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Faces At The Races: Joan Petrowski

In fact, after winning the 2011 Northlands Park trainer’s title with 48 wins, Petrowski is currently fifth in all of Canada (by meet wins, through Nov. 22) behind Woodbine’s Mark Casse (113), Reade Baker (54), Hastings’ Troy Taylor (53) and Assiniboia Downs’ Ardell Sayler (50). “It feels pretty good, I am happy it turned out so well,” said Petrowski, 65, a woman of few words. Petrowski passed last year’s leading trainer Robertino Diodoro, who won 45 races, to take the title and her 327 runners earned over $706,000. She had previously been named trainer of the year in 2002 and had another highlight in 2007 when Doug Blair’s Footprint won the Canadian Derby. “It’s been close to 40 years in the game for me,” said Petrowski, who rode horses as a child while growing up near Innisfree, Alberta. By the time she was 25, she owned horses in partnership, “pieces…

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