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‘Court’ Returns Ivan Dalos to Stakes Winner’s Circle

It took her a little while to win her maiden but COURT RETURN went from breaking through for that first score into a stakes winner in two races for Ivan Dalos’ Tall Oaks Farm. The Court Vision ga, a half sister to Grade 1 winners Channel Maker and Johnny Bear, won a maiden optional claiming […]

Ami’s Holiday Sires First Winner

Second time starting EXCEED became the first winner for Ontario sire AMI’S HOLIDAY when he won a maiden race July 26 at Woodbine for Colebrook Farms, which stands the stallion. Exceed, a colt bred by Tall Oaks Farm (Ivan Dalos), was a $35,000 Keeneland September yearling in 2019 and he won a frantic finish with […]

Canadian-bred Channel Maker Rolls to Big Win in Sword Dancer

Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber, R.A. Hill Stable and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing’s multiple Grade 1-winner CHANNEL MAKER, bred by Ivan Dalos of Toronto, led at every point of call to capture Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Sword Dancer, a 12-furlong inner turf test for older horses at Saratoga Race Course. Channel Maker has career earnings now of […]

Ami’s Holiday Filly Highlights Tall Oaks Roster at F-T

With his first yearlings poised to make their debut on the North American sales circuit, Ami’s Holiday represents the next level of an already impressive program for Ivan Dalos’ Tall Oaks Farm. “He’s a breeding genius, seriously,” said Dalos’ daughter Colleen. “He really knows his stuff. He’s breeder of the year in Canada, and it […]

Avie’s Flatter named 2019 Queen’s Plate Winterbook favourite

Avie’s Flatter leads a list of 84 three-year-old Thoroughbreds nominated to the Canadian Triple Crown, which opens with the $1 million Queen’s Plate on Saturday, June 29 at Woodbine Racetrack. Avie’s Flatter has been assessed as the early 3-1 favourite in this year’s edition of the Queen’s Plate Winterbook. Compiled by Ron Gierkink and Alex […]

Patient, Pragmatic Approach Paying Off for Dalos

Toronto-based Ivan Dalos, who exclusively races homebreds and campaigns a stable of 32 primarily at Woodbine Racetrack, is quietly putting together a career year as an owner / breeder. Entering the final week of racing at his hometown track, Dalos has won a personal best 23 races from 104 starts in 2018, and has averaged […]

Coronation Futurity Crowning Moment for Avie’s Flatter

With a light snow dotting the recently closed Woodbine turf, dreams of a potential Queen’s Plate bid were renewed when Ivan Dalos’ Avie’s Flatter delivered the biggest win of his career, outkicking his competition to take the $225,000 Coronation Futurity Nov. 18 on the all-weather track. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite in the field […]

Ivan Dalos’ Tall Oaks Farm Improves the Breed

Ivan Dalos has a knack for nicks. The Toronto, Ontario, businessman will tell you his foray into Thoroughbred racing and breeding began purely by chance. He will tell you one of the first horses he bred, Victory Gallop—who stunned the racing world when he won the 1998 Belmont Stakes (G1)—was a “fluke.” But there has […]

Galloping Ami represents Dalos well at Awards

Ivan Dalos’s Tall Oaks Farm was poised to have a big evening Thursday at the Sovereign Awards, with 11 horses he owns or bred being finalists for awards and him being up for individual honors. The category in which he held the hottest hand was Canada’s Broodmare of the Year. Dalos had two of the […]

Horseman Dalos builds the slow, steady way

Ivan Dalos has spent a lifetime building and fixing things. His business is construction, but the passion of his life has been the making of fine race horses. If not for the one, chances are one of Ontario’s most dedicated breeders of racing stock would never have gotten involved in the equine world, would never […]