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Mayotte: On Classy Lane Barn Fire

Published: January 10, 2016 5:00 pm ET

Last Comment: January 11, 2016 11:54 am ET | 3 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

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

I lost some of my best friends on Monday night as did some of my fellow horse people. These friends cannot be replaced. The way they perished will never be erased from our minds. Only time can help distance it.

I am overwhelmed by the support, both within and outside the industry, above and below the border. I am very fortunate to have family and many friends in this industry to help me get through it. I hope I can personally thank them all.

Roger Mayotte

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January 11, 2016 - 11:54 amAs a former dog breeder I can


As a former dog breeder I can empathize with everyone involved here. They're not just your animals but your dear friends. When they die it is painful but losing them in this manner is beyond devastating. Lean on your human friends and be strong for them too. Condolences from a lifelong race fan.

January 10, 2016 - 10:14 pmI would like to add my name

I would like to add my name to the many that have sent their condolences to the trainers, owners and grooms. I started in this great sport around the same time as Roger and Ben and consider them both to be friends. It's a funny part of racing, you don't get to talk to people as much as you would like, but when something like this happens you suffer and truly feel their pain.
I know that both of these gentlemen will recover quickly professionally, I'm hoping that they will be able to recover emotionally soon as well.

Brett Goodall

January 10, 2016 - 7:00 pmMr Mayotte says it

Mr Mayotte says it best...many do not understand what the horses mean to us.
Having been through the devastation of losing one in the fire at the Goderich track cannot even begin to imagine the horror of this.
Thank you for putting it so eloquently. Kevin Campbell & Dianne Foster

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