43 racehorses perished in a massive barn fire at Classy Lane Stables in Puslinch, Ontario on Monday night. 50 firefighters from multiple communities were called in to fight the flames.
Trainer Dan Lagace, who worked with seven horses at the stables, said that “It’s almost like losing a child. These horses, they’re every part of your life.”
One of the horses lost was six-year-old Apprentice Hanover, who had earned over $1 million in his racing career.
Jody Jamieson, who rode Apprentice Hanover in many of his races, said he’s devastated.
“It may be a little bit selfish of me at this point but he’s been, if not the best, one of the best horses that I’ve been driving for the last three years,” Jamieson said.
“Apprentice Hanover was the type of horse you dream of,” he said.
Classy Lane owners Jamie and Barb Millier said that the barn wasn’t fitted with sprinklers, but did have fire extinguishers. Barns aren’t required to equip them. They did pass an insurance inspection last August.
Woodbine Racetrack will hold a memorial for the horses on Thursday.
You can help Classy Lane Stables recover from the fire by contributing via a gofundme page. Their goal is $100,000: https://www.gofundme.com/abhm5afg
Jody Jamieson joined The Oakley Show to share his thoughts on the incident.