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.
Dale Bennett learned about Thoroughbred training from his father, Gerald, a native of Canada who has won more than 3,500 races in his career and regularly winters at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida.
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The Toronto racetrack reported an 11.3% rise in total handle; set records on its three biggest days.
Dressed in Hermes rallied down the center of the Del Mar turf course and overtook front-runner Collected to win the $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds Nov. 29.
Dressed in Hermes and Manhattan Dan, who raced 1-2 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) before fading, head the one-mile Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (gr. IIIT) Nov. 29 at Del Mar.
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.
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.
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.
Frac Daddy, a front-running winner of the Eclipse Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine and Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland, will stand the 2016 season at Park Stud in Ontario, Canada, for a Can$4,000 fee.
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
Conquest Curlinate, a multiple graded stakes-placed son of Curlin, will launch his stallion career in 2016 at the Everatt family's Shannondoe Farm in St. Thomas, Ontario.
Matthew Schera's Cyclogenisis, who was on the also-eligible list for an Oct. 3 off-the-turf stakes at Keeneland, won't have that problem Oct. 18.
Deltin Stable and Ed Walsh's Killin Me Smalls shipped in from Northlands Park in Alberta to capture the $100,000 British Columbia Premier's Handicap (Can-III) at Hastings Racecourse Oct. 12.
Russell J. and Lois Bennett's homebred Touching Promise took control early and never looked back, rolling to an easy victory in the $100,000 Ballerina Stakes (Can-III) at Hastings Racecourse for the second consecutive year.
Trainer Mike Keogh will be represented by a pair of talented Gus Schickedanz homebreds Oct. 11 at Woodbine with Springhouse in the Cup and Saucer and Sweet Grass Creek in the Bunty Lawless.
Russell J. and Lois Bennett's homebred Touching Promise is waltzing into the Oct. 12 Ballerina Stakes (gr. III) at Hastings Racecourse off two straight stakes wins at the Vancouver track.
Spendthrift Farm confirmed Oct. 5 it is moving Court Vision and Victor's Cry from Ontario back to its Central Kentucky farm for the 2016 breeding season.
Melnyk Racing Stable's Lukes Alley, a winner Sept. 12 in his first start since November 2014, quickly jumps up to graded stakes company for the $150,000 Durham Cup (Can-III) at Woodbine Oct. 3.
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Stallion Where's the Ring will return east, this time to Ontario's Colebrook Farm Stallion Station, for the 2016 season.
Billy's Star, winner of the Aug. 23 Victoria Park Stakes last time out, heads a group of eight sophomores, including Victoria runner-up Firespike, in the $150,000 Canadian (Can-III) Sept. 20 at Woodbine.
Stacked Deck held off 2014 Bold Venture Stakes (Can-III) winner Calgary Cat with a determined drive and claimed his first graded score Sept. 13, winning this year's edition of the $150,000 test at Woodbine.
The Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) won't include Wise Dan after the two-time winner's retirement, but runners who dwelt in his shadow will have a chance to shine Sept. 13 at Woodbine.
Trainer Phil D' Amato talks about Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) contender Obviously.
The mile turf event is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 30 at Keeneland.
Justin Stein picked up his 1,000th career win on Sept. 5 when he guided Battle Castle to a 1 3/4-length victory in Saturday's opening race at Woodbine.
Woodbine Entertainment Group Sept. 1 announced the 2015 edition of WEGCares, a celebration and recognition of the numerous Woodbine-supported community organizations and causes.
The 8-year-old Wiseman's Ferry gelding went five furlongs in 1:00 flat Sept. 1 on trainer Charlie LoPresti's watch, and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 in final serious move for the Sept. 13 Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT).
The return of 2014 Canadian Horse of the Year Lexie Lou has been delayed due to an eye injury that led trainer Mark Casse to scratch the filly from the Aug. 26 first race at Woodbine.
Woodbine Entertainment Group Aug. 24 said it will close its Turf Lounge off-track wagering facility in the Toronto financial district effective Sept. 5.
Alywow Stakes winner Mississippi Delta will try to continue her winning ways at Woodbine when she returns to the Rexdale, Ontario track on Saturday, Aug. 22 for the $150,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-III).
Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced the appointment of Christine Magee and Hugh Mitchell to its board of directors.
First-time starter That's a Stretch raced in midpack early before sweeping to the lead at the eighth pole and winning the fifth race at Woodbine Aug. 16 to become the first winner for multiple graded-stakes winner Exhi.
Interpol was the longest shot on the board but the first at the wire in the $200,000 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine, earning his first graded victory in his second attempt at that level Aug. 16.
Filly Academic seized the lead from favorite Blue Dancer in the final turn of the Canadian Derby (Can-III) and drew off to an easy victory against males in the 1 3/8-mile test Saturday, Aug. 15 at Northlands Park.
Hillaby, a close second to Endless Light in the July 1 Sweet Briar Too Stakes, figures to be tighter second time out in the Aug. 8 Seaway Stakes at Woodbine. The seven-furlong race drew seven older fillies.
Keith and Sonja Meadows infiltrate livestock auctions and slaughterhouses, recording animal abuse and posting the videos on the Internet along with investigative reports. Their work has made them key figures in the emotional debate over horse slaughter.
London Tower dug in gamely down the lane to turn back the challenge of Galina Point and win the $125,400 Eternal Search Stakes July 29 at Woodbine.
There will be no bid for a Canadian Triple Crown this year as Breaking Lucky came from last and pulled a 13-1 upset in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 28 at Fort Erie, denying Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost by a neck.
Lael Stables' Ageless ran down front-runner Leigh Court in the stretch and won the Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) in course-record time July 26 at Woodbine.
Triton Racing's Uchenna bided her time at the back of the pack and then pounced with a bold rail move July 25 to win the $150,000 Ontario Matron (Can-III), taking her first graded stakes for trainer Roger Attfield.
Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser runner-up London Tower will try to nail down the third stakes win of her career on Wednesday, July 29 at Woodbine in the Eternal Search Stakes.
John Unger's homebred champion Strut the Course seeks her second graded stakes win of the year when she faces six other older fillies and mares in the $150,000 Ontario Matron Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine July 25.
The connections of Are You Kidding Me were feeling pretty good heading into the Nijinsky Stakes (Can-II) July 19 at Woodbine, and he rewarded their confidence with a second consecutive graded stakes win.
All proceeds generated as a result of Xpressbet customers wagering on Assiniboia Downs on the Saturday, July 18, card, will be donated by the online betting company to the trust of injured jockey Alyssa Selman.
Brooklynsway defeated Galina Point by a nose in the $250,000 Bison City Stakes July 12 at Woodbine, springing a 7-1 surprise.
Swift Thoroughbreds' first-time starter Hippie romped to a 4 3/4-length triumph July 12 at Hastings Racecourse, becoming the first winner for graded stakes winner and Canadian stallion Schramsberg.
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