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Pattison Canadian International October 16 includes Queen's runner

October 13, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Will Queen Elizabeth be sitting at her computer in Buckingham Palace Sunday night (10:40 p.m. London time) watching her horse, Dartmouth, race in the $1 million 1 ˝-mile Pattison Canadian International Stakes on the turf at Woodbine? And, if she is, will she be yelling at the screen? After all, we know she’s a great racing fan.

More importantly, will YOU be betting on her horse or will you be betting against her, saying she doesn’t need the $600,000 (Cdn) she will earn if her horse wins?

This is the first time she’ll have sent Dartmouth across the ocean so you know she’s “bloody serious” to make a good showing, putting it into the English vernacular. Flying a horse across the ocean isn’t cheap.

The full field will be known today when the entries are drawn at Woodbine at 11 a.m. CDT but The Pizza Man is expected to be among The Queen’s main competitors. The 7-year-old gelding won the grade 1 Arlington Million last year and won the grade 1 Northern Dancer at Woodbine last month.

ASD handicapper Rob MacLennan likes the chances of the European horse, Idaho, which, decidedly, would not amuse Her Majesty. He finished second in the grade 1 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in June.

The Queen’s horse, meanwhile, was third at Ascot in July in the grade 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and won grade 2 and 3 races.

The race obviously is shaping up to be a particularly exciting contest. Also featured on the Canadian International card will be the $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes. First post Sunday is noon.