The figure of speech ‘born into the business’ is often used metaphorically however for David Anderson he cannot remember a day that he did not eat, sleep, and breathe every aspect of the horse racing game.
David was less than a year old when his late father Robert (Bob) Anderson bought and moved his family to the sprawling acreage in St. Thomas that would become one of the most prominent breeding farms in racing, Anderson Farms Ontario Inc.
In its prime, the 1350 acre farm was home to 375 Thoroughbred mares, weanlings and yearlings and David, having grown up in this thriving environment naturally developed a love and a passion for the horse business.
After graduating school David began designing sporting goods branding his Tipperary safety vests, helmets and saddles for the equestrian industry. Expanding into safety equipment for the rodeo market with Pheonix Performance Products, his safety equipment products are today recognized worldwide.
In early 2000, David ran the highly successful Standardbred division of Anderson Farms Ontario Inc. until his father passed away in late 2010 and the decision was made to refocus on the Thoroughbreds. Today with close to 25 mares on 240 acres, Anderson Farms is a robust commercial breeding operation selling 20 or more yearlings a year at the local and major US sales.
David will occasionally keep one or two horses to race, mainly in partnerships which he admits is an exciting and fun way to get to know people. Such was the case with Stakes winner, Get Rhythm, bred by Anderson Farms and Marette Farell, David raced the filly with partners Sean Fitzhenry, Kingview Farms and John Fielding and plans of selling her at auction in foal to Bodemeister in November 2016. Currently David has a share in Woodbine Oaks winner Neshama with Carnegie Hill Stable, Kingfield Racing Stable and John Fielding as well as four year-old gelding Opportunity Rocks and three year-old Koji Kondo a homebred owned in partnership with Bernard McCormack’s Cara Bloodstock.
David regards trainer Catherine Day Phillips as Woodbine’s best kept secret revealing that her success derives from her generations of experience, her knowing how to pick out and buy quality racehorses, her giving the horses the time they need to develop along with her hard work and dedication.
“Catherine picks out the horses herself working on a limited budget and she has been successful. The big players aren’t dominate anymore like they were in the past. This gives the little guy a lot more opportunity to win these big races. With more of a level playing field it’s a good time to be in the sport.” – David Anderson, part owner of 2016 Woodbine Oaks winner, Neshama