The $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1) is one of the three major races at Woodbine Racetrack outside Toronto, Canada. The marathon meeting, which runs from April to the second week of December, is topped by the $1 million Queen's Plate, the $800,000 Pattison Canadian International (G1), and between them is the Woodbine Mile.
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Like Woodbine itself, the race has had a long and diverse history. It has been run on turf and dirt and at varying distances from a mile to a mile and a quarter. Now at home with its September date and rich purse over a mile on the grass, the Woodbine Mile is a popular fixture and destination for horsemen and fans alike. Woodbine Mile betting odds are available the week of the race, with the official post position for 2020 draw coming September 16.
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Woodbine Best Bets
Picking your Woodbine best bets includes knowing about the leaders of the circuit. Because Woodbine is over the border in Canada, it has its own rules regarding shippers and its own track leaders in the jockey and trainer standings.
Woodbine's leading rider for many years, Eurico Rosa Da Silva, retired after the 2019 season, leaving the other riders to step up for 2020. Rafael Hernandez has been leading the standings, followed by veterans Justin Stein and Luis Contreras, as well as newcomer Kazushi Kimura. Woodbine has perhaps the leading active female jockey with Emma-Jayne Wilson, who often wins stakes races there and gets some of the best mounts. Patrick Husbands and Jerome Lermyte round out the top competitors.
Trainer Mark Casse often dominates the Woodbine standings. He has the most horses and runs an international operation. Locals Josie Carroll, Kevin Attard, Robert Tiller, Mike DePaulo, and Roger Attfield also get excellent stock and do well in stakes races.
Sam Son Farm has the most wins in the Woodbine Mile for owners, and New York jockey John Velazquez has flown in to ride the winner five times, the most of any jockey.
Stakes races at Woodbine often bring both American and European shippers. Trainer Aidan O'Brien often sends horses to the Woodbine Mile, and Graham Motion, Chad Brown, Jimmy Jerkens, and Todd Pletcher are known for shipping horses north.
How to Bet at Woodbine Racetrack
Woodbine offers an hour-long handicapping show each day featuring the duo of Jason Portuando and Jeff Bratt in the studio. They give their Woodbine best bets and Woodbine wagers every race day. They meet typically runs Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but in 2020 after the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, the meet has been running Thursday through Sunday with evening racing on Thursday.
Learning how to bet at Woodbine Racetrack is part of the battle to becoming the best handicapper. There are two turf courses at Woodbine, with an inner turf course at seven furlongs and a 1 1/2 mile outer turf course that sweeps around the perimeter of the inner synthetic track at one mile. The Woodbine Mile is run on the outer turf course, with horses starting on the backstretch and sweeping around the wide turn to the long stretch and the wire. Pay attention to how the track is playing that day, such as if speed is holding on at the front end, or if horses are making sweeping moves off the turn to run down the front runners. That will help you make your Woodbine Mile selections.
Weather can play an important part in horse betting at Woodbine. In the fall such as September and October, it can either be pleasant, hot like summer, or sleeting rain. Sometimes in October it even snows. All of that can affect how the track and turf course play on a given day.
Woodbine Mile History
The Woodbine Mile has undergone many changes throughout its history. It began in 1988 as the Molson Export Challenge at 1 1/4 miles on the dirt, worth $750,000. The race became the Molson Million and was run over 1 1/8 miles on the dirt with a purse bump of $250,000. Then it moved to grass and was the Atto Mile with a $1 million purse, and is now settled as the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, run every September for $1 million.
While on dirt, the race drew some of the biggest stars in North America. Prized won it in 1989 and two months later took the Breeders' Cup Turf. Hall of Famer Dance Smartly defeated males in 1991. Canadian Triple Crown winners Izvestia and Peteski won in 1990 and 1993, respectively.
Californian Dramatic Gold won in thrilling fashion in 1994; his photo still hangs in the Woodbine press box today. Skip Away won it in 1996 en route to a career that saw him earn $9 million without a Breeders' Cup or Dubai World Cup victory.
Once switched to grass, the race has been a premier spot for turf milers. Names such as Leroidesanimaux, sire of Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom, won it, as well as the mighty mare Tepin. She also won the Breeders' Cup Mile and won at Royal Ascot, all over males.
Perhaps the greatest horse to win the Woodbine Mile is Wise Dan, who is the only two-time winner. The popular chestnut gelding won in 2012 and 2013, the same years that he won the Breeders' Cup Mile twice. He earned a staggering $7.5 million in his career for Morton Fink and trainer Charlie LoPresti. That trainer had already had Woodbine Mile's success in 2011 with Turallure. In the Breeders' Cup Mile two months later, Turallure and 2010 Woodbine Mile winner Court Vision finished noses apart in a thrilling photo finish at Churchill Downs.
Three fillies have won the Woodbine Mile in its history: Dance Smartly, Tepin, and Ventura. The latter did it in 2009 for the late trainer Bobby Frankel. Ventura won $2.5 million on the turf and dirt, was a Breeders' Cup winner, and is the dam of French Group 3 winner Fount.
Mark Casse, who trained Tepin, won the Woodbine Mile in consecutive years. After Tepin's 2016 win, Casse trained World Approval to win in 2017, and that popular gray gelding went on to win the Breeders' Cup Mile at Del Mar just weeks later. World Approval earned over $3 million in his career.
In 2019, El Tormenta caused a huge upset, winning at 44-1 over heavily favored filly Got Stormy. She also hailed from the Casse barn, and was coming off a Grade 1 win over males at Saratoga.
Woodbine Mile Betting Tips
Betting on the Woodbine Mile includes win, place, show, exactor, triactor, (also known as exacta and trifecta in other jurisdictions), and is regularly part of a Pick 4. The Woodbine Mile weekend includes a total of six stakes races: the Woodbine Mile, the $135,000 Ontario Racing Stakes, the $135,000 Woodbine Cares Stakes, the $125,000 Singspiel (G3), and two important Breeders' Cup prep races, the $250,000 Natalma (G1) and the $250,000 Summer Stakes (G1). Both of those races are for juveniles on the grass, and are used as springboards into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and Juvenile Turf.
The 2020 Woodbine Mile will take place September 19. It is expected to include 2019 Preakness Stakes winner War of Will, who recently won a Grade 1-mile race on the grass at Keeneland. Check back for Woodbine horse racing odds and even more Woodbine online betting options.
Woodbine Mile Odds
The Woodbine Mile has a history of being won by both favorites and longshots. The Woodbine Mile odds and payouts for the last 10 years are as follows:
2019: El Tormenta - $91.40 (44-1) (Favored Got Stormy, 2nd)
2018: Oscar Performance - $7.70 (5-2) (Favored Delta Prince, 4th)
2017: World Approval - $6.70 (Favored)
2016: Tepin - $2.90 (Favored)
2015: Mondialiste - $9.60 (3-1) (Favored Lea, 2nd)
2014: Trade Storm - $11.10 (4-1) (Favored Jack Milton, 9th)
2013: Wise Dan - $2.50 (Favored)
2012: Wise Dan - $3.10 (Favored)
2011: Turallure - $14.90 (6-1) (Favored Courageous Cat, 2nd)
2010: Court Vision - $16.60 (7-1) (Favored Famous Name, 7th)
2009: Ventura - $6.20 (2-1) (Favored Bribon, 5th)
As you can see, the Woodbine Mile has only gone to the favorite four times in the last 10 years, and when favorites don't win their average finishing position is 5th. But the favorites who have won are some of the best milers in the last few years globally, including Wise Dan and Tepin.