02/22/2005 12:00AM

Three Grade 1's run in Canada


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Three Grade 1 stakes will be run in Canada in 2005, topped by the Canadian International, which offers a record purse of $2 million. A total of 37 stakes will be graded for this year, the Canadian Graded Stakes Committee announced Tuesday.

The other two Grade 1 stakes are the E.P. Taylor and Atto Mile, both worth $1 million.

The three Grade 1's are all scheduled to be run on the Woodbine turf course, as are the country's nine Grade 2 races, including the upgraded Nassau and Play the King Handicap.

Woodbine's Grey, Mazarine, and Selene stakes were downgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 3. The Seagram Cup, also at Woodbine, has been awarded Grade 3 status, and the Toronto Cup has been dropped.

Hastings, in Vancouver, will host four Grade 3 stakes, led by the $250,000 British Columbia Derby. The Premier's Handicap, also at Hastings, has lost its Grade 3 status.

Northlands Park, in Edmonton, is the only other Canadian track with a graded stakes, the Grade 2, $250,000 Canadian Derby.

The Canadian Graded Stakes Committee was formed in 1999 after Canada opted out of the North American program. Stakes grades are recognized internationally for sales cataloging purposes.

Races must have a minimum purse of $250,000 for Grade 1 eligibility, $150,000 for Grade 2, and $100,000 for Grade 3.

Restricted races do not qualify for graded status.

2005 Canadian graded stakes schedule

Oct. 23Canadian International3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)$2,000,000
Sept. 18Atto Mile3YO & Up1 mile (T)1,000,000
Oct. 23E.P. TaylorF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/4 miles (T)1,000,000
 GRADE 2      
Oct. 23Nearctic3YO & Up6 furlongs (T)$500,000
Sept. 18CanadianF&M, 3YO & Up 1 1/8 miles (T)300,000
July 24Chinese Cultural Centre3YO&Up1 3/8 miles (T)300,000
July 3King Edward BC3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)300,000
June 4NassauF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)300,000
Sept. 5Niagara BC3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)300,000
Oct. 2Sky Classic3YO & Up1 3/8 miles (T)300,000
Sept. 18Summer2YO1 mile (T)250,000
Aug. 27Play the King3YO & Up 7 furlongs (T)200,000
 GRADE 3      
July 16Dance SmartlyF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles (T)$300,000
Oct. 10Grey BC2YO1 1/16 miles250,000
Oct. 1Mazarine BC2YO F 1 1/16 miles 250,000
May 22Selene3YO F1 1/16 miles250,000
July 1Dominion Da3YO & Up1 1/4 miles200,000
June 26Highlander3YO & Up6 furlongs200,000
Nov. 12Maple LeafF&M, 3YO & Up 1 1/4 miles175,000
Dec. 3BessarabianF&M, 3YO & Up 7 furlongs150,000
May 29Connaught Cup4YO & Up1 1/16 miles (T)150,000
Aug. 13Duchess3YO F7 Furlongs150,000
Oct. 15Durham Cup3YO & Up1 1/8 Miles150,000
May 23Eclipse4YO & Up1 1/16 miles150,000
May 15George C. HendrieF&M, 4YO & Up 6 1/2 furlongs 150,000
May 21Marine3YO1 1/16 Miles150,000
Sept. 11Natalma2YO F1 mile (T) 150,000
Aug. 1Royal NorthF&M, 3YO & Up 6 furlongs (T) 150,000
July 30Seagram Cup3YO & Up1 1/16 miles 150,000
Sept10SeawayF&M, 3YO & Up 7 furlongs 150,000
April 30Vigil4YO & Up7 furlongs150,000
Nov. 19Woodbine Slots Cup3YO & Up1 1/16 miles150,000
Sept. 24British Columbia Derby3YO 1 1/8 miles $250,000
Oct. 15Ballerina BCF&M, 3YO & Up 1 1/8 miles150,000
Sept. 4British Columbia BC Oaks3YO F 1 1/8 miles150,000
July 1Lt. Governors'3YO & Up1 1/8 miles125,000
Aug. 27Canadian Derby3YO1 3/8 miles$250,000