Bessarabian Stakes

The Bessarabian Stakes is a Canadian Thoroughbred horse race run annually since 1985 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario. Raced at a distance of seven furlongs, it is held during the latter part of November and is open to fillies, age three and older. Raced on Polytrack synthetic dirt since 2006, the Bessarabian Stakes currently offers a purse of $150,000 plus $50,000 for Ontario-bred horses from the Ontario Thoroughbred Improvement Program. Inaugurated in 1985, through 1990 it was contested at six furlongs. The race is named in honor of Eaton Hall Farm's Champion filly, Bessarabian.

Woodbine Racetrack Graded Stakes Races

Stakes Race Grade Purse
Eclipse Stakes III $150,000
Nassau Stakes II $300,000
King Edward Stakes II $250,000
Highlander Stakes II $200,000
Singspiel Stakes III $150,000
Queen's Plate Stakes I $1,000,000
Dominion Day Stakes III $200,000
Dance Smartly Stakes II $300,000
Ontario Matron Stakes III $150,000
Nijinsky Stakes II $300,000
Royal North Stakes III $150,000
Sky Classic Stakes II $250,000
Ontario Colleen Stakes III $150,000
Play the King Stakes II $200,000
Seaway Stakes III $150,000
Natalma Stakes III $200,000
Summer Stakes III $250,000
Canadian Stakes II $300,000
Northern Dancer Turf Stakes I $500,000
Woodbine Mile Stakes I $1,000,000
Selene Stakes III $250,000
Grey Stakes III $200,000
Nearctic Stakes I $500,000
E.P. Taylor Stakes I $1,000,000
Canadian International Stakes I $1,500,000
Autumn Stakes II $150,000
Kennedy Road Stakes III $150,000
Bessarabian Stakes III $150,000
Valedictory Stakes III $150,000

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