TORONTO — Modern Games, a three-year-old son of Dubawi-Modern Ideals, was stunning in winning the $1,017,200 Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile on Saturday, as part of the ‘Win and You’re In’ program. of the Breeders’ Cup.

TORONTO — Modern Games, a three-year-old son of Dubawi-Modern Ideals, was stunning in winning the $1,017,200 Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile on Saturday, as part of the ‘Win and You’re In’ program. of the Breeders’ Cup.

Trained by Charles Appleby for owner-breeder Godolphin, the chestnut colt put his name in the record books as the first sophomore to win the grass-court classic.

And he did it in style.

Get Smokin, one of two – March to the Arch was the other – trainees Mark Casse, took early control of the Mile, as three local starters, War Bomber, Mighty Heart and Town Cruise completed the top four in an opening quarter reached in: 23.08, as Buick and Modern Games settled eighth out of 11.

It was still Get Smokin calling the shots after half time: 45.79, Got Stormy’s five-year-old son holding a half-length advantage over War Bomber, as Modern Games remained eighth, with a wall of horses in front of him. .

As the field sailed home, Buick roused its charge and the pair quickly found daylight, methodically taking out their rivals with ease before taking command and sprinting away from the field.

Two lengths ahead at the call of the stretch, Modern Games crossed the wire for a 5 1/4 length winner. Ivar rallied the best Finest Sound by a neck for second, while Shirl’s Speight was fourth. Town Cruise (winner of the Mile last year), Mighty Heart, Wakanaka, March to the Arch, War Bomber, Get Smokin and Homer Screen complete the picture.

The last time on firm ground was 1:32.77.

“I didn’t know that,” Charles Appleby’s assistant Alex Merriam said of Modern Games becoming the first three-year-old to win the Mile. “He’s a beautiful horse, you know. Obviously he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last year and he’s got solid form in Europe. It’s just an adorable horse and I’m delighted.

With Saturday’s victory, Modern Games, now 6-2-1 from 11 starts, earns a paid spot to run in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on Nov. 5.

Buick would like to have another shot at Breeders’ Cup glory with the winner of multiple ranked stakes.

“Very excited. Of course, he’s obviously already a Juvenile Turf winner last year, so you know he loves North American racing. We’re really looking forward to it.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 17, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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