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2012 Northern Dancer Turf and Canadian Stakes Results

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Wigmore Hall wins the 2012 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine
Wigmore Hall wins the 2012 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine Turf

Wigmore Hall wins the 2012 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
September 18, 2012

The co-feature on Woodbine Mile day was the $500,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (G1) for older horses going 1 1/2 miles on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course. A field of 8 went to post with Al Khali sent off as the lukewarm 3-1 choice off his fourth place finish in the Sword Dancer (G1), over 7-2 second choice and deefnding champion Wigmore Hall, 7th in the Arlington Million (G1) last out, and 4-1 third choice Scalo, third in the Sky Classic (G2).

Jockey Jesse Campbell sent 67-1 longest shot Celtic Conviction to the lead immediately and he set fractions of 24.85, 50.15, 1:14.83, and 1:39.80 over the good course while stalked by 6-1 Irish Mission. Entering the stretch, Irish Mission gained the lead through 1 1/4 miles in 2:04.54, but the pace battle took its toll on both. Favorite Al Khali, fifth early, moved up to take a short lead at the 1/8 pole but Wigmore Hall, 7th early, outfinished him in the final 1/16 to win by a neck in 2:28.28. It was another length back to 5-1 Forte Del Marmi third.

Results Chart

Woodbine Mile (G1) results - the feature race on the card

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