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Woodbine Mile

Grade I race
Woodbine Mile
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1981
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website 2007 Woodbine Mile
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Weight Weight-For-Age
Purse $1,000,000

The Woodbine Mile is a Grade I stakes race on turf for Thoroughbred racehorses three years old and up held annually in mid September at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. Currently sponsored by Bell Canada, the Woodbine Mile carries a purse of $1 million and is a qualifying race for the Breeders' Cup Turf Mile.

Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the 2008 Woodbine Mile automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Mile. [1]

The inaugural race in 1988 was sponsored by Molson Breweries with a purse of $750,000 and run as the Molson Export Challenge, reflecting the name of the company's flagship beer. It was changed to the Molson Export Million when the purse was increased to $1 million. In 1999, under new sponsorship it was renamed and raced as the Atto Mile until 2006.

Since inception, the race has been run at three different distances:

  • 1 mile : 1997–present
  • 1⅛ miles : 1991-1996
  • 1¼ miles : 1988-1990

Originally restricted to three-year-olds, with the modification to one mile in 1997 the race was also made open to older horses.


Historical notes

In 2009, Ventura became the first female to win this race in 13 years. In the process, she also set the record time of 1:32.04.[2]


In 2005, the Brazilian horse, Leroidesanimaux, set the record for the largest margin of victory at seven and three-quarter lengths while carrying the highest weight of any winner in the race's history at 124 pounds.

Time record:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Woodbine Mile







2009 Ventura 5 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:32.04
2008 Rahy's Attorney 4 Slade Callaghan Ian Black Ellie Boje Farm et al. 1:36.14
2007 Shakespeare 6 Garrett Gomez Kiaran McLaughlin Dell Ridge Farm / W. Schettine 1:33.58
2006 Becrux 4 Patrick Valenzuela Neil D. Drysdale Team Valor, Gary Barber 1:33.99
2005 Leroidesanimaux 5 John R. Velazquez Robert J. Frankel T N T Stud 1:35.08
2004 Soaring Free 5 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:32.72
2003 Touch of the Blues 6 Kent Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Gainsborough Farm 1:33.39
2002 Good Journey 6 Pat Day Wallace Dollase Flaxman Holdings & M. Jarvis 1:33.27
2001 Numerous Times 4 Patrick Husbands Sid Attard Committee Stable 1:32.79
2000 Riviera 6 John R. Velazquez Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1:33.18
1999 Quiet Resolve 4 Robert Landry Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:33.19
1998 Labeeb 6 Kent Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Gainsborough Farm 1:33.00
1997 Geri 5 Chris Antley William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1:36.20
1996 Skip Away 3 Shane Sellers Sonny Hine Carolyn Hine 1:49.00
1995 Peaks and Valleys 3 Julie Krone Jim Day Pin Oak Stable 1:50.00
1994 Dramatic Gold 3 Corey Nakatani David Hofmans Golden Eagle Farm 1:49.80
1993 Peteski 3 Craig Perret Roger Attfield Earle I. Mack 1:49.20
1992 Benburb 3 Richard Dos Ramos Phil England Knob Hill Stable 1:51.60
1991 Dance Smartly 3 Pat Day Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 1:49.20
1990 Izvestia 3 Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:01.60
1989 Prized 3 Ed Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Team Valor 2:02.00
1988 Ballindaggin 3 Jorge Velasquez John O. Hertler George Layman, Jr. 2:04.60

† - Hawksley Hill won the 1999 race but was disqualified to 4th



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