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Dominion Day Stakes

Grade III race
Dominion Day Stakes
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1953
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.woodbineentertainment.com
Race information
Distance 1¼ miles (10 furlongs)
Track Polytrack, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Weight Assigned
Purse $200,000

The Dominion Day Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually in July at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. A Grade III event offering a purse of $200,000, it is open to horses aged three years and up. The race was run at a distance of 1⅛ miles from its inception until 1983 when it was changed to its present 1¼ miles format. It was raced on dirt until 2007 when the track's new polytrack surface was installed.

Inaugurated in 1953 at the Old Woodbine Racetrack, it remained there until the track closed in 1955.

The race celebrates Dominion Day, the birth of the Canadian Confederation on July 1, 1867.

Ace Marine, one of Canada's greatest runners, and its 1955 Horse of the Year, won this race in 1956. In 1972, Canada's 1973 Horse of the Year, Kennedy Road, took the Dominion. The Canadian Champion Three-Year-Old colt of 1972, Nice Dancer, won it in 1973. The 1980 Canadian Horse of the Year as well as the 1980 Champion Older Female in Canada & the USA, plus the 1981 Champion Older Female in Canada, Glorious Song, won it twice—in 1980 & 1981. In 1984, the 1984 Canadian Champion Three-Year-Old colt, Key to the Moon, won the Dominion, and in 1990, Charlie Barley (by the U.S. Triple Crown winner Affirmed) who was the 1989 Champion Grass horse in Canada, came home the winner. 1996 Canadian Horse of the Year, Mt. Sassafras has also won the Dominion Day Stakes twice: 1996 & 1999.

Among other past winners, the 1963 and 2006 editions of the Dominion Day Stakes were won by Kentucky Derby winners, Decidedly (1962) and Funny Cide (2003).

Contents

Records

Time record: (at current 1¼ miles distance)

  • 2:01.15 - Phantom Light (2003)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Bye and Near (1968, 1969), Glorious Song (1980, 1981), Mt. Sassafras (1996, 1999)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Dominion Day Stakes since 1979

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2009 Marchfield 5 Patrick Husbands Mark E. Casse Melnyk Racing Stables 2:03.63
2008 Jiggs Coz 4 David Clark Sid C. Attard Jim Dandy Stable 2:04.99
2007 True Metropolitan 5 Todd Kabel Terry Jordan Bob Cheema 2:04.20
2006 Funny Cide 6 Richard Migliore Barclay Tagg Sackatoga Stable 2:02.41
2005 A Bit O'Gold 4 Jono Jones Catherine Day Phillips The Two Bit Racing Stable 2:07.55
2004 Mobil 4 Todd Kabel Mike Keogh Gus Schickedanz 2:03.34
2003 Phantom Light 4 Todd Kabel Roger Attfield Stronach Stables 2:01.15
2002 Bonus Pack 4 Jesus Castanon Thomas F. Proctor Glen Hill Farm 2:03.01
2001 A Fleets Dancer 6 Richard Dos Ramos Roger Attfield Cam Allard 2:05.69
2000 The Fed 5 Na Somsanith David R. Bell R. F. & J. E. Shaw 2:04.41
1999 Mt. Sassafras 7 Richard Dos Ramos Barbara J. Minshall Minshall Farms 2:01.38
1998 Stephanotis 5 Mickey Walls Barbara J. Minshall Minshall Farms 2:03.30
1997 Firm Dancer 4 Todd Kabel Mike Keogh Gus Schickedanz 2:01.20
1996 Mt. Sassafras 4 Mickey Walls Barbara J. Minshall Minshall Farms 2:03.20
1995 Alybro 4 Dave Penna Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:04.10
1994 Pomeroon 4 Todd Kabel Ross Armata V. Polsinelli & J.Malawski 2:02.40
1993 Candid Cameron 6 George HoSang Trevor Swan J. D. Cameron 2:04.00
1992 Rainbows For Life 4 Jack Lauzon Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 2:02.20
1991 Candid Cameron 4 Dave Penna Trevor Swan J. D. Cameron 2:03.30
1990 Charlie Barley 4 Robin Platts Grant Pearce King Caledon Farm 2:03.10
1989 Mi Selecto 4 Lloyd Duffy Gil Rowntree Stronach Stables 2:02.40
1988 Palace March 4 Julie Krone William I. Mott Bertram R. Firestone 2:03.20
1987 Gold Alert 4 Pat Day Alton H. Quanbeck Mrs. J. A. McDougald 2:05.20
1986 Key to the Moon 5 Lloyd Duffy Gil Rowntree B. K. Y. Stable 2:04.10
1985 Let's Go Blue 4 Larry Attard Janet Bedford Jim Dandy Stable 2:03.00
1984 Norwick 5 Gary Stahlbaum Michael Sedlacek Stronach Stables 2:04.30
1983 Frost King 5 Robin Platts Bill Marko Ted Smith & Bill Marko 2:04.20
1982 Bejilla 5 Brian Swatuk Jerry Lavigne Paddockhurst Stable 1:50.10
1981 Glorious Song 5 Robin Platts Gerry Belanger F. Stronach & N.B. Hunt 1:48.00
1980 Glorious Song 4 John LeBlanc Gerry Belanger F. Stronach & N.B. Hunt 1:50.10
1979 Friuli 6 Fernando Toro Tony Mattine G. Caroli 1:51.20

Earlier winners

  • 1978 - Giboulee
  • 1977 - Coverack
  • 1976 - Big Destiny
  • 1975 - Double Quill
  • 1974 - Selari Spirit
  • 1971 - Dance Act
  • 1970 - Amber Orbit
  • 1969 - Bye and Near
  • 1968 - Bye and Near
  • 1968 - Bright Monarch
  • 1967 - Stevie B. Good
  • 1966 - Victorian Era
  • 1965 - E.Day
  • 1964 - Vindent de Paul
  • 1962 - Wise Command
  • 1961 - Moony
  • 1960 - Anita's Son
  • 1959 - Biscayne
  • 1958 - Marshal Ney
  • 1957 - Grand Canyon
  • 1955 - Sampan
  • 1953 - Mr. Willie


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