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O'Brien Winners Blossoming For Blais

February 26, 2021:

With two of his rising sophomores coming back from O'Brien Award-winning campaigns and a Hambletonian champion likewise poised to return, trainer Luc Blais has high hopes for his trotting stable in the upcoming 2021 season....read on

Rookies Give Blais Best Year Yet

January 27, 2021:

Not many people can head into this weekend's O’Brien Awards knowing they have an award secured, but trainer Luc Blais is in that rare position....read on

On A Streak Surges To Breeders Crown Win

October 30, 2020:

Canadian-connected On A Streak showed his win in the William Wellwood Memorial final was no fluke by capturing the $600,000 Breeders Crown for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Friday (October 30) at Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino....read on

Canadians Seek Breeders Crown Glory

October 29, 2020:

In 2017, the last year that Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino hosted the Breeders Crown, there were 13 Canadian trainers listed over the two-day event. With the travel restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that number has dropped to just four....read on

Forbidden Trade Done For 2020

September 23, 2020:

While trainer Luc Blais has a pair of chances for a million-dollar win on Saturday night, the horse that got him his first million-dollar win has been shut down for the year....read on

Blais Seeks Second Hambletonian

August 1, 2020:

One year after his Hambletonian triumph with Forbidden Trade, Ontario-based trainer Luc Blais is back at the Meadowlands in quest of a second trophy, although not with the horse he expected to be his main contender....read on

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


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