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Norm McKnight: A Career Season Just When Things Looked Bleak

Norm McKnight's 59 Woodbine victories placed him second to the massive Mark Casse operation and his 29% win rate was tops in Ontario, third in Canada. McKnight is no stranger to winning a lot of races, he had nearly 1,500 of them as a driver, but it was only a few years ago, that the Streetsville, Ontario resident thought his training career could be at an end. In 2013, McKnight was staring out at only a handful of horses with no clients on the horizon. “I was actually scared,” said McKnight, who grew up in a horse family headed by his father Norm, Sr. He calls that 2013 season, with 16 wins, one of his worst years when “so many things didn’t go right”. In a business where you are only as good as your most recent horse, McKnight, who had developed horses such as champion Dawson’s Legacy, Plate Trial…

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