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Shady Well Stakes

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Shady Well Stakes
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario
Inaugurated 1956
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.woodbineentertainment.com
Race information
Distance 5½ furlong sprint
Track Polytrack, left-handed
Qualification Two-year-old fillies
(foaled in Ontario)
Weight Allowances
Purse $150,000

The Shady Well Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually since 2000 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Held in mid July, the ungraded stakes race is open to two-year-old fillies foaled in the Province of Ontario. A sprint race, it is contested over a distance of 5 ½ furlongs on Polytrack synthetic dirt, it currently offers a purse of $150,000. It was raced in two divisions in 1958 and 1968.

Inaugurated in 1956, the race is named in honour of Edward F. Seagram's filly, Shady Well, whose career wins included three straight Durham Cup Handicaps during 1932-1934.

Since inception, the race has been contested at a variety of distances:

  • 5½ furlongs : 1980-2005, 2007 to present (at Woodbine Racetrack)
  • 5 furlongs : 2006 (at Woodbine Racetrack)
  • 6 furlongs : 1974-1979 (at Woodbine Racetrack)
  • 6½ furlongs : 1956-1959, (at Woodbine Racetrack), 1969-1972 (at Fort Erie Racetrack), 1973 (at Woodbine Racetrack)


Speed record:

  • 1:04.00 - Bodust (1989)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 4 - Frank H. Merrill, Jr. (1958, 1965, 1972, 1976)

Winners of the Shady Well Stakes






2009 Maritime Passion Chantal Sutherland Mike DePaulo Benjamin Hutzel 1:04.24
2008 Cawaja Beach Daniel David Scott Fairlie Hard Eight Sta./Ace Racing 1:04.26
2007 Alvena Patrick Husbands Josie Carroll James & Alice Sapara 1:04.09
2006 Midnight Shadow Ray Sabourin Robert P. Tiller Frank DiGiulio, Jr. et al. 0:57.65
2005 Wannatalkaboutme David Clark Nicholas Gonzalez M. Gonzalez/MAD Racing 1:05.52
2004 South Bay Cove Todd Kabel Roger Attfield Windhaven 1:06.26
2003 Megan's Appeal Simon Husbands Kevin Attard Fire Rock Stable 1:05.73
2002 Appleby Gardens Robert Landry Todd A. Pletcher Eugene Melnyk 1:05.93
2001 Ginger Gold Richard Dos Ramos Sid C. Attard Jim Dandy Stable 1:07.11
2000 Small Promises Neil Poznansky Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms/Attfield 1:05.85
1999 Ruby Park Robert Landry Todd A. Pletcher E.& L. Melnyk 1:06.40
1998 Last Vice David Clark Phil Gracey O'Cainon Stables 1:05.80
1997 Queen St. West Mickey Walls Joe Walls Shelter Valley/C. Walls 1:05.80
1996 Larkwhistle Robert Landry Roger Attfield Anderson/Cuddy/Ferguson 1:06.00
1995 Heavenly Valley Sandy Hawley Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 1:05.20
1994 Honky Tonk Tune Robert Landry Daniel J. Vella Frank Stronach 1:04.20
1993 Lucky Pisces Mark Larsen Emile M. Allain Eastview Stables 1:06.20
1992 Sermon Time Ricky Griffith Kathy Patton-Casse Bruno Schickedanz 1:04.40
1991 Maple Lake Robert King, Jr. Glenn Magnusson Gary Vasey & partner 1:06.60
1990 Run Lady Run Don Seymour Conrad A. Belaire Cooksmere Farm 1:05.60
1989 Bodust David Clark Gordon M. Huntley High Point Stable 1:04.00
1988 Blondeinamotel Sandy Hawley Michael J. Doyle Windhaven Farms 1:05.80
1987 Phoenix Factor Irwin Driedger Emile M. Allain A. J. Anderson 1:05.20
1986 Casereae Robin Platts Michael J. Doyle Eaton Hall Farm 1:05.80
1985 Simply Splashing Dan Beckon Gerry Belanger J. N. Stable 1:06.00
1984 Festival Star Jack Lauzon John Tammaro, Jr. Kinghaven Farms 1:05.00
1983 Summer Mood Robin Platts John Tammaro, Jr. Kinghaven Farms 1:05.80
1982 Candle Bright Eric Beitia John Tammaro, Jr. Kinghaven Farms 1:06.20
1981 Ada Lady David Clark Gordon M. Huntley Young / Schipper 1:04.20
1980 Passing Mood Brian Swatuk John Tammaro, Jr. Kinghaven Farms 1:05.20
1979 Avenare J. Paul Souter Michael J. Doyle Bo-Teek Farm 1:11.40
1978 Spin To Win * Avelino Gomez George M. Carter E. C. Pasquale 1:11.80
1977 L'Alezane J. Paul Souter Yonnie Starr Jean-Louis Levesque 1:12.20
1976 Olympic Princess Avelino Gomez Frank H. Merrill, Jr. Beverly Bronfman 1:13.00
1975 Seraphic Jeffrey Fell Yonnie Starr Jean-Louis Levesque 1:10.80
1974 Deepstar James Kelly Andrew G. Smithers Kinghaven Farms 1:11.60
1973 Trudie Tudor William McMahon John Morahan Doug Banks 1:16.60
1972 Square Angel Avelino Gomez Frank H. Merrill, Jr. W. Preston Gilbride 1:18.20
1971 Hempens Soung Phil I. Grimm Doug M. Davis, Jr. Holtsinger / Davis 1:18.00
1970 Vacation Lady John LeBlanc R. Wright R. E. Leslie 1:18.40
1969 Foxy Parent Chris Rogers W. F. Edmiston W. F. Edmiston 1:18.00
1968 Amber Sherry Richard Grubb Gil Rowntee Stafford Farms 1:27.40
1968 Windsor Maid Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner/Golden West 1:27.20
1967 Rhythm Sal Noel Turcotte J. Brown I. Tenney 1:24.80
1966 All We Have Avelino Gomez Warren Beasley William R. Beasley 1:24.40
1965 Brave Front M. N. Gonzalez Frank H. Merrill, Jr. H. M. Hughes 1:24.40
1964 Northern Queen Hugo Dittfach Tom Fleming Windfields Farm 1:23.40
1963 Ciboulette Keith Robinson Don J. Campbell Jean-Louis Levesque 1:24.60
1962 My Bunty Keith Robinson Carl F. Chapman Larkin Maloney 1:24.60
1961 Flaming Page John R. Adams Horatio Luro Windfields Farm 1:27.60
1960 Flashing Top James Fitzsimmons Gordon J. McCann Windfields Farm 1:25.80
1959 Naughty Flirt Ernie Warme Edward Mann Gardiner/Bell 1:19.20
1958 Sword Woman Don Hale A. H. Routcliffe Pine Tree Stable 1:20.00
1958 Royal Border Armand Viola Frank H. Merrill, Jr. Gormley Stud Farm 1:20.00
1957 Stole The Ring C. O'Brien E. Hall Miss C. B. Armstrong 1:17.60
1956 Pink Velvet E. A. Rodriguez John Passero William R. Beasley 1:18.00

* In 1978 Susie Bigger finished first but was disqualified and set back to second.



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