LEXINGTON, KY (April 19, 2017) – Last December, Florida bloodstock agent Rudy Delguidice called trainer James Toner and said he was sending him a horse.
“I was in California at the time and Jimmy called me and gave me the name Interpol,” said Tiffany Webb, who is overseeing Toner’s Keeneland string. “I looked him up and ‘Jiminy Christmas, he’s a Grade 1 winner.’ ”
That he is. Owned by JMJ Racing Stables, Interpol had a magical four-week run in the summer of 2015 at Woodbine in which he won the Sky Classic (G2) and the Northern Dancer (G1) for trainer Sid Attard. Those efforts earned him the 2015 Sovereign Award as Canada’s champion grass horse.
On Saturday, Interpol will start in the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) at 1½ miles on the turf.
Interpol finished 10th in the 2015 Canadian International (G1) and did not run again until more than 16 months later for Toner in the Canadian Turf (G3) at Gulfstream on March 4.
“Rudy had given us some information on him that he preferred to run long on the grass,” Webb said. “His last race was a mile, which is not ideal for him but we didn’t want to go a mile and a half off a long layoff.”
Interpol finished sixth in his return.
“We were going to go to Belmont with him, but in his last race, he ran the second biggest figure of his life so he is going in the right direction,” Webb said. “He is doing well and this is the perfect spot.”
The 6-year-old Ontario-bred horse has quickly become a barn favorite.
“He’s a cool horse and a real ham and he loves bananas,” Webb said. “He is very popular at Woodbine and in Canada.”