Michael Burns

Woodbine Releases Full Stakes Schedule

Overall, 107 stakes worth more than $20.25 million are scheduled.

Woodbine Entertainment Group May 23 announced its 2013 Thoroughbred stakes calendar. There will be 107 stakes worth more than $20.25 million.

The first portion of the Woodbine stakes calendar, which features 37 races through July 7, including the date of the 154th Queen's Plate, was announced in March. Key features in the second half of the schedule are the traditional late-season spotlight events, the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) and Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT).

The Woodbine Mile is set for Sept. 15 and is a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" event, as is its filly-and- mare companion on the date, the Canadian Stakes (gr. IIT).  Also on the card is the $300,000 Northern Dancer Stakes (Can-IT) and the Ontario Derby (Can-III).

Wise Dan crushed a strong field in the Mile last year en route to a multiple Eclipse Award-winning campaign, including Horse of the Year.

"The Ricoh Woodbine Mile is a premier event in the Thoroughbred racing world," said Steve Koch, Woodbine's vice president of racing. "Wise Dan obviously reinforces that distinction. We anticipate offering another brilliant field of world-class horses for the Mile, as well as the Northern Dancer, the Canadian, and Ontario Derby that day."

The Pattison Canadian International and its filly-and-mare counterpart, the E.P. Taylor Stakes (gr. IT), has a later spot on the calendar Oct. 27.

"The later date allows every opportunity for runners coming out of major U.S. and European races to take advantage of Woodbine's turf course," Koch said. "Those that run well here usually move on to other races besides the Breeders' Cup later in the year, such as Hong Kong or Japan."

Three other "Win and You're In" races are set for Woodbine: the Nearctic Stakes (Can-IT) Oct. 13, and the Natalma and Summer Stakes (both Can-IIT) Sept. 14.

The third jewel of Canada's Triple Crown, the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes on turf, is set for Aug. 18 at Woodbine. The Prince of Wales Stakes, the middle gem, is scheduled for July 30 at Fort Erie.