A colourful, entertaining and passionate weekly look at thoroughbred, standardbred and quarter horse racing in Ontario hosted by Peter Gross.
Down the Stretch for September 20, 2021
Has horse racing in Ontario ever looked better? It was a week full of huge Stakes races – The Pattison International and the Ricoh Mile at Woodbine, the Canadian Trotting Classic and the Elegant Image among a buffet of Stakes races at Mohawk and the $400,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie. Kevin Attard and Gary Boulanger talk about winning the second jewel of the Triple Crown with Haddassah. We have Kathy Cecchin, the trainer of North America Cup champion Desperate Man and Kathy’s daughter Nikki Davies talking about their amazing win. Included in this podcast is a wrap of the weekly card at Ajax Downs, an insane sequence that produced two dead heats within 25 minutes on Racing Night Live and two consecutive races at Monticello Raceway that only Trump’s base could love. All of this plus Elvis and Prince.
Down the Stretch for September 13, 2021
The favourites were upset in the $1Million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk and the back story of the winner is wonderful. This podcast has a monster package of Stakes races from Mohawk and a few more of the thoroughbreds from Woodbine. Fort Erie’s Frank Salive handicaps the Prince of Wales Stakes and irrepressible trainer, Darryl Ezra, explains why his wild longshot just might win. Chantal Sutherland makes this podcast again, thanks to her 3 wins last Thursday. We’ve got the weekly wrap-up from Ajax Downs, a chat with 87 year-old Bill Megens, who we think is the oldest person ever to win a harness race in Canada, and a special guest appearance by Supertramp.
Down the Stretch for September 6, 2021
This podcast features millions of dollars of Stakes races Friday and Saturday at Mohawk. We find out from trainer Phil Serpe why Queen’s Plate Champion Safe Conduct won’t run in the Prince of Wales. There’s a great conversation with jockey Isabelle Wenc. She’s beaten the odds just to be a professional rider and most of her winners beat the odds as well. Her agent Alan Raymond tells us about her ‘impeccable’ work out routines. Garnet Barnsdale was at Clinton Raceway on Sunday. He saw Trevor Henry win the Drivers’ Charity Challenge and he also saw driver Natasha Day make history. Ever hear of a jockey getting punished for not using his whip enough? It happened in Singapore. And at The Meadowlands Friday night, Super Heroes and Villains battled for supremacy.
Down the Stretch for August 30, 2021
There was a huge Sunday card at Woodbine – 4 Stakes races, all for horses that went through the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society sales. And this came the day after Mohawk presented 7 Stakes races. All these in this podcast. Host Peter Gross speaks with Mitchell Kursner, who didn’t really think he was breeding a Queen’s Plate horse when he took his mare, Duchess Dancer to Bodemeister. We also have trainer Julia Carey, who inherited Safe Conduct for the Plate weekend when the horse’s trainer couldn’t make it. It was Essential Quality winning the Travers Stakes Saratoga and have you ever seen a horse try to bite a rival in a race? It happened during the stretch run of a $600,000 Stakes race, also at Saratoga. And when we heard that Tony Dandeo, an 86 year-old harness driver, won a race at Freehold, we got the race and his comments.
Down the Stretch for August 23, 2021
For the 1st time in 2 years, racing fans were allowed into Woodbine to watch the Queen’s Plate, all of them conducting themselves safely as they watched Safe Conduct and Irad Ortiz win the 162nd edition of the Plate. By a stroke of outrageous coincidence, Safe Conduct was actually the 2nd horse with that name to win a Stakes race last week. The other was a 2 year-old trotter at Mohawk. The Gold Cup and Saucer is the biggest harness race on Prince Edward Island and we treat you to the exhilarating Vance Cameron race call. This podcast is jammed with Stakes races from Woodbine, Mohawk and Ajax Downs and we probe the human side of versatile jockey, Ismael Mosqueira. And hang into to the end to hear the heroic act of a jockey who, in mid-race, abandoned any chance of winning to save another rider from certain disaster.
Down the Stretch for August 16, 2021
Canadian recording star Jim Cuddy headlines a star-studded cast in this podcast. Cuddy talks about performing at the Queen’s Plate and which of his songs may have horse racing themes. Mark Casse tells us about being inducted into the National Horse Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga and about a childhood experience that changed the arc of his life. We gave Woodbine’s Jason Portuondo a budget of three words per horse to evaluate the entire potential field for next Sunday’s Queen’s Plate. Jennifer Morrison reveals fast times at Ajax High, trainer Daryl Ezra explains how he claimed a horse that finished 10th and turned it into a runaway winner, and just for some shadenfreude, we’ve got what we consider to be the worst horse race ever!
Who better than a legendary, renowned, broadcaster and maybe a not so legendary gambler like Peter to take us into the world of horse racing in Ontario. Quite sure his insights will take all of us on a journey we are certain to enjoy into what goes on behind the scenes in this wonderful sport. P.S if you did a family tree of all the Attards who have been involved in thoroughbreds, it may take until e next podcast to finish it !!
It is obvious Peter has reviewed old VHS tapes of “The World of Horse Racing” when preparing for this podcast. Old format that plays as a commercial for Woodbine Entertainment. It is definitely a missed opportunity.