“Generations carry the successes of those before us and through their wisdom and guidance come the foundation from which we achieve our own success.”
Catherine Day Phillips, a third generation horse trainer, has built her business on the knowledge and experience rooted by her maternal grandmother, Mrs. C.W. Burns, a Thoroughbred owner and breeder, and her mother and father, both successful Thoroughbred trainers.
Training for more than 23 years, Catherine and her crew are dedicated handlers with an attention to detail for developing and preparing Thoroughbreds to race.
A winner of multiple graded stakes as well as multiple Sovereign Awards, Catherine has career earnings of more than $16 million, winning or placing in more than 710 of her 1680 career starts as a trainer thus far.
Currently with 25 stalls at Woodbine, Canada’s premier Thoroughbred Racetrack, and her own family farm with lush paddocks just North of Toronto, Catherine has the opportunity to bring out the best in her racing Thoroughbreds. Allowing down time at the farm when needed, Catherine can provide a winning edge when it comes to preparing horses to race.
While Catherine and her husband Todd Phillips race and breed horses under the moniker Kingfield Racing Stable, more than 75 percent of her training operation is made up of client owned horses.
Whether you are new to owning Thoroughbreds or are an existing owner looking for a change Catherine offers interaction, communication and ultimately a rewarding experience.
Competing in the show horse ring from a very young age, Catherine followed family tradition and made a natural progression to the racetrack.
While attending St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, Catherine applied for her trainer license after working for her father, James Day (1968 Equestrian Olympic Gold Medalist), trainer for the powerful Sam-Son Farm during the era of the great Dance Smartly, Hangin on a Star, Regal Classic, Regal Intention and Sky Classic. Catherine’s mother, Dinny Day, was also an accomplished trainer and both parents were instrumental in exposing her to high standards and quality when racing Thoroughbreds.
Balancing a successful career and a family, Catherine is thankful for the support of her husband Todd and their sons, Blake (14 years) and Colton (12 years) as well as the loyal and experienced staff both at the track and at their home on the farm.
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Catherine Day Phillips is a multiple Graded Stakes and Sovereign Award winning trainer achieving success with both client owned and her Kingfield Racing Stable homebreds or owned Thoroughbreds throughout her 23 year career.
After what could be considered rebuilding years in 2013 -2015, Trainer Catherine Day Phillips has once again hit her stride with back to back career high years in the win column at Woodbine in 2016 and 2017.
2016 was a terrific year with 22 wins in 84 starts and earnings of $952,566 for Catherine’s Kingfield Racing Stable and a number of other owners and partnerships that race under the care of her Catherine Day Phillips Racing Stable barn at Woodbine.
With 2017 now in the books at Woodbine Catherine’s final tally for the season saw her earn a new career high win total of 24 this year with more than $1.2 million in earnings. This placed her tenth among the top trainers at Woodbine based on number of wins. Her accomplishments in 2017 have been recognized by being named one of three Sovereign Award finalists in the Outstanding Trainer category.
With 94 starts in 2017 Catherine’s runners were pictured in the winner’s circle 26% of the time with an average of $50,295 in earnings per starter. Catherine Day Phillips starters were in the top 3 for more than half of those starts (56%) with stats of 94-24-19-8 for 2017. Catherine Day Phillips Trainer Profile
After wintering in Canada at the start of 2017, the barn started rolling with Kingview Farms’ Rainbow’s Ahead leading the charge with a win May 31, who was claimed out of the race. The Fitzhenry’s Guy Caballero notched the first Stakes win for Catherine in 2017 with an exciting win in the Plate Trial Stakes which earned him a chance to compete in the 157th running of the Queen’s Plate along side stable mate Watch Me Strut, owned by Catherine’s Kingfield Racing Stable and George P. Ledson.
Breeders and Owners Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry also celebrated stakes wins with Mr. Havercamp (Vice Regent Stakes and Bunty Lawless Stakes) and travelled to Saratoga Racecourse where he finished a very game 5th in the G3 Saranac, a race Catherine had won before with Jambalaya in 2005. The excitement continued with their 2YO Curlin filly Dixie Moon providing the couple with continued excitement winning her first career start in August. In her next start she was narrowly beat in the G1 Natalma Stakes before taking the Cup and Saucer by an easy length. She jetted off to California to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, finishing a respectable 6th before returning to Woodbine to capture the Ontario Lassie Stakes to finish out her 2YO campaign. Both Mr. Havercamp and Dixie Moon have been named 2017 Sovereign Award finalists in their respective divisions.
