02/25/2015 3:15PM

Queen’s Plate highlights stakes slate

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The 156th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate headlines Woodbine’s 2015 stakes schedule, which features 102 races worth more than $20 million in total.

The Queen’s Plate is the highlight of the July 5 card, which also will include the Grade 2 Dance Smartly, Grade 2 Highlander, and Grade 3 Singspiel stakes. The $150,000 Clarendon Stakes, a 5 1/2-furlong sprint for Ontario-bred 2-year-olds, also will be contested on the Queen’s Plate card.

The $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes will complete the Canadian Triple Crown series at Woodbine on Aug. 16, while the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, will be run at Fort Erie on July 28.

Four fees-paid berths in the Breeders’ Cup will be offered on back-to-back days in September in the Grade 2 Natalma and Grade 2 Summer Stakes on Sept. 12 and the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes and Grade 1 Woodbine Mile on Sept. 13. The Sept. 13 card also will feature the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes and the Grade 3 Bold Venture Stakes.

The final two Grade 1 races of the meet, the $1 million Canadian International and the $500,000 E. P. Taylor Stakes, will be run on the Oct. 18 card, which also will feature the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes and the Grade 3 Ontario Fashion Stakes.

The annual Canadian Million Sales Stakes Day will be held Sept. 2, featuring six stakes races worth a total of $900,000. The six stakes races – the Algoma, Elgin, Halton, Kenora, Muskoka, and Simcoe – are open to horses who have gone through the sales ring at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s Canadian premier yearling sale.

A major change to the Woodbine stakes program this season is a surface change for the $125,000 Victoria Stakes for 2-year-olds. The Victoria, which was run over five furlongs on Polytrack in 2014, will now be run over six furlongs on turf June 20. Other changes to the stakes schedule include the upgrade of the Marine Stakes to Grade 3 status and an increase in purse to $150,000, and a condition change to the $125,000 Achievement Stakes, which will now be open to Ontario-bred 3-year-olds and up after being restricted to Ontario-bred 3-year-olds last season.

The stakes schedule kicks off April 11 with the $125,000 Woodstock, a six-furlong sprint on Polytrack for 3-year-olds on the meet’s opening day.

Enhanced testing expanded

Track owner Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Racing Commission have implemented out-of-competition testing measures for all graded stakes races run at Woodbine in 2015.

All horses nominated to a graded stakes race at Woodbine in 2015 must be available to have biological samples collected from them by the commission. The sample collection will take place from the closing of nominations to the running of the race, without notice.

Woodbine and the commission first implemented enhanced testing for Grade 1 and Grade 2 races last August and have enhanced the program to also include Grade 3 races this season.

