Woodbine opens its backstretch this week, but there are dozens of Canadians in the south, including Patrick Husbands.
Six-year-old gelding under jockey Kiran Rizack opened up a long lead early in the 1600-metre feature at the Rising Sun Turf Club, Feb. 25.
Son of Into Mischief was odds-on in the 12-horse field and was well polished for trainer Brad Cox and jockey Cristian Torres.
Six-year-old Senor Buscador, owned and bred by Joe Peacock Jr., is co-owned by Sharaf Mohammed Al Hariri who bought into the horse pre-Cup.
Mrs. Gay Smith and Ken Ramsey each have two horses entered in the 41st Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup, set for March 2.
Four horses with Woodbine ties will compete on the (Guyana) Handicap card at Rising Sun Turf Club in Berbice.
Canadians continue to do well in races south of the border, from New York to Kentucky to Florida and Arkansas.
Two top American horses meet some of the world's best in the Saudi Cup (G1) including the aptly-named Saudi Crown.
The $2.3 million son of Gun Runner splashed his way to victory in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes against a strong field at Fair Grounds.
After the JCC's annual review, the number of graded stakes in Canada will remain at 42; Bessarabian and Royal North Stakes downgraded.
Longshot wins by Canadian-breds south of the border and a pair of wins by trainer Bill Tharrenos at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 15.
One of Woodbine's leading riders was riding at Turfway Park in Kentucky, but has moved to New York to be with family.
The $400,000 race is the feature event on a stakes-filled Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course in Louisiana.
Now gelded, the 2020 Queen's Plate and Prince of Wales hero is training at Turfway Park in Kentucky with Jonathan Thomas.
Iowa-bred colt was well prepared by young trainer Jose Francisco D'Angelo to win early Kentucky Derby stepping-stone stake.