Idaho back for a sec­ond crack

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ETOBICOKE, On­tario – Idaho, from the worl­drenowned sta­ble of trainer Ai­dan O’Brien, has been pegged as the 5-2 morn­ing-line fa­vorite in the 80th run­ning of the Grade 1, $800,000 Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional on Sun­day at Woodbine.

Idaho, who drew post 4 in the 10-horse field, will be com­pet­ing just two weeks af­ter an eighth-place fin­ish be­hind the bril­liant En­able in the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe at Chan­tilly.

Idaho fin­ished fifth as the fa­vorite in last year’s In­ter­na­tional, a race that O’Brien has won twice. Idaho’s rider, Ryan Moore, has won the In­ter­na­tional three times.

Erupt has re­turned to de­fend his ti­tle in the 12-fur­long In­ter­na­tional as he makes his first start for trainer Graham Mo­tion. The for­mer French run­ner, who pre­vailed at 12-1 last year, is the 7-2 sec­ond fa­vorite un­der Ju­nior Al­varado. He has been idle since run­ning fifth in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer on Aug. 26 at Saratoga.

Chem­i­cal Charge, based in Eng­land with trainer Ralph Beck­ett, is the 5-1 third choice off a vic­tory in a Group 3 event on Poly­track at Kemp­ton. He will be rid­den by Oisin Murphy.

South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in­vader Flam­boy­ant is 6-1. Trained by Paddy Gal­lagher, Flam­boy­ant is ex­it­ing a third-place fin­ish in the Grade 2 Del Mar Hand­i­cap.

Johnny Bear, the lone Woodbine-based en­trant, is 12-1 for trainer Ash­lee Brn­jas. A late bloomer, Johnny Bear notched his first stakes win in the re­stricted Hal­ton on Aug. 30. He then dou­bled up in the lo­cal In­ter­na­tional prep, the Grade 1 North­ern Dancer Turf, nos­ing out the heav­ily fa­vored Euro­pean Hawk­bill un­der a fine ride from Luis Con­tr­eras.

Mo­tion also sends out 8-1 shot Messi, who fin­ished a lappe­don third af­ter a trou­bled trip in the 12-fur­long North­ern Dancer.

Trainer Mike Maker en­tered Os­car Nom­i­nated (8-1) and En­ter­pris­ing (20-1). Os­car Nom­i­nated comes off a vic­tory in the Grade 3 Kentucky Turf Cup over 1 1/2 miles at Kentucky Downs.

Pos­tu­la­tion (12-1) was beaten a head as the fa­vorite in the Sept. 9 Kentucky Turf Cup. He has run a se­ries of strong races since trainer Ed­ward Graham stretched him out with the ad­di­tion of blink­ers.

Round­ing out the field is Bullards Al­ley (20-1), who wound up sixth in the Kentucky Turf Cup. He picks up Woodbine’s lead­ing jockey, Eurico Da Silva.

There are three other stakes on Sun­day’s su­perb un­der­card – the Grade 1 E.P. Tay­lor, the Grade 2 Nearc­tic, and the Grade 3 On­tario Derby.

MICHAEL BURNS

Idaho fin­ished fifth as the fa­vorite in last year’s In­ter­na­tional.

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