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GUELPH, ON -- The 64 yearlings at TheStable.ca will receive a world-class race call months before they even make their first harness racing pari-mutuel start. Hall Of Fame race announcer Roger Huston is the special guest of TheStable.ca's Christmas Open House on December 15. The Voice will join the commentary team for the livestream broadcast of the event which features yearlings from the fractional ownership stable training in sets. The broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m. EST. Viewers can watch and chat online at www.thestable.ca. Huston, 77, recently resigned his position as the announcer and TV host at The Meadows Racetrack where he was the voice of racing since 1976. Prior to joining The Meadows team, he worked at Ohio fairs, Lebanon Raceway, the Red Mile, Pompano Park, and the Delaware, Ohio, County Fair, where he began calling the Little Brown Jug in 1968. He has called more than 188,000 races covering 145 tracks in 20 states and eight countries. He is now working as Brand Ambassador for the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association and will continue to work some county fairs in Ohio, The Vincent Delaney Memorial in Dublin, Ireland and The Little Brown Jug. "I'm looking forward to announcing for TheStable.ca at Tomiko Training Centre, as this will be my 146th venue to call races," said Huston. "Trips to Canada give me the opportunity to meet some of the greatest fans of our sport." Earlier this year, Huston released The Voice: The Unparalleled Life Of Roger Huston. Written by Victoria M. Howard, the book contains colourful stories of Huston's 60-year career as a race announcer and includes 80 original photos of harness racing's champion horses and top drivers, revisiting every Little Brown Jug and Adios. Huston will take two breaks from announcing the yearling sets on the livestream broadcast to greet fans and sign books from 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale (cash only) at the Open House for $40 CDN (hard cover) and $25 CDN (soft cover). The Open House at Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) is free to attend and all ages are welcome. Guests are invited to drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Those who RSVP online are eligible to enter to win prizes, including copies of Huston's book, and a 1% share of their favourite horse with free bills for one year (conditions apply). During each Christmas Open House, TheStable.ca raises money for a local charity; this year the company is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Guelph Food Bank. Supporters can also donate funds online directly to the food bank. The Open House will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of the horses in training. Visitors can explore the barns and meet TheStable.ca's 138 horses on their own or register for a guided tour. A catalogue will be emailed to all RSVP guests and made available on The Stable.ca website on December 13, detailing all horses for which fractions are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Onsite purchasing will be available for shares of horses and payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. Hot and cold drinks will be available and lunch is also available to purchase from Hotdiggitydog. Santa will arrive via a trotter-drawn race bike at 11:30 a.m. for a free 90-minute photo session with youngsters. by Kelly Spencer, for TheStable.ca

GUELPH, ON -- Horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable is hosting its annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 15. TheStable.ca welcomes clients and newcomers of all ages to Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) to drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Those who RSVP online will be eligible to enter a draw to win a 1% share of their favourite horse with free bills for one year (conditions apply). During the Open House, guests are invited to meet the horses of TheStable.ca and chat with founders Anthony and Amy MacDonald, their staff, clients, and industry professionals. During each Christmas Open House, TheStable.ca raises money for a local charity; this year the company is collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Guelph Food Bank. Supporters can also donate funds online directly to the food bank. The Open House will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of the horses in training. Visitors can also explore the barns on their own or register for a guided tour (spots are limited). The Open House broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m. EST when the yearlings will train in sets on the racetrack. TV commentators preview the horses' pedigrees. The broadcast will include live commentary, interviews and video features and will be live streamed at TheStable.ca. A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca website on December 13, detailing all horses for which fractions are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Onsite purchasing will be available for horses and merchandise. Payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. Hot and cold drinks will be sold and lunch is also available to purchase. by Kelly Spencer, for TheStable.ca

The following is an Open Letter from TheStable.ca concerning Flamboro Downs' recent announcement re: age restrictions Many life changing decisions have been made for all of us since the end of the Slots At Racetracks Program in Ontario. Depending on your position in racing, these decisions could be seen as negative, or positive. I want to believe these were at least meant for the betterment of racing. I suppose this makes me an optimist. Or naive. We know that in order for us to succeed together in the future, we need to attract new clients, expand our borders, and branch out to the general public in a campaign to show everyday people the unmatched affordable entertainment found within our industry. As we increase participation in the Ontario harness racing industry, we begin to see that growth represented in our overall wagering handle. This will not happen overnight, and the stance of thestable.ca on this is simple: by bolstering participation through affordable ownership, we grow on-track attendance and on-track revenue. As far as wagering is concerned, look at the money wagered on horses racing under our banner, and it isn't hard to see that this formula is a very workable model. One fractional ownership stable alone cannot change racing, but Rome wasn't built in a day. Many of our 700 clients and the majority of those who are new to the racing industry want to experience racing in-person, on-track. They attend the track when their horse(s) race. Many of them include their families in the racing experience and this is good for racing across the board. It fits perfectly with the engagement model of thestable.ca and it accomplishes what the harness racing industry purports is important for sustainability: Industry research studies deliver the same message time and time again: early exposure to harness racing and Standardbred horse racing is critical in cultivating new generations of horse racing fans and participants. You can only imagine my surprise when I read the press release last week about Flamboro's new on-site "age restrictions". I must say, I couldn't have been more disappointed. How are we to reach the next generations if they aren't welcome at the racetrack? This is straight out of the '70s and does not meet any reasonable standards in racing in 2019. The idea that your children are welcome on the tarmac, but not indoors is absurd. The bathroom is on the opposite side of the facility and your children must walk around the grandstand, past the smoking areas to access any restroom. Whom in racing is watching out for our future? Our needs? Our brand? Our legacy? We can't possibly expect a gaming company to worry about horse racing, so who ensures they do? I have spoken with Flamboro Downs management and I hope they reconsider their decision. We are in business together and I hope our best interests, at some point, intertwine and we can begin to actually operate as partners rather than forced bunkmates. Until then, we need to make our position heard clearly and ensure it is completely understood. Horse racing needs to be enabled to attract a wide swath of mainstream society. The ability for families to come out to the track is vital moving forward. One could see this decision by Flamboro as a simple oversight and one that could be corrected quite easily. Or, it could be a quiet statement of defiance signaling the lack of any interest in supporting racing's future at their facility. Let's hope Flamboro decides that the original statement was a bit premature and short-sighted, and they are indeed truly committed to racing. To be abundantly clear, the decision to close the grandstand building to all children under the age of 19 runs contrary to the current and future best interests of harness racing. And it certainly does not reflect the philosophy of thestable.ca. It undermines our efforts and the harness racing experience we provide for our clients. We operate the fastest-growing fractional ownership stable in North America and the largest harness racing stable in Canada. In 2020, we will have nearly 200 horses owned by more than 800 people. We cannot and will not support last week's announcement by Flamboro Downs in what we categorize as a sharp deviation from any positive horse racing partnership. We will not support racing in this form and NONE of our horses will race at Flamboro Downs if this decision about age restrictions at their facility is not revisited and rectified. We welcome all horsepeople to do the same. We cannot wait for the cavalry. If history is any indicator, they are not coming. This is an issue that Flamboro Downs and our racing stakeholders should be able to resolve together. A day will come when we work together to provide a better experience for all our clients. I want to believe that a resolution can be found and we can continue to build a better industry for all of us. From Anthony MacDonald, President, Co-founder for TheStable.ca

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca - horse racing's fastest growing fractional ownership operation and the largest harness racing stable in Canada - is exclusively offering PEI residents the opportunity to purchase a one-percent share of its Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer hopeful Brave World. Brave World is a career winner of $255,000, including $56,000 earned in 2019 while racing for trainer Richard Moreau. The five-year-old pacer has won 20 races (including five wins this year) and has finished in the top three in 41 of his 100 career starts. His most recent win was by a nose at Woodbine-Mohawk Park on July 13 in a new career best of 1:51. Brave World will race in one of the $12,500 trials on August 10 or 12 at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park. If he advances to the $20,000 Consolation, it will be raced on August 16. If he advances to the $60,000 final, it will be raced on August 17. Following his PEI starts, Brave World will return to the barn of Richard Moreau and race in Ontario, but owners will continue to be clients of TheStable.ca. There are 15 one-percent shares of Brave World available exclusively for PEI residents. Each share is priced at $654 CAD plus HST. Contestants must agree to pay this purchase price, plus monthly bills and incidentals, until such time they elect to sell their share. A full list of conditions can be found online in the entry form in the link below. Entries close at 1:00 p.m. ADT on July 31/19. Fifteen winners will be drawn and announced by 3:00 p.m. ADT on July 31/19. Winners must purchase their share and acquire licensing by Monday, August 5/19. *This contest is only available to residents of PEI. One entry per person. Must be 18+ to enter. To enter by July 31/19 at 3:00 p.m. ADT: www.thestable.ca/goldcup   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development  

GUELPH, ON -- Among its 680 clients, TheStable.ca has three esteemed NHL alumni: Eddie Olczyk who joined the fractional horse racing ownership stable earlier this year, and Rick Vaive and Doug Gilmour who joined in 2018. Gilmour doubled-down on his fractional ownership play after a three-length win by rookie pacing filly Capistrano in Ontario Sires Stakes action on July 9 at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. Phil Hudon piloted the Warrawee Needy daughter in her career debut in 1:54.2 for trainer Harry Poulton. Shortly thereafter, Gilmour added five one-percent shares of the filly to his roster. Capistrano will be shooting for her second consecutive win for the NHL Hall Of Famer and 11 fellow owners on Thursday (July 18) when she starts from the rail in the first Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division at Woodbine-Mohawk Park. "The essential happiness of being amongst the horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare and unique elements of grace, beauty, spirit and freedom," said Gilmour. While Gilmour will be in Sault Ste Marie, ON for a speaking engagement during Capistrano's second start, he'll be watching online and is looking forward to attending future starts in-person later this summer. "It's an opportunity to have a fun and action-packed evening and to be able to do that with our family and friends at the same time," he said. TheStable.ca is horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership outfit and the largest harness racing stable in Canada with clients across 11 countries currently sharing ownership in 100 horses. The award-winning operation is based in Guelph, ON and offers the opportunity for clients to own as little as one percent of a racehorse.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable has introduced a new Summer School program to provide supervised hands-on learning about Standardbred horses and harness racing. TheStable.ca Summer School program offers two course levels delivered in four pilot classes on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. starting July 28. All classes are conducted at TheStable.ca's base of operations, Tomiko Training Centre in Puslinch, ON. Each class is restricted to 10 students with two instructors. Attendees must be at least 10, and children under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. TheStable.ca Summer School 101: In-Barn Basics is a beginner session suited for people who want a basic understanding of racehorses and horse racing. All activities will be conducted in the barn. This course is offered July 28 and August 4. TheStable.ca Summer School 201: Barn & Track is an intermediate session for people with a basic understanding of racehorses and horse racing and a desire to learn and do more, including jogging one of the horses (in a double-seated jog cart, accompanied by a trainer). This course is available August 11 and August 18. All courses are $50 plus HST and an online booking fee. Complete details and registration: https://thestable.ca/summerschool     For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca or (519) 465-7908.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca is proud to participate in National Caretaker Appreciation Day #NCAD19 being celebrated at  harness racing racetracks and training centres throughout Canada from July 19 - 21. As the largest harness stable in Canada and the fastest-growing fractional ownership stable in horse racing, TheStable.ca employs 30 full-time caretakers at its base, Tomiko Training Centre, in Puslinch, ON. Now in its fourth year of operation, TheStable.ca has 670 clients across 11 countries who currently own fractions of 100 horses. TheStable.ca Caretaker GiveBack provides clients with the opportunity to contribute a donation to a gratuity pool. TheStable.ca Caretaker GiveBack is now open for donations and will close on July 19 at 11:59 p.m. All donations in the gratuity pool will be divided evenly among caretakers and riders during a Staff Lunch on July 20. TheStable.ca Caretaker GiveBack:     Video featuring caretakers at TheStable.ca: Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, added a harness racing training triple to its impressive start to the 2019 stakes season. Jason McGinnis conditions the Ohio freshmen and sophomores for TheStable.ca. On July 3, he sent four two-year-olds postward in four $40,000 divisions of the Ohio Sires Stakes at Northfield Park. Spend That Money wired the field to win her second race in as many outings in 1:58.3. James MacDonald drove the Uncle Peter filly. She was an $11,500 yearling purchase for TheStable.ca at the Ohio Select Sale and is currently owned by 24 clients of the fractional ownership operation. McGinnis missed a fourth win by less than a length in division three when 12-1 Alesund cut the mile and fought to hold on for the win but succumbed to Delovely Hall and finished second. The 1:57.3 mile in that division set a new North America season's record for a half-mile track, but TheStable.ca's Manofmanymissions daughter Globetrotting quickly matched the mark in division five. Anthony MacDonald drove the trotter to a one-length score, her second win in as many starts. She was a $21,000 yearling purchase for clients of TheStable.ca at the Ohio Select Sale and is currently owned by 18 clients. Compass Rose DC is owned by 15 clients of TheStable.ca and was a $16,000 yearling purchase. She won her first outing by nearly three lengths in 1:59.4 with James MacDonald. Earlier in the day, TheStable.ca won a division of the PA Stallion Series at The Meadows. Ill Play It Alone hung on to win by a nose with Anthony MacDonald for trainer Tim Twaddle in the $20,000 dash. The 1:54.4 score was the pacer's first win in two ties for 32 clients who own the Somebeachsomewhere gelding which was purchased for $14,000 as a yearling in Harrisburg. In the past week, TheStable.ca has campaigned 46 starters (including 33 freshmen) at 11 tracks throughout Canada and the U.S., recording nine wins and 24 top-three finishes while tying a world record and setting or equaling a trio of season's records for its 680 clients located in 11 countries wordwide.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, horse racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, added another world-record to its harness racing portfolio. Three-year-old trotting gelding Yes clocked an all-time best time of 1:53.1 over Northfield Park's half-miler on June 29 in the $25,000 final of the Gin Blossom Series. Ryan Stahl steered the Manofmanymissions son to a six-length finish over stablemate Westfiftysecond, driven by Anthony MacDonald. Jason McGinnis trains both sophomores for TheStable.ca. Yes is a winner of five wins from 16 career starts and $133,000. He was purchased by TheStable.ca from the Ohio Select Sale as a yearling for $16,000 and is currently owned by 23 of the fractional ownership stable's 650 clients. The 1:53.1 world record replaces the mark of 1:53.3 set by Dennis in the 2008 edition of the Old Oaken Bucket at the Delaware, Ohio Fair. Northmedo Mission matched it 10 years later over Northfield Park. Kelly Spencer

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership operation, will welcome special guest Daniel Dube to its Open House on May 12. Dube will join a collection of top drivers showcasing TheStable.ca's two-year-old hopefuls. The Quebec native celebrated his 9,000th win on March 17 at Yonkers Raceway. Having driven horses to more than $121,000,000 (CDN), Dube is one of the top 20 all-time money winning drivers in harness racing. Among the many standout horses he has steered are Horse Of The Year winners Gallo Blue Chip (2000) and Rock N Roll Heaven (2010). "I've known Anthony for a long time, said Dube. "When he approached me about attending their Open House, I was intrigued. Driving in the stakes program in New York I was impressed with what I saw from TheStable.ca's videos of their New York eligible horses," he said. "Another good friend of mine, Scott Di Domenico, owns a piece of one of them and will be training all four this summer, so I am looking forward to going with the babies. Its going to be a lots of fun," said Dube. Clients of TheStable.ca and newcomers of all ages are welcome to attend the event at Tomiko Training Centre (210 Campbellville Rd., Hamilton) and drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. During the Open House, guests are invited to meet the horses of TheStable.ca and chat with owners Anthony and Amy MacDonald, their staff, clients, and industry professionals. The event will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of TheStable.ca horses in training. The Open House broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m., when the horses will train on the racetrack. Dube and fellow drivers will steer the young colts and fillies, while TV commentators preview the horses' pedigrees. The broadcast will include live interviews and video features and be streamed at TheStable.ca starting at 10:00 a.m. EST A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca on May 10, detailing all horses for which fractions are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Several prizes will be awarded throughout the event, including one-percent fractions of the horses. Onsite purchasing will be available for horses and merchandise. Payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. Hot and cold drinks will be sold as a fundraising effort by Racing Under Saddle Ontario. Lunch is available to purchase from the Gastro Grub Food Truck. Now in its fourth year, TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation based in Guelph, ON. There are currently 130 Standardbred horses owned by nearly 700 people from 11 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $100), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Complete Open House event details and the RSVP form are available here. For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca or (519) 465-7908.   Kelly Spencer

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable, has added NHL Hall Of Famer Eddie Olczyk to its all-star client roster. Olczyk is a part-owner of Olympic Hopeful, a two-year-old Illinois-bred filly which will make her racing debut this summer. Olczyk recently hosted an event at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero, Illinois where the track awarded fractions of the filly to five contest winners. Before becoming head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2003 to 2005, Olczyk played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins for 16 seasons between 1984 and 2000. He currently serves as a television colour commentator for NHL on NBC and Chicago Blackhawks games on NBC Sports Chicago and WGN-TV. Olympic Hopeful The Chicago native joins fellow NHL alumni Doug Gilmour and Rick Vaive who became clients of TheStable.ca in 2018. Olczyk is also involved in Thoroughbred racing, and has served as a guest commentator and handicapper for the NBC Sports broadcasts of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and the Belmont Stakes. An avid punter, he also won the Pegasus World Cup Betting Championship last year, collecting the first-place prize of $137,500. Eddie Olczyk (far right) at Hawthorne Race Course’s Pool Party on March 22 where five contest winners joined Olczyk in ownership of TheStable.ca 2-year-old trotting filly Olympic Hopeful  There are currently 137 Standardbred horses (including 75 two-year-olds) in TheStable.ca which was created three years ago by Anthony and Amy MacDonald of Guelph, ON. The innovative and engaging model of TheStable.ca invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome newcomers to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $80), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Most expenses are captured in a monthly fee of $25.75 (plus tax) per share, per month, per horse. Olympic Hopeful TheStable.ca promises a unique, ongoing entertainment experience which includes: bi-weekly professionally produced broadcasts of the horses in training, delivered via livestream; weekly commentary videos about all horses; weekly email communications; special events, including Open Houses and track outings; and the open invitation to visit the horses at TheStable.ca base at Tomiko Training Centre.   Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

GUELPH, ON -- TheStable.ca, harness racing's fastest-growing harness racing fractional ownership stable, wrapped-up its Australian speaking tour on Tuesday. The two-week gig covered 16 venues across 2,000 km throughout Victoria and New South Wales and concluded with the purchase of two Australian pacing fillies. The yearlings will be owned in part by clients of TheStable.ca and will be trained and campaigned in Australia by local trainers keen to start their own fractional ownership operations. TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership business based in Guelph, ON and operated by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. The pair participated in a similar tour hosted by Harness Racing New Zealand in September 2018. There are currently 137 Standardbred horses (including 75 two-year-olds) in TheStable.ca owned by 634 people from 11 countries worldwide. The Australian tour began February 20 in Melbourne and concluded March 3 in Sydney and was hosted by Australian Pacing Gold (APG), Club Menangle and the New South Wales Standardbred Owners Association (NSWSOA). MacDonald presented seminars at four racetracks (Bendigo, Menangle, Bathurst and Newcastle) visited numerous training centres and breeding farms and spoke during events hosted by Club Menangle and APG. During the 14-day tour, he also participated in 10 media interviews, including video features, podcasts, print articles and live TV interviews, "It was a pleasure having Anthony in Australia to talk about TheStable.ca and fractional ownership," said Daniel Cordina, a Director of Club Menangle and Vice President of the NSWSOA. "As an association, we've learned a lot about fractional ownership in this short amount of time and look forward to the next 12 months to foster this project. "Anthony's passion has been contagious, and it was something that our industry needed. The message has spread quickly; we need an Anthony to set up in Sydney!" The tour was intended to inform racing participants, administrators, executives and local politicians about this proven model with the intent of replicating the system to attract new owners and grow Australian harness racing. Several trainers showed interest in establishing their own fractional ownership stables based on TheStable.ca's model of delivering unique entertainment experiences for its clients. Four of those interested parties will be responsible for the development of the yearlings purchased at the APG Sale. Darren McCall and his wife Karina will condition the Heston Blue Chip - Girls Go Racing filly (Lot #319). Robert Morris and KerryAnn Turner (Lucky Lodge Stable) will train Lot #407, a Warrawee Needy filly out of Rockin Lu Lu. (l to r) Breeders/co-owners of Lot #319 (Heston Blue Chip filly) at the APG Sale in Sydney, AUS on March 3 with trainer Darren McCall, Anthony MacDonald and co-owner Daniel Cordina. "People must realize that horse racing faces the same hurtles all over the world," said Anthony MacDonald. "We are shrinking, and I believe the owners, trainers and their horses are the key to stopping this trend. But educating our horsepeople about how to market and advertise themselves can be a difficult proposition, and one that will take time. Providing a venue for dialogue is the first step. Australia certainly understood that. Bathurst Harness Racing Club on Feb. 27: (l to r) Paul Toole, Bathurst MP and New South Wales State Minister for Lands & Forestry, Minister for Racing; Anthony MacDonald, TheStable.ca; John Barilaro, Deputy Premier of New South Wales.   "The trainers Down Under were curious to see what our ownership model looked like once we unpacked it in front of them. They understand that the future of this industry lies in its growth. Our message was simple: The more people that participate in horse racing, the brighter the future will be for all of us. That's the same in all hemispheres." During the tour, MacDonald also drove three horses at Bathurst Harness Racing Club. Donning the polka dot silks of the horses' owners, he didn't add to his 3044 career wins, lamenting instead that, "losing feels the same on both sides of the world." The innovative and engaging model of TheStable.ca invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome newcomers to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $80), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. The ownership experience with TheStable.ca includes: bi-weekly professionally produced broadcasts of the horses in training, delivered via livestream; weekly commentary videos about all horses; weekly email communications; special events, including Open Houses; and the open invitation to visit the horses at TheStable.ca base at Tomiko Training Centre. For more information, contact Kelly at kelly@thestable.ca or Anthony at (519) 400-4263. Kelly Spencer Director Of Business Development

We all try to put away money for our kids' education, if we can. If you want to be a doctor, lawyer, nurse, teacher, or anything else in life, you need a formal education. I recently read an article by Dean Hoffman about how horsemen need to promote their own industry. I agree. I often preach about horsemen marketing themselves better. But is that really fair? We are asking hard working people to put in long hours to try to get by in this industry, and then put in more time and money to market it? I like Mr. Hoffman's article and agree with much of it, but the reality is that horsemen for the most part aren't that good at marketing. I mean, I could run a marathon, or wrestle a bear. But neither are what you might call "my strong suits". Just because you want to do something, doesn't necessarily mean you can achieve it. I do think the industry does need to market itself better. But that requires education to implement. Who will educate our horsepeople? Look around, I don't think there are an abundance of teachers. Honestly speaking, our industry has employed so-called marketing experts for years. Where has that gotten us? I've said it for four years, and now unequivocally proven that horse racing can attract new people to our industry from all walks of life. This power absolutely lies in the hands of the horsepeople, but they need help to achieve it. Make no mistake, horsepeople aren't alone. The entire industry need to change the way it sees itself and markets itself. In each jurisdiction, for the most part you'll find a failing racetrack. Sure, some are propped up, but they are not profitable on their own from wagering revenues. We have watched our clients leave year after year, with no replacements to speak of from the younger generations. We have lost our understanding of what we actually are, and do not recognize that we are no longer a viable gaming product in the eyes of the general public. Horse racing is interesting, but the entry points into it are complex and often not appealing to the very people we need to attract. This isn't new, we've known it for years. Look around the grandstands for our average fans age group. We can't convince people to become fans of horse racing with the promise of Super Hi Five jackpots, and lower takeouts on the Win Fours. People in the general public don't care about those things. What we need is a way to get people to the track. Much like a bar, you only need to get them there; they'll figure out what they want to drink once they are. Affordable ownership is a promising way to attract them. (Let's not argue if it works; I think we've done more than enough to prove that it does.) But one or two fractional stables means nothing for the future of our sport, and that's why educating and helping our horsepeople with it is invaluable to the entire future and viability of this industry Our other problem: Horsepeople try to convince potential clients that there is a formula to find a return on their investment in racing. (ROI) This is all we have had in the past to attract people, but for the most part this is a fool's errand. That also plays a part in why our owners are leaving. They've been lied to; albeit inadvertently in most cases. Like George Costanza said "it's not a lie if you believe it, Jerry." Most trainers mean well and believe they can turn a profit. They're simply wrong. It's incredibly difficult with the overhead we carry today. To put it simply: it costs more today to race for less that we did in the past. The Goal: What is happening with thestable.ca should not be surprising to anyone. The information gathered to start it was pristine, resounding and emphatic. But people still ask, why, and how does it work? It's simple: we offer only what we can absolutely provide. Entertainment, and an unmatched experience in society. The second part is what we have all missed. Our industry has forgotten how exciting it is to be a part of this industry and how affordable it is when offered in small percentages. The one thing everyone in society wants is affordability, and entertainment has slowly become unaffordable. That's our opening. People spend much more on tickets to a hockey game for their family for one night, than they will to own a percentage of a horse over most of one year (bills included). If you're in it for fun and not for profit, you only need a small percentage. The entertainment attributed to horse ownership is unmatched by any mainstream sports exposure. Simply put, that's why and how thestable.ca works. By changing the way we approach the general public and the message we attract them with, you will see an influx of interest and ownership requests never seen before. Again, this isn't hypothetical jargon, this is reality. Thestable.ca just surpassed 600 active clients before Christmas and now sits at 604. Our average client owns no more that 4% of any horse. We don't sell investment, we sell entertainment. And we make good on our promise. The obvious question anyone would ask is: How does that help gaming dollars, because that's what really drives our industry. We found an interesting thing about our clients. Although they professed to not "gamble", guess what they did when they were at the races? When in Rome, do as the Romans do. By attracting people from the general public with a strong message of affordable horse ownership, we strengthen our stables. Those people are exposed to racing in the way that original horse racing enthusiasts and in turn gamblers were. We are bringing the potential of new clients to the doorsteps of our racetracks. These are people that would never attend a race or a casino otherwise. We need to work together to build-up both sides of the racetracks with the promise of an unmatched entertainment experience and heightened customer service, and we deliver on both. This industry is on the cusp of new growth, but without education and help from all facets of racing, none of it can be achieved. I call on all racetracks, horsepeople and every stakeholder in this industry to use the failures of the past to help map the future. What you just read isn't a paper written by a government panel on how it believes the industry can succeed in the future. What you have just read has been battle-tested and thoroughly proven in real life. I tried not to mention my company's name too often in this article, because it's not any one stable that will pave the way for our industry's future. It isn't any one person or model. It is all of us working together, understanding that there is a way forward and collectively persuing it. I simply proved it is possible. It's up to all of us to succeed together. Through education, we will find an understanding, and a profound realization that by changing the way we promote our industry we change the way it's viewed and experienced by the people we have been looking for forever. A New Year's resolution for the entire industry. Happy New year, Anthony MacDonald TheStable.ca    

ELORA, ON -- TheStable.ca is pleased to welcome Kelly Spencer to its harness racing team. After 22 years leading the marketing efforts for Grand River Raceway and Elmira Raceway, Spencer has created her own communications agency (True Nature Communications). TheStable.ca will be her principal client where she will serve as the Director Of Business Development. In this role, Spencer will work alongside TheStable.ca founders Anthony and Amy MacDonald to further develop the award-winning fractional harness racing outfit. The operation has grown quickly since its inception in 2015 and currently boasts 147 horses and 600 clients from 11 countries worldwide. Clients of TheStable.ca can own as little as one percent of a horse and pay a fixed monthly fee. The ownership experience is enhanced with bi-weekly training broadcasts delivered via livestream, weekly commentary and update videos, webinars, open houses and social events. Since its launch, Spencer has worked casually with TheStable.ca, helping define its value for clients. "TheStable.ca is the most exciting initiative currently in play in North American horse racing," said Spencer. "I'm itching to dedicate more time to this business because, frankly, I can see the value we bring to our clients, and the potential we offer for the industry at large, as clearly as I can see the nose on my face. And if that sounds over-the-top, it isn't," she said. "I see demonstrative proof every day. We're delivering a unique, ongoing entertainment experience that is accessible, affordable and chock full of engagement. We're delivering new and lapsed audiences to harness racing, contributing to the bottom line and filling a very real need in the market." "Kelly shares our drive and enthusiasm, and fully recognizes that we are reshaping horse racing, and paving the way forward," said Anthony MacDonald. "Most importantly, she is customer-focused and understands the experience we are delivering to our valued clients. She gets it and we're incredibly lucky to have her fire and expertise." Spencer is a past recipient of the Lloyd Chisholm Award (presented by the Ontario Sires Stakes, for meritorious service to the industry) and of the Golden Pen Award, awarded by the Standardbred Media and Marketing Association (SMMA) for outstanding contributions to harness racing publicity and marketing. Spencer's role with TheStable.ca officially begins mid-January. Anthony MacDonald

GUELPH, ON -- Harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable hosted its third annual Christmas Open House on December 9. The Stable.ca welcomed 275 guests who traveled from 10 states and provinces to its headquarters at Tomiko Training Centre. The free event showcased 78 yearlings training in 10 sets and was broadcast via livestream to more than 6,000 viewers worldwide. Now in its third year, TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership business based in Guelph, ON and operated by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. There are currently 146 Standardbred horses in TheStable.ca owned by nearly 600 people from 11 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome newcomers to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $111), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. Each year, TheStable.ca Christmas Open House fundraises for a local or horse-related organization. This year's donations totaled $1,250 and will be split equally between the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS) and The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF). Clients of TheStable.ca gave on behalf of their horses in a campaign titled Horses Helping Horses. The top earner was Macpherson Thunder, a yearling Sunshine Beach colt which drew donations of $270. Several prizes were awarded at the Open House, including one-percent fractions of five horses. The winners are listed below. • 1% of Watch Ave - Karen Cullen • 1% of Fusspot - Betty Strong • 1% of Brushcut - Bob Herber • 1% of Path Of Totality - Rick Doyle • 1% of Alesund - Ruth Cudmore The event included a surprise introduction of the newest horse to join TheStable.ca. First Glance turned several heads as he was led onto the track to greet guests. The adorable weanling is the only roan horse by Ontario sire Thinking Out Loud. The next Open House is slated for May 12. For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263. From TheStable.ca  

GUELPH, ON -- Harness racing's fastest-growing fractional ownership stable is hosting its third annual Christmas Open House on Sunday, December 9. The Stable.ca welcomes clients and newcomers of all ages to Tomiko Training Centre (near Puslinch, ON) to drop-in any time from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is requested. Complimentary hot drinks and snacks will be served. The facility offers a heated viewing area with limited seating. During the Open House, guests are invited to meet the horses of TheStable.ca and chat with owners Anthony and Amy MacDonald, their staff, clients, and industry professionals. Now in its third year, TheStable.ca is an award-winning fractional racehorse ownership operation based in Guelph, ON. There are currently 144 Standardbred horses owned by nearly 600 people from 11 countries worldwide. The innovative and engaging model invites people to own a little and love it a lot. Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. The MacDonalds built this fractional ownership stable as a bridge -- a way to welcome non-horse-people to racehorse ownership with a very modest investment (as low as $150), low-risk, and completely accessible and transparent operations. The Open House will showcase many of the engaging features of TheStable.ca, including its bi-weekly live streaming video broadcasts of TheStable.ca horses in training. The Open House broadcast kicks off at 10:00 a.m., when the horses will train on the racetrack. Some of North America's top racehorse drivers will steer the young colts and fillies, while TV commentators Fred MacDonald and Hall Of Famer Bill O'Donnell preview the horses' pedigrees. The broadcast will include live interviews and video features. The live broadcast will be streamed on TheStable.ca at 10:00 a.m. A catalogue will be available on The Stable.ca website on December 6, detailing all horses for which shares are available for purchase. The catalogue will include a schedule of when each horse will be showcased on the broadcast during the Open House. Onsite purchasing will be available for horses, gift certificates and merchandise. Payment can be made with credit card, PayPal, cash, cheque and e-transfer. Several prizes will be awarded throughout the event, including one-percent of five horses. Each year, TheStable.ca's Christmas Open House fundraising raises money for a local or horse-related organization. In 2017, clients and guests raised $2300 and 2750 kg of food for the Guelph Food Bank. This year's donations will benefit the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS) and The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF). All donations will be split equally between OSAS and the SRF. Cash donations will be accepted at the Open House, or can be made online. Current clients of TheStable.ca can donate to this cause on behalf of the horses they own with a top earner to be announced following the event. Complete Open House event details and the RSVP form are available here. For more information, contact Anthony at anthony@thestable.ca or (519) 400-4263.      

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