Fort Erie readies for 89th Prince of Wales Stakes

Niagara’s prestigious Prince of Wales Stakes returns to Fort Erie Race Track on September 10th for its 89th run. This thrilling event, the second jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown, draws the nation’s fastest 3-year-old thoroughbreds to compete for a $400,000 prize on Fort Erie’s historic dirt track.

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Last year’s race shattered records, reports BloodHorse, with total wagering on the Stakes reaching an unprecedented $1.05 million, nearly double the previous high. Including additional races, the event pushed total wagering for the entire day to a record-breaking $3.48 million. The packed field of 11 horses also marked the largest Prince of Wales field in 20 years.

Building on the momentum of last year’s incredible event, Jim Thibert, CEO of the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium, said that organizers are determined to deliver another top-notch race that excites fans across the globe.

This year’s Triple Crown journey starts at Woodbine Racetrack with the King’s Plate on August 17th, followed by the Prince of Wales Stakes three weeks later. The date for the final leg, the Breeders’ Stakes, at Woodbine is yet to be announced.

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Before the summer heat gives way to the high stakes of fall, Fort Erie kicks off its regular racing season on May 28th, with races most Mondays and Tuesdays. Fan favourites like Father’s Day at the Track (June 16th) and the Wiener Dog Races (July 21st) return on select Sundays, joined by a new addition this year: the Corgi Races on August 18th.

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