Nijinsky Stakes

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Nijinsky Stakes
Grade II race
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1998
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Woodbine Racetrack
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & Up
Weight Assigned
Purse CAN$200,000 (since 2013)[1]

The Nijinsky Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Since 2009, it has been run in late July. The Grade II race is open to horses aged three years and up and is run on Woodbine Racetrack's E. P. Taylor Turf Course at a distance of one and one eight miles. The race currently offers a purse of CAD$200,000.[1]

Inaugurated as the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes in 1998, it was raced during the third week of July on turf at a distance of ​1 38 miles. In 2002, the Chinese Cultural Centre sponsored the race and it was renamed the Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes. In 2006, the race was renamed the Nijinsky Stakes and the Chinese Cultural Centre assumed sponsorship for the Seagram Cup Stakes .

The race honors the Canadian-born Nijinsky, the 1970 English Triple Crown champion and a son of Canada's most famous horse, Northern Dancer.

Originally run at ​1 38 miles, as the Nijinsky Stakes it was contested at ​1 12 miles in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 and 2009 it was run at ​1 14 miles and beginning in 2010 at ​1 18 miles.


Time record:

  • At old distance of ​1 14 miles — 2:00.60 - Seaside Retreat (2008) (new stakes and course record)
  • At current distance of ​1 18 miles — 1:45.28 - So Long George (2013)

Most wins by a horse

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Nijinsky Stakes[edit]

2017 Dragon Bay 4 Gary Boulanger Stuart C. Simon McLellan, Brent, McLellan, Russell and Simon, Stuart C. 2:02.10
2016 Up With the Birds 6 Eurico Rosa Da Silva Malcolm Pierce Sam-Son Farm 1:49.18
2015 Are You Kidding Me 5 Alan Garcia Roger L. Attfield Kirk/Bates/Riordan 1:46.59
2014 Up With the Birds 4 Eurico Rosa Da Silva Malcolm Pierce Sam-Son Farm 1:45.74
2013 So Long George 4 Emma-Jayne Wilson John Charalambous Up Hill Stable 1:45.28
2012 Riding the River 5 Todd Kabel David Cotey Dominion Bloodstock/HGHR/Linmac Farm 1:48.05
2011 Windward Islands 7 Emma-Jayne Wilson Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:49.82
2010 Windward Islands 6 Chantal Sutherland Sam-Son Farm 1:53.58
2009 Rahy's Attorney 5 Slade Callaghan Ian Black Ellie-Boje Farm, et al. 2:08.42
2008 Seaside Retreat 5 Patrick Husbands Mark E. Casse William S. Farish IV 2:00.60
2007 Last Answer 7 Emile Ramsammy Michael Keogh Gus Schickedanz 2:31.25
2006 Rush Bay 4 David Clark Tom Amoss Mueller Thoroughbred Stable 2:33.89
2005 A Bit O'Gold 4 Jono Jones Catherine Day Phillips The Two Bit Racing Stable 2:15.94
2004 Shoal Water 4 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:12.37
2003 Strut The Stage 5 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:13.85
2002 Strike Smartly 5 Laurie Gulas Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:13.16
2001 Allende 4 Na Somsanith Macdonald Benson Augustin Stable 2:16.98
2000 Quiet Resolve 5 Robby Albarado Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:13.20
1999 Crown Attorney 6 Mickey Walls John MacKenzie Tony & Mary Jane Lamb 2:18.53
1998 Buck's Boy 5 Earlie Fires P. Noel Hickey Quarter B. Farm 2:15.40


  1. ^ a b "Statistics - Nijinsky Stakes". Retrieved 26 July 2016.