|Grade I race|
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||1 mile (8 furlongs)|
The Natalma Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Run in mid-September, the Grade I race is run at a distance of one mile (8 furlongs) on turf and is open to two-year-old fillies. In 2016, the purse was increased to C$250,000.
The race is named in honor of Natalma, the Virginia-bred mare who was the dam of Northern Dancer, one of the most influential sires in Thoroughbred history. Natalma is a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
Inaugurated in 1965, the Natalma Stakes was raced on dirt at a distance of 1 1⁄16 miles until 1968 when it was switched to the track's turf course. In 1980 the distance was modified to its present one mile.
The race was run in two divisions in 1979, 1983-1986, 1988. 1990-1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002.
The Natalma was a Grade III race for many years, then became Grade II in 2012. In 2016, it became a Grade I stakes race. Several prominent fillies have competed in the Natalma, including Breeders' Cup winners Stephanie's Kitten, Dayatthespa and Catch A Glimpse.
- 1:34.64 - Sky Alliance (2000)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 5 - Todd Kabel (1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 7 - Mark Casse (2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Most wins by an owner:
- 5 - Sam-Son Farm 1986, 1990 (two divisions), 1992, 2000)