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Kirkpatrick & Co Presents In Their Care: ‘Jack Of All Trades’

From the time she gets out of bed at 3 a.m., Melissa Williams is the very definition of multi-tasking. All morning, the long-time assistant to Woodbine trainer Mike De Paulo is problem-solving, directing stable employees and keeping a hawk’s eye on the horses. Williams, 45, said her story isn’t so different from many others on […]

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Emma-Jayne Wilson Is Part Equestrian, Part Fierce Competitor, All Professional Athlete

Emma-Jayne Wilson is between races on a Friday afternoon card at Woodbine, giving interviews to out-of-town media as she waits for her next mount. Sitting in an unused conference room, Wilson leans back in her chair, her steel-cable-like arms folded calmly. Wilson answers questions with confidence and a genuine smile, but she’s not someone I […]

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Lookin For Eight Scores Black Type In Durham Cup Upset

A last minute decision to race in the $125,000 Durham Cup (Grade 3) paid off for the connections of supplemental entry Lookin for Eight, who earned his first stakes win as the longest shot on the board in 1-1/8-mile event for older horses on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack. Facing defending champion Melmich among the shortened […]

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High Winds Force Cancellation Of Final Five Races On Woodbine’s Friday Card

Woodbine Racetrack has been forced to cancel the remainder of Friday’s nine-race card following the fourth race due to high winds. Live racing is scheduled to resume at Woodbine on Saturday, September 22, featuring the $100,000 Victorian Queen Stakes. The 11-race program will begin at 1 p.m.

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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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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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Jose Ortiz’ Stakes Duo Nets Jockey Of The Week Title

With two stakes wins and a leading rider title to his credit, Jose Ortiz was named the Foundation Detox Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for September 10 – 16, 2018. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more […]

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Heavily Favored Fog Of War Fights His Way To Summer Stakes Triumph

Peter M. Brant’s Fog of War was the even money favorite for Sunday’s Grade 1 Summer Stakes at Woodbine, and managed to deliver a one-length win despite some traffic problems in the stretch. The juvenile son of War Front, ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Chad Brown, covered a mile over the firm turf in […]

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La Pelosa Takes Flight In Natalma

La Pelosa, invading from England for trainer Charlie Appleby, rallied from well back and was in full flight through the stretch en route to a one-length victory in Sunday’s Grade 1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. The $250,000 Natalma, a one-mile turf race, is a “Win and You’re In” race and earns La Pelosa an […]

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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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