10/14/2012 7:09PM

Woodbine: Joshua Tree uncatchable winning Canadian International for second time

Michael Burns
Joshua Tree gives jockey Frankie Dettori a record-tying third win in the Canadian International.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — The world traveler Joshua Tree captured the $1.5 million Canadian International for the second time Sunday at Woodbine, giving jockey Frankie Dettori a record-tying third victory in the Grade 1 turf fixture.

Joshua Tree won the International in 2010, and he finished a troubled second in the race last year. This time, he went right to the front and set soft fractions en route to becoming just the second wire-to-wire winner of the 12-furlong race  since it was switched to the turf in 1958. Over good ground, the final time was 2:30.89.

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“That was always the plan, try to get to the front,” Dettori said. “I was very happy after a half-mile. I was able to dictate my own tempo. When I kicked for home at the quarter pole, I knew I had plenty of horse left.”

Dandino rallied wide from mid-pack to finish a half-length back at 25-1, under Jim Crowley.

“He ran a simply phenomenal race,” said Crowley. “Down the lane, he was always battling back. He wouldn’t quit. I had a great trip. Another stride or two, and I think we could have won it.”

Forte Dei Marmi, based at Woodbine with trainer Roger Attfield, made a strong bid in the stretch before flattening out a little, and wound up another half-length back in third under John Velazquez.

“I had a perfect trip,” said Velazquez. “I was saving ground, right behind the speed. We came running, and just got caught for second. He handled the turf perfect. Good horses beat him today, that’s it.”

Wigmore Hall outran Air Support for fourth, and 9-5 favorite Imperial Monarch finished a fading sixth. Scalo, Reliable Man, Prince Will I Am, and Lay Time completed the order of finish.

Joshua Tree returned $10.70 as the co-second-choice, and earned $900,000 for owners Khalid Kalifa al Nabooda and Kamel Albahou.

The Canadian International is a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re in event, but trainer Marco Botti’s wife, Lucie, said Joshua Tree will make his next start in the Group 1 Japan Cup in November. Dettori said he hopes to ride Joshua Tree, a  5-year-old son of Montjeu,  in that race.



HonDr Vin More than 1 year ago
could be the last Cdn Int'l as we all know it...............
Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Just a note to the people who think the Exacta should have paid more. There are players who would have had that $120.00 pay off 100 or 200 hundred times. At major tracks and high profile races this happens more than you think. because the pools are large.
B More than 1 year ago
So much for the Canadian Intl or the E.P Taylor Stakes having impact on the BC? One's going to Hong Kong and the other Japan. A lot of traveling to avoid the BC.
Rob More than 1 year ago
Does somebody want to explain how the exacta only comes back $120.00 in this race 4-1 over 25-1 the 25-1 2 horse was the second longest shot in the race.
darrellp More than 1 year ago
The 4-1 winner Joshua Tree was a very close second choice in this race and the 2 horse Dandino was a closer that picks up second by passing fading rivals. A smart handicapper knows that if a front runner gets a easy early lead and goes wire to wire then usually a horse like Dandino comes in because of the race tempo. $120 is nothing to sneeze at considering a lot of smart players had that multiple times, wink, wink
Rob More than 1 year ago
Darrell I also hit this 1 for $3.00 I played the winner and all because with the rail down and him being lone speed I thought he would waltz on the lead but I just punched all in the 2nd spot but again this felt like a buggy race pay off to me.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
We love ya Frankie but it's the Horse that provides the kick. Kudos to Trainer and Owners for keeping this nice, nice Horse off that rock-hard track in Cali.
Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
A Great ride by the Great Frankie Dettori ! A perfect ride on the front end and how about the four to one odds? He is just the best.
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
COOLMORE let a real good horse get away. You can't keep all of them, I suppose.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Joshua Tree was just plain awesome! Great race. Congrats to Frankie Dettori on an amazing ride and to all the connections!