Michael Burns

Woodbine Schedules 102 Stakes for 2015 Meet

133-day meet is highlighted by the 156th running of the Queen's Plate.

Woodbine Entertainment released a 2015 Thoroughbred stakes schedule consisting of 102 stakes races worth more than $20 million in purses for the 133-day meet at Woodbine.

The meet at the Ontario track that begins April 11 and concludes Dec. 6 is highlighted by the 156th running of the Queen's Plate. The 1 1/4-mile classic, which carries a $1 million purse, is set for July 5.

North America's oldest continuously-run stakes event and first jewel in Canada's Triple Crown of racing, the Queen's Plate will be complemented by three graded turf events.

The $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) is slated for Sept. 13 on a card that also includes the $300,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (Can-IT), $300,000 Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT), and $150,000 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III). The $1 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) is set for Oct. 18, the same day as the $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT).

Woodbine will again be a part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series in which a score in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile, Canadian Stakes, Natalma Stakes (Can-IIT), or Summer Stakes (Can-IIT) guarantees the victor a berth in the corresponding championship event at the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland in Lexington.

The Breeders' Stakes, third leg of Canada's Triple Crown, is set for Aug. 16 at Woodbine. The 1 1/2-mile turf race carries a purse of $500,000.

2015 Woodbine Thoroughbred Stakes Schedule