Toronto racetrack honours 43 horses killed in fire

A Toronto racetrack dedicated an evening of races to more than 40 horses that died in a barn fire southwest of the city earlier this week.

See Full Article

Woodbine Racetrack began their Thursday evening tribute with a video presentation, followed by a minute of silence.

The track said the flags on the property would be lowered to half-staff when the races finish.

The evening tribute honours 43 horses that died in a fire in Puslinch, Ont., on Monday night. The fire tore through one of five barns at Classy Lanes Stables Training Centre, located in the township approximately 20 kilometres southeast of Guelph.

The majority of the horses housed at the facility are owned by trainers, who race them at southern Ontario racetracks including Woodbine, the Mohawk and Flamboro Downs.

"As a horse person, I can imagine how difficult a time it is for those that lost horses, who are like members of the family," Woodbine Entertainment Group CEO Jim Lawson said in a statement Thursday.

"It is heartbreaking. Our deepest sympathies are with everyone impacted by this tragedy."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

As crews work to dismantle the scene, hundreds have contributed to crowdfunding sites set up to help the owners and trainers affected by the fire.

One of the sites, set up by the Central Ontario Standardbred Association, had raised approximately $118,000 as of Thursday afternoon.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Sudan declares state of emergency, disbands Cabinet

    World News CTV News
    CAIRO -- Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Friday declared a state of emergency for a year and disbanded the government amid deadly protests. Al-Bashir -- who seized power in a 1989 coup-- also said that he will postpone pushing for constitutional amendments to allow him to seek a third term in office. Source
  • Alberta to ban seclusion or time-out rooms for students in schools

    Canada News CTV News
    EDMONTON -- Alberta Education Minister David Eggen says the province will ban the use of seclusion or time-out rooms for students in schools. Problems with seclusion rooms surfaced last September when the parents of an autistic boy filed a lawsuit against the province. Source
  • Plan to bring grieving mother's relatives to Halifax 'moving quickly'

    Canada News CTV News
    HALIFAX -- Federal officials are closer to bringing as many as 10 relatives of a grieving Syrian refugee to Nova Scotia, as Halifax residents prepared to gather Saturday for the funeral of her seven children who died in a fast-moving house fire. Source
  • Ontario woman tried to smuggle man across U.S. border in trunk of car: docs

    World News CTV News
    A Toronto-area settlement worker could face jail time in the United States after attempting to smuggle a failed refugee claimant across the border in the trunk of her car. Court documents show Donna Pham pleaded guilty this week to one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Source
  • AP source: Mueller report not expected next week

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation is not expected to be delivered to the Justice Department next week, a senior department official told The Associated Press on Friday. The official could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. Source
  • London, Ont., police to start naming those charged with buying sex

    Canada News CTV News
    A police force in southwestern Ontario says it will start releasing the names of those charged with buying sex in a bid to curb human trafficking. The announcement came at a meeting of the Police Services Board in London, Ont. Source
  • Canadian students urged to study in China despite Kovrig, Spavor arrests

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- Eight days after Chinese authorities imprisoned Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, a senior Canadian foreign ministry official urged Canadian students to apply for a program to study in China. Sarah Taylor, the director-general of the north-Asia bureau at Global Affairs Canada, made the pitch for the 45-year-old Canada-China Scholarship Exchange Program during a Dec. Source
  • Russian court extends detention for alleged American spy

    World News CTV News
    MOSCOW -- A Russian court ruled Friday to keep a former U.S. Marine held for alleged spying jailed in Moscow for another three months. Michigan resident Paul Whelan was arrested at a hotel in the Russian capital at the end of December. Source
  • Ont. mother charged in death of baby appears in court

    Canada News CTV News
    An Ontario woman charged with criminal negligence in the death of a 20-month-old baby has been identified as the girl’s mother. Waterloo Regional Police were called to a home in Kitchener at around noon on Thursday to reports of a child in distress. Source
  • Life after Trump: From Spicer to Omarosa, what people are up to since exiting White House inner circle

    World News CBC News
    Welcome to The National Today newsletter, which takes a closer look at what's happening around some of the day's most notable stories. Sign up here and it will be delivered directly to your inbox Monday to Friday. Source