The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and The Jockey Club of Canadaare hosting an Ownership Seminar on Saturday, July 1 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

 The day-long event is being held during the inaugural two-day Queen’s Plate Festival and will offer those in town for the country’s top day of racing an up close and personal view of Thoroughbred ownership. The audience will have the opportunity to speak with leading owners, breeders, trainers and industry professionals.  

 “TOBA is honored and thrilled at the opportunity to partner with The Jockey Club of Canada to host a day at Woodbine,” said Dan Metzger, president of TOBA. “Expanding the ownership base is one of the most pressing issues in our sport and our seminars play an important role in developing new owners.” Topics to be covered are ownership, equine health, provincial incentives and racing programs, sales and breeding, as well as legal and business issues.

 “This clinic and day of racing are excellent ways to show new owners and fans the exciting atmosphere of the Queen’s Plate Festival and how accessible racing is to the general public,” added Jeff Begg, Chief Steward of The Jockey Club of Canada. “Virtually anyone can own a piece of a racehorse and participate in the major leagues of our sport. Understanding that and general concepts that these clinics offer, is so important to our industry.” 

The 2017 seminar and clinic schedule and registration are available at All materials, meals and tickets are included. Advanced registration is encouraged.

 About TOBA

TOBA, based in Lexington, Ky., was formed in 1961 and is a national trade organization of leading Thoroughbred breeders and owners. TOBA’s mission is to improve the economics, integrity and pleasure of the sport on behalf of Thoroughbred owners and breeders. Projects managed by TOBA include the American Graded Stakes Committee, Claiming Crown, Ownership Seminars, Breeding, Conformation & Pedigree Clinics, TOBA Owners Concierge, OwnerView and the Sales Integrity Program. TOBA provides international representation for U.S. owners and breeders on the International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee, International Cataloguing Standards Committee and International Breeders Federation. Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is the charitable arm of TOBA. TOBA Media Properties, a subsidiary of TOBA, owns The Horse magazine, Eclipse Press and is co-owner of The Blood-Horse LLC. TOBA is represented on the board of directors of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium as founding members.

For LongRun,no matter the result of his last race,
Pender Harbour will Retire a Winner.
Pender Harbour winning the 2015 Steady Growth Stakes at Woodbine  michael burns photo

Pender Harbour winning the
2015 Steady Growth Stakes at Woodbine
michael burns photo

Pender Harbour already has a retirement plan but with so many other less fortunate racehorses who need assistance transitioning, the owners of the soon to be retired Champion millionaire are celebrating his upcoming last race with a donation to LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society.

A fan favourite, Pender Harbour, will make the final start of his stellar career November 29 in the Valedictory Stakes-G3 on the final day of Woodbine’s 2015 thoroughbred racing season.

Owners Denny Andrews, Sandra Lazaruk, and Robert and Roberta Giffin will donate $15,000 to LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society to celebrate the end of a grand run at the races and the start of “Pender’s” new life and career.  This gift to LongRun will make an enormous difference to the lives of other retiring horses and may inspire other owners to follow suit!

Bred by Gardiner Farms Limited, Pender Harbour was purchased by Denny Andrews at the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s Toronto yearling sale for a mere $17,000.  Leading up to his final race, Pender Harbour has won 12 of his 39 lifetime starts and earned more than $1.8 million under trainer Mike DePaulo’s tutelage.  Ten of his wins have been in added money events and include the 2011 Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders’ Stakes earning him Champion 3-year-old honours that year.  His many stakes-placings include a second in last year’s Valedictory Stakes-G3, as well as a third place finish in the 2011 Queen’s Plate.

LongRun applauds this grand horse and his owners for this most generous gesture and will welcome news of Pender Harbour in his new life as a riding horse in Western Canada.

Toronto – While the industry outlook for the future is promising once again, the format of the 2015 Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society’s Canadian Premier Yearling Sale has altered due to past uncertainty that rocked the industry’s core a few short years ago.

