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Bear Paw Bids For Initial Graded Stakes Win In Woodbine’s Trillium

Stakes winner Bear Paw, a 4-year-old daughter of Bear’s Kid, goes after her first graded score in Sunday’s Grade 3 $125,000 Trillium Stakes at Woodbine in Canada. Trained by Ashlee Brnjas, the ultra-consistent Ontario-bred heads into the 1 1/16-mile Tapeta event off a pair of impressive starts at the Toronto oval, including a win in […]

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Racing For Abby Grace: Mare Fights On For SickKids Hospital, Eveson Family

As morning training wraps up on Woodbine’s backstretch, the horses within Colebrook’s barn settle into their feed, keeping warm and cozy while patiently awaiting their next race day. Down the shed, a chestnut mare with a striking white blaze known as Abby Grace stands quietly at her stall door, seemingly eager to greet anyone walking […]

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Apprentice Kimura Rides Five Winners Friday At Woodbine

Apprentice jockey Kazushi Kimura enjoyed one of the biggest days of his promising career with a five-win performance on Friday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. Kimura kicked off the nine-race program with back-to-back wins for meet-leading trainer Norm McKnight aboard Reimagined ($3) and Gwendoline H ($2.80) then gave McKnight the triple later guiding Sweet Rhapsody ($3.20) […]

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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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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: From ‘Marshmallow’ To Grade 1 Winner

Three days after stepping into the winner’s circle to celebrate her win in the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes, 36-year-old trainer Ashlee Brnjas said the victory by Johnny Bear “still hadn’t sunk in.” Under Luis Contreras, the 6-year-old son of English Channel stalked the pace for just over a mile, then angled out on the far […]

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Johnny Bear Noses Out Hawkbill In Northern Dancer Turf

Colebrook Farms and Bear Stables’ Johnny Bear just got his nose in front of 3-5 favorite Hawkbill to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine Racecourse. At odds of 9-1, the 6-year-old son of English Channel covered 12 furlongs over the firm turf in 2:28.34 under jockey Luis Contreras. It was the first […]

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