09/19/2011 2:46PM

Woodbine Mile runner-up Courageous Cat will target Breeders' Cup Mile

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Courageous Cat (right), winning the Shoemaker at Hollywood, remains on target for the Breeders' Cup Mile after finishing second in Sunday's Woodbine Mile.

Courageous Cat, sent off at even money for the Woodbine Mile, couldn’t withstand Turallure’s charge but held on to finish second in a wild finish.

“It looked like a pretty good race,” said trainer Bill Mott. “It might have been better if there was a little more pace in front of him. He wound up on the lead for a long time.”

Courageous Cat was on his way back to Saratoga on Monday, along with stablemate Al Khali, and the Breeders’ Cup Mile is still on his agenda.

Al Khali, the 7-2 third choice in Sunday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Northern Dancer, was beaten a neck and a head as the third-place finisher in that 1 1/2-mile turf race.

“He ran well,” said Mott. “He had a good trip, and he made a good run. The pace was relatively slow, but he closed well into it. That seems to be his best style. But he had the whole stretch to get by them.

Mott said that Al Khali could return for the Grade 1 Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile turf race here Oct. 16 which offers a purse of $1.5 million.

Al Khali finished a troubled fourth, beaten just three-quarters of a length, in last year’s Canadian International.

◗ Sunday’s total all-sources live handle of $6,064,189 represented a Woodbine Mile Day record and an 8 percent increase from last year’s $5,619,908. The Woodbine Mile alone generated $1,506,054 for a 10 percent increase over last year’s $1,364,296.