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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Attard Patiently Takes Former Claimers To New Heights

Trainer Kevin Attard was still riding the high of a graded stakes win on Sunday morning, the day after former claimer Starship Jubilee picked up the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine. It was the 5-year-old mare’s second graded win, but hardly the first for Attard, who passed up the chance for a raucous celebration […]

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Hagyard Veterinarians Released From Non-Compete; Clinic Ordered To Produce Privileged Documents

Three field care veterinarians at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute have been released from the non-compete agreements they signed as part of their employment as a civil suit between the vets and the clinic rages on. Drs. Rocky Mason, Patrick Ford, and Kevin Smith brought suit against Hagyard and Mixed Animal Veterinary Associates of North America […]

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Yes, She’s A Thoroughbred: Starresha Is Woodbine’s Most Famous Maiden

One of the best-known horses on the Woodbine backstretch isn’t a Grade 1 winner. In fact, she hasn’t even won her first race yet. When a friend excitedly told me, “You’ve got to see this pony!” and led me to Starresha’s stall, I thought she was actually a track pony who was stabled inexplicably in […]

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Johnny Bear Gets Hard-Fought Repeat In Northern Dancer Turf

Johnny Bear earned another Grade 1 win the hard way Saturday, closing against pressure to win his second Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine. Luis Contreras kept the 7-year-old gelding off the early pace of the 1 1/2-mile contest, stalking the pace in the early part of the final turn. Johnny Bear moved up […]

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Oscar Performance Delivers Lynch Team An ‘Emotional’ Woodbine Mile Win

Oscar Performance punched his ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Mile with a commanding gate-to-wire victory in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile Saturday afternoon. The Brian Lynch trainee held off a late charge from hometown hero Mr Havercamp in the longest stretch in North America. Jose Ortiz was aboard the Amerman Racing homebred son of Kitten’s […]

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Day Phillips Calm And Collected Ahead Of First Woodbine Mile Bid With Mr Havercamp

Catherine Day Phillips has the chance to pick up her first Grade 1 Woodbine Mile on Saturday, but the trainer remained cool as a cucumber Friday, despite getting home from the Keeneland September Sale a few hours before. “Every race is a big race, to be honest,” she said. “Every race we run in, a […]

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Jet-Setting Hawkbill ‘Has Been Nearly Everywhere’, Looking For Redemption In Northern Dancer

If horses could be given airline rewards accounts, it’s safe to say Hawkbill would probably have more frequent flier miles than you do. The 5-year-old, who takes aim at the Grade 1 Northern Dancer at Woodbine Saturday, took a somewhat circuitous path to get to Toronto, but assistant trainer Sophie Chretien said it’s nothing he […]

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Biomechanical Engineer Hopes To Build A Better Jockey Helmet

An assistant professor at the New York Institute of Technology is hoping he can build a better jockey helmet. Dr. Milan Toma has begun a research project funded in part by a $15,000 donation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to apply his knowledge of fluid movement in the body to testing helmets currently […]

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Tiller Doesn’t Mind Working Around Pink Lloyd’s Training Quirks

If you’re watching training at Woodbine hoping to catch a glimpse of reigning Canadian Horse of the Year Pink Lloyd, you aren’t going to spot him in the crowd. That’s because, trainer Robert Tiller says, Pink Lloyd doesn’t do so well training in a crowd. The winner of 16 races from 19 starts, the 6-year-old […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: Oriana Rossi Isn’t Giving Up Yet

It’s been a little more than three years since jockey Oriana Rossi vowed she would return to the saddle, and she remains fixated on that goal. Rossi was aboard Top Priority in the fifth race at Indiana Grand on July 22, 2015 when a horse in front of her clipped heels and went down. Top […]

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