Greg de Gannes (far right) and the Stritzl family at a Queen’s Plate barbecue with CURGONE – Cindy Pierson Dulay photo
REMEMBERING GREG DE GANNES:
From the DeGannes family – “We have decided to direct donations to the Longrun Thoroughbred Society as well as the Crohn’s and Colitis Society of Canada.
There is a memorial at Palm Meadows tomorrow (Wednesday) where Greg passed away.
Further information on a memorial in Ontario will be available soon.
In the meantime, if people want to send a condolence card – their mailing address is:
Rolph and Sheila de Gannes
191 Western Ave
ONTARIO HORSEPEOPLE TAKE NOTE! DON’T LET YOUR HORSE END UP AT SLAUGHTER…
WOODBINE WILL DENY STALLS
WOODBINE RACETRACK must be applauded for a release issued on Tuesday regarding horses ending up
en route to slaughter. So many horses this past winter have been found to ended up in auction houses such
as OLEX and others just north of Toronto, feedlots, awaiting slaughter. Woodbine has taken note and should anyone
be found to have “caused” a horse to end up there , they will be denied stalls.
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is committed to the health and safety of its equine athletes. As
such, WEG has been a long time financial and in-kind sponsor of both LongRun Thoroughbred
Retirement Society and the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Both organizations strive to find
homes and/or a second career for retired racehorses for their respective breeds and if necessary first
rehabilitate the horse. In addition, WEG was instrumental in garnering industry support for the Ontario
Racing Commission (ORC) to put in place a Directive to provide both organizations with up to 0.5% of
pari-mutuel wagering based on breed.
With respect to the issue of horse euthanasia, WEG recognizes that this is an alternative to having a horse
suffer from malnutrition and lack of care. Some owners do not have the resources to provide the proper
care for their animals nor do the adoptive agencies have the resources to address the needs of every horse.
Horse slaughter in Canada is legal and is regulated by Agriculture Canada. WEG does not, however,
support the inhumane treatment of horses going for slaughter. We have spoken with elected officials in
this regard, including our local Member of Parliament who wrote directly to the Minister of Agriculture
on this issue.
It is the responsibility of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to investigate and take
appropriate action to ensure the humane slaughter of animals at federally regulated abattoirs. The
Minister of Agriculture in his response to WEG’s concern indicated: “For horses originating in the U.S.
for slaughter in Canada, the CFIA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have recently established
mutual assistance in enforcing our respective regulations that govern the humane transportation of
slaughter horses. Regulations and operational policies under the Meat Inspection Act set standards for
humane handling and slaughter of food animals in federally registered abattoirs”.
An Owner or Trainer who is found to cause horses previously stabled in Ontario to be sent to
slaughter will be denied stabling privileges at Woodbine. Overcrowded feedlots, poor transportation
and cruel treatment of the horses prior to and at the time of slaughter are unacceptable. Horses must be
protected from unnecessary suffering.
LONGRUN THOROUGHBRED RETIREMENT SOCIETY has won a READER’S CHOICE AWARD!
RICHARD LISTER celebrated a win when HOUSTON BULL took a $40,000 claiming race at Gulfstream. The 6yo by M Eighty is trained by Peter Walder.
SHANE LEARN and owner GINA BILLERS won another race at Parx yesterday when Chief Thundercloud won for $16,000 claiming.
CINDY’S JOY, an Ontario bred by Kitten’s Joy bred by Elizabeth Heger, won at Parx yesterday for Ken Amthor. The race was for $7,500 claiming.
TRUE NORTH STABLES and LORNE RICHARDS claimed LIGHTHOUSE SOUNDS for $25,000 at Gulfstream.
True North, owned by Keith Johns, recently welcomed a new face to its roster:
A colt by U.S. Ranger out of Expect the End, born Feb 23 at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms. Ericka Rusnak photo
FORT ERIE FAVORITE SIZZLE SIZZLE GIVES BIRTH TO NOTONTHESAMEPAGE COLT
Submitted by Pam Hayden:
In the early hours of February 16th, Sizzle Sizzle gave birth to her first foal by NOTONTHESAMEPAGE, 2006 Catienus / Blue Holiday Stud now standing publicly to Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse mares for the 2013 breeding season. Sizzle ran over fifty times and hit the tote board thirty times, forty two sprint races at Fort Erie Racetrack. NOTONTHESAMEPAGE owned by Scott V. Mann near Dundas, Ontario, was the 3rd fastest 2yr. old in North America in 2008. Page still holds the track record at Churchill Downs for 4 1 / 2 furlongs and won The Spectacular Bid Stakes with a 115 Beyer Speed Index.
” Although the Ontario Thoroughbred Racing Industry has taken a huge blow in the past year, it is always thrilling when an owner sees such a nice foal born and it makes the future a little brighter.”
SPANIARD’S 1st FOAL! BORN AT MAPLEVILLE FARMS IN CALEDON EAST, OUT OF
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