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Mark Casse Nears Woodbine Record for Victories

TORONTO – A prohibitive favorite to collect his second consecutive Sovereign Award as Canada’s Outstanding Trainer later this month, Mark Casse has a longshot chance to tie the record for most wins (by a conditioner) during a Woodbine season. The Indianapolis native has scored on 83 occasions at the Toronto oval. The record is 89, […]
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Pair of Broodmares Top CTHS Winter Mixed Sale

Rexdale, ON – The 2007 CTHS Winter Mixed Sale concluded Saturday night resulting in 115 head selling for a gross total of $568,300, down slightly (4.1%) from the 125 that sold for $592,300 in 2006, with gross totals for weanlings, yearlings, and horses of racing age showing increases across the board. “While severe weather warnings […]
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Ontario Sires Top North American Earnings List

Rexdale, ON –Several sires with Ontario connections have recently found themselves at the top of the North American Earnings List, according to The Blood-Horse sire list compiled through equineline.com this past week. Smart Strike, bred in Ontario by Sam-Son Farm, leads the pack with over $13,777,385 in progeny race earnings incurred in 2007. A son […]
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Financingavailable Retired

Toronto, ON – Champion mare Financingavailable has been retired to the breeding shed. The 16-time winner, who has been a fan favorite at Woodbine for a couple of years, was being pointed to the Bessarabian Stakes, November 25, until an ultrasound revealed a small ligament tear, said trainer Lorne Richards, in a telephone interview Thursday […]
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Baazy Boy Blog

Baazy Boy, a Thoroughbred gelding that calls Australian home, hosts his own blog and attracted plenty of attention via his website www.bazzyboy.net in the highly regarded 2007 Weblog Awards. The Weblog Awards are the world’s largest blog competition, with over 525,000 votes cast for the finalists in the 2006 edition. This year there were over […]
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CBC Sports Sings 4 Year Contract to Broadcast Queen’s Plate

The first jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown returns to CBC for the first time since 1998. CBC Sports today announced a four-year broadcast agreement with Woodbine Entertainment Group for the rights to the legendary Queen’s Plate – the oldest continuously run horse race in North America. Beginning in June 2008, and continuing through to 2011, […]
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WCVM Raises $200,000 for Equine Research

The generosity of western Canadian horse owners has helped the Western College of Veterinary Medicine raise an additional $200,000 for equine health research during the first year of a unique matching gift incentive program. Half of the funding — $100,000 — came from more than 100 individuals, organizations and companies whose contributions “triggered” a successful […]
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CTHS Winter Sale Better Than Ever

Over 172 horses have been catalogued for the CTHS Winter Mixed Sale, which takes place on Saturday, December 1st at 3:30 p.m. at the Sales Pavilion, Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. This year’s catalogue includes 92 broodmares, 26 yearlings, 45 weanlings, and nine horses of racing age, and are represented by sires such as Ascot Knight, […]
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Woodbine Website to Provide Polytrack Maintenance Information

Woodbine Entertainment Group has begun to provide racing fans detailed maintenance information of Woodbine’s Polytrack on its website at www.woodbineentertainment.com/thoroughbred/Track-Conditions.asp. Woodbine’s Director of Thoroughbred Racing Surfaces, Irwin Driedger, will log his intended maintenance of the Polytrack each morning for website visitors. “We understand that racing fans want to know how the Polytrack is prepared every […]
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Cloudy’s Knight shines in Pattison Canadian International

Toronto, ON – S J Stables’ homebred Cloudy’s Knight showed what a game, gutsy competitor he is by winning the $2 million Pattison Canadian International, Canada richest horse race, Sunday at Woodbine. Ridden brilliantly by Ramsey Zimmerman, Cloudy’s Knight, sent postward an 18-1 outsider, took over around the eighth-pole from Sunriver, opened a length on […]
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Sir Gallovic Answers the Call in BC Premiers

Vancouver, B.C. – Sir Gallovic played the role of giant killer with a dramatic at-the-wire victory over True Metropolitan in the $100,000 BC Premiers at Hastings Racecourse Sunday afternoon. Winning by a neck, Sir Gallovic took advantage of a 13-pound weight difference and timed his move perfectly under jockey Mario Gutierrez in a winning time […]
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Deputiformer overcomes start to win Cup and Saucer

Toronto, – Overcoming a terrible start, Deputiformer, ridden patiently by red-hot Jono Jones, surged to the front in the closing yards to defeat favoured Cryptonite Kid in the $253,200 Cup and Saucer Stakes October 14th at Woodbine. At the finish of one of the classic stakes for Canadian-foaled two-year-olds, over one and one-sixteenth miles on […]
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Monashee Wins Ballerina Breeders’ Cup

Vancouver, B.C. – As farewells go, Monashee did it up right. With jockey Dave Wilson enjoying the trip – again – the 5-year-old gray mare won her 11th consecutive stakes race to capture the $125,000 Ballerina Breeders’ Cup before a throng of appreciative fans at Hastings Racecourse on October 13th. “I just had to sit […]
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Illinois Ruling Stops Horse Slaughter in the U.S.

The last remaining horse slaughter plant in the country was effectively shut down September 21 when a  three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled an Illinois law banning horse slaughter for human consumption is constitutional. The ruling comes four months after Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed the law, overwhelmingly passed […]
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VisionTV’s Equine-Themed Programming

VisionTV is getting on its high horse Oct. 1st, launching a week of programming that celebrates the noble equine spirit. In addition to the previously announced Canadian premiere of the BBC drama series Rough Diamond and a broadcast of the feature films The Black Stallion and The Black Stallion Returns (see below), the network has […]