Trainer Steve Owens lost all 14 of the horses he had in the barn, including Legal Heir, a homebred he trained for his family's Empress Stables, and Highland Legacy, another Empress runner who was Canada's champion 2-year-old colt in 2000. Legal Heir won the last race at Woodbine by 4 3/4 lengths the day before the fire. In addition to Owens, trainers Danny O'Callaghan, Cliff Hopmans, and Earl Barnett lost horses. Trainers who shared that barn who did not suffer casualties were Stan Baresich, Eric Bauer, MacDonald Benson, and Jerry Meyer. Benson lost a horse in 1990 when the same barn burned. "People are depressed," said owner Dr. Gordon Lickrish, whose two horses stabled with Eric Bauer escaped. "There's not a lot of joy in the air, but you have to get on with business."Once horses were released, they were loose on the backstretch of the racetrack. Some reportedly ran onto nearby Highway 27, though none were hurt.The total number of horses injured wasn't known as of Monday, but one report said up to 50 were hurt. A handful of horses were at the University of Guelph.
Woodbine cancelled the Sunday race card but resumed racing Monday. The cancelled races will be offered and re-drawn for a special Thursday afternoon card of racing. Thursday was originally scheduled as a dark day.The $125,000 Seagram Cup Stakes, Sunday's feature event, has been re-scheduled for Wednesday evening. First race post-time is 6:45 p.m.