Triple Crowning Glory

It must be the turf at Woodbine that Joshua Tree likes so much.

With three different trainers and three different jockeys for its three wins in the Canadian International Stakes in the past four years at the Toronto race track, how else would you explain the dominance held by the six-year-old in the $1 million Grade 1 event.

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This year, under fading light and cold winds, the Khalid Al Nabooda and Kenael Albahou-owned horse was ridden masterfully by Ryan L. Moore, shown below returning from the winner’s circle.

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The Canadian International wasn’t the only Grade 1 stakes race of the day, though.

Jockey Joel Rosario, below, rode Tannery to the $500,000 prize in the E.P. Taylor Stakes for three year old or older fillies on the shorter 1 1/4 mile turf course.

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Rosario is a usual participant in the high stakes race cards at Woodbine – he rode a number of entries during Queen’s Plate day earlier in the year – and fans flock the track apron to get their memento photograph of the Kentucky Derby-winning jockey.

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Home track riders were also successful Sunday. Woodbine regular Patrick Husbands managed three wins on the day…

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…followed closely by track compatriot Eurico Rosa Da Silva, shown below having a grand time following his win in the second race aboard Coastal Dawn.

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The cool weather seemed not to affect the horses as much as the riders, like Justin Stein, below, who covered up while riding Dragon Puff in the seventh. Stein took a win in the fourth race with Hurry Up Alan.

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Jockey David Garcia gives a serious look as he exits the paddock for the track before the first race of the day aboard Elmo Shrugs, who finished seventh.

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I always try to get different perspectives to events I photograph…

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…but without a media bib and gear, gear, gear I have to do the best I can.

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Big Red’s Boy

Almost 40 years to the day that the amazing chestnut stallion Secretariat ran in the Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack – a 612 lengths win in his last race on October 28, 1973 – the Triple Crown-winning horse’s son visited the big Toronto track for this year’s version of the annual race.

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It was like a visit from a royal relative, as Big Red’s boy, Time Alert, a 24-year-old gelding was walked around Woodbine’s parade ring. And it was the son of another famous horse racing personality that walked him around for the fans on Sunday. John LeBlanc Jr. was on hand, son of famous Canadian jockey John B. LeBlanc, who coincidentally rode Secretariat’s entry mate Angle Light in the 1973 Kentucky Derby.

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