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Whimsical Stakes

Grade III race
Whimsical Stakes
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Ontario
Inaugurated 1956
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.woodbineentertainment.com
Race information
Distance Six furlong sprint
Track Polytrack, left-handed
Qualification Fillies & Mares, 4-Years-Old & Up
Weight Allowances
Purse $125,000

The Whimsical Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually in mid April at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. A Grade III race since 2006, it is open to fillies and mares aged four and older. It is raced over a distance of 6 furlongs on Polytrack synthetic dirt and currently carries a purse of $125,000.

Since its inception in 1956 at Toronto's Greenwood Raceway, the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 6 furlongs : 1956 at Greenwood Raceway, 1975 at Fort Erie Racetrack, 1976–1979, and since 1986 at Woodbine Racetrack
  • 6 ½ furlongs : 1957 at Greenwood Raceway, 1968-1974 at Fort Erie Racetrack
  • 7 furlongs : 1958-1960, 1980-1985 at Greenwood Raceway
  • 1 mile : 1961-1966 at Greenwood Raceway
  • 1 mile : 1967 on turf at Fort Erie Racetrack

The race was run in two divisions in 1981 and 1984.

Records

Speed record: (at current distance of 6 furlongs)

  • 1:09.16 - Dancing Allstar (2009)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Estate of M. Rich & N. Clements (1991, 1993, 1994)
  • 3 - Stafford Farm (1966, 1976, 1979)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 6 - Dave Penna (1984, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 4 - Jerry C. Meyer (1956, 1962, 1963, 1964)
  • 4 - Tony Mattine (1986, 1991, 1993, 1994)

