The Prince of Wales Stakes is Canada’s equivalent of the Preakness Stakes. It’s the second race in the Canadian Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing and it’s held every year at the Fort Erie Racetrack in late July. Just like the Preakness, the Prince of Wales Stakes is held two weeks after the first leg of the Triple Crown (Queen’s Plate) and if the Queen’s Plate Champion is victorious in Fort Erie the buzz begins about a possible Triple Crown winner. Just like the Preakness, the Prince of Wales Stakes has a distance of 9.5 furlongs (1 3/16 miles) and is the shortest of the Canadian Triple Crown races.
Check out the Fort Erie Race Track website for all of the information about the upcoming Prince of Wales Stakes race.
Fort Erie Racetrack does allow you to place bets on the Prince of Wales Stakes at the track, but if you aren’t able to make it out to Fort Erie you can also bet on the race online at any of our recommended sites outlined below.
Where To Bet On The Prince Of Wales Stakes
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Both of the betting sites listed here take bets on every race at Fort Erie Racetrack throughout the year. That of course includes the Prince Of Wales Stakes, which is by far the most popular race of the year in Fort Erie. It can be a challenge to find where to bet on the race at either site, so I’ve outlined a quick guide for each betting site here:
Sports Interaction has the traditional layout where the Racebook is separate from the other sports. Once at the SportsInteraction.com website you should select ‘Racebook’ from the top navigation menu. You will then be able to find ‘Fort Erie’ in the left sidebar under ‘Thoroughbred’. After selecting Fort Erie you will be able to see all of the races available for wagering at Fort Erie for the day, including the Prince of Wales Stakes.
Bet365 does not go the traditional route and instead includes their horse race betting in their regular sportsbook. Once at the Bet365.com sportsbook you should select ‘Horse Racing’ from the left sidebar. Next you will have to switch to ‘International’ racetracks at the top of the page. You will then be able to find ‘Fort Erie’ and place your wagers.
The Rich History of the Prince of Wales Stakes
The Prince of Wales Stakes began in 1929 at the Thorncliffe Park Raceway in east Toronto. Like many other racetrack’s in Toronto the Thorncliffe Park Raceway is now defunct. The race was moved to Woodbine Racetrack for a few years between 1953 and 1958. In 1959 the race was moved to it’s now permanent home at Fort Erie Racetrack. It was also in 1959 that the race officially became the second race of the Canadian Triple Crown series.
The Prince of Wales Stakes distance has also changed a few times over the years. It started out as a 1 1/8 mile race at Thorncliffe Park Raceway and has changed several times over the years. In 1988 the race decided to mirror Preakness Stakes distance and choose a distance of 9.5 furlongs.
At the current distance horse Bruce’s Mill holds the race record with a time of 1:53.80 in 1994. To see the full list of winners check out the Prince of Wales Stakes Wikipedia page.
The Prince of Wales Stakes has a very rich history and this history should continue to grow as the Prince of Wales Stakes continues to be run at Fort Erie Racetrack as the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown into the future.