Ian Black was born November 12, 1943 in the county of Berkshire, England. He grew up participating in pony clubs, horse shows and race riding steeplechase horses. In 1964, Ian accepted a job offer in Canada from Dinnie Burns and her sister Joan Addison. After 3 years, Ian moved on to become Frank Stronach’s first farm manager. He would hold this position for seven years.
In 1975, Ian started work as farm manager for Kinghaven Farms, where he would oversee the development of future stars from the day they were foaled until they left for serious training at the racetrack. In this role, Ian saw horses like Izvestia, With Approval and Poetically take their first steps towards glory.
A few years ago Kinghaven trimmed its breeding operation and Ian was in a position of flux. After discussing it with David Willmot it was decided that Ian would take over training of the racehorses.
Ian won his first career race with his first starter, three year old Brandy Lake. The Meadowlake filly was one of three victories during the trainer’s rookie year.
In 2006, Ian won nine races, along with 33 top-three finishes from 75 starts. He saddled winners Birthday Kid, Midnight Romp and his first stakes winner, Selene heroine Seductively. Seductively also provided Ian with his 2nd added-money win in the 2007 addition of the Grade 3 Whimsical.
The King City resident went on to win 28 races (from 160 starts), placing him 28th in the standings that year. He tripled his purse earnings, to over $2.3 million at Woodbine. The highlight of the season was the resilient Queen’s Plate win by D. Morgan Firestone’s Mike Fox. The year also was highlighted by emerging star Rahy’s Attorney who had Stakes wins in the Bunty Lawless and the Vice Regent Stakes.
In 2008, Ian’s stakes winners included the brilliant Rahy’s Attorney who scored in the Connaught Cup and then upset the $1 million Woodbine Mile beating Kip Deville and Ventura. He then travelled to Japan, where he was beaten less than 4 lengths in the G1 Mile Championship. Stable mate Glitter Rox won the Belle Geste Stake. Rahy’s Attorney was awarded the Sovereign Award for Champion Turf Horse in Canada and was a finalist for Horse of the Year.
In 2009, Rahy’s Attorney was again the stable star. Starting off his Woodbine Campaign with a narrow loss in the Grade 3 Connaught Cup, he went on to win the Grade 2 King Edward Gold Cup in which he set a track record and the Grade 2 Nijinsky Stakes. He was once again a finalist for the Sovereign Award for Champion Turf Horse. http://www.tripledeadheat.ca/2009/07/as-i-walked-through-tunnel-from.html
Glitter Rox won her initial start of the year off of an extended lay-off in the Grade 3 Royal North Stakes. Ian also saddled the second and third place finishers in the Coronation Futurity- Stormy Lord and D’s Wando.
The year ended successfully with 26 wins and $2 221 393 in earnings (U.S. Dollars).
In 2010, the stable had its most successful year to date with earnings of $2.34 million in North America. Ian won 7 Stake races with 5 differerent horses including Rahy’s Attorney, Southdale, Glitter Rox, Don’s Folly and Stormy Lord. Rahy’s Attorney and Southdale both received nominations for Sovereign Awards in their respective categories of Champion Turf Horse and Champion Older Male Horse. The year was also highlighted by the emergence of Fifty Proof who finished a game second in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Stakes and was subsequently invited to participate in the Grade 1 Japan Cup in Tokyo, Japan. http://www.tripledeadheat.ca/2010/10/canadian-international-close-up-fifty.html
2011 proved to be another successful year. In addition to five local stakes wins, the barn also captured the President's Cup at Parx with Stormy Lord and the Grade 3 Pan American at Gulfstream with Rahy's Attorney
Stormy Lord captured three local turf stakes including the Grade 2 Connaught Cup, Labeeb and Ontario Jockey Club as well as the President's Cup.
Three of Ian's top performers were nominated for Sovereign Awards including Excaper (Two-Year-Old Male). Stormy Lord (Champion Turf Male) and Fifty Proof (Champion Older Male). Fifty Proof was named the Champion Older Male in Canada for 2011.
The highlight of Excaper's campaign was a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
The major disappointment for 2011 was the retirement of the amazing Rahy's Attorney. He unfortunately sustained an injury while finishing 2nd in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga and was retired. He will commence a new career as the barn pony as soon as he is able.
One of the exciting new prospects to emerge was Incredicat (the younger half brother of Stormy Lord).