09/13/2011 12:28PM

Turallure early arrival for Woodbine Mile

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Barbara D. Livingston
Turallure (left), winning the Bernard Baruch, was the first of multiple shippers to arrive on the grounds for Sunday's $1 million Woodbine Mile.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – It was quiet on the Woodbine Mile front Tuesday with a field of either 11 or 12 expected to be announced at the ceremonial draw here Thursday.

Courageous Cat, winner of Hollywood’s Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile in his last start, and Court Vision, the defending Woodbine Mile champion, are scheduled to come north for the one-mile turf race, which offers Grade 1 status and a purse of $1 million.

Entries for the Woodbine Mile and its companion turf features, the Grade 1 Northern Dancer for 3-year-olds and upward at 1 1/2 miles and the Grade 2 Canadian for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles, will close at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.

James Reimer, goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be the guest drawmaster for the Woodbine Mile.

Turallure, trained by Charles Lopresti, arrived here from Kentucky early Monday morning and currently is the lone shipper on the grounds.

The European contingent consisting of Side Glance, Dance and Dance, and Forte dei Marmi for the Woodbine Mile and Wigmore Hall for the Northern Dancer was scheduled to check in on Tuesday evening.

Courageous Cat, who has been training at Saratoga for Bill Mott, is expected Thursday. Court Vision, based at Churchill Downs with trainer Dale Romans, and Right One, at Belmont with Christophe Clement, both are slated to arrive on Friday.

Both the Woodbine Mile and the Northern Dancer fall under the terms of the stakes race surveillance program and all entrants for both races must be in their stalls here at 11 a.m. on Friday.

Blood samples will be taken at that time and the horses will be subject to random spot checks until Sunday morning, when full surveillance will be implemented.

Meanwhile, the local contingent for the Woodbine Mile consists of Grand Adventure, Hollinger, Riding the River, and Woodbourne.

Kara’s Orientation is nominated to both the Woodbine Mile and the Northern Dancer and remains on the fence.

Court of the Realm, trained here by Peter Berringer, had been under consideration for the Woodbine Mile but instead will be getting a breather.

“His ribs are still a little bit sore,” said Berringer, who had watched Court of the Realm get body-slammed and bounce off the rail before finishing last of 12 in the Grade 2 Play the King over seven furlongs of turf here Aug. 28.

“He breezed okay last Saturday, but Sunday he was a bit touchy. He just needs time. I’ll take him to the farm, and give him a couple of weeks off.”

Court of the Realm, a 4-year-colt, had recorded his fifth straight win when making his stakes debut in the Grade 2 King Edward over one mile of turf here June 25.

Berringer had targeted the Woodbine Mile following that effort and had expected Court of the Realm to bounce back in a big way in the Play the King following a disappointing performance in the Grade 3 Seagram Cup over 1 1/16 miles of Polytrack on Aug. 6.