This is a race for middle distance grass horses with an $800,000 purse along with an automatic spot in the Breeders’ Mile Cup in November. This event takes place at the E.P Taylor Turf Course in Toronto, Canada.
Let’s take a look at the horses that have entered, the odds and preview for this race.
The Top Pick in my opinion is World Approval at 4/1 odds. He is a veteran on the big turf horses as a five-year-old. He is from the barn of Mark Casse and has won all three of his starts this year. He is a good sprinter and will be breaking out early.
Lancaster Bomber is a three-year-old son of War Front and has many wins in top competition. He has four straight Group 1 wins in Europe and ran second in North America with a second at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. He likes the turf and is a proven winner and best competition for the leaders at 6/1 odds.
Deauville is under consideration to win this race. The four-year-old son of Galileo and trained by Aidan O’Brien came to North America and claimed success. He is a bit stronger than many in the long races and with this just a mile he may come up short. He is 5/2 odds to win.
Mondialiste was the 2015 winner of this race and also a winner at the Arlington Million. Problem with this horse is he is seven-years-old and may have be past his prime. He likes the distance and has shown brilliance of old from time to time. He is 6/1 odds to win.
Dutch Connection comes in at 8/1 odds. He failed in his last Breeders’ Cup Mile but is a solid race horse in Europe. He will need to get out in front early to have a chance at winning.
Tower of Texas has lost three in a row despite running well in each of them. He, like Dutch Connection, will need an early lead to stay in the race. Last year, he was blocked at a key part of the race, but this year he will look for a different path He is 10/1 to win.
Another Mark Casse trained horse is Conquest Panthera at 15/1 odds. This horse has had physical issues and is finally, at five-years-old, getting a chance to put a full racing season in the books. He has a consistent run and may surprise people.
Dragon Bay, a four-year-old son of Parading, has won three stakes races in the previous eleven months. This will be tougher competition than he has ever faced. He may become a threat and is actually a shorter race than normal for his at 15/1 odds.
Long On Value is entered at 15/1 to win the is event. He has been a solid racer and a traveled veteran. The six-year-old may have to start running shorter races with his career winding down.
Two horses that come in at 20/1 odds are Glenville Gardens and Arod. Glenville Gardens is a Canadian horse that got seventh in this race last year. Arod is a six-year-old that is Irish bread and will not be a threat in this race.