British Royalty and jockey Patrick Husbands winning the 2021 Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine (Michael Burns Photo)
Chris Lomon, Woodbine Communications / @WoodbineComms
TORONTO, On. – Twenty-six accomplished runners from around the world are nominated to the 84th running of the $750,000 Canadian International, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most storied events.
The Grade 1 stakes race for 3-year-olds and up, contested over 1 ¼ miles on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course, is scheduled for Sunday, October 8 at Woodbine Racetrack.
Some of the biggest names in racing history, both horse and human, have claimed victory in what has become a staple on Woodbine’s lucrative fall racing calendar.
The legendary Secretariat won the International 50 years ago, in what was the legend’s final race. Other notable winners include Bunty Lawless, voted “Canadian Horse of the Half Century,” who won in 1938 and 1941. Dahlia, the 1974 winner, became the first horse to win Group/Grade 1 stakes in England, France, Ireland, U.S., and Canada.
Joshua Tree won three editions (2010, 2012-13). Desert Encounter won back-to-back runnings, in 2018 and 2019, as did George Royal (1965-66), and Shepperton (1942-43).
Although the race has undergone various changes over the years, the International has maintained its status as one of the most sought-after trophies for Thoroughbred connections across the globe.
This year’s race is once again shaping up to produce another compelling chapter in Canadian International history.
The lucrative October 8 race card, a highlight of the turf racing season at Woodbine, also features the $750,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (G1) over 1 ¼ miles for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, the $250,000 Nearctic Stakes (G2), a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, and the $200,000 Algonquin Stakes, a five-furlong sprint over the inner turf for 2-year-olds.
A full list of horses nominated to the Pattison Canadian International is available below in alphabetical order. Other stakes nominees can be viewed by clicking here.
Nominees For The $750,000 Pattison Canadian Interational (Grade 1)
Horse – Trainer – Owner
Adhamo (IRE) – Chad Brown – Darius Racing – Madaket Stables LLC, Michael Dubb, Louis Lazzinnaro LLC, Michael Caruso
Bold Act (IRE) – Charlie Appleby – Godolphin
British Royalty – Barbara Minshall – Bruce Lunsford, Barbara Minshall
Cellist – George Arnold, II – Calumet Farm
City Man – Christophe Clement – Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, Peter Searles, Patty Searles
Commandeer – James Toner – AJ Suited Racing Stable, LLC
Corelli – Jonathan Thomas – Augustin Stables
Cross Border – Michael Maker – Three Diamonds Farm
Dynadrive – Michael Maker – Three Diamonds Farm
English Conqueror – Darwin Banach – JWS Farms
Me and Mr. C – Michael Maker – Paradise Farms Corp., David Staudacher
Moira – Kevin Attard – X-Men Racing LLC, Madaket Stables LLC, SF Racing LLC
Nations Pride (IRE) – Charlie Appleby – Godolphin
Ocean Atlantique – Michael Maker – Three Diamonds Farm
Palazzi – Mark Casse – Gary Barber
Red Knight – Michael Maker – Trinity Farm
Red Run – Michael Maker – Jordan Wycoff
Rockemperor (IRE) – Chad Brown – Madaket Stables LLC, Michael Dubb, Michael Kisber, Wonder Stables, Michael Caruso
Royal Champion (IRE) – Roger Varian – HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Soldier Rising (GB) – Christophe Clement – Madaket Stables LLC, Michael Dubb, Morris Bailey, Wonder Stables, Michael Caruso
Speaking Scout – Graham Motion – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
Starting Over – Michael Maker – Nice Guys Stable
Temple – Michael Maker – Paradise Farms Corp., David Staudacher
Therapist – Michael Maker – Michel Dubb
Win for the Money – Mark Casse – Live Oak Plantation
Yamato – Michael Maker – Paradise Farms Corp., David Staudacher