02/18/2005 1:00AM

Canadian International worth $2M


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Canadian International will offer a record purse of $2 million this year, an increase of $500,000, while its companion feature, the E.P. Taylor Stakes, has been upped by $250,000 to $1 million.

The boosts for the Canadian International and E.P. Taylor, both Grade 1 turf races, are the highlights of the 2005 stakes calendar announced Thursday by Woodbine Entertainment. The schedule includes 101 stakes totaling $21.4 million over the course of the 167-day meeting, which begins April 16.

The Canadian International, E.P. Taylor, and Grade 2 Nearctic, a turf sprint that will double in value to $500,000, will be run Oct. 23, the Sunday before the Breeders' Cup.

"I suppose we're an option to the Breeders' Cup; there's no getting around that," said Chris Evans, Woodbine's vice president of Thoroughbred racing. "It's a matter of being competitive with other major turf races around the world. We recognize that in order to continue to compete the purses for these races have to come up."

Five other stakes that will see purse increases of at least $50,000 - the Dance Smartly, Sky Classic, Nassau, Play the King, and Canadian - also will be run on the turf.

There are no new stakes on the schedule, which also features the $1 million Queen's Plate and the $1 million Atto Mile. But there has been a noteworthy change in the conditions, as 11 stakes formerly open to all Canadian-breds now will be restricted to horses foaled in Ontario. The stakes affected by the change, in chronological order, are the Queenston, Fury, Achievement, Clarendon, Ontario Damsel, Shady Well, Vandal, Carotene, Fanfreluche, Jammed Lovely, and Ontario Lassie.

The only stakes retaining the Canadian-bred designation will be the Plate Trial; the Queen's Plate and the Breeders', which are the first and third legs of the Canadian Triple Crown for 3-year-olds; the Woodbine Oaks and the Wonder Where, the opening and closing legs of the triple tiara for 3-year-old fillies; the Cup and Saucer, Coronation Futurity, and Princess Elizabeth Futurity, which are early-closing stakes for 2-year-olds; and the six yearling sales stakes.

Evans also notes that purses for allowance and maiden special weight races will rise 5 percent, and overnight stakes are going up almost 3 percent to $100,000.

And, for the first time, Woodbine will offer a $400 stipend for any starter who does not earn purse money by finishing fifth or better. The $400 payment applies to entrants in all levels of races.

"It's a set fee that goes to the owner's account to offset the cost of running a horse," said Evans. "The idea is to increase field sizes."

