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Racing Profiles

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

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.

Natasha Day is in the driver's seat: Part 2

Natasha Day came into 2018 off a career year, one in which she notched 47 wins and $228,353 in earnings.

Natasha Day is in the driver’s seat: Part 1

Natasha Day took one look at the flat tire on her race bike, sighed, and figured it wasn’t going to be her night. But, as the harness driver showed then, and time and again, it’s never wise to bet...

Roxy’s Vision: As easy as 1, 2, 3

Whenever Roxy’s Vision leaves the gate, the five-year-old Ontario-bred’s connections know the end result will be as easy as 1, 2, 3. Literally.