Queenston Stakes

The Queenston Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Run in early May, the stakes race is open to three-year-old horses who were foaled in the Province of Ontario. Raced over a distance of seven furlongs on Polytrack synthetic dirt, it currently offers a purse of $150,000.

Queenston Stakes
Restricted Stakes race
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LocationWoodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance7 furlongs
QualificationThree-year-olds, foaled in Ontario

The Queenston Stakes was first run in 1956 at Fort Erie Racetrack in Fort Erie, Ontario as a ​5 12 furlong sprint race. From 1976 through 1979 the race was hosted by Greenwood Raceway then in 1980 it was moved to Woodbine Racetrack. Since inception, it has been run at various distances:

  • 5 furlongs : 1958, 1961
  • 5.5 furlongs : 1956-1957, 1959
  • 6 furlongs : 1960, 1962-1975
  • 6.5 furlongs : 1976
  • 7 furlongs : 1977–present

The race was run in two divisions in 1960, 1961, and 1976.


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

  • 1:20.97 - Essence Hit Man (2010)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:


2010 Essence Hit Man Chantal Sutherland Audre Cappuccitti Audre & Gordon Cappuccitti 1:20.97
2009 El Brujo Patrick Husbands Malcolm Pierce Windways Farm 1:22.17
2008 Not Bourbon Jono Jones Roger Attfield Charles E. Fipke 1:21.86
2007 Jiggs Coz David Clark Sid C. Attard Jim Dandy Stable 1:24.42
2006 Atlas Shrugs Corey Fraser Reade Baker C. Roberts & J. Pepper 1:24.12
2005 Verne's Baby Emile Ramsammy Sid C. Attard G B Stable 1:23.40
2004 Twisted Wit David Clark Robert P. Tiller Rolph A. Davis 1:23.38
2003 Mobil Todd Kabel Michael Keogh Gus Schickedanz 1:24.26
2002 Shaws Creek Jake Barton John A. Ross Jam Jar Racing 1:23.46
2001 Win City Constant Montpellier Robert P. Tiller Frank DiGiulio, Sr. & Jr. 1:24.13
2000 Wake At Noon David Clark Abraham R. Katryan Bruno Schickedanz 1:21.64
1999 Woodcarver Mickey Walls Mike Keogh Gus Schickedanz 1:22.84
1998 Zap Happy Todd Kabel Robert P. Tiller Laser Quest & Partners 1:22.80
1997 Randy Regent Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:23.40
1996 Victor Cooley Emile Ramsammy Mark Frostad Windways Farm 1:23.40
1995 Tethra Dave Penna Josie Carroll Eaton Hall Farm 1:21.40
1994 Parental Pressure Dave Penna Fred H. Loschke Hammer Kopf/Corrente/partners 1:23.20
1993 How Should I Know James McKnight Kathy Patton-Casse Kathy Patton-Casse 1:23.60
1992 San Romano Mickey Walls Phil England Knob Hill Stable 1:24.40
1991 Bolulight Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:22.40
1990 Spencer Gorge Robin Platts Gil Rowntree F. H. Sherman 1:24.00
1989 Domasca Dan Ray Sabourin Robert P. Tiller F. DiGiulio, Sr. & F. DiGiulio, Jr. 1:23.40
1988 Regal Intention Jack Lauzon James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:23.20
1987 Afleet Gary Stahlbaum Phil England Richard R. Kennedy 1:22.80
1986 Control Zone Jeffrey Fell Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:24.40
1985 Regal Snow Daniel David W. F. Edmiston W. F. Edmiston 1:24.00
1984 New Connection Dave Penna Trevor Swan J. D. Cameron 1:23.20
1983 Feu D'Enfer Yvon Turcotte Jacques Dumas Jean-Louis Lévesque 1:25.60
1982 Brave Regent J. Paul Souter Macdonald Benson Windfields Farm 1:23.60
1981 Frost King Lloyd Duffy Bill Marko Ted Smith & Bill Marko 1:23.20
1980 My Only Love David Clark Phil England Mrs. M. Sutherland 1:23.80
1979 Lover's Answer George HoSang Brian Ottaway Brodie Stable 1:25.00
1978 Maple Grove Jim Walford Alex Bankuti E. & F. Racing Stable 1:25.40
1977 Sound Reason Robin Platts Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 1:25.00
1976 Hopeful Answer Jeffrey Fell Frank Merrill, Jr. W. P. Gilbride 1:19.60
1976 Maitre de Danse J. Long George M. Carter V. Martin Jr. 1:20.00
1975 Hagelin Richard Grubb Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 1:12.20
1974 Amber Herod Robin Platts Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 1:10.40
1973 Symmetric Noel Turcotte Carl F. Chapman H. A. Grant 1:12.20
1972 Henry Tudor Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 1:13.00
1971 Coco la Terreur D. Thomas Yonnie Starr Jean-Louis Lévesque 1:12.00
1970 Dance To Market Chris Rogers E. Harbourne V. Martin, Jr. 1:11.80
1969 Jumpin Joseph Avelino Gomez Warren Beasley Warren Beasley 1:11.60
1968 Rouletabille Richard Grubb Yonnie Starr Jean-Louis Lévesque 1:13.00
1967 Ette Rule Jim Fitzsimmons E. Harbourne The Pheasant Stable 1:13.40
1966 Stevie B. Good Eric Walsh B. Pucccini E. C. Pasquale 1:11.60
1965 Victorian Era Wayne Harris Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Allen Case 1:11.40
1964 Peacock Pike Avelino Gomez J. MacKinnon J. H. - J. C. MacKinnon 1:11.60
1963 Sea Service W. A. Peake Alfred I. Taylor D. G. Ross 1:10.60
1962 Burnt Roman John R. Adams K. Nicholds Keane & Waggoner 1:12.40
1961 Bourbon Blue Cliff Potts J. MacKinnon J. & J. MacKinnon 1:08.60
1961 Crown Attorney Hugo Dittfach Arthur H. Warner Lanson Farm 1:08.20
1960 Men at Play Cliff Potts Yonnie Starr Larkin Maloney & Conn Smythe 1:12.40
1960 Royal Win Cliff Potts Yonnie Starr Conn Smythe 1:11.80
1959 Anita's Son Hugo Dittfach Arthur H. Warner Lanson Farm 1:05.20
1958 Silver Ship Pat Remillard Gordon Huntley Gordon F. Hall 0:58.40
1957 Faultless Maid Len Pong W. Mooney W. R. Wesley 1:06.00
1956 Dining Alone David Stevenson Frank Merrill, Jr. M. L. Wilson 1:06.60