Her latest trip spanned seven weeks in Thailand and yes, she even managed to sneak in a day at the horse races.
In this week’s report, trainer Don MacRae and jockey Slade Jones discuss their 2022 seasons and hopes for 2023.
In this week’s report, trainer Darwin Banach and jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson talk about the 2022 and 2023 Woodbine seasons.
The 80-year-old Alberta-based horseman has been training Thoroughbreds since the 1960s and *might* be thinking about retiring.
His family-owned homebred Poulin in O T, a three-year-old son of Reload, is the cause of much excitement for the upcoming season.
Trainer Gail Cox and jockey David Moran look back on the 2022 campaign and ahead to the upcoming 2023 Woodbine season.
Focus on Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame trainer Josie Carroll and Rafael Hernandez, who won 135 races in 2022.
This Woodbine trainer has had some impressive success with her small stable, and is looking forward to an exciting 2023 season.
Krista developed Candy Overload, the Ontario-bred son of local stallion Reload, from a yearling into a graded stakes-placed sprinter.
First setting foot on the backstretch 25 years ago, working at Woodbine was a transformative experience for Ricky Dookeran.
Roger Attfield's long-time assistant Allyson Walker Hartfield describes the long journey to Japan for the Feb. 19th February Stakes.
This week, Woodbine turns the spotlight on trainer Steven Chircop and jockey Sahin Civaci as they prepare for the 2023 racing season.
Woodbine Communications spotlights Woodbine-based horses and horse people ahead of the 2023 racing season.
Many years ago the LongRun resident, now 30, caught the eye and the heart of Donna Ralph - in large part thanks to the great Barbaro.
One of Mexico’s leading jockeys is looking forward to his second season and first full campaign at Woodbine.
David and Ann Muscat entered into racehorse ownership by chance but were quickly hooked, thanks to Lobby Bar's success.
‘Coach,’ as some knew him, was a father, lifelong horseman, trainer, mentor, and good friend to many who crossed his path.
The Langlois family has strong, longtime ties with Jamie Attard, which has resulted in an exciting journey of horse ownership.
Colin Davis did his homework to form a small broodmare band and launch his racing career with his Apricot Valley Thoroughbreds.
It was a picture-perfect first win for the trainer with racing in her DNA on a rainy November afternoon at Woodbine.
A gallery of extraordinary racing images taken by the BC professional is only a small glimpse of the multiple sports he has captured.
This newly-launched retraining and rehoming organization finds fresh careers for Thoroughbreds once they hang up their racing shoes.
This 20-year-old apprentice from a racing family has been on fire, racking up four wins since her debut in October at Woodbine.
The eye-catching orange-and-white racing silks that bear a ribbon and her initials are more than a fashion statement for this 18-year-old.
The magic victory involved an 8-year-old mare, winless in '22, trained by a 95-year-old and ridden by a young jock who had never won a race.
"Horse racing needs more stories like this”: The 3-year-old filly Stevie Wonder Girl has been a dream horse for Todd and Alivia Kettleson.
Assiniboia Downs player Les Buzzell — who never bets the favourites — has had legendary good fortune wagering on the ponies.
Hot sire Frac Daddy produced back-to-back debut victories for Quiet Intent and Quiet Sunday for last year's Woodbine Mile winning trainer.
The Minkster sold for $39,853 as a yearling at the 2020 CTHS Sale and the Hyka brothers continue to benefit from OR’s TIP Breeders Awards.
A $7,000 yearling purchase in 2020, Ironstone has taken the family and trainer William Armata on the ride of a lifetime.
Susan Rasmussen's 'exciting little horse' represents the farm's first runner in Canada's most prestigious race.
When Borders Racing Stable's homebred Rondure enters the gate in the Queen’s Plate, he’ll be the stable’s first starter in Canada’s premier race.
Joe Guerrieri has made his sole focus supporting the Ontario breeding industry and racing at Woodbine Racetrack.
Exercise rider Korina McLean learned the hard way about the dangers of the job when a horse fell on her, causing serious injuries.
The daughter of Great Gladiator is the dam of the great Pink Lloyd, the richest CTHS yearling sale graduate ever.
Racing will run at Marquis Downs August 27 through September 25 as plans continue for development of a new track, Moosomin Downs.
The success of Ontario Jockey Club Stakes winner Mason's Gamble is a story of camaraderie and shared dreams.
Owner-breeders Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry choose horse names with a special meaning to them, from song lyrics to SCTV characters.
Woodbine Entertainment's new CCO is dedicated to finding new ways to lead the industry and welcome the public to the sport.
This enduring veteran of the sport talks about his lengthy career, the good horses he's ridden, and what keeps him going.
After 11 years with Woodbine Entertainment, ‘Porty’ will depart the broadcast booth on June 26 to become an AGCO Racing Official.
Hastings is hit with a “double whammy” following the deaths of BC-CTHS president Dave Bennington and industry titan Glen Todd.
Home to Ted Burnett's Josham Farms Limited and Yvonne Schwabe Thoroughbreds, this stable continues to produce top-quality athletes.
The longtime trainer dubbed “The Godfather” predicts his horse will win tomorrow on opening night at Assiniboia Downs.
An inspection of 80-1 longshot winner Rich Strike's pedigree shows plenty of Canadian influence, top and bottom.
One of the best BC-breds of all time, the Sungold mare trained by Barbara Heads will look to make her 2022 debut in early June.
Sylvain and Terri Pion will have a close eye on Kentucky Derby starter Barber Road, as they have his half-sister in their barn.
Getting to know the equine stars of Woodbine Racetrack who will look to make their mark in 2022; this week, Silent Poet.
Why do Manitoba race fans have one eye on Japan? Because “The Assiniboia Assassin” is now producing beautiful babies there.
Taking a look beyond the chart lines and stat sheets at the equine stars of Woodbine seeking to make their mark in 2022.
Woodbine backstretch favourite ‘Toga’, one of the first LongRun residents, is enjoying retirement with his buddies, pets and treats.
Katie Larsen's rehoming business has hit its stride, helping former track stars embark upon the next chapters of their lives.
Introducing the equine stars of Woodbine with three fascinating facts about each horse who will look to make their mark in 2022.
In the final report of the season, trainers Buntain and Attard talk about last year's campaigns and this year's plans and hopes.
Leading Woodbine rider Kazushi Kimura answers some fun questions and provides a unique perspective into his personality.
The legendary Canadian race caller may have retired from Fort Erie, but Caribbean racetracks and travelling the world are on the agenda.
In this week’s report, trainers Nosowenko and Smith talk about some nice horses in their barns they are excited about.
The owner and trainer answers some offbeat questions about ice cream, sad songs, dance moves and bucket list items.
