Oscar Performance punched his ticket to the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile in Saturday’s $832,000 Woodbine Mile and his team couldn’t be more excited.

The 4-year-old Oscar Performance won the Woodbine Mile by 1 1/2 lengths over local favorite Mr Havercamp. Oscar Performance was racing for the first time since being pulled up after a bad step as the favorite in the Grade 1 Arlington Million.

“I’m just happy that he’s back,” Woodbine Mile jockey Jose Ortiz told reporters after the win that paid $7.70 at the betting window. “He’s one of the best horses in the barn. When the filly scratched earlier, we were the only speed in the race, so I went ahead.

“He broke a bit slow. I know his best race is on the lead, anyway. At the quarter pole, I saw somebody getting close to me, and when I asked him to go, he really accelerated. He has a great turn of foot. When I hit the eighth pole, I hit him left-handed and he kept going. He gained another gear, and I knew that he was home.”

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Erin Lynch, wife and assistant to trainer Brian Lynch had this to say after the Woodbine Mile:

“He’s a barn favorite horse. He’s a ham to be around. Everybody loves him and so to see that happen to your best horse, it was heartbreaking.

“But then to come back and do that, it just means the world.”

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With the Woodbine Mile win, Oscar Performance improved his record to eight wins with $2,345,696 in earnings.

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