The Jockey Club of Canada is pleased to announce that Camille Casse will take over as General Manager of The Jockey Club of Canada, effective immediately.

With a family immersed in the industry, Camille has grown with a love for horses and thoroughbred racing. The Jockey Club of Canada looks forward to working with Camille and believes she will be an asset to our organization

 

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry. The mission of The Jockey Club of Canada is to promote and maintain a high standard for Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada at a level which is recognized internationally for the benefit of all those interested in the sport including the general public by operations and services such as, but not limited to: evaluating all Graded, Listed and Black-type races in Canada annually; conducting the annual Sovereign Awards for outstanding achievement in Thoroughbred racing and breeding in Canada; maintaining a field office in Canada for the Jockey Club of the United States and the Jockey Club Registry Service; and by representing Canada as a Member of the IFHA.

The Jockey Club of Canada is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Sovereign Award Media Categories for Outstanding Writing, Photograph and Digital Audio/Visual and Broadcast.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2017 EST and all submissions must be sent by email to: jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com

To qualify for a 2017 Sovereign Award, the submissions must have appeared in a recognized medium between the dates of January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

The three categories in which to enter submissions for the media portion of the annual Sovereign Awards are:

  1. Writing;
  2. Photograph
  3. Digital Audio/Visual and Broadcast

Submissions must be received by The Jockey Club of Canada office by email no later than December 31, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. (EST). Submissions received after the deadline will not be accepted.

The nominees for each of the 2017 Media Category Awards will be announced in February, 2018, and the winner in each category will be announced at the annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony in Toronto, Ontario this April.

For more information on The Jockey Club of Canada’s annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony contact Camille Casse at 416-675-7756; email jockeyclubcanada@gmail.com

For complete Sovereign Award Media Category Rules, Submission Guidelines and Deadlines CLICK HERE.

The Jockey Club of Canada was founded in 1973 by E.P. Taylor to serve as the international representative of the Canadian Thoroughbred industry and to promote improvements to Thoroughbred racing and breeding, both in Canada and internationally.  The Jockey Club of Canada also operates as a field office of The Jockey Club; organizes the Sovereign Awards; administers the Canadian Graded Stakes program; liaises with foreign Jockey Clubs; promotes Thoroughbred ownership; and represents Canada at international racing conferences.

John Unger, a former Steward and member of the Jockey Club of Canada, passed away on Thursday, the 21st of September. Unger, who was an experienced lawyer that specialized in taxation matters, headed the Jockey Club of Canada’s tax committee for several years.

John Unger had a great love for horse racing, owning and breeding thoroughbreds for twenty-five years of his life. He will be missed by many within the racing community.

Funeral details:
Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel
2357 Bloor St West, Toronto

The Ontario Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new initiative developed to promote the growth of horse racing in this province. The HBPA Board of Directors has decided to produce an online series aimed at attracting new owners to the Thoroughbred industry and new fans to the track. The series, Talkin’ Horses, will pick up from the HBPA’s award-winning television show of the same name which ran for three years on CTV Television.

With the continued growth of social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, and the popularity of watching programming online and on-demand, the decision to offer the series digitally was made strategically to reach a millennial demographic. The show, which will have 10 episodes through the summer and fall, will be an energetic, fast-moving look at how to get into affordable racehorse ownership, handicapping a horse race and picking a winner – plus features on the people and horses in the sport and detailed previews of all the big races.

The HBPA has contracted television and radio host Jason Portuondo and racing writer Jennifer Morrison, each from the television iteration of Talkin’ Horses, to produce the 2017 online series. It will be directed by the award-winning Alex Narvaez of Narvaez Productions, producer and editor of The Strombo Sessions with George Stroumboulopoulos and creator of short films, television series and promotional movies for the Toronto International Film Festival.

For updates stay tuned on twitter and the HBPA (www.hbpa.on.ca) or Talkin Horses (www.talkinhorses.com) websites.

The new Jockey Club Logo 2016After a decade of discussion, and two full years of study, an enhanced model rule for out-of-competition testing that includes a progressive list of prohibited substances was finally proposed by the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium at the Association of Racing Commissioners International convention in March 2016.

As background, the first test for Erythropoietin, aka EPO, in horses was developed in 2006, and the Association of Racing Commissioners International subsequently developed the model rule for out-of-competition testing in 2007. Nearly a decade later, according to the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium website, only 19 of 38 states have even published regulatory guidelines for out-of-competition testing. Among those states, wide variation exists in the breadth and depth of out-of-competition testing rules and protocols.

The long-awaited out-of-competition testing recommendation from the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium would effectively ban the use of anabolic steroids in training and require that out-of-competition use of clenbuterol and certain other therapeutic drugs be reported to the regulatory authority. The broad-based Racing Medication & Testing Consortium board, which includes horsemen and regulators, had approved it via the unanimous vote of its 23 industry-representative members.

If and when the Association of Racing Commissioners International finally promulgates the new model rule, there is no guarantee that all 38 racing jurisdictions will even implement the rule and its prohibited substances list – much less in the form unanimously approved by the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium.

Out-of-competition testing is an integral part of racing integrity programs throughout the world and in human sport. As a sport and as a business, we need to take every measure we can to ensure the integrity of competition, and we encourage regulatory authorities to adopt the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium’s out-of-competition protocols and associated prohibited substance list as quickly as possible.

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“Buying these horses is my addiction, racing them is my passion”

Curtis Landry has been involved in racing for his entire life, and learned the art of managing a racing stable from his father. He willingly stepped up to the coordinate and manage the ATRC, and with his pool of knowledge, but more importantly his infectious enthusiasm, he just the person to guide member through the experience.

On behalf of The Jockey Club of Canada, we would like to thank Curtis for his continued support within the Industry!

Wednesday night’s Canadian Millions Sales Stakes program at Woodbine was highlighted by a pair of scores for jockey Rafael Hernandez and a stirring effort by Melmich to defend his OLG Elgin title.
 
The lucrative card, restricted to horses entered in past local Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (CTHS) Yearling Sales, featured six stakes worth $900,000 in total.
 
Among the night’s notable results, Hernandez kicked off the card in style with a 9-1 score aboard Strut N Stomp in the $125,000 OLG Halton Stakes, presented by Tipperary Equestrian.  He notched his second win of six added-money tilts on the card just two races later when he guided Jacks Escarpment to victory in the $125,000 OLG Kenora Stakes, presented by HBPA of Ontario. 
 
Melmich, a multiple graded stakes winner, put in a powerful performance to defend his Elgin title in a field reduced to just three horses after scratches. With leading rider Eurico Rosa da Silva up, Melmich stalked the early foot of Kingsport in the 1 1/16-mile route, and had plenty in the tank to secure his second Elgin.
 
Aside from Hernandez, four different jockeys won a stake: Eurico Rosa da Silva, Patrick Husbands, Gary Boulanger and Jermaine Bridghohan.
 
Six different trainers, Don MacRae, Kevin Attard, Nick Gonzalez, Steve Owens, John Ross and Robert Tiller made a trip to the winner’s circle.

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 THE WORLD’S GROUP/GRADE ONE RACES for 3yo’s and upwards (2015)
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1Qatar Prix de l’Arc de TriompheG124001 1/2TLLONGCHAMPFR126.00
2Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! BrandsG120001 1/4DICHURCHILLUSA125.00
3Breeders’ Cup ClassicG120001 1/4DIKEENELANDUSA124.75
4Belmont Stakes Presented by DraftkingsG124001 1/2DLBELMONTUSA123.75
5QIPCO Irish Champion StakesG120001 1/4TILEOPARDSTOWNIRE123.50
6Grand Prix de Saint-CloudG12400 TLSAINT-CLOUDFR123.00
7=Juddmonte InternationalG120801 1/4TIYORKGB122.25
7=Travers StakesG120001 1/4DISARATOGAUSA122.25
9LONGINES Breeders’ Cup TurfG124001 1/2TLKEENELANDUSA122.00
10=Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by LONGINESG124001 1/2TLMEYDANUAE121.75
10=LONGINES Hong Kong CupG12000 TISHA TINHK121.75
10=Tattersalls Gold CupG121001 1/4TICURRAGHIRE121.75
13=Coral-EclipseG120101 1/4TISANDOWNGB121.50
13=QIPCO ChampionG120001 1/4TIASCOTGB121.50
15Darley ClassicG112006fTSFLEMINGTONAUS121.25
16Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP WorldG118001 1/8TMMEYDANUAE121.00
17= LONGINES Hong Kong MileG11600 TMSHA TINHK120.50
17=Citibank Hong Kong Gold CupG12000 TISHA TINHK120.50
17=Lexus Newmarket HandicapG112006fTSFLEMINGTONAUS120.50
17=Queen’s Silver Jubilee CupG1  T SHA TINHK120.50
17=William Hill Haskell Invitational G118001 1/8DMMONMOUTHUSA120.50
22Queen AnneG116001TMASCOTGB120.25
23=AP QE II CupG12000 TISHA TINHK120.00
23=Investec DerbyG124001 1/2TLEPSOMGB120.00
23=Stewards CupG11600 TMSHA TINHK120.00
26=Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates AirlinesG120001 1/4DIMEYDANUAE119.75
26=Whitney StakesG118001 1/8DMSARATOGAUSA119.75
28=NYRA.com Metropolitan HandicapG116001DMBELMONTUSA119.50
28=Prince of Wales’sG120001 1/4TIASCOTGB119.50
28=Xpressbet.com PreaknessG119001 1/8DIPIMLICOUSA119.50
31=China Horse Club George Ryder StakesG11500 TMROSEHILLAUS119.25
31=Japan Cup in association with LONGINESG124001 1/2TLTOKYOJPN119.25
33=Computaform SprintG11000 TSTURTFONEINSAF119.00
33=Takarazuka KinenG12200 TLHANSHINJPN119.00
35= Ladbrokes Caulfield ClassicG12000 TICAULFIELDAUS118.75
35=All Aged StakesG11400 TMRANDWICKAUS118.75
35=Investec Coronation CupG124001 1/2TLEPSOMGB118.75
35=Tenno Sho (Autumn)G12000 TITOKYOJPN118.75
39=Darley T. J. Smith StakesG112006fTSRANDWICKAUS118.50
39=LONGINES Queen Elizabeth G12000 TIRANDWICKAUS118.50
41=Champions MileG11600 TMSHA TINHK118.25
41=Queen Elizabeth II Sponsored by QIPCOG116001TMASCOTGB118.25
43=Canterbury StakesG11300 TSROSEHILLAUS118.00
43=Coolmore NunthorpeG110005fTSYORKGB118.00
43=Prix GanayG12100 TILONGCHAMPFR118.00
43=Memsie StakesG11400 TMCAULFIELDAUS118.00
47=A J Moir StakesG11200 TSMOONEE VALLEYAUS117.75
47=Arima Kinen (The Grand Prix)G12500 TLNAKAYAMAJPN117.75
47=Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard – Jacques Le MaroisG116001TMDEAUVILLEFR117.75
47=William Hill Cox PlateG12040 TIMOONEE VALLEYAUS117.75
51=Al Shaqab LockingeG116001TMNEWBURYGB117.50
51=Breeders’ Cup MileG116001TMKEENELANDUSA117.50
51=Qatar Prix de la ForetG11400 TMLONGCHAMPFR117.50
51=Qatar SussexG116001TMGOODWOODGB117.50
51=Longines Sword Dancer Invitational StakesG124001 1/2TLSARATOGAUSA117.50
51=Tattersalls Irish 2000 GuineasG116001TMCURRAGHIRE117.50
51=Tenno Sho (Spring)G13200 TEKYOTOJPN117.50
58=TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup SprintG112006fDSKEENELANDUSA117.25
58=Darley July CupG112006fTSNEWMARKETGB117.25
58=Prix d’IspahanG11850 TMLONGCHAMPFR117.25
58=Ladbrokes St LegerG129201 3/4TEDONCASTERGB117.25
58=LARC Maurice de GheestG11300 TSDEAUVILLEFR117.25
58=Palmerstown House Estate Irish St LegerG128001 3/4TECURRAGHIRE117.25
58=Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)G12400 TLTOKYOJPN117.25
58=William Hill Manikato StakesG112006fTSMOONEE VALLEYAUS117.25
66= Mile ChampionshipG11600 TMKYOTOJPN117.00
66=Joe Hirsch Turf Classic InvitationalG124001 1/2TLBELMONTUSA117.00
66=Liverpool City Council Chipping Norton Stakes G11600 TMRANDWICKAUS117.00
66=Makybe Diva StakesG11600 TMFLEMINGTONAUS117.00
66=Mercury SprintG11200 TSCLAIRWOODSAF117.00
66=Juddmonte Grand Prix de ParisG12400 TLLONGCHAMPFR117.00
66=QIPCO 2000 GuineasG116001TMNEWMARKETGB117.00
66=Ranvet Rawson StakesG12000 TIROSEHILLAUS117.00
66=Santa Anita HandicapG120001 1/4DISANTA ANITAUSA117.00
66=Woodward StakesG118001 1/8DMSARATOGAUSA117.00
76= LONGINES Hong Kong VaseG12400 TLSHA TINHK116.75
76=Al Quoz Sprint Empowered by IpicG11000 TSMEYDANUAE116.75
76=BMW Caulfield Cup HandicapG12400 TLCAULFIELDAUS116.75
76=King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Sponsored by QIPCOG124001 1/2TLASCOTGB116.75
80= Yasuda KinenG11600 TMTOKYOJPN116.50
80=Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt MileG116001DMKEENELANDUSA116.50
80=Clark HandicapG118001 1/8DMCHURCHILLUSA116.50
80=Jockey Club Gold CupG120001 1/4DIBELMONTUSA116.50
80=LONGINES Hong Kong SprintG112006fTSSHA TINHK116.50
80=Prix du Jockey ClubG12100 TLCHANTILLYFR116.50
80=Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas)G12000 TINAKAYAMAJPN116.50
80=TVG Pacific ClassicG120001 1/4DIDEL MARUSA116.50
88Knob Creek Manhattan StakesG120001 1/4TIBELMONTUSA116.25
89=Colgate Optic White George Main SG11600 TMRANDWICKAUS116.00
89=Sir Rupert ClarkeG11400 TMCAULFIELDAUS116.00
89=Standard Chartered Champions & Chater CupG12400 TLSHA TINHK116.00
89=United Nations StakesG122001 3/8TLMONMOUTHUSA116.00
93=Black Caviar Lightning StakesG110005fTSFLEMINGTONAUS115.75
93=Stephen Foster HandicapG118001 1/8DMCHURCHILLUSA115.75
95=Beck Caulfield GuineasG11600 TMCAULFIELDAUS115.50
95=The Star Doncaster MileG11600 TMRANDWICKAUS115.50
95=LONGINES Grosser Preis von BadenG12400 TLBADEN BADENGER115.50
95=LONGINES MackinnonG12000 TIFLEMINGTONAUS115.50
95=Singapore Airlines International CupG120001 1/4TIKRANJISIN115.50
100LONGINES Breeders’ Cup DistaffG118001 1/8DMKEENELANDUSA115.25

June 12, 2016 - Woodbine Racetrack - Jockey Eurico Da Silva guides Neshama to victory in the 61st running of the $500,000 dollar Woodbine Oaks at Woodbine Racetrack - Nesham is owned by Carnegie Hill Stable,Kingfield Racing Stable,Anderson Farms Ontario Inc.  and John Fielding (JCC Member) Neshama is trained by Catherine Day Phillips (JCC Member) - Michael Burns Photo

June 12, 2016 – Woodbine Racetrack – Jockey Eurico Da Silva guides Neshama to victory in the 61st running of the $500,000 dollar Woodbine Oaks at Woodbine Racetrack – Neshama is owned by Carnegie Hill Stable, Kingfield Racing Stable, Anderson Farms Ontario Inc. and John Fielding (JCC Member) Neshama is trained by Catherine Day Phillips (JCC Member) – Michael Burns Photo

Neshama took the lead in deep stretch and held off a late closing Gamble’s Ghost to take Sunday’s $500,000 Woodbine Oaks, presented by Budweiser, at Woodbine.

Regular rider Eurico da Silva guided the bay daughter of Sligo Bay to her nose victory for trainer Catherine Day Phillips and the ownership group of Carnegie Hall Stable, Kingfield Racing Stable, Anderson Farms and John Fielding.

Caren was third with Crumlin Spirit fourth.

The Oaks, Canada’s classic race for three-year-old fillies, saw Caren go straight to the lead through splits of :23.75 and :47.91 in the mile and one-eighth event.  Under Jesse Campbell she began to lengthen her lead around the turn, but da Silva and Neshama were also gaining momentum.  In very deep stretch, Neshama took the lead, but favoured Gamble’s Ghost was gaining ground and could not track down her rival as the tight photo finish revealed a Neshama victory in 1:52.34.

It was Neshama’s third career victory and clearly largest, as the Oaks is Canada’s most important horse race for three-year-old fillies.

It was the first career Oaks win for both da Silva and Phillips.

“I had a very easy trip. It went well for me,” said da Silva.  “When Jesse Campbell asked his filly (Caren), she opened up a little bit and I thought I just wanted to keep going and maybe finish second. Then I saw (Caren) just stop and I saw a great chance to win the race. And she ran great. She dug in. She’s a nice filly. I am thrilled.”

Phillips saw early signs of quality from Neshama.

