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Bessarabian Stakes

Ungraded stakes race
Bessarabian Stakes
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1985
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.woodbineentertainment.com
Race information
Distance 7 furlongs
Track Polytrack, left-handed
Qualification Fillies, three-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000
Bonuses $50,000 for Ontario-bred horses from the T.I.P.)

The Bessarabian Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually since 1985 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Raced at a distance of seven furlongs, it is held during the latter part of November and is open to fillies, age three and older.

Raced on Polytrack synthetic dirt since 2006, the Bessarabian Stakes currently offers a purse of $150,000 plus $50,000 for Ontario-bred horses from the Ontario Thoroughbred Improvement Program. Inaugurated in 1985, through 1990 it was contested at six furlongs.

The race is named in honor of Eaton Hall Farm's Champion filly, Bessarabian.


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

  • 1:21.50 - My List (2007)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Count On A Change (1991, 1992)
  • 2 - Early Blaze (1994, 1995)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Huntington Stud Farm (1990, 1991, 1992)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:








2009 Tribal Belle 4 James McAleney Terry Jordan Canvasback Farms 1:22.29
2008 Smart Surprise 4 Robert Landry Josie Carroll John G. Sikura 1:22.14
2007 My List 3 Eurico Rosa Da Silva Nick Gonzalez Tucci Stables 1:21.50
2006 Financingavailable 5 Jim McAleney Lorne Richards K. K. Sangara 1:22.82
2005 Miss Concerto 4 Corey Fraser Sid Attard Tucci Stables 1:25.00
2004 Miss Grindstone 5 Ray Sabourin Frank A. Passero, Jr. William G. Robbins 1:23.21
2003 Winter Garden 3 David Clark Robert P. Tiller Frank D. DiGiulio, Jr. 1:24.14
2002 Sheila's Prospect 4 Jim McAleney Lorne Richards K. K. Sangara 1:22.98
2001 Elektraline 5 Gary Boulanger Michael Wright, Jr. Richard A. Englander 1:22.38
2000 Feathers 3 Mickey Walls Ralph Biamonte Tooth & Nail Stable 1:23.93
1999 Barlee Mist 4 Patrick Husbands Wray I. Lawrence Barlee Farm 1:23.50
1998 Santa Amelia 5 Robert Landry Macdonald Benson Augustin Stable 1:22.40
1997 Autumn Slew 4 Todd Kabel Macdonald Benson Augustin Stable 1:23.40
1996 Flat Fleet Feet 3 Mike E. Smith John Kimmel C. Kimmel/P. & L. Solondz 1:23.20
1995 Early Blaze 5 Lloyd Duffy Brian Ottaway Ken Ham 1:23.80
1994 Early Blaze 4 Lloyd Duffy Brian Ottaway Ken Ham 1:23.20
1993 Sing And Swing 4 Jim McAleney Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:23.20
1992 Count On A Change 5 Robin Platts John A. Ross Huntington Stud Farm 1:23.80
1991 Count On A Change 4 Dave Penna Debbie England Huntington Stud Farm 1:24.40
1990 Diva's Debut 4 Richard Dos Ramos Debbie England Huntington Stud Farm 1:10.00
1989 Blushing Katy 3 Gunnar Lindberg Phil England Kingsbrook Farm 1:10.60
1988 Zadracarta 3 Richard Dos Ramos Patrick Collins Knob Hill Stable 1:10.40
1987 Ruling Angel 3 Dave Penna James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:10.80
1986 Playlist 3 Richard Dos Ramos Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:11.20
1985 Summer Mood 4 Jack Lauzon Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:12.00



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