Winners of the Whimsical Stakes

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2010 Proud Heiress 6 Chantal Sutherland Wayne Mogge Michael Cavey. 1:09.71
2009 Dancing Allstar 4 James McAleney Terry Jordan Bob Cheema 1:09.16
2008 My List 4 Eurico Rosa Da Silva Nick Gonzalez Tucci Stables 1:09.71
2007 Seductively 4 Gerry Olguin Ian Black Kinghaven Farms 1:12.27
2006 Abounding Truth 6 Patrick Husbands Josie Carroll Douglas Kent Racing 1:10.55
2005 Nashinda 4 David Clark Macdonald Benson Augustin Stable 1:11.80
2004 Holy Bubbette 4 Joe Bravo David Fawkes Katherine Elam 1:10.37
2003 Brass In Pocket 4 David Clark Robert P. Tiller Frank DiGiulio, Jr. 1:12.69
2002 Mysterious Affair 5 Dale Hemsley J. Mort Hardy J. Mort Hardy 1:10.54
2001 Mysterious Affair 4 Richard Dos Ramos J. Mort Hardy J. Mort Hardy 1:11.78
2000 Barlee Mist 5 Patrick Husbands Wray I. Lawrence Barlee Farm 1:10.48
1999 Barlee Mist 4 Michael Quong Wray I. Lawrence Barlee Farm 1:10.62
1998 Bimini Blues 5 Sandy Hawley Michael Mattine Theodore F. Burnett 1:10.60
1997 Eseni 4 Mickey Walls Phil England Knob Hill Stable 1:10.00
1996 Fleet Wahine 5 Robert Landry Frank Passero, Jr. Frank Stronach 1:11.00
1995 Showering 4 Emile Ramsammy Michael Mattine Theodore F. Burnett 1:10.40
1994 Prospective Dolly 7 Dave Penna Tony Mattine Est. M. Rich/N. Clements 1:09.80
1993 Prospective Dolly 6 Dave Penna Tony Mattine Est. M. Rich/N. Clements 1:10.80
1992 Family Investment 4 Todd Kabel Michael J. Doyle L. S. Moore 1:12.20
1991 Prospective Dolly 4 Dave Penna Tony Mattine Est. M. Rich/N. Clements 1:12.40
1990 Diva's Debut 4 Richard Dos Ramos Debbie England Huntington Stud Farm 1:10.00
1989 Zadracarta 4 Sandy Hawley Pat Collins Knob Hill Stable 1:11.00
1988 Ruling Angel 4 Dave Penna James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:11.60
1987 Dice Cup 4 Dave Penna David R. Bell John A. Franks 1:11.40
1986 Quitman 4 David Clark Tony Mattine E. H. Curnes 1:11.40
1985 Dancing Emerald 5 Brian Swatuk Sheldon Wolfe L. & D. Lee 1:26.40
1984 Mrs. Specklewing 4 Dave Penna Alton Quanbeck Norcliffe Stables 1:26.20
1984 Dancing Emerald 4 Robert King, Jr. Sheldon Wolfe L. & D. Lee 1:26.00
1983 Tiffany Tam 4 Irwin Driedger James E. Day Sam-Son Farm 1:27.00
1982 Eternal Search 4 Gary Stahlbaum Edward Mann Jim Dandy Stable 1:27.00
1981 Sober Jig 4 J. Paul Souter Yonnie Starr Jean-Louis Levesque 1:26.00
1981 Lacey 4 David Clark Frank Merrill, Jr. W. P. Gilbride/O'Connell 1:26.60
1980 Kennisis 5 Gary Stahlbaum Glenn Magnusson G. Vasey & D. Finn 1:24.40
1979 Royal North 4 Robin Platts Gil Rowntree Stafford Farm 1:10.40
1978 Polder Pie 5 Sandy Hawley M. R. Clark M. R. Clark 1:10.20
1977 Reasonable Win 5 Avelino Gomez Fred H. Loschke Hammer Kopf Farm 1:10.40
1976 Gurkhas Band 4 Robin Platts Gil Rowntree Stafford Farms 1:09.80
1975 Lovely Sunrise 4 Colin Bain Donnie Walker Conn Smythe 1:11.20
1974 Miss Rebound 6 Sandy Hawley Gil Robillard Grovetree Stable 1:16.80
1973 Sonny Says Quick 8 Gregg McCarron Odie Clelland Peter Fuller 1:20.40
1972 Main Pan 4 Gregg McCarron Odie Clelland Peter Fuller 1:16.60
1971 Not Too Shy 5 Richard Grubb Donnie Walker Conn Smythe 1:17.40
1970 Anxious Age 7 James Kelly Andrew G. Smithers G. W. Bydson 1:18.80
1969 Double Ripple 4 Eldon Nelson John Tammaro, Jr. V. Mosca 1:18.60
1968 Anxious Age 5 Clifford Potts Paul Cooper G. W. Brydson 1:19.00
1967 Ice Water 4 Avelino Gomez Lou Cavalaris, Jr. Gardiner Farm 1:47.20
1966 Sharon Market 4 Avelino Gomez Carl F. Chapman Stafford Farms 1:38.20
1965 Battling Way 6 Eric Walsh N. Fletcher N. Fletcher 1:40.20
1964 Sky Diver 4 James Fitzsimmons Jerry C. Meyer E. B. Seedhouse 1:38.20
1963 Twice Shy 4 Ron Turcotte Jerry C. Meyer H. Waggoner 1:39.00
1962 Scratch Off 4 Jim Parnell Jerry C. Meyer D. Mann 1:39.00
1961 Menantic 4 James Fitzsimmons Gordon J. McCann Windfields Farm 1:37.80
1960 Wonder Where 4 Clifford Potts Yonnie Starr Maloney & Smythe 1:29.40
1959 Kitty Girl 5 Al Coy Yonnie Starr Maloney & Smythe 1:25.40
1958 Kitty Girl 4 R. Gonzalez Yonnie Starr Maloney & Smythe 1:25.20
1957 Saragino 4 Edward Plesa Arthur H. Warner Lanson Farm 1:21.40
1956 Willies Folly 4 Ernie Warme Jerry C. Meyer R. Papa 1:12.00



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