The leadership lessons that we learn from working with animals might be directly applicable to other areas of life as well.
How good luck rituals can actually work to decrease anxiety, increase confidence and sense of control, within the security of a routine.
The Jockey Club of the United States is considering setting a cap on the number of mares that can be bred per stallion during a calendar year.
Ontario-bred Tone Broke asserted himself as the country’s top 3-year-old with convincing wins in two-thirds of the Canadian Triple Crown series.
The battle between Chief Know It All and Double Bear, over the 2017 Canadian Derby result, continues to rage on off the track two years later.
Century Mile’s plan is to bring back the past while at the same time heading into the future of Thoroughbred racing in Edmonton.
The newly built Century Mile marks a turnaround in Alberta’s horse racing industry. General manager, Paul Ryneveld, shares some secrets to the success.
Trainer Reade Baker discusses the finer points of purchasing Thoroughbred yearlings, from conformation and pedigree to pre-purchase exams.
While horse racing will always contain an element of risk, it is crucial that the industry do everything possible to make the sport as safe as possible.
Thoroughbred breeder Ivan Dalos, founder of Tall Oaks Farm, says he is concerned about the future of breeding in Ontario and offers his solution.
The Manitoba-bred mare Escape Clause, the 2018 Sovereign Award winning Champion Older Mare, has her sights set on a Breeders’ Cup win.
John Hayes, chair of Ontario Racing, says OR wants to work with the CTHS and thoroughbred breeders for the betterment of the industry.
In April, Century Mile opened its doors to reveal a new one-mile racetrack and casino, bringing stability to Alberta’s horse racing industry.
In this annual statistical review of the Canadian Thoroughbred, Ray Paulick highlights some interesting facts from horse racing past and present.
Ray Paulick recounts the conspiracy theories he’s heard about stewards or placing judges who are “out to get” the downtrodden horseplayer.
Inbreeding to Northern Dancer has become more frequent. In 2018, in particular, we have seen an explosion of multiple linebreeding to Northern Dancer.
Seven years after the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks Program, HBPA president Sue Leslie is still trying to lead the industry to a better place.
How breeder awards and incentives can help bolster the Ontario horse racing industry’s supply chain to improve the horse population.
Ray Paulick says racetracks of the 21st Century will bear little resemblance to old tracks, with big grandstands and sprawling parking lots.
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS) provides a quick review of the process for how to register a Thoroughbred foal in Canada.
Manfred and Penny Conrad of Waterloo, ON are ecstatic after winning the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint with Shamrock Rose.
Acquiring Sky Promise was pretty much a shot in the dark. Find out how trainer Robertino Diodoro’s $40,000 claim became champion of the west.
A director at the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency said she doesn’t expect hair testing to be adopted in Canadian horse racing any time soon.
Forty-one of 50 U.S. states have made dog racing illegal, Florida being the latest and most important state to do so. Is horse racing next?
John Burness (Brnjas) of Colebrook Farms speaks about the state of Ontario’s breeding industry, and how important it is to have its own horse population.
A look at how local media covered the end of Thoroughbred racing at Northlands Park, after 118 years. In the end, the Edmonton track went out with a bang.
Ray Paulick says racing – especially horse owners – will have a tough time convincing politicians it deserves a piece of the action from sports gambling.
A look at the history of the Manitoba Derby, which just celebrated its platinum edition at Assiniboia Downs, with the 70th running on August 6th.
Assiniboia Downs will have a new and dynamic element to its live racing this year and it’s attracting more horses than usual to the prairie track.
“Brandenburg,” a Thoroughbred mistakenly thought to be bred by Windfields Farm is living the life with two families at the CAM Equestrian Centre.
Jim Lawson, CEO of the Woodbine Entertainment Group, outlines the future of Woodbine Racetrack now that an expanded casino has been approved.
Evaluating statistics has long played an important role in Thoroughbred racing, but it’s becoming harder to make sense of them from a business standpoint.
