PENDER HARBOUR TAKES THE 2011 PRINCE OF WALES BY A NOSE

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For a recap or race chart for the 2010 Prince of Wales Stakes please click here.

pow_cup.jpg Since 1959, The Prince of Wales Stakes has been Fort Erie's premier race. The second jewel in Canada's Triple Crown of Racing. The Prince of Wales is a glowing centrepiece to the Queen's Plate and The Breeders' Stakes, both of which are contested at Woodbine. The Prince of Wales Stakes features Canada's top three year olds at a distance of one mile and three-sixteenths on the main track.

Many past Canadian champions have performed at Fort Erie in the classic event. Mr. E.P. Taylor's New Providence won the first running at Fort Erie in 1959. That year, The Canadian Triple Crown was introduced and New Providence won the inaugural series. Four years later, Canebora was hailed a Triple Crown champion. Canebora was also a product of Mr. Taylor's Windfields Farm.

Twenty-six years passed before another Triple Crown champion emerged. Kinghaven Farms' brilliant grey, With Approval, survived two photo-finishes to win The Plate, then The Prince of Wales, before he cake-walked to victory in The Breeders' Stakes.

Triple Crown winners came in quick succession after With Approval ended the drought. In 1990, another grey from Kinghaven Farms, Izvestia was named the top three-year-old in the country winning the three-race series. The most popular winner of the Prince of Wales waltzed to victory in 1991, super filly Dance Smartly, 'kicked sand at the boys' as she became the first and only lady to win the Canadian Triple Crown. In 1993, the immensely talented Peteski peaked in all three races. There was not another Triple Crown winner until Wando completed the trick in 2003.

horse1.jpg In 1959, the Prince of Wales Stakes became the marquis event on the Fort Erie racing calendar. That was also the year the race became the second jewel in Canada's Triple Crown of Racing.

 

The first edition of the Prince of Wales Stakes was held at Thorncliffe Park in Toronto on June 3, 1929. During the 1930's, the race was restricted to 3 year olds foaled in Canada, utilizing the same format as both the Queen's Plate and the Breeders' Stakes, the other two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown

Over the years the purse structure has soared to over $500,000 from its initial running in 1929, which was worth $7,500. Until 1953, the race was known as the Prince of Wales Plate, but the size of the purse was dramatically less. After the first two runnings, the purse for the Prince of Wales was dropped to just $2,500 added as the country was in the midst of a depression. horse2.jpg
1959 New Providence 1986 Golden Choice
1960 Bulpamiru 1987 Coryphee
1961 Song of Evan 1988 Regal Classic
1962 King Gorm 1989 With Approval
1963 Canebora 1990 Izvestia
1964 Canadillis 1991 Dance Smartly
1965 Good Old Mort 
1992 Ben Burb
1966 He's A Smoothie 1993 Peteski
1967 Battling 1994 Bruce's Mill
1968 Rouletabille
1995 Kiridashi
1969 Sharp-Eyed Quillo 
1996 Stephanotis
1970 Almoner 
1997 Cryptocloser 
1971 New Pro Escar 
1998 Archers Bay 
1972 Presidial 
1999 Gandria 
1973 Tara Road 
2000 Scatter the Gold
1974 Rushton's Corsair 
2001 Win City
1975 L'Enjoleur 
2002 Le Cinquieme Essai
1976 Norcliffe 2003 Wando
1977 Dance in Time 
2004 Bit O'Gold
1978 Overskate 2005 Ablo
1979 Mass Rally 
2006 Shillelagh Slew 
1980 Allan Blue 
2007 Alezzandro 
1981 Cadet Corps 
2008 Harlem Rocker
1982 Runaway Groom 2009 Gallant
1983 Archdeacon 2010 Golden Moka
1984 Val Dansant 2011 Pender Harbour
1985 Imperial Choice