Check in later today for news on the first overnight entries for Saturday’s opening day at Woodbine! Overnight should be out around 2-3 o’clock…

TODAY’S BITS – Fans want to meet WOODBINE’S TRAINER’S, big names all around…WINSTAR FARM IN KENTUCKY offers super contest…SOVEREIGN AWARDS nearing, get your entry into the CONTEST!!







The focus at the beginning of each Woodbine season is often the jockeys (this year the woman riders are getting yet more play since Emma-Jayne Wilson will be riding against a few apprentices) but what about the men and women who train the horses for the owners of these beautiful animals?

Trainers have to hire the grooms and hotwalkers and riders and the the best trainers have the best staff.

Hall of Fame trainers such as ROBERT TILLER and ROGER ATTFIELD are interesting men who have loaded stables once again for 2011.

READE BAKER, in the top 3 in the last few years, a Sovereign Award winner and a Sovereign Award nominee again this year along with MARK CASSE and ATTFIELD, has stars such as FATAL BULLET and BIOFUEL and newcomer HUNTERS BAY headed north tomorrow from Florida.

Speaking of Casse, his client JOHN OXLEY, one of the biggest players in the game right now, spent $2 million at a recent 2yo sale and this top American owner has entrusted Casse with these beauties – DELIGHTFUL MARY was bought for $500K by Oxley and is up for champion 2yo filly for 2010 at the Sovereign awards on Friday night.

A meet and greet with Woodbine’s horsepeople would be a super idea and something unique that the track could offer. Remember that signing by Catherine Day Phillips a few years back? It was a mob scene!

Fans have constantly commented – it would be cool to meet the trainer’s ask them about their horses and their methods or thoughts on training and racing.

So, expect to see Casse and Baker and Sid Attard and the regulars all fighting it out but don’t forget NICK GONZALEZ, SCOTT FAIRLIE, IAN BLACK AND DANNY VELLA.

Watch out for some of the women trainers this year too: BARBARA MINSHALL had to start from scratch after the champion trainer lost most of her horses when Minshall Farms disbanded but now she has a bunch of newcomers in her stable, some nice ones!

CAROLYN COSTIGAN has a large stable this year including the runners for Augustin Stables and Day Phillips has some Plate prospects.





Mark E. Casse     572     87     76     77     $4,925,585

Reade Baker     365     66     69     53     $3,804,310

Sid C. Attard     281     46     45     31     $2,764,972

Steven M. Asmussen     276     45     42     37     $1,590,667

Robert P. Tiller     295     42     41     50     $2,630,578

Roger L. Attfield     205     41     34     25     $3,633,995

Nicholas Gonzalez     233     37     32     19     $2,076,499

Michael P. De Paulo     231     34     32     27     $1,585,964

Scott H. Fairlie     238     34     31     32     $1,212,761

Laurie Silvera     191     31     25     19     $1,334,651

Michael J. Doyle     251     28     40     24     $1,883,406

Michael V. Pino     75     27     14     8     $710,131

Josie Carroll     175     26     21     22     $1,627,597

Daniel J. Vella     169     24     26     23     $1,228,252

Malcolm Pierce     183     23     17     31     $1,573,245

Mark R. Frostad     98     23     14     13     $2,338,487

Ian Black     208     22     30     22     $2,298,728

Brian A. Lynch     152     22     20     13     $1,268,719



All 3 nominated photos at the Sovereign Awards on Friday night (honouring 2010’s champs) came from the pages pf CANADIAN THOROUGHBRED MAGAZINE.

Writers from the magazine, including yours truly and news editor KEITH MCALMONT are also up for awards and will certainly be more prominent in Canadian Thoroughbred in years to come.

Do you have YOUR Subscription yet?

