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Woodbine, Horsemen Extend Contract

Woodbine, Horsemen Extend Contract

The board of directors of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario has unanimously approved the extension of its current contract with Woodbine Entertainment Group for an additional three years, the organization announced Jan. 18.

Samuel-Balaz of Sam-Son Dies

Samuel-Balaz of Sam-Son Dies

Tammy Samuel-Balaz, whose family bred and raced champion Dance Smartly and leading sire Smart Strike, among numerous others, under their Sam-Son banner, died Jan. 5 in Canada after battling cancer. She was 47.

Local TV Eclipse Winners Announced

Local TV Eclipse Winners Announced

Horse Racing Alberta, the TV company that produced the live telecast of the Alberta Derby for CTV affiliate CFCN in Calgary, Alberta, has won the 2007 Media Eclipse Award for best local television, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Dec. 21.

HBPA of Ontario Joins New Coalition

The Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario is the latest horsemen's group to join the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group, which was established Dec. 5 to facilitate simulcast activities for horsemen and improve pari-mutuel economics.

Hastings Park to Obtain Slots

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Great Canadian Casinos, an entertainment operator with facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Washington State, will add slot machines to Vancouver's Hastings Park Race Course. Hastings is the fifth Thoroughbred or Standardbred race course to obtain slots from Great Canadian Casinos.

Tethra to Colebrook in Ontario

Tethra, who once ranked third on the Canadian leading sire's list, will stand in 2008 at John Burness' Colebrook Farms Stallion Station near Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada.

CTHS Celebrates Breeder Excellence

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More than 250 breeders, families, and friends came together to celebrate the outstanding breeders of 2006 at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's Annual Awards banquet held at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Toronto, Ontario June 15.

Natalma, McNiven Among Those Nominated to Canadian Hall of Fame

Natalma, the dam of Northern Dancer, and Jack McNiven, one of the leading breeders of Standardbreds in Canada, have been nominated for election into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. They were among the 15 nominees put forward by the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Nominating Committees.

BC Hall of Fame Adds Three New Members

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The British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame added three new members during its 2006 Thoroughbred Industry Awards Dinner: trainer Lance Giesbrecht, owner/breeder John Gunther, and l998 British Columbia Horse of the Year and older male, Artic Son.

CTHS Announces Improvement Program

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The Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society has announced the release of the 2007 Thoroughbred Improvement Program. The program comes after negotiations with Woodbine Entertainment Group, Fort Erie Racetrack, the Horsemen's Benevolent Protective Association, and the approval of the Ontario Racing Commission.

Joey Franco Moving to Western Canada

Joey Franco, who stood his first two seasons at Harris Farms in California, will stand in Canada in 2007 at Pacific Stud in Langley, British Columbia. His fee will be $3,000.

Woodbine Launches Trakus Wireless System

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With the addition of a revolutionary wireless tracking system developed by Trakus, Woodbine Thoroughbred racing fans across North America can now precisely track each horse they are watching and wagering.

Wanna Runner Favored in Queen's Plate

Of the 13 horses entered for Sunday's Queen's Plate at Woodbine, 11 have previously run at the Ontario track. But one of the two that hasn't started at Woodbine was made the morning line favorite, and for good reason.

Mutuel Clerks on Strike at Woodbine

Mutuel clerks at Woodbine went on strike Wednesday evening after their 600-member union, the independent Canadian Racetrack Workers Union, voted against the latest contract proposal offered by Woodbine Entertainment Group.

MEC Director Says Company 'Hit Bottom in 2005'

With a first-quarter earnings report that shows net income of $2.2 million versus a net loss of $4.1 million for the same period a year earlier, Magna Entertainment Corp. is rebounding from what company officials called a very tough year in 2005, officials said.

Common Pools With Canada Gaining Momentum

Since common pool pari-mutuel wagering with Canada was introduced in the United States earlier this year, racetracks involved have seen significant gains in handle from Canada, according to Sean Pinsonneault, vice president of wagering operations for Woodbine Entertainment Group in Canada.

Susan Jane Anstey Dead at 59

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Susan Jane Anstey, a key figure in Canadian equestrian and racing circles, died Nov. 9 from cancer. She was 59.

Union Place to Silver Duck Stable

Union Place, a graded stakes winning son of Out of Place, has been retired and will stand at owner William Sorokolit Sr.'s Silver Duck Stable in King City, Ontario, Canada.

Breeders' Cup Urges Policy on Rebate Shops

Breeders' Cup, faced with a potential decline in handle for this year's World Thoroughbred Championships given the absence of secondary pari-mutuel operators from its pools, is calling for the industry to expedite a policy on rebate shops.

Vella on His Own with Knights Templar

Four years ago, when he was the farm trainer for Frank Stronach at Adena Springs South near Ocala, Fla., Danny Vella had the satisfaction of seeing former pupils Perfect Sting and Macho Uno win Breeders' Cup races. At this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Vella is seeking an even bigger thrill--training a winner of his own.

Emerald Downs to Take Canadian Wagers

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Emerald Downs will become the first Thoroughbred track in the United States to conduct common pool pari-mutuel wagering with Canada on Thursday evening.

Woodbine to Build Entertainment Complex

Woodbine Entertainment Group enters a new era in horse racing and entertainment with its announcement today that, in partnership with American-based The Cordish Co., the Toronto track will build a $310 million, 25-acre entertainment district on the track's property.

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