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The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association advises its members that the annual membership meeting will take place on Sunday, December 7 at 4PM.   This year's event will take place in Delvin's Banquet Room at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Racebook level. The 2014 MSOA Horse Awards will be announced at the meeting.   All members are strongly encouraged to attend.   The meeting will take place in advance of the 2014 Chinese Auction for Charity, which will take place in the Triple Crown banquet room area, also on the Racebook level of the casino. Doors will open for the auction at 5PM.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA  

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association recently hosted its 3rd annual Caretaker Appreciation Day, thanks to the generosity of several owners, trainers and drivers. The day began with a free lunch for all caretakers in the paddock lounge prior to the races, courtesy of the MSOA. An anonymous donor gave $1,250 that was divided up among the winning caretakers of each of the day's 15 races. A minimum "bonus" of $50 was given to each winning caretaker, with three races offering a larger amount of $200-$250. Additionally, other owners and trainers donated cash, blankets and/or gift cards to area businesses, which were given away via separate random drawings each race. The big winner on the afternoon was Mike Wallace, caretaker of I'm Feelin Good for trainer Ashley Hall. Wallace picked up the day's largest bonus, $250. The annual event is a way for owners, trainers and drivers to show their appreciation for the efforts made behind the scenes by the caretakers that work with their horses on a daily basis. by Jeff Zidek, for MSOA

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and The Meadows hosted the track's 6th annual Pink Out event benefitting breast cancer research on Saturday night, November 1. Featured on the card was an all-female race, captured by Terry Millhoan and Woodruff. Tabby Canarr finished second with Gambler Springs, while two-time defending champion Rachel Kaneoka was third, guiding Fortissimo. A later race was designated as the breast cancer research event, with the MSOA donating its commission from the race to Pittsburgh's Magee Women's hospital. Also featured on the final night card of the season was a special appearance by Morgan Grand National and World Championship winning Sophia Stillings. The 12-year-old granddaughter of Hall of Famer Dick Stillings led a post parade with her horse, Artful Image. The night also featured an emotional video message from Bethann Palone, wife of driver Dave Palone, for whom the Pink Out event had special meaning. To view Bethann's video, visit http://youtu.be/m_uWYT9WM-g. The next live card at The Meadows is on Monday (November 3). The track is now racing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 12:55. by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA  

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association and The Meadows Racing will host the track's 6th Annual Pink Out event tonight, Saturday, November 1. Post time for the special evening card will be 6:55.   Race #4 on the card will feature a 10-horse field and 10 female drivers. Two-time reigning Pink Out champion Rachel Kaneoka will defend her title from post 7 with Fortissimo, but is 20-1 on the morning line. The early favorite is Gambler Springs, who leaves from post 5 for Indiana's Tabby Canarr, who is making the trek to Pennsylvania for her first Pink Out race.   The seventh race on the card has been designated as the Breast Cancer Awareness event, and the MSOA will donate its commissions from all money wagered to breast cancer research.   The card also features four Late Closer Series finals, with purses topping $110,000 in total. The new series for 2-year-olds have been well received and supported by horsemen, and tonight's finals follow two series legs held during October.   Another special event on tap for the evening is a guest appearance by Sophia Stillings, granddaughter of Hall of Famer Dick Stillings. Sophia recently won multiple world titles in the Morgan Grand Nationals and World Championships. She and her horse, Artful Image, will join marshal Wendy Ross to lead a post parade during the evening card.   This will be the final night card of 2014 at The Meadows, with the remainder of the season racing at 12:55 afternoon posts.   by Jeff Zidek, for the MSOA

