TORONTO - Close to $22 million in purses will be on the line over 102 stake races at Woodbine Racetrack during this year’s thoroughbred season.
The highlight of the schedule is the 152nd running of the Queen’s Plate on June 26, which is the first race in Canada’s Triple Crown.
The final race in the Triple Crown, the Breeders Stakes, will be held on Aug. 7.
Woodbine’s most valuable purse, the $1.5-million Pattison Canadian International, will be held on Oct. 16 along with the $1-million E.P. Taylor Stakes for fillies and mares, and the Nearctic Stakes turf sprint.
All three weekend events will be important in the Breeders Cup Challenge Series, as they feature a win-and-you’re-in incentive that guarantees the winner a berth in Kentucky’s Churchill Downs Breeders Cup championship in November.
The track will also be home to the $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile on Sept. 18.
The Mile is part of a day that features the Northern Dancer and Canadian Stakes, pushing the day’s value to more than $2 million in purses.
Purses for the Pattison Canadian International and Northern Dancer were cut for this season to $1.5 million and $500,000, respectively.
The stakes schedule opens with the Star Shoot Stakes on April 9.