Michael Burns

Woodbine Announces Stakes Through July 7

The $1 million Queen's Plate is set for Sunday, July 7.

Woodbine Entertainment Group announced March 18 the first segment of Woodbine's 2013 Thoroughbred stakes schedule.

The schedule features 37 added-money events, with purses ranging from $125,000 to $1 million, through July 7.

The 154th edition of the Queen's Plate, first jewel in Canada's Triple Crown of Racing, will carry a guaranteed purse of $1 million. The 1 1/4-mile event is set for Sunday, July 7 and will be carried nationwide on CBC.

Four other stakes, including three Canadian graded turf races, are also scheduled on the Queen's Plate program. The $200,000 Highlander Stakes (Can-IIT), the $200,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) and the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) will add grass flavor to the Plate card. The Clarendon Stakes, at $150,000, also earns billing that day.

"We release this 12-week calendar with guaranteed purses to provide confidence for horsemen as they plan their racing season," said WEG vice president of Thoroughbred racing Steve Koch. "We will release a full year stakes schedule after the industry has finalized funding projections."

The $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, first leg in Canada's Triple Tiara of Racing, is scheduled for Sunday, June 9. Also slated is the $150,000 Plate Trial, the country's top prep race for the Queen's Plate. Both races will also be carried on CBC.

2013 Stakes Schedule (through July 7)

$150,000 Star Shoot Stakes, Saturday, April 20
$150,000 Woodstock Stakes, Sunday, April 21
$150,000 Jacques Cartier Stakes, Saturday, April 27
$150,000 Whimsical Stakes (Can-III), Sunday, April 28
$150,000 Fury Stakes*, Saturday, May 4
$150,000 Queenston Stakes*, Saturday, May 11
$200,000 Eclipse Stakes (Can-II), Sunday, May 12
$125,000 Ballade Stakes**, Saturday, May 18
$150,000 Selene Stakes (Can-III), Sunday, May 19
$125,000 New Providence Stakes**, Monday, May 20
$125,000 Lady Angela Stakes**, Saturday, May 25
$200,000 Nassau Stakes (Can-IIT), Saturday, May 25
$150,000 Marine Stakes, Saturday, May 26
$200,000 Connaught Stakes (Can-IIT), Saturday, May 26
$150,000 Hendrie Stakes (Can-III), Saturday, June 1
$150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III), Sunday, June 2
$125,000 Bold Ruckus Stakes**, Saturday, June 8
$125,000 Trillium Stakes, Saturday, June 8
$500,000 Woodbine Oaks Stakes presented by Budweiser***, Sunday, June 9
$150,000 Plate Trial Stakes***, Sunday, June 9
$125,000 Alywow Stakes, Sunday, June 9
$125,000 Zadacarta Stakes*, Saturday, June 15
$125,000 Steady Growth Stakes**, Saturday, June 15
$150,000 Victoria Park Stakes, Sunday, June 16
$150,000 Victoria Stakes, Saturday, June 22
$200,000 King Edward Stakes (Can-IIT), Sunday, June 23
$150,000 Achievement Stakes*, Saturday, June 29
$250,000 Bison City Stakes***, Sunday, June 30
$150,000 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III), Monday, July 1
$150,000 My Dear Stakes, Saturday, July 6
$125,000 Sweet Briar Too Stakes, Saturday, July 6
$125,000 Charlie Barley Stakes, Saturday, July 6
$1,000,000 Queen's Plate Stakes***, Sunday, July 7
$200,000 Highlander Stakes (Can-IIT), Sunday, July 7
$150,000 Sinspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT), Sunday, July 7
$150,000 Clarendon Stakes*, Sunday, July 7
$200,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT), Sunday, July 7
*starters must be foaled in Ontario
**starters must be sired by Ontario-based stallions
***starters must be foaled in Canada