Swynford Stakes

Swynford Stakes is a discontinued Canadian Thoroughbred horse race held annually from 1956 through 2016. It was first run at Greenwood Raceway as a race for horses aged three and older. In 1967 it was moved to Woodbine Racetrack where it was changed to a race for two-year-olds. It received Grade 3 status for 1999 and 2000.[1] [2]

Swynford Stakes
Disontinued stakes race
LocationWoodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated1956
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance6 furlongs (2016)
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationTwo-year-olds
WeightAllowances

Historical notesEdit

The 1958 Swynford Stakes was won by Nearctic who was a son of the great undefeated runner and one of the most influential sires in history, Nearco. Bred by E. P. Taylor at his Windfields Farm in Ontario, Nearctic would earn 1958 Canadian Horse of the Year honours and induction in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. However, Nearctic's most important achievement came when he sired the greatest sire of the 20th Century, the now legendary Northern Dancer.

Jockey Dave Penna won the 1982 edition of the Swynford Stakes aboard Sunny's Halo, a colt who went on to win the 1983 Kentucky Derby.[3] In 2008, the race produced its second Kentucky Derby winner when jockey Chantal Sutherland guided Mine That Bird to a Swynford victory.[4]

The 1997 Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold ran second to Holzmeister in the 1996 running of the Swynford.[5]

During is tenure, the Swynford Stakes was run at various distances:

At Greenwood Raceway:

  • 1956 : 6 furlongs
  • 1957 : ​6 12 furlongs
  • 1958-1960 : 7 furlongs
  • 1961-1966 : 1 mile

At Woodbine Racetrack:

  • 1967-1970 : 5 furlongs
  • 1971-1972 : ​5 12 furlongs
  • 1973-1975, 2016 : 6 furlongs
  • 1976-1979 : 5 furlongs
  • 1980-1985 : 7 furlongs

1986-1995 : ​6 12 furlongs 1996 to 2015 : 7 furlongs

RecordsEdit

Speed record: (at distance of 7 furlongs)