The weekly report catches up with trainers Santino Di Paola and Francine Villeneuve to talk about last year's campaigns and 2022 plans.
Teon Walker made an instant connection with the kind-eyed gelding Primo Touch, the star of the Ladouceur operation at Woodbine.
Trainers Mike Mattine and Harold Ladouceur talk about their respective 2021 campaigns and the upcoming 2022 season.
This week trainer Kevin Attard is the featured victim, answering offbeat questions about racing, pizza and cartoons.
Trainers Richards and Keogh talk about their respective 2021 campaigns and upcoming 2022 seasons, plus much more.
This jockey followed in her mom's footsteps and is closing in on 200 career victories, with three stakes triumphs.
Chris Blake, who has been leasing stallions to stand at his Ascot Stud Farm for more than 15 years, provides some insight.
Cassandra Walker and Dennis Stolz set off together in a whirlwind that now sees them standing three exceptional stallions in Alberta.
Trainers Attard and Banach discuss their respective 2021 seasons and upcoming 2022 campaigns, plus much more.
The Irishman and his family relocated to Canada in 2011 and since then Moran has guided horses to multiple graded stakes victories.
The Sovereign and Eclipse Award winner and first woman to win the Queen's Plate also has a penchant for terrorizing fellow jockeys.
The two trainers discuss their respective 2021 campaigns, plus plans (and hopes) for the upcoming 2022 season.
Trainer Bill Tharrenos talks about his '22 prospects, Gail Cox shares her thoughts on her '21 season and this year’s Woodbine meet, and more.
The Honor Code colt began his career with such promise, until a freak accident led to months of recovery and ultimately a new plan.
The affable trainer with 309 wins to her credit answers some fun, offbeat questions in the lead-up to the 2022 Woodbine Thoroughbred meet.
How a skinny teenage kid from Barbados ended up coming to Woodbine and going further than he had ever envisioned.
Each week until opening day of the 2022 Woodbine Thoroughbred meet, a familiar name in the sport will be in the spotlight.
Trainer Michael De Paulo talks about reaching a career milestone, while Barbara Minshall looks ahead to her 2022 season.
An excerpt from Jennifer Morrison's new book about a one-eyed racehorse that gave Canadian fans something to cheer about during the pandemic.
The inspirations, rules and regulations, tongue-twisters and even naughty monikers that identify each horse ‒ and make some a household name.
The 66-year-old trainer with 860 career wins speaks passionately of a career that is still galloping along at a good clip.
One of Woodbine's top jocks, who rode Starship Jubilee to victory in the 2020 Woodbine Mile, answers 5 fun questions as part of a new series.
His 2021 Woodbine campaign saw him leading the meet with 138 wins and topping the earnings chart with $6,360,203.
Calvin Bruce's predictions beat entrants from all over North America to land $5,000 in a contest with some very unusual questions.
Ports N Porsches, a "lovely soul” who started 67 times and carved out a solid racing career, is living his best life at LongRun.
The fascinating story of how Jim Lawson tracked down the family's broodmare, and how her daughter became a star.
It was a goal Laura Krasauskaite wanted to achieve the moment she took out her trainer’s license four years ago.
Perspectives from Diane Crump, racing’s first female rider, on the unshakeable faith that guided her through the front pages and front lines.
Highfield Investment Group's Alberta-breds are making their mark around the globe, from Canada to Japan and all over the US.
Fifty years later, former jockey Robin Platts and wife Deb celebrate their golden anniversary at Woodbine, where he asked her to marry him.
The versatile Hayley Morrison spent last year walking hots at Woodbine and this racing season as Fort Erie's communications manager.
After his racing career was over, trainer Gail Cox knew that her "people horse" would be well-suited to retirement at LongRun.
The Camilleri's shiny new Training and Wellness Centre in Caledon is set to be the premier facility for equine athlete rehabilitation.
First run as the Prince of Wales Plate in 1929, there have been longshots and drama in a race than can make or break Triple Crown dreams.
Racing is a dangerous sport, especially when 1,000 lbs of pent-up energy is waiting to explode from the gate. Two experts weigh in.
"George" quickly became "King George" as he racked up wins in '55-56, including the three races that would make up the Canadian Triple Crown.
Glenn Sikura reflects on the legacy of exemplary horseman and breeder Gustav Schickedanz, and the promise of the next generation.
The Ontario-bred, who was runner-up in the King Edward, could next be looking to contest the Ricoh Woodbine Mile.
Frank Courtney’s career at Woodbine, including Horsemen’s Bookkeeper for 32 years, spanned seven decades both on and off the track.
The jockey from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, has already had a hot start, including a win in the Plate Trial Stakes aboard Avoman.
Nearly dying from Covid-19 and suffering a staggering array of complications, owner Curtis Landry finally has something to cheer about.
Whether Tio Magico gets a shot at Queen’s Plate glory isn’t certain, but trainer Gail Cox would love to see the red-and-gold silks win again.
2013 Sovereign Award Winner Skye Chernetz reflects on the highs, lows and challenges of the past nine years.
The Ontario-bred son of Reload impressed in his 2021 debut and a path is being plotted which may include the Queen's Plate in August.
That simple-looking shot isn’t that simple at all. Here are some tips from pro photographer Dave Landry for capturing that perfect image.
Gerry Olguin racked up 42 stakes scores during his days in the saddle; now he’s hoping his biggest win comes from the Woodbine owner’s box.
The laid-back Ontario-bred fellow they call 'Brutus' has stamped himself as a legitimate Queen's Plate contender.
An exclusive excerpt from Lenny Shulman's new book 'Head To Head: Conversations with a Generation of Horse Racing Legends'.
His first mount of the 2021 Woodbine season wasn’t a winning one, but for this relatively new jock on the block, it was a good start.
The son of Birdstone became an unlikely 50-1 longshot winner of the Kentucky Derby and had Canadian connections in his early education.
Canadian Derby and 2020 Sovereign winner for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey Mauricio Malvaez talks about his path to racing and his goals.
Real Grace's winning ways proved to be an inspiration for trainer Shelley Brown to keep fighting a terminal diagnosis.
Trainer Graham Motion looks back fondly on Animal Kingdom’s thrilling 2011 Kentucky Derby triumph a decade ago.
The daughter of Danzig became a stunning Canadian Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner for trainer Jim Day and owner Sam-Son Farms.
Despite being denied provincial funding, the future of BC's racing industry looks pretty promising from Glen Todd's perspective.
From pizza restaurant and racehorse owner as a teenager, this trainer has built up an impressive stable of runners.
Ontario’s new CEO and registrar of AGCO wants to modernize rules and ensure integrity, safety and equine welfare.
