Mighty Heart at Fort Erie Racetrack photo by Michael Burns

Where did the inspirational Mighty Heart story start? In Hamilton

October 29, 2020 – / Photos by Michael Burns

It’s become a little too easy to say that the energetic one-eyed horse who hauled Canadian thoroughbred racing back into the spotlight came out of nowhere.

Mighty Heart came out of Hamilton. So watch your mouth, people.

The Queen’s Plate winner, who fell agonizingly short of capturing the first Canadian Triple Crown in 17 years, was born at Waterdown’s Curraghmore Farm on April 5, 2017 at 8:45 p.m. …

Vera Simpson and Mike Dubé at Curraghmore Farm photo

Welcoming the Next Generation at Curraghmore Farm

September 21, 2020 – Jennifer Morrison / Photos by Dave Landry

Vera Simpson and Mike Dubé have been ushering young racing talent into the world for almost four decades, including Queen’s Plate winner Mighty Heart.

Anew breeding season in Ontario is just around the corner, mare owners are planning matings and racing fillies are being retired from the track.

In Waterdown, ON, not far west from Woodbine racetrack, Vera Simpson and Mike Dubé are excited to usher in your Ontario mares and welcome little ones of 2021 at their Curraghmore Farm, one of the most successful destinations for Canadian breeders for almost 40 years. …

Woodbine crowd

Vera Simpson: “I wanted to do this for the community of horse lovers that we are”

September 17, 2018 – Chris Lomon / Photos by Dave Landry

For over 40 years, Vera Simpson has navigated through the ups and downs of Ontario horse racing with an unwavering optimism, cognizant of its challenges, but buoyed by its opportunities.

“I want to show people how much fun racing can be, how much fun you can really have by being a part of it,” started the woman whose education in horsemanship was initially developed through the British Horse Society Pony Club. “There’s nothing more exciting than seeing your horse cross that line first.” …

Thoroughbred Race Club: Exhilaration, Fellowship, Kindness

July 27, 2018 – Keith McCalmont

The excitement of horse racing has long since been an attraction for many owners and fans who seek to escape the ordinary and explore the enticing world of Thoroughbred Racing.

What many may not know is that the historic sport of Kings and Queens is surprisingly accessible to all.

The new Thoroughbred Race Club allows you to experience the action front and centre at Canada’s world-renowned Woodbine Racetrack and the Club’s annual subscription affords you the exhilaration of cheering on seven to ten racehorses, with no risk, while being guided through the many facets of the industry. …

an ALMOST THERE EXPERIENCE of race horse ownership

June 19, 2018 – Beverly Smith

It’s time. The shiny new Thoroughbred Race Club is reaching out to racing newbies to bring them to a world of horse racing they have never known. Or that time has forgotten.

The club aims to bring it all back: those vignettes of grace and quality, of winning on class (both horses and people), of sport over statistics and bottom lines. It’s meant to open a window onto a time when horse racing was fun and exciting. The club will show that it can be again. …