Ten Fun Facts About the Woodbine Mile

Woodbine Mile

By Christina Moore, courtesy America's Best Racing

This Saturday is a marquee day at Woodbine Racetrack near Toronto, Ontario, featuring three Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races, headlined by the $800,000 Ricoh Woodbine Mile awarding the winner a place in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

The Woodbine Mile annually attracts some of the best turf milers in the world, and this year’s field is expected to include standouts Mondialiste, World Approval, and Deauville.

Learn about the race and its history with the fun facts below.

1. The Woodbine Mile used to be the Molson Export Million, run on the dirt at 1 1/8 miles. This year is the 21st edition as the Woodbine Mile on the turf.

2. Wise Dan set the speed record of 1:31.75 in 2013, the same year he became the shortest-priced winner ever in the race. He is also the only horse to win the race twice.

3. The betting favorite has finished out of the money (worse than third) in 11 of the 20 editions of the race. The favorite has won only six times, but three of those came in the last five years.

4. Four horses won the Breeders’ Cup Mile the same year they ran in the Woodbine Mile: Court Vision (2011), Kip Deville (2007), Silic (1999), and Wise Dan (2012, 2013). Ten other runners finished second or third in the Breeders’ Cup after running in the Woodbine Mile.

5. The race has had less than nine runners just three times in 20 years. This year’s expected 11-horse field is right in line with the average field size for the race of 11.1 horses.

6. The biggest longshot to win the race is 1999 winner Quiet Resolve, who paid $91.10 on a $2 win bet after prevailing via a disqualification.

7. Two of the 20 winners were female: Tepin won the Woodbine Mile last year, while Ventura won in 2009. Both had won a Breeders’ Cup race the previous fall, Tepin the Mile and Ventura the Filly and Mare Sprint.

8. Top 2017 contender World Approval is a half-brother to Za Approval, who finished second to Wise Dan in both the 2012 Woodbine Mile and Breeders’ Cup Mile. The gray geldings share the same dam (mother), Win Approval.

9. The Woodbine Mile has been won by horses bred in seven different countries: Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Ireland, and the U.S.

10. This year, Irish-bred Mondialiste will try to match Wise Dan’s record of two wins in the race. Unlike Wise Dan’s consecutive victories, Mondialiste’s first win in the race was in 2015.