Woodbine Entertainment hires longtime trainer Dan Vella as Horse People Liaison

By Canadian Press

Mar 21, 2023 | 10:16 AM

TORONTO — Woodbine Entertainment has hired longtime trainer Dan Vella as its Horse People Liaison.

Vella will assume his new position April 1. He’ll serve as point of contact for owners and trainers regarding race conditions, track surface matters, backstretch maintenance, equine safety and race-day logistics.

The 67-year-old amassed more than 800 career wins and $39 million in earnings over five decades as a conditioner.

“I am so excited to have this opportunity to work for Woodbine and continue to be involved in the industry and sport that has given me so much,” Vella said in a statement released Tuesday. “I have had the privilege of racing throughout North America and I can say firsthand that Woodbine is a top racetrack operator that has incredibly passionate and talented horse people — all of which contributes to some of the best thoroughbred racing on the continent.”