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Plate Trial Stakes

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Plate Trial Stakes
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Inaugurated 1944
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.woodbineentertainment.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Polytrack, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds foaled in Canada
Weight Scale Weight
Purse $150,000

The Plate Trial Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred flat horserace for three-Year-Olds, foaled in Canada run annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Raced in early June, the 1⅛-mile race on dirt is considered one of the most important prep races for Canada's premier horse race, the Queen's Plate.

Inaugurated in 1944 at the Old Woodbine Race Course as a six furlong sprint race, it was moved to the new Woodbine Racetrack in 1957 following that track's closure. In the first forty-eight years, a total of twenty-two winners of the Plate Trial Stakes went on to win the Queen's Plate. However, in the last sixteen years, no horse has accomplished the feat.

Hall of Fame jockey Avelino Gomez won this race a record nine times including four in a row from 1964 through 1967.

In 1955, Ace Marine won two versions of the race, one at six furlongs and another at a mile and 70 yards.

Since inception, the Plate Trial has been contested at various distances. In 1955, it was run as two races at the Old Woodbine Race Course. The first race consisted of four divisions and contested at 6 furlongs and the second race was made up of three divisions at 1 mile and 70 yards. In other years the distance was:

  • 6 furlongs : 1944-1955 at Old Woodbine Race Course
  • 7 furlongs : 1956 at Old Woodbine Race Course
  • 8.5 furlongs (11/16 miles) : 1957-1979 Woodbine Racetrack
  • 9 furlongs (1⅛ miles) : since 1980 at Woodbine Racetrack


Time record: (a current distance of 1⅛ miles)

  • 1:50.00 - Alydeed (1992) & Northface (1996)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 9 - Avelino Gomez (1955, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967)

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Plate Trial Stakes since 1988






2010 Big Red Mike Eurico Rosa da Silva Nicholas Gonzalez Terra Racing Stable 1:50.41
2009 Eye of the Leopard Eurico Rosa Da Silva Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:51.80
2008 Not Bourbon Jono Jones Roger Attfield Charles E. Fipke 1:49.73
2007 Jiggs Coz David Clark Sid C. Attard Mel P. Lawson 1:50.77
2006 Pipers Thunder Ray Sabourin Eric Coatrieux Chiefswood Stable 1:51.65
2005 Three In The Bag * Robert Landry Stanley M. Hough Castletop Stable 1:52.52
2004 A Bit O'Gold Jono Jones Catherine Day Phillips The Two Bit Racing Stable 1:51.74
2003 Mobil Todd Kabel Mike Keogh Gus Schickedanz 1:51.84
2002 Shaws Creek Jake Barton John A. Ross Bud Reynolds 1:52.38
2001 Win City Constant Montpellier Robert P. Tiller Frank DiGiulio, Jr. 1:52.08
2000 Pete's Sake Patrick Husbands Todd A. Pletcher Gerald Frankel 1:53.05
1999 Catahoula Parish Robert Landry John A. Ross Jam Jar Racing 1:51.18
1998 Brite Adam James McKnight Rita Schnitzler R.M.C. Stable 1:50.60
1997 Cryptocloser Willie Martinez Mark Frostad Mack/Sorokolit 1:51.00
1996 Northface Todd Kabel Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 1:50.00
1995 All Firmed Up Todd Kabel Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 1:50.60
1994 Bruce's Mill Dave Penna Mark Frostad Earle I. Mack et al. 1:50.60
1993 Circulating Richard Dos Ramos R. Wright Sherwood/Sheehan Farms 1:52.40
1992 Alydeed Craig Perret Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:50.00
1991 Megas Vukefalos * Mickey Walls Jerry C. Meyer Knob Hill Stable 1:51.00
1991 Bolulight * Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:51.00
1990 Izvestia Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:50.40
1989 With Approval Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:50.80
1988 Regal Classic Sandy Hawley James E. Day Sam-Son / Windfields 1:51.60

  • In 2005 Dance with Ravens won the race but for the first time ever in the history of the Plate Trial, the winner was disqualified.
  • In 1991 there was a dead heat for first.

Other winners of note include:



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