It was a thrilling day of racing at Woodbine today as the Toronto Racetrack hosted the Rock N’ Racing Festival on Woodbine Mile Day. With one-day-only food trucks and musical acts on-site today including local talent like Rynheart, The Honest Heart Collective, Aukland, Highs and JJ and The Pillars, racing fans new and old got to experience the historic track in a way like never before! Above this, The Edge 102.1 Hosts Melani Mariani and Wade MacNeil.
Sunglasses were given away and first bets also were free!
The one-mile marquee turf race was won by Irish-bred invader MONDIALISTE who closed fast and furious on the soft turf course – preferred by Europeans – in a final time of 1:36.6. As the third choice in the race, he paid $9.70 to a $2 bet and was ridden by British jockey on-the-comeback, Fergal Lynch. Geoff and Sandra Turnbull are the winning owners and David O’Meara trains the five-year-old horse.
Placing second by only half a length in he prestigious race was top older American horse Lea, while California’s Obviously after leading all the way, lost-out only late to place third.
With race favourite, Obviously… obviously!
With your post time favourite for the #WOMile, OBVIOUSLY!! #OfftotheRaces #GetintheGame #HorseRacing A photo posted by Mr. Will Wong (@mrwillwong) on
With the accomplished and handsome Lea, who finished second in the Woodbine Mile.
With local hero Grand Arch, who scratched today. But gotta love this snap we got of him yesterday with his groom Belmer.
Also earlier on the card, our girl HABIBI ran an incredible race against the boys in the Northern Dancer Stakes almost to win it all! Congrats to her and her connections, the Team at Mark Frostad’s barn.
Just one more marquee race left in the thoroughbred 2015 racing season at Woodbine, the $1-million Pattison International to be held on Sunday, October 18, 2015. The race has gone down in history as the final race Secretariat won prior to retiring. Be sure to join us then!
Don’t forget, your Selfies can win you $1k! Next time you visit, remember to Tweet a photo of yourself at the track with the hashtag #OFFTOTHERACES, to qualify!
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(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
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