05/23/2013 11:11AM

Woodbine cuts Canadian International, E.P. Taylor purses

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Dramatic $500,000 purse cuts for the Grade 1 Canadian International and Grade 1 E.P. Taylor, both among Woodbine’s showpiece events, have been announced with the release of the second part of Woodbine’s stakes schedule for the 2013 meeting.

The first part, consisting of 37 stakes running through Queen’s Plate Day, July 7, was announced at the outset of the meeting.

The schedule released Wednesday covers the 70 stakes to be run here through the balance of the session, which is scheduled to conclude on Dec. 15 and includes stakes purse cuts of $1.95 million relative to last year’s corresponding period.

The cutbacks come as Woodbine faces cost-cutting measures in the wake of the cessation of the slots-at-racetracks program, which ended March 31 after contributing 10 percent of revenues to the racetrack and 10 percent to the horsepeople for purses.

That also led to reduction in money from the province’s Thoroughbred Improvement Program, from $4.8 million last year to $3.6 million in 2013. That funding is used to bolster purses for Ontario-foaled, Ontario-sired, and Canadian-bred stakes.

“The purses for those races will remain at the same levels,” said Steve Koch, vice-president, Thoroughbred racing, for the Woodbine Entertainment Group. “That’s very favorable for our breeders and local horsemen; we had to work hard to do that. That forced a reduction in purses for the open stakes. But, the fact is we still have an extremely strong stakes program. Every race is still there.”

The Canadian International, formerly worth $1.5 million and now worth $1 million, and the E.P. Taylor, which was worth $1 million and is now worth $500,000, will be run this year on Oct. 27, rather than Oct. 20 as earlier announced.

The Canadian International is a 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, and the E.P. Taylor a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Both races lost their Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In status.

“They’re positioned very well as alternatives to the Breeders’ Cup,” said Koch. “I think they still should be strong races.”

Other races that took significant hits were the Grade 1 Nearctic, a six-furlong turf sprint for 3-year-olds and upward which retains its Win and You’re In status but will see its purse drop from $500,000 to $300,000. Formerly part of the Canadian International Day package, the Nearctic will be run this year on Oct. 13.

The Grade 1 Northern Dancer also is taking a $200,000 hit and will go for $300,000. A 1 1/2-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upward, the Northern Dancer will be run on the same card as the Woodbine Mile, which retains its $1 million purse.

The purse for the Grade 2 Canadian, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares which also is part of the Sept. 15 Woodbine Mile program, remains at $300,000 and the race also is a “Win and You’re In.”

Other Grade 2 races will drop to $200,000, however, and include the Natalma, Summer, and Sky Classic, which had been worth $250,000, and the Nijinsky, formerly $300,000.

The Natalma, for 2-year-old fillies, and the Summer, for 2-year-olds, both are Win and You’re In races and will be run on Sept. 14.

The Nijinsky is a Grade 2 turf stakes at 1 1/8 miles for 3-year-olds and upward, and the Sky Classic a 1 1/4-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and upwards.

The Grey and Mazarine, both Grade 3 races for 2-year-olds, have had their purses cut by $50,000 to $150,000.

Grade 3 races formerly worth $150,000 will remain at the level, but open listed races formerly run for that amount will decrease by $25,000.

One wrinkle on the schedule will see the six stakes for products of the local yearling stakes run on a Wednesday evening, Aug. 28. Those stakes traditionally have been part of the Labor Day program.

The select session of this year’s Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s yearling sale is to be held here Tuesday, Sept. 3, and the open session on Sat., Sept. 7.


