Prince of the Mile

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Delta Prince | Leslie Martin Photo

A competitive field of nine line up for the 22nd edition of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile, a Breeders’ Cup ‘Win and You’re In’ prelude to the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. Stronach Stables’ Delta Prince (Street Cry {Ire}), along with the other U.S.-based runners, arrived in Etobicoke Thursday and was stabled in the barn of Mike Doyle, who is also the acting racing manager for Stronach Stables. Victorious in the June 30 GII King Edward S., the striking dark bay was a narrowly beaten second behind Voodoo Song (English Channel) in the GI Fourstardave H. at Saratoga Aug. 11. A half-brother to multiple champion Royal Delta, Delta Prince will be piloted by Javier Castellano, who was aboard for the 5-year-old’s last two starts. Amerman Racing’s Oscar Performance (Kitten’s Joy), winner of the 2016 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, added a trio of graded wins the following season, including two going 10 furlongs at the Grade I level–the Belmont Derby and Secretariat S. at Arlington. Fading to ninth after getting pummeled up front in the 12-furlong GI Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar last November, the bay was given plenty of time off and kicked off 2018 with a professional score in the GIII Poker S. at Belmont June 17. Pulled up and vanned off last out in the Aug. 11 GI Arlington Million, the Brian Lynch trainee is reunited with Jose Ortiz. Among representatives from across the pond, P. K. Siu’s Stormy Antarctic (GB) (Stormy Atlantic), who is based in England with trainer Ed Walker. Encountering a slight delay due to a cancelled flight Monday, the winner of the May 31 G2 Badener Meile arrived on the same flight with Mile runner Lord Glitters (Fr) (Whipper) in Canada Thursday.

“It’s been good,” said Gary Plasted, senior traveling head lad for Walker. “He’s handled it quite well so far. He’s a good traveler. He’s been as far as Hong Kong and travels well. He just walked all the way around on the grass for a mile and a half and then had a bit of a trot.”

Sure to get a lot of play at the windows in local choice Mr Havercamp (Court Vision). Four-for-four over the E.P. Taylor course, the Sean and Dorthy Fitzhenry runner most recently won the seven-furlong GII Play the King over a yielding course Aug. 25.

 

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