Canadian International Stakes

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Canadian International Stakes
Grade 1 race
CanIntlStakesLogo.jpg
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1938
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Canadian International Stakes
Race information
Distance 1 12 miles
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification 3-Years-Old & Up
Weight Weight-For-Age
Purse C$1,000,000[1]

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.[2] The current purse is C$1 million.[3]

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.[4] 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.[1]

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.[5]

On dirt:

  • 1938-1941 : 1 116 miles at Long Branch Racetrack
  • 1942-1945 : 1 116 miles at Dufferin Racetrack
  • 1946-1952 : 1 116 miles at Long Branch Racetrack
  • 1953-1954 : 1 18 miles at Long Branch Racetrack
  • 1955 1 316 miles at Long Branch Racetrack
  • 1956-1957 : 1 58 miles at Woodbine Racetrack

On turf at Woodbine Racetrack:

  • 1958-1986 1 58 miles
  • 1987-1993 1 12 miles (Out of Chute, inside of main track)
  • 1994–present 1 12 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 12 lengths victory is the widest winning margin in the race's history.[6] Other famous winners include Bunty Lawless, voted "Canadian Horse of the Half Century", who won in 1938 and 1941.[7] 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.[8]

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).[9]

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.[1]

Records[edit]

Time record: (Turf)

