Guelph, ON — Toronto Maple Leaf fans can own a share of a rookie racehorse alongside three hockey legends. U Gotta Be Leaf is the newest addition to TheStable.ca and is co-owned by NHL alumni Doug Gilmour, Rick Vaive and Shayne Corson.
The trio are among 800 clients from 12 countries who #ownalittleloveitalot. Gilmour and Vaive have been clients since 2018. This is Corson’s first foray into racehorse ownership.
The award-winning fractional ownership operation was created by Anthony and Amy MacDonald in 2015. Based in Guelph, Ontario, it’s the largest harness racing stable in Canada, averaging 100-150 horses which race in several jurisdictions throughout Canada, the U.S. and Australia.
Clients can purchase as little as one percent of a horse, making the thrill of harness racing and racehorse ownership easy, accessible and affordable. In addition to weekly video commentary updates about each horse, TheStable.ca uses innovative video production to present bi-weekly drone broadcasts delivered via livestream to show the horses in training.
Clients are always welcome to visit their horses at Tomiko Training Centre (near Hamilton, Ont.).
U Gotta Be Leaf is an Ohio-bred yearling colt by Uncle Peter. He will continue to train at Tomiko Training Centre and will be poised to race his rookie season in Ohio next summer.
Mathew Milne, a client of TheStable.ca and a dedicated fundraising advocate for McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, coordinated the purchase of the colt, which is currently 53 percent sold.
“A number of the current shareholders have agreed to donate their net earnings of this colt to McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation,” said Milne. “Many of our children (my own included) have received care at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Seeing the happiness my kids derive from visiting the barns and being around the horses, it serves as a reminder of how grateful I am to those doctors and nurses at McMaster.
“Every little bit counts, and I’m proud to continue to contribute to their fundraising needs as much as I can,” he said.