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  • Dream It Is coasts to a nine-length win in Saratoga's Schuylerville

    Dream It Is The Real Deal in Schuylerville

    The ability Dream It Is showed on the all-weather track at Woodbine translated even better in her first try on dirt, as she chased a wicked pace then threw down the hammer in the form of a nine-length win in the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (G3)

  • Holy Helena scores in the Woodbine Oaks

    Holy Helena Surges to Woodbine Oaks Victory

    In a late charge, Stronach Stables' homebred Holy Helena stormed down the middle of the Woodbine stretch to defeat 11 others by a length in the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser June 11. 

  • Ever So Clever comes home strong to take the Fantasy

    Ever So Clever Rallies to First Stakes Win in Fantasy

    Behind a sustained late run through the far turn that saw her split horses entering the stretch, Clearview Stable’s Ever So Clever surged past rivals to register an upset victory April 14 in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park.

  • Jockey Luis Contreras guides Calgary Cat to victory (red and black silks) in the $300,000 dollar Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine

    Calgary Cat Up Late for Nearctic Surprise

    Former Canadian champion sprinter Calgary Cat stormed wide down the stretch and won in a tight finish over Stacked Deck and Conquest Enforcer in the $300,000 Nearctic Stakes (Can-IIT) Oct. 16 at Woodbine.

  • Amis Gizmo and Luis Contreras take the Ontario Derby

    Amis Gizmo Rebounds for Ontario Derby score

    Ivan Dalos' homebred Amis Gizmo rebounded from a disappointing sixth in the Aug. 21 Breeders' Stakes and won the $150,000 Ontario Derby (Can-III) by six lengths Sept. 17 in track-record time at Woodbine.

  • Amis Gizmo wins Prince of Wales Stakes

    Favored Amis Gizmo Captures Prince of Wales

    Ivan Dalos' Amis Gizmo avenged a half-length loss in the Queen's Plate, first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, with a powerful victory in the Prince of Wales Stakes July 26 at Fort Erie Race Track.

  • Registro won two legs of Puerto Rico's Triple Crown this year.

    Runners Assemble for Clasico del Caribe

    Dual classic winners from Puerto Rico and Panama face off against the Mexican Triple Crown winner Dec. 13 at Hipadromo Presidente Remon in Panama City.

  • Huitlacoche with trainer Fausto Gutierrez

    'Mexican Pharoah' Targets Clasico del Caribe

    On Dec. 13, Mexican Triple Crown winner Huitlacoche will be making his first start outside of his native country in the Clasico del Caribe at Panama City's Hipdromo Presidente Remon.

  • Stacked Deck wins the Kennedy Road Stakes.

    Stacked Deck Excels in Kennedy Road Victory

    Coming off a disappointing 10th-place finish in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), Bruce Lunsford's homebred Stacked Deck was back in his sweet spot Nov. 22, on the Woodbine synthetic main track.

  • Strut the Course wins the Canadian Stakes.

    Strut the Course Game in Canadian Victory

    John Unger's homebred Strut the Course punched her ticket to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) with a determined effort in the $300,000 Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) Sept. 13 at Woodbine.

  • Reporting Star, inside, wins the Play the King Stakes.

    Reporting Star Upsets Play the King Stakes

    Reporting Star spoiled the return of 2014 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) winner Bobby's Kitten Aug. 23 at Woodbine with a closing drive on the rail to win the $200,000 Play King the Stakes (Can-IIT).

  • Passion for Action

    Passion for Action Rolls to Cup & Saucer Win

    Favored Passion for Action, making his stakes debut, kicked clear in the drive for an impressive 3 1/4-length win in the $223,966 Cup and Saucer Stakes for 2-year-old Canadian-breds on the Woodbine turf Oct. 12.

  • Speed Seeker and Luis Contreras come on strong to win the Ontario Colleen Stakes.

    Speed Seeker Makes Grade in Ontario Colleen

    Making just her third career start, Speed Seeker became a stakes winner when she rallied from off the pace to take the $154,417 Ontario Colleen Stakes (Can-IIIT) over the Woodbine turf course Aug. 23.

  • Ami's Holiday will make his first dirt start in the Prince of Wales.

    Ami's Holiday Leads Prince of Wales Lineup

    Traffic trouble may have kept Ami's Holiday from victory in the Queen's Plate, and now the runner-up in the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown will take a try at the second leg, the July 29 Prince of Wales.

  • Social Inclusion, Ron Sanchez, and trainer Manny Azpurua at Pimlico.

    Social Inclusion Arrives at Pimlico

    If Social Inclusion was still having problems with the foot bruise that kept him out of the Sir Bear Stakes at Gulfstream Park, he showed no signs of it when he arrived at Pimlico the morning of May 8.

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    Dads Caps Gets His Due in Carter Upset

    Hard-knocking Dads Caps had been three times the bridesmaid in recent starts, but he broke through at the highest level April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack when stealing the Carter Handicap (gr. I) at odds of 10-1.

  • Jubilee Queen

    Clasico del Caribe: Local Filly Faces Boys

    On the outskirts of boom-town Panama City, past tin roof houses and enterprising food vendors with their roadside stands, past soccer players who practice diligently in the cooler morning hours, Panama's only racetrack hums.

  • Matador wins the Cup and Saucer Stakes.

    Matador Holds On in Cup and Saucer Thriller

    Matador battled Cool Faith the entire length of the Woodbine turf course stretch in the $244,192 Cup and Saucer Stakes to prevail by a nose in a terrific finish between a couple of determined 2-year-olds Oct. 20.

  • Ami's Holiday takes the Grey Stakes by a half length over Big Bazinga.

    Ami's Holiday Captures Grey Stakes

    Ami's Holiday came from off the pace, unleashing a powerful surge in deep stretch in the 1 1/16-mile Grey Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine Oct. 6 over Big Bazinga.

  • Minakshi wins the Canadian Stakes.

    Minakshi Breaks Through in Canadian Stakes

    After knocking on the door in four stakes starts since her arrival from her native France, Minakshi secured the first stakes victory of her career Sept. 15 in the $295,952 Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) at Woodbine.

  • Five Iron wins the Saranac Stakes.
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    Five Iron Continues Roll in Saranac Stakes

    Fred Allor's homebred Five Iron scored a third straight front-running victory Sept. 1, this time nailing down the first graded stakes win of his career in the $150,000 Saranac Stakes (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Go Blue Or Go Home wins the Highlander Stakes.

    Hills, Baker Double Up in Highlander Score

    Susan and Jim Hill take Woodbine's Highlander Stakes Presented by Pizzaville (Can-III) just two races after winning the Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-II) with Solid Appeal. Their Go Blue Or Go Home covers six furlongs in 1:10.46.

  • Delegation wins the Dominion Day Stakes in record time.

    Record Setting Romp for Delegation

    Delegation set the pace and never let up, taking the 61st running of the $150,000 Dominion Day Stakes (gr. III) in record time at Woodbine on the July 1 Canada Day card.

  • Laugh Track wins the Vigil Stakes.

    Laugh Track Earns Plaudits in Vigil Triumph

    Laugh Track, pushing two-time Canadian sprint champion Essence Hit Man every step of the way, surged in the final strides to register a half-length victory in the $150,415 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) June 2 at Woodbine.

  • Coffee Clique wins the Selene Stakes.

    Coffee Clique Brews Up Stellar Selene Score

    Coffee Clique swept past runaway pacesetter Leigh Court in upper stretch and bounded to an easy four-length win in the $152,019 Selene (Can-III) May 19, collecting her first stakes tally at Woodbine.