2005 stakes schedule

Sat.,Apr. 16JACQUES CARTIER4YO & Up6 furlongs$125,000
Sun.,Apr. 17WHIMSICALF&M,4YO & Up6 furlongs125,000
Sat.,Apr. 23WOODSTOCK3YO6 furlongs125,000
Sun.,Apr. 24STAR SHOOT3YO F6 furlongs125,000
Sat.,April 30VIGIL HANDICAP (G3)4YO & Up7 furlongs150,000
Sat.,May 7QUEENSTON3YO**7 furlongs150,000
Sun.,May 8FURY3YO F**7 furlongs150,000
Sat.,May 14NEW PROVIDENCE3YO & Up***6 furlongs125,000
Sun.,May 15GEORGE C. HENDRIE HANDICAP (G3)F&M, 4YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs150,000
Sat.,May 21MARINE (G3)3YO1 1/16 miles150,000
Sun.,May 22SELENE (G3)3YO F1 1/16 miles250,000
Mon.,May 23ECLIPSE HANDICAP (G3)4YO & Up1 1/16 miles150,000
Sat.,May 28LADY ANGELA3YO F***7 furlongs125,000
Sun.,May 29CONNAUGHT CUP (G3)4YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)150,000
Sat.,June 4NASSAU (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)300,000
Sun.,June 5PLATE TRIAL3YO*1 1/8 miles150,000
Wed.,June 8BALLADEF&M, 3YO & Up***6 furlongs125,000
Sat.,June 11STEADY GROWTH3YO & Up***1 1/16 miles125,000
Sun. June 12LABATT WOODBINE OAKS3YO F*1 1/8 miles500,000
Sun.,June 12VICTORIA PARK3YO1 1/8 miles125,000
Wed.,June 15BOLD RUCKUS3YO***6 furlongs (T)125,000
Sat.,June 18ONTARIO MATRON HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles125,000
Sun.,June 19VICTORIA2YO5 furlongs125,000
Sat.,June 25HILL 'N' DALE FARM3YO F1 1/16 miles100,000
Sun.,June 26QUEEN'S PLATE3YO*1 1/4 miles1,000,000
Sun.,June 26SCOTT'S HIGHLANDER HANDICAP (G3)3YO & Up6 furlongs (T)200,000
Fri.,July 1DOMINION DAY HANDICAP (G3)3YO & Up1 1/4 miles200,000
Fri.,July 1ACHIEVEMENT HANDICAP3YO**6 furlongs150,000
Sat.,July 2MY DEAR2YO F5 Furlongs125,000
Sun.,July 3KING EDWARD BC HANDICAP (G2)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)300,000
Sat.,July 9CLARENDON2YO**5 1/2 furlongs150,000
Sat.,July 9BOLD VENTURE HANDICAP3YO & Up6 1/2 furlongs125,000
Sun.,July 10ONTARIO DAMSEL3YO F**6 1/2 furlongs (T)150,000
Sat.,July 16TORONTO CUP HANDICAP (G3)3YO1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
Sat.,July 16DANCE SMARTLY HANDICAP (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)300,000
Sun.,July 17SHADY WELL2YO F**5 1/2 furlongs150,000
Wed.,July 20DEPUTY MINISTER3YO***7 furlongs125,000
Sat.,Jul. 23COLIN2YO6 furlongs125,000
Sun.,July 24CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRE (G2)3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)300,000
Wed.,July 27PASSING MOOD3YO F***7 furlongs (T)125,000
Sat.,July 30SEAGRAM CUP (G3)3YO & Up1 1/16 miles150,000
Sun.,July 31WONDER WHERE3YO F*1 1/4 miles (T)250,000
Mon.,Aug. 1ROYAL NORTH HANDICAP (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs (T)150,000
Sat.,Aug. 6NANDI2YO F***6 furlongs125,000
Sun,Aug. 7BREEDERS'3YO*1 1/2 miles (T)500,000
Sun.,Aug. 7SHEPPERTON3YO & Up***6 1/2 furlongs125,000
Sat.,Aug. 13DUCHESS (G3)3YO F7 furlongs150,000
Sun.,Aug. 14VANDAL2YO**6 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Aug. 20ONTARIO DEBUTANTE2YO F6 furlongs125,000
Sun.,Aug. 21VICTORIANAF&M, 3YO & Up***1 1/16 miles (T)125,000
Sat.,Aug. 27PLAY THE KING HANDICAP (G2)3YO & Up7 furlongs (T)200,000
Sun.,Aug. 28VICE REGENT3YO***1 mile (T)125,000
Wed.,Aug. 31ETERNAL SEARCH3YO F***1 1/16 miles125,000
Sat.,Sept. 3ONTARIO COLLEEN HANDICAP3YO F1 mile (T)125,000
Sun.,Sept. 4MUSKOKA2YO F*7 furlongs125,000
Sun.,Sept. 4SIMCOEC&G, 2YO*7 furlongs125,000
Sun.,Sept. 4ALGOMAF&M, 3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles125,000
Sun.,Sept. 4ELGINC&G, 3YO & Up*1 1/16 miles125,000
Sun.,Sept. 4KENORA3YO & Up*6 furlongs125,000
Sun.,Sept. 4HALTON3YO & Up*1 1/8 miles (T)125,000
Mon.,Sept 5NIAGARA BC HANDICAP (G2)3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)300,000
Sat.,Sept. 10SEAWAY (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up7 furlongs150,000
Sun.,Sept. 11NATALMA (G3)2YO F1 mile (T)150,000
Sat.,Sept. 17LA PREVOYANTE3YO F***1 mile (T)125,000
Sun.,Sept. 18ATTO MILE (G1)3YO & Up1 mile (T)1,000,000
Sun.,Sept. 18CANADIAN HANDICAP (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)300,000
Sun.,Sept. 18SUMMER (G2)2YO1 mile (T)250,000
Wed.,Sept. 21OVERSKATE3YO & Up***7 furlongs125,000
Sat.,Sept. 24LA LORGNETTE3YO F1 1/16 miles125,000
Sun.,Sept. 25SWYNFORD2YO7 furlongs125,000
Sat.,Oct.1MAZARINE BC (G3)2YO F1 1/16 miles250,000
Sun.,Oct. 2SKY CLASSIC HANDICAP (G2)3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)300,000
Wed.,Oct. 5VICTORIAN QUEEN2YO ***6 furlongs125,000
Sat.,Oct. 8CAROTENE3YO F**1 1/8 miles (T)150,000
Sun.,Oct. 9ONTARIO DERBY3YO1 1/8 miles150,000
Mon.,Oct. 10GREY BC (G3)2YO1 1/16 miles250,000
Mon.,Oct. 10CLASSY 'N SMARTF&M, 3YO & Up***1 1/16 miles125,000
Sat.,Oct. 15DURHAM CUP HANDICAP (G3)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles150,000
Sat.,Oct. 15BULL PAGEC&G, 2YO***6 furlongs125,000
Sun.,Oct. 16CUP AND SAUCER2YO*1 1/16 miles (T)250,000
Sat.,Oct. 22PRINCESS ELIZABETH2YO F*1 1/16 miles250,000
Sun.,Oct. 23PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (G1)3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)2,000,000
Sun.,Oct. 23E.P. TAYLOR (G1)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)1,000,000
Sun.,Oct. 23NEARCTIC HANDICAP (G2)3YO & Up6 furlongs (T)500,000
Sat.,Oct. 29FANFRELUCHE2YO F**6 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Oct. 30BUNTY LAWLESS3YO & Up***1 mile (T)125,000
Sat.,Nov. 5ONTARIO FASHION HANDICAPF&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs125,000
Sat.,Nov. 6CORONATION FUTURITY2YO*1 1/8 miles250,000
Wed.,Nov. 9SOUTH OCEAN2YO F***1 1/16 miles125,000
Sat.,Nov. 12MAPLE LEAF (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/4 miles175,000
Sun.,Nov. 13JAMMED LOVELY3YO F**7 furlongs150,000
Sat.,Nov. 19WOODBINE SLOTS CUP HANDICAP (G3)3YO & Up1 1/16 miles150,000
Sun.,Nov. 20GLORIOUS SONG2YO F7 furlongs125,000
Wed.,Nov. 23FROST KING2YO***7 furlongs125,000
Sat.,Nov. 26DISPLAY2YO1 1/16 miles125,000
Sun.,Nov. 27SIR BARTONC&G, 3YO***1 1/16 miles25,000
Sat.,Dec. 3BESSARABIAN HANDICAP (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up7 furlongs150,000
Sun.,Dec. 4ONTARIO LASSIE2YO F**1 1/16 miles150,000
Sat.,Dec. 10KENNEDY ROAD3YO & Up6 furlongs125,000
Sun.,Dec. 11KINGARVIE2YO***1 1/16 miles125,000
Sun.,Dec. 11VALEDICTORY HANDICAP3YO & Up1 3/4 Miles125,000

* Foaled in Canada; **Foaled in Ontario; ***Ontario-sired; **Ont.-sired