Updated on 09/17/2011 9:55AM

Key stakes moved closer to Breeders' Cup

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Canadian International and the E.P. Taylor Stakes, which have been positioned in late September as Breeders' Cup preps for the past two years, have been moved back on the Woodbine stakes calendar and will be run this year on Oct. 19.

The repositioning of the $1.5 million Canadian International, a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, and the $750,000 E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares, are the most significant changes on the stakes schedule for the 167-day meet which begins March 22.

Chris Evans, Woodbine's director of Thoroughbred racing, explained that the decision to move the two Grade 1 turf events was based in part on the short fields for the races last year. The International attracted eight entrants, the Taylor just six.

"Back in October, we hope we're going to get better-sized fields," Evans said. "The races are still situated where horses can go on to the Japan Cup and the Hong Kong races in December."

Evans also believes the International and Taylor will not necessarily suffer through being run just six days prior to this year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.

"Who's to say who might come here rather than the Breeders' Cup?" Evans said. "Horses who have to pay a huge supplement to run in the Breeders' Cup will often take advantage of another prestigious race; we could be the beneficiary of that.

"And over the years, a number of European trainers have felt their horses are compromised when the Breeders' Cup is run in a hot climate; we could be an alternative."

The Grade 3 Highlander Handicap, a six-furlong dirt race which in recent years has become part of the Canadian International Day package, also will move to Oct. 19.

The Grade 2 Sky Classic Handicap, a 1 3/8-mile turf race which was run in late October the past two years, will move up to Sept. 28 and will serve as the major local prep for the Canadian International.

Other highlights of the 100-race stakes schedule, which will be worth a record $19.6 million with the continuing support of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Thoroughbred Improvement Program, include the $1 million Atto Mile and the $1 million Queen's Plate.

The Atto Mile, a Grade 1 turf race for 3-year-olds and up, will be run Sept. 14 and the Queen's Plate, a 1 1/4-mile race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds which is the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, will be run on June 22.

In other changes on this year's schedule:

* The purses for the six yearling sales stakes races, restricted to horses who went through the local yearling sales, have been boosted from $100,000 to $125,000. The six races will be run on their usual Labor Day date.

* The only new name is the $150,000 Ontario Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds which will be run Oct. 13. The Ontario Derby replaces the Colonel R.S. McLaughlin Handicap, which was run under the same conditions but earlier on the schedule.

* The Labatt Woodbine Oaks, a $500,000 race for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds which has been held on a Saturday in recent years, will be run Sunday, June 8.

