History of PATTISON CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL

 
 
 

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JOCKEY ACHIEVEMENTS

Robert Watson and Frankie Dettori have won the International three times.  Watson won in 1942 and 1943 with Shepperton, and in 1944 with Be Brief.  Dettori in 2000 with Mutafaweq, 2004 with Sulamani and 2012 with Joshua Tree.

Ten riders have won the International on two occasions:
Tom Aimers - 1938 and 1941 with Bunty Lawless
Pat Remillard - 1945 with Tulachmore, and 1950 with Nephisto
Juan Sanchez - 1956 with Eugenia II and 1957 with Spinney
Ron Turcotte - 1964 with Will I Rule and 1971 with One For All
Sandy Hawley - 1976 with Youth and 1979 with Golden Act
Eddie Maple - 1973 Secretariat and 1982 with Majesty's Prince
Jorge Velasquez - 1975 with Snow Knight and 1981 with Open Call
Jean Cruguet - 1978 with Mac Diarmida and 1989 with Hodges Bay
Pat Day - 1991 with Sky Classic and 1995 with Lassigny
Jose Santos - 1986 with Southjet and 1997 with Chief Bearhart
Gary Stevens - 1996 with Singspiel and 1998 with Royal Anthem

TRAINER ACHIEVEMENTS

Three trainers, Gord (Pete) McCann, Horatio Luro, and Maurice Zilber have won the International three times.

McCann won with Bunty Lawless in 1941, Bull Page in 1951, and Navy Page in 1953.  Luro won in 1956 with Eugenia II, 1957 with Spinney, and 1971 with One For All.  Zilber has won with Dahlia, in 1974, followed up with Youth in 1976, then Exceller in 1977.

Trainers to have won twice are Arthur Brent - Kingarvie and Nephisto; Joe Cantey, Majesty's Prince (twice); Fred Schelke, Shepperton (twice); Harry Trotsek, Jack Ketch and Martini II; Don Richardson, George Royal (twice); Andre Fabre - French Glory and Raintrap; Saeed bin Suroor – Mutafaweq and Sulamani.

OWNER ACHIEVEMENTS

E. P. Taylor is the only owner to have won the International on four occasions.  He won with Nephisto in 1950; Bull Page in 1951; Navy Page in 1953 and Snow Knight in 1975.

Nelson Bunker Hunt has won the International three times.  He won with Dahlia in 1974; Youth in 1976 and Exceller in 1977

BREEDER ACHIEVEMENTS

Nine breeders have won the International on two occasions:

Nelson Bunker Hunt - Youth, 1976; Dahlia, 1974

John Schiff - Our Jeep, 1961; Droll Role, 1972

Woodvale Farm (Ky.) - Navy Page, 1953; Bull Page, 1951

Greentree Stable - The Axe II, 1963; Open Call, 1981

Willie Morrissey - Bunty Lawless, 1938 and 1941

F. H. Schelke - Shepperton, 1942 and 1943

Woodlands Investment - Kingarvie, 1946; Nephisto, 1950

D.J.W. Dunn - George Royal, 1965 and 1966

John D. Marsh - Majesty's Prince, 1982 and 1984    

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

Five horses have won the International on two occasions:

     Bunty Lawless - 1938 and 1941

     Shepperton - 1942 and 1943

     George Royal - 1965 and 1966

     Majesty's Prince - 1982 and 1984

     Joshua Tree - 2010 and 2012

F. H. Schelke is the only man to breed, own and train an International winner. Schelke accomplished this feat with Shepperton.

Nine fillies or mares have won the International:

     Cerise III - 1940 - mare 7

     Brown Hostess - 1947 - filly 4

     Eugenia II - 1956 - filly 4

     Drumtop - 1970 - filly 4

     Dahlia - 1974 - filly 4

     All Along - 1983 - filly 4

     River Memories - 1987 - filly 3

     Infamy - 1988 - filly 4

     Sarah Lynx - 2011 - filly 4

Five Canadian-bred horses have won the International since 1958: Thornfield (1999), Chief Bearhart (1997) Sky Classic (1991), He’s A Smoothie (1967) and George Royal (1965 and 1966).

