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Guest drawmaster Toronto Maple Leaf Tie Domi horses around with race sponsor John Atto at the post position draw.
2001 Atto Mile

Dateline: 9/06/01

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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.
Several of the entrants are hot prospects for the Breeders' Cup Mile in November. In 1999 the race yielded its first Breeders' Cup Mile winner when Silic moved forward off a 5th place finish in the Atto Mile while the first two runnings gave a 2nd place finisher (Geri, 1997) and 3rd place finisher (Labeeb, 1998) and last year yielded a 4th place finish by Affirmed Success. The race has quickly become a major prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile despite its short history.

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 Pipe117 Wright Jr.Dominguez15-1
2 Quiet Resolve121 FrostadKabel10-1
3 City West117 BianconeSellers15-1
4 Red Sea119 AttfieldRamsammy20-1
5 Dawson's Legacy117 DoyleMontpellier30-1
6 Numerous Times117 AttardHusbands15-1
7 Slew Valley117 DickinsonVelazquez8-1
8 Alea Iacta Est117 MacKenzieMcKnight30-1
9 Affirmed Success119 SchosbergBailey4-1
10 Blast of Storm117 MarshallJones30-1
11 Brahms117 WaldenDay9-2
12 Wake at Noon117 KatryanClark12-1
13 Hard Currency117 MinshallDos Ramos30-1
14 Irish Prize124 DrysdaleStevens7-2

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.
Please check back on Sunday evening for photos, results, and comments on the race.

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