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Vigil Stakes

Grade III race
Vigil Stakes
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Inaugurated 1956
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.woodbineentertainment.com
Race information
Distance 7 furlong sprint
Track Polytrack, left-handed
Qualification Four-year-olds & up
Purse $150,000

The Vigil Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Run in mid May, the Grade III sprint race is open to horses aged four and older. Raced over a distance of 1⅛ miles on Polytrack synthetic dirt, it currently offers a purse of $150,000.

Inaugurated as the Vigil Handicap, it was first run in 1956 at Fort Erie Racetrack where it remained until 1980. Since inception it has been contested at various distances:

  • 5.5 furlongs :1956-1958
  • 6 furlongs : 1959
  • 6.5 furlongs : 1960
  • 1 1/16 miles (8.5 furlongs) : 1961-1979
  • 7 furlongs : 1980–present

Records

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

  • 1:20.51 - Disfunction (2008) (at current distance of 7 furlongs)

Most wins:

  • 2 - Judiths Wild Rush (2005, 2006)
  • 2 - Wake At Noon (2002, 2003)
  • 2 - Deputy Inxs (1998, 1999)
  • 2 - Mr. Hot Shot (1989, 1990)
  • 2 - Jacksboro (1983, 1985)

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 6 - Lou Cavalaris, Jr. (1964, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974)

Winners

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2009 Field Commission 4 Tyler Pizarro Daniel J. Vella Daniel J. Vella & Solera Farm 1:22.74
2008 Disfunction 4 Emile Ramsammy Julia Carey J M J's Stable & Weila Ye 1:20.51
2007 Just Rushing 6 Emma-Jayne Wilson Sid C. Attard Tucci Stables 1:23.87
2006 Judiths Wild Rush 5 James McAleney Reade Baker Tenenbaum Racing Stable 1:22.51
2005 Judiths Wild Rush 4 Slade Callaghan Reade Baker Tenenbaum Racing Stable 1:23.19
2004 Mobil 4 Todd Kabel Mike Keogh Gus Schickedanz 1:21.81
2003 Wake At Noon 6 Emile Ramsammy Abraham R. Katryan Bruno Schickedanz 1:23.25
2002 Wake At Noon 5 Emile Ramsammy Abraham R. Katryan Bruno Schickedanz 1:23.13
2001 Exciting Story 4 Patrick Husbands Mark E. Casse Mockingbird Farm Inc 1:23.49
2000 One Way Love 5 Patrick Husbands Abraham R. Katryan Bruno Schickedanz & John Hillier 1:22.66
1999 Deputy Inxs 8 Na Somsanith Audre Cappuccitti Audre & Gordon Cappuccitti 1:23.54
1998 Deputy Inxs 7 Na Somsanith Audre Cappuccitti Audre & Gordon Cappuccitti 1:22.40
1997 Kiridashi 5 Mickey Walls Barbara Minshall Minshall Farms 1:21.80
1996 Kiridashi 4 Sandy Hawley Barbara Minshall Minshall Farms 1:22.80
1995 Sea Wall 4 Richard Dos Ramos Barbara Minshall Minshall Farms 1:23.00
1994 Berry Moonolow 5 James McKnight Gordon Cowie Kings Lane Farm 1:21.80
1993 Canadian Silver 5 Dave Penna Michael J. Doyle Pinejoy Stable 1:23.40
1992 Hawk In Flight 6 Todd Kabel Laurie Silvera Silverbrook Stable 1:24.20
1991 Key Spirit 5 Mickey Walls Stephen Barnes Big Bux Stable 1:25.00
1990 Mr. Hot Shot 5 James McAleney William Stewart Jimmy Stewart & Michelle Upton 1:23.60
1989 Mr. Hot Shot 4 James McAleney William Stewart Jimmy Stewart & Michelle Upton 1:23.40
1988 Jamaican Gigolo 5 J. Paul Souter Robert E. Fisher Rodger Bawden 1:23.40
1987 Play The King 4 Robin Platts Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 1:25.40
1986 Regal Remark 4 Irwin Driedger James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:24.40
1985 Jacksboro 6 David Clark Tony Mattine Elizabeth Hunt Curnes 1:24.40
1984 My Only Love 7 Gary Stahlbaum Phil England Phil England (lessee) 1:26.20
1983 Jacksboro 4 David Clark Tony Mattine Nelson Bunker Hunt 1:22.60
1982 Great Gladiator 5 Larry Attard Steve Attard Tom Campbell 1:23.00
1981 Von Clausewitz 4 Robin Platts Roger Attfield Norcliffe Stables 1:22.60
1980 Stutz Bearcat 5 George HoSang James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:25.20
1979 Knight's Turn † 4 John Bell Emile M. Allain Constance Terfloth 1:45.80
1978 Giboulee 4 George HoSang Jacques Dumas Joe & Don Johnson 1:45.00
1977 Coverack 4 George HoSang John J. Tammaro, Jr. Kinghaven Farm 1:44.60
1976 Brilliant Sandy 4 Robin Platts Jerry C. Meyer Smith/Willow Downs Farm 1:44.80
1975 Spirit Rock 6 Gunnar Lindberg Arthur H. Warner Sam-Son Farm 1:46.40
1974 Henry Tudor 5 Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 1:42.60
1973 Sea Rider 4 Avelino Gomez Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 1:44.00
1972 Cool Moon 4 Avelino Gomez Frank Merrill, Jr. W. P. Gilbride 1:44.60
1971 Rouge Chanteur 4 Richard Grubb James Mort Hardy Prime Acres Stable 1:45.80
1970 Perfect Tan 5 Richard Armstrong Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 1:44.00
1969 James Bay 5 Robin Platts Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 1:46.80
1968 The Cheat 5 Richard Grubb Jim Fisher Ward C. Pitfield, Jr. 1:45.40
1967 Gauchesco 6 Frank Barroby Andrew G. Smithers Dane Hill Acres 1:43.80
1966 Sunstruck 6 Avelino Gomez Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Hillcrest Stable 1:43.20
1965 Sunny 5 Keith Robinson Warren Beasley William R. Beasley 1:44.00
1964 Vindent de Paul 6 Avelino Gomez Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Hillcrest Stable 1:45.20
1963 Lord Quillo 4 Sam McComb Edward Mann Sarto Desnoyers 1:43.80
1962 Axeman 4 Hugo Dittfach Richard Townrow Lanson Farm 1:44.40
1961 Moony 5 Hugo Dittfach Frank Merrill, Jr. Roxie Gian & Fred Tosch 1:48.00
1960 Anita's Son 4 Hugo Dittfach Arthur H. Warner Lanson Farm 1:17.00
1959 Nearctic 5 Ben Sorensen Gordon J. McCann Windfields Farm 1:10.60
1958 Nearctic 4 Ben Sorensen Gordon J. McCann Windfields Farm 1:05.40
1957 Pot Hunter 6 Herb Lindberg Yonnie Starr Maloney & Smythe 1:05.20
1956 Fleet Path 4 H. B. Wilson Arthur H. Warner Lanson Farm 1:07.40
  • † In 1979, Coverack finished first but was disqualified and set back to third.

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