Canadian International Stakes
|Grade 1 race|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Website||Canadian International Stakes|
|Distance||1 1⁄2 miles|
|Qualification||3-Years-Old & Up|
The Canadian International Stakes is a Grade I Canadian stakes race for thoroughbred racehorses three years of age and up on Turf. It is held annually in October at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. The current purse is C$1 million.
Since its creation in 1938, the race has undergone many changes including the conditions, track surface, distance, location, and name. The first renewal was run as the as The Long Branch Championship and was restricted to Canadian-bred three-year-olds. In 1939, it was renamed the Canadian International Stakes and was restricted to Canadian-owned horses. In 1940, the race was opened to horses of all ages, though the owner still had to be a Canadian resident. In 1954, the eligibility was revised to ages three and up with no residence restriction. The race name was modified slightly from 1966 to 1980 when it was known as the Canadian International Championship Stakes. From 1981 through to 1995 the race was known as the Rothmans International for its sponsor, the Canadian subsidiary of Rothmans International plc. Since 2003 it has been sponsored by Pattison Outdoor Advertising.
Inaugurated in 1938 on the dirt at Toronto's Long Branch Racetrack, except for consolidation during World War II it remained there until 1956 when the track closed its doors. Moved to Woodbine Racetrack in 1956, in 1958 it became a turf race.
- 1938-1941 : 1 1⁄16 miles at Long Branch Racetrack
- 1942-1945 : 1 1⁄16 miles at Dufferin Racetrack
- 1946-1952 : 1 1⁄16 miles at Long Branch Racetrack
- 1953-1954 : 1 1⁄8 miles at Long Branch Racetrack
- 1955 1 3⁄16 miles at Long Branch Racetrack
- 1956-1957 : 1 5⁄8 miles at Woodbine Racetrack
On turf at Woodbine Racetrack:
- 1958-1986 1 5⁄8 miles
- 1987-1993 1 1⁄2 miles (Out of Chute, inside of main track)
- 1994–present 1 1⁄2 miles (One full circuit, outside of main track)
Since 1958, winners have come from breeding farms in Canada, the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France and Argentina. The Canadian International has been contested by many of the greatest horses, jockeys, and trainers in thoroughbred racing history from around the world. Its success as a North American race drawing an international field helped inspire the creation of the Breeders' Cup races in 1984 which were held at Woodbine in 1996.
The Canadian International has been won by many notable horses. The most renowned renewal was in 1973 when the Canadian International was the final race for Secretariat. His 6 1⁄2 lengths victory is the widest winning margin in the race's history. Other famous winners include Bunty Lawless, voted "Canadian Horse of the Half Century", who won in 1938 and 1941. In 1974, Dahlia was the first European-based horse to win the race, becoming the first horse to win Group / Grade One stakes in England, France, Ireland, Canada and the U.S.
Since Eclipse Award voting began in 1971, eight winners of the International were named Champion turf horse for that year: Secretariat (1973), Dahlia (1974), Snow Knight (1975), Youth (1976), Mac Diarmida (1978), All Along (1983), Singspiel (1996) and Chief Bearhart (1997).
In 2005, the purse for the race was increased to $2 million to help attract European horses who did not chose to enter the Breeders' Cup Turf. The purse was reduced to $1.5 million in 2011, then to $1 million in 2013.
Time record: (Turf)
- 3 - Joshua Tree (2010, 2012, 2013)
- 2 - Bunty Lawless (1938, 1941)
- 2 - Shepperton (1942, 1943)
- 2 - George Royal (1965, 1966)
- 2 - Majesty's Prince (1982, 1984)
Most wins by an owner:
- 4 - E. P. Taylor / Windfields Farm (1950, 1951, 1953, 1975)
- 3 - Nelson Bunker Hunt (1974, 1976, 1977)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 3 - Robert B. Watson (1942, 1943, 1944)
- 3 - Frankie Dettori (2000, 2004, 2012)
- 3 - Ryan Moore (2013, 2014, 2015)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 3 - Gordon J. McCann (1941, 1951, 1953)
- 3 - Horatio Luro (1956, 1957, 1971)
- 3 - Maurice Zilber (1974, 1976, 1977)
- 3 - Michael Stoute (1996, 2014, 2015)
Winners of the Canadian International Stakes
- In 1969 Tradesman won but was disqualified and placed last.
- In 1992 Wiorno finished first but was disqualified and placed third.
- "Canadian International Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- Thoroughbred racing news at Woodbine Entertainment
- "Canadian International History & Records". www.woodbineentertainment.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- Canadian International Stakes details 1938-2001 Archived March 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- October 29, 1973 New York Times
- "Bunty Lawless". Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "Dahlia". Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "Facts & Figures". www.woodbineentertainment.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016.