About Catherine Day Phillips

“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 24 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 close to $18 million, winning or placing in more than 789 of her 1838 career starts as a trainer thus far.

Currently with 40+ 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.


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Family Life

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 (16 years old – on the right) and Colton (14 years old) as well as the loyal and experienced staff both at the track and at their home on the farm.

Racing History

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 24 year career.

Catherine Day Phillips records career best number of wins and purse earnings in 2018

After what could be considered rebuilding years in 2013 -2015, Trainer Catherine Day Phillips has continued trending upwards with the last three seasons (2016-2018) showing steady growth and success.  In 2018 her trainees elevated her to be one of the top four trainers by purse earnings and the eighth winningest trainer at Woodbine in 2018.

In 2018 Catherine surpassed her career high in both number of wins and purse earnings, recording 29 wins and more than $2 million in purse earnings for the growing number of clients and partnerships that race under her care at Woodbine.

With 160 starts in 2018 Catherine’s trainees were in the top three 43% of the time with a final season total of 29 wins-29 seconds and 21 thirds.  Catherine Day Phillips Trainer Profile

After wintering at Palm Meadows Training Centre and racing at Gulfstream Park in Florida and Keeneland in Kentucky in early 2018, it was Mexican Hat who recorded the first win of the season for Trainer Catherine Day Phillips. Owned by Narolla LLC and Anderson Farms Ontario Inc., Mexican Hat broke her maiden in a $61,000 Maiden Special Weight at Woodbine on May 20.

The next win for Catherine’s barn was the talented 3 year-old filly, Dixie Moon, who won the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks on June 9.   This was the first Oaks win for longtime breeders and owners Sean and Dorothy Fitzhenry and the second Oaks win in three years for Catherine Day Phillips who trained Neshama to her Oaks win in 2016.  Dixie Moon would go on to also win the Carotene Stakes later in the season in 2018.

Catherine Day Phillips trained the Fitzhenry’s Mr. Havercamp to three stakes wins in 2018, the Steady Growth Stakes, the G2 Play the King and the G2 Autumn Stakes.  Mr. Havercamp was also a close up second in the $800,000 G1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile in 2018.

Another Catherine Day Phillips learner, Artilena, closed out her two year-old season with two wins, the last of which was in the $125,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes for owners George Phillip Ledson, Braconcrest Inc., Anderson Farms Ontario Inc and Catherine’s Kingfield Racing Stable Ltd. on December 9 at Woodbine.

Trainer Catherine Day Phillips 2018 winners include:

May 20 – Mexican Hat – $61,000 Maiden Special Weight
June 9 – Dixie Moon – $500,000 Woodbine Oaks
June 15 – Katie Baby – $61,000 Maiden Special Weight
June 16 – Mr. Havercamp – $100,000 Steady Growth Stakes
July 7 – Eliza Jane – $20,800 Maiden Claiming
July 7 – Veil – $61,000 Maiden Special Weight
July 27 – Mexican Hat – $61,000 Allowance
August 1 – Veil – $61,000 Allowance
August 1 – Killag Katie – $61,000 Maiden Special Weight
August 4 – Sandy Stats – $27,200 Maiden Claiming
August 15 – Watch Me Strut – $23,500 Claiming
August 22 – Artilena – $61,000 Maiden Special Weight
August 25 – Mr. Havercamp – $175,000 G2 Play the King Stakes
August 31 – Notice Me – $45,000 Maiden Special Weight
September 16 – Veil – $62,300 Allowance Optional Claiming
September 19 – Tomato Bisque – $24,100 Claiming
September 29 – Pictures of You – $20,800 Maiden Claiming
October 14 – Dreams Are Free – $61,000 Allowance
October 20 – Dixie Moon – $125,000 Carotene Stakes
October 26 – Fort Wise Treaty – $24,100 Claiming
October 26 – Pictures of You – $24,100 Claiming
November 3 – Mr. Havercamp – $175,000 G2 Autumn Stakes
November 24 – Sandy Bay – $61,000 Maiden Special Weight
November 28 – Pictures of You – $20,000 Claiming
November 30 – Split My Pants – $39,800 Optional Claiming
December 9 – Artilena – $125,000 Ontario Lassie Stakes
December 12 – Smooth Talk – $16,000 Claiming
December 16 – Killag Katie – $61,000 Allowance

Once again Catherine and a contingent of horses have been training at Palm Meadows Training Centre, resting at an farm in Ocala, and racing at Gulfstream Park in Florida (and at Keeneland beginning in April) in preparation for Woodbine’s 2019 season scheduled to begin April 20.

Catherine Day Phillips Training Highlights:

Catherine won her first race as a trainer in 1994 with Gentlemen Artist and in 1998 a Burns family homebred, VOBISCOM, became her first stakes race winner.

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.

Neshama gives her Connections first Oaks win

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

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