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Ask the Trainer – Robert Tiller

CT: How can a stay-at-home trainer have their horses ready to battle the invading winter-raced, trained rivals? RT: Nowadays, I think we might be better off having our horses in Canada for the winter. With Woodbine having Polytrack, not all the shippers from the U.S. in the spring are going to handle the surface. Sure they are dead fit, they have a little bit of an edge, but I don’t think it is as big an edge as it used to be. Our season is very long, racing a horse through the entire year is stupidity, we want our horses to last. CT: The long Woodbine racing season ends in December and starts up again in April, where do you winter your horses? RT: About 99% of the horses I train winter at Buttigieg Farm in Egbert, Ontario, a few others will winter at other farms. Depending on the horse…

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