Trainer Bob Young has carved out a solid career with Ontario Sired horses. He said the one that changed his life was Tory’s Dream, an inexpensive pacing filly that got him started in the Ontario Sires Stakes program.
Young said a friend purchased the daughter of Adora’s Dream out of Doll Richelieu for $1,700 as a yearling in 1978 at the old sale at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in Toronto.
“She was my first Ontario Sired horse that I trained for other people. I would say that she was the one that started me on my path,” Young said.
Tory’s Dream earned over $33,000 racing 19 times as a two-year-old in 1979.
“That was good back then,” Young said. “She was a filly that was good and it went from there.”
Lifetime, Tory’s Dream raced 80 times, posted a 13-8-15 record, a mark of 1:57.4 at three and earned $58,217.
Young said a picture of Tory’s Dream hangs in his house in Guelph to this day.
“I remember I drove her one night herself at old Elmira and she went a mile in 2:03.2 in a Sires Stakes and it was quite an accomplishment back then. I would say Tory’s Dream was the first really good-paying horse I had, but that was a long time ago.”
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