09/19/2011 12:11PM

Woodbine: All's calm with Turallure after frantic stretch run in Woodbine Mile

Michael Burns
Turallure emerged from a traffic jam in the stretch to win the Woodbine Mile.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Turallure was a picture of contentment as he grazed here at Woodbine on Monday morning with his handler, Julia Helbling.

“Everything’s really good,” said trainer Charlie Lopresti, watching Turallure indulge in what is probably his favorite pastime. “He ate up, he looks good. He doesn’t look knocked out.”

The peaceful scene was a marked contrast to the one here late Sunday afternoon when Turallure was racing in 11th place with a quarter-mile to run in the $1 million Woodbine Mile.

“When they were turning for home I’d said, ‘He’s dead – he’s got nowhere to go,’ ” said Lopresti.

But then jockey Julien Leparoux managed to maneuver his mount from a seemingly impossible spot, finding his way to the outside and rallying Turallure to a neck win.

“That’s just the way the horse runs,” said Lopresti, speaking more objectively in the calmer light of the morning after. “He cruises along back there and saves his run for the stretch, when it matters. I’d had a question about the one-turn mile, but I don’t have a question now.

“He’s a pretty incredible horse. We always thought he was a nice horse. After yesterday, he might be pretty special.”

Turallure, who was Lopresti’s first starter in Canada, gave the trainer the second Grade 1 win of his career after he sent out Here Comes Ben to take the Forego at Saratoga last summer.

And, if all remains well, both Turallure and Lopresti will be looking to add to their burgeoning reputations in the Nov. 5 Breeders’ Cup Mile since the Woodbine Mile was a Win and You’re In race.

Turallure also was the first Grade 1 winner for his sire, Wando, who was a popular runner around these parts and went to stud with Canadian Horse of the Year and Canadian Triple Crown titles on his r é sum é .

Coincidentally, Turallure’s temporary quarters here in one of trainer Josie Carroll’s stalls were directly across from the barn of Wando’s trainer, Mike Keogh.