Woodbine race calendar 2017 – Major Stakes races

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The entrance to Woodbine Racetrack, with a screen advertising the Queen’s Plate race.


Date 2017 Event Breed Surface/Distance Purse Time
11 June Woodbine Oaks Thoroughbred Tapeta (artificial), 1.125 miles  £500,000 1:00 PM
1-2 July Queen’s Plate Festival Thoroughbred Tapeta, 1.25 miles  $1,000,000 12:00 PM
20 Aug Breeder’s Stakes Thoroughbred Turf, 1.5 miles $400,000 1:00 PM
2 Sep Canadian Pacing Derby Standardbred Dirt, 1 mile $800,000 TBC
16 Sep Ricoh Woodbine Mile Gr. I Thoroughbred Turf, 1 mile $800,000 1:00 PM
16 Sep Northern Dancer Thoroughbred Turf, 1.5 miles $300,000 TBC
16 Sep Canadian Trotting Classic Thoroughbred Dirt, 1 mile $650,000 TBC
23 Sep Metro Pace Standardbred Dirt, 1 mile $700,000 TBC
15 Oct Pattison Canadian International Gr. I Thoroughbred Turf, 1.5 miles $800,000 1:00 PM
15 Oct E.P. Taylor Stakes Gr. I Thoroughbred Turf, 1.25 miles $500,000 TBC

Events info

While there are many more races taking place at the Woodbine racetrack, Toronto this year, the Woodbine race calendar 2017 shows those with the highest stakes, with purses ranging from $300,000 up to a staggering $1,000,000.

Throughout 2017 until December 9th, there are 1:00 PM races on every friday and weekend, alongside frequent 6:45 PM Wednesday races.

The races have a great deal of history, with the Queen’s Plate going as far back as 1860. The above schedule includes races from both thoroughbred and standardbred events.

For the time between races, a wide selection of hot food and beverages are available, alongside such amenities as free WIFI, free parking, and Simulcast signal covering allowing betting for over 80 races worldwide. For more information on parking and services, take a look at the FAQ. For directions on how to get to the Woodbine racetrack, look at the information on Woodbine entertainment.

Thoroughbred racing on a dirt track at Woodbine racetrack, Toronto, Canada.

Thoroughbred vs. Standardbred races

Thoroughbred events provide the most popular and well known version of horse racing: a horse and jockey compete either in jumping or flat races. Standardbred, also known as harness racing, uses a lightweight two-wheel chariot attached to the horse for the rider to sit in. The races also differ as harness racers have to control their speed, or they can be disqualified.

Thoroughbred horses are chosen for their long legs, while standardbreds require shorter legs and bodies, needed for greater control of the horse. While not as popular as thoroughbred racing, the standardbred events have a dedicated fanbase and, as shown in the racing table, can still attract a large prize-draw. The Woodbine racetrack is well known for hosting both types of events.

In addition to our Woodbine race calendar 2017, find a full schedule of our thoroughbred races here. For standardbred races, find the information here.

Updated videos from TVG Network:

Queen’s Plate 2016

The 157th running of the Queen’s Plate. Julien Leparoux takes the victory.

Northern Dancer Turf Stakes 2016

The Pizza Man takes the gold in the 2016 Northern Dancer Stakes.

Breeder’s Stakes 2015

Danish Dynaformer wins the Breeder’s Stakes of 2016.

Woodbine Mile 2016

The famed Tepin Tops rides in the 2016 Woodbine Mile.

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