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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: Dawn Lupul Handicaps Super Saturday

Modern Games after his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Dawn Lupul, who spent 10 years as on-air analyst and simulcast host for Woodbine, joins publisher Ray Paulick and bloodstock editor Joe Nevills on this week's Friday Show to look at the four Super Saturday graded stakes at the Toronto, Canada, racetrack.

The big event on Saturday – one of three Grade 1 stakes – is the CAN$1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile, which has attracted a field of 11. Morning-line favorite is Godolphin's Irish-bred Modern Games, the only 3-year-old in the field and who comes off a second-place finish to highly rated, undefeated Baaeed in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood July 27.

Modern Games may be best remembered by North American racing fans as the horse who was mistakenly scratched from the 2021 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, then ran (and won) for purse money only.

Lupul points out that Charles Appleby, trainer of Modern Games, has sent seven runners to Woodbine to compete in Grade 1 races since 2017, and that five of them have won. Two of those wins came last year on the same day when he swept the two Super Saturday Grade 1 races for 2-year-olds, the Pattison Summer Stakes and the Johnnie Walker Natalma (for fillies). Appleby has the heavy favorite, Mysterious Night, in the Summer Stakes.

Follow Lupul on Twitter at @DawnLupul or check out her website and blog full of handicapping insights at www.dawnsnotes.com.

Watch this week's episode of the Friday Show below:

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