10/13/2016 11:06AM

Leparoux goes for big-race sweep in Canadian International

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Barbara D. Livingston
Julien Leparoux could become only the second jockey to win the Queen's Plate, Woodbine Mile and Canadian International in a single season.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Three flags displaying the colors of the most recent winners of the Queen’s Plate, Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, and Grade 1 Canadian International adorn the Woodbine infield. After winning the Queen’s Plate with Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Sir Dudley Digges and the Woodbine Mile with Robert Masterson’s Tepin, jockey Julien Leparoux has a chance to sweep all three races in the same year when he rides World Approval for trainer Mark Casse in Sunday’s Canadian International.

If Leparoux were to win the Canadian International, he would become just the second jockey to win all three races in the same season. Pat Day became the first in 1991, when he won the Queen’s Plate and the since-renamed Molson Export Million Stakes on Dance Smartly and the Canadian International on Sky Classic.

Leparoux has already joined an exclusive club of jockeys to win two of the three races in the same season since 1988, when the Molson Export Million was introduced. That group includes Garrett Gomez (2009 Canadian International, Woodbine Mile), Kent Desormeaux (1998 Queen’s Plate, Woodbine Mile), Craig Perret (1993 Queen’s Plate, Molson Export Million), and Don Seymour (1990 Queen’s Plate, Molson Export Million).

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Leparoux was aboard World Approval for the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes on Sept. 17, when the 4-year-old gelding set slow early fractions and finished third after a brief stretch duel. Leparoux also will ride Grade 2 Canadian Stakes winner Rainha Da Bateria in Sunday’s Grade 1, $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes.

Stoute back for more

English trainer Michael Stoute will pursue his third consecutive victory in the Canadian International when he sends out Dartmouth, owned by the queen of England.

Stoute won the Canadian International with Hillstar in 2014 and with Cannock Chase last year.

Dartmouth used the same prep race as Hillstar for the Canadian International, finishing second in the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup at Newbury on Sept. 17. Hillstar won the Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup before winning the Canadian International.

Prior to his runner-up finish last out, Dartmouth had won three consecutive races to begin the year: two Group 3 events and the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting in June. He also finished third to Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe runner-up Highland Reel in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on July 23.

Dartmouth arrived at Woodbine on Monday night with a large European contingent for this weekend’s races. Another Stoute trainee, Diploma, also made the trip to run in the E.P. Taylor Stakes but was withdrawn from consideration Thursday.

Kerry Jones, who traveled with the Stoute runners, said both horses were in good order following their first trips outside of England.

“They haven’t done that much traveling,” she said. “They’ve really stepped up to the plate; they’ve handled it well.”

Payout for Jackpot Hi-5

Woodbine’s Sunday card will feature four graded stakes and plenty of wagering opportunities.

Following last Sunday’s card, Woodbine suspended wagering on the Jackpot Hi-5 and will offer a mandatory payout on the wager after the last race on the Canadian International card. The carryover currently stands at $464,321.

Woodbine is also offering guaranteed pools on two pick-four and two pick-five wagers Sunday. The early pick four, which begins with race 4, will have a guaranteed pool of $150,000, while the late pick four, which begins with race 8 and includes the Canadian International, will have a guaranteed pool of $250,000. The card’s first pick five will have a guaranteed pool of $50,000, and the late pick five will be guaranteed at $150,000.

Both the pick four and pick five have 20-cent minimums.