Victoria Park (horse)

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Victoria Park
SireChop Chop
BreederEdward P. Taylor
OwnerWindfields Farm
TrainerHoratio Luro
Record19: 10-4-2
Major wins
Clarendon Stakes (1959)
Cup and Saucer Stakes (1959)
Coronation Futurity Stakes (1959)
Leonard Richards Stakes (1960)
Queen's Plate (1960) American Classic Race placing:
Preakness Stakes 2nd (1960)
Canadian Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (1959)
Canadian Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1960)
Canadian Horse of the Year (1960)
Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland (1977)
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (1976)
Victoria Park Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack
Last updated on January 26, 2010

Victoria Park (1957–1985) was a Canadian Thoroughbred racehorse. He was the first Canadian-bred horse to place in an American Triple Crown race.


Victoria Park was a bay horse bred and owned by E. P. Taylor.

Racing career[edit]

At age two, the colt won the Clarendon Stakes plus the two richest 2-year-old races in Canada, the Coronation Futurity Stakes and Cup and Saucer Stakes, and was voted Canadian Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt.

Victoria Park finished 3rd behind Venetian Way in the 1960 Kentucky Derby. In the Preakness Stakes, he finished 2nd to Bally Ache, whom he had beaten in the Leonard Richards Stakes while setting a new Hialeah Park track record. His owner bypassed the Belmont Stakes to return for Canada's most important race, the Queen's Plate, which Victoria Park won in a record time that stood for more than forty years. He was voted 1960's Canadian Champion 3 Yr-Old Colt and Canadian Horse of the Year.

Stud record[edit]

Retired to stud, Victoria Park sired 25 stakes winners, including three Queen's Plate winners: Almoner (1970), Kennedy Road (1971), and Victoria Song (1972). He is the damsire of The Minstrel as well as the damsire of Northern Taste, who led the Japanese leading sires list for ten years, and topped the broodmare sires list a number of times.

On its formation in 1976, Victoria Park was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame