Woodbine Mile

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Woodbine Mile
Grade I race
Location Woodbine Racetrack
Toronto, Canada
Inaugurated1988
Race type ThoroughbredFlat racing
Website RICOH WOODBINE MILE
Race information
Distance1 mile (8 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds and up
WeightWeight-For-Age
Purse C$800,700 (2017) [1]

The Woodbine Mile is a Grade I stakes race on turf for Thoroughbred racehorses three years old and up held annually in mid September at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. Currently sponsored by Ricoh, the Woodbine Mile offers a purse of C$800,000, a reduction from the previous purse of $1,000,000 (1999–2016).

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Part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, the winner of the Woodbine Mile automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Mile. [2]

The inaugural race in 1988 was sponsored by Molson Breweries with a purse of $750,000 and run as the Molson Export Challenge, reflecting the name of the company's flagship beer. It was changed to the Molson Export Million when the purse was increased to $1 million. In 1999, under new sponsorship it was renamed and raced as the Atto Mile until 2006.

Since inception, the race has been run at three different distances: [1]

Originally restricted to three-year-olds on the dirt, with the modification to one mile on turf in 1997 the race was also made open to older horses. As a result of the change from dirt to turf, the race was ungraded in 1997 and 1998. [1]

Historical notes

In 2005, the Brazilian horse, Leroidesanimaux, set the record for the largest margin of victory at seven and three-quarter lengths while carrying the highest weight of any winner in the race's history at 124 pounds. [3]

In 2009, Ventura became the first female to win this race in 13 years. In the process, she also set the record time of 1:32.04. [4] Wise Dan broke this record in 2013 while becoming the first two-time winner of the race. [5]

Records

Time record:

Most wins

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2020 Starship Jubilee 7Justin SteinKevin AttardBlue Heaven Farm1:32.06
2019El Tormenta4 Eurico Rosa da Silva Gail Cox Sam-Son Farm 1:32.60
2018Oscar Performance4 José L. Ortiz Brian A. LynchAmerman Racing LLC1:33.12
2017 World Approval 5 John R. Velazquez Mark Casse Live Oak Plantation1:33.05
2016 Tepin 5 Julien Leparoux Mark Casse Robert Masterson1:34.13
2015 Mondialiste (IRE)5 Feargal Lynch David O'Meara Sandra & Geoff Turnbull1:36.66
2014 Trade Storm (GB)6 Jamie Spencer David Simcock Qatar Racing1:36.87
2013 Wise Dan 6 John R. Velazquez Charles Lopresti Morton Fink1:31.75
2012 Wise Dan 5 John R. Velazquez Charles Lopresti Morton Fink1:34.07
2011 Turallure 4 Julien Leparoux Charles Lopresti 4-D Stables1:34.92
2010 Court Vision 5 Robby Albarado Richard E. Dutrow Jr. IEAH Stables & Resolute Group Stables1:34.62
2009 Ventura 5 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:32.04
2008 Rahy's Attorney 4 Slade Callaghan Ian Black Ellie Boje Farm et al.1:36.14
2007 Shakespeare 6 Garrett Gomez Kiaran McLaughlin Dell Ridge Farm / W. Schettine1:33.58
2006 Becrux 4 Patrick Valenzuela Neil D. Drysdale Team Valor, Gary Barber 1:33.99
2005 Leroidesanimaux 5 John R. Velazquez Robert J. Frankel T N T Stud 1:35.08
2004 Soaring Free 5 Todd Kabel Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:32.72
2003 Touch of the Blues 6 Kent Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Gainsborough Farm 1:33.39
2002 Good Journey 6 Pat Day Wallace Dollase Flaxman Holdings & M. Jarvis 1:33.27
2001 Numerous Times 4 Patrick Husbands Sid Attard Committee Stable 1:32.79
2000 Riviera 6 John R. Velazquez Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1:33.18
1999 Quiet Resolve4 Robert Landry Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:33.19
1998 Labeeb 6 Kent Desormeaux Neil D. Drysdale Gainsborough Farm 1:33.00
1997 Geri 5 Chris Antley William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1:36.20
1996 Skip Away 3 Shane Sellers Sonny Hine Carolyn Hine 1:49.00
1995 Peaks and Valleys 3 Julie Krone Jim Day Pin Oak Stable 1:50.00
1994 Dramatic Gold 3 Corey Nakatani David Hofmans Golden Eagle Farm 1:49.80
1993 Peteski 3 Craig Perret Roger Attfield Earle I. Mack 1:49.20
1992 Benburb 3 Richard Dos Ramos Phil England Knob Hill Stable 1:51.60
1991 Dance Smartly 3 Pat Day Jim Day Sam-Son Farm 1:49.20
1990 Izvestia 3 Don Seymour Roger Attfield Kinghaven Farms 2:01.60
1989 Prized 3 Ed Delahoussaye Neil D. Drysdale Team Valor 2:02.00
1988 Ballindaggin 3 José A. Santos John O. Hertler George Layman Jr.2:04.60
† – Hawksley Hill won the 1999 race but was disqualified to 4th

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