Owner of Megan Kraus Thoroughbreds only has a couple of mares but the two horses she bred in 2018 includes Queen's Plate contender Derzkii.
Energy, enthusiasm and a desire to keep the positive momentum going is what drives this new CTHS-Ontario board member.
This pair of Woodbine grooms - one newbie, one veteran - are eagerly looking forward to the 2021 racing season.
Woodbine Entertainment's newest director is a horse owner and is keen to boost horse racing's business, development, and fan base.
Ontario owner-breeder David Clancy could have a lot on his (Queen’s) Plate with a trifecta of three home-bred hopefuls.
There have been many eccentric gems in the sport who caused mayhem in the morning but were all business in the afternoon.
Crystal Todd speaks of life as a groom for one of the track’s most successful stables, that of Canadian Hall of Famer Josie Carroll.
For all her foibles, 'problem child' Samurai Queen had the one quality conditioner Darwin Banach was looking for ‒ talent.
A lifetime of loving horses is evident in this Yugoslavian immigrant with a show jumping background whose first trade was as a chemist.
The Ontario-bred’s first win came later rather than sooner, but for the chestnut’s connections it made the victory all the more memorable.
Trainer Cole Bennett was amazed that the two-year-old daughter of War Dancer was able to go from a hospital room to the winner’s circle.
In just her second full season of training, Christine Ammann finished as runner-up in the year-end win standings at the 2020 Hastings meet.
His ground-breaking surgery to correct dorsal displacement of the soft palate earned the moniker 'The Llewellyn Procedure'.
Robert Crean still holds a 'Heartlight' for this game seven-year-old Ontario-bred who recently won the Mister Frisky Stakes in Puerto Rico.
Since suffering a traumatic brain injury on the backstretch in July, April's friends, neighbours and community have pitched in to help.
Mel Lawson's decision to let Janet Bedford train his string of horses turned out to be a ground-breaking game-changer for his Jim Dandy Stables.
This formidable family is led by top trainer Julie, her daughter/assistant Alysha, husband and leading owner Dave, plus an aunt and uncle who round out the team.
The blow-by-blow report of an infamous and ferocious stretch skirmish between jockeys Don Meade and Herb Fisher in the 1933 Kentucky Derby.
Vera Simpson and Mike Dubé have been ushering young racing talent into the world for almost four decades, including Queen's Plate winner Mighty Heart.
Owner and breeder Larry Cordes remembers his late daughter's remarkable horse College Fund who began his racing career at Picov Downs at age nine.
How Randy Thompson came to train and co-own the talented Ontario-bred chestnut Marjorie’s Dream is horse racing’s version of a classic fairytale.
The 23-year-old trainer from small-town Manitoba will be living his dream this Saturday when Truebelieve starts in the 161st “Gallop for the Guineas.”
Nicholas Gonzalez, David Whitford and Justin Stein all have fond memories of the the iconic horse race which celebrates its 161st edition on September 12.
With her Prince of Wales win and leading Trainer award, this former Canadian Olympic equestrian team member secured a spot in the record books.
CT tracked down some of the stakes-winning mares from the West who are producing the next generation of racing's stars, and said goodbye to some champs.
With a 40-year career in the irons, this enduring jock is one of several veteran riders who defy the odds in this punishing career.
A rather unlikely bad-tempered racehorse stunned the world by taking all three races of the fledgling American Triple Crown in 1919.
Determined to promote the sport by forming affordable syndicates, this enthusiastic racing family is committed to both hard work and having fun.
Canadian Thoroughbred looks at what Aldous Snow and Sir Dudley Digges, both former stars of Woodbine, are up to these days.
Maggie and Doug Northcott may have gotten their start in racing and breeding a bit later in life, but it is full steam ahead now.
Johnny Bear and Danish Dynaformer were giants on the racetrack with multiple Graded stakes wins. Find out what the two greats are up to these days.
'Jet Lee' is back in the irons, racing fit and ready to rock - whenever the starting gates open again at the Etobicoke track.
“The racetrack was my babysitter,” says Kevin McKinlay, who turned an early passion into a successful business at Hidden Springs Farm in Zephyr, ON.
Melmich was a $20,000 claim who retired with $1,388,331 in earnings. Now he could be part of this year's Retired Race Horse Project with Caroline Godson.
As One Bad Boy began to pull away from favoured Avi’s Flatter in the stretch of the 160th Queen’s Plate, Ron Clarkson's 56-year dream was coming true.
Hidden Grace capped off a perfect season with what appeared to be a hard-fought victory in the $50,000 CTHS Stakes at Century Downs - but it really wasn’t.
The Alberta fractional Thoroughbred racehorse ownership group hit the jackpot recently with a claimer-turned-stakes filly named Whoop It Up.
Holly Jacks-Smither and her OTTB More Inspiration finished an impressive 12th at the prestigious Les 5 Etoiles de Pau competition in France.
After surviving the fire that tore through San Luis Rey Downs thoroughbred training center, Belvoir Bay is making her trainer, Peter Miller, proud.
A&A Farms is the latest project for entrepreneurs Andrij and Andrea Brygidyr, and the father and daughter team is having the time of their lives.
The story of a Thoroughbred that was too slow to race, but sure knows how to dance in the dressage ring in his second career with partner Jennifer Moore.
Ole Nielsen’s life-long obsession with horse racing began when we was 12, and has culminated in a victory in the Canadian Derby.
Just before his retirement, Woodbine jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva scored his first win in the Woodbine Mile when he rode Ontario-bred El Tormenta to victory.
Eight-time champion jockey Rico Walcott has returned to the irons with a new outlook on life after having a tumour removed from the front of his brain.
Woodbine’s senior manager of racing operations, Karl Lagerborg, has seen, and loved, it all in 41 years working numerous jobs in the industry.
There was no one quite like Assiniboia Downs’ 12-time leading trainer, Ardell Sayler, who died of heart failure in May at the age of 66.
Owner George Gilbert and leading BC trainer Phil Hall are on fire at Hastings Racecourse thanks mostly to stellar three-year-old filly Summerland.
One Bad Boy made the long trek from California to Toronto and coasted to victory in the 160th Queen’s Plate on a stakes card dominated by Americans.
The CTHS Manitoba Yearling Sale is coming up and the province’s leading Thoroughbred breeder Cam Ziprick is eager to showcase Manitoba-breds to new owners.
Ordered off the Internet from Final Furlong at Assiniboia Downs, the Manitoba-bred mare Something Posative has been an amazing find for Suzanne Henry.
Trained by Mike Nault, the three-year-old filly Hidden Grace, by Going Commando—High Pioneer by Pioneering, is now a perfect 4-for-4 at Assiniboia Downs.
