Canada's graded racing calendar

Updated: 4th June 2018

The following table contains the most important races currently held in Canada. Please note that the particular dates and especially the order of the races can vary from year to year.

Also, Canada is specific for its restrictions of top races. All classic races are restricted to Canadian-breds, and thus non-graded; many listed races are restricted too, either to Canadian-breds - these races are assigned as 'Can rest' in the list, or Ontario-breds (or technically, sired by Ontario stallions) - assigned as 'Ont rest'. Aside from dirt and turf, the sign 'tp' stands for Woodbine tapeta surface, in various materials noted as all weather track or polytrack.

Colour distinction:
Tracks:

Wood - Woodbine, Has - Hastings Park

MonthGr.RaceTrackDistSurf.AgeSexRest.Notes
Wando Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 3yo, Wood
Jacques Cartier Stakes, LR, 6f tp, 4yo+, Wood
Queenston Stakes, BT, 7f tp, 3yo Can rest, Wood
AprilG3Whimsical StakesWoodbine6 furlongstp4+f
Fury Stakes, BT, 7f tp, 3yof Can rest, Wood
Woodstock Stakes, LR, 6f tp, 3yo, Wood
Star Shoot Stakes, LR, 6f tp, 3yof, Wood
New Providence Stakes, 6f tp, 3yo+ Ont rest, Wood
MayG3Marine StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milestp3
MayG3Selene StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milestp3f
Ballade Stakes, BT, 6f tp, 3yo+f Ont rest, Wood
MayG2Eclipse StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milestp4+
MayG2Nassau StakesWoodbine1 milet3+f
JuneG2Connaught Cup StakesWoodbine7 furlongst4+
Achievement Stakes, BT, 6f tp, 3yo+ Ont rest, Wood
Alywow Stakes, BT, 6.5f t, 3yof, Wood
Plate Trial Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 3yo Can rest, Wood
JuneWoodbine OaksWoodbine1 1/8 milestp3fCANTriple Tiara
JuneG3Hendrie StakesWoodbine6.5 furlongstp4+f
Steady Growth Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 3yo+ Ont rest, Wood
JuneG3Trillium StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milestp3+f
JuneG3Singspiel StakesWoodbine1 1/2 milest3+
Bold Ruckus Stakes, BT, 7f t, 3yo Ont rest, Wood
Lady Angela Stakes, BT, 7f tp, 3yof Ont rest, Wood
Charlie Barley Stakes, BT, 1m t, 3yo, Wood
JuneG2King Edward StakesWoodbine1 milet3+
JuneG2Dance Smartly StakesWoodbine1 1/8 milest3+f
JuneG2Highlander StakesWoodbine6 furlongst3+
JuneQueen's PlateWoodbine1 1/4 milestp3CANTriple Crown
Zadracarta Stakes, BT, 7f t, 3yo+f Ont rest, Wood
JulyG3Dominion Day StakesWoodbine1 1/4 milestp3+
JulyBison City StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milestp3fCANTriple Tiara
My Dear Stakes, LR, 6f tp, 2yof, Wood
Shepperton Stakes, BT, 6.5f tp, 3yo+ Ont rest, Wood
Victoria Stakes, LR, 6f tp, 2yo, Wood
JulyG3Ontario Matron StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milestp3+f
JulyG3Ontario Colleen StakesWoodbine1 milet3f
JulyG2Nijinsky StakesWoodbine1 1/8 milest3+
July Prince of Wales StakesFort Erie1 3/16 milesd3CANTriple Crown
King Corrie Stakes, BT, 6.5f, tp, 3yo, Wood
Toronto Cup Stakes, LR, 1 1/8m t, 3yo, Wood
JulyG3Royal North StakesWoodbine6 furlongst3+f
JulyG3Vigil StakesWoodbine7 furlongstp4+
Shady Well Stakes, BT, 6.5f t, 2yof Ont rest, Wood
Clarendon Stakes, BT, 6f tp, 2yo Ont rest, Wood
Eternal Search Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 3yof Ont rest, Wood
Duchess Stakes, LR, 7f tp, 3yof
Flaming Page Stakes, BT, 1 1/2m t, 3yo+, Wood
Victoriana Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m t, 3yo+f Ont rest, Wood
AugustG3Seagram Cup StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milestp3+
AugustWonder Where StakesWoodbine1 1/4 milest3fCANTriple Tiara
AugustBreeders' StakesWoodbine1 1/2 milest3CANTriple Crown
AugustG2Sky Classic StakesWoodbine1 1/4 milest3+
Catch a Glimpse Stakes, BT, 6f, 2yof, Wood
AugustG2Play the King StakesWoodbine7 furlongst3+
AugustG3Canadian DerbyNorthlands Park1 3/8 milesd3
Soaring Free Stakes, LR, 6f, 4yo+, Wood turf
AugustG3Seaway StakesWoodbine7 furlongstp3+f
