Nine Things You Should Know About the 2018 Woodbine Mile

Champion World Approval won the 2017 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, one start before capturing the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Del Mar. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Three Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races highlight a stellar weekend of racing at Woodbine Racetrack, headlined by the Ricoh Woodbine Mile on Saturday, Sept. 15. The Woodbine Mile is a "Win and You're In" Challenge Series qualifying race for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3, offering an automatic, fees-paid entry to the World Championships to the winner.

The race regularly attracts many of the best turf milers in the world, and this year’s race is no exception as Oscar Performance, Good Samaritan, Delta Prince, and European invaders Stormy Antarctic and Lord Glitters are among the horses entered.

Read on for nine fun facts about this year’s race.

1. The Woodbine Mile was first run as a turf mile race in 1997 after nine years on the dirt at 1 1/8 or 1 ¼ miles. This year marks the 22nd edition at its current conditions.

2. The winner of the race will take home first prize of $480,000 Canadian dollars (about $365,000) from a total purse of $800,000 Canadian dollars.

3. Two fillies have won the race in 21 editions: Tepin (2016) and Ventura (2009). La Sardane will try to join them this year.

4. No horse has ever completed the Woodbine Mile faster than two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who finished in 1:31.75 in 2013. Wise Dan is also the only horse who’s won it twice, capturing the 2012 edition, and the shortest-priced winner ($2.50 on a $2 bet, 2013).

5. Five horses won the Breeders’ Cup Mile the same year they ran in the Woodbine Mile: Court Vision (2011), Kip Deville (2007), Silic (1999), Wise Dan (2012, 2013), and World Approval (2017). Thirteen other horses finished second or third in the Breeders’ Cup after running in the Woodbine Mile.

6. Locally based contender Mr. Havercamp is a son of 2010 Woodbine Mile winner Court Vision.

7. Trainer Neil Drysdale is one of three trainers who each have three wins in the Woodbine Mile. He could make it four if La Sardane wins this year.

8. The Woodbine Mile has been decided via disqualification just once, in 1999. After Hawksley Hill was disqualified, Quiet Resolve was named the winner, becoming the biggest longshot ever to win the race, paying $91.10 on a $2 win bet.

9. David O’Meara will try to become the first European-based trainer to win two editions of the Woodbine Mile this year with Lord Glitters. He won in 2015 with Mondialiste, who like Lord Glitters was owned by Geoff and Sandra Turnbull.

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