it’s sunny, bright, but -20 with the wind, very windy and folks are shipping back to Woodbine and the track is open!

Please be advised the Training Track/Sand Ring is scheduled to open Wednesday…February 9th, 2011.

Weather Permitting

Training Hours will be from 7:00 – 11:00 AM (no ‘break’).

HOTHERSAL win maiden

Lands on Queen’s Plate list

The well bred HOTHERSAL ( a spot on the northeast corner of Barbados) won his maiden for owner/breeder Eugene Melnyk yesterday at Gulfstream. The Ontario-sired son of Smart Strike – Steel Shed (Theatrical) had raced once on Nov. 10 at Aqueduct on the grass and he had a super run despite a wide trip.

The dark bay colt 79 Beyer Figure for his win in 1:43.34 for 1 1/16 miles on the turf. He is trained by Seth Benzel.


Stronach Stables’ promising 4yo colt HUNTERS BAY (Ghostzapper – Smoke n’ Frolic) has been sizzling around the Palm Meadows track in Florida this winter as he attempts a comeback from a layoff since July 2010. The bay colt is 2 for 3 in his career with a 92 Beyer Figure the last time he raced. He is now trained by Reade Baker.

The colt is the 2nd foal from his millionaire mum and he was foaled in Kentucky.


 HUNTERS BAY at Palm Meadows , photo by Janis Maine

Look for this guy on Saturday at Gulfstream








Champion RAHY’S ATTORNEY, a favourite for the champion turf male award for the 2010 Sovereigns (April 1) had his 3rd workout of 2011 yesterday at Palm Meadows. The 7yo gelding breeze 5 furlong sin 1:02 on the grass.


Thursday, Meydan, United Arab Emirates

UAE 2000 GUINEAS-G3, $250,000, NH/SH 3yo,

1600m (AWT)


1 Mayfair Lad (GB) Bertolini Ffrench Al Raihe

2 Abstrato (Brz) Major Storm Shea de Kock

3 Abjer (Fr) Singspiel (Ire) Durcan Brittain

4 Paulinho (Arg) Equal Stripes (Arg) Moore Brown

5 Hoot (Ire) Invincible Spirit (Ire) Lemaire bin Huzaim

6 Air of Grace (Ire) Dalakhani (Ire) Murgia Mohammed

7 Zanzamar (SAf) Fort Wood R Hills de Kock

8 Buffum Bernardini Dettori bin Suroor

9 Sonoran Sands (Ire) Footstepsinthesand (GB) O’Donoghue Moore

10 Bridgefield K Speightstown Ajtebi Al Zarooni

11 Splash Point K Street Cry (Ire) Barzalona Al Zarooni

12 Krypton Factor (GB) Kyllachy (GB) Fallon Nass

Southern Hemisphere-breds carry 130 pounds; others, 120


Hot Canadian-breds of 2011

(includes some top 2010 runners also)

1. Square Eddie (98)

2. Red Strike (85)

3. Queen’splatekitten (79)

4. Rahy’s Attorney (95)

5. Sand Cove (100)

6. Society’s Chairman (95)

7. Pool Play (91)

8. Stunning Stag (96)

9. Almost Time (95)

10. Impossible Time (92)

2011 Queen’s Plate contenders

1 – Queen’splatekitten

2 – Pender Harbour

3 – Hothersal

4 – Black n Beauty

5 – Strike Oil

Woodbine jock: I’d take them all if I could

By Susan Salk on December 28, 2010

Emma-Jayne Wilson hardly looks like a softie.

The 29-year-old jockey, wiry strong and pound-for-pound powerful, appears deeply focused and unfazed by the rush of horses and riders around her.

But during her six years as professional jockey at Woodbine in Canada, Wilson admits she has been so deeply moved by two Thoroughbreds in particular that when their careers ended, she personally took them in.

“I have a connection with them,” she says. “They just pull on your heartstrings.”




Woodbine Entertainment Group has long been acknowledged as a leader in its horse racing operations, but it has also demonstrated leadership in its corporate social responsibilities, including its commitment to environmental sustainability.

Earlier today, Woodbine Entertainment Group launched its new environmental management program called “On Track to Zero Waste to Landfill.” The Honourable John Wilkinson, Ontario’s Minister of Environment joined WEG staff for this announcement.

“On Track To Zero Waste to Landfill” has WEG expanding its organics and source separation programs at Woodbine, Mohawk and Greenwood to include all of the employee and customer facing areas of its grandstand operations as well as the barn areas at Woodbine and Mohawk, Employees and customers will be educated on source separation through the use of colour coded bins and improved signage..

WEG’s new waste management program will build on the company’s already impressive 93% diversion rate. This rate exceeds the 90% diversion rate benchmark required by Zero Waste International Alliance to be acknowledged as a zero waste business.

“WEG has a strong track record in environmental sustainability but we recognize that there is even more that we can do to reduce waste,” stated Nick Eaves, President and CEO. “We are confident that with the participation of our employees, customers and horse people we can achieve higher levels of waste reduction and diversion across all of our operations.”

WEG’s employees have been instrumental in the company’s environmental achievements. Letters of commendation were presented to WEG’s 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award winners by Minister Wilkinson, for bringing innovative “green thinking” to their workplace

Also as part of the “On Track” program, WEG, a multiple award-winning member of the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) and a Founding Business and Ambassador for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority’s Partners in Project Green’s Eco Business Zone, will strive to achieve certification as part of the Recycling Council of Ontario’s new 3RCertified Waste Diversion Certification Program.

WEG is proud of its environmental record, which has included a significant financial investment in environmental sustainability concepts from investigating alternative energy sources to implementing waste/energy/water management programs to establishing green purchasing & procurement policies

“WEG recognizes that long-term economic sustainability is dependent on sound business principles and policies which also incorporate the need for environmental and social responsibility,” said Eaves. “On Track” is another step toward that goal. We’re proud that Minister Wilkinson was here to help us launch this important green program and to honour our employees who have contributed to our environmental achievements.”