Windstrong, a once-promising B.C. racehorse, has found a loving home with Colleen King, thanks to New Stride and now is affectionately known as Gus.
Outgoing CTHS National President, Grant Watson, offers some final thoughts on how the organization is run, as well as its successes and challenges.
New CTHS Ontario President Peter Berringer discusses short- and long-term goals for the organization, starting with regaining the confidence of breeders.
Ray Paulick comments on two recent studies – one on the ability of female jockeys, the other on the anti-bleeding medication furosemide.
Ontario Racing announced on Dec. 14, 2017 that it was undergoing a transformation to attempt to bring all horse racing parties in Ontario together.
A 10-year review of Canada’s leading freshman sires reveals these quick starters have gone on to solidify their place as leading sires in the country.
With impressive facilities, huge crowds and even larger handle, Thoroughbred racing in Hong Kong should be on every racing fan’s Bucket List.
What defines a runner as a true War Horse? These four Canadian examples — still performing at a high level at an advanced age — are a great place to start.
Ray Paulick says that Thoroughbred racing is devoid of national leadership or a structure, which leads to a lack of long-range planning.
Ray Paulick says there’s too much distance between horses and the majority of people living in the modern world, and it’s time to get reacquainted.
It took three years for Pink Lloyd to make it to the races, but the sprinter has made up for lost time with victories in seven straight stakes races.
Racing’s return to Calgary after a nine-year absence is part of a new beginning for thoroughbred racing in western Canada at Century Mile.
Have testing protocols for performance enhancing drugs in horse racing become too precise and are the results being interpreted fairly in Canada?
The most powerful broodmares in Manitoba is currently hiding out in the snow and bush at tire shop owner Charlie Fouillard’s farm in St. Lazare, MB.
World Approval gives Mark Casse second straight Woodbine Mile score.
This article highlights the eve of the Canadian Premier Yearling Sale when the CTHS, TIP and WEG threw a million-dollar party for sale graduates.
The track said the sponsorship is a good fit in an attempt to draw more attention to its turf program.
Trainers both small and large are struggling to make the numbers work in Canada as both purses and the horse population continues to decline.
In mid-August, Ontario Racing (OR) chair Hugh Mitchell addressed a number of issues facing the association group that represents the industry to government.
Del Mar's efforts to improve safety are making a difference.
Century Mile is not going to be a slot-parlour casino with a racetrack limping along beside it. It is going to be a racetrack first.
The Ontario Sired racing program has undergone some changes, but many class of races and the breeders’ awards have remained.
Originally billed as “Western Canada’s Finest Race Track,” Assiniboia Downs celebrates its 60th season in 2017, this article highlights some key moments.
Holy Helena followed the growing list of fillies to sweep the Queen’s Plate/Oaks double with her impressive win over the best colts in Canada.
As another tool to help you find success at the sales, here are the top earning horses in 2016 and their pedigrees from each racing jurisdiction in Canada.
Last month’s five-day Royal Ascot meeting from England was broadcast to the United States on the NBC Sports Network for the first time.
This article takes a closer look at the top yearlings sales in across Canada in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.
Paulick Report discusses horse racing's need for enduring stars.
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is eager to develop the 684-acre site home to Woodbine Racetrack. Although, the project will be a slow, methodical one.
How much punishment, in the form of pari-mutuel takeout, will the racing public stand?”
The FBI, horse racing and exposing wrongdoing
Another year has come and gone, another CTHS report update to be given. So let’s begin: 2016 was certainly a year for changes for many.
2017 marks the 250th year of horse racing in Canada, but despite its longevity, the call for innovation within the sport is longstanding.
Ray Paulick talks horse racing economics.
The breeding of more specialized thoroughbreds, however, was supported by a developing interest in horse racing across Canada.
Only the restriction on the broodmare purchaser being an Ontario resident is considered a drawback to some who have American clients who race in Ontario.
As the Ontario thoroughbred breeding industry has struggled to get back on firmer footing for the last five years, so has the annual Winter Mixed Sale.
