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Racing Profiles

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

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.”

Ontario horse racing: “Everyone wants it to work”

For Sue Leslie, the biggest key to horse racing flourishing in Ontario comes down to one word: Unity.

Bob Broadstock: “We have a young, enthusiastic crowd"

It’s a scene that Bob Broadstock has seen countless times over his years in Quarter Horse Racing, one that he never tires of and one that speaks to the importance of a relationship between the...

New racehorse owner Rick Vaive: “This is going to be cool”

Horse ownership might be a new thing for former NHL standout Rick Vaive, but his deep affinity for horse racing is certainly not.

Cory Spataro: At the top of his game

Cory Spataro’s career as a jockey has taken him down many different paths since he took a chance and began a life on horseback as a teenager.

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.