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The Week That Was – May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

By Chris Lomon /@ChrisLomon

TORONTO, May 10, 2021 – From an emotional victory, to a milestone moment, to elevating the experience, there was plenty to talk about in the horse racing world.

Here are five takeaways from last week:

Lasting legacy

Although longtime Thoroughbred owner Tim Sweeney passed away in December, his mark on the sport continues on, including an emotional score by his namesake, Attorney Tim, at Churchill Downs.

The 5-year-old gelding got up in the late going in the 1 1/8-mile turf tilt and paid $9 for the victory.

Driving change

Eric Halstrom, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, is on a mission to make the ‘Sport of Kings’ more innovative.

He’s looking to cover the angles, literally, when it comes to ensuring the viewing experience, either at the racetrack or watching on television, more compelling.

Goodbye to the ‘Guru’

Whether it was as a Standarbred trainer or through his contributions to a weekly column on Harness Racing Update, Ron Gurfein always managed to captivate an audience.

Never at a loss for words, Gurfein was a one-of-a-kind personality, an old-school horseman who had a quick wit and genuine love of racing.

Following in his mother’s hoofsteps?

World champion Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, had her first foal, a colt from the first crop of 2019 Dan Patch Trotter of the Year Greenshoe, on May 6.

A lifetime earner of over $3 million, Hannelore Hanover, trained by Ron Burke throughout her outstanding racing career, is already embracing her motherhood role.

Ward’s world

Multiple stakes winning trainer Wesley Ward, who has had great success with his runners at Woodbine Racetrack, recently notched his 2,000th North American triumph.

His impact in the sport hasn’t just come as a conditioner.

At the age of 16 in 1984, Ward won the Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice, winning 335 races that year and riding titles at Aqueduct, Belmont, and Meadowlands. He’s also found success as an owner and breeder.

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