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Hillstar takes the Pattison Canadian International

Hillstar wins Pattison Canadian InternationalThe anticipated duel between British-breds Brown Panther and Hillstar never materialized Sunday, making for a rather bizarre 77th running of the $1-million Pattison Canadian International.
 
Brown Panther, the early 2-to-1 favourite co-owned by former English soccer star Michael Owen, was a last-minute scratch after bolting past the starting gate and running around the turf course, eventually dumping jockey Richard Kingscote — who banged his helmet against his leg in frustration as he walked back to the paddock.
 
Brown Panther also emerged unscathed. Owen, who made the trip to Woodbine Racetrack, vented his displeasure on Twitter: “Long way to come for nothing! Thank goodness horse and jockey are both okay.”
 
The race began after a brief delay and Hillstar, the 6-to-5 race-time favourite ridden by Ryan Moore, took the lead down the stretch and won by three-quarters of a length over Big Blue Kitten in 2:29.0 on a good turf. Dynamic Sky, one of two Canadian-breds in the field, was third in a photo finish ahead of The Pizza Man.
 
The International win was the second straight for Moore, who captured last year’s event aboard Joshua Tree. Hillstar and Brown Panther were regarded as the class of the field and Moore was surprised not to have Brown Panther at the starting gate.
 

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