The Grade I Woodbine Mile highlights the Saturday card at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada. The magnificent mare TEPIN will draw most of the attention, but she’ll have to fend off seven classy male competitors, including British shipper MUTAKAYYEF. Post time for the Woodbine Mile, the 12th race on the program, is estimated at 6:39 p.m. EST. As always, be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
#8 TEPIN (1-2) gets the nod from me to post her eighth straight stakes victory. It would be her first since taking the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last June. She’s already beaten the boys on this side of the globe in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile, so this level of competition is well within her comfort zone. TEPIN has been training sensationally for this for Mark Casse, who once again names Julien Leparoux to ride.
Her main rival in this race is #2 MUTAKAYYEF (7-2), who makes his North American debut. He has never won a Group I event but he did win a Group II at Ascot under this rider, Dane O’Neill, two starts ago. The mile seems to be MUTAKAYYEF’s preferred distance, as he’s two-for-three with one runner-up effort going eight furlongs. I don’t think he’s ever faced a rival like TEPIN though, so I don’t give him a great chance to win this.
#4 GLENVILLE GARDENS (20-1) could hit the board at a big price under Woodbine mainstay Gary Boulanger. Since being claimed for $40,000 last September GLENVILLE GARDENS has reeled off five wins in seven starts, including three straight wins coming into this heat. He received his best speed figure to date when he took the Grade II Play the King Stakes going seven panels over this course last time out. If he can take another small step forward, he has a good shot to break up the “chalk” exacta
The play: $5 exacta 8/2,4 ($10)
DFJ analysis: Julien Leparoux ($9,000) only has three mounts in the 12 races at Woodbine this Saturday, but he could easily sweep all three. Before he climbs aboard TEPIN, Leparoux will get a leg up on Chad Brown trainee Rainha Da Bateria (3-1) in the Grade II Canadian Stakes. Then he rides for Casse once more with World Approval, the 2-1 favorite in the Grade I Northern Dancer.
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