The Jockey Club of Canada’s Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of the Graded Stakes in Canada, and has announced there will be a total of 43 Graded Stakes in 2013, up from 42 in 2012.
Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario will once again host Canada’s five Grade 1 events in 2013.
Three Grade 3 races at Woodbine have received an upgrade to Grade 2 status for 2013. Three and up sprints, the Kennedy Road and the Bessarabian Stakes for fillies and mares, as well as the Eclipse Stakes, a distance race for older horses, have each earned an upgrade for 2013. The Hendrie Stakes for fillies and mares three and up, which was upgraded to G2 status in 2012 has been downgraded back to a G3 race for 2013.
The Maple Leaf Stakes for fillies and mares three and up has once again been elevated to Grade 3 status in 2013 after being downgraded to Listed status in 2007.
The Jockey Club of Canada Graded Stakes Committee evaluates and reviews the Graded Stakes in Canada annually and determines whether races should be upgraded, downgraded or remain the same. The Committee base their decisions on the cumulative NARC ratings for the previous years along with the new Race Quality Score (RQS) figures introduced this year by the North American International Catalogue Standards Committee (NAICSC).
Graded Stakes in Canada must carry the following minimum purses: $250,000 for Grade 1; $150,000 for Grade 2 and $100,000 for Grade 3.
Beginning this year, the Graded Stakes Committee was also responsible for evaluating all Listed Stakes in Canada using the same evaluation process used for the Graded Stakes.
Beginning January 1, 2014 NAICSC will implement an additional quality control requirement for races in North America eligible for non-Listed black-type in SITA catalogues (those compliant with guidelines required by the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers).
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The Maple Leaf Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Run during the first part of November, the ungraded stakes is open to fillies aged three or older. Raced over a distance of one and one-quarter miles on Polytrack synthetic dirt, it currently offers a purse of $175,000.
Location: Woodbine Racetrack
Distance: 1 1/4 miles (10 furlongs)
Track: Polytrack, left-handed
Qualification: Fillies & Mares, 3-Years-Old & Up
|2015||Flipcup||4||Luis Contreras||William I. Mott||2:03.42|
|2014||Strut the Course||4||Luis Contreras||Barb Minshall||2:02.74|
|2013||Moonlight Beauty||7||Gary Boulanger||John P. LeBlanc, Jr.||2:04.89|
|2012||Smart Sting||4||Eurico Da Silva||Roger Attfield||2:03.77|
|2011||Masked Maiden||3||Omar Moreno||Mark Casse||2:04.96|
|2010||Pachattack||4||Chantal Sutherland||Gerard Butler||2:02.18|
|2009||Serenading||5||Patrick Husbands||Josie Carroll||2:06.19|
|2008||Tell It as It Is||4||Emma-Jayne Wilson||James Smith||2:04.99|
|2007||Like A Gem||4||Emma-Jayne Wilson||Daniel J. Vella||2:03.51|
|2006||Howaboutrightnow||3||Emma-Jayne Wilson||Mark E. Casse||2:07.66|
|2005||Ballroom Deputy||4||Dino Luciani||Josie Carroll||2:05.77|
|2004||One For Rose||5||Emile Ramsammy||Sid C. Attard||2:04.87|
|2003||One For Rose||4||Emile Ramsammy||Sid C. Attard||2:03.50|
|2002||Lady Shari||3||Constant Montpellier||David Cotey||2:06.22|
|2001||Catch The Ring||4||Robert Landry||Mark Frostad||2:03.62|
|2000||On A Soapbox||4||Gary Boulanger||Niall O'Callaghan||2:05.94|
|1999||With Flair||3||David Clark||Mark Frostad||2:05.54|
|1998||No Foul Play||4||Steve Bahen||Margaret Spencer||2:06.20|
|1997||Blue and Red||5||Todd Kabel||Sid C. Attard||2:04.60|
|1996||Wings of Erin||4||Jim McAleney||Thomas O'Keefe||2:09.00|
|1995||Wings of Erin||3||K. Willey||Thomas O'Keefe||2:02.60|
|1994||Smiles With A Fist||4||Dave Penna||Michelle Bonte||2:05.80|
|1993||Dance For Donna||4||Robert Landry||Sherry Noakes||2:07.00|
|1992||Adorned||5||Robert Landry||Macdonald Benson||2:05.80|
|1991||Musical Respite||3||Daniel J. David||R. Wright||2:06.40|
|1990||Star Standing||3||P. Johnson||Peter M. Vestal||2:05.80|
|1989||One For Bert||4||Jim McAleney||John Cardella||2:07.60|
|1988||Arcroyal||4||Don Seymour||Roger Attfield||2:09.20|
|1987||Triple Wow||4||Don Seymour||Roger Attfield||2:08.20|
|1986||Gypsy Sunshine||3||Irwin Driedger||Gerry Belanger||2:08.60|
|1985||In My Cap||3||Irwin Driedger||James E. Day||2:07.00|
|1984||Sintrillium||6||Brian Swatuk||Conrad Cohen||2:08.80|
|1983||Sintrillium||5||Brian Swatuk||Conrad Cohen||2:10.60|
|1982||Eternal Search||4||Brian Swatuk||Edward Mann||2:09.80|
|1981||Quantra||3||George HoSang||Jerry G. Lavigne||2:07.80|
|1980||Orphanella||4||J. Paul Souter||A. Wick||2:05.80|
|1979||Glorious Song||3||John LeBlanc||Fred H. Loschke||2:08.80|
|1978||Male Strike||4||Jim Walford||John Cardella||2:08.00|
|1977||Bye Bye Paris||4||Jeffrey Fell||Donnie Walker||2:05.40|
|1976||Bye Bye Paris||3||Jeffrey Fell||Donnie Walker||2:03.80|
|1975||Lovely Sunrise||4||Brian Swatuk||Donnie Walker||2:06.20|
|1974||Lovely Sunrise||3||John LeBlanc||Donnie Walker||2:04.00|
|1973||Musketeer Miss||3||John Bell||Pat Remillard||2:09.40|
|1972||Lauries Dancer||4||Sandy Hawley||James C. Bentley||2:07.60|
|1971||Page Me Doll||4||D. Thomas||Glenn Magnusson||2:05.20|
|1970||Not Too Shy||4||Sandy Hawley||Donnie Walker||2:10.60|
|1969||Not Too Shy||3||Brian Swatuk||Donnie Walker||2:05.20|
|1968||Hometown News||3||Richard Grubb||Gil Rowntree||2:07.40|
|1967||Hinemoa||4||Avelino Gomez||Paul Cooper||2:06.40|
|1966||Hinemoa||3||Wayne Harris||Paul Cooper||2:06.20|
|1965||Lady Victoria||3||Jim Fitzsimmons||R. Richards||1:45.60|
|1964||Ciboulette||3||Eric Walsh||Duke Campbell||1:39.40|
|1963||Court Royal||4||Jim Fitzsimmons||N. Julius||1:40.00|
|1962||Golden Turkey||4||H. Bolin||Wilfrid L. Sayles||1:41.60|
|1961||Golden Turkey||3||B. DeSpirito||Wilfrid L. Sayles||1:38.20|
|1960||Skinny Minny||3||Al Coy||John Passero||1:38.20|
|1959||Wonder Where||3||Al Coy||Yonnie Starr||1:44.60|