2003 Woodbine stakes schedule

DATE EVENT CONDITIONS DISTANCE PURSE
Sun., March 30 ACHIEVEMENT H. 3YO Can.-bred 6 Furlongs $150,000
Sat., Apr. 5 STAR SHOOT 3YO F 6 Furlongs 125,000
Sun., Apr. 6 JACQUES CARTIER 4YO & Up 6 Furlongs 125,000
Sat., Apr. 12 WHIMSICAL 4YO & Up F&M 6 Furlongs 125,000
Sat., Apr. 19 WOODSTOCK 3YO 6 Furlongs 125,000
Sun., Apr. 20 LADY ANGELA 3YO F Ont.-sired 7 Furlongs 125,000
Sat., April 26 VIGIL H. (G3) 4YO & Up 7 Furlongs 150,000
Sat., May 3 QUEENSTON 3YO Can.-bred 7 Furlongs 150,000
Sun., May 4 FURY 3YO F Can.-bred 7 Furlongs 150,000
Sat., May 10 ECLIPSE H. (G3) 4YO & Up 1 1/16 Miles 150,000
Sun., May 11 GEORGE C. HENDRIE H. (G3) 4YO & Up F&M 6 1/2 Furlongs 150,000
Sat., May 17 MARINE (G3) 3YO 1 1/16 Miles 150,000
Sun., May 18 NEW PROVIDENCE 3YO & Up Ont.-sired 6 Furlongs 125,000
Mon., May 19 SELENE (G1) 3YO F 1 1/16 Miles 250,000
Sat., May 24 CONNAUGHT CUP (G3) 4YO & Up 1 1/16 Miles (T) 150,000
Wed., May 28 STEADY GROWTH 3YO & Up Ont.-sired 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Sat., May 31 PLATE TRIAL 3YO Can.-bred 1 1/8 Miles 150,000
Sun., June 1 NASSAU (G2) 3YO & Up F&M 1 1/16 Miles (T) 200,000
Wed., June 4 BOLD RUCKUS 3YO Ont.-sired 6 Furlongs (T) 125,000
Sat., June 7 ONTARIO MATRON H. 3YO & Up F&M 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Sun. June 8 LABATT WOODBINE OAKS 3YO F Can.-bred 1 1/8 Miles 500,000
Sun., June 8 VICTORIA PARK 3YO 1 1/8 Miles 125,000
Wed., June 11 BALLADE 3YO & Up F&M Ont.-sired 6 Furlongs 125,000
Sat., June 14 VICTORIA 2YO 5 Furlongs 125,000
Sun., June 15 KING EDWARD BC H. (G2) 3YO & Up 1 1/8 Miles (T) 300,000*
Sat., June 21 MY DEAR 2YO F 5 Furlongs 125,000
Sun., June 22 QUEEN'S PLATE 3YO Can.-bred 1 1/4 Miles 1,000,000
Sun., June 22 NEARCTIC H. (G2) 3YO & Up 6 Furlongs (T) 250,000
Sat., June 28 CLARENDON 2YO Can.-bred 5 1/2 Furlongs 150,000
Sun., June 29 ONTARIO DAMSEL 3YO F Can.-bred 6 1/2 Furlongs (T) 150,000
Mon., June 30 DOMINION DAY H. (G3) 3YO & Up 1 1/4 Miles 200,000
Wed., July 2 OVERSKATE 3YO & Up Ont.-sired 7 Furlongs 125,000
Sat., July 5 DANCE SMARTLY H. (G3) 3YO & Up F/M 1 1/8 Miles (T) 150,000
Sun., July 6 SHADY WELL 2YO F Can.-bred 5 1/2 Furlongs 150,000
Sat., July 12 TORONTO CUP H. (G3) 3YO 1 1/8 Miles (T) 150,000
Sun., July 13 COLIN 2YO 6 Furlongs 125,000
Wed., July 16 PASSING MOOD 3YO F Ont.-sired 7 Furlongs (T) 125,000
Sat., July 19 BOLD VENTURE H. 3YO & Up 6 1/2 Furlongs 125,000
Sun., July 20 CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRE (G2) 3YO & Up 1 3/8 Miles (T) 300,000
Sat., July 26 NANDI 2YO F Ont.-sired 6 Furlongs 125,000
Sun., July 27 BULL PAGE 2YO C/G Ont.-sired 6 Furlongs 125,000
Wed., July 30 ETERNAL SEARCH 3YO F Ont.-sired 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Sat., Aug. 2 ROYAL NORTH H. (G3) 3YO & Up F&M 6 Furlongs (T) 150,000
Sun., Aug. 3 SEAGRAM CUP 3YO & Up 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Mon., Aug. 4 WONDER WHERE 3YO F Can.-bred 1 1/4 Miles (T) 250,000
Mon., Aug. 4 VICTORIANA 3YO & Up F&M Ont.-sired 1 1/16 Miles (T) 125,000
Wed., Aug. 6 VICE REGENT 3YO Ont.-sired 1 Mile (T) 125,000
Sat., Aug. 9 BREEDERS' 3YO Can.-bred 1 1/2 Miles (T) 500,000
Sat., Aug. 9 DUCHESS (G3) 3YO F 7 Furlongs 150,000
Sun., Aug. 10 ONTARIO DEBUTANTE 2YO F 6 Furlongs 125,000
DATE EVENT CONDITIONS DISTANCE PURSE
Sat., Aug. 16 PLAY THE KING H. (G3) 3YO & Up 7 Furlongs (T) 150,000
