The European Commission confirmed it has taken action that essentially bans the import of all horse meat and meat products from Mexico.
Woodbine track announcer Dan Loiselle announced Dec. 9 that he will call his last race May 31, 2015, bringing a 29-year career as a Thoroughbred announcer to a close.
Owner John Oxley, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Patrick Husbands were once again atop the Woodbine standings when the track concluded its 2014 season Dec. 7.
San Nicola Thunder overcame a delay at the start before holding off the late rail bid from Freitag to take the $109,489 Sir Barton Stakes by a head Nov. 30 at Woodbine.
Donver Stable's homebred Decision Day battled for the early lead and held off hounding pressure to capture the $219,327 Coronation Futurity for 2-year-olds bred in Canada Nov. 29 at Woodbine.
Chris' Brew rides a three-race win streak into the co-featured $125,000 Sir Barton Stakes Nov. 30 at Woodbine, while South Ocean Stakes victress Galina Point tops the $150,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes.
Milwaukee Brew, poised to capture his second title as Canada's champion sire, will remain at $7,500 (all stallion fees are Canadian dollars, stands and nurses). His eight 2014 stakes winners are the most in Canada since 2001.
Rookie Sensation, a 4-year-old son of Unbridled's Song, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2015 breeding season at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs North in Aurora, Ontario, Canada.
Stallions Double Honor and Imperialism will relocate to stand the 2015 season at Esquirol Farms in Ryley, Alberta.
Strut the Course unleashed a powerful rally and drew clear to a five-length victory in the $150,000 Maple Leaf Stakes (Can-III) Nov. 1 at Woodbine.
The 2014 Thoroughbred season at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino concluded Oct. 25 with wagering increasing across the board.
Six furlongs looks to be right in the wheelhouse of Silent Treat as the two-time stakes winners looks to add the Ontario Fashion Stakes to her portfolio in a 10-horse field.
Irish classic winner Just The Judge can turn an Oct. 19 run in the $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) into a bid at the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) just a few weekends later.
British Columbia Derby (Can-III) winner Alert Bay tackled older foes for the first time and registered a smart victory in the British Columbia Premier's Handicap (Can-III) Oct. 13 at Hastings Race Course.
Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Bennett's Touching Promise rated in second behind leader Saturday Nite Ride, took over heading for home and won comfortably in the $100,000 Ballerina Stakes (Can-III) Oct. 13 at Hastings Race Course.
With impressive win in Mazarine Stakes, 2-year-old filly now among the favorites for Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 31.
Stuart Slagle, currently racing secretary at Hastings Racecourse, has been named new Thoroughbred racing secretary at Woodbine, effective Nov. 10.
While it already has faced many hurdles, if the declining North American foal crop is not turned around soon, North American racing will require creative solutions from racetracks and horsemen or face further contraction.
Maiden Conquest Typhoon capped a big day for Conquest Stables in a big way at Woodbine Sept. 13, galloping clear in a dominant performance over seven other 2-year-olds in the $211,673 Summer Stakes (Can-IIT).
Kaigun, winner of the Play the King Stakes (Can-IIT) for trainer Mark Casse, heads a field of 11 as the 5-2 favorite for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 14 at Woodbine.
A full brother to Canadian champion Pender Harbour was sold for the top price of $325,000 at the Sept. 2 selected Canadian premier yearling sale, which saw large gains in every key statistical category.
Octavio Vergara Jr., a regular at Arlington Park, captured the inaugural "Canadian Apprentice Invitational" at Woodbine by recording a win and a second-place finish from two races on the Aug. 20 evening card.
Multiple stakes winners Ready to Act and Daring Kathy, top the 10-horse field of 3-year-old fillies entered on the grass in the $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-IIIT) at Woodbine Aug. 23.
After settling in mid-pack early in the Canadian Derby Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 16, Edison took charge at the quarter pole and romped to an eye-widening triumph at Edmonton's Northlands Park.
A field of 10 males and one filly all hope to go somewhere they've never been before, and that is 1 3/8 miles in a test of stamina in the grade III heat in Canada.
Making her career bow, Bells of Victory led at every call and drew off to victory in the first race at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon Aug. 1 to become the first winner for Canadian-based freshman sire Brandon's Oboe.
Coltimus Prime scored a commanding win in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 29 at Fort Erie, cruising wire to wire in the second leg in the Canadian Triple Crown.
Salvador Hernandez's homebred La Tia made a tour de force of the $144,053 Ontario Matron Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine July 26, leading wire to wire and drawing off at the end to best eight other fillies and mares.
Traffic trouble may have kept Ami's Holiday from victory in the Queen's Plate, and now the runner-up in the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown will take a try at the second leg, the July 29 Prince of Wales.
A competitve field of nine fillies will face off in the two-turn Ontario Matron over Woodbine's Polytrack July 26, including a pack of stakes winners at Arlington and over the home track outside Toronto.
Paladin Bay, who has made 12 lifetime starts, carries an experience and talent edge into the Bison City against five foes. The Sligo Bay filly is a three-time stakes winner, including a victory in the Selene Stakes (Can-III).
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Sam-Son Farm homebred Aldous Snow fended off late-charging Perfect Timber and won the $167,277 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) by the slimmest of margins July 6 at Woodbine.
Grade I winner Forte Dei Marmi, Canada's Sovereign Award-winning grass horse of 2013, heads a field of six entered for the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) July 6 at Woodbine.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that the Woodbine Thoroughbred simulcast feed is being produced in high definition in a new production control room located on the fourth floor of the Woodbine grandstand.
An exercise rider at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto was killed during training hours June 24 after a horse collapsed on him.
The National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame announced June 16 that Edward R. Bradley and Edward P. Taylor have been elected to the Hall as Pillars of the Turf.
Back on Polytrack after a 10th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, We Miss Artie took charge in upper stretch and held off a tenacious Majestic Sunset to win the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes.
After finishing off the board in the Kentucky Derby, grade I winner We Miss Artie will prepare for a run at the Canadian classics when the son of Artie Schiller starts in the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes June 14.
Prominent U.S. and Canadian owner-breeder Eugene Melnyk announced June 11 his retirement from the sport of horse racing, with his racing and breeding stock to be dispersed July 14 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky.
The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society Ontario has signed an agreement with the Ontario Racing Commission that provides a $12 million enhancement to the breeders' awards program over the next five years.
TSN announced a multi-year deal with Woodbine Entertainment Group June 6 that will see the Canadian sports network broadcast every race from the nation's Triple Crown series.
Patrick Husbands, who guided Wando to a memorable Canadian Triple Crown score in 2003, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award.
Canadian grade III winner No Hesitation has been retired to stand at Pierre Esquirol's Esquirol Farm in Alberta, Canada. His 2014 fee will be $1,000.
Northlands Park in Alberta, Canada, begins its meet May 2 with pari-mutuel takeout rates it says are the lowest in North America.
Fort Erie Race Track in Ontario, Canada, will offer a live meet this year, with details to be released at a later date.
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall invites the public to submit nominations for 2014 from both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing in seven categories.
Grade II winner Domasca Dan died Jan. 21 after a lengthy career at stud. The son of Same Direction was 28.
Canadian Horse of the Year Wando died Jan. 22 at Schonberg Farm in Ontario at age 14. The farm said the suspected cause of death was a heart attack.
The Jockey Club of Canada will host the 39th Annual Sovereign Awards party to honor the Canadian champions of 2013. It will be held Friday, April 11 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.
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