Lindsay Day talks to Canadian equestrian Olympian Jimmy Day about his how equestrian sport in Canada started, his horses, and giving back.
Ada Storm might not have been a star on the racetrack, but partnered with 13-year-old Mack Moore, he’s finding success as a barrel racer.
Dr. Orlaith Cleary, an Irish-born equine surgeon, has travelled the world and landed at the Ontario Equine Hospital, working with racehorses at Woodbine.
Long-time friends and business associates, Joan Addison and Ian Black, have teamed up to aim the Thoroughbred colt Dun Drum for the Queen’s Plate.
Wonder Gadot, owned by Gary Barber, claimed the 2018 Horse of the Year Sovereign Award, and was named Champion Three-Year-Old Female.
In this first instalment of “Training to Win” with Reade Baker, the veteran Thoroughbred trainer shares his insights on techniques and strategies.
Jonathan Zammit became Woodbine Racetrack’s vice-president of thoroughbred racing operations in January of 2017 – a challenge he’s taken on with gusto.
As a racehorse, he was a barn favourite. As an off-the-track retired Thoroughbred, Go Greeley is learning what it takes to be an equitation horse.
Best known as the agent for leading jockey Patrick Husbands, Leroy Trotman has had a wealth of experience in the Thoroughbred racing game.
Ireland’s Niall Collum has settled at Woodbine as a trainer and is working at building up a small, successful stable complete with first-time horse owners.
When injury ended his race career, the once highly sought after Thoroughbred Catch Twenty One, was rehomed and is now in training to become an eventer.
Fifty years into the game, BC Hall-of-Famer Peter Redekop has stepped up to donate $100,000 to the purse of the 2019 British Columbia Derby he loves.
Opposing trainers may have laughed when Manitoba-bred Escape Clause came to Santa Anita to contest the La Canada stakes, but they weren’t laughing now.
Multi-talented horseman, Reade Baker, has retired from training a stable of horses to pursue other opportunities in the thoroughbred game.
Having bonded with her new owner, Issabella Kerr, off-the-track Thoroughbred Ava’s Angel is now thriving her second career as a jumper.
Woodbine’s new jockey, Leonardo Salles, came to Toronto via Brazil, Dubai, Macau, Hong Kong and the U.S. before setting his sights on Canada last fall.
In April, Gustav Schickedanz, a Canadian horse racing legend, will be honoured with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit at the Sovereign Awards.
Saffiano, an Ontario bred Thoroughbred, caught the eye of exercise rider Katie Larsen, who later helped him find a new home and career with Meagan White.
Joe Guerrieri (Joey Gee), the new owner of the former Gardiner Farms, cracked the top 10 in the Woodbine Thoroughbred owner rankings in 2018.
Canada’s reigning champion jockey, Eurico Rosa Da Silva, surpassed Mickey Walls’ long-standing record for wins at a Woodbine meeting in a remarkable season.
Veteran thoroughbred breeder Larry Falloon is on the move again with new Manitoba stallion Nonios and an improved band of broodmares. He just can’t quit.
Apprentice jockey Hannah Twomey, of Red Lake, Ontario, says she has a lot of people to thank for getting her career started at Woodbine Racetrack.
After nearly 50 years in the game, Hall of Famer Bill Graham is letting his horses speak for his acumen as a breeder at Windhaven Farms.
Mike made a big splash at the Thoroughbred Makeover Competition all while raising money for the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society.
Bob and Pam Cramers have developed Westana Equine Training and Rehab Centre into a world-class facility for thoroughbred racehorses and other breeds.
Owner, breeder, trainer, promoter, teletheatre owner and media member. There’s virtually nothing Glen Todd doesn’t do in racing in British Columbia.
Empire Meadows Thoroughbred Park has been reborn under the name Empire Equestrian, now owned and operated by Martin and Lori Neyka.
Two young Saskatchewan women are off to the Thoroughbred Makeover Competition at the Kentucky Horse Park with their retired racehorses.
After working for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield on and off for eight years, Nigel Burke has gone out on his own as a trainer at Woodbine.
As a member of a family with deep roots in Alberta, thoroughbred breeder Sybil Palmer has a long tradition of loving horses and thoroughbreds in particular.
Stronach Stables’ Holy Helena won the 2017 Sovereign Award for Champion Three-Year-Old Filly, and has raced her way into the hearts of racing fans.
Admiralty Pier, winner of the 2017 Sovereign Award for Champion Two-Year-Old Male, has shown great maturity and progress, says his trainer, Barb Minshall.
Kirsty Luft-Nault, an Alberta exercise rider and Olds College instructor teaches her students how to gallop thoroughbreds at the track.
Two days after winning Horse of the Year and two other Sovereign Awards, Pink Lloyd set a track record at Woodbine in the Jacques Cartier Stakes.
Despite being relatively new to the game, Toronto-based Thoroughbred breeders Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry have already struck breeding gold.
Learn more about British Columbia’s John Gunther – the man who bred the supremely talented Kentucky Derby and Preakness winning colt, Justify.
For the fourth consecutive year, a 2-year-old filly trained by Mark Casse, Wonder Gadot, has been named a Sovereign Award winner in her division.
Ami’s Mesa had a successful night at the 43rd annual Sovereign Awards ceremony, earning champion older female and champion female sprinter honours.
Victorious Ami is the second consecutive mare owned and bred by Ivan Dalos to win the Outstanding Broodmare title at the Sovereign Awards.
After more than 30 years working for others, Sherry McLean is bringing her expertise and work ethic to her own Ontario breeding operation.
A key player in the revival of racing in Alberta, general manager of Century Downs, Paul Ryneveld, is overseeing the development of the new Century Mile.
A lifelong love of horses led Marguerite Old to follow her passion and start her own business – Equine Edge Massage Therapy – in the Woodbine backstretch.
For more than 30 years, Leif Nordahl donated his time, business acumen and level-headedness to better the British Columbia horse racing industry he loves.
Hazel Bennett of Borders Racing Stables and Tracey Skinner of Meadowlands Stables use ground work and natural horsemanship to retrain OTTBs.
Daughterofthewoods raced three times in her career and each time, the pint-sized chestnut broke like a bullet and was quickly in front of her rivals.
Thoroughbred trainer Steve Gaskin will have a tough time topping his 2017 season at Assiniboia Downs as he enters his third year as a trainer.
Trainer Don Schnell is coming off a career year in 2017 with $475,012 in purse earnings, but it was even better than that for the 64-year-old horseman.
Riversedge Racing Stables is one of the top owners and yearlings buyers in western Canada thanks to its proprietors Robert Vargo and Norm Castiglione.