The construction of Century Mile marks a turnaround in Alberta’s horse racing industry, Paul Ryneveld, general manager, highlights why in this article.
Ray Paulick shares his hopes for this year's racing season.
Ray Paulick says the Breeders’ Cup must keep growing the event on the wagering front as well as it has on entertainment and hospitality.
Ontario Racing (OR) is a relatively new body with an old look that is playing a critical role in the future of racing in the province. What exactly is OR and where is it leading the industry?
Reviews are mixed one year after Woodbine installed a Tapeta synthetic track surface to replace Polytrack.
As horse population continues to decline, what role will a reduced Ontario Sired program have in helping the future of WEG.
Discussing the benefits of the CTHS decision to require all foals born in 2017 and beyond to be implanted with identification microchips.
Lindsey Fex and the thoroughbred Diamond Hunter are one of two Alberta entries heading to the $100,000 Thoroughbred .
A few years after putting her own training stable on hold, Rachel Halden won the Breeders’ Stakes with Garland Williamson’s 26-1 longshot Camp Creek.
The video for Shot of Glory — a song that hit number one — was filmed at Woodbine earlier this year because of David Roberts’ deep love for the sport.
For many who love the sport of horse racing, ownership seems like an impossible dream. But this notion has been turned upside down for 40 lucky Winnipegers.
In the first part of an ongoing series on the challenges facing the Ontario horse racing industry – and possible solutions – Cal Bricker, the senior vice-president of horse racing for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) corporation, explains integration and what the future holds for horse racing.
Is exchange wagering a game changer for horse racing?
Longshot filly fends off foes to take top prize.
Sir Dudley Digges was bred heavily for the turf, but also has dirt prowess thanks to Storm Cat from the incomparable Northern Dancer line.
Ray Paulick says traditionalists are going to have to get used to the new face of horse racing.
Twenty-five years ago, Dance Smartly’s first major step toward greatness came with a dominant performance in the 1991 Queen’s Plate.
Allyson, who had grown up in nearby Woodstock, Illinois, said if Jesse was willing to take the chance on moving to Woodbine, she was willing to as well.
Ray Paulick says until we can say with all honesty that we are doing everything possible to make this the safest and most humane sport it can be, horse racing will always remain under the public’s critical microscope and face an uncertain future.
Lyle and Phylis Farkash were presented with the Champion Alberta bred Trophy at the Night of Champions by Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.
New regulation of horse racing in Ontario transferred to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario from the Ontario Racing Commission. That’s just the beginning of significant changes in store for horse racing in the province said AGCO CEO Jean Major.
The race is on to keep Edmonton oval’s future on-track.
Richard Hamel, Shannon Beauregard and Jesse Campbell take readers inside the jockeys’ rooms at Hastings Park, Northlands Park and Woodbine Racetrack.
In 2015, according to Equibase, there were 5,909 trainers in North America who saddled at least one starter. Keep reading to learn about the financial side.
In this article Ray Paulick talks the about separation of the casino business from the racing business, and trends in horse racing.
Reductions the Woodbine Entertainment Group has made to the Ontario Sire bonus program have raised the ire of most of the province’s breeders.
Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield said there appears to be considerable merit to the idea of racing the opposite direction on Woodbine’s famed E.P. Taylor Turf Course.
Should I stay or should I go? Staying put or sunny climes for horses over the winter.
Versatility, speed and stamina up for grabs with some of the new stallions in Canada for 2016.
Paralyzed Jockey Alyssa Selman is overwhelmed by new wheelchair-accessible home.
There’s lots of work to be done to bring Saskatchewan’s equine and racing industries in line with other industries of similar size and with other jurisdictions in the province’s agriculture sector.
Ray Paulick asks: what can we learn from the Hong Kong Jockey Club's approach?
Jockey Ryan Moore won his third straight Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine and also won the E.P. Taylor Stakes, making him the first rider since 1998 to win both stakes in the same year.
