10/27/2013 6:14PM

Woodbine: Joshua Tree wins Canadian International for third time

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Michael Burns
Joshua Tree and jockey Ryan Moore win the Grade 1 Canadian International by three-quarters of a length Sunday at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The world traveler Joshua Tree made quite a splash in one of his final starts Sunday at Woodbine, winning the Grade 1 Canadian International for a record third time under a textbook ride from Ryan Moore.

Joshua Tree ($15.30) broke last in the 1 1/2-mile turf marathon before moving up to stalk Stormy Len in second on the backstretch. Slumber, the 8-5 favorite from New York, also took up the chase as Stormy Len set moderate fractions over a soggy course labeled “yielding.”

Stormy Len drifted out exiting the far turn, and Joshua Tree darted up the rail to take a clear lead early in the stretch. Joshua Tree’s advantage diminished in the final sixteenth, but he held on to score by three-quarters of a length over Hyper in 2:35.45.

“He was a little slow to begin, but we had a nice spot,” Moore said. “[Stormy Len] was hanging right the whole way, and I saw [Slumber] was going to come around. I didn’t want to move too soon, but I know this horse is tough, and he stays.”

Seismos rallied in unison with Hyper to finish third, and Now We Can wound up fourth. Completing the order of finish were Temeraine, Slumber, Forte Dei Marmi, Stormy Len, Lucayan, and Perfect Timber. 

Joshua Tree took the 2010 International as a 3-year-old for trainer Aidan O’Brien. He ran second in the race the next year before winning it again in 2012 for trainer Marco Botti. This year, he was sent out by Ed Dunlop, whose assistant, Andrew Stringer, made the trip. 

“As soon as he hit the front and opened up three or four lengths, it was game over,” Stringer said. “There was no way he was going to get beat. He’s so game. He’s won three Canadian Internationals for three different trainers. He’s been trained three different ways and fed three different ways. For him to do that, it’s quite remarkable.”

Stringer said Joshua Tree might start next in Hong Kong before going to stud next year in France.

Joshua Tree earned $600,000 of the $1 million purse for the partnership of Khalid Kalifa al Nabooda and Kamel Albahou.

Patrick Ormond More than 1 year ago
Move over Northern Dancer, Bold Ruler, Mr. Prospector and Sadler's Well. The most dominating sire the world has seen in the last 40 some years is "MONTJEU" (11/16 5 G1's , 3mil ) Can it be possible; His sons and daughters have won over 60 G1's in 8 countries and 4 continents? Thank you " Tree" and your daddy too.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
Montjeu is by Sadler's Wells and Sadler's Wells is by Northern Dancer
Signboy666 More than 1 year ago
Way to much information for him to process.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Hahhhahahah. + 1 RIP MONTJEU.
Electrocutionst More than 1 year ago
Typical and terrible racing for a long distance turf race. 2:35? Why do these jockeys, time after time get away with walking the dog on the lead in these types of races. I found it hilarious the announcer calling the winner sensational.
G More than 1 year ago
When the track is so yielding that their legs sink in an average of six inches with each stride, then 2:35 for 1 1/2 miles isn't so bad.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
this horse reminds me of frankel.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Frankel couldn't get the distance in a Sallee Van.
heavygambler.rm More than 1 year ago
I bet Hyper but made more money with him losing as I had a $3 exa and tri with joshua Tree on top. I don't think Mike Smith is an idiot , he was trapping ' Tree behind the longshot. The issue was Slumber was overhyped and overbet.
IRANIANMULLAH More than 1 year ago
Easiest Canadian Race this year for me. That hore had 5 times the class of it's field
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
So many of these European horses cone over here with there 3 for twenty records year after year and score grade ones. It like being sent triple A for these guys. Arc 13th place, Grand Prix Saint Cloud 10th place. American turf racing is a joke to these people.
IRANIANMULLAH More than 1 year ago
woodbine is a european style track.. the euro's don't do so well on the tight turns, no room, short stretch US tracks, And the Euro Jockeys use less strategy. Yes they seem to have better turf horses because that's the surface they always run oo Animal Kingdom proved a US horse trained for the surface can kick the euros butts.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Euros have won there fair share of Turf races in Breeders cup classic. They won four in a row Bc turf races until last year. They have won Arlington million, Man O War etc. Owners and trainers buy underperforming euro horses every year and score grade one. Animal Kingdom never beat European horses on grass, Dubai world Cup is on synthetic not grass. He finish 11th in Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, So what the Hail are you talking about
G More than 1 year ago
How did AK do that? By running last in his only Euro start? He won the world cup, which was on a synthetic track.
G More than 1 year ago
oh and for your info his record from 31 starts is 7 wins 7 places 4 shoes and earnings of $3.8 mil and will be running in another multi million dollar race in Tokyo before retiring to stud.
Kevin Smith More than 1 year ago
Excellent race call!!!!!!
Hunter Delaney More than 1 year ago
He likes Lasix more than he likes the course!
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Woodbine judges .... They didn't have a good day. The refunded horse early in the card, they ruled the opposite earlier this year. The International.... great race
Ryan Cale More than 1 year ago
i noticed that about the stewards as well. But i have to say I am kind of proud of them for 'editing' the jockeys' scripted outcome of that race. it made me smile picturing someone on the other end of a cell phone somewhere (or maybe closer) cursing at some SEVERELY devalued superfecta tickets. but i'm sure they made up for it in a later race. they always do.
philcoforde More than 1 year ago
Arc race was a needed belt tightener and horses showing speed off the layoff and folding in their first start back are ULTRA DANGEROUS 2nd time off the bench. And JT's back class and fondness for Woodbine made this EASY MONEY.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
5 million dollar prep, give me break. Horse is typical euro trash who come over here and win grade ones all the time. Why would you run in a race for 5m to help you win a one million dollar race overseas. If horse would of finish in the top 5 in the arc he would of not been here today he would of been training for Japan Cup probably
G More than 1 year ago
i wish I owned that Euro trash asyou call him. 3.8 mil in earnings from 31 starts, 18 in the money finishes, with 7 wins and next race in Tokyo before going to stud!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Me too, I would bring him to the turf minor league across the pond and rack up. Like he has done. Cant win grade ones in Europe but he can score them across the pond. Funny. US horses cant compare with the top Euros on turf. That is my point. He is not big time. Frankel, St Nicholas Abby, danedream bigtime. He is a minor leaguer cashing in on weak competition. I would love to own him. 3 of his 7 wins same race and a grade one in Doha. No grade one wins in Europe I cant see any