The story began over 40 years ago when Ivan Dalos claimed his first racehorse and found his passion for thoroughbreds. Ivan poured over hundreds of books and immersed himself in learning everything he could about pedigree, systems, and champion thoroughbreds. In the late 1990s, Tall Oaks Farm took flight with homebred Victory Gallop finishing second in both the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) and winning the Belmont Stakes (G1) in 1998. Victory Gallop became a member of the Canadian Hall of Fame and won an Eclipse Award for Champion Older Male Horse. Today, Tall Oaks Farm has become one of the most successful operations in Canada with a strong foundation based upon homebred quality bloodstock.

Tall Oaks Farm is comprised of award-winning broodmares like Victorious Ami and Galloping Ami, champion stallions like Ami’s Flatter, Amis Gizmo and Ami’s Holiday, and champion racehorses like  Johnny Bear, Gamble’s Ghost and Ami’s MesaChannel Maker is the latest champion racehorse bred by Tall Oaks Farm; a 7-time stakes winner, including 3 Grade 1 victories, Channel Maker was crowned Eclipse Award 2020 Champion Turf Male, as well as Sovereign Award 2017 Champion 3-Year-Old Colt.



Ivan Dalos-bred Filly Kopion Choice in Las Virgenes - A pair of dazzling maiden winners, Kopion, bred in Kentucky by Toronto’s Ivan Dalos, and Kinza, stretch out and head a competitive field of five sophomore fillies and mares going one mile on the main track in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita. (Originally scheduled to be run this past Sunday,… — Continue Reading
Effortless Victory for Omaha Beach Filly in Santa Ynez - Spendthrift stallion Omaha Beach got the first graded win of his nascent sire career with a blowout victory by Kopion (f, 3, Omaha Beach–Galloping Ami, by Victory Gallop) in Santa Anita's GIII Santa Ynez S. Sunday. Three of the four fillies in the gate were by first-crop sires, but it was the least experienced of… — Continue Reading
Kopion Soars Into Oaks Picture With Santa Ynez Romp - With stablemate and fellow Spendthrift Farm color bearer Tamara on the sidelines, Kopion took advantage of her own chance to shine with a 5 3/4-length romp in the $100,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park. Kopion made her debut in November well after Tamara had raced to victory in the Del Mar Debutante… — Continue Reading
Michael Burns
"I do this because I love it.
It’s a constant study, but the horses are all I think about 24/7."
Ivan Dalos, Founder of Tall Oaks Farm