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...successes with horses Johnny Whitebird (2 wins- 2 seconds in 2015) as well as Too Many Egberts
(2 wins-2 seconds in 2017)
The  rst year with Sniper, Preston made an effort to keep the then nine year old from being claimed while  nding races where he could be competitive. Eventually they took a chance at the end of 2018 and entered Sniper in the claiming ranks which began
a streak of winning seven of his last nine starts including his  nal win in the 2019 Bob Summers Memorial Stakes at Fort Erie Race Track.
“He didn’t need to keep going.” said Preston mentioning that Sniper’s accomplishments had already secured him 2019 Horse of the Year and Champion Sprinter awards at Fort Erie Race Track. “Both Colleen and I felt that he deserved to retire and Barb Minshall too was happy to learn that he had retired sound.”
Today Sniper is thriving in his retirement. Preston’s wife Tanya, a vet tech at University of Guelph, rides him regularly under western saddle at a farm in Caledon East where he also enjoys plenty of turn out time with other retirees and layup race horses.
“These horses keep a roof over our head. They are our family and we keep tabs on them all even after they have left our barn.” said Preston, “Even with horses that have been claimed from us, we try to get
them back here when they retire and  nd them good homes.”
As a public trainer Preston is continually striving
to do what is best for the horses and owners and is hoping that his successes will attract more owners to his stable. Along with Sniper’s wins in 2019 Colleen and Preston claimed and ran 5 year old gelding Tishina and have partnered on a young colt named Lukecatjerry who, due to injury, will be making his debut next year. Preston’s other winners this year include his own horse Spanish Blessing and Under the Eye for owner Linda Canning.
(Trainer Preston Ferris 2019: 28 starts 7 wins, 7 seconds, 4 thirds - 25% wins - 75% top 3)
Accepting New Owners & Reserving Stalls now for 2020
Preston Ferris Public Trainer 416-931-2302
Bring your In-Foal Broodmare to foal in Ontario in 2020 and, Receive $5,000!*
Breed her back to an Ontario Sire, and Receive an
additional $2,500!
*Mare must not have foaled in Ontario in the previous two years *Must meet mare residency requirements
For more details, go to: Thoroughbred-Improvement-Program
or, contact Ashley Douglas at: 416.675.3993 ext.2633, Email:
Advocating for the Ontario Horse Racing industry
Note: The Mare Recruitment Program
is a one-year pilot program for the w2020-2021  scal year
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