One of the highlights of the Woodbine racing season is the $1 million Woodbine Mile (G1) for older horses going one mile on the turf. The winner earns a guaranteed spot in the Breeders' Cup Mile field as part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" series. Conditions were ideal with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the high 60's. Rain on Friday left the course rated good for the undercard but it was upgraded to firm in time for the main event. Wise Dan was sent off as the 1-2 favorite in the field of 9 off his 5 length romp in the Fourstardave (G2) at Saratoga. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Cityscape, winner of the Dubai Duty Free (G1) but second in the Prix Jacques Le Marois (G1) last out, and 13-1 third choice Big Band Sound, winner of the Play the King (G2), the main local prep for this race.
Jockey Luis Contreras sent 17-1 Worthadd to the lead soon after the start and he set early fractions of 23.78 and 46.90 while pressed by 107-1 longest shot Artic Fern and stalked by favorite Wise Dan. Entering the stretch, jockey John Velazquez asked Wise Dan to move and he did, taking over the lead at the 5/16 pole through 3/4 in 1:10.38. 14-1 Hunters Bay, 7th early, put in a late rally that proved futile as Wise Dan finished up under wraps 3 1/4 lengths ahead in 1:34.07 over the firm course. It was a length back to Cityscape third.
Also on the card: - the Northern Dancer Turf (G1), Canadian Stakes (G2), and Ontario Derby (G3)