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Expect A Better Forbidden Trade

June 28, 2020:

On paper, a sixth-place finish to start the year for a returning superstar horse isn't ideal. But trainer Luc Blais is expecting a much improved Forbidden Trade for the second start of his four-year-old campaign on Monday (June 29)....read on

Forbidden Trade Poised For Return

May 12, 2020:

Topping a Hambletonian and Horse of the Year-winning campaign is a mighty task, but Forbidden Trade is determined to do just that when his four-year-old season gets off the ground....read on

More Reactions From O'Brien Winners

February 4, 2020:

The crew from COSA TV was on hand at the 2019 O'Brien Awards this past Saturday (February 1) and caught up with some of the winning connections after the event....read on

No 'Trading' This Horse Of The Year

February 2, 2020:

"Sometimes when you see the video [of a yearling] you're not sure but he caught my eye right away. He caught my eye in the video, and he caught my eye when I saw the horse."...read on

Blais Humbled By O’Brien Nom

January 21, 2020:

“What it really highlights is the team effort. The team got it done. And the horses. I’m privileged to have good horses. They’re the ones who get you there. I’m more proud of their nominations than mine.”...read on

2019 O'Briens Finalists Announced

December 18, 2019:

The ballots have been tabulated and on Wednesday, December 18, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2019 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season....read on

Blais Reflects On A Strong 2019

November 27, 2019:

“It’s been a good year. Things started a bit slowly, but it got better and the horses stayed healthy. The Hambletonian clearly was the thrill of the year, but every race won by horses you picked out at the sales, broke and developed gives you a special feeling. They’ve all got a story.”...read on

Lus Illusion A Determined Winner

September 11, 2019:

Lus Illusion ($7.60) may not have been able to catch second-over cover, but she lifted to victory in Wednesday's (Sept. 11) feature at Grand River Raceway, an $8,200 conditioned pace for fillies and mares....read on

Blais, McClure Reflect On Hambo Win

August 6, 2019:

Prior to Saturday (Aug. 3) afternoon, Luc Blais’ fondest memories of a Hambletonian were from a race 24 years earlier, when Tagliabue won America’s Trotting Classic at The Meadowlands. By Saturday evening, the events of the prior 24 hours would change that....read on

Canada's Hambletonian Hopeful

August 1, 2019:

“You need to be in the race to have a chance. He’s a good horse, he’s healthy and he’s followed the program. He’s faced those kinds of horses before and he’s been competitive...I have a good feeling (about Saturday).”...read on

‘Determination’ Pays Off In Full

February 17, 2019:

When the dust settled from the 2018 O’Brien Awards, trainer Luc Blais and the Determination stable walked away with a very respectable haul. Both of the outfit’s two O’Brien nominees, Emoticon Hanover and Forbidden Trade, emerged with the hardware from their respective divisions. Batting 1.000 never felt so good....read on

Is This Emoticon Hanover's Year?

January 15, 2019:

Is this, finally, Emoticon Hanover's year at the O'Brien Awards? Trainer Luc Blais certainly hopes so....read on

Emoticon Hanover Goes Back-To-Back

October 27, 2018:

It takes a special horse to race in the Breeders Crown, it takes an extra special horse to win a Breeders Crown. That makes a horse like Emoticon Hanover that not only wins but defends a Breeders Crown title almost heavenly....read on

Blais Duo Vs. Stacked Field Sunday

August 10, 2018:

Trainer Luc Blais heads to Sunday’s (Aug. 12) $141,000 Joie De Vie Stakes with the race’s defending champion plus another horse coming off a major win, but not a lot of attention. That’s how it is when a race includes the returning Horse of the Year among a bevy of award-winners to create the most decorated field of female trotters in recent memory, if not ever....read on

A 'Dream' Win For McClure & Blais

August 4, 2018:

Driver Bob McClure made a splash in his limited action on Hambletonian Day by blowing up the toteboard with 50-1 trotting mare Dream Together in the $154,800 Dr. John R. Steele Memorial for older trotting mares....read on


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