Etruscan was foaled at Sam-Son Farm in Milton, ON, in 2003 to the stakes-placed mare Forever Classic. Today he’s a hunter and goes by the name of Howie.
The Thoroughbred gelding Pathway to Yes, renamed Parker, was a gift of a lifetime from Hasting Park trainer David Milburn and his partner Minna.
Woodlands Farm’s Gail Wood may be in “semi-retirement,” but she continues to be one of the most influential people in Ontario’s thoroughbred industry.
How a young off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding named Runrun has thrived in his second career, taking on roping and ranching duties.
Mike Taphorn has always had an affinity for horses, thoroughbred or otherwise, long before he made a name for himself on the Western Canada racing scene.
Cathy and Steen Reggelsen enjoying breeding success in British Columbia.
Unmissable was living life as a pasture mate for other horses when Carly Moore spotted her three years ago. Keep reading for more information.
A man on a mission, Darren MacDonald is keen for the 2017 thoroughbred meet at Hastings Racecourse to kick into high gear after the city’s winter spell.
Holy Helena and the dominant victory in the 158th Queen’s Plate is a product of three generations of Frank Stronach’s breeding program.
A love of horses and a passion for the horse racing business has always kept trainer Alexander Patykewich coming back to the racetrack.
Former Windfields and Gardiner employee would like to open an equine-based assisted learning facility.
The Toronto-based celebrity blogger has had a lifetime passion for horse racing, which began with family trips to Woodbine.
Twenty years ago, Frank Stronach’s homebred Awesome Again came out of obscurity to win the Queen’s Plate in just his third career start. But that was only the beginning for the richest Canadian-bred in history.
An unwavering love for the sport of kings.
Following the path of three Canadian racing secretaries.
Gary Boulanger has beaten the odds, literally, to become one of the most consistent and competitive riders in North America.
The people-loving horse is another successful graduate of BC’s New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society.
Antonietta Culic is embracing her role at Fort Erie.
Catherine Day Phillips is carrying on her family’s rich history of success at Kingfield Farms thanks to a banner year in 2016 and great potential for 2017.
After winning top jockey honours at Hastings Racecourse last year, Richard Hamel is about to embark on a quest to defend his title.
The LongRun graduate has provided a lot of confidence to young riders.
A self-confessed student of the game, trainer Colleen O’Hagan is earning top marks for dedication to her craft and big-time results on the racetrack.
Can you imagine being a little kid and getting a pony for Christmas? Trainer Reade Baker has the Christmas pony story of all time.
“The horses are always happy to see me," says Lorna Gray.
The manager of racing for Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, SK talks about the 2017 season, economic challenges in Saskatchewan and the superpower he would most like to have.
Owning a horse has been a life-long dream for Alyssa Winegarden
Linda FInstad's book is the picture-perfect tribute to Northlands Park.
Swift Thoroughbreds had an outstanding year in 2016 capped off by eight B.C. awards.
Family trips to the racetrack were among some of the fondest childhood memories for Peter Spoar while growing up in Fort Erie, ON in the 1970s.
Anthony Bilotta was driving to visit his son at Olds College about a 15-20 minute drive from Peaceful Valley Farms when his wife came up with an idea.
Dermot Carty, the man responsible for overseeing Adena Springs North talks about the state of the Ontario breeding industry, and more.
How a California Chrome lookalike has changed her owner’s life.
Dr. Ross McKague holds the honour of breeding the most expensive Manitoba-bred ever, and his breeding adventure has always been full of big numbers.
For as long she can recall, Justine Bourque has enjoyed everything horses and horse racing. But it was a horse fit for a crown that helped inspire her.
Now that the racing season has wrapped up at Woodbine Racetrack, the winter months are much different for trainer John LeBlanc, Jr. on his family farm in Rosemont, Ontario.
How a young horsewoman fell in love with an initially unremarkable gelding nicknamed Stevie.
Have you ever wondered what happens to stewards after they retire? Most of them just seem to disappear into oblivion. Not Bob Nokes.
From ups and downs through 35 years of owning and breeding horses in Toronto, Frank Di Giulio Jr.’s passion and loyalty has rarely wavered.
A patient hand, a passion for his craft and a humble personality has added up to a thoroughbred racing thrill ride for Robert Gilker.
Salute to the kid-loving, cheery chestnut who is available for adoption through LongRun.
Dawson Guhle brings a passion and commitment to the thoroughbred breeding world that is energizing and essential for the future of the business.
There’s not much racehorse owner, trainer, breeder and training centre operator Paul Buttigieg doesn’t do and do well. Find out more about Buttigieg.
Exercise rider makes big fashion statement.
There was a time, not so long ago, when people didn’t take Isabelle Wenc seriously when she said she wanted to be a jockey. They certainly are now.
Ken Ramsey dusted himself off while he was helped to his feet after tumbling to the ground leading Sir Dudley Digges into the Queen’s Plate winner’s circle.
Get to know Fort Erie’s hard-working, full-fledged fan.
The tragic tale of a two-time Sovereign Award winner.
In June, champion jockey Gary Stahlbaum, a winner of 1,759 career races, was named the 2016 recipient of the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award.
Hard work, adaptability and a little girl power has Shannondoe Farms of St. Thomas, ON on the rise thanks to stallion Society’s Chairman and his talented, but spirited, daughter Caren.
Born in Melfort, SK, Jennifer Reid is the ultimate competitor, a rider that continues to enjoy every opportunity she’s given.
For long-time Woodbine trainer Mike Doyle, a lifelong passion for horses developed at an early age while growing up on his family’s property in Ireland.
Afleet’s Star was known by his racing name after he retired from a short career at the track and it was only years later than he was re-named Buttermilk.
It is the morning after Sir Dudley Digges pulled off a 15-1 upset July 3 in the 157th edition of the Queen’s Plate — yes, at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.
From Alberta Derby champ to full of potential in his second career.
Originally a $2,000 yearling purchase in 2007 by Doug Clyde, Monsterinthecloset raced 50 times through 2013 for three different owners.
After riding in more than 940 races as a Quarter Horse jockey over a five-year span, Erika Smilovsky decided to try her hand in Thoroughbred racing as an apprentice jockey in September of 2013.
It’s been a year of triumph and tragedy for trainer Mark Casse.
Dave Whitford, Broodmare/Stallion manager, enjoys reminiscing about Sam-Son Farm’s exciting 2015 year.
Frank Stronach, owner of Adena Springs, has a jaw-dropping list of accomplishments to his name.
R.J. and Lois Bennett, one of British Columbia’s leading breeders for more than 30 years, were honored for their longtime involvement and commitment to thoroughbred racing in Canada.
