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Down The Stretch Podcast
35 minutes | 4 days ago
Down the Stretch for May 3, 2021
A huge portion of this podcast is consumed by Canadian harness drivers winning races at U.S. tracks. In fact, this podcast has 19 harness race calls, unofficially a record for a podcast. Down The Stretch interviewed Louis-Philippe Roy then watched him win at Hoosier Park. Other Canadians taking down U,S. purses are Scott Zeron, James MacDonald, Mark MacDonald, Bob McClure and Trevor Henry. Chantal Sutherland makes this podcast again, thanks to a brilliant ride on an 8-1 shot at Gulfstream. Jockey John Velazquez had the kind of weekend all athletes dream about. He won the Kentucky Oaks on Friday with Malathaat, then delivered 12-1 shot, Medina Spirit to victory in the Kentucky Derby. Writer Robin Dawson has been around horses for several decades and he gifted us his first novel, Last Hurrah, which is a great read. Dawson tells us it’s about murder, money laundering, horses killed for insurance and crumbling racetracks. And we ‘sampled’ Mic’d Up to hear Jody Jamieson giving us the play-by-play while he wins with the outstanding Sintra.
35 minutes | 11 days ago
Down the Stretch for April 26, 2021
We cover a lot of ground in this episode. Jason Portuondo, Jennifer Morrison, Garnet Barnsdale, Jim McKenny and host Peter Gross give their Kentucky Derby selections. Several local harness drivers have taken their bikes to U.S. tracks and we document wins by Louis Philippe Roy, Doug McNair, Bob McClure, Scott Zeron and Mark MacDonald. Jody Jamieson talks about his decision to go to Tioga Downs. Shannon Henry explains why Trevor is off to Hoosier Park and she’s staying home with the two year-olds. Chantal Sutherland has won some more races at Gulfstream. Lee Drake tells us about the upcoming racing on Prince Edward Island and trainer Gary Contessa will whip up a lot of horse people. He says the new whip rules at Monmouth Park only make things more dangerous. This podcast also includes appearances by Nat King Cole, Devo and Merle Travis.
23 minutes | 18 days ago
Down the Stretch for April 19, 2021
With the province back in lockdown and horse racing in no man’s land, Mary Jane Sibbitt created a petition to let Doug Ford know how safe horse racing can be. The race stoppage was a huge impediment to Anthony MacDonald whose thestable.ca has 121 horses and nowhere in Ontario to race. They could not stop the Sovereign Awards and Mighty Heart could not be stopped in his quest for the Horse of the Year Trophy. Sam-Son Farm’s Danceforthecause was named the Outstanding Broodmare and two days later, one of her sons won a Grade III at Keeneland. Chantal Sutherland keeps winning races at Gulfstream, and we also have race calls from Yonkers, the Meadowlands, and just for fun, a race at Oaklawn that gave announcer Vic Stauffer fits.
30 minutes | 25 days ago
Down the Stretch for April 12, 2021
There’s a very satisfying female component to this week’s episode. Host Peter Gross talks with the irrepressible Chantal Sutherland whose epic career continues as she is winning races at Gulfstream. Another lady rider, Rachael Blackmore became the first female jockey to take down the prestigious Grand National, the gruelling 4 ¼ mile steeplechase at Aintree. Trainer Gail Cox sent out a winner at Gulfstream for Sam Son Farm and Aida Yahyapour is an award winning culinary expert who helps us pair great meals with great races. Also in this podcast – Woodbine’s CEO, Jim Lawson tells us how frustrating it is to run a horse racing operation when the government won’t allow live racing. Harness driver Jonathan Drury did a wonderful thing – he sought out one of his favourite horses, bought him out of a sale and sent him to the farm for a well-deserved retirement. Scott Zeron and Mark MacDonald continue to take down purses at the Meadowlands. And all the Kentucky Derby preps have been run; the two Stakes last Saturday produced long-shot winners.
