Canadian Turf Stakes

The Canadian Turf Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in February at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The Grade III race is open to horses four-year-old and up and is run at a distance of 1 1/16 miles on turf. The inaugural race was run on March 18, 1967 and was named to honor the many Canadian racing fans who vacation or reside in the state of Florida during the winter months and who in 1967 were celebrating the Canadian Centennial.

The 1990 Canadian Triple Crown champion and Horse of the Year, Izvestia, wintered in Florida and made his 1991 racing debut with a win in this race. In 2002 and 2004, the race was run on dirt and was downgraded to a listed race until 2007 when it was restored to its Grade III status. In 2005, Old Forester set a new Gulfstream Park turf course record for 1 1/16 miles in winning the Canadian Turf Handicap in a time of 1:38.20. In 2009, the race was raced at a distance of one mile. It was run in two divisions in 1968, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987.

Gulfstream Park Graded Stakes Races

Stakes Race Grade Purse
Sugar Swirl Stakes III $100,000
Mr. Prospector Handicap III $100,000
Old Hat Stakes III $100,000
Marshua's River Stakes III $100,000
Fort Lauderdale Stakes III $100,000
Hal's Hope Handicap III $100,000
Forward Gal Stakes II $200,000
Holy Bull Stakes III $400,000
Donn Handicap I $500,000
Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap I $300,000
Hutcheson Stakes II $150,000
Suwannee River Stakes III $150,000
Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship II $150,000
Hurricane Bertie Stakes III $150,000
Davona Dale Stakes II $250,000
Sabin Stakes III $100,000
Very One Stakes III $100,000
Fountain of Youth Stakes II $400,000
Mac Diarmida Stakes II $150,000
Canadian Turf Stakes III $150,000
Gulfstream Park Handicap II $300,000
Swale Stakes III $150,000
Herecomesthebride Stakes III $150,000
Palm Beach Stakes III $150,000
Inside Information Stakes II $150,000
Honey Fox Stakes II $100,000
Pan American Stakes II $150,000
Orchid Stakes III $150,000
Florida Derby I $1,000,000
Gulfstream Park Oaks II $300,000
Appleton Stakes III $100,000
Rampart Stakes III $150,000
Skip Away Stakes III $100,000