Sun., Aug. 17 VANDAL 2YO Can.-bred 6 Furlongs 150,000
Sat., Aug. 23 SHEPPERTON 3YO & Up Ont.-sired 6 1/2 Furlongs 125,000
Sun., Aug. 24 ONTARIO COLLEEN H. 3YO F 1 Mile (T) 125,000
Sat., Aug. 30 NIAGARA BC H. (G2) 3YO & Up 1 1/2 Miles (T) 300,000*
Sun., Aug. 31 SEAWAY 3YO & Up F&M 7 Furlongs 125,000
Mon., Sept. 1 MUSKOKA 2YO F Can.-bred 7 Furlongs 125,000
Mon., Sept. 1 SIMCOE 2YO C/G Can.-bred 7 Furlongs 125,000
Mon., Sept. 1 ALGOMA 3YO & Up F&M Can.-bred 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Mon., Sept. 1 ELGIN 3YO & Up C/G Can.-bred 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Mon., Sept. 1 KENORA 3YO & Up Can.-bred 6 Furlongs 125,000
Mon., Sept. 1 HALTON 3YO & Up Can.-bred 1 1/8 Miles (T) 125,000
Sat., Sept. 6 NATALMA (G3) 2YO F 1 Mile (T) 150,000
Sat., Sept. 13 LA PREVOYANTE 3YO F Ont.-sired 1 Mile (T) 125,000
Sun., Sept. 14 ATTO MILE (G1) 3YO & Up 1 Mile (T) 1,000,000
Sun., Sept. 14 CANADIAN H. (G2) 3YO & Up F&M 1 1/8 Miles (T) 200,000
Sun., Sept. 14 SUMMER (G2) 2YO 1 Mile (T) 200,000
Sat., Sept. 20 MAZARINE BC (G2) 2YO F 1 1/16 Miles 250,000**
Sun., Sept. 21 SWYNFORD 2YO 7 Furlongs 125,000
Sat., Sept. 27 LA LORGNETTE 3YO F 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Sun., Sept. 28 SKY CLASSIC H. (G2) 3YO & Up 1 3/8 Miles (T) 200,000
Wed., Oct. 1 VICTORIAN QUEEN 2YO F Ont.-sired 6 Furlongs 125,000
Sat., Oct. 4 DURHAM CUP H. (G3) 3YO & Up 1 1/8 Miles 150,000
Sun., Oct. 5 GREY BC (G2) 2YO 1 1/16 Miles 250,000**
Wed., Oct. 8 FROST KING 2YO Ont.-sired 7 Furlongs 125,000
Sat., Oct. 11 CUP AND SAUCER 2YO Can.-bred 1 1/16 Miles (T) 250,000
Sun., Oct. 12 PRINCESS ELIZABETH 2YO F Can.-bred 1 1/16 Miles 250,000
Mon., Oct. 13 ONTARIO DERBY 3YO 1 1/8 Miles 150,000
Mon., Oct. 13 CAROTENE 3YO F Can.-bred 1 1/8 Miles (T) 150,000
Wed., Oct. 15 DEPUTY MINISTER 3YO Ont.-sired 7 Furlongs 125,000
Sat., Oct. 18 BUNTY LAWLESS 3YO & Up Ont.-sired 1 Mile (T) 125,000
Sun., Oct. 19 CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (G1) 3YO & Up 1 1/2 Miles (T) 1,500,000
Sun., Oct. 19 E.P. TAYLOR (G1) 3YO & Up F&M 1 1/4 Miles (T) 750,000
Sun., Oct. 19 HIGHLANDER H. (G3) 3YO & Up 6 Furlongs 150,000
Sat., Oct. 25 ONTARIO FASHION H. 3YO & Up F&M 6 Furlongs 125,000
Sun., Oct. 26 FANFRELUCHE 2YO F Can.-bred 6 Furlongs 150,000
Wed., Oct. 29 SOUTH OCEAN 2YO F Ont.-sired 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Sat., Nov. 1 CORONATION FUTURITY 2YO Can.-bred 1 1/8 Miles 250,000
Sat., Nov. 1 MAPLE LEAF (G3) 3YO & Up F&M 1 1/4 Miles 175,000
Sun., Nov. 2 JAMMED LOVELY 3YO F Can.-bred 7 Furlongs 150,000
Sat., Nov. 8 WOODBINE SLOTS CUP H. (G3) 3YO & Up 1 1/16 Miles 150,000
Sun., Nov. 9 GLORIOUS SONG 2YO F 7 Furlongs 125,000
Sat., Nov. 15 DISPLAY 2YO 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Sun., Nov. 16 BESSARABIAN H. (G3) 3YO & Up F&M 7 Furlongs 150,000
Wed., Nov. 19 CLASSY 'N SMART 3YO & Up F&M Ont.-sired 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Sat., Nov. 22 SIR BARTON 3YO C/G Ont.-sired 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Sun., Nov. 23 ONTARIO LASSIE 2YO F Can.-bred 1 1/16 Miles 150,000
Sat., Nov. 29 KENNEDY ROAD 3YO & Up 6 Furlongs 125,000
Sun., Nov. 30 KINGARVIE 2YO Ont.-sired 1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Sun., Nov. 30 VALEDICTORY H. 3YO & Up 1 3/4 Miles 125,000

*includes $100,000 Breeders' Cup Fund

**includes $75,000 Breeders' Cup Fund