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AVIE’S FLATTER CAPTURES GRADE 2 CONNAUGHT CUP

Turf stakes action kicked off at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday with Ivan Dalos’ popular homebred Avie’s Flatter back to his winning ways in the $175,000 Connaught Cup (Grade 2) for trainer Josie Carroll. With Luis Contreras aboard, Avie’s Flatter settled in the pocket spot behind defending champion and early pacesetter Silent Poet, who was joined […]

Avie’s Flatter Takes Step to Woodbine Mile

AVIE’S FLATTER is the ‘now’ horse at Woodbine these days as the 5-year-old horse, owned and bred by Ivan Dalos, powered his way to victory in the Grade 2 Connaught Cup at seven furlongs on turf at Woodbine on July 18. The son of Flatter – Avie’s Empire by Empire Maker is two-for-two in 2021 […]

Channel Maker Secures Champion Turf Male Title

Front-running tactics were partially responsible for Channel Maker’s 2020 success, but it was his late surge—over the season, not within his races—that propelled him to an Eclipse Award as outstanding male turf horse. Winless over his first five races of last year, the gelded son of English Channel turned around his 6-year-old campaign over his […]

‘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 […]