Reigning Canadian Horse of the Year MIGHTY HEART arrived home on Sunday afternoon about 12 hours following his scrappy win in the $150,000 Blame Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Blame was Mighty Heart’s first stakes race attempt south of the border and Larry Cordes’ colt battled back to win by a nose in 1:50 for 1 1/8 miles good, for a 92 Beyer Speed Figure, according to Daily Racing Form.

The victory set horse racing Twitter afire and on Facebook, dozens of photos of the colt’s victory, provided by Coady Photography among others, were greeted by hundreds of comments from Ontario horsepeople. In times when horse racing needs a hero, Mighty Heart has proven to be just that for Canadian racing fans. He even has his own Instagram account @mightyheart.tb.

Trainer Josie Carroll will point the 4-year-old by Dramedy – Emma’s Bullseye by City Place to the July 1 Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine, a fitting spot for the Canadian colt. In the stalls next to Mighty Heart are many other Carroll runners including his younger half-sister, Evelyn’s Delight, a 3-year-old by Silver Max.

Meanwhile, Woodbine’s 2021 Thoroughbred season remains on hold until June 18 as Ontario is only just beginning to open up the economy. Racing has been held throughout other parts of Canada and the United States for several weeks.


Coady Photography of Mighty Heart’s win in the Blame Stakes at Churchill Downs.