TORONTO, September 16 - Morton Fink’s homebred Wise Dan, with Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez up, zipped to victory in track record time of 1:31.75 in Sunday's Grade 1, $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile.
Woodbine track photographer Mike Burns, a multiple Sovereign Award winner, captured all the drama of a day that included a track record performance from defending Woodbine Mile champ Wise Dan and a tough-as-nails performance from turf star Forte Dei Marmi.
Let's take a look at all the incredible moments of the Breeders' Cup Win & You're In / Ricoh Woodbine Mile weekend!
Emma-Jayne Wilson (black & white silks) guides Llanarmon up the rail to victory in Saturday's Natalma!
My Conquestadory beat the boys in Saturday's Summer Stakes!
Minakshi holds off Colonial Flag to win the G2 Canadian Stakes on Sunday's Mile card
Thumbs up from the Contreras kids after Minakshi's big win!
Another win for Eurico Rosa da Silva as His Race to Win gallops home in the G3 Ontario Derby
Eurico on the verge of another win as he urges Forte Dei Marmi (green & yellow silks) into action!
It's a fight to the finish as Forte Dei Marmi tries to hold off stablemate Perfect Timber (yellow cap)
Tight quarters as the friendly foes surge to the wire!
But, there's no stopping the fabulous 'Forte'!
Congrats to the happy connections!
Excaper (inside, grey) leads the charge for home in the Woodbine Mile!
But there's no stopping Wise Dan once the HOTY is set down!
The champ even set a track record under a hand ride from John Velazquez
The victory marked a fourth score in the Mile for John Velazquez
Velazquez sitting chilly on the champion chestnut!
Wise Dan smiles for the camera!
Wise Dan is still the champ!
Congrats to the connections!
Could a three-peat be in the cards?!
Hope to have Wise Dan and trainer Charles LoPresti back at Woodbine soon!!
Live thoroughbred racing action returns to Woodbine on Wednesday night! First post on the 8-race card is 6:45PM. Racing fans can watch and wager on all the action via HorsePlayer Interactive