Article published on 15 September 2010
Court Vision Looking Sharp for Woodbine Mile
The annual Woodbine Mile (Gr 1) on turf at Woodbine Racecourse in Toronto, Canada is one of the country's biggest races and one that attracts many top U.S. trainers and horses, including trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.
As one of most successful trainers in the United States, there are few major races Dutrow Jr. hasn't won. His impressive list of wins includes a Breeders' Cup Classic, the Stephen Foster Handicap, the Woodward Stakes and many more.
However, one race that has proved elusive for the trainer is the Woodbine Mile. Although he is planning to change all that on Sunday with Court Vision, who last fall won the Shadwell Turf Mile and came fourth in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
Said Dutrow Jr., 'It's been on our minds for a while. He's won at the distance before, and I'm sure he can do it again. I'm just hoping that he likes it up there.' During his career, Court Vision has won two of his three starts over a mile on turf.
The Woodbine Mile, which is aimed at 3-year-olds and up and boasts a $1-million purse this year, is expected to attract a strong field of runners from Canada and the U.S. But there is no doubt that Court Vision will be one of the favourites.
Since finishing sixth in June's $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (Gr 1) at Belmont Park, Dutrow Jr. has given Court Vision - who is owned IAEH Stable and Resolute Group Stable - a layoff at Saratoga, where he has undergone six works.
Both Sunday's Woodbine Mile and $750,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Gr 1) are Breeders' Cup Win and You're In races, which means the winner of each earns an automatic berth in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs.