Longtime Horseman Has Magic Sales Touch

Alexander Patykewich’s held different roles on the backside since 1968, and even though he’s had jobs away from the racetrack, the lure of horses has always won out. “You’ve got to do what you like,” said Patykewich. “If you don’t do what you like, you shouldn’t be doing it. I used to run the concessions for Harold Ballad at Maple Leaf Gardens. I worked there for 26 years. I opened up a courier company. I had the courier company for 18 years and I still had horses at the same time. You just get fed up with doing something else. I’ve always liked the horse racing business and that’s why I’ve gotten back into it full-time.” Patykewich’s first racing gig was in mutuels at Woodbine Racetrack in 1966. He moved to the backstretch in 1967 as a hot walker before going off on his own as a trainer after he…

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