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Woodbine information seminar

February 3, 2016:


Thestable.ca held its second information seminar this past weekend at Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke, and the turnout was great.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog

 

Bolstering investment with fractional ownership

January 27, 2016:


There are many problems with our industry as we all know.

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Submitted Letters's Blog

 

Mayotte: On Classy Lane Barn Fire

January 10, 2016:


Horse people are horse lovers. We care for and work with these beautiful animals seven days a week. They are always on our minds.

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Gallucci: January 4, 2016, 11 p.m.

January 7, 2016:


When I saw the smoke pouring out of very crack from the West end of Barn 1 at Classy Lane, I knew something horrific was occurring right before my very eyes. As I rushed to open the doors, thick black smoke filled the barn. I can’t even begin to describe the cries from the horses; having nothing you can do to save them, feeling so helpless, knowing their lives were over.

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Tripp: Harness Racing & Me

December 26, 2015:


Behind every harness racing equine athlete, there is a team of dedicated and hardworking people, to ensure that the horses perform to the best of their ability.

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Jack Darling's Blog

 

Despite Delays, Positive Efforts In Ontario

December 21, 2015:


It has been very frustrating for most of us waiting for the OLG to come up with a plan for their integration with horse racing. I remember back when Kathleen Wynne instructed the OLG to start this process, I was talking to an insider about this integration and telling him that I thought it was important for our industry that the OLG move quickly on it.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog

 

Is ignorance really bliss?

December 7, 2015:


For the last three years we have done pretty well considering the vast majority of horse people in Ontario have had no voice.

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Corey MacPherson

December 3, 2015:


I'd like to take this opportunity to thank horsemen/women across North America for their generosity over the last month raising money for the MacPherson family.

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Confidence Causing Economic Hurdles

October 22, 2015:


I read earlier this week that the OLG is looking for "input on a financial model" for our industry from OHRIA and participants.

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The man behind Mopey Corey

October 14, 2015:


People in this industry never cease to amaze me. I asked everyone in the drivers room if they would donate their 5 per cent on a race night to a young father and good friend who is in the midst of a run in with cancer.

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RUS Riders's Blog

 

The racing experience, from the best seat in the house

September 12, 2015:


It would seem, nowadays, you could arrive at any given racetrack in Ontario and have your pick of any seat in the house. From the dining room, the grandstands, to the tarmac, or bellied right up to the rail to watch the horses charging across the finish line, more often than not its apparent that having the best seat in the house doesn’t require lining up at the doors, or contending with crowds to wiggle your way to a front row seat. Apart from a handful of major summer race dates, this has become a modern day reality at the racetrack.

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My Colours: A Tribute To A Mentor

September 10, 2015:


I was introduced to harness racing when I was nine years old by Lynne Gibbings. She is a long-time race fan and believes everyone should be a fan. One Sunday afternoon at the Clinton races, she took me to the horse barns and introduced me to one of the horses who had just raced, and the horse’s owner, Frank MacDonald. Needless to say, I was an immediate fan.

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Magee: Beauty Meets Beast

September 6, 2015:


Tragically Shipp (aka Harry) was born on our farm just outside of Wingham, Ontario nine years ago. He is a Shipps Speed gelding out of a little mare (CH On Tour) that had speed but, due to her high-strung personality, failed on the track.

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August 27: Purina's comments on the CPMA Ractopamine Update

August 27, 2015:


You have received a memo regarding Ractopamine on August 21st from the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (see below), suggesting to purchase horse feed from Type A feed mills to avoid Ractopamine contamination.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog

 

What Racing's All About

August 26, 2015:


Most of us on a cloudy day can easily picture our lives with no harness racing. As our industry shrinks, and our investors look for exits, our faith sometimes becomes shaky.

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