Young stallion FRAC DADDY is the sire of Box Arrow and Gord Colbourne’s handsome colt from the mare Rice Pudding. Photo courtesy CAM Equestrian











The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2018 ballot. A total of 30 horses and people comprised of 15 Standardbred and 15 Thoroughbred candidates have been selected to appear on the voting ballot.

A 20-person Election Committee for each breed will determine the winners in their respective categories. Results will be announced Tuesday, April 10.


Thoroughbred Builder

Phil Kives – Manitoba owner/breeder

Vicki Pappas- founder LongRun Thor. Retirement, owner.trainer, breeder, etc

John Sikura – owner Hill ‘n’ Dale Ky.


Thoroughbred Communicator

Joe Hirsch – American horse racing writer

Dan Loiselle – Woodbine track announcer

Wally Wood – Daily Racing Form writer


Thoroughbred Trainer

Reade Baker – Sovereign Award winner, trainer HOY Biofuel, Fatal Bullet

Jerry Lavigne – Son of Briartic and more

Dan Vella – Basqueian and more


Thoroughbred Female Horse

Careless Jewel – fast, lightly raced filly
Hard Not to Like – graded SW on turf
Judy the Beauty – Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Thoroughbred Male Horse

Bold Executive – racehorse and stallion
Fatal Bullet – Horse of the Year. Champion Sprinter
Shaman Ghost – Grade 1 winner, Queen’s Plate

On the Standardbred side, two Thoroughbred industry members are on the ticket – Photographer Dave Landry who became well known in Thoroughbred racing in he late 1980s as part of the Marco Chiesa/Dave Landry Photo team, is nominated in the Communicator category along with Dave Perkins, a sports columnist who wrote about both breeds.


Bill Andrew
Ian Fleming
J Hugh Proudfoot

Communicator Paul deLean
Dave Landry
Dave Perkins


Jim Doherty
Ben Wallace
William Robinson

Female Horse

Chancey Lady
Oohs N Aahs
Tricky Tooshie

Male Horse

Blissfull Hall
Majestic Son
Shadow Play



Big race at 1:40 p.m.

The races will be run Saturday evening (Saturday morning in North America), with the World Cup going to post at 9:40pm local time (1:40pm ET). In North America the full card will be broadcast live on TVG in the U.S. and HPI-TV in Canada. In addition, NBC Sports Network will broadcast the four Group 1 races from 9:30am-12:30pm.


WEST COAST by Vanessa Ng, taken Monday in Dubai$10 million DUBAI WORLD CUP FAVE ON TRACK:

West Coast (Dubai World Cup) galloped once around under exercise rider Dana Barnes. Trainer Bob Baffert said, “West Coast is a big, tough, horse and he shipped well and is carrying his weight well. I gave him a little easy half-mile (800m) and he looked great doing it. He’s happy and doing great and that’s all you can ask for at this stage. He should be the favourite based on what he’s accomplished. He’s run into some pretty nice horses and Gun Runner (second to Arrogate in 2017) is not in there and there’s no Arrogate. I’ve been very fortunate. Every time I’ve gone over with the favourite I’ve been lucky to win it. Hopefully, that trend continues, but you still need racing luck.”

Breeders’ Cup Turf winner TALISMANIC will try dirt in the World Cup – Vanessa Ng photo/











Talismanic (Dubai World Cup) came out to the Meydan dirt track just past 5:00 a.m. with exercise rider Claude Scialacqua aboard. He was accompanied by his stable companion Cloth of Stars, ridden by exercise rider Amelie Foulon, who is going to line up at the start of the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic. Travelling head lad Joel Pouchin was on hand to watch the Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Talismanic work with Cloth of Stars over 1400m. Talismanic led down the back stretch and was then joined by Cloth of Stars for the final straight. “Both horses worked well,” Pouchin said. “We are very pleased with them.”



CONQUEST TSUNAMI making waves. Magical journey out of the fire and to Dubai – Vanessa Mg Photo












The horses bred by Ted Burnett’s JOSHAM FARMS have been winning all over the place these days. CONQUEST SANDMAN (Scat Daddy) won again at the allowance level at Gulfstream last weekend and the 4-year-old filly INSPIRED VOW won a maiden allowance for Breeze Easy Stables last week.

CONQUEST TYPHOON, bred by Josham and Yvonne Schwabe, is in Dubai for his toughest test of his life in the Al Qoz Sprint on the Meydan grass. The son of Stormy Atlantic is a longshot in the race but he has had an amazing comeback:


Get the tissuebox by your side when watching the Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night as emotional scenes are guaranteed if Conquest Tsunami or Richard’s Boy, survivors of last December’s Californian wildfires, land the $1.2 million (£888,000) first prize.

US trainer Peter Miller lost five horses to the week-long blazes after letting 80 horses loose, with 75 horses from the whole San Luis Rey Downs training centre left unaccounted for.

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SHARE THE UPSIDE could be on his way to WOODBINE

Impressive debut winner SHARE THE UPSIDE (MacLean’s Music – Mystic Silver by Silver Deputy) could be headed to Woodbine this spring for owner/breeder Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. (John Sikura).
Bought back for $75,000 as a yearling, the dark bay gelding had post 2 in a 6 furlong maiden dash at Oaklawn Park, Mar. 22 and broke awkwardly before rushing to a pace battle. He still managed to draw off and win by 3 3/5 lengths at 5 to 1 for trainer Steve Asmussen.
The gelding earned an 82 Beyer Figure.
John Sikura is on the ballot for Hall of Fame consideration under the Builder category this year.