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Holiday Valley Ski Resort

2000 Atto Mile

Dateline: 9/07/00

Results and photos

Movie stars at the Toronto International Film Festival and champion golfer Tiger Woods aren't the only international celebrities in Toronto this weekend. Turf stars from North American and Europe 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 fourth renewal has attracted a fine field of turf specialists and some of the top jockeys in North America. Several of the entrants are prospects for the Breeders' Cup Mile in November, including a couple of

Ladies Din with Kent Desormeaux up should be one of the favourites
European invaders. Last year 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). The race has quickly become a major prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile despite its short history.

This year the race will be televised live on NBC from 2pm to 3pm EDT Sunday as part of the Road to the Breeders' Cup series. If you like to keep up with the track video feed, 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 today and here is this year's field:

1Cracker's Folly117NielsenHusbands30-1
2Arkadian Hero119CumaniSpencer12-1
3Honest Lady121FrankelDay8-1
4Ladies Din124CananiDesormeaux3-1
5Think Red114FrostadKabel15-1
7Dawson's Legacy117DoyleBoulanger30-1
8Affirmed Success121SchosbergChavez9-2
10Solitary Dancer119BellWalls15-1
11Muhtathir124bin SuroorSmith7-2
12Valid N Bold117SchnitzlerLandry 50-1

Kahal with Brice Blanc up after winning the Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine in May

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

Atto Mile and Canadian racing links:

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All photos by the author, Atto Mile logo courtesy of Ontario Jockey Club

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