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Deputy Minister Stakes

Restricted Stakes race
Deputy Minister Stakes
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario
Inaugurated 1997
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.woodbineentertainment.com
Race information
Distance Seven furlongs
Track Polytrack, left-handed
Qualification Three-Year-Olds
(Ontario Sire Stakes program)
Weight Allowances
Purse $125,000

The Deputy Minister Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. An Ontario Sire Stakes, it is a restricted race for three-year-old horses sired by a stallion standing in the province of Ontario during the year of their birth. Run in mid July, it is contested over a distance of seven furlongs on Polytrack (dirt from 1997-2006) and currently carries a purse of $125,000.

Inaugurated in 1997, the race was named in honour of Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Deputy Minister, a Canadian-bred colt who earned Canadian Sovereign and American Eclipse awards during his racing career and who became a very influential stallion. He was the Leading sire in North America in 1997 and 1998, and the Leading broodmare sire in North America in 2007.

For 2006 only, the race was contested over seven and a half furlongs.


Speed record: (at current distance of seven furlongs)

  • 1:21.80 - Matterofintegrity (1997)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Margaret Squires (1999, 2004)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 2 - Hugo Dittfach (1999, 2004)

Winners of the Deputy Minister Stakes






2009 Costalivin Jim McAleney John A. Ross Jam Jar Racing Stable 1:23.59
2008 Piper in the Glen Chad Beckon Zeljko Krcmar Jesse Self 1:24.30
2007 Dancer's Bajan Todd Kabel Robert P. Tiller 3 Sons Racing Stable 1:23.94
2006 Bad Hat Todd Kabel Mike DePaulo Bel Ange Bloodstock et al. 1:31.18
2005 Bold Grenadier Na Somsanith Scott H. Fairlie A. Bhangoo & S. Fairlie 1:22.74
2004 Millfleet Jill Scharfstein Hugo Dittfach Margaret Squires 1:23.65
2003 Battlements Todd Kabel Barbara J. Minshall Minshall Farms 1:22.50
2002 Mulligan The Great Emile Ramsammy Cliff C. Hopmans Charles E. Simmons 1:22.96
2001 Devil Valentine Emile Ramsammy Fenton Platts Sandra & Gerry Gibbs 1:22.39
2000 Runaway Love Emile Ramsammy Abraham R. Katryan Brandon Brako Stable 1:22.72
1999 Arctic Squire Kenneth Skinner Hugo Dittfach Margaret Squires 1:23.20
1998 One Way Love David Clark Michael J. Wright, Jr. B. Schickedanz & J. Hillier 1:23.00
1997 Matterofintegrity Dino Luciani T. Windsor Foxcroft Stable et al. 1:21.80


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