  • 1 58 miles: 2:40.00 - Dahlia (1974)
  • 1 12 miles: 2:25.60 - Raintrap (1994)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Canadian International Stakes[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2016 Erupt 4 Stephane Pasquier Francis-Henri Graffard Niarchos family 2:30.87
2015 Cannock Chase 4 Ryan Moore Michael Stoute Saeed Suhail 2:29.26
2014 Hillstar 4 Ryan Moore Michael Stoute Evelyn de Rothschild 2:29.00
2013 Joshua Tree 6 Ryan Moore Ed Dunlop Nabooda/Albahou 2:35.45
2012 Joshua Tree 5 Frankie Dettori Marco Botti Nabooda/Albahou 2:30.89
2011 Sarah Lynx 4 Christophe Soumillon John Hammond Mrs. Robert G. Ehrnooth 2:34.90
2010 Joshua Tree 3 Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien Smith, Magnier and Tabor 2:32.72
2009 Champs Elysees 6 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:28.36
2008 Marsh Side 5 Javier Castellano Neil D. Drysdale Robert S. Evans 2:28.73
2007 Cloudy's Knight 7 Ramsey Zimmerman Frank J. Kirby S J Stables LLC 2:27.71
2006 Collier Hill 8 Dean McKeown Alan Swinbank R. Hall, D. Abell, R. Crowe 2:37.34
2005 Relaxed Gesture 4 Corey Nakatani Christophe Clement Moyglare Stud 2:32.64
2004 Sulamani 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:28.64
2003 Phoenix Reach 3 Martin Dwyer Andrew Balding Winterbeck Manor Stud 2:33.62
2002 Ballingarry 3 Michael Kinane T. J. Comerford Coolmore Stud 2:31.68
2001 Mutamam 6 Richard Hills Alec Stewart Shadwell Racing 2:28.46
2000 Mutafaweq 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:27.62
1999 Thornfield 5 Richard Dos Ramos Phil England Knob Hill Stable 2:32.39
1998 Royal Anthem 3 Gary Stevens Henry Cecil The Thoroughbred Corp. 2:29.60
1997 Chief Bearhart 4 Jose Santos Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:29.00
1996 Singspiel 4 Gary Stevens Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 2:33.20
1995 Lassigny 4 Pat Day William I. Mott Prince Sultan al Kabeer 2:29.80
1994 Raintrap 4 Robbie Davis André Fabre Juddmonte Farms 2:25.60
1993 Husband 3 Cash Asmussen John Fellows Keswick Stables 2:36.40
1992 Snurge * 5 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Martyn Arbib 2:39.00
1991 Sky Classic 4 Pat Day Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 2:27.80
1990 French Glory 4 Pat Eddery André Fabre Juddmonte Farms 2:34.80
1989 Hodges Bay 4 Jean Cruguet Willard C. Freeman George E. Robb 2:33.80
1988 Infamy 4 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani Gerald W. Leigh 2:29.00
1987 River Memories 3 Chris McCarron Robert Collet Alan Clore 2:32.80
1986 Southjet 3 Jose Santos Angel Penna, Sr. Dogwood Stable 2:54.60
1985 Nassipour 5 Jean-Luc Samyn Stephen L. DiMauro Dogwood Stable 2:48.20
1984 Majesty's Prince 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Joseph B. Cantey John D. Marsh 2:42.80
1983 All Along 4 Walter Swinburn Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:45.00
1982 Majesty's Prince 3 Eddie Maple Joseph B. Cantey John D. Marsh 2:49.40
1981 Open Call 3 Jorge Velasquez John M. Gaver, Jr. Greentree Stable 2:53.40
1980 Great Neck 4 Mike Venezia Jan H. Nerud Tartan Stable 2:42.60
1979 Golden Act 3 Sandy Hawley Loren Rettele W. Oldknow/R. W. Phipps 2:48.60
1978 Mac Diarmida 3 Jean Cruguet Scotty Schulhofer Jerome M. Torsney 2:41.20
1977 Exceller 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:52.40
1976 Youth 3 Sandy Hawley Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:48.00
1975 Snow Knight 4 Jorge Velasquez MacKenzie Miller Windfields Farm 2:43.20
1974 Dahlia 4 Lester Piggott Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:40.00
1973 Secretariat 3 Eddie Maple Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable 2:41.80
1972 Droll Role 4 Braulio Baeza Thomas J. Kelly John M. Schiff 2:51.80
1971 One For All 5 Ron Turcotte Horatio Luro John A. Bell lll 2:45.20
1970 Drumtop 4 Chuck Baltazar Roger Laurin James B. Moseley 2:50.80
1969 Vent du Nord * 4 Rudy L. Turcotte Al Scotti Emanuel Mittman 2:47.20
1968 Frenetico 4 Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 2:49.20
1967 He's A Smoothie 4 Samuel McComb Warren Beasley William R. Beasley 2:59.60
1966 George Royal 5 Ismael Valenzuela Donald Richardson Hammond & Hall 2:42.40
1965 George Royal 4 Johnny Longden Donald Richardson Hammond & Hall 3:05.40
1964 Will I Rule 4 Ron Turcotte Joe Nash Fitz Eugene Dixon Jr. 2:47.80
1963 The Axe II 5 John L. Rotz John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 2:41.00
1962 El Bandito 5 Ray Broussard Joseph H. Pierce, Jr. Edward Seltzer 2:50.80
1961 Our Jeep 4 Sam Boulmetis, Sr. Oleg Dubassoff John M. Schiff 2:45.80
1960 Rocky Royale 4 Kenneth Church Paul L. Kelley Spring Hill Farm 2:42.20
1959 Martini II 5 Charles Clark Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm 2:56.00
1958 Jack Ketch 4 Johnny Sellers Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm 2:46.60
1957 Spinney 4 Juan Sanchez Horatio Luro Louis R. Rowan 2:46.20
1956 Eugenia II 4 Juan Sanchez Horatio Luro W. Arnold Hanger 2:43.40
1955 Park Dandy 5 Bobby Ussery P. Brady William J. Beattie 2:00.80
1954 Resilient 4 B. Green H. W. Williams Killian Farms 1:54.00
1953 Navy Page 3 Nick Shuk Gordon J. McCann E. P. Taylor 1:53.20
1952 Beau Dandy 7 Anthony Licata R. Anderson Mrs. D. J. Kennedy 1:46.00
1951 Bull Page 4 Jose Vina Gordon J. McCann E. P. Taylor 1:49.00
1950 Nephisto 3 Pat Remillard Arthur Brent E. P. Taylor 1:46.80
1949 Arise 3 Douglas Dodson James C. Bentley Addison Stable 1:46.80
1948 Canada's Teddy 4 David H. Prater Morris Fishman Mrs. Morris Fishman 1:48.00
1947 Brown Hostess 4 Len Stroud William Thurner Charles H. Hemstead 1:46.20
1946 Kingarvie 3 Johnny Dewhurst Arthur Brent Parkwood Stable 1:51.40
1945 Tulachmore 5 Pat Remillard W. MacDonald MacDonald Stable 1:55.40
1944 Be Brief 4 Robert B. Watson Cecil Howard Harry C. Hatch 1:47.60
1943 Shepperton 4 Robert B. Watson Fred H. Schelke Fred H. Schelke 1:51.80
1942 Shepperton 3 Robert B. Watson Fred H. Schelke Fred H. Schelke 1:52.40
1941 Bunty Lawless 6 Tom Aimers Gordon J. McCann Willie F. Morrissey 1:49.20
1940 Cerisse 7 H. Meybell A. Bennie A. J. Halliwell 1:46.00
1939 Sir Marlboro 3 Charlie McTague W. Coburn Conn Smythe 1:48.00
1938 Bunty Lawless 3 Tom Aimers Jack Anderson Willie F. Morrissey 1:45.80
  • In 1969 Tradesman won but was disqualified and placed last.
  • In 1992 Wiorno finished first but was disqualified and placed third.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Canadian International Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Thoroughbred racing news at Woodbine Entertainment
  3. ^ http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/canadianinternational/RaceTrackNewsPage.aspx?NewsId=163914b3-8a02-492f-897f-2859f6b83fbb
  4. ^ "Canadian International History & Records". www.woodbineentertainment.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Canadian International Stakes details 1938-2001 Archived March 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ October 29, 1973 New York Times
  7. ^ "Bunty Lawless". Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Dahlia". Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Facts & Figures". www.woodbineentertainment.com. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 

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