Halton Stakes, BT, 1m t, 3yo+, Can rest, WoodCTHS Yearling Sales Stakes
Kenora Stakes, BT, 6f tp, 3yo+ Can rest, WoodCTHS Yearling Sales Stakes
Simcoe Stakes, BT, 6.5f tp, 2yocg Can rest, WoodCTHS Yearling Sales Stakes
Muskoka Stakes, BT, 6.5f tp, 2yof Can rest, WoodCTHS Yearling Sales Stakes
Elgin Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 3yocg Can rest, WoodCTHS Yearling Sales Stakes
Algoma Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 3yo+f Can rest, WoodCTHS Yearling Sales Stakes
Passing Mood Stakes, BT, 7f t, 3yof Ont rest, Wood
Ontario Jockey Club Stakes, BT, 6f tp, 3yo+, Wood
La Lorgnette Stakes, LR, 1 1/16m tp, 3yof, Wood
Sadie Diamond Futurity, BT, 6.5f d, 2yof Can rest, Has
British Columbia Oaks, LR, 1 1/8m, 3yof, Has
SeptemberG3British Columbia DerbyHastings Park1 1/8 milesd3
Sweet Briar Too Stakes, BT, 7f tp, Wood
SeptemberG1Woodbine MileWoodbine1 milet3+ex Molton Export Challenge, 1999 - 2006 Atto Mile
SeptemberG2Canadian StakesWoodbine1 1/8 milest3+f
G3Bold Venture StakesWoodbine6.5 furlongstp3+
SeptemberG1Northern Dancer Turf StakesWoodbine1 1/2 milest3+ex Niagara Handicap
Vice Regent Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 3yo Ont rest, Wood
SeptemberG2Natalma StakesWoodbine1 milet2f
SeptemberG2Summer StakesWoodbine1 milet2
Victorian Queen Stakes, BT, 6f tp, 2yof Ont rest, Wood
Bull Page Stakes, BT, 6f tp, 2yocg Ont rest, Wood
SeptemberG3Durham Cup StakesWoodbine1 1/8 milestp3+
Jack Diamond Futurity, BT, 6.5f d, 2yocg Can rest, Has
Belle Mahone Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 3yo+f Wood
Nandi Stakes, BT, 5.5f tp, 2yof Ont rest, Wood
Frost King Stakes, BT, 5.5f tp, 2yo Ont rest, Wood
Ontario Damsel Stakes, BT, 1m t, 3yof Ont rest, Wood
Deputy Minister Stakes, BT, 7f tp, 3yo Ont res, Wood
Vandal Stakes, BT, 6.5f t, 2yo Ont rest, Wood
La Prevoyante Stakes, BT, 1m t, 3yof Ont rest, Wood
Jammed Lovely Stakes, BT, 7f tp, 3yo Ont rest, Wood
Ontario Debutante Stakes, LR, 6f tp, 2yof Wood
Etobicoke Stakes, BT, 6f tp, 3yof, Wood
Colin Stakes, LR, 6f tp, 2yo, Wood
SeptemberG3Ontario DerbyWoodbine1 1/8 milestp3
Classy 'n Smart Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 3yo+f Ont rest, Wood
Kingarvie Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 2yo Ont rest, Wood
South Ocean Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 2yof Ont rest, Wood
OctoberG3British Columbia Premier's HandicapHastings Park1 3/8 milesd3+
OctoberG3Ballerina StakesHastings Park1 1/8 milesd3+f
OctoberG3Mazarine StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milestp2f
OctoberG3Grey StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milestp2
Ruling Angel Stakes, BT, 6.5f tp, 3yof, Wood
OctoberG3Ontario Fashion StakesWoodbine6 furlongstp3+f
OctoberG2Nearctic StakesWoodbine6 furlongst3+
OctoberG1E.P. Taylor StakesWoodbine1 1/4 milest3+f
OctoberG1Canadian International StakesWoodbine1 1/4 milest3+
Bunty Lawless Stakes, BT, 1m t, 3yo Ont rest, Wood
OctoberCup And Saucer StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milest2CAN
Fanfreluche Stakes, BT, 6f tp, 2yof Ont rest, Wood
Carotene Stakes, BT, 1 1/8m t, 3yof Ont rest, Wood
Overskate Stakes, BT, 7f tp, 3yo+ Ont rest, Wood
River Memories Stakes, BT, 1m t, 3yo+f, Wood
NovemberG3Maple Leaf StakesWoodbine1 1/4 milestp3+f
Labeeb Stakes, BT, 1m t, 3yo+, Wood
NovemberG2Autumn StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milestp3+
NovemberPrincess Elizabeth StakesWoodbine1 1/16 milestp2fCAN
NovemberCoronation FuturityWoodbine1 1/8 milestp2CAN
Glorious Song Stakes, LR, 7f tp, 2yo, Wood
NovemberG2Bessarabian StakesWoodbine7 furlongstp3+f
NovemberG2Kennedy Road StakesWoodbine6 furlongstp3+
Sir Barton Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m tp, 3yo+ Ont rest, Wood
Swynford Stakes, LR, 6f tp, 2yo, Wood
Ontario Lassie Stakes, BT, 1 1/16m, 2yof Ont rest, Wood
Display Stakes, LR, 1 1/16m tp, 2yo, Wood
DecemberG3Valedictory StakesWoodbine1 3/4 milestp3+