Another Black Type scorer this year was Ontario Damsel Stakes winner Financial Recovery, bred and owned by Anderson Farms Ontario Inc. with Narolla LLC.
David Anderson’s Anderson Farms Ontario Inc. (also up for Sovereign Awards in several categories including Outstanding Breeder) enjoyed several other wins this season with Catherine Day Phillips. The Anderson Farms bred 2YO Grace and Dignity, by Animal Kingdom – Precision Farming, by Smart Strike won her first two career starts by open lengths in each race. Her next start, the Glorious Song Stakes, Grace and Dignity was the heavy race favourite, however being roused to match crazy speed early cost her the win finishing second for new owners Hart, E. Iavarone, M., Iavarone J., Arntz, C., Arntz, J., and Saucer, B.
Trainer Catherine Day Phillips 2017 winners include:
May 31 – Rainbow’s Ahead – $24,100 Claiming
June 4 – Watch Me Strut – $61,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
June 11 – Split My Pants – $34,000 Maiden Optional Claiming
June 11 – Guy Caballero – $125,000 Plate Trial Stakes
June 25 – Gilded Splinters – $61,000 Allowance
June 25 – Mill Road – $61,000 Maiden Special Weight
July 1 – Financial Recovery – $125,000 Ontario Damsel Stakes
July 21 – Mr. Havercamp – $61,000 Maiden Special Weight
August 5 – Fragrance – $61,000 Maiden Special Weight
August 13 – Mr. Havercamp – $39,800 Optional Claiming
August 19 – Dixie Moon – $61,000 Maiden Special Weight
September 16 – Grace and Dignity $61,000 Maiden Special Weight
September 23 – Mr. Havercamp $125,000 Vice Regent Stakes
September 24 – Aye Aye Captain – $39,800 Optional Claiming
September 24 – Gilded Splinters – $62,300 Allowance Optional Claiming
September 30 – Split My Pants – $39,800 Optional Claiming
October 7 – Leviathan – $30,700 Maiden Claiming
October 8 – Dixie Moon – $225,000 Cup and Saucer Stakes
October 9 – Eradicator – $27,200 Maiden Claiming
October 15 – Smooth Talk – $45,000 Maiden Special Weight
October 18 – Grace and Dignity – $61,000 Allowance Optional Claiming
October 21 – Mr. Havercamp – $125,000 Bunty Lawless Stakes
October 21 – Eminent Force – $62,300 Allowance Optional Claiming
December 3 – Dixie Moon – $125,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes
Catherine and 16 horses have been training at Palm Meadows Training Centre in Florida in preparation for Woodbine’s 2018 season scheduled to begin April 21.
2016 started with a bang with owner Marla & Mitch Kursner (Carnegie Stable) teaming up with Catherine’s Kingfield Racing Stable Ltd., David Anderson (Anderson Farms (Ontario) Inc.) and John Fielding to win the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks Classic with 3 year-old filly NESHAMA.
Catherine and partners purchased NESHAMA in 2013 out of the CTHS (Ontario) Canadian Select Yearling Sale for $60,000. She won in her second start as a two-year-old in 2015 and was nabbed at the wire to finish second in the South Ocean Stakes by a nose.
After wintering in Florida NESHAMA returned to Woodbine and finished fifth in the Lady Angela Stakes, and had an Allowance win before her exciting win in the Oaks. During that race NESHAMA lost a shoe and had a few cuts and was given some time off at the farm before returning to training for the Bison City Stakes where she gamely finished a close third.
Her most recent start was in the third leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara series, the Wonder Where Stakes where she finished a game fifth on the turf.
NESHAMA winner of this year’s $500,000 Woodbine Oaks & third in Bison City Stakes
Owner: Carnegie Hill Stable (Mitch Kursner), Kingfield Racing Stable Ltd., Dave Anderson & John Fielding
Career Earnings (to date): $324,965
Catherine’s Kingfield Racing Stable homebred, King of Kensington, has posted back to back wins at Woodbine so far this year. His latest win on August 7 was an allowance race going a mile and sixteenth on the Tapeta coming off of an impressive 4 length win in a maiden special weight race on July 13 at the same distance. In his first career start he finished a credible third running gamely down the stretch.