Outstanding Photograph

Terence Dulay, Hang on Big Red Mike, Canadian Thoroughbred, August/September 2010

Tod Marks, Miss Keller and her Bunny, Canadian Thoroughbred, December 2010

Cindy Pierson Dulay, Catching Seeking The Title, Canadian Thoroughbred, August/September 2010

Outstanding Newspaper Story

Perry Lefko, Memories of the King of Claiming, Down The Stretch Newspaper, December 17, 2010

Jennifer Morrison, Da Silva will have crowd on his side at Prince of Wales, Toronto Star, July 23, 2010

Beverley Smith, Silky Smooth, Not Without the Colour Man, The Globe and Mail, August 17, 2010

Outstanding Feature Story

Perry Lefko, Horse Hugs, Down The Stretch Newspaper, December 17, 2010

Keith McCalmont, Julia Brino: I’m coming back to ride, Down The Stretch Newspaper, January 2010

Jennifer Morrison, Mission Accomplished, The Blood Horse, January 6, 2010

Outstanding Film/Video/Broadcast

CBC Television Network Sports, 2010 Queen’s Plate, CBC Sports, July 4, 2010

ESPN Inc., 2010 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, ESPN2, October 16, 2010

Horse Racing Alberta and Whiteiron Productions, 81st Anniversary of the Canadian Derby, TSN, August 21, 2010



WINSTAR, which won the Kentucky Derby last year and races horses at Woodbine with trainer Mark Casse, has launched what is being ocnsidered the most ambitious project, 6 months in the making, for fans to get more involved in horse racing.

While racetracks struggle to find ways to get people to the track, here is a big farm in Kentucky going all out:

WinStar Launches StableMates:

Edited Press Release: WinStar Farm has announced the debut of WinStar

StableMates. The Thoroughbred racing club offers the

following levels of membership.

 Grade 1 Members will receive concierge-level care, including a stay at the nearby AKentucky Castle@ in

conjunction with a VIP behind-the-scenes treatment in all areas of the farm, as well as racing experiences such

as paddock area and box access at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. Grade 1 Membership is limited to the

first 75 who sign up.

 Grade 2 Members get full access to all of the offerings of the website,, plus special Q&A

sessions with farm managers, eligibility for special drawings, giveaways and tickets to races, and more.

 Grade 3 Members receive access to most of the website, as well as weekly VIP Farm Tours, ticket and

memorabilia drawings, a choice of StableMates apparel and discounts through the WinStar online store.

 For those who just want to see a small part of the  website offering, yet still engage in WinStar Farm’s

games, contests, polls, and community, there is a free level of membership provided.

“This website makes it easy and affordable for racing fans and Thoroughbred horse lovers to participate in a

very unique and fun way into the business and daily activity of a major Thoroughbred racing operation,@

WinStar President Elliott Walden said. AWinStar is committed to being a leader not only on the track, but

in all efforts in lifting the profile of Thoroughbred racing, giving fans a more meaningful way to interact

with the sport and industry.”


Thanks to the latest entries for our Sovereign award contest! Two days left in the contest, try and guess the winners of the horse

awards (see list of nominees below) and win MURIEL LENNOX’S new book, THE HORSE AND THE TIGER!

HORSE OF THE YEAR __________________________?

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly:

Delightful Mary

Roxy Gap


Champion Two-Year-Old Male:

Blue Laser

Madman Diaries

Rockin Heat

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly:


Free Fee Lady

Roan Inish

Champion Three-Year-Old Male:

Big Red Mike


No Hesitation

Champion Older Female:

Hooh Why

Impossible Time

Simply Splendid

Champion Older Male:

Sand Cove


Stunning Stag

Champion Turf Female:

Mekong Melody (IRE)

Miss Keller (IRE)

Perfect Shirl

Champion Turf Male:

Grand Adventure

Rahy’s Attorney

Windward Islands

Champion Female Sprinter:

Hooh Why

Indian Apple Is

Sugar Again

Champion Male Sprinter:

Essence Hit Man

Hollywood Hit

Smokey Fire