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Record-setting win for Wise Dan in $1 million Woodbine Mile

The Canadian Press

9/16/2012 6:01:47 PM

TORONTO -- Wise Dan captured the Grade 1 $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile on Sunday.

The five-year-old Kentucky-bred, the 1/2 favourite, posted a winning time of 1:34.0 to earn the $600,000 winner's share on a firm E.P. Taylor turf course.

Conditioner Charles Lopresti became the first trainer to win consecutive Woodbine Mile events while jockey John Velazquez won this race for a record third time.

Hunters Bay, a 13-1 longshot ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson, was second while British-bred Cityscape took third in the nine-horse field.

With the win, Wise Dan receives an all-expenses paid berth into the Breeders' Cup Mile, which will be run Nov. 3 at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

Earlier, Jamie Spencer rode Irish-bred Barefoot Lady to the win in the $300,000 Canadian Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile turf event.

The 7-1 pick won the race in 1:45.89, finishing ahead of All Star Heart and Stars to Shine.

Spencer also rode Wigmore Hall, another Irish-bred, to a successful title defence in the $500,000 Northern Dancer Stakes, running the 1 1/2-mile turf race in 2:28.28.

Al Khali was second in the eight-horse field while British-bred Forte Dei Marmi was third.

It was also a memorable afternoon for Wilson.

The 31-year-old native of Brampton, Ont., who won the '07 Queen's Plate aboard Mike Fox, earned her 1,000th career victory aboard D'wildcat Gold in the first race on the Woodbine card.

She registered her first win with Ali Olah on Aug. 28, 2004 at For Erie.