When it comes to horses, it's all about family bloodlines. Champions breed champions. The same can often be said when it comes to the people involved with horses. Dick Stillings is known throughout the world of harness racing as a Hall of Famer, thanks to decades of success as a driver and trainer. Recently, however, a new Stillings has been making a name for herself in another branch of the equine community. Sophia Stillings, 12, is the granddaughter of Dick Stillings, and has become quite a powerhouse at the Morgan Grand National and World Championships. This past weekend, the Spring Valley, Ohio native won her fourth consecutive World Championship in the Pleasure division, and her second straight world title in Equitation in competition held at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. Sophia, the daughter of Ricky and Kirsten Stillings, started riding at age five. "She has always been around horses," said Kirsten, a former mutuel teller at Scioto, of her daughter. "We took her to a horse camp one summer and she fell in love with it. She wanted to take lessons and committed herself to it." After leasing a horse for two years, the Stillings family knew it was time to make a purchase and bought Sophia her own horse, Artful Image. Better known as Rose, the mare has been with Sophia ever since. The pair has worked together at Cape Cod Equestrian Center in Spring Valley with trainers Reese and Erin Richey. This year, despite her success in the past, Sophia wasn't sure her streak would continue. "There were some others that came into the ring for the pleasure championship that were very nice horses," she said. "One was a four-time world champion in another division." She faced a similar challenge in equitation. "Equitation isn't my best suit, so it's something I had to work hard at and that was probably my biggest goal for the year." In the end, Sophia and Rose had won two more World Championships. Sophia, her parents, and her 7-year-old sister Ella did not make the trip alone this year, as they had backing from the most well-known member of the family, grandfather Dick. "It was pretty exciting," said Sophia. "I didn't expect him to come and it was a lot of fun to have him there." The harness racing Hall of Famer took a break from his racing schedule at The Meadows to make the trek to Oklahoma to support his granddaughter. "She's amazing," said Dick. "I went to a lot of her shows in Ohio, but this is the first time I went to Oklahoma to see her. It was great. I had tears in my eyes. When you do something like that achievement wise, for herself and the horse, you feel great for them." Dick Stillings was also grateful to get the opportunity to spend time with his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. "Her mom, Kirsten, is a big influence on her and so is Ricky, her dad. They have two daughters and whatever either wants to do, they try to help them do it. You couldn't find better parents. For me, I hadn't been anywhere in a while, and it was great to get to be there and be part of it." Dick Stillings has been part of many success stories in the world of harness racing, including two Breeders Crown wins (with Esquire Spur and Kentucky Spur) and a pair of Little Brown Jug victories (with Barberry Spur and Jaguar Spur). But this achievement by his granddaughter ranks right near the top of his list of equine memories. "All I can say is that it's one of those situations where you are happy for them and you're happy for yourself that you could be there to see it." by Jeff Zidek, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Decades ago, Meadow Lands Farm was known as one of the nation's leading breeding farms and the home of Adios. Perhaps more importantly, it was the homestead of Meadows founder and Harness Racing Hall of Famer Delvin Miller, where he lived with his wife Mary Lib, and was known to host famous celebrities at his barn parties.   Today, Meadow Lands Farm is owned by Joseph Salandra, a native of Washington, PA and a local business owner. Salandra has kept the spirit of the farm's harness racing past alive, and recently offered an inside view at what the home and farm look like today.   by Jeff Zidek, for The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Here is an interview with Bill Zendt about his colt, Cammikey, who races tonight in the Adios Pace eliminations.   Produced by Jeff Zidek for MSOA    

MATTAMERICAN RACES IN SATURDAY'S ADIOS PACE

Ever wonder how the "Buxton" martingale came into existence? Meadows-based trainer Brad Buxton tells the story in this brief video, produced by Jeff Zidek for Meadows Live.   From Jeff Zidek, for the Meadows Live

April is Autism Awareness month, and on Friday night, April 25, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will host a special evening of racing to help benefit a local organization.   The event was coordinated by MSOA Director Brad Buxton, MSOA Public Relations Director Heather Wilder, and horse owner John Olshefski.   Olshefski is the driving force behind the Liv With Autism Foundation, and the Liv With Autism Stable, named for his daughter, Olivia, who is autistic.   "I got into the horse racing business about five years ago," says Olshefski. "My family and I decided we were going to start the Liv With Autism Foundation, and also start the Liv With Autism Stable. There have been many studies done that show there is therapeutic help for children with autism from horses. We were excited to combine the two ideas and get into the business." Olshefski, who has horses racing at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs, The Meadowlands and The Meadows, donates a percentage of all of his horses' earnings to the foundation.   On Friday night, the MSOA will donate its commission from the eighth race on the card to autism awareness. Olshefski wanted the donation to stay local in the Western Pennsylvania area, so the race will benefit Autism Atlas, an organization based in Pittsburgh.   The evening could provide an even bigger benefit to autism awareness, as one of the Liv With Autism Stable's horses, Chekov, will be competing in the 15th race of the night.   Post time for the first race of the Friday card is 6:55PM. by Jeff Zidek, for MSOA  

The freshman pacer White Bliss may have garnered all of the attention last fall due to his pure white appearance, but at The Meadows, an unusual trotter has picked up quite a following thanks to her "fancy" look.   Fancy Sierra Star is a rarity in her own right. She is a pinto Standardbred, getting her coloring from her second dam. A daughter of Sierra Kosmos out of a Lark's Crown mare, the second dam is listed as "breeding not proven" in the official United States Trotting Association log. Now a member of the Bill and Moira Fahy Stable, Fancy Sierra Star stepped in front of the camera at The Meadows this week in a video produced by Jeff Zidek.   To view the video, follow this link: http://youtu.be/j9MnO1TvtHM   For further information, contact Jeff Zidek, 724-228-3644.   From the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

On Friday night, February 28, the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association will host a special event to benefit the Washington Area Humane Society. The last time the groups worked together, it was the beginning of a journey that has taken a horse and a young girl to places no one could have imagined.   The MSOA will donate its commission from all money wagered on the designated race on Friday. The Meadows Racing will also donate its commission, doubling the benefit for the WAHS.   Racing fans are encouraged to join in by not only wagering on the race, but also by bringing an item from the WAHS "Wish List", which includes dry cat food, clay cat litter, Purina One dry and canned dog food, dog treats and more. Fans donating an item from the "Wish List" will receive a $2 betting voucher, courtesy of the MSOA and The Meadows.   For the full list, visit the MSOA's website, www.themsoa.com.   The MSOA and Meadows horsemen are quite familiar with the work of the Washington Area Humane Society. Five years ago, the groups got together when nearly two dozen horses were found in extremely poor health on a nearby farm.   Several local trainers stepped up and worked together with the Meadows race office and the WAHS to donate whatever items they could. Leslie Zendt, a trainer/driver, was one of several that took the extra step to help.   "Word got around the backstretch at The Meadows, and so I got in touch with the Humane Society," said Zendt. "The horses were having trouble getting to fresh water, so the first thing I did was buy some water troughs. The next day, more people got involved and a bunch of us went over to see firsthand. In my lifetime I never thought I would see anything like that." What Zendt saw were more than 20 horses, mostly Quarterhorses, all emaciated and very ill.   Zendt stepped up and began the process immediately to adopt a young horse that she thought was a gelding, but turned out to simply be an underdeveloped two-year-old colt. "We loaded him up and brought him back to my farm," says Zendt. "   After consulting with veterinarians Barry Betts and Larry Smith, Zendt started, giving the horse, which she discovered was a registered Quarterhorse, small amounts of feed and brushing him, trying to get him comfortable.   He eventually began to gain strength, but remained small in Stature due to his early malnutrition. After Dr. Betts gelded the colt free of charge, Zendt began looking for a home for the horse, now named "Junior."   "I'm busy enough with my racehorses, and didn't have use for another riding horse. Dave Palone and I threw the saddle on him one day and started breaking him. I talked to (husband) Bill's son Brian. He and his wife Dawn were looking for a riding horse that could eventually be used for their daughter, Lexi.   Dawn Zendt then picks up the story. "The horse was so young. We kept trying to work with him, but he was just so immature. Physically and mentally it took him a while to catch up. Dawn rode the horse during the summer of 2012, when Junior was five years old, but he just wasn't aggressive enough for barrel racing at her level. "He was just so laid back, and I realized he would be a great horse for our daughter, Lexi."   Lexi Zendt, at age 10 last summer, was coming back to barrel racing after an incident with her pony left her with a broken arm the previous year. "She needed to get her confidence back," said Dawn. "We started her with Junior this past September, and she quickly realized that the horse will take care of her. He has helped her to gain so much confidence. He is just so trustworthy and eager to please. He will only go as fast as Lexi wants him to go."   Together, Lexi Zendt and Junior are learning together, and succeeding. "They are already top-five in the youth class in the West Virginia region of the International Barrel Racing Association," said Dawn. "Lexi is in love with him."   The entire Zendt family had a hand in bringing Junior from a very difficult beginning to where he is today. Their story shows how horsemen at The Meadows have made a difference while working with the Washington Area Humane Society, and they are happy to see that the partnership will continue with this Friday's event. "I think that a lot of people are quick to think that horses like that are too much trouble," said Dawn Zendt. "But that's not the case. They can turn out to be the most caring, forgiving animals. I was happy that The Meadows' horsemen stepped up last time. None of the horses were Standardbreds, yet our community did what we could to help. Lexi's story is just one of many from what took place five years ago. We're happy to see the two groups work together again."   Post time for the Friday, February 28 card is 6:55PM, as The Meadows races in the evening on the final Friday of every month, through April.   by Jeff Zidek, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

