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Canadian International Stakes

Grade 1 race
Canadian International Stakes
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1938
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Canadian International Stakes
Race information
Distance 1½ miles
Track Turf, Left-handed
Qualification 3-Years-Old & Up
Weight Weight-For-Age
Purse $2,000,000

The Canadian International Stakes is a $2 million Grade I Canadian stakes race on Turf for thoroughbred racehorses three years of age and up held annually in October at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario.[1]

Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the 2008 Canadian International automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Turf. [2]

Since its creation in 1938 as "The Long Branch Championship", the race has undergone changes in the type of surface it is run on as well as its distance, location, and name. From 1939 to 1966 it was called the Canadian International Stakes and notably won in 1938 and 1941 by Bunty Lawless, the colt voted "Canadian Horse of the Half Century". The race name was modified slightly from 1966 to 1980 when it was known as the Canadian International Championship Stakes. From 1981 through to 1995 the race was known as the Rothmans International for its sponsor, the Canadian subsidiary of Rothmans International plc. Since 2003 it has been sponsored by Pattison Outdoor Advertising.

Inaugurated in 1938 on the dirt at Toronto's Long Branch Racetrack, except for consolidation during World War II it remained there until 1956 when the track closed its doors. Moved to Woodbine Racetrack, in 1958 it became a turf race.[3]

On dirt:

  • 1938-1941 : 1 1/16 miles at Long Branch Racetrack
  • 1942-1945 : 1 1/16 miles at Dufferin Racetrack
  • 1946-1952 : 1 1/16 miles at Long Branch Racetrack
  • 1953-1954 : 1⅛ miles at Long Branch Racetrack
  • 1955 1 3/16 miles at Long Branch Racetrack

On turf at Woodbine Racetrack:

  • 1958-1986 1⅝ miles
  • 1987-1993 1½ miles (Out of Chute, inside of main track)
  • 1994-present 1½ miles (One full circuit, outside of main track)

Since 1958, winners have come from breeding farms in Canada, the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France and Argentina. The Canadian International has been contested by many of the greatest horses, jockeys, and trainers in thoroughbred racing history from around the world. Its success as a North American race drawing an international field helped inspire the creation of the Breeders' Cup races in 1984 which were held at Woodbine in 1996.

Notably, in 1973 the Canadian International was the final race for the great Secretariat. His 6½ lengths victory is the widest winning margin in the race's history.[4]


Time record: (Turf)

  • 1⅝ miles: 2:40.00 - Dahlia (1974)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Canadian International Stakes







