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Anthony MacDonald's Blog

 

One speech becomes two

March 2, 2016:


Last weekend I spoke at the annual USTA conference in Columbus, Ohio. I planned to speak about the benefits of fractional ownership, the hurdles it still faces and show how, if done right, it can be an immense tool for our industry across the board.

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Kathy Wade's Blog

 

Winning An O'Brien Award: Priceless!

February 18, 2016:


The 2015 O’Brien Awards are now in the books. We're a few days removed from the big event which some of us refer to as “The Academy Awards of Harness Racing”. If you were an award winner, you deserved to celebrate long past the time the “official” celebration of the O’Briens ended in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog

 

You're Letting Your Industry Down

February 12, 2016:


Not much surprises me about this industry anymore.
We have all come a long way since the slots program disappeared.

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Submitted Letters's Blog

 

Tripp: Helping achieve a positive outcome

February 9, 2016:


One month...four weeks...31 days since the lives of many changed and took a turn for the worse. No one knew what to expect, many did not know where they would go or what they would do. As the days went on and time progressed, the support seen from everyone was inspiring.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog

 

Woodbine information seminar

February 3, 2016:


Thestable.ca held its second information seminar this past weekend at Woodbine Racetrack in Etobicoke, and the turnout was great.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog

 

Bolstering investment with fractional ownership

January 27, 2016:


There are many problems with our industry as we all know.

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Submitted Letters's Blog

 

Mayotte: On Classy Lane Barn Fire

January 10, 2016:


Horse people are horse lovers. We care for and work with these beautiful animals seven days a week. They are always on our minds.

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Submitted Letters's Blog

 

Gallucci: January 4, 2016, 11 p.m.

January 7, 2016:


When I saw the smoke pouring out of very crack from the West end of Barn 1 at Classy Lane, I knew something horrific was occurring right before my very eyes. As I rushed to open the doors, thick black smoke filled the barn. I can’t even begin to describe the cries from the horses; having nothing you can do to save them, feeling so helpless, knowing their lives were over.

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Submitted Letters's Blog

 

Tripp: Harness Racing & Me

December 26, 2015:


Behind every harness racing equine athlete, there is a team of dedicated and hardworking people, to ensure that the horses perform to the best of their ability.

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Jack Darling's Blog

 

Despite Delays, Positive Efforts In Ontario

December 21, 2015:


It has been very frustrating for most of us waiting for the OLG to come up with a plan for their integration with horse racing. I remember back when Kathleen Wynne instructed the OLG to start this process, I was talking to an insider about this integration and telling him that I thought it was important for our industry that the OLG move quickly on it.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog

 

Is ignorance really bliss?

December 7, 2015:


For the last three years we have done pretty well considering the vast majority of horse people in Ontario have had no voice.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog

 

Corey MacPherson

December 3, 2015:


I'd like to take this opportunity to thank horsemen/women across North America for their generosity over the last month raising money for the MacPherson family.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog

 

Confidence Causing Economic Hurdles

October 22, 2015:


I read earlier this week that the OLG is looking for "input on a financial model" for our industry from OHRIA and participants.

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Anthony MacDonald's Blog

 

The man behind Mopey Corey

October 14, 2015:


People in this industry never cease to amaze me. I asked everyone in the drivers room if they would donate their 5 per cent on a race night to a young father and good friend who is in the midst of a run in with cancer.

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RUS Riders's Blog

 

The racing experience, from the best seat in the house

September 12, 2015:


It would seem, nowadays, you could arrive at any given racetrack in Ontario and have your pick of any seat in the house. From the dining room, the grandstands, to the tarmac, or bellied right up to the rail to watch the horses charging across the finish line, more often than not its apparent that having the best seat in the house doesn’t require lining up at the doors, or contending with crowds to wiggle your way to a front row seat. Apart from a handful of major summer race dates, this has become a modern day reality at the racetrack.

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