24 minutes | a month ago
Down the Stretch for April 5, 2021
Another pandemic lockdown means racing in Ontario has been stopped again. Racing continues in the United States and this podcast has three Kentucky Derby Preps, including a mind-blowing upset in the Wood Memorial. Host Peter Gross talks with Zenia Wadhwani, the Director of Corporate Citizenship about the track’s support of students at nearby Humber College. Horse owner Dale Desruisseaux explains why he sold his pizza business to get a slice of the horse racing world. And no one took down as many handicapping tournaments and huge pick 6s like Tommy Massis, who now insists – he’s retiring as a professional horse player.
29 minutes | a month ago
Down the Stretch for March 29, 2021
A sad note in this podcast as the great jockey Todd Kabel has died. Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson discusses single sports betting and the odds of the thoroughbred opener going as scheduled on April 17. A win at Gulfstream for trainer Josie Carroll, 6 wins on one night for driver Sylvain Filion. We also have three Kentucky Derby Preps, a preview of racing at Fort Erie with Antonietta Culic, and 17 year-old Joshua Attard tells us how thrilled he is to have a Queen’s Plate eligible.
26 minutes | a month ago
Down the Stretch for March 22, 2021
More fun than you ever thought possible in a horse racing podcast. The Louisiana Derby was the first Kentucky Derby prep to offer 100 points to the winner and the favourite flopped. We present Buck Dancer, who deserves to be in the conversation when we argue who’s the best trotter in Canada. His trainer Carmen Auciello tells us about him. The fastest pacer in Canada so far this year is Sintra and he was one of 4 wins for driver Jody Jamieson Saturday night. More success in the Meadowlands for Scott Zeron and Mark MacDonald and you will wish you bet on them. Kyle Ruhl is the grandson of John Ferguson and while Kyle won’t duplicate the great forward’s hockey career, he’ll take his best shot as a standardbred owner and trainer. Brian Henderson was a mutuel clerk at Ontario racetracks for 50 years; we preview his book Win Place Show and tell you how to get a free copy. We also have a mind-blowing story of an English horse player who bet a 5-race accumulator and cashed £250,000 even though his final selection lost. And you will enjoy the race caller who didn’t like the move the jockey made, so he called him a “bloody idiot.”
23 minutes | 2 months ago
Down the Stretch for March 15, 2021
In this week’s podcast, Camilla Christoforou started her training career with a bang, winning with her first entry. Bob Baffert sent out his 13,595th horse and it won the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. Drivers James MacDonald and Doug McNair showed how unbreakable they are – both were thrown from their bikes on Thursday, both came back to win races on the weekend. Jockey Ademar Santos won a race for Colebrook Farms at Tampa Bay and why horse owner Johnny Taboada uses the word autism every time he names a yearling.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
Down the Stretch for March 8, 2021
There was a huge upset in the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct as Ontario-bred Weyburn stunned at odds of 46-1. Canadian drivers Mark MacDonald and Rick Zeron picked up a lot of cash at the Meadowlands Friday night and we have a story about Cool Rock who found a way to the winners circle after losing 57 in a row. Lori Cirillo is just 17, but she owns several racehorses, both harness and thoroughbred and she tells us just how thrilling it is to be young and winning races. Woodbine’s Mark McKelvie reveals the 6 heavy hitters who have staked themselves to the next Mohawk Millions and veteran jockey Ademar Santos is looking forward to posting some big numbers this year at Woodbine.
27 minutes | 2 months ago
Down the Stretch for March 1, 2021
Garnet Barndale, now the Bo Derek of harness racing, defied the odds by picking all 10 winners on a card at Western Fair. Canadians Jim and Susan Hill sent out the winner of the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes at Gulfstream. Two heavy favourites won Kentucky Derby Preps in the States and when Gretzky The Great came 3rd at Turfway at even money, trainer Mark Casse was surprisingly pleased. Scott Zeron scored a double at the Meadowlands. Jockey Tony Phillips raps for us about Quarter Horse of the Year, Feisty Icon and trainer Angus Buntain talks about the expansion of Malta Manors thoroughbred stable.
