As Ontario's horse racing industry collapses and animals are being euthanized or slaughtered, standardbred breeder Lori Ferguson is making babies for the sport. The woman who, with former husband Mike Wade, bred, trained, raced and owned an international trotting legend - million-dollar winner Billyjojimbob - is gambling the financially gutted business will rebound and require young horses.
"Am I wrong?" wonders the 48-year-old Ferguson, her pregnant mares Dream Inspired and Charlottetheharlot nibbling grain in their rambling paddock. They will give birth in the spring.
"I believe deep down there will be an industry and somebody's going to need horses."
Ferguson's optimism is a rare flicker of hope amid industry gloom.