Rafael Hernandez

Top Canadian Jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva To Retire At End Of 2019 Season

The leading rider at Woodbine for the last four seasons, Eurico Rosa Da Silva will hang up his boots at the end of the 2019 racing season this December. According to the Toronto Sun, Da Silva wants to spend more time with his family. “I grew up without family pretty much,” he said. “I don’t […]

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Tone Broke Goes Two-For-Three In Canadian Triple Crown

L and N Racing’s Tone Broke closed out the OLG Canadian Triple Crown with his second victory in the series for Canadian-foaled three-year-olds by taking the 128th running of the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes under Woodbine’s leading jockey Rafael Hernandez on Saturday. Following his Prince of Wales Stakes victory over 1-3/16 miles on the dirt for […]

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Tone Broke And Avie’s Flatter Meet Again In Breeders’ Stakes

Tone Broke and Avie’s Flatter headline a field of nine Canadian-bred three-year-olds in Saturday’s $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes, third jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown, at Woodbine.  The Breeders’ Stakes, to be contested at 1 1/2 miles over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course, will be televised live on TSN 2 in HD from 5 p.m. to 6 […]

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Summer Sunday Keeps Woodbine Record Intact With Royal North Win

Summer Sunday kept her flawless Woodbine record in tact winning the Grade 2 Royal North Stakes for fillies and mares during today’s summer Sunday program at Woodbine Racetrack. The $175,000 six-furlong sprint was the four-year-old filly’s seventh local conquest, but first on Woodbine’s E.P. Taylor Turf Course, for trainer Stuart Simon and owners Anne and […]

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Fast Anna Gets First Black-Type Winner With Fast Scene At Woodbine

Fresh off a successful career debut in mid-June at Woodbine, two-year-old filly Fast Scene returned to the Toronto Tapeta and delivered as the even-money favorite in Saturday’s featured $100,000 My Dear Stakes over 5-1/2 furlongs. She is the first black-type winner for freshman sire Fast Anna. Despite being a step slow out of the gate, […]

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Age Is Just A Number For Are You Kidding Me; 9-Year-Old Wins Dominion Day

Are You Kidding Me, the senior member of the field at age nine, split horses in deep stretch and powered to a half-length victory in Sunday’s Grade 3 Dominion Day Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. The field for the Dominion Day, a 1 ¼ mile stakes for three-year-olds and upward, was reduced to five by the […]

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Summer Sunday Runs Perfect Woodbine Record To Six Straight In Hendrie

  Live Thoroughbred racing continues on Wednesday evening, with first race post time set for 6:45 p.m.Summer Sunday continued her Woodbine winning ways on Sunday afternoon while earning a graded stakes score in the $125,000 Hendrie for fillies and mares. The Stuart Simon trainee has racked up five stakes wins and is now six-for-six while […]

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Summer Sunday Makes The Most Of Spring Saturday In Ballade Stakes

It was a super spring Saturday for Summer Sunday as the four-year-old filly added the $100,000 Ballade Stakes to her resume in her Woodbine comeback. With her Ontario Sires Stakes romp in the six-furlong distaff feature, the Silent Name-Dancing Allstar filly is now a five-time winner in as many starts over the Woodbine course for […]

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Somelikeithotbrown Kicks Off 2019 With Battaglia Memorial Victory

A smart, measured ride by jockey Rafael Hernandez put Somelikeithotbrown in the winner’s circle of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes (listed) Friday at Turfway Park. The race was the colt’s first stakes victory and his first start since he finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) November 2. Somelikeithotbrown finished 3 1/2 lengths […]

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No ‘Illusion’: Former Claimer Could Provide Owners A Storybook Finish

An Ontario-bred claimer, four local owners, an astute conditioner and a Grade 1 dream – English Illusion and his connections are hoping for a storybook finish in the Pattison Canadian International. Owned by 4U Thoroughbred Racing Stable (Ron McRae, brothers Dave [Ron’s son-in-law] and Steve Robinson, along with Rob Loescher [Dave and Steve’s cousin]), English […]

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