The late Bob Anderson’s favourite horse, Rare Opportunity, was named the Outstanding Broodmare for 2015 at the 41st annual Sovereign Awards.
When it came to the Champion Turf Male Sovereign, there’s no doubt voters got their man.
With three wins and three thirds from seven starts in 2015, the consistent Are You Kidding Me proved to be a handful on both surfaces at Woodbine in 2015.
Miss Mischief won the Sovereign for both Champion Older Female and Champion Female Sprinter by significant margins.
In April of 2015, Bruce Lunsford’s Stacked Deck may not have been among the favourites to earn champion sprinter honours, but by season’s end, the dark bay son of First Samurai left little doubt who stood at the summit.
Riker romped through the first four starts of his career, graduating at first asking before taking the Colin, Swynford and Grade 3 Grey Stakes, maintaining a perfect record on the Woodbine main while racing at distances ranging from five furlongs to 1 1/16-miles.
Seven years after suffering a heartbreaking defeat in the 2008 Queen’s Plate with Ginger Brew, trainer Brian Lynch won his first Queen’s Plate in 2015 with Canada’s champion 3-year old male, Shaman Ghost.
Heading into Academic’s 3-year old season, trainer Reade Baker knew his filly had talent.
Michael Keeler has found the recipe for success, and great is food always a good bet at Assiniboia Downs.
Catch a Glimpse received the Horse of the Year title at the 41st Annual Sovereign Awards.
Mary-Anne Baumgartner has garnered widespread respect throughout the industry for her longstanding dedication and contributions to the sport.
The force behind White Windows Thoroughbreds, Elaine Macpherson, has been involved in the world of thoroughbreds in many different ways.
Get to know Ian Ross, guardian of the gate.
Careless Cousin has found new life as Just Between Us.
Amanda Roxborough has a wealth of thoroughbred experience and has seen the sport of kings like few others have.
A special adopted thoroughbred will make the trip from Woodbine to BC with retired jockey, Justin Stein.
Richard Yates is helping the Hastings Racing Club become the toast of the West Coast.
The decision to hang up her riding silks was hardly an easy one for the Saskatchewan native. But, as Scharfstein admits, it was certainly the right choice.
He’s experienced the horse racing world like few others have, bringing enthusiasm, enjoyment and expertise to the Sport of Kings.
When Ivan Dalos came to Canada from Hungary 60 years ago, he didn’t even know horse racing existed. Now the owner of Tall Oaks Farm is a finalist for the Sovereign Awards for both top owner and breeder thanks to an outstanding 2015.
Cara Bloodstock’s respected bloodstock man Bernard McCormack grew up in Ireland, but Canada lured him at a young age.
A feisty gelding was instrumental in helping Robin Clayton recover from serious car accident.
His association with racing started out as weekend trips to the racetrack with his parents. Over 30 years later, Jason Teague has carved out a successful career in the sport he still loves.
A former jockey, Cobourg, Ontario native Melanie Giddings is making her mark working for champion trainer Mark Casse.
When Ian Veenendaal met Charlie "The Lip," he knew this was one horse to watch.
This article highlights Manitoba thoroughbred breeder Cam Ziprick and how he is living the dream life at 50 right now — family, hockey and horses.
From Australia to winning the Queen’s Plate, Brian Lynch has a winning touch and is riding a wave of success.
Manitoba’s master of many (horse racing) trades.
Canadian owners Mike Ambler, Jeff Begg and Greg Lang — along with U.S.-based movie producer Gary Barber — celebrated the thrill of a lifetime winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Turf with Mark Casse trainee Catch a Glimpse.
Sam-Son Farm’s respected broodmare/stallion manager Dave Whitford tells the story of how an Irish boy came to play a pivotal role in two of Canada's greatest thoroughbred farms.
It's a hectic life, but also a deeply rewarding one for this 27-year-old jockey.
Ojibway Signal has transitioned from Queen's Plate starter to eventer.
Bob and Mark Krembil are applying successful investment strategies and patience learned from the financial world in the hopes of building Chiefswood Stables into a perennial powerhouse with the help of Hall of Fame jockey Robert Landry.
A fixture at Woodbine for almost 10 years, the assistant trainer, along with her feline friend, are a popular pair at the Toronto oval.
Frank Stronach discusses turning Gulfstream Park into a horse theme park, breeding better cattle and his renewed focus on horse racing.
Derek Corbel started as an amateur jockey in the 90s and is now the Starter and Assistant Director of Racing at Assiniboia Downs.
Highfield Park Stock Farm is poised for success at Century Downs.
Robert Geller is calling it as he sees it, as the new voice of racing at Woodbine.
Wild J J and Ice Bridge transition to Spruce Lane Farm period attractions.
Learn more about Western Canada’s premier thoroughbred facility.
Quincy Welch has stamped himself as one of the country’s most consistent and capable riders.
A closer look at some of the top prospects for the 156th running of the Queen’s Plate on July 5 at Woodbine Racetrack.
Jim Lawson grew up relishing any chance to tag along with his Hall of Fame father on trips to the Woodbine backstretch. Now Lawson is hoping to bring some of that backstretch passion to his new position as chief executive officer of Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG).
Now a champion in the show ring.
Nestled on 1,300 acres of this beautiful countryside is The Alger Stallion Station, the family farm of Gordon and Rosalind Alger.
Seven years after Jay Hayden went to Lexington to buy a single mare (and came home with six), the owner of Hayden Water Wells in Lucan, ON has already produced a stakes winner and two horses that could be Queen’s Plate contenders.
Cash on The Run has warmed Nadine DeKoning’s heart.
Twenty-five years ago, the great grey Izvestia dominated the Queen’s Plate en route to becoming just Canada’s fourth Triple Crown winner.
How this gritty bay filly became a Sovereign Award winner.
Longevity, loyalty and a deep devotion to their thoroughbreds have made Jarvis and Florence Swereda one of the most likeable, popular couples in racing in Winnipeg.
Dr. Brenda E. Abbey is dedicated to the Alberta Thoroughbred.
Matt Jukich’s first racetrack gig was a far cry from calling thoroughbred races in Alberta.
Photographer Allan De La Plante: from Gilles Villeneuve to thoroughbreds.
Chat with Robbie King, Executive Director, Jockeys’ Benefit Association of Canada.
There was one time when Santino Di Paola fell flat on his face, literally. These days, that’s hardly the norm for one of the most passionate young figures.
For nearly 40 years, Woodbine track vet Dr. Greg Taylor has played a key role in safeguarding thoroughbred racehorses.
Jessica Phoenix is aiming Down by the Docks for Toronto’s Pan Am Games.
