Faces at the Races: Santino Di Paola

There was one time when Santino Di Paola fell flat on his face, literally. But, these days, that’s hardly the norm for one of the most passionate young figures in Ontario thoroughbred racing circles. If you’re going to celebrate when the horse you and your family own is mere yards away from victory, you might be forgiven for employing the, ‘go big or go home’ approach. And that’s precisely what the now 20-year-old kid did on that day. “Her name was Santina d’Or,” said Di Paola, of the Ontario-bred daughter of Cat’s At Home. “I remember I was cheering on the third floor at Woodbine. I was cheering as she was passing horses through the lane. When she got to the wire in front, I went running to give my brother a hug, and when I was running, I slipped and did a face plant on the concrete floor. There…

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