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Passero Loves Playing In Racing's Sandbox

Author: 
Bruce Walker
Month Published: 
May 2005

JOHN (BUTCH) PASSERO, THE SON OF A HALL OF FAME TRAINER, ALWAYS KNEW THAT HE’D MAKE A LIVING IN HORSERACING. BUT RATHER THAN CONDITION HORSES, AS HIS LATE FATHER DID SO WELL, BUTCH GROOMS RACETRACKS.

Totally Tomahawk

Author: 
Adam Hickman
Month Published: 
May 2005

TOMAHAWK – FOR CENTURIES DEFINED AS AN INSTRUMENT WIELDED SKILFULLY BY NATIVE NORTH AMERICANS, IN RECENT YEARS, THE TERM MAY BE BETTER KNOWN FOR ITS ADOPTION BY THE U.S. MILITARY ON ONE OF ITS CRUISE MISSILES.

Roger Attfield - Training Champion Norcliffe at Baker’s Acres

Date: 
April 20, 2009
By: 
Gerry Belanger

At Woodbine racetrack in the heart of Toronto there is a delightful creation fondly known to backstretch horse people as Baker’s Acres. Developed by Colonel Charles Baker during his tenure as Chairman of the Ontario Jockey Club, ‘The Acres’ is a half-mile meadow track of finely harrowed sand hidden in the far-west corner of the backside barn area. A charming little sand-track, twenty-feet wide and coloured like a painted postcard in the dusty browns and greens of a country farm and ringed by shady maple trees and a white painted fence. Young horses find it especially cool, a place where the training is fun.

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