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Racing Profiles

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

Patrick Shepherd: By the (big) numbers

It’s no wonder why horse racing jack-of-all-trades Patrick Shepherd is feeling like a million bucks these days.  

NHL star and horse owner Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: “They are amazing athletes”

When it comes to racehorse ownership, Edmonton Oilers star forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is definitely in it to win it.

Kyle Bossence: “It’s always been about the horses for me”

Kyle Bossence pauses briefly before a wide smile comes to his face as he repeats the question. “What’s the best part of owning and training horses? Pretty much everything, I guess.”

Owner Brad Grant reflects on banner year, love of racing

Ontario standardbred owner Brad Grant of Milton, ON said it will be next-to-impossible for him to top 2018, so he will simply have to cherish the memories for as long as possible.

Marvin Katz: "It feels like winning the Stanley Cup, winning the Super Bowl...

Standardbred owners don’t come much bigger than Toronto real estate tycoon Marvin Katz, but it wasn’t always champagne and winner’s circles in the horse racing game.

John Burness: “I don’t think in my lifetime I ever dreamed about having a horse that would win a Grade 1"

Veteran Ontario thoroughbred breeder and owner John Burness (Brnjas) said he doesn’t think it’s possible to “pack more enjoyment into two minutes than you can watching your horse run at the...

Horse owners Jim and Graeme Bruce: “It’s fun and we love it”

Jim Bruce has been enamored with racehorses and racing since he was 16-years-old and went to the racetrack with his brother Warren.

A Charmed Ownership Life

Shelly MacMillan doesn’t consider herself a horse whisperer. Not in the least. But on the morning of September 17, 2016, as she often does, she leaned in close to the young filly and offered up a...

Vera Simpson: “I wanted to do this for the community of horse lovers that we are”

For over 40 years, Vera Simpson has navigated through the ups and downs of Ontario horse racing with an unwavering optimism, cognizant of its challenges, but buoyed by its opportunities.

Anthony Maharajh: Walking the walk at Woodbine

“I have two memberships for gyms and I don’t go to them. I have this. Once this bug gets to you, I don’t think it will ever be replaced.”