Canadian Champ (1953–1978) was a Canadian Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse who in 1956 won the three races that would become the Canadian Triple Crown Championship in 1959. Sired by Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame inductee Windfields, he was out of the mare Bolesteo.
Trained by John Passero, during his racing career Canadian Champ set three track records at Woodbine Racetrack, and equalled another there as well as at Gulfstream Park in Florida. In his two-year-old season, Canadian Champ won 1955's Coronation Futurity Stakes and the Cup and Saucer Stakes, the two most important races for his age group in Canada. Sent south to Saratoga Race Course, he ran second in the United States Hotel Stakes to Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney's colt Career Boy. The following year he won Canada's most prestigious race, the Queen's Plate, as well as the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Breeders' Stakes, which constituted the Triple Crown series created three years later. His 1956 performances earned Canadian Champ Canadian Horse of the Year honors, and he retired as the richest Thoroughbred in Canadian racing history.
Racing in 1957 at age four, Canadian Champ's best results were a win in the Swynford Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack and three stakes race seconds.
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