Ryan Moore guided Hillstar to a three-quarters length victory.
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) -
Post time favorite Hillstar surged through the stretch on his way to winning Sunday's $1 million Canadian International run over Woodbine's E. P. Taylor turf course at 1 1/2 miles.
The start of the International was delayed after morning line favorite Brown Panther acted up approaching the starting gate and then ran off with jockey Richard Kingscote in the saddle. Kingscote was unable to bring Brown Panther under control on the turf course, then fell off the horse. Brown Panther, the 2-1 program favorite, was scratched.
Hillstar, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore, raced in mid-pack of the nine-horse field. The 6-5 favorite began to draw closer to the leaders entering the stretch and gained the lead nearing the furlong pole
Strange circumstance changes race
By Don Agriss, Horse Racing Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
It was unlike anything most racing fans have ever seen at the track. The favorite in a major stakes race began acting strangely during warm-ups for no apparent reason.
Sunday's $1 million Canadian International at Woodbine had its usual meeting of top grass running horses from North America with two thoroughbreds coming in from Europe.
Getting the favorite's spot for the 1 1/2-mile turf race was British-bred Brown Panther at 2-1 in the morning line. Another British-bred horse, Hillstar, was posted as the 5-1 third pick among the 10 entered in the race.