If you get the chance to talk to Max Gibb you can’t help but get caught up in his excitement, his passion, his joie de vivre.
Shannon Beauregard is a warrior that walks the walk.
Ever wondered how some of the sport’s best jockeys got their start?
His breeding career started as a lark, but Head Chopper is proving to be the real deal with two stakes winners from four racing-aged foals in 2014 to earn more action in 2015.
Emma-Jayne Wilson, Josie Carroll, Jennifer Reid and Allyson Walker are just four examples of the multitudes of successful women working in racing at all levels.
BC jockey Corrine Andros appears to be on the fast track to success.
Having just one eye hasn't slowed Real Trouble's second career.
John Carey is a hands-on, eighth generation Irish horseman that has made an impact in Ontario’s breeding industry thanks to his T.C. Westmeath Stud Farm and Old Forester, Canada’s leading freshman sire in three of the last five years.
Hillstar won a bizarre edition of Pattison Canadian International after favoured Brown Panther tore off down the E.P. Taylor turf course before the start, dropping rider Richard Kingscote.
Lexie Lou, Coltimus Prime and Ami's Holiday each grabbed a leg of the 2014 Canadian Triple Crown
Jamie Spencer orchestrated a late rally to ride Trade Storm to victory in the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile, earning a trip to the Breeders' Cup for the six-year-old trained by David Simcock.
Peacock loves his perch as Woodbine's timer
From top B.C. stakes horse to Trainer Challenge success story.
Steve and Kathleen Kemp's Ballycroy Training Centre is beginning to reap the rewards of investing in better mares when the horse racing industry was in a down cycle.
Argyle has been a life-changer for Karen McCormack
A closer look at the Queen's Plate winner's pedigree
Forty years on, Hall of Fame jockey Sandy Hawley remembers winning five straight editions of the Woodbine Oaks.
This article highlights Pierre Esquirol and how he continues to make his mark as one of Canada’s most passionate and successful breeders.
Remembering the 1982 Travers at Saratoga in which Canadian-bred Runaway Groom defeated the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
BC's Corrine trades rodeo for dream life as a jockey
As interim director of a new industry collective called Ontario Horse Racing, lifelong horseman John Snobelen is key to implementing a dramatic overhaul of the province's horse racing industry in the wake of the cancellation of the Slots at Racetracks Program.
How the uncle and nephew team of Carlo and Lou Tucci claimed their way to a Queen's Plate victory in 2013 with Midnight Aria after 40 years in the game.
Loving her second career
Brenda Lamb-Makarov says when she bought retired thoroughbred Perfect Action, she didn't buy a horse, she bought a teacher.
Up With The Birds, Leigh Court, Go Greeley, Ria Antonia, Alpha Bettor, Sisterly Love
Phil's Dream and Youcantcatchme
Forte Dei Marmi
Captivating, Sam-Son Farms, John C. Oxley, Mark Casse
Family history and fatherly advice prompted Craig MacPherson to consider a career as a thoroughbred trainer back in the 1980s. Some 300 wins later, he's still making his mark on the West Coast.
A lesser achiever on the track has found his niche as an eventer.
What started out as an afterschool job working for his decorated horseman father has morphed into a coveted training career for Jamie Attard.
Thoroughbreds can have just about any kind of post-racing career in other sport disciplines such as jumping or barrel racing. It takes a unique racehorse to make the transition to polo pony, however. Double Mi Trouble was just such a horse.
When it comes to the Alberta thoroughbred racing scene, Amanda Gregory is certainly no one-trick pony.
When Livada finished last of 11 runners in a race at Fort Erie in July of 2012, it was evident the daughter of El Prado was never going to race again. The four-year-old emerged from the race with two fractured knees and an uncertain future.
There are around 60 equines on the farm, Openwood Stable, that Susan Rasmussen has owned with her husband Harvey since 1978.
'Bird' is the word on the Hollywood silver screen for a loveable longshot.
Cam Ziprick owned his first thoroughbred when he was just 13.
Two of Canada's most successful and popular racehorses in recent years have left the rigours of the racing world for new occupations.
About five years ago, Winnipeg's Barry Arnason decided to take a run at spending more money and improving his Thoroughbred business.
Zanetti has been on this earth longer than his young owner and rider, Hunter Trombley. In fact when Trombley, now 15, was a toddler, Zanetti was racing in some major three-year-old stakes races in Kentucky, Illinois, Florida and Ontario.
Once Dorothy and Sean started going to the races to watch their friends' horse run, they soon found a love for the sport.
Lou Tucci and his uncle Carlo fulfilled a lifetime dream when their colt Midnight Aria upset the 154th Queen's Plate.
There have not been too many thoroughbreds who have been able to win twice at the Breeders' Cup on two very different surfaces and with virtually no racing action in the year between.
The Landry brothers are currently third on the Northlands Park leading owners list with eight wins from 29 runners with purse earnings of $135,017.
Bar 17 Stable offers a wide range of services to the Alberta thoroughbred industry including boarding, training, foaling out, rehabilitation, and more.
There would be no mistaking Agameone for any of the top Thoroughbreds that have raced at Hastings Park in Vancouver in recent years. It took the Washington-bred 14 starts before she won her first race and in 13 subsequent outings, she never won again.
Trainer Malcolm Pierce has seen his affiliation with one of Canada's most well-known racing stables come full-circle over the course of his 31-year career on the backstretch in thoroughbred horse racing.
It had been 25 years since Elizabeth Hay reluctantly put riding aside to pursue school and her career.
Uncaptured has been a horse on the run since his narrow win first time out on May 13, 2012 at Woodbine.
Champion Two-Year Old Filly, Spring in the Air, brought tremendous joy to owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse during her 2012 campaign that saw her win two of her five races, including a grade I victory.
For a horse who was a 'little backwards' in the early stages of her career, Irish Mission certainly developed into something special.
Roxy Gap was nominated for a 2012 Sovereign Award in three categories and won two of them following a four-year-old campaign that saw the Eugene Melnyk-owned mare compile a record of 3-3-2 from nine starts.
Good looks aside, Hunters Bay has the talent to match.
In the fall of 2011, the late Audre Cappuccitti charged herself with a rather odd task - slowing down Canada's top sprinter, Essence Hit Man.
Perhaps you have heard this story before.
A talented racehorse who had a shortened career, Misty Mission has passed on her heart and desire to her offspring.
Oxley, who owned 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos among other stars, was Woodbine’s (and Canada’s) leading owner in 2012.
Windhaven-breds collected $2.25 million including 20 winners, six stakes winners and five stakes placed winners in Canada.
Mark Casse was not about to rest on his laurels in 2012.