2013 stakes schedule
DATE        EVENT    CONDITIONS    DISTANCE    PURSE
Sat.    May 25    NASSAU (G2)    F-M, 3YO & Up    1 mile (T)    $200,000
Sat.    May 25    LADY ANGELA    3YO F**    7 furlongs    125,000
Sun.    May 26    CONNAUGHT CUP (G2)    4YO & Up    7 furlongs (T)    200,000
Sun.    May 26    MARINE    3YO    1 1/16 miles    150,000
Sat.    June 1    HENDRIE (G2)    F-M 4YO & Up    6 1/2 furlongs    150,000
Sun.    June 2    VIGIL (G3)    4YO & Up    7 furlongs    150,000
Sat.    June 8    BOLD RUCKUS    3YO**    6 furlongs (T)    125,000
Sat.    June 8    TRILLIUM    F-M 3YO & Up    1 1/16 miles    125,000
Sun.    June 9    WOODBINE OAKS    3YO F***    1 1/8 miles    500,000
Sun.    June 9    PLATE TRIAL    3YO***    1 1/8 miles    150,000
Sun.    June 9    ALYWOW    3YO F    6 1/2 furlongs (T)    125,000
Sat.    June 15    STEADY GROWTH    3YO & Up**     1 1/16 miles    125,000
Sat.    June 15    ZADRACARTA    F-M 3YO & Up*    7 furlongs (T)    125,000
Sun.    June 16    VICTORIA PARK    3YO    1 1/8 miles    150,000
Sat.    June 22    VICTORIA    2YO    5 furlongs    150,000
Sun.    June 23    KING EDWARD (G2)     3YO & Up    1 mile (T)    200,000
Sat.    June 29    ACHIEVEMENT    3YO*    6 furlongs    150,000
Sun.    June 30    BISON CITY    3YO F***    1 1/16 miles    250,000
Mon.    July 1    DOMINION DAY (G3)    3YO & Up    1 1/4 miles    200,000
Sat.    July 6    MY DEAR    2YO F    5 f    150,000
Sat.    July 6    SWEET BRIAR TOO    3YO & Up, F/M    7 f    125,000
Sat.    July 6    CHARLIE BARLEY    3YO    1 mile (T)    125,000
Sun.    July 7    QUEEN’S PLATE    3YO***    1 1/4 miles    1,000,000
Sun.    July 7    HIGHLANDER (G2)    3YO & Up    6 furlongs (T)    200,000
Sun.    July 7    SINGSPIEL (G3)    3YO & Up    1 1/2 miles (T)    150,000
Sun.    July 7    DANCE SMARTLY (G2)    F-M 3YO & Up    1 1/8 miles (T)    200,000
Sun.    July 7    CLARENDON    2YO*    5 1/2 furlongs    150,000
Sat.    July 13    PASSING MOOD    3YO F**    7 furlongs (T)    125,000
Sun.    July 14    SHADY WELL    2YOF*    5 1/2 furlongs    150,000
Sun.    July 14    ONTARIO DAMSEL    3YO F*    1 mile (T)    150,000
Wed.    July 17    BOLD VENTURE  (G3)    3YO & Up    6 1/2 furlongs    150,000
Sat.    July 20    ONTARIO MATRON (G3)    F-M 3&Up    1 1/16 miles    150,000
Sat.    July 20    COLIN    2YO    6 furlongs    125,000
Sun.    July 21    NIJINSKY (G2)    3YO & Up    1 1/8 miles (T)    200,000
Sun.    July 21    DUCHESS    3YO F    7 furlongs    125,000
Wed.    July 24    DEPUTY MINISTER    3YO**    7 furlongs    125,000
Sat.    July 27    TORONTO CUP    3YO    1 1/8 miles (T)    125,000
Sun.    July 28    ROYAL NORTH (G3)    F-M 3 & Up    6 furlongs (T)    150,000
Wed.,    July 31    VICTORIANA    F-M 3 & Up**    1 1/16 miles (T)    125,000
Sat.    Aug. 3    SEAGRAM CUP (G3)    3YO & Up    1 1/16 miles    150,000
Sat.    Aug. 3    NANDI    2YO F**    6 furlongs    125,000
Sun.    Aug. 4    WONDER WHERE    3YO***    1 1/4 miles (T)    250,000
Mon.    Aug. 5     SHEPPERTON    3YO & Up**    6 1/2 furlongs    125,000
Mon.    Aug. 5    ETERNAL SEARCH    3YO F**    1 1/16 miles    125,000
Sat.    Aug. 10    ONTARIO DEBUTANTE    2YOF    6 1/2 furlongs    125,000
Sun.    Aug 11    VANDAL    2YO*    6 furlongs    150,000
Sat.    Aug. 17    ONTARIO COLLEEN (G3)    3YO F    1 mile (T)    150,000
Sun.    Aug. 18    BREEDERS’    3YO    1 1/2 miles (T)    500,000
Sun.    Aug. 18    SKY CLASSIC (G2)    3YO & Up    1 1/2 miles (T)    200,000
