Standardbred Horse Training

Robert (Bob) Young

From Guelph, Ontario, Robert “Bob” Young has been an owner and trainer of harness racehorses for nearly 40 years, and will take our stable into the Winner’s Circle as he has for many horses in the past.

In his many years of owning and training, Bob has won more than $12 million for his owners.  He has trained horses to win the Breeders Crown, multiple Grand Circuit stakes and regional Sires Stakes.  Stakes winners such as Artimittateslife, Piece of the Rock, and Thatll Be Me.   Regional Sires stakes winners such Village Barrister, and Wicked Speed, together with tough racehorses such as Lifeimittatesart and Beyonces Rockn, just to name a few.

In his many years of owning and training Bob has been awarded such honours as the 2008 New York Sire Stakes Series Award for his 3-year-Old pacing Filly ARTIMITATESLIFE, as one of her owners.

In 2008, at Woodbine Racetrack, Bob and Scott both celebrated victories during $25,000 Princess Stakes elimination races. Bob, who raced two horses in said eliminations, won both the races he entered with horses DREAMING and O K DYNASTY; and Scott was able to clinch his first win at Woodbine driving for his dad on O K DYNASTY.

In 2010 Bob had a banner year. His horse PIECE OF THE ROCK raced and finished third in Canada’s richest harness race; the North America Cup. The colt then went on to race in one of the most recognizable and exclusive races; The Little Brown Jug in Ohio. PIECE OF THE ROCK is still racing in America at 10 years old.

In 2012 Bob and Scott were once again recognized for the greatness of the colt LIFEIMITATESART, brother to ARTIMITATESLIFE when he raced a mile at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:51.2 with Scott on the reins in 27-degree weather.

In 2014, another young filly of his, WICKED SPEED, won an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots race by more than five lengths in almost exactly two minutes with his son, Scott in the sulky. This filly also won her division at the Sire Stakes in under two minutes a week later.

Bob has maintained a successful stable on the Woodbine/Mohawk circuit to this day.

Bob is a fantastic trainer for our members as he is very attentive to owners and loves nothing better than seeing everyone in the winners circle.

Thoroughbred Horse Training

Renee Kierans

Having started in Thoroughbred racing first in New Zealand then at Woodbine in Toronto in 1984, Renee acquired her owner/ trainers license in 1990 and says that the thrill of her first winner, a horse by the name Kid Million, still remains vivid in her head.

While working for Woodbine Entertainment as on-air talent from 2000 until 2012, Renee also continued to train a small stable of horses and galloped horses for such notable trainers as Jacques Dumas, Bob Tiller and Emile Allain.

For the past six years, Renee has been slowly increasing the size of her Thoroughbred operation while remaining very hands on, as she continues to gallop the bulk of her horses which she says gives her a greater insight into both their fitness and soundness.

Last year (2018) was Renee’s best season to date as a full-time trainer with purse earnings of just over $100,000 and her starters earning $3,236 per start, Over the course of her career, Renee’s horses have finished in the money at a 45% clip, and 48% in 2018 alone.

The upcoming Thoroughbred racing season should see her reach a half a million in
lifetime purse earnings.