Born: December 8, 1957 in Scarborough, Ontario
Record at Keeneland
Total Wins: 13
Stakes Wins: 5
First Grade 1 Win: 2009 Alabama at Saratoga with Careless Jewel
First Stakes Win: 1995 Woodstock at Woodbine with Tethra
First Graded Stakes Win: 1999 Beaumont (G2) at Keeneland with Swingin On Ice
First Career Win: Sept. 21, 1994, at Woodbine with Lilac Charm
Won the 2019 Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) during the Spring Meet with Avie's Flatter.
First Keeneland win came during the 1995 Fall Meet.
First Keeneland stakes win was the 1998 Spinning World with Golden Mirage (IRE).
Also won the 1999 Beaumont (G2) with Swingin On Ice , 2014 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) with Leigh Court and 2016 Commonwealth (G3) with Ami's Flatter.
North American career earnings exceed $45 million with 804 wins through June 19, 2019.
2019 inductee into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
Trained Canadian champions Edenwold, 2005 2-year-old; Serenading, 2010 older female; Inglorious, 2011 3-year-old filly; Leigh Court, 2013 3-year-old filly; and Lukes Alley, 2014 older male.
Became first female trainer to win the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most prestigious race, when she sent out Edenwold to win the race in 2006. Won a second Queen’s Plate in 2011 with the filly Inglorious.
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Josie’s family was not involved in racing and she didn’t go to the races as a child, but she always had a passion for Thoroughbreds and horse racing. While pursuing a degree in equine studies at Humber College in Toronto, she had several internships, including one at Woodbine, and has never left the track.
She went to work for John Tammaro Sr., who at the time was training for Kinghaven Farm, and became his assistant traveling between Florida and Canada. When Tammaro split with Kinghaven, she remained with him. Returning to Canada, she worked for trainers Roger Attfield, Mac Benson at Windfields Farm and Mike Doyle.
Josie took out her trainer’s license in 1994 and has since been based at Woodbine, where she annually is among the leading trainers.