If you didn't know Mike Jeannot, I'm sorry you missed the opportunity. Mike served in various leadership capacities at The Meadows for over two decades until ovetaken by the one foe no one in racing, or in life, can withstand in the stretch -- death -- when he succumbed to cancer last week at age 61, a very young, vibrant, and humorous 61. The horseshoe of trainers and drivers in their colors, often with a led horse ahead of an empty sulky parading in front, along with family and other friends, forming in front of the grandstand in tribute to a departed member of the extended racing family, is, for me after 35 years working in the business, still one of the most moving sights in all of racing -- and believe me, I've seen far too many of them. But The Meadows, headed by the matchless Roger Huston, video wizard Jeff Zidek and coworkers, and track chaplain Pastor Joe DiDonato, may have put together one of the most moving of such ceremonies -- and certainly a world-class video -- when they honored Mike, his memory, and his legacy before their card on Friday. I'm supposed to be a writer, and I have many memories -- every one of them positive -- of Mike, but for once I will agree that "a picture is worth a thousand words." The entire 10-minute ceremony is attached with this story, and nothing I could say could capture the man and the moment as this video of the ceremony does. Mike, I'm glad I can do one last thing for you -- to "introduce" you, through the link to this video, to many people who otherwise may not have known what a very good racetrack manager, and even better human being, you were, and always will be to those you touched. Pastor Joe got it right: "Mike modeled behavior he wanted to see in others." When I cash in, if I could have something 1/10 as complimentary said about me, I'd considered my life well worthwhile. Mike Jeannot's life was extraordinary.   by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com  

This Monday (September 23), the worlds of harness and thoroughbred racing will cross paths at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino. Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, one of thoroughbred racing’s most well known jockeys, will team with DW’s NY Yank, one of harness racing’s fastest trotters, in an attempt to set a North American record for trotting under saddle. Sutherland, who has won more than 900 races and $47 million in her storied career. DW’s NY Yank has won 11 races this season and banked around $200,000 lifetime. But while both bring impressive resumes to the track, there is one “catch.” Sutherland has never raced the clock atop a trotter, and DW’s NY Yank has never time trialed under saddle. Trainer Ron Burke has been prepping the four-year-old trotter for Monday’s event. “He won his last start at Pocono Downs in 1:52 (on September 7) and since then he has just been training under saddle,” says Burke. “Allie Conte, my assistant trainer’s girlfriend, has been riding him and getting him ready.” Burke reports that the horse has been training well. “He has been very good so far, no problems at all. He will train again this Friday (September 20). The plan will be to go a mile in 2:20, but with a fast last quarter, around 28 seconds.” On Monday, Sutherland-Kruse will handle the final preparations. “Chantal will warm the horse up on Monday and get familiar with him. She needs to get comfortable with his gait and make sure that when the time trial starts, that we get to the half fast enough.” The current record on a 5/8 mile track under saddle is 1:59.1. “I’m confident he can set the record,” says Burke. “He will be ready for Monday.” The under saddle event is sponsored by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association. Post time for Monday's card at The Meadows is 12:55PM. by Jeff Zidek for MSOA  