Two horses have been disqualified after winning the Canadian International.  Wiorno, with Thierry Jarnet up, won in 1992, defeating Snurge and Ghazi.  Wiorno, owned by Madame Plesch, of Monaco, was subsequently disqualified and placed third for bumping Ghazi several times in the drive to the wire.  The Stewards' decision was appealed, but in an Ontario Racing Commission hearing in November, Wiorno's disqualification was upheld.  Official result - Snurge first, Ghazi second and Wiorno was placed third.  In 1969 Tradesman, ridden by Avelino Gomez, was placed last for interfering with Te Vega, who was ridden by Ron Turcotte.  Second-place finisher, Vent du Nord, ridden by Turcotte's brother, Rudy, was elevated to top spot.

From 1970, the International winners Secretariat (1973), Dahlia (1974), Snow Knight (1975), Youth (1976), Mac Diarmida (1978), All Along (1983), Singspiel (1996) and Chief Bearhart (1997) have each gone on to win the Eclipse Award as North America's outstanding grass horse that year.  Sam-Son Farm’s Sky Classic, winner of the 1991 International, earned a 1992 Eclipse Award as North America’s top male turfer.

All Along was the first European-based Thoroughbred to also win the Eclipse Award as Horse-of-the-Year in North America.

In 1998, Royal Anthem was the first supplemental nomination to win the International.

WHERE WINNERS HAVE BEEN BRED (SINCE 1958):

27 - United States (Kentucky, except where noted) – Marsh Side, 2008; Cloudy’s Knight, 2007; Mutafaweq, 2000; Royal Anthem, 1998; Lassigny, 1995; Husband (Virginia), 1993; Hodges Bay, 1989; River Memories, 1987; Southjet, 1986; Nassipour, 1985; Majesty’s Prince (Virginia), 1984 and 1982; Open Call, 1981; Great Neck (Florida), 1980; Golden Act (California), 1979; Mac Diarmida (Florida), 1978; Exceller, 1977; Youth (Maryland), 1976; Dahlia, 1974; Secretariat (Virginia), 1973; Droll Role, 1972; One for All, 1971; Drumtop, 1970; Will I Rule, 1964; The Axe II, 1963; El Bandido (California, 1962; Our Jeep, 1961

12 - Ireland (Sarah Lynx, 2011; Joshua Tree, 2010, 2012; Relaxed Gesture, 2005; Sulamani, 2004; Phoenix Reach, 2003; Ballingarry, 2002; Singspiel, 1996; Snurge, 1992; French Glory, 1990; Martini II, 1959; Jack Ketch, 1958)

7 - Great Britain (Champs Elysees, 2009; Collier Hill, 2006; Mutamam, 2001; Raintrap, 1994; Infamy (England), 1988; Snow Knight (England), 1975; Rocky Royale (England), 1960

6 - Canada (Ontario, except where noted) - Thornfield, 1999; Chief Bearhart, 1997; Sky Classic, 1991; He’s A Smoothie, 1967; George Royal (British Columbia), 1966 and 1965

2 - France (All Along, 1983, Vent du Nord, 1969)

1 - Argentina (Frenetico, 1968)

AGE OF WINNERS (SINCE 1958):

Three-year-olds - 13 (Joshua Tree the latest in 2010)

Four-year-olds - 26 (Sarah Lynx the latest in 2011)

Five-year-olds - 11 (Joshua Tree the latest in 2012)

Six-year-olds - 2 (Champs Elysees the latest in 2009)

Seven-year-olds – 1 (Cloudy’s Knight, 2007)

Eight-year-olds – 1 (Collier Hill, 2006)

OLDEST RUNNER (SINCE 1958):

Yavana’s Pace, Age 10, 2002 (finished third to Ballingarry)

FEMALE JOCKEYS (4):

Robyn Smith, 1973, finished sixth to Secretariat aboard Triangular

Julie Krone, 1995, finished fifth to Lassigny aboard Boyce

Chantal Sutherland, 2004, finished 10th to Sulamani aboard Lenny the Lender

Emma-Jayne Wilson, 2007, finished 12th to Cloudy’s Knight aboard Marsh Side

 

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