2009 Champs Elysees 6 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:28.36
2008 Marsh Side 5 Javier Castellano Neil D. Drysdale Robert S. Evans 2:28.73
2007 Cloudy's Knight 7 Ramsey Zimmerman Frank J. Kirby S J Stables LLC 2:27.71
2006 Collier Hill 8 Dean McKeown Alan Swinbank R. Hall, D. Abell, R. Crowe 2:37.34
2005 Relaxed Gesture 4 Corey Nakatani Christophe Clement Moyglare Stud 2:32.64
2004 Sulamani 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:28.64
2003 Phoenix Reach 3 Martin Dwyer Andrew Balding Winterbeck Manor Stud 2:33.62
2002 Ballingarry 3 Michael Kinane T. J. Comerford Coolmore Stud 2:31.68
2001 Mutamam 6 Richard Hills Alec Stewart Shadwell Racing 2:28.46
2000 Mutafaweq 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:27.62
1999 Thornfield 5 Richard Dos Ramos Phil England Knob Hill Stable 2:32.39
1998 Royal Anthem 3 Gary Stevens Henry Cecil The Thoroughbred Corp. 2:29.60
1997 Chief Bearhart 4 Jose Santos Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:29.00
1996 Singspiel 4 Gary Stevens Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 2:33.20
1995 Lassigny 4 Pat Day William I. Mott Prince Sultan al Kabeer 2:29.80
1994 Raintrap 4 Robbie Davis André Fabre Juddmonte Farms 2:25.60
1993 Husband 3 Cash Asmussen John Fellows Keswick Stables 2:36.40
1992 Snurge * 5 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Martyn Arbib 2:39.00
1991 Sky Classic 4 Pat Day Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 2:27.80
1990 French Glory 4 Pat Eddery André Fabre Juddmonte Farms 2:34.80
1989 Hodges Bay 4 Jean Cruguet Willard C. Freeman George E. Robb 2:33.80
1988 Infamy 4 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani Gerald W. Leigh 2:29.00
1987 River Memories 3 Chris McCarron Robert Collet Alan Clore 2:32.80
1986 Southjet 3 Jose Santos Angel Penna, Sr. Dogwood Stable 2:54.60
1985 Nassipour 5 Jean-Luc Samyn Stephen L. DiMauro Dogwood Stable 2:48.20
1984 Majesty's Prince 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Joseph B. Cantey John D. Marsh 2:42.80
1983 All Along 4 Walter Swinburn Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:45.00
1982 Majesty's Prince 3 Eddie Maple Joseph B. Cantey John D. Marsh 2:49.40
1981 Open Call 3 Jorge Velasquez John M. Gaver, Jr. Greentree Stable 2:53.40
1980 Great Neck 4 Mike Venezia Jan H. Nerud Tartan Stable 2:42.60
1979 Golden Act 3 Sandy Hawley Loren Rettele W. Oldknow/R. W. Phipps 2:48.60
1978 Mac Diarmida 3 Jean Cruguet Scotty Schulhofer Jerome M. Torsney 2:41.20
1977 Exceller 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:52.40
1976 Youth 3 Sandy Hawley Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:48.00
1975 Snow Knight 4 Jorge Velasquez MacKenzie Miller Windfields Farm 2:43.20
1974 Dahlia 4 Lester Piggott Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:40.00
1973 Secretariat 3 Eddie Maple Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable 2:41.80
1972 Droll Role 4 Braulio Baeza Thomas J. Kelly John M. Schiff 2:51.80
1971 One For All 5 Ron Turcotte Horatio Luro John A. Bell lll 2:45.20
1970 Drumtop 4 Contreras Baltazar Roger Laurin James B. Moseley 2:50.80
1969 Vent du Nord * 4 Rudy L. Turcotte Al Scotti Emanuel Mittman 2:47.20
1968 Frenetico 4 Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 2:49.20
1967 He's A Smoothie 4 Samuel McComb Warren Beasley William R. Beasley 2:59.60
1966 George Royal 5 Ismael Valenzuela Donald Richardson Hammond & Hall 2:42.40
1965 George Royal 4 Johnny Longden Donald Richardson Hammond & Hall 3:05.40
1964 Will I Rule 4 Ron Turcotte Joe Nash Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr. 2:47.80
1963 The Axe II 5 John L. Rotz John M. Gaver, Sr. Greentree Stable 2:41.00
1962 El Bandito 5 Ray Broussard Joseph H. Pierce, Jr. Edward Seltzer 2:50.80
1961 Our Jeep 4 Sam Boulmetis, Sr. Oleg Dubassoff John M. Schiff 2:45.80
1960 Rocky Royale 4 Kenneth Church Paul Kelley Spring Hill Farm 2:42.20
1959 Martini II 5 Charles Clark Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm 2:56.00
1958 Jack Ketch 4 Johnny Sellers Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm 2:46.60
1957 Spinney 4 Juan Sanchez Horatio Luro Louis R. Rowan 2:46.20
1956 Eugenia II 4 Juan Sanchez Horatio Luro W. Arnold Hanger 2:43.40
1955 Park Dandy 5 Bobby Ussery P. Brady William J. Beattie 2:00.80
1954 Resilient 4 B. Green H. W. Williams Killian Farms 1:54.00
1953 Navy Page 3 Nick Shuk Gordon J. McCann E. P. Taylor 1:53.20
1952 Beau Dandy 7 Anthony Licata R. Anderson Mrs. D. J. Kennedy 1:46.00
1951 Bull Page 4 Jose Vina Gordon J. McCann E. P. Taylor 1:49.00
1950 Nephisto 3 Pat Remillard Arthur Brent E. P. Taylor 1:46.80
1949 Arise 3 Douglas Dodson James C. Bentley Addison Stable 1:46.80
1948 Canada's Teddy 4 David H. Prater Morris Fishman Mrs. Morris Fishman 1:48.00
1947 Brown Hostess 4 Len Stroud William Thurner Charles H. Hemstead 1:46.20
1946 Kingarvie 3 Johnny Dewhurst Arthur Brent Parkwood Stable 1:51.40
1945 Tulachmore 5 Pat Remillard W. MacDonald MacDonald Stable 1:55.40
1944 Be Brief 4 Robert B. Watson Cecil Howard Harry C. Hatch 1:47.60
1943 Shepperton 4 Robert B. Watson Fred H. Schelke Fred H. Schelke 1:51.80
1942 Shepperton 3 Robert B. Watson Fred H. Schelke Fred H. Schelke 1:52.40
1941 Bunty Lawless 6 Tom Aimers Gordon J. McCann Willie F. Morrissey 1:49.20
1940 Cerisse 7 H. Meybell A. Bennie A. J. Halliwell 1:46.00
1939 Sir Marlboro 3 Charlie McTague W. Coburn Conn Smythe 1:48.00
1938 Bunty Lawless 3 Tom Aimers Jack Anderson Willie F. Morrissey 1:45.80

  • In 1969 Tradesman won but was disqualified and placed last.
  • In 1992 Wiorno finished first but was disqualified and placed third.



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