Riding into the 2012 Woodbine meet, Luis Contreras was a marked man. The reigning champion jockey had his work cut out in pursuit of repeating the title.
Whether it's on his Facebook page or during a meet and greet with fans prior to the start of the 2012 Thoroughbred season, Scott Williams could often be seen wearing jockey silks laden with shamrocks. It turns out the promising jockey didn't need the luck of the Irish after all.
For an investment of just $5,700, Karen and Joel Mena and their partners Clive and Linda Lytle collected an armful of awards at the 2012 British Columbia Turf Awards at the end of the Hastings Park season.
Former jockey and trainer Sean Hall had to leave horse racing after a serious accident but not before he bred a Canadian classics contender.
The misadventures of Danforth Dan
Rachel Halden on leaving England and working her way to training star horses for Chiefswood Stables.
Many Thoroughbred racehorses have enjoyed a second career as Eventing horses. The breed has the endurance and grit the sport requires as evidenced by many of the sport's top athletes with thoroughbred pedigrees.
Bill Graham considers himself an optimist and in the world of the thoroughbred, positive thinking is imperative.
She is a civil ligation lawyer most of her day, a veterinarian on the side and in her 'spare time', Dr. Anne Walker devotes herself to everything, and all things, horses.
Bred by Adena Springs, the son of Awesome Again was on the short list of contenders for the Queen's Plate in the spring of 2003.
The logo, publishers and editors of Canada's most respected thoroughbred magazine have all changed over the last 50 years but, interestingly, many of the issues facing the sport remain the same.
Just when he thought that he was done with board meetings and industry responsibilities, Ole A. Nielsen is right back in the game.
Follow the journey of star filly Inglorious from birth to Woodbine Oaks and Queen's Place glory.
The bloodlines of Inglorious.
Pender Harbour wins a squeaker at Fort Erie, taking the second jewel of Canada's Triple Crown, the Prince of Wales Stakes.
"There is nothing in my life that I've been successful at in my first attempt. I've had to work hard at everything I do. I've made mistakes, but the secret is not to make the same mistake twice."
In 2003, three years after Glenn Harvey sold his business and retired young, Kelynack Farms was born on a 200-acre spread in Burlington, Ont.
He has been the leading trainer by wins at Woodbine for four consecutive years and now Mark Casse wants to win the big ones.
With two crops of foals at the races, Old Forester led all Canadian sires in 2011 by progeny earnings and two-year-old earnings. Other leading stallions included Gilded Time, Philanthropist, Wando and Vibank.
Thirty years after embarking on a thoroughbred breeding business in St. Thomas, Ontario, the Everatt family are still going strong with top yearling consignments and a new stallion business.
Sayler and Brandt are hopeful that Balooga Bull will take them all the way to the 2012 Manitoba Derby, the province's race that Sayler has yet to win.
Most thoroughbred owners dream of owning a Horse of the Year.
Across Canada, the racing industry is seeing more and more young faces owning, training, buying and selling thoroughbreds.
Dave Wilson, one of Canada's winningest jockeys has surged back to top form just two years after a sudden illness took him by surprise.
This Month: Reade Baker on Evaluating Racehorses.
While it wasn't a sure thing that he'd be working in the industry, it was a pretty safe bet the ideal job for Jeff Bratt would be in the Thoroughbred world.
Sadler's Wells, by Northern Dancer, has arguably been the world's premiere sire for the past two decades, and surely the top siring son of the great Northern Dancer.
Woodbine and its famed E.P. Taylor turf course hosts triple-header of Grade I races watched around the world
She may understate her success at the racetrack but Joan Petrowski is certainly one of Canada's top horse trainers. Find out more in this article.
Gerald and Tina Stone of Stone Ranches
Smart and Steady
Tu Endie Wei
Essence Hit Man
A self-deprecating, playful roll of the eyes is followed by a smile when you broach the topic of the Queen's Plate with veteran jockey Richard Dos Ramos. "I haven't done it, but trust me, I'm still trying."
Trainer Mark Casse's stable has been tough to beat in the Woodbine standings and now he wants to win the big ones
Adena Springs Retirement Program is in its seventh year of retiring, re-training and finding new homes for retired racehorses
His first race call might not have been his most memorable, but for the past 25 years, the man known as the voice of Canadian Thoroughbred racing has managed to make a lasting impression on thousands of people.
There was just one plan for the filly Biofuel in 2010 and in horse racing, it is often a rare occasion when all plans come to fruition.
The Queen's Plate is Canada's most famous horse race and it carries a lot of weight in the year-end voting for the country's Sovereign Award winning three-year-old.
Wesley Ward has trained racehorses all over the United States and has made a name as a high percentage conditioner who excels with young horses. In 2010, he took one of his best young runners to Woodbine and guided him to a Canadian championship.
There certainly was something about Mary in 2010.
For four years on the Ontario racing circuit, Sand Cove has proven to be one of the most consistently good and versatile thoroughbreds and the grey horse is expected to come back for more in 2011.
Roger Attfield had a good feeling about Charles Fipke's homebred Impossible Time from the first few months the Hall of Fame trainer had her in his barn.
Hollywood Hit has been a smashing success for British Columbia's Peter Redekop, who purchased the Oklahoma-bred privately in May of 2009 from breeder C.R. Trout.
It has been 23 years since Frank DiGiulio Jr. and his late father Frank Sr. surged to the height of Canadian racing with their star colt Domasca Dan.
Grand Adventure most certainly lived up to his name in 2010, taking trainer Mark Frostad and owner Sam-Son Farm on a genuine thrill ride.
When it comes to preparing for her races, Miss Keller likes to get by with a little help from her friends.
Destroy, owned by the Jim Dandy Stable of Mel Lawson, won the Sovereign Award as outstanding broodmare.
Sam-Son Farms, a longstanding leader in Canadian horse racing, continued their excellence as leading money earners in 2010, in a season that included five stakes wins.
Frank Stronach and his Adena Springs proved to be a powerful force in Canada in 2010 with 72 winners from 144 starters and some $3,582,736 in earnings which was more than enough to earn the Aurora, Ontario outfit their fifth Sovereign in six years.
He has a record-tying eight Queen's Plate wins and now, Roger Attfield has the same number of Sovereign Awards as Canada's top trainer.
The man with a plan kept his word.
If the racing world didn't know who Omar Moreno was at the start of the 2010 season, they definitely did by the end of it.
There's still a lot of life left in old Fort Erie racetrack and a lot of that has to do with the energetic and passionate work of its media and marketing manager Elissa Blowe.
Alydeed is not just known for his prowess on the track, but also as an influential sire on the Canadian horse racing scene.
Lynn and Cheryl Chouinard's Bar None Ranch in Dewi