04/09/2013 12:34PM

Woodbine: Canadian International, E.P. Taylor lose Breeders' Cup Win and You're In status


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Woodbine’s Canadian International and E.P. Taylor Stakes, which have been part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series since its inception in 2007, will not have Win and You’re In status this year.

The Breeders’ Cup announced its 67-race list of Win and You’re In races on Monday, and while Woodbine will host five of the events, the Canadian International and E.P. Taylor were noticeable by their absence.

“The Breeders’ Cup is more interested in the [Woodbine] Mile, the 2-year-old races, and the Nearctic,” said Steve Lym, racing secretary and director of racing for Woodbine.

“It seems that horses that run in the International and E.P. Taylor rarely continue on to the Breeders’ Cup. They seem to be more part of a circuit that heads to Asia for races like the Japan Cup and Hong Kong Vase.”

Woodbine’s Breeders’ Cup Challenge races this year will be the Grade 2 Natalma, a one-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies on Sept. 14; the Grade 2 Summer, another one-mile turf race for 2-year-olds that day; the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, a turf race for 3-year-olds and up on Sept. 15; the same day’s Grade 2 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares; and the Grade 1 Nearctic, at six furlongs on turf for 3-year-olds and up. Purses for those races have not been announced.

The Canadian, new to the list, formerly was positioned as a prep for the E.P. Taylor, which was run at 1 1/4 miles on turf on the same day as the 1 1/2-mile Canadian International.

‘The Canadian has been a very strong race; it’s been teetering on Grade 1,” Lym said. “It’s a logical replacement for the E.P. Taylor.”

The Canadian International and the E.P. Taylor, which had been run in mid-October in recent years, are tentatively scheduled this year for Oct. 20.