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Racing Profiles

Highlighting some of our industry’s best and most interesting people and horses.

Optimism and opportunity

“It almost didn’t happen, but I pursued it and had a good end to the year,” said Santino Di Paola, reflecting on the 2017 racing meet and his first official year as a trainer at Woodbine Racetrack.

Natasha Day is in the driver's seat: Part 2

Natasha Day came into 2018 off a career year, one in which she notched 47 wins and $228,353 in earnings.

Natasha Day is in the driver’s seat: Part 1

Natasha Day took one look at the flat tire on her race bike, sighed, and figured it wasn’t going to be her night. But, as the harness driver showed then, and time and again, it’s never wise to bet...

Roxy’s Vision: As easy as 1, 2, 3

Whenever Roxy’s Vision leaves the gate, the five-year-old Ontario-bred’s connections know the end result will be as easy as 1, 2, 3. Literally.

Louis-Philippe Roy: A heartfelt hometown gift

On a windy, winless night at Woodbine, driver Louis-Philippe Roy still found a way to make a difference through a selfless gesture.

Tyler Borth: “I just enjoy it all. I could probably go through a long list of reasons why”

On a brisk November morning, the winds whipping out of the north gusting up to 30 kilometres an hour and feeling like minus-15 Celsius, Tyler Borth is thinking of a certain number. And it has...

Bermuda Blue Farm: “As a family, we just love the experience of horse racing”

Bermuda Blue Farm’s Dan and Heather Soares never anticipated – not even for a moment – that they would ever join the ranks of horse racing ownership. But that’s precisely what happened. 

Terrific London sale another indication this is Ann Straatman’s year

The co-manager of the London Selected Yearling Sale has a variety of reasons to be pleased about 2017.  by Dave Briggs The last horse had just finished selling early Sunday evening at the...

The picture-perfect story of Ashlee Brnjas and Johnny Bear

To say the two photos of the same horse – one handed to her five years ago, the other taken in the Woodbine winner’s circle this September – are meaningful to Ashlee Brnjas, wouldn’t be saying...

Mark Horner: The 'Joy' of Winning

With nearly 850 career wins to his name, Mark Horner understands what it takes to be successful in the standardbred world. He also knows a little bit of ‘Luck’ can go a long way.