|Grade 1 race|
|Location|| Woodbine Racetrack |
|Race type||Thoroughbred – Flat racing|
|Website||Canadian International Stakes|
|Qualification||3-Years-Old & Up|
The Canadian International Stakes is a Grade I stakes race for thoroughbred racehorses three years of age and up on Turf. It is held annually in October at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. CA$800,000The current purse is
Since its creation in 1938, the race has undergone many changes including the conditions, track surface, distance, location, and name. The first renewal was run as the Long Branch Championship, held at the Long Branch Racetrack in Etobicoke. and was restricted to Canadian-bred three-year-olds. In 1939, it was renamed the Canadian International Stakes and was restricted to Canadian-owned horses. In 1940, the race was opened to horses of all ages, though the owner still had to be a Canadian resident. In 1954, the eligibility was revised to ages three and up with no residence restriction.The race name was modified slightly from 1966 to 1980 when it was known as the Canadian International Championship Stakes. From 1981 through to 1995 the race was known as the Rothmans International for its sponsor, the Canadian subsidiary of Rothmans International plc. Since 2003 it has been sponsored by Pattison Outdoor Advertising.
Inaugurated in 1938 on the dirt at Toronto's Long Branch Racetrack, except for consolidation during World War II it remained there until 1956 when the track closed its doors. Moved to Woodbine Racetrack in 1956, in 1958 it became a turf race.
On turf at Woodbine Racetrack:
Since 1958, winners have come from breeding farms in Canada, the United States, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France and Argentina. The Canadian International has been contested by many of the greatest horses, jockeys, and trainers in thoroughbred racing history from around the world. Its success as a North American race drawing an international field helped inspire the creation of the Breeders' Cup races in 1984 which were held at Woodbine in 1996.
The Canadian International has been won by many notable horses. The most renowned renewal was in 1973 when the Canadian International was the final race for Secretariat. His 6+1⁄2 lengths victory is the widest winning margin in the race's history. Other famous winners include Bunty Lawless, voted "Canadian Horse of the Half Century", who won in 1938 and 1941. In 1974, Dahlia was the first European-based horse to win the race, becoming the first horse to win Group / Grade One stakes in England, France, Ireland, Canada and the U.S.
Since Eclipse Award voting began in 1971, eight winners of the International were named Champion turf horse for that year: Secretariat (1973), Dahlia (1974), Snow Knight (1975), Youth (1976), Mac Diarmida (1978), All Along (1983), Singspiel (1996) and Chief Bearhart (1997).
In 2005, the purse for the race was increased to $2 million to help attract European horses who did not choose to enter the Breeders' Cup Turf. The purse was reduced to $1.5 million in 2011, then to $1 million in 2013 and to $800,000 in 2017.
Time record: (Turf)
Most wins by an owner:
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by a trainer:
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|2020||Not run due to the COVID-19 pandemic , at Woodbine rescheduled racing program, the race replaced by Northern Dancer Turf Stakes|
|2019||Desert Encounter||7||Andrea Atzeni||David Simcock||Abdulla Al Mansoori||11⁄2 M (t)||2:28.62||$480,000|
|2018||Desert Encounter||6||Andrea Atzeni||David Simcock||Abdulla Al Mansoori||11⁄2 M (t)||2:28.88||$480,000|
|2017||Bullards Alley||5||Eurico Rosa Da Silva||Tim Glyshaw||Wayne Spalding/Faron McCubbins||11⁄2 M (t)||2:34.37||$480,000|
|2016||Erupt||4||Stéphane Pasquier||Francis-Henri Graffard||Niarchos family||11⁄2 M (t)||2:30.87||$600,000|
|2015||Cannock Chase||4||Ryan Moore||Michael Stoute||Saeed Suhail||11⁄2 M (t)||2:29.26||$600,000|
|2014||Hillstar||4||Ryan Moore||Michael Stoute||Evelyn de Rothschild||11⁄2 M (t)||2:29.00||$600,000|
|2013||Joshua Tree||6||Ryan Moore||Ed Dunlop||K. K. Nabooda/K. Albahou||11⁄2 M (t)||2:35.45||$600,000|
|2012||Joshua Tree||5||Frankie Dettori||Marco Botti||K. K. Nabooda/K. Albahou||11⁄2 M (t)||2:30.89||$900,000|
|2011||Sarah Lynx||4||Christophe Soumillon||John Hammond||Mrs. Robert G. Ehrnooth||11⁄2 M (t)||2:34.90||$900,000|
|2010||Joshua Tree||3||Colm O'Donoghue||Aidan O'Brien||D. Smith, S. Magnier, M. Tabor||11⁄2 M (t)||2:32.72||$1,200,000|
|2009||Champs Elysees||6||Garrett Gomez||Robert J. Frankel||Juddmonte Farms||11⁄2 M (t)||2:28.36||$1,200,000|
|2008||Marsh Side||5||Javier Castellano||Neil D. Drysdale||Robert S. Evans||11⁄2 M (t)||2:28.73||$1,200,000|
|2007||Cloudy's Knight||7||Ramsey Zimmerman||Frank J. Kirby||S J Stables LLC||11⁄2 M (t)||2:27.71||$1,200,000|
|2006||Collier Hill||8||Dean McKeown||Alan Swinbank||R. Hall, D. Abell, R. Crowe||11⁄2 M (t)||2:37.34||$1,200,000|
|2005||Relaxed Gesture||4||Corey Nakatani||Christophe Clement||Moyglare Stud||11⁄2 M (t)||2:32.64||$1,200,000|
|2004||Sulamani||5||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||Godolphin||11⁄2 M (t)||2:28.64||$900,000|
|2003||Phoenix Reach||3||Martin Dwyer||Andrew Balding||Winterbeck Manor Stud||11⁄2 M (t)||2:33.62||$900,000|
|2002||Ballingarry||3||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien||Coolmore Stud||11⁄2 M (t)||2:31.68||$900,000|
|2001||Mutamam||6||Richard Hills||Alec Stewart||Shadwell Racing||11⁄2 M (t)||2:28.46||$900,000|
|2000||Mutafaweq||4||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor||Godolphin||11⁄2 M (t)||2:27.62||$900,000|
|1999||Thornfield||5||Richard Dos Ramos||Phil England||Knob Hill Stable||11⁄2 M (t)||2:32.39||$936,000|
|1998||Royal Anthem||3||Gary Stevens||Henry Cecil||The Thoroughbred Corp.||11⁄2 M (t)||2:29.60||$630,000|
|1997||Chief Bearhart||4||José A. Santos||Mark Frostad||Sam-Son Farm||11⁄2 M (t)||2:29.00||$600,000|
|1996||Singspiel||4||Gary Stevens||Michael Stoute||Sheikh Mohammed||11⁄2 M (t)||2:33.20||$600,000|
|1995||Lassigny||4||Pat Day||William I. Mott||Prince Sultan al Kabeer||11⁄2 M (t)||2:29.80||$653,250|
|1994||Raintrap||4||Robbie Davis||André Fabre||Juddmonte Farms||11⁄2 M (t)||2:25.60||$606,900|
|1993||Husband||3||Cash Asmussen||John Fellows||Keswick Stables||11⁄2 M (t)||2:36.40||$623,100|
|1992||Snurge *||5||Richard Quinn||Paul Cole||Martyn Arbib||11⁄2 M (t)||2:39.00||$636,000|
|1991||Sky Classic||4||Pat Day||Jim Day||Sam-Son Farm||11⁄2 M (t)||2:27.80||$624,750|
|1990||French Glory||4||Pat Eddery||André Fabre||Juddmonte Farms||11⁄2 M (t)||2:34.80||$619,650|
|1989||Hodges Bay||4||Jean Cruguet||Willard C. Freeman||George E. Robb||11⁄2 M (t)||2:33.80||$575,400|
|1988||Infamy||4||Ray Cochrane||Luca Cumani||Gerald W. Leigh||11⁄2 M (t)||2:29.00||$508,680|
|1987||River Memories||3||Chris McCarron||Robert Collet||Alan Clore||11⁄2 M (t)||2:32.80||$456,900|
|1986||Southjet||3||José A. Santos||Angel Penna Sr.||Dogwood Stable||15⁄8 M (t)||2:54.60||$421,500|
|1985||Nassipour||5||Jean-Luc Samyn||Stephen A. DiMauro||Dogwood Stable||15⁄8 M (t)||2:48.20||$360,000|
|1984||Majesty's Prince||5||Laffit Pincay Jr.||Joseph B. Cantey||John D. Marsh||15⁄8 M (t)||2:42.80||$360,000|
|1983||All Along||4||Walter Swinburn||Patrick Biancone||Daniel Wildenstein||15⁄8 M (t)||2:45.00||$312,210|
|1982||Majesty's Prince||3||Eddie Maple||Joseph B. Cantey||John D. Marsh||15⁄8 M (t)||2:49.40||$251,790|
|1981||Open Call||3||Jorge Velásquez||John M. Gaver Jr.||Greentree Stable||15⁄8 M (t)||2:53.40||$185,250|
|1980||Great Neck||4||Mike Venezia||Jan H. Nerud||Tartan Stable||15⁄8 M (t)||2:42.60||$120,000|
|1979||Golden Act||3||Sandy Hawley||Loren Rettele||W. Oldknow/R. W. Phipps||15⁄8 M (t)||2:48.60||$120,000|
|1978||Mac Diarmida||3||Jean Cruguet||Scotty Schulhofer||Jerome M. Torsney||15⁄8 M (t)||2:41.20||$111,180|
|1977||Exceller||4||Ángel Cordero Jr.||Maurice Zilber||Nelson Bunker Hunt||15⁄8 M (t)||2:52.40||$116,100|
|1976||Youth||3||Sandy Hawley||Maurice Zilber||Nelson Bunker Hunt||15⁄8 M (t)||2:48.00||$114,600|
|1975||Snow Knight||4||Jorge Velásquez||MacKenzie Miller||Windfields Farm||15⁄8 M (t)||2:43.20||$113,220|
|1974||Dahlia||4||Lester Piggott||Maurice Zilber||Nelson Bunker Hunt||15⁄8 M (t)||2:40.00||$91,650|
|1973||Secretariat||3||Eddie Maple||Lucien Laurin||Meadow Stable||15⁄8 M (t)||2:41.80||$92,755|
|1972||Droll Role||4||Braulio Baeza||Thomas J. Kelly||John M. Schiff||15⁄8 M (t)||2:51.80||$52,330|
|1971||One For All||5||Ron Turcotte||Horatio Luro||John A. Bell lll||15⁄8 M (t)||2:45.20||$41,550|
|1970||Drumtop||4||Chuck Baltazar||Roger Laurin||James B. Moseley||15⁄8 M (t)||2:50.80||$39,900|
|1969||Vent du Nord *||4||Rudy L. Turcotte||Al Scotti||Emanuel Mittman||15⁄8 M (t)||2:47.20||$45,000|
|1968||Frenetico||4||Robin Platts||Lou Cavalaris Jr.||Gardiner Farm||15⁄8 M (t)||2:49.20||$30,900|
|1967||He's A Smoothie||4||Samuel McComb||Warren Beasley||William R. Beasley||15⁄8 M (t)||2:59.60||$34,500|
