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Racing Profiles

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

Big Dog Racing: Small operation, big success

There won’t be a sign saying so, but when the 2020 Quarter Horse season gets out of the gates at Ajax Downs, the competition might want to beware of the ‘Big Dog.’

Thoroughbred racing’s beautiful bond

The life of a groom is like no other at the racetrack. Early mornings. Late nights. Long hours. Missing out on family gatherings. Each one has a different story to share, but it’s a common bond...

Woodbine Mohawk Park is Nancy Johansson’s home away from home

By Chris Lomon / @ChrisLomon   She isn’t Canadian, and might not know every word to O Canada, but that doesn’t stop Standardbred trainer Nancy Johansson from singing the praises...

Sam-Son’s mighty Mile moment: Ontario shines on world stage

Can an Ontario-bred win a major Grade 1 race? On September 14 at Woodbine, the horse racing world found out the answer.

Teesha Symes: A success story in the making

Teesha Symes' horse racing story goes back years. But it’s the latest chapter that has the Standardbred trainer on the fast track to success.

Eurico Rosa da Silva: Man with a (life) plan

Eurico Rosa da Silva has won two Queen’s Plates, a Pattison International on a 42 to 1 shot, six Sovereign awards, an international jockeys’ challenge in Japan. All good. But he’s always been a man...

Lori Cirillo: Living the (teenage) horse racing dream

​When she was little more than waist-high to her father, Lori Cirillo remembers the rush of the thoroughbreds whizzing by at dizzying speeds, and wondering aloud, ‘Dad, wouldn’t it be great if we...

Nikki Alderson: All smiles in the saddle

When horses are your passion there tends to be a particular word that’s often reiterated when talking about them.

Michelle Olson: An iron-willed love of horses, horse racing

From whatever point of view she’s looked upon it, be it standing atop a five-story structure or thumbing through picture books as a young girl, Michelle Olson knew she was destined for a life in...

Scott Coulter: The drive to 5,000 and beyond

​Although the journey’s far from over, Scott Coulter knows exactly what’s got him to this point in the game.