Winter buddies – Impressive 2-year-old winner GATOR SPY (left) gets cheeky for the camera while his Standardbred buddy EASY LOVER HANOVER strikes a pose. Easy Lover Hanover was one of the most improved pacers in 2016, surging to a 15-win season for Brad Grant and trainer Ben Wallace, including the $314,000 Progress Pace at Dover Downs in New Jersey, Nov. 28.  The boys are getting a well deserved rest at Hidden Acres Farm (Brenda and Garry Barnim) in St. George, ON. Photo by Reneé Kierans




BREAKING LUCKY returns to worktab

Canada’s top older horse of 2016 and probable champion BREAKING LUCKY breezed an easy half mile in 48 3/5 at Palm Beach Downs on Sunday. The Gunpowder Stable colt , trained by Reade Baker, could start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup should the colt’s interests receive a starting berth.

Lucky was 2nd in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in his most recent race. Here is a video of the 4-year-old working on Sunday at Palm Beach Downs:





MIRACLE JOURNEYS – Young Maxwell Taylor has had many battles; the owners of the horse named for him step up



From his hospital bed, Maxwell Taylor works playdough into shapes while carefully eyeing a video on a propped-up phone.

It’s a horse race from Woodbine Racetrack and although the 4 1/2-year-old is a bit young to understand the intricacies of Thoroughbred racing from starting gate to finish, this event has his interest.

“Here comes Maxsmiraclejourney!” calls Woodbine track announcer Robert Geller. “It’s a battle but Maxsmiraclejourney is winning it!”