Kazushi Kimura Wins First Wooden Horse Riding Title

Kazushi Kimura earned for the first time Honeysuckle jockey crown, becoming the first Japanese-born racer to achieve the feat, with 138 wins at the meeting, while his mount earned CA$6,360,203 million.

Kimura, 22, said: “It is a special achievement and one of my dreams. “Everybody wants to be a top racer, but it’s not easy. We just need great riding skills and good horses, good support from trainers and owners throughout both. the season is to be able to win the title this year. I have improved and got good support from the coaches and owners. I appreciate that help to get me the equestrian title. “

Born in Hokkaido, Kimura joined the Woodbine horse racing team as a 19-year-old cadet in 2018 and made a strong first impression. He finished his first Woodbine campaign in sixth place in the rankings with 89 wins and his mounts totaling over $2.3 million. His first win was on the 70-1 long Tornado Cat, and his first bet win came aboard the ship. Speed ​​Soul in OLG Muskoka Share 2018 presented by Ballycroy Training Center. Winner of the Eclipse Award as North American Distinguished Apprentice, Kimura also won the equivalent Sovereign Award in both 2018 and 2019.

Frosted Over Ontario Derby GR3- Woodbine- 10-31-21
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Kazushi Kimura on the Frosted Over boat wins the Ontario Derby for coach Mark Casse and owner Gary Barber

This year, Kimura won eight shares at the Toronto rugby league, including Coreli in Singspiel Shares (G3T), Our secret agent in Hendrie Stakes (G3), Frosted Over in the Ontario Derby (G3), and Swinging Mandy in the Queen Victoria Stocks.

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Mark Casse topped the coach rankings for the 13th time with 110 wins. Martin Drexler takes second place on the standings with 56 wins, while Kevin Attard is third with 55 wins. Casse leads all pocket earnings conditions with CA$8,189,186, followed by Attard and Josie Carroll.

Highlights were plenty for Casse, who recorded 27 wins over Woodbine, 19 more than his closest opponent.

A lifetime winner of 3,226 races, the Hall of Fame double rider has plenty of reason to rejoice with his 2021 campaign, Woodbine and beyond.

“For us, not just in Toronto, and all in all, it’s been a really good year. I’m delighted that we have so many good young prospects, with God of love win Gray Bets (G3) and Cups and Discs, Mrs. Barbara won Mazarine Stakes (G3), Golden Glider — those kind of horses. The horse I ran on Saturday at Woodbine, Sir, it’s a maiden, but it’s a really good horse, and it will be fun to watch it go long next year. “

When did Casse know this would be a prosperous campaign?

“You never know. I’m like a gambler playing poker. I never count money at the table.”

Casse heaped praise on his team at Woodbine.

“We have amazing people who have been with us for a long time. They are very dedicated and passionate about what they do, day in and day out. Maybe a lot of people don’t know, but the entire staff. Our crew members are all Canadian. This has been a trying year for everyone because of the late start, but we made sure the horses are ready.”

Casse hopes the 2022 Woodbine racing season will return to normal.

“Our season is headed to Woodbine. Obviously, we run in different locations, but over the years we’ve built a strong group of Canadians, not just in horses, but as owners. They want to see their horses and get out there and enjoy the race, so hopefully, in 2022, we can all have a year that people are used to.”

Before the start of the new season here, 13-time Sovereign Award winner Casse as Canada’s outstanding coach will continue to appreciate his attachment to Woodbine.

“Wherever I go, Woodbine and my name always seem to go hand in hand. And that’s something I’m very proud of.”

Gary Barber was the top winning owner of the meeting for the third consecutive campaign, followed by Live Oak Plantation and Ivan Dalos.

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John Verrall

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