25 minutes | 2 months ago
Down the Stretch for February 22, 2021
Pari-mutuel harness racing has recommenced in Ontario. Host Peter Gross drops in on Mohawk Park, Rideau Carleton and the Raceway at Western Fair. Woodbine CEO Jim Lawson has been fighting for single sports betting at racetracks and he tells us how that project is getting closer to reality. Greg Gangle and Shannon ‘Sugar‘ Doyle express how happy they are that racing is back in London. There was an upset in the $20 Million Saudi Cup and O’Brien Award winning writer Garnet Barnsdale made a dumb mistake – he punched the wrong horse on a pick-5 bet and it turned out to be the smartest dumb thing he ever did.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Down the Stretch for February 15, 2021
Harness racing resumes this week at Mohawk. Woodbine’s CEO Jim Lawson gives us the good news and he also talks about the battle to implement historical horse racing in Ontario. Mark McKelvie brings us up to speed on the second Mohawk Million. We talk with Michelle Gibson after she found out she’s the Sovereign Award winner as Groom of the year and the flamboyantly charismatic Will Wong tells us how excited he is to be nominated for Outstanding Photograph. This podcast looks back on great race calls by Marshall Cassidy who passed last week and what could possibly go wrong if you bet a horse called Whacudposblygowrng?
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Down the Stretch for February 8, 2021
Trainers Josie Carroll, Kevin Attard and Bob Tiller talk about their Sovereign Award nominations as does Nikki Alderson, up for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. Dr. Ian Moore had a great night at the O’Briens, so he provides an upbeat interview. The only horse racing in Canada took place in Prince Edward Island. Track manager Lee Drake explains how their harness racing was conducted safely. Scott Zeron is winning at the Meadowlands and we have two of his victories. Find out what happens when a jockey and her horse interfere in a race and it’s her brother who gets clobbered, and if there was a horse named Punxsutawney Phil running on Groundhog Day, don’t you think it makes sense to bet him?
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Down the Stretch for February 1, 2021
This podcast has all the results from the O’Brien Awards with special props to Garnet Barnsdale, winner in the Written Work Category and Dr. Ian Moore, owner-trainer of horses that prevailed in 4 categories, including Horse of the Year. Jason Portuondo co-hosted with Ken Middleton and Portuondo is also half the equation (with Chad Rozema) of the new Horse Racin’ Around the World on HPI. We have coverage of the Eclipse Awards in which the best horses in the U.S. got their silverware. Ontario Racing’s Jonathan Zammit reveals how harness horsemen can get compensation as their horses sit idle. This podcast has stretch calls of the Holy Bull and Robert B Lewis Stakes, precursors to the Kentucky Derby. Jennifer Morrison tells us that she’s going to write the book on Mighty Heart, the one-eyed colt who won the Queen’s Plate and the Prince of Wales last year. And have a listen to what ensues when a developmentally arrested host presses the Winbak Farms manager to explain how harness stallions provide for their mares when denied the actual physical embrace,
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Down the Stretch for January 25, 2021
Trouble on the high seas for the Down The Stretch Podcast. Are we going to be sued by famous race caller Dave Johnson who has trademarked his iconic phrase And Down The Stretch They Come? Peter’s toe-to-toe with Johnson’s lawyer, Andrew Mollica is epic! So was Knicks Go in the $3 million Pegasus at Gulfstream. We have wins by horses with Canadian connections in Florida and at the Meadowlands, and Marvin Katz, talks about the thrill he got when his Tall Dark Stranger won the Dan Patch Award as Horse of the Year. On January 31, the Canadian O’Brien Awards will be given out and our host, Peter Gross talks with Jim Marino, whose Major Custard went 15 for 16 in 2020, but because he did all his work out west, he’s the underdog against Tattoo Artist in the Three Year-Old Colt category.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Down the Stretch for January 18, 2021
