Breeders' Stakes

The Breeders' Stakes is a stakes race for Thoroughbred race horses foaled in Canada, first run in 1889. Since 1959, it has been the third race in the Canadian Triple Crown for three-year-olds. Held annually in August at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, the Breeders' Stakes follows the June running of the Queen's Plate and the July running of the Prince of Wales Stakes. At a distance of one-and-a-half miles, the Breeders' Stakes is the longest of the three Triple Crown races and is the only jewel raced on turf (the Queen's Plate is raced on Tapeta synthetic dirt and the Prince of Wales on a traditional dirt track).[2]

Breeders' Stakes
Restricted race
Third leg in the Canadian Triple Crown
LocationWoodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
WebsiteWoodbine Racetrack
Race information
Distance1 12 miles (12 furlongs)
(foaled in Canada)
WeightColt/Gelding: 126 lbs (57.2 kg)
Filly: 121 lb (55 kg)


In 1959, the Canadian Triple Crown was created and then won by New Providence. Six more three-year-olds, including the filly Dance Smartly, have since equalled the feat, with four of them doing so in a five-year period from 1989 to 1993.[2]

Five horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown but lost on the grass in the Breeders' Stakes. They are:[3]

In 1973 Saskatoon native, Joan Phipps made history aboard Singing Spirit. Though she finished 11th, she became the first female jockey to compete in one of the Canadian Triple Crown races.[4] In 1999, 26 years after Phipps landmark race, Laurie Gulas rode Free Vacation to victory in the Breeders' Stakes, becoming the first female jockey to win a Canadian Triple Crown race.[5]

In 2004, Catherine Day Phillips became the first woman trainer to win the Breeders' Stakes.[6]

The 1994 renewal was held at Fort Erie Race Track[7] while the Woodbine turf course was undergoing renovations.[8]

Since 1957, the race has been run at ​1 12 miles. Earlier renewals were held at:[9]

  • 9 furlongs — 1889-1924, 1952-1956
  • 8.5 furlongs — 1925-1951

The greatest longshot to win the race was Miami Deco in 2010, who paid $132.10 for a $2 win bet.[3] The slowest time ever recorded was 2:50 by Crowning Honors in 1985 when the rain turned the course into a "swamp".[10]


Speed record: (Through 1998, Woodbine times were recorded in fifths of a second. Since 1999 they are in hundredths of a second)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 9 – Roger Attfield (2015, 2009, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1993, 1990, 1989, 1986)

Most wins by an owner:


2019 Tone Broke Rafael Hernandez Steve Asmussen L & N Racing 2:30.43
2018 Neepawa Jerome Lermyte Mark E. Casse Chiefswood Stable 2:31.18
2017 Channel Maker Rafael Hernandez William I. Mott Joey Gee Thoroughbreds, etc 2:29.70
2016 Camp Creek Rafael Hernandez Rachel Halden Hillsbrook Farms 2:29.45
2015 Danish Dynaformer Patrick Husbands Roger Attfield Charles E. Fipke 2:29.28
2014 Ami's Holiday Luis Contreras Josie Carroll Ivan Dalos 2:30.12
2013 Up With the Birds Eurico Rosa da Silva Malcolm Pierce Sam-Son Farm 2:28.69
2012 Irish Mission Alex Solis Mark Frostad Robert Evans 2:30.90
2011 Pender Harbour Luis Contreras Michael P. DePaulo D. Andrews, S. Lazaruk, R.&R. Giffi 2:36.31
2010 Miami Deco Richard Dos Ramos Brian A. Lynch Jim & Susan Hill 2:34.24
2009 Perfect Shower Jono Jones Roger Attfield Charles E. Fipke 2:29.39
2008 Marlang Richard Dos Ramos Debbie England Gus Schickedanz 2:28.58
2007 Marchfield Patrick Husbands Mark E. Casse Melnyk Racing Stables 2:29.50
2006 Royal Challenger Patrick Husbands Brian A. Lynch Stronach Stables 2:28.66
2005 Jambalaya Jono Jones Catherine Day Phillips Catherine Day Phillips 2:27.86
2004 A Bit O'Gold Jono Jones Catherine Day Phillips Kingfield Racing Stables 2:27.15
2003 Wando Patrick Husbands Mike Keogh Gus Schickedanz 2:28.03
2002 Portcullis Slade Callaghan Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:29.80
2001 Sweetest Thing Jim McAleney Roger Attfield Canino, Werner, Attfield 2:29.90
2000 Lodge Hill Mike E. Smith Todd Pletcher Melnyk/R. Bristow Farm 2:28.97
1999 Free Vacation Laurie Gulas Roger Attfield M. & P. Canino 2:28.45
1998 Pinafore Park Robert Landry Roger Attfield Anderson & Ferguson 2:30.20
1997 John The Magician Steven Bahen John A. Ross R. M. C. Stable 2:35.60
1996 Chief Bearhart Mickey Walls Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:28.60
1995 Charlie's Dewan Craig Perret Mark Frostad Kinghaven Farms et al. 2:26.40
1994 Basqueian Jack Lauzon Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 2:47.80
1993 Peteski Craig Perret Roger Attfield Earle I. Mack 2:30.40
1992 Blitzer Don Seymour Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 2:35.60
1991 Dance Smartly Pat Day Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 2:31.40
1990 Izvestia Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:33.40
1989 With Approval Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:29.00
1988 King's Deputy Sandy Hawley Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 2:30.60
1987 Hangin On A Star Dave Penna Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 2:30.00
1986 Carotene Richard Dos Ramos Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:32.60
1985 Crowning Honors Brian Swatuk Arthur H. Warner Victura Farm 2:50.00
1984 Bounding Away David Clark Macdonald Benson Windfields Farm 2:32.60
1983 Kingsbridge Robin Platts John J. Tammaro Jr. Kinghaven Farms 2:32.40
1982 Runaway Groom Robin Platts John DiMario Albert J. Coppola 2:32.20
1981 Social Wizard George HoSang Dan Campbell D. Mann 2:48.80
1980 Ben Fab Gary Stahlbaum Jacques Dumas F. Audet/R. & P. Benoit 2:31.60
1979 Bridle Path Sandy Hawley Macdonald Benson Windfields Farm 2:29.60
1978 Overskate Robin Platts Gil Rowntree Stafford Farm 2:29.40
1977 Dance in Time Gary Stahlbaum Frank H. Merrill Viscount Hardinge 3:01.60
1976 Tiny Tinker Sandy Hawley George Nemett Warren Beasley 2:31.20
1975 Momigi Gary Melanson John Morahan Koichiro Hayata 2:38.20
1974 Haymaker's Jig Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris Jr. Gardiner Farm 2:30.80
1973 Come In Dad W. Green Conrad Cohen H. Tenembaum 2:33.60
1972 Nice Dancer Sandy Hawley Jerry Lavigne Tom Morton & Harlequin 2:35.80
1971 Belle Geste Noel Turcotte Carl F. Chapman Mrs. W. D. Latimer 2:28.00
1970 Mary of Scotland Richard Grubb Lou Cavalaris Jr. Gardiner Farm 2:38.40
1969 Grey Whiz John LeBlanc Yonnie Starr Harry W. Hatch 2:29.00
1968 No Parando John LeBlanc Yonnie Starr F. H. Sherman 2:30.00
1967 Pine Point Avelino Gomez Jerry C. Meyer Willow Downs Farm 2:32.20
1966 Titled Hero Avelino Gomez Patrick MacMurchy Peter K. Marshall 2:31.40
1965 Good Old Mort Paul Kallai Jerry C. Meyer Dane Hill Acres 2:43.00
1964 Arctic Hills Dick Armstrong W. Moorhead Mrs. V. G. Cardy 2:33.60
1963 Canebora Manuel Ycaza Gordon J. McCann Windfields Farm 2:32.20
1962 Crafty Lace Ron Turcotte J. D. Mooney Jeremy M. Jacobs 2:52.00
1961 Song of Even Jim Fitzsimmons Gordon J. McCann Windfields Farm 2:31.60
