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Dance Smartly Stakes

Grade II race
Dance Smartly Stakes
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1986
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Woodbine Racetrack
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & Up
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000

The Dance Smartly Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually during July at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. A Grade II stakes race raced on turf, it is open to horses three years of age and older.

Inaugurated in 1986, it was raced on dirt through 1989 at a distance of 1⅛ miles. In 1990 it was switched over to the turf course and raced that year at 11/16 miles after which it remained on the turf but at its original 1⅛ miles.

It was raced as the Woodbine (Breeders' Cup) Handicap until 1998 when it was renamed to honor Dance Smartly, a Canadian and United States Racing Hall of Fame inductee and one of Canada's greatest racing fillys.


Time record: (on Turf at 1⅛ miles)

  • 1:45.55 - Masseuse (2007)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Radiant Ring (1991, 1992)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Dance Smartly Stakes







2009 Points of Grace 4 Luis Contreras Malcolm Pierce Live Oak Racing 1:45.51
2008 The Niagara Queen 5 Jim McAleney Steve Asmussen The Elite Racing Company 1:50.01
2007 Masseuse 5 Edgar Prado James J. Toner H.R.C. Elser et al. 1:45.55
2006 Ambitious Cat 5 Todd Kabel Eric Coatrieux Chiefswood Stable 1:49.81
2005 Noble Stella 4 Emile Ramsammy Roger Attfield Gary A. Tanaka 1:49.95
2004 Mona Rose 4 E. R. Da Silva R. Earl Barnett Paul & Frank O'Brien 1:48.18
2003 Madeira Mist 4 Patrick Husbands Christophe Clement Skymarc Farm 1:48.05
2002 Sweetest Thing 4 Jim McAleney Roger Attfield Lael Stables 1:45.72
2001 Alexis 5 Jono Jones Cliff Hopmans, Jr. D. Morgan Firestone 1:47.81
2000 Except For Wanda 5 Jim McAleney Bruce R. Smither George W. Richter 1:46.61
1999 Ascot Yael 5 Patrick Husbands John A. Ross R.M.C. Stable 1:47.25
1998 Colorful Vices 5 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:46.20
1997 Woolloomooloo 5 Todd Kabel David R. Bell Richard & Jo Ellen Shaw 1:46.80
1996 Bold Ruritana 6 Robert Landry Barbara Minshall Minshall Farms 1:46.60
1995 Memories 4 Shane Sellers Burke Kessinger, Jr. Haynes/New Phoenix Stable 1:47.20
1994 Silky Feather 4 Steven Bahen Richard Violette, Jr. Stanton P. Powell 1:50.00
1993 Myrtle Irene 4 Sandy Hawley David C. Brown Don & Jane Anne McClelland 1:46.40
1992 Radiant Ring 4 Jack Lauzon James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:46.40
1991 Radiant Ring 3 Pat Day James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:46.00
1990 Fieldy 7 Eddie Maple T. J. Skiffington, Jr. Fernwood Stable 1:44.80
1989 Charming Sassafras 4 Ray Sabourin John A. Ross Aubrey W. Minshall 1:52.00
1988 Grecian Flight 4 Craig Perret Joseph H. Pierce, Jr. Henry C. B. Lindh 1:50.60
1987 Triple Wow 4 Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:54.00
1986 Bessarabian 4 Sandy Hawley Michael J. Doyle Eaton Hall Farm 1:52.00

*In 1986, Triple Wow finished first but was disqualified and placed last following a positive test for a banned medication.


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