John A. Ross

2/28/1952  in Toronto, Ontario 
Resides: Mississauga, Ontario 

John A. Ross, founder of John Ross Racing Stables started his career early in life working during childhood after school and during the summer for equestrian Gold medalist, Tom Gayford warming up horses before they went into the jumping ring.

He followed this experience as an exercise rider for Conn Smythe Stable, and working for Laurie Silvera, Mac Benson, Minshall Farms and Huntington Stud Farm.

His career as an elite thoroughbred trainer base at Woodbine raceway spans 23 years, and has just recently surpassed 500th career victories.


  • 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


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