Thoroughbred Trainer Bio

John
 Ross
Born: 2/28/1952 in Toronto, Ontario
Resides: Mississauga, Ontario

2016

  • Ross recorded double digit wins for the second consecutive year with 11 wins from 60 starts at Woodbine in 2016.
  • Ross' success with 2-year olds continued in 2016 as he campaigned Lokinforpursemonee, winner of the Victoria Stakes and Simcoe Stakes. Lokinforpursemonee's win in the Simcoe made it four straight years that Ross has won a stakes event on Canadian Millions Sales Stakes Day.
  • Other stakes winners from the Ross barn included R U Watchingbud (New Providence S.) and Ultraflame (Deputy Minister S.)
  • Nine of the 11 wins for Ross in 2016 at Woodbine came on the main track
Statistics
Recent Woodbine Record
YEAR STARTS WINS RANK PURSE EARNINGS STAKES
​2016 ​60 ​11 ​t-28 ​$886,240 ​4
2015​ ​75 ​15 ​t-19 ​$908,189 ​3
​2014 ​63 ​6 ​- ​$624,802 ​2
​2013 ​60 ​14 ​t-17 ​$926,685 ​5
2011 56 4 t-75 $270,445 0
2010 88 12 t-33 $327,782 0
2009 79 16 28 $930,490 5
2008 102 17 t-26 $597,577 0
2007 104 19 t-21 $537,289 0
2006 110 21 t-14 $793,673 2
2005 148 19 21 $663,855 0
2004 140 19 t-22 $742,396 0
2003 134 16 t-23 $1,226,539 0
2002 144 29 13 $1,992,032 6
2001 123 22 t-15 $1,128,528 3
2000 95 20 t-18 $927,437 1
1999 97 18 22 $604,706 3
1998 105 25 11 $587,714 1
Lifetime Wins

548 (since 1989)

Career
  • In 1989, in his first year training, Ross won 15 races
  • Has never finished with less than 12 wins a year since he started training
  • Breakthrough in 1991 as the private conditioner for the stable of the late Aubrey Minshall…won 37 races, six of which were won by King Corrie, who parlayed his undefeated season (Toronto Budweiser Breeders’ Cup, Shepperton, Kennedy Road) into a top sprinter Sovereign Award
  • In 1997, Ross took another major step forward as he conditioned John the Magician, who captured the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, the Breeders' Stakes
  • In 1999, Ross captured the Plate Trial with Catahoula Parish, directing the three-year-old into the Queen's Plate as one of the favourites, only to finish sixth in the Canadian classic...also won the Gr. 2 Dance Smartly with Ascot Yael
  • In 2001, enjoyed first year over the $1-million mark in purse earnings...won stakes with Shaws Creek (Clarendon), Indian Dan (Vice Regent) and Tails Of The Crypt (Display)...posted a 24.0% winning percentage in routes, and 26.7% with two-year-olds (8 for 30)
  • Enjoyed his best season in 2002, including career highs in Woodbine wins (29), stakes victories (6) and $1,991,972....conditioned Shaws Creek to victories in the Plate Trial and Queenston Stakes...also won stakes with three-year-olds Wild Whiskey (Woodstock) and Tails of the Crypt (Victoria Park)…strong 2002 season in juvenile stakes, winning the Ontario Lassie with Brattothecore and the Coronation Futurity with Arco’s Gold, who fought back gamely (after being struck with an opponent’s whip) to finish in a dead-heat for first with Mobil, who was later disqualified from his ‘share’ of first place…sensational 50.0% favourite win average(13 for 26)….also finished second in the Gr. 3 Tampa Bay Derby with Tails of the Crypt
  • In 2003, won 16 races and finished on the board on 60 occasions...eclipsed the $1-million mark in purse earnings for the third consecutive campaign ($1,226,539)…starters produced a win payout average of $13.46 for a $2 wager
  • In 2004, posted 19 wins, 16 of which came in sprint races …2002 Plate Trial champion Shaws Creek finished a strong second at odds of 22-1 to Forever Grand in the Kenora Stakes on September 5
  • 2005 was eighth straight year among top-25 trainers…8-for-49 in routes (16.3%)…56 top-three finishes
  • In 2006, Ross won at least 20 races for the first time since 2002…he connected in two stakes, the My Dear with Lottacosta and the Scotts Highlander (Marco Be Good), the second graded stakes win of his career
  • In 2007, Ross recorded his 10th consecutive season among Woodbine’s top 25…he won Fort Erie’s Darryl Wells Sr. Stakes with Marco Be Good…five wins came in juvenile events…connected with seven of 18 favorites he saddled (43.8%)
  • In 2008, earnings rose by $60,000 from 2007…the barn enjoyed five juvenile wins and went 6-for-13 with favourites (46.2% strike rate)…won an allowance with Kaleidoscope Kerry
  • Has 43 career stakes victories ( two graded)
  • Ranked tied for 16th with 198 Woodbine victories since 2000 (a win percentage of 16.85).
  • In 2009, the number of starters saddled decreased by more than 20% but the result was only a drop of one victory and two positions in the standings – meanwhile, his purse earnings rose by 50 per cent! The explanation comes from the quality of the runners the barn was sending out – of their 19 wins, five came in stakes another six were in maiden special weight or allowance events
  • Ross was one of just seven top-40 conditioners with a 20% strike rate or higher in 2009. Even higher connect-rate in added-money contests (5-for-15; 33.3%). Greatest number of stakes wins in one season since 2002. Barn leader was three-year-old Awesome Rhythm (Marine, Victoria Park and Wando). In 2009, very strong in distance races, tallying nine wins in 29 starts, ended a two-season turf drought connecting in 3 of 10 E.P. Taylor Turf starts.
  • In 2009, Ross saw the most turf wins in one season by the barn since 1998. Has 43 career stakes victories (two graded)…ranked tied for 16th with 198 Woodbine victories from 2000 to 2009 (a win percentage of 16.85).
  • In 2010, Ross was one of just seven top-40 conditioners with a 20% strike rate or higher
  • Left the top 30 for the first time in his career
  • 9 out of 12 wins came from sprinting
  • 10 wins from 500th victory of his career
  • 71-for-402 on Polytrack since 2006
  • Fewer than 100 starts for the first time in his career
  • In 2011 fewer starts (56) resulted in a record low wins (4) although the earnings did not drop dramatically compared to 2010 figures
  • One Big Gator was the stable star with two wins
  • Whers The Juice was in the money in six of nine starts with one win, three seconds and two thirds
  • All four of his wins arrived on the main track
  • In 2013, Ross demonstrated his proficiency with young horses as Go Greeley captured the Colin, Vandal and Simcoe, while filly Lexie Lou won the South Ocean and Muskoka. Go Greeley would take home honours as champion two-year-old male
  • In 2014, Ross again showed his ability with younger horses as Brooklynsway led the barn with victories in the Muskoka and Princess Elizabeth Stakes
  • Lexie Lou, purchased and campaigned by Ross into her three-year-old season, was sold privately early in the meet to Gary Barber.  Under the care of new trainer Mark Casse, Lexie Lou went on to win the Woodbine Oaks and Queen's Plate. However, Casse repeatedly credited Ross with much of Lexie Lou's success
  • ​All six of the conditioner's wins in 2014 came on the main track
Beyond the Barn
  • Worked during childhood after school and during the summer for equestrian Gold medalist, Tom Gayford warming up horses before they went into the jumping ring
  • Was an exercise rider for Conn Smythe Stable
  • Worked for Laurie Silvera, Mac Benson, Minshall Farms and Huntington Stud Farm
  • In early years training, Ross supplemented his income working as a television cameraman part-time.