2015 Woodbine stakes schedule 
Date Event Conditions Distance Purse
Sat., April 11 Woodstock 3YO 6F $125,000
Sun., April 12 Star Shoot 3YO Fillies 6F $125,000
Sat., April 18 Whimsical (G3) 4YO & UP F-M 6F $150,000
Sun., April 26 Jacques Cartier 4YO & UP 6F $125,000
Sat., May 2 Queenston 3YO* 7F $150,000
Sun., May 3 Fury 3YO Fillies* 7F $150,000
Sat., May 9 Hendrie (G3) 4YO & UP F-M 6 1/2F $150,000
Sun., May 10 New Providence 3YO & UP 6F $125,000
Sat., May 16 Marine (G3) 3YO 1 1/16M $150,000
Sun., May 17 Vigil (G3) 4YO & UP 7F $150,000
Mon., May 18 Ballade 3YO & UP F-M 6F $125,000
Sat., May 23 Nassau (G2) 3YO & UP F-M 1M (T) $200,000
Sun., May 24 Selene (G3) 3YO Fillies 1 1/16M $150,000
Sat., May 30 Connaught Cup (G2) 4YO & UP 7F (T) $200,000
Sun., May 31 Lady Angela 3YO Fillies 7F $125,000
Sat., June 6 Steady Growth 3YO & UP 1 1/16M $125,000
Sun., June 7 Eclipse (G2) 4YO & UP 1 1/16M $200,000
Sat., June 13 Bold Ruckus 3YO 6F (T) $125,000
Sun., June 14 Woodbine Oaks 3YO Fillies* 1 1/8M $500,000
Sun., June 14 Plate Trial 3YO* 1 1/8M $150,000
Sat., June 20 Victoria 2YO 6F (T) $125,000
Sun., June 21 King Edward (G2) 3YO & UP 1M (T) $200,000
Sun., June 28 My Dear Stakes 2YO Fillies 5F $125,000
Wed., July 1 Dominion Day (G3) 3YO & UP 1 1/4M $150,000
Sat., July 4 Achievement 3YO & UP** 6F $150,000
Sun., July 5 Queen's Plate 3YO* 1 1/4M $1,000,000
Sun., July 5 Highlander 3YO & UP 6F (T) $200,000
Sun., July 5 Dance Smartly (G2) 3YO & UP F-M 1 1/8M (T) $200,000
Sun., July 5 Singspiel (G3) 3YO & UP 1 1/2M (T) $150,000
Sun., July 5 Clarendon 2YO** 5 1/2F $150,000
Sat., July 11 Passing Mood 3YO Fillies 7F (T) $125,000
Sun., July 12 Bison City 3YO Fillies* 1 1/16M $250,000
Sun., July 12 Shady Well 2YO Fillies** 5 1/2F $150,000
Sat., July 18 Ontario Damsel 3YO Fillies** 1M (T) $150,000
Sun., July 19 Nijinsky (G2) 3YO & UP 1 1/8M (T) $200,000
Sun., July 19 Duchess 3YO Fillies 7F $125,000
Wed., July 22 Deputy Minister 3YO 7F $125,000
Sat., July 25 Colin 2YO 6F $125,000
Sat., July 25 Ontario Matron (G3) 3YO & UP F-M 1 1/16M $150,000
Sun., July 26 Toronto Cup 3YO 1 1/8M (T) $125,000
Sun., July 26 Royal North (G3) 3YO & UP F-M 6F (T) $150,000
Wed., July 29 Eternal Search 3YO Fillies 1 1/16M $125,000
Sat., Aug. 1 Victoriana 3YO & UP F-M 1 1/16M (T) $125,000
Sun., Aug. 2 Seagram Cup (G3) 3YO & UP 1 1/16M $150,000
Mon., Aug. 3 Nandi 2YO Fillies 6F $125,000
Mon., Aug. 3 Shepperton 3YO & UP 6 1/2F $125,000
Sat., Aug. 8 Seaway (G3) 3YO & UP F-M 7F $150,000
Sun., Aug. 9 Ontario Debutante 2YO Fillies 6F $125,000
Sun., Aug. 9 Wonder Where 3YO Fillies* 1 1/4M (T) $250,000
Sat., Aug. 15 Vandal 2YO** 6F $150,000
Sun., Aug. 16 Sky Classic (G2) 3YO & UP 1 1/4M (T) $200,000
Sun., Aug. 16 Breeders' 3YO* 1 1/2M (T) $500,000
