Ontario Derby

The Ontario Derby is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually in mid-October at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. A Grade III stakes since 2012, it is open to three-year-old horses. Raced over a distance of ​1 18 miles (9 furlongs) on Tapeta, the Ontario Derby currently offers a purse of C$150,000.

Ontario Derby
Grade III race
Norcliffe by Bob Demuyser.jpg
Norcliffe, painted by Bob Demuyser (1920–2003)
LocationWoodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
SurfaceTapeta synthetic dirt
PurseC$150,000 (2015)[1]

Inaugurated in 1972 as the Colonel R. S. McLaughlin Handicap, the race was renamed the Ontario Derby for the 2003 running. Originally contested at ​1 316 miles, it was changed to its current ​1 18-mile distance in 1992.


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

  • 1:48.30 – Ami's Gizmo (2016) (at current distance of ​1 18 miles on Tapeta) – new track record[2]
  • 1:49.38 – Sand Cove (2008) (at current distance of ​1 18 miles on Polytrack)
  • 1:49.45 – Kiss A Native (2000) (at current distance of ​1 18 miles on natural dirt)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Ontario DerbyEdit

2019 Global Access Patrick Husbands Michael J. Trombetta Live Oak Plantation 1:48.24
2018 Lookin To Strike Gary Boulanger Mark E. Casse Gary Barber 1:49.30
2017 Tiz a Slam Eurico Rosa Da Silva Roger L. Attfield Chiefswood Stable 1:51.57
2016 Ami's Gizmo Luis Contreras Josie Carroll Ivan Dalos 1:48.30
2015 Lucky Lindy Robby Albarado Mark R. Frostad Augustin Stable 1:50.64
2014 Florida Won Patrick Husbands Mark E. Casse Live Oak Plantation 1:50.80
2013 His Race to Win Eurico Rosa Da Silva Malcolm Pierce Sam-Son Farm 1:50.71
2012 Stealcase Patrick Husbands Mark E. Casse John C. Oxley 1:50.56
2011 Derby Kitten Mike E. Smith Mike Maker Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey 1:50.32
2010 Stately Victor Victor Lebron Mike Maker Thomas F. Conway 1:50.51
2009 Crown Isle Emile Ramsammy John Charalambous Uphill Stable 1:50.79
2008 Sand Cove Richard Dos Ramos Roger Attfield Ralph Johnson 1:49.38
2007 Artie Hot Eurico Rosa Da Silva Martha Gonzalez Carlo & Lou Tucci 1:51.19
2006 Shillelagh Slew Dino Luciani Mike DePaulo David James 1:51.65
2005 Palladio Richard Dos Ramos Roger Attfield Haras Santa Maria de Araras 1:50.67
2004 A Bit O'Gold Jono Jones Catherine Day Phillips The Two Bit Racing Stable 1:53.18
2003 Mobil Todd Kabel Michael Keogh Gus Schickedanz 1:51.99
2002 Early Wisdom Jake Barton Barb Pirie Ken & Mike Ham 1:52.19
2001 Win City Constant Montpellier Robert P.Tiller Frank DiGiulio, Jr. 1:51.54
2000 Kiss A Native Mickey Walls David R. Bell John A. Franks 1:49.45
1999 Wonneberg Emile Ramsammy Michael Keogh Gus Schickedanz 1:50.71
1998 Ski Maker Jim McAleney Arthur Silvera J. Karalakis/T. Almbanis 1:50.60
1997 John The Magician Steve Bahen John A. Ross R.M.C. Stable 1:52.00
1996 Stephanotis Mickey Walls Barbara J. Minshall Minshall Farms 1:51.60
1995 Kiridashi Larry Attard Barbara J. Minshall Minshall Farms 1:50.40
1994 Nice To Know Robert Landry Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 1:51.40
1993 Bronze Basque Mickey Walls Vito Armata Audre Cappuccitti 1:50.60
1992 Vying Victor Robin Platts Ian Jory M/M Marvin Malmuth 1:51.20
1991 Majesterian Sandy Hawley Willard C. Freeman John W. Meriwether 1:58.80
1990 Sezwhat Brian Swatuk Sam DiPasquale Steve Wong 1:58.80
1989 Domasca Dan Sandy Hawley Robert P. Tiller Frank DiGiulio Sr. & Jr. 1:57.60
1988 Derf Jack Lauzon Michael Tammaro Clocker / Sunlight 1:58.60
1987 Duckpower Larry Attard James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:59.40
1986 Lover's Cross Robin Platts Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:57.60
1985 Old Gun Powder Lloyd Duffy Jerry G. Lavigne Paddockhurst Stable 2:00.80
1984 Ten Gold Pots Dan Beckon Gil Rowntree B. K. Y. Stable 1:58.20
1983 Canadian Factor Gary Stahlbaum Phil England Frank Stronach 1:58.60
1982 Abruzzi Dancer Richard Grubb Jacques Dumas F. & P. D'Andrea 1:57.20
1981 Frost King Lloyd Duffy Bill Marko Ted Smith/Bill Marko 2:00.00
1980 Driving Home Rick Hedge Gil Rowntree CFCW Racing Stable 1:56.20
1979 Port Master Joey Belowus Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 2:00.60
1978 Knight's Turn John Bell Emile M. Allain Terfloth Farm 1:57.40
1977 Pro Consul Sandy Hawley Brian Ottaway George McCullough 2:03.00
1976 Norcliffe Jeffrey Fell Roger Attfield Norcliffe Stable 1:58.80
1975 L'Enjoleur Sandy Hawley Yonnie Starr Jean-Louis Levesque 1:57.20
1974 Runnin Roman Chris Rogers Arthur H. Warner Sam-Son Farm 1:55.80
1973 Come In Dad W. Green Conrad Cohen Harvey Tenenbaum 1:56.60
1972 Nice Dancer Sandy Hawley Jerry G. Lavigne Tom Morton / Harlequin 1:56.40
* In 1996 Steady Climb finished first but was disqualified and set back to second place.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ontario Derby Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Chart for 2016 Ontario Derby". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 17 September 2016.

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