Catherine Day and Todd Phillips were married in 1999 and the couple formed the Ten Goal Racing Syndicate consisting of 18 new & existing owner partnership shares.
At the beginning of the new millennium Catherine would win her first Graded Stakes event with multiple stakes winner, HEAT IT UP, a filly she purchased for $6,000 as a yearling in 1998.
In 2002, Catherine purchased A BIT O’GOLD ($60,000) and CROWN COUNCEL ($32,000) as yearlings at the Canadian Select Sale for the newly formed Two Bit Racing Syndicate which consisted of six new partnership owners. That same year, Catherine’s Kingfield Racing Stables homebred Bravely, ran a cracker of a race to almost win the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes.
In 2003 Kingfield Racing Stable homebred GERAINT, and stablemate AGOLO both won Stakes races at Fort Erie Race Track which proved to be a prelude to a spectacular stakes winning autumn when Ten Goal Stable’s WINTER WHISKEY, and Two Bit Racing Stable’s A BIT O’GOLD won multiple stakes races and placed the juvenile pair among the Winterbook favourites for the 2004 Queen’s Plate.
A BIT O’GOLD, favoured to win, finished a close second in the 2004 Queen’s Plate however went on to win the next two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown series, the Prince of Wales Stakes and the Breeders’ Stakes as well as the Ontario Derby. His achievements earned him Canada’s Champion three-year-old Male honours that year.
In 2005, A BIT O’GOLD continued to provide the Two Bit Racing Stable with thrills by winning multiple Graded Stakes and a trip to the coveted Breeders’ Cup Championship races. Sadly, due to an injury sustained in the Breeders’ Cup race, it was the last race of his career. A BIT O’GOLD was named Canada’s Horse of the Year as well as Champion Older Male and Champion Turf Male that year.
That same year stablemate, JAMBALAYA, bought by Catherine for $2500 as a yearling, made his three-year-old year a winning one, with an eight length win in the $500,000 Breeders’ Stakes, and a win in the Grade 3 Saranac Stakes at historic Saratoga Racecourse. JAMBALAYA was runner up finalist for Champion Turf Male to A BIT O’GOLD and both are currently living out their retirement years at Catherine’s Kingfield Farms.
Not to be outdone by the boys, Kingfield Racing Stable’s homebred filly, INVITATIONAL, was the Carotene Stakes winner in 2005 as well.
Coming off of a win in the Singspiel Stakes in 2006, JAMBALAYA pulled off a crowning year in 2007 by winning multiple graded stakes including the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Turf Stakes and the Grade 3 Pan American Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Florida as well as a remarkable win in the prestigious Grade 1 Arlington Million at Arlington Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Filly VAN LEAR ROSE took centre stage in 2008. The Kingview Racing Stable homebred won the Muskoka Stakes, the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes and was a respectable sixth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies race on her way to being named Canada’s Champion Two Year- Old Filly of the Year.
In 2009 Catherine sent out 140 starters and achieved more than $1.1 million in earnings for the second consecutive year.
In 2011 WEEKEND ROMANCE won the Passing Mood Stakes for owners Annecchini and D’Alimonte Holdings Inc. and Kingfield Racing Stables, while stablemate Head Honcho provided Catherine with her third consecutive Queen’s Plate competitor as a trainer. Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry’s homebred Mendocino Beano finished third in an all out drive in the Grade 3 Ontario Colleen Stakes.
Catherine continued to record 22 wins in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 juvenile filly, Weekend in Malibu, provided an exciting start for partnership owners Carnegie Hill Stable & Kingfield Racing Stable. Their filly continued to run competitively throughout 2015 with a win and 2 seconds before being claimed in her winning first start of 2016.
In 2015 Kingfield Racing Stable and partners Sean Fitzhenry, John Fielding and Anderson Farms Ontario Inc. were pictured in the Stakes winner enclosure with GET RHYTHM after winning the Ontario Debutante Stakes. She also finished a solid third in the Fanfreluche Stakes. Kingfield Racing Stable and Carnegie Stable also campaigned two juveniles in partnerships, eventual Oaks winner NESHAMA, and Aye Aye Captain, who won his first two starts and finished second, less then two lengths behind winner, Ami’s Gizmo in the Kingarvie Stakes. Aye Aye Captain continues to campaign and was a close fifth in the Plate Trail Stakes this year.