10/20/2004 11:00PM

Sabiango arrives for International


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Sabiango, winner of the Kentucky Cup Turf in his last start, arrived at Woodbine Thursday morning for Sunday's $1.5 million Canadian International.

Sabiango, trained by Tim Yakteen, arrived on a flight from California via Kentucky along with Dimitrova, who will go in Sunday's E.P. Taylor Stakes, and Crystal Castle, who will start in Sunday's Neactic Handicap.

The Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward, and the E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares, are both Grade 1's on the turf. The Neactic, a six-furlong turf race, is a Grade 2, with a purse of $250,000.

Sabiango will be one of three United States-based horses in the International, along with Senor Swinger and King's Drama.

Sulamani, one of five European invaders, is a multiple Group 1 winner of $4,352,368 and will be favored in Sunday's headliner.

Other shippers who figure to attract support in the International are Mubtkaker, runner-up in last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, and Brian Boru, a dual Group 1 winner who was third in this race last year.

Strut the Stage cross-entered

Both the International and Taylor will be drawn Friday, with a field of 11 or 12 expected for the International and 10 for the Taylor.

Strut the Stage, owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, is an International candidate but is also pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Turf Oct. 30 at Lone Star, where the going is expected to be firmer, which would be more to his liking.

Inish Glora sharpens up

Inish Glora, one of four locally based candidates for the Taylor, breezed three furlongs in 37.80 on the "good" turf here Thursday, working well out from the rail under assistant trainer Barb Przedrzymirska.

"I just wanted to sharpen her up a little bit," said Mac Benson, who trains Inish Glora for owner Bob Costigan. "Everything's looking good."

Inish Glora, the 6-year-old who is Canada's reigning champion turf mare, is coming into the Taylor off a second-place finish in the Grade 2 Canadian Handicap over 1 1/8 miles of turf here Sept. 19.

Classic Stamp, the Canadian winner, also is headed for the Taylor.

* The Canadian International is scheduled to go as the ninth of 11 races on Sunday's program, with a 5:07 p.m. Eastern post time. It will be televised live in a one-hour special beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Sportsnet.

* The E.P. Taylor is the sixth race. It is the first leg of the win four and third leg of the pick six, both of which end with the International.

* Both the International and Taylor will offer superfecta wagering in addition to the usual betting menu.