Valedictory Stakes

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Valedictory Stakes
Grade III stakes race
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1952
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.woodbineentertainment.com
Race information
Distance 1 34 miles (14 furlongs)
Surface Synthetic "all weather" dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Three-Year-Olds: 122 lbs.
Older horses: 124 lbs.
Allowances
Purse C$150,000 since 2009[1]
Bonuses $30,000 for eligible Ontario-breds

The Valedictory Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually in late November or early December at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Open to horses age three and older, the Grade III stakes is contested on a synthetic "all weather" dirt surface over a distance of 1 34 miles (14 furlongs).

History[edit]

Inaugurated as the Valedictory Handicap in 1952 at the Dufferin Park Racetrack, it was moved to the new Woodbine Racetrack for the 1956 running where it remained through 1960. From 1991 through 1993, the race was hosted by Greenwood Raceway; thereafter, the race returned to Woodine where it remains.

The Valedictory was originally run on dirt but in 2006 Woodbine switched to a synthetic "all weather" surface[1] (originally Polytrack and then Tapeta starting in 2016). Always a longer distance race, over the years it has been contested at a variety of distances:

  • 1952 : 1 58 miles
  • 1954–1955 : 1 38 miles
  • 1956–present : 1 34 miles

There was no race run in 1953 and the regularly scheduled race on December 7, 2008 had to be canceled due to extreme cold weather.

The Valedictory was upgraded to grade III status in 2011.[1] It is the final stakes event of the year at Woodbine racetrack, which is closed to Thoroughbred racing during the winter.[2]

Records[edit]

Speed record:

  • 2:52.60 - Major Pots (1994) (On dirt at current distance of 1 34 miles)
  • 2:55.81 - Melmich (2015) (New track record on all-weather surface)[3]

Most wins:

  • 2 - Bernfield (1957, 1958)
  • 2 - Whiteborough (1962, 1963)
  • 2 - Caesar B. Good (1967, 1968)
  • 2 - Knight's Turn (1979, 1980)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2016 Bangkok 5 Emma-Jayne Wilson W. Phillip Gracey Wood/Barbour 2:59.88
2015 Melmich 4 Eurico Rosa Da Silva Kevin Attard Chesney/Hoffman 2:55.81
2014 Turkish 5 Emma-Jayne Wilson Tino Attard Lawrence Cordes 3:02.09
2013 Quaesitor 7 Patrick Husbands H. Graham Motion Riverdee Stable 2:59.42
2012 Heathcote 4 Emma-Jayne Wilson Paul Attard Chiefswood Stables 2:59.42
2011 Eagle Poise 5 Patrick Husbands Graham Motion Riverdee Stable 2:57.62
2010 Pool Play 5 Patrick Husbands Mark Casse William S. Farish, Jr. 3:01.42
2009 Cloudy's Knight 9 Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Jonathan E. Sheppard S J Stables LLC 2:59.32
2008 no race
2007 Torquay 5 Eurico Rosa Da Silva Nickolas DeToro Nickolas DeToro 3:01.08
2006 Marsh Side 3 Emma-Jayne Wilson Michael Dickinson Robert S. Evans 2:58.27
2005 Seattlespectacular 5 Patrick Husbands Sid C. Attard RWP Corp. Inc. 3:01.81
2004 Daddy Cool 6 James McAleney Sean Smullen Stronach Stable 3:03.52
2003 Hydrogen 4 Emile Ramsammy Mark E. Casse Earle I. Mack 3:00.28
2002 Lucky Molar 7 Chantal Sutherland Michael Wright Jr. Richard A. Englander 3:03.83
2001 Queensgate 5 Gerry Olguin Tino Attard Carmen Attard 2:57.37
2000 A Fleets Dancer 5 Robert Landry Roger Attfield Cam Allard 3:05.49
1999 Salty Note 4 David Clark Alec Fehr Bruno Schickedanz 2:58.57
1998 Sunshine Journey 4 Richard Dos Ramos John P. MacKenzie Rudy Singh 2:58.00
1997 Cimarron Secret 6 Emile Ramsammy Jim Hartley Francis C. McDonnell 2:59.00
1996 Whomsoever Proud 6 Brian Bochinski Ronald G. Burke Bruno Schickedanz 3:00.00
1995 Stellarina 4 Todd Kabel Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 2:55.80
1994 Major Pots 5 Dino Luciani Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farms 2:52.60
1993 All Canadian 4 Robert Landry Robert P. Tiller Frank Stronach 3:00.80
1992 Stage Actor 4 Todd Kabel Ross Armata Sais Singh 2:55.40
1991 Cozzene's Prince 4 Robin Platts Tino Attard Kirby Canada Farm 2:55.00
1990 Most Valiant 4 Brian Swatuk James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 2:57.00
1989 Take Account 3 Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:56.40
1988 Steady Power 4 Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 3:02.60
1987 Bodmin Moor 3 Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 3:02.20
1986 Royal Treasurer 3 Don Seymour James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 3:02.80
1985 Old Gun Powder 3 Lloyd Duffy Jerry G. Lavigne Paddockhurst Stable 3:09.00
1984 Roman Strategy 3 Irwin Driedger Duke Campbell D. Mann 3:04.60
1983 Creigneish 4 Richard Dos Ramos Martin Velden Hamilton/S. G. S. Stable 2:59.80
1982 Turnablade 5 George HoSang Emile M. Allain John Sikura, Jr. 2:57.60
1981 Jadosa Toker 4 Gary Stahlbaum L. Nacht Knightsbridge et al. 3:03.80
1980 Knight's Turn 5 John Bell Emile M. Allain Mrs. C. Tefloth 2:57.40
1979 Knight's Turn 4 John Bell Emile M. Allain Mrs. C. Tefloth 3:00.80
1978 Party Surprise 3 Lloyd Duffy Peter DiPasquale Berketa/Buchanan 3:02.80
1977 Gore Park 5 B. Smythe Jerry G. Lavigne Parkview Stable 3:02.00
1976 Double Quill 7 Lloyd Duffy Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farms 3:03.00
1975 George of Canada 6 Hugo Dittfach W. H. Moorhead S. V. Lima & M. Rose 3:07.20
1974 Carney's Point 5 Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farms 2:55.40
1973 Fabe Count 5 Sandy Hawley Jerry G. Lavigne Parkview Stable 3:01.80
1972 Monte Christo 5 Sandy Hawley Jerry G. Lavigne Gardiner Farms 2:54.40
1971 Cool Moon 3 Sandy Hawley Frank Merrill, Jr. W. P. Gilbride 2:59.20
1970 Frenetico 6 C. Billingsley Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farms 3:02.60
1969 Mr. Amber 3 R. Pion Samuel Dixon P. M. P. Stable 3:00.00
1968 Caesar B. Good 5 Richard Armstrong B. Puccini E. C. Pasquale 3:02.60
1967 Caesar B. Good 4 Hugo Dittfach B. Puccini E. C. Pasquale 3:09.20
1966 He's A Smoothie 3 Hugo Dittfach Warren Beasley William R. Beasley 3:00.60
1965 Albion Star 5 M. Ferro Carl F. Chapman D. Knight 3:12.80
1964 Latin Artist 4 G. Gordon Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farms 3:04.20
1963 Whiteborough 6 Richard Armstrong W. F. Edmiston C. Softley 3:09.00
1962 Whiteborough 5 Richard Armstrong W. H. Moorhead C. Softley 2:58.80
1961 Ramsay 3 Sam McComb Edward "Ted" Mann George R. Gardiner 3:00.60
1960 Calais 5 James Fitzsimmons Arthur H. Warner Lanson Farm 2:57.20
1959 Calais 4 Hugo Dittfach Arthur H. Warner Lanson Farm 2:59.40
1958 Bernfield 5 Sam Cosentino Frank Merrill, Jr. Roxie Gian 3:03.40
1957 Bernfield 4 Norm Leid J. Hunter Roxie Gian 3:05.20
1956 Dark Armor 3 Juan Sanchez Horatio Luro Horatio Luro 2:57.00
1955 Captor 3 L. Richards Gordon J. McCann E. P. Taylor 2:26.60
1954 Teddy's Sister 6 F. Higgins R. Buisson J. J. Fleming 2:25.20
1953 no race
1952 Try On 3 Alf Bavington John Passero William R. Beasley 2:57.80

Other North American Marathon races[edit]

On dirt:

On turf:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Valedictory Stakes Profile". equibase.com. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Pender Harbour Looks to Close Meet on High". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Melmich Breaks Track Record in Valedictory". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 5 December 2016.