This podcast has 5 storylines. Danny Vella explains why lasix is not a bad thing. Ray Paulick tells us about the Ray Paulick Report and why the Ontario government made a mistake with the horse racing file. Harness horse owner, Mike Tanev has a unique point of view on the stoppage of racing. We meet Ferrin Peterson who is both a jockey and a veterinarian. The groom is the foundation of the entire industry and two of them – Tanya Mitchell and Brady Jackson tell us what it feels like to be nominated for an O’Brien. And we also have the very weird story of a horse with a nasty name.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Down the Stretch for January 11, 2021
In the first podcast of 2021, Peter Gross has a wide-ranging series of stories. There’s Jon Stettin, whose podcast is called After the Wire and not only does he comment on some of the best racing stories of 2020, he tells Down The Stretch how he hit a Pick-6 that paid over half a million dollars. Thanks to Joe Tilley Sports, we have clips from Eurico Rosa da Silva and writer Bruce McDougall; the latter talking about Riding For Freedom, the wonderful book he wrote with da Silva, who walks us through some of his greatest victories. Contributor Garnet Barnsdale is up for an O’Brien Award for a story he wrote and he handicaps his chances against Chris Lomon. We’ve got a head-scratching story about newlywed jockeys Katie Davis and Trevor McCarthy who decided to ride in New York for the winter only to find that there’s this ridiculous rule that if two jockeys who are married to each other are in the same race, their horse must be coupled in the betting. And last week at Turfway Park, jockey Akifumi Kato won a race. This got our attention because Kato is...69.
30 minutes | 5 months ago
Down the Stretch for December 21, 2020
Besides races from Mohawk, Woodbine, Churchill Downs, Mahoning Valley and Tampa Bay Downs, this Down The Stretch podcast has 5 fascinating features: 1) The Passing of the great Awesome Again 2) Horsewoman Heather Young re-united with a wonderful horse named Pieceoftherock after 8 years 3) Jody Jamieson gives harness driving tips 4) A chat with Eurico Rosa da Silva about his gut-wrenching book 5) ...and how do you cheer for your horse?
23 minutes | 5 months ago
Down the Stretch for December 14, 2020
This podcast presents a wide range of horse racing stories. There was a huge Pick-5 payoff at Mohawk as well as two legs of the Valedictory Series and two more of the Niagara series. Ever wonder what a track announcer does when he can’t see any of the horses? We’ve got a minimalist race call from the Meadowlands. Shannon Henry tells us how her husband Trevor and seven other thoughtful drivers will be donating all their winnings so that children can get gifts for Christmas. Get ready to sing along to songs with walking themes as we hear how Adriano Sorella lost 140 pounds in less than 8 months. Ever heard of a recall in a thoroughbred race? Neither have we...well until this week at a track in England. And if your ears can handle it, this Down The Stretch podcast gives you a twisted version of the 12 Days of Christmas.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
Down the Stretch for December 7, 2020
Did it take us 47 podcasts to discover the horse racing story of the year? Garnet Barnsdale tells us about Brandon Campbell who won two big Stakes races at Century Mile after breaking both wrists in a wild accident. Host Peter Gross wonders why jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson never gets serious consideration for the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada’s best female athlete and we hear from Wilson on this. Jody Jamieson scored a four-bagger at Mohawk Saturday night, but he probably wasn’t quite as excited as the guy at the Winners off-track theatre in Sydney, Nova Scotia who took down the entire Pick-5 pool Friday night. And as racetrack owners enjoy the fruits of slots at their properties, how does this jeopardize the live racing? Peter tells us about two tracks in the U.S. that are no longer on the betting landscape. This Down The Stretch Podcast is grateful for the contributions of the Rolling Stones and Simon and Garfunkel.
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