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New Deals for Slots and Funding at Ontario Racetracks

The Ontario government has made a series of announcements about slot deals at several Ontario racetracks. A reduced number of slots at Ajax Downs and Kawartha Downs has been approved, while Fort Erie Race Track and Dresden Raceway have declined…

Camp Creek and jockey Rafael Hernandez winning the $50,000 final leg of Woodbine’s Turf Endurance Series on Sunday, Oct. 14. Michael Burns Photo

Artistico Claims Turf Endurance Series Win at Woodbine

Camp Creek, saving ground throughout under Rafael Hernandez, moved to the lead on the final turn and drew off for a 3 3/4-length victory in the 2 1/4-mile finale of Woodbine’s second annual Turf Endurance Series on Sunday. The Turf…

Devine Mischief (#2) and jockey Luis Contreras winning the $100,000 Ruling Angel Stakes on Sunday, Oct. 14 at Woodbine Racetrack. Michael Burns Photo

Devine Mischief Sweeps in for Ruling Angel Victory

Devine Mischief, the first Canadian starter for trainer Joe Sharp, was up in the last jump to edge out Glamanation and Jean Elizabeth in a thrilling three-horse conclusion to Woodbine’s 6 1/2 furlong Ruling Angel Stakes on Sunday. Luis Contreras…

Hembree (#4) and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. winning the $250,000 Nearctic Stakes (Grade 2) on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Woodbine Racetrack.

Hembree scores by a neck in Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine

Hembree, finishing strongly down the centre of the track under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., was up in time to score by a neck in Saturday’s Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. The $268,700 Nearctic, a six-furlong turf stakes for…

Sheikha Reika and jockey Andrea Atzeni winning the $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (Grade 1) on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Woodbine Racetrack.

Sheikha Reika takes E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine

Sheikha Reika capped off a stellar Saturday afternoon at Woodbine for jockey Andrea Atzeni, winning the 62nd running of the Grade 1, $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes for fillies and mares, one race after the rider teamed with Desert Encounter to…

Desert Encounter and jockey Andrea Atzeni winning the $800,000 Pattison Canadian International (Grade 1) on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Woodbine Racetrack.

Desert Encounter wins Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine

Desert Encounter, closing stoutly on the outside under jockey Andrea Atzeni, ran down the 3-1 favourite Thundering Blue in the closing yards to score by a length and lead a 1-2 sweep for European invaders in Saturday’s Grade 1, $800,000…

Jockey Kazushi Kimura aboard Insider Trading (#5), one of his five winners on the day.

Apprentice jockey Kimura has a five-win afternoon at Woodbine

Apprentice jockey Kazushi Kimura enjoyed one of the biggest days of his promising career with a five-win performance on Friday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. Kimura kicked off the nine-race program with back-to-back wins for meet-leading trainer Norm McKnight aboard Reimagined…

PHOTO: Lookin to Strike, in rein to jockey Gary Boulanger, winning the $125,000 Ontario Derby (Grade 3) over fellow Mark Casse trainee Curlin’s Honor on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Woodbine Racetrack. Michael Burns Photo

Lookin to Strike Captured Victory in the Ontario Derby 

Gary Barber’s Lookin to Strike was kept in striking distance of the leader throughout most of the Grade 3, $126,750 Ontario Derby, before seizing the lead and then keeping another Mark Casse trainee at bay in the 1 1/8-mile added-money…

Strike Me Down, in rein to Patrick Husbands, winning on May 4 at Woodbine Racetrack. Michael Burns Photo

Strike Me Down Aims for Ontario Derby Win

Strike Me Down, an Ontario-bred son of Tapit, will chase his first added-money score in Saturday’s Grade 3, $125,000 Ontario Derby for three-year-olds, part of Woodbine’s stakes-stacked card that’s headlined by the Grade 1 Pattison Canadian International. A Sam-Son farm…

Artistico winning the third leg of the Turf Endurance Series on September 9 at Woodbine Racetrack. Michael Burns Photo

Leader Artistico Aims to Wrap Up Turf Endurance Series a Winner

Artistico already has nailed down the honours in this year’s Turf Endurance Series at Woodbine, with victories in two of the first three legs giving him 20 points and an insurmountable lead. That means that Artistico’s owners, 4U Thoroughbred Racing…

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