CatalogieThe economic uncertainty for the Ontario breeding industry in 2012 and 2013, when breeders bred fewer mares, is evident in the amount of yearlings being offered at this year’s sale.  One catalogue featuring 299 yearlings are up for public auction on one day, Tuesday, September 8 beginning at 11:00 am EST.  Previously the number of yearlings being offered in Ontario afforded Selected and Preferred sales with close to 500 youngsters entering the ring throughout three separate sale days.

With the announcement to end the Slots at Racetracks Program in 2012, the number of mares bred dropped 36% (1357 mares bred in 2012 to 863 mares bred in 2014).  With close to one-third of the mare population not being bred in 2013, the CTHS of Ontario Board of Directors were tasked with making necessary changes to this year’s sale in an effort to maximize success and ensure a solid book of yearlings are being offered.

While the industry in Ontario is well on its way to recovery, one aspect of the CTHS of Ontario’s Canadian Premier Yearling Sale that has remained consistent is the opportunity for buyers to purchase talented runners out of this sale.  Past graduates of this sale include:  Canada’s 2014 Horse of the Year, LEXIE LOU: 2014 Champion Turf Male, DYNAMIC SKY; 2014 Champion 3-year-old, HEART TO HEART;  2015 Woodbine Oaks and G3 Canadian Derby winner, ACADEMIC; 2015 Grade 3 Singspiel Stakes winner, ALDOUS SNOW; 2015 Grade 3 Vigil Stakes winner, BLACK HORNET; 2015 Bison City Stakes winner BROOKLYNS WAY; 2015 Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes winner, FANTICOLA; and 2015 Grade 3 Hendrie Stakes winner, SKYLANDER GIRL.

In the past five years more than 275 of the Canadian Premier Yearling Sales graduates have career earnings of more than $250,000, a dozen of which earning between $1 to 2 million in their careers, and close to 20 graduates have been crowned Sovereign Award Champions. Plus with more than $17 million in annual bonuses available through the Province’s Thoroughbred Improvement Program (TIP), purchasing a yearling at the Canadian Premier Yearling Sale provides ample opportunity for success for buyers.

Another positive change at this year’s sale includes support for the horses at the end of their careers by finding homes or alternate careers for Thoroughbreds.  With the aftercare of sales graduates in mind, the Board of the CTHS of Ontario, made an important decision to match and allocate a portion of the funds from each horse sold to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), joining a growing list of North American sales companies who are doing the same.

Based in Lexington, KY, the TAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to serve as both an accrediting body for aftercare organizations that care for Thoroughbreds following their racing careers, and a fundraising body to support these approved organizations throughout North America.

The CTHS of Ontario joins Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland and OBS sales companies in supporting the TAA by contributing 50 cents per $1000 transaction from both consignors and buyers.  The sales companies additionally match the consignor and buyer contributions at their sales.

Funded initially by seed money from Breeders’ Cup, Ltd., The Jockey Club, and Keeneland Association, the TAA consists of and is supported by North American owners, trainers, breeders, racetracks, aftercare professionals and other industry groups.

To date 42 aftercare organizations supporting 130 accredited facilities across Canada (LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society in Ontario and New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society in British Columbia) and the United States have received grants from the TAA.  In 2014, more than 1400 racehorses were adopted or retrained at these facilities.

The industry in Ontario is once again looking toward a positive future and while the changes to this year’s Canadian Premier Yearling Sale are compensating for the past, the changes that have been made are definitely steps in the right direction.

~ 2015 Canadian Premier Yearling Sale

Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Auction begins at 11:00 am (EST)

Woodbine Sales Pavilion, Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

~ Horse inspections begin 9:00 am Saturday, Sept. 5 to Tuesday, Sept. 8.

