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Nearctic Stakes

Grade I race
Nearctic Stakes
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario
Inaugurated 1973
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.woodbineentertainment.com
Race information
Distance 6 furlong sprint
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Weight Assigned
Purse $500,000

The Nearctic Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually in mid October at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. The Grade I sprint is raced on turf over a distance of six furlongs and currently offers a purse of $500,000.

Previously a Grade II race, it was upgraded to Grade I status for 2010.

Inaugurated in 1973 to honor Windfield's Farms champion Nearctic, the 1958 Canadian Horse of the Year, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee, and sire of the 20th Century's most important sire, Northern Dancer.

The Nearctic Stakes was raced on dirt until 1995 when it was shifted to the Turf.


Speed record on turf:

  • 1:07.60 - Wild Zone (1996)

Speed record on dirt:

  • 1:09.00 - Megas Vukefalos (1992)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Play The King (1987, 1988)
  • 2 - Wild Zone (1995, 1996)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Nearctic Stakes







2009 Field Commission 4 Julien Leparoux Daniel J. Vella E. Selzer & D. J. Vella 1:09.23
2008 True to Tradition 6 Kendrick Carmouche Scott A. Lake Ben Mondello/Adam Russo 1:09.11
2007 Heros Reward 5 Javier Castellano Dale Capuano Rob Ry Farm & J M Slysz 1:08.04
2006 Fast Parade 3 Patrick Valenzuela Peter Miller Gary & Cecil Barber 1:12.41
2005 Steel Light 4 Corey Nakatani Christophe Clement Moyglare Stud 1:12.14
2004 I Thee Wed 4 Jim McAleney David R. Bell Pin Oak Stable 1:09.36
2003 Soaring Free 4 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:07.73
2002 Nuclear Debate 7 David R. Flores Darrell Vienna Herrick Racing 1:07.86
2001 Mr. Epperson 6 James McKnight Scott H. Fairlie R & S. Fairlie et al. 1:08.86
2000 Kahal 6 Brice Blanc Neil D. Drysdale Shadwell Racing 1:11.07
1999 Clever Response 4 Emile Ramsammy Michael Keogh Gus Schickedanz 1:10.19
1998 Rushiscomingup 5 Richard Dos Ramos Paul Buttigieg Farrugia & Buttigieg 1:08.20
1997 Jilin 5 David Clark John P. MacKenzie Greenoaks Farm 1:08.60
1996 Wild Zone 6 Robert Landry Frank Passero, Jr. Mrs. A. Riggs IV/Stronach 1:07.60
1995 Wild Zone 5 Shane Sellers Daniel J. Vella Mrs. A. Riggs IV/Stronach 1:08.40
1994 King Ruckus 4 Todd Kabel Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 1:09.60
1993 British Banker 5 Dave Penna Michael J. Doyle Dogwood Stable 1:09.40
1992 Megas Vukefalos 4 Don Seymour Phil England Knob Hill Stable 1:09.00
1991 Hadif 5 Dave Penna Tom Skiffington, Jr. Shadwell Racing 1:10.00
1990 Dargai 4 Brian Swatuk Daniel J. Vella Knob Hill Stable 1:10.00
1989 Regal Intention 4 Jack Lauzon James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:10.20
1988 Play The King 5 Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:10.00
1987 Play The King 4 Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:09.80
1986 New Connection 5 Dave Penna Trevor Swan J. D. Cameron 1:10.60
1985 Dancer's Bo Jin 4 Daniel David Jerry G. Lavigne G. Going 1:11.40
1984 Diapason 4 Gary Stahlbaum Jacques Dumas J. LaPointe 1:09.80
1983 Ask Muhammad 4 Richard Dos Ramos Michael Silvera Gordon F. Hall 1:11.20
1982 Reddy Roadster 7 Brian Swatuk Conrad J. Cohen Susan Cohen 1:10.20
1981 Solo Guy 3 George HoSang Laurie Silvera Gordon F. Hall 1:10.60
1980 La Voyageuse 5 J. Paul Souter Yonnie Starr Jean-Louis Levesque 1:09.80
1979 Ocean Emperor 4 Robin Platts J. Mack Pel-Gam-Ski Stable 1:10.20
1978 Stutz Bearcat 3 George HoSang James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:09.80
1977 Jilting Jim 4 Sandy Hawley Jake Nemett R. E. Leslie 1:10.60
1976 Park Romeo 5 Lloyd Duffy Jerry G. Lavigne Parkview Stable 1:12.60
1975 Gurkhas Band 3 Robin Platts Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 1:11.00
1974 Henry Tudor 5 Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 1:11.20
1973 Rare Adventure 4 Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 1:10.40


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