A stirring stretch run by Irish-bred Mondialiste spelled victory in the Woodbine Mile.
On Aug. 5 at the Mississauga Convention Centre, five thoroughbred legends were officially inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
Anthony Esposito, Neal Wilson and Ron Burke take you inside the world of Woodbine jockey agents.
Twenty-five years ago, Ron Fawcett bought a farm to impress the woman he was dating and Tod Mountain Thoroughbreds was born near Kamloops, British Columbia.
American Pharoah proves his greatness in Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Meet Nyquist, the two-year-old horse that bears the name of the Red Wings forward.
Ray Paulick says greatness is in the eye of the beholder, and gives his take on American Pharoah.
Paradox was honoured with the Breeder of the Year Award at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s annual awards evening.
Shaman Ghost, racing without Lasix, gives Stronach his third Queen’s Plate.
Unwanted supplement Academic pulled off a 66-1 upset in the Woodbine Oaks.
In the first of a two-part series, this article introduces the details of racing in Saskatchewan.
Ray Paulick reports on the Thoroughbred Horseracing Anti-Doping Authority.
For many years, reports differed about who rode or owned the winner of the 12th Plate held at Kingston’s Cataraqui Course. There wasn’t even consensus about how to spell the winning mare’s name.
Providing free statistical information on a sport builds engagement with fans.
Century Downs Racetrack and Casino has officially opened in southern Alberta.
When Bob Anderson died in 2010, his son, David, went against the norm and opted to reinvest heavily in Anderson Farms of St. Thomas.
Chrysanthi is the perfect playmate.
For the stats lover, thoroughbred racing is awash with great numbers.
It took three trips to Quebec and over a year for Sherry McLean to find Oneexcessivenite and her Spaniard yearling and bring them home to Ontario.
Ray Paulick says gaining an edge is not just a racing problem, and that performance-enhancing drugs have transformed several sports into exercises of chemical superiority.
After 20 years at the Woodbine Entertainment Group, including nearly 10 years as its president, Nick Eaves has announced he is leaving the Toronto company on March 31, 2015.
How much revenue does a track keep from pari-mutuel wagering? It depends on what you wager on and where and how you wager. WEG’s Sean Pinsonneault helps demystify a head-spinning set of equations.
Each time, male jockeys boycotted, refusing to participate in a race that included a woman, the races had to be cancelled.
Finding a winner at a yearling sale isn't easy. Some of the most successful people in the game give one piece of advice for picking out a great horse.
Success hasn’t come easily for Nicky and Norman Wylie, owners and operators of White House Stables, but two B.C. champions are putting them on the map.
Spanky is a very lucky horse.
Trivia about Canada's most famous horse race and a tribute to the late Michael Van Every.
From the bounce theory to the turn-back, here are some ingenious approaches to betting on horses.
Racetracks and breeding programs are thriving in the U.S. because of slots-at-racetrack deals.
For 77 years, Santa Anita Park has had a reputation of grandeur and class among horsemen. One visit to the historic race track will leave you wanting more.
Webb Carroll on Starting up Two-Year-Olds.
Expert strategies on picking a winner when your neighbourhood racing season returns from a winter hiatus.
How can a stay-at-home trainer have their horses ready to battle the invading winter-raced, trained rivals? Find out Robert Tiller's answer.
Highlights from over the years
In its glory days, Windfields Farm in Oshawa, Ontario, was rich with some of the bluest blooded thoroughbreds in the world.
Louis Cauz tells us about Queen's Plate starter Rockspring who went to war.
Nicole Kitchener investigates how each betting dollar is divided at three Canadian tracks and in two U.S. jurisdictions.
Former Woodbine publicist Bruce Walker recounts the year of the birth of Canada's greatest horse, Northern Dancer
Canadian Thoroughbred magazine celebrates it 50th anniversary in 2011 and throughout this year some of the biggest moments have been re-visited.
A thoroughbred syndicate is essentially a partnership formed to carry on a business; in this case the ownership of one or more racehorses.