Northern Dancer StatueThe Northern Dancer Turf Stakes is a 1.5 mile race for thoroughbred horses held every July at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.  The race carries a purse of $750,000 and is named after Northern Dancer, Canada’s most famous racehorse.

Woodbine Entertainment does take bets on the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at the racetrack, but if you unable to make it out to the tracks you can also place bets online through any of our recommended betting sites listed below.

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Bet365 and Sports Interaction both accept bets on all races that take place at the Woodbine Racetrack, including the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes.  It can be a little tricky to find the Woodbine Races if you are unfamiliar with either site so I’ve outlined a quick step by step guide to help you place your bets.

At you will find ‘Horse Racing’ in the left sidebar of the main sportsbook.  After selecting ‘Horse Racing’ you will have to switch the location at the top of the page from the default ‘UK & Ireland’ to ‘International’.  You will then see the Woodbine races for the day, including the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes.

Sports Interaction has a more traditional Racebook that is separate from the sportsbook.  After visiting you should click on ‘Racebook’ in the top menu bar.  You will then be able to find ‘Woodbine’ under the Thoroughbred heading in the left side bar.

A Brief History

The Northern Dancer Turf Stakes has gone through several transformations over the years.  The race was originally called the Niagara Handicap and it was first run on a dirt track at the Fort Erie Racetrack in 1953.  The race was moved to Woodbine Racetrack in 1985 and has remained there ever since.  It wasn’t until 2006 that the race’s name was officially changed at the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes was born.

Northern Dancer was a Canadian-bred racehorse that won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes in 1964.  As a 3-year-old he also won the Queen’s Plate race in Canada.  What really made Northern Dancer a famous racehorse was how he became the most famous and sought after sire in the 20th century.  Check out Wikipedia for more on Northern Dancer.