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Faces at the Races: Nigel Burke

“Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do it. Also, make sure that you love this sport, because that’s what keeps you getting up every morning to come here seven days a week," said newly-minted Woodbine trainer Nigel Burke. The 30-year-old horseman born in Barbados and raised in Jamaica began his career in the industry more than a solid decade ago. Burke’s racing roots trace back to a steady set of horseman on both his mom and dad’s side of the family. His father, Ron Burke, had a successful career as a horse trainer and now currently works as a jockey agent at Woodbine. While his dad has, without a doubt, influenced his career choice, Burke also gives credit to his uncle Anthony Nunes, a horse trainer in Jamaica, for helping him find his initial footing in industry. “My first involvement in racing would have been when I was about…

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