Sat., Aug. 22 Ontario Colleen (G3) 3YO Fillies 1M (T) $150,000
Sun., Aug. 23 Play the King (G2) 3YO & UP 7F (T) $200,000
Sun., Aug. 23 Victoria Park 3YO 1 1/8M $125,000
Sun., Aug. 30 Vice Regent 3YO 1M (T) $125,000
Wed., Sept. 2 Muskoka 2YO Fillies* 6 1/2F $200,000
Wed., Sept. 2 Simcoe 2YO C&G* 6 1/2F $200,000
Wed., Sept. 2 Kenora 3YO & UP* 6F $125,000
Wed., Sept. 2 Elgin 3YO & UP C&G* 1 1/16M $125,000
Wed., Sept. 2 Algoma 3YO & UP F-M* 1 1/16M $125,000
Wed., Sept. 2 Halton 3YO & UP* 1M (T) $125,000
Sat., Sept. 5 Swynford 2YO 7F $125,000
Sat., Sept. 12 Natalma (G2) 2YO Fillies 1M (T) $200,000
Sat., Sept. 12 Summer (G2) 2YO 1M (T) $200,000
Sun., Sept. 13 Woodbine Mile (G1) 3YO & UP 1M (T) $1,000,000
Sun., Sept. 13 Northern Dancer (G1) 3YO & UP 1 1/2M (T) $300,000
Sun., Sept. 13 Canadian (G2) 3YO & UP F-M 1 1/8M (T) $300,000
Sun., Sept. 13 Bold Venture (G3) 3YO & UP 6 1/2F $150,000
Sat., Sept. 19 Overskate 3YO & UP 7F $125,000
Sun., Sept. 20 Ontario Derby (G3) 3YO 1 1/8M $150,000
Sun., Sept. 20 La Lorgnette 3YO Fillies 1/16M $125,000
Sat., Sept. 26 La Prevoyante 3YO Fillies 1M (T) $125,000
Sun., Sept. 27 Bull Page 2YO C&G 6F $125,000
Sun., Sept. 27 Classy 'N Smart 3YO & UP F-M 1 1/16M $125,000
Sat., Oct. 3 Durham Cup (G3) 3YO & UP 1 1/8M $150,000
Sun., Oct. 4 Mazarine (G3) 2YO Fillies 1 1/16M $150,000
Sun., Oct. 4 Grey (G3) 2YO 1 1/16M $150,000
Sat., Oct. 10 Victorian Queen 2YO Fillies 6F $125,000
Sun., Oct. 11 Cup & Saucer 2YO* 1 1/16M (T) $250,000
Sun., Oct. 11 Bunty Lawless 3YO & UP 1M (T) $125,000
Mon., Oct. 12 Carotene 3YO Fillies** 1 1/8M (T) $150,000
Sun., Oct. 18 Canadian Intl. (G1) 3YO & UP 1 1/2M (T) $1,000,000
Sun., Oct. 18 E. P. Taylor (G1) 3YO & UP F-M 1 1/4M (T) $500,000
Sun., Oct. 18 Nearctic (G2) 3YO & UP 6F (T) $300,000
Sun., Oct. 18 Ontario Fashion (G3) 3YO & UP F-M 6F $150,000
Sun., Oct. 25 Fanfreluche 2YO Fillies ** 6F $150,000
Sat., Oct. 31 Maple Leaf (G3) 3YO & UP F-M 1 1/4M $150,000
Sun., Nov. 1 Princess Elizabeth 2YO Fillies* 1 1/16M $250,000
Wed., Nov. 4 Frost King 2YO 7F $125,000
Sat., Nov. 7 Jammed Lovely 3YO Fillies** 7F $150,000
Sun., Nov. 8 Coronation Futurity 2YO* 1 1/8M $250,000
Sun., Nov. 8 Autumn (G2) 3YO & UP 1 1/16M $200,000
Sat., Nov. 14 South Ocean 2YO Fillies 1 1/16M $125,000
Sun., Nov. 15 Bessarbian (G2) 3YO & UP F-M 7F $200,000
Sat., Nov. 21 Glorious Song 2YO Fillies 7F $125,000
Sun., Nov. 22 Kennedy Road (G2) 3YO & UP 6F $200,000
Wed., Nov. 25 Sir Barton 3YO & UP 1 1/16M $125,000
Sat., Nov. 28 Ontario Lassie 2YO Fillies** 1 1/16M $150,000
Sun., Nov. 29 Display 2YO 1 1/16M $125,000
Sat., Dec. 5 Kingarvie 2YO 1 1/16M $125,000
Sun., Dec. 6 Valedictory Stakes (G3) 3YO & UP 1 3/4M $150,000

*Canadian-foaled

**Ontario-bred