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Faces At the Races: Jamie Attard

It didn’t take long for Jamie Attard as a 10-year-old kid to figure out that being part of the thoroughbred racing scene was not an easy gig. His father, veteran conditioner Sid Attard (inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2013), made certain of that. “I started working at the racetrack with my father on weekends and holidays from school when I was about 10 or 11,” recalled Jamie. “Dad told me in order to become a real horseman you have to start from the bottom and work your way up. So, he put a shank in my hand and he started me out as a hotwalker. “I was 15 or 16 when my dad moved me up to grooming horses,” he continued. “He told me to pay attention to the best grooms in his barn and learn as much as I could from them. I became an…

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