When Chantal Sutherland-Kruse comes to The Meadows on September 23, her attempt to break the North American under saddle record for trotters will last less than two minutes. However, the event, sponsored by the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, has truly been a lifetime in the making. While the actress and model is best known for her achievements as a thoroughbred jockey, her early years were spent on a small farm in Ontario, and Standardbreds played a major role in her life. Hugh Sutherland, Chantal’s father, is a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, but his career as an entrepreneur eventually landed him in the Toronto, Ontario area, where he raised his family on a small farm. Chantal, one of three children, took an early interest in horses, and like many kids, wanted a pony. According to Hugh, “I bought a pony and my older daughter, Dominique, rode it. Chantal did the harnessing, the leading, the tack, and as they got a little older, we bought a ‘real’ pony I guess you would call it, just under the horse level. We went to a lot of horse shows and won every one of them. We won the Royal Winter Fair which is a huge thing in Toronto. “Then my older daughter, who was the better rider at the time, was asked to be on the Junior Canadian Team. But I’d have to buy a horse I said, and they were talking substantial money.” Hugh decided to take a slightly less expensive route, purchasing a two-year-old thoroughbred, but it wasn’t what the girls had in mind. “They said ‘no, it’s got to be about 10 years old!’ so we sent him to the track and he raced for a couple of years.” The Sutherlands eventually brought the horse home and he became a Three-Day Event competitor. As the family interest in horses progressed, Hugh eventually found his way into the Standardbred business, and met Ohio-based trainer Garry Martin. “I was racing in the North America Cup with a horse named Set The Trap,” recalled Martin. “He didn’t race well in the elimination but still qualified for the final. I had a local vet check him over that week, and the vet happened to be neighbors with Hugh, so he introduced us. Hugh had a few horses at the time and started sending them to me to race at The Meadows.” Sutherland said, “I bought some cheap horses, $2500 claimers. I’d send some to Garry, then I’d buy one and train it on the farm myself with the kids, and we went to the tracks up here.” It was then that Chantal gained valuable experience with Standardbreds. “She was small, so it was all she could do to get the horses checked up,” said Hugh. “Then we would throw her on the back of the bike and go. She liked that. She didn’t want to do all of the other work, but she enjoyed jogging.” While the better horses would end up at The Meadows with Martin, the Sutherlands raced around the smaller tracks in Ontario with the lesser stock. “I don’t think we raced for 600 bucks,” said Hugh, “but it was a ball.” Since he had room at his farm, Sutherland decided to branch out, and bought a Standardbred broodmare named Sure Schatzie. It turned out to be his best decision in the sport. “We bought her right after a race at Batavia Downs, brought her right home, and bred her to Cam Fella.” Her first foal, Sure Cam, brought Chantal and Dominique back to Martin’s door. “Chantal and her sister dropped off Sure Cam,” said Martin. “I said to them that the horse looked like a little doe. I had to call their dad and say ‘Hugh, what is this thing.’ ” But the little family horse turned out to be something special. “He never got very big, only wore a 52” hopple, but he chased Life Sign and some others around the track and the family did well with him,” noted Martin. Sure Cam took a mark of 1:53f and earned more than $300,000. Hugh, who still owns four Standardbreds, continued his success in harness racing with other foals of Sure Schatzie, including Sure Mac (1:50.4, $435,270), Sure Vivor (1:53.2s, $164,867) and Sure Fold (1:53.4, $162.419). Chantal’s career, however, took a different turn. She went to York University in Toronto after being recruited there from Canada’s Junior field hockey team. Upon graduating, she surprised everyone with an announcement. “I remember sitting in her father’s living room when she came in and told him she was going to be a jockey,” said Martin. Hugh Sutherland picked up the story. “I said, ‘you’re not going to the track.’ Well, she went, and she won the apprentice award the next two years at Woodbine. From there, she’s dragged me all over the world, to Dubai, to Santa Anita, to the Kentucky Derby to Breeders Cups.” But while Chantal Sutherland-Kruse has become a star in thoroughbred racing, she hasn’t forgotten her background with Standardbreds. On September 23, she will attempt to set a new North American record for trotters under saddle on a 5/8 mile track. DW’s NY Yank, a winner in 1:52 at Pocono Downs on September 7 for trainer Ron Burke, will join her for the time trial. The goal is to beat 1:59.2. It will mark the first time in years that Chantal Sutherland-Kruse has ridden a horse competitively that is not a thoroughbred…but it’s not a first, according to her father. “Years ago we had a pacer in to qualify at Orangeville. I think I blew a tire so I told her just to go out there and ride him. She did, but the judges didn’t know what to do with it. They had never had that happen before. So they made me requalify the horse.” Given that harness racing under saddle experience – not to mention her thoroughbred work – Hugh Sutherland is quite confident his daughter will make the record happen. “I know one thing, if this horse can trot, she will get the most out of him.” “She’s an athlete,” added Martin. “She’s very, very smart and very athletic. I think this event is great for both sports.” Both Hugh Sutherland and Martin plan to be there for the record attempt, and both men have advice for Sutherland-Kruse. “I hope she warms the horse up herself before the mile,” said her father. “She needs to know what his gait is like.” Added Martin lightheartedly, “She’s used to thoroughbred racing on a mile track. I think I’ll have to remind her it’s a 5/8 mile track. ‘Chantal, it’s THREE turns.’ ” Post time for The Meadows’ card on Monday, September 23 is 12:55PM. by Jeff Zidek for MSOA Chantal Sutherland-Kruse - Biography Birthdate: February 23, 1976 Birthplace: Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada Residence: Sierra Madre, Calif., and Toronto, Canada Family: Married to Dan Kruse. Web site: www.jockeychantalsutherland.com Career Stats (through Sept. 10, 2013) Mounts 1 - 2 - 3 Earnings 7,366 931 - 932 - 989 $47,321,674 Career Highlights Sutherland-Kruse returned from a brief retirement of less than nine months on June 8, 2013 at Del Mar in California. At age 36, she announced that retirement on Oct. 21, 2012 after riding two races at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada. Schooled with riders and trainers in the U.S. before accepting her first mount at Woodbine in 2000. Won her first career race on Oct. 9, 2000 at Woodbine on Silver Bounty, who paid $54.50 to win. Recorded her first stakes victory on July 28, 2002 at Woodbine when Biddy's Lad took the Bull Page Stakes. Won her first graded stakes riding for Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens on Smokume in Belmont Park's Grade II Tom Fool Handicap on July 15, 2005. For a decade, she rode regularly at Woodbine with occasional visits to the U.S. to ride major stakes races and partial meets at Santa Anita and stakes at Saratoga. At Woodbine, she was finished second twice (2008, 2009) and third (2010) in the jockey standings and won five races on a single card on Aug. 9, 2008. A two-time winner (2001, 2002) Sovereign Award winner as Canada's leading apprentice jockey. She had 44 wins for $1.7 million in earnings 2001 and 124 victories with earnings of $5.7 million in 2002. Rode 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird to three stakes victories at Woodbine (Silver Deputy, Swynford, and Grey Stakes) and in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita as a two-year-old before he won the Run for the Roses with jockey Calvin Borel the following year. That was her first of four career mounts in the Breeders' Cup. In 2011, moved her tack to Southern California on a full-time basis after "commuting" between there and Canada from 2007 - 2010. Became first female jockey ever to win the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in 2011 and Grade 1Hollywood Gold Cup in 2012, both aboard Game On Dude. Also became the female rider ever to compete in the world's richest horse race, the Dubai World Cup in 2012 with Game On Dude. Was narrowly beaten (by Drosselmeyer) aboard Game on Dude to finish second in the 2011 Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. Had her best year in 2010 when she finished 13th among all North American jockeys with 152 wins from 1,050 mounts and $8,778,038 in earnings. Personal Although Chantal was born on the Canadian Prairie, she grew up on a farm outside of Toronto where her father, Hugh, who owned a Canadian automobile accessories store, trained Standardbreds. Began riding at the age of five and soon started showing horses and taking part in dressage and jumping competitions. Graduated from Toronto's York University where she majored in both psychology and mass communications. Played field hockey in college and competed for Canada's junior World Cup team. Named to People Magazine's "100 Most Beautiful People" list in 2006 alongside such celebrities as Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman, she has also appeared in Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair and Vogue magazines. Appeared in the Animal Planet TV series "Jockeys" and the HBO show "Luck."

The Meadows Standardbred Owners' Association gave one family's summer a new twist, when they became honorary harness racing owners for the week of a horse in the Tim Twaddle Stable.

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