10/11/2009 11:00PM

Europeans settle in for Saturday turf stakes


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The European visitors are in the house for Saturday's Canadian International and E.P. Taylor Stakes.

Arriving en masse at 6:30 a.m. last Saturday were Buccellati and Allied Powers, both candidates for the Canadian International, plus E.P. Taylor hopefuls Rainbow View, Look Here, and Lahaleeb.

Jukebox Jury and Eastern Aria, both trained by Mark Johnston, checked in at 9 a.m. Sunday for their respective engagements in the Canadian International and E.P. Taylor.

As of Monday, a field of eight was expected for the Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up that offers Grade 1 status and a purse of $2 million.

A field of nine fillies and mares was possible for the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor at 1 1/4 miles on the turf course.

The Canadian International, E.P. Taylor, and Grade 2, $500,000 Nearctic, a six-furlong race that is the third turf feature on Saturday's program, all are Breeders' Cup Win and You're In races.

Jukebox Jury, last-out winner of the Group 1 Preis Von Europa over about 1 1/2 miles of turf in Germany, is the only 3-year-old in the prospective Canadian International lineup and would carry 119 pounds, getting seven pounds from his older rivals.

Marsh Side, Spice Route, and Champs Elysees, the top three finishers in last year's Canadian International, are on course for a rematch.

Just as Well, who was moved up to the top spot here in the recent Northern Dancer upon the disqualification of first-place finisher Marsh Side, is scheduled to return for trainer Jonathan Sheppard.

Quijano, who was elevated to second in the Northern Dancer following the inquiry, is slated to make his third Canadian International appearance after finishing ninth last year and third in 2007.

Rainbow View, a 3-year-old who won the Group 1 Matron over one mile in Ireland last time out, and Look Here, who upset last year's Group 1 English Oaks over 1 1/2 miles, both figure highly in the E.P. Taylor prognostications.

Princess Haya, based in Maryland with Michael Matz, is scheduled to return for the E.P. Taylor after winning the Grade 1 Canadian over 1 1/8 miles of turf here Sept. 20.

Salve Germania, a surprise winner of Saratoga's Grade 2 Ballston Spa over 1 1/16 miles of soft going in her North American debut, recently was purchased by IEAH Racing Stable and is slated to try the Taylor here for new trainer Todd Pletcher.

Much Obliged, Lady Shakespeare, and Roses 'n' Wine are the Woodbine-based candidates.