Northern Dancer Turf Stakes

The Northern Dancer Turf Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario in mid-September. A Grade I event with a current purse of C$300,000, it is run at a distance of ​1 12 miles on Woodbine's E. P. Taylor turf course.

Northern Dancer Turf Stakes
Grade I race
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LocationWoodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated1953
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
WebsiteWoodbine racetrack
Race information
Distance1 12 miles (12 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds & up
WeightHandicap
PurseC$227,040 (2016)[1]

Inaugurated as the Niagara Handicap, it was first raced on dirt at the Fort Erie Racetrack. In 1957 the race was changed to run on turf and was moved to the Woodbine Racetrack in 1985 where for 1986 only, it was run on dirt. The race became part of the Breeders' Cup program and the name was amended to the Niagara Breeders' Cup Handicap. In 2006, the event was renamed to honour Canada's most famous racehorse, Northern Dancer.

Over the years, the race has been run at various distances:

  • 1 116 miles : 1953-1956
  • 1 18 miles : 1957-1975
  • 1 14 miles : 1990-1994
  • 1 12 miles : 1976-1989, 1995 to present

RecordsEdit

Speed Record:

  • 2:25.87 - Strut the Stage (2004) at the current distance of ​1 12 miles

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a Trainer:

Winners since 1986Edit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2019 Old Persian 4 James Doyle Charlie Appleby Godolphin 2:27.78
2018 Johnny Bear 7 Luis Contreras Ashlee Brnjas Colebrook Farms & Bear Stables, Ltd. 2:25.74
2017 Johnny Bear 6 Luis Contreras Ashlee Brnjas Colebrook Farms & Bear Stables, Ltd. 2:27.30
2016 The Pizza Man 7 Flavien Prat Roger A. Brueggemann Midwest Thoroughbreds 2:31.75
2015 Interpol 4 Emma-Jayne Wilson Sid C. Attard JMJ Racing Stables 2:33.56
2014 Sheikhzayedroad 5 Martin Lane David Simcock Rabbah Bloodstock 2:32.37
2013 Forte Dei Marmi 7 Eurico Rosa Da Silva Roger L. Attfield Stella Perdomo 2:28.46
2012 Wigmore Hall 5 Jamie Spencer Michael Bell Mark B. Hawtin 2:28.28
2011 Wigmore Hall 4 Jamie Spencer Michael Bell Mark B. Hawtin 2:30.67
2010 Redwood 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills Juddmonte Farms 2:28.97
2009 Marsh Side[2] 6 Javier Castellano Neil Drysdale Robert S. Evans 2:26.68
2008 Champs Elysees 5 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:32.02
2007 Sky Conqueror 5 Edgar Prado Darwin D. Banach William A. Sorokolit, Sr. 2:27.45
2006 Sky Conqueror 4 Todd Kabel Darwin D. Banach William A. Sorokolit, Sr. 2:34.36
2005 Revved Up 7 Brice Blanc Christophe Clement Live Oak Plantation 2:27.13
2004 Strut the Stage 6 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:25.87
2003 Strut the Stage 5 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:27.13
2002 Full of Wonder 4 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:26.18
2001 Honor Glide 7 Robbie Davis Christophe Clement Robert Schaedle III et al. 2:26.52
2000 River Boat 7 Gary Boulanger Frank Huarte Frank Huarte 2:32.16
1999 Thornfield 5 Richard Dos Ramos Phil England Knob Hill Stable 2:29.32
1998 Chief Bearhart 5 José A. Santos Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:30.00
1997 Desert Waves 7 Sandy Hawley Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:30.40
1996 Desert Waves 6 Sandy Hawley Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:27.00
1995 Lindon Lime 5 Craig Perret W. Elliott Walden Frank Mansell 2:27.00
1994 River Majesty 5 Mike E. Smith Christophe Clement W. Gretzky / S. Port 2:03.20
1993 Shiny Key 5 Mark Larsen Alton H. Quanbeck D. Morgan Firestone 2:01.60
1992 Beau Fasa 6 Stanley Bethley Gordon Colbourne Box Arrow Farm 2:02.20
1991 Tot of Rum 5 Daniel David Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 2:04.80
1990 Hodges Bay 5 Jean Cruguet Willard C. Freeman Plandome Stable 2:05.20
1989 Turfah 6 Dave Penna Thomas Skiffington, Jr. Shadwell Stable 2:28.00
1988 Master Treaty 4 Dave Penna Trevor Swan Anderson/Taylor Stables 2:34.40
1987 Southjet 4 Jean-Luc Samyn Stephen L. DiMauro Dogwood Stable 2:32.80
1986 Golden Choice 3 David Clark Michael A. Tammaro Sanderson / Belanger 2:32.40

Earlier winnersEdit

  • 1985 - Sondrio
  • 1984 - Cost Control
  • 1983 - Norwick
  • 1982 - Lord Elgin
  • 1981 - Bridle Path
  • 1980 - Morold
  • 1979 - Dom Alaric
  • 1978 - Tuxedo Mac
  • 1977 - Momigi
  • 1976 - Don Lorenzo
  • 1975 - Yvetot
  • 1974 - Carney's Point
  • 1973 - Fun Co K
  • 1972 - Belle Geste
  • 1971 - One For All
  • 1970 - Panpiper
  • 1969 - Hammer Kopf
  • 1968 - The Knack ll
  • 1967 - Canadel‡
  • 1966 - Orbiter
  • 1965 - Quick Pitch
  • 1964 - Will I Rule
  • 1963 - Puss n Boots
  • 1962 - Our Jeep
  • 1961 - Harmonizing
  • 1960 - Moony
  • 1959 - Grey Monarch
  • 1958 - Marshall Ney II
  • 1957 - Marshall Ney II
  • 1956 - Captor
  • 1955 - Jimminy Baxter
  • 1954 - Pheasant Boy
  • 1953 - Scene One
  • † In 2009, Marsh Side finished first but was disqualified and set back to fourth. On appeal, the original order of finish was restored on May 26, 2010.
  • ‡ In 1967, Carteret finished first but was disqualified and set back to last.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Northern Dancer Turf Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  2. ^ Woodbine: Northern Dancer Turf of 2009 now officialDaily Racing Form, May 6, 2011