Back home at Woodbine, Ronald Kirk, John Bates, and Michael Riordan's Are You Kidding Me thrived like it was 2015 in the $200,000 Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) May 28.
Lexie Lou, Canada's Horse of the Year in 2014, and that year's champion older female, Strut the Course, face eight older fillies and mares in Woodbine's one-mile Nassau Stakes (Can-IIT) May 29.
Are You Kidding Me, last year's Sovereign Award winner for champion older horse, is set to make his second start of the year in the Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack.
Seven horses sprinted five furlongs out of the gate, clockwise, on the E.P. Taylor Turf Course the morning of May 16 as a trial run for Woodbine's EuroTurf Series slated to start in June.
Ivan Dalos' homebred Gamble's Ghost, patiently handled by jockey Luis Contreras, swooped to a score in the $150,000 Selene Stakes (Can-III) May 15 at Woodbine.
Dominion Bloodstock and Barry Butzer's Thatlookonyerface split rivals in the shadow of the wire to win a photo over Bear'sway in the $150,000 Marine Stakes (Can-III) May 14 at Woodbine.
Steady performers Thrilled and Caren face well-bred stakes winner Treasuring, from the family of Better Than Honour.
The Sovereign Award winner posted a bullet work at Woodbine May 1, and will be the one to beat if he's rounding back into top form.
Anne Walsh's Cactus Kris continued to pad her bankroll on synthetic surfaces with a going-away victory in the $150,000 Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) May 8 at Woodbine.
Wins second consecutive stakes at Woodbine
Black Hornet is training strongly to defend his title in the Vigil, Stakes where he will face graded stakes winners Dimension and Canadian champion sprinter Stacked Deck. The field will be rounded out by a trio of stakes winners.
Veteran rider Justin Stein, whose 1,028 victories include the 2012 Queen's Plate with Strait of Dover, has announced he will retire from race riding following the May 1 card at Woodbine.
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Speedway Stables' Leigh Court led the way and won the $150,000 Whimsical Stakes (Can-III) by two lengths April 10 at Woodbine.
Passion for Action and top Woodbine rider Eurico Rosa Da Silva overtook front-runner and favorite Hootenanny in midstretch.
On a raiding trip from Canada for Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield, Ontario-bred Shakhimat galloped to his first graded score in the $100,000 Transylvania (gr. IIIT) April 8 on Keeneland's spring meet opening day.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that Woodbine Racetrack in Rexdale, Ontario, near Toronto, has earned reaccreditation from the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance.
Her first effort this year was a winning one, making her appear to be the one to beat. Her five rivals mostly have also had winning form at Woodbine in stakes events but she is the most accomplished of the field.
The 2016 live Thoroughbred racing season kicks off April 9 at Woodbine, with the first two of 133 programs scheduled for the meet.
Shakhimat, among the early favorites for Canada's Queen's Plate this year, tops the nine-horse field that will contest the Transylvania Presented by Keeneland Select (gr. IIIT) on the April 8 opening-day card at Keeneland.
Woodbine's new Tapeta main track, installed following its 2015 meet, was open to horses for the first time on March 18th. Initial reviews of the surface are quite favorable.
Canadian grade II winner Excaper has been retired to stand at Francisco Bravo's River Oaks Farms near Sulphur, Okla., as the property of Mike Grossman.
Canada's leading race for 2-year-old fillies, the Natalma Stakes, has been upgraded to grade I status.
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Officials from the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Ontario Division, and Woodbine Entertainment Group plan to meet in the near future to discuss reductions in Ontario Sire purse bonuses for 2016.
The fire at Classy Lane Stables that killed 43 horses Jan 4. has had a deep and dramatic impact on Ontario's horse racing community and the Jan. 7 card of racing at Woodbine will be dedicated to the equine lives lost.
Churchill Downs, Aqueduct, Del Mar, Zia Park, Hawthorne, Woodbine, Japan & More! view slideshow
Churchill Downs, Aqueduct, Del Mar, Zia Park, Hawthorne, Woodbine, Japan & More
Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Melmich left no doubt Nov. 29 at Woodbine, smashing the course record for 1 3/4 miles by nearly two seconds in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III).
The Nov. 29 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) for older horses at 1 3/4 miles at Woodbine, features eight runners including Melmich and the retiring champion Pender Harbour.
Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Nov. 25 said Woodbine's 2016 Thoroughbred racing calendar would offer 133 dates pending regulatory approval.
All eyes figure to be on undefeated juvenile Amis Gizmo in the $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes Nov. 28 at Woodbine, as 2-year-olds will be the focus in a pair of stakes on the Saturday card.
On Nov. 29, with a final run in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III), Pender Harbour's reign as one of the top Ontario-sired horses of all time will come to an end.
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To defend his title as Canada's outstanding sprinter, Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Calgary Cat will need a strong performance in the $200,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 22 at Woodbine.
Diane Manning's Miss Mischief parlayed her success coming off a score in the H.B.P.A. Stakes last time out to make the grade in the $200,000 Bessarabian Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 15 at Woodbine.
Anne Walsh's Cactus Kris will look to win her second straight graded victory over the Woodbine synthetic track Nov. 15 in the Bessarabian Stakes (Can-III), but will have to defeat a pair of rivals who have beaten her.
Are You Kidding Me turned the tables on several familiar rivals Nov. 8 at Woodbine, riding the rail to win the $200,000 Autumn Stakes (Can-II).
Melnyk Racing Stables' Lukes Alley, last year's Sovereign Award winner as champion older horse, will make his third start of 2015 against a familiar group of rivals in the $200,000 Autumn Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 8 at Woodbine.
Bruce Lunsford is a Kentuckian to the core. Having served as state commerce secretary and as an integral member of several Kentucky businesses, Lunsford has since turned to the Bluegrass State's equine pastime.
Flipcup wore down pacesetter Academic with a sustained outside rally and won the $150,000 Maple Leaf (Can-III) for fillies and mares Oct. 31 at Woodbine.
Woodbine said Oct. 29 it will raise the pari-mutuel takeout rates on many Breeders' Cup wagers because of a new standardized revenue model, action that sparked a rebuke from the Horseplayers' Association of North America
Bear Stables' Academic will look to clear another hurdle in the $150,000 Maple Leaf Stakes (Can-III) Oct. 31 at Woodbine.
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Favored Cannock Chase rallied strongly in the stretch under Ryan Moore to win the $1 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) at Woodbine Oct. 18.
A two-time group winner in England and Ireland, Curvy made the most of her second North American start, taking the $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes Presented by HPIBet (Can-IT) Oct. 18 at Woodbine.
Last into the stretch, Cactus Kris unleashed a thrilling burst of speed and swept past eight rivals in Ontario Fashion (gr. III) before nailing front-runner Endless Light in the final stride to win Oct. 18 at Woodbine.
DARRS Inc.'s Bye Bye Bernie may have given an indication of what was coming when he just missed, by a neck, in the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash Stakes Sept. 14 at odds of 55-1.
Seven stakes winners, including two graded stakes winners, will line up for the grade III, six-furlong sprint at Woodbine.
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