  • 1:23.00 - Holzmeister (1996) (recorded in fractions of 1/5 seconds)
  • 1:23.02 - Turf War (2007)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
Win$
Gr.
2016 Undulated 2 Andy Garcia Cathal A. Lynch M M G Stables 6 F 1:10.26 $75,000
2015 Riker 2 Jesse M. Campbell Nick Gonzalez Tucci Stables 7 F 1:23.39 $75,000
2014 Conquest Boogaloo 2 Patrick Husbands Mark E. Casse Conquest Stables 7 F 1:23.97 $90,000
2013 Conquest Titan 2 Eurico da Silva Mark E. Casse Conquest Stables 7 F 1:23.64 $75,000
2012 Uncaptured 2 Patrick Husbands Mark Casse John C. Oxley 7 F 1:22.49 $113,400
2011 Indian Evening 2 Tyler Pizarro Josie Carroll John C. Oxley 7 F 1:22.57 $90,000
2010 Bears Future 2 Gerry Olguin Reade Baker Bear Stables 7 F 1:23.58 $90,000
2009 Ghost Fleet 2 Todd Kabel Sid C. Attard Jim Dandy Stable 7 F 1:23.20 $103,500
2008 Mine That Bird 2 Chantal Sutherland David Cotey Dominion Bloodstock et al. 7 F 1:23.52 $90,000
2007 Turf War 2 Patrick Husbands Mark E. Casse Woodford Racing LLC 7 F 1:23.02 $75,000
2006 Barilko 2 Constant Montpellier David Dwyer David Dwyer 7 F 1:24.65 $75,000
2005 Bear Character 2 Jim McAleney Dale Greenwood Bear Stables Ltd. 7 F 1:23.83 $83,632
2004 What's Up Dude 2 Patrick Husbands Mike Mareina Kuehne Racing 7 F 1:24.67 $81,600
2003 Winter Whiskey 2 Jono Jones Catherine Day Phillips Ten Goal Racing et al. 7 F 1:25.08 $80,550
2002 Added Edge 2 Patrick Husbands Mark E. Casse Robert Wilson/Valor 7 F 1:23.33 $83,948
2001 Rare Friends 2 David Clark Robert P. Tiller F. DiGiulio, Jr. & Tiller 7 F 1:25.83 $65,940
2000 Highland Legacy 2 Emile Ramsammy Steve Owens Empress Stable 7 F 1:23.64 $67,032
1999 Exciting Story 2 Emile Ramsammy Mark E. Casse Mockingbird Farm 7 F 1:23.05 $48,645
1998 Riddell's Creek 2 James McKnight Beverly Buck Clausen/Buck/Buck 7 F 1:25.00 $40,711
1997 Thunder Bow 2 Todd Kabel Rita A. Schnitzler J. M. Stritzl Stable 7 F 1:25.40 $39,060
1996 Holzmeister 2 Robert Landry Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 7 F 1:23.00 $67,740
1995 Hard Rock Crossing 2 Emile Ramsammy Robert P. Tiller Tiller/Norseman Stable 6.5 F 1:17.20 $49,635
1994 Talkin Man 2 Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven / Stollery 6.5 F 1:16.60 $39,240
1993 Pulled Through 2 Larry Attard Tino Attard Tanya Attard / Dav Stable 6.5 F 1:17.20 $33,768
1992 Reach The Gold 2 Robin Platts John A. Ross Huntington Stud Farm 6.5 F 1:18.60 $39,960
1991 Frosted Spy 2 Mickey Walls Frank Passero, Jr. Pedigree/Sunny Acre 6.5 F 1:19.40 $39,888
1990 Dark Brew 2 David Pugh Jack R. Wilson Robert & Saronda Smith & Jack R. Wilson 6.5 F 1:17.40 $39,816
1989 Dandy Shine 2 Lloyd Duffy William R. MacKinnon John Royle 6.5 F 1:18.00 $40,104
1988 Mercedes Won 2 Lloyd Duffy Arnold Fink Chris Spencer 6.5 F 1:17.00 $34,170
1987 Silver Deputy 2 Irwin Driedger Mac Benson Windfields Farm 6.5 F 1:17.20 $32,100
1986 Bell Lap 2 Jack Lauzon Richie Papa Carravetta / Rundle 6.5 F 1:19.00 $25,872
1985 Color Me Smart 2 Jeffrey Fell James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 7 F 1:27.00 $38,112
1984 Rulers Sceptre 2 Gary Stahlbaum Joe Attard N. Dickinson 7 F 1:24.60 $26,736
1983 Let's Go Blue 2 Sid Fenech Janet Bedford Jim Dandy Stable 7 F 1:24.20 $26,784
1982 Sunny's Halo 2 Dave Penna David C. Cross Jr. David J. Foster 7 F 1:23.80 $22,890
1981 Son of Briartic 2 Dave Dennie Jerry Lavigne Paddockhurst Stable 7 F 1:23.60 $16,395
1980 Native Fisher 2 David Clark Gordon Huntley S. Young & A. Fisher 7 F 1:26.20 $17,455
1979 Classic Joker 2 George HoSang Brian Ottaway Mrs. C. McCullough 5 F F 0:58.60 $14,560
1978 Port Master 2 Robin Platts Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 5 F F 0:59.00 $13,880
1977 Buck Mountain 2 Gary Stahlbaum Jim Roberts S. Brener 5 F F 0:58.40 $14,225
1976 Sound Reason 2 Robin Platts Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 5 F F 0:58.60 $10,710
1975 First 2 Jeffrey Fell Yonnie Starr Jean-Louis Levesque 6 F 1:11.60 $11,000
1974 Greek Answer 2 Wayne Green Frank Merrill Jr. W. Preston Gilbride 6 F 1:10.40 $11,480
1973-1 Bedknob 2 Richard Grubb Gordon Huntley R. Papa 6 F 1:09.20 $7,012
1973-2 Amazing Journey 2 Sandy Hawley Jerry C. Meyer Vallelonga Stable 6 F 1:11.40 $7012
1972 Sunny South 2 Sandy Hawley Frank Merrill, Jr. Mrs. C. Hardwicke 5.5 F 1:04.00 $7,850
1971 Jewel Prince 2 Robin Platts Carl F. Chapman Garden City Stable 5.5 F 1:04.40 $7,325
1970 Overproof 2 Chris Rogers Earl Harbourne V. Martin, Jr. 5 F F 0:58.00 $7,050
1969 Andy The Great 2 Lloyd Duffy William F. Edmiston William F. Edmiston 5 F F 0:59.60 $8,175
1968 Moss Lodge 2 Robin Platts Charles S. Softley Charles S. Softley 5 F F 0:59.80 $7,150
1967 Great Cohoes 2 Ronnie Ferraro John Rufrano Armond J. Castellani 5 F F 0:58.80 $7,925
1966 Sunstruck 6 Avelino Gomez Lou Cavalaris Jr. Hillcrest Stable 8 F 1:36.40 $6,450
1965 President Jim 5 Avelino Gomez Lou Cavalaris Jr. Gardiner Farm 8 F 1:36.80 $7,200
1964 Folk Dancer 5 Ron Turcotte Jerry C. Meyer Edward B. Seedhouse 8 F 1:38.60 $7,025
1963 Lord Quillo 4 Sam McComb Edward Mann Sarto Desnoyers 8 F 1:38.20 $6,650
1962 Strongboy 6 Jim Fitzsimmons Nick Julius J. E. F. Seagram 8 F 1:37.80 $4,575
1961 Moony 5 Avelino Gomez Frank Merrill, Jr. Roxie Gian & Fred Tosch 8 F 1:37.40 $4,455
1960 Anita's Son 4 Pat Remillard Arthur H. Warner Lanson Farm 7 F 1:27.20 $4,350
1959 Kitty Girl 5 Roberto Gonzalez Yonnie Starr Larkin Maloney & Conn Smythe 7 F 1:25.00 $4,560
1958 Nearctic 4 Ben Sorensen Gordon McCann Windfields Farm 7 F 1:25.20 $5,320
1957 Canadian Champ 4 Dave Stevenson John Passero William R. Beasley 6.5 F 1:24.40 $3,640
1956 Fleet Path 4 H. B. Wilson Arthur H. Warner Lanson Farm 6 F 1:11.00 $3,605
*Run in two divisions in 1973.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Swynford Stakes". Equibase Co. LLC. 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  3. ^ "Sunny's Halo - Hall of Fame inductee 1986". Canadian Horseracing Hall of Fame. 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  4. ^ "Mine That Bird - Hall of Fame inductee, 2015". Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  5. ^ "Ontario's Stronach Strikes Gold". The Buffalo News. 1997-06-08. Retrieved 2020-06-03.