1960 Hidden Treasure Alfonso Coy Robert S. Bateman William R. Beasley 2:34.40
1959 New Providence Avelino Gomez Gordon J. McCann Windfields Farm 2:39.80
1958 Dr. Em Jay Hugo Dittfach Arthur H. Warner Lanson Farm 2:03.60
1957 The Schreiber C. O'Brien E. Hall Miss C. B. Armstrong 2:04.00
1956 Canadian Champ Eugene Rodriguez John Passero William R. Beasley 1:52.00
1955 Ace Marine George Walker Yonnie Starr Larkin Maloney 1:51.40
1954 Queen's Own T. Johnson Gordon J. McCann E. P. Taylor 1:56.40
1953 Chain Reaction Bud Giacomelli Richard Townrow Mrs. Elodie S. Tomlinson 1:51.60
1952 Genthorn A. Licata Willie Russell Four L's Stable 1:53.60
1951 Libertine Alf Bavington Red Barnard Medway Stable 1:45.60
1950 Nephisto Pat Remillard Arthur Brent Parkwood Stable 1:43.60
1949 Grilled R. Keane Johnny Thorpe J. E. F. Seagram 1:46.00
1948 Last Mark F. Dougherty J. G. Fair J. G. Fair 1:50.20
1947 Canada's Teddy Robert B. Watson Morris Fishman Mrs. Morris Fishman 1:44.60
1946 Windfields Herb Lindberg Bert Alexandra E. P. Taylor 1:45.40
1945 Uttermost Robert B. Watson Cecil Howard Harry C. Hatch 1:46.60
1944 Broom Time J. Cowley T. Frost J. E. Frost 1:46.20
1943 Tulachmore Robert B. Watson W. MacDonald McDonald Stable 1:47.60
1942 Shepperton Robert B. Watson Fred H. Schelke Fred H. Schelke 1:46.80
1941 Attrisius H. Palaez J. Smith Riverdale Stable 1:49.80
1940 Hood Pat Remillard C. Mitchell J. R. McIntyre 1:47.20
1939 Archworth Sterling Young M. Cowell C. G. McCullagh 1:48.40
1938 Mona Bell Sterling Young Bert Alexandra Cosgrave Stable
1937 Fore Isus Pat Remillard Arthur Brent Erindale Stable
1936 Samoan Charlie McTague Johnny Thorpe Edward Frowde Seagram
1935 Gay Sympathy Herb Lindberg Johnny Thorpe Edward Frowde Seagram
1934 Horometer Frankie Mann Harry Giddings Jr. R. S. McLaughlin
1933 Khaki John J. Mattioli Fred H. Schelke Thorncliffe Stable
1932 Queensway Frankie Mann Harry Giddings Jr. Robert W. R. Cowie
1931 Froth Blower Frankie Mann Harry Giddings Jr. Robert W. R. Cowie
1930 Whale Oil Henry Little Fred H. Schelke Thorncliffe Stable
1929 Circulet John Maiben William H. Bringloe Seagram Stables
1928 Young Kitty Lester Pichon William H. Bringloe Seagram Stables
1927 Mr. Gaiety K. Moore F. Fox Mrs. E. Glassco
1926 Tattling Pete Walls H. Guy Bedwell J. K. L. Ross
1925 Jean Crest T. Wilson J. Barbour J. P. White
1924 Vrana Pete Walls H. Guy Bedwell J. K. L. Ross
1923 Trail Blazer E. Smallwood Fred H. Schelke Thorncliffe Stable
1922 Paddle A. Gantner George Walker Brookdale Stable
1921 Herendesy A. Richcreek George Walker Brookdale Stable
1920 St. Paul Roxy Romanelli Harry Giddings Jr. Harry Giddings Sr.
1919 no race
1918 no race
1917 Tarahera L. Mink George Walker Brookdale Stable
1916 Mandarin Arthur Pickens Barry Littlefield Joseph E. Seagram
1915 Fair Montague Ted Rice John Nixon C. Millar
1914 Beehive C. Peak Harry Giddings Jr. Harry Giddings Sr.
1913 Hearts of Oak J. Wilson Harry Giddings Jr. Harry Giddings Sr.
1912 Amberite Guy Burns S. Mumford C. A. Crew
1911 St. Bass Eddie Dugan Harry Giddings Jr. Harry Giddings Sr.
1910 Parmer J. Wilson John Nixon Valley Farm Stable
1909 Courtier P. Goldstein Barry Littlefield Joseph E. Seagram
1908 Seismic Carroll H. Shilling Barry Littlefield Joseph E. Seagram
1907 Sea Wall R. McDaniel Barry Littlefield Joseph E. Seagram
1906 Slaughter John K. Truebel Barry Littlefield Joseph E. Seagram
1905 Will King E. Walsh Nathaniel Dyment Nathaniel Dyment
1904 War Whoop Roxy Romanelli John Nixon Kirkfield Stable
1903 Ayrshire Lad Mr. Munro Ed Whyte William Hendrie
1902 Lyddite T. Walker Ed Whyte William Hendrie
1901 John Ruskin H. Vititoe Harry Blair Joseph E. Seagram
1900 The Provost Mr. Ballard Ed Whyte William Hendrie
1899 Butter Scotch Mr. Mason Ed Whyte William Hendrie
1898 Wenlock E. James John Dyment Nathaniel Dyment
1897 Wicker Mr. Songer C. Leighton Miss E. Jones
1896 Melcha G. Flint Ed Whyte William Hendrie
1895 Bonniefield A. Booker John R. Walker Joseph E. Seagram
1894 Nancy Lee G. Flint B. Alcock William Hendrie
1893 Bonnie Dundee Mr. Shauer B. Alcock William Hendrie
1892 Jardine F. Regan Daniel Curtin T. H. Hodgens
1891 Victorious M. Gorman John R. Walker Joseph E. Seagram
1890 Periwinkle Mr. Snyder Charles Phair Charles Phair
1889 Helen Leigh Mr. Bowman John R. Walker Joseph E. Seagram

A † designates a Triple Crown winner.


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