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Woodbine: Attfield's pair of Forte dei Marmi and Kissable work in tandem for Canadian International Day
By Bill Tallon
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Forte dei Marmi and Kissable, both trained here by Roger Attfield, breezed five furlongs in company on the main turf course here Monday morning in preparation for Canadian International Day engagements on Sunday.
Forte de Marmi’s target is the $1.5 million Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, while Kissable is heading to the $1 million E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares.
The Canadian International, E.P. Taylor, and $500,0000, six-furlong Nearctic for 3-year-olds and up all are Grade 1 turf races and will be joined on the spectacular Sunday program by the Grade 3, $150,000 Durham Cup for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on the Polytrack. The Canadian International, E.P. Taylor, and Nearctic are Win and You’re In events for the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita.
Forte dei Marmi, under jockey Alex Solis, and Kissable, with exercise rider Darren Fortune, were clocked in 1:01.60 with the dogs well out and the turf rated good.
“They were happy, galloping out,” Attfield said. “It couldn’t have been any nicer. The turf’s in great shape.”
Forte dei Marmi and Kissable both are coming off third-place finishes, with Forte dei Marmi’s coming in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer over 1 1/2 miles on turf here Sept. 16 and Kissable’s in the Grade 3 Glens Falls over 1 3/8 miles on grass at Saratoga on Sept. 3.
Scalo and Kapitale, both of whom are trained by Andreas Woehler, also breezed together on the turf course.
Exercise rider Marketa Cernocka was aboard Scalo, who broke off behind Kapitale and her exercise rider, Lisa Kruellmann. The pair finished together, with Scalo clocked in 1:01.20 and Kapitale in 1:01.60.
Scalo, who has been on the grounds for almost two months with an eye toward the Canadian International, finished third in the Grade 2 Sky Classic over 1 1/4 miles of turf here Aug. 19 and then fourth in the Northern Dancer.
Kapitale, here since finishing fourth as the favorite in the Grade 2 Canadian over 1 1/8 miles of turf Sept. 16, remained to point to the E.P. Taylor.
Also working on the turf here Monday morning were All Star Heart, who is to run in the E.P. Taylor, and Grand Adventure, a candidate for the Nearctic.
Alex Solis was aboard All Star Heart, who breezed six furlongs in 1:16.20.
Based in California with trainer Ron McAnally, All Star Heart stayed here at Woodbine after finishing second in the Canadian.
Grand Adventure, who had been considered an unlikely starter for the Nearctic as recently as last week, breezed five furlongs in 1:02 under Patrick Husbands.
“He suddenly came along really good; he was galloping like a million bucks,” trainer Malcolm Pierce said Monday. “Patrick was very happy with him today.
“Maybe we’re not out of the race after all.”
Grand Adventure had been away since last November when returning to action with respectable sixth-place finish in the Grade 2 Play the King over seven furlongs on turf here Aug. 26.
English shippers stretch their legs
English shippers Joshua Tree, Wigmore Hall, and Dandino for the Canadian International; Lay Time, for either the Canadian International or the E.P. Taylor; and Night Carnation, for the Neartic, all are settling in after checking into Woodbine late Saturday evening.
All five took varying forms of light exercise on the Polytrack surface here Monday morning.
◗ James Street and Alpha Bettor, the 1-2 finishers in the Sept. 21 allowance prep for the Durham Cup, both breezed five furlongs on the main track here Monday morning in preparation for a rematch. Both horses worked on their own, with James Street clocked in 1:01 and Alpha Bettor in 1:00.
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