Woodbine MileEtobicoke, Toronto, ON, Canada Woodbine Racetrack
Woodbine was invaded by Europeans on Sunday with Trade Storm and Sheikhzayedroad taking two of the three biggest races of the day.
Trade Storm settled in third from last quickly out of the gate, racing near the rail. Going into the turn, the European invader was still in that spot but in the stretch he dug down and worked his way through the pack of horses to take the lead in late stretch and win over morning-line favorite Kaigun. Bobby’s Kitten, who had done most of the early running in the race, was involved in a photo for the third spot, narrowly edging River Seven.
“[Jockey Jamie Spencer] knows him very, very well and how we ride him is according to pace,” winning trainer David Simcock said. “Today, they went a good pace and they put a lot of pace into the race sort of, after four furlongs, which suits. He travels very strongly into it and he has a nice pick up. All he needed was the gaps and Jamie maneuvered his way through.”
Winning jockey Jamie Spencer is set to retire from racing later this year and reflected on that after his win in the Woodbine Mile.
“The adrenaline rush of racing, it’s what we do it for, and I’ll miss it but it’s a new chapter,” Spencer said.
The victory was the second on the day for Simcock, who also won the Northern Dancer with Sheikhzayedroad earlier on the card. The win earned Trade Storm a spot in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile through its “Win and You’re In” status. Simcock confirmed in the post-race interviews that the horse most likely will take his chance in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, again matching up against Wise Dan.
“That’s special, that one,” said Simcock. “I mean they’re both special, but he’s really one of my favorites of all time out of all the horses I’ve trained. It’s been frustrating with him sometimes, but even when he gets beat, I adore the horse massively, so it’s a really special result. I think it is special for the jockey as well.
If all goes according to plan next year, Trade Storm will run in Dubai before potentially running in Hong Kong and Singapore with a return trip to the 2015 Woodbine Mile also in the cards.
- Race Number: 11
- Date of Race: September 14, 2014
- Current Purse: $1,000,000
- Location: Etobicoke, Toronto, ON, Canada
- Track: Woodbine Racetrack
- Distance: 1 mile
- Surface: turf
- Horse Age: 3-year-olds and older
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- Fastest Time (since 1976): 1:31.75 (Wise Dan, 2013)
- Greatest Winning Margin (since 1976): 7 3/4 lengths
- Past Winners: