Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hi there kids!

I hope you've got your running shoes ready for the races this Friday! No, silly, not just the horse races. The Giddy Up & Gallop Kids Fun Run at Grand River Raceway on July 17!

I've been doing my stretches and galloping all over the paddock to get ready for the mascot race. The other mascots won't know what happened when I trot past them at lightning speed!

Will you be at Grand River on Friday night? Registration starts at 5:30 with the kids race at 6:50, after the horses finish up their second race. The cost to participate is $25 and for a really awesome cause, the Community Resource Centre of North and Centre Wellington. Giddy Up & Gallop has raised money for lots of cool groups in the past that help people all over Canada!

The race is half a mile, one lap of Grand River's racetrack. Don't you want to race on the track the horses do? I know I'm excited!

See you on Friday!

Willie Win

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hey kids!

Last weekend I was at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto for the Doors Open event that is going on all over the province! We went for behind the scenes tours of the track, met cool jockeys and trainers and saw lots of pretty horses. I got to hang out at the West entrance to the track and greet people as they arrived.

The best part of my day was seeing all of you! Here's a picture with one of my biggest fans.

My favourite thing at the track was the Hall of Fame. It was so cool looking at all the pictures and seeing the horses who made history. There was even a son of the great Secretariat, Time Alert, there meeting visitors.

Now I need to find more fun things to do! Check back on my blog soon and I'll let you know where I'm headed next. It's time for another Willie Win summer adventure!

See you soon!

Willie Win

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hi guys!

I’m super excited that the warm weather is finally here. That means I get to go on more adventures!
A week and a half ago, I got to visit the Daily Bread Food Bank. Last year, Daily Bread distributed almost nine million pounds of food to those in need all across the Greater Toronto Area. They help make sure that everyone’s tummies are full all year round.

Next weekend, I’ll be visiting Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. May 23 and 24 the track is hosting Doors Open Toronto from 10:00am to 5:00pm. There will be guided bus tours of Woodbine’s private stable area, the opportunity to see where more than 2000 horses live and train, walk through Woodbine’s starting gate and more! Woodbine’s jockeys and drivers will be on hand to meet visitors and sign autographs. Live racing kicks off at 1:00pm and I’ll be there trying to outrun the Thoroughbreds! Your parents can find more information here

Make sure you come visit me and bring your camera. See you there!

Willie Win

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hi everyone!

You know how I was telling you about visiting out East? Surprise! I have touched down in Nova Scotia and I can't wait to see all your smiling faces.

I decided I couldn't miss Atlantic Grand Circuit Week at Truro Raceway. In addition to all the fun stuff they have planned, they're going to be helping an organization called Maggie's Place. They help kids and their families that face difficulties in Cumberland and Colchester.

Kicking off on July 20th, the Grand Circuit runs until July 27. Each race card throughout the week will host two bouncy pony races. Encourage your parents to give it a try and cheer them on.

Speaking of cheering, Chester the Clown has challenged me to a race during Grand Circuit Week. I have been running every morning in preparation. Come out and cheer me on, maybe I'll set a new track record!

See you soon!

Willie Win

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hey kids!

How is your summer going? School is wrapping up which means two whole months of fun!

I’ve been pretty busy looking at flights. I am going to be flying out to Nova Scotia soon to visit all of you out on the East Coast!

I’m a little skittish of flying, but Maven flew all the way out to Sweden to race in the Elitloppet. More than 50,000 people went to Solvalla in Stockholm to cheer her and all the other horses on! If she can fly all the way across the ocean, I think I can make it to Truro.

Here’s a picture of the trotting mare herself, settling in and showing off at Solvalla with Yannick Gingras.

Have you ever flown before? It’s not so scary, right? I can’t wait to see all your smiling faces!

Willie Win

Monday, May 26, 2014

Hey kids!

Did you have fun at the Giddy Up & Gallop Fun Run on Sunday at Mohawk Racetrack? It was awesome to see all your smiling faces in person!

It was a pretty incredible day! Winning the Mascot Race was one of the many highlights in the day. I’m pretty excited about it though, my hooves just can’t stop dancing! Thanks for cheering me on, you guys are the best!

For those who couldn’t make it out to the track, you should check out all the awesome photos from the day. They’re all on the Standardbred CanadaFacebook page. Lots of smiling faces and hooves flying…I mean legs RUNNING! To be honest, that Mascot Race tired me out, I’m still recovering!

Yesterday’s race was in support of an organization called Friends of We Care. They send kids with physical challenges to summer camp. These kids get to experience new things and make some lifelong memories.
I was sure impressed by all the runners in the one lap kids race. Everyone was so speedy! Victor Montini hit the wire first in a time of 5:23; he won it in 2012 too. That’s what I call fast feet!

What cool summer plans do you all have? I’m counting down the days until the Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, it’s going to be one of the best races this year I think. What do you think?

See you soon!

Willie Win

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hey guys!

The year is winding down, school is almost over, and that means SUMMER! I’m super excited about all the cool stuff taking place in the next few months and I want to tell you all about it!

This Sunday, the Giddy Up and Gallop Fun Run will be taking place at Mohawk Racetrack, one of my favourites. There will be a Mascot Race (which I’ve been training for all winter), a Kids Fun Run and a 5km run. There will be horses, fun games and prizes! And even better, there is a BBQ after. Thank goodness too; just thinking about all that running is making me hungry!

Racing moves back to Mohawk this week, meaning there are lots of fun nights at the track and exciting races taking place soon. Mohawk will be racing 5 days a week with awesome promotions every night. Coming up on June 14th is the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup where all the best three-year-old pacers will be struttin’ their stuff. Tell Mom and Dad that the first race post time that night is 6:45pm so you won’t miss a minute of the action!

What are you most excited about? What cool things are you doing this summer? Tell me about it! Email me at trotkids@standardbredcanada.ca.

Come out and cheer me on in the Mascot Race on Sunday!

I’ll see you in the winners circle,

Willie Win

P.S. Look at some of the awesome pictures from Giddy Up and Gallop last year!