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Northern Dancer Turf Stakes

Grade I race
Northern Dancer Turf Stakes
File:NorthernDancerBCTurfLogo.png
Location Woodbine Racetrack

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Inaugurated 1953
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Woodbine racetrack
Race information
Distance 1½ miles (12 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Handicap
Purse $750,000

The Northern Dancer Turf Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. A Grade I event with a current purse of $750,000 ($650,000 plus $100,000 from the Breeders Cup Fund), it is held in the third week of July and run at a distance of 1½ miles on Woodbine's E. P. Taylor turf course.

Inaugurated as the Niagara Handicap, it was first raced on dirt at the Fort Erie Racetrack. In 1957 the race was changed to run on turf and was moved to the Woodbine Racetrack in 1985 where for 1986 only, it was run on dirt. The race became part of the Breeders' Cup program and the name was amended to the Niagara Breeders' Cup Handicap. In 2006, the event was renamed to honor Canada's most famous racehorse, Northern Dancer.

Over the years, the race has been run at various distances:

  • 11/16 miles : 1953-1956
  • 1⅛ miles : 1957-1975
  • 1¼ miles : 1990-1994
  • 1½ miles : 1976-1989, 1995 to present

Records

Speed Record:

  • 2:26.18 - Full of Wonder (2002) at the current distance of 1½ miles

Most wins:

  • 2 - Marshall Ney II (1957, 1958), Strut the Stage (2003, 2004)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 7 - Sam-Son Farm (1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a Trainer:

  • 6 - Lou Cavalaris, Jr. (1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1976)

Winners since 1986

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2009 Marsh Side † 6 Javier Castellano Neil Drysdale Robert S. Evans 2:26.68
2008 Champs Elysees 5 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 2:32.02
2007 Sky Conqueror 5 Edgar Prado Darwin D. Banach William A. Sorokolit, Sr. 2:27.45
2006 Sky Conqueror 4 Todd Kabel Darwin D. Banach William A. Sorokolit, Sr. 2:34.36
2005 Revved Up 7 Brice Blanc Christophe Clement Live Oak Plantation 2:27.13
2004 Strut the Stage 6 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:25.87
2003 Strut the Stage 5 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:27.13
2002 Full of Wonder 4 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:26.18
2001 Honor Glide 7 Robbie Davis Christophe Clement Robert Schaedle III et al. 2:26.52
2000 River Boat 7 Gary Boulanger Frank Huarte Frank Huarte 2:32.16
1999 Thornfield 5 Richard Dos Ramos Phil England Knob Hill Stable 2:29.32
1998 Chief Bearhart 5 Jose Santos Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:30.00
1997 Desert Waves 7 Sandy Hawley Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:30.40
1996 Desert Waves 6 Sandy Hawley Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 2:27.00
1995 Lindon Lime 5 Craig Perret W. Elliott Walden Frank Mansell 2:27.00
1994 River Majesty 5 Mike E. Smith Christophe Clement W. Gretzky / S. Port 2:03.20
1993 Shiny Key 5 Mark Larsen Alton H. Quanbeck D. Morgan Firestone 2:01.60
1992 Beau Fasa 6 Stanley Bethley Gordon Colbourne Box Arrow Farm 2:02.20
1991 Tot of Rum 5 Daniel David Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 2:04.80
1990 Hodges Bay 5 Jean Cruguet Willard C. Freeman Plandome Stable 2:05.20
1989 Turfah 6 Dave Penna Thomas Skiffington, Jr. Shadwell Stable 2:28.00
1988 Master Treaty 4 Dave Penna Trevor Swan Anderson/Taylor Stables 2:34.40
1987 Southjet 4 Jean-Luc Samyn Stephen L. DiMauro Dogwood Stable 2:32.80
1986 Golden Choice 3 David Clark Michael A. Tammaro Sanderson / Belanger 2:32.40

Earlier winners

  • 1985 - Sondrio
  • 1984 - Cost Control
  • 1983 - Norwick
  • 1982 - Lord Elgin
  • 1981 - Bridle Path
  • 1980 - Morold
  • 1979 - Dom Alaric
  • 1978 - Tuxedo Mac
  • 1976 - Don Lorenzo
  • 1975 - Yvetot
  • 1974 - Carney's Point
  • 1973 - Fun Co K
  • 1972 - Belle Geste
  • 1971 - One For All
  • 1970 - Panpiper
  • 1969 - Hammer Kopf
  • 1968 - The Knack ll
  • 1967 - Canadel †
  • 1966 - Orbiter
  • 1965 - Quick Pitch
  • 1964 - Will I Rule
  • 1963 - Puss n Boots
  • 1962 - Our Jeep
  • 1961 - Harmonizing
  • 1960 - Moony
  • 1959 - Grey Monarch
  • 1958 - Marshall Ney II
  • 1957 - Marshall Ney II
  • 1956 - Captor
  • 1955 - Jimminy Baxter
  • 1954 - Pheasant Boy
  • 1953 - Scene One



  • † In 2009, Marsh Side finished first but was disqualified and set back to fourth. On appeal, the original order of finish was restored on 6/16/10.
  • † In 1967, Carteret finished first but was disqualified and set back to last.



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