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Horses - Natural Blood Dopers

Author: 
Dr. Belinda Blouin, Ph.D. and Holly Drabyk, B.A.
Month Published: 
Jan/Feb 2006

Winding Down At Assinibioa

Author: 
International Thoroughbred Digest
Month Published: 
Jan/Feb 2006

ASSINIBOIA DOWNS CONCLUDED THE 2005 LIVE RACING SEASON ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 WITH A TOTAL WAGERING HANDLE OF $8,315,573.47. The on-track wagering total was $5,792,775.53 and the simulcast partners wagering total amounted to $2,522,797.94. This compared with the 2004 handle of $8,857,499.41, which consisted of the 2004 on-track wagering of $6,045,488.60 and the 2004 simulcast partner total of $2,812,010.81.

The Ride Of Her Life

Author: 
Rob Longley
Month Published: 
Jan/Feb 2006

WHO SAYS THE FILLY CAN’T TAKE ON THE COLTS? NOT EMMA-JAYNE WILSON, WHO HAS JUST COMPLETED ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE SEASONS FOR A CANADIAN-BORN RIDER. Not the trainers from virtually every corner of the Woodbine backstretch, who have supported her with their horses.

And certainly not the bettors, who throw the weight of the grandstand on her back by making so many of the horses she rides the race favourite.

Rolling in the Dough

Author: 
Adam Hickman
Month Published: 
Jan/Feb 2006

NEW OWNERS, FASTER HORSES AND BETTER ALLAROUND HELP WERE THREE OF THE KEY INGREDIENTS WHICH ALLOWED TRAINER READE BAKER TO COOK UP A MASTERFUL SEASON, far surpassing any of his previous 16 years as a conditioner of thoroughbreds and culminating in his first ever Sovereign Award as Canada's Outstanding Trainer.

“I had a long speech planned out. But when I got up here I realized there isn't anyone I have to thank more than my wife Janis (Maine),” declared an emotional Baker, holding back tears of joy, with his arm around her waist.

European Power Outage

Author: 
Adam Hickman
Month Published: 
Nov/Dec, 2005

IN HINDSIGHT, THEY WEREN’T SUCH BEARS AFTER ALL.

The dominance of English trainer Andrew Balding in Woodbine stakes this summer suggested that European form would rule on Pattison Canadian International day and that North American-based runners would have to settle for smaller shares of $3.5 million in purses. Even with a soft, seemingly Eurofriendly E.P. Taylor turf course, it's interesting that this was not the case.

Mobil To Stand Stud In Ontario

Author: 
Adam Hickman
Month Published: 
Nov/Dec, 2005

MULTIPLE STAKES WINNER AND TWO-TIME SOVEREIGN AWARD FINALIST MOBIL has retired sound from a brilliant racing career and will stand stud in 2006 at Windfield’s.

“He’s doing really well. He’s quite happy in his new surroundings,” said Simon Cassidy of Windfields, a few hours after Mobil arrived at the Oshawa farm.

The son of Langfuhr amassed earnings of $1,877,136 over a strong career that included everything from a thrilling dead-heat finish in the Coronation Futurity to a romping 12- length triumph in the Dominion Day Stakes as a four-year-old.

NOBLE GESTURE

Author: 
International Horse Racing Digest
Month Published: 
Nov/Dec, 2005

Leroidesanimaux Roars To Atto Mile Win

Author: 
International Thoroughbred Digest
Month Published: 
Nov/Dec, 2005

H E A V I L Y - F A V O U R E D LEROIDESANIMAUX, THE WORLD'S TOP-RANKED MILER, TURNED THE GRADE 1, $1 MILLION ATTO MILE INTO A ROUT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH at Woodbine, romping to a seven and threequarter length victory over locals Mobil and Le Cinquieme Essai in the turf classic. His name means 'The King of the Animals' in French. Today, Leroidesanimaux claimed the throne as the 'king of the milers,' as he absolutely mauled his eight rivals, getting the distance in 1:35.08 over a 'yielding' E.P. Taylor Turf Course.

A Classic Close Call

Author: 
Rob Longley
Month Published: 
Nov/Dec, 2005

EUGENE MELNYK WAS IN THE BACK SEAT OF A LIMOUSINE WHOSE DRIVER WAS AGGRESSIVELY NAVIGATING THE FRENETIC GRIDLOCK OF SATURDAY NIGHT NEW YORK TRAFFIC.

No sooner had his three-year-old colt, Flower Alley, crossed the Belmont Park finish line a heart stopping length behind Saint Liam in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and Melnyk was in a rush to follow his other sporting love. “I’m on my way to my favourite sports bar in Manhattan, “ Melnyk said cell phone to cell phone, his voice still raw with excitement. “Have you heard the score in the hockey game yet?”

Wealth of Experience

Author: 
Adam Hickman
Month Published: 
Nov/Dec, 2005

THE ONTARIO STALLION MARKET RECEIVED A SERIOUS INFUSION OF TALENT WITH THE RECENT MIGRATION OF A PAIR OF 13-YEAR-OLD STALLIONS THAT WILL STAND THEIR FIRST EVER SEASONS IN CANADA.

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