Sat.    Aug. 24    SWYNFORD    2YO    7 furlongs    125,000
DATE        EVENT    CONDITIONS    DISTANCE    PURSE
Sun.    Aug. 25    PLAY THE KING (G2)    3YO & Up    7 furlongs (T)    200,000
Wed.    Aug. 28    MUSKOKA    2YO F***    7 furlongs    200,000
Wed.    Aug. 28    SIMCOE    2YO C-G***    7 furlongs    200,000
Wed.    Aug. 28    ALGOMA    F-M 3& Up***    1 1/16 miles    125,000
Wed.    Aug 28    ELGIN    C-G 3YO & Up***    1 1/16 miles    125,000
Wed.    Aug. 28    KENORA    3YO & Up***    6 furlongs    125,000
Wed.    Aug. 28    HALTON    3YO & Up***    1 mile (T)    125,000
Sat.    Aug. 31    SEAWAY (G3)    F-M 3YO & Up    7 furlongs    150,000
Sun.    Sept. 1    VICE REGENT    3YO**    1 mile (T)    125,000
Sat.    Sept. 7    LA PREVOYANTE    3YOF**    1 mile (T)    125,000
Sat.    Sept. 14    NATALMA (G2)    2YO F    1 mile (T)    200,000
Sat.    Sept. 14    SUMMER (G2)    2YO    1 mile (T)    200,000
Sun.    Sept. 15    WOODBINE MILE (G1)    3YO & Up    1 mile (T)    $1 million
Sun.    Sept. 15    NORTHERN DANCER (G1)    3YO & Up    1 1/2 miles (T)    300,000
Sun.    Sept. 15    CANADIAN (G2)    F-M 3YO & Up    1 1/8 miles (T)    300,000
Sun.    Sept. 15    ONTARIO DERBY (G3)    3YO    1 1/8 miles    150,000
Sat.    Sept. 21    LA LORGNETTE    3YO F    1 1/16 miles    125,000
Sun.    Sept. 22    OVERSKATE    3YO & Up**    7 furlongs    125,000
Sat.    Sept. 28    VICTORIAN QUEEN    2YO F**    6 furlongs    125,000
Sun.    Sept. 29    CLASSY ’N SMART    F-M, 3YO & Up**    1 1/16 miles    125,000
Sat.    Oct. 5    MAZARINE (G3)    2YO F    1 1/16 miles    150,000
Sun.    Oct. 6     GREY (G3)    2YO    1 1/16 miles    150,000
Sun.    Oct. 6    DURHAM CUP (G3)    3YO & Up    1 1/8 miles    150,000
Sat.    Oct. 12    CAROTENE    3YO F*    1 1/8 miles (T)    150,000
Sun.    Oct. 13    NEARCTIC (G1)    3YO & Up    6 furlongs (T)    300,000
Mon.    Oct. 14      BULL PAGE    2YO C-G**    6 furlongs    125,000
Sat.    Oct. 19    FANFRELUCHE    2YO F*    6 furlongs    150,000
Sun.    Oct. 20    CUP AND SAUCER    2YO***    1 1/16 miles (T)    250,000
Sat.    Oct. 26    BUNTY LAWLESS    3YO & Up**    1 mile (T)    125,000
Sun.    Oct. 27    CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (G1)     3YO & Up    1 1/2 miles (T)    1,000,000
Sun.    Oct. 27    E.P. TAYLOR (G1)    F-M 3YO & Up    1 1/4 miles (T)    500,000
Sat.    Nov. 2    PRINCESS ELIZABETH    2YO F***    1 1/16 miles    250,000
Sat.    Nov. 2    MAPLE LEAF (G3)    F&M 3YO & Up    1 1/4 miles    150,000
Sun.    Nov. 3    ONTARIO FASHION (G3)     F&M 3YO & Up    6 furlongs    150,000
Sat.    Nov. 9    FROST KING    2YO**    7 furlongs    125,000
Sat.    Nov. 10    AUTUMN (G2)    3YO & Up    1 1/16 miles    150,000
Sat.    Nov. 16    JAMMED LOVELY    3YO F*    7 furlongs    150,000
Sun.    Nov. 17    CORONATION FUTURITY    2YO***    1 1/8 miles    250,000
Sat.    Nov. 23    GLORIOUS SONG    2YO F    7 furlongs    125,000
Sun.    Nov. 24    SOUTH OCEAN    2YO F**    1 1/16 miles    125,000
Sat.    Nov. 30    KENNEDY ROAD (G2)     3YO & Up    6 furlongs    150,000
Sun.    Dec. 1    BESSARABIAN (G2)    F-M, 3YO & Up    7 furlongs    150,000
Wed.    Dec. 4    SIR BARTON    3YO & Up**    1 1/16 miles    125,000
Sat.    Dec. 7    KINGARVIE    2YO**    1 1/16 miles    125,000
Sun.    Dec. 8    DISPLAY    2YO    1 1/16 miles    125,000
Sat.    Dec. 14    ONTARIO LASSIE    2YO F*    1 1/16 miles    150,000
Sun.    Dec. 15    VALEDICTORY (G3)    3YO & Up    1 3/4 miles    150,000
* Ontario-foaled
** Ontario-sired
*** Canadian-foaled