|1966||George Royal||5||Ismael Valenzuela||Donald Richardson||Hammond & Hall||15⁄8 M (t)||2:42.40||$32,700|
|1965||George Royal||4||Johnny Longden||Donald Richardson||Hammond & Hall||15⁄8 M (t)||3:05.40||$35,800|
|1964||Will I Rule||4||Ron Turcotte||Joe Nash||Fitz Eugene Dixon Jr.||15⁄8 M (t)||2:47.80||$34,800|
|1963||The Axe II||5||John L. Rotz||John M. Gaver Sr.||Greentree Stable||15⁄8 M (t)||2:41.00||$35,600|
|1962||El Bandito||5||Ray Broussard||Joseph H. Pierce Jr.||Edward Seltzer||15⁄8 M (t)||2:50.80||$35,700|
|1961||Our Jeep||4||Sam Boulmetis Sr.||Oleg Dubassoff||John M. Schiff||15⁄8 M (t)||2:45.80||$32,500|
|1960||Rocky Royale||4||Kenneth Church||Paul L. Kelley||Spring Hill Farm||15⁄8 M (t)||2:42.20||$35,400|
|1959||Martini II||5||Charles Clark||Harry Trotsek||Hasty House Farm||15⁄8 M (t)||2:56.00||$33,000|
|1958||Jack Ketch||4||Johnny Sellers||Harry Trotsek||Hasty House Farm||15⁄8 M (t)||2:46.60||$34,900|
|1957||Spinney||4||Juan Sanchez||Horatio Luro||Louis R. Rowan||15⁄8 M (d)||2:46.20||$42,300|
|1956||Eugenia II||4||Juan Sanchez||Horatio Luro||W. Arnold Hanger||15⁄8 M (d)||2:43.40||$42,700|
|1955||Park Dandy||5||Bobby Ussery||P. Brady||William J. Beattie||13⁄16 M (d)||2:00.80||$34,524|
|1954||Resilient||4||Bennie Green||H. W. Williams||Killian Farms||11⁄8 M (d)||1:54.00||$23,075|
|1953||Navy Page||3||Nick Shuk||Gordon J. McCann||E. P. Taylor||11⁄8 M (d)||1:53.20||$10,875|
|1952||Beau Dandy||7||Anthony Licata||R. Anderson||Wilma Kennedy||11⁄16 M (d)||1:46.00||$5,225|
|1951||Bull Page||4||Jose Vina||Gordon J. McCann||E. P. Taylor||11⁄16 M (d)||1:49.00||$5,090|
|1950||Nephisto||3||Pat Remillard||Arthur Brent||E. P. Taylor||11⁄16 M (d)||1:46.80||$4,810|
|1949||Arise||3||Douglas Dodson||James C. Bentley||Addison Stable||11⁄16 M (d)||1:46.80||$4,800|
|1948||Canada's Teddy||4||David H. Prater||Morris Fishman||Mrs. Morris Fishman||11⁄16 M (d)||1:48.00||$3,910|
|1947||Brown Hostess||4||Len Stroud||William Thurner||Charles H. Hemstead||11⁄16 M (d)||1:46.20||$2,550|
|1946||Kingarvie||3||Johnny Dewhurst||Arthur Brent||Parkwood Stable||11⁄16 M (d)||1:51.40||$2,770|
|1945||Tulachmore||5||Pat Remillard||William E. MacDonald||MacDonald Stable||11⁄16 M (d)||1:55.40||$2,900|
|1944||Be Brief||4||Robert B. Watson||Cecil Howard||Harry C. Hatch||11⁄16 M (d)||1:47.60||$1,768|
|1943||Shepperton||4||Robert B. Watson||Fred H. Schelke||Fred H. Schelke||11⁄16 M (d)||1:51.80||$3,326|
|1942||Shepperton||3||Robert B. Watson||Fred H. Schelke||Fred H. Schelke||11⁄16 M (d)||1:52.40||$1,876|
|1941||Bunty Lawless||6||Tom Aimers||Gordon J. McCann||Willie F. Morrissey||11⁄16 M (d)||1:49.20||$3,354|
|1940||Cerisse III||7||Harry Meynell||A. Bennie||Art J. Halliwell||11⁄16 M (d)||1:46.00||$1,400|
|1939||Sir Marlboro||3||Charlie McTague||Walter E. Coburn||Conn Smythe||11⁄16 M (d)||1:48.00||$2,450|
|1938||Bunty Lawless||3||Tom Aimers||Jack Anderson||Willie F. Morrissey||11⁄16 M (d)||1:45.80||$2,125|
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