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1999 Atto Mile

Dateline: 9/19/99

A fine field of talented turf runners contested the third renewal of the Atto Mile (formerly the Woodbine Mile) for a purse of $1 million Canadian. This was a first step in a Breeders' Cup Mile bid for several of these, including some European shippers. The post time favorite was Allen Paulson's Garbu who was coming back from a bit of a layoff after some nice victories earlier in the year. Second favorite was Hawksley Hill who was winless so far this year but always very close. The pace was set by the speedy Rob 'n Gin who led for 3/4 mile before fading to third. Local longshot Quiet Resolve stalked the pace and came on to get the lead in the stretch only to be nipped at the wire by a late charging Hawksley Hill. However, Pat Day on Hawksley Hill inadvertantly hit 4th place finisher Jim and Tonic with his whip during the stretch drive which led to a disqualification. After a lengthly inquiry, the stewards took down Hawksley Hill and placed him fourth.

1  Quiet Resolve   $91.10  $40.60  $16.10
6  Rob 'n Gin               19.70   11.20
9  Jim and Tonic                     6.00

Final time:  1:33.19

$2 Triactor 1-6-9      $10,204.80
$2 Exactor 1-6          $1,114.90
$1 Superfecta 1-6-9-7  $13,448.65
Full Chart

Quiet Resolve is a 4 year old Ontario bred bay gelding by Affirmed out of Quiet Cleo by No Louder.

Quiet Resolve in the paddock prior to the Atto Mile

Hawksley Hill in the paddock prior to the race

Hawksley Hill looking good in the post parade.

The finish of the Atto Mile with 4 horses within a length of each other. You can also view a video of the finish in mpg format here. You need Windows Media Player, Real Player, or any mpeg video player software to view the video.

Bill Mott and Jerry Bailey discussing Garbu's disappointing 8th place finish as the favorite.

Hawksley Hill and Pat Day await the outcome of the inquiry about the stretch run.

Quiet Resolve circles after unsaddling while awaiting the outcome of the inquiry.

Local hero Quiet Resolve in the winner's circle of the Atto Mile, his first career stakes win.

There was another stakes race on the card today, the Canadian Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on the turf for fillies and mares 3 years old and up. Anquilla, a 4 year old Seattle Slew filly won with Pat Day up for trainer Thomas Skiffington.

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All photos by the author except the 1st, 3rd, and 10th which are courtesy of Terence Dulay, Atto Mile logo courtesy of Ontario Jockey Club

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