News: Canadian Thoroughbred

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.
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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

Karibu Gardens Makes the Grade in Sky Classic

Karibu Gardens made his first stakes appearance a winning one in Saturday’s co-featured $203,200 Grade 2 Sky Classic Stakes, at Woodbine. Trained by Josie Carroll for owner Melnyk Racing Stables, Karibu Gardens made a menacing move in the final turn

Luis Contreras guided Karibu Gardens to victory in the $203,200 Grade 2 Sky Classic Stakes, at Woodbine. Photo by Michael Burns Photography

Edison Wins the 85th Running of the Canadian Derby

Rico Walcott rode Edison to victory this afternoon in the 85th running of the Canadian Derby at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino. This is Rico’s second consecutive Canadian Derby championship following last year’s victory on Broadway Empire. Trainer Robertino Diodoro

Bowen Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge is taking the sporting world by storm as athletes of all types join the campaign to raise awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). On Wednesday night, Jeff ‘Skippy’ Bowen, an assistant trainer for Ian Black, joined

Jeff 'Skippy' Bowen, an assistant trainer for Ian Black, took the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise ALS. Photo by Michael Burns Photography