Nijinsky Stakes

The Nijinsky Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Since 2009, it has been run in late July. The Grade II race is open to horses aged three years and up and is run on Woodbine Racetrack's E. P. Taylor Turf Course at a distance of one and one eight miles. The race currently offers a purse of CAD$175,000 added.[1]

Nijinsky Stakes
Grade II race
LocationWoodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated1998
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
WebsiteWoodbine Racetrack
Race information
Distance1 12 miles (12 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds & Up
WeightAssigned
PurseCAN$175,000 added (since 2013)[1]

Inaugurated as the Hong Kong Jockey Club Trophy Stakes in 1998, it was raced during the third week of July on turf at a distance of ​1 38 miles. In 2002, the Chinese Cultural Centre sponsored the race and it was renamed the Chinese Cultural Centre Stakes. In 2006, the race was renamed the Nijinsky Stakes and the Chinese Cultural Centre assumed sponsorship for the Seagram Cup Stakes .

The race honors the Canadian-born Nijinsky, the 1970 English Triple Crown champion and a son of Canada's most famous horse and most important sire of the 20th Century, Northern Dancer.

RecordsEdit

Time record:

  • 2:24.45 @ 1 1/2 miles : Tiz A Slam (2019)
  • 2:12.37 @ 1 3/8 miles : Shoal Water (2004)
  • 2:00.60 @ 1 1/4 miles : Seaside Retreat (2008) (new course record)
  • 1:45.28 @ 1 1/8 miles : So Long George (2013)

Most wins by a horse

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 8 - Sam-Son Farm (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016)

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Dist.
(Miles)
Time
Win$
Gr.
2020 Not run due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2019 Tiz a Slam 5 Steven Bahen Roger Attfield Chiefswood Stable (Robert & Mark Krembil) 112 2:24.45 $132,930 G2
2018 Tiz a Slam 4 Steven Bahen Roger Attfield Chiefswood Stable (Robert & Mark Krembil) 112 2:29.06 $105,000 G2
2017 Dragon Bay 4 Gary Boulanger Stuart C. Simon McLellan/McLellan/Simon 114 2:02.10 $105,000 G2
2016 Up With the Birds 6 Eurico Rosa Da Silva Malcolm Pierce Sam-Son Farm 118 1:49.18 $144,000 G2
2015 Are You Kidding Me 5 Alan Garcia Roger L. Attfield Kirk/Bates/Riordan 118 1:46.59 $120,000 G2
2014 Up With the Birds 4 Eurico Rosa Da Silva Malcolm Pierce Sam-Son Farm 118 1:45.74 $144,000 G2
2013 So Long George 4 Emma-Jayne Wilson John Charalambous Up Hill Stable 118 1:45.28 $120,000 G2
2012 Riding the River 5 Todd Kabel David Cotey Dominion Bloodstock/HGHR/Linmac Farm 118 1:48.05 $180,000 G2
2011 Windward Islands 7 Emma-Jayne Wilson Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 118 1:49.82 $180,000 G2
2010 Windward Islands 6 Chantal Sutherland Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 118 1:53.58 $180,000 G2
2009 Rahy's Attorney 5 Slade Callaghan Ian Black Ellie-Boje Farm, et al. 114 2:08.42 $207,000 G2
2008 Seaside Retreat 5 Patrick Husbands Mark E. Casse William S. Farish IV 114 2:00.60 $180,000 G2
2007 Last Answer 7 Emile Ramsammy Michael Keogh Gus Schickedanz 112 2:31.25 $180,000 G2
2006 Rush Bay 4 David Clark Tom Amoss Mueller Thoroughbred Stable 112 2:33.89 $180,000 G2
2005 A Bit O'Gold 4 Jono Jones Catherine Day Phillips The Two Bit Racing Stable 138 2:15.94 $205,920 G2
2004 Shoal Water 4 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 138 2:12.37 $199,980 G2
2003 Strut The Stage 5 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 138 2:13.85 $198,540 G2
2002 Strike Smartly 5 Laurie Gulas Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 138 2:13.16 $201,780 G2
2001 Allende 4 Na Somsanith Macdonald Benson Augustin Stable 138 2:16.98 $164,100 G2
2000 Quiet Resolve 5 Robby Albarado Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 138 2:13.20 $169,950 G2
1999 Crown Attorney 6 Mickey Walls John MacKenzie Tony & Mary Jane Lamb 138 2:18.53 $132,360
1998 Buck's Boy 5 Earlie Fires P. Noel Hickey Quarter B. Farm (George Bunn) 138 2:15.40 $131,640

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Statistics - Nijinsky Stakes". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 26 July 2016.