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Sep 15, 2006

A bakers dozen entered in Woodbine Mile


Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Sunday's $1 million Woodbine Mile has attracted a solid field of 13 turf runners. Formerly known as the Atto Mile, this race is a major prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on November 4.

As usual the field is a true international contest between North America horses and European invaders. Despite the quality of the thoroughbreds that have run in the Woodbine Mile, none have yet to go on and win the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Remarkable News, winner of the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The four-year-old will start from post 7 with Javier Castellano in the saddle. Trained by Angel Penna, Jr., Remarkable News is owned by Holly Rincon.

Remarkable News went wire to wire in winning the Fourstardave in August and has won six of nine career starts. He picked up a win at Woodbine in May of this year with another front running victory in the Connaught Cup.

"He loved that course (Woodbine)," said Penna. "He’s a very, very adaptable horse. I haven't seen a trip that he can't handle. He’s a warrior; he gives it his all every time he runs."

Bred in Argentina, Remarkable News has earned more than $300,000 while never finishing off the board. Castellano has been aboard the chestnut colt for all his starts.

Trainer Bobby Frankel will go after his third Woodbine Mile win on Sunday with 7-2 second choice Three Valleys. Frankel won the race in 2000 with Riviera and last year with Leroidesanimaux.

Three Valleys, owned by Juddmonte Farms, will break next to Remarkable News on the outside. The five-year-old will be ridden by Ramon Dominguez in only the second start of the year for Three Valleys.

After a 10 month rest, Three Valleys won the Oceanport Handicap at Monmouth Park in early August.

"I thought he ran very well," Frankel said about the Oceanport. "He's a pretty good horse and I thought he'd run a good race."

"Everything's fine," continued Frankel. "I don't think he needs a really fast pace (to close). He's pretty versatile. Hopefully, he can throw one of his better races and get a chance to win. He’s a nice horse, does everything right, easy to train."

Frankel also has Diamond Green entered in the Woodbine Mile. Diamond Green is 15-1 in the program and will start from post 6 with jockey Jose Santos.

Coming in from England is 4-1 third choice Ad Valorem, trained by the world- renowned Aidan O'Brien. Ad Valorem will start from post 5 with local rider Patrick Husbands.

Owned by Susan Magnier and R.W. Ingham, the four-year-old has won better than $700,000 in 11 starts with four wins. This will be his third North American start. In 2005 he was sixth at Keeneland in the Shadwell Mile and ninth in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park.

"We're hoping he'll run well," stated O'Brien, "but we'll take one race at a time and we'll see how he gets on. He looks good, we're happy with him. He’s in good shape. He needs fast (firm) ground."

Completing the field for the Woodbine Mile in post position order are Vanderlin, Sweet Return, Therecomesatiger, Shoal Water, Ballast, Becrux, Rebel Rebel, Dalavin and Captain Kurt.

Post-time for the Woodbine Mile is scheduled for 5:06 p.m. (et).

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