Canadian Derby

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Coordinates: 53°33′58″N 113°27′30″W / 53.56611°N 113.45833°W / 53.56611; -113.45833

Canadian Derby
Grade III race
Location Northlands Park - Edmonton, Alberta (1957-present)
Polo Park Racetrack - Winnipeg, Manitoba (1930-1956)
Inaugurated 1930
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website The Horses
Race information
Distance 1⅜ miles (11 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $183,500 (2014)

The Canadian Derby is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta. A Grade III event held near the end of August, it is open to thee-year-old horses and is raced on dirt over a distance of one and three-eights miles (11 furlongs). It was contested at 1 mile from 1930 to 1933, and at 1¼ miles from 1934 through 1956.

The race was the creation of future Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee R. James Speers and first run in 1930 at his Polo Park Racetrack in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Inaugurated as the Manitoba Stakes, it was restricted to Manitoba-bred horses until 1936 when the race was renamed the Manitoba Derby and made open to three-year-old horses bred in Canada. In 1941, the name was changed again to its present form as the Canadian Derby. In 1942, future Canadian and U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Longden won this race.

As the Canadian Derby grew in prestige and its purse money increased, top horses from Toronto and Montreal began coming west to compete in the race. In 1937 the winner of the King's Plate, Canada's most prestigious race, made the 1,300 mile journey from Toronto by rail transport and won the Derby. Budpath, another King's Plate winner, won the 1941 edition of the Canadian Derby. However, not all eastern based horses fared so well. In 1942, Ten To Ace was shipped in from Toronto by leading owner/trainer Harry Giddings, Jr. The colt had won the King's Plate as well as the Prince of Wales Stakes and according to TIME magazine was being called "the greatest Canadian horse of all time." Not only was Ten To Ace defeated in the Canadian Derby, he finished dead last. [1]

In 1956, Polo Park Racetrack was closed and the race was moved to its present location in Edmonton, Alberta.

Records[edit]

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners of the Canadian Derby since 1996[edit]

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2014 Edison Rico W. Walcott Robertino Diodoro El Kardy/Fouad/ButzRunning Rabbit 2:21.38
2013 Broadway Empire Rico W. Walcott Robertino Diodoro Butz/Howg/Running Rabbit 2:19.60
2012 Toccetive Jorge Carreno Joan Petrowski Southview Ag 2:22 4/5
2011 Freedoms Traveller Rafael Zenteno Lianne Knechtel Randy & Donna Feddema 2:21.80
2010 No Hesitation Rico Walcott Jim Meyaard Barb Side 2:23.40
2009 Tommy Danzigger Pedro V. Alvarado Robert Gilker Edgar B. Smith 2:23.00
2008 Matt's Broken Vow Emile Ramsammy Josie Carroll Robert W. Mitchell 2:19.40
2007 Footprint Real Simard Joan Petrowski Derek G. Milen et al. 2.19.60
2006 Shillelagh Slew Dino Luciani Michael DePaulo David James 2:19.00
2005 Alabama Rain Pedro Alvarado Lance Geisbrecht Peter Redekop 2:20.80
2004 Organ Grinder Jim McAleney Sid C. Attard S & B Stable 2:22.60
2003 Raylene Rickey Walcott Rodney Hayes Calmar Stables & Ranch 2:21.60
2002 Lady Shari Constant Montpellier David Cotey Dominion Bloodstock et al. 2:19.40
2001 Fancy As Richard Hamel Red Smith Red Ron Farms/Linda Smith 2:18.00
2000 Scotman Chris McGregor Pam McDougall Lomar Stable/Scott Wilson 2:19.20
1999 Native Brass Alex Ferris Bruce Phelan Robert & Roberta Giffin 2:19.00
1998 A Fleets Dancer Real Simard Rod Cone Cam Allard 2:19.40
1997 Smoky Cinder T. G. Adkins Jenine Sahadi Ed & Jim Pawluk 2:20.20
1996 Jan Alta M. J. McMullen Darrell Hartley Darrell Hartley & I. Khan 2:18.00

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1995 - Sovacianto
  • 1994 - Funboy
  • 1993 - Cozzy Grey
  • 1992 - Josh's Hero
  • 1991 - Sounds Fabulous
  • 1990 - Hurricane Benny
  • 1989 - Haveigotadealforu
  • 1988 - Elmtex
  • 1987 - Steady Power
  • 1986 - Slyly Gifted
  • 1985 - Polynesian Flyer
  • 1984 - Let's Go Blue
  • 1983 - Victorious Lad
  • 1982 - Exclusive Canadian
  • 1981 - Frost King
  • 1980 - Driving Home
  • 1979 - All For Victory
  • 1978 - Canadian Bill
  • 1977 - Western Reason
  • 1976 - Laissez Passer
  • 1975 - Pampas Host
  • 1974 - Progressive Hope
  • 1973 - Wing Span
  • 1972 - Winning Red
  • 1971 - Kim's Kid
  • 1970 - Swinging Apache
  • 1969 - Wyn D'Amour
  • 1968 - Son Costume
  • 1967 - Gilmore
  • 1966 - Klondike Prince
  • 1965 - Chariot Chaser
  • 1964 - Quick Quick
  • 1963 - Brother Leo
  • 1962 - Western Morn
  • 1961 - Galindo
  • 1961 - General C
  • 1960 - Count Lathum
  • 1959 - Sonoma
  • 1958 - Percy Yates
  • 1957 - Spangled Jimmy
  • 1956 - Argent
  • 1955 - Loyalist
  • 1954 - Treheme
  • 1953 - Chain Reaction
  • 1952 - Lord Strome
  • 1951 - Beau Orage
  • 1950 - Sir Strome
  • 1949 - Yates Senior
  • 1948 - Victory Gift
  • 1947 - Sir Berrill
  • 1946 - Palermo
  • 1945 - Ferry Pilot
  • 1944 - Gower Mon
  • 1943 - Western Prince
  • 1942 - Maginot Line
  • 1941 - Budpath
  • 1940 - Sir Trapseth
  • 1939 - Larry Eckardt
  • 1938 - Gowerlace
  • 1937 - Goldlure
  • 1936 - Sweepden
  • 1935 - Nellie Quince
  • 1934 - Caramar
  • 1933 - Carhan Queen
  • 1932 - Lady Marnock
  • 1931 - Parisienne
  • 1930 - Jack Whittier


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