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A colourful, entertaining and passionate weekly look at thoroughbred, standardbred and quarter horse racing in Ontario hosted by Peter Gross.

A colourful, entertaining and passionate weekly look at thoroughbred, standardbred and quarter horse racing in Ontario hosted by Peter Gross.




A colourful, entertaining and passionate weekly look at thoroughbred, standardbred and quarter horse racing in Ontario hosted by Peter Gross.






Down the Stretch for May 16, 2022

This podcast features races from Woodbine, Mohawk and Ajax Downs. We have the Jacques Cartier Stakes from Woodbine, and some huge payoffs thanks to Chantal Sutherland, Trevor Henry and Sylvain Filion. Larry Collmus breaks down his historic and spine-tingling call of 80-1 shot Rich Strike in the Kentucky Derby. Jennifer Morrison explains – logically - why she bet on Rich Strike and Morrison also provides Opening Day stuff from Ajax Downs. Jockey Isabelle Wenc describes how badly her friend...


Down the Stretch for May 9, 2022

It was a week in which the $2 bet ruled – The Kentucky Derby went to an 80-1 shot, but you got more if you bet on Full Disclosure at Mohawk. Jockey Declan Carroll brought in a 28-1 bomb. Chantal Sutherland’s 2 wins at Gulfstream were both on outsiders. Bill Tharrenos with another winner in Florida and Ailsa Morrison delivered a heavy favourite.The reigning Queen’s Plate Champion, Safe Conduct pulled off a nice upset at Belmont. Broadcaster Jason Portuondo tells us about the abrupt change in...


Down the Stretch for May 2, 2022

We have two Stakes races from Woodbine - the Star Shoot and the Woodstock. We love women jockeys and we have three of them – Emma-Jayne Wilson, Chantal Sutherland and Ailsa Morrison with winning rides. There will be a dramatic purse adjustment to the Free For All Paces and Trots at Mohawk and race secretary Tony O’Sullivan tells us why they’re boosting the prize money. Garnet Barnsdale has been instrumental for over 2 years, suggesting stories for this podcast, but this week, Barnsdale is...


Down the Stretch for April 25, 2022

Very much about milestones and big numbers this week. Driver Paul Mackenzie talks about hitting the 9000 win mark and bears us no ill will that we never previously talked to him. It’s easy to lose track of how many Sovereign Awards Mark Casse and the horses he trains have won. Casse tells us it never gets lame. Michael Whelan became a $10 million man on the weekend. Driver/trainer Dagfin Henriksen can check a big one off his bucket list – he’s taking the excellent trotter Perfetto to the...


Down the Stretch for April 18, 2022

On Opening Day at Woodbine, we talked with Jim Lawson, Emma-Jayne Wilson and Robert Geller, and apparently, it was a good thing that jockey Patrick Husbands didn’t retire. This podcast mentions every winner from the Sovereigns, a noble deed since Down The Stretch lost in its category. Clips from Mighty Heart’s owner Larry Cordes, Groom of the Year Denzil Fonseca and winning jockey Kazushi Kimura. Shirl’s Speight carried the Canadian flag into the winners circle in a big race at Keeneland;...


Down the Stretch for April 11, 2022

This one is all over the place – to Tampa Bay and 2 wins from Chantal Sutherland, and to Gulfstream for a brilliant upset by Ailsa Morrison. There were Kentucky Derby preps at Keeneland and Santa Anita. Ho Hum, another 6 win night for James Macdonald. Pat Hudon tells us about his remarkable 11 year-old trotter Odds of Amethyst. Did you know that soccer star Cyle Larin is also a horse owner? We have his dad, Prentice Boreland. Mary Jane Jones takes us on a journey to the past. New Zealand’s...


Down the Stretch for March 28, 2022

Woodbine’ CEO Jim Lawson tells us about a soccer stadium being built kitty corner to the racetrack, how good Opening Day will be, and why he’s very anxious for the Sovereign Awards. On the same day at Gulfstream, Canadian horsemen, Marty Drexler, Bruno Schickedanz, Mike De Paulo, Bill Tharrenos and Steven Chircop all sent out winners. Down The Stretch travels from New Orleans to Dubai for Kentucky Derby Preps. We talk with Mohawk’s outrider, Joanne Colville about a horse even she didn’t...


Down the Stretch for March 21, 2022

Jennifer Morrison, author of Run With A Mighty Heart talks about her book and who will be Horse of the Year in the upcoming Sovereign Awards. We have Bruno Schickedanz, Marty Drexler and Chantal Sutherland winning at Gulfstream. James MacDonald did it again – he won 5 races Saturday night at Mohawk. Owner/driver/trainer Rick Uppal explains how is 16 year-old pacer, Best Dream Seeker is even allowed to race, let alone win. And what would a podcast about horses be without a horse named.. Horse?


Down the Stretch for March 14, 2022

This week we present a critical Kentucky Derby prep at Tampa Bay Downs. Nine brave owners have committed $100,000 each for September Mohawk Million. We talk with Brad Grant and the’s Anthony Macdonald. We have Dawn Lupul’s call of Natasha Day winning the International Women’s day race at Mohawk and comments from the winning trainer, Bob Fellows. Driver Scott Young chats about his career and women in sulkies. Saturday was a great night at the track for Ed Hensley (and those who bet...


Down the Stretch for March 7, 2022

This podcast covers a lot of ground, gender and nationalities. We go to Aqueduct, Gulfstream and Santa Anita for Kentucky Derby preps. We have the most bizarre dead heat of all time from Yonkers. Chantal Sutherland winning by maybe 2 centimetres. A first at Mohawk Park for driver Natasha Day who will be one of 10 ladies in a special race to celebrate International Women’s Day. A first for Montreal owner Nidel Charfi at Tampa Bay. And when we hear a call at Tampa Bay, it makes us want to chat...


Down the Stretch for February 28, 2022

There were some mind-blowing payoffs when Emblem Road, as the longest shot, won the $20,000,000 Saudi Cup. Woodbine Jockey Daisuke Fukumoto won a Grade 3 race at Santa Anita and it was a good Thursday at Gulfstream for trainers Bill Tharrenos and Marty Drexler. We have longshot Canadian content from Tampa Bay. Hill ‘N’ Dale Farms bred a winner and trainer Julie Belhumeur also had one. We stir the controversial pot with a persuasive interview with Bob Baffert’s lawyer, Clarke Brewster who...


Down the Stretch for February 21, 2022

The 2021 Sovereign Awards will be given out on April 14 and the Down The Stretch Podcast is a finalist! Groom Denzil Fonseca doesn’t have to wait – he’s already been told he’s the Groom of the Year and trainer Mike Doyle tells us why. We have calls of Kentucky Derby preps from the Fairgrounds and Tokyo and how could we leave out an 18-1 shot delivered brilliantly by Chantal Sutherland at Gulfstream? Harness driver James Macdonald continues to win in bunches – how about 4 consecutive...


Down the Stretch for February 14, 2022

Exciting horse races, Kentucky Derby preps and odds defying outcomes in this podcast. We have the Sam Davis from Tampa Bay and the El Camino Real from Golden Gate. Ivan Dalos won a case because his lawyer, Stephen Jack argued successfully there was nothing wrong with a horse winning without the use of lasix. We have writer and horse owner Andy Cohen throwing shade on the industry for not taking criminal activity seriously enough. Bill Tharrenos keeps winning at Gulfstream and his horses keep...


Down the Stretch for February 7, 2022

This podcast is loaded. We start with the O’Brien Awards honouring the best in Canadian harness racing. We reveal the Horse of the Year. American horse racing podcaster, Jon Stettin talks about the guy who got DQ’d from a betting contest and we borrow from Stettin an interview with Chantal Sutherland. We have Sutherland winning at Gulfstream and Emma-Jayne Wilson bringing in a 9-1 shot in a Stakes race at Tampa Bay. Owner Jim Ensom and trainer Marty Drexler talk about their winners in...


Down the Stretch for January 31, 2022

People are now allowed to enter Ontario racetracks. Woodbine’s CEO Jim Lawson discusses that and the fact that even though he has never lined up at Saratoga’s Big Red Spring to get a cheap baseball cap, he’s open to the idea of enticing fans with giveaways. They ran the $3Million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream and let’s just say that Life is Good for jockey Irad Ortiz. It’s not so bad for Chantal Sutherland, who had another win in Florida and Daisuke Fukumoto broke through at Santa Anita....


Down the Stretch for January 24, 2022

In this episode, we remember harness racing legend Bud Fritz. Should horse racing be concerned that Michael Beychok, one of its brightest and most successful bettors is backing away? Why are there no full-time lady race callers in North America? We seek the answer from Turf Paradise’s Craig Braddick, who persuaded Dani Jackson to come from England to call the races. Shannon ‘Sugar’ Doyle has ceased calling the action at the Raceway at Western Fair. He tells us that Alberta racing made him an...


Down the Stretch for January 17, 2022

It was a great week for Woodbine’s boss, Jim Lawson, who explains why more money is bet at Mohawk than at any other North American racetrack. Moira Fanning and John Campbell tell us why Mohawk was awarded the next Breeders Crown races. Kevin Attard is a finalist as Outstanding Trainer in the Sovereign Awards. Nick Gallucci is up for an O’Brien as Outstanding harness trainer. Both of them join this podcast and admit to being longshots. Jacob Roberts is a standardbred trainer who notched his...


Down the Stretch for January 10, 2022

The Down The Stretch Podcast loves stories about the relationship between people and their horses and this one fulfills that quotient. Mark McKelvie lays out the rules for watching the races at Mohawk. George Millar tells us how satisfying it is to be nominated in several O’Brien Award categories, especially after what he went through in 2021. Debi O’Brien-Moran talks about her favourite horse, Ciona Bromach who never raced in a claimer throughout his 330-race career. Quarterhorse trainer,...


Down the Stretch for January 3, 2022

This podcast is barely 28 minutes, but somehow we squeeze in Kazushi Kimura, Rafael Hernandez, Justin Stein, Emma-Jayne Wilson, Patrick Husbands, Luis Contreras, David Moran, Daisuke Fukumoto, Antonio Gallardo and Gary Boulanger. We speak with agents, Jordan Miller and Pram Seebah. Listen to wins in Florida from Chantal Sutherland and Isabelle Wenc. Tampa Bay Race caller Jason Beem channels his Billy Joel. Ric Chapman files from Australia about an American mare who's getting rich. James...


Down the Stretch for December 27, 2021

Race callers Robert Geller, Ken Middleton, Frank Ferrari, Frank Salive, Peter Aiello, John Imbriale, Larry Colmus, Dan Loiselle and even Earl Lennox help us this week remembering the greatest races of 2021 and the events that touched, inspired and disturbed us. From Safe Conduct to Weyburn to Munnyfor Ro to British Royalty and Pink Lloyd, Essential Quality, Medina Spirit and Knicks Go. From Venerable to Desperate Man to Monte Miki to Bob Loblaw, the biggest races and the most stunning...