~ To download the catalogue or for more information visit

~ For more information on the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliannce visit


.Jockey Patrick Husbands guides Danish Dynaformer to victory in the $500,000 dollar Breeder's Stakes,the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.Danish Dynaformer is owned by Charles Fipke of Kelowna B.C. and is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield.  michael burns photo

.Jockey Patrick Husbands guides Danish Dynaformer to victory in the $500,000 dollar Breeder’s Stakes,the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown.Danish Dynaformer is owned by Charles Fipke of Kelowna B.C. and is trained by Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield.
michael burns photo

WEG press release – TORONTO, August 16- Charles Fipke’s homebred Danish Dynaformer seized the lead in mid-stretch and drew off to a huge 7 ¾- length win in the 125th running of the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes, third jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, Sunday at Woodbine.

The son of Dynaformer competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown, finishing a close second in the Queen’s Plate to Shaman Ghost and sixth in the Prince of Wales to Breaking Lucky, but was clearly best in the 1 ½-mile turf Breeders’.

Jockey Patrick Husbands, who now has four Breeders’ Stakes wins tying him for the most in the Triple Crown era with Sandy Hawley and Robin Platts, guided the Dynaformer colt to trainer Roger Attfield’s record-extending ninth Breeders’ title.

Conquest Boogaloo was second, edging out Lucky Lindy and Ault, who were third and fourth, respectively.  The running time was 2:29.28 over the E.P. Taylor Turf Course.

Danish Dynaformer stalked early pacesetter Samuel Dechamplain for the first mile and a quarter of the Breeders’ through clips of :25.80, :52.20, 1:17.10 and 2:05.52. As the field turned for home, Husbands began nudging his mount as did Robby Albarado aboard Lucky Lindy. But soon after, it was all over as Danish Dynaformer emerged from the pack and extended his lead to the wire.

Attfield was proud of the now-four-time winner’s effort, especially after his fruitless run in the Prince of Wales.

“I was delighted with him.  He’s a really nice horse,” said Attfield. “This is what he wants to do. We made a big mistake going into the Prince of Wales but it didn’t bother him. He worked well all week. He just ran phenomenally.”

Husbands felt keeping Danish Dynaformer free of trouble was the key to the victory.  

“He broke sharp and I let him run away from there because I didn’t want to get boxed in,” Husbands said.  “He can be quite aggressive.

“I give all my respect to Roger. I breezed him on the dirt and he breezed so good I said to Roger, ‘How come he’s not going to the Prince of Wales? Roger said, ‘He’s not bred for the race.’ Unfortunately, we went in the race and it was no good.”

Alan Garcia, jockey of runner-up Conquest Boogaloo, acknowledged a rough ride on his three-year-old.

“It was rough in the first part but he came with a big run,” Garcia said. “It was unlucky we were a little too far back, we followed the wrong horses and we ended up going backwards. It was just a tough trip.”

Lucky Lindy appeared to be a threat at the head of the lane, but he too succumbed to the much-the-best winner, according to jockey Robby Albarado. 

“At the three-eighths pole I took a little run at the winner,” Albarado said. “He was the horse to beat and I made him work for a little while, but he showed his class and went on.”

Danish Dynaformer earned $300,000 for the win to push his career bankroll to over $608,938. He broke his maiden in February of this year on the turf at Gulfstream Park and romped in an allowance race over yielding turf at Keeneland.  He won the Plate Trial Stakes on June 14 on Woodbine Polytrack, setting the stage for his narrow loss to Shaman Ghost in the Queen’s Plate.

As the post time favourite, Danish Dynaformer paid 4.80, $3.10, and $2.20, combining with Conquest Boogaloo ($4.70, $3.30) for a $23.20 (5-3) exactor. A 5-3-2 (Lucky Lindy $2.70) triactor was worth $30.30 while the $1 superfecta  [5-3-2-1 (Ault)] paid $323.10.


Jockey Jim McAleney celebrates as the Reade Baker Trained, Breaking Lucky, owned by Gunpowder Farms LLC,  crosses the wire a neck ahead of Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost in the 80th running of the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack on July 28. Michael Burns Photo

Jockey Jim McAleney celebrates as the Reade Baker trained, Breaking Lucky, owned by Gunpowder Farms LLC, crosses the wire a neck ahead of Queen’s Plate winner Shaman Ghost in the 80th running of the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack on July 28.
Michael Burns Photo

The Reade Baker trained Breaking Lucky, owned by Gunpowder Farms LLC, ran down the field in the middle of the track at Fort Erie Race Track to win the 80th running of the Prince of Wales Stakes with Jockey Jim McAleney aboard.

