JENNIE REES – Thanks to all for the well-wishes, but I’m doing the same thing I’ve been doing the past year or two, working in publicity and communications on a consulting or part-time basis for core clients Kentucky and National HBPA, Kentucky Downs and Ellis Park (with some other jobs at certain times of the year, such as the NTRA’s National Horseplayers Championship, the Preakness and Oaklawn Park) and last winter adding another contract position as communications director for the… Read More »

  Hosted by Jim Lang & Larry Simpson, Ponies 24-7 covers horse racing from Woodbine and Mohawk Park and other Ontario tracks, and features coverage of the major races in the U.S. and around the world. From the latest news and developments to handicapping that weekend’s big Stakes races, Ponies 24-7 is a sure bet on 105.9 The Region, brought to you by Woodbine and Woodbine at Mohawk Park.

Down the Stretch for June 14, 2021 Down The Stretch Podcast   Harness racing and thoroughbred racing resumed in Ontario and we have highlights from the first cards. There’s a new slanted starting gate at Mohawk and Bill McClinchey, Woodbine’s Director of racing explains the change. We chat with veteran driver Jody Jamieson who hated it when the 10-horse started behind the 1, and trainer Carmen Auciello gives us 5 horses ready to win, but it’s the one he didn’t… Read More »

Down the Stretch for June 7, 2021 Down The Stretch Podcast Both standardbred and thoroughbred racing resume in Ontario over the next two weeks and Queen’s Plate winning jockey Daisuke Fukumoto finally has his license approved, thanks to the diligent work of his agent Pram Seebah. The 153rd running of the Belmont may have proved that Essential Quality is the best three year-old in North America. Medina Spirit’s second test came back positive and there was nothing positive for trainer… Read More »

Down the Stretch for May 31, 2021 Down The Stretch Podcast That was a monster, gutsy win at Churchill by Queen’s Plate Champion, Mighty Heart and it’s just one of many victories in the U.S. by Canadian horsepeople. We’ve got McNair, McClure, MacDonald, Zeron and Auciello attached to winning harness races. We have Chantal Sutherland producing a $21.40 winner at Gulfstream. Should Canadian horse racing have a lottery-type game attached? Comments on that from author Robin Dawson and Woodbine CEO… Read More »

Down the Stretch for May 24, 2021 Down The Stretch Podcast The Provincial Government has finally relented and allowed racing to resume. Woodbine’s new Chief Commercial Officer, Michael Copeland discusses that and other issues. Trevor Henry, Mark MacDonald, James MacDonald, Doug McNair and Scott Zeron continue to show our neighbours to the south how to drive standardbreds and we have an abundance of evidence. The podcast suffers when we don’t run Chantal Sutherland winning, so suffice it to say, we’re… Read More »

Kelsie Figgins Thanks, Veronica Gizuk • Feb 23, 2021 – Twenty-four-year-old Kelsie Figgins was born and raised in Charles Town, West Virginia. She has been around racing since a young age. Kelsie is the daughter of multiple graded stakes-winning trainer Ollie Figgins III. “Horses are my whole life, and I would not have it any other way,” said Figgins. Kelsie grew up in the show ring with her sisters riding the families’ numerous ottbs that they retrained to become… Read More »

Thanks to Victoria M. Howard check her out on Harness Racing Update Working alongside her husband, Andy, day in and day out is not a problem for trainer Julie Miller. In fact, she considers herself lucky and blessed to be doing what she loves — and get paid for it — with Andy who is not only her husband but her best friend. “I am very lucky to work alongside my husband. It all comes down to trust and respect… Read More »

ABOUT WINBAK FARM Winbak Farm specializes in breeding, raising and selling standardbreds. Founded in 1991 by Joe and JoAnn Thomson, the flagship farm is located on 2,000+ acres of lush Maryland farmland, with operations extending into Delaware, New York and Canada. The farm is the industry’s largest single family owned and operated breeding farm. Winbak Farm also stands Heston Blue Chip at Nandi Farms in Pennsylvania. Winbak stallions are outstandingly conformed, major stakes winning horses; and their foals are eligible… Read More »

Clive Cohen Since 1997 I have photographed and managed a staff of photographers dedicated capturing world-class standardbred and quarter horse racing in Southern Ontario. These images appear in newspapers, magazines and websites across North America, Europe, Australia & New Zealand. •Provide digital photography to Woodbine Entertainment Group for all standardbred racing. •Provide digital photography to QROOI/Ajax Downs for all quarter horse racing •Maintain an online database of photos for magazines and newspapers to access for editorial and advertising purposes. •Provide… Read More »