The Canadian Graded Stakes Committee has released a list of 40 graded stakes scheduled at racetracks in Canada this year. There will be five grade I events, 10 grade II events, and 25 grade III events.
The betting public will receive larger payoffs when wagering at Woodbine. The Toronto-area track is reducing takeout by 1% for exactor and daily double wagers on foreign race betting.
The boom from simulcasting is over and North American purses are now growing progressively slower every year like a freight train struggling up a mountain pass. The problem this time around is that the next mountain peak may still be a ways off, and the downhill side does not appear to be very steep.
Win City, a Slew City Slew colt who upset trainer Mark Frostad's Canadian Triple Crown bid by defeating Dancethruthedawn in the Prince of Wales Stakes, was named Horse of the Year in Canada.
The 165-day Thoroughbred meet at Woodbine Racecourse that ended Sunday showed significant increases in purses and wagering. Boosted by revenues from slot machines, Woodbine purses rose 7% to total more than $80-million, for a daily average distribution of $485,000. With higher purses and larger field sizes, handle at Woodbine increased 14% to average $2,085,756 per day from all sources.
Sam-Son Farms' Dance Smartly, who won three Sovereign Awards during her racing career, could earn another of the Canadian honors as a result of her achievements in her second career as a broodmare. Dance Smartly is one of three finalists in the broodmare category on the list of finalists released Monday, Dec. 3 by the Jockey Club of Canada.
After years of debate, the United States Trotting Association will convert Canadian earnings by American-based horses to U.S. dollars effective Jan. 1, 2002. Meanwhile, the Thoroughbred industry continues to haggle over the issue.
The family of jockey Isiah Sala visited Marquis Downs on Monday, a day after the 23-year-old died from injuries sustained during a racing accident at the track.
The Ontario Racing Commission has agreed to paricipate in the national licensing program, and will recognize the multi-jurisdictional license through reciprocity with no additional fees.
A Phone Trick colt named Embattle sold for $110,000 (all figures in Canadian funds; $71,659 U.S.) to top the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's 2-year-olds in training sale Tuesday night at Woodbine. The sale had an extremely high number of buy backs.
Veteran Hastings Park jockey Chris Loseth has been named the recipient of the 2001 Avelino Gomez Memorial Award. The award, sponsored by the Ontario Jockey Club, is given annually to a Canadian-born, Canadian-raised, or regular rider in the country for more than five years who has made significant contributions to the sport.
Penn National's stock got a huge boost this week from a glowing first quarter earnings report and an announcement that it will soon close a deal involving casinos in Canada and Louisiana.
The Jockey Club today reported the North American registered foal crop for 1998 at 35,917.
The developers of a $100-million racetrack, recreational, and gaming complex in Calgary, Alberta, Canada have shelved the project and sued the provincial government and others as a result of the entity's license being revoked. According to the Calgary Herald, developers of the Resortport complex pronounced the project dead at a news conference Thursday. The developers of the complex near the Calgary Airport are also suing the provincial government, the Calgary Stampede and others for $86.5 million in connection with the cancellation of their license.
Stronach Stable's Milwaukee Brew, winner of the Ohio Derby (gr. II) and third in the Haskell Inviational, is among the three finalists for a Sovereign Award as top 3-year-old colt or gelding in Canada this year. The two other finalists in the category are Scatter the Gold and Kiss a Native.
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