Queen’s Plate winner Shaman Ghost was denied a bid for the Triple Crown finishing a hard fought neck behind in second with Field of Courage finishing third.

If you’re a thoroughbred racing enthusiast, you’d better check your local TV listings because this fall a great new program featuring “all things Thoroughbred” is coming to a flat screen near you…… here

Photo of Jockey Fuentes Wins National Prize For Single Mom

Patti Tubbs' Sovereign Award winning photo of Hastings Jockey Frank Fuentes

Patti Tubbs’ Sovereign Award winning photo of Hastings Jockey Frank Fuentes

 Vancouver, B.C. (April 15/14) – Red carpets, champagne receptions and $250-a-plate dinners have never been part of Patti Tubbs’ lifestyle.  She’s a 48-year-old single mother surviving on a monthly $900 disability pension who tries to make ends meet by delivering pizza at night and occasionally selling one of her racing-related photos at Hastings Racecourse.

Her story is one of tragedy, personal health issues and broken dreams. It is also one of unimaginable courage and perseverance, peaked by her 2013 Jockey Club of Canada Sovereign Award in the photography media category presented April 11 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

Her winning entry was a candid shot of muddy-faced veteran jockey Frank Fuentes heading back to the winner’s circle after a victory at Hastings Racecourse.

“I was absolutely shocked when I heard my name announced,” Patti says. “It’s something I never expected. The first call I took was from my dad from his home at 100 Mile House (South Cariboo region of central B.C.).  He’d been watching online.  I think we were both crying. I don’t remember.”

Her 20-year-old daughter Amanda had made the 3,000-mile trip from Vancouver to Toronto with Patti, only the second time the two had been on an airplane. “It wouldn’t have happened without so many of my friends at Hastings helping out with the funding,” Patti says.

One horse owner of note, who doesn’t want to be identified, donated the airfare for the Tubbs ladies while other contributions from Hastings horsemen helped cover hotel and food costs.

“I can’t wait to get home to share my Sovereign trophy with everyone,” Patti said from Toronto. “I’ve got so many people to thank.”

She didn’t know at the time that moves were in the works to designate a race in her name on opening day at Hastings Racecourse on Sunday, April 27. “We all want Patti to know how proud we are of her accomplishment,” says general manager Darren MacDonald. “Patti is the first photographer from Western Canada to win a Sovereign Award and the first female winner since 1985.”

Despite being born without a hip socket, Patti managed to work as a youngster in the barns at Hastings for her mother Maureen, a respected trainer in a small stable. Patti’s father Gerry and brother Chris were outriders.

It was in 1999 when things turned upside down in the Tubbs family. Maureen was driving her minivan to work from their farm in Aldergrove when a speeding car ran a red light at Cassiar and Hastings Streets, just minutes away from the racetrack. Maureen died at the scene.

“It was really a tough time,” Patti says. “I was struggling both emotionally and physically.  I’d had 37 surgeries, 34 of them on my legs.  I simply couldn’t continue doing physical work at the racetrack anymore but there was no way I was going to give up the life I loved,  being around horses and the people in the industry.   That’s when I came up with the idea of becoming a track photographer.

“I bought a camera, started snapping shots during morning workouts and eventually trainers, owners, jockeys, grooms and hot walkers began supporting me by purchasing them.”  Her 2013 Sovereign Award winning photo will obviously be in demand once the thoroughbred season at Hastings gets underway.

While Patti does night time deliveries for Pizza Hut in Abbotsford, Amanda is a server for rival Boston Pizza in Aldergrove. “We’re not complaining,” mom says.  “We’ve got each other and at this stage of my life, that’s all that really matters.”

The Sovereign Award, she might have added, is simply the ideal topping.