canadian racing

Yorkton Seeking Redemption In This Year’s Grade 2 Nearctic

Yorkton, an unlucky second in last year’s edition of the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes, will be looking for a happier ending in Saturday’s six-furlong turf test for three-year-olds and upward. The Nearctic, which offers a purse of $250,000, attracted a field of nine and goes as the seventh of 12 races on a program headlined […]

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Pattison Canadian International: Desert Encounter To Defend Title Against Ziyad

Desert Encounter, returning to Woodbine Racetrack from England for trainer David Simcock, will be looking to become the first repeat winner of the Pattison Canadian International since Joshua Tree in 2012-2013. Saturday’s 82nd running of the Grade 1 Canadian International, a 1 ½-mile turf race for three-year-olds and upward, offers a purse of $800,000 and […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Different Balance’ Brings Trainer Gail Cox Full Circle

Trainer Gail Cox has always loved horses, and her childhood memories are filled with images of riding for Sam-Son Farm back when the Canadian operation bred and raised hunter/jumper horses. Today, the farm is better known as a power-house Thoroughbred operation, for which Cox saddled the biggest winner of her career in last Saturday’s Grade […]

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Filly Got Stormy Draws Post Five, Favoritism In Woodbine Mile

Got Stormy, coming off an impressive win over males in Saratoga’s Fourstardave Stakes, will be looking to replicate that feat when she goes postward as the one to beat in the Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile on Saturday. This 23rd running of the Ricoh Woodbine Mile, worth $1 million and contested over the E.P. Taylor Turf […]

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Fields Shaping Up For ‘Win & You’re In’ Natalma, Summer Stakes At Woodbine

The Ricoh Woodbine Mile, which offers the winner a fees-paid berth for the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita, a Grade 1, $2 million race on November 2, will not be the only race run here this weekend which is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” series. On Sunday, the Natalma […]

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Plenty Of Storylines Heading Into BC Derby, Oaks At Hastings Racecourse

There are so many intriguing storylines behind Saturday’s 74th running of the BC Derby and 56th edition of the BC Oaks at Hastings Racecourse, it is a challenge to know where to begin.  An ideal start might be Peter Redekop, the 84-year-old owner/breeder who’s been a major part of the local thoroughbred scene for more […]

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Filly Got Stormy Among 28 Nominations To ‘Win and You’re In’ Woodbine Mile

Twenty-eight horses have been nominated to the 23rd running of the million-dollar Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, a Breeders’ Cup ‘Win And You’re In’ race, to be contested on Saturday, Sept. 14 over the world-renowned E.P. Taylor Turf Course.  The list of contenders from across North America and Europe includes Got Stormy, another star filly […]

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Pink Lloyd Captures Third Straight Kenora Stakes, Stays Unbeaten On The Year

Three-time Kenora Stakes winner Pink Lloyd was among the star-studded cast that delivered winning performances during the seventh annual Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Night, sponsored by the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp. (OLG), on Wednesday at Woodbine Racetrack.  The stakes-filled program showcased graduates of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s yearling sale competing for $750,000 in […]

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Hastings: Five-Win Weekend Propels Jockey Richard Hamel As He Nears 50

For veteran rider Richard Hamel to win two of the three $50,000 stake races at Hastings Racecourse on the weekend was one thing but his sudden rise in the overall jockey standings was another.   Approaching the age of 50, Hamel is determined to prove to himself and his army of staunch supporters that the party […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: The Future Of Woodbine?

This week’s Friday Show comes to you from Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, home of the 160th running of the prestigious Queen’s Plate on Saturday. Woodbine is a thriving location these days, with a business plan that includes a variety of compliments to Thoroughbred racing. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray […]

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