News: Canadian Thoroughbred

Moran, Contreras Double Up on Six-pack Yearling Sales Stakes Card

Wednesday night’s Yearling Sales Stakes program at Woodbine was highlighted by a pair of wins for jockeys David Moran and Luis Contreras on an evening showcasing Canadian-breds purchased at previous Canadian Premier Yearling Sales. Moran’s double included an impressive 2

WEG and ORC Announce Enhanced Out of Competition Testing

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) and the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) will enhance the ORC’s current Out of Competition Testing (OCT) program. Effective immediately, WEG will apply for reimbursement of qualifying out-of-pocket testing and laboratory expenses through The Jockey Club’s Out of Competition Testing

Longshot Meri Shika Shocks in Flaming Page

Meri Shika, the second-longest shot on the board at 24-1 in a seven horse field, surprisingly got the job done in the $100,200 Flaming Page Stakes, one of the co-features on Saturday’s card at Woodbine. Ridden by Emma-Jayne Wilson and

Emma-Jayne Wilson guided Meri Shika to victory in the $100,200 Flaming Page Stakes at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns Photography

Speed Seeker Rallies to Win Ontario Colleen

Favoured Speed Seeker, with Luis Contreras, came from off the pace to win the co-featured $169,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes for three-year-fillies, Saturday at Woodbine. The Joan Scott-trained Florida-bred daughter of Heatseeker-Seraphic Too was making just her third career start in

Speed Seeker, with Luis Contreras, won the $169,000 Ontario Colleen Stakes at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns Photography

Leigh Court Ultra-Impressive in Seaway

Making a belated seasonal bow, Eugene Melnyk’s homebred Sovereign Award-winning Leigh Court couldn’t have been more impressive, wiring nine rivals in the featured $155,600 Grade 3 Seaway Stakes, Sunday at Woodbine. With Gary Boulanger at the controls for trainer Josie

Gary Boulanger guided Leigh Court to victory in the $155,600 Grade 3 Seaway Stakes at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns Photography

EquiLottery to Sponsor Canadian Millions Muskoka Stakes at Woodbine

Building off the recent momentum in Ontario including endorsements from Fort Erie Racetrack, the Ontario Harness Horse Association and Ontario-based racing advocacy group Racing Future, EquiLottery, a lottery game based on the results of live horse races, is announcing its

Vergara Jr. wins Inaugural Canadian Apprentice Invitational

Toronto, August 20 – Octavio Vergara Jr., a regular at Arlington Park, captured the inaugural Canadian Apprentice Invitational at Woodbine by recording a win and a second-place finish from two races on Wednesday evening’s card. The event featured 10 apprentice

Drop to Pop with Octavio Vergara Jr. up.
 WEG/michael burns photo

Ami’s Holiday prevails in Breeders’ Stakes

Ivan Dalos’ homebred Ami’s Holiday collared leaders Interpol and Squeeze the King in deep stretch to win the 124th running of the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes, the third jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown, Sunday at Woodbine. By doing so, the son

Jockey Luis Contreras guides Ami's Holiday to victory in the 123 running of the $500,000 dollar Breeders Stakes at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns Photography

Fort Erie Race Track Announces Support for EquiLottery

On the heels of a successful Prince of Wales Stakes Day which drew record Twilight Tuesday attendance and handle, Fort Erie Race Track is expressing official support for EquiLottery as an answer to the question of integration in Ontario. Senior

Imperial Dream Impresses in Vandal

Tucci Stables’ Imperial Dream won a speed duel with Seffeara before sprinting to a comfortable victory in the $150,000 Vandal Stakes for Ontario-bred juveniles, Saturday at Woodbine. Trained by Nick Gonzalez, the dark bay son of Stormy Atlantic arrived at

Imperial Dancer under jockey Patrick Husbands captures the $150,000 Vandal Stakes at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns Photography