Sky Classic Stakes

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Sky Classic Stakes
Grade II race
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1902
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Woodbine Racetrack
Race information
Distance1 14 miles (10 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & Up
Weight Assigned
Purse C$200,000 (since 2013)[1]

The Sky Classic Stakes is a Grade II Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Raced in mid to late August on turf over a distance of ​1 14 miles (10 furlongs), it is open to horses three years of age and older. In recent years it has become a major prep race for local horses looking to go on to run against the best horses from around the world in Woodbine's $2 million Canadian International.

Renamed in 1995 to honour Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Sky Classic, the race was first run at the Old Woodbine Racetrack in 1902 as the Jockey Club Cup Handicap. It was raced on dirt from inception until 1956 but became a turf race the following year when moved to the new Woodbine racing facility. Over the years, it has been run at various distances:[2]

On dirt:

  • 1902–1903 : 2 miles
  • 1904–1905 : ​2 116 miles
  • 1906–1926 : ​2 14 miles
  • 1927–1931 : ​1 12 miles
  • 1936–1951 : ​1 18 miles
  • 1952–1956 : ​1 14 miles

On turf:

  • 1957–1989 : ​1 14 miles
  • 1990–1994 : ​1 18 miles
  • 1995 : 1 mile
  • 1996 : ​1 116 miles
  • 1997–2009 : ​1 38 miles
  • 2010–present : ​1 14 miles

Records[edit]

Time record:

  • 2:00.12 - Forte Dei Marmi (2013) (at ​1 14 miles on turf)
  • 2:13.05 - Dawson's Legacy (1999) (at ​1 38 miles on turf)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Sky Classic Stakes since 1969[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2017 Can'thelpbelieving (IRE) 6 Joe Bravo H. Graham Motion Albert Frassetto 2:14.95
2016 Messi (GER) 6 Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion Gestut Brummerhof 2:00.89
2015 Interpol 4 Emma-Jayne Wilson Sid C. Attard JMJ Racing Stables 2:01.05
2014 Karibu Gardens 4 Luis Contreras Josie Carroll Melnyk Racing Stables 2:02.46
2013 Forte Dei Marmi (GB) 7 Eurico Rosa Da Silva Roger L. Attfield Stella Perdomo 2:00.12
2012 Forte Dei Marmi (GB) 6 Alex Solis Roger L. Attfield Stella Perdomo 2:02.57
2011 Kara Orientation 4 Emile Ramsammy Steven Chircop Berketa/Pinnacle Racing 2:04.87
2010 Marsh Side 7 Edgar Prado Neil Drysdale Robert S. Evans 2:08.99
2009 Marchfield 5 Patrick Husbands Mark E. Casse Melnyk Racing Stables 2:16.56
2008 Lauro 5 Tyler Pizarro Andreas Woehler Gestut Ittlingen 2:18.81
2007 Cloudy's Knight 7 Ramsey Zimmerman Frank J. Kirby S J Stables LLC 2:14.10
2006 Better Talk Now 7 Ramon Dominguez H. Graham Motion Bushwood Stables 2:18.50
2005 A Bit O'Gold 4 Jono Jones Catherine Day Phillips Two Bit Racing Stable 2:17.17
2004 Colorful Judgement 4 Slade Callaghan Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:16.19
2003 Bowman Mill 5 Brice Blanc Michael W. Dickinson Dr. John A. Chandler 2:23.14
2002 Strut The Stage 4 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:19.33
2001 Stage Classic 3 Constant Montpellier David Cotey Dominion Bloodstock et al. 2:21.79
2000 Muntej 3 Robert Landry Roger Attfield David McLaughlin et al. 2:18.83
1999 Dawson's Legacy 4 Constant Montpellier Norman McKnight, Jr. J. M. Stritzl Stable 2:13.05
1998 Chief Bearhart 5 Jose Santos Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:15.60
1997 Chief Bearhart 4 Jose Santos Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:13.40
1996 Lassigny 5 Julie Krone William I. Mott Prince Sultan Al Kabeer 2:18.00
1995 Jet Freighter 4 Todd Kabel Tony Mattine Uri Fishman / Peter Yu 2:13.40
1994 Shiny Key 6 David Clark Alton H. Quanbeck D. Morgan Firestone 1:47.60
1994 Ride With Pancho 4 Sandy Hawley Robert P. Tiller G. J. Meyers 1:47.40
1993 Hero's Love 5 Earlie Fires Danny Vella Frank Stronach 1:45.60
1992 Thunder Regent 5 Sandy Hawley Vince Tesoro D. D. W. Stables 1:46.60
1991 Tot of Rum 5 Daniel J. David James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:46.60
1990 Asturiano 5 Dave Penna Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farms 1:46.80
1989 Steady Power 5 Jim McAleney Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:00.20
1988 Gallant Mel 3 Jack Lauzon D. Campbell Michael Penhale 2:06.00
1987 Boulder Run 4 Lloyd Duffy Jerry Lavigne R. Doe / B. Hutzel 2:02.40
1986 Wild Style 4 Richard Dos Ramos Richard Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:05.60
1985 Nagurski 4 George HoSang Michael Doyle Dogwood Stable 2:11.40
1984 Cost Control 5 Jeffrey Fell N. Winick S. Fradkoft 2:02.40
1983 Nijinsky's Secret 5 Jose A. Velez, Jr. Kent Stirling Mrs. J. A. McDougald 2:02.20
1982 Frost King 4 Lloyd Duffy Bill Marko Ted Smith & Bill Marko 2:08.20
1981 Irish Heart 3 Robin Platts Gil Rowntree B.K.Y. Stable 2:06.00
1980 Overskate 5 Robin Platts Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 2:07.00
1979 Friuli 6 Fernando Toro Tony Mattine G. Caroli 2:10.40
1978 Meticulous Robert 4 Don MacBeth John J. Tammaro, Jr. Kinghaven Farms 2:09.80
1977 Paddock Park 4 J. Walford R. MacKinnon Espo Racing Stable 2:18.00
1976 Tiny Tinker 3 Avelino Gomez George "Jake" Nemett William Beasley 2:03.60
1975 Carney's Point 6 Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 2:06.40
1974 Carney's Point 5 Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 2:03.00
1973 Fabe Count 5 Lloyd Duffy Jerry Lavigne Parkview Stable 2:02.40
1972 Gallant Glen 4 Sandy Hawley James C. Bentley Helen Stollery 2:04.60
1971 Speedy Zephyr 3 Herberto Hinojosa Les Lear C. Rathgeb 2:02.20
1970 Dance Act 4 R. Armstrong L. Grant Green Hills Farm 2:07.00
1969 Tradesman 5 Avelino Gomez R. Potter M. Ross 2:03.80
*Run in two divisions in 1994.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1968 - Petit Duc
  • 1967 - Pretko
  • 1966 - Orbiter
  • 1965 - Quick Pitch
  • 1964 - Greek Form
  • 1963 - Mr. Sometime *
  • 1963 - Bronze Babu *
  • 1962 - El Bandito
  • 1961 - Prompt Hero
  • 1960 - Merry Top II
  • 1959 - Sailor's Guide
  • 1958 - Grey Monarch
  • 1957 - Kitty Girl
  • 1956 - Ballydonnell
  • 1955 - Hickory Hill
  • 1954 - Unbranded
  • 1953 - Risque Rouge
  • 1952 - Freedom Wins
  • 1951 - Harahome
  • 1950 - Beau Dandy
  • 1949 - Double Briar
  • 1948 - Yellowknife
  • 1947 - Vice Admiral
  • 1946 - Ferry Pilot
  • 1945 - Westport Point
  • 1944 - Bon Jour
  • 1943 - Teeworth
  • 1941 - No race
  • 1942 - No race
  • 1940 - High Honors
  • 1939 - Filisteo
  • 1938 - Sun Power
  • 1937 - Teddy Haslam
  • 1936 - Temptestuous
  • 1932 - No race
  • 1933 - No race
  • 1934 - No race
  • 1935 - No race
  • 1931 - Khorasan
  • 1930 - Yarn
  • 1929 - Frisius
  • 1928 - Sir Harry
  • 1927 - Display
  • 1926 - Harrovian
  • 1925 - Harrovian
  • 1924 - Horologe
  • 1923 - My Dear
  • 1922 - Parisian Diamond
  • 1921 - Louis
  • 1920 - Exterminator
  • 1917 - No race
  • 1918 - No race
  • 1919 - No race
  • 1916 - Fair Mac
  • 1915 - Rancher
  • 1914 - Great Britain
  • 1913 - Airey
  • 1912 - Sotemia
  • 1911 - Sotemia
  • 1910 - Duke of Roanoke
  • 1909 - Azo
  • 1908 - Cave Adsum
  • 1907 - Kelpie
  • 1906 - Alma Dufour
  • 1905 - War Whoop
  • 1904 - Persistence II
  • 1903 - Wire In
  • 1902 - Orontas
*In 1963 there was a dead heat for first.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Play the King Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Woodbine History" (PDF). woodbineentertainment.com. pp. 125–6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.