Woodbine Mile

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Woodbine Mile
Grade I race
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1988
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website 2007 Woodbine Mile
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Weight Weight-For-Age
Purse C$1,000,700 (since 1999)[1]

The Woodbine Mile is a Grade I stakes race on turf for Thoroughbred racehorses three years old and up held annually in mid September at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. Currently sponsored by Ricoh, the Woodbine Mile offers a purse of C$1,000,000.

Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the Woodbine Mile automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Mile.[2]

The inaugural race in 1988 was sponsored by Molson Breweries with a purse of $750,000 and run as the Molson Export Challenge, reflecting the name of the company's flagship beer. It was changed to the Molson Export Million when the purse was increased to $1 million. In 1999, under new sponsorship it was renamed and raced as the Atto Mile until 2006.

Since inception, the race has been run at three different distances:[1]

  • 1 mile on turf: 1997–present
  • 1 18 miles on dirt: 1991-1996
  • 1 14 miles on dirt: 1988-1990

Originally restricted to three-year-olds on the dirt, with the modification to one mile on turf in 1997 the race was also made open to older horses. As a result of the change from dirt to turf, the race was ungraded in 1997 and 1998.[1]

Historical notes[edit]

In 2009, Ventura became the first female to win this race in 13 years. In the process, she also set the record time of 1:32.04.[3] Wise Dan broke this record in 2013 while becoming the first two-time winner of the race.[4]


In 2005, the Brazilian horse, Leroidesanimaux, set the record for the largest margin of victory at seven and three-quarter lengths while carrying the highest weight of any winner in the race's history at 124 pounds.[5]

Time record:

  • 1:31.75 - Wise Dan (2013) (at current distance) (this is also the track record)

Most wins

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:


2016 Tepin 5 Julien Leparoux Mark Casse Robert Masterson 1:34.13
2015 Mondialiste (IRE) 5 Feargal Lynch David O'Meara Sandra & Geoff Turnbull 1:36.66
2014 Trade Storm (GB) 6 Jamie Spencer David Simcock Qatar Racing 1:36.87
2013 Wise Dan 6 John Velazquez Charles Lopresti Morton Fink 1:31.75
2012 Wise Dan 5 John Velazquez Charles Lopresti Morton Fink 1:34.07
2011 Turallure 4 Julien Leparoux Chuck Lopresti 4-D Stables 1:34.92
2010 Court Vision 5 Robby Albarado Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. IEAH Stables & Resolute Group Stables 1:34.62
2009 Ventura 5 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:32.04
2008 Rahy's Attorney 4 Slade Callaghan Ian Black Ellie Boje Farm et al. 1:36.14
2007 Shakespeare 6 Garrett Gomez Kiaran McLaughlin Dell Ridge Farm / W. Schettine 1:33.58
2006 Becrux 4 Patrick Valenzuela Neil D. Drysdale Team Valor, Gary Barber 1:33.99
2005 Leroidesanimaux 5 John R. Velazquez Robert J. Frankel T N T Stud 1:35.08
2004 Soaring Free 5 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:32.72
2003 Touch of the Blues 6 Kent Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Gainsborough Farm 1:33.39
2002 Good Journey 6 Pat Day Wallace Dollase Flaxman Holdings & M. Jarvis 1:33.27
2001 Numerous Times 4 Patrick Husbands Sid Attard Committee Stable 1:32.79
2000 Riviera 6 John R. Velazquez Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1:33.18
1999 Quiet Resolve 4 Robert Landry Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:33.19
1998 Labeeb 6 Kent Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Gainsborough Farm 1:33.00
1997 Geri 5 Chris Antley William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1:36.20
1996 Skip Away 3 Shane Sellers Sonny Hine Carolyn Hine 1:49.00
1995 Peaks and Valleys 3 Julie Krone Jim Day Pin Oak Stable 1:50.00
1994 Dramatic Gold 3 Corey Nakatani David Hofmans Golden Eagle Farm 1:49.80
1993 Peteski 3 Craig Perret Roger Attfield Earle I. Mack 1:49.20
1992 Benburb 3 Richard Dos Ramos Phil England Knob Hill Stable 1:51.60
1991 Dance Smartly 3 Pat Day Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 1:49.20
1990 Izvestia 3 Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:01.60
1989 Prized 3 Ed Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Team Valor 2:02.00
1988 Ballindaggin 3 Jose Santos John O. Hertler George Layman, Jr. 2:04.60
† - Hawksley Hill won the 1999 race but was disqualified to 4th


  1. ^ a b c "Woodbine Mile Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  2. ^ http://www.breederscup.com/challenge.aspx
  3. ^ http://www.ntra.com/content.aspx?type=news&id=41876
  4. ^ "Wise Dan Makes History in Woodbine Mile Romp". bloodhorse.com. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "History & Records". www.woodbineentertainment.com. Retrieved 17 September 2016.