“She’s been a nice filly and acted like a racehorse really from the beginning,” Phillips said. “In the fall, she really came into her own and this spring she’s been very professional. She really enjoys her job.”
As for the Queen’s Plate, a race fillies have won six times since 1956, Phillips was non-committal. “I think we’ll enjoy this and we’ll discuss it Monday and Tuesday.”

Luis Contreras said a clean trip would have got Gamble’s Ghost an Oaks victory. “I was on the rail where I didn’t want to be, but I had to stay there. When I tried to tip out to make my move, I could see the opening but everyone was trying to move at the same time and horses were tiring in front of me. When I made my move, if nothing happened, we would have won.”

The win was worth $300,000 to the Neshama ownership group.

Neshama also fashioned a second straight major upset in the Oaks after Academic paid $135.30 to win in 2015.  The 2016 champion returned $32.30, $8.10, $5.20 across the board and combined with Gamble’s Ghost ($2.80, $2.20) for a $76.40 exactor.  Caren paid $3 to show and wrapped up a $256.60 triactor.

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June 12,2016 Woodbine Racetrack - Jockey Luis Contreras guides Ami's Gizmo to victory in the $150,000 dollar Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.Ami's Gizmo is owned by Ivan Dalos (JCC Member) and trained by Josie Carroll (JCC Member) - Michael Burns Photo

June 12,2016 Woodbine Racetrack – Jockey Luis Contreras guides Ami’s Gizmo to victory in the $150,000 dollar Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack.Ami’s Gizmo is owned by Ivan Dalos (JCC Member) and trained by Josie Carroll (JCC Member) – Michael Burns Photo

Amis Gizmo, a front-running winner of four added-money events as a juvenile, switched it up to come from off-the-pace and capture Sunday’s co-featured $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes, at Woodbine.

Trained by Josie Carroll for owner-breeder Ivan Dalos, Amis Gizmo won the Simcoe, Bull Page, Frost King and Kingarvie Stakes under regular pilot Luis Contreras last season.  The Giant Gizmo chestnut  arrived at Sunday’s 1 1/8-mile Tapeta route, the final major prep for The Queen’s Plate, from a fifth-place run in the Wando Stakes.

Sent to post as the 5-2 second choice in the Plate Trial, Amis Gizmo would not disappoint with a sparkling return to form that will see the colt the likely favourite in the Gallop for the Guineas, slated for Sunday, July 3.

Conquest Cavalry, with Gary Boulanger up, set a quick tempo in the Plate Trial marking off splits of :23.98 and :48.16 as Shakhimat, sent to post as the 4-5 mutuel favourite under Emma-Jayne Wilson, tracked his early foot.  Contreras, from the inside post, was content to settle Amis Gizmo into fourth position.

Wilson and Shakhimat attacked the pacesetter through the turn and emerged with the lead as Amis Gizmo rallied outside of rivals to engage.  Shakhimat battled gamely but Amis Gizmo, full of run, surged to a 2 1/2-length score.  Shakhimat stayed on for place, 1 3/4-lengths in front of Sir Dudley Digges who rallied gamely for show money.  Amis Gizmo covered 1 1/8-miles in 1:52.12.

Contreras was pleased with the trip he engineered for Amis Gizmo.

“Yeah it’s really new (to come from off-the-pace). This horse was perfect. He was so nice and calm and relaxed. I could do anything with him today,” said Contreras. “After the break, I took a little bit of a hold with my horse and I saw Shakhimat was in front. I just wanted to stay close and be right there any time we wanted to make a move.”

Wilson tipped her cap to the winning horse.

“We had a real nice go. He switched off real nice and moved along well down the backside. We moved into good position around the turn and I could feel the pressure coming down on him around the turn. He fought hard but he just got beat by a better horse today,” said Wilson.

Dalos was thrilled with the improved performance from his Plate prospect.

“We found he had a little bit of a problem (after the Wando Stakes) and there was an excuse for him to run as bad as he did. So now that we’ve got it figured out, we’re back in business,” said Dalos. “I was surprised (at how easily he won) because Shakhimat is a really nice horse, so to beat him the way we did means something.”

Amis Gizmo, bred in Ontario by his owner, banked $90,000 in victory while improving his record to five wins from six starts.

He paid $6.80, $2.80 and $2.50, combining with Shakhimat ($2.50, $2.10) for a $13.20 (1-2) exactor. A 1-2-6 triactor (Sir Dudley Digges, $3.10 to show) was worth $67.10.

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