09/28/2008 11:00PM

Europeans arrive for International


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The European contingent for Saturday's Canadian International and E.P. Taylor is in the house, as the final four shippers checked in at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

The fields for the $2 million Canadian International and $1 million E.P. Taylor, both Grade 1 turf races, will be announced at a ceremonial draw here Wednesday.

The 1 1/2-mile Canadian International, for 3-year-olds and upward, and the 1 1/4-mile E.P. Taylor, for fillies and mares, will headline an 11-race card. The supporting stakes, also on the turf, are the Grade 2, $500,000 Nearctic for 3-year-olds and upward over six furlongs and the Grade 3, $300,000 Summer for 2-year-olds at one mile.

All four stakes are Win and You're In races for their respective Breeders' Cup events.

Sunday's flight brought in Doctor Dino, Lucarno, and Mourilyan for the International, and Folk Opera for the Taylor.

Lauro arrived early Sunday morning from Germany, and Quijano and Santiago Attitlan, also based in Germany, have been here since early this month.

Doctor Dino, a Group 1 winner trained by Richard Gibson, will be the probable International favorite under jockey Frankie Dettori.

Champs Elysees and Quijano, the one-two finishers in the Northern Dancer over 1 1/2 miles of turf here Sept. 7, also figure to attract serious support.

Based at Belmont with trainer Bobby Frankel, where he breezed five furlongs over a muddy training track in 1:04.60 last Saturday, Champs Elysees is scheduled to return to Woodbine on Wednesday evening.

All of the entrants for the Canadian International and E.P Taylor must be in their stalls here Thursday under the terms of Woodbine's stakes race surveillance program, which does not apply to the Nearctic or Summer.

Quijano, Santiago Atitlan drill on Poly

Quijano, a Group 1 winner trained by Peter Schiergen, and Santiago Atitlan, a Nearctic candidate conditioned by Andreas Woehler, got their final three furlongs in 36 seconds while working six furlongs in company in 1:14.40 over the main track here Monday.

Santiago Atitlan also has had a local race, finishing third in a six-furlong classified allowance race on the main track here Sept. 6.

Locals work toward International

Marlang and Spice Route, who along with Seaside Retreat will form the home team for the International, both breezed five furlongs over a good turf course last weekend.

Marlang, who went in 59.80 here Saturday under regular rider Richard Dos Ramos, will be seeking his third consecutive stakes victory on the turf after winning Woodbine's 1 1/2-mile Breeders' and Saratoga's 1 1/16-mile Saranac for trainer Debbie England.

Spice Route, who ended fifth but was beaten just a length in the Northern Dancer for trainer Roger Attfield, was clocked in 1:00.60 on Sunday under Jim McAleney.

Marsh Side was fourth, a neck behind Seaside Retreat in the Northern Dancer's blanket finish. He worked six furlongs in 1:13.60 on Sunday over Hollywood's main track. Neil Drysdale trains Marsh Side.