09/09/2013 3:10PM

Woodbine: Excaper sharpens up to face Wise Dan in Mile

Tom Keyser
Excaper is expected to be part of a field of six for Sunday's Woodbine Mile.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Excaper, pointing for Sunday’s Woodbine Mile, breezed four furlongs in 50.40 seconds on the E.P. Taylor turf course here Monday morning.

The Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, which offers a purse of $1 million, is expected to go with a field of six headed by defending champion Wise Dan and is a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.

On Monday, Luis Contreras was aboard Excaper as the Kentucky-bred 4-year-old was the first horse to work on a course rated good with the dogs up.

“I wanted him to go in about 48, but with the dogs out, that was about right,” said Ian Black, who conditions Excaper for Richard Kaster and Frederick Wieting. “He picked it up down the stretch and galloped out really well, and that’s what I wanted.”

[WOODBINE MILE: Watch post-position draw live this Thursday]

Excaper is coming off a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Play the King over seven furlongs on turf here Aug. 25.

Justin Stein rode Excaper there, but Contreras, who was at Del Mar that day to ride Delegation in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic, has regained the mount for the Woodbine Mile.

That runner-up effort was the sixth in stakes company for Excaper, including the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs.

Excaper got a late start to his current campaign, winning under allowance terms here over seven furlongs on grass in his only start prior to the Play the King.

“He missed some time in Florida,” said Black, who sent out Rahy’s Attorney to win the Woodbine Mile in 2008. “He came in here April 20 and started breezing in June.”

Dimension, who shipped in from Kentucky to win the Play the King by 2 1/2 lengths, and Riding the River, a half-length behind Excaper in third, also are heading for the Woodbine Mile along with New York-based Za Approval and English invader Trade Storm.

Attfield works stakes horses

Forte dei Marmi and Perfect Timber, both trained by Roger Attfield, breezed six furlongs over the main turf course here Monday in preparation for Sunday’s Northern Dancer.

Eurico Rosa Da Silva was aboard Forte dei Marmi, who was clocked in 1:16.80, while Steven Bahen did the honors on Perfect Timber, who finished on even terms with a workmate and was clocked in 1:17.80 after opening up early.

“They really didn’t need anything much; I just wanted to get a nice work into them,” said Attfield. “Perfect Timber was a bit strong going into the turn.”

The Grade 1 Northern Dancer, a 1 1/2-mile turf race, offers a purse of $500,000.

Forte dei Marmi will be seeking his third straight turf stakes win here after winning the 1 1/2-mile Singpsiel and the 1 1/4-mile Sky Classic.

The lightly raced Perfect Timber ran second in the Singspiel and sixth in the Sky Classic.

Moment of Majesty and Kissable, also trained by Attfield, breezed six furlongs in 1:16.40 while going in company on the turf here Monday.

Emma-Jane Wilson guided Moment of Majesty while exercise rider and assistant trainer Suzanne Lorimer was aboard Kissable.

Moment of Majesty is headed for Sunday’s Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race which offers Grade 2 status and a purse of $300,000 and is a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Kissable is pointing for Belmont’s Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares on Sept. 28, and then is scheduled to go to England, where she will be up for auction this fall.

Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
If Wise Dan can win this Woodbine Mile Turf, I"d say next stop, go for the BC Classic Mr. Lopresti. Talk your owner and tell him that this years competition isn't all that tough. Someone tell me who is the favorite right now ? Game on Dude needs M.Smith but wont have him. Royal Delta , if she goes, maybe gotta shot for 3rd. Orb ? Not this year. WTC, nope. Mucho Macho Man, now he is legitate. WISE DAN , yes , WISE DAN..........
Big Bob More than 1 year ago
Touche' Billy!
Jim Qaukey More than 1 year ago
Billy now u know u need to wake up for that dream ur having , if Wise Dan try's to run 10f against the best field of horses in this country ,and a field of G1 that he has never ran at classic distance before , the best horse he bet at 9f on dirt was in 2011 and was three year old at the time , Game On Dude is a proven multiple G1 winner at classic distance , and for the record we don't need Mike Smith , we would like him but don't need him and they proven that too, all the Dude team need is ride that can put him on the front end and sit back and enjoy the ride , we as horse fans know in this sport u don't give anything , u have to earn everything , I say this Dan is the very best Turf Miler in the country , hey he is even a good 9f turf and dirt horse , but he is by no way a 10f horse of the Dude caliper , BCC I don't think so , stay where he belong turf mile so he won't get smash
jay More than 1 year ago
This is the smallest field for the Woodbine Mile in its fifteen year history. The previous smallest field was eight. It seems the fields keep getting smaller, as three of the four smallest fields were in the last five years.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Last two had wise dan, I don't think he has face more than 6 all year.
jay More than 1 year ago
Turallure won in 2011 for Charlie Lopresti. Wise Dan only ran last year.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
My screw up jay thanks for correcting me. Wise. Dan wins easily again just which. He would try a little longer distance he looked good in woodford, Dubai duty free is same distance maybe they try it next year
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Deja vu, deja vu, deja vu. Anybody want to talk a bout a good race this weekend. Wise dan by 3 should be the line.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Kevin More than 1 year ago
If you do not want to lose, do not run against Wise Dan. He is a champion. He has nothing left to prove. Haters going to hate. The race is not one to bet, but I love seeing horses like Wise Dan run. It is what the sport is all about
Big Bob More than 1 year ago
All about beating overmatched competition?? And don't tell me the best older horses should go run a mile on the turf... Do you see the best football players in the NFL or CFL? Champion at a mile on turf, nothing more.
ChristinaW More than 1 year ago
I'd like to see Excaper win. I think Wise Dan is a bit overrated.
Mike Barker More than 1 year ago
Overrated?? Where do you live under a rock.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Wise dan is a lot of things but overrated is not one of them.
ChristinaW More than 1 year ago
We will all have to agree to disagree then.
Jerry Chasin More than 1 year ago
When Wise Dan gets beat, you can say he's overrated. Excaper has been beat multiple times so I guess if you compare him to WIse Dan then Excaper is way, way OVERRATED.... A lot of people, including me, will gladly book your win wager on Excaper... Like was stated before, Wise Dan haters will try to pick on him all the time.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
i would like to see him lose kinda. that would be the only way to somewhat help the odds in the breeders cup unless the out of country shippers bring some stand out mile runners
Jerry Chasin More than 1 year ago
Even if Wise Dan gets beat at Woodbine, do you really think he won't be odds-on anyway at the Breeders Cup???
dameian ramsay More than 1 year ago
Everybody is scared bof wise dan
Big Bob More than 1 year ago
At a mile on turf, I would agree with you that most are. It will be interesting to see how many enter in the BC Mile this year.
MR More than 1 year ago
The real problem is there are way, way, too many big dollars races to choose.
Big Bob More than 1 year ago
All the more reason for people to take a shot with allowance horses and try to get some 2nd and 3rd money. Even 4th place is worth 50K in the WO Mile.
MIKE MOBLEY More than 1 year ago
scared of wise dan!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Big Bob More than 1 year ago
From the Bloodhorse....."It's not like he's a stallion and we're trying to prove anything as far as breeding or standing him at stud," LoPresti said. "We just want to put him in places where we can keep him undefeated and we can enjoy him."
Big Bob More than 1 year ago
They are also not trying to prove anything as far as running against the best horses in the country.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
not at all. that doesnt equal cash. this horse is only worth the prize money they collect from him and im sure thats the only thing that really matters. the main reason they want to stay unbeaten is so they can enjoy the first place $$$$$$$$$