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ROGER ATTFIELD TO BE INDUCTED INTO ONTARIO SPORTS HALL OF FAME
Induction ceremony in the fall
ROGER ATTFIELD will join 4 other sports stars and be inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame this fall.
A media meet and greet is to take place in early February.
Attfield, who won a Breeders’ Cup race this past fall and has won more Queen’s Plates than any other trainer in modern history will join boxer LENNOX LEWIS, skater BRIAN ORSER, hockey great ANDY BATHGATE
and hockey star CASSIE CAMPBELL as inductees this year..
Other awards given out will be:
Annual award winners: Sandy Hawley Award; Darryl Sittler
Syl Apps athlete of the year; Patrick Chan
Brian Williams Media Award: Dave Hodge
Heritage Award; Paul Henderson
ROYAL ASCOT BANS SKIMPY SKIRTS, FASCINATORS, FANCY HATS ETC.
report from ANNA PUKAS at Express.co.uk:
GOODNESS knows what the Duchess of Cambridge is going to do come June, not to mention her
cousins-in-law Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
The powers-that-be at Royal Ascot have decreed that fascinators are to be banned from the
royal enclosure this year.
Organisers of the five-day race meeting, which is annually attended by all the royals, have decided
that the decline in sartorial standards in recent years, which has seen race-goers turn up in pelmet skirts and backless numbers, must not be permitted to sink even further.
To this end women will be required to wear proper hats. To avoid any loose interpretation
of the term “hat” precise definitions have been issued. All head gear must have a base of at least four inches or 10cm in diameter, which definitely rules out hairbands or those little saucer-y discs on which fascinators are usually built.
INCREDIBLE! – JOCKEY STOPS RIDING, RACE NOT OVER, GOES BACK TO WHIP
Would love to know what the result of this stewards meeting will be tomorrow. Wow.
OBS JANUARY MIXED SALE
Canadians in action at the Ocala mixed sale include BECLAWAT STABLE that purchased SHANNONS DEBUT for
$23,000. She is an 8-year-old mare from the immediate family of champion DIVA’S DEBUT. Her first foal is a stakes winner and she is in foal to Cool Coal Man.
Eugene Melnyk’s WINDING OAKS FARM sold about two dozen mares including stakes winner Ruby Park ($5,000) through Casse Sales, agent.
More Canadian news:
Ontario bred NICE CASE, owned by Fred Nixon, won a first level allowance race at Charles Town yesterday in 51.52 for 4 1/2 furlongs. He is a 7yo by Gold Case bred by Minshall Farms.
BOLD PHIL, an Ontario bred by Philanthropist – Irish Toby by Bold Executive, won a $5,000 claiming race yesterday at Charles Town for owner/trainer Scooter Davis. He was very wide throughout the race.
KELSEY LEFEVER – WHAT KIND OF MONSTERS LURK OUT THERE?
from Harrisburg Inquirer
Police say buyer was selling horses to slaughterhouses
By Amy Worden
HARRISBURG – Kelsey Lefever was well-known in the Pennsylvania horse world.
The 24-year-old horse trainer from Chester County competed at the Devon Horse Show and traded show ponies and draft horses on the Internet. At Penn National, near Harrisburg, one of the biggest racetracks in the state, she schmoozed thoroughbred owners, telling them she would find great homes for their horses when their racing careers were over.
In fact, state police allege, Lefever was selling the horses – as many as 120, by her admission – to contractors for a Canadian slaughterhouse, where they were butchered and shipped overseas for human consumption.
Lefever, of Honeybrook, was arrested in November and charged with five counts of fraud – three of them felonies – for selling four horses last May to a “kill buyer” who transported them to an abattoir in Quebec.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 6.