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Ontario Derby

Grade III race
Ontario Derby
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario
Inaugurated 1972
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.woodbineentertainment.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Polytrack, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Allowances
Purse $150,000

The Ontario Derby is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually at the end of September/early October at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. A Grade III stakes since 2006, it is open to three-year-old horses. Raced over a distance of 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs) on Polytrack synthetic dirt, the Ontario Derby offers a purse of $150,000.

Inaugurated in 1972 as the Colonel R. S. McLaughlin Handicap, the race was renamed the Ontario Derby for the 2003 running. Originally contested at 1³/16 miles, it was changed to its current 1⅛ miles distance in 1992.


Speed record: (Through 1998, times were recorded in fifths of a second. Since 1999 they are in hundredths of a second)

  • 1:49.38 - Sand Cove (2008) (at current distance of 1⅛ miles on Polytrack)
  • 1:49.45 - Kiss A Native (2000) (at current distance of 1⅛ miles on natural dirt)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Frank DiGiulio, Jr. (1989, 2001)
  • 2 - Gus Schickedanz (1999, 2003)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Ontario Derby






2009 Crown Isle Emile Ramsammy John Charalambous Uphill Stable 1:50.79
2008 Sand Cove Richard Dos Ramos Roger Attfield Ralph Johnson 1:49.38
2007 Artie Hot Eurico Rosa Da Silva Martha Gonzalez Carlo & Lou Tucci 1:51.19
2006 Shillelagh Slew Dino Luciani Mike DePaulo David James 1:51.65
2005 Palladio Richard Dos Ramos Roger Attfield Haras Santa Maria de Araras 1:50.67
2004 A Bit O'Gold Jono Jones Catherine Day Phillips The Two Bit Racing Stable 1:53.18
2003 Mobil Todd Kabel Michael Keogh Gus Schickedanz 1:51.99
2002 Early Wisdom Jake Barton Barb Pirie Ken & Mike Ham 1:52.19
2001 Win City Constant Montpellier Robert P.Tiller Frank DiGiulio, Jr. 1:51.54
2000 Kiss A Native Mickey Walls David R. Bell John A. Franks 1:49.45
1999 Wonneberg Emile Ramsammy Michael Keogh Gus Schickedanz 1:50.71
1998 Ski Maker Jim McAleney Arthur Silvera J. Karalakis/T. Almbanis 1:50.60
1997 John The Magician Steve Bahen John A. Ross R.M.C. Stable 1:52.00
1996 Stephanotis Mickey Walls Barbara J. Minshall Minshall Farms 1:51.60
1995 Kiridashi Larry Attard Barbara J. Minshall Minshall Farms 1:50.40
1994 Nice To Know Robert Landry Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 1:51.40
1993 Bronze Basque Mickey Walls Vito Armata Audre Cappuccitti 1:50.60
1992 Vying Victor Robin Platts Ian Jory M/M Marvin Malmuth 1:51.20
1991 Majesterian Sandy Hawley Willard C. Freeman John W. Meriwether 1:58.80
1990 Sezwhat Brian Swatuk Sam DiPasquale Steve Wong 1:58.80
1989 Domasca Dan Sandy Hawley Robert P. Tiller Frank DiGiulio Sr. & Jr. 1:57.60
1988 Derf Jack Lauzon Michael Tammaro Clocker / Sunlight 1:58.60
1987 Duckpower Larry Attard James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:59.40
1986 Lover's Cross Robin Platts Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:57.60
1985 Old Gun Powder Lloyd Duffy Jerry G. Lavigne Paddockhurst Stable 2:00.80
1984 Ten Gold Pots Dan Beckon Gil Rowntree B. K. Y. Stable 1:58.20
1983 Canadian Factor Gary Stahlbaum Phil England Frank Stronach 1:58.60
1982 Abruzzi Dancer Richard Grubb Jacques Dumas F. & P. D'Andrea 1:57.20
1981 Frost King Lloyd Duffy Bill Marko Ted Smith/Bill Marko 2:00.00
1980 Driving Home Rick Hedge Gil Rowntree CFCW Racing Stable 1:56.20
1979 Port Master Joey Belowus Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 2:00.60
1978 Knight's Turn John Bell Emile M. Allain Terfloth Farm 1:57.40
1977 Pro Consul Sandy Hawley Brian Ottaway George McCullough 2:03.00
1976 Norcliffe Jeffrey Fell Roger Attfield Norcliffe Stable 1:58.80
1975 L'Enjoleur Sandy Hawley Yonnie Starr Jean-Louis Levesque 1:57.20
1974 Runnin Roman Chris Rogers Arthur H. Warner Sam-Son Farm 1:55.80
1973 Come In Dad W. Green Conrad Cohen Harvey Tenenbaum 1:56.60
1972 Nice Dancer Sandy Hawley Jerry G. Lavigne Tom Morton / Harlequin 1:56.40

* In 1996 Steady Climb finished first but was disqualified and set back to second place.



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