09/13/2012 2:24PM

Woodbine Mile: Wise Dan 6-5 favorite in field of nine

Barbara D. Livingston
Wise Dan can give his trainer, Charlie Lopresti, a repeat win in the Woodbine Mile. Lopresti won the race last year with Turallure.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Turallure won last year’s Grade 1 Woodbine Mile for trainer Charlie Lopresti at odds of 6-1.

But when Wise Dan goes postward for Lopresti in this year’s $1 million Woodbine Mile on Sunday it will be at a considerably lower price, based on his dominant last-out victory in Saratoga’s Grade 2 Fourstardave over one mile of yielding going.

Post positions for the Woodbine Mile were announced here Thursday at a ceremonial draw in the trackside tent.

The Grade 1, $500,000 Northern Dancer, a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up; the Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian, at 1 1/8 miles on turf for fillies and mares; and the $150,000 Ontario Derby, for 3-year-olds on the main track; will be the supporting features on Sunday’s program.

Wise Dan, a 5-year-old gelding who will have regular rider John Velazquez in the irons, will begin from post 3 and was made the 6-5 morning-line favorite by Woodbine oddsmaker Ernie Perri.

“I would have liked to be a little farther outside, but it’s okay,” Lopresti said.

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Cityscape, a 6-year-old horse who is one of three European invaders in the Woodbine Mile along with Dance and Dance and Worthadd, is the second choice at 5-2.

James Doyle, who piloted Cityscape to victory in the Grade 1, $5 million Dubai Duty Free over 1 1/8 miles of turf in March, will be in the irons as the 6-year-old horse breaks from post 7.

Big Band Sound, a 5-year-old horse who was a convincing winner of the Grade 2 Play the King prep at seven furlongs on the turf here Aug. 26, is rated the top local hopeful at 6-1.

Trained by Danny Vella and ridden by Tyler Pizarro, Big Band Sound will begin from post 5.

“I love it,” Vella said. “I was a little worried when it got down to just post 5 and 9. It’s tough to run outside on this course.”

Worthadd, a 5-year-old horse who is a multiple Group 2 winner of nine of 17 starts and more than $950,000, exits a close second-place finish in Germany and is listed at 8-1.

Trained by Mark Prescott, Worthadd will be ridden by locally based Luis Contreras and drew the outside post.

Riding the River, a 5-year-old gelding who is at 10-1 on the morning line, was a closing second in the Play the King after winning the one-mile King Edward and 1 1/8-mile Nijinsky over the local turf course.

Patrick Husbands has the mount on Riding the River for trainer and part-owner Dave Cotey.

Dance and Dance, a troubled sixth in the Woodbine Mile last season, returns for trainer Ed Vaughan and is 12-1 on the morning line. Garrett Gomez has the mount on Dance and Dance.

Rounding out the field will be locally based Hunters Bay, Artic Fern, and Hollinger.

chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Go on with it Dan... do us proud. And, a safe trip to all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lookin forward to an all stakes pick 4 but Woodbine didn't even put any of these races back to back so we'd be tricked into playing their 'other' races in pick 3's and pick 4's. I'm not buying it.
Josh More than 1 year ago
No Todd Kabel on the Cotey horse, hasn't been in the entries of late, trouble in paradise? again!