Erupt Runs Away With Canadian International

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Erupt and jockey Stephane Pasquier drew clear of Dartmouth to win the $1 million Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine on Sunday. (Eclipse Sportswire)

A day full of stakes upsets at Woodbine culminated with Erupt’s 12-1 stunner in the $1 million Pattison Canadian International Stakes on Sunday.

Flaxman Holdings’ Erupt raced in fourth behind a soft pace in the backstretch of the 1 1/2-mile turf test, and then unleashed a furious turn of foot in the stretch to burst away from his rivals and win comfortably by a length under jockey Stephane Pasquier.

“I was a bit worried about my stall number (post 8), but he started well,” Pasquier said. “We took good position right behind the leader and the race was perfect today. I feel that I had a lot of gas, actually. It went easily.”

The 4-year-old bay Dubawi colt came into the Canadian International winless in four 2016 starts for trainer Francis-Henri Graffard, but won four out of seven starts in 2015, including the Group 1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris.

“We won a group I in France at 3-years-old, but it was a difficult start to this year,” Pasquier said. “Today he came back very easily and I'm very happy to have found my horse again.”

Erupt finished 1 1/2 miles in 2:30.87. Dartmouth, another European shipper who is owned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, settled for second ahead of U.S.-based Wake Forest and The Pizza Man. Highly-touted Idaho, owned by Coolmore and trained by Aidan O’Brien, finished a disappointing fifth as the 7-to-5 favorite.

Irish-bred Erupt improved to five wins from 12 starts and boosted his earnings to over $1.25 million.– Jeremy Balan

2016 Pattison Canadian International S.
October 16th, 2016

Winning Time: 2:30.87
  • Purse: $1,000,000
  • Distance: 1 1/2 Miles
  • Age: 3 yo's & up
  • Surface: Turf
  • Winning Time: 2:30.87
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
8 Erupt (IRE)
$26.30
$9.50
$5.60
2nd
5 Dartmouth (GB)
$4.70
$3.50
3rd
6 Wake Forest (GER)
$5.10
4th
4 The Pizza Man
5th
3 Idaho (IRE)
6th
1 Danish Dynaformer
7th
7 Taghleeb
8th
2 World Approval
9th
9 Protectionist (GER)
Payoff
Pick 3
2-7-8
2-7-8
$864
Daily Double
7-8
7-8
$266
Exacta
8-5
8-5
$78
Superfecta
8-5-6-4
8-5-6-4
$1,386
Trifecta
8-5-6
8-5-6
$594
Race Replay
Play
Payoff
Pick 3
2-7-8
2-7-8
$864
Daily Double
7-8
7-8
$266
Exacta
8-5
8-5
$78
Superfecta
8-5-6-4
8-5-6-4
$1,386
Trifecta
8-5-6
8-5-6
$594

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