Nominations released for Grade 1 Canadian International

Nominations released for Grade 1 Canadian International

TORONTO, September 22, 2023 – 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.


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

Chris Lomon, Woodbine Communications / @WoodbineComms

Grace Martin
Grace Martin Communications Specialist, Woodbine Entertainment
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Woodbine Racetrack is Canada’s home the biggest and most exciting thoroughbred races. Located in Toronto, Woodbine Racetrack typically operates thoroughbred racing from April through December. Premier races include the longest continuously ran horse race in North America, The Queen’s Plate, Breeders Cup win and you’re in races the Woodbine Mile, Summer and Natalma Stakes, along with the fan-favourite Canadian International Stakes. 

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