Hard Currency||117||Minshall||Dos Ramos||30-1|
Affirmed Success will try to improve off his 3rd place Atto Mile finish last year and his 4th place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
Atto Mile and Canadian racing links:
- Woodbine Daily Sheet - from Jim Mazur and Jim Bannon
- Woodbine Stable Notes - lots of Atto Mile info now and updated frequently
- Past Performances - from the Daily Racing Form
- Atto Mile Special from Equibase with free program, past performances, ChartPlus, and articles
- Glenners' Picks - available Saturday
- Current weather
- Scratches and changes
- Results Chart from Equibase (available late Sunday)
- SLAM! Horse Racing - Canadian horse racing coverage
- WayMoreSports.com Horse Racing - more Canadian racing news
- TSN Horse Racing - more Canadian racing news
- News Index Search - should pick up some articles from the various online news sources
- 51 horses nominated to the 2001 Atto Mile - from OJC
- 2000 Atto Mile coverage won by Riviera
- 1999 Atto Mile coverage - lots of pictures of disqualified first place finisher Hawksley Hill and winner Quiet Resolve
- 1998 Winner - Labeeb, now standing stud at Gainsborough Farm
- 1997 Winner - Geri, now standing stud at Brookside Farm
- More Canadian racing links
- Toronto - a look at the city from About.com
On the Forum:
All photos by the author, Atto Mile logo courtesy of Ontario Jockey Club